Monday, December 26, 2011

Michelle Bridges Book Signing 17 Dec 2011

I was so excited to meet Michelle and Bill again at Target Greensborough on 17 December 2011.  My sister and I lined up with our books and t-shirts ready for signing.

Michelle was absolutely delightful and took the time to speak to everyone and give everyone her time.  No one was rushed along.  I told my sister to go first as i have met Mish a few times now and I wanted her to have her own time with Mish.  My sister had a really long chat to her and loved every minute of it.  I just had a quick chat as i didn't want to "hog" Mish lol!  We had our pics taken and then we pounced on Bill.

He was standing on his own admiring how excited everyone was to meet and talk to his lovely wife. We approached him and introduced ourselves.  He was just as lovely as Michelle.  He had all the time in the world for us and made us feel so comfortable.  We chatted about Mish and the upcoming Round of 12WBT.  I had a pic with him too as i was just as excited to meet him!

It was a really great day and these pics are really special to me :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Splash's No Excuses Workout

I have been making treats while on holidays at my sisters' beach house.  So to balance them out, I have made my own No Excuses Workout.  Here's a vid demonstrating the exercises and the workout is written below.  

Consult your doctor before commencing an exercise program and ask your gym instructor for clarification if you are unsure how to do the exercises (or substitute/eliminate them).

10 x Butt Blasters Left
10 x Push Ups
10 x Ab Crunches or Curls Left
10 x Tricep Dips or Tricep Pushups
10 x Jump Squats
10 x Side Planks Left
10 x Step Curl

Repeat on the Right Side to complete One Set

I do 10 Repetitions of each exercise and 3 or 4 Sets per workout, once per day.

Set the number of Repetitions to suit you
Set the number of Sets to suit you

Increase the Repetitions or Sets every second day

I do one set for each treat I want to eat on that day BEFORE I eat the treat :)  So, have your treats and balance them out with your new active lifestyle that 12WBT has taught you to lead.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Going Solo Week 3 Weigh In

Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Ideal weight 62-65kg
Today's weight 61.1kg
Body fat 26.5%
This week lost 0.7kg (1.13%)
Going Solo Week 3 weight loss 0.5kg (0.79%)
45 week weight loss 48.5kg (44.25%)

So i have been slack updating my blog with my weight so here is my table of my 45 weeks to date.

Has been easier than expected to maintain my weight without training.  I can tell that if I eat some treats I just need to a eat clean 1200 calories for a couple of days to balance it out.  Other than that i have been not counting calories every day.  Instead I monitor portion size and wait for my stomach to tell me I am hungry before eating anything.  It's working well so far.

However I am CRAVING training!!!  I am going to do a light butt workout the Lean and Strong girls brought to my attention everyday while at our beach house and see if i can increase the reps each day.  Slowly does it until I can get back into the real Lean and Strong program.  Can't wait!

I am under my goal weight so bring on sampling treats this weekend for Christmas!  But I won't go crazy as i know how easy it is to undo all the hard work I have done this year.  It's not worth blowing it all for two days for feasts... DEFINITELY NOT WORTH BLOWING IT!!!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and make sure you have fun!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Round 3 Winners and Finalists

Mish posted the winners on the Round 3 forums. Congratulations everyone!

Hi Team,

Congratulations to all of our finalists and winners who were announced on the weekend. Here is a quick wrap up of who's who and who won what!!

Congratulations to our Round 3 12WBT Top Three Transformations:
WINNER Lisa Ramsay (Lisa R) from Texas QLD, who lost 21.9kg, 23.4% of her body weight in 12 weeks!!! ... Lisa was a very vocal member, super active in the forums and extremely supportive of others. She has two small kids, 4 and 1 year old and was determined not to use them as an excuse for not exercising. Coming from a small community, where everyone has noticed. Locals are saying she is her old, smiley, bubbly self again!!

2nd place Brooke Hitching (Chook83)
3rd place Romy Hurwitz (rlh)

Congratulations to our Round 3 Winners:
Lean and Strong winner Clint Barker (ClintB)!! ... Clint was a self-confessed junk food addict and now is inspiring everyone around them to make changes for the better, including his family

Lean and Strong 2nd Place: Ailsa Zadow (Midge)
Lean and Strong 3rd place Nicole Coogan (Fit Knickers)

Blogger Katharine Jones (Shrinkingkath) ... Kath has been with us since Round 3, 2010. She could barely run down the street when she started 12WBT but is now a regular gym junkie with a 12 month goal to complete the Gold Coast Half Marathon

Quiet Achiever Bec Ardrey (Becka)

Inspirational Role Model Mary Crea (splasharama) ... Mary has lost a total of 48kgs since the beginning of the year.
She is a constant encouragement to other 12WBT members in the forums, on facebook and with her written and video blogs. She is a fantastic ambassador for 12WBT.

