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May recap and June goals (with progress pics)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

May recap

Weight goal: Lose a kilo. That seems achievable and would bring me to 78.6kg.
emoticon I lost 1.1kg! I now weigh 78.5kg and have lost 8.8kg total.
(American friends: Lost 2.5lb this month. Now weigh 173lb. Total 19.4lb)

Nutrition: Iím still focusing on getting in more fruit and veg and less junk. I am also going to start tracking more often. Lets aim for 3 days per week!
emoticon I didn't track much, maybe once a fortnight. I definitely ate more fruit and veg this month, and my eating was generally better.

Water: I drink heaps of water, this one is fine!.
emoticon Still guzzlin'!

Exercise: Run my first 5k!
emoticon I did it!! 42m04s.

Exercise #2: Start my new weights program. I met with my trainer last night and pretty much told him to give me a mans program. I told him I wanted to try high weight, low reps, and he was really excited to get started. Apparently I am the first woman to ever ask him for a program like that!
emoticon I am rocking my weights program. And, as a bonus, it only takes me 25-30minutes including the warm up! Lower reps = less time.

June goals

Weight goal: Get to the 10kg lost mark. That would require me to lose 1.2kg, which is doable. It would put me at 77.3kg.

Nutrition: Keep on, keeping on! I guess what I am doing is working, so why mess with success?

Water: I need to make sure I keep my fluid intake up during these colder months. Herbal tea is helping with this, and it gives me something warm to hold on to.

Exercise: Keep up with my current routine, which is 2 days boxing, 3 days weights and 1 run if I feel like it. Again, why mess with success? My boxing class is different every week, and my weights program changes every 6 weeks, so my body won't get used to anything.

5 month progress pic

Side by side

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CARLA-216 6/4/2012 12:07PM

    Great job on meeting your goals! KOKO = keep on keeping on!

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ECHAVEZ2 6/2/2012 4:03PM

    keep up the great work

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/31/2012 8:55AM

    You look amazing, keep up the good work!

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OPALMOON 5/31/2012 8:18AM

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CARILOUIE 5/31/2012 7:39AM

    I love doing a Man Program. I get much better results when I lift heavy.

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MENHALLS 5/31/2012 7:31AM

    Look at you! Great job. I had to laugh at "colder months" - in Canada we are approaching (hopefully) some warmer weather finally!! It's been cold here all month & I for one am ready for shorts.

You look great & more than that, you met your goals. I'm proud of you!

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LUCKYNUMBER25 5/31/2012 7:04AM


I love that you're doing "the man's program". What's your reason? Lately I've been considering the switch... I've read a lot of recent articles that call the 'bulking up with higher weights' a myth. Women don't bulk up that way, so why not train faster/stronger?

All in all, good job!

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Compliment of the year

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I was at boxing (double class, because I'm hardcore) and there was an exercise where you had to do 50 punches and the push the pad holder to the other side of the room. I was partnered with the instructor. I pushed him across the room fairly easily and after the 4th one he said to me "When did you get so strong?!"

Yep, pretty much made my day!

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AHTRAP 5/31/2012 4:33AM


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MENHALLS 5/30/2012 8:44AM

    So fabulous! Nothing like someone you look up to for fitness noticing yours!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/30/2012 6:05AM

    Awesome! Love it when that happens!

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SLIMMERKIWI 5/30/2012 6:01AM

    Next lot of pic's will be of the muscles :-)

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FIREMONKEY1979 5/30/2012 5:43AM

    Gratz keep up the good work

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HEAT7918 5/30/2012 5:24AM

    That's awesome! Your "men's" weightlifting program is really paying off - rock on!!

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I bribed myself to the gym

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I really didn't want to go to the gym tonight. Like, seriously. I told myself that if I went I could skip the walking lunges (ick) and sub in something else that I like better. That worked. No point skipping a whole workout just because I didn't want to do walking lunges.

I have discovered a new favourite dessert! And it is healthy too. Cocoa granola clusters (these have LESS sugar than the non cocoa kinds...!) with greek yogurt and a drizzle of maple syrup. I've even had it for breakfast along with a piece of fruit, but it is a bit more sugar than I like in the morning, so I mainly save it for a dessert treat.

I have purchased little 50 calorie packs of baked chips and rice crackers to keep in my desk. Sometimes I really need an extra snack, especially if I am working late, and I find myself thinking of drive thrus and chocolate bars because I am hungry. This should be a good solution, as long as I keep them for emergencies and not for general snacking.

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HEAT7918 5/29/2012 8:59PM

    Love the bribery!

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CARLA-216 5/29/2012 12:25PM

    Smart workout decision!

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MENHALLS 5/29/2012 8:16AM

    Bribery is effective - even on yourself!!

I keep cranberries in my desk for hungry days. I know it's cheaper to pre-pack snacks from a large container, but it doesn't work for me. Those stupid little bags are built in portion control until I learn hand to mouth control!!

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CIVIAV 5/29/2012 7:48AM

    Negotiation is a skill that work well in life. Yeah Bubble!

