When I started out on this fitness plan to get myself into shape, I did not expect I would manage to drop four dress sizes in eight weeks.
So I was pretty stunned when I had lost nearly 13.5 pounds (just over 6 kilos) on my final weigh in.
I was also able to get into a pair of US size 2 (UK/AUS size 6) leggings!
Ok, they are a ‘snug fit’ but I thought when I bought them four weeks ago from Lululemon – as my weight loss inspiration.
I would also like to point out that I think I would be pushing it getting into a pair of US size 2 trousers after my fitness plan.
Like, NO CHANCE!
But I can get into 25 inch waist stretchy jeans.
I’m trying to give you some perspective on sizing.
We all know that we can be one size in one shop and a completely different one in another.
Normal high waisted jeans I’m a 26/27 inch waist.
How do I feel after my fitness plan?
I feel healthy, and a lot fitter.
Was I surprised by anything after doing the fitness plan?
The amount of weight I seemed to be carrying on my back.
I think the before and after shots are much more significant.
Will I maintain it? I would like to try – I have deliberately bagged up all my larger clothes. But I love wine, and eating. So we will see!
How did I do it?
Well it was definitely in weeks five to eight of the fitness plan I started to see the really good results happen.
During week five I was eating a higher level of carbohydrate to prepare myself of the fat shredding phase of weeks seven and eight in the fitness plan.
This meant I got to eat more cheese, (feta and goats cheese that is) and also – wait for it – bread! It was gluten free but still.
I also had a rather significant fall off the wagon on my friend’s birthday, which saw me drinking tequila and eating Mexican in a restaurant off of Hollywood Boulevard at 1am.
I’m only human, ok? And no, I didn’t wake up the next day beating myself up over it. The hangover wasn’t great though!
How I changed my workouts
I also cranked up the workouts while on the fitness plan.
I was doing two sessions a day five days a week for the last 14 days.
That’s two sessions of 45 minutes – with a mixture of cardio and weights on a circuit – at F45Training in Venice.
That may sound a lot – but to be honest it really is mind over matter. And I just got up earlier to fit it in.
And also remember, I have been drinking nearly every weekend on this fitness plan.
Which of course if not strictly what you should be doing.
I also went and had a bodyscan – you can check those out here.
After 10 days I had lost six pounds which I was pleased with. But my muscle mass had dropped slightly.
To combat this I took the supplement Betabol .
It was recommended by Nutrishop Santa Monica.
Your body burns fat and builds muscle, as long as you are working out.
I really do think taking this is what helped me achieve my results on this fitness plan.
What I ate
I was on a diet which consisted of lots, of eggs, smoked salmon, steak, and spinach, with lots of onions and garlic.
The recipes were actually really tasty – I’m going to be posting few for you to check out – and I didn’t feel like I was eating small portions.
My final weight loss was 13.5 pounds.
There was a reduction of 7.5% in my body fat.
I put on three pounds of muscle.
If you want some information on some of the things I used and why, check out this post on coconut oil and why it is so good for you.
What did I do to celebrate?
Well first I went to Bondi Harvest in Santa Monica (it reminds me of my time in Oz) and had a scone which was like eating the best cake I have eaten!
Then I went out with some of my friends, ate some bad ass Po-Boys (check out the picture) and drank a lot of wine at Preux and Proper in Downtown LA.
They do a very good happy hour if you get a chance to go.
Am I happy with my body?
It’s been lovely getting lots of compliments.
But to be honest, I don’t look at myself and think I look much different.
It’s only because my clothes are too big and people tell me I’m slimmer I’m aware of it.
I also still have bad cellulite.
That hasn’t really shifted I am sorry to say ladies.
Believe me if there is a magical cure out there for that I’ll be the first to try it out!
But did I think at 40 I would be posting pictures of myself in a bikini on social media?
Absolutely not. It was slightly terrifying doing it – but I wanted to show people you CAN do it.
And thanks to all my friends and my husband supporting me I had the courage to.
Please email me if there’s a weight loss plan you have had good results on.
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