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


New Goals

Now what? I need a new goal, I work best when working towards something so here goes.

There is a lot of information about Body Mass Index (BMI).  I have been told by a couple of professionals (Dietician & GP) that the commonly used BMI calculations in Australia are not always suited to all.
Lets take my stats for instance.  I am 167cm tall and I currently weigh 73.9kg – this makes my current BMI 26.2 (overweight), ask anyone who knows me and they word “overweight” would not be something they would use to describe me anymore.  According to the heart foundation my height means that a weight range anywhere between 52 & 70 kg is healthy so lets aim for the top end.

My new goal is to lose an additional 4.4kg in the next 10 weeks (before 29th January 2014) taking me to 69.5kg and a BMI of 24.6, I believe it’s a completely realistic goal with a weight loss of 400-500 grams per week.
“But it’s coming up to Christmas” you say – I lost 2.6kg in the 3 weeks over christmas last year without an issue, I didn’t feel like I went without and I had a fabulous time with family and friends.

I will eat well and train hard and will see results.

Jaime xx

Do i still crave unhealthy foods?

A question asked of me by my trainer during the week.  I had to stop to think about it.  Do I still crave unhealthy food?

The answer is a mixed one.  If I see someone with an ice cream, do I want one? Yes I do.  Do I reach for what may be a healthier option? Yes I do.
I make our own ‘clean’ ice cream these days, using natural sugars and coconut milk and when I do have it I don’t have a lot.

Here’s a scenario for you.  A party, make it a kids one.  Party pies, sausage rolls, fairy bread, cheerio sausages with sauce, lollies, snack sized chocolates, fruit, sandwiches, cake………you get the general idea.
18 months ago, I would have eaten the pies, lollies, chocolates, cake without consequence, without thinking about how it would make me feel, just indulging in the moment and not really caring.
Switch to now and its very different.  Firstly I would eat before I go and would have healthy option such as energy balls or fruit in my bag.  Secondly, I would always go for the fruit and sandwiches and wouldn’t even touch the other stuff.  Why? Because now I know how that “other” food makes me feel.  Within the hour I would feel sluggish, I would have over eaten and would spend the rest of the day trying and failing to compensate for it.

Am I fanatical about food? No, not really.  As you know, I count calories, I know that if I need to make an allowance for something that I will.  I generally don’t over eat, I will have a light lunch if I know we are eating out and will have a healthy salad for dinner if I have indulged in something heavy at lunch time.  Take yesterday for instance, I had a burger and chips for lunch and compensated with spag bol and slim pasta for dinner.  I went over my calories by a little for the day and know I will make up for it during the week.

So to answer the question, I don’t think I “crave” unhealthy options, I think my body craves the healthy ones but I will always make allowances to treat myself.

Jaime xx


Good v Bad Food

Confession time!

My self-imposed ‘Junk Free Jaime’ for the month of November was broken yesterday 😦  I had hot chips!  Why? Because they came with my meal!!  Not a viable excuse.
I am confessing and moving on but am a little disappointed that I even ate them.  I didn’t need to eat them but I did.


Why wait to make a resolution……

I have done a bit of research about new years resolutions and what I discovered was horrifying.  Wikipedia tells me that:
A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail,[8] despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.[9]
Quoting Frank Ra (author of the new year’s resolution book “A course in happiness” [10]): “Resolutions are more sustainable when shared, both in terms of with whom you share the benefits of your resolution, and with whom you share the path of maintaining your resolution. Peer-support makes a difference in success rate with new year’s resolutions”.

Talking about sharing goals, that’s a tough one.  My feelings on it are mixed.  On the 17th October 2012 I thought it important to share my goals with my husband and my good friend Nic but anyone else would have to wait.  In time I shared my goals with our family and a few more work colleagues.  To a lot of my colleagues it was obvious, I would post my weight loss on a spreadsheet at my desk every week, if they were paying enough attention they would notice.  Our family knew by our new-found focus on the gym and healthier eating options that we were doing something different.
Was I afraid of failing, yes i was!!
It took me a long time to share my journey on a blog and it also took me a good 12 months to share my photos on my social media page.  I was careful not to post a lot of photos online during my journey as I felt an internal need to keep going as long as I could without the judgement of others.
I did a bit of research into resolutions and habits.
How about we choose a resolution and think about a habit that sits behind that resolution that we have the ability to change
A resolution for healthy eating may be to eat more fruit or to cut out soft drink and chocolate and a resolution for losing weight would be the habit of walking once a day or enrolling in a gym class once a week.

They say that you will have a 50% better chance of succeeding if you try to change habits – it’s also really important to set yourself one resolution, something that you can really sink your teeth into, making sure you give yourself the best chance of achieving that goal.  For me it was about setting smaller goals, take my big goal “lose 30 kg” and break it down into 5 kg chunks.  Write yourself a list of the ways you can achieve those chunks.  For me it was keeping within my calories for the week, making sure I did 2-3 walks and 1 gym class and in the last few months it was a particular type of training for an event.  In addition to that I always had a reward waiting for me at each milestone, a massage, a pedicure or even a $50 shopping voucher (small but in my view very essential).
Why did it work for me.  I wrote myself a contract, I made myself accountable, I was only ever failing myself If I didn’t achieve those milestones.  What did I do if I was a week late to a milestone, I just kept keeping on!
I never gave up because I had a broader picture of things, I had changed my mindset.  I made sure that I could be flexible with my goals and be ok with that.
Share your story, never be afraid of others comments.  If people get you down or are not encouraging, you are probably keeping the wrong company (harsh? Yes a little but necessary).  I think a good or even better, a great support network is essential in keeping you accountable and honest.  Give others the permission to call you on your behaviour (something I have learnt from my work).  If you say you are not going to eat chocolate and a friend catches you out eating chocolate then know that you are doing the wrong thing and fix it!

