Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Like you know I just had to say that!

Off to get my nails done as a reward.

And some food for thought :- Or a laugh which ever mood your in today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Happy Dance in the bathroom this morning.  Yes my dog came running down the hall to see what all the fuss was about.  While I was doing happy punches in the air.

My gosh its taken a very long time to finally see a number on the scales that I have not seen in years.

When I started my quest to loose weight last year, I never saw a 75 on the scales.

Well except for the times my silly scales was having a moment or only half of me was on them when it calculated my weight.   So that is it - I am NOT going up again.   For the last 9 weeks of Michelle Bridges I have had to lose the weight that I had lost last year just to get going again.

May 1st 2010 to Oct - I went from 95+kgs down to 76.9 or something the day I went to the Gold Coast.  Then I put on a couple of kilos and then had an operation in December and couldn't exercise and then I slowly started putting on weight again and was back up around 83kgs when I started Michelle Bridges.

So seeing 75.4kgs is new weight that I have lost (finally) Not old weight that I already lost and then put back on again.   It is so much harder to lose weight in your 40's seriously - I am killing my butt at gym eating clean and its slow.  I would have been a size zero now if I was in my 20's after this cleaning living.

No going back - It proves the program works because this week I had two nights of having take out/dinner out. (Had to no other options) but I made good choices and even had a drink.  Wahoo!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Meeting Tommy Hafey

Last night at my gym we had a night with Tommy Hafey.  If you have no idea who Tommy is - Watch the video. He is an ex footballer/coach that at nearly 80 still gets up at 5.20am come rain, hail or shine and trains. Even swims in the freezing cold of winter at the beach.

He is just an all round nice guy, straight talking, awesome, motivating great guy.

Just like Michelle's weekly mindset lessons - I walked away pumped.

Actually I felt like I had a "Dali lama" moment.  It was like he was talking to me.

If you ever get a chance to see this guy "Just go and do it".  He talked about everything from how he goes to schools and motivates the kids to his own goals and challenges he sets.

So I came home and I'm still working through my goals and reading the ones I set at the start of the MB challenge and tweaking them.   I haven't really ever gone to a "Motivational" type thing but boy it was just what I needed to get my thoughts back on track and try some new things.

Including better parenting my son.  Loads of things that I will post about when I have had time to process everything.

Yesterday I did a killer Circuit class at gym and I was so happy that my little man is helping me get to my classes by getting ready for school super early.  We talk so much about "Support Crews" well my little 7 year old is being fantastic.   He used to struggle with me leaving every day so much so that I had to stay for 30mins after school had started just to get him settled.  Now I leave him at the gate and he walks off to class.

Each time I make sure he is in the middle building before I turn away and my heart strings pull a little.  We have come such a long way.

Anyway, off track again.  Managed to burn nearly 700 cals which blew me away.  I am guessing it was so much because the class was more like boot camp and I hadn't pushed myself really at all that week.

It was like coming home and just what I needed.  No gym yesterday as they replaced all of the cardio equipment so it was super exciting to go to gym today to see loads of new shinny treadmills, bike etc.

I made it to Spin class.  Boy I love this class especially when Lee or Karen take the class.  Its really kick arse  without really noticing the time and then suddenly its time for cool down and stretch and I feel on top of the world for completing another spin class.  So I kind of did my super session today and ended up burning another 600 plus in the gym.  Now my silly Garmen heart rate watch turned it self off so many times I lost track.  When I walked out of the gym I had burn over 1000 according to my watch but I think it was way more than that.

I feel totally spent tonight ready for bed by 6pm and honestly love that feeling.

Check out the size of his hands.  Now I am only 5ft 1 so Tommy's small compared to todays footy players but those hands.  No way a footy was going to slip through them.  As I already said He was amazing guy & true gentleman.

And the photo well I can't believe my double chin popped back in for a photo.  Thought I had lost it around week 4 of the challenge.  Bawahahah!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Refocusing and getting on the with the job.

The job of weight loss and the reason why I slug it out at the gym.

* Health
* Healthy people live longer
*Get a job (well once I am at goal).
*Be a better parent, wife, sister, friend etc etc.
*Fit into clothes without having to tug or stretch things.
*To be able to just do it!

Time to stop the B/S and get back on the program.

