Sunday, November 10, 2013
For you to truly be successful with your weight loss journey you need to find your 'thing' that keeps you going.
For some people it is running. When you get out there and run the rest of your world floats away and its you, the pavement and sometimes your music.
I've done the C25K running program, and while I did it, I really enjoyed it. I found that if I was outside I was more likely to enjoy myself, so I didn't go crazy staring at a wall while I was running (unless I changed my music playlist EVERY time, and even then I was often 'clock watching'). Unfortunately, my body doesn't like me running. I injured my foot 2 years ago and haven't been able to run the same since. (Trust me, I tried, and ended up hurting my foot again). One day I could get back to it, but at the moment, its not my 'thing'.
For some people its cardio. Be it aerobics at the gym, or any number of the cardio equipment. These people like to go fast and hard.
I am defiantly not this type of person. I've done Zumba and enjoyed it, but I cannot handle being in a aerobics class or going full ball on the cardio equipment until 50% of my body's water supply is flooding the floor around me. I love the x-trainer and the rowing machine and even the bike, in moderation. But not to the point of physical exhaustion. It just not my 'thing'.
For some people its Water-based activities. The pool is great for people with injuries who still want to have an amazing workout, but are concerned about their backs, knees, ankles etc. There are lots of different activities you can do in a pool that will improve your fitness level and help you lose weight.
I enjoy going into the pool (especially when I'm at TBLR), but I don't think it is something that I could say I could do everyday. I know for my mum that this is her 'thing' and I'm sooo happy that she has found it.
For some people its Weight lifting style activities. Lifting weights be it lots of reps or a small amount of reps until your muscles are exhausted, weight lifting generally keeps your heart rate down, but burns fat over a longer period of time.
This is definitely my 'thing'. I LOVE going to x-fit multiple times a week. I really enjoy going to body pump. And even though I often feel like i'm going to puke at the end of it, I really love being there. I've started a weekly routine where I'm doing. Sun: Body Pump, Mon: x-fit, Tue: Body Pump, Thurs: Body Pump, Fri: x-fit, and I love every minute of it. Even thought my weight loss on the scales is slowly going down, i feel fitter, leaner and stronger doing this type of activity. This is definitely my 'thing'
I've just covered 4 different types of training, there are plenty more out there as well. The point of my post is. Find your 'thing'. It is what can make your weight loss journey a success! You want to enjoy the physical activity that you are doing - if you don't, it will be easier to make excuses and fall off the rails.
(FYI: your 'thing' could change as you change. So make sure you are always trying new stuff to challenge yourself.)
Now ask yourself.
What's my 'Thing'?
Friday, October 11, 2013
Below there is a photo of me at the end of April and then a photo of me just one week ago.
I know the photos aren't the same size, but you get the idea.
This is all thanks to a combination of the 12wbt and staying 3 weeks at The Biggest Loser Retreat (once in July and once in September)
I know I have a long way to go, but its great to reflect on what I've achieved.
I've had a few people ask me how much it costs to stay at The Biggest Loser Retreat, and a few people wish they could stay but they are concerned about the cost.
(for those interested in the cost here is the website http://www.biggestloserretreat.com.au/reservations/rates-packages/ )
I've just seen this on Bidnow.com.au
The Retreat has just put up
- 10x 1 Week's accommodation for one person and
- 5x 1 week's accommodation for two people
The bonus is, that you can use the voucher anytime between now and the 30th June next year.
Hope it helps those who really need it!
Single Stay: https://bidnow.com.au/
Twin Stay: https://bidnow.com.au/
Monday, October 7, 2013
MondayAnother awesome day at the retreat.
This morning I went on 2 green walks, had x-fit style training with Mick in his sand pit and played water polo. All up I burnt 1056cal in those 3 activities.
I'm already at 15,800 steps and its only 2 o'clock.
Sugar levels are good today, lets hope I can keep them good for the week!
I'm gonna rest for the rest of the day cause my foot is hurting.