Congratulations to our Huggies Winners:
Blogger Cath Perkins (cathperko) Been with 12WBT since Round 3, 2010. Joined the Huggies program to help inspire other Mums. She was very active on the forums and did over 20 thoughtful, moving and motivating blog posts and countless tweets to keep members going.

Quiet Achiever Kerwyn Jonker (5 rat bags)
Inspirational Role Model Lani Gration (Sandpaperthighs)

Congratulations to our finalists:
Meg Garrido (Runmummyrun)
Jade Sharp (Jaded)
Mandy Berryman (MandyBerry)
Tom McCormack (Tank)
Tricia Tassell (Tricia)
Kara McClure (mama plus four)
Melissa Ireson (womaninashoe)
Noala Gotsis (Tink)
Deanne Green (Dee76)
Kelly Munce (kellymunce)
Leanne Molloy (I Will Rock This)
Kellie O'Leary (kelliecandothis)

Mish Xo

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Round 3 After-Finale Party Video Message

Thanks for an awesome party Mish!!!

Party pics will follow when I'm back in Melbourne.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to chat to me tonight.  I really appreciate your kind words and wish you all well for your future.

Thanks Mish!!!  You rock :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Spalsh's Mini Comp Week 1-12 Summary Transformation Board

Here's the link...

Here's the details if you can't view the link...
I threw together a little board of the team members that were with us both in Weeks 1 and 12 to get a total loss per person.
Congratualtions to Livylola for having such consistent weight loss this round. She made the Top 3 on occasion and finally smashed it to the top of this board smile Squee!!!!

I just have the surprise project to finish then I'm signing off for this round.

Remember this lifestyle is forever, but I still think you can sample a little bit of everything on Christmas day then get back on the program after the festivities smile

Thanks for everything! Love you guys!!!!

48 kilos GONE in 9 months!!!

Feeling FANTASTIC!!!

Before and After Pics Round 3 2011

Mini Comp Team Final Video Message from Splash Week 12

My Mini Comp Team lost 217.5 kilos in Round 3!!!! Aaaaahhhhhh my team is awesome!!! 
I hope you are proud of them all as I know they are all AMAZING!!!  Love them to bits!

This is my final message to them...

Well Mini Comp Team, this is it. 12 weeks of hard work, sweat, tears and extra light ricotta are over... But it's not over! This lifestyle is forever and I really hope you continue to live it. I certainly will be smile

Here's the last video message for you. I wore a pretty dress so I hope you like it smile If you dont have time to watch it... make time. Put on your HRM and do this workout at the same time in front of your computer while you listen to the vid.

10 Push ups
10 Ab crunches
10 Tricep dips off chair seat
10 deep squats (feet a touch wider than shoulder width)
10 star jumps
10 step touch side to side
Stop and count to 10 as a rest then do it again and again until the vid is over

Tell me how many calories you burnt in this feed. Here's the vid...

Here's my Lean and Strong submission that briefly touches on my illness...
If you are going to Sydney, I won't be attending the workout due to my illness but will be giving out hugs at the party for as long as my body will let me!!!

Keep in touch via facebook page
and I'll see you in Round 1 2012 if I return smile

I have included my Round 3 before and after pics (with clothes on) for your reference. I just can't make myself post the ones in my underwear!! I'm not THAT confident! lol

Thank you Thank you Thank you! Keep a strong mind and remember that this lifestyle is FOREVER smile

For the last time,

Friday, December 2, 2011

Round 3 Wrap Up Video

Thanks everyone, I have had a blast!

Round 3 Week 12 Weigh In

Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Today's weight 61.6kg
BMI 25.6
This week lost 1.4kg (2.22%)
Round 3 weight loss 9.5kg (13.36%)
42 week weight loss 48kg (43.8%)

Lost 49cm in Round 3 2011
Lost 62cm in Round 2 2011
Total of 111cm... oh my goodness was i really that big??

