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It’s been a good three days and I am already down 600g.  But then, that’s probably because I’ve been really hungry!

Aside from Monday’s icky bruschetta, the food on the 12WBT has been nice and of course, sugar-free.  Monday night’s dinner was really lovely – a lamb salad with mint/yoghurt dressing.  It’s definitely a recipe I’d use again.

Yummo!

Yummo!

On the programme you have to weigh all your food which is a total pain, but it’s helped me to realise that my portion sizes have been too big.  I simply eat too much.  I expect that this is a legacy of years of overeating, even though I am now sugar-free (although I certainly eat less than I did in my sugary days thanks to being sugar-free).  I’m going to have to train my body to get used to a bit less food.  I’m even on the look out for vintage dinner plates!  Did you know the average dinner plate has grown 25% larger since the 1990’s?  Here’s a link to an article about how even the colour of your plates and tablecloth can cause you to overeat.

I’ve really missed my protein and needed to eat snacks as a result, so I swapped out the carby/fructosey breakfasts for my usual bacon & egg this morning (yes, that’s allowed on the food plan) and voila!  No morning tea required.

My one criticism of the food is that many of the lunches are time-consuming, but I guess as least they can be swapped out for quick sandwiches like this one…

Roast capsicum and olive tapenade sarnie

Roast capsicum and olive tapenade sarnie

I have absolutely no complaints about my fitness programme however.  Last week I did a baseline fitness test which includes the distance you can run in 12 minutes.  I did the 12 minute test again today (every Wednesday is a ‘check-in’ day) and I’ve already increased my distance.  The programme has 3 days of running – which includes sprints, and 3 days of core strengthening and toning.  I’m doing the intermediate programme and I’ve been delighted to find it challenging but not daunting so far.

I’ve started to run around the Basin Reserve (our local cricket ground) which has turned out to be the perfect place for me to run, after struggling to find somewhere  nearby that doesn’t have ginormous hills.  It also means I get to end my workouts by going up these steps:

There are 108 steps.  Yep, I counted.

There are 108 steps. Yep, I counted.

You can’t really tell how steep they are in the photo, but nothing gets my heart rate up faster than these babies!

I must admit that I’m not actually a fan of ‘quick’ transformation diets and programmes.  Most of them are completely unsustainable, so please don’t think I have any illusions about this one.  I’ve never even seen Michelle Bridges in action.  You can read about my reasons for signing up to it here.  But I must say…I like 12WBT.

I was impressed with the ‘pre-season’ tasks you had to do before the round kicked off this Monday.  The goal-setting task made me dig quite deep, and those goals will be revisited every four weeks on the programme.  There are a series of mini-milestones you can set yourself too (one of mine is to buy a new dress…sorry D).

One of the tasks was to tell people you are doing the programme, to put it out there, to make yourself accountable.  Of all the tasks, this one was the hardest for me – even more so than taking a ‘before’ picture of myself.  I felt embarrassed.  But I did it, and was immediately inundated with likes and lovely messages of support.

I also like that every few days there is something 12WBT-related going on to keep you in the game.  On Sunday night there’s a video message to get your head set for the week, weekly challenges on Mondays, a stats day on Wednesdays, meal and fitness plans for the following week on Thursdays, plus a few other things as well.   If you choose to engage with it, there’s probably enough in the programme to keep you on track.  I feel it’s doable, but then it’s not a huge lifestyle change for me, given that D and I try to eat healthily and I was exercising regularly anyway.  But I reckon even die-hard couch potatoes could do the programme and see results.  Whether you can keep it up in ‘real life’ is another story.

I reckon if I can take a good exercise programme and the portion control message out of it, that’s good enough for me.

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