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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?

True to what they say, I received my plan within 4 days, I think I actually got it in 3. It’s a detailed plan explaining the nutrition and exercise behind it all. It includes links to uTube clips for the exercises and also lots of recipes for you to follow and any supplements (you don’t need to take all of them as there are quite a lot)

First Observations and here comes the *Spoiler Alert*…

It’s not “Lean in 15” and it’s not just based on 20 minutes of exercise but…you do definitely get results and it is worth it, so don’t switch off to the idea just yet, keep reading!

Maybe I hadn’t done quite enough research on forums (there are plenty of facebook groups out there), to see what it entailed in reality. So, the first Cycle is based on 20 minute HIIT (High intensity interval training) sessions but the next two Cycles are longer, approx. an hour however some people appear to split these., to make them more manageable chunks while juggling everyday busy lives.

Prep Like a Boss!

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Joe’s favourite catch phrase! The cooking is the bit that I think I can still improve on. Batch cooking has to be the way forward. I did it to some extent but not nearly enough. I have found I have spent most evenings since starting the plan in the kitchen. I am probably an extreme case of this given I work full time and am a single parent. So, I have to prep meals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and this doesn’t start until about 7.30pm once I’ve got my son to sleep. During this first month we’ve also been away a lot at weekends, so I haven’t managed batch cooking at the weekend either. Definitely something I will be fitting into the next Cycle and picking those freezer friendly recipes.

So what about the exercises?

The First Cycle of 4 weeks is based on doing 4-5 HIIT sessions a week and your meals are based on low carb options apart from when you have done a HIIT session and then you have a carb meal following that session.

The HIIT sessions are approx 20 mins each, based on rounds of high intensity for 30 seconds with 45 seconds off, then repeat. You can stick to one exercise or mix them up as long as you do all of the rounds. The great thing is, these can be done at home if you’re not a member of a gym. With little one’s you can fit it in when they’ve gone to bed or are occupied playing with something. At the start my son even tried to join in but then after a couple said “these exercises are ridiculous”. Whilst he stood naked on my exercise mat in the back garden on a very hot day – an image I’ll never forget and when did he learn the word “ridiculous” at 3 years old?!

If you want motivation or inspiration on mixing up the HIIT sessions, then I’d recommend using Joe’s uTube videos – you can click here for The Body Coach TV

The Food…

Is absolutely lovely with only a few exceptions that I would give a miss! The prep does take a while given you are measuring everything out and doing lots of chopping. However it is all fresh, so you know exactly what you are eating and soon pick up on how many scoops, spoons of something to be close to the measurement first time around.

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Avocado, celery and tomato salad

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Satay Chicken

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Meatballs

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Teriyaki Salmon

My faves – Meatballs, Chicken Satay, Chicken Cashew Curry, Lime & Avocado Smoothie, Build up Bagel, Teriyaki Salmon to name a few!

One’s to avoid – Reduced carb porridge, Quick & easy Salad

Enough already, what about the results?

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Drumroll…. I lost 2.25 kilos and 7 inches from my overall measurements. So I’d say definitely worth it, especially given I had quite a few social plans lined up. I DIDN’T FOLLOW IT 100%, during my first month I’d had a one day festival, camping trip and a holiday when I was obviously “off plan”. I added one extra week to the plan after my holiday to try and balance it out. I did impress myself by still doing the HIIT sessions while I was away though – yes, you do get the bug!

Well, here goes for Cycle 2 of the 90 day SSS Plan which is made up of Resistance Training and HIIT sessions combined…

If you’re considering doing the 90 Day SSS Plan, I’m happy to answer any questions you’ve got . If you’re already a graduate I welcome your advise and tips for the next two cycles!

Look forward to hearing from you

Mum-Work-Repeat xxx

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28 thoughts on “90 Day SSS Plan – Cycle One Complete!

  1. Beta Mummy says:

    I so admire your commitment! It’s so hard to fit it in when you’re working and a single mum too. Great results, well deserved 🙂
    *sigh* I really need to do some exercise….!

  2. Something About Baby says:

    Well done on your results! That is really amazing. I’ve been umming and ahhing about starting this plan – the cost is the main factor at the moment but also time to exercise and cook is also a problem – especially as my son isn’t good at going to bed so I could end up exercising at 10pm every night!! Maybe once he’s settled down I can look at it in the new year as I’ve heard such great things about it #marvmondays

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      I justified it by thinking that a personal trainer in London is £50-60 per hour, so the £49 for a month felt like a bargain! Especially given it then means i can adopt it after the 90 days are up. Wow I’m impressed with you exercising that late at night. I’ve been trying to do mine during lunch breaks at work. At the weekend I do it and give my son some Tv time…a win win!! X

