So, I’ve got Spondyloarthritis…

Hi all,

I visited Coast Joint Care about a week ago in Maroochy Waters on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and he has diagnosed me with Spondyloarthritis. This condition is classified as arthritis that affects the spine but in reality affect joints throughout the body. I’m feeling a little more positive since I now know what is going on with my body but I am still frustrated that I can’t exercise and have trouble even enjoying the weekends with my husband because of the fatigue that comes along with the disease. YAY for afternoon naps though! 😉

I have been put on 2 drugs, Celebrex, a strong anti-inflammatory and Sulfasalazine which was described by my specialist as an aspirin that doesn’t thin the blood and an anti-biotic that doesn’t kill bacteria! Essentially this drug does nothing but for reasons that the medical community can’t figure out, this drug apparently works on arthritis. I have been told that this drug should take between 6-12 weeks to start working, I’ve just finished week 1 so I’m still yet to see any improvement.

If anyone is interested, at present I have a number of aliments… this includes a constant sore back, which varies between upper back, middle of the back and neck, a swollen and very sore right foot, intermittent joint pain in my right knee and ankle and a constant stiff and sore jaw joint/muscles. This last one is especially annoying as I am extremely limited in what I can eat – at present I’m only eating porridge for breakfast, soups for lunch and softer dinner foods like mince and boiled sausages in onion gravy with steamed veges (to make them soft). I really could deal with all the other pain other than the jaw and swollen foot but hopefully these new drugs will kick in and start to make a difference soon.

ImageOn a lighter note, I am off to the Gold Coast this weekend with hubby. It’s a belated birthday present to me, I plan on some major retail therapy and hopefully spending a day at Sea World if my fatigue doesn’t take over first! We are staying at a hotel called QT… it is our favourite place to stay on the Gold Coast and has an awesome restaurant called Bazaar. I am really looking forward to it.

Anyway, I hope everyone has an excellent weekend!

Jen xoxo


My 1st Weekend on 12WBT

Big Sunday Breakkie
Big Sunday Breakkie

Hi everyone,

It’s Monday morning and I’m feeling very sore and sorry for myself. I completed the Super Saturday Workout session on Saturday morning and my goodness I’m feeling it! Those 5 rounds of 150 skips were an absolute killer! I ended up burning around 940 calories in the session which felt awesome… not feeling so awesome about it now though. Which has also flowed through to this morning’s workout. I did a half arse effort but still managed to burn around 615 calories. Hopefully my outlook will brighten slightly as the week progresses…

Food wise was pretty good… sorta…

After the workout from hell I chowed down on Poached Maple Cinnamon Peaches with French Toast for breakfast, which was sort of my reward. It was very yum, although the poaching the peaches made them go a little soggy which I wasn’t really a fan of.

After breakfast we headed out and did a big grocery shop for next week. I was supposed to have ‘leftovers’ for lunch but we were too afraid to eat anything from the fridge in case we ate something we needed later in the week. Instead we headed out to our local Hervey Bay Boat Club and I had a chicken and avocado filo with salad. I think I ate too much but I tried to pick something mostly healthy considering my treat meal was at dinner time.

goodysTreat meal time! Yay! Hubby and I ended up heading out to a local restaurant called Goody’s On The Beach in Toogoom. Was very nice despite the rainy weather. We shared a special entree of sundried tomato and fetta brushetta. For main I had the Chicken, Mushroom & Tarragon Pie, which was HUGE and very nice and fresh! I thoroughly enjoyed it however I was a little upset that I didn’t get the vegetables that was supposed to come with it. Instead it came with a mountain-load of fries which I avoided like the plague! (I was a good girl!) 🙂

Big Sunday Breakkie

Big Sunday Breakkie

Breakfast on Sunday was an awesome Big Sunday Breakkie! It was essentially eggs, big field mushrooms with a beautiful tomato and avocado salsa. Yum yum! I was a little jealous of my husband’s bacon and hashbrown, though! 

The rest of Sunday however was a right off! 😦 We were supposed to have a mango chicken salad for lunch but when I went to make it the mango was over-ripe and yucky! So I ended up with a plate of green grapes, a red apple and 2 celery sticks with peanut butter for lunch.

