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!


About cassiedawson

Cassandra (preferably Cassie) Dawson, from Newcastle, Australia.

Posted on May 9, 2013, in Life/Progress. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. curatedknowledge

    This is awesome.
    Not that you didn’t get the results you wanted, but that you were honest enough to look at it objectively, and that you’re not giving up. That is really impressive. I used to be a Fitness specialist, and for 100+ clients that lost weight i used one very awesome tool. Shelby Starnes. He has a terrific (And cheap) ebook on Macronutrients (and their ratios) and I used this for 90% of my clients. I’m not affiliated with him in any way, i just thought you might want another source of information. The best bit about it is he advocates everything frozen and one day of cooking a week. Personally i use a george foreman grill and a rice cooker on a sunday to get it all done. It is daunting for females to understand how to eat for weight loss, as in it is a lot. But it bloody well works.
    Also the Pros and Cons is awesome for the article. You’ve really provided a lot for people who read your stuff!

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