You know me - I enjoy a good vomit inducing workout session with the lovely body confidence coach and personal trainer Laura, owner of LP Training. You'd be right to question my sanity, why on Earth would anyone want to exert enough effort to make themselves chuck up? Who does that? Well, me. The aim isn't to throw up by the way, but I know I have worked hard when I'm having to have a walk around and take some deep breaths between sets, lest I see my last meal in reverse. I want to push myself to that limit because working out alone at home doesn't mean you half ass it. You go for it with your full ass, you crack out those reps to the best of your ability. You don't stop because no one is watching you, YOU are watching you. You don't work out for someone else, you do it because it makes you feel good as well as look good (though that won't happen immediately after as my sweaty red face above illustrates).
You do it for yourself.
So the question is - Can you really get results by following nutrition advice and training at home? Can you lose weight and increase your fitness levels simply by working out 3 times a week and eating well? The answer, of course, is yes. Yes you can.
You don't need fancy equipment or a gym membership. You need motivation, and determination. You have to WANT it. There's no point signing up to anything if you don't stick to it. You can't out train a bad diet, and you can't expect to see results if you're not honest with yourself. Don't make excuses, just do it. Your body can and will respond to a healthy diet and exercise and this is where #FITIN30 can help you.
Regular readers will know that I joined local fitness group Project 6 Pack two years ago and I earned myself a killer bod by working hard and following their expert advice. Laura is one of the personal trainers behind Project 6 Pack and her new home workout plan with online support group is, in my opinion, the next best thing to being at P6P. So many people said to me "Oh I wish there was something like that around here" - well, now there is and better yet, you don't even need to leave the house!
I've agreed to trial the #FITIN30 workout plan for 30 days & see how I get on. I'm going to share my thoughts on the exercises, whether or not I see any results at the end (entirely dependent on the degree of effort I put in, too, to make that clear) and if you're
unlucky perhaps some time-lapse videos of me sweating profusely and questioning my life choices. The plan comprises 3 sets of exercises and a stretch routine, and you're added to a private Facebook group for support, advice and information with other members who are using the plan. The routines are straightforward and Laura posts videos of herself completing the workouts as well as photos of meals, and motivational messages, as do the other members. It's a warm, supportive group & even though you're working out on your own, you're never alone.
Probably the most difficult thing about a lifestyle change is maintenance. Losing weight to be honest has been the easiest part for me. Learning to move out of my comfort zone, to push myself, and to not stuff an entire box of Jaffa Cakes in my face whenever I feel like it has been bloody hard going at times. Sometimes I have fallen off the wagon. Spectacularly. And we probably should just not talk about Christmas. The important thing is to realise that this is a lifestyle and not a diet. You're not being deprived of anything, you are doing your health and your body, and also your mind, a favour. You need to commit to eating well and training as a part of your every day routine, it is a way of life. We all have cheat days
or weekends... The trick is picking yourself back up & doing better next time and when you know better, you do better.
I have been able to maintain a healthy lifestyle and exercise routine by myself for two years using all of the amazing advice and knowledge that I have learned from Laura, and my time at Project 6 Pack. I know what to eat, what not to eat, and how much effort I have to put in to get the results I want from my fitness routine. From an entirely personal point of view, I genuinely cannot recommend Laura highly enough - she and Amirah taught me not only how to change my diet and my body, but my whole life. As you can see from the comparison pictures, these were taken a few weeks shy of a year apart and I am not only the same size but fitter and stronger, too.
Ready to give it a try yourself? Want to know how to get signed up? Laura's #FITIN30 plan is available to all, drop her a message on Facebook and change your life for the better. In addition to #FITIN30, there is also a Vision nutrition plan bolt-on available to help you achieve the best results possible. There is even the opportunity for you to WIN your next phase of #FITIN30 simply by sharing your meals and workouts on social media and using hashtags #LPTraining #BodyConfidenceCoach and #FITIN30.
Be sure to check out my #FITIN30 progress on my social media channels, and come back to the blog to see how I get on with the plan. Better yet - join me! Find out more and sign up at www.facebook.com/lptraining.