This year I have lost 48 kilos (31.2 kilos with 12WBT) and gained life.  I'm strong in mind, stronger in body and most importantly, I have influenced others to make a lifestyle change too.
I cannot speak highly enough of the Michelle Bridges 12 week Body Transformation.  It's a program for life, forever.  

I hope one day to be able to work for the Michelle Bridges empire and contribute to changing lives across the world.

Round 3 2011 Lean and Strong Submission

This is my submission for Lean and Strong and  I'm not in it to win it.  I'm in to to finally be honest and let you know about how my Round 3 really went.  I didn't want to show weakness to my fellow 12WBTers during the program so I kept this to myself.  I feel I can share it now as the Round is over and my role of staying strong for my Mini Comp Team and beyond is complete.  Thank YOU for following my journey and helping me stay on track during my tough times.

Getting Lean Body
·         Body fat dropped from 32% to 26.8% (5.7% loss).
·         Weight dropped 13% from 71.1kg to 61.6kg.
·         Lost 49cm (excluding arms).
·         A size 10.
·         Bought my first bikini.
·         Have confidence to do a Lady Gaga inspired Photoshoot in my underwear!

Starting Strong Body
Followed 4 weeks of lean and strong and felt powerful.  I followed the recommended weights, trained to fatigue, improved planks by 50% & pushups on toes by 30%, developed a "2-pack", shocked the gym staff with my measurements each months, and my biceps grew into the loose skin around them. People’s jaws dropped at how "little" and strong I became.  I was an unstoppable machine until...

Not-so-Strong Body
A Week 4 hip injury and Week 6 shoulder rotator cuff injury put a complete stop to my training.

Twisted Body
Week 5 brought me an illness that was officially diagnosed as Myelitis in Week 11.  It's inflammation in my spinal cord causing numbness and soreness in parts of my arms/upper back.  I fatigue quickly and need to avoid overheating.  There is no treatment but I should fully recover by January 2012.  No strength training and allowed light cardio if I am up to it.

Strong Mind
I managed my food and lost 9.5kg.  Putting on weight was/is NOT an option.  I had to stay mentally strong and lead my Mini Comp Team to successful results.  They know about my injuries but not my illness (I will tell them in my last video message this weekend).  I wanted to be a role model and show them that controlling food alone will get results.  Tough times doesn't mean you turn to emotional eating.  You do what you can and DO NOT give up.

Splasharama is Leaner in Body, Stronger in Mind.  However Clinton Barker deserves to be the Lean & Strong winner :). I'm so proud of him!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Work Christmas Party 26 Nov 11

I just got home and Im in bed blogging this on my pretty white iPhone. It's 2.48am - yes I blog at odd times! But I REALLY want to share this while it's fresh in my head.

I wore my "12wbt Round 2 finale dress" to my work Christmas party tonight.  Mum took it in for me as I'm 11kg lighter now. It's a really special dress to me. It reminds me of the wonderful and overwhelming night I had in Brisbane 3 months ago. The Hilton Ballroom jam packed with fellow 12WBTers was oozing passion, excitement, achievement and emotion. I can't wait to experience that again in Sydney next month on an ever bigger scale.

When I was getting dressed tonight I accidentally caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and started to cry. It was the FIRST TIME (yes FIRST TIME) that the person looking back at me looked "little". Everyone (yes everyone) tells me I'm little now but I just didn't see it. Even when I wear my size 10 dresses to work I don't feel like a size 10. Anyway, I called my sister as I stood there staring at this "little" person in the mirror and told her of my lightbulb moment that was a breakthrough for me. I hope to see that same person everyday now, I really do. Oops tears flowing again, can't see screen properly, back in a sec...

OK, im all good now so back to tonight. The party was a blast, the dress was a hit & the compliments rolled in.  It was lovely having people that I respect and dont see often congratulate me on my  "new body" (I work for a large organization based on 4 different sites so I don't see other departments that often). I STILL get emotional hearing compliments - can you believe it????  I'm such a cry baby lol!!!

I wonder when me not being obese/overweight anymore will be normal to others? I never thought of that until tonight.  Time will tell I guess. Having written that, it's not even normal to ME yet lol.  Maybe my New Years Resolution is to accept myself as being normal :) I like that. It is a hell of a lot better than promising I will lose weight then not doing it.
I'll post a pic in the morning.
Good night for now :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Round 3 Week 11 Weigh In

Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Today's weight 63kg
BMI 26.2
This week lost 0.9kg (1.41%)
Round 3 weight loss 8.1kg (11.39%)
41 week weight loss 46.6kg (42.52%)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mini Comp Team Video Message from Splash Weeks 8, 9 & 10

Week 8 Mini Comp

Week 9 Mini Comp Special Guest Tonight!

