Wednesday, December 28, 2011


This morning I felt like doing weights instead of a cardio session so I headed off to the gym. It was going to be legs and abs day! I am feeling really good lately and can't believe how strong I feel. Toe pushups almost feel like a breeze (at least for the first 10!) and I am needing to increase my weights all the time.

So when I sat down at the leg press machine I decided to test myself and see how heavy I could go. I started at my previous maximum 110kg... Too light. 130kg... Too light. 150kg... Too light... I ended up at 190kg - the heaviest weight the machine goes to! It was tough, but I got it! I can't believe it! That's 2.7 times my own body weight. Winner!

Things are just going so right for me lately - in my personal life, my work life and with fitness. I feel on top of the world! I can't stop smiling!

I love my life!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Success

Usually at Christmas, I over eat. I think most people do. This year I had other plans. I was going to eat sensibly and listen to my body and I'm so glad I did. Instead of feeling disgustingly full on Christmas Eve (we celebrate a day early), I felt fresh and awesome the whole night and the next morning. I politely declined the ice-cream, fruit cake, fruit, chocolates, spirits and lollies after dinner and only drank 1 glass of wine the whole day/night. I ate small amounts of a select few dishes and stopped eating when I knew I had eaten enough.

On Christmas Day I woke up and went for a 7km run along the beaches and it felt amazing! When I got back, everyone was eating waffles for breakfast. Again, I declined, also knowing that we were about to head off to the beach (for the first time in my life I wasn't self conscious in my bikini!). This was then followed by leftovers from last night and again, I didn't over eat. So tonight I feel exactly the same as any other day of the week! Perfect!

Unfortunately my family decided it was an appropriate time to start telling me how 'skinny' I am now and even told me to put on a few kgs! Apparently I starved myself at Christmas because I didn't stuff my face with food. There were shocked faces when I told them my BMI was within the normal range (20.7). I was quite shocked that my family would gang up on me like that. I look fit, healthy and strong; better than I've ever looked in my entire life and apparently that's unhealthy?! It saddens me as a health care professional that the public's views of what is 'healthy' is so skewed! No wonder we have such an obese population - people think it's normal!

In the end, I was assertive and reassured my family that I preferred they use the word 'fit' when describing my appearance and that I would not be 'putting on a few kgs'. I asked them what gaining weight would accomplish in terms of my health and no one was able to give me a decent answer.

So, Merry Christmas to everyone! I hope you have had an excellent day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

HELLOOOOOO 60'S!!!!!!!!

For the first time in my adult life I am in the 60's!

69.8kg this morning!!!! Woooohooooo!

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Wow, what a morning! I absolutely LOVE doing my Super Saturday Sessions, so I continued the tradition even though 12WBT is over. This time I coaxed one of my friends who trains at a different gym to come with me! She had never done Combat before, so it was sure to be a good session!

Today was my first real cardio session since my surgery so I was very excited to be back! I was certainly not prepared for what our instructor had in store for us! WOW. It was SO HARD! I was working my toosh off and really had to push myself for the first time just to keep up! Each track got harder and harder with absolutely no 'recovery' tracks! It felt AMAZING! My heart rate peaked at 195 and I think it sat in the 170's for the majority of the hour. My friend survived and although she felt a little uncoordinated, she did a great job!

At the end, I looked at how many calories I had burned and had to do a double take... 901! IN AN HOUR! My usual absolute work-your-butt-off maximum I have ever thrashed out in Combat or any group class was just over 700. It crossed my mind that maybe I had lost heaps of my fitness after literally sitting around all day for a week, but then one of the other regulars made a comment that she found today's session really hard, too.

Pump was up next and for the first time I considered whether or not I should go ahead with it after being blasted by the previous session. But I am not one to back down from a challenge, so I carried on! Plus, where would that leave my friend?! So I went hard on the leg tracks and went easy on my upper body (my arms were sore from doing assisted chinups for the first time yesterday!). It felt good to be back into it and I burned 629cals.

Total calories burned: 1530

I have my graduation ball tomorrow night and I have the most amazing dress picked out! It is something that I definitely would never have worn in the past, but I absolutely LOVE my body now and I am going to show it off!!! I can't wait!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Strength Training

Today I decided to add in some more strength training to my training schedule. I have done very litle weights training except for BodyPump 1-2 times per week and I figure the extra weights training might help out my running. I guess there is also still a part of me that is toying with doing Lean & Strong. One half of me thinks my goal is a half-marathon and the other half of me just wants a ripped and hot bod! Can't I have both? :)

So with that in mind, I hit the gym and did 10 minutes of cardio and headed to the weights section! I mostly worked on legs (leg press, calf rotator and abductors), abs (ouch!) and a little bit of upper body work with the assisted chin-up machine.

I decided to test myself to get a baseline for the leg press and ended up getting 110kg as my maximum.

