Praise to the McDonalds gods…..

Would you like fries with that?

No thanks but Ill have a chocolate sundae…… 😛

So tonight I had arranged to meet up for coffee with an old friend who I have not seen for at least 5 years…

I had spent the morning with my awesome fitness buddies meeting up at 8am for a river walk, then over to the coffee club for coffee and a lifestyle breakfast…. mmmm

Then home to attend to my motherly / housewifely duties… cleaning…

Forgot to take out something to cook for dinner  oops… bad mother award… again …

Luckily I have a few frozen serves of Broccoli soup ready for myself for such occasions. BUT 😦 nothing for the rest of the family… and NO they wont eat Broccoli soup!!

So I ask the question..What do you all want for dinner…. I get the usual…   I dunno!!!… Whatever!!!!

Then hubby says… just get maccas.. We havent had that for ages..

A bit of background ..I gave up McDonalds 18mnths ago and have NOT had it since – except the very occasional chocolate sundae. Family have had it a few times but usually when im not home and hubby is responsible for dinner… typical…

I dont miss it AT ALL in fact the thought of eating it makes me feel SICK. to the stomach…  except those chocolate sundaes….

I head out the door to Starbucks, have a wonderful catch up with my GF,  who is amazed at how great I look and how well I have done, I start raving about the my Western Sydney Crew & 12wbt and how wonderful the program is and how most of the challenge is in your head.. once your head is in the right place everything just seems to fall into place a little easier …. I show her my finale dress pics and tell her all my plans for Finale…

Then its time to say goodbye and to go through that drive through!!

Its 8pm and I’m really hungry but this time my head is on auto pilot and automatically starts counting the calories i had eaten today… lifestyle breakfast approx  350 cals  .2  large coffee 200 cals… 4 x crackers with ricotta and tomatoe 175… pink lady apple 75…  = 800 cals… hmm wonder what I could get from there that was 400 cals or under….

WTF!!! – I dont even like their food, Ill just stick with the sundae … wonder how many cals that is…

WTF – finale is approaching… need to fit into that dress… NO SUNDAE

Get to the boxy thing that you order from a large choc sundae is 2230 kj so around 530 cals…  OHH this could work..  SO if i have NO dinner and get a large sundae ill be just over  on calories for today…  cause you know 100 cals either way is fine right!

I place my order feeling a bit guilty and thinking of how I have just preached about my progess and the program to my friend ..

THEN the  operator says Oh Im sorry our Ice Cream Machine is BROKEN.. no sundaes….

THANK YOU McDonalds Gods…..

Went home and had my Broccoli soup with croutons… 287 cals AND  a weight watchers Pecan Sundae – 120 cals…  1207 total

YAY ME … with a little help from above

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Addicted to 12wbt…

Ok so as you know I’m doing the Michelle Bridges 12WBT….

Its currently round 3 week 6… half way…. and I have been tossing up whether or not to do the 4th round this year……

It has been driving me NUTS!!

I have even been dreaming about it……  weird dreams….. In one of them I was walking along a beach in a bikini  with a pluto pup ( which i dont even like ) in one hand and a cornetto ice cream ( which I DO like )  in the other 😛 and my whole Western Sydney Crew and Michelle Bridges were jogging towards me.. then straight past me….. and I couldnt keep up…… I just sat down on the sand and ate my pluto pup and cornetto…  😦

Weird shit…  now I know that I am strong and focused and could probably continue with my weight loss without the program and I know my awesome WS crew will be there for either way … but the constant nagging and debating in my head has been driving me insane….AND

I LOVE the program … l LOVE the support and I LOVE not having to think… I LOVE having it all laid out for me.. all I have to do is log in and follow the instructions….

And Im truly OCD…. I need to be organized… or I feel all out of whack…

SO ive bitten the bullet and taken the plunge again… Ive recommitted and I’ve signed up for round 4….

