I have tried everything to lose weight, I have always been big.. I have done the shake diet, the juice diet, the soup diet, the appetite suppressant diet, the smoking diet (I made this one up myself – basically just smoking and not eating!)…. Everything.
I used to think that a 30 minute circuit routine at ‘Curves’ was doing great things to me, I used to also think a stroll around the block for 30 minutes would get me into shape.
Now, dont get me wrong – I have only been doing the ‘Ashy Bines Clean Eating Plan’ for about 3 weeks now, so I cannot attribute all my successes to her as I had lost about 22kgs before I started her plan. However, I have been reading the articles and seeing all the “Hater” groups pop up all over facebook, and this is all I have to say…..
Ashy’s plan is NOT rocket science, it is simple clean foods suggested to you by her, I dont believe that she is a qualified nutritionist but all you have to do is take a look at her banging body and realise shes probably pretty in tune with what she is talking about.
I brought her plan – my one complaint would be its lack of professional layout, it cost $49 for two downloadable files. The files had not been proofread, the english was really poor and there were alot of spelling errors, however – I am a stickler for spelling so it probably didnt bother that many other people. I would have thought that perhaps for $49 they might be a printed document, binded and posted. But, I did that myself.
I have read through the plan once, and my initial reaction to most of it was “Duh” – but I did learn a fair few things I didn’t know.
The plan is motivating, and helps you realise that you can’t just pick up a block of chocolate and eat it, it makes you think about everything – even down to putting a half a teaspoon of sugar in your coffee!
The most worthwhile part of the plan was access to the closed facebook forum, with 20,000 + members, you get your odd bitch – but most of the girls are beautiful, motivating women who are all there for the same reason, so the bond and instant connection between everyone is amazing. Recipes are shared, progress photos are shared and people are answering and asking questions and making suggestions to other forum members. I do agree that the group is poorly moderated, but it dosnt bother me like it bothers some.
Today I shared my 30kg progress pic – and honestly, the response to it was astounding. The pic (which is the one I shared yesterday with readers) has been up for about an hour now – there has been 50+ likes and comments. Beautiful comments from girls congratulating me, telling me I am their motivation, wanting to know my routine…. THAT is what I love about the blog. The interraction with strong, like minded wonderful women!
I have lost a fair few kilos since I started the clean eating plan, so in NO way am I going to bag it. I dont think it is a scam, I think those people calling it a scam are people that havent had the willpower to stick to it, or have cheated on it and therefore have seen no results.
I understand the other side, about the lack of knowledge and professionalism – perhaps I just dont take that all too seriously, like some? I think if you are smart about what you eat, interract properly in the forum, and exercise then you will have results. I think you will find things that work for you – make your own alterations and NOT stick to everything the plan suggests, as I just dont think thats possible, you have to find out what works for you!
What are your thoughts? What have your experiences been on the program – good or bad, all feedback is welcome!