Nov 24, 2012

I'm In Pain

I did the Michelle Bridges Gym Ball workout the other day.  Oh boy, I am still sore!  So I guess that means it's a good workout!  LOL.

Two days later I am still having trouble walking down stairs thanks to my thighs.  Then to use my stomach, oh dear, that is agony!  I did realise that my core strength was almost non existent  but I didn't realise my thigh muscles were in such bad shape.

As the saying goes No Pain, No Gain!  So I'm taking this pain as a good thing.  Now to get through a Super Saturday Session, eeekkkk!

Nov 20, 2012

12WBT Round 4, Day 2

Today I met a friend at a small local gym.  I had heard they were having an introductory special this month.  $15 for 30 days.  That includes the gym and classes.

We were just meeting there for a coffee as we heard there was a coffee shop there too.  I really wanted to check the gym out first as it is not the usual sort of gym I have been a member at.  This certainly has a lot of classes and good facilities, but it's not, I don't know, it's not all nice and sparkly.    The last gym I was a member at had lovely change rooms, pretty new, hair dryers, shampoos, big TV screens to plug your headphones into the machines to listen to, treadmills with tv's built in.   A little bit of luxury.

This gym is not like that.  It has modern equipment.  It's very clean.  But it's not in a modern premises, there is NO luxury, it's very basic, sort of a no frills gym.   But I wanted to have a look as for $15 for a month trial, it was almost too good to pass up.  I want to give it a go.  I don't know that I really need all of the luxury.  I mean, really I don't use the hair dryers.  But I did use the TV's.

When I arrived my friend was already there.  She was at the counter filling in a form.  I said Hi and was passed the form.  I said "are we joining", she said "well yes, what did we come for?"  I said "oh ok, I thought we were just checking the place out?"  She said "well for $15 we may as well join and check it out for a month!"  So I joined.

I am now a member of a gym for 30 days!  I am not sure if I will keep going there after.  The weekly price is almost the same as another gym near by, one that I have been a member of before.  I cancelled that membership because I used to have an asthma attack whenever I went.  Mainly when I was on the floor doing push-ups, sit-ups etc.  I think the carpet was not well cleaned and I am allergic to dust.  The thing that I like about my new no frills gym is there isn't any carpet.  Therefore it will be good for my asthma, no dust mites can live in a hard floor.   I was also hoping to find a gym with a pool, I really want to swim laps, but my no frills gym does not have a pool.

I know it sounds crazy, but I get so embarrassed going to the gym.  I just feel like everyone is watching me, like they are wondering why someone my size is going there.  Crazy I know as i don't think that way when I see people there.

Anyway I will keep you posted.  I have the membership, now I just have to use it!

Nov 19, 2012

12WBT Round 4, Day 1

Today started well on this first day of round 4 12WBT.

As I have mentioned before, my focus on this round is exercise.  I need to get my exercise mindset in check.  For me round 3...  Food mindset, check... Exercise mindset, cross.

So round 4 is going to be food mindset, check.... exercise mindset, CHECK!

I know this is going to be hard.  I was doing my workout this morning and I was just saying to myself.  I really don't like this.  I know that's not a good thing to be thinking whilst you are bouncing away to Oz Style Aerobics and Michelle's super shredder DVD.  I wasn't fully into her DVD I will admit.  I'm hoping that will change.   I do get a lot of amusement out of Aerobics Oz Style.  I feel like I'm stepping into a time warp.  I feel like I did when I was a kid and my mother was doing aerobics.  The outfits are a sight to be seen!

But I did it.  I did a workout and I will do it again.  I have also seen that there is another Aerobics workout on Foxtel.  It's on at 7am though, which is just way too late for me, so I recorded it this morning, then tomorrow I will be able to do today's, tomorrow and tomorrows the next day etc.

I am seriously considering about rejoining the gym.  I just wonder about finding the time to go.  I'm a single mum, so going outside of school hours isn't really an option as I can't leave my son on his own at night.   So the only time I have is during school hours.  But I work then!  He is a little old to do childcare at the gym.  I would consider leaving him during the day hours but never at night (not sure what the difference is between night and day but in my mind there is).

Anyway I haven't ruled out the gym.  I have three that I am looking at.  Will fill you in about those later.

