Posted by: sharonseidel | May 16, 2014

On The Attack

So, in my last post I promised an update of my progress in the current round of 12WBT. And I am pleased to say, all is going well so far.

As of this morning, I have lost 900 grams so far.  My journey in week 1 wasn’t perfect, I did indulge in a snack or two and a glass of wine, but for the most part, it was okay.  I completed 4 workouts during the week and burned about 400 calories per workout.  I did have 2 days where I didn’t work out because I truly crappy – headachey and nauseous and Mother’s Day absorbed the time on Sunday that I was hoping to make up one of the missed sessions, but que sera sera. I have never claimed to be perfect. You will be pleased to know that at the family Mother’s Day pub lunch at Patonga, I had the fish and salad, asked for the fish to be grilled and told them to forget the chips that come with the meal.  Turning my back on the chips was hard – they are my fatal weakness. 🙂

patonga

fries

This week has been much more on track.  I have exercised every day so far and I have my regular yoga class tomorrow morning – so at least 6 workouts this week.  In each session this week I have burned a minimum of 650 calories, and most between 800 and 900 calories.

burn

This round I have used some of the 12WBT workouts.  I have been putting them on my IPad and taking it to the gym to follow and I think the variation to my routine is helping me.  I had listened to Mish say for 2 years that you should change things up and surprise your body in your workouts to get the best results and I had just done my own thing.  And whilst getting out there and doing it had given me results, I am enjoying challenging my body in new ways.  That said, I knew that I was right about spin bikes and rowing machines – they are uncomfortable and not fun.  But that competitive part of me has enjoyed trying to beat my previous results on both machines. And may I say, Mish Bridges, that 60 burpees in a session just seems mean! 🙂

burpees

Today, I did a walk on the treadmill and then backed it up with my first ever Body Attack class. I have mentioned in previous posts that I was nervous about walking back into the group exercise classes at the gym and facing my previous classmates.  As I thought, my fears were all about me.  The people that I knew in the class were all welcoming and happy to see me – there was no judgement at all.  I had avoided Body Attack due to my lack co-ordination.  I have in the past been the person in the aerobics class that when the rest of the class goes right, I am going left and I am the one standing there looking confused or still following the previous set of steps (usually because I have only just caught on to supposed to be doing).  But I think now that I have become used to the routines in Zumba and how to count beats and steps, I was able to follow the Body Attack class reasonably well.  I sweated my butt off and felt that I really had a good workout.  It is not my favourite thing on the menu, but I think that Body Attack may well become another tool in my exercise arsenal.

I am really enjoying the food this round.  The menus have always been good, but there have been some real winners this round.  I really enjoyed the Beef And Barley Stew last week, the Chicken Cacciatore and Ginger Salmon With Broccoli.  The last two are old faves, but it has been good to rediscover them.  The Beef And Barley is just fantastic and I have two portions in the freezer for those nights when I don’t feel like cooking.  The slow cooker has been getting quite a workout and it is just so easy.  I am able to just throw everything in and let it do its thing and I get to come home to a completed meal and house that smells delicious.  It is really win win all around.  I have also moved my evening meal a little later and that seems to be working well for me.  In the past, as it is just me, I have eaten around 6 and at about 9.30, that temptation to snack on something starts to kick in.  I am now trying to eat 7ish and the urge to snack seems to be diminishing.  If I think about snacking at all, it is just as I am starting to think about winding the evening up and going to bed and it is too late in the evening for that.  But most nights, I don’t even think about it.

So that is all there is so far.  Tune in next week for the next exciting episode in the chronicles of The Incredible Shrinking Woman…and determined to stay that way 🙂

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