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Published March 18th 2013
My Own Personal Success Story
Twelve weeks may seem like a lengthy period of time to be committed to a diet. I can assure you that during this period you will be sitting centimetres away from birthday cupcakes, you will celebrate many festive occasions, and you will encounter many other daily temptations. But with the support of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, these temptations can become all but a minor blip on your radar.
Committing for that period of time may seem daunting. The 12 week period for me almost went a little too quickly. Especially when you take into account that this period of time is all that is necessary to completely change your life – which is exactly what has happened to me. Weighing in at 85 kilograms (I am 176 centimetres tall) I quickly learned that I had a long way to go to get back into the healthy BMI range. My 12 week challenge is now over and I am continuing strong with the tools that I have picked up over that period. I can honestly give this program my glowing recommendation and back it up with my own personal success story:
Photo taken 2 weeks after the challenge had ended.
In November 2012 I decided to enter the Michelle Bridges 12WBT after my cousin told me about it. I was going to start calorie counting when she mentioned that this program was so much easier as everything was done for you. Taking on this mentality might seem lazy to some of you but let me assure you it's not. New healthy habits take time to become part of your everyday routine. This is how my life took its turn for the best - through constant food education, learning about portion control and an exercise regime. Every week you have full access to loads of online resources which include a shopping list, meal plan, and recipes. You also gain access to a weekly exercise regime which details what, when and how you should work out.
Photo taken the weekend before I started the challenge.
Motivation is something that I have always been lacking. The more I thought about a diet, the more I would stress and the weight gain would follow. I really felt lost not knowing where or how to start. The road ahead to shedding those kilos seemed daunting and I didn't know if it was possible. I have found it all too easy to sit on the couch at night and enjoy a few glasses of red wine.
The nights where I was too tired to cook I would reach for the fresh pasta packet with sauce at the grocery store, and I always ate until I was full. I did have a concept of healthy eating but not to the extent of what the program has since taught me. I ended up going through some personal problems whilst on the 12 week body transformation and instead of turning to comfort food, I turned to workouts. My negative thoughts and feelings were soon left at the door of any workout and I came out sweating and feeling great. I became addicted.
One of the biggest factors in your success will be determined by your level of commitment and organisational skills. By having your meals planned out for the week ahead there is less chance that you will buy take away foods because you can't be bothered cooking (or reach for the pasta as I was doing). Her meals are quick and easy, and the recipes are delicious. I can safely say that I enjoyed every single recipe that came through.
I am one month out of the program and with the knowledge I have developed over that 12 weeks, there is no turning back. I have lost 15 kilograms in total now and this week my 'bigger' clothes will be going up for sale on eBay as I never want to fit into them again. Loosing that amount of weight has made me truly believe that I can conquer anything I set my mind to. That is why I have set a new goal which is to finish the Gold Coast Marathon in July. I am three weeks into my training plan and loving it.
I actually get quite emotional when I think about what I have achieved through this program. Rediscovering my body has been an amazing journey and the purpose of writing this article is to tell you that if you were like me and a little lost, the Michelle Bridges 12WBT can help you as well. Anyone has the ability within them to do anything they want. It's all about finding your way forward and following it up with determination and motivation.
The program costs $200 for the 12 weeks. I saw this money as an investment in my health and well being and I can honestly say that it was the best two hundred dollars I have ever spent.
Hey Emma, my husband and I did the program same time as you. We both lost over 10 kg and feel great. I'm running 5km 5 times a week and I'm trimmer and fitter than I've ever been in my adult life. Amazing, life changing program!
Well done Emma!! You can really see the change in your face shape comparing the two photos. I'm a big fan of Michelle Bridges and this has inspired me to try out her next programme. $200 really is quite cheap to get such great results, but as you said, you have to commit yourself and be organized. Keep up the great work & good luck with your next goal.
Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I am contemplating starting the next challenge that starts on Monday. I just wanted to do some research before committing myself, so thanks for that. I was just wondering how much your weekly food shop was? I currently do a shop with my housemates and don't spend anymore than $70 a week on groceries. I was hoping that doing the Michelle Bridges program and cooking meals for myself wouldn't increase my grocery bill too much!