Sunday, August 12, 2012

Loving my Weekends!

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How you choose to spend your downtime is a huge part of your life.. two full days of weekend.. that’s 48 hrs, minus 16 hrs for sleep, leaving 32 hrs for QUALITY TIME!

How did you spend your quality time this weekend?

In between housework, cuddling my children, and generally lazing in my bedroom, chilling with some computer games and doing a bit of study, I’ve been working out!

3pm Saturday.. Kickboxing with Doug.  Awesome fun although I think a week of skipping gym time really hit home – I had to take a five minute breather when I started with the hot flushes!

6pm Saturday.. Nat called for an impromptu visit to Ambitionz!  The new 24hr system is up and running and we decided to check it out together.  Well she caned me.. she wanted to box but holding the mitts – I swear that just means she wanted to tell me what to do and make me work my arse off!  About 10mins later and the hot flushes were back!

8am Sunday.. SSS JuJu Jelly Legs Program on the 12wbt.  This goes down as my all time favourite workout!  My legs are caned!

I had plans of coming home and heading off to Yeppoon for some bushwalking by the beach and then coming home for a run.. but my legs are just not co-operating so a hot bath tonight is on the cards!

But last weekend.. OMG!  My Sunday was awesome!

I did the JuJu Jelly Legs SSS in the morning, then went to climb up Mt Jim Crow – amazing stuff and a great time with the boys! And then, just because I am insane (and possibly spurred on my the motivation of a Roast dinner!) I did a ‘quick’ 6.5km run – 45mins thankyou!

Last weekend was a killer mountain climb!

I am slowly learning that I don’t need to ‘train’.  I just need to live a healthy life.  Going to the gym is fun and builds my fitness but it isn’t an end to itself – however knowing that it is preparing me for a full and fun life – that makes it worthwhile!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Anything is possible!

Right now, I am standing on the precipice of my new life. 

A life without 12wbt.  A life where I am in control of my destiny. 

A life where failure is great and success is just a stepping stone.

Aside from all the emotional sentiments above, I am finding myself at the verge of a mental breakthrough – not a breakdown (I’ve been doing that for 15yrs now!), but a break through!  I’ve over-committed and I love it.

I’ve signed up to do a Cert 3/4 in fitness.  Not to get ahead in my career, in fact, I have no career goals at all really when it comes to fitness.  I just want to do it.

I want to see a change in the fitness industry – away from the quick fix mentality.  I want to start with myself.  I want to change my life through fitness and health and becoming my own Personal Trainer sounds like an awesome way to do that!

I am thinking that it will also make me a better personal trainer and I may just be able to fit some personal training for a few clients into my schedule once I am done.

So weekend warrior fitness trainer here I come!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Today’s life lessons!

hangryFood tracking is a great way to stay focused and lose weight by monitoring and thus limiting the number of calories you consume.  It helps you to become aware of what is in the food you eat, and a good program, like Calorie King, lets you track your macronutrients as well.

Today I found out another benefit to tracking your food!  I was nervous today and so my usual food patterns went by the wayside and I ‘snacked’ my way through lunch.  That is, I had an early snack of strawberries and a muffin (200 cals), and then another snack at 11am of nuts and a cup of tea (220cals) and then at 1pm I had to go out so had half a mandarin (42cals).  By the time I had picked up the kids (3pm) I was “Hangry” (so hungry I was getting that tense angry feeling!).  Result:  a quick pop into Maccas to get a couple of nuggets turned into 470 calories consisting of eight nuggets and a few chippies.  And let’s not forget the $21 I handed over, and that the kids got another dose of that crap food!

The huge bonus is that I can look at my daily record and see quite clearly where I went wrong!  When I had that early snack, I should have had an early lunch rather then that extra snack, I’m having an early dinner anyway so it would have worked out perfectly!

The basis of losing weight is to limit calories but the idea is to make sure you do so in a way that ensures you are healthy!  It isn’t just calories, it isn’t just macronutrients, it is also about when you eat your food and matching that up to when your body needs the food!

Five to six meals a day, with a bit of protein at each meal; Carb it up early in the day, but leave it at vegies for night time carbs.  And then find a balance that suits your lifestyle – when you work, train, study – to make sure you feel satisfied and have energy when you need it!  Avoid that afternoon crash with a good solid lunch and having your afternoon snack ready to go!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Awesome August Challenge

With four weeks to go it is time to up the ante!

I’ve not been achieving my goals this round and have been very up and down.  So my new goal is “CONSISTENCY”.

Here is what I am going to do this month:

  1. Wake up at 6:30am (bedtime by 10pm)
  2. Pack my Lunch each weekday and go to University
  3. Do my scheduled gym work even if I don’t feel like it (I’ve changed to the prep to 10km program in the lead up to my next race).
  4. Take photos of what I eat and count calories
  5. Suck it up and use a water bottle every day
  6. Do my meal planning and shopping on Saturday
  7. Stick to my budget!
  8. Make sure all three kids to homework each day (and Viola for JD)
  9. At least one chore per day for pocket money for kids!
  10. Do AMRAP hand stands and pull-ups each night.

Now before I do that, I need to work out what to pack for lunches for work and for dinner for the rest of the week, and snacks, all based on what I have in the house. I think this is where I have fallen short:  packing lunches is not my forte! lol

First things first though.. I am putting on my yogurt maker so I at least have fresh yogurt!  I’ll go through the list and get myself ready for the rest of the week now.  I feel so much better with a plan!

Awesome August