My 12WBT – Summary/Review
I feel so bad it’s been over half a week since the 12WBT ended and I still haven’t written anything about it. Oops!
So here we go. I guess this will be some sort of review of my experience with the 12 Week Body Transformation. When I signed up to the 12WBT I had around 13kg to lose to get to my goal weight of 55kg. Finishing the 12WBT, I still have around that much to lose. So, what happened?
As someone who has little (almost no) time for food prep, I had heard that a lot of the meals and recipes in the plans were freezable and this was one of my main reasons for signing up. Needless to say I got a bit of a shock when only a few of the meals were actually freezable (though a lot of the sandwiches and wraps were easy to prep). In the end, this was a sort of undoing as unless I sacrificed doing anything but work, commuting, gym and food prep, there was no way I could stick to the food plan 100%. I did eat healthily most of the time though.
When I signed up, I joined the Intermediate level. I had several ‘advanced’ results in the Fitness Test but as I wasn’t close to my goal weight, I was hesitant to sign up for Lean & Strong. Four weeks and four disappointing weigh ins later, I decided I’d had enough of working my ass off to get nowhere and switched to the Lean & Strong program. The workouts were great and I have a lot more muscle definition now than ever before, so I am super happy about that. It was still hard to follow a program though, where your main measure of progress is weigh in. If I am gaining muscle, I am going to gain weight and my body type means I can stack on muscle fairly quickly and that my problems will lie in fat loss.
So, for me, weighing in every Wednesday was more of a weekly disappointment than something to be proud of. By the time I changed plans, I had accepted that I was concentrating on muscle building and not fat loss, and this meant I needed to change my thinking from stressing over every little weight gain. I still felt as though I was failing because I gained weight instead of losing it, though, which wasn’t really something that could be different in the plan, but something I feel that needs mentioning.
Following the workout plans for the L&S program has definitely pushed me outside of my comfort zone and i’m proud of myself for taking on the challenge. I’m certainly not lean but I am definitely on the path to strong. I know it’s probably not the best practice to start building muscle before I am 100% happy with my weight, but I think my job is a definite limiter on my progress there as I get 7 hours of sleep a night and am constantly on the move from 5:30am – 9pm.
In case that was a case of tl;dr , here’s a summary:
- Awesome recipes and great tasting food
- Challenging workouts
- Great results for people looking to lose weight (a friend of mine lost 20kg!)
- If you’re into forums, there’s always conversations happening on the program site
- Hard to follow if you are time poor
- Food can be kind of expensive
- I felt like there was too much focus on the number on the scales
I would recommend the program if you have the money to spare, even if just for the workouts. I won’t be doing the next round, but i’m sure there’ll be some great results!