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Carolyn’s Workout Diary: Week 15 – Transformation

In week fifteen of her fitness challenge, Carolyn transitions from sausage-like to sleek.

Carolyn’s Workout Diary: Week 15 – Transformation

‘I run so I can eat’ – that’s my new mantra because there is no doubt that running helps drop the kilos and keep them off.

I mentally repeated this mantra as I put one foot in front of the other as I dragged my body around the block for the fifth time during an early morning GetRunning group session this week. It was the third early morning start in a row and on this particular morning my legs felt like lead. But I kept going, remembering the four squares of chocolate I’d gobbled the day before, but also because aside from the legs I was feeling great in my new T-shirt.

To put you in the picture, about two months ago Canterbury Clothing approached me and offered to kit me out in an outfit. Their motto is ‘Train is the Game’ which I really like so I said ‘okay, why not. Thank you!’ I was actually blown away by the range I was shown – it’s evolved far beyond the rugby jersey it’s most famous for. When I first tried on this T-shirt (pictured), however, I looked like a lumpy sausage that was about to burst its skin. ‘I won’t be wearing that for a while’ I thought mournfully and folded it neatly in the drawer.

This week I decided to try it on again and to my delight realised I’ve gone from sausage to sleek. I felt like the hungry caterpillar who turned into a butterfly after shedding its skin. It’s provided new motivation at the 15-week mark, particularly now that the mornings are cooler, darker, and wetter.

But it’s not just the exercise that has had this effect. After doing some research I’ve realised it’s also about when I’ve been exercising too.

Author Mireille Guiliano explains the why in her latest book French Women Don’t Get Facelifts. “During the night [while we sleep] the body gets its energy from the reserve in fat and it continues when we get up as long as we’ve not eaten. Thereafter it takes energy from our recently digested food.”

Which means for best fat burning results it’s more effective to exercise before breakfast.

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