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12 Week Challenge

********* WARNING: POST ABOUT DIET & EXERCISE **************

I have had this post rattling around in my head for a week or two, waiting to get time to sit down and think about what I am writing and put it on paper (or screen). I even wrote a draft in my notes folder to get my head around a few things. I’m not sure if I’ll go and rescue it yet.

Last Wednesday I decided, that was it, I’ll write it. I had had a PT session in place of the Power Pilates class I went to, as I was the only one who turned up. Turns out it was the best workout I’ve done for a while. And got me thinking about this damned challenge I set myself – thanks to hubby.

We were at the pool and while I am no heifer, I am not model material either. There are parts that need…toning up. While plenty of people will say I look fine, I have no doubt I probably do, but it is how I feel about me that makes the difference. Nine years ago, I felt better than I ever had. More energy, more confidence and more self esteem.
Sure I am all mature and grown up now, and what you think doesn’t matter, but if I don’t like me, then how are others supposed to.

Let’s get down to business here. The 12 week challenge. They are everywhere these days, a full on diet and exercise overhaul resulting in a tough regime of working out and eating properly.

I know how to eat properly. I choose not to all the time, that’s all. For me, the food is the easy bit. If I don’t buy it, if it’s not in pantry, I won’t eat it. (Chips are my downfall!! Chocolate will sit there for months) And when we go out, I generally choose the best options already.
It is the exercise that gets me. I get bored easily. I can’t just do the same thing day in day out.

Last year I set myself a challenge. Get fit and ready for an 8k run. I did it. I don’t want to do fun runs or marathons, I just wanted to do that. Been there done that.
Later in the year after some personal physical issues, I got back on the treadmill and free weights, and spent a few months getting it on, and working out. I started Power Pilates (PP) and loved it. A new dimension to my workouts.

Then Christmas and the school holidays hit. No excuse for no exercise. But not having a set routine, meant I just enjoyed 6 weeks of nothing except my weekly PP class. And that is not going to get you fit on its own.

Back to where I made the decision. Hubby, in all his diplomacy, said maybe I should do a 12 week challenge. Get back to where I want to be, quickly, and then it’s all maintenance. I suggested maybe he join me. I’m all for honesty etc, especially from him and the kids, but that hurt. Why? Because its true. I am ten kilos heavier than my maximum healthy weight.

Long story short. I found a challenge and paid for it (the Michelle bridges one had closed that day for the next round, yes, no exaggerations, that day!) and proceeded to receive the email with all the information.

Initially it looked good. But the more I read, the more it sound like a body builders regime. The diet is reasonably strict and full of protein. Protein is good, it builds muscles. But eating 20+ eggs in a week, yeah, that’s a bit extreme. (even if i ate them everyday id still only get in, say, 10) and I’m not taking the supplement powders, multi vitamins or eating tofu, euck.

The exercises look pretty good but repetitive, (the only things that changed was the order of activity and the reps went up) and the two sessions I did last week gave the muscles a good work out.
The only other extra exercise I did, which was really good and totally unrelated was a couple of workouts from my new Pilates Guru book and the app on the iPad. I will still be doing these – aiming for the 15min energy boost workout – daily.

My plan. For the next 11 weeks.
Working out my workout regime, what I do each day at the gym – my own cardio and free weights sessions – and set up my groceries to follow the diet closely, but not exact – and do a weekly check in on the page I made just for it. It will be my diary and information pages. I won’t be writing posts just for this. Maybe share a link or a sticky note, but not the full thing.
I will get the obligatory before shot and measurements. Whether I share this with you, I am unsure at the moment. Maybe at the end. I may gad about the place and not care, but sharing a pic of me like that makes me feel uncomfortable. Go figure.

I have been going to a stretch class each Friday morning. One hour of stretching. I am not flexible at all, and I need it to loosen everything up. Funny thing, I feel all free and lose in my head, but physically, I am wound tighter than a coil. Is that saying something??
I walk in feeling a lead pencil, and walk out feeling like a rubber band. All relaxed and limber and completely not achy or stiff. I actually feel like I have more energy. So Fridays I won’t be doing any other exercise. That class is like my end of week cool down.

