The Body Coach: A Lifestyle Plan

"I'm working on myself, for myself, by myself."

So as I'm writing this blog post I'm almost finished Cycle one of The Body Coach's 90 Day SSS Plan. This is the Shift, Shape and Sustain plan and lasts twelve weeks, so three cycles. I started this plan because I felt that out of no where I gained two stone, like I woke up one morning and BAM there were two of me...

Since September I was a size 6 and at my lowest I was 8st 1lb, and at the time I was so frustrated because I genuinely couldn't put on any weight and I ate enough for a small village. I think your mind set has a lot to do with weight gain, like when I'm stressed and not happy in myself I tend to lose weight fast and a lot of it.

So here I am, extremely un-happy in my size more so than my weight because I'm struggling to fit into my size 8 skinny jeans unlike a few weeks ago when a size six was even big on me! I don't think I've ever been so open to talking about my weight gain because people who know me know I don't let things get to me in a negative way but one day I just decided enough was enough. I tried for three weeks to cut back on food and up on exercise and noticed no difference so it was time to take serious action.

Dominique Nugent was a huge influence into why I started this plan, she was heavier than me when she started it and lost over two stone. For me I'm aiming (and praying) to lose 18lbs and be the perfect size 8, which is just over a stone to get me to me goal weight and I know at this weight how my body should look. Know the first thing you will learn with this plan is that the scales is called the 'sad step' and we shouldn't go by them, but for me it's the reason I've kept it up. I've lost 1.5lbs each week the last three weeks and I'm hoping it keeps up because by the end of the 12 weeks I'll have lost the 18lbs.

So far I don't notice a change in how I look, but my choice of food and training has improved and it's still only the first few weeks so I know I can't give up just yet! I set a goal of 6lb weight lost with each cycle and I'm chuffed to say I'm almost at my goal and the first cycle is nearly up! Being honest, I'm still finding the food part hard because I have the biggest sweet tooth, so the odd time I do break code and cheat but I promised myself that with Cycle two and three that I won't give in and push myself so hard.

The food is so so nice with the program I think it's more of a mental thing telling yourself and your body that you can't have something. You always want what you can't have. I find that sometimes rather than having a meal from the long list of recipes I'll just have something I know is similar enough to what I would be allowed to have like a pizza wrap with healthier options like a wholemeal wrap, feta cheese, loads of veg and protein rather than a thick base pizza with full fat cheese and dips.

This is not just a quick fix plan this is a plan which will change how you train and eat forever ( I hope! ) with the odd cheat here and there. This plan won't work unless you do, just like everything else in life, but thankfully I'm loving it so far but I'm dying to finish it to see if I reach my goal weight and shape! My Cycle one blog post will be up in the next week or two once I'm finished and in that I'll go into more detail about meals, training etc.

Thanks for reading,

This could be the start of a new fitness/foodie series who knows but as always...

Stay Stylish,

Shauna xox

Pest Is Best

"I'd rather have stamps in my passport than money in my pocket"

I've been so quiet lately and it's basically because I've just about enough time to breath let alone write a blog post! In the last three weeks I've started a second job (or third if you count the odd shifts I do back in my old job) and I started The Body Coach 90 Day SSS Challenge and let me tell you it is a bloody challenge! But I'm loving the business and planning ahead and whatever because I know what I want and I know I'll have to work hard day in day out to get it.

But before this madness begun myself and my friend Shannen went to the beautiful city of Budapest and I've never enjoyed a city break like this before! There is loads to see and do and the weather was gorgeous and the people were so so friendly, oh did I mention it's dirt cheap? First time coming home from a holiday with money before and it's not as if I went with loads in the first place.

So we went on an early flight Saturday May 6th and we got there by lunch time. We stayed in an AirBNB and our 'landlord' organised for a car to collect us from the airport when we arrived. I'd say it was about 25 minutes again we got to the apartment, which was located five minutes out o the city centre. The apartment was amazing, like it was so modern and chic, total bloggers dream! And it was right beside a Costa, another cafe (which was even nicer than Costa) a supermarket and a few small Hungarian restaurants. We got the metro into the city, which was only 3 stops away and explored for most of Saturday as the weather was unreal, still didn't get a tan though...

     The apartment was called Art & Bike apartment on AirBNB and it was only €100 for two nights, so €50 each which is for nothing especially considering how nice it is! We also got champagne and chocolates from the man who was renting it out which was such a nice gesture. With the apartment we also had two bikes to use whenever we wanted if we wanted to go into the city on them or just go for a cycle around the area we were staying in. 

We went to the thermal bath party on the Saturday night (Spary if you will) and I was determined to keep a full face of make up on and not get my hair wet...that lasted an hour. I never experienced anything like it before and I feel like i you do go to Budapest you must do this, this made our trip!It began at half ten that night until the early hours of the following morning and our tickets were €60 each including 5 beers or 3 cocktails each which was such good value or what we got.

Before the madness o the bath party we tried Hungarian street food, washed down with some lovely Mojitos and it was so good! I know I'm not fussy with food but honestly there is so much to choose rom like on the Sunday evening we went for Pizza & pasta and this little Italian and it was nicer than any that I've tried before.

Depending on where you eat the prices can vary so outside of the centre is much cheaper, around €3-€5 would get you a main meal but in the city you'd pay closer to €10. The drink is also very cheap, cocktails weren't even €5 so I definitely had more than I needed!
Overall it's still cheaper than Ireland or food and drink and the quality of the food and service is still a high standard!

On Sunday we went on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour of the whole city, including both the Buda and Pest sides. We stayed in Pest, because Pest is Best, and also because that's where everything is bar the Castle. We didn't 'hop off' at any stage because we were a little bit broken from the night before but we got to see everything from the bus so we didn't feel the need to get off. 

I would definitely go back in a heart beat and do so much more, like see The Opera House, go on the Big Wheel in the main square, little things like that. I really cant fault this amazing city, I don't think anyone could. It was so lively, accommodating young hen and stag parties and It was also full of older couples just on a city break like ourselves.

If anyone has any questions on flights, where we stayed, places to drink or eat (which I don't know the name of but I can give directions to them haha!) and things to do feel free to pop me a message and I'll give you as much info as I can!

Thanks for reading and I hope this helped anyone who is thinking o going to Budapest!

Stay stylish,

Shauna xox