Progression of me

from eighty four to now…

4 Weeks Down!

4 weeks ago I decided to give up chocolate…for 6 months.  And you know what?  It’s been easier than I thought…

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Paleo for Babies?!

Hi all!

It’s been a while and I certainly have a lot of news…but my time is limited!  Going back to uni this year has left me with very little free time due to my heavy work load.  But I just wanted to touch base and share with you an interesting article regarding a new cook book which was due to be released today.  I would be very interested and hearing the opinion of those who are paleo advocates.  Personally I am neither for nor against it but I do believe this idea of a milk substitute for babies is terrible.

Check it out here:

http://www.aww.com.au/diet-health/diet-and-nutrition/2015/3/pete-evans-paleo-diet-book-for-babies-facing-ban-over-public-health-fears?adbsc=social_20150311_41878896&adbid=10152851071618621&adbpl=fb&adbpr=349591763620#_

Hopefully I’ll be back soon to give you guys a bit of an update on what 2015 has brought to the table.

Hope you’re all well and 2015 is treating you well.

Cheers POM xox

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M.O.T.I.V.A.T.I.O.N

Can you relate to any of these?

Impatience – you analyse a plan according to how it’s “supposed” to work, and often conclude too soon that it’s not working for you.

Analysis Paralysis – you keep adding additional workouts and customizations to your program, and you end up exhausted, discouraged and perhaps injured.

Extremism – you throw yourself into unsustainable nutritional or supplement schemes that are beyond your budget or just not a good fit with your lifestyle and/or abilities.

Perfectionism – you’re prone to skipping workouts when everything isn’t “just right”.  Maybe you forgot your pre-workout, your music or a piece of gear for instance.  Same for nutrition – if everything isn’t perfect you take it as an excuse to eat junk.

Ambition – you’re unrealistic in your aspirations. You set goals that are too lofty or extreme for your abilities, age or the amount of time you have. Then you beat yourself up when you can’t achieve them.

If you can, then you’re not alone!  These are hurdles which the personality type “the thinker” has to overcome.  [Check out my previous post here]  And these hurdles are often the reason behind our loss of motivation…..

Earlier this week I posed a question on my Facebook page – Was there anything in particular my followers/readers would like to hear about?  It was suggested I write a post about motivation when getting back into fitness after a break.  What a perfect suggestion!  I’m hoping by giving others advise that it will in turn motivate me too 🙂

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There’s so much media hype about “no sugar” but what about salt?

Salt matters – find out why by clicking here!

Hi..it’s me!  Yes, sorry I have been MIA for so long – with life getting in the way it’s been tough to find time to blog.  Anyhoo – this one is just going to be quick.

I’m currently doing some Saturday study [on a side note I have been accepted into a bachelor of exercise science and a bachelor in human nutrition to start this August!  WOO HOO!  Totally pumped!] and my current chapter is all about vitamins and minerals.

I’ve come to the end of the chapter and am reading about sodium.  In a nutshell diets high in sodium are not good.  But why do we hear so much media hype about no sugar and/or no fat and not so much about no sodium?

Personally, my problem has always been more of the sugar than the sodium as I’m much more of a sweet tooth – but for those of you who love their savouries, maybe check to see just how much sodium you are taking in.

I ask you to have a read of the link above and if you want to read more also check out:

http://www.awash.org.au/drop-the-salt-campaign/the-food-industry/

It’s amazing just how much sodium can be found in our diets without even realising it.  Make sure you are also aware that salt and sodium are not the same thing.  Yes salt is made up of sodium, but they are not interchangeable.  For example one gram of salt equates to around 400mg of sodium.

Anyway have a read and let me know your thoughts – are you a salt lover?

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Transformation Challenge – Week 9

Transformation Challenge - Week 9

We’ve hit the final leg of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge and I’m pumped! On the weekend I typed up a calendar for the next 3 and a bit weeks and scheduled in all my work outs. I’m treating these like appointments and will be checking them off as I do them. I’m also packing all my lunch so I’m less likely to be tempted at work. I’m proud of how I’ve been with my eating during the challenge BUT I know it could be better.

So, for the final weeks I’m going to ensure I’m eating my 5 meals a day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Ensuring I measure out my protein as per my trainer’s suggestion last year and I’m going to allow myself one “cheat meal” each week. I know that there are mixed opinions on cheat meals, but I have found they work really well for me in the past so why fix something that ain’t broken?! Lastly – I’m going to continue to drink plenty of water.

I want to end this challenge with a BANG and then continue the new habits I have created for myself. I’ll update you all with how I go when the challenge is completed 🙂

Let’s DO THIS!!

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Sunday Shout Out – Week 8!

Today’s shout out is a special one, as I have a transformation to share with you all!  This weeks shout out goes to a man I have been following on instagram for the last few months.  I read his story and was very moved.  I started following him and I believe he is one of the most down to earth, real and inspirational people on instagram.  He is always supportive of others on their journeys and he has a sense of humour which is contagious.  If you have instagram I highly recommend checking out his page:  @biggieodonnell

Here is his story:

My Journey began 15 months ago… A severely obese close friend of mine (450 Lbs.) suffered a brain aneurysm. At the time I weighed 475 pounds trying to get into a bathroom big enough for a small person. His dead weight was almost impossible to stand him up. With the quick response of myself and paramedics he’s alive today. This happened on a Sunday. When I got home from the hospital I broke down in tears realizing that could of been me and no person small or big could handle such large weight and save my life. I didn’t sleep that night. At 430 am I went for a walk around the block. Winded and wanting to quit I made myself a promise not to give up. In 15 months I’ve lost 225 pounds due to healthy eating and basic heavy training with 90 minutes of daily cardio. My journey will never be done as I know my life has changed for the better and eager to help those who stand at the starting line I once stood at.

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I love hearing about people striving to better themselves and are more than happy to help others in the process 🙂  It makes me happy!  Awesome work Biggie!  Keep it up 🙂

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