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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wow :o)

257.5 pounds
A week ago I was at 121.5kg or 267.9lb. This is the way it was supposed to go all along with the band. Losing every week and continually getting smaller. It feels so good to actually be in control of my eating, exercise and weight loss.

Yes I want to boast and scream for the roof top that I am losing weight again. I want to tell everyone and I want to jump for joy.

I have achieved this great result due to successful meal planing and calorie counting, a planned exercise routine, that I stuck to. It is amazing how easy this band really does work when we have everything in order. In the past it has only ever been one or maybe two of these things that I have been doing. No wonder the weight loss has been stumbling along lately ;p

Now I just need to have another eleven weeks like the last one and I will be well on my way to goal. I know it will be tough and I certainly am not going to expect this big a loss every week. But I think this is the what I need.

The only thing that could possibly get in the way is the time it takes to be this healthy. Between the exercise, the cooking and the planning, it is like a second job!! I do not know how any woman who has had kids can stay on top of everything. I salute you all :o)

I can just hope that as I get used to it, it will get a bit easier.

Can I also just add; that I love broccoli soup!! I hate broccoli, but I made a promise to myself that I would try everything in the meal program at least once. Well, this has been the biggest surprise for me. It has some Parmesan cheese added just before serving, and that is what makes it. I love it. It could easily become a regular. It is a soup, so is not the best band wise, but it is very yummy and it has been satisfying, maybe not for three to four hours, but it did keep me full for a few hours.

Here's the recipe:

Easy broccoli soup - 241cals

  • Serves 4
  • 10 min
  • 25 min
  • 241 Cal
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1kg (2 lb) broccoli, broken into florets, stems thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 5 cups (2 pints) chicken stock
  • 30g (1 oz) shredded Parmesan
  • 4 slices wholegrain bread, toasted


Heat the oil in large saucepan over medium heat.
Add the onion and broccoli stems and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft.
Stir in the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
Add the broccoli florets and stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to medium.
Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Uncover and set aside to cool slightly. Blend in 2 batches until smooth.
Divide among serving bowls and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Serve with the toast.
Mish Tips:
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Alternatively, freeze in portions for up to 6 months.


So here is to another great week with the 12WBT program and me sticking to this great new part of my banded journey.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Quick update :o)

This 12WBT is going great!!

Official weigh in day is Wednesday:

118.4 kg (261lb)

That is a loss of 3.1kg (6.8lb)

And it wasn't even a full week!!!! I can't wait to see the results on Sunday for MY official weigh in day. I checked the scale this morning and it said 117.7kg (259.3lb) So I am nearly officially in the 250's pound wise. I have been aiming for that for ages (or so it seems)

As for the band, I'm still deciding on if I do need an adjustment to it. The foods I have been eating this week are not what I would normally eat - I think that has been a major part of the plateau problem - and while I do still need a small healthy snack in between main meals. I am not sure that I do need another fill. I can still only eat small portions, and as the food isn't as heavy as what I usually eat, I am thinking that could be some of the problem.

Either way, I am enjoying the food - and yes I am very surprised about that as it involves food that I usually don't like. Things like the herb dill - never liked it, but I had a vegetable salad with a dill yoghurt's dressing the other night and loved it. Tonight I am making broccoli soup, and I am not a fan of the broccoli, but I am going to try it and if the rest of the week is anything to go by, I will love it too :o)

On the exercise side of things, I am sore!!! But it is a good sore, so a bare it with pride as a sign that my muscles are working and I am burning lots of calories. Today will be an easy day - Yoga DVD and a walk. the slowest day of the week, before tomorrow when I need to do a supper session. I am planning on doing a Body Attack class at the gym and then the strength and stretch exercises that are in the plan. Sunday is the day of rest. So I will be looking forward to a relaxing day and just take Blondie for a walk in the park.

So that is the beginning of my Friday. Now I am off to work and then it the week end :o)

Have a great day everyone!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Band in Me

All of a sudden I think my band has decided to loosen!! I'm not 100% sure, but I am getting very hungry the last few days, especially at night. I think it may be the cold weather of winter settling in. The same thing is happening to Blondie (my pooch), she is eating her food like there is no tomorrow and is always looking for more :o)

I do know that I don't feel as though I can eat anything in the morning, but come lunch I am very hungry, but can only eat a little as usual, and it does fill me up, but then by dinner I am very very hungry again and I seem to be able to eat a fair bit more than what I could a few weeks ago.

