Natacha Oceane's Cut Reload Series Review, Ep 3 - What Happened?
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Natacha Oceane – Cut Reload: A Series Review – Episode 3

If you are interested in looking into or purchasing Natacha’s guide, Cut Reload, then make sure to go check out her website and channel. With videos full of science-backed information that are also really enjoyable to watch – I will guarantee you will love her!


So, what happened in Week 5 and 6 of my journey through Natacha Oceane’s Cut Reload workout guide?

Episode 3 is going to see my change things up a lil‘ bit. It has been over a month since episode 2 and I have only made 2 weeks of progress. This post is going to dig deep on the obstacles that I, and anyone, can meet in their fitness journey. But – it is also going to include how I am going to get back on my feet!

July.

July and Cut Reload have not mixed well. From around my birthday to basically now, my routine has been EVERYWHERE. As I have mentioned online, I have to travel up and down the UK a fair bit for my job and apprenticeship. This means no access to a gym, always having to eat out and a very tired Millie.

It wasn’t just that though.

I haven’t felt good this month. I haven’t seen any progression; my digestion has been awful; I have been bloated, and I haven’t been feeling my normal boss-like self. There won’t be progression photos in this post because, truthfully, I haven’t taken any. I felt like I had reached a plateau.

Where is my MOTIVATION?

Somewhere during that time, I lost my motivation for Cut Reload. This became clear to me when I started becoming more curious about other fitness guides circling around the fitness space. I stopped watching Natacha’s videos and I found myself just wanting to move on and start her next guide, BUILD.

Natacha Oceane's latest fitness guide, BUILD

I don’t really know what happened, but, I think it is important for me to mention this in the review. It is normal for everyone to reach a point like this. I don’t have very many negative opinions of Cut Reload (if you have read Ep 1 and 2 then you will know this!) but I feel like there was room to have a week of just mixing it up. Throw in something I hadn’t seen before and spark my motivation.

So…

Am I giving up on Cut Reload?

Hell no! Just because I have reached obstacles and external factors aren’t there to motivate me doesn’t mean I can’t motivate myself! There are FOUR weeks left of Cut Reload and I am going to make sure I get the most out of them.

Winston Churchill Quote on Not giving up
From my Winston Churchill quote book!

After I spent some time thinking about things that I had stopped doing and were holding me back, I knew what I wanted to change. I realised, despite my SMART goals post, I hadn’t made SMART goals for Cut Reload. So I made some. If you are experiencing something similar then I recommend taking some time to do this too.

I am consistent with my workouts, for the next 4 weeks, but, this does not mean going to the gym every day.

I have incorporated specific, achievable, realistic and time-bound elements into my goal. Success looks like me completing all of the workouts, within the last 4 weeks of Cut Reload. That is how I will measure my SMART goal.

I wanted to concentrate on my realisitc aspect of this SMART goal. I know what is coming up in my calendar and I know I am not going to be able to go to the gym every day. But, I do know that I can make the workouts work around me – something I love about Cut Reload.

I am returning to the Nutrition PDF of Cut Reload, once a week, to review my weekly eating.

I mentioned this back in episode 2, but I really haven’t taken advantage of the PDF that comes with Cut Reload. So, my plan is to return to it at least once a week to review my weekly eating. I am also going to keep a food diary. This will allow me to review my habits and see potentially flaring foods.

Natacha Oceane's Cut Reload PDF on Nutrition on a OnePlus 6T

I am pushing myself on the two weekly HIIT workouts, by allowing enough time for them and reviewing my heart rate at the end.

I’ve been BAD with Cut Reload’s HIIT workouts. In these last four weeks, I am going to ensure I allow myself enough time to complete them. I will measure my progress through reviewing my heart rate. HIIT is one of the most effective workouts you can do and I am sure this has influenced my plateau.


Did you spot what I did there? I didn’t say ‘I will’, I said ‘I am’. Don’t say you are going to do things – start doing them! These goals start NOW, as I am writing this post, not tomorrow or next Monday – NOW.

But how do you get to this point, after losing your motivation? Allow yourself rest and time. For me, this allowed me to see that I feel better when I exercise and that I am a happier and better person. Find your inspiration. I watch YouTube videos but you may read something or look back on your progression.

Me relaxing, reading Game of Thrones, to gain my motivation

What do I think of Cut Reload now?

My opinions on the workouts have not changed. Natacha’s way of working out, incorporating a varied approach, I still LOVE.

However, whilst the PDF includes all the right information, I forgot it was there. I think there is room for Natacha to create a better sense of community with her guides. An option to sign up for email reminders that include inspiration and tips. A way to see other people doing the guide, that isn’t a Facebook group. This past month, I needed something like that.

Are you completing a workout guide this summer? Do you have any motivation tips to share? Please leave them in the comments below, as I would love to hear!

I’ve got this. You’ve got this.

Till next time my friends!

-Millie 🙂

14 Comments

  • Kayleigh Zara

    I’ve not heard of this PDF/YouTube fitness plan before and it sounds really interesting but I totally agree with you with working I don’t think I’d ever be able to make it down to the gym everyday. Good luck with the next four weeks! X

    Kayleigh Zara http://www.kayleighzaraa.com

  • Shannen

    Great post Millie! I haven’t tried the Natacha Oceane program, but I regularly do workouts from Emily Skye’s Instagram pages. I usually start off my workouts with yoga and then do the ab/muscle building exercises that I feel like doing. Sometimes my knee injury plays up and it becomes stiff and sore, which means I have to choose exercises that won’t aggravate it. This week I’ve been really slack because of the heat haha! But I’m attemping to have a vegetarian week and I feel like that’s going well and I’ve been eating better foods (my bloating has also been awful lately, not sure if it’s the heat or not?!). After reading this post I’m determined to get back on track with my workout schedule! Thanks for sharing x

    • msblife28

      THANKS SHANNEN! I love a bit of Yoga and never do as much as I would like. Sorry to hear about your knee and injuries are always a pain but it’s great to hear you are still doing stuff to suit around it! And it’s AMAZING to heat you are trying out a vegetarian diet this week! You must write a blog post because I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂 Have an amazing weekend ❤️

  • Chloe Osborn

    Yesss well done you for not letting the dip in motivation stop you and setting up those goals to get you back on track! I think it’s also important not to beat ourselves up when we don’t stick to a routine but instead learn from it and adapt! Love the Winston Churchill quote too!

  • Madi Dearson

    I love your positive and practical Millie, I have said before your posts have been an inspiration for me. While I don’t work out with a specific program. I created an hour-long workout session that works for me. Like you, I try to incorporate it into my life in a way that makes sense to me. I know myself well enough to know that had I started too hard, I would have given up by day 3. I change the workout gradually as my body becomes stronger, which allows me to stick with it. I love that it has become a part of my routine now.

    • msblife28

      YESSS MADI!! Aw I love seeing your tweets everyday about how you just got back from the gym and you motivate me too! I’m so glad you have finally cracked it and working out is part of your routine and I can’t wait to hear about your progress! Thank you for reading!

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