Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Time to change it up, new year, new plan.

It is time to change things up, I am far too comfortable in my current routine and I really believe that it may be half the problem with my complacency and lack of motivation.  As much as I have an awesome group and some great trainers, and it will be sad not to be working out with them anymore.  I feel this is going to be the right move for me.  Even with the issues I'm currently having, my main concerns on leaving my training group behind is whether my commitment to attend each session will waiver.  Right now I pay an additional training fee on top of my gym fees to train with this group.  It's a significant financial commitment and it is definitely enough to keep me going whether I am having a CBF day or not. 

It's a hard decision.    

With that said, I have two ideas that I am leaning towards as my focus for next year.  These being marathon training and body building.  When working my plan I need to work out how serious I am going to be.  I don't believe I am going to be doing body building competitions but I do want to tone up significantly.  And who really knows how I'll feel in 6 months time, I may just like what I'm doing and find the will power and motivation to knuckle down and get the body I need to compete, although I don't know if I can come at that orange spray tan.  I know I can run a half marathon on limited running training, but I am not delusional enough to believe the same will ring true for the full marathon, which would mean a lot more kilometres will need to be covered. It's difficult to do road runs as a single mum as I don't have the flexibility to be able to just leave the house and go for a run, someone needs to be with the kids, this will mean I would need to spend a significant amount of those kilometres on the treadmill.  Which as you can imagine will get boring very quickly.

My first plan of attack is to research, I have two starting points in relation to training programs for both ideas and I also need to pinpoint a goal running event for my marathon.  I am not really keen on the City to Surf course, that one is a bitch, far too many hills.  I hope to have a draft training program ready to go for the start of the new year, which should hopefully coincide nicely with the final term for the year with my training group.  What I want to do is make a nice blend of the body building aspects with the marathon training.  Weights and cardio combination, with a few gym classes thrown in for a little variety.  Don't want to give up on my boxing completely.  As soon as I have something concrete, I'll post up here on my blog and I'll also get someone to take my measurements and get a before photo so I can see any progress.

Excited to what the new year will hold for me training wise, it is always said that change is like a holiday, let's hope so, I do really need it.  Fed up feeling like I am going backwards after so much success.  Scared of heading straight back to that over weight and unhappy girl.  I am not going back there.  This needs to be my ahaha moment.  New year, new plan, new me!!!        

Saturday, 5 October 2013

It starts now

As I type this I have just been invited out to dinner, and to Sizzler of all places.  Not quite in accordance with my new plan of attack to get back on track.  This is my wake up call blog.  I recently finished a term of bootcamp and I knew I had gone a little astray but my measurements showed it too, a couple of extra centimetres all over.  I knew it but seeing those figures hit home.  If I continue on the destructive path that I am on, I will find myself back where I started.  Unhappy and overweight. 

Weigh in today as me weighing 71kg, this is 4kg above where I have been comfortably sitting for the last 12 months.  Plus it took a lot of blood sweat and tears to get there and I don't want to have gone through all that for nought.  The plan is simply to drop those 4kg, as well as losing the centimetres that I have gained in the first instance.  Once I accomplish this I will reassess these goals.  I know the number on the scales is the be all and end all but for me I'm much more comfortable knowing that I am sitting below that 70kg mark and 67kg gives me a bit of a buffer.  Once I get to that mark, I will then focus on the centimetres and the toning again.

My nemesis is my food, there is no simple way to say this, it has gone to poop.  I have lost control of my control, emotional eating and boredom eating has completely taken over.  I would be happy if I was choosing healthier options when this was happening but the chips, chocolate and icecream, have well and truly crept back in with avengence.  Pasta is another one of my downfalls, we eat a lot of it in my household.  Purely and simply as I know Miss 7 will eat it.  I love her to pieces but she is the worlds pickiest eater.  I'm not a fan of a multiple cook up for dinner, I am a single mum who works predominantly fulltime, so I definitely don't have the time for that. 

Finding something we will all eat and that is lower in calories is my goal.  I'm currently experimenting with some new recipes from a series called the Bikini Cookbook and getting Miss 7 to help with the prep where she can.  I have also told her to be my little coach, the voice to tell me to step away from the fridge, swap that soft drink for water, go for a run, that kind of thing.  She is very keen with this idea, she will make a great personal trainer.

I've also found my exercise intensity has reduced quite significantly and my motivation to get moving is seriously missing in action.  I am currently (not counting the week just gone, which was a major slack attack and the case of conflicting schedules) going to the gym three days a week for a 1 hour boot camp style workout group and a 1 hour pole dancing class.  I would like to start running again, however I struggle to get out of bed in the morning.  I have set up the treadmill (which I assembled on my own, was pretty chuffed with that effort, especially given the atrocious instructions) and really have no excuses, just slackness.  My ideal would be to do three run/walk sessions a week and a weights session as well.  I need to find some tricks to get me out of the bed and moving again. 