Now I can breathe again… and relax… the next 18 weeks of my life is PLANNED!!

I have become addicted to the 12wbt family and way of life 🙂

LIFE IS GOOD …. and organized… just the way I like it.

Lap the Lake – take 2

So today I did the Lap the Lake 5km fun run around the Penrith Regatta Centre..

My official time is in and I did my 5km in 41:12 YAY ME!

As always I had an awesome time catching up with some of my wonderful fitness buddies.  I am constantly amazed at how much I love these events.. who would have thought that I would be excited to “run” 5km… 12 months ago it was a totally different story….I dreaded the thought …….. and the Lap the Lake event is one of the reasons I used to believe that I would never be able to run..

So its confession time – I actually registered to do this last year just after I first signed up with the 12wbt, I had walked the city2surf a week before and was convinced that if I could walk 14km I would have no problem jogging 5km…  easy right…

I met up with another 12wbter was in training to do the 5km and agreed that I would meet her there on the day, I jumped online and registered I downloaded the Couch25km app for my phone and started planning my training….

I starting training at the regatta centre a few days a week and I did manage to struggle  my way  through 3  weeks on the c25k app. I would then walk the remainder of the track, I was doing this 3 times a week, as well as doing the 7km river walk.. I was on fire.. this was going to be easy…

THEN it came time for my first Fitness test for the 12wbt program – so the first part of the test is the 1km time trail … Ok so had been doing this running training for a few weeks  &  I was walking a 7km track a few times a week,  so a 1km time trial – easy peasy.. I could do that no problems, right? – WRONG!!  it took me 12:30 and I was exhausted after  running the 1st 100mtrs and had to stop running and finish the rest of the time trial walking while trying to regain my breathe and cramping up from a massive stitch.. What a wake up call that was!!      Who the hell was I trying to kid!!…                I couldnt even run 100mtrs,  5km was NEVER EVER EVER going to happen.

I admit that I gave up then and there I gave up on doing on the lap the lake in fact I gave up on the idea of ever running..   How could I ever be a runner, I had spent the past 18years as an overweight physically inactive slob.. I did not like me, I did not like the person I had let myself become, I was stuck in the yo you dieting cycle, stuck in the same negative headspace.

Fast forward 12months, with 3 ½ rounds of the 12wbt under my belt, a focused and positive mindset, and the most important difference is ME,. It has taken me a long time to LOVE me, to LOVE the person I have let myself become, and to LOVE and embrace and welcome new challenges, and to LOVE that I am out there doing it.

I still cant run 5kms without stopping but you know what WHO CARES?? NOT ME!!

Woo Hoo another Fun Run done and dusted…..

                        

YAY Im now officially overweight…

Sounds weird doesn’t it, but after losing almost 30kgs, I am now no longer classed as OBESE, just simply overweight

I am so excited, to be classed as overweight in the BMI scale,.

For the past 2 1/2 years I have been slowly and steadily losing weight, I have lost almost 30kgs, and every week after I weigh in I check my BMI, It is the one thing that has not changed, I have always been in the OBESE range.

I have been getting a little bit obsessed with it as I have been right on the borderline for the past few weeks, but after todays weigh in, and a loss of 500grms… it finally happened… I AM NO LONGER OBESE.. I am JUST OVERWEIGHT!!!

I now have a BMI of 29.8 .2 under the obese range….

I have never been happier or prouder to be classed as merely OVERWEIGHT

YAY ME!!!

 

Parkinsons Fun Run

Ok so I got a little excited after the City to Surf and the Bay Run and figured that I had probably run about 3-4kms of the 14 km C2S course ( in intervals ) and I power walked 7km easily in the Bay Run so why not try running 4kms in a fun run for another charity…

Enter the Parkinsons Fun Run, an event to raise money for Parkinsons, they had 3 events on offe – 8km run – 4km run or 4km family walk on  flat track around Olympic Park.

