12 Week Body Plan Challenge: Conclusions

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With my final photo shoot done I have had time to look back and reflect on what has been a truly incredible journey over the past few months. It hasn't been easy, far from it, but it has been worth every last rep, every last drop of sweat and every last ounce of effort.

As I explained in my previous blog I ended up doing fourteen weeks of training before my final photo shoot, although my thoughts and conclusions remain the same despite the extra time it took me to reach my end goal. In a nutshell, and I assure you this is no exaggeration, the 12 Week Body Plan is life changing; that is if you are willing to apply yourself fully.

It isn't easy, but then it isn't meant to be easy. It isn't aimed at those wanting to dabble here and there, it is designed to be done with 110% commitment and for those who are serious about changing their physique. But if you are prepared to give it that commitment then the results are there to be had. I have loved the journey, it has changed the way I view both food and training, and going forward I have new principles and beliefs to abide by. Three months is long enough to change old habits and foster new ones, which is exactly what it has done for me.

Having gone through every session I can safely say that in order to do the plan properly you need to be both self-motivated and also have a real desire to make a change - without a burning desire to better yourself it is hard to make changes and stick to them, let alone to keep pushing in the gym when the going gets really tough. There were times when I hated Nick Mitchell, there were times when I wanted to quit, but I kept pushing myself forward and am grateful I didn't give in.

Something I have come to learn over the past weeks is that taking care of your appearance and health isn't about going on diets or buying into fad crazes. Instead it is about finding a lifestyle that suits you, a way of life that you enjoy and are happy to maintain. For me this book has given me that lifestyle and way of living. I don't want to sound like I am preaching, or gloating for that matter, but having completed it one thing is for certain; I will not be going back to my old way of life, for this is a much better way of living.

I guess some will say there is a degree of vanity to doing something like this, but then why wouldn't you want to be the best possible version of yourself? It isn't just about looking good, it is all of the other benefits that come with that, not least the health benefits and the way that it makes you feel. I can safely say I have never felt better about myself, both physically and mentally than I do at the moment.

The level of detail and information contained in the book is quite staggering, and that you can get access to it all for less than a Dominos pizza is even more staggering. Admittedly it isn't for everybody, but for those who are willing to apply themselves it is a pretty definitive guide to looking brilliant and feeling even better.

It is also worth mentioning the final two weeks, as they undoubtedly made a big difference to my final physique. Whilst I had achieved great results in the first twelve weeks the strictness of the diet and training in the final two weeks took things to the next level. As with the first twelve weeks it took a lot of will power and focus to stick to the tailored regime I was given, but having that online support made all of the difference. 

It is never too late to change your physique, although the longer you leave it the harder it becomes. However, ultimately it comes down to how much you really want too change, because when you want something enough that is when you are prepared to make the sacrifices to achieve your goal. 

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