Week 10 Mini Comp

Round 3 Week 10 Weigh In

Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Today's weight 63.9kg
BMI 26.6
This week lost 0.4kg (0.62%)
Round 3 weight loss 7.2kg (10.1%)
40 week weight loss 45.7kg (41.7%)

- After 3 weeks of No Training At All, I have completed 3 x 30 min light cardio session in the last week.  Burnt 200-277 cals per session.  I know it sounds pathetic! But for me at the moment, it is better than sitting on the couch.  Hope I can manage another 3 similar sessions in the week ahead as it helps to keep my mind strong.
- I don't want to drop below 64kilos so this week I will eat a bit more food on the weekend to make sure of that.
- I'm sticking to counting 1200cals per day during the week and then not counting calories on the weekend but using portion size as my guide.  I want this lifestyle to be normal and I'm getting good at staying the same weight over the weekend without counting calories.
- I now weigh myself Wed and Sat to gauge how much I can eat on the weekends in order to stay the same weight.
- this lifestyle is forever but DAMN I am going to miss Round 3.  It's been the best Round for me by far as I have been exposed to SO MANY amazing people that have welcomed me into their support crew. 
- And my Mini Comp Round 3 Team has been fantastic to be a part of.  Not only has it kept me on track but, once again, the team has let me into their support crew and reading their emails of achievements and tough times on Wednesday is THE HIGHLIGHT of my week.  I will really miss that.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Round 3 2011 Week 10 Weekly Surprise Entry

Hi everyone!

My Impossible that was made Possible in Round 3 2011 is not just about me, it's about you.
3min Video Blog Entry
Many of you have seen my "How I lost 43 kilos - slideshow style" video. This is a version of that but it focuses on Round 3. smile And it's to the soundtrack is Gaga... of course!!!

300 word Written Blog Entry
Paying It Forward is the Impossible that was made Possible in Round 3.

Mish put my journey on the map in Round 2. Thanks to her I am now in the support crew of many that we're once strangers.

"a quick message just to let you no that you are a huge inspiration to me.. I no I’m a complete stranger but this is my first round and i have seen your progress and it honestly blows me away so thankyou for your motivation"

"I've just been reading some of your blog, you are truly inspiring. Love your planning, I agree organisation is the key to achieving."

"you are inspiring lots of people here to achieve big things so thanks."

"Its great to see a "normal person" achieve what I want to achieve. "

"Thank you in advance for any help or advice. I'm most appreciative and grateful. You have both been such an inspiration to me."

"after reading your post and looking at your journey in pictures I was inspired.
I have tried harder to just get moving. Thank you for taking the time to write, you have encouraged me to keep following the right path."

"omg 109 kg that was meeeee, down to 66kg and still got boobs, 43kg in a year, omg omg omg, i want to BE that girl!"

"Thanks for sharing your Video tonight. It is brilliant. I loved the and I quote" It is not bragging if you have done it " It really hit home with me."

My Mini Comp Round 3 is supporting the journeys of 35 gorgeous ladies.
I run fortnightly lunch time support meetings with the 12WBTers at work.

Thanks Ski Chic for leading me to 12WBT.
Thank you Mish for giving me the amazing opportunity to make a difference.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Treat Meal on Maintenance

I have been hovering at and below my goal weight for about a month.  I have been eating clean since February and have had dessert about 4 times this year.

So, it was Saturday night and I had been invited to have Pita Bread Pizzas at my sister's place.

First I asked for a souvlaki base with mushrooms, grated carrot, olives and a little lite cheese.  Then I realized I had only eaten 500 calories on Saturday so I changed my order.  "I'll have one nutella, banana and marshmallow pizza on a souvlaki base please".  I cracked up laughing as i have not eaten something with such a poor nutritional value all year!  But hey, its in my calories and its now on my dinner menu.   

