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Back to the gym

Friday, February 22, 2013

And looking damn fine if I do say so myself.

I felt fine once I got to the gym, apart from some abdomen pain while running, which I am blaming on the amount of coughing I have been doing. I'm hoping that is all it is, since I am running Round the Bays in, oh, 2 weeks. Just a casual 8.5km, I'm sure I'll be fine. Should probably do some more running...

I got my new strength program today. My trainer is trying to kill me. He tells me I have an "advanced" program; His words, not mine. I have

All 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Squats - 40kg
Deadlifts - 20kg
Walking lunges - BW
Kettlebell Clean and Jerk - 12kg
Kettlebell Swings - 12kg
Shrug/Squat/Press - 22kg
Pull ups - Band and BW
Med ball twists, V ups

Yeah, I only did one set of everything and I already hurt. Sunday night won't be fun. But, it hurts so good, and I love it!

Looking forward to getting into my new program, and getting back into a regular gym routine after all my breaks!

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CATLADY52 2/22/2013 6:34PM

    You will probably feel better by the end of next week. emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/22/2013 2:43PM

    You really do look fantastic. Keep up the great work!

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LYNSEY723 2/22/2013 11:30AM

    You look great!!! And wow - I'd say that's an advanced workout!! I bet you're kickin it's butt though!!!

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CARLA-216 2/22/2013 9:15AM

    Yep, looking mighty fine! I'm glad you're feeling better and back to working out.

40kg squats = wow!

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JSTETSER 2/22/2013 5:45AM

    Looking good, girl!
You motivate me before I head off to a fun Friday at the middle school.

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PINKEUROGIRL 2/22/2013 12:45AM

    Great work!Looking good :-)

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Day 6 of no working out :(

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I'm sick. Was bound to happen. When you're stuck in a room with 27 germ factories for 30 hours a week no amount of hand sanitiser in the world will save you.

I was fine for most of the weekend (thank goodness) so I got to have a good time with my boyfriend. I was unwell on Saturday night, but he got my some pain killers for my headache and I was OK by morning. On Monday afternoon my voice started to go and I woke up on Tuesday with no voice at all. It is coming back today, but if I talk too much it leaves again. Apart from the voice thing and a cough I feel fine, which is the annoying part. However, I won't go to the gym with a cough like this. It's not fair for me to be coughing my germs everywhere. Even if I do try to cover my mouth and wipe down everything I touch I won't get everything. I will try for Friday, I should be back to work and able to get to the gym by then! Until then I am resting my voice as much as I can, drinking plenty of water and trying to eat as healthy as I can since I'm not working out.

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CARLA-216 2/21/2013 3:19PM

    I hope you're feeling better soon, Jess!

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CATLADY52 2/20/2013 7:12PM

    Sorry you are sick but your plan is good. Rest and recovery will follow. emoticon

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LYNSEY723 2/20/2013 11:28AM

    Being sick and wanting to workout is the pits! I was just there myself, I was sick for 2 weeks - completely unable to workout! I hope you get well soon and can get back to the gym and school!!

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PATSYB7 2/20/2013 7:01AM

    Yuck, I hate being sick, too! Thankfully, I've built up an immunity after all these years.

We're on winter break here in western MA. Hopefully the rest will kick some of the germs out. I went in yesterday and sanitized their desks. We've had two known cases of strep. I will go in Friday to sanitize door handles and computers.

I'm glad you had a good weekend, at least! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 2/19/2013 9:32PM

    It's an occupational hazard!! I throw the windows open to exchange the air, give the kids Lysol or Chlorox wipes and have them wipe down their desks and tables and chairs, and spray the room liberally with Lysol spray when they're out at lunch. I've even been known to spray their bookbags and coats. Die, nasty germs, die!!

YOU need to get some rest. Keep those fluids up. Hot tea is lovely for a non working throat. Airbourne is good, soup is good! Hope you feel better soon!!

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MKMMARTY 2/19/2013 9:25PM

    It is not good to be sick - hopefully you will feel better soon

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Weekend away (photos)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My first visit to see my new boyfriend (he has visited me once, then I went away. We will fly back and forth every second weekend). I had an amazing time and I didn't want to leave. 12 days until we are together again!!

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CARLA-216 2/18/2013 1:36PM

    What a beautiful couple you two are! I'm glad you had an amazing time. :)

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LYNSEY723 2/18/2013 1:26PM

    emoticon Looks like you had a great time!!!

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CATLADY52 2/17/2013 11:48PM

    Definitely worth the wait! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 2/17/2013 11:48PM

    You BOTH look so very happy!! That is wonderful!!

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MARINEMAMA 2/17/2013 1:23PM

    Girl you look so fantastic and happy!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 2/17/2013 11:05AM

    Great photos :)

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JSTETSER 2/17/2013 8:05AM

    You look so happy together!
Having a positive self-image is so important.


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/17/2013 7:58AM

    You look cute together!

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PATSYB7 2/17/2013 7:02AM

    Great pics! You do make an adorable couple! Have a great day! emoticon

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JILLIEWILLIE1 2/17/2013 5:21AM

    You make a cute couple!

