Spoiler alert, this isn’t a blog post about weightloss – although it features in it – but in fact this is a post about understanding and listening to your body. Surprise surprise, hence the title.
As you may know from my previous posts on my body and weight, I am very actively trying to change my lifestyle. This includes my eating habits, my skincare, my exercise and just my overall health.
Because of this I knew that come Boxing Day I’d want to banish all chocolate and shortbread from my sight and really give myself a good starting block for the new year’s fitness regime.
This is why back in December I decided to get in touch with So Shape about trying out one of their plans to see if it could help give me that extra push into 2018.
Having read other blog posts and success stories about their plans I thought heck, let’s drop them an email. The worst thing that can happen is they say jog on – which might have helped with the weight problem too – but luckily for me they liked the idea and sent me their 14 day plan to try.
WHAT IS SO SHAPE?
So Shape is a meal plan service. They send you enough meals to cover you for both breakfast and dinner for your desired amount of days – 5, 14 or 28.
You can get a variety of flavours from chocolate shakes to lemon cheesecake. The idea is that you have a shake in the morning to set you up for the day, whatever you want for lunch – in moderation of course – and then a “smart meal” in the evening.
The So Shape smart meals could be in the form of a shake but they also offer hot options like soups.
WHY AM I DOING IT?
Now the whole point of opting for a plan like this for most people is to lose weight.
But I wanted to focus more on kick starting my healthy eating, but also trying to reduce the amount I was eating and my portions.
Being someone who had put on a considerable amount of weight in a short period of time, I soon realised that this was because I had upped my intake without even realising it.
The takeaways didn’t help either.
I wanted to use So Shape to start to listen to my body more and understand what it needed in terms of nutrition whilst also reducing my calories. If I lost weight along the way then that was an added bonus.
THE “14” DAYS
I’m not going to sugar coat it. It was bloody hard!
Going from having solids for breakfast, some form of hot meal at lunch (usually curry) and then a large evening meal, to having liquids twice a day and one meal was not fun.
So Shape does give you a list of foods you can eat if you’re really struggling such as egg whites, chicken breasts etc which does help you out. But it’s a big change to make off the bat.
The first day for me was a complete fail. I was working from home and decided to make a cappuccino shake and warm it up. Turns out I can’t stomach thick consistencies or cold coffee flavoured things meaning that flavour was off the list.
After trying out a few flavours though I found the ones I loved and could get down the hatch pretty easily.
The only downside – my fault entirely – is that I didn’t pick any hot options meaning I had cold shakes for both breakfast and dinner.
Some days were harder than others – it didn’t help when Paul would sit opposite me with a pizza whilst I drank my shake.
Although this product was sent to me by the brand to try out I won’t lie and say that I stuck to it religiously, because I want to give you all an honest review and picture of the plan.
The truth is that there were days when I had the cheeky bit of beans on toast or sausage from Paul’s plate. But I tried my hardest to stick to it.
Come day 10 I had to stop due to catching that lovely cold/flu/I feel like crap bug that was going around. I would have carried on but I completely lost my appetite. I even stopped drinking tea – that’s how ill I was!
Despite caving a few times and falling ill, the longer I was on the shakes the easier it became. Although I don’t know if I could have done the 28 day challenge.
What I did find was that although it is basically a drink it really does fill you up. Usually I can have breakfast at around 9am when I get into work and be hungry by 11am. But with the shakes I wasn’t getting hungry until 12 or 1pm.
There were also times when I couldn’t finish the whole thing because I was full.
Since coming off the plan I’ve not been as hungry throughout the day or felt the need to snack – and if I do snack it’s just something small.
I think it’s safe to say that the plan of learning to listen to my body, and feeding it when it’s hungry rather than when I’m bored or craving sugar really did work.
I know you’re all wanting to know how much if any weight I lost during the process. 8lbs if you must know – considering I caved a few times and didn’t go to the gym due to working from home the majority of the time I think that’s pretty good.
The plan itself is £89 which works out at £2.96 per meal – which is cheaper than a lunch time meal deal – so it isn’t as expensive as you might think at first glance.
If you are interested you can get 10% off the 14 or 28 day plans with EMMI10 – this is not an affiliate code but a discount code that So Shape kindly said any of my followers can use.
I’m really glad that I decide to try it out and now I’m over my cold/flu/I feel like crap bug I honestly cannot wait to get back to the gym and keep looking after my health and listening to my body.
© Emmi Bowles
*This is not a sponsored post. So Shape gifted me their 14 day plan in exchange for an honest review – all opinions and views are my own*