Here's my recipe:
1 Souvlaki base 200cal
2 tablespoons Nutella 200cal - spread all over pizza base
1 Banana 100cal - sliced thin and evenly placed on pizza 
25g Mini Marshmellows 90cal - sprinkled all over pizza 
Cook in oven for 5 mins until marshmallows starts to brown.
Half a glass of skinny milk accompanied the pizza 50cal 
Total 540cal

The verdict... My taste buds loved it! So much sweetness flying around my mouth!! My stomach would have felt better without it.  But hey, it was one of those crazy moments where "it seemed like a good idea at the time".  No regrets and I won't eat the whole pizza if i make it again.  Next time I will have a healthy vegetarian pita pizza for dinner and a small slice of nutella/banana/marshmallow pizza as a treat :). That way I can share it with my family and friends as dessert.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Month of Articles

It's been a really overwhelming but exciting week.  Here's why.

Technogym Article 11-11-11
I have been training on Technogym gym equipment all year.  Technogym is a sponsor of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.  I was contacted by Technogym Australia's Managing Director after I won Round 2 in August and he congratulated me.  He also mentioned an article about Technogym and the win.  So I worked with their fabulous Marketing coordinator, Melissa Blades, and she came up with this.  It is published on their Wellness Blog and Facebook page.  This is my favourite article as it captures the summary of my year so well.

Australian Leisure Facilities Association E-news November 15-11-11
There is a link tot hte Technogym article in this publication under "Members Blogs" half way down

Whittlesea Review article 8-11-11
A work colleague told me that she recognised me in the local paper.  I nearly fell over!  I had no idea I was in the paper!

Staff Matters Article 9-11-11
My work's Marketing Department wrote a feature article about me in our quarterly staff newsletter.  My Mongolian Lamb recipe was also published in this edition.
You probably can't read the article so here is the text...
Mary Crea transforms to become a weight loss winner!

If you have seen Mary Crea from Leisure &
Community Inclusion out and about recently
and needed to do a double take, don't worry
it's really her!

Mary was recently announced as the winner
of Round Two of the Michelle Bridges 12
Week Body Transformation Program, after
losing an amazing 18kg (she has lost 43kg
over 33 weeks).

On a family holiday to the Gold Coast in
late 2010, Mary was feeling exhausted and
struggled to keep up with everyone as they
jumped between theme-parks.

As soon as she was back home in Melbourne
Mary signed up for the Weight Watchers
at Work program to get her started, and it
wasn't long before she started to see results.
Others also noticed Mary's weight loss, and
earlier this year she was awarded a Wellbeing
at Whittlesea Award.

With her weight loss journey so far going
well, Mary decided to sign up for the Michelle
Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation
Program. If you're familiar with The Biggest
Loser, Michelle is one of the tough trainers
who whips the contestants into shape. Her
Transformation Program provides online meal
and workout plans and support. Three rounds
are held each year, and all participants start
and finish the program together.

Mary started following Michelle's 1200 calorie
food plan and training 60-90 minutes, six
days a week. She decided she was finished
with making excuses and started living each
day by the motto 'Just Fricken Do It'. Before
she knew it, she was running 7km non-stop,
something she had never been able to do

Mary found her consistent results to be
her main source of motivation and drive to
keep going. She started up her own blog,, where she was
able to share all the ups and downs of her
journey with others.

It wasn't just her legions of fans that
appreciated Mary's new outlook on life,
her colleagues have also embraced her
achievement. Team Leader of Leisure
Facilities, Kerry McDonald, wrote to Michelle
Bridges to let her know how much the
program had helped Mary blossom into such
a happy and energetic woman. Michelle
posted this message onto her Official
Facebook Page, which led to a huge number
of people visiting Mary's blog.

All this hard work paid off when Mary was
announced as Round Two winner of the
Program in August. Today Mary is 43kg
lighter and feeling on top of the world. Mary
says that the program not only transformed
her physically, but has changed the way she
approaches life. Making healthy and active
choices is now her number one priority.

Remember to visit Mary's blog splasharama. or visit her Facebook page for
more photos and details on her inspirational

Thursday, November 10, 2011

What is a Workout?

