As my previous post was so long trying to cover my actual 90-day plan, I also wanted to reflect on my take-out from The Body Coach, so here are my thoughts…
Is this plan worth the £147 you pay? YES.
For me, this was a small fee to pay (which I paid over 3 months at £49 per month). You get a personalised plan, a set menu and food list, and an education in nutrition, fitness and cookery.
Is it as straight-forward as it seems? NO
The way Joe presents the plan on his website and through his Instagram account, it makes out that the training isn’t time intensive, and you can do it at home. I agree and disagree with this.
Yes, you can do it at home no problem, but he does recommend that you do your exercise fasted (meaning as soon as you wake up), but also expects you to drink supplements 30 minutes before starting to train. Therefore I was getting up at 5.30am to drink my supplement, and then start training at 6am, to be finished by 6.30am to either get to work on time or have it completed before my 18-month old got up. With the warm-up and cool down plus your 20-25 minute HIIT workout, it was at least 30 minutes per session sometime longer, opposed to the 20 minute work-out described.
Can you do it all from home? YES and NO
I was also a little annoyed about the variation of weights in Cycles 2 and 3. If I were to buy all of the weights needed, especially as you are expected to increase and decrease the volume of KGs in Cycle 3, you would need a whole family of weights. I had started this plan so I could do it at home, and didn’t have to sign-up to a gym. Now I have finished, and I do want to continue to workout, I will probably look to invest in some weights, and actually set-up a home-gym, but that’s beside the point.
The above two points were the only two cons for me, there were plenty more pros:
Is it another fad diet or truly a lifestyle / mindset change?
Even though I have moaned about the above points, there are so many pro’s to doing this plan. I have been truly educated on the various food groups, and what is good for my body, and why it is so important to refuel your body post exercise. I hear and see all of these fad diets, which I have also fallen victim too , and see that they are never going to be sustainable. I do treat myself now and then to a glass of wine, or a piece of cake or (dark) chocolate, it might even be once every couple of days, whereas I had those treats multiple times a day prior to this plan. Now when I do have them, I enjoy them much more!! Since starting this plan, I can’t remember the last time I walked in to a shop, and bought a chocolate bar, such as Wispa or Snicker. This would be something I would do every time I filled my car up, or each time I popped to the shops at lunch.
This ‘mindset’ change, really hit me when I went food shopping a friend, and they picked-up completely different foods for me. My shopping list is predominantly meat and veg, I don’t go near any pre-packaged, refined foods, I swan through the bakery sections, no cheeses or desserts. In fact the majority of our food shop now comes from a local farmers market, where we get everything fresh, and cheaper.
I have also learnt to cook, and actually enjoy thinking about what foods I can have, and what sauces, or marinades I could add to them. Most of the recipes are based on TBC menus, but I know how to mix them up. I eat a lot more fish and eggs than I previously did, and include a wide variety of veg with every meal – sometimes even for breakfast. My whole outlook on food has changed.
I would advise anyone of thinking of doing this, listen to Joe when he tells you to prep. Week 1 of Cycle 1, I didn’t do this, and it was time intensive every night, and not the best way to kick off the plan. For the remainder of Cycle 1, I pretty much cooked everything in bulk batches, and it saved a lot of time, and made it much easier to stick to the plan. Come Cycle 2 and 3, you get to know the meals, the healthiest ways of cooking food, as your mindset is changing, prepping just becomes part of your day-to-day life, whether that is physically cooking or mentally preparing your meal plan for the days / week ahead.
Finally, I have an exercise schedule and a goal. Previous to TBC, I would run a lot, and do some HIIT training with FitStar, but I would never know what I was aiming for. I would just do it in the hope some weight would fall off and I would be super slim again. Now I have a focus every session, and each session I try to push myself harder with heavier weights or more intense HIIT sessions.
Would I recommend people to do this? DEFINITELY YES.
