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

So I’ve Been a Busy-Bee!

So I know I’ve been MIA lately and I know it usually means that a “health & fitness” blogger is being naughty. Well yes I’ve been a little bit naughty lately with eating too much chocolate but I’ve also been SUPER busy!
I’ve been trying to get back on track properly with my nutrition and fitness and I’m slowly but surely getting there!
I’ve been consistently using “My Fitness Pal” to record all of my food and also activity so if you have an account feel free to add me: Amydeville and I’ll be sure to follow back. I’ve logged in for over 20 days in a row, I’m such a good girl I know! I also made my account public so anyone can see how I’m going through the day with my nutrition and see how I’m doing calorie wise too. I’ve been over my 1200 mark the past few days but I just can’t say no to chocolate lately!
Aside from dedicating time to counting my calories each day I also joined up to Fernwood Fitness on Tuesday! Yay!
This is the first time I’ve ever experienced a “ladies only” gym and so far I’m loving it! The atmosphere is great, the admin is great and the facilities are great! It’s just filled with greatness! There is plenty of classes available, a mixture of Les Mills classes and also gym classes so there is a massive variety to choose from depending on what you’re after.

Fernwood gym & workout Fernwood gym 
I’ve also started my Certificate II in Makeup Services this week going to class on Monday & Wednesday nights after work, so by the time I get home I’m absolutely stuffed! It’s weird getting back into class/study mode but I feel like I’m finally doing something I love and really enjoy doing. It’s about time I went for this qualification!

My Uniform!

Very first attempt at face charts

My first makeup face charts! They can only get better!

So I can say that I have been absolutely flat-out busy the past week and even last week aswell! But it’s all worth it, even if I’m tired I’m still rearing to go and do something worth while everyday!

Bring on the weekend!
Amydeville xoxo

Australia Day Weekend Shenanigans

Weekends are never long enough, even long weekends aren’t long enough!
Australia Day Weekend was great though. I’ve been back at work since the 2nd of January so it was nice to have that little extra break away from work and the chaos it brings! But now of course things are in full swing at work with classes of Apprentices starting up for the year and Lecturers bugging me for rolls and enrolments, ah the joys of working in Admin! At least it keeps me busy though, I can’t complain too much.

So what did I get up to this Aussie Day long weekend?
To be honest, not a whole lot. Saturday, which was Australia day, I woke up nice and early and made sure to fit in a quick workout before the day began! I decided to do Michelle Bridges Tight, Toned & Terrific DVD, one I haven’t busted out in a pretty long time! It was great to go from start to finish and really sweat it out. If there’s one thing I love it’s weight training! The best thing about weight training is that the pump stays with you for a few hours afterwards, or for some maybe the whole day! I’ve also read that once you’ve finished doing a weights session your body still continues to burn calories at a higher rate, you can’t tell me that’s not an amazing thing! So to all the ladies out there who think that weight training will turn you “manly” or “scarily muscley” think again! Weight training will not turn you into some super muscled up, crazy machine it will help you to tighten and tone your body and burn more calories in the process! Remember the more muscle you have the more calories you burn throughout the day.
With that said here’s my workout overview below.

Aussie day workout

After my workout I went and did some shopping with my lovely mum, including food shopping! Where I picked up this:

Pina Colada

Because I’m not really drinking alcohol, nor am I big drinker so I felt like trying something different, mixing it up a little!
Down the drinks isle in Coles I found this lovely drink. It tastes amazing, not exactly like a Pina Colada but very similar. The best bit about this drink is the fact it’s only 94 calories! So I enjoyed one of these yummies for Australia Day.
The rest of the day was spent with some friends chilling out and having a BBQ and a few rounds of Celebrity Heads which is hilarious when your surrounded by movie buffs!
The rest of the long weekend was great, I can say I spent a lot of time chilling out and enjoying the good weather here in Perth! Sunday morning we headed to the Markets though which was great! I actually put on makeup for this and had a great time checking out all the plants and gaming things the markets had to offer!

Aussie day weekend me

Currently us 12WBT’ers are in our 11th week of the 12 week body transformation. 11 weeks where did the time go?!  As they say, time flies when you’re having fun!
So next week is my last week for Round 4 2012 and once I have completed this round I will be setting out into the real world by myself and braving the healthy lifestyle thing on my own.
If I’m honest I’m a little scared but feeling confident at the same time. Essentially I know exactly what I need to do to lose weight, tone up and live a healthy lifestyle. It’s mainly my mind that I have trouble with but I intend on working on it and really making these healthy changes stick.
I will be keeping up with my blog posts and letting you all know how I’m going in the big bad world. I intend on trying out some new things too like “Clean Eating” I have ordered a copy of Tosca Reno’s book “The Eat Clean Diet: Cookbook 2” which is filled with delicious healthy recipes using only “clean” foods, don’t worry I will eventually get into this once I’ve learnt abit more about what it is to eat a real clean diet! Tosca’s website can be found here: http://www.toscareno.com/ she is an inspiration for people of all ages and genders. I first found out about her through Oxygen Magazine.

