Or maybe you’d prefer to lose body fat or inches from your waist and hips?
How about getting stronger?
Or maybe improving your body shape?
It all sounds good, doesn’t it?
But for months, I was stuck! It’s true, even a fitness instructor can hit a plateau. Months of standing on the scales and seeing the same readings. Months of the tape measure showing the same waist and hips measurements.
This was just last year and it was becoming increasingly frustrating. I mean, I was exercising regularly, I was eating well and I wasn’t really stressed at all.
I was following my own advice – the advice that has helped thousands of women over the last 20 years.
So what was going wrong then?
I had to really put my thinking cap on and come up with a new plan. It’s the sort of thing I need to do if one of my clients hits a plateau. You have to really delve into their whole lifestyle.
I recorded my measurements in November 2014:
Weight 12st 3lbs
Body Fat 20.0%
Body Water 55.5%
Metabolic Age 38 (I’m 48 but 47 at the time)
Waist 87cm (34in)
Hips 104cm (41in)
The doctors would tell you that for my height, I should be around 11st. The other measurements weren’t too bad but I wasn’t happy. In fact, one GP did tell me I ‘needed’ to lose half a stone!! She wasn’t nice.
I’ve just recorded my new measurements in April 2015:
Weight 11st 10lbs
Body Fat 15.8%
Body Water 59.9%
Metabolic Age 26
Waist 84cm (33in)
Hips 94cm (37in)
I’ve lost half a stone! I’ve lost over 4% body fat! I’m more hydrated! I’ve lost 3cm from my waist and 10cm from my hips! No wonder my trousers are falling off my hips!
And the best thing (for me)…
I have the body of a 26-year-old!!! I’m actually 48.
What do you think?
What did I do? What did I change to get these results?
I used the same methods on myself that I give to my clients.
I sort of followed my own advice. In short, I started lifting weights more (heavier weights).
I started walking at least 10,000 steps every day (it helps when you have dogs!).
I really looked at my diet and decided that a ‘cheat’ day would work best for me.
I cut out any long, boring cardio such as jogging.
That’s about it and just look at the results!
Imagine if you’ve been stuck for months and you just can’t find an answer. You could do worse than follow my lead.
Of course, I’m happy to help you along with that.
Just get in touch.
PS/ Talking of lifting weights (which is the BEST thing you could do for your fitness), I’m running my next women’s Weight Training Challenge on 5th May. If you’re interested in making big changes, here’s the link: WEIGHT TRAINING CHALLENGE
Oh and this is what Rebecca has just said about it: “A no brainer for ladies who want to see quick results in tone and fat loss. I loathe gyms and boot camps with a passion, finding them intimidating environments to work out in. This is the complete antithesis to all that posturing and posing. Paul puts you instantly at ease and the all female environment makes for an amazing group camaraderie. Finally, at long last, I have found an exercise class which ticks all the boxes.”