So I’m halfway through phase 2 of The Fat Burn Revolution which is also halfway through the whole programme.
I’m feeling fitter and stronger and pleased to see that my waist has dropped below the 28 inch marker which was my overall goal when starting to exercise again with the first phase.
It’s a different experience second time around. First time there was a slightly obsessional feel about it. I was determined to achieve all of my goals inside 12 weeks then dust myself down and get on with life.
But somewhere along the way things changed which is why I’m here in my second round.
I can clearly remember though that phase 2 of TFBR last year was a testing time. The enthusiasm of beginning something new had waned and I was looking forward to the end, which felt like a long time away.
Phase 2 was also when I started to make some tweaks to my diet. Less starches (bread, potato and pasta) and more vegetables, pulses and fats (lentils, chickpeas, avocado and coconut oil). I probably didn’t get the balance quite right to start with and felt flat and lacking in energy.
I persevered but it was hard sometimes to do my work outs when I hadn’t got my fuelling right.
But then it all started to come together: I was eating the right foods in the right quantities and feeling strong again.
This hasn’t happened to me this time. Probably because with a pretty solid nutrition base behind me I haven’t had to make those changes – they were already in place.
But there have been different challenges. Two weeks ago the builders moved in and ripped out our kitchen and I had no cooking or washing facilities.
Whereas normally I plan my week’s menu in advance I didn’t even know if I’d have electricity on any given day. I was relying on a slow cooker, a steamer and a camping stove and if all else failed the pub or my mum.
I’ve made the best food choices I can under the circumstances but they haven’t always been the ones that I would have made had I had the full range of facilities available to me that I normally do.
But life is settling back into some sort of normality. My kitchen isn’t quite my own yet – decorators like to cover everything up in sheets for the day – but I am back to planning my weekly menu.
My workouts haven’t slipped once. I’m generally finished and dressed before the builders have turned up – although there have been a few close calls when I’ve nipped downstairs for a glass of water in my crop top and shorts only to hear the key in the lock just as I’m scurrying up the stairs again.
I think the biggest change this time round is that I no longer see it as something with an end to it. Yes the programme is 12 weeks so there is an end in that sense but eating more healthily and exercising – really exercising and pushing myself harder – has become embedded into my lifestyle.
So although I’m looking forward to where I’m going to be in six weeks time in terms of results and fitness levels I’m also wondering what I’ll do next.
I’ll certainly do another round of TFBR after a brief gap but I think I’d like to get out and do a bit more running and try a couple of weights based fitness dvds that I’ve seen mixed up with a workout or two from TFBR as well.
It feels like there is a huge world of fitness possibility just waiting for me to explore and that I will get fitter and healthier as I carry on on this journey.