What can I say besides AWESOME.

I guess it really started for me a few days earlier when I decided that I should probably go and do a couple of runs to make sure I was fit enough and I was.  I was pretty happy with my results. 
They were interval runs with some small walks in between but with times of 36:15 & 35:12 for just over 5km I was really happy.  I knew that the running part was fine, now to worry about the obstacles.

It was going to be a pretty early start with the race venue over an hour and quarter from home.  We needed to be registered and at the start line for our 9am race by 8:45am which meant leaving home before 6:30am.  With our bags packed the night before, snacks and water on board for all, we set off.  I must admit I got a little nervous as we got closer to Woodfordia, I wasn’t nervous about the electrocution tentacles obstacle but about the Ice Bath.  OMG, what have I got myself into. 

On arrival at the venue there were attendants parking us and because we were in the first wave for the day everything was very seem less and well organised.  I thought registration was easy and given we had family as spectators we didn’t have to worry about using the cloakroom.  We had our race numbers written on our arms, our bibs pinned to our chest, after kisses and cuddles to my 2 gorgeous little and 1 big race supporters as well as my parents we were off.

I also made a special shirt for my race, our team was “The Flaming Marshmallows” and on the back of my shirt I had a message about my weight loss.  I was and still am very proud of my achievements.

What I expected of The Stampede and what I got were 2 very different things. 

OH my goodness my body was so sore the next day.  The terrain was not what i expected or had trained for, it was hilly and very rough and rocky.  There was not much running on flat solid ground………….at all!!
The obstacles were not at all the hard part, they were the fun and all so very different.

We crawled under a rope through mud, we ran over pads in a dam and when I fell off i got a mouth full of  what tasted like poo water (yuck), a see saw, a rope climb over a bus, a very slippery fire mans pole just after walking up a very very steep hill, a tyre climb, and then that ice bath.  I have never experience such cold, EVER.  We climbed up and in, it felt OK on my tired hot body until i realised i had to put my entire body under the water, I closed my eyes and blocked my nose and went under, when I came up the other side I felt very disorientation and I could hardly feel my arms.  When I came up out of the water I heard a friend of mine yelling “Go Jaime”, it was then that I realised that people i knew could see the horrified look on my face from that awfully cold water.
I was not at all worried about the electrocution tentacles and as it turned out I didn’t get a single shock.  
One of the best obstacles was to navigate under a car, through a van and then a bonnet slide which was fabulous although I did forget to put my feet to the ground and landed flat on my arse.

A black cave, an a-frame rope climb and a super slippery slide followed by Sunday roast (running over a small fire pit) and of course a bit more mud for good measure in the form of crawling through it again under barbed wire to the finish line.

The proudest moment was when I was crawling through the mud and I heard my supporters, the first person I heard was my Dad calling “Go Jaime” followed by my husband and good friends Nic & Stace.

My hobby of cake decorating even got a look in

Thanks to my wonderful team mates Tamara, Michael, Darren & especially Rus who only did this to support me in my weight loss journey.  We had a fabulous morning out followed by a great lunch at the park.

To my amazing family: My wonderful husband Paul and my gorgeous boys (none of which wanted a cuddle by a very grubby Mummy at the finish line).
As well as my Mum and Dad who have all supported me with my training, I love you to pieces.

And yes, I will be doing it again next year!! As a matter of fact, I cant wait.

Jaime xx

A new food plan

Wow, so much food!!
My personal trainer has given me a small food plan that I am going to give a go.  I am not one for protein powder so that’s already been dropped out of the plan but everything else I will give a go.

Yesterday I did the food shopping and it
wasn’t hard, most of the foods I already buy
and we eat on a weekly basis however there
were a few subtle changes. 
A few different vegetables and a small dose of dairy in the form of yoghurt
(lets see how that goes first).   
I must admit, I get such great satisfaction
from seeing our fully stocked fridge
on a Sunday afternoon. 
I tend to struggle a little on Saturday’s as its generally fairly empty and we are pulling at straws to find healthy options.
I love that I fill both the fruit and vege bin on a Sunday and as a family we
consume almost all of it before the next grocery shop

One thing I have noticed with the eating plan and may struggle with is the lack of fruit (notice I don’t call it a diet, because its not).  I tend to eat 3-4 pieces a day and this plan only allows 2 in the form of berries.  I’m not sure that will be enough for me but we’ll see.

When I packed our lunch boxes last night, mine slightly different to Hubby’s which had more meat, there was A LOT of food. 
This photo is just the food I bought to work, I will consume 2 more meals at home.

Oats and egg for breakfast (couldn’t fit the banana)
Cucumber & Celery with cold meat and cruskets for morning tea
Chicken, slim pasta, steamed veg and sweet potato for lunch
Salad, cucumber and cruskets for afternoon tea
Dinner will be a standard menu item for us which is Non-GMO tofu with smoked salmon
Dessert will be Greek yoghurt with berries.

Phew, it sounds like a lot but including the banana and any condiments it comes out at 1394 calories so I am pretty stoked. 
I think it will feel like I am eating all day and it will be interesting to see if I feel full at the end of my work day.  I may save my banana for just before my spin class tonight. 

