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Day 1, Week 8


DAY 1 WEEK 1 – 137lbs / 20.1% bf

DAY 1 WEEK 2 – 135.5lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 3 – 134.4lbs / 18% bf

DAY 1 WEEK 4 – 132.5lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 5 – 129.9lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 6 – 127.6lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 7 – 126.3lbs / 14.8% bf

DAY 1 WEEK 8 – 124lbs 

I have now completed 7 full weeks of:

  • 6x weekly cardio sessions
  • 6x weekly weight lifting sessions
  • Eating 100% clean
  • Slowly moving into a progressive carb cycle (the last 3 weeks)
  • 0 cheats, clean carb refeed days only

The longest prep I have ever done was 5.5 weeks, so this is new territory for me, and here’s what I have discovered…

Longer preps are mentally easier. There is time to implement changes, room to manoeuvre, space to stay calm.

However, longer preps are physically the exact same experience. The lead up and the last week, whether that’s week 5 or week 7, is always the last week…

Because of that ‘peak week’ carb cycle – that last ditch attempt to burn fat – my body is now depleted. For me personally, this manifests itself in my quads. They are weak. They are heavy as lead. Walking up stairs is basically an opportunity for my legs to say TIME FOR CARBS NOW!

It sounds minor, but it’s not. It’s unpleasant and exhausting.

This is where I want to talk about carbohydrates…

Yes I carb cycle, every 4th day and eventually leading up to that 7th peak day, over the course of a few weeks, in order to burn fat while continuing to feed my muscles and train hard. But this is as far as I would ever go re carb depletion…

The fact of the matter is, if you train, especially if you lift weights, but cardio bunnies also, your muscles need carbohydrates.

By all means keep them clean – oats, rice, potato etc…

By all means cycle them…

But unless you are super carb sensitive, PLEASE keep them in your diet.

On top of the unpleasant physical feelings of depletion, the visuals aren’t great either. You look and feel flat and soft, both when you train and when you look in the mirror.

There are some amazing arguments for ketosis, especially when it comes to aesthetics, but if you want to train like a BOSS instead of a tortured soul, EAT CARBS.

I have 2 days left until my shoot, so at this point everything is 100% for aesthetic results…

I will slowly decrease my water intake and increase my carbohydrates.

I will have short, sharp training sessions IF I feel up to it, but I’m not going to push, all the hard work is done now.

I want to take a minute to say thank you, everyone, for your amazing messages and support.

I LOVE what I do, it’s fun, and I know I’m good at it.

But like EVERYTHING in life, there are tough days, mentally, physically, internally or externally.

I know I can rant, but the amount of support I get from you lot is PHENOMENAL, and for anyone who has every written a kind word to me or about me, THANK YOU.

It really does help.

Cruise control time…

 


Day 1, Week 7


DAY 1 WEEK 1 – 137lbs / 20.1% bf

DAY 1 WEEK 2 – 135.5lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 3 – 134.4lbs / 18% bf

DAY 1 WEEK 4 – 132.5lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 5 – 129.9lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 6 – 127.6lbs

DAY 1 WEEK 7 – 126.3lbs / 14.8% bf

Sorry this update is late, I took this morning off to enjoy a longggg lazy breakfast of coffee, egg whites and mushrooms, while my boyfriend demolished French toast and maple syrup right there in front of me…

It actually wasn’t that bad because I do love a mushroom or ten.

Here I am after 6 completed weeks of daily cardio and weight lifting, having rest days when I felt my body needed them (usually 1 a week) and being my diet’s ride or die down ass bitch.

This is now my fake peak weak, as I have my first big shoot of 2017 next week…

My training won’t change for a few more days:

A.M. – fasted cardio (at home) – 25 mins circuits (see fat loss app/12 week plan) OR 25 mins incline interval sprints – (no cardio added)

P.M. – weights (at the gym) – different body part a day (weights4women app/12 week plan) – followed by a secondary 25 mins fat loss workout OR a secondary 25 mins incline interval sprints – (no cardio added)

 

DIET:

100% clean – 0 cheats – carb cycle – carb load Tuesday (tomorrow – hallelujah)

Current calorie count 1377 (no change)

Things will start to change toward the end of this week / beginning of next, when water and carb manipulation will play a roll in getting me as tight as possible.

Until then, it’s high carb day tomorrow, GOODNIGHT FONDUES!


Day 1, Week 6


WEEK 1 – 137lbs / 20.1% bf

WEEK 2 – 135.5lbs

WEEK 3 – 134.4lbs / 18% bf

WEEK 4 – 132.5lbs

WEEK 5 – 129.9lbs

WEEK 6 – 127.6lbs (and still far too lazy to do my bf%)

So here I am after 5 solid weeks  of 24/7 dedication, with 2 more weeks to go.

My longest EVER prep was 6 weeks, so this is going to take me into new territory, if only by a little.

The interesting thing is that I normally start to go crazy with cravings by week 4, but that hasn’t happened yet.

I normally start to feel exhausted by training by week 5, but that hasn’t happened yet either. The days I’ve felt exhausted have been because of social events and or driving long distances, not because of training or diet.

So again, I want to express how hugely important my 2 month break was. I still weight trained daily (I always have progression on the brain), but cardio was minimal.

I ate clean and healthy most days, but most evenings were for wine and home cooked meals with my boy, or dinners out with my friends and family.

My body had some time to get back to NORMAL. Normal hormone levels, normal energy levels, normal sleeping patters, a long overdue calorie surplus, 10lbs of healthy weight gain and NO pushing.

