Body transformation journeys are extremely personal. I want to put this up, mainly because I am proud of my achievements so far and I want to continue to motivate myself and hold myself accountable for my results, however I am a bit nervous about posting pictures.
First thing to say: this is not a “weight loss” journey, which is why it is not named as such. Weight loss has been a nice bio-product of me changing my lifestyle, hopefully for good. I have now been on this journey for 4 months, there have been ups, downs, alterations and compromises, but overall I am feeling like a new person.
I just want to point out that this is my journey, these are my views and my choices, I am in no way preaching as to who needs to lose weight or that certain things are good or bad. It’s how you feel that counts and I truly believe that.
Let’s rewind to December 2015. This was when I decided something needed to change. I was gaining weight and struggling to fit into my clothes and therefore struggling with confidence and self esteem. I was suffering with insomnia which has been an ongoing thing and most of all I was just feeling generally unfit and rubbish. Something had to give and I think a looming wedding was enough to push me to really change my lifestyle.
I hit the ground running. January 1st I joined a gym, I cut out carbs (completely) and began a totally “paleo” diet. Essentially, all I was eating was meat, fish, eggs and nuts. I started going to the gym 3 times a week for cardio and a bit of weight training. It was tough, but in the first 6 weeks I made a huge amount of progress and I found it motivating.
However, by month two I had plateaued. And I was miserable on the paleo diet! For me, it was just too restrictive. So Paul and I had a chat and decided that we would lax off slightly on the diet front. We now eat our version of a “healthy” diet, only putting things in our body which are as natural as possible and free from artificial ingredients. We have reintroduced brown rice for example, and rarely a bit of wholemeal pasta. I have found this change really helped me to maintain the diet plan and stopped me from giving up. I now love what we eat.
At this point I also wanted a shake up in my workout routine. I was getting bored and didn’t really know what I was doing! So Paul and I contacted a friend we used to work with who is a successful personal trainer who develops and sells body transformation work out plans. Alex Crockford’s “She-Fit” programme costs £50 for an intense, 12 week gym and fitness programme which is sent to you in document form. The programme requires 4 resistance workouts per week plus cardio and works in cycles so the workout changes every few weeks or so. I am now 5 weeks into this programme and I can honestly say it’s changed the way I feel about the gym! I now look forward to getting up at 6am and sweating it out for an hour!
So this is where I’m at now, 4 months in. I’m really pleased with my achievements and I’m proud of myself. I’ve lost a dress size and 2 stone but it’s more about what I’ve gained that I’m so pleased with. I’ve gained confidence, a low of exercise rather than a dread of it, a healthier and more positive outlook on life. I’d even go as far as to say that I’ve seen a reduction in anxiety and I’m sleeping better. I know making changes like these won’t solve all problems, but I’ve certainly seen many of mine improve drastically. I would recommend a lifestyle change to anyone, even if it’s just baby steps.
Let’s see where the next 4 months takes me!