‘A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly, your problems diminish and your confidence grows. A workout is a personal triumph over laziness and procrastination. It’s the badge of a winner- the mark of an organized, goal-oriented person who has taken charge of his or her destiny. A workout is a wise use of time and an investment in excellence. It is a way of preparing for life’s challenges and proving to yourself that you have what it takes to do what is necessary. A workout is a key that helps unlock the door to opportunity and success. Hidden within each of us is an extraordinary force. Physical and mental fitness are the triggers that can release it. A workout is a form of rebirth. When you finish a good workout, you don’t simply feel better. You feel better about yourself.’ – George Allen, Former NFL football coach.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Round 3 Week 9 weigh In

Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Today's weight 64.3kg
BMI 26.8
This week lost 1.0kg (1.53%)
Round 3 weight loss 6.8kg (9.60%)
39 week weight loss 45.3kg (41.33%)

- I drew up a table of my weekly weight loss this year and realised I am up to week 39 (not 37 as i thought) so I corrected it in the stats above.
- Stuck to the 1200 cals of good food this week and did accelerator day yesterday
- Hadn't trained for 3 weeks due to injury and returned to the gym this morning for 25 mins of light cardio on a bike.  I felt like I was back at Day 1 but I also felt great to be in my workout gear doing SOMETHING!
  I hope to be able to keep up the light cardio at least.
- My aim is to hover between 64kg and 66kg for life, so hopefully I can get back to 65kg and stay there as that is where my body is happiest

Mini Comp Team
- So glad with my mini comp team this week.  We had some awesome weightloss and great "squees".  well done everyone.  I'm so glad to be doing this round with you all and seeing all your achievements
- Here the link if you are a 12WBT member
- Here the link to my video message if you are not a member

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Snack Splash Style

I often get asked what I snack on.  Here is my current list.  It's not all as clean as Mish would like.  But it's better than having my sweet tooth deciding to eat a whole baked cheese cake :)

I plan my snacks for every day.  If they are not on the plan then i don't eat them.

I pretty much have a small range of snacks I keep in the pantry.  Sometimes I find something new and add it as a treat snack (once per week).  I have the snacks on their own, with a glass of water or with a cup of tea.
Yoplait ForMe Yoghurt - 70 cals for 1 tub
Coles Thin Corn Cakes (like rice cakes) - 22 cals each
Sunrice Apple Cinnemon Rice Cakes - 38 cals each
Sunrice Apple cinnemon rice cake with 1 tablespoon lite cottage cheese on top - 70 cals approx
One Punnet of Strawberries - 60 cals
1/2 big can of sliced champignons mixed with 70g tin of tuna (less than 150cal depending on the tuna you use)
Uncle Tobys Crunchy Muesli Bars - 85 cal (any flavour)
Slice of bread wrapped around half a banana - under 150 cal
One toast with 1/2 grated small apple on top - 110 cal
Piece of fruit (apple - 70 cals, banana - 100 cal)
1 tablespoon Hommus lite or Tzaziki Lite with 4 water crackers (cals vary depending on brands)
1 tablespoon Hommus lite or Tzaziki Lite with carrot sticks

2 cups of air-popped Popcorn (i use my pop corn maker) - 60 cal

One carrot medium - 20 cals

Fruit Muesli Cookie - 52 cals

Friday, November 4, 2011

Injured, No Training & Maintaining

I am at my goal weight of 65 kilos now.  My goal is to keep my weight between 64kg and 66kg from now on.  In terms of clothes, I am a size 10 to 12.

I have a few injuries at the moment.  I injured my hip sitting on the floor at home (silly silly).  I then injured my shoulder from over training when i couldn't do any lower body training.  Medical specialists had advised that I should not train at all for a fortnight, then I can do some light cardio.  I have been training HARD CORE for 8 months and was at my peak the week before I injured my hip at home.  Going from training to fatigue, to no training at all is a big shock to my mind and body.  But, there is no use fighting it, I am leaving it to the professionals and following there advice.  I need to be strong enough to participate in Michelle's 12WBT finale workout on 10 December 2011 and get the most out of it!  I don't want to have to say "I'm not allowed to do that due to my injuries".

So it is Day 15 of no training.  I have been eating 1200 to 1400 calories per day and have managed to stay the same weight.  I'm happy with this but I know my fitness has decreased a lot.  One month ago I was a fitness machine.  Nothing could stop me.  I stopped training when I was done, not when I was "pretend tired".  Now, it's a struggle to get through the day without my hip or shoulder hurting me.  Wow what a difference!

So today I thought to myself "put your workout gear on and just try to go for a walk".  So I did.  Just putting my gear on lifted my spirits immensely.  I only managed a 15 min walk at a  low intensity as the hills hurt my hip.  I got home and did 200 various ab crunches.  98 calories later (I know that isn't much) and I feel better than if I had sat on the couch for 15 mins.

