…Here we go!

9 Aug

Hi all!

So, this is my first attempt at writing a blog! I am currently undertaking the Michelle Bridges 12wbt, so this blog is just an online dedication to my (ongoing) journey throughout the 12wbt!

So ahh… where to start?! I remember a friend of mine saying she was going to sign up to the 12wbt back in 2009 (I think it was) and at the time I thought maybe it would work for me too, however I was at Uni and didn’t have to funds to support joining the program at the time.
I’ve had a lifelong struggle with weight. I was overweight/obese throughout my childhood, and struggled with getting my weight down in highschool. It wasn’t until around 2009 that I decided to join a gym and really get serious about my health that I finally started to make a change. Throughout 2009/10, I lost around 10kgs and regularly went to the gym, did twice weekly bootcamp sessions, played weekly games of netball, and did plenty of other forms of exercise throughout the week. I really boosted my fitness, and for the first time in my life, I could run (somewhat decent) distances without getting an aching stitch in my side!

However at the start of 2011,  I moved out of home to the other side of town. I had to cancel my gym membership, as it just wasn’t viable travelling over 30 minutes to get to the gym when I could have just gone for a walk instead! I had just started my degree at University (to become a highschool English teacher, if anyone is interested), and along with many problems within the share house and all sorts of other personal dramas, I ended up putting on a lot of weight.

About halfway through 2011, I met my beautiful partner Alex (and yes she is a woman, and yes, I am a woman… so if you have a problem with that part of my life story then I suggest that you stop reading right about now). This was the greatest thing that ever could have happened in my life. Through meeting Al, I realized that I could find happiness in ways other than losing weight. For the most part of my life, I’d been fixated on the fact that in order to be happy, I had to lose weight. And finally, this was no longer the answer. I let myself go a bit, I stopped exercising regularly and finally just enjoyed eating what I wanted when I wanted. It probably wasn’t the best for my health (or my waistline!), but for the first time since I was seven years old, I didn’t care about what I was eating and I felt truly happy 🙂

Now zoom into 2012, and things have finally started to catch up with me! I stepped on the scale one day and had a minor breakdown… I’d managed to put on 10kgs in a year and a half, and it was certainly showing! I felt fat, frumpy, and none of my clothes fit me anymore. Al and I decided that it was time to get serious about things. We started cooking dinner each night (as takeaway was always an easy and quick option!), we ate healthy meals and tried to exercise a few times a week. However on and off, this only lasted for a little while. Every time we tried again, ‘life’ (and a whole lot of excuses!) seemed to get in the way, and we would fall back off the bandwagon (and seem to land in a packet of TimTams and an extra kilo and a half!) Finally, about a month and a half ago, we went to the Blue Mountain’s to visit Al’s family, and her older sister drove down from Sydney to visit. She’d always been a bigger girl from her childhood (like myself), and she had recently joined round 2 of the 12wbt, and let me tell you… she looked amazing! She had lost weight, toned up, her hair and skin looked really healthy, and she was just glowing! I asked her about the program and she gave me the details. She said it was hard work, that you had to be super organized and on track each week, but most of all, she said that the results she’d achieved were totally worth every cent she had spent on joining the program.

For me, the proof was in the pudding (or the lack there of!). Four weeks later, when I finally received my tax return (I’m still an incredibly poor uni student, so everything monetary takes a lot of planning and saving!) Al and I finally joined up for round 3 of the 12wbt. I’ve ticked off four of the Pre-season tasks, and so far they’ve been really beneficial. I’ve noticed a lot of similarities between these tasks and some of those in Michelle’s books (particularly Crunch Time), however I don’t mind the overlap, as Crunch Time has been an amazingly helpful book in my weightloss journey so far. In the last week of the Pre-season, I’ve found the videos, tasks and forum posts incredibly motivating. I love Michelle’s attitude and view towards losing weight. I know it seems to get thrown around a lot in the forums, but JFDI has become a pretty important slogan for me on those mornings when I really don’t want to get out of bed and put on my joggers!

So far in the Pre-season time, Al and I have been trying to stick to 1200 calories a day, and exercise at least 5-6 days a week. Al has recently suffered a knee injury (from a longer running series of knee injuries) and she may potentially have to have surgery, so we’ll have to come up with some new and exciting ways to exercise if that’s the case! We’re both at Uni (both studying education) and we both pay a whopping amount of rent per month, so we’re unable to join a gym due to money restraints. We’ve been exercising outside as much as possible, but on rainy days like today, it’s a bit tricky. We also have a pretty small (perhaps I should say cosy) house, and a housemate who never seems to leave the house (I mean ever… I swear his ass is glued to his computer chair!) so doing exercise DVD’s is out of the question unless we want to look like absolute morons. However, we did come up with a solution of trying to sort the garage into a bit of a gym with the small resources we do have. So far that includes a bike trainer, a skipping rope and a mat for sit ups etc, but we’re soon hoping to get some boxing equipment, free weights and a fitball so we can incorporate a bit of variety into our routine! Oh, and we’ve both also managed to lose about 1kg in the last 2 weeks, which has been a great motivater to keep going!

Anyway, that’s the breakdown of who I am and where I’m at 🙂 Hopefully this blog isn’t full of complete nonesense and other 12wbters will actually be interested in following it! My major at Uni is writing, and I’m always writing in different shapes and forms, so I hope to contribute on here as often as I can. I’ll be blogging about health and fitness, the 12wbt program, and anything else even vaguely related to those things, so stay tuned if you’re interested 🙂

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