12WBT Finish & Auto-Immune Arthritis

Well, 12WBT wrapped up yesterday and I have really learnt a lot from the experience. I think I have really made a difference to my eating habits and I really enjoyed the exercise on the program. Unfortunately, I really fell off the wagon around about Week 8. My parents were involved in a house fire, thank god they were both ok but unfortunately the house didn’t fair as well against the fire. This has resulted in them living with my hubby and I for the next year or so until they can demolish their old house and build a new one. So, all my nutrition and exercise went out the window as I tried to deal with all these changes.

To make matters worse I started to get an extremely sore back and shoulders around this time as well. After x-rays and blood tests my local GP seems to think I may have Auto-Immune Arthritis. The disease since then has spread and now affects my right foot, right knee, right hand and jaw joints. So, that means I’m walking around in a moon boot, can’t eat anything remotely crunchy or chewy and I’m walking around like a crippled old person because my whole body in general is stiff and sore. I am booked in to see a specialist in May so I really hope they can help me try to deal with these symptoms. This has really affected my exercise… during 12WBT I was doing over an hour of exercise everyday but now I’m doing nothing. It gets really quite depressing at times but with the help of my hubby I’ve managed to push through.

So anyway, I’m sorry for the depressing post… I just thought I should catch up and fill in what I have missed on the blog. If anyone has any suggestions on dealing with my symptoms I would absolutely love to hear them! Have an awesome week everyone!


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