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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!