Sunday, August 29, 2010

Week 10 summary!

Well what a rollercoaster of a week. I registered my first gain (500g) even though I thought I had been so good with food, I have found that I have possibly done a damage to my groin muscle & it hurts badly then to top it off my poor little baby girl got herself an ear infection so bad that I think her eardrum may have ruptured. It at least explains the no sleep for 2 nights leading up to that though.

During those 2 nights was terrible. The first night I was so strong & kept so clean with food. The second day was terrible. I missed breakkie, managed to have some baked beans on toast for lunch, skipped snacks then at least had a decent dinner of steak & steamed veg. It was later in the night things went down hill. I found myself snacking on chocolate & also drinking coke. What the hell was I doing!! I was reverting back to old ways & habits which got me into this predicament in the first place. I had always snacked on sugary foods/drinks to keep up the energy that came when you go countless hours with no sleep. Now I am doing it again!! I am so glad that by Saturday night the anitb's had kicked in as well as the nurofen & panadol for the pain. Finally she was sleeping & slept through till 9.30!! I did the same! The sleep was amazing & refreshed me enough to rethink my commitment!

So I have 2 weeks of round 2 left! I have to do some pretty kickass stuff to get me in shape to make my goal that I set for this 12 weeks. I have also had a pretty rough time with sick kidlets the last couple of weeks too but again that is all jsut excuses!! Tiredness makes us do some stupid things sometimes so to combat that I have thought ahead & now have yoghurt's & le rice in the fridge that I have noted for myself to grab instead of the chocolate & bikkies!

I am also going back to basics. I had slackened off using Calorie King but have now gone back to it since I want to track exactly what I am eating! I have also found myself resting on the days when there is no gym class since I have got in the mindset that burning 1000 cals per class is enough for 2 days! BAD BAD BAD! It isnt good enough & I must go back to 1 rest day. I may have hurt my groin muscle BUT it doesnt stop me from exercising. I have amazing support from my hubby & my kids with this so I should start listening to them. Noone judges me more than my 11 year old son who even takes stuff off me if he thinks I shouldnt be eating it. He too has taken on healthy ways in little things such as having a ham salad sanga instead of some junk food takeaway when he orders his lunch. We are the ones who set the example!

Now for me to put this inner labrador, teenager whatever you want to call that horrible person who makes us do & think things we shouldnt, back into her box!! I had her there for a while but she is back & she is bad!

Time to finish round 2 with a BANG & hit round 3 head on!

Friday, August 20, 2010

A new day or a new beginning?

My leg is feeling much better after icing all day yesterday. I must thank Melissa for all her help & advice yesterday! I think had I not taken it, today would have been spent in alot of pain & tears. Mwah to you!! It is amazing the people who do this program & its not jsut for people who want to lose weight, it is also for people who are looking to learn to eat healthy as well.

I joined this program for round 2 back when the sign ups first started. For me I have gone through 9 weeks officially but also 4 weeks of preseason tasks. During that time I have learnt so much about everything & not just food. I am learning about who I am as a person and what I want from life. I am learning that whilst yes I am a mum, I am also a person myself and I think most of all I am doing amazing things I never thought I would do!

Michelle Bridges program is for EVERYONE! It is amazing how something as simple as eating healthy with regular exercise can teach us so much about ourselves. My whole family is starting to eat healthy & my hubby is eating what I eat. The children are all slowly getting in the same mindset but after many years of preparing packaged food the look of those green things on the plate might take some getting use too. I go to the gym 3 times a week & have an amazing personal trainer! He knows how far to push us & when we are slackening off. We rarely use the gym equipment since he feels a better workout is achieved when you use your body as it should be used! I love my classes since it is 1 hour of time for me. No interruptions for mummy business so no excuses! My Tuesday Zumba classes are the same! I love the time out. It is what has put my sanity back to where it once was & I am finding that I have alot more patience with the children again.

Round 3 is starting on 23rd August & I will be once again treking on this journey. Michelle & Amelia are amazing. Many times when I felt it was all over just a simple tweet from Mish or Meels (M&M) is enough to pick myself back up again & keep on going. I have seen this with many of the 12WBT family.

Tonight I book my accommodation to come to Sydney. Tomorrow I go shopping for something nice to wear. Afterall, coming to Sydney means I am coming to meet my whole other family. A group of people who I know will take me for who I am & not who I am not. They will not judge & they are the closest group of people anyone could wish for to be a friend. I also know that even though I hate the camera I really have to get that elusive #photowithmish plus we all need a pick with Jo & Capt dont we ;) I know that night I will possibly be in many photos sharing a smile with all my new friends.