The fact this is tailored to your body, your strengths and weaknesses. It would never be unachievable for anyone. It isn’t a fad diet, it is a mindset change. Even though I didn’t get the final results I wanted, I have made huge progress. I never thought I would start to see the definition I had at 18, but I can. I actually have a shape to my biceps, no more bingo wings!
I have also seen lots of people drastically change their bodies. One being my elder sister, who in Cycle 1 alone lost 12 inches across her body! I can’t wait to see her results of Cycle 2 and 3.
If you have any specific questions let me know, or tweet me @jenuine_1 .
Its been a while since I wrote on my blog….5 months and 2 days in fact. However I have good reason. Back in April I decided to sign up to ‘The Body Coach’ AKA Joe Wicks. Joe is a strong believer that through eating the right food at the rights times, combined with short bursts of training, anyone can look super lean, and feel great for it, without it taking up too much of your precious time.
This ticked all the boxes for me. I couldn’t be doing with tons of time in the gym, and hours slaving over a hot stove. With the promise of a ‘hot bod’ in 90 days and a personalised plan for a £150 (which I paid for over 3 payments interest free), how could I refuse. I had two beach holidays looming, and near enough packed away my treadmill never to be seen again.
So I signed up and literally hit the ground running on April 20th. You do three cycles over the 90 days, each cycle has a different purpose. Cycle 1 is about melting fat. My first HIIT session (You have to do 4-5 of these a week), took 25 minutes, but I thought I was going to vomit It was so hard, and that was doing the ‘Basic HIIT’ you-tube video. The first week, I had caffeine withdrawal, I was bloated as the meal portions are so large, I just couldn’t physically eat it all, however the meals did taste pretty good.
During Cycle 1 I struggled with cutting back on lattes and chocolate, they are my weak points. My energy levels did increase hugely within a week, but come the end of week 3, I couldn’t see much change in my shape, and I was starting to feel quite demotivated. I emailed my personal coach, Gemma, who gave me a good pep-talk. Plus I had read from others doing The Body Coach (TBC) that week 3 was always their lowest point, so I knew I wasn’t alone. FYI Instagram is a great way to find others who are doing the plan, check-out mine to see more pictures of my experience.
I was so surprised by week 4, I could feel the difference in my clothes, which really spurred me on. End of Cycle 1 arrived and I was so excited to get on this scales and get my tape measure out, but I hadn’t lost as much as I had of hoped. I weighed in at 1lb less, but had lots 3.5 inches from around my body. I got straight on to cycle 2.
Starting Photo / End of Cycle 1 Photo
Cycle 2 was harder for me, they introduced carbs for entire days on training days. I had this fear what I had lost before, was going to go straight back on, as I didn’t eat a huge amount of carbs before I started this process. You are also given a list of ingredients apposed to a menu of set meals, and I am really crap at thinking up new things to cook, so I actually ended up just making most of the meals from Cycle 1, and now and then I would have a go at something new.
What I loved about Cycle 2 is you are introduced to weight training called GVT. However this did mean, unless I wanted to go out and spend a fortune on free-weights – even though TBC suggest you can get them at low cost from eBay etc – I don’t have time to scourer the net searching for cheap deals or second hand goods. I decided if I was going to continue and see this through I would need to sign-up to a gym, even if just to see this plan through.
It was towards the end of Cycle 2, that I started to see a difference in the tone of my arms and legs, and a little on my torso, but again not as much as I would like. I still felt I had fat to melt, especially on my back, and that even though I was training 4 times a week, burning up to 600 calories a session, and eating all the right foods, I was gaining muscle but not loosing any more weight. My measurements confirmed my fears, I had lost no weight, but had lost another half an inch from my waist, my hips and my chest.
