I really don’t mind if you are not interested in reading this – you may move on and I will see you next post when I have something hopefully more crafty.
In my last post I got a few comments about how good I am looking. Well I am feeling pretty bloody good too.
I have been doing Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation 12WBT (or in plain terms – diet).
I have been thinking about this for a couple of days now. I really want to let you know what I thought of the 12 week program.
This is the last week of Round 1. I wanted to let you know my results and what I have learned and think of the program so far.
I was told about this program in January by a very good friend. She told me that some of her friends had achieved some awesome results and that she was going to do it too.
12WBT is an online 12 week program run by Michelle Bridges (from Biggest Loser). Each week you get an exercise program, a menu plan (with recipes and a shopping list) and 2 weekly videos from Michelle. It does cost $200 but the difference it has made to me and my husband’s life, $200 is a bargain.
The thing that I think that is unique about this program is that you all start on the same day together. I reckon about 3500 people did the first round this year. The program also has a very active online forum community. Any question I have ever had – I just searched the forums and generally someone else has posted about it too. It is nice to know that you are not the only one. In fact when we went to SIT I think that there were 6 other ladies doing 12WBT too.
It begins with 4 weeks of pre-season tasks. She sets you some challenges to do before you actually begin to get your head in the right mind set. Things like cleaning out your fridge and pantry, setting goals and going over your “excuses”. I lost 4kg in the pre season.
The exercise program has 4 levels – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Lean and Fit and Advanced Lean and Strong. The last two seem to be focused on those that have little or no weight to lose and are interested in increased fitness and toning. I mostly followed the intermediate program. Then within each level she has 4 programs for different training locations – at home (your loungeroom), outside (local park), and two for at the Gym – machines and classes.
For the first 4 or 5 weeks I basically just used exercise DVDs in my lounge room. I now do a mixture. Often during the week I do a DVD, a class at the Gym, run on our treadmill, do an outside run and do an outdoor training program. Every now and then I also go to a Yoga class.
I am (have been) a busy person. I juggle our household with both of us on shift work, the little girl at school and the little boy at kindy 2 days per week. Remember I also manage to find time to knit and sew. So saying that you don’t have time is not really an excuse. The main thing that I learnt through this program was to be organised. For me this meant printing out a weekly calendar with our shifts and commitments. I would then go through each day and figure out when I could do some exercise. That then pretty much determined what type of exercise I did. If the kids were at home then I would do a DVD. (You would be surprised how much they enjoy seeing mummy doing exercise in the lounge room, more often than not they would join in too.) If hubby was also at home then I could duck out to do a class or go for a walk.
Ok – the most important thing. The meals. Yes they are good. Yes they are simple. I didn’t like a handful of them but there was lots of room for substitution. The weekly meals plans aren’t stupid either. They don’t expect you to be able to make a complicated salad during a work day, or a difficult and long to prepare recipe mid week. Again my main reason for success with meal plan was planning the week ahead. If I was on a night shift I would make double the previous nights meal and take that to work. I have a menu sheet (from Kikki K) on the fridge with what I am eating for the whole week – every meal.
And because I have shopped for the whole week I know that when it comes time to prepare the meal I have all of the ingredients on hand. There is also an out – once a week there is a treat meal. So you can plan around an event like a friend’s birthday to make that your treat meal and not have to worry about the diet for one night. Quite often we use our treat meal to get take away.
When I told my Husband that I wanted to do this, I asked him for his support in following the “diet” part of the program. I didn’t want to be making two lots of meals. He has been absolutely awesome and really helped me. He has also re-evaluated his eating habits and seems to enjoy the meals that are part of the menu. I do give him sightly bigger serves and generally increase the meat portion.
So my results. As of yesterday I have lost a total of 12.8kg – 15.2%. I was just over 84kg at christmas time. I lost 4kg during preseason and the rest over the last 11 weeks. Every week of the program you weigh in and put your stats on the website. Every 4 weeks you take measurements and do a simple fitness test. This shows you the results that the scales don’t. I have lost 8cm from my chest ( you can’t decide where it goes from!) and 11cm from my hips – in reality that is a size 16 to a size 12. My hubby has also lost 13.5kg and is running! He is now a size 34″ and was 38″.
I didn’t think that I was particularly overweight, but I was at my heaviest and very unfit. I knew I was in trouble when I had to buy size 16 jeans and they were starting feel uncomfortable.
SO you want proof. This is me September, September and December 2010.
And this is me TODAY - in my brand new JAG size 11 jeans.
Check the difference between the 11 and the 16 in the exact same Jean!!
So what is next …. I am not signing up for the next round and am going to try to “go it alone”. I have a huge bank of suitable recipes, I know what I need to eat, what I should avoid and I know how much exercise I need to do. I just need to continue being organised and planning each week in advance. I am also planning on doing a 5km fun run early next month and the Bridge to Brisbane (10km) in September.
Why am I telling you this. The next round of sign ups is open – round 2 kick off is 23 May and pre season is up and running. If you have some weight to shift or just want to be fitter and healthier, I want you to feel as good and I do and get the results that I have or better! It is only $200 and it is only 12 weeks. Go for it.
I am obviously not getting paid to endorse this program. These are my thoughts and my true results.
If you have any questions please email me, craftjunk at gmail dot com and I will be happy to answer them.
EDITED to add on 9 April 2012. I wrote this post almost 12 months ago.
I am still owe my health and fitness to this 12WBT program. All up I lost a total of 20kg and have now maintained my goal weight for the last 5 months. I completed a 10km race in under an hour and am training for a half marathon. This program gives you the tools to live a healthy life. You learn what you need to on the program and then incorporate it into your daily life. You don’t need to continuously sign up. I did three rounds to get where I am and will probably do another one as a refresher and to push myself a little bit more.