Thank you Michelle for such an amazing program. I am sure that I am not the only one from the 12WBT team that salutes you! /salute

Cath xoxo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

NO! Not now please!

Well had an amazing sesh last night at gym! There was only 4 of us so the PT pushed us hard & I pushed myself harder since I just havent been feeling it anymore after gym. Was a high cardio sesh last night too!!
He had us start night with jog round the block followed by 4 lots of 2 mins step then 30 star jumps! Went on to some more running (sprints) over diff distances then back to the gym. At gym we did boxing but with a difference!......he had us doing all our boxing moves whilst holding 2kg weights!! Did 4 lots of situp sets (30 situps/10 oblique crunches each side) then 1min lat holds (no wonder I am losing cms off my waist…lol) He then told us to to do 1/10s with mountain skis! (for those that dont know what these are you do 1 mountain ski, then 10 sprints, 2 moutain skis 9 sprints etc. basically one exercise then runs!) Finally to finish the sesh he took us outside & had us run around the middle island on the road for 12 mins non stop! 1 lap would have been about 400ish meters I think. We had to get at least 10 done in the time with sprints up & down the hill while the ends used for recovery… was this that caused my pain. On the first lap I felt instant pain in my upper leg but passed it off as a cramp. By the 5th lap I was near in tears with pain but knew I had to keep going! I am a 12WBTer & we dont give up easily! Also the voice of Michelle in the back of my head telling me to suck it up princess helped me with my decision to not stop! On my last lap the PT decided to push me hard & ran with me so I too pushed myself. By the time I left the gym I was limping. I must add though I did burn a whopping 1153 cals in the 1hr session!!!

I havent had much sleep all night cause of the pain & hubby feels that I have done a hamstring damage. He has made me promise that I will do no exercise other than a walk to the shop if needed & that I will keep ice on it through the day.

Why does this happen now when I was looking so positive at everything? Now It is possible I could be set back with my exercise :( I guess it will help keep me honest with my food intake though. Gym tomorrow night but will get PT to organise something a little different for me so hopefully that is possible!

Exercise & keep it clean everyone!

Cath xoxo

Weigh in week 9!

SW: 74.4kg
CW: 70.8kg
WLTW: 500g
WIW1: 73.8kg
WIW2: 73.7kg
WIW3: 73.3kg
WIW4: 72.8kg
WIW5: 72.2kg
WIW6: 72.0kg
WIW7: 71.8kg
WIW8: 71.3kg

GW1 - 73.4kg ACHIEVED 08/07/10
GW2 - 72.5kg ACHIEVED 21/07/10
GW3 - 71.5kg ACHIEVED 11/08/10
GW4 - 70kg
GW5 - 68kg
10%GW - 67kg
EGW - 65kg

BMI is also down to 25.39 & I have lost 4.8% of my weight so far ;) Did I mention that I am also back into size 12 clothes! I have bugger all to wear now that fits anymore! I got myself a pair of jeans & a shirt the other day so I at least have something nice to wear out! Other than that its all gym gear.....haha. So now I have to look around for clothes for me!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Forgive me Mish & Meels for I have sinned

(rather than type this up again I have copied what I posted on the 12WBT forum!)

Yesterday was a bad day. It didn’t start well & it didn’t end well.

After being up all night with my very sick 11yo son, I knew that the day would be hard! I kept thinking of all my work & cals burnt during the triathalon on Friday hoping it would get me through! It wasn’t enough & I wasn’t strong enough to stop the inner voice :( I am devastated to think that all that time working out on Friday has now been consumed in 1 days eating. I just know that this week those scales are going to punish me! I deserve to be punished for my stupidity.

Breakkie wasnt so bad as I did have fruit. Lunch wasn’t all good though. 2 bits of cafe toast with a cup of green tea. Not too bad but not the best either. As the day dragged on & my son got sicker, I could feel myself becoming tired and exhausted. Here I was on my own trying to race around after a 21mth old toddler as well as be there for my boy & try to cool him down since he had a temp that wouldn’t break. Now things went downhill & just kept going down fast!

Instead of grabbing for a cold bottle of water from the fridge, I grabbed for the coke, instead of grabbing for an apple, I had a small piece of dark chocolate then after a trip to the hospital with my son I just gave up trying to fight. I had a maccas heart approved (or so they say) sweet chilli wrap with seared chicken. If I had of stopped at that it would have been fine but nooooooooo, I had to have 4 wicked wings too! About the only things I did do that was ok last night was wash it all down with water!