For dinner we had a yummy salmon dish with sweet potato salad. Yum! (photo below)
TuesdayAnother great day at TBLR. Started the day with a bush walk (see photo below)
Then we did the Chalet Shuffle, followed by TBL triathlon. We rod, jogged/walked and swam for 10mins for each of the three activities.
The afternoon I just took it easy cause my foot was throbbing (even on super strong pain killers).
Tomorrow I'm getting a massage (yay)
WednesdayThis morning they had a deep water running class in place of the bush walk (for those who wanted to do it). It was a great way to start the day. And GOSH it tires you out!
We had breakfast and then I went up to the room for a nap (I was exhausted) when I woke up I felt heaps better!!
I had another workout with Mick, this time in The Hanger (I love The Hanger!!) The workout was intense!!!!
Fist pump moment! My heart rate monitor couldnt read my heart rate because I've lost 2 much weight under my bust so Breanna had to tighten it up for. Yay!
I was really really buggered after Mick's workout!
We then did 30mins of boxing (yay!) I was partnered up with Bree, we had lots of fun, and again I was really tired afterward.
After Lunch mum, Jenny and I went for a walk in the bush to see how mums knee went. She did good, but she was limping afterward.
I then came back to the room, did a stretch and then had a massage. It was amazing!
No calorie count today since I didnt have my heart rate monitor on for deep water running, and it didnt work for the first 1/3 of Mick's workout.
10881 steps so far (again low due to the pool instead of a bush walk)
Only 2 training days left!
Photos below: Us and the beautiful Vicki and us with Andrew (Manager)
10cm from my waist
4cm from my upper belly
12cm from lower belly
11cm from butt/top of thigh
and 3cm from my arm
We had two of my most favourite activities for our morning fitness, boxing and rowing (we also did a mini spin class, which I also enjoyed). I was also super proud of my mum getting into a Rower by herself and being able to get on a spin bike for the first time.
I've burnt around 750 cal in the designated workouts. Step count will follow soon!
I learnt a cool thing today, when you sigh when you are eating, it means your tummy is full, the sigh is your body trying to expand your tummy. Good to know! So when you sigh, stop eating!
Thursday Started with another lovely walk in the bush.
Then we had our talk with Andrea. We then needed to make our own lunch to take on a picnic.
While I was waiting for my turn to make my lunch, one of the other guests ran to me and said 'your mum just fell down the hill, I don't want to alarm you, but I thought you would wanna know'. I threw off my drink bottle and began running toward the hill. I then saw mum in one of the golf carts. She needed both myself and Emma to help her into the dining room so she could sit down.
I ended up making mum's lunch for her, and helped her as much as I could, and then I went off to do my morning activities.
We walked up to the top of the grounds and were broken into two groups. One group started with Vicki to do a 'mystery' activity in the bush, and the other started at Andrea to do a 'mystery activity that spells F-U-N'. (then we swapped). I started with Vicki, and we walked into the bush. We needed to do a hill interval activity, where we walked/ran up a hill, took our heart rate (either manually or with our heart rate monitor) and then walked down the hill, around the bottom and started again. We did this for 20mins. A good, but hard workout. We then walked out of the bush to meet Andrea. We played a game that was a combination of Netball and Frisbee (I can't remember what she called it). It was lots of fun. Unfortunately my team lost.
We then were joined by the other group for a BIG group 'water activity', but not in the pool. There was a range of activities that all pretty much involved sponges and a bucket of water, and pretty much all of them had the hidden aim to get us as wet as possible. (which was good, cause it was a REALLY HOT day).
We then had a picnic lunch on the top oval. Which was lovely.
I had to rush down my lunch as I was asked to participate in the ad that the Retreat was filming. We need to pretend we were playing water polo. It was lots of fun. We did about 7 takes. Looking forward to see what they get out of it.
After the filming, I returned to my room to get dry and to get ready for my massage, I was told that after I have my massage, I needed to take mum to the doctors. I had a good shoulder and neck massage. It was GREAT! I felt like I was on a cloud afterward.
