Progression of me

from eighty four to now…

Week Four Weigh In

I’m a little late with this weeks update, but better late than never.

This week was not only a weigh-in week but it was also the checkpoint where we re-do our measurements and our fitness test.  I was hoping for good things this week after last weeks gain and I was not disappointed.  Jumping on the scales I discovered that I had lost 1.3kg – so the weight I had gained was now gone again!  My friend and I then met up and recorded our measurements.  I was stoked to see that in total over the past 4 weeks I have lost 11.5cm.  And then we did our fitness test and I saw more positive results – EVERYTHING had improved.  My cardio fitness, my upper body strength, my core strength, my lower body strength and my flexibility.

It’s always a boost when you see improvements; and the thing I love about this particular challenge is that it’s not just your weight and measurements that are monitored.  The fitness test is a great indicator of where you’re at and what you need to focus on.

I guess the most important thing for me this week was in the planning.  I was more strict with it and it paid off.  I have however been struggling a bit mentally…and will post about that early next week.  I’ll trying a technique I read about in a magazine to see if it helps and will give a bit of a review about that.  So stay tuned.

Hope all is well!

Love love xox

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Exciting changes in store!

Exciting changes in store!

To all my lovely followers. I feel like it’s time to spread my wings a little, particularly with the changes that are in store in the next couple of months.

So – here is a little taster!

I am in the process of moving from WordPress to a Wix website!

It’s still very much a work in progress, so I’m unsure on the exact ETA but hopefully you guys will enjoy the new look!  Any thoughts?

Hope everyone has had an awesome week!  TGIF!

Love love.

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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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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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When life gets busy

What do you do when life gets busy?  When the buzz of the holiday season finally wears off and it’s back to the “daily grind” so to speak?  Do you find yourself unable to fit in those work outs?  Do you find yourself more tempted by those sugary treats your colleague brought in to the office?

This is when I find it the hardest – the period just after Christmas/New Year/my Birthday.  During that period I always tend to wind down a little.  I’ve been happy with my work outs (I’ve actually increased those!) but my diet suffers a little.  I’ve found excuses to have that “piece of cake” or “cheeky beer”.  Overall my diet is still much better than it was a year ago.  I just need to keep up the consistency.  I know back in my post here I mentioned wanting to give IIFYM a go, and part of me still wants to do this but I need someone to explain it all a bit more to me – anyone out there able to assist?

I am currently coming to the end of Week 3 of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge and I can’t believe how quickly these 3 weeks have passed.  And with things getting busier, this is when preparation is more important than ever!  Already a quarter of the way through, and I’m not seeing the results I was hoping for as yet.  But it’s all a learning curve really…each time I’ve done a similar challenge I’ve come away with lessons learnt and have moved that step forward towards a healthier lifestyle overall.  

Tomorrow I have decided to have a day off working out and use my Sunday to prep for the coming week.  Make sure I know exactly what I am going to eat when and plan my work outs.  If next week is as busy as it was this week at work, I am going to schedule in some work outs both before and after work – that way if I get stuck back at work a couple of days my work outs don’t suffer.

Sometimes I read back over my posts and I can’t believe I’ve become so into my fitness.  I’ve become one of those people I never really understood!  But I LOVE it!  I’ve found something I really enjoy again.  I haven’t been this into something since I was 15 and was really into my karate.  I just need to find a similar passion when it comes to cooking up healthy, yummy meals… haha!

Enjoy your weekend everyone 🙂  Remember – preparation is key!!!!

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30 Things For 30.

Reading over numerous blogs that I follow, I can see a common theme – that 2014 is all about DOING.  A friend of mine told me that on New Years Eve there was a New Moon and after having a look online I discovered that with the way the planets were aligned, the energy could make this either a make or break year!  By ensuring we channelled this energy correctly we could allow for a fresh start.  This seems very appropriate for a New Year and from what I can see, however we began the year, will continue on in 2014.

photo credit: google images

photo credit: google images

It is now only 2 weeks until I turn 30 and, if you know me in person or have read previous blog entries, you will know this has been a day I’ve been worried about for a while.  However, towards the end of last year, I was inspired by some friends to create a list.  A list of 30 things I plan to do when I turn 30.  At first the idea was simply that, an idea….

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