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Compliments and cookies!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hello everyone. Well, maintenance has been uneventful so far. Up and down within a 1 kilo range and I expect that is to be expected. I don't know, I haven't done this before! I am keeping up with my 90/10 rule, where I eat healthy 90% of the time and don't beat myself over some Indian food for dinner (for example, not that I had any today....) I prefer fruit and veggies and lean meats over anything else anyway, so it is pretty easy. I'm also keeping up with my gym routine. I was asked the other day if I would quit the gym now that I'm at my goal weight. NO WAY! I love my gym and I love working out, so that's totally not happening. So I'm at the gym 4-5 days a week. My new relationship means that I am away, or have a visitor, every 2 weekends. This means that my workout timetable has changed to a 2 week cycle instead of being the same every week. Currently it looks like this

Week 1
M - Boxing
T - Weights
W - Boxing
T - Off/run
F - Weights
S - Run
S - Weights

Week 2
M - Boxing
T - Weights
W - Boxing
T - Weights
F - Off
S - Off
S - Off

Why the running? Coz, oh by the way, I signed up for Round the Bays. Its 8.5km and its in less than a month. Yep, I'm crazy. I'm fit, but not running fit, and I signed up on a whim because it was only $15 with a free tshirt through my gym. I'm a sucker for a free tshirt! Wish me luck!

Now on to the title of my blog post:

Compliments - A group fitness instructor came up to me today and said I was looking great and asked if I had lost weight. YAY!

Cookies - Today is valentines day, and one of my kids came to school today with cookies his mum had baked for me. There were 3, and they were little, so I ate them for morning tea. How sweet is that mum for thinking of me?

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CATLADY52 2/14/2013 5:38PM

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LYNSEY723 2/14/2013 11:07AM

    Good luck on your run! You can do it!! It looks like you are doing great - keep it up!!

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JSTETSER 2/14/2013 5:44AM

    That is great Bubble. I am just getting ready to head off to see my middle schoolers here in Hillsborough, NH.
I am gearing up for my Valentine's Day at school, and you are winding down. I love SparkPeople.
It really brings us together, and helps us see the BIG picture.

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I think I'm done losing...

Friday, February 08, 2013

I still have 2kg to go until my goal weight, but I think I'm going to stop here. I weigh 67kg, a number I am happy to say aloud. I look good and I feel great. My thighs still touch and I have a little pouch, but I think that's just how I'm built. I'm confident wearing short shorts and a tight top, or skinny jeans. I'm a size 10-12 (US 6-8) in pants and a 8-10/small in tops. I think I'm going to be happy at this weight. And if I'm not? I can always lose another few kilos later. I'll also keep up with the ST which will help to reshape my body a little.

Starting weight: 87.3kg
Current weight: 66.9kg
Starting BMI: 29.9
Current BMI: 22.9
Starting pants size: 16
Current pants size: 10 (sometimes 12 depending on the cut)
Starting top size: 14/L-XL
Current top size: 8-10/S
Waist measurement in June: 83cm
Waist measurement in Feb: 71cm
Hip measurement in June: 109cm
Hip measurement in Feb: 98cm

I have also reduced my ring size by an average of 5 sizes, my bra band size is 2 sizes smaller, and my feet are a size smaller.

Thanks for all the support while I lost 20 kilos! Here's to maintenance being an easy transition!

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CARLA-216 2/11/2013 3:27PM

    Congrats on a wonderful achievement!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/9/2013 6:46PM

    You are awesome!!!

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ADARKARA 2/8/2013 8:08PM

    You look great!

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81MSMITH1 2/8/2013 6:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Congratulations on the weight loss!!!!

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LYNSEY723 2/8/2013 6:26PM

    emoticon You look fantastic! I think if you still do want your body to change, then yes... ST is the way to get that done! That is what I am working on... though I still want to lose a few more pounds. But, I know if I gained 5 more pounds and was more toned I wouldn't complain! Do what feels right - YOU know best!! Congrats on getting to maintenance!!

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TEACHFIRST268 2/8/2013 6:14PM

    Congratulations! You look fantastic! You've worked hard. Feel proud!!! Wishing you all the best in this next stage of your healthy lifestyle!

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CATLADY52 2/8/2013 6:12PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal. I hope you can have fun on your journey. emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 2/8/2013 6:07PM

    You're looking good! Maintenance will be a different challenge for you, but I'm sure you will do well because you've put your mind to it! About "losing too fast" Our bodies are quirky marvels. You've flown halfway around the world...twice. Crossed time zones, slept not in your own bed, eaten different foods, and drank different water. Your fitness was different too...mostly walking, which as you found out, can be very beneficial in a weight loss programme! Now you're home again, and your body is still adjusting to all of that. Keep doing what it is that you're doing. Let your body get used to being home again!

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    Woohoo! Congrats on reaching this stage :)

Just so you know... it's SO not easy. People assume you are still trying to 'lose weight' because you still look like you are 'dieting' because you made a lifestyle change. I get a lot of, "omg, stop dieting, you aren't fat" and it gets annoying. It is REALLY hard to eat enough when you are only eating healthy and clean- so I treat myself frequently ;)

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