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SHELLSNBELLS 5/29/2012 6:47AM

    Sometime a little bribing is necessary. Did you buy or make the cocoa granola clusters? They sound yummy.

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The pictures are in

Monday, May 28, 2012

Due to not being able to see the race photographer (my contacts were annoying me, so I took them out about halfway) I ended up with shots that were...well...terrible.

Luckily for me, Michelle, who teaches in my class one day a week, was spectating at the race and took some pictures of me post race.


Oh, hi!

YAY! Go me!

Proof that I am sweaty, red runner. At least the boyfriend looks nice.

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PUFFPASTRY 5/31/2012 3:16AM

    Aw, congrats! Your arms are really toned - the boxing is worth it, huh! :D

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CARLA-216 5/29/2012 12:11PM

    Nice photos! You look fab!

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SUNSETBREEZE05 5/28/2012 10:13AM

    I am so glad someone was taking pictures! You and your BF both look great..:).

Good Luck reaching Your Goals!

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MENHALLS 5/28/2012 7:33AM

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing. (And for the record, you look awesome!)

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ANAJAK 5/28/2012 6:57AM

    Awesome stuff lady!! Proud of ya :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 5/28/2012 6:53AM

    Great photos! Way to go.

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The workout that wasn't...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I may be making excuses, but I think my workout plans were doomed from the start. Maybe the universe is telling me to rest.

I'm tired, physically and emotionally. My boyfriend told me last night that he is going to university next year, so I am left trying to work out how to buy, and pay off, a house on 1 full time and 1 part time income. I earn too much for him to be entitled to any government assistance, and I am not putting off buying a house for 4+ years. No point paying someone elses mortgage! It is all a bit stressful, and I'm not good with having my life plans change. I want to buy a house, and travel, but I am looking at not being able to travel until I am in my 30's! As someone who loves travel and wants to see the world, this is upsetting and scary.

Also, my boyfriend has already been to uni. He mucked around and wasted his time and ended up flunking out. I don't think he has the work ethic to handle uni, and I am worried that he will just waste more time and money, but this time it will be our money. He was lucky enough to have his parents fund his 2 wasted years, and I doubt they will be interested in helping out this time (not that they should, but it would have been nice if he look his first opportunity seriously). So I am facing more debt, more time wasted waiting for someone to finish uni... I have just done all this! I am ready to start my life, not waste another 4 years waiting for Russell to finish a degree and a postgraduate diploma for him to do the EXACT SAME JOB that he is doing now.

Anyways, I am frustrated, and worried and tired, and I have no idea how to handle this information. I am seriously considering just calling it quits. Honestly. I could sell my engagement ring and wedding ring, pay off some debt, save up some money and go traveling next year. I would be alone, but at least I would be happy. Because right now I am miserable.

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PATSYB7 5/27/2012 11:55AM

    The previous comments make some excellent points. Good luck with your decision. You sound like an intelligent young woman. Do what's best for you and all will be well.

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OPALMOON 5/27/2012 8:12AM

    This sounds very much like a one-way street to me. I think if your boyfriend wants to go to uni it should be with his own money, not yours, especially since he has already had 2 wasted years - and at someone else's expense. You are the only one who can do anything about your own happiness - and since you are miserable, it is time to put that to rights. You have your own dreams and and goals - so I say go for them. There are some things I managed to do that I wanted to, and others that are as yet out of reach since fibromyalgia has restricted my life hugely such that I am mostly house bound. As they say, seize the day and make the most of each and every one, as you don't know what might happen in the future. I'm wishing you well!!

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    This sounds horrible! I'm a little confused on something though: did he decide on his own that he would spend your mutual money on his university without consulting you?!!! This is how it sounds from your post, and this doesn't sound responsible. Or make for a healthy relationship.

No one can tell you what to do; you need to decide for yourself (I know, I know, it sucks!).

Either way, I'll wish you the best, and continue to be here for you to vent to!
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AHTRAP 5/27/2012 1:30AM

    Rough spot to be in, sorry that you're having to go through that. Doesn't help at all that you're under the weather either, eh? Thinking of ya, Jess.

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/27/2012 1:06AM

    That really sucks, hun. It sounds like he has a lot of growing up to do... and you're not his mommy, nor should you be.

If you want my advice (and feel free to ignore this or tell me to stuff it) I would say it's time for you to take care of you. No one should be holding you back. Speaking as someone who took on a "project" relationship, and gave up a great deal... the more you delay your plans, the more likely they are to be abandoned.

I never got to travel. I gave up a summer in England to be with my then boyfriend, who had about as much ambition as a porch hound dog.

Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, and I love my husband, but I gave up a lot to maintain a relationship that would have waited for me, anyway. My husband would have waited while I got my issues out.

I think that you should let him do his university plans, but don't put yours on hold. Maybe it's time to give HIM some time to finish growing up. Because believe me, once you start delaying, eventually, you find yourself poor, 32, and with no chance of pulling off those plans until your kids graduate college.

Learn from my mistakes. You may not need to end the engagement, but you do need to take a few steps back, and see just how much you're willing to sacrifice or not.

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