I hope you are all having a good first day (for those doing this round of 12WBT) and for those not doing it, I hope that your goals and dreams are being fulfilled too!

Nov 18, 2012

Bye Round 3, Hello Round 4

Today marks the end of my first round of Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.  I have to say that I'm a little sad to see it go.  I do get rather attached to things and do not like change.  But it's ok as I am starting Round 4 today.

I am really excited about round 4.  I really want to get on top of this exercise mindset that has been letting me down.  It was my downfall in Round 3, even though I did lose 9.7kg and 44.5cm, that was done with diet alone, not through exercise.

Round 4 is my exercise round!  I am going to take control.  I have such strong will power when it comes to diet.  I have not had one problem sticking to the 1200 calories.  I have not one time gone over that and not one time have I given in to temptation.  Despite all of the cupcake baking, oreo pop making, birthday dinners, brownie making, fathers day lunches, pancake breakfasts every Sunday (not for me), school fetes working the cake stall and many more temptations and I have had this willpower to say no.  I have been so determined.   I will continue this in Round 4.  I am confident in that.  I know I can do it so am really not worried.

I am however not so sure about the exercise.  I'm not sure why I can't get that same sort of willpower that I have with the diet into the exercise mindset, but that is going to be my goal for this round.  To develop the same mindset and willpower with exercise that I have with the food.

I'm looking forward to following many new 12WBTers journeys.  Seeing your transformations and your successes.  Sharing your ups and downs as lets face it, there will be times of ups and downs.  I think that is natural.  I am sure I will have my exercise up's and down's on my way to a fit and healthy life.

Good luck to everyone who is on their journey, good luck to all of those who are starting Round 4 12WBT today/tomorrow.   It's going to be an awesome round, I can just feel it!

Nov 14, 2012

Round 3 Before and After Shots

Here are my before and after shots from Round 3 of Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.

Total of 44.5cm lost and 9.7kg.  I will do my final weigh in on Sunday night, as that will be 12 weeks exactly.  I still have 14kgs to get to my goal, so I'm still a fair way off my goal.  As much as sharing my before and after shots is terrifying to me.  Here they are and all I can do is hope that by the end of round 4, there is an amazing difference!  I'm so embarrassed doing the big reveal, but here goes.

Top Photos Before - Bottom Photos After

I hope you can see a difference.  I have gone from a size 14 to 16 (These are Australia Sizes, that would be a 12 to 14 US sizing) I was on the verge of both, 14 was too tight and 16 a little big.  Now I am easily in a size 12 (US size 10).

I'm happy with my results.

Solar Eclipse

There was a solar eclipse this morning.

I did take some photos.  I wasn't silly enough to actually look at the sun, I just aimed my phone in that direction and clicked away.

I have to say it wasn't what I was expecting.  I thought it would be like you see on TV or in movies.  Where the sky would go black, like it was nighttime and it would have that strange black dot with a light ring.   But there wasn't any of that.  The sky did go an eeire colour.  It was very strange.  There were lots of shadows around and the sky went kind of dark but it was still bright if that makes sense (no I don't think it does).

Anyway here are a couple of shots I took.  I am sure you will be impressed with my point and shoot, without looking shots.  These were taken with an iPhone5 too so nothing high tech.

Doesn't look like a Solar Eclipse, but it is.

Wednesday Weigh In

Today is our final weigh in for Round 3, 12WBT. I lost 1kg (2.2lbs) in this last week, I'm thrilled with that.    Well I will be doing a final weigh in on Sunday (still 4 days away), to get my final results for the 12 week challenge.

But as of today I have lost 9.7 kg (21.38 lbs) and 44.5 cm in the last 11.5 weeks.  I am happy with that, although I did not get to my goal of 12 kg.  I know the only person I have to blame for not reaching that goal is myself.  I know I could have worked a lot harder in the exercise department.  But I am proud of myself for getting my head in the right space with my diet and my mindset has definitely improved.