I am sure it will settle down. But wouldn't that be just about right; finally getting on track to lose some more weight and then my band loosens??

I have a very big inkling this is just my head playing around with me, trying to sabotage me. Because that is what I do. And this is something that I will be working on to stop too!!

If I was to be granted one wish at the moment, it would be to have a replay of my mindset from a year ago.

When I was first banded, nothing would stop me. I followed the band rules with out thinking about it. I just did it. I was only doing a little exercise, but I was trying. I was doing everything right. But I don't know what happened to change the mind set.

When I think really hard and go though the time I stopped losing on a regular bases, the only thing the really changed was the work outs. I joined a gym and started exercising. And I think that could be the catalyst. Not the working out, I would not change that for anything as I am so much fitter than I have ever been.

No; the problem is when I went to the gym, I stopped paying attention to the food I was eating. I started reintroducing chocolate and snacks into my diet. I re-started eating the creamy foods that just slide down through the band. I used the gym as an excuse to stop trying. As an excuse to eat the food I knew I was not supposed to eat.

I was silly.

This is not to say that I am not proud of my journey so far. But I am a little disappointed in myself for allowing me to de-rail myself so easily and for so long.

The excuses are stopping know. I will exercise AND eat well. I will succeed and get to goal.

I have said it before and will say it again. I deserve to be healthy, happy and thin. This is something I need to work on so that I believe enough to achieve it. Self-ego is not something I excel at and is my biggest issue on this journey. It can be a hard journey if you do not believe you are worth it. This is something I am working on improving.

Tomorrow is Monday and so the beginning of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation. I am so excited. I will definitely be getting an early night tonight so that I can be up and ready tomorrow morning. Will be at the gym 5am and no excuses.

Here a great Monday everyone :o)

Friday, May 20, 2011

12WBT and the band

I have received the first weeks menu and exercise program for my 12WBT and it's not as bad or hard as I thought it might be. Here is the menu for Monday:

BreakfastBerry muesli: : Top 50g untoasted muesli with ½ cup low fat milk and 60g (about a small handful) frozen mixed berries, thawed, gently heated over a low heat or in the microwave.
LunchTurkey & avocado rice cakes
DinnerSalmon stir-fry with Chinese broccoli & ginger

The only thing I will change on these menus is the breakfasts. Most of the time I can't swallow more than a protein shake or coffee, so I am not going to push on that as it is totally a band related issue and I am working with my band on this journey. What I will do is add the berries to my protein shake so that I am upping my fruit intake.

Monday's exercise will be as follows:

Gym MachinesBike 10 min Random Program L 4-8 70-90 rpm
Treadmill 5min walk warm up (WU) Repeat running cycle for remaining 10min
X Trainer 10 min Random program L1-4
Rowing machine 5 mins see how many metres you can row, and on Wed try to equal or better it!
Total Time: 40min
Do 2 rounds of Circuit below:
12 × Reverse crunch
12 × Side Taps (L&R = 1 rep)
12 × Full Sit Ups

StretchesBack twist
Hip opener
Hamstring stretch
Childs pose
Quadriceps stretch
Calf Stretch
Chest Stretch
Shoulder Stretch
Triceps Stretch
One thing I am looking forward to is following a meal plan and sticking to it.

I think I have been suffering from a bit of anxiety the last few days regarding this program. I have finished work at 2pm and a few days this week I have stopped off at the newsagents on the way to the train and bought a chocolate bar :o(  And even though I seem to be over the cold again, I have been very light on the exercise front. This does make me a little nervous about the plan for next week as I will be exercising six days a week for the next 12 weeks.