I don’t even want to begin to work out the calories I ate yesterday but I know that I am devastated. I cant believe that I let myself become that weak to the point where I was making bad choices. It was sleep deprivation & exhaustion that put the weight on me in the first place! I should know this & I should know the signs. Last night though I gave up all to easily.

I am sorry Mish & Meels for letting you down.I am sorry to myself for letting me down. I shouldn’t be doing this stuff. I should be aiming to get to my goal weight not falling off the wagon! I guess though we learn from each time we fall. We pick ourselve up, dust ourselves off & we hit the road again! This is important I feel. It helps shape us for those times when yes one night over indulgence may happen BUT its the getting back on the clean road quickly that counts.

Cath xoxo

Week 8 Triathalon. I DID IT!

After being ill last week & not having a chance to even have a go at the triathalon, I decided that I should still at least do this & do it this week!.

We had a choice of a few different variations that we could do. I was going to to the orginal intermediate challenge which was 3000m Row, 25km bike ride & 6km treadie run, but decided to shuffle it a little & instead of the bike ride, I would incorporate my Saturday morning circuit class in there instead.

Thursday after gym circuit the PT announces that we would be backing up Friday night instead of Saturday morning! I was like, are you kidding I am set for Saturday now I have to psych up for tomorrow instead. Since he had footy training on on Friday night he also said that if I wanted to do this then I would have to lock up the gym! Yep only in a country town do you get full use of the gym facilities ;) At least not having a cut off time means I had no excuses but to finish what I started!

So 5pm I rock up to the gym for my 1hr class. PT decided to mix it up a little & go full cardio! A 1hour class that consisted of sprint sets, situps, pushups, boxing, 1/10’s (which is where you do 1 pushup 10 sprints, 2 pushups, 9 sprints etc), more running, more situps, more pushups, more boxing, core ties. Basically lots of ouchieness!!

I was stuffed when class had finished but knew that this would not be the end of my session for today. Not by a long shot! I still had 3000m rowing to do & not to mention 6km on the treadie! I decided to get the rowing out of the way since if needed I could always walk a bit of the way on the treadie to get through. Love the rower at our gym since it is a water one! almost feels like the real thing! 20 mins later & I was done! With that part anyways! 6km to go! I was hurting but knew I had to go on & finish!

Treadie wasnt all that bad. Managed to keep up at around a pace of 9km with every 30 secs going up to 10km then 11km then back down to 7km for 1 min back up to 9km etc. Finally after around 45 mins, the 6km ticked over! WOOHOO! I had done it!

2hrs & 15mins of non stop exercise for a total calorie burn of 2113!

Who would have thought that I could do something like that. I was a bit down since the family didnt seem to really understand what was so huge about my achievement especially considering dinner was late for me to do this but some lovely 12WBT ladies helped me to see that what matters is that I did it and I know that I did it!

So to sum up

Circuit Class - 1hr 10mins
Rower - 20mins
Treadie - 45mins
Total Cals burnt - 2113

Thank you Michelle for my little surprise in the mail this week!! <3 xoxo

Week 8 weigh in & Measure up!

SW: 74.4kg
CW: 71.3kg
WLTW: 500g

WIW1: 73.8kg
WIW2: 73.7kg
WIW3: 73.3kg
WIW4: 72.8kg
WIW5: 72.2kg
WIW6: 72.0kg
WIW7: 71.8kg

GW1 - 73.4kg ACHIEVED 08/07/10
GW2 - 72.5kg ACHIEVED 21/07/10

GW3 - 71.5kg ACHIEVED 11/08/10
GW4 - 70kg
GW5 - 68kg
10%GW - 67kg
EGW - 65kg

Chest: W1: 88cm Wk4: 87cm NOW: 85cm (-3cm)
Waist: W1: 88cm Wk4: 85cm NOW: 80cm (-8cm)
Hips: W1: 95.5cm Wk4: 95cm NOW:92cm (-3.5cm)
Thigh measurement distance from knee: 33cm
(R) Thigh: W1: 57 Wk4: 54cm NOW: 53 (-4cm)
(L) Thigh: W1: 58 Wk4: 54.5cm NOW: 54cm (-4cm)

BMI is also down to 25.57 & I have lost 4.2% of my weight so far ;)

Only 4 weeks to go but I have already decided I am signing up for round 3 which starts in a couple of weeks!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Week 7 & time to reflect a little

Well it had to happen sometime didnt it. After being so well all winter I woke yesterday with a bit of a sore throat which now is dry, sore & my nose is blocky too :( My poor little bubba is sick as well. Took her to the doctors on Friday to find out that she has a middle ear infection.....IN BOTH EARS! Needless to say she is now on 5mls of amoxil for the ears, 3.5mls of dymadon for the temp & 2.5mls of Dimetapp DM for the runny nose/cough. She was so sick last night that she threw up everywhere after coughing so much. Breaks my heart seeing her like this. My son has just gone back to school after being off for almost 2 weeks ill as well. So it was just a ticking time bomb I guess that I would get it sooner rather than later! Even my hubby has trekked off to work today ill.

