Wednesday, September 14, 2011

12WBT Blogging Challenge - Week 1

I've decided to take part in the 12WBT Blogging Challenge being hosted by Shrinking Kath.

Here is my week 1 entry:

1. Describe yourself in 25 words or less. You can get straight to the point - or bring your creativity into play.
Wife and mother of 4 kids (9-19).  Work full-time and often shy and quiet but working on changing that!

2. What brings you to 12wbt? Getting fitter? Losing weight? (Gaining weight??) Are you first timer, a repeat offender??
Repeat offender!  Wanted to lose weight and get fit as I was fed up with being tired and in pain all the time.  Originally joined in Round 3 2010 but only did 4 weeks and let life take over.  Joined a gym in December and decided it was time to shift the weight.  Joined Round 1 and lost 11.7kg, then 15.5kg in round 2.  Total lost since December 2010 is now 39.7kg!  Aiming to lose another 12kg this round.
3. Why do you blog??
I haven't blogged much in the past - started blogs and only managed 2 or 3 posts.  Going to do more this time and this challenge is a good way to keep me posting.
4. Who is your biggest inspiration in life and why (doesn't have to be weight loss)
Can't think of one particular person who has inspired me but since joining 12wbt my biggest inspiration is Perth Crew!
5. What things in life bring you the most joy?
My family, friends and Perth Crew.
6.What do you think your greatest challenge is going to be this round?
Staying focused to lose the weight I want to lose and getting myself close to goal (whatever that may be) by the end of the round.
7. What are you most excited about 12wbt?
 Achieving my goals and going to finale and partying with some amazing people!

8. And what scares the pants off you?
Allowing myself to give up on my goals and not achieve them.  It has happened so many times before but I know this time has been different.

9. Tell me - right now - today - how do you feel about exercise in no more than 10 words
 Absolutely love it!!

10. Complete this sentence - in 12 weeks time - on the last day of 12wbt I am going to be feeling 
Amazingly happy and healthy and proud of what I have achieved!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Busy week and an even busier week ahead!

I've had a busy week this week with work but have come to the realisation that I need to find a new job. Having so many problems at work and no longer happy there. I also need to find something with more family-friendly hours - 6 & 7am starts are not good!

With some help from a fellow Perth Crew member I now have an excellent resume and some hints on how to sell myself to gain the job I really want.

Training wise this week has been hit and miss. I didn't manage to do the 2km challenge every day and a couple of days where I planned to go to the gym early morning I slept in and didn't make it. Then a bad afternoon at work on Wednesday left me with a migraine and unable to go to work or training on Thursday. Everything was back on track on Friday though. Had a really good pt session. My pt tried an advanced workout with me that I completed in 25mins - the workout is supposed to take 30-45mins so we did another round of everything at half reps. I was also approached by the gym manager and asked if I would allow them to put up my before and after photos and my story on their website! This is a great compliment and I agreed but not until I have got down to at least 80kg. After a massive 3kg loss this week that is only 5.4kg away.

Food wise this week has been very good. I've been sticking to 1200 calories everyday - only went over one day by about 50calories. Even tried the Jacket Potato with Creamed Corn and Tomato Salsa tonight. So yummy and extremely filling. Looks like that will become another popular one in my meal plans.

The week ahead is looking busy with my assistant at work away for 2 weeks now. Going through and working out when I can get to the gym - before or after work. Already have pt sessions booked for Monday & Friday afternoons. Going to see Wicked on Thursday night with some Perth Crew so training will have to be in the morning that day, or if the weather is fine go for a walk after work. Will see how things go but also hoping to get to Carine for the newbies fitness test on Sunday morning then off to Pickering Brook in the afternoon for an 80th birthday party. Also sometime this week I need to complete my pre-season tasks - have only done 1 & 2 so far!