Weight loss

Get Fit and Lose Weight: The ETERNAL Struggle

How to lose weight? That seems to be the magic question on many peoples lips, or at their fingertips. Who doesn’t want to lose weight?

I want to lose weight and get fit. I have done for as long as I can remember. This post is for those who, like me, have struggled with their weight their entire life and are fed up with letting themselves down again. Let’s motivate and support each other into becoming healthier versions of ourselves!

To give you a bit of background and get super real with you right now, I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.

It started in my childhood, I had a great start but then around the age of 8 life took a bit of a spin and I turned to food as a comforting mechanism.

Since then my relationship with food has been a difficult one. I went from gorging to trying to starve myself, to eating normally to eating one large meal per day.

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Lose weight: Poor body image

In my teens, I had such poor body image issues. I was getting bullied at school, from the usual fat jokes, teasing and the outpouring of disgust from other children to being pushed downstairs face first or punched so hard I was left with a bruise for six weeks!

It’s fair to say I hated myself. Loathed myself in fact. I felt like a worthless, disgusting, fat slob.

I was miserable so I was eating to make myself feel better, but then after five minutes, I felt even worse because if I was a ‘normal’ size I wouldn’t have been treated like that.

Or so I thought.

At age 14, after going through constant cycles of gorging and starving, I decided to do something positive and join a gym. I would also work out at home to lose weight. Not really knowing much about diet and exercise, I figured fewer calories in and working out more would probably have a good effect.

Lose weight: A step in the right direction?

On thinking about how to tackle my issues with food and after seeing multiple adverts for Slim Fast on TV (and being an impressionable fourteen-year-old) I began drinking their shakes and meal replacements.

Able to drop two dress sizes within a reasonable time frame, I was astonished. And I even had comments from classmates that I looked so different compared to the previous year. To me this was a good sign, and also a sign of acceptance.

After leaving school, I went to college and exercise became less frequent. I had less free time to head to the gym, I began partying, drinking more and eating solid food again, therefore the ‘diet’ went out the window.

Naturally, I piled the weight back on over the next few years.

Lose weight: A sudden realisation

Ten years went by and I was at my heaviest that I’ve ever been; I was 86kg. Horrified and terrified, I couldn’t believe the scales were right!

I knew I had to do something to change my life. Whatever I had been doing hadn’t worked, I was too lax about my diet and eating the same processed food for far too long!

I signed up with the gym again and made it my mission to workout as much as I could – three to five times per week.

After a while of going to the gym and feeling marginally fitter and slightly toned, I realised I needed to address my attitude towards food again.

Reaching for easy freezer foods that are filled to the brim with preservatives and calories is not good for anyone. Of course, this is not going to help lose weight no matter how much I might have worked out.

The Body Coach 90 Day SSS Plan

Having seen a lot of buzz about The Body Coach Joe Wicks via social media, I went on to research the plan and thought what the heck, I’ll give it a go.

This is something that could easily fit around my lifestyle. The idea of short bursts of high-intensity workouts appealed to me and the fresh, cooked meals looked amazing so I thought “what could go wrong?”

I signed up for the 90 day SSS plan, submitted my measurements and took the obligatory pictures in the underwear, and got to work.

The plan arrived in my inbox consisting of:

  • Explanation of HIIT and benefits
  • Suggested workouts & structure
  • Background of food & nutrition
  • Reduced carb recipes
  • Carb refuel recipes
  • Snack options
  • Examples and weekly template
  • Optional supplements

90 Day SSS Plan Cycle one

Surprisingly, I enjoyed the first 30 days for the most part. However, I did find that I was eating WAY more than I ever did before. I struggled big time to fit in 3 meals plus 2 snacks per day along with the optional protein shakes after workouts.

I say optional, but the only way I was able to keep up the workouts without being in SERIOUS muscle pain the next day was by taking a BCAA supplement before a workout and a protein shake afterwards.

Admittedly most days I couldn’t finish the meals but I tried my best. I also found weekends to be the most difficult days to stick to the plan because I generally didn’t have much of a routine on weekends.