I had a holiday to ibiza for two weeks between Cycle 2 and 3, I took my training kit with me, not expecting to train much, but I did manage one session – which was better then none. I tried to stick to mainly protein and vegetables as my source of carbs, week one was better than week two. This holiday was one of my main goals for doing TBC. I wanted to be confident when I was by the pool or by the beach, but I also wanted to enjoy our time off as a family. it was our first family trip to a hot country, and my first two week trip for nearly 20 years. I didn’t want to be restricted by a ‘diet’, so I did treat myself to ice-cream, cold beers and bowls full of pasta, but I was still always conscious to not have more than one meal of refined carbs, and I didn’t see that as a bad mindset to be in, I certainly didn’t feel like it prevented me from enjoying my holiday any more.
I picked up Cycle 3 when I got back.
Thank-god I was back to carbs post-workout only. Cycle 3, followed a similar format to Cycle 2, just less carbs, and a choice between a set of ingredients and a set menu. Most days I went for the set-menu, or the menus I had been given in the previous cycles. Also my weight training changed to DTP. I could barely walk after my first session, but it felt amazing! I was enjoying this even more than Cycle 2. You have 4 workout days, Legs Abs and Core, Shoulders, Arms, Chest and Back. They were killers, but each week got easier, so each week I pushed myself harder. (My first attempt at Leg day reminded me of going in to labour!!!).
Before I reached the end of Cycle 3, I had a boozy girls holiday in Tenerife, so I did an extra two weeks to compensate for the volume of carbs and alcohol I had consumed. I guess I was also holding out for some extra weight to drop off, or toning to happen, but I came to realise, I wasn’t going to end this plan as toned and lean as I had hoped. Come my final measurement day, since day one, I had only lost 1lb, 0.5 inches from my chest, 2 inches from my waist and 1.5 inches from my hips (I some how managed to but weight back on my chest which isn’t a bad thing!). However my none scale victory of being between 1 – 2 dress sizes smaller trumps all of those.
Starting Photo / End of Cycle 3 Photo (4 months later!)
At the end of the day, I feel like I have lost weight, I am a hell of a lot fitter, I am much more educated on what I should and shouldn’t be putting in my body, and last but not least, combined with this and having a baby, I have realised how precious my body is, and how important it is to take the best care of it. I may not have the results I want yet, but I haven’t given up.
If anyone is considering signing up to The Body Coach or have any questions, just let me know, or check out my next post ‘Does The Body Coach really work?’ for my pros and cons of the overall experience and whether I will be continuing with my plan.
So I have come up with four resolutions, these are long-term, with no specific end point like quit smoking or stay sober for January, they are more lifestyle changes.
1a. Plan more, capture more!
As a family, we’re not great at planning things to do on our weekends, and I am always seeing pictures of my friends on weekends away, or at the theatre, the park etc. most of the time we are just glad it’s the weekend. Now I am back working five days a week, I want to makesure our weekends are filled with cool activities, creating memories and going on mini adventures.
That’s my four!
One final thought, which isn’t really a resolution, but something I learnt from my aunty (who sadly passed away way before her time), life is too short and you only get one go at it. No regrets, don’t stress, and make the most of each day, as you don’t know when it will be your last.
So I promised I would update on my fitness progress after my June update. So here I am!
So, I thought I’d post an update of my June fitness progress, especially as I am having a total fat day so need to get motivated!!!!!!
Week 1: 2nd – 8th – disappointing!
Only did two Fitstar sessions and still no runs! Harry has cut down his morning naps to about 40 mins – 1 hour so I chose to do Fitstar, as these only take 30 mins and my run is at least 40 minutes, and I hate having to stop before my app program finishes. I was eating unhealthy but I did probably have a drink every night! I vowed the rolling week I would be better.
Week 2: 9th – 15th – an improvement
I did 3 Fitstar sessions this week, and three two mile walks with Harry, plus I cut down my alcohol consumption! I also started hula hooping. This was really hard, I did ten minutes, and in that only managed to continuously spin for 25 seconds! I have got a play hula hoop, after a quick Google I soon realised I needed a proper fitness hula hoop if I want to take this seriously. I read an article written by a mum vying to loose her baby weight through hula hooping. This has inspired me to continue, but not sure I want to invest in the real deal hoop until I know I will continually make use of it.
