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Kirsty Clark began her 90 Day SSS journey around a year ago. In this blog post, she shares some of her experiences and her top five tips for anyone starting out on their own fitness journey.
If you're reading this, chances are you've thought about - or are - trying to change your body. You may have spent countless hours trawling the internet for answers, wasted precious money on faddy deprivation diets, and said some truly awful things to yourself about the way you look. I've absolutely no doubt that you've been fed the idea that in order to be lean and look good, you should be living off salad leaves and busting your gut for hours at a time on a treadmill.
I know this because I was that person at the end of her tether this time last year, having tried everything to lose the weight I'd put on following a motorbike accident. I tried the 5:2, the dukan, some weird alkaline diet, and finally, cutting my calories to 800 a day (which was where I was at in my before photo). I'd have done a naked dance to the weight-loss gods and sold my soul to Dr Atkins if I thought it would help. I was getting desperate, and I was utterly miserable about the situation quite honestly.
Then along came The Body Coach.
I can hand on my heart say that this plan changed the way I look at food, exercise - and myself - forever. Physically, well the pictures speak for themselves; the plan worked better than I ever dreamed it could and my last ditch attempt has become a lifestyle I hope to maintain as long as I’m able. The real change, though, has been in my mindset and in my attitude to my body.
I’ve learnt a few things over the past year so I have some tips that might help you if you’re just starting out:
Tip 1: Celebrate the small changes and the little wins
I noticed that even in cycle 1 when only minimal changes had happened, I’d started celebrating my body and what it could do. I’m a member of The Body Coach 90 Day SSS Plan Unofficial Client Community 2.0, and A Big Girl’s Journey to Lean on Facebook - groups in which it is encouraged to share your progress photos and NSVs (Non Scale Victories). I found that the more I (and others) celebrated my tiny micro-progressions, the more I liked myself and believed I could make real change.
My body still wasn’t where I wanted it to be physically, but by focusing on the positives I was creating a completely different mindset that was built for progression, not negative self-talk and - inevitably - defeat. Even if you’re not ready to share half-naked photos, get yourself a notebook to be used solely for the purpose of bigging yourself up. Everyone (EVERYONE) has aspects about themselves to be celebrated, so get writing/posting and start seeing the change you want to see.
Tip 2: Stop comparing yourself to others
Comparison is the thief of joy, as a wise man once said. I know it’s easy to look at these transformation photos and feel disappointed you don’t look like that, or that you may as well not even try because you’re so far off. This process is all about being the best version of YOU - not a carbon copy of some headless body on the internet. Use the photos as inspiration to drive you forward and evidence that the plan works, not as some body goal that will leave you demoralised. Healthy (and even “lean”) looks different on everyone - just do you, boo.
Tip 3: Forget everything you’ve been told about weight loss
You’ve got to eat less and exercise all day every day, right? Until The Body Coach SSS, that’s exactly what I thought too. Cycle 1 I was sitting down to enormous piles of pancakes and smashing out 25 minute sessions around my new 60 hour a week job. I was experiencing weight loss and strength gain like I’d never experienced before, and that was before all the carbs and the weight training in cycle 2. I’ve had to push past all my fears about food and lifting weights as a woman - bread will not make you fat, lifting heavy will not make you bulky, and you can still eat bang tidy food while shredding fat. What’s not to love.
Tip 4: Start seeing yourself as an athlete
OK, athlete might be a bit of a stretch if you’re just starting out, but how you view yourself in this process is incredibly important. Tell yourself you’re lazy, you can’t do this, there’s no point and, well, I think you know how that ends. Begin visualising yourself as a “fitness person” - you know the ones on Instagram who seem to jump out of bed ready and raring to go? That’s you (or will be you) too, you’ve just got to believe it and take the steps you need to make it happen.
Tip 5: Start today
There is no tomorrow. It is a big fat dream-killing lie that tomorrow exists. “I’ll start on Monday” kills more fitness dreams than doughnuts, honestly. I’ve met people through The Body Coach who are mums and dads, who work multiple jobs, have illnesses and disabilities, who have very little money and even less time - and they’re still out there smashing their fitness goals. They all decided one day that there was no time like the present, and they’ve never looked back. They’re healthier, stronger, and - most importantly - happier for letting go of their excuses, and making this work. So do it, be brave, and start today, You won’t regret it.
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About Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks is the online nutrition coach inspiring people all over the world to cook with his #Leanin15 video meals on Instagram. He is also transforming the lives of thousands of people with his tailored online nutrition plan, The 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain plan.
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