Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lessons Learned

I put on weight this week. 

I am not happy about it, but I saw a quote recently that speaks volumes...

"Today's decisions result in tomorrow's consequences."

I had a terrible food week. I started off so well and then had a massive binge eating session on Saturday night where I just could not stop eating absolute CRAP! I wasn't hungry, I knew I didn't need the food and yet I was in this feeding frenzy! I was stressed and tired and I guess I thought that eating would make me feel better! It didn't. 

Then on Sunday I was at a dog sport comp where everyone brings all sorts of sugar-filled baked goods to share around and I knew I shouldn't eat any of it but I ate a cupcake and a piece of cake anyway!

"Today's decisions result in tomorrow's consequences."

 It wasn't much of a gain - about 700g... But a gain is a gain and although I am disappointed in myself for what happened, it has been a major eye opener for me. A binge can undo an entire week's worth of good work. And it is NOT worth it! It doesn't make me feel any better and it is NOT healthy! 

Since I made my commitment a few days ago, I have kept my word and I have stayed away from binge eating and unhealthy foods. To help myself, I have put up photos of my ideal body along with my commitment on the wall next to the fridge. On top of my pile of snacks, I have also put a sign that says "Are you a woman of your word?" which I physically have to move to get to the snacks. It is really helpful and empowering to see those words every day. 

So, we live and we learn and I'm moving on. No more binges.  

Calories consumed: 1200
Calories burned: 723
Net: 477

Monday, August 29, 2011

Another Goal Reached!

Unfortunately I injured my knee on the weekend - it has been sore since my 6km run. Nothing too major, but definitely not something I want to aggravate with more running! For that reason, I had it strapped up all day yesterday and took it as easy as I could even though I was at a dog sport comp. Today I put off my training session until tonight, hoping that the added recovery time would make a difference, but the knee hasn't really improved, so I had to get creative!

Tonight's session was a bunch of weights/toning and although I didn't burn nearly as many calories as I usually do in a session, I am thrilled to announce that tonight I met my goal of doing 15 pushups on toes non-stop!!! Woohooo!!! After that, I cracked open the RipDeck app on my iPhone and did a beginner workout, which consisted of 54 pushups, 54 situps, 54 jumping jacks and 54 squats, all done in 8 minutes and 45 seconds. Then I hit the free weights and did a further 20 minutes of upper body work and then some planks.

It was a nice session and I think it really highlighted to me that even if you have an injury, there is always a way to workout - you just have to be creative!

Tomorrow I will be jumping on the treadmill, doing a speedwalk with a massive incline to really get a good cardio session in without putting too much impact through my knee.

My next pushup goal is 20 non-stop!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Task #5 - Say It Out Loud

I have something to say... A commitment to myself, to my friends, to ABF and OAF, to Mish and to everyone else doing the 12WBT...

My commitment is... 

* To lose 8kg (goal weight: 67kg)

* To run a half-marathon in 2012

And I am committed to do the work that it takes to achieve these goals. 


I will see ABF tomorrow and OAF later in the week and I will shake hands with them and make a formal committment to them this week.

I have already told a few people my plans and even found a potential half-marathon partner in a girl I will be working with next year! She has already run a half-marathon before so I'm sure she will be a wealth of knowledge and will support me in my training.

I am pumped!

Task #4 - Gear Up!

The next task is to work out what gear you have and what gear you will need to successfully complete the program.

I really have no excuses when it comes to this - I have SO much stuff!

What I have...
* Gym membership - I just joined a new gym!

* Heart rate monitor - bought one second hand. I will upgrade to a fancy one as a reward.

* Running shoes - I just bought a new pair and they are SOOOO insanely comfortable! They arrive in 1-2 weeks (I bought them online to save $$$) and I can't wait to crack them out for their first run!

* Workout clothes - No issues there! I have a whole drawer full!

* Music - iPhone and headphones!

* What if it rains? You have a gym membership and a treadmill at home!

* Yoga mat - though I would also like a thicker mat for pilates at home

* Skipping rope - I really should crack that out and see how many cals I can burn in half an hour of skipping! That'd be a fun game!

* Weights - I have a nice collection of weights at home ranging from 1kg to 10kg.

* Swimming - I have three heated pools nearby! I have swimmers, goggles and plenty of towels. No excuses!

