Nine years ago, I was about to get married (for the first time ha!) and so I did what what most brides-to-be do – hit the gym. HARD. Got myself a a personal trainer and was there at 6am, 5 days a week. I don’t remember her name, but she told me about this special diet I could do to help slim down for the wedding. It was all about limiting your carbs and increasing your protein and fat consumption. There was a catch though. No alcohol, no dairy, no sugar… AKA, no fun. But I’m one of those people who, when she puts her mind to it, can do close to anything. So, I followed the diet to the letter, lost a bunch of weight and looked amazing on my wedding day. By the end of the honeymoon though, I was basically back to square one. All that work wiped out in the space of a fortnight.
Fad diets. Ugh.
Fast forward nine years, another wedding and two kids later, and here we were. A little worse for wear. A few wobbly bits here and there as you might expect. Still looking pretty good, but not feeling like “me” anymore. Tired, lethargic, and lacking motivation.
So I went searching for a solution. Not a fad diet – a lifestyle overhaul. A way to change it up that was going to help me out of the fog and hopefully, back into those skinny jeans sitting in the back of the wardrobe.
After doing some research, I decided I was going to sign up to the 6 week Low Carb, High Fat Challenge with Vicky and Joe from Eat Play Thrive.
I paid my registration fee and off I went. Before the challenge started, I was given a plethora of information to get me on my way to make sure I felt supported and ready right from day one. There’s a private Facebook page for you to join with the other participants, which immediately makes you feel like you are a part of a community. Having a bad day? Post about it in the group and let the other members lift you up and remind you why you’re doing this. Having a great day? Post about that too! I used the group regularly when I had questions about particular foods, which were always answered quickly by Vicky, Joe or a member of the group.
For all the participants who need to understand the science behind the LCHF movement, theres workshops and interviews with Doctors, Nutritionists and other who clearly explain how shifting to a LCHF lifestyle benefits your body.
And finally, the recipes! Oh my lordy. The recipes. Never did I think that being on a “diet” (for lack of a better word) could be so delicious. Not once in the six weeks did I miss the foods I usually rely so heavily on (I’m looking at you pasta and bread), because the food I was consuming was so amazing, I never felt like I was missing out.
And heres the best part – the results.
For me, this was never about the number on the scales. It was about dropping body fat and feeling good. Both of which I achieved.
Bust: 92cm 86cm
Waist: 77cm 69cm
Hips: 98cm 92cm
25.6% fat 23.2%
48.3% water 49.9%
29.1% muscle 31.0%
So where to from here?
Thats the best part about the program and signing up with Vicky and Joe. At the end of the six weeks, you have the tools you need to make this a LIFESTYLE change. Not a fad diet. I’m now in maintenance mode, and feeling better than I have in a long long time.
The next six week LCHF Challenge starts on 28 October, and I’ll be there. This time around I’m ready to learn more about the exercise component and how I can really kick my body into shape over summer and beyond.
Registrations are now open for October – come and join us and see what all the fuss is about!