Editor’s blog: 6 Week Body Transformation – week 3 (the slip-up)
You know that guilt you get that comes with a hangover? The anxiety and emotion that seems to get worse and worse with age? Well, imagine having a hangover mid-way through Jango Alpekin’s 6 Week Body Transformation programme – where alcohol is strictly forbidden. And with good reason. If the body, and specifically the liver, is processing booze, in my case a bucket of white wine, it can’t process fat.
I knew I was going to find that part of the programme hard as my work often takes me to places where booze is on tap, and free. In this case, I was working backstage at High Street Fashion Week’s catwalk show at Aura nightclub, surrounded by skinny models, stressed, tired and feeling pretty bad about myself. But the alcohol may have relaxed me briefly but it only made that feeling of inadequacy 10 times worse.
You see, a lot of people thought I couldn’t stick to the programme and I only proved them right. But, stubborn little bitch that I am, the very next day I was bang back on the programme, worked extra hard at the bootcamp sessions, and apologised to Jango for letting him down. It was a relapse, not a collapse.
Food-wise, this week I have been mostly enjoying chocolate coconut bark, a sweet treat that it quick and easy to make and sits in the freezer for when you want a bit of a sugar rush. The recipe is below. You see, healthy eating doesn’t have to be treat-free, you just need to eat smart. And while having a drink in London may not have been my smartest decision, I’m determined to see out the plan and give it my best shot. I know that I’m my own worst enemy – but at least I learn from my mistakes.
Diet sins: Alcohol! There is no point in continuing to drink when you are trying to change your body shape. Jango has reassured me I can re-introduce it gradually and still keep slim and trim after the six weeks are over.
Diet saint: I know I tripped up but I’m proud of myself for not giving up completely. There are some benefits to being a stubborn little bitch.
Our editor Suzi is currently enjoying (enduring) a 6 Week Body Transformation programme with Jango. If you lack the confidence and self-esteem and you want someone to guide you step by step to achieve the body you desire, then head over to Bournemouth bootcamp and activate your free taster week.
RECIPE: Chocolate Coconut Bark
Time in the kitchen : 25 minutes
Serves : 12 (1 square per person)
2 oz (roughly 55 grams) dark chocolate
8 oz coconut oil
A handful of coconut flakes
1 handful of slivered almonds
½ teaspoon sea salt
Fill a pot with a few inches of water, then balance smaller pot on top so it hovers just above the water (this is called a “bain-marie”). Bring the water to a simmer. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it in the top pot. Take the melted chocolate off the heat and stir in coconut oil until it melts. Add coconut and almonds.
Pour batter into an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle sea salt on top. Put into the freezer for 15 minutes until solid, then cut into squares. Store the Chocolate Coconut Bark in the freezer.
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