* Cycling - I have two bikes (one that needs repairing) and lots of places to ride!

So where will I be training?
EVERYWHERE!!!!!!! I plan on mixing things up regularly with the gym, the pool, the park and my home treadmill. The girls and I are always thinking up new ways to workout and will be doing a tennis session and some other fun things in the near future!

My wishlist: 
* Skins 

* New HRM - Polar RS300X with footpod

* Thick pilates mat

* Trail shoes - Ghost GTX 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Goal reached!!!

My previous long runs always had some short walking periods where I caught my breath, so I had set myself the goal of running 5km straight by the end of pre-season.

This morning I thought I would give it a crack!!

It was a beautiful morning... Cool and foggy with the world still fast asleep. My Kelpie and I set out and just ran around the neighbourhood.

As we ran, I felt more and more comfortable! I even managed to beat my pre-season fitness test 1km time trial during our 5th km, running 6:28!!!!!!

At 5km I didn't feel like stopping, so we ran an extra km for good measure!

Time: 00:43:38
Distance: 6.1km
Average pace: 07:08
Fastest km: 06:28 (Km #5)
Av HR: 151
Max HR: 186
Calories: 677

I can't believe that I have achieved this goal in 2 weeks!!! It has certainly given me the confidence that my fitness is improving and I am stronger mentally!

My shoes on the other hand are well and truly dead. Hopefully they get me through until my new pair arrive in 1-2 weeks!! My last two pairs were the Brooks Dyad and I wasn't too impressed with them this time! In the end it was a toss up between the Ghost and the Glycerin, but the Glycerin were just that little bit more comfortable! I can't wait to try them out once they arrive!!!

My next running goal is 8km non-stop!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Double Whammy Session

What a great night of training!!

First stop was a swim with OAF. I have no idea how far I swam, but the majority of the laps were freestyle and I didn't feel like I was going to drown! Yay!! Cals burned: 349

Then on the spur of the moment, I decided to join ABF for her run. She's doing C25K and is up to Week 3, so it was a nice easy jog with some hills thrown in for good measure! Cals burned: 456

Total calories burned: 805

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gym, Gym, Gym...

After a slow day at work, I decided to head off early and hit the gym. I had a great session and had even more fun playing with all the fancy features on the new LifeFitness 95T Inspire treadmill as I was running! It's a beauty! iPhone/iPod connectivity, visual graphics of your running distance, an in-built personal trainer... It was a lot of fun!

Unfortunately my run was cut short as I was getting blisters on my feet. I really need to buy a new pair of runners! I have been holding out for the new Brooks Adrenaline GTX - they should be coming out soon, but at this rate I'm going to have to jump the gun and buy another pair while I'm waiting!

Results from today's session:
  • Run: 6.5km
  • Row: 2000m 
  • Ab work
  • Stretching

Calories consumed: 1206
Calories burned: 858
Net: +348

Monday, August 22, 2011

Swim, swim, swim....

I felt like trying something a little different today for my cardio session, so I hit the pool! The last time I went swimming (laps) was over 2 years ago! I can't believe it has been that long!

I decided I would swim 1km, but once I got there I realised I had sooo much more left in the tank, so I just kept on swimming! I ended up swimming 2.4km (mostly breaststroke) and it felt so good! While I was doing freestyle I felt like I was going to drown though - I really need to work on my technique!

And just a personal reminder... I should really put my hair into a swim cap or into a bun before I swim. I now have a long session of detangling ahead of me... Oops.

Calories burned: 697

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Goal Setting

Task 3 is to 'Take Control - Set Your Goals'. 

I have already set my goals for the next 15 weeks, but I hadn't really thought about my goals for 6 months or 12 months. I find thinking about where I will be in 12 months a little scary! Part of me thinks I want to be able to run a marathon by then, but then that seems SO far away from where I am now!! But even in the last week my fitness has improved out of sight, so maybe it is possible!!