  3. Emma says:

    Wow! Fantastic results well done. Mr C did this about a year ago and I think he was unlucky with who he got as his support. His emails went unanswered and he never got the third cycle. Due to the chasing he lost momentum. It’s a shame as he was doing so well. Perhaps I should dig it all out again and try and get him back on it! #Bloggerclubuk

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      Oh no, that sounds really bad, I haven’t heard of anyone having that trouble before. Mine’s been great and you read a lot about people praising their SH. Go on, dig it out 😉 X

  4. Marina Ilieva says:

    Great job! Your post will definitely inspire other mummies. This plan seems really interesting and worth following, but I’m afraid I cannot cook separate meals for myself. Maybe, if my partner agrees on eating the same food, we’ll have a deal. 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      The food’s gorgeous. I’m sure you wouldn’t have much trouble in twisting his arms. When you’re having low carb you could just do rice/pasta/potatoes to give him his carb fix. I give my son the same meals but just add the extra for him X

  5. MotherofTeenagers says:

    I know alot of people that have done this and the results were amazing. As you say it is not for the faint-hearted though, it requires dedication on all fronts. Well done for what you have achieved so far and good luck for phase 2. #bloggerclubuk

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      Thank you! I’ve found Cycle 2 a lot easier in terms of food prep, so unless Cycle 3 is a killer I think the first may be hardest in terms of the food prep X

  6. Mrs H says:

    Those results are amazing. You must be so proud of yourself. I really need to lose some weight and had been thinking of signing up for this plan. But I think it is all a little too expensive for me. I might just follow the videos on YouTube. You are doing amazingly. Keep up all the hard work. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays

  7. Kaye says:

    Fab results, congrats! My OH has just been give the book as a gift and enjoyed it. Shall have to let him know about this. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

  8. Emma Jones says:

    That is amazing well done. I’m actually going to try 3 or 4 youtube exercise sessions next week & picked 3 meals out of the lean in 15 book. Put on 8 lbs over the summer & feel crap. I’m a terrible dieter though. Good luck with cycle 2. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      Would definitely recommend it, only one week left of C2 and still going strong! Found this cycle more flexible than the first in terms of food. The food in the cycles is different to the books of what is/isn’t allowed and the quantity Good luck with it, let me know how you get on X

  9. Angela Watling says:

    Great results and well done for sticking to it quite well. But it’s also good you’ve made it work for you by still going away etc. More than anything these types of routines are more about changing existing / introducing new habits that will stay with you long term. Sounds like you are on the right track. I’m not sure this particular scheme will work for me but I really do need to learn from it and get better and meal planning and scheduling exercise so that it happens… Thanks for sharing your experiences! #CoolMumClub

  10. Talya says:

    Wow go lady! I am seriously impressed that you are doing this and of the results already. Can’t wait to hear how cycle 2 goes. Keep up the good work mama! And thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub as always xx

  11. Ali Duke says:

    Well done you. I’m trying to lose a few lbs at the moment. I’m watching what I eat a little, walking more and going to the gym. The plan sounds great.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. A Mum Track Mind says:

    I’m really tempted by this plan as you know but I just don’t know if I would commit to doing all that meal prepping. I really not sure I have the time and it puts me off that you cant just eat normal foods. It’s great to read your review though and you certainly have had some good results so well done! Good luck with phase 2! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Mum-Work-Repeat says:

      If it helps with your decision making Cycle 2 is pick n mix for meals, not of the sweet variety but various food types and you make your own meals up. Nowhere near as much prep! I’m due to finish this cycle at the end of this week, so will write up a post to let you know more X

  13. Suzi says:

    Brilliant job! I have been thinking about this plan for a while and the only thing that was putting me off was the meals.

    Was just wondering are the meals suitable for the family or did you find yourself having to make separate food for your son?

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      Hi Suzi,I’m lucky in that I only have think of feeding my son at weekends, during the week he has his meals at the nursery and childminders. However at weekends I’ve just tweaked the recipes so he can have the same too, I maybe just add some rice or pasta to his. The results definitely happen. I’ve now completed the full 90 days, just need to write up the last 30! Happy to answer any questions you have if you want to email me. Good luck! x

      • Suzi says:

        Thanks for getting back to me. Think I’m going to treat myself to the plan after Christmas!

        Can’t wait to read about the last 30 days – definitely seems like it’s been worth it for you! xx

  14. Stela says:

    Hi,
    Well done on great results!
    I’m currently waiting for my cycle one programme. I have one question – are you supposed to have post workout shakes after HIIT sessions in cycle one? That’s immediately after the session and in addition to mail carb fuelled meal. Or are they only reserved for cycles two and three?

    • MumWorkRepeat says:

      Thanks Stela and good luck when you start it. I finished it 2 months ago and still haven’t written up the final cycle!
      Yes, you still have a Protein shake after your HIIT workouts in Cycle 1
      Let me know how you get on xx

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