Are you looking for a workout that you can do from home, that changes everyday so that you don’t get bored, and contains nutritional guidance? So was I and I think I’ve found the perfect programme. The 80 Day Obsession. I’ve had so many questions, about what exactly it is that I am doing, that I thought I would share with you on here. So this is the honest lowdown on what I am doing and how I am getting on 11 days in.
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I have paid for the Beachbody app which gives me access to all of their programmes. I opted for the pay monthly option to start as I wanted to see how I got on. It costs £14.99
The app contains all of the information you will need. Every single one of the 80 workout videos, the UK starter guide, container food lists, eating plans (including vegan), tracker sheets, FAQ’s and even Spotify play lists.
The equipment you will need is;
All of mine are from Amazon which I have linked below.
Each day there is a different exercise video to follow and it changes every week so you aren’t repeating the same workout, ever! For someone who gets bored easily this is great. Each week you will do these workouts;
The workouts vary in length from 31 minutes up to 60. There are 3 phases broken down into 4 weeks for each. The nutrition changes slightly in phase 2 and 3 which I haven’t worked out yet, but again is all explained in the guidance notes. I think in phase two, the day before leg day, you get more carbs (yellow) to eat, called a refeed day, which sounds good to me!
As I mention below I have swapped a couple of the workouts for some regular exercise that I have already been doing at the gym. But I am trying to swap a cardio for a cardio activity at the gym and then a weights for a weights. Mainly because I don’t want my gym membership to go to waste and it mixes it up even more for me.
You first need to work out which food band you follow. There is a simple calculation to do in the starter guidebook. I fall into band A so I have;
You are then given your timed nutrition meal plan. Mine is as follows if I exercise in the morning. There are different examples you can use depending on the time you exercise as it’s based on a 5 hour workout block.
Meal 1- pre workout meal: Red, Purple – Protein shake (with almond milk), half a banana or cinamon bagel/ greek yoghurt
Post workout supplement- within 30 minutes After workout: Purple – I have a low carb protein shake (with water) or a low carb protein bar. (I don’t always do this and it isn’t necessary, but if you don’t you need to have your post workout meal within 1 hour) + fruit.
Meal 2 – Post-Workout Meal 1-2 hours after Red, Green, Yellow – For the red I like chicken or turkey bacon- no carbs if I had a yellow for breakfast, if not then I add a yellow
Meal 3 – snack Blue, Green – cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, peppers and some hummus or a few nuts
Meal 4: – Red, Green, Orange – If I didn’t have a protein shake at breakfast I have one now, otherwise I pick something from the red and green list.
Meal 5 – Dinner Red, Green, Yellow – I like to swap a carb (yellow) to my evening meal, but if I’ve already had two in the day then I just have a side salad or some veg with whatever we are having.
This isn’t exactly how my timed nutrition is suggested in the plan. I don’t always have a green with meal 4. If I don’t I will do a larger portion of my other greens throughout the day. I’m not a green fan but I’m getting better!
It took me a while to get my head around the timed nutrition and to be honest I don’t completely follow it every day. I am in too much of a rush in the mornings to have a big breakfast so I tend to have a protein shake and half a banana beofre working out. Sometimes I will also have a thins cinnamon and raison bagel which counts as 1 yellow for the day.
This week I set my alarm and got my workout in before taking the kids to school. I swapped cardio flow for a spin class and did body pump instead of AAA. I still worked out the 6 days and Sunday was a welcome rest. Did I eat any treats? Yes! I had a couple of squares of dark chocolate in the evening, which helps to take away my craving for a desert. I also had some doritos whilst we were having a bbq and some G&T’s.
I am halfway through week two today and I am finding the timed nutrition easier. My craving for carbs has diminished and I’m not having to stop myself reaching for an unhealthy snack in the afternoon, quite so much.
I’ve upped my weights and resistance bands during the workouts. And I realised that on the videos, the weights they are using they say in lbs, so don’t be put off by them saying 12’s and 15’s. I was thinking there was no way I could do that. At the moment I’m mainly using 5kg dumbbells with a few exercises with 3kg. My knees are a little sore from the high impact cardio routine I did yesterday (cardio core) so next week I may swap that one for a lower impact cardio session at the gym, or modify some of the moves.
I didn’t measure myself or take pictures at the beginning of week 1 so I have done that this week. I can’t say for sure that there is a difference but I already feel better and a little stronger. The fact that I am following a programme for 80 days is making me do the workouts even when I don’t really want to. And it means I feel like I have accomplished something everyday.
I will check back in at the end of phase 1 and let you know how I am doing.