So I have signed up for Round 4, which starts next Monday, the 19th.  This round will be great, over Christmas, lots of yummy Christmas food but the right foods.  Round 4 is going to be focused on my exercise (whilst maintaining my current diet headspace).  I really need to get my exercise head in the game and get some great results in this upcoming round.  I have 14.4 kg to get to my goal.  I don't expect to do that in this next round, but I do expect to get really close!    So that does mean I will sign up for the first round next year.  I am going to keep with this program until I have reached my goal and until I have my mindset completely under control.

I have been having a lot of people noticing a difference in my body shape in the last couple of weeks.  It has taken long enough for people to notice, LOL.  But I guess with 300 grams off losing 10kg, they really should have noticed.   What was really nice was a birthday card I got from a friend yesterday.  She addressed it to Skinny Minnie!  A much better name than my son currently calls me.  His name for me is "Miniature Mother".  Now he does not mean miniature because of my shrinking body, he means it because he has passed me in height and it seems almost by the day, that he is towering further and further over me, LOL.

I am happy to report that my major red flag day was successful yesterday.  I insisted that there be no cakes and everybody respected that.  Thanks to my pre-planning and looking at the restaurant menu before going last night.  I ended up having the grilled tuna with vegetables.  So on my major red flag day, I did not exceed my 1200 calories!  Probably helped with my 1kg weight loss this week.

After photos for this round will be done this afternoon.  I will post my before and after shots here.  Yes I will.  I wasn't going to, but I will, surely you will be able to see a difference after losing 10kgs.

So whilst this round is almost over, my weight loss journey is not!  It has only just begun!

Nov 13, 2012

Red Flag Day!

Today is a red flag day!  I have had challenging days, like making cupcakes and oreo pops.  But tonight is different.  It's my birthday.

Tonight the whole family is going out for dinner.  Where to?  To Italian!  Could it get any worse?  NO I don't think so!

What is worse, is that tomorrow is final weigh in!  Tomorrow morning!  After a night out, after a non controlled dinner.  If I was at home, I could have controlled what I had for dinner tonight.  I could have made sure that I had not a drop over my daily calories.  But tonight I step into the unknown.  I step into a restaurant with their sauces, high salt content, oils, calories calories calories.

I have checked out the menu from the restaurant and really don't know what to have.  There is Grilled Crispy Skin Salmon (which I wouldn't eat the skin) on top of a salad.  There is Tuna Steak with some sort of salad, but I'm not sure how the Tuna is cooked.  There is Chicken Marsala.

I've just looked at the calories and they are all seem to be ok, well not really.  But I haven't had any of my snacks today, so I have the 300 calories from my snacks to eat tonight too.

I wouldn't normally worry too much.  When I have stuck to the food portion of 12WBT the whole way, I guess one night out isn't too bad.  But WHY does it have to be the night before final weigh in?  Why?  Why couldn't it bee a couple of days before, then I could work my tail off to burn those calories.  But I'm going to go to bed after this off the plan meal, this un-caloried controlled meal, this meal where I really don't know how what is in it meal, then waking up a few hours later to weigh in.

Oh well, nothing I can do I suppose.  I have done all I can by checking out the menu before so I can do rough calculations of calories.  I just hope that I can behave myself and not blow it out too much.

Wish me luck!

Nov 10, 2012

Top 15%

I received an email last night from Michelle Bridges (yes I know, it's not really from her, LOL).

Anyway it said that I was in the top 15% of this round 3 of 12WBT!  I've lost 10.34% of my body weight so far.

I'm thrilled!  To be honest I didn't think I would be any where close to that.  I know I have been sticking to the food/diet portion of the program but I have been very slack in the exercise department of the program.  Why?  I don't know, I had some setbacks at the beginning with the skin cancer and I just haven't got back into it.  Imagine how well I would have done if I had stuck to the exercise 100% too!

I have already decided that for round 4 (which starts in 10 days) I will really focus on the exercise.  I feel that I have the diet under control.  I have not been tempted at all.  I am really in a good headspace with the diet/food side and have been loving the whole thing and found it relatively easy.  Not being a junk food eater or soft drink drinker before.  My main change has been my portion sizes, which used to be at least twice but I think sometimes up to four times what it should have been.

Next Thursday Michelle will announce her top 20 finalists for this round 3.  We have a little over a week left of this round.  At last measure (week 8) I had lost 37cm, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what it will be next week.

So I'm top 15%.  YAHOO!!!!!
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