12WBT days forty three & forty four – Nothing new to report

Well as the title suggests there is nothing new to report. I’ve been a bit slack on the upkeep of my food journal, but rest assured I have been making good food choices, with nothing bad thrown in the way. In fact Nat’s lasagna has been a real hit at home and we have it at least once a week now, and I’m making up an extra dish of it this weekend so that I can freeze it for ease when I have nights at the gym.

Speaking of the gym. I went in last night for my official induction and to get my personal weights plan worked out – don’t get me wrong, I love that we get it supplied with the 12WBT program, but I’m looking for something specifically for me. I have my own problem areas that I want to target, so I feel that this is the best way for me to go. I got set up with all the weights I’m going to be doing, we went through them all to work out what each individual machine should be set to, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that I haven’t lost all my strength – lower body strength anyway. My weights were only a little lower than when I was previously going to the gym, so I’m pretty sure that in no time I will be surpassing my old weights. I’m so enthusiastic to get back into it again, I realised last night just how much I missed working out with weights. I was never much into the cardio side of things – always pretty much detested the treadmill, still don’t like it much, but I always loved jumping on and doing some weight work. So I’m pretty enthused about heading back to the gym tonight. I just wish my wrist would allow me to do a bit more of the upper body weights to really target my flabby yucky tuckshop arms. But I’ll work on that, and do the weights that I can for now.

So tonight, I promise I will put up my daily stats. Oh and yesterday was weigh in. I lost 900gm which I’m happy with. It’s not the bigger numbers I was getting when I first started, but I was pretty slack last week and only exercised twice, so I can’t be too surprised at smaller numbers. 900gm is still impressive for me. All up, 13.3kg lost now, so I’m pretty chuffed with myself.

12WBT day eighteen – Slacking off with exercise

I admit I have been very very slack with the exercise this week. I feel as if I have been fighting off a flu, feeling very rundown and generally off colour. I’ve been trying to keep up with the healthy eating, and have succeeded pretty well, though this evening I did splash out and buy some Darrel Lea licorice and I had two pieces of that. So I have gone about 5 calories over my 1200 today which I’m comfortable with. Having a very bad unmotivated want to quit day today.

On another note, we are going camping tomorrow so I won’t be updating until next Wednesday or possibly Thursday. But daily stats for today:

FoodCalories in
B2 muffins with 2t WW margarine & 2t vegemite344
S1 banana muffin105
LBeetroot soup256
STuna flakes & 2 licorice180
DNat’s Lasagna320

ExerciseCalories out

No exercise0
Calories surplus/defecit-632

12WBT day fourteen – good start to a great week

Had a great day today. Back to work (YUCK) but my food choices have been good. Had yummy beetroot soup for lunch, which I could pretty much live on (I’m addicted to the stuff) and my lamb cutlets for dinner. I have to admit that I’m a little peckish tonight. I have PMS and I am craving sweet things. I’m trying to overcome it, but I think I might cave and have another of the Weight Watchers Cherry Bakewells that I have sitting in the cupboard.

On another note, my fitness is definitely improving. I went for my lunchtime walk today and really had to struggle to get my heart rate up. If I was to get it any higher I would have to jog and as much as I want to get the exercise in, I refuse to jog and get THAT sweaty when I have to go back to the office afterwards.

So looking forward to the week ahead. I can’t believe there are only 10 weeks left of the program. I need to lose 7.9kg in these 10 weeks to reach my goal. Here’s hoping I do it. So stats for the day:

FoodCalories in
BPorridge with 2t brown sugar, ½ cup milk & small apple 284
S1 strawberry Forme satisfy yoghurt85
LBeetroot soup256
SPunnet of strawberries & 1 WW Cherry Bakewell 151
DLamb cutlets with mushy peas, ricotta and mint 297

ExerciseCalories out

Lunchtime walk 29.45. Avg HR 130 (70%), Max HR 145 (78%)209
49.26 Zumba Cardio Party. Avg HR 137 (74%), Max HR 157 (84%)459
Calories surplus/defecit-1432

12WBT day twelve – Quite sore tonight

Had a great day, quite high in the calorie intake, but struggling already with Brodie being here and having an extra (and young) person to cook for and making sure that she gets all her daily requirements, while still trying to stay within my calorie range. We had a really big bike ride planned for today – pretty much the same one we did last week, with maybe an extra km or two tacked on. So I made sure I had a good lunch with the carbs to give me the energy for the afternoon. But 20 minutes into the ride Brodie had enough, and wanted to turn around and go home. We managed to drag it out for another 20 minutes or so, but that was it. So when we got home, I had to do a good workout with Zumba. I managed to burn up just over 900 calories though so that was good. Feeling quite sore tonight, which is also a good thing.