12 week challenge. Bring it on. My way.

Get active, get out there and be comfortable with You! 🙂
Jennifer

Let me introduce you to Gym…

Ok, so I’m heading into day 4 and so far have worked out my own circuit at the gym and already starting to feel the benefits.
‘Yeah right’ you may be saying. I did start my better eating plan a week ago so I’m feeling less sluggish before I even start which means I feel the endorphines sooner than I think I would otherwise.

First up, let me tell you about our gym. It is in the local community centre, across the road from the school and while it is not filled with mirrors and state of the art equipment it has everything you need to do a decent workout or 2. Numerous exercise bikes, a cross trainer, rowing machine, treadmill, skipping ropes and all the weights & dumb bells you can poke a stick at.
They have several general gym classes available, a fit fusion (some kind of mixed up Pilates ) class and being open to anyone who wants to come as a casual.

There is a key to the gym in the Centre’s office or you can call the caretaker to arrange a time for them to open after hours. Most days the gym is open anyway during office hours.

Costs… this is the best bit. Unlike most gyms where you have to pay a registration fee and then crazy weekly fees, this is simply a per class or per session if you come and do your own thing.
I think classes are around the $10 mark. Average price for a gym class but the casual rate is $2. Yep, $2. Which is to cover basic cleaning and maintenance costs and it’s on the Honesty system. (ie: they trust you to pay as you go) and considering they have just bought a couple of new items I’d say there are enough people attending.
When I went in this morning I paid up not just for the rest of this week, but next week aswell. Paying in advance will keep me motivated to go back.

My routine has consisted of:
skipping warm up – 2 mins
– rowing machine – 5 mins/1000m
– cross trainer – 5 mins
– treadmill – walk 1 min/jog 1 min/run 2 mins/walk 2 mins (or something similar)
– arm exercises with weights:
triceps kickback, bicep curl, overhead triceps extension, lateral raises, shoulder press, and the last one I can’t find a name for, but I have seen it one of my dvd’s, its similar to a bicep curl but instead of twisting the hands outwards they stay facing forward.
I’m currently using 2kg each side, and 10 reps a piece with my aim to go to say 5kg and hold the reps. I want tone not bulky muscle)

– have a (large) drink and repeat.

This usually makes it to about the 45 min mark and I am definitely feeling it. After another week or so I’ll up it so I do a full hour.
Finishing with stretches to loosen up and make sure I’m not stiff and sore the next day.
Always stretch after exercising or you will not be able to move the next day! Even if you don’t think you need to. Believe me, I’ve done it and stretching works wonders.

Before I head off to see Gym, I do my normal morning routine – emails, blogs, FB from overnight (given most of my friends are in the northern hemisphere and as such the times are all out) while I eat breaky.

Now you may think that having breakfast before I go to the gym will only result in me getting a stitch or similar. Quite the contrary. Breakfast is to break the fast, so I’m feeding my body and giving it fuel to get through the following activities. I’ve found yoghurt with muesli & milk (and a coffee) is small enough to keep me going but not too much to feel stuffed.
I then feed the body again once I get home. By the time I shower and then put on a load of washing etc it becomes more of a brunch. Usually a boiled egg with toast, or a small tin of tuna and salad. Good proteins. This will keep me happy til mid afternoon when it’s snack fruit time while I think about dinner.

Main meals, I try to just keep my portions small and have more veg and salad. Fish will be playing a big part this summer Spring I think.

So that’s where I am, and feeling really good.
Thinking I may put hubby to shame. The boys have put bets on who’s going to get into shape quicker, or actually do it the end of the year. And seeing as their father lost in spectacular fashion last year on his bet, I think it’s a shoe in for me. (this is his challenge!! as I know he reads this).

Keep healthy and keep moving.
Crank up the music and dance like no one is watching 😀
Jennifer