Sunday, November 24, 2013

The latest news ...

     I've been scarce and hardly visited or commented on blogs, nor have I photographed or posted updates much less painted my toe nails, but thought I'd share with y'all what's going on. 
     Besides going to gym, batting to get my housekeeper to work according to my Flylady schedule, school year ending, text books and stationery for 2014 needing to be purchased, I finally bit the bullet and decided to go with my own hosted blog.
     So without further ado ... please would grab your coffee and click the image below to visit my overhauled blog ... there is still some debris around from the move, so mind your step for the next few days ... if you a follower via bloglovin, please would you click the icon at the bottom of the new blog to follow, I managed to create two profiles and can't get them to merge and then managed to lose all my followers too ... hope to see you there, Wendy.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In : November 21 = Slow 'n steady

Another day, another chance

Todays Weigh In :
Weight                      : 77.9 kgs = 171.4 lbs
Lost this week           : 500g = 1lb 1.637oz
Total loss to date      :  1.2 kgs

Goal weight              : 74 kgs (Goal set according to Weigh Less calculation)
To reach goal            : 3.9 kg

After my little wobbly weigh in on Wednesday I was really feeling down and almost completely blew off my eating plan.  But after a day or three of feeling sorry for myself and a little, no to be truthful a lot disappointed I decided to get back on track and push myself.

So since Sunday I worked it - walking the dog on Sunday and going every day so far this week and hitting the treadmill and its paying off.

This week I'm going to keep at it and push even harder.  I want this for me, for how I feel about myself and I know each day that I hit the exercises and treadmill I'm getting stronger and fitter and I'm finding that slowly my energy levels are increasing and I'm feeling a whole lot better in general.

Hope you've had a successful week.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday ... just before Monday - getting the Intentions organised

After my disappointing weigh in on Wednesday, I've had a bit of a rough time and indulged a little as I was feeling sorry for myself.  I didn't go too crazy, but I did not weigh all my food nor did I check that I was having all that my Formula allows.

I now have today and two more days until the next weigh in and before I do that, I'm going to get around to doing a comprehensive measurement exercise and LOG my measurement, so that I can see for myself how many centimetres I'm losing.  I've know many people not to lose much weight, but lose centimetres and look phenomenal.  I may well be saying these things just to pacify myself - not sure its working though ... lol.
However, today I decided that I INTEND to keep a food diary and log all that goes into my mouth on MyFitnessPal.  Also, I will do a more regular check in on my app on the day I go to Weigh-Less for my WeighIn because :

Check In

To help track your progress, you should record your weight periodically. We suggest
once a week because your weight fluctuates daily due to uncontrollable factors like
water. Try to always weigh yourself at the same time of day - we suggest early in the
morning before breakfast.

Taking your measurements can be an even better gauge of your progress because when
you burn fat and build heavier muscle, your weight may not change or even increase
 even though your body is tighter and smaller. We suggest taking your measurements
every 2-4 weeks.

So, starting with today, this is how my food diary looks so far

Food diary for 14 November
Apple, Oats and Cinnamon Smoothie (235 calories)
100g apple, cored and chopped
175 ml smooth fat free yoghurt
20g rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 drops of vanilla
4 ice cubes
Whizz in the blender and enjoy
1 slice Milk Tart (240 calories)
Low Gi Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (230 calories)
37g biltong (94 calories)
Rump Steak (70g)
Green Salad
Boiled egg

Water intake
2 litres
On the good side of things - my tickets are booked and I couldn't be happier or more excited about going to the wedding if I tried.  It's great to know that both my girls are looking forward to seeing me as well and I'll get to spend three special days with them, namely New Years, Taryn & TJs Wedding and Taryns' birthday.

Liam's cast comes off tomorrow morning and I trust that alls A-Okay with his forearm now.

Is anyone else battling with how quickly the weeks are flying by?  I just feel that I'm just getting into the swing of the week when Friday rolls around!

Hope your weekend has been awesome ... I'm going to have a gr8 week ... hope you do too,

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In : November 14 = Disappointing

Todays Weigh In :
Weight                      : 78.4 kgs = 172.5 lbs
Gained this week      : 200g = 0lb 7.0548oz
Total loss to date      : 700g

Goal weight              : 74 kgs (Goal set according to Weigh Less calculation)
To reach goal            : 4.4 kg

It's really difficult not to let it get you down when you've been exercising and mostly keeping to the eating plan (to say that I did not indulge in anything bad is putting it mildly - I declined so many nice things and really behaved better than the week before)  to then hop on the scale, fully expecting it to be going in the downwards direction, only to see it climb a little. 

Now 200g = 0lb 7.0548oz is not a lot and since I had been doing some (Blog)Pilates and could feel the muscles getting bulkier, it could well be that I'm building muscle, which in fact weighs more than fat.  But, lets see how I go ... feeling a little disappointed and despondent at the moment.

How are you doing?


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wednesday Weigh In

Go me ... go me!