Here are my goals:

4 Weeks (Pre-Season) Goals (15 August - 11 September 2011)
  • Lose 4kg 
  • Run 5km non-stop comfortably
  • Do 15 push-ups (full) non-stop 
  • Try something new - attend pilates or yoga class
  • Try something new - attend one spin class Done!!! 20/08/2011
How will I get there?
Follow meal plans and stick to daily calorie limit
Run 5km every run, reducing the amount of walking every run (measurable by duration of run)
Do 1 minute of pushups every morning and every evening
Go to spin class with the girls
Go to yoga/pilates with the girls

8 Weeks (4 weeks of 12WBT) Goals (12 September - 9 October 2011) 
  • Lose 3kg (Total 7kg)
  • Fit into my size 10 jeans
  • Run 8km non-stop 
  • Run 1km time-trial in under 6 minutes 
  • Do 20 push-ups (full) non-stop 
  • 5-minute wall-sit 
How will I get there? 
Continue following meal plans/calorie limit
Increase duration of runs by ~1km per 1-2 weeks
Interval training 
Continue doing 1 minute of pushups every am and pm

12 Weeks (8 weeks of 12WBT) Goals (10 October - 6 November 2011) 
  • Lose 3kg (Total 10kg - Goal weight 67kg)
  • Run 10km non-stop 
  • Run 3km trail run 
  • Do 25 push-ups (full) non-stop 
  • Swim 1km (freestyle)
How will I get there? 
Continue following meal plans/calorie limit
Increase duration of runs by 2.5km per month
Go to Blue Mountains for a trail run for SSS
Continue doing 1 minute of pushups every am and pm
Swim at least once per fortnight
Enter fun run (10km minimum)

Reward for reaching goal weight: Shopping spree for new clothes!

16 Weeks (12 weeks of 12WBT) Goals (7 November - 4 December 2011)
  • Maintain weight at 67kg
  • Run 12km non-stop 
  • Run 1km time-trial in under 5-minutes 
  • Run 2.4km in under 12-minutes 
  • Run 5km trail run 
  • Do 30 push-ups (full) non-stop
  • 10-minute wall-sit 
  • Sprint up 950m road with graded hill 
  • Enter a funrun 
How will I get there? 
Continue following meal plans/calorie limit
Increase duration of runs by 1km every fortnight
Interval training
Go to Blue Mountains for a trail run for SSS
Continue doing 1 minute of pushups every am and pm
Enter fun run (10km minimum)
Enter short course triathalon  

Reward for running 12km non-stop: New runners!

6 Month Goals (by 15 February 2012) 
  • Maintain weight at 67kg
  • Run 21km non-stop 
  • Run 10km trail run 
  • Enter Sydney Half-Marathon (I've always wanted to run a half-marathon!)
How will I get there?
Follow half-marathon training plan
Trail run at least twice per month
Interval training to improve speed
Continue pushup training

Reward: New fancy-schmancy HRM

12 Month Goals (by 15 August 2012) 
How will I get there?
Follow weight training programs - focus on upper body strength
Follow marathon training plan

Saturday, August 20, 2011


ABF, OAF and I hit the gym this morning for our Super Saturday Session - this week was my choice!

First up was Spin class - something I have never done before because I have always been too scared that it would be way too hard! That was the reason why I chose Spin for SSS - that way I couldn't back out!

In the end, it was one of the hardest, most amazing workouts I've ever done and I LOVED IT!!!!!! Sure, I wanted to kill the instructor at some point, but I loved her attitude! Before a 'hill climb' we were asked to turn up the resistance dial and about 1-minute into the climb, she reminded us that we had made a committment to whatever we had turned the dial to and if we realised we were punching above our weight, we just had to "suck it up"! I LOVE IT! I really put in 110% during the class and it felt SO good! I will definitely be back for more! In 50 minutes, I burned 657 calories! I think that's a new PB!

Afterwards, we had planned on hitting the pool, but it was full of little humans learning to swim! So we improvised and spent some time on the treadmills followed by upper body weights and stretching.

It's ABF's turn for SSS next week - I can't wait to see what she chooses!

Calories consumed: 1013
Calories burned: 1055
Net calories: - 42

Thursday, August 18, 2011


So yesterday I felt really out of control... I wanted to eat some really, really bad foods. I didn't want to exercise. I was feeling really down and stressed out. And all I wanted to do was sit on the couch and do nothing. And that's not good! So...