So this was my first serious attempt at running an entire “fun run”. I was as nervous as hell about this one, considering I had only run 1km without stopping for the first time the DAY BEFORE but I was determined to give this my best shot, and I was going with my gals, this time it was Leonie, Kyleanne, Michelle, Tracy, Renee, Meredith & Karen.

Now Kyleanne had been “helping” me run for the past 2 weeks, Ok so some would call her helping more like yelling and pushing, but It was helping and it was exactly what I needed.   She had got me through the 1km so all I had to do was repeat that 3 more times … GULP

I was registered for the 4km run along with Tracy, Michelle and Renee Kyleanne and the others were all registered for the 8kms, but Kyleanne had been sick L an was going to swap to the 4kms and run with me ( YAY 🙂 ),  no problems, I had not met Renee before and would be meeting her for the first time on the day we were all meeting at Tracy’s house again, getting picked up by Leonie again… all good I love our car pooling and meeting new people.

Ok so get up in the morning bright and early and my phone is going nuts, buzzing away… disaster… Leonie is sick L and cant make it..  omg omg omg what to do…..  Renee to the rescue, she will drive us, still meeting at Tracys, same time disaster averted . ( except our lovely Leonie is still sick 😦  )

We arrive at the event a bit later than planned and missed the start of the 8kms, but we were able to cheer on our lovely gals Karen and Meredith as they passed us on their first lap, and then again as they crossed the finish line.

    Karen                                                              Meredith         

It became apparent pretty quickly that this was an actual “fun run” and they expected us to run… oh SHIT!!   They had a time limit because the family walk would be starting soon… CRAP!!       I had been secretly hoping that I would be able to run the 1st km or 2 then slow down to a powerwalk…….

Also it was a pretty small turn out less than 100people, GULP no hiding or getting lost in the crowd here.

So the warmup begins, and we watch YES WATCH from the sidelines.. one last trip to the loo before lining up, and BANG we are off…..

I jogged the first 2.5kms without stopping, I wanted to stop so many times but Kyleanne was right beside me and kept encouraging me. I did slow down to a walk for the next 500mtrs, to regain my breath and have a drink, then back to a jog for the next 500mtrs, then another little walk again, THEN we came to the part of the track that enters the Olympic athletics stadium,  well it goes without saying you HAVE to run when you are on the Olympic track. It was hilarious we were running through the empty stadium waving our arms, taking bows, thanking ourselves and our families… SO MUCH FUN J !!  We got out of the stadium and it was only another 500mtrs to the finish,  I was determined to finish this thing jogging BUT as usual Kyleanne had other ideas, Ok she says when we get to the fence we are going to sprint…OMFG… are you kidding me, I don’t have anything left to sprint……. We get to the fence and she says ready lets go yelling come on run faster faster faster…….. I don’t know how the hell I pushed myself but we did it we sprinted the last 100mtrs, I could see Renee Karen and Meredith at the finish line cheering and screaming for us… It was the MOST AMAZING FEELING….. I ❤ my gals …

                                                                                

OMG I can run 1km… who is this person

Ok so there are so many other things i really wanted to blog about before this  but I am just so damned excited and proud I had to get it out

This morning I did my fitness test for the end of Round 2 and the beginning of Round 3 for the MB 12wbt

Long story short being the totally anal control freak that I am I organised a group event,you know just a small gathering of fellow 12wbters… for a 7km walk the fitness test and coffee afterwards.

The morning was a HUGE success, we had around 30 people turn up for the walk at 6am a few of the regulars and lots of newbies.

After the walk we got stuck into the fitness test, Now I have always dreaded the 1km run part of the test, and even now im into my 4th round I have NEVER EVER run the full 1km, always get about 1/2 way give up then walk the rest,

When I first joined the 12wbt in August 2012 my 1km time was 12.30sec..

In round 1 ( feb 2012 ) my 1km time was – 10.25

I have always believed I could not run… I never really liked running, its hard and your legs hurt, you cant breath, blah blah blah

Well guess what…..

