Thursday, 29 November 2007

Triathlon Pink

I can't believe I did it!

I slept in 2 hours past my alarm and despite my near nervous breakdown and numerous near death experiences on the drive to the venue- I did it!!
What a great feeling!! What a great day!!

Quick wrap up- Swim was easy peasy and over in 2 mins 30 secs.. Transition was quick and easy both times. The ride was hard and took me 15 mins to do 3 kms... so that's something I'd like to improve and my run took me about 10 mins I think.. I had bricks for legs!!

Oh my gosh! What an amazing lady Penny from HBC is!!! (pictured below) She came 11th overall and 1st in her age group... After she finished (she was crying from excitement and exhaustion etc) she ran back about 20 metres to sprint to the end with me so I could finish like a champion!! PENNY I LOVE YOU!!!

I came 22nd out of 57.
I can't wait till next years pink triathlon... who knows... just might have to go in a gatorade one!!


Saturday, 24 November 2007

Scared but doing it anyway!

Just a super quick one tonight!

Packing my bag for the triathlon tomorrow...

Shit scared!!

I am becoming a better me by doing it so I'm tackling the fear head on!

Girl power!!

Friday, 23 November 2007


Just a quick post to voice my excitement about our move that is happening in 2 Saturdays time.

We are Salvationist and are moving from the very leafy and well-off Waverley church to the community based house church in Footscray (moving house- sharing with Hubbie's sis, hubby and baby). This church is so involved in the community- being with people and in peoples lives for the long haul and not expecting everyone to flock to a big building to be "saved".

I am soooo terriffically excited and I'm going to be getting involved in their community garden and starting a new mums group for community mums. Hooray! Finally we've found a way of living as christians that sits right with us.

Like Jesus used to live- simply and in relationships!

Thursday, 22 November 2007

I heart cocoa butter...

I'd just like to mention that I have just got out of the shower and lathered my warm skin in luxurious cocoa butter, put on my soft pjs and painted my nails. I am now about to slip into bed to cuddle my gorgeous hubby...

Feels nice to treat me nice!

Night night all!


Good day!

I did what I said I would and went right out this morning and bought myself a lovely aqua leather bound journal and have written in it my days food intake.

I didn't get my bike ride in tonight. I am loading the bike onto the back of the car tomorrow and heading to Mezz's where I'm leaving Molly for a while so I can have a ride long the Maribirnong River.

Here's what I ate today with some variation to yesterdays plan:
B. 2 eggs on 2 slices helgas rye (6)
S. 1 small apple and a skim latte (1.5)
L. Egg and lettuce sandwich on wholemeal bread (4)
S. low fat yoghurt and a banana (3)
D. A small portion of delicious home made lasagne with low fat mince and low fat cheese with a big green salad (6.5)
S. Small ice cream (4?)

Total: 25 pts

I could definately have given the ice cream a miss and saved myself some points however I thoroughly enjoyed it and wont be doing it very often. I am still breastfeeding Molly about 5 times a day so 25 pts isn't too bad for me although I would like to try to keep it to about 22 per day.

I had a minor victory tonight. The lasagne (which happens to be one of my favourite foods) I made was totally delicious and I made an extra large tray as I was cooking for 2 visitors as well as Mezz, Byron, Felix and Molly. After we had all had a serve the others ALL went back for seconds but I took myself away from the table as I had eaten enough and there was no question in my mind that I was finished! I was pleasantly full- not over full and I enjoyed every mouthful. Go me! It would have been easy to have just a sliver more and forget it ever happened only to wonder why the scales arent moving.

I bought some Christmas wrapping paper today and am beginning to get excited about the festive season!! It got me thinking about how I was going to manage the weeks leading up to Chrissy food-wise. It's such a minefield for someone trying to shift some kilos as there are mince pies and shortbread being hurled at you from every direction!! So here's what I am going to do. On Christmas day I will eat, drink and be merry but I don't want to spend Chrissy arvo lolling around waiting for the coronary to kick in on the couch. I will not eat party food until Christmas day and I will stop eating party food on Christmas night- no more garbage guts Ash for weeks and weeks post Chrissy! (As has been the tradition)

I am also going to make my fat free sugar free fruit cake.