I drove mum to the doctor, we were told that we needed to go back tomorrow for an X-ray and a scan.
Dinner was good, mum was soooo funny on her meds. She was totally off her face!
We were excited to come out of the dining room to be greeted by a snake. (3rd snake we have seen in 3 days). Vicki drove mum up to our room and I helped mum to the room and then we went to bed.
Day 6:I decided that I would do interval cycling this morning instead of a walk, so I went to the Hanger and timed myself on my phone. 30secs riding Fast (on the hardest resistance the bike had) and then 30seconds riding slow (reducing the resistance) for 20mins. I then spent 25mins exercising in the pool.
We had breakfast, then Mike chatted to us about our goals.
I then was able to do the first half of the morning activities before I needed to drive mum to get her scans done (see below). We got back to the retreat just in time for dinner. While we were out we had subway for lunch (with strict instructions from Emma with what we could order) and I was proud of myself that I didn't buy any subway cookies!
We found out that mum had a baker's cyst on the back of her knee that burst. She was told that it would take at least 2 days to heal, so she wasn't allowed to do any activities for 2 days. He also gave her Panadine Forte and Voltaren to take to help with the pain.
What a busy 2 days! Hopefully mum will be much better tomorrow.
Tomorrow is weigh-in day!
Day 7:Started the day with interval training of cycling and rowing (instead of the walk). I then did a class of water aerobics/ deep water aerobics. (photo is of my view this morning while on the bike)
After breakfast we had a talk with the beautiful Dr. Cris about women's stuff.
Then it was weigh in. I said to myself that if I didnt burn muscle I'll be happy (since I lost 700g muscle last time I was here due to my sugar levels).
When I got on the machine I was pleasantly surprised. I lost 2.7kg in the week. And 2.5kg of that was body fat! (The other 200g was water) I'm very impressed with myself! Following Duncan's plan to not let my heart rate get over 160 worked!
I'm soooo happy!
We had prawn salad for lunch (OMG it was amazing!!)
Then Mick explained our body scan sheet to us.
I relaxed for the rest of the afternoon, since I have a big day at Movie World tomorrow.
For dinner we had mango dessert and a filo pastry thing for dinner (picture above)
Another fabulous day at The Biggest Loser Retreat!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I really love this place!!
The girls got a treat today, cause Mike (resident Commando) took off his shirt to put on a different shirt that was given to him as a gift by one of the guests. (Sorry, I dont have a pic)
We then went up to the Top Pool for a water activity. In the two activities I burnt 686 calories
Here are a few pictures
I cant wait for tomorrow!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I was pleasently suprised to see some changes, like the amazing signage around the place
Floors climbed: 63
Monday, September 16, 2013
So on Saturday mum and I are heading for our second dose of The Biggest Loser Retreat
This time I'll be there for 2 weeks and mum will be there for 4.
We leave for our road trip up the coast on Saturday to start at the retreat on Sunday.
We'll keep you updated on how we are going at the retreat :-)
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Pink - TryI'd like to put some posts of songs (or parts of songs) that can be inspiration to help you lose weight. While at the gym I heard this song. Now I know most of the verses are about relationships, but the chorus and one of the verses also works with exercise/weight loss. Take a read. I've also attached the song to the bottom of the page if you don't know it. My favourite line is 'but just because it burns doesn't mean you're gonna die' I know that I feel that sometimes when I'm working out :-) But 'You gotta get up and try, and try and try'
And does it make you wanna cry?
When you're out there doing what you're doing
Are you just getting by?
Tell me are you just getting by, by, by?
Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
You gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
Gotta get up and try, and try, and try
This is It by Dannii Minogue
Oh This time I know it's the real thing
I can't explain what I'm feeling
I'm lost for words
I'm in a daze
Stunned and amazed
By your open ways
Day 1: Cross fit/Boxing:
He assigned us pairs of similar ability, and we started by doing 5 sets of 2 mins of two activities. One was push ups (the more advanced people did handstand push ups) and the other was lying down with a kettle Bell staying high in the air, and the standing up again, not letting your arm drop with the kettlebell (no idea what this actual move is called). The good thing about this activity is, you go hard for 2 mins, but then your turn is over and your partner would go for 2 mins and you could rest (and encourage them).
