I have signed up for the Lean Machine Project to give me a boost going into 2017, and some good nutrition habits to take forward through the year. It is the brainchild of Mitch Shepherd and Emz Watts, both highly respected Personal Trainers, with Emz also a nutritionist, and together they have created a 28-day male-specific nutrition and exercise plan. I have been sent three manuals, Introduction, Nutrition and Workouts, and they are thorough, clear and easy to read through. I just need to put them into practice. In these blogs I am going to give some idea of what I do and eat, without giving the precise details, obviously, but I will give you the full facts and the true results, so you can judge the effectiveness of the Lean Machine Project for yourself.
January 2017 has turned into a very busy working month for me, so while I attempted to start the Lean Machine Project on Monday 9 January, after two weeks it was clear I was not doing it justice as I had barely managed to carry out any of the workouts. I started again on 23 January, but again very long working days prevented me from doing the workouts, although I was managing to stick to the nutrition side of things. With that in mind, and definitely wanting to do it full justice to measure its effectiveness, I started again on Monday 30 January. This will be my final attempt, and I will make it happen.
I took my before photographs and my measurements on the evening of Sunday 8 January, and will use Sunday evening as my measurement point at the half-way mark, and at the end of the 28 days. I will post before and after photographs in my final blog of this series.
All my initial measurements are in centimetres :
Neck – 38
Shoulders – 55 (122 all round)
Chest – 109.5
Bicep (unflexed) – left 34 right 33.5
Waist – 105
Hips – 101
Thigh – left 60 right 58
Monday 30 January 2017
I was working from home again and knew it was going to be another packed day. I had my lemon drink first thing, and made eggy avocado for breakfast. It sounds so easy. I really need to work on my cooking. The photo is actually from last week, but my cooking has not improved since then ! I drank water and a cup of green tea through the morning, and ate a banana wrap for my late morning snack, which really doubled up as my lunch. I walked to the shops in the afternoon to stock up on food supplies for the week, and in the evening ate a 5 bean salad. Once again, I ran out of time to do a workout, which is starting to get to me.
Wednesday 01 February 2017
I had a meeting in Birmingham today, which meant getting up around 0500 in order to get the train from St Albans to St Pancras, then taking the short walk to Euston to catch the train to Birmingham. I did not have sufficient time to have my lemon drink and then wait 30 minutes before eating, so I just ate a bowl of overnight chia oats, which I had prepared the night before and left in the fridge. It included strawberries and banana, and was delicious. I drank water during the journey up, and drank a green tea when I arrived. I had brought a banana wrap and a super wrap with me for my morning snack and lunch, and continued to drink water and another cup of green tea through the afternoon. I also drank a cup of peppermint tea after each time I ate through the day of contract negotiation. One very good thing from the last few weeks is how much water and other good liquids I am taking in each day, and I am definitely feeling better for that. I did not eat after my lunch. I had left the house before 0600 and I got home just before 2300. Another day without a workout.
Thursday 02 February 2017
Friday 03 February 2017
Saturday 04 February 2017
Sunday 05 February 2017
It was another early start but for the right reasons this time, as I was going to Sunday morning OCR training session, which you can read about here. That left me too tired to do any other exercise through the day, so I had not managed any of the workouts this week, which is very disappointing. It has to be the primary goal for next week. After our training sessions we always have a picnic of food everyone has brought with them, and this week we were treated to blueberry muffins from the Lean Machine Project cookbook, prepared by Kirsten Whitehouse. They were delicious.
Positives from this week : my nutrition has definitely improved, and so has my water intake, and I feel much better for that.