Reading the tittle, you might be wondering ‘WTF’Alida. What are you talking about?! Well, I’ve been at it for a week and a half & I feel like it’s time to come clean. Be honest and tell the truth. I’ve started a workout/diet challenge. Before ya’ll come at me, I know I’m not overweight/fat. Truly believe that and this challenge is not about just losing weight. It’s also about changing my eating habits. Here’s the back story. At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself to commit and work towards my ideal body. Not what society has set up but what I personally feel comfortable at.
Thus I started watching what I ate, tried to work out as much as I could and picked up running again. However after a few week of being great at this, LIFE got in the way & I started slacking off. Allowed myself to basically eat all the snacks/chocolate/burgers/etc –remember when I ate my way through a whole saturday?– I wanted under the assumption that I was going to work it off anyways. We all know that a LIE & that’s certainly not the way to go when trying to achieve the ‘perfect’ physique. After all of this, I was lucky that my terrible eating habits didn’t do much damage. I just didn’t make ANY progress whatsoever. Flash forward & we’re at the end of august, the year is nearly over & I totally lost track of the promise I made.
Fed up by it, I found ‘My Killer Body Motivation‘ by Faya Lourens intruiging. If you live in Holland you’ve probably heard of it. Highly sceptical but intrigued enough, I decided to buy the book and read it. I meant I wasn’t just going to jump it to it. I had to make sure his wasn’t another ‘get fit quick’ crash diet. First of all because I love to eat & I can’t, literally CAN NOT deprive myself of food. I mean, my instagram feed says it all! So if this was a crash diet, I wouldn’t even have started because I wasn’t going to last a day. Secondly because crash diets are not only unhealthy but highly ineffective. Whatever you supposedly loose with a crash diets, you most certainly will gain back in no time once you go back to your regular diet. So nahh, I wasn’t about to put all that effort in for no damn reason.
However, reading the book cover to cover, convinced me and I decided to give it a try. Basically this book gives you a twelve week eating and work-out schedule. These twelve weeks are divided in three phases of four weeks and each phase comes with its own eating and work-out schedule. There are two different work-out schedules per phase, one for at home work-outs and the other ones are gym work-outs. You can also choose between working out two, three or four times a week. As I mentioned, the book provides a eating schedule where each meal of the day has been selected for you for each day of the week. In cases that you might not like or are allergic to something on the schedule, there’s a list of variations that you can choose from.
Before you start she recommend you set a realistic goal for yourself, you weigh yourself and take your measurements. She also suggest taking a front and side picture of how you look. That way you can keep track of your progress. Phases one and two are all about reaching the goal you have set for yourself and phase three is about easying back into you ‘normal’ eating habits with the tools she has provided you with to maintain your ideal body and keep a healthy lifestyle. Right now I’m in the middle of week two of phase one. Also I’ve commited to working out three times a week as well as running once a week for at least a half hour.
My experience so far? It is HARD! It’s not even because of de eating schedule. Which was suprising to me. It’s not about depriving yourself from eating but more so about portion control. Being conscious of what you’re eating and what you’re putting in your body. What I’m mostly struggling with is the no sugar part. I mean the whole twelve weeks you’re not to have ANY alcohol or sugar, in the form of pastries/candy/chocolate.
Ultimately if it’s not on the eating schedule provided or the list of possible variations, you’re not to have it. I couldn’t care less about the alcohol part but the NO chocolate part, that’s going to be the death of me. Or so it felt like in week one. I have to say now I have my ups and downs with regards to that but still. Just didn’t realize how much sugary snacks I consume until now. I truly believe this was an addiction.
Considering I promised to take you along on this ride called life, it wouldn’t be fair to keep this from you guys. Also it’s kind of another hurdle that’ll stop me from slacking off/quitting half way through. I’ve planned on updating you every four weeks so if there’s one missing, be sure to call me out on it. In case you’d like to buy yourself a copy, I suggest bol.com. That’s where I got mine. Before I sign off for this week, here’s my current status. Can’t believe I’m making this public but here we go.
My starting point:
I started at 72,5 kg and my goal is to be about 68 kg by the end of this challenge. That’s what I weighed at the beginning of the year & that’s where I felt the most comfortable in & happy with my body. For those who care, my measurements are on to 38/40 and on the bottom 40/42. Not brave enough yet to share my exact measurements in cm, maybe at the end to compare it with where I started. Also if you can’t wait four weeks, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more frequent updates.
Ps: this is my first time ever trying out something like this. If you’re a fellow MKBM or you’ve done something like this before, let me know in the comment section. I want to hear all about your experiences!