When I started the Michelle Bridges 12-Week Body Transformation, several people asked why I am on a diet when I don’t look like I need to lose weight. Well, I can say you’re all very kind but sometimes the camera does lie!
Believe me, clothes can hide a lot. You may remember I embarked on the Michelle Bridges 12-Week Body Transformation eight weeks ago with a goal of shedding 6kg. I wanted to lose the last of the baby weight I put on while pregnant with my third daughter. And while I’m all for making the most of what you have (like many mums, I have quite a few deceptive dressing techniques to hide those bits I’m not so fond of), I’m also about being healthy and setting a good example about body image and healthy lifestyles for my daughters.
And that’s the truly great thing about this program – it’s not strictly about weight loss. It’s actually more about a lifestyle change – learning how to change the bad habits that tend to creep up on us. Michelle Bridges takes a holistic approach to food, exercise and most crucially, mindset. What I particularly like is that there’s no fretting about food – obsessing about diets is a very unhealthy habit I certainly don’t want to pass on to my daughters – and no complicated calorie counters or packaged meals. Instead, there’s delicious and simple recipes to make at home using real food – tandoori chicken salad or mango yoghurt parfait, anyone? So I feel like I’ll leave the program with the knowledge and confidence to keep it up.
Michelle’s weekly videos are keeping me motivated too with useful and practical tips and advice that will be etched in my mind forever. Check our her “Your Body is Perfect” video and you’ll know what I mean. The focus is on motivating and giving people the tools to stay on track after the program has finished, because it teaches you how to exercise. That’s an example worth setting as a family. I know I’m fitter and stronger now, which is very handy because if there’s one thing you need in the parent-work juggle, it’s stamina.
I feel like I’m getting a guiding hand to get started, but the end game is to make sure I can go it alone. I’ll be able to download recipes and know how to use them to plan my weekly meals. Same goes for the exercise plan. I’m getting tonnes of practical ideas on how and where to exercise. Not just in a gym, but at home or outdoors, wherever I can fit it in around my busy schedule. It offers fitness programs for everyone from people who have never broken a sweat to marathon runners. Here’s something I never expected to say – after six weeks of hard work, I can actually do more than one push-up! Yay me!
The 12WBT puts experts on health, nutrition and fitness at your fingertips. If you decide to give it a go, make the most of that knowledge because it will help you to learn how to stay on track independently. As for me, I’m making good progress on my 6kg goal. Stay tuned for my final results!
(This post is sponsored by Michelle Bridges 12-Week Body Transformation)