I’m Back

I know it’s been a while, I’ve been pretty busy!
In the last couple of months a lot has happened in our household.  I started a new job (which happened pretty quickly) and our eldest son started kindergarten which has been quite a big transition for not only him but the rest of the family.  There have been tears from Mummy and his little brother.  We have all had to adjust to what has turned out to be a brand new routine for us all.

In between all of this I have continued with my healthy eating and exercise.  3 weeks ago I started a 6 week challenge at the gym, it’s been pretty full on to say the least.  My trainer is training me every night and I am doing cardio 5 mornings a week.  I am so very lucky to have such a great support network around me!

I have stopped taking weekly stats……I am still logging my good in MyFitnessPal every day, ridiculously I have been logging in for more than 500 days but it keeps me focused and accountable.  One day I will give it up but for now its a healthy addiction 🙂  The scales haven’t moved much even though I am eating very well, the muscle I am gaining with my lifting at the gym is keeping them pretty even (our friendship is changing).

I hope to post more recipes, work out plans and inspirational quotes in the coming months so stay tuned.

Fitter, healthier and STRONGER.

Jaime xx

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Week 65

I have to start this post with something very very exciting!!! I have now lost over 30% of my original body weight.  31.48% !!!!!!!

I have faded away, a little but not a lot 🙂  Its been a very different week on this food plan but I have done really well.  My cheat meal on Thursday night of pizza was absolutely fantastic however I did notice after pizza that I craved something for dessert which I hadn’t craved all week. 
I started my meal plan last Monday and by the Tuesday afternoon I had serious sugar withdrawals.  I don’t eat a lot of processed sugar instead I eat fruit and lots of it, 2-3 and sometimes 3-4 serves a day.  By Thursday afternoon I was having carb withdrawals and was not in the best moods at all.  I slept some of the day away on Friday and felt much better come the weekend.  One thing that did dawn on me come Sunday night after completing an entire week of a very low-calorie and extremely clean diet was that I hadn’t had any bread or yoghurt and to be honest wasnt missing it. 
10 days down and I am getting a little bored with the same food day in and day out but I will muddle through and get myself to the 28 day mark.
Whilst eating my 12 ingredients I have continued to train hard and this week have burnt more calories than any other, ever.  I have been at the gym most days and have been walking in between.  I picked up a cheap treadmill from the local paper, it’s certainly nothing fancy – it goes up to speed 10 and inclines which is all I need for the back patio….I just have to keep the boys away from it, they think its their new toy 🙂

Something else happened this week which for me is very exciting, I resigned from my job of 7+ years and have taken a new bigger and better role.  The next few months will be very challenging as I learn the lay of the land and find my feet.  I must not let my health and fitness slip because of this change, it will be about finding a new routine that works for me and my family.

Fitter, healthier and STRONGER.

Weekly Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 2.6kg Loss
Total Loss: 32.8kg in 65 weeks
Current Weight:  71.4kg
Current BMI: 25.3 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 31.48%
Calories Consumed: 8,633 
Sugars Consumed:  125 grams
Total Fat:  311 grams
Exercised: 10 times Exercise Calories:  3,422 cals

Jaime xx

Week 64

This week has been a mixed bag of emotions.  I started the year really well, was focused on my goals and was going to achieve them until my trainer gave me a new meal plan that he has asked me to follow for 4 weeks.  I wasnt sure what to expect but had been given a plan from him before and wasnt worried.  Well the worry set in when I saw it!  There is not a lot of variety, in addition I have to eat the same food day in day out for 4 weeks which is 28 days or 672 hours or if you want to talk about minutes you are looking at around 40,320 of them.  Yep its a lot!
I had a list of questions and took them along to a PT session.  All he heard for the entire hour from me was “what about this, what about that”.  Basic answer….If it’s not on the list you can’t have it!!  The only exception could be coffee and for that I am truly grateful, even if it is black with no milk or sugar (something I have already become accustomed to………thank goodness).
The point of the meal plan……to show commitment and shred some fat.  Most people I know have been saying “Fat, what fat? Jaime you will fade away”.  Well the truth of the matter is that I wont be fading away anywhere soon.  I have plenty of tummy fat to shred and my thighs still could do with thinning down, I will certainly not be fading anywhere, it’s not in my nature.

