Six months ago on Saturday just gone I woke up, took my final photos and measurements, and submitted them to the The Body Coach team. The Body Coach plan itself was only 90 days but felt like a lifetime because I was so desperate to see changes, however these past six months have absolutely flown by.
A lot of graduates of the plan tend to go quiet about what they get up to once they finish their 90 day stint, but I wanted to write a little truthful update for those who might be wondering what goes down, plus a few pointers for those who’re anxious about ‘the end’.
Finishing the plan
When I initially finished the plan, it was a daunting time. I got myself into quite a dark place mentally because I was constantly worrying about my food, my body shape, my size and my progress at the gym. It’s hard when you finish a plan to know what to do, particularly when there’s a heap of competition around you who’re making irritatingly good post-plan progress.
If you ask me it’s normal to struggle a bit, but not to the extent that I did. Was this caused by the 90 Day SSS Plan? I don’t think it was the sole cause, though I do believe that it contributed to it. And this lasted for about three months.
Hitting the six month mark
So where am I at now? I’m not as lean as I was when I graduated. I’ve gained weight, body fat and a whole lot of bloat despite my efforts to get leaner post plan, but that’s no surprise given that my diet isn’t half as strict as it was during the plan. I’ve realised that unless I eat like I did during that time, I cannot maintain that figure. It’s just not sustainable.
Now I’ve had some time to reflect on the plan, and the months that followed, I figured I’d share a few things that I wish I’d read when I was about to become a 90 Day SSS Plan graduate.
Things to remember about the plan
Don’t get hung up on the regimental food structure
The plan is great for helping you understand how to eat and when to eat, and whilst it worked, there is no way on this earth I could have maintained that structure. Mountains of greens, protein refuels an hour post-workout and your strict three meals and two snacks per day were the God send tactics you needed to succeed, but are they sustainable? No way.
To put it simply, don’t worry, there’s probably only 1% of us grads who still eat the way we did on the plan. That doesn’t mean we’ve all gone back to our old ways, far from it, it just means we’re not living by a script anymore.
Don’t feel like you have to continue with the training plan
Love or hate the GVT or HIIT training, it has to be done. Do you have to carry on with it once you graduate? Absolutely not! Like the food, it’s designed to help you slim down and lean up fast, so it’s intense. Take what you loved from the plan and make it your own! It’s important to switch up your training to keep those results coming in, so no, 200 lunges aren’t mandatory to keep the gains you made during the plan.
Ignore the other grads
I cannot scream this loud enough. Stop looking at everyone else around you! I followed those who graduated before me like a hawk. “Why are they continuing to lose?” “Why are they lifting heavier than me?” “How come they get to eat that much food and keep the weight off?”. It’s exhausting. Ignore it. Comparison is the thief of joy.
Consider if you really want your photos shared
I feel this is really important to talk about. No matter how good you look in your grad photos, people are going to criticize you. My body improved significantly and yet I still got plenty of hate, as did a friend who has probably the most impressive results I’ve seen. You simply cannot escape the comments. My advice? Ask for the photos not to be shared to save yourself being pointlessly trolled.
Once you graduate, take a step forward and leave the past behind
Unless you loved the plan so much that you want to marry it, Joe and the support heroes collectively, leave it in the past. Results aside, you finished the plan which is bloody big achievement in itself, so cut yourself some slack and take a step in the right direction. I didn’t. I lingered around the plan like a bad smell, and it became harder to leave behind.
Set new goals
You’re done, which means it’s time to move onto bigger and better things! When you graduate you’ll be healthier, stronger, fitter, more confident ― the list goes on ― so be sure to change your targets. Set new lifting PBs, aim to get in that new dress, strive to feel better in your swimwear on holiday. Ignore the numbers, ignore the ‘inspo’ images on social media and focus on you. Your goals will change quicker than you could ever imagine, so don’t get hung up on the small stuff.
I hope this has been helpful to anyone who’s worried about what to do once they graduate from the plan! Enjoy the process and all it has to offer, it really is a great plan and Joe knows what he’s doing, but don’t let it take over your life. There’s so much more to look forward to post-plan.