Week 6 So Far!

I have to say I had a pretty good weekend.
Saturday was spent getting my hair done for 3 hours, that’s right 3 hours that’s how damn long it is/was! Well it’s still pretty long but I had some colour put through it too! I haven’t had my hair done in about 2 to 3 years so this was definitely needed!

New Hair! 
Aside from getting my hair done and feeling pampered I also spent some time just chilling out and not worrying about having to complete assignments or anything because I’m officially finished my course and will be getting my Cert II soon, yay me! Being qualified in something I love makes me incredibly happy!
On Sunday morning I got up nice and early so that my favourite PT, Ray, could come and pick me up and take me to the foreshore for one of his killer boot camp sessions and killer it was! I’m honestly surprised that I didn’t vomit!
Ray set up a circuit of roughly 10 exercises and all of them brought the pain especially his “unbalanced shoulder presses” OUCH! I felt it in my poor shoulders yesterday and today! The battle ropes were also pretty intense considering I’ve never really done them before. I think they’re now on my list of dislikes for exercises, man do they hurt and who would have thought that rope would be so damn heavy!?
After the gruelling workout we headed to Fast Eddy’s for some much needed sustenance!

Sunday Funday!
Battle Ropes

We are now in week 6 of the 12WBT, half way! I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly, I’ll be in Adelaide partying it up in no time with my beautiful JFDI Dames!

I expected to lose a lot more weight for this round but unfortunately I haven’t put in the effort for that to happen. I could blame it on my stress with work and study but when it comes down to it there should be no excuses! I should know better of all people.

Tomorrow is our week 6 weigh in and I’m hoping I get a loss, I’ll take anything even 100 grams! I’m feeling more focused this week and know what I want to achieve and I will make sure I get a better loss for the remainder of this round!

Last night, due to not having class, yay! I actually had time to make myself some delicious dinner!
I decided to try a new 12WBT recipe and went with the “Chicken & Leek Pie” although I completely forgot to buy a leek so I used onion instead!
The recipe is delicious!! I absolutely love it! Because my ramekins are very small I got to have 2 little pies coming in at only 290 calories for the the two!
If you haven’t tried this one yet, get onto it! definitely a winter warmer.

Chicken & Onion Pie

Amydeville xoxo

Week 5 – New Start

I’m back!
So sorry I’ve been away and neglecting my beautiful little blog! I promise to never stay too far away again!
To be honest I have just been super busy. Work is busy, life is busy, doing assignments keep me busy. The list could go on but no more excuses I’m back and writing again.

I have one more night of evening classes and then I’m free! Bring on Wednesday night I say!

So what’s been going on in the wonderful world of the 12WBT?
Well, last week was week 4 and also our “mini milestone” week where we re-do the fitness test and also re-take our measurements.
I haven’t really lost a whole lot of weight so far in this round but I have lost a few centimetres which makes me feel a whole lot better!
So far this week I have really picked up my game and gotten back on the bandwagon.
Weekends completely derail my efforts but I’m putting in 100% this week because I want to start seeing some damn good results!

Week 4 Mini Milestone

I’ve had a cm loss of 4.5cm which is great but I know it could be better! For week 8 I want a much better result and I’m going to aim high and really push myself to stick to my nutrition and get more exercise in because my course will be finished (Yay!)

We’re currently in week 5 and things are going pretty good. My cold is still hanging on which really sucks but I’m trying my hardest to kick it!
Heading to the gym tonight to stretch out my poor little calves who are still hurting from last weeks workouts!
Have a great day everyone!

Amydeville xoxo

Week 2 WIW & Learning To Organise!

I know I’m a day late but Week 2 Weigh in was yesterday! That’s Right WIW, 2 down 10 to go until the end of the round!
On Tuesday evening, before our weigh in on Wednesday morning, I went straight to the gym after work to put in a last bit of effort and hope for the best!

I did 20 minutes of interval training/running on the treadmill then hit the weights section for 15 minutes and finished it off with 60 push ups (on my knees, I dream of the day where I do them on my toes!) then did a cool down and stretch.
I got to try out my brand spanking new Polar HRM too which was awesome! Yes I get excited over my HRM, but come on, it’s pretty awesome! I can tell you that it works perfectly and is very comfy to wear as well. My results are below along with a few other snap shots!
Yes I had the Stroganoff again, it was so good! I had the left overs for dinner last night too, yum!

21st May - My Day!

So how did my Weigh in Wednesday go?!
Well I had a loss, yay me! I wanted to at least get to the 500 gram mark but I can settle for the 400 grams that I lost. I had a bit of a “splurgy” weekend so I can understand the 400 gram loss, it would have been more if I could just behave myself over the weekend! Below is my ever growing chart.

