12WBT: Week 4

Enjoying my Herbal Tea
Enjoying my Herbal Tea with my floating ducky tea infuser!

Hello, hello!

Wow, how time flies! Week 4 of 12WBT is already upon us! And I think I’m going ok so far. I think I’ve only missed 1 workout and been pretty good with my food. (I’m still craving sweet foods after dinner though… I think it is ingrained in my DNA! ha ha) My loss for Week 3 was a little less than I would’ve liked but I did have a major red flag weekend so any loss at all is awesome I reckon!

Weigh in day for Week 4 is tomorrow (Wednesday) and I’m a little excited as I do feel smaller than I was. I just hope the number on the scales reflects how I am feeling! πŸ™‚ We also have to redo our fitness test and take all our measurements. Wish me luck!

12WBT Chilli Beef

My 12WBT Chilli Beef – Nachos minus the naughty bits!

Last night’s dinner was pretty yum… it was called Chilli Beef but it was more like nachos without the chips, cheese, sour cream or guacamole! However, hubby did make his into nachos… I was only little jealous… ok, a lot jealous! ha ha I definitely recommend this one to any 12WBTer’s out there. I’ve vowed to have it as my treat meal on the weekend with a few nacho additions. πŸ™‚

Exercise wise I’ve been going ok. I’ve been following either the workout videos or the workout plan. The super Saturday sessions are absolutely killing me but I get the best sense of accomplishment when I’ve finished them! And I get to reward myself with a yummy breakfast afterwards as well! πŸ™‚ Saturday just gone I had Banana French Toast… did I mention I love this diet!? ha ha

Anyway, I’m off to finish my herbal tea!
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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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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. Β 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 soΒ 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! πŸ™‚

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