I’m fairly positive that this very clean and fresh eating plan will give me the results that I am wanting.

Jaime xx

Changing my calorie intake

I have decided to change my calorie intake.  I feel I need to eat a little more however I just need to make sure I am eating the right foods.  I have been on 1300 calories (9100 per week) since January this year and am always very honest about what I eat making sure I log everything. 
I have decided to change my calories to 1430 which seems like an odd amount however its just over 10,000 for the week.  Fingers crossed my body doesn’t go haywire.

Instead of M&M’s and marshmallows and anything else I can get my hands on I should be eating a energy bite or a piece of fruit. 

I have some dark chocolate in the house and yes I will be having some from time to time however I think a treat of 50 cals will be ok if only in small doses.

I have purchased some Be Natural Trail Bars with whole grains and will reach for one of those if I have a craving for something naughty.  Great snack at 115 cals.
I have been having these in the afternoons on work days and they seem to give me plenty of energy to get me through my gym sessions in the afternoons.

Something else i have done is started to have a banana with my cereal in the morning, I am not a big fan of bananas but don’t mind them mixed with other things.  That alone seems to be helping me get closer to lunch without snacking.

Week 49 – Back on track

The switch has been flicked again.  I was off track, making poor food choices and although still exercising I was probably not (read definitely not) doing all that I could.

I made the decision last Tuesday after having a business card at my desk for a couple of weeks to ring a personal trainer.  I was eager to get started but a little nervous when he said he would be able to see me that night.  Lets just say I have a feeling I will start to see results from my weights training soon, I was dreadfully sore on Wednesday and Thursday however was much better by the end of the week, I thought my pump classes and my itty bitty weight sessions at the gym were hard, well they are like a nice little stroll in the park compared to the sessions with the PT. 
Two sessions down and I am feeling really great.  I could never have imagined being able to lift that much weight and not actually give up half way through.

I was pretty chuffed this morning with my loss of 1.2kg.  I didn’t expect it at all.  I have a feeling its a combination of the changes to my exercise regime and also some changes in my eating over the last week whilst I was away in Sydney for two days.  I was not super strict whilst away but ate what I needed to and indulged a little over dinner, I made up for it with a beautiful walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Friday morning at 6am which was a great way to start what turned out to be a really long day.

A farm stay with the boys over the weekend was a great little refresher for us all and we had a great time.  Horses, chickens, 2 dogs, a snake, tractors, diggers and a quad bike kept them entertained for a good 24 hours.

Weekly Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg

Weigh in: 1.2kg Loss
Total Loss: 28.4kg in 49 weeks
Current Weight: 75.8 kg
Current BMI: 27.2 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 27.26%
Calories Consumed: 11,256
Sugars Consumed (Goal 350): 418 grams
Total Fat (Goal 210): 287 grams
Exercised: 7 times
Exercise Calories: 2,305 cals

Jaime xx
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Weeks 46, 47 & 48 – Update & Stats

As you may have seen, I have been a bit AWOL.
Life gets busy sometimes and its been a bit tough trying to find the time to blog but I’m back and with a focus.

The last few weeks have been up and down, I have had to do a lot of thinking about whats next.  I ran Stampede in the last few weeks which was the catalyst for my goals and now that its done I have to think……What next…….well I have decided it needs a post of its own so stay tuned.

I have not been as strict on myself (diet wise) in the last few weeks and am now ready to get back on track, I have had a little break and want to get back to more regular exercise and not let the naughty stuff creep in (too much).

The scales are not everything but if I know I am eating well then I will not worry about the weight too much.

Here is an overview of my last few (naughty weeks) and as you can see the scales are letting me know that its not OK to be naughty all the time.

Week 46 Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg

Weigh in 28/08/13: 0.5kg Gain
Total Loss: 28.3kg in 46 weeks
Current Weight: 75.9 kg
Current BMI: 27.2 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 27.16%
Calories Consumed: 10,611
Sugars Consumed (Goal 350): 541 grams
Total Fat (Goal 210): 305 grams
Exercised: 6 times
Exercise Calories: 2,519 cals

Week 47 Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg

Weigh in 28/08/13: 0.5kg Gain
Total Loss: 27.8kg in 47 weeks
Current Weight: 76.4 kg
Current BMI: 27.4 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 26.68%
Calories Consumed: 11,240
Sugars Consumed (Goal 350): 429 grams
Total Fat (Goal 210): 305 grams
Exercised: 5 times
Exercise Calories: 2,431 cals

Week 48 Stats:
Start Weight: 104.2kg

Weigh in 28/08/13: 0.6kg Gain
Total Loss: 27.2kg in 48 weeks
Current Weight: 77 kg
Current BMI: 27.6 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 26.10%
Calories Consumed: 11,865
Sugars Consumed (Goal 350): 470 grams
Total Fat (Goal 210): 362 grams
Exercised: 6 times
Exercise Calories: 3,006 cals


Jaime xx
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Apologies to all my loyal readers. I am here, plodding along but very busy with work and home and haven’t had the time to blog.
It’s all in my head and in the coming days I hope to get it all to text and fill you in on the last few weeks.

Keep on moving 🙂

Jaime xx