Week 2 12wbt Weigh InSorry for the size! Please click on it to see the whole thing 🙂 

Aside from having weigh in, I also decided to start using a diary app on my phone to keep track of events, workouts, my night classes and all the other important things I should remember! I downloaded “Calenmob” onto my Iphone and I’m finding it really easy to use and awesome to put in appointments as you can also set an alarm for when the event is starting.
So far I have popped in my workouts which are Tuesday, Friday & Saturday and my night classes which are on Monday & Wednesday. I’ve also popped in that I plan to do some makeup tomorrow night on my mum, need to get the practice in!
I’m trying to get better at diarising and organising because we all know just how important it is to plan these things out and make sure that we make the time for our workouts through the week. I also plan on making some time to cook a few things up over the weekend for week 3!
Thinking I might make the vegan muffins and maybe those yummy pies!

Diary for May - Month View

Diary for May - Weekly View

How do you keep organised? Do you use a paper based diary? Or do you use something similar to my Iphone App?

Just before I go I will let you know that I passed my first Practical Assessment in class last night, Yippee!!
We had to apply Remedial Makeup over a tattoo and I had my awesome brother come in to be my model.
This is his before & after!
I know he has an amazing beard too haha!

Remedial Camo Application

I need some more practice but for my second try at it I think I did pretty good! Plus I passed, which is all that matters in my eyes!

Have a great day 12WBT’ers and Everyone else!!
Amydeville xoxo

Week 1 Down!

Week one is down and it’s onto week two with gusto!
How did my week 1 go?
Well my Monday to Friday went pretty great, I kept to my calories and worked out and tried some new recipes which was nice. Saturday & Sunday… well, I didn’t quite stick to the plan.
Weekends really are my down fall. I get “relaxed” and then I make poor nutrition choices even though the voice in the back of my mind is asking “why?”.
For the weekend coming I’m going to devise a plan of attack to get me through. Plan my nutrition better for those two days and execute it! Maybe I’ll tell myself that it’s a “test” maybe that way it’ll help me to stick to it better to see if I actually can stick to my calories.
Aside from having a poor nutrition weekend everything else was great. I worked out 3 days, which is what I set out to achieve and I felt good about the program.

I tried Mish’s Stroganoff recipe which is delicious by the way! I really don’t know why I hadn’t tried it before in the previous rounds! Instead of the usual beef though I used Kangaroo and it was super yummy!

Kangaroo stroganoff

Taken from my Instagram account: amydeville

I told myself that in this round I would try some new recipes and mix it up a bit to keep things fresh and new!

I wasn’t only in the kitchen over the weekend though. I also went out with the girls to see the Wayans Brothers show at the Regal Theatre. We had a great night and yes I ate something naughty for dinner.
We decided on “Mad Mex” and I had some nachos with guacamole which were delicious! I didn’t eat it all though it was incredibly filling! I think that was where my nutrition for the weekend went down hill though so I need to work on my choices when I go out as well and try to make the better one.

Wayans brothers Regal Theatre

V and I - The bathroom selfie!

Thought I’d add in a picture of the theatre and also the must be taken bathroom selfie! This is Me and V before the show!

We had a great night out and had some much needed laughs!

So what is my plan of attack for week 2?
Well aside from sticking to my 1200 calorie limit I’m aiming for another 3 workouts. Tuesday, Friday & Saturday (Hopefully I’ll have my HRM for them!)
I want to be more aware of what I’m eating too, I don’t eat my meals fast at all, I’m such a slow eater but what I want to achieve is to be aware of the taste and texture and take my time chewing every bite so that I really experience what the flavour is.
I want to plan out my weekend meals and snacks before it hits that way I know exactly what I’ll be having for the day and all I have to so is just stick to it!

How did you go in Week 1?
Do you have a plan for week 2 at all? Or are you following the program to a T?
Let me know!!

Amydeville xoxo

WIW & Exciting Graphs!

We are half way through Week 1 of Round 2 and things are going pretty good so far.
If you’re doing this Round you know that Wednesday’s are Weigh in Days “WIW” or “Check In Days” you can call them whatever you like!
Yesterday I hopped on the scales and was pleasantly surprised, I had an 800 gram loss since my Saturday Measurements test, I was stoked!