The plan for this is going to be to start of easy. Even though I really want to, I am not going to start off hard, because I from past experience I tend to go at 200% and of course fade really fast. I want to last the distance, so I will pace my self. Only go 100% to start off with and then work my way up from there :o)

I had to make a commitment and put it out there so that I couldn't go back on my word, so here is my current Facebook status:

Starting the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation on Monday. Here is my commitment: My commitment to myself is to give the 12wbt all that I have to reach my goals and achieve the weight loss I am after. I make a commitment to myself to follow the eating and exercise programs 110%. I make these commitments because I am worth it and I deserve to be healthy, fit and happy in my life.

So yes, I am committed to it and I will make it through the three months. I have my diary ready to go. I have plan to work through the tough times and the times I just don't feel like it.

I just have to start it and stick with it.

As I read back over this I notice I have rambled a little. Sorry about that. It is nervous energy. I also thought I would include more about the band, but to be honest, all is going well with it. I will just need to keep an eye on the menu plan and make sure I don't irritate or upset it too much as that is the fast track to getting sick again from not getting the nutrients I need.

Have a great week end everyone. Here's to lots of fun with family and friends!

Monday, May 16, 2011

More on Michelle

How time has flown :o)

For those who did ask, this is Michelle Bridges:
She's the female trainer on Australia's Biggest Loser - we only got one season of Bob and Jillian and then we had Aussies come in for all the following seasons. She's very much into clean eating and exercise.

Her favorite motto is:

F*#% Motivation; Just Do IT

She is a strong believer in the fact that if you use motivation to lose weight, you are more likely to fail. Motivation is too easy to lose, as we all know. So you just need to do it. Make a plan and just stick to it, just as you would say plan when you have your shower.

It makes a lot of sense and so I have jumped on her team and I plan to be able to have this mindset well entrenched by the end of it. Because like so many of us, I do rely heavily on motivation to keep on track, and as you can tell I have not had much of it lately.

I can't wait until it has officially started and I am working through all the pre-season tasks for the program. I'm up to diarising and organising. Making sure I am ready for the bumps along the way, and working out how to work around social engagements and outings and work so that I get my six exercise days in every week and now when I will need pre-made meals due to other commitments. I have already cleared out the cupboards of all junk - I was actually supprised that there was not too much in there. Then I checked my work draw :p I have gotten rid of the crackers, peanuts and half empty packet of chips :o)

In other news here is my May month so far:
Chocolate goals are doing okay, but due to yet another week with a cold, the exercise that I did do last week was just light walks, there was no strenuous workouts last week.

I nearly went a whole week without chocolate, however Sunday was my mum's birthday and we were having another dinner at J's and so to help celebrate J and I made this to go with the dinner we had :o)
It is three layers of meringue with chocolate cream in between and lots of hand-made chocolate flowers all over. Yummy...... I told everyone it was my sugar hit for the next three months, because even when I do have a treat it will not be as decadent as this one :o)

It was a great night and I am feeling a lot better this week. I will be back to the gym tomorrow and I have doing well with my eating well too. I will wait until the first day of the program before I weigh myself.

Have a great week, I am off to do more of my pre-season tasks.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

12WBT with Michelle Bridges

I am doing it.

I have to plan to succeed and I need to to be focused on this journey. I believe this program will be very helpful in my plan to get back on track.

The program helps you work through the mind blocks and emotional issues behind the behaviours. It offers a meal plan that I will need to stick to (or close as possible with my band) and through the structure of it, it will help me get into my exercise routine and stick to it.

I think the structure and mind exercises will also help with helping me with my chocolate problem too.

I am sure I have seen a few other blogs mention this program, but I can't remember who or how long ago, s let me know if you are doing the program or have done it previously. I would love to get some feed back on how the program has helped with outher bandsters :o)

One of the first tasks is to write down your excuses and then the solutions to overcome them. Here's what I have so far:

My Excuses and Their Solutions

Internal Excuses

1. I'm tired
2. I don't have time
3. I'm starting a diet on Monday, so I can eat whatever I want know this week-end.


1. Just do it. You will not be tired once you have started.
2. Make the time. This is important to you!
3. Every day is important in this journey and I do deserve to eat healthy food.

External Excuses Within My Control

1. Work gets in the way


1. Say no to the overtime when you have a planned work out. They do have other employees.

External Excuses Outside My Control

1. Emergencies at work


1. When I have to stay back, or start early, walk to and from the station, that way I am getting the exercise still and I get a chance to clear my head from all the dramas.