Day 3: Sh'BamThis is a LesMills designed workout http://w3.lesmills.com/global/en/classes/shbam/about-shbam/
Zumba. I used to do it at my old gym, I've done it at The Biggest Loser Retreat and I even have the Wii Game. I really enjoy Zumba. However, when looking for a new gym I noticed that all the gyms near me don't do Zumba anymore, which was really disappointing. I was told that Sh'Bam had replaced Zumba and if you like Zumba you will LOVE Sh'bam.
Day 3: Body Balance
Day 4: Body Pump
Saturday, August 3, 2013
I was watching the nightly show of The Biggest Looser TV show & they advertised that they were giving away a weeks accommodation, flights, meals, personal trainers at the new Biggest Looser Retreat on the Gold coast for 2 valued at $6,000.
So after sobbing through another episode I completed the application and filled in 25 words why I should win.
What did I write…I really have no idea… I think it was something about stoping obesity in my family & I wanted to take my daughter with me…
I really didn't think twice about it as I am often filling things in online hoping I would win something.
Then in June, I arrived home late from work, around 9.30pm & decide to check my emails.
My hubby had gone to bed as he gets up at 4am for work.
In my emails was an email saying;
“ Congratulations, You have been selected as our deserving winner,
I believe you are wishing to take your daughter on the experience. The package includes return airfares to QLD, a weeks accommodation for two, gourmet spa cuisine and daily health & wellness experiences.
At first I thought great after a long day, a hoax email telling me I have won something…
then I read it again… & again..trying to work out if it was a hoax…
so I printed the email out and left it on the kitchen bench for my hubby to read & went to bed.
I posted a message on Facebook to family & sent a text message to Jackie saying, “ I think I have just won us a holiday to the New Biggest Looser Retreat”. I still wasn't sure.
In the morning I rang hubby & asked him what he thought …he said yea you one of ten possible winners…ok so I didn't win..he then said, “ I gave them your phone number didn't they ring you yesterday” I said, “ no, but their is a number on this email to ring” “I’ll try & ring it today but I’m really busy today”.
Arriving at work I showed the email to my colleagues asking what they thought….I think they were more excited than I was.
Then I rang Channel 10 & asked to speak to Joanne, well what excitement, when I finally asked her did I win & she said yes, yes we were so touched with what you wrote …hahaha little did she know I had no idea what I wrote ..still not believing I said so its not a hoax…No No she said “You have won” …wow how my world was about to change…
I message Jackie & said get ready we have won…
her words were “ wow mum can you imagine the gym…
well no…. I didn't even think that…..
I thought wow I’ll be able to get a massage, meals cooked…
I didn't even think of what their gyms would be like cause I am really not into exercise at all.
Then the reality started to set in of what I had won..OMG they are going to kill me with exercise…
2 month ago I could barely walk 100 meters without stopping puffing & puffing..
if they exercise like they do on the show I'm going to die….
The Biggest Looser Retreat open their doors at the Gold Coast at the beginning of July.
I hadn't heard anything about my prize other than I would be contacted to select a dates to go.
Jackie & I had the first 2 weeks of July on holidays.. we are both teachers, she went of to Melbourne for a break & I was cooking up a storm with meal planning from 12WBT & walking.
Then I got another email asking when we would like to come to the Retreat …
we have a vacancy for next week if you would like to come then …
well, I would like to wait till I can move a better & have lost a bit more weight cause you guys are gona kill me ..is what I was thinking..
but I didn't say a thing & asked Jackie what she would like to do…
"we need to go now mum.. now" …. so 3 days later we were at The Biggest Looser Retreat on the Gold Coast.
Jackie has posted her experience there, mine post is coming.
