Week 54

I have worked my arse off for the last part of this week because I had to.

Wednesday to Friday last week was a write off due to being unwell but I made sure I dragged myself up at 6am on a Sunday morning to smash it out at Boot camp with my PT.  Boot camp is held at a local conservation park that has a paved walking track and a set of stairs named the ‘Stairs of Death’.  The first trip up was pretty good,  a fast walk up and a run down but the second trip was a killer with a heart rate of 180bpm.  My heart rate stayed between 160 & 180 for the entire hour long session with an average of 167.  I had my biggest calorie burn ever in a 1 hour period of 740cals.  I was pretty stoked with the result and felt fabulous for the rest of the day.

Some pretty exciting news in our house is that we have just got a chicken coop and 3 lovely ladies (Henny, Penny & Lenny). Hubby and I decided that there wasnt really anything we wanted for our birthdays (2 weeks apart) so we bought some chickens instead!  We have had them just over a week and the boys are loving going out to say hello, feeding them the scraps and changing their straw and just this morning we got our very first egg.  We were so very excited (and so were the boys lol).
We have also expanded our vege patch for some more home-grown goodness, 2 gardens beds have turned into 5 which we have partly filled with soil and will plant in the coming weeks.

I had a PT session on Monday which was great but as I mentioned in an earlier post, https://acontractforlife.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/lesson-learnt/ I got in a wee bit of trouble for not eating before training.  After losing almost 30kg by myself with little or no help from any professionals I still need some guidance about the rights and wrongs in regards to food and training.  I will get there.
On that note, I have been attending PT sessions for 6 weeks now.  I have kick started my weight loss again, losing 2.2kg in the last 6 weeks and I am fairly positive I am leaner.  In that time, I have upped my daily calorie intake, changed my eating habits and have been doing a lot of different exercises.  I don’t think I could have flipped a truck tyre 100 times 6 weeks ago.

I am also in training (so to speak) for the Cool Night Classic in Brisbane on Thursday night.  I haven’t done a lot of running of late although I know I can do it without a problem I would like to get a good time.  My original goal was to do it within 30 mins however I think under 33 mins is more likely.  Time will tell.  My 4km run on the treadmill last night had me doing it in 27:46 mins which means I should be able to do the 5km’s in under 35 mins.  I will aim to beat this time.

My current motto: Strong is the new Skinny.

Weekly Stats:

Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 1.5kg Loss
Total Loss: 29.4kg in 54 weeks
Current Weight: 74.8 kg  (yes thats a number starting with 74……so happy today)
Current BMI: 26.5 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 28.21%
Calories Consumed: 11,675
Sugars Consumed: 590 grams
Total Fat: 374 grams
Exercised: 8 times
Exercise Calories: 2,279 cals
Jaime xx
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Lesson learnt!!

Yesterday I got in trouble.
I attended my weekly PT session at the gym with my trainer.  2 mins in and he seemed to be a little cranky with me.
His question was “What’s in your water bottle”?
My answer “Lemon water”.
Another question “What else”?
My answer “Lemon water”.
That’s all I drink, what else would be in my water bottle…………right?

The interrogation began………when was the last time I ate, what did I eat?
The short version is that I didn’t have anything to eat before training!!  I had a snack at 2:30 which consisted of 150 calories of dry slaw and some dressing and a small biscuit.  I also had a slice of the boys ham at around 5.
It was obvious to my trainer and closer to the end of my session very obvious to me that I needed to eat something more substantial in the hour before going to training.
In addition to that I went for a 3km run before our session.  Over the course of the day I hadn’t consumed nearly enough calories to train to my full potential and by the time I got home I felt dreadful.
I was a little light-headed and my body was telling me to rest.

Message received, no more lectures required 🙂  Eye eye captains birds eye.  I will do as I’m told and eat before I train from now on 🙂



I have never been a smoothie drinker and I’m not entirely sure I could do it everyday for breakfast, there is a thought process around not actually eating something that makes me feel hungry.

I did think it a little strange when steaming Pumpkin last night that I would be adding it into a blender with a banana and some milk and some sweet spices but I figured it would work.  I remember years ago my Mum asking me to try Pumpkin Pie and me thinking “yuck”, why would you make Pumpkin sweet and put it in a pastry crust and eat it!  Well I love it and if it wasnt for the fact that its full of sugar and served with lashings of cream we would probably have it more often.

A friend shared a recipe which i loved the sound of so I gave it a go.  I changed the recipe up a little as I am not a huge fan of yoghurt but you get the idea.

