Starting again for the final time. Like, actually the final time. Promise.

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My fitness history is embarrassing. It’s a collection of losing weight, putting it back on, getting into a fitness trend, getting bored and quitting and saying I’m going to start again for the final time approximately 7436938603 times. I’m not ashamed to admit it but I am a little ashamed it happened. If you’ve read any of my past fitness posts (there’s only been a few of them, but I’m pretty sure they all say something along the lines of “this is the new me/this is the final time I’m gonna start again/it’s for good this time”. Cringe.) then you’ll know that I’m the queen of stop-start fitness.

When I first went on Sertraline for my anxiety, it changed my life. I had more energy, I was more positive, I felt like I had control of my life. I dropped 2 dress sizes in 4 months, successfully ran a 5k and was loving life. Then I started final year *screams of horror*, weened myself off the medication and collapsed quite dramatically back to square one. Or maybe it was more like square -5. I was am the biggest I’ve ever been and even though that isn’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, it’s not where I want to be. Now I have a full time job, I don’t have the excuse of deadlines. I don’t have the excuse of being too poor to afford healthy food. I don’t have any excuses anymore. But that is definitely what I’m best at.

I’m the type of person that needs constant guidance and advice when it comes to fitness. I find myself leaning towards set plans, challenges and apps otherwise I get bored/confused/lazy. If I am left to my own devices, I tend to find excuses as to why I can quit whereas if I have something to stick to, it motivates me more. I think it’s because I don’t have the knowledge (or imagination) to think up my own fitness routines. Maybe I will in the future, but for now – nope.

So, I’ve taken the plunge. Or, should I say we, because Joe is joining me in this challenge. We’re going to do The Body Coach’s 90 Day SSS plan. I know. Don’t even.

I’m going to be straight with you. It costs money. The (3-month long) plan is £150. And I understand that some people may not A. be able to afford that or B. actually want to pay that. But I can afford it and am willing to pay for it. I mean Jesus, I pay £40 a month for the gym (that I barely go to – oops) so it’s hardly the most expensive thing I’ve ever heard.

I know a lot of people are in the mindset “why pay for a fitness plan when you can do it yourself for free” but that’s just so not me. I’m happy parting with a few quid if I know it’s going to be something that will work for me. And after a LOT of research (and good lord I mean a lot), Joe Wick’s plan just seems to suit me best. I’m a very hungry person, so anything that restricts food is a no-go for me. (That, and I strongly disagree with any plan that leaves you hungry. You don’t need to starve yourself to lose weight. Js.) The 90 Day SSS plan is the opposite, with an extensive list of foods and large portions. And the fact that it is supposed to train you into treating your body better (the SSS stands for the three cycles: Shift (shifting excess fat with a HIIT cardio focussed exercise regime and a meal plan), Shape (the introduction of lifting/weight work to build muscle and a less-strict yet carb-laden diet) and Sustain (still with an exercise plan and meal advice but more focussed on helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle).

I’ve always been the type of person that needs a full-blown lifestyle change rather than a diet. There are no quick fixes to weight loss: it takes a lot of hard work and you’ve got to be in it for life to stay healthy. And that, to me, is what this decision is about: health. Because, at the moment, that’s not what I am. And I’m so excited to change that.

I’ll be doing monthly updates on my progress with the 90 Day SSS plan, one after every cycle, and then I’ll probably do a round-up/review at the end.

I’m excited to change my view on fitness and health. I’m excited to feel healthy again and I’m excited to get into fitness again. Because my problem has always been external factors. I do really enjoy fitness! I enjoy researching into things, finding out what works for me and how much it helps me mentally (and physically as well, obviously).

Here’s to becoming the me I want to be.

*Edit: I keep getting asked a lot of questions about how the plan is going, but we aren’t actually starting it until the end of March/beginning of April. From the research we’ve done it seems that eating out is a bit of a no-no in the first month and we have/have had a LOT on in March (Joe’s Dad’s 50th, Easter celebrations, blogging events we’d already agreed to etc.) and we want to do it properly. So rather than starting and having to take several days off, we figured it would be best to start with a clean slate where we have no plans! Sorry for any confusion – I’ll definitely be keeping you updated with our progress on Twitter and in my weekly vlogs!

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  1. 8th March 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who says this! but well done you :). I have my first personal training session on Friday, and I’m really looking forward to making some lifestyle changes this year x

  2. Aimée Julia Cottle
    26th February 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Good luck with the plan. I’m the same; always stop-starting. But I do believe it has to be a lifestyle change. My aunt does a lot of WW/Slimming World, but she never sticks with it for more than a few months, and when she stops, she puts all the weight back on again. She’s been stuck in that cycle for years. I believe more in changing portion sizes, food you eat, and exercise routines. Which is what I’m going to be doing. And if I could afford this plan, I’d probably be on board with that too! x x

  3. 24th February 2016 / 1:25 pm

    The plan sounds so good and definitely worth the investment. Best of luck to you and Joe – I can’t wait to hear about your progress! This post has definitely made me feel all kinds of inspired to work on my own health.