I'm happy, excited and celebrating me! Although I did not stick with the eating plan 100% due to an outing to the Photo Expo, a visit to the US Consulate and a slice of divine cheesecake last night, I still lost.  I admit, I was far more focussed and conscious this week and it paid off.  Last night, a second slice of cheesecake was tempting, but I told it to be quiet and packed it in the container for the men of the house to enjoy today.

Todays Weigh In :

Weight                 : 78.2 kgs
Loss this week     : 1kg
Total loss to date : 900g (sadly I had picked up 100g when I weighed in last week)
Goal weight         : 74 kgs (Goal set according to Weigh Less calculation)
To reach goal      : 4.2 kg

I'm hoping to achieve the above goal within the next 4 weeks.  I will admit, that I'd like to get down to 70kgs, but am not pressuring myself with that right now, once I reach goal weight, I get a few more points on my Vitality and I'm working hard towards attaining my points.  In the meantime though,  I'm just so thrilled to see the scale actually moving in the downward direction instead of upwards as it did last week.


I did the Bikini Blast 1 (or so I thought, but somehow got to the second one - either way - they work you) workout mentioned in yesterdays post this morning and then this evening will go to the gym with my boys and hit the treadmill.  Unfortunately, my home workouts don't register on my Vitality Health points so I don't 'earn' anything for them.  So going to the gym and hitting the treadmill at least it counts.

Well friends, that's my story for the day - hope you're having a magical day.

Train insane or remain the same - Cassey Ho

The BEST project you could ever work on is YOU!
Monday was another crazy day as I headed to the US Consulate for my Visa Interview.  I'm so excited that my Visa has been approved and I've been granted a 10 year multiple entry.  With two daughters in the USA its a relief to know that if I need to get there for any life events my biggest concern will be the airticket, not a Visa.  One of my goals, besides earning Vitality points for losing weight through my Weigh Less Programme (and a reduced membership fee) is that I'd really like to look healthier for my daughters wedding in January that I'm going to be attending.

So yesterday, although I did not eat all that I am expected to eat on my plan, and my timing was all off and where I'd usually have stopped at a garage on the way home for a quick snack, I instead kept control and ate a pack of muesli (dry oats are not the easiest to eat ... lol) on my way home and finished off my first half litre of water.  My boys gym on a Monday and Wednesday evening and since I did not go to gym yesterday morning, I decided to join them.  I did the Weight Loss walk on the treadmill and some legs. 
Drink your water!
I am glad that I love water and have since I was a girl, its just the retraining of the brain to remember to grab it before you reach for the kettle to make coffee.  So yesterday I actually consumed more than what I'm told I should and knocked back 2.5 liters.  I'm working on being more conscious about the amount of water I'm drinking.  With it being Summer here in the Southern Hemisphere its also easier to reach for the water.

As I looked at my blog this morning, I noticed a new post by Cassey over at Blogilates, so hopped on over there and noticed the Love Handle Hysteria workout under the weeks videos.  So I had a look and decided to join in ... oh boy, although I could not do as many of each of the exercises that Cassey did, I gave it a good go.

While doing the routine, I decided to check out a few of her other routines and decided on the following as my weeks workouts (preparation in life is key) (I'm linking to the workouts so that I won't waste time trying to find them)

Monday : Treadmill and three other leg machines at the gym
Tuesday :  Morning Love Handle Hysteria | Evening : Walk the dog with Schatz & Ab workout
Wednesday :  Morning : Treadmill and Elliptical Machine | Evening : Bikini Blaster 1 Workout
Thursday : Morning :  Bikini Blaster 2 : Sexy Legs | Evening : Walk the dog with Schatz
Friday : Morning : Treadmill and Elliptical Machine | Evening : Bikini Blaster 3 : Abs Abs Abs
Sunday : Morning : Possibly laps at the gym pool | Evening : Muffin top Massacre

What have you planned for the week?  Getting a little more active?  Eating a little healthier?  Cutting back on a bit of the sugar?

Do it for you first, not for them.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Launching into another week

Just like that we're on the threshold of another new week.  My household members were complaining on Friday that it should only have been Wednesday.  The week really flew by in a hurry and what a busy week it was.

I only managed to get to gym on Wednesday, so this week I need to get back into the rhythm and my intentions are to do a few more Blogilate workouts.  I've been far more conscious and committed this week to my eating planning and am trusting that the scale will show some movement.  Two more days and we'll know for sure.

Tomorrow I'm off to the US Consulate for my Visa Interview and much prepare my breakfast and snack this evening as I'll be heading out early to avoid the Monday traffic.

I also need to spend a little time planning the meals.  My Schatz enjoyed the Weigh Less Meatballs I made and is keen on having them again, so that's one meal I will make and I would like to try another Weigh Less Meal.

So, off to do some planning, printing for my Interview and get geared for the week.  Hope you've planned your meals and your week.

Let me know how you're doing.

Healthy influences happy ... be happy!