So tomorrow I will drive to an oval so I can walk on the flat grass and hopefully that won't hurt my hip.  Hope to last longer than 15 minutes and I know I will feel better than if I don’t go for a walk.  This "light cardio training" is a lot different to what I was doing a month ago but it's all I can manage for now.  I'll let my body heal then work my way back to the fitness I had a month ago.

I leave you with this during times of injuries.  Don't Give Up.  Keep a Positive Attitude.  Sulking and feeling sorry for yourself will get you nowhere.  Do what you can manage until your body heels.  Stick to eating 1200 calories and avoid eating more than that.  1200 calories of healthy nutritious food each day is great for your body, will keep you living a great lifestyle, and get you to your goals.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Round 3 Week 8 Weigh In

My Stats
Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Today's weight 65.3kg
BMI 27.18
This week lost 0.0kg (0.00%)
Round 3 weight loss 5.8kg (8.16%)
36 week weight loss 44.3kg (40.41%)

My Summary
- I'm very pleased to have stayed the same weight!
- Still no training at all due to injuries. This is frustrating as I do not want to lose fitness. Apparently I can do some light cardio in the coming weeks. I don't even know what "light cardio" means anymore! Lol
- Shopping sprees are a great booster when you are feeling a bit down.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Westfield Model for a night 28/10/11 - yes me!

I won a Facebook competition to be a model in a Westfiled Styling Session at Westfield Plenty Valley on Friday 28 October 2011.

I arrived at Westfield at 4.30pm and was escorted by Westfield Management to Hairhouse Warehouse to get my hair done.  Here are pics of my hair styling session.

Hair is all done and I am LOVING my new look already!  I have never had my hair curled but I am totally into it.  Westfield Management then escorted me to Beauty On Earth to get my make up done.  I normally don't wear make up often so i was a little worried about how this would go...

Wow I have never worn so much make up!  It's a bit on the heavy side but I am loving my eyes and lipstick.  I am escorted back to Centre Management and given my outfit for the night "Outfit 7".  The outfit originally came with flat shoes but they were upgrades to platform wedges as my dress was too long for me!  Here are pics at Centre Management before the show.

A maxi dress is not something that I would usually wear, but hey, I think it looked good.  Time to make our way to the backstage area.  It was so embarrassing walking through the shopping centre all dressed up but it was also VERY exciting.  Alyce Cowell hosted the styling session and showed the audience how to change five daytime looks into night time looks by only changing one or two items.  Then it was my turn to shine.  Alyce called me up, talked everyone through my outfit and why this look works.  This is how it went.

So there you have it.  I was a Westfield Model for a night.  It was an AMAZING EXPERIENCE.  I felt gorgeous and confident.  I wasn't shy at all.  I just wanted to scream with excitement!  I have had a pretty tough week coming to terms with injuries that have made me stop training altogether for a few weeks.  This night was exactly what I needed to pick me back up and make me feel fantastic.

A huge thanks to Westfield Plenty Valley staff, the stylist on the night and Alyce.  Alyce is just amazing.  She is such a lovely person and a wonderful host :)  She made me feel very welcome and special.

Week 7 Weekly Surprise Entry - design a recipe

Name of recipe - Splash's Mum's Breakfast

Meal - Breakfast

Introductory sentence - This is a quick and yummy breakfast that my Mum makes when I visit on the weekends.

Serves - 1
Calories per serve - 231 maximum (less if you use smaller egg and bread)

Ingredients -
1 large egg poached (100cal)
1 multigrain bread toasted (100cal)
1 small thin slice Coles Turkey Breast 97% fat free (10cals)
8 baby spinach leaves (5cal)
1 teaspoon (10g) cranberry sauce (16cal)

Process -
Layer the toast, cranberry sauce, turkey, spinach and egg and enjoy


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Mini Comp Team Video Message from Splash Week 7
We have a special guest on the video tonight!!!

Round 3 Week 7 Weigh In

My Stats
Heaviest weight 109.6kg
Today's weight 65.3kg
BMI 27.18
This week lost 0.2kg (0.31%)
Round 3 weight loss 5.8kg (8.16%)
35 week weight loss 44.3kg (40.41%)

My Summary
All is good in terms of weight and size - I am staying the same which is great.  It's my body that is failing me.  First a left hip injury three weeks ago from sitting on the floor (stupid stupid).  Then a right shoulder injury a week ago from over training.  Now my body just generally doesn't feel quite right.  I have done no training at all for the last week (and probably for few weeks to come).  I'm doing what the doc and physios tell me - rest!  But hey, I'm not a victim, I'm a warrior, so watch out because I will be back!  There are people MUCH worse off than me out there so I keep smiling.