I WAS WRONG.!!

I CAN RUN!!

AND I LOVE IT

Today i did my 1km in 6.29secs… WOO HOO!..

So what has changed… well firstly,after comitting fully to round 2 I am fitter that i have ever been,

BUT the most significant change for me has been my beautiful friend Kyleanne, she refused to allow me to continue with my ” I cant run” ranting, and has been helping me over the past 6 weeks, I have learnt more from Kyleanne  over the past few months than I have from 3 rounds of the program, She believes in me, and she has encouraged me to keep pushing, I cant express how grateful and lucky I am to have such a lovely person come into my life.

If it was not for her I would have been content to continue plodding along, dont get me wrong I love exercising but I never had a desire to want to run.. we are now planning on doing the Canberra 1/2 marathon next year GULP..

I thought i was happy with my life and the way things were  before starting my “journey”  I was happy with my small group of friends and the limited social events we would attend.

But I have met so many wonderful people doing this program and am so grateful for each and everyone of them.

My life has turned completely around, my weekends are now booked with fitness and fun of course yummy food afterwoods

Its one thing to be determined and passionate  but to share that passion with friends is priceless!!

Oh and while im here the rest of my fitness test results are

WALL SIT – 1:50

SIT & REACH + 9 ( redid this at home  – the ground at the park was a bit dodgy )

PUSH UPS – ON TOES – 15  ON KNEES 31 = 46 total

AB STRENGTH – level 3 ( sigh still…. but doing the mean abs challenge so hopefully lvl 5 in 4 weeks )

cant believe im saying this but BRING ON TOMORROWS 4km FUN RUN…..

City 2 Surf – TEAM AWESOME

City2Surf – The biggest fun run in the world

 

Growing up and living in Sydney the City2Surf was of those things that I always wanted to do, just to be able to say that I had done it, I would see it every year on TV and think… how awesome would that be… to be in that crowd… it just looked like so much FUN J

 

Last year ( 2011 ) I did it for the first time, I met a girl online through the biggestloserclub website and we bit the bullet and entered…. weighing in then at 103kgs my only goal was to finish it… which I did in 2:44 

 

This year I was excited to do it again, lighter and fitter I was aiming to smash my previous time and do it in under 2hrs… I also wanted to get a photo of myself in the same place I had a photo taken the year before for comparison

 

Its great to have goals, but I have also learnt its even more important to have fun and to share that fun with friends….

 

I set up an event on FB and registered a team…. TEAM AWESOME!!

 

We organised a mini bus to drive us in and pick us up… no waiting in line for trains / buses for us, we are going in style …. or as much style as a school mini bus offers anyway..

 

Up bright and early for a huge day… 4am pick up… seriously… 4am for a race that starts at 830…

 

It was freezing, gale force winds, temps around 8degrees… but that was not going to stop TEAM AWESOME..

 

                                      

 

We arrived at Hyde park at 630am and the atmosphere was AMAZING thousands of people buzzing around… Sandra and I spotted Neil Perry in the crowd and sheepishly asked for a pic..

 

Our group was divided into 2 start groups Yellow ( Me Leonie, Jodie, Kristi, Marion, Teresa, Karen, Lachlan, Andrew, Kathy, Karen  and Sally ) and Orange ( Sandra, Renee, Meredith )

 

There were a lot of nerves from the “city 2 surf virgins “ as we spilt up into our groups Leonie Kathy and myself had all done this before but for everyone else it was their first time.

    

 

2 of our girls were very nervous

about the whole thing, even after we started they were constantly looking around to make sure they could still spot me, Now up until this point I had been solely focused on me and determined that I was going to smash my previous time and do this in under 2hrs, but seeing the 2 girls starting to freak out at the crowd size and the sheer size of the whole event I decided I would walk it with them instead…..

