I’m past the half way mark on Cycle One of my 90-Day SSS Plan from the The Body Coach (Joe Wicks), I wish I could tell you I’ve broken bad habits. Whilst unable to rid myself of them entirely, I’ve found a way to deal with them on the plan at least.
You might wonder what my bad habits are? I wake up around 8am, plunge into emails and writing, three hours later remember to have a glass of water and then an hour later contemplate my first meal. I like to think of myself as one of the lucky ones who can have brunch everyday of the week.
Yet breakfast normally just consists of a green juice or a homemade smoothie, something I can pull out of the fridge, consume without too much thought and feel nourished. Gone are the days where one could be lax with breakfast, the 90-Days SSS Plan is changing all that, I can’t just have any old smoothie.
Despite Joe encouraging us to move away from the norms, I love fruit and grains for breakfast. Food can’t just be about fuel, it has to be about satisfaction as well, which is probably why Joe’s low carb oatmeal recipe is one of my favourites.
It’s too warm to have a hot breakfast now, so I dry toast all the ingredients for my low carb oatmeal in a pan on a low heat and have it as muesli instead with almond milk and lactose free yoghurt. Because it’s usually mid-day by the time I eat, if one of my snacks for the day is an apple, I grate half of it into the muesli (so delicious.)
My hubby is the nicest person in the world, even if he can’t spell (hee hee).
My second bad habit is that I physically cannot eat or sleep when stressed out. I’m not a comfort eater, at my happiest is when I enjoy food most but when feeling tired or harassed, eating is the last thing on my mind.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m usually in the best of spirits, next weekend is our annual cottage trip, which is always the first highlight of the summer. I love taking on the planning and cooking for the cottage trip but this time round I’m feeling really overwhelmed.
Because of that I didn’t sleep much last week. Normally it’s six to eight people, this year there are twelve of us, a four day menu to prep, between that, weighing out my own ingredients and preparing a ton of Bihari kebabs with my hubby, I had a minor melt down.
Exhausted from lack of sleep, a day of ballet and grocery shopping, whilst washing the mountain of dishes on Saturday night I burst into tears. Because I’d had enough of food in general, I went to bed on an empty stomach.
I struggled with food on Sunday and ate what I could: a bowl of emergency granola and yoghurt that we are allowed to have on the plan one to two times a week, a piece of salmon with spinach for lunch and a boiled egg as a snack but thankfully I stuck to my workout of high intensity interval training (HIIT).
SOS: Low Sugar Granola with yoghurt & strawberries.
Honestly working out just turned my weekend around. While I was at the gym, my hubby prepped dinner (he is the nicest person in the world like that) and by the time I got back things felt a little better.
Here’s the thing, we often take out our emotions on food. The 90-Day SSS Plan had nothing to do with my distress or feeling burnt out; in fact it helped me to work through it. I am starting to grasp the things that Joe and so many others try to make us understand.
The plan is for three months but unless it becomes a lifestyle as opposed to something I’m doing for ninety days for the sake of a dramatic external transformation, the results will stay at the surface. Humans are creatures of comfort and we love returning to familiar spaces which aren’t always the best for us, old habits die hard.
Staying hungry when stressed can be as destructive as devouring an entire pizza for comfort. I’m realising the dramatic transformation has to take place within, which might be easier said than done, but it’s not impossible.
That is why the biggest tip I can share with anyone on the 90-Day SSS Plan or considering it, is to make it your own. Within the parameters that you have, bring your own personality and quirks to it, therein lies the longevity. There’s no point in forcing myself to eat plain oatmeal everyday when I would rather have it with some grated apple.
Joe isn’t teaching us to simply fuel ourselves. We are not machines. Joe is teaching us how to nourish the human body so that we feel fantastic and can function at an optimum level while resting, being active and engaging in that thing we so often call life, which gets crazy, overwhelming, hectic and stressful.
You know what helped me with my bad habits over the weekend, the usual ones I get into when stress is on the plate? Healthy habits. Working out and knowing exactly what I needed to eat in order to give my body back what was needed to restore and nourish it once again. That and Keeping Up With The Kardashians on a Sunday night, well some habits are more like guilty pleasures.
Over the next twelve weeks I’m going share my experience of Joe’s plan. Stay tuned to the blog and follow me on Twitter and Instagram @sahar_aman to see how my transformation goes. Next week: staying lean and sticking to the plan at the cottage over Victoria Day long weekend.