1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Banana (fresh or frozen)
3/4 Cup Vanilla Yoghurt
1 Tsp of Mixed Spice (Mixed spice typically contains: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice and may also contain, or commonly have added to it Cloves, Ginger, Coriander & Caraway)
Milk to desired thickness

I swapped the yoghurt out for 15g of oats, added a little stevia for sweetness and also added some ice as I like my smoothies really cold.

I love the fact that you can add a vegetable to your smoothie.  I am fairly sure I could give this to my boys (probably without the grain of the oats) and they would love it.

Here are a couple more recipes I am going to try to make over the coming days:

Banana Ginger Smoothie
1 Banana
1/2 Cup Vanilla Yoghurt
1 Tbsp Honey
1/2 Tsp Freshly Grated Ginger

Green Tea, Blueberry & Banana Smoothie
3 Tbsp Water
1 Green Tea Bag
2 Tsp Honey
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Banana (Fresh of Frozen)
3/4 Cup Milk

Boil the water and steep the tea bag (discard the bag after 3 mins), add honey and blend with remainder of items

Apricot Mango Smoothie
3 Whole Apricots or 6 Canned Apricot Halves
1 Cup Mango (Fresh or Frozen)
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Ice Cubes

Berry Good Smoothie
1/2 Cup Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
1/2 Cup Vanilla Yoghurt
1/4 Cup Cranberry or Blueberry Juice

Jaime xx

Week 53

Better late than never!!

I have been unwell with a stomach bug and not feeling the best.  It must be a good one when I have to take 2 days off work.  I dragged myself to work Friday purely because I had a stack of work to do but probably should have stayed in bed.

My birthday weekend was great, I was royally spoilt by my family and friends.

It’s always hard in times of celebration not to go overboard and although I didn’t with food, I probably could have been a little better in the alcohol stakes.  I cant be sure if I was a little hung over or it was the starts of my stomach bug but Monday I felt absolutely ordinary but I had the day off as annual leave and went shopping in the City.  I spent my birthday vouchers well.  I knew something wasnt quite right on Tuesday, but went to work and even went to my PT session and was feeling pretty good.  Early morning of Wednesday I woke to that horrible feeling when you think you are going to be sick, I spent the morning on the couch watching re-runs of neighbours and feeling awful.  I think Hubby knew something was up and I wasn’t going to work when he came out to find me on the couch with a bucket on the floor next to me.

Gain this week but to be expected with my weekends indulgences.  Will work hard to make it a great result this week.

Weekly Stats:

Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 1.2kg Gain
Total Loss: 27.9kg in 53 weeks
Current Weight: 76.3 kg
Current BMI: 27.0 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 26.78%
Calories Consumed: 12,831
Sugars Consumed (Goal 350): 420 grams
Total Fat (Goal 210): 366 grams
Exercised: 6 times
Exercise Calories: 2,022 cals

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Shop assistant: Your meal comes with a drink
Me: Any drink?
Shop assistant: Any can
Me: Can I have a water or a juice?
Shop assistant: No, only a can!!!

As I have mentioned before, we don’t do soft drink in our house anymore and haven’t for at least 6 months now. https://acontractforlife.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/no-more-soft-drink/
Initially it was a hard thing to adjust to but shops like this just make it harder.
As a consumer I am paying for a drink as part of my meal and I should at least be given an option to get a water over a can of sugar filled soft drink.

Stepping down off my soap box

Too much wine

After a few drinks on Saturday night and a couple of drinks with lunch on Sunday I struggled at spin class tonight but pushed through and even managed to flip 100 truck tyres after the class.

Alcohol just does not agree with me anymore

When you generally eat well…….

Bad food makes you feel awful.

Yesterday I attended what was a fabulous day for me as a Coach.  The company I worked with have an awards day every year and a team I coach were nominees.
On arrival I was pretty restrained having the small pancakes with smoked salmon on top.  I had spotted some fried options but decided to steer clear given I knew how bad they can be and also not knowing what was really in them.  But as time went by and it looked like there was not going to be any other options I had to have a couple.  They were yummy and didn’t taste overly oily or stodgy.  I had a glass of wine and networked with colleagues.
However, as the afternoon went by, the lack of water and the bad food choices started to affect me.  I started to yawn and feel lethargic.  The good news was that the 2 managers I coach won their award I celebrated with them and had a glass of champers.  We headed home and I was very aware of the low consumption of water across the day (less than 1.5L)
Come 7:30pm and I felt pretty ordinary, I was tired, thirsty and felt pretty yuck and this morning wasnt much better.

When my alarm went off I was greeted with a message from RunKeeper saying “Its time to work out”.  Well I could have chosen to ignore it and continue my day down in the dumps and feeling sorry for myself but I knew a before work walk would cure my slump and I was right.  A brisk 35 min walk to work in cooler and slightly rainy weather was just what I needed.

Back to healthy food I go……………….

Jaime xx