I got the plan on Thursday and knew it was pretty impossible to start before Monday as Sunday is our food planning and grocery buying day.  Hubby decided on his own accord that he would join me for the first week so we set about buying our few ingredients.  Oats, egg whites, cucumber, celery, chicken, sweet potato, salad greens, fish, almonds and flaxseed oil.  Yes that is it.  There are 7 meals a day and I can have one cheat meal a week which I will make our standard Thursday night takeaway meal.
I was very apprehensive about starting on Monday however set about with 2.5 hours of meal prep on Sunday afternoon which was rewarded with a lovely family dinner out at a local buffet restaurant on Sunday night, and yes I had dessert. I  was going to indulge a little (as I never indulge a lot anymore).
I got through the first day with great success even finding that there was too much food but I will muddle my way through.  Day 3 today and I am almost over eating every few hours but I am never hungry and not craving much at all.  I thought that the temptations of having 2 morning teas this week (one for a birthday and another farewell) would be hard but I have told my colleagues what I am doing and they are very supportive.
The biggest upside to this meal plan is I don’t have to do much in MyFitnessPal, I just copy everything from the day before 🙂

It’s never always about the food, keeping up with my exercise will always be a big part of my life on a day-to-day basis.  Train hard and get results.

Fitter, healthier and STRONGER……………enjoy your week.

Weekly Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 0.6kg Loss
Total Loss: 30.2kg in 64 weeks
Current Weight:  74kg
Current BMI: 26.2 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.98%
Calories Consumed: 10,947
Sugars Consumed:  379 grams
Total Fat:  256 grams
Exercised: 11 times
Exercise Calories:  3,085 cals

Jaime xx

Weeks 60-63

I feel terribly bad that I haven’t been here for almost a month.  Christmas is always a hectic time in our house coupled with me being the “social coordinator” at work and arranging many functions.
My eldest sons birthday is 2 days before Christmas and this year we decided to have his party a couple of weeks before Christmas to make things a bit easier, it meant having something on most weekends leading up to Christmas, I’m sure a lot of you can relate.  As well as being super busy with everything else, I wasn’t as organised with present buying this year and admittedly I was one of those people out at the shops on Christmas Eve.  I even had to duck to the local service station at 9.30pm to get cash as I had completely forgotten about getting it earlier in the day.
All of this doesn’t mean I have stopped.  I have continued to train (maybe a little less than normal some weeks).  I have continued to log my food in MyFitnessPal, today marks 444 days of logging my food.  Have I stuck to my calories? No I haven’t but I have been committed to logging everything (even the bad stuff).
I was fairly impressed that over the last 4 weeks I haven’t gained anything.  I haven’t lost a lot however my body is changing – my measurements are a little smaller.

I have a list of new goals for the year and will post them separately.

Here is the overview of my last 4 weeks (gosh that’s gone so very fast)

Weekly Stats: Week 60
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 0.4kg Gain
Total Loss: 29.1kg in 60 weeks
Current Weight:  75.1kg
Current BMI: 26.6 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 27.93%
Calories Consumed: 12,646
Sugars Consumed:  596 grams
Total Fat:  449 grams
Exercised: 4 times
Exercise Calories:  1,727 cals

Weekly Stats: Week 61
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 1.0kg Loss
Total Loss: 30.1kg in 61 weeks
Current Weight:  74.1kg
Current BMI: 26.3 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.89%
Calories Consumed: 12,587
Sugars Consumed:  596 grams
Total Fat:  417 grams
Exercised: 2 times
Exercise Calories:  1,035 cals

Weekly Stats: Week 62
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 0.9kg Gain
Total Loss: 29.2kg in 62 weeks
Current Weight:  75.0kg
Current BMI: 26.6 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.02%
Calories Consumed: 12,464
Sugars Consumed:  599 grams
Total Fat:  397 grams
Exercised: 4 times
Exercise Calories:  1,675 cals

Weekly Stats: Week 63
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 0.4kg Loss
Total Loss: 29.6kg in 63 weeks
Current Weight:  74.6kg
Current BMI: 26.4 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.41%
Calories Consumed: 12,881
Sugars Consumed:  482 grams
Total Fat:  413 grams
Exercised: 6 times
Exercise Calories:  3,196 cals

Jaime xx

Week 59

A few months ago I never ever would have thought “I am strong”.  Well, I am strong.  Since starting my training with my PT I realise that I can lift things that are pretty heavy without any help.  I still use the guidance of my PT and never do anything that I think will be un safe or that I don’t think I will be able to.
This last week I did squats with a bar on my shoulders, 60 kg by myself and 80 kg assisted, boy were my shoulders sore the next morning……nothing a quick 15 min massage couldn’t fix.  I am also doing a 100 kg dead lift with a much better technique.

A couple of weeks ago I committed to doing sit ups every morning and have been working my way up to 100.  I am currently sitting at 90 and in a couple of days time I will hit the 100 mark and will continue to do 100 every morning.  This mixed with other exercises at the gym and Pilates once a week have my core feeling a whole lot stronger.