 

At the 5km mark one of the girls started to panic and making comments about not being able to finish, I knew how disappointed she would be if she let those demons win, so time for a change of tatic….  photos… with any character we could find…  we had photos with smurfs, gorillas, and even a yak!!

                                

 

We had a BLAST!! and after a few more km’s she was confident enough to let us jog off ahead….

 

One more quick stop for that comparison pic and Jodi and I were on the home straight, we finished the race in 2:21mins..

 

 

Not the time I had been hoping for BUT.. helping 2 friends conquer their fears and enjoy themselves is well worth it….

 

Next year I aim to jog the entire distance,  and my time will be whatever it will be…..

THE GIANT STAIRCASE

Today I joined Leonie and Teresa and about 15 other lovely ladies on a beautiful stroll through the Blue Mountains national park and up the famous Giant Staircase…

 

This was a biggie for me… you see Im a bit precious, and I have never really had to drive myself anywhere, I have a husband for that, so heading off alone and driving by myself for over an hour up the mountains was a bit nerve wracking.. I know it sounds silly, Ive been driving for over 22years and have been the family taxi for most of that time but I normally have someone else with me or John drives….

 

Leonie had set up an event and although I really don’t like stairs, I have never driven to Katoomba alone before but  I figured it would be a great challenge and I would get so see some of my fave gals… Now just to clarify things I really HATE stairs… I mean I don’t even walk up the 6 flights of stairs to work.. they have a lift for that…

 

I was using this as my  week 4 mini milestone for round 2 and I was determined to do this so alone I went… and you guessed it… I survived the drive… first part of the challenge done… now onto these stairs… hmm I don’t really like stairs

 

It was bloody freezing when I arrived at Katoomba 8 degrees  ( It has snowed the day before )

 

We set off from Scenic World and headed down the furber steps – 600 steps down to the valley floor – beautiful gorgeous scenery in every direction, then a lovely 2.5km walk along a path to arrive at the bottom of the Giant Staircase. 1000 steps from the valley floor to the top of the 3 sisters lookout at Katoomba.. sounds fun right!!….

 

                                        

 

Lets just break it down  – Giant  Staircase –

GIANT ( adj – Huge, ,Massive, Enormous, colossal, oversize . gigantic ) STAIRCASE ( a set of stairs in a building or other including the banister that you hold onto when you go up or down)

Ok so it’s an Enormous colossal over size gigantic set of stairs, with a handrail ( yeah handrail ?? that’s helpful )                                                                                         

 

OMFG..I HATE stairs ……  I mean really who’s bright idea was it to stick 1000 stairs up the side of a friggen mountain I really HATE stairs    … I lost count after about 20 stairs and had to concentrate solely on breathing and staying alive…. did I mention that I REALLY HATE STAIRS!!!

Thank goodness the lovely Teresa was with me, I swear if I had of been alone they would have found me curled up in the fetal position crying like a baby waiting for a rescue helicopter….

 

Now Im not afraid of heights, so that part was fine, and to be honest the views from the staircase are stunning, but OMG those stairs… SHIT… they just seen to go on forever and ever ……. I am sure if I had of known what they would be like I would have come up with some excuse to back out..

 

BUT  I didn’t back out and I didn’t die… although at times it felt like I was close.. and I made it to the top…. I was quite funny actually we stopped for a break just after the 3 sisters lookout platform.. the altitude must have had some effect on my brain because I should have realised that the lookout platform was near the actual lookout which is the top!!!, anyway we stayed there panting and sweating like animals for a good 5 mins before heading off again… 2 more flights up and it was all over.. we had made it to the top…

 

I had read and heard about people having a spiritual moment after conquering a fear… that’s what it was like for me… the relief of finishing and the realisation that I had actually done it was so overwhelming and intense…. I had never been prouder of myself……A huge weight was lifted from my shoulders… I did it, I drove myself alone and I conquered those bloody stairs…. and I survived to tell the tale, and to do it all again and again…