A dad's journey into health


May 2016

Where did the Mojo go?

Last week I said, ‘so long’ to Cycle 2 of the 90 day sss plan and for some reason I am having real issues starting Cycle 3.  I’m not worried or overwhelmed by starting the cycle, I know its going to be tougher and that’s fine.  But for some reason I am reluctant to start.

It’s true I was very disappointed to only lose five pounds through the second cycle, but not wholly surprised as I did cheat on the food a fair bit.   But that’s just between us, OK?  Shhhhh.

One thing that did help was a photo that appeared on my Facebook timeline.  Here is what five pounds of fat look like:

FB_IMG_1463694730733 So as you can see 5lb isn’t to be sniffed at it’s a fair old chunk of stuff.

There has been tonnes of stuff going on for me personally, I wonder when my mid-life crisis will happen, (assuming that it hasn’t already) what will it feel like and how will I act.

Enough of that though, time to re-board the Train of Thought. Chu-Chu



Where did the Mojo go?  I am still exercising and eating healthyish but just can’t bring myself to jump back on plan 100%

I’m sure this is just a temporary thing and the next time you hear from me I will be back in the swing-O’-tings, at least I hope so.

But in the meantime if you happen to find my motivation, please smack its bottom and send it straight home.

Signing off for now

See you all somewhere cyber.

Goodbye Cycle 2

So this week I reached the end of Cycle 2 on my 90 day sss plan.  Much like the end of the last cycle I felt the results were a little bitter/sweet.

Okay so I know that I have struggled with the food on this cycle and my  preparation skills have been somewhat lacking, however I was still disappointed to see only a 4lb drop.  So to get my own back on …erm, myself I guess, I had a bit of a blow out at the weekend.

Nevertheless, the morning after I though about the month just gone by and (cheat meals aside) I am pretty proud of myself.  I didn’t miss a single training session and my body feels much stronger and tighter as a result of introducing the weights into the mix.  My fat mass index is still dropping so just figure I have put on muscle this month (please let that be the case).

Here are my results so far:

Cycle 2 stats

Anyhoo I will push on, to quote the West Wing “Trust the captain, Trust the crew”.  I will once again put my faith in Joe Wicks and my coach, Josh.  I guess they call the scales the Sad Step for a reason.  The numbers are not exactly going for me but contrary to that, I have had more positive comments this cycle about my weight that at any other time so they can’t all be just being polite. Can they?

No that’s Stupid, Stupid oopid.  No room for negativity here.

So here’s to Cycle 3.  BRING IT ON.

Laters Peeps



Where does the time go?

Wow, my last blog seemed like an age ago.  Tonnes has happened since then, my work role has changed, I have started my final year at uni (mature student obviously), and the end of cycle 2 of the 90 day sss plan is just around the corner.

Cycle 2 has been a bit of a mixed bag for me.  Cycle 1 was very prescriptive and easy to follow with lots and lots of recipes.  As I love cooking and getting creative in the kitchen, when Cycle 2 came with only a few recipes and a list of foods you are allowed on different days, I thought I would love it (I had visions of me being a celebrity chef just throwing things together).

Unfortunately, without having the recipes to focus on I got lazy and wandered away from the food side of things and cheated a bit.  Now I know that the recipes make you prepare properly for the cycle and the amount you make lasts quite a long time. As I have said in a previous blog, Me + Being left to my own devices = Nothing good.

The exercise, on the other hand, has been great.  I have really liked adding the weights into the mix, even if that means going from 15 mins 5 times a week of HIIT workouts to 4, 45-50 minute workouts including HIIT’s and weights.  So bring on Cycle 3 I am more than really for ya.

One thing I have learnt from this plan, is the importance of exercise.  Even when I have cheated on the food I am still able to lose weight because I am working so hard at my fitness.  This never really clicked with me before.  I suppose it is the quick fix mentality that come with Yo-yo dieting.  I knew that if I hammered WeightWatchers or Slimming world for a week I could probably drop 6lb’s a week, but would then be furious with myself for putting it back on in the few weeks that followed.  You can’t just focus on the food, not only does it not work but it’s a bit miserable as well, and you don’t get all the added health benefits from the exercise.

I really love writing my blog and plucking out the things idly floating around in the old noggin.  With that in mind I am thinking about expanding my blog (as this seems like a great forum to be grumpy in and complain about stuff, ha ha) to include more general stuff not just the health plan related things.

Will totes make an effort to blog more in the future, time has just been slipping by recently.

Keep on doing your thing and stay happy.

Laters peeps

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