This post is about MY CURRENT BODY PLAN
“How many times a week do you work out?”
“What exactly do you eat?”
“Are you on a diet?”
“How did you lose so much weight?!”
It’s been year and a half now since I’ve been planning to sit and write a nice long post answering the questions above. Never managed to do it though.
“What are you gonna tell the people, Savina?!” I could hear the judgment in my inner voice. “There’s absolutely nothing special about your eating routine, neither your workouts, not to mention the way your body looks…“
I was opening a blank Word document and closing it straight away. My inner voice was right. I’ve got nothing to write about. The way I lost these 10-11 kilograms (almost 2 stones) over the past couple of years was more of a luck than a real effort. I was so busy trying to manage my time in between a full-time job as a waitress and fashion blogger, that I didn’t really have a spare moment to stop and think about the way my body looks (something I’ve been doing a lot more often before) and starve it with the hottest Hollywood diets on Internet. It all happened quite naturally.
It’s true, I did have some periods working out and eating well. Last year, for example, before my summer holiday, I spent a good two months visiting the gym 5 times a week, working out with weights and planning all of my meals. I can definitely notice the results I got after these two months now when looking back at photos. (I couldn’t notice anything at all back then!)
After my holiday in Bodrum though, I didn’t really feel like spending my lovely summer days sweating and squatting anymore. Then, it was time for my next trip to my home country, Bulgaria. Where the food is the most delicious and my grandma’s pastry is worth more than any improvements I could get at the gym.
Then Christmas arrived, after that New Year, and the time was never right to start training or eating well again. Oh well.
Excuse after excuse…
At the end of 2016, I made a promise to myself that in 2017 I will look like I’ve always wanted to. I made this resolution not because I didn’t like what I’ve been seeing in the mirror. Not at all! But could I get even better results? Could I be more self-aware and responsible in regarding my nutrition and activity choices? Could I treat my body better in general?
After all, the career I am after includes a lot of attention on my physical appearance, and if I want to set a good example for my audience, it would be rather hypocritical if I firstly don’t set one for myself.
My boyfriend, who is an experienced personal trainer and life coach, helped me to create a personalised body plan for my goals, needs and previous experience with eating disorders. I wanted it to be quite easy so I can get used to it, quite pleasant so I won’t give up right away, and not too hard as I obviously didn’t want to go back to the anorexia stage from my past, I spent so much time and effort to break through.
The first 4 weeks consisted of 6 balanced, low carb days + 1 high carb (I call it “cheating day” on my Instagram) a week. Here’s an example:
Breakfast (around 8am): granola with fresh fruits and oats/almond milk, or 2 slices of whole grain toasted bread with soft cheese/humus/guacamole and avocado/egg/olives/ham.
Lunch (between 1-2pm): omelette with 2 eggs, mozzarella, tomatoes, olives, or a big salad with grilled chicken, avocado and cheddar cheese. (Sometimes I was having smoked salmon in the salad instead of chicken).
Dinner (between 7-8pm): steamed vegg with chicken breasts, or grilled salmon with carrot salad, or Cesar salad.
In brief, plenty of vegetables, water and NO snacking at all!
My cheating day consisted again of 3 main meals with no snacking in between, but in this day I could eat as many carbs as I wanted, obviously without overeating. Pancakes, pizza, pasta – all of these were allowed. Preferably not all in once ha!
It’s very important to add here that this cheating day comes to the plan after at least 10 successful low carb days, which means no cheating day in the first week.
In regarding training, I supposed to do cardio 30-45min, 3 times a week, but because my boyfriend told me that the workouts are not the most important part in this first month, but the meal plan, so I can get used to eating like that, I decided to be a lazy shit and skipped the gym in the last week.
The results after this 1 month are: looser jeans, better sleep, easier waking up, a lot more energy, and desire for greater achievements!
I didn’t take any measures as this was more of a trial month for what comes next. I will be changing the nutrition plan from next week, adding an extra meal as well as proper workouts in the gym.
I am so excited and can’t wait to share my journey with you!
P.S. If you’re interested, I will be sharing some of my recipes, tips and tricks to managing the hunger, and basically everything related to this new page of my life. Let me know in the comments form below!