1kg whatever dried fruit you like
2 cups orange juice
2 tbs rum
2 cups self raising flour

Soak the fruit in liquids overnight and whack (read: stir) in the flour in the morning. Pop in a greazed and lined tin and bake in a mod oven for about 1 hour.

As long as you don't lather the slices in butter or eat it with mountains of icecream you should be safe to have a few slices of this cake over the christmas period. It feels Christmassy without all the extra fat!

I am also going to do low fat banana bread to bring to cany Chrissy functions and ginger bread christmas trees, angels and stars to give as pressies. I did shortbread last year and ate waaaaay to much of it in the process so this year I know in advance that I am likely to "test" some of the finish products before celloing them and giving the away.... hey, you can't expect me to send things out that I haven't tried! What if I accidently poison people!? We can't have that now can we!?

Anywhoo- I'm busting to do a wee so I'd better be off! TMI??

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Plan for tomorrow...

B. 2 eggs on 2 slices helgas rye toast (7 pts)
S. 1 apple (.5)
L. Big chicken and avo salad (4.5) a bread roll (2) and a bottle of water (0)
S. 1 low fat yoghurt and a small banana (3)
D. Fish and veggies (4)

Total pts: 21 (1 pt saved)

Bike ride when John gets home from work... Yay!!

Other goals for the day: Go shopping for food so there's lots of good stuff in the house! Get enough sleep!!



Still here!

I'm back after a longer than expected absence from the blog. Thanks to everyone for the words of wisdom and advice about whether or not I should get back into B4L even though the whole 12 week challenge thing has fallen in a heap somewhat.

I have decided that consistancy is what matters for me as far as my health goes and that has been my downfall over the last few weeks. Yes, I have had some shit to deal with (the death of a friend) and am trying to cope with the return of ttom (yep that just happened again too!) but I have about four more weeks where I can knuckle down and try to get my focus back. So I am treating the end of this "challenge" as a habit breaker and habit maker. I have fallen into some bad habits and need to focus to get back on track.

Maybe "challenges" are not what I need right now. Sure, it's a great way to get to where I want to go quickly (when I focus) but is it sustainable?? So what am I going to do for the next four weeks and beyond?? I am going to go back to what I know works for me and track points/calories and exercise 3-4 times a week. Planning, perseverance, and consistancy. I am not going to focus on achieving a certain weight loss goal by a certain time. I just know that I would like to have an ultimate goal of reaching 75kgs in the not too distant future and challenge myself along the way by competing in fun runs and triathlons.

I still firmly believe that if you live like the person you want to become you will get there faster.

Sunday is my triathlon- for which I have not trainied enough... the old me would take that as an excuse not to compete but THIS me, the HEALTHY me says that it is a fantastic opportunity to get some exercise and do something I thought I would never be able to do. I am competing to finish- not to win. This is not a competition between me and other people. This is a contest of my own mind. Sunday is going to get me out of my slump. I can tell!!

I bought a new bike for the occasion and I am so keen to get out there and have a go.

My holiday was so lovely- just what I needed. I spent a lot of time soaking up the sun at the beach and even got in a training swim and a personal training session at the gym! Yay!

I am changing the name of this blog to "12 weeks is only the beginning" to mark my commitment to the long term journey that is going to get me to goal.

Tomorrow I am going out to buy a special super gorgeous journal to use as a tracker..

Thanks for hanging in there with me. Sorry if I have disappointed any of you by my lousy attempt at body for life!!



Thursday, 8 November 2007

Not so good...

I just can't get it together...

The evening I found out about mum (she's ok by the way) I got a call from my sis in law saying that a friend of ours was hit by a train and killed.

I have not been able to focus on anything but that until the funeral yesterday and I have subsequently put on some weight- I just have not been thinking about my food at all and weighed in at 87kgs this morning :(...

My head is in a bad place. I have spent some time thinking about whether I should continue with this challenge considering I probably wont do as well as I would have hoped and then be disappointed. I am going on holidays for a week and we are then moving house- then it's my birthday and I just can't see myself training enough. The food- I know I can do... it will take hard work. But I just don't know about the 6 days a week training.

What do you think? Should I focus on eating well and training for the triathlon and ditch Body 4 Life for now?? I think it's a great program but just don't think I have it together enough right now...

I'm interested to hear your feedback...

Death is so hard...