Tomorrow I am back to my usual though - BodyCombat and BodyPump in the morning with one of my friends. Can't wait!


I jumped on the scales this morning and I am 300g away from being in the 60's for the first time in my adult life!

Ultimately I am aiming for a body fat goal rather than a weight goal. I am currently 20.9% body fat (measurement method) and I am aiming for about 18%. To get there, I just need to lose about 2cm from my waist and 2cm from my hips.

My current measurements are:
Chest: 91cm
Waist: 67cm
Belly button: 76.5cm
Hips: 97cm
Thighs (together): 92cm
Right thigh: 52cm
Left thigh: 52cm
Right arm: 29cm
Left arm: 29cm

I have started training again after my wisdom teeth surgery. I did my first session two days ago, consisting of a sneaky 1km run on the treadmill followed by 20 minutes of light weights. It felt good to be back into it but I didn't want to push myself too much considering I wasn't supposed to be back at it yet! So I rested yesterday, but today I'm doing a full session. 

Bring. It. On! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nice Surprises

So this week after discovering most of my clothes are swimming on me, I decided I needed to buy some new threads. I certainly wasn't prepared for what happened today...

I put on the size 10.

They were too big.

I put on the size 8.

They fit.


Size 8.

You're kidding.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Simple pleasures

Scrambled eggs have never tasted so good. 

I cannot stand another mouthful of liquified sugar. Bleugh!

Looks like I'll be living off eggs, protein shakes, mashed banana, mashed potato and soup for the rest of the week. It's a real struggle to keep my calorie intake up but I am force-feeding myself.

Counting down the days until I can have a steak...

Friday, December 9, 2011

12WBT Round 3 2011 Results

Now that I have some time on my hands and with the end of 12WBT for Round 3, 2011 I thought I should post my results for the round. Overall, I am SO happy with my increase in fitness, my renewed love of exercising and of course the lost kg and cm! Although I didn't meet my goal weight of 67kg, I am only 4kg off that and I have no doubt that I will get there by the end of January 2012. I LOVE the way my body looks now and for the first time in my life, I actually feel comfortable wearing a bikini!

More importantly, 12WBT has taught me so many awesome lessons along the way. I know I am a lot stronger mentally and physically than I thought I was. I treat my body like a temple and I eat for nourishment, not for my emotions. I am in control of what goes in my mouth and I have never eaten so much wholesome, tasty, fresh food in my life. I feel amazing! The days of feeling so full and bloated after meals are long gone! I have a better understanding of what my body needs and although I still have the odd ice-cream or piece of cake, I have one scoop or one tiny slither rather than a massive bowl! My inner teenager has been kicked out of the house and every food decision I make is with a mature, thoughtful mindset.

So, here are my stats...

Start weight (1 week before pre-season): 77.3kg
End of 12WBT weight: 71.0kg
Total loss: 6.3kg (8.2% loss)

Body Fat 
Start body fat %:  28.2%
End of 12WBT body fat %: 21.4%
Total fat % loss: 6.8%

Centimeters lost

Farthest distance run: 10km
Fastest 1km time trial: 4min 20sec
Most number of toe pushups in a row: 30
Increased flexibility (+11cm)
Longest wall sit: 11min 00sec!!

I am not sure if I will participate in Round 1, 2012. I am aiming to run some half-marathons next year and I feel as though I have the skills and knowledge to go this alone from a nutrition and an exercise point of view.

I would LOVE to do Lean and Strong, but it's not very compatible with marathon training so that will have to wait. You never know what will happen between now and January when the next round signups begin, but that's where my head is currently.

Struggling to eat...

It's Day 1 post-wisdom teeth extraction and all I have eaten in 38 hours is about 5 teaspoons of custard and 1 teaspoon of jelly. I am not hungry at all and I have to force every spoonful down. I am only in a mild amount of pain, relieved by icepacks and I feel pretty good considering! Certainly a lot better than I had predicted I'd be. I would love to be in the gym right now... All this sitting down is driving me batty!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

"No exercise"

I had my wisdom teeth removed this morning and one of the post-op instructions was "no exercise" and "no heavy lifting" for a week. It will be the first time in 4 months that I haven't exercised for a whole week! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself! Exercise has become such an important part of my day... Mind you, I can hardly walk up stairs without feeling like I'm going to faint, so it's probably a good thing they explicitly told me not to exercise!

I hope I will be back up and running in a week... Meanwhile, I am bound to lose quite a bit of weight this week. I doubt I will feel like eating much and have been instructed to eat cold foods, so my diet this week will consist of -
* Jelly
* Custard
* Yoghurt
* Ice-cream
* Protein shakes
* Mashed banana
* Mashed potato
* Mashed sweet potato
* Scrambled eggs

Not a very balanced diet, but it will have to do. I don't think I'll be eating anything today. I felt sick even just taking my pain killers and antibiotics, so there's no way I could hold food down even if I was hungry.

Back to bed for me...