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I’ve survived my first week of the 12 week Body Blitz! Tuesday was my first day and the night before and all Tuesday morning I was sooooo nervous and scared! Mainly because I had never ever been to a gym in my life and had no idea what to expect! In hindsight I don’t know what I was so worried about! I met Alexis who has been my trainer this week and she is lovely! She pushes me which I love! Some times you don’t realize how strong you actually are until some one pushes you to do something you think you can’t!! On Tuesday and Wednesday night I was so sore! My muscles were screaming haha! I have been using a lot of Antiflamme! Some of the exercises were very hard to begin with but my body is slowly adjusting to the change in exercise! I am actually really enjoying it! My eating is still on track, but one thing I have noticed is that I am definitely more hungry and tired and its important to be careful not to binge on rubbish food when you get hungry! I always make sure I have lots of healthy snacks around such as hard boiled eggs and almonds and lots and lots of water! And also if you are tired listen to your body and REST!! Your body knows what it needs, my bedtimes have changed from 10pm to around 8:30 pm which is great because I am actually getting a decent sleep and feel more energetic to face the day the next morning :)
Can’t wait for week 2! Bring it on!
I made it through week 2! This week wasn’t too bad actually despite turning 30 on Monday J!! The exercise was harder and the weights heavier! But I did it! I usually have a tendency to over think things and talk myself out of things, but I was very surprised with myself! Sometimes you have to just suck it up, switch your brain off and block it out! By doing this I went form doing 100 ab crunches to 300 by the end of last week and 20 seconds for a plank to 60! AND cutting my workout time down from 1.5 hours to 1 hour! My goal for this week is to aim for 45 mins! :) never ever thought I would be able to do any of those things! I am quite happy with my progress and I am noticing small changes in my body all ready, my pants are definitely getting looser and tops less clingy!
My eating has been on track this week too except for the piece of birthday cake I treated myself to on Monday:)! I have noticed that with lifting heavier weights and upping the cardio I have been more hungry so I need to up my food and water intake to compensate for this, which I struggle with as I am always scared I'm going to overeat and immediately put the weight back on! This might sound really silly to some people but it’s a mental thing, and your mind takes a bit to catch up to your body when you are on a weight loss journey!! But as long as its healthy clean food then its all good and its something I'm constantly working on.
My goals for this week are...
Try and smash out my work out in 45-50 mins
Try and eat more instead of feeling hungry and being afraid to eat!
Spend more time when I get home doing some stretching
Bring on week 3!
Can’t believe it’s the end of week 3 already! Times flying!
This week was a lot harder! I’ve got a lovely cold this week too but I’ve still be giving 100% !
I’ve been doing a lot heavier weights this week and also more intense cardio, it was my first time ever on a spin bike on Monday, which by the way is nothing like riding a normal bike! I don’t think I did too bad but far out my legs were feeling it the next day, and about 3 days after haha ! Leg day was a killer this week as well! Far out! Don’t ever take sitting down on a toilet easily for granted! Haha
I am proud of myself this week for actually doing what I am told and not moaning about it! I actually enjoy going to the gym, some days it feels like the workouts are too much, but I push through and do them anyway, and always feel amazing once its time to go home :)
My eating is getting a lot better!! I am bulking up meals with lots of extra vegetables or fruit and if I am hungry then I eat! And as a result I am starting to sleep a lot better because I am not going to sleep hungry!
My skin is a lot clearer and I am noticing my arms and legs and tummy are starting to look more toned! Yay!
As for my goals I set for this week...workouts have been cut to 1 hour instead of 1.5 which I am happy with!
Well week 4 has been interesting, I feel I’ve worked a lot harder this week! Weights are getting heavier and the cardio is getting harder, this week I went for a run! I am by no means a runner, not even a jogger! But I did it and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, the one thing I have learned this week is to not think about stuff too much and just do it! I am very proud of how well I am progressing in the weights, a year ago I never thought I would ever be able to lift what I do now and I am only going to get fitter! The only thing I have really struggled with this week is not knowing how my weight loss is progressing! Its very hard not to weight myself especially because I have been eating more (healthy food)! It has made me realize how dependent we are on the scales to determine our happiness, which is not how it should be! Very slowly my mind set is changing and I am judging my happiness on how fit and healthy and happy I am feeling now especially in the last 4 weeks!! My skin is a lot clearer and so is my mind! My hair is a lot more healthier and fuller, these are things you don’t notice when you just focus on the scales! I have been going to bed to read a book instead of watch the tv and have been falling asleep after about half an hour! Also having a snack before I go to bed has helped too because my tummy is full and I don’t wake up as hungry!
I am very excited for the next 8 weeks! Its only going to get better :)
Had a good week over all this week, a few downs but lots of ups! A down was doing my weigh in and not knowing how much I’ve lost! But I don’t care because I know I am working my hardest every time I go to the gym! One of the best ups for me was going shopping with my mum and trying on a dress that was a size 10 and yahoooooooo it fit me perfectly! Not bad at all considering I was a size 22!!!! it might sound silly but I hadn’t actually realized how much my body is changing, until I tried that dress on, sure I’ve noticed things like my skin is clearer and little things like that but i guess because I see myself everyday I don’t notice, and to be honest for the last few weeks I haven’t been paying much attention! But I must be doing something right because I am starting to look great (sounds do vain haha)! I feel it too! This week has seen a increase in the weights I’ve been doing, honestly at the time I hate it because man does it burn! But afterwards I feel amazing and I feel so bloody proud on my self! Far out a year ago I struggled to carry the washing basket out to the line with out feeling like I was going to have a heart attack! My kids love that I can run around with them now, actually we were all jumping on the trampoline together the other day, haven’t done that since I was a kid! Its moments like that, that make all the sweat, tears and hours of dedication and hard work worth it!!! I am actually looking forward to school holidays so we can all go for walks together :)
Can’t believe its almost half way through the challenge! Its going so fast!
