Sunday, 25 September 2016

A New Fitness Regime | I'm Doing The Body Coach 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain Plan

A New Fitness Regime | The Body Coach 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain Plan #notlambFIT |Not Dressed As Lamb
Today is 25th September - that means Christmas is exactly three months away... How scary is that thought?! (I'm so sorry for pointing it out!)

It's pretty apt however, as today I'm starting a new fitness programme that I've invested in: The Body Coach 90 Day SSS (Shift, Shape and Sustain) Plan. (Yes, the #notlambFIT programme that stalled abysmally sometime earlier this year is back on track as part of my recent "I'm back" drive.)

For those of you that don't know Joe Wicks A.K.A. The Body Coach, he started off as something of an Instagram sensation and has been on my radar for a few months now. I'd been intrigued about his methods since having a bit of a read of his book Lean in 15: 15-Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy that my niece had for her birthday. His recipes all looked so delicious (and it didn't hurt that he was somewhat easy on the eye, though not quite so easy on the ear #sorryJoe).

"JOE'S PHILOSOPHY TO HEALTH AND FITNESS IS SIMPLE. FUEL YOUR BODY WITH LOTS OF FOOD AND CONCENTRATE ON CORRECTLY TIMING YOUR MACRONUTRIENTS TO ENSURE YOUR BODY BURNS FAT, INCREASES IN ENERGY AND TRANSFORMS YOU INTO THE SHAPE OF YOUR LIFE"
- The Body Coach

His website says "Using Instagram, Joe created Leanin15 as a way of both showcasing some of the food contained within his meal plan and to inspire people to take control of their diet with quick, fun and easy cooking. Joe's philosophy to health and fitness is simple. Fuel your body with lots of food and concentrate on correctly timing your macronutrients to ensure your body burns fat, increases in energy and transforms you into the shape of your life."

So why did I choose to go ahead and buy this plan?

Due to various factors the fitness programme I was hell bent on following over the summer kinda went into reverse (and some of you may have read my post about what to do when none of your clothes fit you any more) due to various factors: My woes over my financial affairs, a lot of birthday parties in our family, my sister coming to visit from Australia, eating out... All these things added up to a lot of eating, a bit more drinking, and not enough exercise. Yep, I'm as human as the next cake-and-chocolate-loving woman!

Once the financial situation had been (partially) rectified, I decided to take action and invest in The Body Coach plan because I'm the sort of person that sticks to something far better if I have a deadline to stick to or a goal to aim for - or a RECEIPT that says I paid hard cash for the damn thing - to incentivise me...!

So what's the SSS Plan all about?

A New Fitness Regime | The Body Coach 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain Plan #notlambFIT |Not Dressed As Lamb
I haven't yet read the whole thing in full as there's so much of it, but I really like what I've read so far. You sign up on The Body Coach website for the 90 day plan and they give you the most in-depth questionnaire ever - it took me the best part of an hour to fill it out. Plus (and this may fill you with horror but it makes perfect sense) you have to upload pictures of yourself in underwear to be able to compare yourself before and after. I'm hating it now, but I know I'll be glad that I'll see progress right before my eyes. (I damn well hope I will, anyway!)

Once you've done all that, about five days later you're sent a personalised eating and exercise plan based on all the questions you answered about your height, weight, age, lifestyle, general health, eating habits, current fitness levels - everything. You also get your own online coach to support you along the way.

ALTHOUGH IT SOUNDS A LOT OF MONEY, I CONSIDER IT FAR, FAR CHEAPER THAN HAVING TO GO OUT AND BUY A WHOLE NEW WARDROBE

The plan costs £147 for the three months (or you can pay £49 a month). Although it sounds a lot of money, I consider it far, far cheaper than having to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe, which is what I know I'd be having to do once I get my box of autumn/winter clothes out and start trying everything on.

Believe me, nothing is going to fit... Not right now, anyway - but I vow that that will change!

Really that's all I can tell you at the moment about the plan, but I will of course be giving updates as to how I'm getting on, how I've found it and what my progress has been. The recipes all look so incredibly tasty so I cannot wait to try them, and to be honest I do enjoy exercise - I'd be happy to do far more than the 25 minutes a day he recommends (I can't see how that'll be enough but I've put my trust in him).

I've read so many good things about his plan and how it's transformed people's bodies. I simply want to get fit, be healthier and fit into my clothes again. I consider £147 a pretty good bargain if it does all those things for me... We shall see!

