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A Letter To Myself.

6 weeks ago, I joined up for the June round of the Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT). The past 6 weeks have been the “pre-season” and involved 2 tasks and a weekly challenge each week to mentally and physically prepare you for the program.  Yesterday was the first day of the program, in which you are provided with a weekly menu and exercise program.  Like the pre-season, each week there is a Weekly Challenge and as Michelle says “In order to know how far you’ve come, you need to know where you started”; so this week the challenge is to write a letter to yourself.  I decided to write my letter here on my blog.  That way I am putting it right out there.  Keeping myself more accountable than I could otherwise!!!  It’s also easier for me to look back on at the end.  So here goes….

Hi!

So, the 12WBT is underway!  How am I feeling?  Well, honestly, I’m scared…I’m scared of failing.  Of losing motivation and momentum and just giving up.  Of giving in to temptation…

BUT I am also excited.  Yesterday was day one and I smashed it!  I made breakfast and lunch from the recipes on the menu plan and they were delicious!  And for lunch, I was out and about so instead of making the sandwich on the menu myself, I went to a sandwich shop and ordered it there.  I could have easily made some excuse but no, I didn’t and felt super proud of myself afterwards.

I guess that’s the reason I’m scared… in the past I’ve given up… I’ve made excuses and I’ve given in to temptation.  Hence why I’m here.  In April last year I completed a 5km fun run without stopping – now, I can’t even run 1km anymore!!  I’ve put on the weight I lost and I’m not feeling healthy.  I am determined to get back to where I was.  I’ve done it before, so I can certainly do it again.

The biggest challenges I am going to face will be my willpower!  Talking myself out/around things.  I need to stop that!  I need to cut the crap and excuses and JFDI!!!!  Organisation is also going to be a challenge as I’ve never managed it for long previously.  So my diary is going to play a bigger role than ever.  And ensuring I have done the grocery shopping for at least the next day.  It’s really not hard – I need to tell myself that!

The achievement that will make me the proudest will actually be cooking some decent meals!  Getting out of my comfort zone and actually learning to love the kitchen!  And of course hitting my goal weight.  That would be a HUGE achievement for me!

For me, I need support; and the biggest support of all are the people I see regularly.  My partner, my family and his family and our friends.  The problem is – all of these people can potentially be saboteurs too.  I need them to encourage me – I thrive off being told I am doing a good job.  I am not so good with criticism.  I guess most people would be the same!  The hardest thing is when a friend or family member says “Would you like a [cake]… come on, one won’t hurt!” – they may think they aren’t doing anything wrong but it’s really difficult and not fair!

Michelle mentions that it can be hard to give yourself the advice you need and asks what words of encouragement would your best friend or loved one give you as you start this journey, so I think they would say to me, “You can do this!  You just have to believe in yourself.  Stop doubting your ability and just do it!  I have faith in you”

And that’s it.  I CAN do this!  (Look how I’m going with my Dechox challenge!!)  I just need to trust and believe.  It’s not about the destination…. it never is.  It’s about the journey – and I want to make this the best journey I can for me. 

STOP WISHING.  START DOING.

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Beauty – what does it mean?

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Something New!

2015 so far!

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable festive season and as we move into another brand new year, I wish you all the best.  If last year wasn’t your finest moment, then wipe that slate clean and jump back on that wagon!  If 2014 was a good one then keep that momentum flowing into the new year and make it even BETTER!

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Living for the moment.

As we approach the end of 2014 I can say that this year, like each year, has disappeared more quickly than the last.  At this time of year we have the opportunity to look back on what was and think about what is to come.  But most importantly, it’s a time when most people have a few minutes to just breathe.  And enjoy NOW.  Life is so busy most of the year, that I urge you to take a step back, and if you have 4 minutes, I beg you, please watch this.  That is all.

Until next time!

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North vs South

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The North Side!

Every city tends to have a bit of friendly rivalry between residents depending on which area you live in.  For us Canberrans, it is the North Side and the South Side.  To put it simply – whether you live North of Lake Burley Griffin or South.

I grew up on the South Side and when I moved back to Canberra last year and moved in with the folks, I was reunited with the South Side once more.  I’d never even contemplated living “over there”.  But then again, I also had no real idea of how long I would be here for and was considering studying overseas too.

My first semester of uni is coming to a close and what I had thought I would do a few months ago has changed.  I did intend to spend at least a semester overseas, but now I feel that remaining settled here in Canberra for the remainder of my degree may be the right thing to do.  And then, upon completion of my degree, I could go and do some further studies elsewhere.

It’s strange how ideas change.  What felt right yesterday, suddenly doesn’t seem like the best idea today…and so, last Friday I signed my lease for my new place!  I am moving North Side!  I all kind of came out of nowhere.  But that is me – once I’ve made a decision I tend to just run with it!  The main reason was for convenience – to be closer to uni and work; but the majority of my friends are over that side and I feel a change of scenery will be just what I need.  I also feel I will live a healthier and more active lifestyle over there with more opportunities to walk places and a whole new world to explore!

And so the photo I have posted today represents the North Side and a whole new chapter of my life!  In one month’s time I will be settling in, developing a new routine and enjoying the change.

Good bye South Side…until we meet again [yes, no matter where I am…I’m a South Sider at heart 🙂 ]

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Sunday Shout Out – 9

Back in 2005 my workplace offered free Pilates classes for a period of time. It ensured that for 1 hr at least twice a week we could get away from our desk; recharge; relax and do something towards our health/fitness. When that stopped I tried one or two classes outside of the work environment but just didn’t feel it was the same. Needless to say I didn’t do it again.

Until 2 weeks ago.

I decided to give the class at our gym ago – and realised all over again how awesome it is. Due to the timing of the class coinciding with my PT sessions I can only do it once a fortnight but I intend to do it every second week with the possibility of switching my PT to another day/time down the track.

So far I’ve had two classes and OMG! The instructor is great; and I remember now how good it is for both your body and your mind. After the class I have felt, revived and more at peace and I feel like my body is a bit more “re-set”. Both classes have already got me focussing on the correct way to move my pelvis/abs/hips/lower back which affects the way I lift too. It also helps me to learn to isolate certain muscles. I’ve realised too how all of this affects your every day life – improving posture and alignment etc and I’m really excited about having added this to my routine.

If you’ve never tried Pilates I highly recommend it. Young or old. Male or female (we had 3 men in our class on Thursday) at least give it a go.

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