Cycle Two

90 Day SSS Plan – Cycle Two is in the bag!

Where has the time gone? It feels like only days ago that I finished Cycle One where I entered the world of Joe Wicks, The Body Coach and his 90 Day SSS Plan and now Cycle Two is complete. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

So, what does cycle Two have in store for you?

This cycle is about “Shaping”. It really ramps up the exercise but in the form of volume resistance training (weights). So where Cycle One was purely HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), this cycle is a mixture of both.  The idea of what you eat and when changes, there are more carbs on training days – whoop, whoop. You have a bit more of a free rein when it comes to food. You are given a pick “n” mix list of ingredients to choose from to create your own recipes. If getting creative in the kitchen fills you with dread then there are a handful of set recipes.

The exercise

As I mentioned above, the exercise does really step it up a gear or two. It involves you doing a shorter HIIT session, followed by specific resistence training, followed by another HIIT session, then another set of resistance training. It focuses on different areas of the body and you have to do 4 in a week. It’s split into two sets of exercises on each day you train – Arms, Chest and Back, Legs, Shoulders.

Needless to say this then means the amount of time needed for the training increases from half an hour in Cycle One to approximately one hour in Cycle Two.

You don’t need to be a member of the gym and you can pick up some cheap, good quality dumbbells and barbells to use at home. I opted for a set from Argos as recommended by my Support Hero that you can find by clicking here.

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If you think you’d be struggling to fit this in, then you can split them and do all of the resistence in the am and HIIT in the PM, to fit it around your busy lifestyle.

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90 Day SSS Plan – Cycle One Complete!

I recently welcomed Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach into my life, well ok, not literally but his 90 Day SSS Plan. I’d completely lost my mojo when  it came to exercise and on occasions when I could fit it in I’d just got out of the swing of it. I wrote a post called Exercise, what’s that?, talking about when do you find the time to exercise when you’re a mum/parent. Anyway, enough was enough, I desperately wanted to get back into it and thought the only way to make me stay committed was to take a more disciplined approach.

I’d been reading a lot on Social Media about Joe Wicks, The Body Coach. Intrigued, I started to pay closer attention and read up a bit more about what he was doing. From the marketing it seemed to completely tick the box, exercise in 20 minutes, even I could find time for that! Healthy eating and quick recipies, perfect. Where do I sign up?

So, that was it, I did it and I’ve now completed my first Cycle of 30 days, so thought I’d share my experience with you in case you are looking for something or are pondering signing up too.

Why sign up for the 90 Day SSS Plan?

If you’ve already come across Joe Wicks #Leanin15, you may ask why sign up when Joe has cook books out there with the recipes and exercises in the back of them. Not forgetting the uTube video’s where you can train with Joe.

Well, the recipes aren’t tailored specifically for you in the books. We are all different shapes and sizes, with different dietary requirements. When you sign up, the quantities in the recipes are bespoke to you, in order for you to get the best results. You also have your “support hero”, a dedicated person at the end of an email to answer all of your questions during the plan and give you advise. I wanted to incorporate a run into my plan and they were on hand to advise what I could/couldn’t do and lots of advise re food queries.

I also felt signing up would keep me committed to the plan, given I was paying for it (£149 but can be broke down over 3 monthly payments to make it more affordable). The fact you also have to send in your measurements and pictures for each cycle would drive me to stick to it too!

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All signed up, what next?

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An ode to the Daytime Nap

An Ode To The Daytime Nap

This post goes out to all of you Mummy’s, Daddy’s, Nana’s, Grandad’s, Step Mum’s, Step Dad’s, Childminders and Nursery Workers…in fact anyone with responsibility for looking after little one’s.

For those of you with children that still have a daytime nap, believe me you are blessed, but be warned, it doesn’t last.  For those of you that they don’t, you might just relate to this!

There once was a time in the day
That mummy’s got to stop and say
Oh, how we love the daytime nap
That snippet of time, that lovely gap

Now what should we do with this hour?
Clean, tidy or hey maybe take a shower
It won’t be long before they rise
Oh God, how quickly the time flies

When they were tiny naps got in the way
Leaving the house used to take all day
If they weren’t asleep, taking their nap
You would guarantee an explosion of crap

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I’ve found my H spot!

Apologies if you were expecting some sort of new erogenous zone that you’d been missing out on all these years.  Unfortunately Ladies and Gents, the H Spot is not the new G spot but I have found an amazing new (H)oliday  spot!

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You often hear of people returning to the same holiday destination each year. I’ve never quite understood this concept given its a big world out there, so many places to see and different things to do.

However I stand corrected as I’ve found my UK H Spot and it’s ….The Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.

 

We’ve just got back from a lovely week spent on the Isle of Purbeck. We, being my son and my parents – ticking another off the “who do you holiday with, as a Single Parent?” list.

We stayed in a village called Corfe Castle in a gorgeous cottage that you could fit my house into 3 times over! It was a last-minute find, so slightly bigger than we needed but gave us the added bonus of a room each. The extra space also meant for a whole week I wasn’t conscious of my dulcet tone being heard by neighbours as I have those constant debates that take place with a 3-year-old to get the simplest of things done.

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Wicked Wednesdays #7

I used to agree with the phrase “Silence is golden” before I had my son. Now silence only means one thing… trouble, as I quite recently found out!

I’d got my bestie over for the weekend and we had loads to catch up on because we haven’t seen each other for ages. We were trying to cram the last 3 months events into that rare moment when the little guy was playing happily. Ah damn, that moment soon passed, he decided I’d had enough attention and it was his turn. He wanted my friend to go upstairs and play with his toys . I kept telling him to come downstairs and we’d play there. Nope that wasn’t cutting it.

Anyway, after a few attempts all went quiet and I thought bless him, he’s decided to carry on playing regardless. *Mistake number 1!

Hmmm, wait, slight alarm bells, isn’t it a little bit too quiet? Nah I’m being paranoid “natter, natter” *Mistake number 2!

5 mins later – No, definitely too quiet, I’ll just go and check…

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