Week 3: 16th – 22nd – getting motivated
I am writing this on the 22nd, having been on holiday with my parents, Rich an Harry in Cornwall most of the week. I did my Fitstar, and a 4 mile hike on Monday and Fitstar again on Wednesday and Thursday and I did ten minutes of hula hooping too. I am really proud I still did my exercise whilst away, my healthy eating went a bit off track as mum only bought white bread (rich is in heaven as I only buy wholemeal) and we have had a couple of drinks each night. Today I am having a day off, mainly so I can get this blog post out!
As motivation to continue my exercise, I decided to take a picture and post it on here (feeling brave!!!!)
Waist: 30″ / Hips: 36.5″
In August I am going to post an update picture (gives me chance to recover and make up for holiday drinking in July). Fingers crossed I will have trimmed at least an inch.
I am also considering buying a FitBit Flex, my sister has one and loves it, and a couple of my friends have them. This is a wristband that records your daily movement and documents everything in an app. It also monitors your sleep (and I am not a great sleeper). Recording how long you slept for, how many times you woke up and also wakes you up silently so you don’t wake your partner up. This may help me find out why I don’t sleep great, whether it’s my diet, my exercise or lack of.
If anyone has used a Fitbit please let me know whether you would recommend one? They are fairly expensive so would be a big investment for me.
Hints and tips welcome for eating health eating as I really struggle for non-carb based breakfast and lunches. I am having a juice for either one at the moment.
Wish me luck!!
As soon as I got up I ran to the scales! Excited to see if I had passed the 4lb point, I had lost another 0.5lbs, meaning I has lost 4lbs in 3 days!!
I had woken up feeling great, and full of energy! I am not sure if that is down to the juice or because I was off to visit my best friend in Paris for the weekend!
My skin was looking great, not that I had ever had awful skin, but sometimes I struggle with small breakouts, blocked pores or just generally looking dehydrated!
I decided to take Jason’s advice and make a juice (opposed to my fry-up idea), I made my favourite the Beyond Detox, refreshing and light. Perfect for for the morning.
I felt almost nervous about eating, not because I didn’t want to regain the weight, but listening to Jason had really made my question what I am putting in my body. Even though a reason I had done this challenge was so I could indulge in Paris, I hadn’t expected for my views of food to change.
I would definetly be thinking about the food I put in my body, not being so restrictive I don’t have treats, but maybe reducing the amount of refined carbs and sugary goodies I indulge in, and snacking on more ‘low intervention’ foods.
During my trip to Paris, I found my stomach had certainly shrunk, I was getting full extremely quickly! I was also missing my juices, luckily we managed to find a super healthy eatery, and I got my fresh juice (carrot, orange and ginger) and it certainly helped the hangover.
On landing in Paris, my stomach felt the flattest it had been since before bubba was born, this was a lovely, rewarding feeling! On flying back from Paris I can say it was not feeling so flat, and even though I didn’t indulge anywhere near as much as I thought I would, and we did a vast amount of walking, I can certainly feel I have probably put 1 or 2 of those lbs back on! But the main thing is I had a fabulous weekend, and didn’t once worry about the calories!
So would I do it again? For sure! It was a great way to cleanse, loose a few pounds and get a flatter stomach perhaps before a big night out or just to up your energy levels. I am not sure I could or would want to do any longer than the 3 days.
I will be trying to continue with a juice every morning to kick-start my day, and if possible make a batch or two a week of the H20 Detox for my daily exercise drink. Why not give it ago! If you do let me know how you get on, I love hearing other peoples success stories.
Update: 6 days post detox, I have continued to start each day with the Dreamy Detox juice, and when possible eat a light lunch and a main meal, and I have managed to maintain my weight-loss.
