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Day 55 – Cake leftovers..

Just photos for today.

Poached eggs on vegemite toast

Steak sandwich

Cajun Chicken




Day 54 – Sys Admin Day

So today was System Administrators Appreciation Day (yes, this is a thing – it even has a wikipedia page), and my work branch had a combined lunch. There was pizza & Subway with a can of softdrink, and cake.

The cake is a triple layer chocolate mud cake with dark chocolate ganache. The computer mouse is made of rice bubble treat, with dark chocolate ganache & fondant.

While I’ve listed my food intake for the day, I have no idea of the calories.

(‘New You’ Journal)



Tomorrow – Saturday. We have not one single plan, and I love it that way!


Day 52 – Shattered

<<Hi…. yep it’s been a while huh. But. I’m back, and determined to continue this journey. I have a stack of draft posts that I’ll publish today. So much has happened. I’ve missed you!!!!!>>

I’ve been having so many late nights this week, it caught up with me today and I was shattered.

After catching up on the zzz’s I was able to get to a local cake store for some cakey items I needed.

I grabbed Subway (again) for lunch, as I was short on time – due to cake duty. And totally forgot to take a photo, whoops!

I could say that I needed to ‘taste test’ my ganache… but it wouldn’t be truthful. I think I chose to have some to try to stay awake. Either way I’m in dangerous territory….

(‘New You’ Journal)

Poached eggs with avocado & smoked salmon

Mexican shepherd’s pie

Tomorrow – Thursday. We’re going to a local High Tea event (red flag alert!). My plan is to take a punnet of strawberries, and order a coffee. I’ll buy a ticket, so I can get some sandwiches for Miss E. This usually gets me through. Then home to work on the cake. I had hoped to have it finished last night, but (as usual) I’ve under-estimated the time required to decorate.


Day 40 – Dinner & a drink

I did a sneaky weigh-in this morning, and I think it’s going to be a great result next week!

I enjoyed catching up with some 12WBT girls over dinner, and we chatted for a few hours. The Thai Beef Salad was delicious, although I sent it back for the meat to be cooked a little longer. I didn’t realise it would be so rare!

As I’m losing weight and feeling fitter & stronger, it’s awesome to feel my confidence increasing. I don’t need to stress or worry about what I’ll wear to an event, and I no longer think that whatever I do wear, I’ll look fat in. Obviously I still have a long way to go (to achieve my goals), and I’m not at the point yet to need new clothes (nearly though!), but I just love the feeling that my clothes are getting looser.

So no exercise again today. So much for my 7 days of training huh. First I let cake become a priority (which happens sometimes), then today the gym was closed due to a fire in the business next door! Luckily there was no damage to the gym, it was just full of smoke and had to air out. I could have done some training at home though. One of these days I WILL achieve a full 6 days of exercise!

(‘New You’ Journal)

Banana bruschetta


Thai Beef Salad

Tomorrow – Saturday. I was going to do a TBT (tummy, butt, thighs) class with a local PT, but I’d prefer to have a rest day in preparation for the 5km run on Sunday. And it was cancelled anyway due to the wet weather. So it will be a a day of washing clothes, shopping, & cleaning. Not very exciting, but essential.

Have a great weekend everyone!!


Day 39 – Cupcakes!

I spent most of today making some surprise cupcakes for Mothers Group afternoon tea, to welcome our newest member! I’m really pleased they turned out well, as I only decided to do them yesterday. It was a last minute decision, but the girls loved it! And, I’m pleased to report that I didn’t have a single taste of any of it 🙂  There are leftover iced cupcakes in the fridge, but I won’t be deciding to have one unless I’ve figured out the calories.

I did well throughout Mothers Group! I had my peppermint tea, and a few strawberries, and munched on a muesli bar on my way home. I’m hosting next week, so I’ll be able to do my healthy snacks then. But I didn’t do any exercise… *sigh* staying up until 2am preparing cream cheese frosting and making fondant shapes makes for a very tired mummy.

(‘New You’ Journal)

Poached eggs on avocado toast

Roast beef & beetroot sandwich

Pasta & meatballs

Tomorrow – Friday. Still don’t have a Pilates DVD, so it’s either the 10:30 class or a rest day. Then a 12WBT dinner (red flag alert!) in the evening. I’ve already checked out the menu, and decided my meal, and there is enough room in my meal plan to fit in a vodka 🙂


Day 38 – Pump AND Netball… PumpBall!

Today was a loooong day, but I got through it. I was up early for work, did Pump & played netball, and then I was up late making cupcake frosting & decorations. I’m making some (last minute) surprise cupcakes for Mothers Group tomorrow, to celebrate the arrival of our newest member! Stay tuned for pics 🙂

Pump was good, I went a bit heavier again. However I now know that 7.5kg for the bicep track is too much! But 7.5kg for the chest track is OK. 10kg for the legs is hard, but doable. 2kg for the tricep extensions is shaky but doable.
I want my arms to be BUFF!!

And netball was fantastic! We all played really well, and won 49-22. I’m starting to feel fitter, and therefore I play better, LOVE it!!!!!