    Katy / Katy Belle

  4. Hannah
    23rd February 2016 / 11:18 pm

    I can’t wait to see/hear about your progress. I love everything Joe stands for, I think he is incredible. I’m definitely looking into his plan so it’ll be really helpful hearing how you get on with it! Good luck with your start lovely, you got this!

    Hannah xx

  5. 23rd February 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Spending money on an expensive plan is a good investment if it helps keep on track towards a lifestyle change. I think approaching this as a lifestyle change rather than a diet is a really healthy attitude. It probably has a greater chance of success, too! I also don’t believe in restriction to lose weight! I think the whole calorie counting process is bull and at some point, people are going to realize there are methods that work much better.

  6. Emma
    23rd February 2016 / 10:36 pm

    I love this post! Sounds just like me 2 years ago, but in March 2014 I started again for the actual final time and never looked back. I’ve stopped seeing every early start as an excuse for maccas breakfast, stopped lying to myself that I’m just “big boned” and that I’ll be a size 14 forever just because I am, and stopped seeing every stressful/happy/good or bad piece of news as an excuse to eat fatty food. It’s a long road, but a great one. You’ll have times you’ll gain a bit back due to holidays or injury or anything, but you’ll come back fighting and it’ll spur you on to lose it again. Good luck and I’ll be following your progress!
    Insta @emmas_dilemma29

  7. Hannah Sundae
    23rd February 2016 / 10:32 pm

    You could be writing about me this whole post, except I can’t afford £150, I can’t even afford the £22 a month student gym membership and its *very* hard to be motivated to go for a run outside! I really hope this works for you, I look forward to seeing your results, good luck to you & Joe! xx

  8. 23rd February 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Your title made me laugh a bit because this is exactly me and I totally understand how your feeling. I wish you all the best with the plan, would love to know how you get on with it.

  9. 23rd February 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s really tough to stick with a fitness routine. We’ve all been there! The fact that you’re trying again is awesome : ) I’m the same when it comes to paying for fitness, it motivates me more because I hate wasting money. You’re gonna do great! Keep us updated?
    Steph x.

  10. 23rd February 2016 / 7:03 pm

    I could easily have written this post myself. I’ve been in and out of gyms since I was 15 but never really stuck to a good routine. Now I’m at it again but with a different mindset. I don’t have to be there 6 times a week for hours. 30-60 minutes 3-4 times a week is enough to make a difference and it doesn’t overwhelm me. I also do a BBG workout here and there just to switch things up. I’ve followed Joe on Instagram for ages, excited to hear how you get on with the program!

    Tess x

  11. 23rd February 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I have had the same issue of starting off great, getting bored or distracted, and stopping. Last year was a breaking point for me when I really started to get into my home yoga practice with Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. It changed my life and my way of looking at fitness. I now do yoga about 3 times a week, hit the gym 4 and get my daily dose of dog walking in. I have not fallen off the wagon yet (knock on wood)!

    Great post and the best of luck to you!! :)
    C |

  12. India Benjamin
    23rd February 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Omg so excited to keep up to date with this! I am dead intrigued about his plan. I have his lean in 15 book, not made anything from it yet though! I’m the same with fitness. I’m never off it for long, but long enough to be like WHY INDIA WHY. Good luck!

  13. Emily B
    23rd February 2016 / 4:23 pm

    I’ve also been prone to stop and go fitness and am currently trying to make a routine last! I look forward to reading your updates! Good luck :)
    x Emily ||

  14. 23rd February 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Good luck- go for it! :-)

  15. Jennifer K
    23rd February 2016 / 1:46 pm

    Good for you and I hope it all goes well for you! Sometimes having something a bit more ‘solid’ makes it easier to stick to a fitness change. I’m running with the goal of a half marathon and it’s the first thing that’s actually motivated me to stick it out for more than half an hour! I want to start eating better – not for weight loss but just to nourish myself better and I’m struggling without a plan to follow to get me started.
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  16. 23rd February 2016 / 1:03 pm

    Jeez, I think I’m still stuck in that rut and I really need to sort myself out, BAD!
    The plan sounds AMAZING I’m so excited to see how you get on with it – be sure to give us updates, yea? :)

    Gillian  xx

  17. 23rd February 2016 / 10:21 am

    Good for you! I am so excited to see how you get on with this x
    Sophie Cliff

  18. 23rd February 2016 / 9:29 am

    Well done you! Don’t apologise for choosing a more expensive option – do whatever works for you. Good luck.

  19. Sophie Whitehead
    23rd February 2016 / 9:16 am

    Good luck Rhi, keep us updated on progress! x

  20. ninegrandstudent
    23rd February 2016 / 7:56 am

    I’m half-following his plan – I don’t have the money but a lot of his workouts or similar are online, plus I have his book (and I try and stick to high-fat low-carb during the week anyway). Good luck, I’m definitely looking forward to keeping up with your progress! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog