Bronte's Breakthrough - “I’m so much stronger, healthier and happier!”

WRITTEN BY BRONTE D

Contributer - My Muscle Chef Customer

In October 2019, I made a conscious decision to turn my lifestyle around. I was overweight, lacking motivation and intimidated by the thought of stepping into a gym. Today, with the help of My Muscle Chef along the way, I have been able to lose 26kg whilst unlocking a newfound sense of confidence and self-determination. Read on to discover my weight loss journey...

STARTING MY JOURNEY

The first step I took in my weight loss journey was realising I needed to be more active during the week and get my nutrition in check. I started by participating in three F45 classes and ordered My Muscle Chef Challenge approved meals to fuel my training. As high intensity interval training (HIIT) was a training style I was not familiar with previously, it was difficult to adjust at the start. However, I was able to gradually build my endurance enough to attend four to five F45 classes a week, as well as three strength sessions in the gym and daily walks with my dogs.

CHALLENGES AND MOTIVATION

The biggest challenge in my journey has been with diet. Finding a balance between what I needed to fuel my body for training, while still maintaining an overall calorie deficit for weight loss and having something I could stick to long term, was incredibly difficult. Managing my expectations and accepting the fact that changes weren’t going to happen overnight (or even in days or weeks!) was also a struggle, but was imperative to remind myself to keep pushing and improving.

Bronte's weight loss progress

MY NUTRITION

In terms of diet, I was generally aiming for around 1,500 calories a day with about 140g of protein. I find 1.7g of protein per kg of weight has worked well for me in terms of satiety and muscle growth. In terms of macronutrient split, this works out to be 25-30% carbs, 25-30% fats and 45% protein. Protein is the main macronutrient I pay attention to, and I try to split remaining calories between fats and carbs. My Muscle Chef has been so helpful in ensuring I meet my calorie AND protein requirements to help keep me achieving goals - I’m so much stronger, healthier and happier!

FUELLING MY GOALS

I’m so grateful to have been introduced to My Muscle Chef through the F45 Challenge. Since finishing the Challenge, I moved onto the Calorie Control Meal Plan with My Muscle Chef. I have a subscription set up, so each week I get my meals delivered and plan and track the whole week of meals in a couple of minutes (leaving time for more fun things!). I then label each meal and put them in the fridge, meaning I don’t even have to think about what I’m eating for the next week - just open the fridge and voila! It’s just so easy to stay on track!

“My Muscle Chef has not only provided the nutrition that keeps me training, but also helped me meet my calorie and protein goals to keep my losing weight healthily.”

I enjoy any MYMC meals with pasta, because it really kicks that ‘you can’t have carbs on a diet’ myth (plus they are really tasty!).

My Muscle Chef - Chicken & Green Vegetable Pesto Pasta
High Protein Meal - Chicken & Green Vegetable Pesto Pasta

WHAT'S NEXT

While I have accomplished impressive progress so far, my weight loss journey does not stop here. With a goal weight of 65kg and My Muscle Chef meals fuelling me every step of the way, I am right on track to achieving my long-term weight loss goal.

"Diet has been the biggest challenge for me in my journey. Generally, meal delivery services have either the tasty part OR the calorie controlled part. MYMC has both - the meals taste amazing and also take the guesswork out of my nutrition."

Overall, I’m really proud of my progress thus far. For anyone who is wanting to embark on their own weight loss journey, here’s my advice for you: slow progress is better than no progress. Just keep chipping away at your goals and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve!

 

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