(‘New You’ Journal)

Banana bruschetta. Actually made this at work, as we were running late.

Roast beef & beetroot sandwich

Cajun Chicken. The BEST YUMMIEST MEAL ever!

Tomorrow – Thursday. I have an appointment in the morning, and then 2pm Mothers Group (red flag alert!). I’m not hosting until next week, so I’ll need to be well prepared with my snacks. I’ll also need to resist the cupcakes, I know I can do it, I’ve done it before!

Then either 5:30pm Boxing, or 6pm RPM, or a treadmill run.


Day 36 – Lunch Mishaps

I’m still amazed at the changes I’ve made in such a short time. But there are still plenty of things to improve too!

This morning I didn’t have time to make my breakfast or lunch, so I grabbed a banana bread slice and pasta & meatballs from the freezer. Done. It is such a life-saver having ready-to-eat meals in the freezer! If you haven’t done a cook-up yet, or stocked up on freezer meals, I highly recommend it 🙂

So I arrive at work, only to realise I’ve left my lunch bag in the car with Mr S!! (Insert expletives here). It has my lunch and snacks and water bottle…

By this stage I was really getting hungry, so I bought a coffee and a slice of banana bread and a bottle of water. I spread about 1 teaspoon of the butter on, cut it in half, and ate one half. The other half was just sitting there… I started thinking ‘It’s ok I could just eat it….’. So I gave it away to a colleague before that little voice could convince me!! HA!

I had a low-fat cereal bar in my handbag, so I was covered for a morning snack. For lunch I had Subway, and I bought a banana for afternoon snack, along with some peppermint tea I had at work. It might be a good idea to start a stash of healthy snacks at work!

…. or just not forget my lunch again 🙂

I was sooo tired today, it felt like a hangover…. Slight headache. Inability to think straight. *Sigh* I need to make sleep a priority. I read something I really liked recently: EAT CLEAN; TRAIN HARD; SLEEP HARDER.

Walking is still painful due to my sore calves. Trying to stretch them often. Yep, that was me standing at the printer stretching my calves!! Lol

In other news, I’m finding that my work clothes are fitting better, or even looking too big and quite baggy!! My pants keep undoing themselves because there’s nothing there to hold them taught!

Pump was a different session tonight, not the one I’m used to. Not sure I’m a fan, as I didn’t burn as many calories. Hope they do the ‘normal’ one on Wednesday.

(‘New You’ Journal)

Banana bread & coffee. Unfortunately the calorie book was no help at all for the bread. I ended up looking on myfitnesspal, and taking an average of a couple of those entries, and then halved it as I only ate half. Let’s just call it a guesstimate 🙂  I’ve probably way under-estimated but it’s too late now!

Subway. Roast chicken on multigrain with Swiss cheese & honey mustard sauce.

Mushroom & basil risotto w baby spinach. This is another favourite, we really should have it more often!

Tomorrow – Tuesday. I have work and then 5:30pm Step class, or if the traffic prevents that, I’ll do a 5km run on the treadmill. I’ve officially signed up for the J2J 5km run on Sunday, so some practise would be good. I did my last 5km fun run in 45:08 minutes, so hopefully I will be quicker than that!


Day 32 – Mothers Group

It was lovely to catch up with my friends at Mothers Group today. Unfortunately we didn’t meet the new little man as he isn’t well  😦 We hope he gets well soon!

I was an hour late to meet the girls. Why why whyyyy do I procrastinate so much? I didn’t allow enough time for the things I wanted to get done. And then I beat myself up about always being late 😦 Is this just poor planning on my part, or just part of my personality I’m stuck with? I think it is a bit of both. How do I un-learn it? *sigh*

Although I’m glad I was able to do something nice for a friend today. Sometimes I have lots of great ideas, but fail on the follow-through or completion of them. But not today. My friend is going through a very rough time, and my heart breaks for her 😦

Mothers Group afternoon tea is a red flag event for me, as there are usually some yummies that the ‘old me’ would inhale. They are more healthy now than when we first started meeting though. For my first time as host (2 years ago), I served chocolate cupcakes, lamingtons, and baby scones with jam & cream, plus soft cheese & crackers, and more! Nowadays it’s more healthy (most of the time), and includes cut up fruit for the kids. Today I was running so late, that I took my lunch with me, and had a few strawberries. I think my friends were suprised when I asked for peppermint tea rather than a coffee!! Our host had made chocolate cupcakes, with a caramel freddo frog in the bottom of each! But I resisted! My willpower muscle has been getting a workout lately.

So I was totally un-interested in training today. Mr S had a nap on the couch when he got home, and I didn’t want to wake him. My gym bag wasn’t packed and I just didn’t feel up to it. All excuses I know. It is what it is. Next week I will be better prepared.

I made salmon cases & salad for lunch, and we were both un-motivated to cook dinner, so I had the 2nd serve for dinner. I had planned specific meals to use up all the smoked salmon as it isn’t cheap (and Mr S hates wasting food). And I now realise I had salmon for breakfast, lunch & dinner! Just as well I like it 🙂

(‘New You’ Journal)

Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon & avocado

Salmon cases with salad

Tomorrow – Friday. It’s my core/stretch day, but I still don’t have a Pilates or Yoga DVD. Add that to the list….  I really need to catch up on some housework, and do the meal planning for next week.