I was so happy to be over half way and when I woke up in 24 hours I would be able to eat! I rushed straight to the scales, after yesterday’s results I was excited to see if there had been anymore change, but also didn’t want to get my hopes up! I was so shocked to see I had lost another 1.5lbs! I had been training for 4 weeks and not shifted 1lb and in 2 days lost 3.5lbs (though I knew it would be short lived a I can’t survive on juice forever!).
Day 3 started off with my least favourite, Juice Master Super Detox, I reluctantly drank it all. In today’s schedule I was due to drink double the amount of H20 Detox. I knew I would never do this, so made-up just one batch, and used this during my morning training.
Thinking today would be the easiest as my body would be getting used to the diet, and I would of mentally got over the lack of eating, but actually I was finding it the hardest.
All I could think about was food, and by lunch I didn’t feel great, a little lightheaded. Perhaps I had overdone it with the exercise too, so I decided to eat a stick of celery. They say you burn more calories eating celery than the calories actually in a stick of celery!
I made up my lunch, which was the Beyond Detox, I knew this wasn’t too bad, and drank all of it before taking Bubba for a walk. We did 2 miles which isn’t unusual for us, but I was shattered, and just felt really hungry, I didn’t want to give in, and knew I only had hours left, but felt like today was really challenging me, and I was battling in my head whether to just eat something.
I decided to see how I felt after my last juice. This was the Dreamy Detox (the one I made on day 2 and didn’t end up drinking). This was LOVELY, so refreshing and light! You have it over ice, and it has no avocado or yoghurt to thicken it up! This was by far my favourite and I could of drank double the amount!
After this I was determined to make it to the end and just kept thinking how good it would feel to wake up tomorrow and of lost more weight!
I decided to watch the coaching video for day 3, it was worth it as Jason talks about how you make the transition back to eating, and recommended having a juice on day 4, then salad for lunch and protein based meal for dinner. This seemed sensible although all I could think about was a huge fry-up or pancakes and maple syrup!!
I started my day by seeing if I had lost any weight from day 1 and to my surprise I had lost 2lbs. As I am not really overweight, I just presumed I would loose the bare minimum, perhaps 1lb, but at least I would of cleansed my body. This spurred me on to complete day 2!
I knew this day would be a little harder as I was going out with my friend and her baby boy (Mason, he is 3 weeks younger than Harry). She was also doing the detox, but a 5-day (crazy lady), so at least I knew I wouldn’t be tempted to eat as neither of us would be able to stop for lunch.
I decided to make my morning juice and lunch juice so I could take this with me in a flask. They also recommend you make up another bottle of the H20 Detox, but I still had 500ml left from the day before so I didn’t bother.
Breakfast was Super Detox Smoothie, this included pineapple, blackberries, blueberries, bio-live yoghurt and ice. This was really thick due to the yoghurt, and in future I would only have half the amount of yoghurt as it was a little too much, and I ended up only drinking 3/4 of the pint.
Lunch was Dreamy Detox, at last a drink that didn’t include betroot or avocado, this included apples, lemon, ginger, celery, cucumber and ice. I made this up, and put in a flask to have whilst I was out.
In the rush of getting the kids ready and out the door, I left without my juice, and left it on the side. So whilst I was out, I just had a peppermint tea, which I think is allowed as it has no caffeine and is ‘low intervention’.
Jason Vale talks a lot about how your diet should consist of ‘low intervention’ foods, meaning foods that have had no or very little intervention from people. For example a ‘low intervention’ food would be fruit or veg as it is grown and sold without any intervention from people, unlike a supermarket fruit juice, that has been pasteurised, includes sweetners and has been processed to have a longer shelf-life.
Returning from my day out, I had my H20 Detox, and once the bubba was in bed, made my final drink of the day Beyond Detox.
Even though I had not had all my juices, I was feeling quite good. Jason mentions you would start to feel a ‘juice high’ once your body had got over the initial cravings. I think I had reached my ‘juice high’, and I was excited to see the results on the scales the next day!
Just Day 3 to go