So… I had a relatively successful first stab at the 8 week program which started around 9 weeks ago and I’m eager for a second crack of the whip! I’m posting this (first post!) to get that motivation back on track.
My starting weight was 15.10st and I got down to 14.03st by around week 6. I have gained a little weight back and I am now around 14.06st. For context I am 6.2 tall. I was surprised to learn that for my height I really should be below 13st so my overall target is to 12.12st.
I was very strict for the first 5 weeks of the program, as I was highly motivated, which thankfully made it pretty easy at first. I stuck to the following principles: 800-1000 calories per day, at least 3 lots of 30 mins exercise per week, eat lots of veggies and a little fruit, no chips/pizza/pasta allowed (all fast food banned tbh), no added sugar, and a ban on alcohol for the duration of the 8 weeks. I had two events in the diary to take place at the end of the 8 weeks to help keep me motivated; these were a weekend in Brighton (where lots of booze would be consumed) and a half marathon in Wales the weekend after that. Both kept me going. Both have now been and gone, a great time was had!
While I think I have done well, I did relax the rules around week 6, largely due to being hit with a massive cold which pretty much wiped me out – I am a little disappointing by this as I had garnered good results and I wonder if I could have done better (It’s effing amazing when your friends/family notice the difference!). However, extra calories were needed and physical exercise dwindled while I battled the unwanted cold. That said, I did the half marathon (my first in 4 years), and I am still alive to tell the tale.
I am now on the first day of another 8 week program. Anyone else wanting to kick start, or who is thinking of starting, or has just got back into this, please get involved and let me know how you are doing. I know that I need to get something in the diary at the end of the 8 weeks to keep me going again, but I think posting on here and hearing how others are getting on will also inspire me to keep to this again… My big learning points from last time are: have something in the diary at the end of 8 weeks to keep you motivated, print off a diary and tick off each day you complete, have both short term and long term goals (my short term was 14.06st/long term 12.12st) prepare your meals in advance when you can, pack your gym gear the night before, tell people what you are doing and explain why (more often than not they’ll be supportive and they won’t slap you in the face with slice of cake!)
Next goal is 13.06st by the end of these 8 weeks. Let’s go!
That’s enough from me. Good luck to ya’ll.