I’m a tad nervous about writing this blog; I’m not even entirely sure why. Maybe it’s because I’ve never done a challenge like this before. Maybe it’s because I’m confessing to the world how unfit I am and how I need to lose a bit of weight. Anyway. I’ve recently started a new health and fitness regime that I’m loving and it’s one that some of you might be familiar with: Results With Lucy. I signed up for a 13 week programme to help me get fitter, live a healthier life and hopefully shift a little bit of university weight that’s still lingering.
For those of you who don’t know, Results with Lucy (RWL) is a range of fitness and health plans set up by the ever so stunning Lucy Mecklenburgh; TOWIE alumni and all-round fitness goddess. I have followed Lucy’s weight loss story for a while and was always seeing people on Twitter and Instagram showing their amazing results and I thought “hell yeah, I want a bit of that.”
My goal was simple; lose about half a stone, tone up and learn what foods my body needs, not wants. I’m one week in and I’m already seeing the benefits. Sure, to those around me I might not look that different. But I can definitely see a bit more definition in certain areas and my boyfriend has noticed a difference too. Most importantly, I’m so much more awake and energised since ditching the bad stuff. The past couple of days have been a bit tougher; the weekend does make it harder to stick to a healthy eating plan. But I’m not letting a couple of minor slip-ups hold me back. Here’s what I’ve learned over the past seven or so days and what I’m looking forward to next:
I can survive without chocolate biscuits
Who’d have thought? Not having chocolate bourbons every day really won’t kill me. Groundbreaking.
cooking healthily doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming
There’s a lot of talk out there that cooking healthily is super pricey. But it really doesn’t have to be. Sure, some ingredients are a little more luxurious (goji berries for example) but really, it’s just fish, chicken, vegetables and fruit all of which won’t cost the earth. What’s more, I’ve found lots of the recipes are super quick to make which suits my busy lifestyle perfectly. Some diet plans ask for really extensive, complicated meals that take hours to prepare but RWL is the complete opposite.
ballet is really, really hard
I haven’t done ballet since I was about 9. So when I saw that my plan included some ballet classes, I couldn’t wait. But gone are the days of ‘good toes, naughty toes’. My god is ballet hard work. It’s all squats (or rather, plies) and really painful leg raises. I could barely walk after my first session; ballet is certainly not as romantic and girly as it sounds.
you don’t need fancy equipment
I don’t own an exercise mat; I just use the floor. Instead of buying some fancy dumbbells, Toby dug out some old ones from the attic. You can even do the workouts in bare feet. No need to spend loads of money on fancy equipment and gear; that suits me.
working out in short bursts is awesome
RWL essentially offers you 4-5 intense, short videos per workout session so whilst you’re not focusing on any one type of exercise for more than 10 minutes, it means you never get bored and the 45 minute session goes by so fast. It’s not quite HIIT but it’s the next best thing and I love it.
i’m not as hungry as i thought
I had visions of me starving away at my desk by 10am on day 2 because I hadn’t had a single carb and I was dreaming of nutella and custard creams and pizza. But in reality, the meal plans are so nutritious and whilst it’s definitely a low-calorie regime, you don’t feel like you’re missing out on food. In fact, you’re encouraged to snack twice a day to keep you going. I’ve developed a new found love for apples and almonds, they’re my saviours.
it’s only going to get harder
Whilst I know one week of exercising more and eating less isn’t exactly revolutionary, I’m bloomin’ proud of what I’ve achieved so far and even more impressed at the fact that I’ve loved every minute. I’ve not looked ahead yet to week two but I know it’s going to be harder and the workouts are going to get super tough but do you know what? I can’t wait. BRING. IT. ON.