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Yay for the 1st of March, another month closer to Spring and some nicer weather. We will be heading on our summer holiday in June and so that gives me three whole months to get my arse in gear and tone up. It’s time to get Lean in 15!
A new approach: getting Lean in 15
After I had Miss Belle I joined Slimming World. I put two stone on when I was pregnant, not a horrendous amount, but enough to make me have to put some effort in to losing my baby weight. I lost 2 stone 6 lbs in 24 weeks on Slimming World. It’s a basic low fat diet and yes it works. But I often found myself craving something sweet, even after having a plate of carbs for tea. Since I hit my target in October 2015 some weight has slowly crept on again, because frankly, I haven’t been trying. I’m currently 10lbs over where I got to, which yikes, is nearly a stone. But more importantly than that, I don’t feel as good. The new jeans I bought are now too tight. I refuse to get my old jeans out of the fat drawer! I want to tone up and kick the habit of reaching for cake or chocolate for snacks, especially in the evenings.
The Shape Plan
This March I’ve decided to try Joe Wick’s recipes from his book Lean in 15 – The Shape Plan: 15 Minute Meals With Workouts to Build a Strong, Lean Body. I follow him on Instagram and love his videos of his meals. They always look so yummy. I bought his latest book in the January sales. Then I lost it… My parents visited last weekend and told me my brother and sister-in-law cook a lot of his meals and they’ve lost weight. Not only that, they’d cooked one of his meals for my parents and it was delicious and really filling. This was enough to make me to 1) find the book (that had been hiding in a drawer in my coffee table) and 2) decide to follow his meal plans. When I read the book and saw the before and after pictures I was really inspired to give it a go. I’ve even bought protein powder!
I try to exercise at the gym two days a week anyway, so I think I can incorporate his HIIT training plans into two other days in the week. I started yesterday and so far the meals have been super tasty. And I haven’t needed more than one snack in the day. So far, I can highly recommend his yummy french toast for breakfast and the spicy chicken gnocchi for dinner after a Spinning session! I don’t like almond milk but I had it in a smoothy today and it was actually pretty nice. And it filled me right up until lunch. Just to give you some perspective, on Monday after my normal bowl of cereal at breakfast, I was reaching for a hot cross bun at 10am…
I suppose the reason I am writing this post is just so it’s out there. It’s a goal, written down so I can’t duck out of it. Hopefully in a few months I’ll be able to let you know how I’ve got on with it. Of course there will be birthdays and meals out that get in the way, but I should be able to follow the meals mostly during the week. I have taken some “before pics” but I won’t necessarily be sharing these anytime soon! It’ll be interesting to see if I see a difference in my body shape and whether I can get “lean”. I’m less bothered about the scales and more bothered about my jeans fitting again. I also want to get out of the habit of eating sugary snacks in front of the TV every evening.
I thought about giving chocolate up for all of March for the British Heart Foundation’s “Dechox” fundraising campaign. And of course, it’s now Lent. I usually try (and fail) to give up chocolate or cake for Lent. This year I am being more realistic and cutting it out in the week. Sunday is the day or rest and feast day, i.e. treat day. So, I’ll let you know how that goes too.
Are you giving anything up for Lent? And have you tried Lean in 15?
Leave me some inspiration in the comments box below!
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