With the finish line for Round 3 of the 12WBT not far away I’ve decided to really pick up the pace and just smash out good nutrition and really get into my exercise sessions! Yes I’ve been following my nutrition pretty carefully anyway but this week and next week I will be VERY focused on exactly what is going into my body and how many calories I am expending in my training sessions, no excuses!
The week that was “Week 10” was a good one! I really made sure I was on top of my nutrition and kept up the exercise trying out some new workouts and changing things up! I’ve started doing Mish’s Boxing DVD along with her Weight set DVD too and I can tell you the weight set workout is great! The DVD goes for 30 minutes so I’d recommend going through it twice if you want a really good hardcore workout and upping the weight on the bar the second time around! I loved it because it is a mix of cardio and weights. For example the DVD is put into sections and one of those sections is a “Super Body Challenge” where Mish has you doing a specific weight exercise with the bar like a backwards lunge while doing a bicep curl and you do this for 1 minute without stopping. After that one minute you put the bar down on the floor and do 45 seconds of a cardio exercise like burpees (I shudder at the mention of this word!) or a side run with a drop. After that 45 seconds you then rest for 15 seconds and then get on with the next exercise. I LOVE this type of training because it’s NOT boring! It keeps you engaged and on the go constantly and that 15 second break is over so quickly you don’t really manage to catch your breath properly so it really pushes you!
I love the fact that Mish has bought out her own range of fitness gear including equipment, clothing and also the trusty water bottles too! You can find it all at Big W and the brand is “One Active” it’s affordable and great! I decided I would buy a pair of her workout tights and I have to say they’re some of the comfiest I have ever worn! So thank you again Mish for creating something so great and useful! Oh and I’ve also gone down a size in my workout tights so that’s even better!
What I really wanted to talk about in this post was “Sabotage”. Self sabotage and also sabotage from others, it could be a “friend”, a family member anyone! They might not even be aware that they are doing it either so it becomes hard to talk to them about your journey and goals.
Lets start with “self sabotage”. Why do we do it? Why do we get so close to our goal and then somehow find ourselves reverting back to old habits? Don’t we want to reach our goals and maintain that healthy state? How is it that we know it’s exactly what we want but for some reason we just can’t allow ourselves to get there?! Come on brain what’s going on up there?!
Sometimes getting your brain and your body to work in harmony is tougher then we think! I can say I still have problems like this, my brain has a lot of leg work to do before both mind and body are singing the same tune. But why do we self sabotage? Well I have some theories so please bear with me!
Theory 1: If I start to succeed at being healthier will my friends start to resent me?
They might, in fact I’m sure there will be “friends” that won’t particularly like you very much because they think you’re changing everything about yourself which is of course untrue! You start to think “Oh they don’t want to hang out with me because I won’t be able to eat what they have” you start to manifest these manuscripts inside and actually start to believe them and then just like that you’re catching up with a friend and scoffing pizza down your throat! YEP it happens A LOT! Not to me very much anymore but I have had my moments where I feel like I have to join in when I really don’t need to. I’ve learnt to be stronger in these situations, always eat before meeting up with friends and if you feel like you really need to nibble on something take some nuts or a small snack with you that way you can have something while your friend is eating that greasy pizza with far too many calories in it! Just because you’re being healthier doesn’t mean the rest of the world will do it with you!
Theory 2: “I’ve tried this before and I’ve always failed, will this be another notch on the “fail belt”?”
This is a common one and yes I’ve used it before. We’re scared to really give it a go because in the past we’ve tried and failed miserably. If you think about the past what was it that you were doing? We’re you following another plan at the time? We’re you just trying to consciously be better with nutrition or we’re you trying to be more active and actually go to the gym that you have a membership with? We’re scared of failure, hell I’m scared of failure! But I don’t let it get to me so much anymore because I now know exactly what it is I have to do to become healthier and happier. No gimmicks just plain old good nutrition and exercise except it’s different this time! This time I WANT IT BAD! Failure really isn’t an option for me anymore when it comes to my health. Yes I may not be the fastest or the slimmest but I’m not going to get to that point unless I pull my finger out and just do what I have to do!
Theory 3: “Yay I’ve reached my goal weight so that means I can eat WHATEVER I want!”
Um no…. unfortunately it doesn’t work that way!
