Disappointingly, I’ve really struggled in the first week of the 12WBT and have actually gained some of the weight back that I had worked so hard to lose. I’m struggling to identify why and how to fix it.

Positives of week 1

  • Beat my PB for the 1km TWICE, once by 27 seconds, and then beat that one by 5 seconds
  • Increased my exercise remarkably
  • Enjoyed the recipes and followed the meal plan.

Negatives from week 1

  • Did not do 6 days a week of training
  • Ate too many snacks that made me go over 1200 calories.
  • Struggled with realising one bad meal, does not mean it has to be a blow out day, one blow out day does not need it has to be a blow out week.

Goals for week 2

  • Train 6 days a week
  • Keep to 1200 calories
  • Make sure one meal does not decide the day

How will I reach my goals for week 2

  • Plan out my SAHM days, including what chores I should be doing to avoid seeing me default to snacking.
  • Do a 12WBT pinterest board
  • Print out/put up some sayings and pictures in a space I can look at everyday and remember to repeat them.
  • JFDI
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It’s all about health now.

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It’s a hard transition from wanting to be skinny, to wanting to be healthy and toned. It’s a hard to go from eating as little as possible to eating as well as you can.

That’s what I’ve spent the last two years doing, learning to enjoy food, healthy, wholesome food. I’ve made big changes in my life, I don’t use jarred pasta sauce, I use wholemeal flour, I avoid food that don’t have lots of nutrients. I am concentrating on filling my body with good food!

12WBT starts on Monday, and during preseason (well during the last two weeks) I’ve lost 1.2kg. 8.7kg left. I plan to smash that in the 12 weeks of this program, not only smash it, but smash it while eating healthy filling food, while avoiding additives, while not eating empty calories, and while learning to love my body!  

Signed up for another round!

In discussions with my sister, there was a conversation about how to kick start your weight loss again. Detoxes came up (see Danii’s last post!) I tried to work out what would work for me, would shakes work? (Can make them easily in the TMX). Would low carb? (Being a vegetarian, not really). Would a detox program? (Too expensive).

None are sustainable and none are the changes I want to instate for the rest of my life, this isn’t a diet, but rather a lifestyle change.

So I signed up for my second round of Michelle’s Bridges 12WBT. 1200 calories, exercise, and fill your body with good foods. Simple, easy, but effective, and with mindset lessons and tons of support, it seems like the perfect combo.

Can’t wait to JFDI (just fucking do it), and lose these last 9kilos.

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Plus she’s great inspiration, I would love to be as fit and healthy as she is!

Links to help & inspire!

Control your intake.
calorieking.com.au – An Australia food database, you can track your intake or just search for calories. There is also a community element.

Calorie King Iphone App – Powered by the above database, an easy way to track your intake, as well as record your exercise. You can input recipes and custom food, as well as copy meals from one day to another to make it easier for you!

Calorie Count – recipe analysis – This is one of the best tools when you want to cook a recipe that doesn’t list nutritional details, you can copy in the ingredient list, list how many serves and it will tell you how many calories it will be. Too high? Easily edit it to get the calorie allowance you want!

Food, food, food. 

pinterest.com – seriously, if there is a tasty low calorie recipe, someone has pinned it. I search either low calorie, or by ingredient (assuming that’s a healthy ingredient) and there will be loads of pins. Try it – today I did “quinoa feta” and found so many tasty salad ideas. My lunch for the next two days have been made and both under 300 calories, thanks to Pinterest.

skinnytaste.com – this website has 100s and 100s of recipes, all with the calorie count, WW points, and all nutritional information. It’s nicely sorted into categories, which makes it so easy!

Inspiration & Fitness!

nerdfitness.com/blog

fitnessista.com

backonpointe.tumblr.com

live–love–fitness.tumblr.com

Breaking a habit?

It’s surprising when you look at your eating, and realise half of it is habitual, not hunger. For myself, when my son goes down for a nap, I grab a snack, and after doing this a certain amount of times, I now do it even if I’m not hungry, it’s automatically as I’ve formed a habit, an unhealthy one. To break a habit, means you have to exercise a lot of will power. Even if you’re now aware that is a habit and you’re not actually hungry, or you would prefer something healthy, or you want to go for a run every second day, doesn’t mean you will be be able to just stop (or start) doing it! I found this little quote below and found that rings true. You will not be able to change your habits, that has potentially been a habit for years, in one day! 

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The normal thing that is thrown around is, “it takes 21 days to break a habit”. That seems so great – not do something for 21 days and you’re free from that unhealthy habit. Well, I did some digging for this article and apparently that’s not 100% true. It takes 21 days for someone who has had plastic surgery to get used to themselves again, or a person who has lost a limb get used to it not being there, but it doesn’t really stand true for breaking, or forming a new habit. It varies from person to person, but seems to average out around 66 days! (Source). 66 days is a little less encouraging than 21 days, but it just reminds you once you have made it 21 days, you’ll have to keep working on it. Don’t get to 21 days and think you can do it once because you’ve broken the habit. Instead just keep going with your new habit for 66 days, for 365 days, just keep going.

The main thing, start today, not tomorrow when you haven’t already “screwed up”, don’t wait to the first of the month, or next monday. Start this very second. Then tomorrow you’ll be on day 2 of 66, not 1.

My plan – Elle

It’s another week, and another start back on my diet. I have stopped calling it a diet truthfully, and it has been a change of lifestyle. From cheap and quick meals, $1 pasta and $1 pasta sauce to properly cooked healthy meals $1 pasta (correct portion size…), and a lot of fresh vegetables, maybe with a $1 tin of tomatos, or low fat ricotta. It’s better for my family, and I’m giving my son the best start at life!
So why aren’t the kilos falling off? Plain and simple I over-eat between meals, bread bread bread, and a couple sweets, but mostly carbs. I eat when I’m putting off cleaning, because I’m thinking about a certain taste, but mainly putting off doing the housework by having a snack. I struggle to stop once I start, I think this stems from issues I had from when I was 15/16, but that is a whole life ago and my will power needs to get a work out.

While I’m at work two days a week as long as I have enough protein and enough water I’m fine, but at home, I just wander back into the kitchen to have another slice of bread, and that repeats all day. I find with a strict routine for myself (full of housework and playing with my son) fixes my unconscious eating and I can stick to 1200 calories easily. I guess, I know what I should do next and do that, rather than wander to the kitchen.

I’ve been 79 kilos at this height (42 weeks pregnant), and I’ve been 42 kilos at this height (issues at 15/16), and now all I want is to be happy and comfortable with my weight and I think that will be between 51-53kg.

With protein packed, and healthy 3 main meals at 300 calories each, and two snacks loaded with nutrients at 150 calories (1200 calories all up), my SAHM days planned out, and exercise three days a week (albeit at home), I know I can shed these 7-9 kilos!

An example of my 1200 calorie day when I stick to it?

Breakfast (9amish): CADA & Greek Yoghurt 250 calories

Lunch: Quiche (a 12WBT recipe) 300 calories

Snack: Two boiled eggs with curry powder 200 calories

Tea: A 12wbt recipe, falafels, vegetarian spaghetti bolognese, rissoles, homemade pizza, pasta with pumpkin and tomato with ricotta, etc, always 300 calories.

Snack: Four Premium crackers with vegemite under 150 calories