Not looking forward to tomorrow however as we are heading out for a day trip and food is going to be a bit of an issue, so am going to have to work out how to handle that. So stats for today:

FoodCalories in
B1 wholemeal muffin with 1t margarine & 1t vegemite160
L2 muffins, with cream cheese, chicken and salad565
S1 strawberry Forme satisfy yoghurt85
DBeef with creamy mushroom sauce & spinach with sweet potato435

ExerciseCalories out

46.39 Bike ride. Avg HR 137 (71%), Max HR 162 (87%)431
49.20 Zumba Cardio Party. Avg HR 145 (78%), Max HR 161 (87%)504
Calories surplus/defecit-1527

12WBT day seven – Feeling great

Woohoo I am officially into Week 2 of the 12WBT challenge and I feel absolutely great today. I had so much more energy and the hunger thing is starting to wane a little and I’m just feeling all round positive. A new and exciting feeling for me being all positive, it’s just great, I could get used to it.

Had lunch with a great friend today, who is also taking part in the 12WBT and it was great to sit down, and have a chat with her, face to face, rather than just over forums. I love love the forums, but it’s also nice to have a real person to speak to about the problems we are facing, and the successes we have had.

I have also realised that my fitness has increased in this one week. While it was easy for me to burn up 300 calories at lunch time at the beginning of last week, I have found over the last few days I really have to start working for those calories burnt now. Zumba had me sweating into my eyes and really working it, but it was still not a huge calorie loss, but hey, I’m fine with that because I know that my heart is improving and my fitness and my life expectancy with it. So all good. Anyway quite tired tonight and I do believe it’s nearly bed time so stats for the day here we go:

FoodCalories in
BPorridge with 2t brown sugar, 1/2 cup milk & small apple284
S1 Berry cheesecake Forme satisfy yoghurt90
LBeef & Sweet Potato wrap246
SPunnet of strawberries, 1 Skinny Latte123
DTuna pasta, with mustard and rocket274

ExerciseCalories out

Lunchtime walk – 18:30 – Avg HR 130, Max HR 141155
Zumba 20 minute express – Avg HR 149, Max HR 159213
Calories surplus/defecit-1214

12WBT day six – I think I might possibly die =)

Today has been a WOW day. I didn’t do my Super Saturday smash it day yesterday, so I decided to do it today. My partner is a pretty keen bike rider (he’s also pretty fit so riding for him is no big deal) so I convinced him that we needed to go for one of his rides. I figured I’d be able to burn a few calories going with him, and it’s also outside in the fresh air. Apart from the fact that it’s exercise, I generally enjoy going for a small ride. So he was up for the ride, had the track all planned out, so off we went.

OMG did I regret asking him or what? I think I am possibly going to die from this bike ride. I admit I feel energised and absolutely fantastic that we have done the ride, but oh god oh god oh god, the pain is immense right now. We did a 16km round trip and I managed to burn off 1241 calories, which I don’t think I have ever burnt in my life. (Did I mention OMG THE PAIN…)

Eating hasn’t been a big deal for me today. I had baked beans and toast for brekkie and Nat’s lasagna for lunch. A pretty rich carb diet today, but I knew I was going to need that energy for the ride that. And boy did I or what. Did I mention – 16km – a major feat for me. I’m so proud of myself right now I could almost swing from the ceilings. Apart from the pain 🙂

I’m really looking forward to the week to come. I’ve been doing 12WBT for a week now and feel great. I know I’ve had my flat days, getting used to smaller portions and getting used to exercising. I know I’ve also let it slip a bit with the exercise and haven’t pushed myself as hard as I should have. But for a couch potato, I think I’ve done alright. I like to think so anyway. I’m sure Michelle Bridges would probably disagree with me and tell me that I SHOULD have done more. But while it’s not baby steps, it’s toddler steps for me.

Next thing for me to work on is to start getting my confidence back in relation to falling over. I need to try and get over this fear that every tiny little slip is going to end up with me falling and breaking a bone. I also really want to get the confidence to wear my high heels again. I miss wearing heels, but I’m so afraid of falling, I don’t wear them. I’m not sure these 12 weeks are going to help me fix that, but it’s something to work on.

So for those who are interested, below is our bike ride mapped out (who knew there were websites like MapMyRide – I love love love). As soon as I get them off my phone, I have a few photos taken of the scenery of the ride too. It really was absolutely gorgeous and a lovely day to be out there.

And let me also not forget – Daily food and exercise stats below ride map.