12wbt Round 2 2013 Week 1 Weigh In

Sorry it’s so small! If you can’t see it you can click on it to make it bigger 🙂

I can’t wait to see that graph filled up with all of my weigh ins for the next 12 weeks.
I’m feeling really positive and optomistic about this Round, I’m ready to push myself and get down to my goal weight!
Another thing I’m REALLY looking forward to is the Finale!!
One of my very good friends is also doing this round and we’ve both decided we’re going to head to Adelaide for the Workout & Finale Cocktail Party!! Very Excited!!
If you didn’t know, after each Round Mish throws a big Finale Party in her chosen state and this Round happens to be Adelaide. Through the day she holds a massive group workout for those who come for it and then we all get glammed up for a night out on the town. My excitement is huge!

Aside from tracking my weigh ins I’ve also been a good girl and have kept at tracking my food intake as well trying to keep within my 1200 limit. I usually allow about 100 calories either way but aim for no more. I don’t want to starve and I don’t want to over do it either!
Below is a picture of Tuesdays intake, I apologise for the size!!

Food Diary Tuesday 14th May

Same for this picture, apologies for the size! You can click on it though!

There are a few things in my “diet” that probably shouldn’t be there but no one is perfect and I’m still working on beating the demons! I find the mental battle one of the hardest things to over come when it comes to eating and living healthy.

How did you go with Week 1 Weigh In? Are you feeling confident about this Round? Let me know!

Amydeville xoxo

It Has Begun! Round 2 2013 Is Underway

DAY 1 is here!
That’s right, Round 2 2013 has begun today!

Over the course of Friday and Saturday I completed my Fitness Test and also my Measurements.
Below are the results I got:

Week 1 12wbt Measurements & Fitness

It’s a bit blurry I know!
My measurements from left to right are for my chest, waist, hips, right thigh and right arm (in cms).
The fitness test left to right begins with push ups on my toes, the box is empty because I still find it difficult to execute these! I definitely need to work on my upper body strength!
It then goes to push ups on my knees, the sit & reach test (flexibility), 3km bike ride time trial, wall sit and then ab strength (planking).
Both my wall sit and plank are pretty terrible times but it gives me something to improve which is a plus! Not to mention I had my dog in my face the whole time, he likes to join in!
My starting weight, which was taken on Saturday, for this round is 80.6kg it’s a little up probably because it was the weekend but that’s ok, again it’s something I intend to make smaller!

 I was a busy bee on the weekend!
not only did I do my fitness test and measurements, I spent some time grocery shopping and also cooking up some food for the first week. I will no doubt be back in the kitcken through the week though!
I went through the recipes on the 12WBT index and came across a “Sweet Potato Stew”  I was so excited to see some lovely new recipes! Yay! So I had to make it. The smell of all of the spices together was absolutely amazing! It reminded me of Mexican cooking and well we all know I love Mexican food!

Sweet Potato Stew

I then decided to cook up a batch of “Banana Bread” except I decided to make them into muffins instead of a loaf. At least as muffins I can control my portions better!
I’ve made this before and I just love the flavour. its the perfect snack!

Banana Bread Muffins

If you’re doing this round let me know how your first day has started. Did you prepare any meals over the weekend?
How are you feeling about Day 1 of the Round?

Amydeville xoxo

Preparation For The Fitness Test

Just a quick post this morning to say that I will be doing my Fitness Test today! YAY Finally!
I’m feeling much better then what I did earlier in the week, thankfully this cold doesn’t seem to want to linger for much longer which is great! Thanks the stars for cold n flu meds and a good cup of tea!

I was so upset/angry this morning when I packed my gym bag. I’ve lost my HRM Transmitter 😦
I’m a bit strapped for cash but a HRM is a must for me so I’ve decided to buy a new one from the 12WBT shop. 
I’ve gone with the FT40

Polar FT40

It’s a little expensive but luckily I have a credit card (I’m naughty I know!) Thankfully we do get discount for being members of the 12WBT so that really helped bring the cost down!

If you’re looking into getting a HRM for yourself then I highly recommend Polar.
I’ve used other HRM’s in the past and found that Polar’s are just so user-friendly and easy to work with. It’s just all very straight forward for someone like me who gets confused easily when it comes to technology!

I’ve taken the features below from our 12WBT shop so you can see what this little baby does:

Product features:
– The ability to define target heart rate zones to determine the right workout intensity
– Visual and audible alarms to let you know when you are out of the preset zone
– Energy Pointer feature which displays whether you are in the “fitness” or “fat burning” zone
– Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and calculates your progress
– Store up to 50 memory files within the watch
– Coded Heart Rate transmitter to prevent interference from other training computers
– Water resistant up to 30m

Plus it will also tell me the time and date, the usual happenings of a digital watch which is handy to have!

I’ll let you know how I go with my fitness test!

Amydeville xoxo