Had a great week apart from getting tonsillitis! Was forced to take a extra rest day which I wasn’t to happy about haha but my body needed it! I have found the weights a lot harder as well this week the heavier they get the more results im noticing though! I am enjoying jogging on the treadmill especially now that I have learned to breathe properly while doing it! It sounds silly but breathing is a huge part of running! I am slowly working up to running for longer with less rest time in between. My eating has been great! Even went camping in the weekend and didn’t eat any rubbish! Also went out in our boat this weekend and put my life jacket on for the first time since april and its wayyyy to big now, another non scale victory!! I am loving the warmer weather and the better variety of fresh fruit and veges that come with it! And with warmer weather and longer days also come the motivation to go for extra walks at night!
Half way through! Its going too fast!!
Wow what a week! Got my bum kicked by the machines this week! Have pushed myself quite hard this week, something Alexis and I have been working on is while on running on the treadmill I tend to hold onto the bar because I am scared of falling off it, but this week I managed to not use the bar at all so I am definitely a lot more confident using it now! Also running faster is a huge achievement for me as well! My legs were so freaking sore after leg day this week I ditched the antiflamme and switched to deep heat haha not that it made much difference! Have started to notice more definition in my arm muscles this week as well from the heavier weights, it's great and I feel a lot more comfortable wearing dresses and singlets etc now! I am loving daylight savings, it's great being able to go for a walk after tea at nights! Eating has been great , the kids are loving all the salads and healthy baking I've been making :). Times flying I can't believe it's week 8 next week already!!!!
Another great week! But I will admit I have found it a bit hard keeping my motivation up with going back to work, and having to organize kids in the morning I have been feeling a lot more tired, but I did it and I survived the first week back at school! Still moving up in the weights and still doing great with my cardio, on Friday I actually did my cardio before I went to the gym and I ran up and down the piazza stairs 5 times! Might not sound like much but it kicked my ass!! Doesn’t look like many steps staring down from the top but it’s a different story looking up from the bottom! This week I also took some progress photos as I needed to reassure myself that the hard work is paying off....and it sooooo is!!! Even though alexis tells me it is I still didn’t believe her!!!! cant wait to see the end result! Only 3 weeks to go!!!!
I have found this week quite challenging! Lots of new exercises that took me right out of my comfort zone! Burpees and skipping! Haven’t done either of those since high school! The first day I tried skipping I got so angry and frustrated with myself! I mean come on its skipping everyone knows how to skip right, how hard can it be! Well let me tell you it is hard haha! I cried at one stage just out of sheer frustration! But now its all good I can skip fine :) ! Been finding the weights hard but easier at the same time if that makes sense?!
I think the easier part is because I’ve developed my technique now and I can just knock them out with out having to think if I am doing them correctly! I have learned in the past 9 weeks that if Alexis is quiet and just watching then it means I am doing them right! I will admit now that I am starting to get very exhausted very easily! Only 3 weeks to go though! I know I can do it! I will do it! And I will be damn proud of myself :) !!
This week has been quite a surreal week for me, only 2 weeks until I finish my body blitz but it also marked a year since I started my weight loss and healthy lifestyle journey!! It's been a hectic amazing and long year! Never ever in my wildest dreams would I ever have imagined I would be where I am now compared to a year ago! I look at photos from when I started and I truely can't believe it's me in some of them! It amazes me how far I have come :) I am living proof that it can be done, and it's never too late to make a change for the better!!
This week I have also got a lot of compliments from people about how much my body has changed in the last 10 weeks! It's great and I am slowly learning to take a compliment! My eating has been great as well this week been experimenting with new recipes because I was getting a bit bored with the same old food!
Eeek can't believe I am almost finished I am very excited about my photo shoot!
This week has gone super fast! Has been another good week overall, been doing a lot more jogging this week, i am really enjoying it, the weights have been ok this week as well especially now that i have perfected my technique with a lot of them and correct technique makes a huge difference! I am really nervous about my weigh, measure and photo shoot next week! I’m not too worried about the weight but i am very curious to know my measurements! i know i have dropped a couple of dress sizes, it is awesome being able to go into a shop and just try on anything off the rack! Another good week with food as well, i had a piece of my daughters birthday cake on Friday and couldn’t finish it, it was way to sweet for my tastebuds now! I am excited for week 12! Almost at the finish line!
I can't believe how fast this week has came around! This week was a bit of a mixed bag! I was glad I could see the end insight but I was also a bit sad because I have really enjoyed the challenge! I think knowing that it was the last week gave me the extra kick i needed to get through the exercises and weights! Alexis and I trained together this week which I really enjoyed :) I did alot more running this week as well:) one of my best days so far was 2.5 km in 27 mins!!!! A year ago it would of taken me twice that amount of time to walk even 1 km! This week I've also thought alot about where to from here?! I will definitely be coming back to the gym! I love how my body looks and feels with the weight training, and I like the routine that comes with it also . And will definitely be keeping up with the running, it's a great work out and I feel amazing afterwards!!!!
Have also been thinking about how lucky I was to be chosen to take part in this challenge! It really has chnaged my life in a lot of positive ways :)!
Anxious about my weigh in and measure next week and my photo shoot! But also a bit excited! Bring it on !