So think about it, do you have to wait until the 1st of January to make a change that you have been wanting to make for a while?

If you have the determination and are prepared you will have the motivation to get where you want to be.


Jaime xx

Junk Free Jaime

Steak without Chips


So, there are a few things that have been creeping into my tracker again that I don’t like and its time to do something about it.

The wine………….I dont need the wine, yes its nice to unwind with a tall slim glass of slightly yellow liquid however maybe I should swap that out for sparkling mineral water and fresh lime.
Hot chips………I dont need the chips to go with the steak and salad for a pub lunch, I will make sure to say “no chips” when ordering and not be tempted to have a few (read the lot or all)
Lollies……They are in my desk drawer for bribes, yes i know, its sad but a lolly goes a long way in getting something done by a colleague and sometimes I just offer them around to be nice 🙂
Chocolate……Stick to the Well, Naturally stuff in the freezer Jaime, there is no need to be eating M&M’s, stop buying them
Bread & Rice………Its not junk but I have been eating a bit too much of it lately, there are plenty of alternatives.

Making sure that a fruit or vege is contained in all of my meals, so far today I’m doing pretty well……pumpkin in my banana smoothie, cucumber & celery mix for morning tea and lettuce on my sandwich with a piece of fruit for lunch.  My afternoon tea consists of dry slaw with tomatoes and dinner is Tofu & Salmon with spring onion, chilli & tomato. 

I am going to make November Junk Free Jaime and hope it kicks me back into eating really well all of the time and not just really well most of the time.

Jaime xx

Week 55

As mentioned earlier in the week https://acontractforlife.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/cool-night-classic-5km-run/ I participated in the Cool Night Classic which I was happy to have finished with what I thought was a pretty good time.
There needs to be some thought process around what I train for next – do I need something?  Yes I do, I need something to keep me striving forward.  I need an exercise goal.
There are a lot of activities in and around Brisbane at the moment that I am looking into, one that has caught my eye is ‘The Holt Bolt’, similarly to The Stampede however  not a lot of mud, it is a 6-8 km obstacle course which you can do up to 6 times a year with the idea to better your time with every ‘bolt’.  Sounds like something that could be worth doing.

I didn’t do much exercise over the weekend apart from Boot Camp which to be honest was more than enough.  This week we were split into 2 groups of 4 and each group flipped a truck tyre up the driveway to the conservation park, we assumed we would stop at the top of the car park but our trainer had a better idea (well in his head).  We had to flip the tyre up the ‘stairs of death’ then down the concrete path that leads you back to the car park.  It was a hard slog and almost 40 mins and 1.25km later we arrived back at the car park, suitable tired, thirsty and very dirty.  What a work out that was!
I was lucky enough to take the tyre home for the week (not that I have done anything with it, unless you count my boys washing it).  I may get some time to use it on Saturday before taking it back to Boot camp on Sunday.
I do wonder what this weeks session will bring…….

Fast forward to Tuesday, the race that stops the nation – Melbourne Cup.  We always have a lunch at work and this year, like others, I was the one organising.  It’s hard work to collect money and cater for almost 50 people but I had a completely different mindset this year in regard to food, I was going to do my best to make it as healthy as I could however on a cheapish budget.  We ended up with chickens, ham, homemade coleslaw, rolls, fruit and some other naughty bits and pieces but everyone was pretty happy with the result which I was relieved about.  What I did find hard was buying the things that I don’t purchase anymore.  The pre-packaged potato and pasta salads were definitely something I wasnt happy about, technically I could have made these myself which would have been much cheaper and healthier but I didn’t have the time.   The hardest part was the soft drink, I actually had to select off the shelf and purchase 9 bottles of that stuff and I was quite disgusted when I looked in to the trolley and realised that half of the trolley was filled with what ended up costing me $6.57.  The 9 bottles of soft drink cost less than 3 packs of coleslaw 😦 I was appalled!  Sugary carbonated preservative filled bottles of colour only cost $0.73c each however I couldn’t even buy a punnet of tomatoes for less than $1.25.  There is nothing right about this situation.  It’s outragous that good food is so expensive!!

I had my measurements taken at the gym on Tuesday night for the first time.  I have been taking them myself when I feel like it (no more than 6 times in 12 months) and havent been doing a very good job.  One of my goals is to better these measurements over the coming months.

My current motto: Strong is the new Skinny.

Weekly Stats:

Start Weight: 104.2kg
Weigh in: 1.5kg Gain
Total Loss: 27.9kg in 55 weeks
Current Weight: 76.3 kg
Current BMI: 27.0 (started at 37.4)
Total Percentage Weight Loss: 26.78%
Calories Consumed: 12,314
Sugars Consumed: 555 grams
Total Fat: 388 grams
Exercised: 7 times
Exercise Calories: 2,802 cals
LilySlim Weight loss tickers
Jaime xx