I’ve put some plans in place to (hopefully) keep up-to-date with my daily updates. Not just my blogging, but also preparing the day’s meals & snacks well in advance, using the journal.

We are nearly half way through! How are you going with your goals? I’m learning that detailed organisation & careful planning is key to my success. I’m not sure I’ll ever find it easy, but I’m trying to make a consistent effort. And doing really well I think (most of the time!). There was a post in the 12WBT forum recently about celebrating the things we are doing well, rather than berating ourselves for the things we need to improve on. I love this, and will always try to remember the positive changes I’m making.


Week 5 WWW

So I did a weigh-in on Wednesday, but it was a small result (-200g), so I checked again on Thursday (1 week since last weigh-in), and it was better! (-600g).

My total weight loss is now 6.5kg, and 6.9% of my body weight!!

AND I forgot to mention earlier, I got an email on Wednesday from Michelle Bridges, congratulating me on my progress!!!! I received it in the car on the way home, and read it out to Mr S. I was so excited I was jumping out of my seat!!! 😀


It is SO true, consistency is key. I’m so determined to continue changing my lifestyle. I’m taking on these new routines for life, and I’m teaching Miss E about healthy living.

My heart jumped with joy when I did my fitness test back in Week 1. Mr S & Miss E came along for support, and Miss E ran around saying ‘Mummy run, Mummy run!’ 😀  And since then when I’m on the treadmill, ‘Mummy run!’ while she runs around the house 🙂  This is a much better picture than Mummy going through the drive-through every couple of days, and the toddler immediately asking for chips from the back seat.

I have to say I am a teeny bit disappointed in the small results this week. I realise the body is not a computer, and sometimes these things just happen. But it is timely for a review of my progress so far, so stay tuned for that. I did have a couple of red flag events that I could have handled even better.

I wonder if I was a bit un-realistic setting my new goal for 10kg lost by 25 July. I have 3.5kg to lose in the next 3 weeks…

This week I’m putting my focus into sticking to my nutrition plan, and nailing my workouts. I’m going to aim for another 1000 calorie burn on Saturday! And I might even do another PIP group workout on Sunday – even though it is my rest day!

Bring on Week 6!


Day 28 – Sparta 300 & Date Night!

What a long day! I was up at 5:30am for the group workout. Met some lovely new 12WBT ladies, and we drove there together, chatting the whole way. The workout was good, not as hard as I thought it would be! After a few warm-up activities, the main part of the workout was a series of exercises totalling 300. In teams of 3 we had to do 50 of each exercise (as a team, not individually!), with a sprint/run in-between each set. Squats, push-ups, mountain climbers, crunches, burpies, and something else I can’t remember. So it was 17 each, per exercise. And we went through that TWICE! I don’t think I’ve ever done so many squats in one day.

The breakfast was nice, a spread of good healthy options: fresh fruit, muesli bar slice, banana bread, yoghurt & fruit, and juice. (After staying up making banana bread last night, I bloody forgot to take it with me! Lucky there was plenty to go around). We tried to hunt down a coffee cart in the park, without success. So we stopped for coffees on the way home.

Our Date Night was lovely, and Miss E was very well behaved! I’m so relieved. Until now, we’ve only had my sister Mim do babysitting for us. I wasn’t sure how Miss E would respond to new carers, and us being away for hours. But she was fine, YAY!

So I made some popcorn for the movie, but then in our rush to leave the house I didn’t have time to weigh it 😦 And I ate it anyway. So I did some reseach here, which says 1 cup of air-popped popcorn is 31 calories. I started with 3 tablespoons of kernels, and it looked to be about 3 cups approx.

For dinner I chose the seafood mixed grill, and I think it was a good choice. There wasn’t that much meat once it was prepared, although I didn’t cook it all at once and plate it together for a visual. However I do suspect I had a few too many plank chips. Next time I will decide how many I’ll allow myself to have, and then make the rest disappear out of sight. And I forgot to ask for the dressing on the side of the salad. So the calories here are a bit of an educated guess. Perhaps I could have taken my kitchen scales with me?? LOL. I didn’t feel like I’d over-eaten, so it’s all good.

I am pleased to have resisted the garlic bread that Mr S had for starters though!

(‘New You’ Journal)

Lentil & beetroot salad w ricotta

Seafood Mixed Grill. Prawns, Moreton Bay bug, scallops, salmon & a seafood sauce, with chips & greek salad. In the foreground is the square hot stone that we cook on, and to the left of that is a column of sauces.

Death by Chocolate. I had one spoon, with a bit of everything on it. And when Mr S was finished, I also scraped up some of the chocolate sauce. My willpower muscle is getting STRONG!!

Tomorrow – Monday. Planning to do the 6:30pm Pump class, and I intend to have squeaky clean nutrition for the next few days. Weigh-in is Wednesday, and I’m not very confident of a good result.


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