I started this current phase of my journey 15 weeks ago when my daughter Jackie ask me to do Michelle Bridges 12WBT with her.
My first reaction was I don't think I can cope with failing again.
I have been on one diet or another for nearly 40 years and have manage to weight 163.5kg at my heaviest. For someone who is only 163cm or 5’4” tall that's a lot of weight. Some diets like weight watchers I have done several times. I have done them all!!! from ever type of restriction diet like; no fat, no sugar, no carbs, to: just soup diets, one food type each day, pre-package, meals, Lite n easy,Jenny Craig, protein only diets, Protein shakes, acupuncture, Hypnotherapy - where you think you have had lapband surgery..Its hard to remember them all. All were successful in getting me to loose 10 kilos or so but all I could not maintain the diet for one reason or another & I’m afraid I never really got into exercising regularly. Time frame for sticking to these diets was also about the same time each time. I would be brilliant first 2-4 weeks seeing weight come off then slowly I would start waving with old habits and by 6 to 8 weeks I would be lacking motivation to stick to it missing all my comfort foods. Sometimes I lasted longer but eventually I would gain the weight back and a bit more as well. So I am the classic yoyo dieter. Resulting in going from 80 kg (the smallest I ever remember being) in my early 20’s to 163.5kg in my 50’s.
At the time when Jackie ask me to do 12WBT, I was at the end of 2 difficult years for me with my health. I had a workplace accident where I tore the tendon that goes from your big toe to your heel. When it happen I was still on one of the many diets & weighed about 140kg and treatment for nearly 12 months was have me sit with my foot up waiting for it to heel & putting me on a drug called Duromine- to stop me feeling hungry. What a mixture …. Duromine is basically speed so here I am sitting not being able to move around, trying not to eat too much & having all this energy I could not get rid of. By the time they agreed that sitting wasn't fixing the problem I had put on another 10 kilos and fitness wise, I could hardly walk anywhere without panting. After the operation I had no more pain which was excellent but now I had another issue. No pain but my heel was numb which meant when I put it on the floor I cant not feel the ground…its a very strange feeling. So I learnt to walk again with a numb foot and extra weight…I tried a few more diets & hypnotherapy, constantly at chiropractors trying to fix my gait when walking. Then at the beginning of this year I could hardly breath and doctors thought I had developed a clot on my lung, but after testing & being scared out of my life & seeing several Doctors, I was diagnosed with a twisting rib…it was like the straw that broke the camels back .. is this how life is going to be now…just pain all the time. I think looking back I was probably on the verge of a break down & I turned to comfort eating through the pain. Then through lots of treatments by caring medical professionals including my GP giving me laser acupuncture, massages & chiropractic visits my rib went back in…& I weighed 163.5kg. How could I be that heavy..scales must be wrong…
During this time I was watching Biggest Looser series on TV with parents and children with obesity problems and during most episodes I would just sob relating to so many things. And that's when Jackie asked “do this with me mum…” I said let me have a look at what it involves but I knew I would be doing it with her not wanting her to fail. I would do it for her…I hated seeing her struggle with the same weight issues. Little did I know at the time it would change my life forever.
Our obesity problems in our family go back through the generations. My father died at 46 of a massive heart attack when Jackie was only 3 months old,he was a big big man, his father died 12 months before him also obesity related, my youngest sister also struggles with her weight and now my daughters have had weight issues. There has to be a better way other than having surgery, which I have had 3 doctors tell me I need to go have.
I am an intelligent educated woman why can I not get my weight under control.
So we signed up to Michelle Bridges 12WBT that was 15 weeks ago
this was me
I have released 15 kilos-
bust = -10cm, waist = -24cm, hips= -7cm,
thighs = -9cm, arms = –2cm
& have just signed up to do another 12 weeks with 12WBT.
Jackie & I are going to document our journey hoping that our struggles and successes help others put an end to obesity.
I did not fail, It was the diets that failed me…
This is not a diet we are on, its a lifestyle change with health eating and we are getting healthier and fitter every day.