All the hard sweat and soreness won’t do anything if you don’t have these two things in place.
One, be certain to check in. Book it in.
I cringe getting on the scales and having that tape measure bounded around my waist, then thighs, arms and bust. But, (and it’s a big one) it’s the only way to record your improvements and or hiccups. Yes, there are hiccups – read it all here.
Rather than loathe about the numbers, embrace them. Remember that there may also be a half to one kilo in muscle gain to take into account.
At week two, I had a loss of 1.3kg plus 2cm off my waist but gained a cm on my thighs – all that bike riding. I was so proud that I actually had a loss, as I had to factor in Christmas and New Years speed humps into the mix.
At week five, I had a loss of 1.7kg. Finally, I joined the elusive fifties club. A figure I hadn’t seen since high school. It was glorious. It meant that my weight loss to date clocked 3kgs.
At week six, after a blow out week I packed on 1.7kg and rejoined the sixties club. I thought to myself, ‘why on earth did you drink those vodka slushies?’. It was a hit to my self esteem and training. But a bit of dusting off and solid trainer talk put me back on track.
At week seven, I’m back to my week five weight with a loss of 1.7kg – even after my hens weekend away. Feels so good. I may just get to my 5kg weight loss. I just have to train hard and eat well. That’s all.
Two, set your goals. Be accountable.
When I first sat down with Team Soul Train, in my mind I just wanted to ‘tone up’ and get rid of that flabby bit between my armpit and my breast – because, it makes my arms look massive in my wedding dress. Vain, totally.
Yet, through all the waffle, Dani really fleshed out three major goals from my beating around the bush. We set an eight week deadline and a strategy as to how I was going to achieve them. Here are mine and the strategy that Dani put into place;
Goal To lose 5 kilos and tone up around my arms and stomach area.
Strategy Workout 5 hours a week.
Goal To be able to do a handstand or headstand without the assistance of a wall
Strategy Practice every day at home and before each training session. Concentrate on tightening abdominal region whilst squeezing butt (this helps create a strong core line).
Goal To look fabulous in my wedding dress on my big day.
Strategy Eat well, following Team Soul Train’s nutritional tips outlined here.
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Team Soul Train approached THE GOOK to test out their training philosophy. They had heard about my looming big day and reached out to help – all training is complimentary. The sweat, early morning starts and opinions are my own. The proof will be in the body-pudding at the end of 8 weeks.