One of the draws of the SSS plan is the tailored macros for each individual. The downside is that the Macros aren’t shared as part of the plan, just the amount in grams of each ingredient. To work out the macro breakdown I suggest downloading an app like MyFitnessPal.

The whole idea of the SSS plan is to keep you away from stepping on scales and counting calories, but it would help to know what breakdown of Carbs/Proteins/Fats you’re eating in each meal to help with your weekly meal plan.

90 Day SSS Plan Cycle two

For various reasons, I struggled with the second cycle. Although I enjoyed some of the new recipes more (I’d spent 30 days mostly eating the same meals so a bit more variety was welcome) I was having a god awful time in my personal life and I fell off the wagon.

One of the more difficult things I found about the second cycle was the workouts going from approx 25 minutes of HIIT at home, to 20 – 25 minutes of HIIT plus X reps using weights 4 times per week.

I do love weights and trust me after a month of solid cardio a bit more variety was great. BUT I noticed that I was having to devote at least an hour and a half in the gym 4 times per week to get in all the workouts.

I survived about 3 weeks on cycle 2 and I know, I was kicking myself for being so close to completing the cycle but I just couldn’t. I tried cycle 2 about 3 times, each time getting to the 3rd week and completely falling off the wagon.

How did the SSS Plan help with my weight loss and fitness

While I didn’t complete the full 90 day plan, I learned a lot about myself and how I need to make a lifestyle change. I say lifestyle change because as I had experienced before, diets don’t work.

Overall, I had lost twenty two inches from across my body and three kgs. It may not sound like a lot but I felt fitter and healthier than I had done in years. My only regret is that I didn’t complete the program.

Between then and now I have managed to maintain my weight but I do not have an exercise routine. However, I have the tools and principles to follow that will enable me to create a better lifestyle.

My weight loss lifestyle

So here we are, a year later. Living in a different country, getting married and although I have maintained my weight I am still nowhere near achieving my goal.

Yes, it is completely my fault. Yes, my discipline is lacking. And no, I don’t deserve any sympathy (I’m not looking for any). I’m simply making a decision to become fitter and healthier.

I know that losing weight will not make me a happier person. Happiness comes from within. My outlook and approach when I was a teenager has completely changed in my adulthood. I am no longer interested in becoming a size ten to gain acceptance from people. Honestly, I couldn’t care less what people think of me.

I want to do this for myself.

what’s my weight loss plan?

I like a lot of the ideas proposed in the SSS 90 day plan. However, and this may seem a little controversial, I don’t think it is sustainable for me on a long term scale. I don’t want to eat so much that I dread it.

I have never been a ‘breakfast person’ I feel ill if I eat too early and I would much prefer to have a cup of coffee instead.

However, I have decided to take the general basics from The Body Coach SSS plan and adapt it to me.

This includes:

  • Completing HIIT exercises at home
  • Buying weights and incorporating resistance training into my home workouts
  • Eating fewer carbohydrates unless I have worked out
  • Getting my five a day and eating freshly cooked meals
  • Continuing to avoid processed foods and sugary drinks
  • Drinking more water and easing off on the alcohol

I am under no illusion that this will be easy from the get go, however, I know this will be beneficial once it becomes ‘normal’.

Weight Loss Motivation

I know I’m not the only person in the world to ever have struggled with their weight, self esteem and fitness but I do hope this has helped you in some way. We are not alone and there are strength in numbers.

As extra motivation, I’ve started Weigh In Wednesday which will be the first Wednesday of each month. I am documenting my current weight and measurements. I would love it if you joined me in doing the same. Just send me a comment!

If you’d like to submit anonymously that’s fine, simply drop me an email instead of a comment.

To follow my workouts, why not read my Fat To Fit Club posts?

We are in this together and we can most certainly conquer the world together!

Alternatively, if you have any tips to share regarding your weight loss, comment on this post and let me know what works for you!

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Until next time…

Geez Louise Much Love

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