Dinner was supposed to be Indian Fish which I was looking forward to… when I went to make that we had run out of eggs because hubby had decided to have egg and bacon sandwiches for lunch! ARGH! I planned and still failed! Luckily I was making a batch of Beef and Red Wine Stew for lunches this week so I had a serving of that instead. Phew! Crisis averted! ha ha

So, that was my first weekend on 12wbt. Next weekend is going to look A LOT different. I am off to Sydney from Friday to Sunday to attend a friends wedding… can anyone say RED FLAG weekend! Argh! Wish me luck… its going to be a challenge! Have a good week everyone! 😉

Jen xoxo

12WBT: Day 3

Summery Lemon Honey & Rosemary Chicken
Summery Lemon Honey & Rosemary Chicken

So, I’m still hanging on to this Michelle Bridges diet so far… completed Day 3 successfully. Hooray!

Calories Burnt - Day 3Morning workout was called Hit Me With Your Best Shot which I really enjoyed. It was pretty much a boxing class and having never done one before I was really surprised how much fun it was. 🙂 Will definitely be keeping that one in mind for future cardio workouts. And I also managed to smash 700 cals! SCORE! 😀

Breakfast was supposed to be Apple & Ricotta Toast but I did a bit of a switcheroo and changed it to the Bircher Muesli since the other half of my green apple was going a little brown in the fridge since Monday morning. Enjoyed this breakfast again like Monday. I think it might become a regular breakky for me.

On the menu for lunch was Beetroot Tzatziki, Tabbouleh & Rare Roast Beef Wrap…. yeah not a fan. I prepared it from the instructions and I ended up with way too much filling and it just refused to fit in my wrap… problem 1. Problem 2 was simply that I don’t really like tabbouleh that much… but I thought maybe I’ll give it another go since I hadn’t had it for a while…. yeah, that didn’t work out so well. ha ha So lunch was a bit of a fail… but I ate it anyway. I think I will need to embrace this customizing the meal plan next week!

Summery Lemon Honey & Rosemary Chicken

Summery Lemon Honey & Rosemary Chicken

Dinner on the other hand was pretty tasty…Summery Lemon Honey & Rosemary Chicken was on the menu. It took a long time to prepare but it was pretty worth it in the end. The only thing I would have changed was the rocket…. there was a lot… like A LOT! ha ha I think next time I will switch it for baby spinach leaves or iceberg instead. I’m just not a fan of that peppery taste.

Well, that’s the wrap up for Day 3… I’m halfway through day 4 and today has been a bit of a challenge. I’ve managed to burn my toast for breakfast, cut my finger and I am even a bit disappointed with my morning workout as it was raining and I couldn’t take my big golden retriever puppy for a walk! 😦 Poor thing! Hopefully it stops raining so I can take him for a walk tonight instead. It’s funny… I always start my day walking him and if I don’t my day always goes haywire! ha ha

Anyway, hope everyone is having an awesome week!

Jen xoxo


Michelle Bridges 12WBT: Day 1

Hey hey!

So, today was the first day of my new diet plan, Michelle Bridges 12WBT and it all went pretty well I think. 🙂

Day 1 Calories Burnt: 12WBTI did the designated workout video Burning Bridges which pretty much killed me but still managed to pump out 700 odd calories which felt awesome! Some of the exercises that involved the floor, like burpees etc were hard though as I have a very sore back at the moment. Hopefully all this exercise will loosen it up again. I think it may also be stress related as I had a Uni maths exam in the afternoon.

Food wise was pretty good too. Bircher Muesli for breakfast which was pretty yum and some green grapes for a snack at about 10.30am. Then a ham and salad wrap for lunch which actually surprised me that it filled me up and got me through to about 5pm when I stole a few soy crisps from hubby. I had a pretty fried brain from the maths exam and was really craving bad food, but I stuck to my guns and had a little snack instead. 🙂

12wbt beef stroganoffDinner was homemade beef stroganoff. I was surprised at how long it took to cook really! It think it was over an hour before it was ready! But it was pretty tasty and I definitely wasn’t left hungry!

So tired… I think my head hit the pillow and I was instantly asleep! Looking forward to tomorrow’s food and morning workout. 🙂

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My 12WBT Journey – Preseason Task – Excuses!


