How lockdown was the best thing for my fitness transformation
The 5 steps I took to take me from 87kg (13 Stone 7lbs) to 65 (10 stone 2lbs) during London’s Lockdown:
Step 1: Started tracking 3 things weekly; weight, circumference measurements and food
Tracking can be both hard work and scary.
Hard work because it’s not what I grew up doing with food. I felt it would take the joy out of eating. Yet what I found once I did it for a week or two, was that I could look at a bowl of rice and know what nutritional value it had.
Scary because I didn’t want to do all the hard work and not get any results because then I knew giving up was inevitable.
Tracking is by far the MOST boring of all the steps – but everything else fails without it.
Skip it at your own risk.
Step 2: Found an accountability/training partner
My sister has always been the naturally slim one in the family. I don’t hate her for it… much… maybe just a little. Either way, neither of us felt comfortable in the gym in the beginning but we had each other.
If one of us wasn’t in the mood, it was the others job to crack the whip!
Important tip: Don’t try to just rely on your own willpower, let others help you!
Step 3: Booked in 4 sessions per week with my Personal Trainer
We planned on doing 2 sessions per week, but after our first consultation with Obi we left thinking, ‘if we’re going to do it, we may as well give it our all’. With that, we booked our sessions in advance to make sure we did at least 4 sessions per week.
One of the differences I would put at the top of the list for my transformation would be my mental health.
Walking home from the gym, 3 weeks into training, I remember having a realisation that I hadn’t had a ‘bad day’ for a while. Training is like an instant refresh. Some days I may feel a bit down, something is on my mind or I’m feeling a little stressed. Yet, whether my sister has had to drag me to train or I’ve got there through my own strength, I walk out of there feeling instantly happier, like the slate has been cleaned.
Another difference is of course, my size, my weight and my strength.
I have lost 20kg to date. I am the strongest I have ever been. I mean, I can do 5 chin ups, and 1 whole pull up!
That may not sound like much but these little things that you see people doing in the gym look so intimidating and for me to be able to do these exercises makes me feel so proud of myself.
In the beginning the sessions were tough but once I started to see myself getting stronger, with heavier weights and a clearer mind – I was hooked.
Once you get past the first 4 weeks, it becomes much easier. You begin to look forward to your sessions and you really start to see the results.
Step 4: Created a meal plan
I had never tried a meal plan before. I’d always do ‘fad’ diets or elimination diets. E.g. don’t eat carbs. Some didn’t work at all. Some worked temporarily. The difference between a PLAN and a DIET is: a plan is built FOR YOU.
Obi helped me put a plan together based on my:
– Size, age and height
– Food preferences
Diets tend to be rigid. But plans can change as you go and have a defined end (10 more weeks in my case).
The #1 benefit of a meal plan is as you learn what you do and don’t like and develop a general understanding of the nutritional value of certain foods, it no longer feels like a ‘meal plan’, it just feels like life.
Step 5: Stick to the plan!
A large part is having faith in the plan.
In hindsight, I didn’t have a faith in my own plans because they hadn’t worked in 10 years.
I had faith in Obi because he had a track record of successful transformations… and he has the ‘gift of the gab’ and somehow makes you want to do better and more.
My bonus tip would be… believe in yourself to find a solution but let others help you along the way and always… ALWAYS trust the process! Never give up!