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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Week Three Weigh In

I’ve decided to write a post each Wednesday as that day is the 12WBT weigh in day.  That way I can update you all on how the 12WBT is going; if I have faced any challenges along the way and also to celebrate any successes.  You can also check me out on instagram [ @vixxtaa ] and see my progress there too! Read the rest of this entry »

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Beauty – what does it mean?

If each day had a theme, I think today’s would be beauty. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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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