I managed not to eat anything bad, BUT I didn't exercise. I had planned to and I had teed up with ABF to go for a run, but some excuses - She phoned late and it was pitch black and I just cooked dinner and I was just sitting down to eat. I also had to finish a presentation that was due today, so I thought it would be best to stay home. I DID intend to exercise at some point, but I ended up just going to bed because of my 5am start the next morning.

So following on from that, today I had my presentation and it went really well! But I continue to feel not as bad as yesterday but I did feel still a bit out of control and certainly still a little down about things. I think Michelle's Task 2 video about excuses and how we self-sabotage and paralyse ourselves with our thoughts - I thought that was really good timing for me considering what I'm going through at the moment.

With that in mind, I have come up with some excuses that I use...

Internal Excuses
My biggest one is 'I couldn't be bothered'. I think too far ahead and I think about how I feel 300m into my run when I hit the point where I just want to stop! I know that's not healthy and usually I push through and I have a really good run after that, but I use that moment as an excuse not to go! "Gosh it's so much effort, I just couldn't be bothered right now. I don't have the energy, I'm too tired, I'm too lazy...I have obviously used some other excuses but that's the biggest one.

External Excuses (within my control) 
A lot of them have to do with it's too cold, it's too hot... blah blah blah!

It's not that it's too cold to go running, it's too cold to get CHANGED into my running gear to go running! I know that as soon as I get out the door I will warm up with exercise so that's not a problem. It's standing in my room, freezing cold thinking I don't want to take my jeans off because my legs are going to freeze in the bedroom and that's just ridiculous! But I have used that in the past!!!

What else... I use the dogs as my excuse. I think I can't go for a run because if I get up in the morning to go for a run I will get back at 5 or 6am and the dogs will start barking when I get home and that will annoy the neighbours! So I use that as an excuse regularly even though I have a treadmill in the lounge room!!!

I use university as an excuse a lot... I need to study, I'm going to fail my exams, I don't have time... I have this presentation due... There's ALWAYS something due! And in my line of work/study, the study is never done! I need to step up to the plate and realise that for me, I need to look after my health and I need to exercise as part of that!

So they are all stupid excuses!

External Excuses (outside of my control)
Well, of course I have those but the things that are true emergencies would be if I were unconscious in hospital or dead, if one of my family was unconscious in hospital, or dead! If one of the dogs was really sick and had to be rushed off to the vet or if I had just lost all my work for university and I had to spend the next 12 hours solid getting the assignment done.

I think in those situations, I need to do what I need to do but then come home and use exercise as a way of getting through the issue.

So those are my excuses for exercise.

In terms of food, again it's a lot of, "I've been for a run so I can eat whatever I like", "I deserve a treat", "I just want it, so who cares of the consequences!" I often eat and I really do self-sabbotage. My self-talk is saying, "hey, you really shouldn't have this" and yet I eat it anyway! So I don't know why I do that - it's a bit stupid! I don't know why I listen to myself!

So, today I finished work early and I came home with all intentions of going for a run before taking one of the dogs to the vet. I had an hour and I had planned on exercising in that hour, but I got side-tracked and ended up on the computer. I really need to do something about this problem. I sit on the computer wasting so much time of my day doing stupid things! I remember when my internet was down for several weeks - I got SO much stuff done around the house! I need to maybe set a timer next to the computer and allow myself 20 minutes before I have to get off and do something else. It's stupid and it's a waste of time and it's really a waste of my life! And I can't use the excuse of "I don't have time" if I am just sitting on the computer!!

Then I had 40 minutes... 30 minutes to leave and then I started using the excuse that I didn't have time because I wanted to go for an hour! Why couldn't I have gone for a run for 30 minutes and smash myself in that time or that half an hour was better than nothing!

After the vet, I had a 'screw this' moment realising how pathetic and ridiculous I was being and I had a look at the excuses I was using to put off the run and it was all BS! "I'm too sore", "I'll do more damage", etc... So I got changed and we went for a run. I realised 300m into my run where I usually have those "you should stop" thoughts, none of that self-talk was happening today! I was actually enjoying myself! Of course my legs were hurting, but I just kept running! So today, I realised that I must be getting fitter! I could talk to my dog while I was running without feeling breathless and I don't remember ever being able to do that! I ended up running 5km and I am sitting here thinking about why I am so happy right now... It's the exercise! I haven't done a good cardio session since Sunday when I did those damn 'thigh blasters' and I've been feeling down ever since! Every day I got more down and it came to a point yesterday where I was so down that I wanted to scoff my face with food. It was a lightbulb moment and I realised that I suffer from exercise withdrawal! I realise that I rely heavily on the endorphins to get through my day, to study well, to be happy... When I don't exercise I feel so down in comparison that I do self-sabbotage and I don't want to exercise! So I have to remind myself that when I am feeling down that the best solution is to do some exercise!