My Squees
- I bought a skirt and work pants from Esprit - both size 10. That deserves a Squee!
- I have stopped fighting and accepted the nickname I have been given by many this week - Skinny Mini
- I won a Westfield Shopping Centre makeover and styling session. It will take place this Friday night 28/10.
- I have a special guest on my mini comp video tonight and can't wait to record it!
- I cleared 7 garbage bags of fat clothes from my wardrobe.  Boy did that feel great.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Huge Goal - Baby Steps

Huge Goal - Baby Steps

My huge goal
I will lose 40kg in 2011.  That is the huge goal I set myself in February 2011.  I wrote it down along with my start weight of 109.6kg and goal weight of 69kg. Then I put that goal aside and didn't think about it.

Why 40kg?  
Because I have weighed 69kg twice before for very short periods (as a teenager and then in my early 20ies) and knew it was achievable.

Why set the goal and forget about it?
Because a huge goal like that may seem unachievable at times. I didn't want to get overwhelmed by it and give up in the early days.

Baby steps and mini goals
Over the last 8 months I have set myself mini-goals to keep me focused and achieving.  Achieving these goals made me feel fantastic and wanting more. I loved the results and that kept me focused and determined to never give up.  These are a snapshot of my mini-goals.  Set mini-goals that are realistic and meaningful to you.
- 5 mins more cardio tomorrow
- 10 mins more cardio tomorrow
- heart rate at 160bpm average for 30mins non-stop cardio for the next 3 training sessions
- no rice cakes for one week (I got a bit addicted at one stage!!!)
- fit into size 16 Jay Jays jeans
- fit into size 14 Jay Jays jeans
- fit into size 12 Jay Jays jeans
- lose 1.5kg this week (and plan how to make it happen)
- train minimum 750cals per session for the next 5 days
- fit into my 21st dress for a formal event in June 2011 (I did it and I felt like a princess that night even though I just blended in with the crowd)
- start the Learn To Run Program
- run the whole 1km fitness test non stop for the first time
- run 2km non stop
- run until my legs can't run anymore (3.6km)
- Fun Run training - run 7km non-stop twice per week
- register for and complete a fun run
- improve on fitness tests by a certain percentage
- fit into size 12 Esprit clothes
- fit into size 10 Esprit clothes
- don't add salt to food for a fortnight to break the habit
- don't add sugar to tea anymore
- don't eat after 6.30pm
- replace an old habit with a new habit each week.
- when I think of eating bad food on the weekend, go to the gym instead.
- rest hip and do only upper body training for a fortnight
- add 2 Pump classes to my training schedule
- change one gym cardio session to one Step class
- do back to back Step & Pump every second Sunday and take a day off during the week instead.

With achievements come rewards - it's only fair.  I would reward myself with these types of things:
- new work out gear
- new clothes
- new sports socks
- create a new low fat low cal recipe
- create a new snack
- design and complete a new training session
- new hair style
- order a 12WBT Zazzle tshirt
- socialise with friends to show them my new clothes
- go to the movies
- buy a bikini for the first time
- create a bucket list and do it
- renew fitness instructor and water aerobics instructor qualification
- get boat license and personal watercraft license
- get new drivers license photo taken at goal weight
- take an honest friend window shopping and get advice on what styles suit you.
- book into a free Westfield Styling Session to get advice on the upcoming seasons fashion.
- Hire a fashion consultant (approx $500-$1500)

What works for you.
All of the above worked and continues to work for me.  The rewards can get expensive so choose things that suit your individual situation.  Everybody is different so set goals that are challenging yet achieveable for you.  You don't want the "this is too hard so I'm giving up" excuse to make an appearance so my advice is to keep it simple and achievable so you don't get overwhelmed.

Good luck everyone!

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Photo Time - Round 3 Week 6 23/10/11

Although I changed my lifestyle in February 2011 weighing 109.6kg, this is my transformation from when I began 12WBT Round 2 at 94kg in May, to half way Round 3 at 65kg in October 2011.

Yep that is the first ever bikini top i bought last month.  I have worn it once so far when jet skiing last weekend.

Yep I'm curvy and I have a butt, I was born this way.

Mish gave me muscles.

Wearing my first ever wetsuit on 15 October 2011.