Welcome to week 3 of my health and fitness plan. It is a little later than usual because I wanted to give myself a full week on the newest diet that I am trialling. I started The New You Plan last Monday and I weighed in at exactly the same as I had at my weigh in on the Friday – 179.6lbs. I know the reason for this and I will explain why in my diet section. I have also found two classes at the 1610 Gym in Crewkerne this week that I absolutely love and will be sticking to. Again, more information below.
I finished off the Paleo diet on Saturday and then reviewed it last week. Then, Sunday, I slightly relaxed by having a sensible roast dinner with roasted sweet potatoes and vegetables. I indulged in 4 profiteroles and some ice cream before starting the biggest challenge so far in this journey last Monday. I did weigh myself on the day I started and was exactly the same as the previous Friday. I blame that on the profiteroles!
The New You Plan is a total food replacement diet which I will be following for 4 weeks. It is based on 4 packets a day, 4 litres of water a day and 2 or 3 snacks a week – all ketosis-friendly. On top of that you are allowed up to 250mls of skimmed milk per day and green or peppermint tea but NO fruit as they would take you out of ketosis. I have to say that it has been really hard. Tuesday afternoon I felt like punching someone but going to the gym got that out of my system! The portions are tiny and I have to say that this diet is not for the people with a lack of willpower! I have completely stuck to it and, as the week has gone on, I have felt better and better.
I have started to eat my meals with a teaspoon as I want to fool my stomach into thinking it has eaten more. It does kind of work! My ‘treat’ is a milky coffee with sweetner each afternoon and I have found something to occupy myself on Monday and Wednesday evenings in the form of my photography course and Tuesday and Thursday is the gym. Grace and Ross kindly eat their evening meals whilst I am doing these things. Although, I have got to the stage where I don’t mind now and even walked into a fish and chip shop on Saturday for them!
Doing this diet for another 3 weeks is not going to be easy but I believe that it is going to be SO worth it.
Foods which weren’t for me
My least favourite packet food from the New You Plan is the chicken noodle curry. A bit watery for me.
Foods I loved
I can’t really say that I ‘loved’ them! But I really enjoyed the Spicy Noodle Nosh, Vegetable Chilli and Pasta Carbonara. The chocolate shakes are my favourites and I add 3 cubes of ice when blending it to make it more ‘creamy’. The bars are good too.
I thought I would share some images of my results from the Epson Pulsense. These are from Thursday which was the best day I had for exercise last week.
I am still doing my squats every day. I have also really stepped up the walks to and from school. It is a 25 minute walk and coming home is all uphill. I went to an all-female gym class on both Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesdays is Fitness Pilates and I really enjoyed it. There was a lot of stretching and putting yourself into strange positions. Then, on Thursdays, it is Piloxing. A form of boxing mixed with pilates but much higher intensity. You really do have to up the pace and I couldn’t do all the boxing moves due to my elbow but I certainly made up for it with my legs. Della and Michelle are both fantastic teachers and are really enthusiastic. It is safe to say that I have found my favourite classes and I really love the atmosphere at 1610 – a group of really friendly people.
Despite starting the week in a funk, I feel absolutely great now! Everyone is noticing how much brighter I look and how much more relaxed and happy I am. I went back for my follow-up homeopathy appointment on Saturday and, since my first appointment, I feel like I have really made so many improvements. I feel lighter too! I treated myself to two new pairs of LA Gear jogging bottoms and a hoodie on Saturday. This has always been one of my favourite makes and I couldn’t pass up the bargain of two pairs of bottoms for £10!
I wasn’t overly happy with my 1.4lb loss on paleo but I was really excited to see how the New You Plan worked for me.
Weight at the beginning of my diet: 187lbs
Weight last Monday: 179.6lbs
Weight this Monday: 175.8lbs
Loss for the week: 3.8lbs
Total Loss so far: 11.2lbs
Starting BMI: 27.2
Current BMI: 26.0
I am really pleased with the results I am seeing so far and will be interested to see what happens next week. I have decided that my first proper target is to get back into the proper BMI for my height. To do that I need to be under 170lb – so this is what I am gunning for at the moment and is the reason why I have started to include it.
Disclosure: I was sent the the Epson Pulsense and 4 weeks of the New You Plan together with 2 months membership at 1610 gym for review as part of my health and fitness plan, however all words and opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.