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.



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!


All signed up, what next?

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Club Hub UK – How did Tessa do it?

I’ve always admired people that have an idea and follow it through to turn their dream into reality. What is it about them that is different to some that fail to reach that end goal? I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve tried to come up with the “flugelbinder” idea, similarly pondered in Cocktail – yeah a flashback to the 80’s I know!


I recently came across Club Hub UK, an app that’s currently in development by someone who followed her dream and is turning it into a reality. This app I’m sure will be the answer to all of our prayers, when we’re wondering what is out there to keep our little ones entertained. It’s designed to be a quick and easy way to find local kids activities in your area. Another one of those moments when you think…Why didn’t I think of that?!

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Baby on board – or not?

Dear lady on the train,

As I sit here on this busy commuter train, I’m slightly ridden with guilt.

You see when you first got on and stood by me I thought you were pregnant, so I was ready to give up my seat. In that split second before I said something to you I then had that horrible feeling of maybe you’re not??

Now here is my dilemma. Do I offer my seat and if you are pregnant you will be so happy. I know this because I too commuted every day up until 2 weeks before my son was due. If you were like me you don’t want to feel like you’re something “special” or less able than anyone else, just because you’re growing a little person in your tummy. You may not want to display one of those Baby on Board badges to advertise to the world that you’ve had sex and are indeed pregnant! However on the other hand you might actually quite like the seat because at this time in the morning you can be feeling quite tired and hey, who doesn’t like a seat on that morning commute right?

Or not?

Or not?

But what if you’re not?

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Liebster Award


Whoop, whoop, thanks  to The Adventures of Beta Mummy who nominated me for a Liebster Award. Ok, it might not be a proper award but hey, it shows at least one person thinks I’m doing ok!

Right, so what is this all about?

The Liebster Award is intended to welcome and promote great new blogs to the happy blogging community. It’s a classic Q&A, you answer your nominator’s questions, then you pose your own to the other newbies you nominate (and you copy the badge, because bloggers LOVE a badge. Especially one that says ‘Award’ on it)

So, here’s the rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to his/her blog.
Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
Answer the ten questions you’ve been asked.
Nominate 5 new bloggers (with under 500 followers) that you want to share with the world.
Then create ten new questions for the bloggers you are nominating.
Notify the bloggers that you have nominated.

OK. Here are my answers to The Adventures of Beta Mummy’s questions…

1. Name your favourite band/artist?

Don’t have an out and out favourite,  depends what mood I’m in. I go from Calvin Harris, Rihanna to Kaiser Chiefs and Maroon 5!

2. On a scone, do you add jam first, or cream?

Whichever is closest!

3. If money (and practicality) was no object, which car would you drive?

Well, if you’re offering, I’ll have a Maserati GRANTURISMO MC STRADDLE please 🙂

4. What’s your favourite place in the UK?

Do you know what, I don’t think I have one! I’m a wherever I lay my hat kind of girl. I’m quite partial to Cornwall & Devon but no specific town/village.

5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Too many given I always wear the same 3 pairs depending on the occasion, work, play or weekends!

6. What are you wearing right now?

Excuse me, has this somehow turned to a sex chat line?! Haha ok, you got me, I’m in my pjs with a hoody on. Well, it is Friday at 7pm, what else would I be wearing?!

7. What was your first ever job?

Going way back to school age, it was picking raspberries and I got more value from the amount I ate rather than the money I earned!

8. If you were an animal, what would you be?

Oh, I’m tied between a dolphin to swim off to nice sunny climates and a cat, that can laze around all day and pee in someone else’s garden!

9. What is your best character trait?

Ability to generally look on the bright side of life even when things are turning to shit!

10. And what is your worst?

Being impatient, life’s too short for dithering

My Nominations are and in no particular order…

My questions…

  1. Lasagne or Spaghetti Bolognese?
  2. If you could date any man/woman in the world, who would it be and why?
  3. If you were Aladdin, what 3 things would you ask the Genie for?
  4. What’s your favourite tipple?
  5. What’s your idea of a good night out?
  6. Is it a jacket potato with cheese and beans or beans and cheese?
  7. What do you miss the most from when you were kid-free?
  8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
  9. What’s the most embarrassing situation you have found yourself in?
  10. If you were told the world would end tomorrow. What would you do today?

Mum-Work-Repeat x