Thursday, November 21, 2013

Slow and Steady

So, I'm slowly getting back into it.

Last time I said I was determined to get stuck into this weight loss thing, and I'm happy to report that I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things!

Last week I went and rejoined the gym, had a basic assessment (weight and measurements) and had a basic program written up.  I also made an honest attempt to eat 'healthier'.

My nutrition is an area that will always be a struggle for me, but I'm trying my best.  I will admit to having a couple of take out meals, but when I have I have tried to get the healthiest option on the menu - a wrap that has salad in it, a massive side salad etc. 

I've been making salads with salmon/fish for lunch and surprisingly I find it yummy (I'm not a salad person).  Dinner's have been okay, I haven't really changed too much in this department as we have always cooked fairly healthy dinner meals, I've just got to work on portion control.  And breakfast, well for me that's fairly easy - baked beans/poached eggs on multigrain/rye bread or porridge.

This week I started hitting the gym.  Admittedly it was only 3 times, but that's a fairly good effort for someone who is well and truly overweight and very unfit.  I did a TBT class (tummy, butt, thighs), and will admit that it did hurt, I'm looking forward to the next one!  I did my weights program, and definitely felt the burn, will have to see if hubby can give me an alternative weights program to do to mix things up a bit!  And this morning I went for a Cardio Step class that was changed into a Crossfit/Circuit class - I worked my butt off and was so exhausted at the end of the class I wasn't sure if I would be able to get myself home or if I was going to throw up! 

I'm proud of myself for forcing myself to actually get up, get dressed in my gym clothes and for making myself go to the gym!

I haven't lost any weight yet, but I'm not going to let that get to me.  It's been a really slow reintroduction to exercise, so I'm not going to let myself be disappointed by the no weight loss.

Next week is a new week and I'm looking forward to five days of workouts!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Past the Barrier


What is it?
Where do you find it?
How do you keep it?

This is perhaps the biggest challenge that I seem to be facing at the moment.  Finding the motivation that I need to get my butt into those gym clothes and get outside to exercise.  It's frustrating me so much, I'm motivated to do all sorts of other things, but for some reason the one thing that I know will help me get where I want to be is missing.


"I'll do it tomorrow"
"Next week"
"Ah, I'm not starting til next week, oh well"
"It's too hot"
"I'm too tired"

That seems to be one of my biggest problems.  How do you overcome that?  I have to get into my own head and stop them.

I must admit though, that I'm enjoying being a mummy and being at home.  For the first time in a long while I feel all 'wifey' doing all the cooking and cleaning around the place.  It's refreshing.  The only thing I'm missing is that motivation to get rid of my baby weight.

I'm normally a very determined person, who, when my mind is made up, will go until I've achieved what I had set out to do. 


Perhaps the best word that I could use to describe how I feeling.

I know in my own head/heart that the last few weeks I've continuously said, 'I'll start that on Monday'.  This time though, I'm very serious.  Monday it all starts!  Bring it!

This time I WILL make myself get out there and exercise.
I WILL eat the right foods.
I WILL stop making excuses.
I WILL find my motivation.
I WILL set myself on the right path...

More to come...


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Time to Start the Loss

Wow! What an eventful time I have been having!  Baby number 2 is here and is almost 2 months old, growing well and developing into a happy and healthy baby boy.

I've been enjoying time off work, and I must say that yes it's enjoyable to be at home looking after a newborn, my 4 year old boy and husband, I admit that I miss getting up and going to work each day.  All going well I should be returning to work at the start of next year.

But getting down to business, my weight.  I have decided to document my weight loss following baby#2.

Before I got pregnant, I was well aware that I had put on weight, but I didn't really have any motivation to do anything to lose the weight.  During the pregnancy I really packed on weight, I ran the risk of not being able to deliver my baby in the local hospital because of my weight.  I didn't get a final weight when I was pregnant, during my last weigh in I had weighed around 113kgs (me plus baby), which made me feel somewhat sad and disappointed about myself, but also really annoyed at myself for allowing this to happen.

Since baby#2 was born, I've been trying to be careful about what I eat, as I couldn't really do too much physical activity until I was given the all clear at 6 weeks.  So needless to say, for the last 7 or so weeks, I've been feeling fat, gross, ugly and disgusting (just a few adjectives).  And even though people say that I shouldn't be worrying about these things and that I don't look all that bad, I've been avoiding full length mirrors, reflections and photos, and I really hate going out in public because to me I look awful.

I know that this all might sound like I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself and making myself feel even worse by having these thoughts and feelings, but I have always been semi concerned about the way I look and now it is just amplified.

Anyway, trolling through my Facebook newsfeed one day, I came across a link to this product called 'Skinny Tea Time'.  Yes you all might say that this is yet another one of those stupid weight loss fads, I even think that.  But I figured, why not just try it.  I need to do something more than what I'm doing, and anything has to help.

Today is the first day that I have decided to try the tea.  The first lot that I had early this morning wasn't too bad, and I'm feeling pretty good having had it.  I have to have some different tea before lunch, so it will be interesting to see what it tastes like and makes me feel.  I have to drink at least 3 litres of water a day on top of the tea, which wouldn't be so bad except that it makes you pee lots (not an understatement!)!!

I have also purchased a 28 day weight loss plan that includes meal plans and recipes that I am going to start in the next couple of weeks.  I'm hoping that it will help with my food intake and improve what I'm eating.

I'm also planning on becoming best friends with my treadmill downstairs, that will be a little harder to do as I really need to force myself to do that!

Will keep you all posted over the next couple of weeks!

Skinny Tea Time

Before Photos (looking forward to changing this!)