If you follow any of my social media accounts you’ll know how much I love Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach. You’ll also know that I recently signed up to The Body Coach 90 Day Plan. I originally stumbled across The Body Coach in December 2016 when someone shared his January Bootcamp post on Facebook. Since we were getting married in April 2017 I decided to give the bootcamp. I didn’t really know much about it to be honest but I still had some baby weight to shift and I NEEDED to lose some inches to fit into my wedding dress. I had great results following the January Bootcamp. I continued with the workouts, purchased his cook books and following the principles of his plan.
I managed to stay committed to the lifestyle change for most of 2017 minus 2 months between May and July due to a sudden onset of dizziness which lasted 6 long weeks. In October 2017 I unknowingly tore a tendon in my left shoulder. I couldn’t exercise at all. Even tying my hair back was a chore. I was unable to workout until March of this year and I was limited to power walking only. Fast forward a few months and I was finally getting back to doing some sort of (HIIT) training.
SIGNING UP TO THE BODY COACH 90 DAY PLAN……
I had gained back some of the inches I’d lost and despite working out 4 to 5 times a week and eating healthy. In my mind I was eating the same way I’d been eating back in 2017 but somewhere along the way I had forgotten the principles of the plan and my nutrition was nowhere near what I thought it was. In July I’d just about had enough and decided to sign up to the paid version of the plan. Spending the £97 on the plan would be my motivation to commit to this lifestyle all over again.
23RD JULY MARKED THE START OF MY JOURNEY…..
I officially started 23rd July. At the time of writing this I am on cycle 1, week 3, day 7. I should only have 1 week left in this cycle however I decided to extend it by a week. I was unable to workout during week 2 as I had some pain in my shoulder and my physio put me on rest. That means that I am actually on cycle 1, week 2, day 7. Tomorrow is the start of week 3 and I am noticing some physical changes already.
If you are wondering what I am referring to when I talk about cycles then let me explain. The plan is spread across 90 days and broken down into 3 cycles consisting of 30 days each.
HOW I’VE FOUND THE PLAN SO FAR…..
Well, in all honesty I have found the experience a lot different to what I’d imagined. Since I’m not new to HIIT training and I’d followed the eating principles of the plan before I thought it was going to be a fairly smooth ride. It hasn’t been hard by all means but some of the recipes haven’t been my cup of tea and the idea is that you eat from the recipes to get the most out of the plan. Some of the recipes are delicious and I have a few favourites. I just needed some time to “adjust” for want of a better word.
I have found myself a little more tired than usual (says the mother of two who doesn’t get much sleep anyway) and I have sometimes found myself hungry. I think that is more to do with changing the way I eat rather than portion and meal sizes because they are very generous. As I come to the end of week 2 I am finding that it is stabilising somewhat and the hunger and tiredness is subsiding.
THE HARDEST PART OF THE PLAN SO FAR…..
I’d never really considered myself a fussy eater before starting this plan. I have struggled with some of the food choices, mainly the breakfast options. I have tried all the breakfast options available and I haven’t enjoyed any of them. I have therefore been creating my own recipes using the Create Your Own allowances available (CYO) or I have been ditching the breakfast options all together and eating oats instead. This does not meet the principles of the plan but the plan is meant to be sustainable. Eating what is available in the plan for breakfast simply isn’t sustainable for me and so I making a judgement call on this one.
A lot of the recipes use natural or greek yoghurt and nut butter which I have struggled with. I have tried all of these and no matter how much I try to mix it up I am still left gagging. I have therefore hit these on the head too. The great thing about the plan however is that there is a swap tool that you can use to source alternative ingredients. Failing that there are a team of Support Hero’s that you can chat to online. There is also a great facebook group full on very supportive people also on the plan. There are loads of ideas and different spins on different recipes and so the food part has been manageable. Now that I am two full weeks into the plan I am finding it much easier and have a fair amount of “go to” meals.
HAVE I MANAGED TO STICK TO THE PLAN 100%?
No. I haven’t stuck to the plan 100%. Since 23rd July I have eaten 3 takeaways. I’ve also had the odd ice-cream. There have been times where I have eaten off plan because I have been suffering with extreme reflux (possible hiatus hernia). I have had a few flare ups and so when this happens I find eating helps a lot with controlling the pain. I have however tried to make healthy choices when doing this. This week I have stuck to the plan very closely. I have had 1 ice-cream and 1 very small bowl of ice-cream and other than that I have stayed on plan.
CHANGES I HAVE NOTICED SO FAR
Considering Ive only been on the plan for 2 weeks I have noticed some positive changes;
- my fitness levels have increased
- my clothes are starting to fit better
- I am sleeping better (when my kids allow me to)
- training and healthy eating is helping with my general mood and well being
- toilet habits have changed for the better (sorry guys, but they have
I did have a lot of bloating earlier on in the week. I think was due to water consumption. That has also subsided in the form of what they call a “woosh”.
NON SCALE VICTORIES (NSV’S)
Since this plan is about losing body fat and not weight loss progress is all about NSV’s, which I love. I wasn’t sure I was actually getting any of these until this week and a few have popped up.
- my husband commented that I looked slimmer from the back when out walking. He also commented that my tummy was flatter and I looked like I had lost weight.
- a pair of training shorts felt loser around my waist and thighs
- a pair of my denim shorts that were snug now fit much better
- having measured myself this morning I have already lost a few inches
Now that I am seeing positive changes in my body I am so motivated to continue. Changing your mindset when it comes to body weight is hard. It’s programmed into us that a certain weight reflects a certain size. I KNOW this is not correct. This was proven to me last year when I lost 3 dress sizes and remained the same weight all year round.
As I go into week 3 of cycle 1 I am excited to see more positive changes. I am ready to smash my workouts, eat good food and getting closer to my goals.
If you want to learn more about The Body Coach and his 90 day plan you can do so by checking out his website. He shares a lot of free content on his facebook page and youtube also. If you plan on signing up to the 90 day plan you can save yourself £10 by signing up to the free lean in 15 guide on his website and you’ll receive a coupon code to use when signing up to the paid plan. This is what I did.