I wanted this post to be the big announcement of my new training regime. My bridesmaid and sister-in-law-to-be won us places in a national radio competition in New Zealand – to take part in “Bridal Bootcamp” and be in to win the grand prize of $70,000 NZD.
I was pumped for it – it seemed just the solution I was looking for. A hardout programme that would be personally tailored FOR ME, to get me looking and feeling my best for the wedding in March next year. The 13 weeks would fly by, and I would achieve my goals no problems.
I had visions of this…
We took measurements, before photos, answered in depth questionnaires, and were given our individual nutrition profile on Sunday. This is where I first started to question things – some of the foods I wasn’t too happy about re-introducing into my diet, but I wanted to give it a proper go – so I emailed the support team for advice about replacing certain meal items due to intolerances. They were really good – supplying me with new foods and quantities. It still didn’t sit well with me that we had to weigh and measure out our meals (I think this encourages unhealthy behaviours with food, although do agree that it can have a time and a place in a diet plan); and I certainly didn’t like that there were no healthy fats included, and my vegetable intake was restricted to 375g per day.
On Tuesday I started 100% on the food plan, and hit the gym for workout #1. The first 14 days is a “pre conditioning phase” – getting you ready and slowly introducing you to the next 11 weeks of work. I was pretty nervous about the workouts – it involved using machines and weights in the area of the gym that I do not normally enter, but thankfully Jase was on hand to help me out. I was the only female training in this area of the gym though, and I found it pretty intimidating.
Training on the Synergy
I am very lucky with the gym facilities that I have – I actually work for a national chain of gyms, so I spend my days in and around them. I have a gym near home, and a gym at work, and yet – 3 out of the 4 exercise machines we were given which “should be in every gym” weren’t located in mine, and so I had to modify the exercises (again, luckily Jase was on hand to suggest alternatives that would give me the same benefit and work the same muscles).
And yet, I walked away feeling like the workout was crap. I didn’t enjoy any of it, I didn’t get any happy endorphins, and I didn’t work up a sweat or feel any DOMS. I admit that I probably wasn’t working hard enough – but for day 1 I was still trying to work out what I was doing. I started dreading day 2 already. Even though I work for gyms – I actually don’t enjoy being trapped inside them, preferring to workout outdoors or at home, and with the workouts being machine based, there was going to be no flexibility on that!
For the rest of the day, I ate the food and tried to get my head around the programme. It just wasn’t sitting quite right with me. I didn’t believe in the foods we were eating, I wasn’t convinced by the workouts I had seen so far, and I wasn’t a fan of the whole way it was set out to us. I’m a planner – I like to know what is coming for the week ahead, and yet we were “unlocking” our workouts day by day.
4 out of the 6 meals I consumed yesterday
Last night I had crazy sugar fuelled insomnia (I blamed the two fake tasting protein shakes I had consumed), and I lay awake for hours tossing and turning over the plan. I wanted to give it a real crack – but already I was thinking so negatively about it all, I was criticising and “hating on it” so much, there were so many elements that felt like they went against my own ethos – that I just wanted to tear it up and throw it out.
And so, today. I quit.
I lasted 36 hours on the diet, and did 1 training session. I hated it all.
I don’t want to be a quitter, but in the end – I don’t think the programme was going to work FOR ME. I need to listen to my body – I’ve spent the last few years working out what works and doesn’t work for me (hello Whole 30!), and staying true to that means more than being part of a competition. I’ll still get the body I want for our wedding – I’m just going to do it my way, on my diet, with my own plan – and I think I will be much happier and successful that way.
Have you ever started a training regime, only to finish it quicker than you started? How do you work out what is right FOR YOU in terms of exercise and diet?