My work Christmas Party was on Friday and like other years I was one of the organisers, it was a stressful week coupled with making 100 cupcakes for the tables (which went down a treat) but the party went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time.  I decided to take a leave pass from “Junk Free Jaime” https://acontractforlife.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/junk-free-jaime/ which really only meant that I would have a couple of glasses of wine and some desert.  Well, the couple of glasses of wine turned into 4 or 5 and by the time I headed home around 4pm I was feeling a little off.  I came down with cold like symptoms and felt generally quite ordinary, suffice to say the alcohol did me no good!  So after no exercise on Friday or Saturday I dragged myself out of bed on Sunday morning for my hour-long bootcamp, I’m glad I did because I felt sensational after a hard work out.  It’s amazing how good exercise makes you feel!!

225 kg Leg PressI was back at the gym again on Monday night and my name is now proudly on the board for a leg press.
I needed to press 200 kg to get my name on the board so I made it 205 kg.
I pushed it twice but probably couldn’t do anymore that 2.
On putting my name on the board I realised that I actually had pushed 2225 kg due to the weight of the machine 🙂
I was pretty happy with that result.

Sunday was the start of “Be Inspired” https://acontractforlife.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/be-inspired/ and I am really happy to know that I am motivating others to get out and exercise, it’s a fantastic feeling.

Strong is the new Skinny.

Weekly Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 0.1kg Gain
Total Loss: 29.5kg in 59 weeks
Current Weight:  74.7kg
Current BMI: 26.5 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.31%
Calories Consumed: 12,230
Sugars Consumed:  517 grams
Total Fat:  386 grams
Exercised: 6 times
Exercise Calories:  2,722 cals

Jaime xx

Week 58

This is a late post I know but I have been super busy and haven’t been able to find the time to write.
I was motivated this week after getting to my goal last week.  I knew that it was highly likely that I may slip back under that 30kg mark and I did.  What was really interesting is that when I got my measurements done at the gym I had lost 7cm in 3.5 weeks as well as loosing 1.5% body fat.
I did an extra weights session at the gym on Monday night after hubby came home and told me that there was a leader board in the big room at the gym.  My highly competitive nature got me there very quickly and my name was on the board before I left the gym.  I am in the age range of 29-36 and have the heaviest dead lift of 90 kg (which of course I will better in the coming weeks).  I am fairly sure I can get my name up there for bench and leg press but will need to do a test run first.  Planking for 7 mins doesn’t interest me at all, I think I would get bored 😉
I am still completely onboard to losing 5kg in 10 weeks (by the end of January).  I will work hard and endeavour to get there.

Strong is the new Skinny.

Weekly Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 0.7kg Gain
Total Loss: 29.6kg in 58 weeks
Current Weight: 74.6 kg
Current BMI: 26.4 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.41%
Calories Consumed: 11,735
Sugars Consumed: 400 grams
Total Fat: 388 grams
Exercised: 7 times
Exercise Calories: 1,866 cals

Jaime xx

“Be Inspired”

“Be Inspired”Be Inspired Brooch

I have decided to start a movement.  A “Be Inspired” movement.  Will it benefit me? Not really but it will benefit you!

There are 4 simple steps:

  1. Be ready to commit to a month of exercise (December 2013)
  2. Exercise for 30 continuous minutes 2-3 times a week (not much really) and if you already exercise, it’s ok, this will be a good motivator to make sure you don’t skip those precious work outs.
  3. Record your time and/or distance
  4. Post your stats on my monthly blog post or my Facebook page once you have completed your weekly activities. This will take honesty on your part.

At the end of the calendar month I will reward all new “Be Inspired” participants with a “Be Inspired Brooch” (made by me) sent to you in the mail.
In addition I will reward the person with the most amount of activity every month with a “Be Inspired” certificate and a chance to be a guest blogger on my site so they can share their own journey and progress and hopefully inspire others.

What am I trying to achieve?
I want people to have a healthy appreciation for exercise.  I want others to understand that losing weight is never just about cutting out the bad foods, it’s about having an appreciation for what goes in and what goes out.

My aim is that after a month you will “Be Inspired” to keep going and will encourage others to join “Be Inspired”

Do I have a sponsor?
No, the cost to buy materials and make the small brooch is funded completely by me however you will need to provide me with your mailing details (which wont be shared).

Are you ready to “Be Inspired”?

I will invite the  first 20 people to respond (either below or at https://www.facebook.com/acontractforlife?ref=hl) to be part of the inaugural “Be Inspired” for December 2013.

Jaime xx