FoodCalories in
B200g Baked beans in tomato sauce with 2 soy & linseed bread352
LNat’s Lasagna325
S1 Medium apple78
DBeef, creamy mushroom sauce & spinach & 200g sweet potato425

ExerciseCalories out

2:10:54 Bike ride (16km round trip). Avg HR – 139 Max HR – 1591241
Calories surplus/defecit-1924

12WBT day five – Feeling better

Today I felt so so so much better. I wonder if it could have anything to do with the fact that it was the weekend? I had so many other things to do that I didn’t have time to sit and think about food. I have definitely linked up the fact that I sit at a desk all day with time to think, and the fact that I literally only think about food all the time (there is nothing else to think about).

Today when I woke up I had so much energy and I didn’t feel at all hungry. I got up, got dressed and did my fitness test and felt great. Had a shower and then, and only then, did I have breakfast. Up until that point I hadn’t even thought about eating. I was a little disappointed with the time I did on my 1km time trial. I mapped out my track with the car, so I was happy with it, as it was around home and I knew the streets well. I got out there, started walking at a really good, quick pace and was just about to up the pace with a bit of jogging (big achievement for me – I never jog) and then I hit mud and started sliding. It knocked the wind out of me. All I could think was “Oh Shit, I’m going to fall and break my wrist again”. That was it. My speed slowed right down and I just couldn’t get it back up there again to even think about jogging. Once that fear got back in my head, it was all over red rover for me. I don’t know how to break this (irrational, I know) fear that I am going to fall again and hurt myself. It’s been 18 months since I did it. It’s not going to happen again like it did. But there we go, I let it get in my head and affect my time. I have to work on that for next time.

Overall had an okay day eating. Had to go to the shops to do food shopping today and had such a busy day, and we weren’t home in time for lunch, so we had to do the dreaded Food Mall. OMG the smells of that place nearly did me in. KFC, McDonalds, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, all my favourite foods. In the end I had a lamb yiros, with lettuce, tomato and a tiny tiny bit of garlic sauce. Had the chickpea rissoles for dinner and I have to say that I really quite enjoyed them. Very yummy.

So as I said earlier I did my fitness test today – and am sad to say that with everything else that I had on today I just didn’t get to do any other exercise. But my results for my fitness test were as follows:

1km time trial: 10min 46sec
Pushups: 26 (Intermediate)
(I have to modify my pushups as I have a plate in my right wrist. I have my left hand flat on the ground and my right fist on the ground)
Abdominal Strength Test: Stage 1 – Wrist to kneecaps (I did a whole ONE sit up)
Wall sit: 49seconds
Sit and reach test: -3cm (Intermediate)

Am really looking forward to seeing how much better I do in 4 weeks when I do the fitness test again.

And as usual, here are my daily food and exercise stats:

FoodCalories in
B200g Baked beans in tomato sauce with 2 min paninis342
L3/4 yiros with lettuce, tomato and 2t garlic sauce350
S1 Ferrero Rocher72
DChickpea Rissoles with salad250

ExerciseCalories out

Fitness test125
Calories surplus/defecit-974

I think I may just be getting fitter!

Okay so major revelation for me this morning. When I started my current job 8 weeks ago, we had to go to a meeting. Considering everyone here is younger and a LOT fitter than I am (they’re quite the sporty types), they all walk to the meeting, rather than cabbing it. Which is a good thing, considering that at my last place of employment, the cab charges were handed out like party favours – and believe me I made use of that. So when we did that walk 8 weeks ago – not a long walk, probably only about 10 minutes or so – by the end, I felt like I was dying. I was hot, sweaty, uncomfortable and just plain miserable, wondering why I had joined a team of healthy, sporty people that I was nothing like. Today however, different story. I am very proud to say, that I made that walk with ease. In fact walking quicker than half of the team members and arrived at the meeting fresh as a daisy and ready to do the walk back. I know it’s only a short walk, and a small step, but my god I was proud of myself. I can only imagine how I’m going to be in 12 weeks. I’m so excited.

Proud moment number two – I did my 12WBT weigh in this morning and since my last weigh in (on Saturday, my ritual weigh in day with Nicole) I have lost 1.2kg. I’m a little unconvinced about this – I do believe it’s fluid loss and possibly not all fat, but hey, I’m going to take that loss, and look forward to my next official weigh in on Wednesday 30 June. Unfortunately this means that I’m not going to be able to do my weigh in days with Nicole anymore, as I refuse to start obsessing quite that much over my weight that I weigh twice a week. So my little weight chart on the sidebar here, is now going to have a couple of close dates, but by next week it will be all right again.

Negative moment of the day – Having done so well yesterday of avoiding the temptation of fresh scones, with jam and cream, which our team members bought in, I did cave today, when another team member bought in muffins for some celebration. I do believe I have used up all my snack allowances on that half a muffin I ate. However, I have to say, it really was quite lovely and I savoured every single bite of it. I will make sure though, that next time, I stick an apple in my mouth so that I can’t be tempted to do the muffin thing again. Really quite scared to look at the calorie count of that ½ muffin too. Oh dear.