I think that's the first time I've ever truly realised it! I have to admit when I was watching the Task 2 video, I didn't think that listing my excuses and thinking through this would really make a difference. I know that I use excuses and I recognised that before, but I didn't realise what was causing me to feel so down and I didn't realise that exercise was the one thing that makes me feel more alive!

So the moral of the story is, I shouldn't listen to my excuses and I should just get out there and do it. I know that exercise is goig to make myself feel better, I'll be happier, I'll study better... I can't tell you the difference I feel right now! Right now I feel elated! I feel like I've won the lottery! I'm so excited about everything right now - all because I went for a run! It's ridiculous that I have never realised that until now!

My drug of choice is exercise!!

Calories consumed: 1353
Calories burned: 1141
Net calories: + 253

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I feel like I'm a bit of an AA member at the moment and that food is some sort of addiction that I'm trying to avoid.

It's raining and it's cold and I feel tired... depressed... I don't know. But all I want to do right now is curl up on the couch with a DVD (some random chick flick) and a massive bowl of ice-cream and just gorge myself.

I was at the shops just now and all I wanted to do was buy chocolate... and custard... and cheese... and biscuits! And I had to fight myself really hard to avoid those isles! I wasn't even in the shop to buy food! But all I could think of was how good the ice-cream would taste!

With this weather I don't feel like going for a run... It's pouring rain. I could quite happily just curl up in bed right now and sleep! And so instead I have put in some strategies... So at the shop I found some Weight Watchers Apple and Custard bars and ate one of those instead. But to be honest, I would still really love a massive bowl of custard or vanilla slice or... something! And I don't know what it is! Maybe it's my body craving sugar or me just wanting to eat because I'm tired or because I'm stressed out with uni or maybe just me trying to go back to my old ways and eat because I can!

But... This is the new me and the new me doesn't do that.

So... I am not eating anything else until dinner. And so I make sure I get out and do some form of exercise I have teed up with ABF and we are going to do some light exercise tonight (the quads are still not cooperating!) once she finishes work... and hopefully I will feel better after that!

But I'm finding it really hard today. I just hope tomorrow is better.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Where there's a will, there's a way!

So I've whinged and whined about my sore quads since Sunday but I didn't want to use that as an excuse not to exercise. It has been really frustrating that I haven't been physically able to go for a run!

One of my favourite sayings is...
"Run when you can,
Walk if you have to,
Crawl if you must...

Just never give up."

— Dean Karnazes

So I walked.

Duration: 1 hr 17 minutes
Distance: 7.03km
Calories burned: 654 (55% fat)
Av HR: 126
Max HR: 162 (found some nice hills!)

So that makes...

Calories consumed: 1058
Calories burned: 888
Net: +170

Up and At 'Em!

After working on my assignment all night (it's still not finished!) I prioritised sleep over a workout right before bed, so I decided to do an extra session this morning.

I got up at 5am and did a NikeTraining toning workout. I love that App! I only had time for 30 minutes before getting ready for work but I burned 235 calories, so I'm pretty happy with that. 

This afternoon I'll hopefully get to go for another run. My quads are still killing but they are actually semi-functional today! Getting up out of chairs is supremely painful but once I'm upright I'm okay (aside from the constant feeling that my thighs have a metal rod through them!). It's very annoying! I WANT to run, but I'm not sure that would be the best idea for my recovery! 

Monday, August 15, 2011

A World of PAIN!

I am currently plotting my revenge on OAF... 

I can barely walk today after yesterday's workout! So much for going for a run this afternoon! Instead, I think it'll be a walk on the treadmill tonight and some upper body weights. I couldn't even go up and down stairs at work today. I feel like someone has filled my quads with a mixture of acid and cement. I haven't felt this sore since my very first BodyPump class several years ago! Brutal!

On a happier note, I did my Pre-Season Week 1 weigh-in today...