HAVE YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW TRIED THE BODY COACH SSS PLAN? WHAT WERE YOUR/THEIR RESULTS? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS OR TWEET ME @NOTLAMB, I'D LOVE TO KNOW!

Catherine

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Disclosure: This post is not sponsored in any way by The Body Coach, I bought the plan myself with my own hard earned pennies.
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16 comments

  1. Catherine, I love that you are just as real as the rest of us. My daughter actually started a Facebook group called the Healthy Weight Loss Challenge and we are just a bunch of real women, struggling to make better choices, maybe get a bit of exercise and do better. I have just resigned myself that this is a life long battle, to eat better, exercise more and make better choices. Some days are great and some days (especially weekends and holidays) are not so great. Stress is such a huge factor for all of us and it is unfortunate that we can't get rid of stress, but since none of us is independently wealthy, we just have to deal with the stress of life in the best ways that we can. Thanks for always being real and encouraging. Good luck with the new challenge and keep us informed as to how it goes. Have a blessed Sunday. - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Thanks Amy so much! I'm definitely not anything but very, very average... I have real struggles with my fitness and my appearance just like the next woman!! You basically took the words right out of my mouth with what you said - making better choices IS a struggle, but I'm the sort of person who needs incentives and I did that by parting with my pennies. I hope you'll come back when I do follow up posts and let me know how you're getting on! C xx

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  2. I too need to get back on track, restarted a weight watchers plan and a new fitbit but I may need even more of a push. I will watch how you do on this one. Good luck

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    1. Oh thanks so much Linda!! I have a FitBit but that obviously wasn't doing enough - sometimes we need a strict regime, something to follow that someone else sorts out for us. Good luck with yours too! x

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  3. I remember when you posted about your new routine a few months ago, I had a plan to do something very similar... But that didn't work out all that well either. Plus I injured my right elbow over two months ago (it's very slowly healing), which made my regular workouts difficult (and served as a "great" excuse to just not do it at all...). I've been battling a bad cold over the last 10 days, and I once again realized how often I reach for food for comfort. Not a good idea!

    Good for you to sign up for a program & committing to it! Good luck to both of us! :-)

    Andrea
    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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    1. Getting an injury is the worst, Andrea - I know exactly how you feel!! I hope you'll be able to find something that suits you, let me know how you get on!

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  4. Catherine I so wish I have your will-power, but I don't. haha I'm trying to get the motivation to re-join slimming world but don't feel ready to give up cookies and chocolate. lol. Good luck with it and I will be checking up on your progress. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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    1. I don't really have much willpower, Anna, it's only when I do something like this that it seems to ignite something in me. Though giving up cakes and chocolate is definitely going to be hard…! Thank you x

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  5. Well done you sweetie! I wish you all the luck on your journey. And i'll be super interested on your thoughts once you get started, I really like Joe Wicks, i think hes a fab healthy lifestyle advocate. I really need to exercise more but just can't seem to find the inclination to do.. But i should as i know i'd feel so much better if i did!
    Rxx

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    1. Thank you Rachel my lovely! The exercise has been really easy to fit in - it's less than 25 mins - but OMG was it tough...! I absolutely ached liked a bugger the next day!!!!

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  6. I'm so eager to see how this works for you! All the diets that I have done (the ones that work anyway) involve me being hungry every night as I go to bed, which is so annoying! I eat dinner, but it is all tiny portions and watery vegetables which don't stick with me for long. Good luck, gorgeous! I'll be following along to see how this works. xx

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    1. Well I can tell you you won't be going to bed hungry, Lisa... There's been so much food I'm almost always either preparing it, eating it or clearing it away. The portions seem so big on some things I swear I'm reading them wrong, I have to keep rereading to make sure I'm measuring stuff correctly! Plus every meal has been delicious so far - like really, really properly delicious. I have a feeling there isn't going to be a "meh" recipe in there ;)

      And thank you, I'm so glad I've finally started something positive!!

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  7. I'd been looking at this for a while, and like you been intrigued by how he coaches people. I am pretty rubbish at following any type of plan (somehow the chocolates and wine call to me far too loudly!) but I shall follow your journey with great interest! Good luck! #brillblogposts

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  8. This certainly sounds intriguing, Catherine. I'll eagerly await the results. Good luck!
    Suzy xx

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  9. Nice! I just came across your blog as I started at the same time as you - hope it's going well for you so far. I can't say I notice any difference myself yet, but it's early days so persevering (where I have not persevered so many times before!) Good luck!

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