So this week my goal is not to worry about this weeks weigh in day and just focus on each day and eating well. Next week TTOTM is due so I am not even going to think about getting on the scales (no I wont shake on that)....

As I don't have a printer I have hand written my daily/weekly menu and swapped the things that don't appeal to me for foods that I know I like.

I am also starting a new challenge at my gym that starts tomorrow and will go until the middle of September which will work out perfectly with the next Michelle Bridges challenge.  I have no idea what the gym challenge is all about but its something about around the world in 88 days.  

Tomorrow night kicks off the challenge with Tommy Haffy the nearly 80 year old former Collingwood football coach.  Who is an amazing fit inspirational man.  So I am looking forward to that.

My gym has also brought in new cardio gym equipment as of tomorrow and I am stoked to be trying out some new equipment.

Last week of the school holidays was an epic fail for me but next week won't be.

Aiming for the 75kgs and I can do it.

(No photos today) Will have to come up with something creative ;-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Life during the school holidays

Week 8 going into week 9 on the Michelle Bridges challenge and I am still stuck at 76+ something kilos.
This is not due to the program.  It's due to me not being organised, stuck at home and crap weather during the school holidays.  Lots of unplanned unforseen things have happened like hubby working on the weekends and going to the football early and all day Sundays two weeks in a row.
I have gone to gym probably 4 times a week pretty crap and yeah I probably could have gone a bit more.  But I figure that my son at 7 years old is not going to be wanting to hang out with me in a few years and I need to enjoy just being with him.  He has gone into the creche a few times for me while I worked out.  He is a good boy but thats about it. 
I have barely followed a whole day of the MN weekly menu for the past week.

Actually truthly I sabotaged myself.  Last week I did stick to my diet really well killed myself at gym to make any time in the gym burn as much as I could.  Weighed in on Wednesday, not Thursday so come Friday I was sure I had finally hit my goal of 75kilos.  Well I nearly died when I was still 76+ kilos.  That was it I fell off the wagon HUGE TIME!.  Pretty stupid really!
Looking back at what I have just written even sounds stupid.  We have only 4 weeks or less of this challenge.  I doubt I am going to hit 14kgs but I am going to aim for 10kgs.   I have signed up for the next challenge and that will keep me on track to keep loosing weight until the summer.
This summer is going to be my lightest summer.  Loosing this weight has taken a very very long time.  If you had asked me 1st May 2010 that I would still be struggling to get down to around 57kgs in 2011 I would have laughed.  I was meant to be at goal last Christmas. 
Sure parts of me feel a bit disappointed when I read in the forums people loosing 3kgs a week!
Maybe I need to pull my finger out and work out a bit harder.  Next week school is back and I will have more time to myself to work out more.  
My goal this week is to write out my weekly food menu.  (I don't have a printer) and write out the 9 weeks of menu's & recipes.
My other goal is to get into the 75kgs by following the menu from tomorrow on wards. I can do it.
Here is a stat of our world rating on weight gain.  If this doesnt make me peddle a little harder this week. 

The Top 30 Obese Nations

Rank  Countries  Amount  
# 1  United States:30.6% 
# 2  Mexico:24.2% 
# 3  United Kingdom:23% 
# 4  Slovakia:22.4% 
# 5  Greece:21.9% 
# 6  Australia:21.7% 
# 7  New Zealand:20.9% 
# 8  Hungary:18.8% 
# 9  Luxembourg:18.4% 
# 10  Czech Republic:14.8% 
# 11  Canada:14.3% 
# 12  Spain:13.1% 
# 13  Ireland:13% 
# 14  Germany:12.9% 
= 15  Portugal:12.8% 
= 15  Finland:12.8% 
# 17  Iceland:12.4% 
# 18  Turkey:12% 
# 19  Belgium:11.7% 
# 20  Netherlands:10% 
# 21  Sweden:9.7% 
# 22  Denmark:9.5% 
# 23  France:9.4% 
# 24  Austria:9.1% 
# 25  Italy:8.5% 
# 26  Norway:8.3% 
# 27  Switzerland:7.7% 
= 28  Japan:3.2% 
= 28  Korea, South:3.2%

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Well I didn't make it to my goal of 75kgs by this weigh in.   I am sure if I weigh in tomorrow I will be there. I sort of lost my way this week after having being on a high, for having  a good size weight drop last week.