That's a loss of 1.2kg since Thursday. Booyah! I couldn't be happier!

All signed up!!!

BRING IT ON!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Healthy food!

Tomorrow is the start of Round 3 12WBT Pre-Season! WOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

I can't tell you how excited I am about this program after seeing some amazing results from both ABF and OAF and from the blogs/vlogs I've been following! I can't wait to be a part of it!

Tonight ABF and I did our first weekly shop together to save on cost seeing as we are both only cooking for one! ABF and OAF are doing the first 4 weeks of Round 2 again during pre-season, so I am joining in on the meal plans while we are waiting for the 12 weeks to start! It was a lot of fun shopping - almost like a surprise of what we had to buy! I am also loving how fresh and natural the foods are! Very little processed crap!

Group Fitness Session

ABF, OAF and I had our first group fitness session today at a local park. OAF has done lots of PT sessions in the past and ran us through one of her PT's torture sessions! It consisted of "thigh blasters" (insane reps of squats and lunges... I think we ended up doing about 160!), crunches, situps, planks, push-ups and tricep dips as well as some gentle jogging.

Needless to say, we are all struggling to walk right now and fear that we won't be able to stand up when we get out of bed tomorrow morning! But it was SO worth it!!!!!

Calories burned: 564
Calorie intake: 1400
Net calories: + 851

Before we started the session we took some 'before' photos of the three of us together. It'll be great to look back and compare when we take the same photo in 16 weeks time!

I'll be doing a weigh-in tomorrow! It'll be interesting to see how much of an impact the last few days have made! 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

"I'm not fat! I'm just big boned!"

I was having a discussion about self-image and how we perceive ourselves with my best friend today (who lost 6.8kg in Round 2 of 12WBT this year!! Let's call her Awesome Best Friend). For such a long time I always made excuses for my weight. I used to say, 'I'm tall, so of course I'm not going to be slim!' 'I am big boned!' 'There's nothing wrong with this weight!' I used to measure my waist and think that just because I am tall, the <80cm waist measurement recommendation did not apply to me!

Seriously... Talk about denial!

After losing 11kg (but unfortunately putting 4kg back on), I have seen the light! My weight was NOT healthy and I am NOT big boned! And I am NEVER going back!

I took my first progress photos yesterday and I really can't believe it. If I look THAT bad at 77kg, imagine what I looked like at 84kg! And how did I get to be that heavy?!

I think I need to do some serious soul-searching and work out why I find such comfort in food. Things are improving though and I am not feeling the urge to overeat several times a day. Over the last few days I have only had one moment where my old-self started to come out (which I quite happily hit on the head pretty fast!).

And so today ABF and I were at an outdoor event together, where we would normally buy take-away for lunch on the way (usually in the form of Hungry Jacks)... This time, we planned ahead and used the camp stove to make beef ravioli with tomato-based sauce and a naked green salad! It was just under 300 calories and tasted delicious! WIN!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Running = LOVE!

Today I took one of the dogs with me on my run and my only plan was to burn 500 calories. Again, that inner-enemy of mine came out at about 300m and the excuses started flowing, but I pushed through again and just put one foot in front of the other. Once I had burned 500 cals, I didn't want to stop! Instead of running home, I added an extra large loop of the neighbourhood to bring the total distance to 6km. It was such an enjoyable run!

Duration: 46 minutes
Distance: 6km (some very short periods of walking ~10-30 seconds)

Calories burned: 663
Max HR: 197
Average HR: 166

Calories burned: 663
Calorie intake: 1250
Net calories: +612

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The running begins!

My new HR monitor arrived this week and I decided to christen it today! I was interested to see how many calories I burn while running, so I hit the park!

Duration: 35 minutes
Distance: 3km run
- 50 x sit-ups (hands behind head)
- 40 x push-ups (on knees)
- 30 x tricep dips
- 20 x squats

Calories burned: 423
Max HR: 189
Average HR: 159

I wore the HRM at Flyball dog training later tonight and burned an extra 634 calories in 80 minutes.