One thing is for sure if I want to find my happy place again, I need to act now, it's time to clean up my act and get moving.  No more excuses.  I want to be a role model for my girls.  I want them to look at me and see that if they put their mind to it, they can do anything.  It starts now!!!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Clean Eating for Dummies

Where ever you are today there are people talking about raw food, paleo diets, quit sugar, low carb, high protein and anything else you could possibly think of.  For someone like me, it definitely is a complete and utter brain overload.  Searching on the internet and reading each plan as it's own merits, sounds good on paper, and unless you happen to be a trained nutritionist or have substantial knowledge in nutrition it is difficult to see the flaws.

"Clean eating", another phrase that is being thrown around a lot.  What is it really?  It is simply the practice of avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods.  Simple really, until you sit down and realise that generally everything that is consumed today is processed in one form or another.  Just like that tub of pavlova icecream, I nearly completely consumed.  100% processed but delicious all the same.  There is a market for people like myself, someone really needs to pen a book, "clean eating for dummies".   

I don't intend to be gungho and focus on clean eating and nothing else.  However I know that I am at a point now with my journey that if I want to see any more changes in my shape, I need to work on my diet.  Like I've heard many a trainer tell me 80% diet 20% exercise.  I can exercise until I am a crying heap in the corner but if I come home and then inhale every item of food in my house, then I will see minimal change.  For me I need to take small steps, make small changes.  I do know that I need to make these changes, I have seen minimal change over the last six to nine months or so and my focus to my exercise and diet are starting to falter because of it.

Breakfast and lunch are the two easiest meals for me to change, simply because they involve myself only, even then I still slip up.  However they don't require me battling my delightful Miss 7 fusspot, who refuses to try most things, so extreme baby steps on this one.  I have found some recipes which are not too far removed from our normal dinner time stables.  White bean burgers are one that I have on the list for this week.  If I get the blend and the look right, I'm sure I'll be able to get it past her.  Miss 5 on the other hand is my partner in crime, willing to try anything that I serve up to her.  When you do have two other mouths to feed, it isn't quite as simple.  You need to accommodate everyone.  I don't run a restaurant, so when I cook, the one meal needs to suit everyone's tastes. 

My plan for introducing a "more" clean eating lifestyle to my little family is simple -
1.  Small changes, such as changing the contents of Miss 5s lunchbox at school to be more fruit and vegetable based and limit the processed muesli bars that Miss 7 has in hers. 
2.  Ensure that the girls are involved with meal planning process, from selecting the meals for the week to helping prepare them. 
3.  Keep reading and learning more about what we are choosing to eat and what it has in it.  Knowledge is power.

Oh look at this, it appears someone has penned a book Eating Clean for dummies, found my new reading material.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

In the beginning...a quick history lesson on me

In about October 2011 I came to the realisation that I had spent the previous nine months, since separating from my husband staring down at the bottom of an ice-cream tub nearly every single night.  I may have joined the gym shortly after separating from my husband, searching for the new me, but I was yet to find my focus.  Sadly it took nine months and quite a few extra kilos before I got that light bulb moment.  It was a photo that did it, I saw myself for the first time as what I really was, overweight, unhappy and unhealthy.  Not the role model that I wanted to be for my girls.  Shortly after that I got myself a personal trainer and joined Weight Watchers to get the eating side of things under control.  A good personal trainer is worth their weight in gold and I have been blessed to work with a great bunch of trainers.

Once that light went off, I set myself some goals, firstly I wanted to lose weight.  I was pushing 90+ kilograms at my heaviest and I wanted to get down to my healthy weight range.  After some serious learning curves and what some would see as simple common sense I managed to control my intake and successfully reached this goal in February 2012.  Although my road may still be bumpy I have maintained my weight within this range ever since.  

Another goal of mine was to run 5 kilometres non stop.  This was a huge goal for me as I have never been a runner.  Truth be known, I despised running with a passion for most of my life.  With help from my personal trainer and sheer determination I started to run a little bit more each time.  Within 12 months I went from a person that was unable to run to the end of the road without stopping to not only reaching my goal of running 5km but completely smashing it by completing my first half marathon and running it non stop.  Absolutely exceeding all of my own expectations.

I will not lie, there has been bumps, there will continue to be bumps along my path, however through my gym, my trainers and the knowledge I have gained from so many amazing sources, I have gained so much.  Not only have I lost the weight, I am fitter than I have ever been in my life.  I am doing things that I would have never dreamed possible.  I'm more confident.  I'm running, even if we still continue to have a love-hate relationship.  I'm lifting weights.  I'm enjoying life and I am happy.  I see this has my biggest success so far, finding happiness with me and who I am.

But my story doesn't end here.  I still have so much more to learn and share.  I hope to inspire others by sharing my story.  Laugh at my mistakes along the way.  This is my story.
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