“Don’t eat this, you can’t eat that, have another shake”. What a way to live. Do these diets ever work, no matter how hard you try? Well of course they do. For then. But what about later? What about now? What about in 6 months time? That’s why they’re a big seller. Everyone is looking for the one that works, the one that’s trendier and better than ALL the rest. Funny how everyone’s still looking…
I’ve never liked the idea of a ‘diet’. Never. Eat right and be active. I’ve always firmly believed in that. I admit, I’m lucky that I’m naturally tall and slim but these days I ain’t so slim or even slimish (in terms of me!). excess baby weight, injuries, lack of time to exercise, the list could go on and is probably one many people own (yes men too, many a dad has baby weight in support of their missus).
So when I heard rumblings of eating more (my appetite is rather large and often commented on) and exercising less (20 minutes! Really?!!!) AND in the comfort of your own home, how could I resist? So I bought my husband Joe Wicks’ “Lean in 15” for Xmas.
The thing was, beforehand I followed Joe Wicks, aka The Bodycoach, for a few months on facebook. ‘Lean winners’ were posting before and after photos. Some were of 90 days and others of 1 month. 1 month. No way Jose! Totally, utterly impossible. These folks must have personal trainers, diet planners, food makers, timers, time, loads of money and photoshop. I became absorbed by peoples’ achievements. I had to look further into this.
The book was met with enthusiasm by Beaker (husband) now verging on obsession. We’ve decided to go into this together although at this stage I’m not sure if this is a good or bad idea! He started reading the book morning, day and night…ok so that’s an over statement but he liked it.
Decision made. Let’s do this! Bring it!
It would take a few days for the ‘plan’ to come together. So we started dabbling. A few recipes and some more water.
Signed up! Now we’re in it to win it! Never doing anything by halves we got down to business. Ordering this vitamin and that powder. Lucky me, I got a free bag and shaker. Awesome! Then we realised we’d need to actually sit down and plan meals and shopping lists. ‘Prepping like a boss’ is one thing but we both have work to go to and a child to look after and feed too and to boot I”d just changed jobs. Hm. Doubt crept in. Maybe this wasn’t the best idea we’d ever had (and there have been some pretty bad ‘ens!).
TBC (I’m writing this almost one week in. Why oh why did I not start blogging last week?More to follow)