The next thing we have to do is set up goals. So far so good:

1 Month Goals

Lose 7kg to be on my way to meeating my three month goal.
Work with my band to help me stick to the program.
Start running at least 8 intervals of 30 seconds in a cardio session.

How I Will Get There

Follow the 12wbt program religiously
Listen to my body and follow band laws.
Start on the c25k program and stick to it

3 Month Goals

Lose 20 kilos.
Be able to run 5km.

How I Will Get There

Follow the 12wbt program religiously and work with my band to assist me get there.
Complete the c25k program and stick with it

6 Month Goals

Lose 30 kilos for Tabatha wedding.
Increase running to 10km

How I Will Get There

Continue the health plan from the 12wbt program and work with my band.
Improve running with running program to increase distance and speed

12 Month Goals

Be at goal weight - 80 - 75kg total lose of 45kg from now
Run a half marathon to celebrate this acheivement

How I Will Get There

Follow nutrition plan and work with my band to get there.
Follow training plan for a half marathon. Continue training and improving speed and times.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Vitamins galore !!!!
I feel like a druggie at the moment. I have been hit with another cold. So to help fight that I am currently taking my two multi vitamin capsules, a B-Complex tablet, and then for the cold I've also got two black elderberry caps and one ease-a-cold table that is basically zinc and echinacea. And to think I have run out of omega-3 tablets at the moment so there is actually one missing :p

The elderberry, zinc and echinacea mix was recommended by a friend at work who is a bit of health nut. And I do feel so much better already. At least I did until I went over to J's last night after work and we went through two bottles of bubbles. I was feeling okay, so I wasn't thinking. he real problem is that I only got about 5 hours sleep last night and so I'm a little tired and that doesn't help with getting over the cold.

By the way, do you want to know how I got it this time. I went to the GYM... that right, the gym. I was on the treadmill, working up a sweat and there was a blast of cold air from the air conditioner right above me. I was both hot and cold at the same time. I new I should have moved, but did I, NO!!! Of course not. I stuck it out. I am just a little pissed off with myself for that.

But hey, I will get better.

I don't know if I will make it to work tomorrow, if I am not feeling well enough tomorrow morning I will stay home and sleep. I wanted to leave work early this afternoon, but there were so many e-mails at work, I felt guilty and so I plugged on. I won't be doing that tomorrow if I am not feeling well enough. And although I am not trying to talk myself into the day off, I usually don't sleep too well when I am sick.

The e-mails at work are starting to get to everyone - we are supposed to have less than a 24 hour turn around, but for the last two weeks it has been more like 3 days turn around. So the main goal each day is to ensure that we are at least getting the e-mails done from two days previously. It has been a vicious cycle, that started during our school holidays when we got really busy on the phones and so the e-mails were pushed aside. I don't think they should have been pushed aside, but you can't argue with your boss's boss, right?

One more thing for tonight....

Happy Mother's Day

I hope every mother has had a great day and your kids gave you lots of love and kisses :o)

Almost forgot, Here is an updated veiw of my calendar for the month.
A few days of not doing the right thing, but still more pink than orange, so I am not complaining.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The begining of May

Well the month of May has begun and I have this wonderful new blog design. I have a mission in place to get back on track and I am feeling good about me.

So far I am three for three on working out in the month of May, and two for three eating chocolate.

Don't ask me, I do good things for my body and then stuff it up. Work in progress, a work in progress, but I am getting there. The real challenge will be going to the gym this week-end. I am working and so I will not be able to get to the gym during it's open hours, so I will need to do something else. I am thinking I may go in to work just a little bit earlier and do a power walk through the city.

I'll let you know how I go.

It seems to me that I have to be all or nothing when it comes to working out. I feel like I need to do the marathon of gym sessions in order to get back into going at all. So that I don't burn out I have so far done a couple of group sessions and then a quite day of just some treadmill time. I figure if I just keep going I will get into the rhythm of going.

Here is the month so far :o)
The more pink the better
I want to see mostly pink on this calendar at the end of the month - wish me will power :o)

Happy Hump Day everyone.