It’s now been ten weeks since my first holiday fitness prep post, which means that my ten week fitness and diet plan has come to an end and it’s finally time to go on holiday! If you’ve not read my updates so far, I recommend catching up with post one and two first. It feels like ages ago that I wrote these ― probably because everything always feels a million times longer when you’re looking forward to something ― but I’m actually glad I’ve had time to get my head around a few things and pull myself together after a bit of a rough patch earlier in the year, which I talked about in this extremely honest post.
In my ten week plan post I mentioned not really having a plan, ironically, but instead I wanted to work my hardest in the gym doing a mixture of weight training and cardio, and eat as best as I possibly could with limited ‘cheat meals’. And that’s exactly what I’ve done. The training was inevitable really because I enjoy the gym, and I feel like I did pretty well with my lifting and HIIT routine. The only downside was that I got ill twice and ended up on antibiotics, so I had to miss a week or two of training during June which ― to someone who gets annoyed when they can’t workout ― wasn’t exactly the best news. That said, two weeks out of six months isn’t a lot, so I’m sure I’ve made up for it elsewhere! On top of my usual four weekly workouts, in the past month I’ve also been walking for 30 minutes two to four times a week, just to up my cardio a little bit in the run up to the holiday.
Fitness aside, the food was something that initially worried me when this ten week plan began. Eating consistently well for ten weeks might not sound like a big deal to some, but when you’ve been dieting seriously for months and months, and on and off for four years, another ten weeks felt like a bit of challenge. Luckily something clicked and my attitude towards food totally changed. I’ve still been eating slightly indulgent foods that I like ― but 95% of my meals are super healthy, the treats are in moderation and my bingey Sunday nights are a thing of the past. For the past four weeks I’ve actually been calorie counting, which I don’t really like doing, but I wanted to give it one last shot before my holiday before going back to intuitive eating permanently. I didn’t love tracking everything I ate but at the same time I didn’t hate it, and for once I didn’t let myself become obsessive, probably because I knew I only had to do it for four weeks.
On top of calorie counting I also dropped my calories about 200 below maintenance in the hope of losing a bit of fat, again, only for the last four weeks. So, did I drop fat? If I’m being completely honest I do feel marginally better in myself, but I don’t think I look any different at all, which is a bit disappointing. In terms of weight and measurements, my scales broke so I have no idea if I lost actual weight ― typical ― but measurements wise I have lost a bit around my thighs and core. So, slightly good results, but nothing worth shouting about. Not in comparison to my Body Coach results anyway. I expected to go away with definition in my abs that lasted beyond breakfast, slimmer thighs that aren’t covered in cellulite and a bigger, more shapely bum ― but that isn’t the case. Wishful thinking? Maybe. But then if I can’t achieve those things in nine months, how long is it really going to take? Sure, I look different to what I did when I started out, but when I look in the mirror I don’t see myself and think “wow you’ve smashed it out the park”, instead I think “yeah you did ok, but you still don’t have the confidence you hoped for.”
I think I hit a wall with my progress some time ago. As I said I’ve been doing this training/dieting thing on and off for years, but my fitness and diet regime has been insanely strict for nine months solid now. First I did The Body Coach SSS Plan which was three months long, and then I went straight into my own ‘plan’, and I’ve been doing it ever since. I’ve not have a proper break since September last year and I feel as though it’s starting to take its toll. I’m tired all the time, I’m losing motivation to workout, my skin has been terrible lately ― and whilst I don’t feel like I want to binge on pizza and cake ― I do really miss being able to just treat myself and not think “oh but you need to be careful for your holiday”. It’s exhausting and I feel like I’m on some sort of bikini competition prep, which isn’t sustainable long-term. So yeah, I guess you could say that after a six month wait for this holiday and everything mentioned above ― plus a load of other stressful events that have gone on recently ― I’m seriously in need of sun, good food, and nothing to do apart from swan around with a drink in my hand.
And that concludes my 10 week plan! As I said in this post, I’m going to keep things healthy on holiday to a point, but I’m definitely going to let my hair down a bit too ― for the sake of my sanity (and Darryl’s!). Mexico, we’re coming for you!