Total calories burned: 1057
Total calorie intake: 1200
Net: +143 calories

I have to say, the first 500m of running was a real struggle. My inner-enemy was telling me that I should stop, that I was too tired, that I didn't want to do this, that I should just walk instead... But I pushed through it and kept running and amazingly improved my 1km time-trial to 6 minutes and 30 seconds! After that km, I just kept on running! I felt free and alive! I had planned on burning 500 calories, but I had to cut the session short. I figured it was okay seeing as I knew I would be burning more later at Flyball training. I was amazed when I looked at my watch after FB training! It seems the dogs aren't the only ones training hard!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Food choices

After an issue leading to me being stuck in the city with a grumbling tummy, I decided to pick up some food for lunch. Central station has very few choices unless you want Krispy Kreme or coffee for lunch! That left Hungry Jacks or a hot pie. So, I joined the HJ line with guilt. The line was huge and while I was waiting I thought about the choice I was making... It was a bad one!

So I walked into the bistro next door and bought this sandwich. It was delicious!!! HJ would have left me feeling gross and bloated... And now I feel fabulous! May this be the first of many good food choices in my future.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fitness test #1: pre-12WBT

A couple of days ago I completed the 12WBT fitness test to see where I was at. There were some interesting results!

1km speed test - 6min 50sec (intermediate)
Wall sit duration - 2min 30sec (advanced)
Sit-ups - hands behind head (advanced)
Push-ups in 1 minute - 21 (full) 35 (on knees) (intermediate/advanced)
Flexibility - +2cm (intermediate)

Now I can see how much I have improved while waiting for 12WBT to start.

Bye-bye ice-cream!

I don't need you anymore!

I woke up this morning and one of the first thoughts I had was that I was going to throw out all the ice-cream in the house.

I LOVE ice-cream and lately have been eating way too much of it. So, enough is enough! I will no longer have it in the house tempting me.

It feels good to be this ruthless!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Time trial

This morning I decided to do a 1km time-trial. I hit the road and just ran wherever my legs took me including stairs, a dirt track and a mildly sloped hill! It's so much more interesting than running in circles on the field!

Interestingly, the 1km took 6 minutes and 50 seconds! Considering I don't think of myself a 'fit' person at the moment (mainly because I am lazy and never push myself, even if I DO go out for a run) I think that's not a bad effort! I have been fitter in the past, but that was then and this is now...

It can only get better from here!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


12 Weeks ago, two good friends of mine joined up for Michelle Bridge's 12 Week Body Transformation program. I caught up with one of those friends tonight and I have decided it might be just what I need! I'm hoping it will give me the edge to get rid of those last 8kg and help me to improve my fitness AND manage my food intake!

So... I reserved my spot for 12WBT and Pre-Season starts in 11 days. But, why wait until then? So... I jumped back into it tonight and ate the healthiest dinner I have had in a while.


Friday, August 5, 2011


What happened?!

It seems whenever I am watching my food intake, I can lose weight easily and it stays off. As soon as I start to exercise it all falls to pieces and the weight just comes back on - whenever I exercise I scoff my face and turn to all the foods that I had cut out of my diet! I have had some absolutely shocking food moments recently and it's time for things to change (again!).

28 July 2010 - a record weight of 84.2kg, the heaviest I have ever been!

25 October 2010 - 80.2kg... Cue 'No Junk November'

3 December 2010 - 77.3kg! At this point I decided that if I had lost 3kg from purely cutting out all the crap in my life, that if I really watched what I ate that I could lose even more...

11 March 2011 - 73.1kg!!! A new record weight... This time one to celebrate! Size 10 and loving it, I decided to start exercising...

And that's when things went wrong. Since then I have been gradually GAINING weight to my current 77.2kg. I may have been happy with 77kg earlier this year, but now looking at myself, I feel just as bad as my 77kg as I did about the 84!

I don't know if it's stress about my upcoming exams, or whether I am just bored, but I have been eating ice-cream, biscuits, hot chocolates, pasta, pasta and more pasta! My diet is a far cry from what it was in March! I start off well with breakfast and lunch, but when dinner comes along all bets are off! I hear myself saying "why are you eating that?" but I just don't listen. It's like I'm out of sabbotage myself.

So, inspired by my disgusting diet and increasing numbers on the scales, I started fresh this morning! I ate small, healthy meals, took the dogs for a 30 minute walk and went for a 20 minute run. Tonight I will eat a steak and some vegetables and then clean my teeth so that I won't want to eat anything more!