A Mum’s Guide to The Body Coach: Cycle Two

Here's me in my horrid pants again...

Here’s me in my horrid pants again...

I finished Cycle 2 last week. And made the Hall of Fame – WOOO HOO!! It’s definitely been easy, it’s not magic diet or quick fix.  BUT  I am really really chuffed with where I have got to. Here are all my thoughts/ramblings:

  • Cycle 2 is confusing. Different proteins and different snacks on work out /rest days. I made myself a geeky diagram thing on google docs and it really helped: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/17PHsdv89uWovZUNUTy7FM0_SW7YKYDgJC8L-zBG5MIo/edit#slide=id.p

  • Those carbs I’d being longing for? I grew to hate them. 

  • The irony! The time you least fancies scoffing pasta? Directly after a Hiit/weights session.

  • I’ve also never eaten so much mince in my life.

  • And yes, those people who said ‘you’ll miss the eggs from c1 in c2’ – you were right.

  • Sour cream. I made the error of ignoring this fat sauce in the beginning. Sorry cottage cheese, I’ve tried to like you, fact is you are bland at best. SC is the future.

  • I tried my best with the food. But learnt not to beat myself up when I strayed – isn’t that the point? That this is a guide not a rulebook. The world will not swallow you up, if you swallow something off-plan.

  • But I did the workouts 100% every time. 

  • They are longer and more difficult to fit in than C1. Especially with kids. But I figure, you gotta do what you gotta do.

  • Do what you gotta do and Trust the Plan.

  • Trust the plan when you feel like you are getting bigger not smaller.

  • Trust the plan when you go on the ‘sad step’ when you know you shouldn’t and you haven’t lost what you thought.

  • Enjoy the lightbulb moment: I always compare myself to my wedding weight. I was 9st3. I am still over a stone heavier• than that

    •gahhhh why does admitting that makes me feel anxious?!

  • What I have realised is:

  • I wasn’t eating very much when I was that light.

  • I wasn’t actually very happy when I was that weight.

  • I hadn’t had 2 babies when I was that weight.

  • I was still in my twenties when I was that weight.

  • The only other times I was ‘thin’ was when I was smoking.

  • But the numbers do not matter. (She says, still trying to make myself believe that).

  • Here’s the good stuff thats happened:

  • Being a positive influence on your kids. Every time I put trainers or leggings on – my 2 year old says”Mummy, you doing your exercises?” thats got to be a good thing right?!

  • Green Juices. How am I so late to this? So much nicer than smoothies – kale, spinach, fennel and ginger. That’s an entire meals veg portion done in one handy drink.

  • Four words: Chocolate Peanut Butter Whey Protein.

  • What else? 

  • Is it weird that I quite like flexing my guns in the mirror?

  • BACC powder doesn’t  taste bad any more? What’s happened to me?

  • Frozen fruit and veg is a must. Otherwise you are permentantly running out of greens.

  • I miss bananas.

  • Why oh why do I always manage to leave legs till Sunday. It’s 100% the hardest, and a brutal end to the weekend.

  • I have become a Body Coach Pusher. I really want everyone to do the programme. Like everyone. Everyone can beneift from it. Which probably makes me a bit of a stuck record.

  • Must stop thinking the everyone knows who Joe is.

  • Must stop thinking Joe is my friend. 

  • Must stop wondering why Joe always misses out at least one exercise on his videos on his youtube videos.

  • My gym kit is a joke.  So knackerd and un-cool. But I’d rather buy some new nice clothes first.

  • I know my photo knickers are gross. But I’m trying to be conssitent. I hate it when people suddenly lift there arms to try and get a better ‘end of cycle’ picture.

  • Joe is a genius.

  • Taking pictures and measurements is genius. Because you can’t argue with it.

  • Having said that even when my pic appeared on the @thebodycoach feed I still couldn’t  get my head round it. It still doesn’t feel like a ‘great’ result for me. Why? Probably because I only feel that I am part way there, I know I can do/look better. I want to crack on C3 and see where this takes me.

  • Talking about a ‘journey’ might sound annoying, but when food and body image have been a ‘thing’ for you for as long as you can remember it’s really liberating to say a big fuck you to all those feelings and to anyone who has judged you based on your shape.

  • I’m doing this for me (and I little bit in the hope i’ll become friends with Joe) and I love it.

  • Now if you could pass me the protein that’d be lovely.. thank you.

Oh and here is a link to the first post I wrote: A Mum’s Guide to The Body Coach: Cycle One

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  • Reply scarletpen28 November 10, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats on your amazing progress!

  • Reply Natasha Geary - Writer November 10, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    OMG! None of that sounds easy – massive well done.

  • Reply kelly November 10, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I’m on cycle 2 with 2 kids – love this its all so true (Joe is going to be my friend too soon, shall we all go for a drink)? Thanks for the doc – bit late but so handy and now i might get the food right for the last week !

  • Reply Sarah November 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Congrats – I always say it takes 9 months to put it on so give yourself time to get back to how you want to be. Time to go shopping for some new sexy undies I think 🙂

  • Reply brightonbetty December 5, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I’ve loved reading this! My friend in Sydney (I’m in Brighton) told me about your blog and I’ve only just had a chance to read the body coach posts. I’m not a mum but I feel a lot better about a few things having read your posts. In week 1 of cycle 2 and I feel sooooo fat, but I’ve just got to get over the carb bloat and trust mr wicks! I never thought I would want to say no to carbs before I started this plan. You’re so right, it is an education and I feel like I preach to anyone that will listen as I’ve been on and off low calorie diets for YEARS. Thanks for sharing your experience and being funny with it, you’re looking amazing and I can’t wait to read your cycle 3 post and see your reveal pics. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply maud August 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hi, I m thinking of joining the plan but I have 3 kids (9,7 and 4) and wonder how I can manage the meals without having to cook so many different dinners. At present, we all eat the same dinners…Thanks and congrats on your achievements

  • Reply Clare Bryant October 29, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    You are an absolute inspiration! I am staring cycle 2 tomorrow and was finding it hard to organise my meals but your ‘geeky’ diagram was pure genius.

    It’s nearly a year since you posted-how are things now? How did cycle 3 go?

  • Reply Lucy April 26, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Brilliant! I also say “I’m doing the Body Coach plan! You know, Joe Wicks?” and though most know who he is, there are still a few blank stares!

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