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Life, love and loss

Well, I’m back in the blogging gig. I was going strong for a little bit last year and then my world somewhat fell apart; in late August 2013 we found out that our much beloved fur-kid had cancer and potentially months to live. Then followed a whirlwind of surgery, chemo, vet visits… We were fortunate that the treatment did extend her life and that she actually wasn’t sick during her treatment. Unfortunately though, we lost her in March this year.

Waiting for the Vet with the fur-kid back in January.

Waiting for the Vet with the fur-kid back in January (I’m already a lot smaller than I was in this pic!).

Rightly or wrongly, my fitness took a back seat for those 6 months, with about the only exercise I did involving walking the dog or playing ball with her in the yard (that time was precious).In April though, I had a serious wake up call. I was sitting at the airport, waiting for a flight for a work trip – and was so, so uncomfortable in my pants that I actually went and bought a new pair in one of the airport stores. A size 16. Um, what happened to me? I had packed on over two dress sizes in 6 months. No way nelly – I swore I wouldn’t do this to myself again. I needed to get my butt into serious gear!

Since April I have been training like a machine (well, I like to think it’s like a machine. Maybe a slightly rusty, slow machine).

To kick things off, I entered myself in the Muscle Meals Transformation challenge – kicked off May 1 and managed to drop just over 9k in 8 weeks. Not too bad. A couple of re-fuel weeks across August (chilled out, but not out of control) before I headed back into another round of serious training, working with a meal plan created by my Trainer. Muscle Meals were great, but I did get sick of microwaved food after 8 weeks! (A review on Muscle Meals to follow in coming weeks).

I am now sitting at almost my lightest in my entire adult life, in the gym most mornings and absolutely loving it. I am fitter, healthier, happier, less stressed and overall just feeling better about myself. This is the longest that I have ever maintained a fitness regime – I think that it actually has, finally, become a life style.

In the last few days, I have decided to take a different tact with training and will be working towards INBA Season B 2015. Bit scary putting that in writing! Off season officially starts October 1.

This blog is going to follow my progress over the next 12 months heading for INBA, as well as tales of my fitness adventures – I am on a mission to try as many different fitness type things as I can over the next year, just to keep it fun. Going to be an interesting ride.

A new approach

Well, Michelle’s 12WBT Round 2 2013 and I didn’t work too well together.  I kicked off, full of bravado and confidence, only to fall in inglorious heap as work mounted up (again), going through a death in the family and finding out that our fur-kid has cancer.  The last month to six weeks in has been particularly rough and worrying about losing a few kilos was not high on the priorities list.

Instead, I have been taking care of myself by not stressing about what I am consuming, or a missed workout.  Generally speaking, I have been letting myself eat what I want, although overall, trying to keep it pretty healthy.

the-fast-metabolism-dietAt some stage though, I need to get this sorted and am now trying something new – “The Fast Metabolism Diet”.  Whilst the principles in this are pretty sound (ie lots of whole foods, no dairy, no caffeine, no WINE! etc), the plan itself is a four week gig.  I’m looking at it as a reset.  The book claims that you can lose up to 9kg in the four weeks – but for me who only has about that to lose entirely, I don’t expect it to happen in just 4 weeks.  But I am going to give it a damn good crack!

(I should add that I am giving this a go after a friend tried it recently and saw some good results).

The plan is based on the idea of ‘confusing’ your metabolism and that you need to EAT in order to get your metabolism firing and keep it burning.  As such, there are three phases each week, with different dietary and exercise requirements:

Days 1-2: high-glycemic, moderate-protein, low-fat phase. High in carbohydrate-rich foods, high in natural sugars, high in B and C vitamins.  Cardio training.

Days 3-4: very high-protein, high-vegetable, low-carbohydrate, low-fat phase. High in foods that support liver function (onion family, leafy greens, lemons), high in lean proteins, rich in alkalizing green, low-glycemic vegetables, high in carnitine-producing foods.  Weight training.

Days 5-7: high healthy-fat, moderate-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, low-glycemic fruit phase. High in healthy fats, higher-fat proteins in moderate amounts, lower-glycemic fruits, lower-glycemic vegetables, moderate amounts of unrefined carbohydrates, thyroid-stimulating foods, foods rich in inositol and choline.  Relaxation – yoga, massage and the like.

One of the key requirements is eating every 3 hours or so.  Kicked off this morning with an ‘Oaty Berry Smoothy’ – pulverised oats, frozen berries, water and cinnamon.  Flavour was good, but texture was not – so I microwaved it and turned it into porridge!  Much better.

Overall, I’m not sure that I would stick with the plan as prescribed in the book forever – the three different phases each week require a fair bit of thought and planning to keep it all straight.

So we’ll see how it goes.  You can do anything for 4 weeks, right?

If you fall off the wagon…

I remember reading somewhere years ago, if you fall off the wagon, don’t turn around and burn the wagon.  Get back on and keep going.  I’m trying to remind myself of this at the moment… I fell off the wagon today and it feels like the wagon is racing off into the distance without me.

Ha!  Maybe I should start running to catch up?

Diet today fell in a spectacular heap.  Toast for breakie… thick toast.  With peanut butter.  Eek.  May have been some hot chips for lunch.  And a sneaky beer at 4pm here in the office.  Hmmm, I can feel the heat from that burning wagon on my back at the moment.  Which feels kind of nice, cause it’s miserable and cold today.  Oh dear.

Another cheesy analogy; I read once that if you drop your phone on the ground, do you pick it up and throw it down again and again and again until it breaks?  Well, no (unless you really don’t like your phone).  Same thing with diets and clean eating – why do we have one bad meal in a day and then think buggar it, I’ve already ruined today and keep eating badly.  It makes no sense.  Yet I do this.  And I am sure that other people do this too.  Surely I can’ t be the only nutty one out there?

So.  About to head home, to steak and veges for dinner.  And to try and catch that damn wagon.