Why on earth do we think like that?! What is it that makes us think that because we have reached a goal we deserve to just go all out and eat a whole tub of ice-cream? Well I can’t answer that exactly but I can give it a good guess. Because we have reached a goal we absolutely think that we are deserving, it’s a reward for our weeks and months of hard work! We somehow think that because we have lost the weight it’s never going to creep up again, it sounds great in theory but our bodies don’t work that way unfortunately! Reaching your goal weight or any goal for that matter doesn’t mean that you can loosen the reins and go crazy. It’s like justifying a Big Mac after you’ve just been to the gym and smashed 600 calories “Well because I just shed 600 cals I can now enjoy that Big Mac”. We start to try and justify our behaviours when really we shouldn’t allow it to happen. Well done on shedding 600 calories but don’t go and blow it by eating crap! Reward your body with some delicious protein or a nice piece of fruit! I know I used to think like that but the tune has changed and food is no longer a reward it’s just fuel for my body. Please do yourself a favour and stop this self sabotage you don’t deserve it!!
Aside from experiencing self sabotage we can also receive it from others. Sometimes it’s intentional and sometimes it’s just a lack of interest for what you’re trying to achieve. Some familiar forms of sabotage from others comes in sentences like these:
“Oh go on its only one small glass of wine”
“Don’t worry about your gym session tomorrow it’s only one class”
“You’re not having dessert? Here have some of mine!”
“Are you crazy!? You don’t need to lose weight! You’re perfect the way you are!”
“Why aren’t you eating that?”
Usually it’s followed by an eye roll from those people as if to say “Damn it didn’t work!”. But then why do we have to justify to others why we aren’t eating certain foods and why we aren’t drinking alcohol for a month or more?!
What it comes down to in the end is the fact that you’re “friend” feels bad about eating that certain processed food, think a block of chocolate to themselves, or they feel bad because they haven’t been to the gym in a month! Your health starts to become somewhat threatening to them in a way because it reminds them of their unhealthy choices or they might feel some sort of pressure to change even though you’ve never suggested it to them.
It could also be because they’ve just lost their drinking buddy on Friday nights or they’ve lost their hang out buddy over the weekend where you would devour packets of chips and chocolate together and watch movies. They begin to pretty much drop you as a friend because of your healthy choices. It’s sad and it’s horrible but obviously this person wasn’t really a great friend to begin with?! If this person was a true friend they would be cheering you on and helping you on your journey! They would throw a party and incorporate a plate of veg sticks and dip because they know you’re trying to be healthier! Now that is a true supporter!
Then there are those “saboteurs” who don’t even know they’re making you feel crap. They are the ones who just don’t care enough to say anything at all, positive or negative. They’re not interested in health or fitness and they just genuinely don’t care so try not to take those people’s ignorance’s in and just get on with your journey!
Now that you know a bit more about sabotages STOP doing it to yourselves!! And for those “friends” who are saboteurs just ignore them because if they were true friends/supporters they would be behind you 100% no questions asked! Everyone deserves to be happy and healthy so go out and get it for yourself!
On that note I had a great weekend, thanks for asking! Hehe
The weather wasn’t fantastic but it was still a weekend none the less! Friday night saw us spend some time at our Army friends, Andrew, house for a catch up and a bit of a shindig before he is deployed overseas! Scary but it’s what happens in the Army, everyone is incredibly proud of him!
Saturday I had my week 10 SSS and boy was it Super! I did a mix of weights and cardio and clocked up a good workout! I was feeling it for the rest of the day! I decided I would cook some yummy stuff on Saturday instead of Sunday and made a delicious batch of “Banana Bread Muffins” & “Chicken Noodle Soup” Mmm Mmm so yum!
Saturday night we spent time at Ben’s girlfriend Tash’s house and watched the thunderstorm roll in, I have to say it was very pretty to watch! Plenty of lightening and a lot of thunder!
Sunday was a late start as I love my once a week sleep ins! Chris, Ben, Tash and I decided to have some delicious Nando’s and I was actually a pretty good girl when it came to eating it! I could have eaten more but decided to stop when I did so I didn’t over do it and blow my daily calorie budget! I was very proud of myself! After a delicious lunch Chris and I headed home and he went off to Jam with a band while I decided to do a quick workout! I know a workout on SUNDAY?! It’s unheard of haha! It was a quick one but I felt it. After getting all sweaty I spent the day relaxing and played some trusty Sims, boy I love that game!
I had a fantastic weekend! How was everyone else’s??
I also noticed that the new Coles brand “Simply Less” has bought out a low calorie chocolate line as well! YUM! Has anyone else tried these yet? This flavour was lovely, if it has mint and it’s chocolate I’m there!