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My first gain

Well, the scales don’t lie.  Do they?  I wish they did!

I didn’t want to admit it earlier, because it’s personal and one of those ’embarrassing illnesses’ but it’s time for the truth. I’ve had a very painful UTI over the weekend and I’ve been taking some medication that’s basically sodium based, and it’s creatoc havoc with my body! I’ve felt really dehydrated, almost like having a hangover, but I’m sure I’ve retained fluid because the scales tell me I’ve gained a kilo this week.  I also haven’t been to the gym since Thursday because I’ve just been miserable and lacking any motivation whatsoever.

But with my horrid UTI now dealt with and the body finally recovering, let’s deal with that little situation of gaining a KG.  I have to look at this overall.  Yes, it’s a setback.  But, it’s Week 3 and I can recover from it and shift it if I get back to the program today and work a bit harder.

You just can’t let these things take you over.  Let’s look at the big picture.  I started this journey in June.  I’ve lost 13kgs since then.  This is my first and only gain in 3 months, so really, it’s not looking too bad at all!

What would be WORSE?  Falling off the wagon, giving up hope and falling back into old habits.  But I’m stronger than that.  I’ve been down that road and the only place it leads is to MISERY.

Question to myself: Are you going to be ordinary and give up and stop making an effort?  Or are you going to be extraordinary and just get back to it?

Next steps:  Watch Mish’s Week 3 video.  Plan out menu for the rest of the week.  Shop.  Exercise.  Routine, routine, routine.

Time to get back on the horse and soldier on.

Melinda xo


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Old habits die hard

Yep, they sure do.  I knew this was coming.  We’re into Week 2 and  the motivation is still there, but the old behaviours are starting to show up. Last night I went shopping after picking up the boys.  I was absolutely starving at the time (alarm bell number 1).  I bought a few things, then took the kids to Michelle’s so they could choose a treat (alarm bell number 2).  They picked out little gingerbread men and we left.  On way home in the car, Mr 4 was asking for McDonalds.  I said no, but in my head I was thinking “Yeah, we could have macca’s”.  (Alarm bell numner 3).  And then the justifications came flying!!  I burnt 700 cals today, I can afford to.  I’ll just have a cheeseburger and a small fries.  Or my favourite … we weighed in today, I can get away with it!

I was literally talking myself INTO it, but at the very last minute, even the last second, I decided NO and I turned right at the round-about to head home, instead of going straight ahead into the land of temptation.

It literally came down to a split second decision of “No, I’m cooking something healthy and more importantly, I’m cooking something healthy for the kids.”

These are the temptations that are going to start tripping me up now.  And the choice is mine.  Am I going to be ordinary and make the choices that led me to be the size that I am now?  Or am I going to be extraordinary and drop this weight, transform my life and achieve the things I want?

It’s a challenge. Every day. A big test of how strong my will power is, whether I can resist temptation, whether my planning is working and most of all – whether I can control my brain and shut up that “inner teenager” who demands junk food and laziness .

Consistency is Key.

Melinda xo

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Day 2, Week 2

Week 2 already, wow it has really flown!!!  The first week of round 2 felt like an eternity.  It’s nice to have a better idea of what to expect this time around; for example, the headaches, the cravings and most of all the hunger!!  I think because I’m mixing up the training a lot, the exercise is far more interesting than just doing the walks.  Being in the gym is also a social opportunity too, which is great for me because I work from home and some days hardly mix with any people out in the real world!  I don’t feel so isolated seeing friendly and familiar faces at the gym every time I go.  I even have a Wednesday workout buddy already!

Will post again tomorrow morning after weigh in.

Melinda xo

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Seeing the Changes

Sharing a forum post.  Feel like it’s cheating a bit just adding something I’ve posted on the forums, but this is a big one & have to record it here.

Hi peeps.  I have a bit of a celebration I want to share.  I lost 11.5 in Round 2, certainly felt the clothes getting a bit looser, but to me I looked exactly the same in the mirror. I was a little disheartened towards the end because I’m so desperate to change the way I look & feel, but that feeling also fired me up for Round 3!!

Today, I got the gym gear on and what I noticed in the mirror just shocked me.  My shirt was so baggy around the shoulders & boobs, to the point of almost being unwearable AND, my butt seems to have “unmerged” with my legs LOL.  Hard to explain that one….I guess I can just literally see my legs & hips have shrunk & my butt is changing shape & perking itself up again.  Wish I could say the same about my boobs.  HAHAHA

So finally, I’m beginning to SEE the changes.  I thought it would never happen but it is. I’m well and truly on my way to a new body now and just feeling so happy I could cry.

Melinda xo

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Day 4, Week 1

Day 4.  After 3 days of hard training and especially after the sheer brutality of 2 hours at the gym yesterday (weights, abs, lunges, interval training, boxing, more abs) I’m feeling it today!  I’ve woken up hungry, I’m feeling sore and to top it off, it’s that time of the month!

The “me I used to be” would take the day off training today with the excuse that I’ve worked hard this week and I deserve a break.  I had that conversation with myself about 30 mins ago.  The outcome?   I’m ignoring it.  I’m going to the gym, I’m not thinking about it, I’m just going to do it.

I remember Mish saying in Round 2 that yes, it’s going to hurt! And the best way to deal with it is to do more training.  She is the voice of reason in my head.

Melinda xo

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All I want for Christmas is…

Wow, Round 3 kick off tomorrow.  I can’t believe when we finish this round we’ll be 2 weeks off Christmas!!  Another year almost over.

I’ve been single a few years now, and before my last relationship, in my late 20’s I was single for a few years as well.  So, I’ve always bought myself a special present at Christmas time.  Usually something a bit indulgent, just one thing from the list of “things I must have!”  A beautiful man and loving partner for life is on that list too, but that’s not something I’ve noticed in stock at David Jones lately.  Anyone know where to get one of those?

But anyway, getting back to the point … This year, I just can’t think of a better Christmas present to give myself than a healthier body.  Or my beautiful  ‘skinny’ clothes that are sitting in the wardrobe waiting for me. In fact I might even wrap them up in Christmas paper and stick them under the tree!!    What about giving myself the gift of having the inner confidence to strip off to my cozzies at the beach and just dive into that water without a care in the world!  That would be simply fantastic.

In 12 weeks, that’s where I’m going to be and I’m going to have the best Christmas I could ever imagine.

Kick off tomorrow – LET’S GO!!!

Melinda xo

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Getting Motivated

I’m reading through some of the posts on the 12WBT Facebook page and for the first time feel as pumped as I did a few days before I started Round 2! Even though we are doing this online, I can really feel the excitement and nervousness of the other members.

I think this time before kickoff is the most valuable because it’s really the time for you to get your head into gear and create the excitement you need to keep motivated through-out the program. Of course the pre-season tasks help with getting your head right as well.

I just need to complete the “Kitchen Makeover” today (it’s looking pretty good in there anyway but I’ve noticed a few little things creep back in…It’s time to go….chocolate yogo (for the kids!)

Oh, and I have to measure up too and submit my before pic. I’m so excited, can’t wait to get started.

Melinda xo

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