My brain had time to relax, and then prepare. I enjoyed sleep, food, friends, family and training, all the while knowing a push was on the horizon, when I was ready.

So, 2 weeks left, this is when I ramp things up just a little…

 

Like last week, I am not changing my training. I am doing 2 lots of cardio a day (NO, you do not need to do cardio twice a day! I just like to split my cardio in 2 because I LOVE an early morning sweat session, and LOVE finishing off a weights session with a sweat, too). Weights don’t need to change, I have muscle, I work said muscle, we are all good.

However, like last week, I will change my calorie count to ramp up results and stand me in good stead for week 7.

Again like last week, I will change my carb cycle, to stand me in good stead for a gentler depletion come week 7.

So this week, my training will look like this:

A.M. – fasted cardio (at home) – 25 mins circuits (see fat loss app/12 week plan) OR 25 mins incline interval sprints – (no cardio added)

P.M. – weights (at the gym) – different body part a day (weights4women app/12 week plan) – followed by a secondary 25 mins fat loss workout OR a secondary 25 mins incline interval sprints – (no cardio added)

My diet this week will look like this:

DIET – 100% clean – 0 cheats – carb cycle – 6 days low – 1 day high (+1 day low carb added)

-10% from my current calorie count of 1,530, brining me down to 1377.

Week 6, let’s MOVE!


MOTIVATION


A few weeks ago, I asked my followers what they would like me to write about next.

There were the typical questions re cardio and carbs, but the overwhelmingly repeated questions were about motivation…

How do you stay so motivated?

How do you not give in when you boyfriend orders a pizza?

How do you train when you’re tired?

How do you avoid chocolate?

And on and on it went…how do you…how do I…

Motivation.

So, like everything else in life, IT IS NOT MAGIC. It is, quite simply, CHOICE.

No, I don’t have a sparkly pink blood stream flooding my veins with motivation every day.

No, I wasn’t born into a struggling family, altering my mental drive and fuelling me to work harder for the life I never had growing up.

And no, sorry to disappoint you trolls, but I don’t live off my parent’s income, forcing me to spend my hours doing SOMETHING productive with my time.

I work extremely hard, Monday-Sunday. I have a column, I write a blog, I run an online business selling both tangible products that need to be trialled, bought, labled, promoted, sold and dispatched, and online downloads that need to be written, trialled and promoted (the NEW AND IMPROVED 12 WEEK BODY TRANSFORMATION GUIDE will be on sale ANY DAY NOW, and it might be the best guide to changing your body I have EVER written).

I have 2 fitness apps and a nutritional iBook, for which I wrote every word and organised every promo.

I have a gym wear line coming out that I aim 100% involved in from the grass roots up (more on that later) and I am writing a book (more on that later, too).

I take part in charity events, photoshoots, meetings and press days pretty much weekly.

I. Am. Busy.

But I WANT to have a sick ass body – SO I TRAIN HARD AND I EAT RIGHT.

It’s that simple.

Do you want to have a sick ass body? THEN TRAIN HARD AND EAT RIGHT!

Yes but the problem is I also want pizza…

Yes we all want the fucking pizza but the problem with eating the pizza is that you wont get the sick ass body…

So CHOOSE what you want and DO. IT.

Nike had it right from day 1 – JUST DO IT!

Now, if I’ve learned anything from my 5 columns, it’s that editors LOVE a ‘top tips’ section, so, without further ado, here are some of my top tips for staying motivated! By the way if that exclamation mark made you as sick as it made me we’d be great friends.

1. GIVE YOURSELF SOME TIME TO BUILD UP TO IT – So the reason why I have been able to give 100% for 31 days solid now is that I gave myself November and December to eat what I wanted, drink what I wanted and do what I wanted. By mid December I was so ready to go again, but I knew Christmas was coming up, so I held tight. By the time January 1st hit, I was literally running out the gate…

2. SET A START DATE – Like I said above, I said to myself LONG before January 1st that THAT was my start date. I knew it was coming, I was making mental notes, actual notes, I told everyone that I was starting a prep so nothing was considered impolite or tempting. I was 100% set in stone that come hell or high water, I would start on January 1st. My gym was even CLOSED on January 1st, so I angrily made my way back home and did a circuit in my back room, before then meal prepping my food for the next 2 days. I WAS 100% SET ON JANUARY 1ST.

3. SET AN END DATE / FINAL GOAL – One of the motivating factors I have on my side that a lot of people don’t is a serious reason-why-goal. What I mean by this is that I will have a photoshoot next month, or an an app coming out, or a holiday with a boyfriend who can eat the world’s biggest jammy dodger EVERY DAY AND STILL LOOK RIPPED. I always have an END DATE – a reason why, and you need one too. Book a photoshoot, book a holiday, find an event or a big party coming up, find something, ANYTHING that will KEEP YOU GOING.

4. FIND THE TIME – Sometimes I train at 6.30am and sometimes I train at 9.30pm. Some days I train at home and some days I go to the gym. I FIND THE TIME. I FIND THE PLACE. I GET IT DONE.

5. FIND THE FOOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU – I love broccoli mash, protein oats, sweet potato wedges, Heck chicken sausages, a spoonful of peanut butter, MyProtein bars, caramel rice cakes, tinned tuna and sugar free ketchup. I find the foods I LOVE, I get excited to eat my meals, and I stay on diet.

6. JUST. DO. IT – Seriously, stop questioning, stop thinking, you want a sick ass body? Then train and eat right. JUST. DO. IT.