52 in 52: 12 week challenge results

This is the hardest post I think I will ever have to hit “Publish” on. In posting these photos, I’m also achieving one of my other goals “Do something that scares me”. Let’s be honest, sharing these photos scares the absolute s**t out of me.

I hate photos at the best of time, let alone sharing something so revealing. Yet I wanted to have complete transparency and honesty in the results of the 12 week challenge, and I think these photos and the measurements are the most brutal reality there is. read more

Goodlife 12 Week Challenge: Week 3

Week 3 started off well, with a boot camp session down at the the beach with the gym. It was a fundraiser for one of the members who would be participating in the 100th anniversary of ANZAC day by walking the Kokoda trail. For those not familiar with Australian History this track was pretty important in the World War II battle for our “diggers”, another name for the army. All the money raised on the day went towards the charity he was raising money for by doing the walk, and I think he managed to raise quite a large amount – woohoo! read more

Goodlife 12 Week Challenge: Week 2

With week 1 done and dusted, week 2 was about continuing with the meal plan, and focusing on consistency. You hear people talk about how long it takes to turn actions into habits, and with the second week certainly not long enough, I had to make sure the motivation remained high. I'd had a nice drop in weight in the past week, and was looking forward to continuing on that path.

My exercise for the week consisted of:

My fitness week on Garmin Connect

  • Sunday: a nice long walk with my dog along the beach (it says “Running” because that's the activity I select on my watch to track it – I haven't bothered to set up a “Walking” activity, although I probably should in order to track when I'm walking my dog)
  • Monday: a nice long session at the gym with the PT
  • Tuesday: Only a half hour walk with my dog this morning
  • Wednesday: a night at the gym, spent by doing multiple things: Rowing, Sprints on the treadmill, walking (cool down on the tread mill), and some rowing.
  • Thursday: a walk with my dog in the morning, and group training at the gym. I've been trying to track the kind of exercise we do at the gym, but given how many broken segments it becomes I'm going to start just setting it to strength and leaving it at that
  • Friday: another walk with my dog in the morning down to the Mooloolaba bakery and back for some fresh bread for breakfast.
  • Saturday: rest day.

I've not been running lately, as my PT has specifically asked me to cut back on that while we try to address the issue with my hips. My posture needs correcting, and I've got some serious muscle tightness in my TLS and TFL, which I've been addressing with some painful massages. read more

Goodlife 12 Week Challenge: Week 1

As I had spent the previous week planning for the challenge, week 1 was all about getting stuck straight into it.

Body measurements

The night before weigh in, Mario and I had been in Brisbane for his nonna’s birthday. I must admit, part of me thought “eat up now because you’re not going to be able to do this for the next 12 weeks”. A more evil part of me thought “eat as many heavy foods as you can, it means you will be bloated for the weigh in”. The evil part won, and the Cobb loaf I ate that night was divine. read more

52 in 52: Weekly round up week 8

52 things in 52 weeks
52 items in 52 weeks

Well that was close! I nearly missed blogging about my 52's for this week, and that would have affected my aim for a 100% success rate this year! In my defence it's been a pretty busy week. I had a busy night at home on Monday night, PT Tuesday night, a meetup on Wednesday night, 12 week challenge group training session on Thursday night, then spent the night with the boy last night relaxing (I was pretty flat mood-wise, and a veg out night was exactly what the doctor ordered).

We were meant to be in Brisbane today at a race day, however courtesy of the flooding going on around the coast we cancelled our plans and have stayed home, mostly for safety reasons. With lots of roads being cut off and unpredictable rain patterns we didn't want to risk getting stranded in Brisbane. Besides, a weekend at home still feels like a novelty for us. read more