I had hoped to try and get round to blogging about my progress on the Body Coach plan on a weekly basis to share how I've found it but life has rather got in the way. Here is a short summary of how the last few weeks have been:
I was feeling a bit apprehensive about week 2 as we had a short break to Barcelona planned. Whilst I wanted to stay on track with the plan, I also wanted to make sure I enjoyed our holiday. Our holiday was Monday to Friday, which meant I had a few days before to do some damage limitation for Week 2. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite go according to plan. The Sunday morning before my holiday I decided to head up to Craiglockhart with Owain to get a long run in, running the 5.5 miles back home. However, during the run it soon became apparent that I hadn’t left enough time to let me breakfast digest and I had a terrible run and ended up having to walk the last 1.5 miles in the rain as I felt too sick to run. My stomach wasn’t right for the rest of the day and I must confess to having a scotch pie and beans for dinner that night as I just wanted something plain.
I decided to start afresh and while on holiday I am pleased to say I managed to stick to the principles of the plan – with the exception of alcohol – even managing to get some runs in and a couple of hiit sessions in in our apartment. I am a savoury person and love nothing more than wine and crisps. I can easily demolish a large bag on my own while knocking back some wine. To try and stay on plan, I saved my afternoon snack to when I was getting ready and nibbles on some nuts with a wee glass of wine. It meant I still got my treat but in moderation and still stayed on track with my eating.
Lack of planning did let me down a bit on holiday. We did a lot of walking, hours upon hours each day, and I hadn’t planned morning snacks or lunches so at times it was a case of just having what was available. That being said, I did stick with the principles of the plan in terms of menu selections - while of course enjoying tasters of Owain's desserts!
We flew home on the Friday and the intention was to get back on track on Friday morning but the whole day was a bit of a write off. We grabbed something quick at the airport and then following a delayed flight we stopped off for a burger for lunch and finished with pizza for dinner! Oops! I did pay for it though, suffering from bloating and a sore stomach for most of Saturday morning.
I did have a quick nosey on the scales and was pleased to see that the holiday and Friday’s over-indulgence only added 1kg to my pre-holiday weight so that spurred me on a bit.
I emailed my support hero Nicola to ask whether I should repeat week 2 and we agreed that as the holiday wasn’t a disaster I would just keep going with the plan. As she pointed out, the plan is to become a long-term lifestyle change and so it is important to keep moving forwards, rather than restart.
Having had my blip on the Friday, I was really focused for week 3, staying on track the full week with no alcohol. Again, I found the portions quite big, which made me think that I probably didn’t eat enough on holiday, especially with all the walking we did.
This week, I have stuck to making double portions, one for dinner and the same for lunch the next day, and this has certainly helped cut down preparation time. I have tried a few different recipes this week, including satay chicken which includes one of my favourite ingredients – peanut butter. I can’t believe I got to week 3 without making this!
Here is a sample of the meals I have had this week.
I am now looking forward to week 4, the final week of my first cycle and I am expecting it to be much the same as week 3. Having stayed of the sad step for the majority of this cycle, I am really excited to see my cycle results which I will share here.