So that brings me to my blog today! Its time to sit back & reflect on what I have achieved over this time on Michelles program. I have had a few down days but they are so normal in any journey that happens. Nothing can be perfect can it? Writing it all down seems the best way to keep me focused especially now I am not well, so that I can keep on the path for a good weigh in this week! Its a big one again with measurements, weight & fitness so want it to be spot on!

Signing up to Michelles 12 week body transformation program is one of the best things I have decided to do for myself. Not only am I eating healthier now but my whole family is eating healthier. They still have there chocolate etc but it is now a treat & not something that is pigged out on in one sitting anymore. Heck a block of chocolate now lasts us almost a week in this house (unless my eldest chocoholic daughter finds We are drinking alot less softdrink. 1 small glass with dinner is all that we have if any. Big improvement on a 2lt bottle in a day! Hot chocolate drinks are now the Jarrah kind (with no extra sugar added) instead of several scoops of milo topped off with the cup filled with marshmallows. Food wise my whole family has changed although the kids are stillg etting use to all these different sorts of vegies since we were the regular chops, mashed potatom peas & beans family....haha. Now its fat trimmed off whatever meat we are having, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, capsicum etc. Very different household now and our cupboards/fridge/freezer reflect that change!

As for fitness, well I shocked myself when I got onto the treadmill on Thursday night BEFORE gym class to warm up! I decided to go 15 mins or 2km (whichever came first!) So on goes the machine up to 8km.....too easy...lets go up to 9, nope push it out before I knew it I had the treadmill on 10 with incline of 3 & I was doing it. I was running easily! Normally I sit the treadmill on 7 & just fast walk since always been scared to run on one of those but after Thursdays effort I loved it!! I looked down to find that in just 11 mins I had already killed off the 2km I had planned. So off with the machine & I did some stretches before the gruelling session during circuit class with the PT. Class was a little tougher than normal but I was expecting that! Stocked to see cals burnt though for the 1hr 15mins was over 1200!! Was starting to feel the effects of getting sick on Friday so didnt test it out again but will once I get better!

I would NEVER in my wildest dreams 11 weeks ago have thought that I could come this far. I had tried to lose weight on my own with no help, no programs & just by using what I knew from internet searching since October last year. Although I didnt do too bad overall I never stayed on the wagon when there were weeks the weight wouldnt budge. I just gave up! Doing Michelles program though I always have her little voice in the back of my head getting me going, making me feel guilty if I make a wrong decision & best of all supporting me in my journey!

Since October last year I have lost

Weightloss: - 8.7kg (3.6kg since I signed up on Michelles program)
Chest: - 10cm
Waist - 10cm
Hips - 13cm
Thigh (R) - 6.5cm
Calf - 2.5cm
BMI - Is now down to 25.74 after being up close to almost 30!!

Total  - 42cm GONE FOREVER! With more to lose still.

Michelle has changed my life so much. I know try to find postives in a bad situation. Like today, I made a promise I would do some sort of exercise but since I am ill and after chatting with a few of the lovely people that are also on this journey with 12WBT, it is best for me to rest & get well quicker, than it is to push myself and be out of action longer. So I will take there advice and make sure that I eat VERY clean so that no exercise wont hurt on the scales too much come Wednesday. I was hoping for a big loss but I think I will be happy with anything. If there is a gain then I will come back to look at this blog entry so that I can see the results in black & white and that I have come a long way to the person I was almost 12mths ago!

Forgot to add the best part EVER! I am now back into a size 12 ;) It has been over 3yrs since I was in those size clothes that I had forgotten how nice it was to shop for regular clothes! It was nice to be able to go out in real clothes wearing real shoes. Instead of trackie dacks & joggers!

So to end this blog I have just one thing to say

Thank you to Michelle & you 12 week body transformation program! It is wonderful to finally see a program out there that is NOT a diet, but a change of the way we do things in life. A healthier change to doing things I might add.

MWAH! xoxo