There seems to be a repeating pattern of "Something" I keep doing every weekend/start of the week.  I am not sure if being a little slack with my food on the weekend or doing increased exercise Sun-Tuesday shows a higher weigh in on Wednesdays compared to me weighing in on Thursdays.  Who knows!

Never mind because really at the end of the day, I am dropping down in weight not going up and my lifestyle has certainly changed.  I am feeling muscles and even bones now that I haven't felt for such a long time.  While I still have loads of jiggly bits there seems to be less padding.  I also figure if I do this at my pace rather than dropping huge numbers each week.  I am personally less likely to gain 5kgs in the minute I stop the program.

I found this week menu food not all that inspiring for me and with the school holidays - I didn't sit down and work out mine and my families meal plans for this week. Planning for me is the main thing.  If the food is there and I am hungry I will eat it.  If I haven't planned and I am hungry I will just grab food (not bad food) but the size of my meal and calories might push me over my daily calorie limit.  I wish that Michelle posted the weeks menu first thing on Thursday as I do our weekly food shopping mornings on Thursday.

I also had my sister 30th Birthday on Saturday and while I tried so hard not to blow out my calories for the day. At the same time it was hard because she had a "French themed" cocktail party with little nibbles, loads of beautiful french cheeses.  I was starving actually most of us was starving add a few glasses of Champers and I kind of lost count of my calories for the day. It was hard to make good food choices because there wasn't a lot to choice from.

I have also had very limited time to get to the gym and burn the calories up.  I have now completed two Cycle classes and just love it. But cry at the same time as its such a new challenge for my body but I love the end result. Gosh listen to me making excuses. (Insert slap to the head)..... Just stop it Felicity!

I am getting lots of people notice I have lost weight and I am finding it hard to accept the compliments because I was around this weight lost October. I need to break through the 75kgs to be able to really say this a new weight loss number on the scales for me.

With the School holidays being here - There are days when I want to go and hang out with my little man.  He went to the gym creche while I did a Circuit class the other day without any complaints.  Well except for him saying "Mum its 7am this is school wake up time".  When the alarm went off for us to get to gym by 9am.  From there we checked out the new Croydon Library and came home with 57 books.  Try carrying them when you have just done a work out.

Then we decided to have lunch at our local Cafe Barkley's.  I knew I could make reasonable healthy food choices here plus they make great coffee.   My little guy had the nachos and I had their yummy Eggs with spinach and salmon.  I think its called the Atlantic.  Anyway its usually smothered in Hollandaise sauce.  Being the new me - The good Felicity was saying just don't order it and the bad was "Oh you can burn it off at the gym".  So I asked for the sauce to be on the side.  I have never done that before and felt really in control.

So here is my yummy healthy after workout brunch.

I wish I could poach an egg like that - I have tried so many times.

This week has also seen me update my tunes.  I found out that alot of the Cardio tracks for the "Les Mills" classes are by a lady called "Venus Jones". Worth checking out on I.Tunes.

 I had a crappy night last night.  On my way to gym as I reversed out the drive way. Our new neighbour had parked his dark green car opposite our drive way. Where there is no street lighting.  We have a tricky drive way and being wet and raining plus his car being dark when I reversed out I could not see it due to the angle that I have to pull out of our drive.  Being in hubbies 4 day old work car that did not have reversing sensors I smashed into the side back door of my neighbours car and damaged the bumper of hubbies work car which has to be replaced. 

The thing is, I just rolled back while I put the car into 1st (Manual car) and it rolled/touched the other car in a soft spot of his door and it caved it in.

While of course I am happy that no one was hurt.  I am completely guttered as the excess on the car insurance  is $1500.00.   My tax return that is going into my bank account on Monday is $1500.  Not even 5 mins earlier I had said to hubby.  "Now before you go paying bills with that money on Monday - I want some new clothes".  We are also big time struggling with $'s due to work cut backs at hubbies work.  I really need to go back to work but that is another story!

So I was really angry and I am still really angry with myself.  I still went to gym even with red eyes. Every now and then I would remember what a stupid thing and waste of money I had just done and the tears would start flowing again.   I managed to burn off 900 and some angry at the time.  I was glad the new me still went to gym as the old me would have gone up to the super market grabbed a bottle of wine and some junk food and drowned my sorrows that way.  So I guess that was a positive thing!!!