For the past eight weeks, I have embarked on an eating plan designed by StrongFirst Master Instructor, Fabio Zonin. Fabio is a highly decorated natural bodybuilder, strength and conditioning coach and has one hell of a singing voice. The plan is heavily protein based, and reduces carbohydrates to basically veg with allowances on what Fabio calls ‘jolly days’ (these days are amazing, you can eat what you like but soon you realise that, actually, you don’t want half of what you think you do because everything tastes too sweet or leaves you feeling bloated).
I followed this plan as a current student of Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness is preparing for her first bikini competition and the successes Fabio has had with it for himself and with other students led me to conclude that it would suit her needs. My student wishing to undertake a bikini competition is new territory for me and has tested my knowledge as a PT. It’s one hell of a learning curve but it’s been great fun and my student puts in so much effort that I couldn’t be more proud of what she’s doing. Regular readers of my blog know I won’t put my students through anything I would do myself, so I embarked on this eating plan with her. She’s lost 20lbs in weight so far, I won’t give you any more info as I’m going to do a separate blog on her results nearer competition time. She is going great guns though. She is killing it!
My own experience on this plan has been very revealing about how quick I am to turn to chocolate and wine gums when I have stressful days and they have been numerous during this eight week period. I’ve also had a weekend away with the girls, friend’s birthdays and alcohol during this time, so while I stayed on plan for the bulk of the time, I didn’t beat myself up about those times where it was going to be difficult and worked around them.
My strength has also increased during this time. While I’ve yet to test my 1 rep max on my big lifts, my swings, back squats and deadlifts in particular are all feeling much, much easier which tells me that my overall strength has increased. You don’t always need to test your max rep to know if your strength has improved. So my weight has dropped by my big lifts are feeling easier? Madness huh? Not really, consistency in my training regimen means that of course my strength is going to improve, I just so happen to have dropped inches and body fat as well.
I started this programme on Feb 18th, my measurements were:
Body Fat: 28 %
Bust: 39 inches
Waist: 35 inches
Hips: 42.5 inches
My final measurements taken on Aril 17th were:
Body Fat: 23.2
Bust: 38 inches
Waist: 31.5 inches
Hips: 39.5 inches
All in all that’s a lost of 12lbs, almost 5% body fat and 8inches in total. I also noticed my posture has improved, I feel I have more energy and my cravings for chocolate and those pesky wine gums has diminished substantially. Even though this is my job, I am still amazed how much I learn and have still to learn. It really is a never ending curve. Also, I look at these comparison pictures and really can’t believe the difference. Simple changes and changing my mindset on things has left me the smallest I’ve been in two years. It is a welcomed feeling getting back into clothes you’ve put away for the last two years because you’ve not been in the right frame of mind to ‘sort my shit out’ as I often call it.
For the next couple of weeks, I’m not worry about logging or following the plan as closely as I had. I am allowing starchy carbs in more often…if I want them…but in all honestly, I can take them or leave them.
What I have noticed in this experiment, we are all far to quick to feel like we’re restricting ourselves by viewing sweet treats as something that should only be had once in a while. We’ve become conditioned to view chocolate, cake, biscuits etc as the norm, to be had every day. In reality, we should have these things only a few times a week and most certainly not every day. Those of you new to this blog might be thinking, ‘ah but that’s so easy for you to say’… I encourage you to read past blog entries and my about page, I was once 18 stone, I viewed chocolate as a staple food group and would happily eat my way through the whole range in the supermarket if left alone there. We need to change our mindset on how we view the sweet stuff. We desperately need to regain that thinking of it being a TREAT and not the norm. Perhaps then we will stem the obesity epidemic that the Western World faces. But I digress.
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