Weight. Body image. Feeling great on the inside and outside. All topics we're faced with daily and standing at only 5ft makes me much more conscious of all these factors. I'm an average size. My clothes vary between sizes 10-12, but being 5ft, I find that any tiny bit of weight shows that little bit more - my fellow 5ft'ers will know what I mean. I never want to be a stick - I'm destined to have some curve in me as I'm an hourglass shape, and somehow I was graced with a larger bust (something that I hate, but I can leave that discussion to another day). My last job was so full on, I didn't have time to go to the gym - something that killed me and it's part of the reason I decided to move on. You need the time to let off some steam and keep fit and healthy, and considering I used to go the gym nearly every day, this was hard for me. At the end of everything, it's my goal to lose some weight and generally tone up so I feel happy and confident in my body - something I think most people want! I recently did the Slim Fast 7 Day Challenge which involved the 3-2-1 plan, which wasn't easy but once you were in the rhythm of things, it ended up being enjoyable. I lost 2.5lbs and that was really the start of my body goals. Whilst I would do Slim Fast again, I really want to focus on toning up as well as losing some inches, which is where Maxitone comes in.
The Summer Body Plan from Maxitone is a 6 week programme to help you get into shape in a healthy and 'do-able' way. I'd heard of Maxitone through some of my other fav bloggers and feedback seemed to be good, as well as well known athletes saying how much they enjoyed their products. They have a variety of products and plans which use protein to help enable weight loss and toning. Loads of people, and it's generally women, are very much afraid of using protein - I used to be the same. I associated protein with beefing up and wanting hench muscles, but after reading into the plan, it isn't that way at all. Getting a daily dose of protein means that your muscles recover quicker after exercising, and more muscle burns more calories, so it's a good enzyme to be getting into your diet!
So what is on this 6 week plan? Other than a variety of shakes, healthy tablets and snack bars, there's:
- 6 weekly meal plans (which you can print out to take to the supermarket which I think is extremely user friendly)
- 3 tips per week to keep you motivated and on track
- 2 different types of exercise programmes, so if you're a beginner to workouts, don't stress! There's one for you :)
- 3 extra product offers to keep you going with the plan, including a free gift if you use the offers
Not only this, but the Maxitone Twitter account is always active so that's a great source of motivation to tweet about your progress and get the support you need back. I have a whole load of goodies to be using, and at first instance, my favourite product so far is the Maxitone Sculptress Diet Bars - they're packed full of green tea, protein and packed with extra vitamins and nutrients.
My aim is to report back weekly with my progress, be it difficulties, fun times and fingers crossed, some weight loss. I'm excited by the programme as it seems very 'user friendly', something that I find not all weight loss/toning plans are. Hopefully this plan is the perfect way to follow on from the Slim Fast challenge, as I can now focus on exercising and toning to get the best results to suit my figure. Keep your fingers crossed for me, and remember to check out the Maxitone website if you're interested in joining in too! :)