So, this is the other reason I started this blog. I’m completing the February 2014 round of Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.  I’m super excited but a little nervous at the same time as it’s my first time completing a round of 12WBT. I’ve heard of so many awesome transformations and can’t wait to try my hardest to be one of those transformations in 3 months time!

I haven’t had much luck in the past with diets and exercise. I’ve tried Celebrity Slim (fantastic – lost 8kg – but put it all on again), a prewedding diet that made me very sick, protein shakes, starving myself, lemon detox diet (fainted on that one)… I can’t even remember the others, they all sort of just meld into one major struggle with my weight!

Now, I’m not obese but I do have a few kilos to lose. I’m not even sure how many as I’m too scared to weigh myself – this is ultimately going to change before the start of 12WBT… I’m just working myself up to it and getting my head in the game first!

So here I am, and one of the pre-season tasks is to outline excuses you use to get out of eating healthy or exercising. I am really the queen of excuses but here goes…

Internal Excuses Solutions
I’m too tired A workout will make me feel better & more energised
I’m too busy You can always find 1 hour out of 24 to exercise each day
It’s too hard Remember to try your hardest and I don’t need to overdo it all the time
I’m not seeing results on the scale so what’s the point? Keep working hard – the scale might be recording all that awesome new muscle your creating from working out
External Excuses Within My Control Solutions
It’s too hot Who cares, you’re going to get hot and sweaty anyway
It’s too cold Not for long, you’ll be hot and sweaty in no time
It’s raining So what?! Do a workout inside today!
I don’t want to get out of bed… it’s comfy! Your rest day is Sunday, if you skip today you won’t get to sleep in then!
I deserve to sit on the couch & relax, I’ve had a hard day at work Do your workout first, sitting on the couch won’t make you look hot in skinny jeans or a nice dress & hubby will get angry for spending $200 for nothing
External Excuses Outside My Control Solutions
Can’t eat prescribed meal plan/exercise due to special event (wedding) Try to avoid unhealthy foods and eat the healthiest portion of the meal (veges & protein) – find time to exercise!
Going to mum and dad’s/friends place for dinner Tell them the special diet I’m on and/or take my own meal
How can that skinny chick eat ‘insert bad food here’ and still be skinny – life is so unfair – commence eating chocolate She’s a bitch and my family genes are drunk and should go home (screwed) but don’t worry I am being healthier than her and my body will eventually thank you
I’m sick so I can’t be bothered eating healthy/exercising Eating extra healthy when I’m sick will help get me better quicker – also try to exercise but listen to my body and don’t go as hard as normal

Oh, did I mention I have the worst genes ever! I take one bite of cake and the whole slice heads to my bum or thighs! Thanks mum and dad… really appreciate it! I feel so sorry for my future daughters… I hope they get dad’s genes!

Anyway, let me know your excuses and your combat strategy in overcoming them! I’d love to hear them! 🙂

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Hello and Welcome!

Hi there, and thank you first off for checking out my blog. My aim with this blog is to showcase my experiences, products I love and most importantly my fitness journey. I have been so inspired by just a few health and fitness accounts I’ve come across on Instagram that has made me want to make the lifestyle change for good.

To help me start to make the change my lovely husband bought the Guy Leech multi-gym from Big W for me (he also did an excellent job of putting it together which took a good 5 hours!) I’ve used it once so far and it works really well considering the super cheap price. I’m aiming to do 20-30mins on it every afternoon after work to build some muscle and get my metabolism pumping.

Train Like a Beast Look Like a Beauty TeeI have also fallen in love with another site called Blogilates. The site is run by Cassey Ho, a Pilates instructor who is based in the USA. She produces a wide range of Pilates based workout videos as well as a monthly calendar you can print out and follow to keep your workouts on track. Cassey also does clean eating recipe videos and provides a few nutrition plans which covers all the clean eating stuff as well. To make a bit of cash on the side there is also an awesome shop on Blogilates which sells a range of bright and colourful workout gear… I’m totally buying the Train Like a Beast, Look Like a Beauty shirt when I get my next pay! 🙂

Anyway, thank you so much for reading my first post. I really appreciate it and hope that you will come back and see what I’ve been up to on a regular basis. 🙂

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