Magazines

So after next week I will be on my own!
BUT I will still be a part of my group JFDI Dames and continue to be an active member to help push and be pushed by these girls to get the best out of life! The 12WBT has been an absolutely amazing, eye opening experience so far teaching me that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to now it’s my turn to continue on my “journey” and take it to the next level!

80 Questions
26. Do your friends know about you wanting to lose weight? Do they support you?
Not all would know that I’m wanting to lose weight and successfully doing it but the ones that really matter know and that’s all that matters really!
A majority are really supportive and think it’s great but on the other hand a lot of them probably don’t understand why I’m doing it. I’m doing it for me and my future! I want to live a life that is filled with energy and vitality not one that makes me sick or runs me down which I was experiencing before the 12WBT.
Before I started the 12WBT I was pretty unhealthy, always had a cold or flu in winter and sometimes in the warmer months too. I would be lethargic and not have energy at all to do anything. I would blame it on other things though even though really it was my weight and what I was feeding my body that was making me ill.
Anyone who decides to start getting into healthier eating and exercise I am absolutely supportive and back them 120% because I know how hard it is to stick to it and se the results you want!

27. Does your family support you in your weight loss?
Absolutely! My mum is my ultimate cheer leader always telling me that she’s proud of how far I have come and always helping me out in the kitchen when I decide to try a new recipe! I really suck at chopping up vegies, so she’s always there to show me the easy way! she also comes for walks with me and the dog and she’s even going to be doing the Colour Run with me on Feb 17th! (we’ll be walking it though hehe) but she’s amazing and is always there to help me out when I need it!

28. What is your favourite type of snack?
Oh my gosh now that is a tough one!
I love my snacks throughout the day, but I guess it depends on how I’m feeling that day.
Lately I’ve been loving my Jarrah Hot Chocolate with a nectarine or a plum for morning tea. The summer fruits have been amazing so far, absolutely loving it this year!
For my afternoon snack I usually really love a good little tub of yoghurt. My favourite would have to be Chobani. So many flavours and so incredibly filling! Im still waiting for the Banana flavour to hit the Australian shore!
I also love eating cashews or almonds in the afternoon or even a small tin of Tuna in spingwater, something to keep me going through the afternoon and alert for the last few hours at work!

What’s your favourite healthy snack?!

Amydeville xoxo

Getting the Mojo Back!

Hump day is here! And we all know what that means? That’s right “Weigh in Wednesday”.
I’ve FINALLY broken my plateau and am down 400 grams!
I’ve been really on to my nutrition this week and it has paid off. Aside from keeping my nutrition journal I’ve also gotten back into seeking out new healthy recipes which always gets me excited! I love trying new foods and when they’re delicious it’s even better!
I realise I’ve been pretty damn slack lately and it’s shown on the scales but thankfully I’ve had a few light bulb moments lately and they’re pushing me back in to the right direction, I can see the light again at the end of the tunnel and I’m not giving up!
Sometimes I think the universe is really looking out for me and this week it’s definitely been on my side!
Yesterday Ms Bridges sent me an email and it was all about how to get your Mojo back, how appropriate?! It was just what I needed to read and although it didn’t say “get off your ass you lazy sloth” it did remind me that I need to get a better night’s sleep and to get back into my morning exercise. Check & Check, Roger that!!
This morning I went onto my Facebook and was surprised to see I had an update that I was tagged in a picture by my favourite PT friend Ray on his fitness page.

you are intense!

How appropriate is that?!
It’s just what I needed this morning, it’s like he knew exactly what I needed and there it was!
It makes me realise how far I have come since September last year, it makes me want to push on and reach my goals and it makes me want to be a better person & version of myself!!
So as you can see the universe is clearly on my side this week and I’m taking full advantage of that!

Last night I got inspired and decided to try another 12WBT recipe.
The original recipe was for Spaghetti & Meatballs but seeing as though I’m pretty terrible with meatballs I decided to just make a bolognaise sauce.
The best thing about bolognaise is that you can hide plenty of veggies in the sauce and not even notice! The herbs and tomato just over power everything and I’m really ok with this.
I tweaked the recipe slightly by using Kangaroo mince and also wholemeal pasta, being fuller for longer is always the better option! Plenty of protein and good carbs!

Kangaroo Spaghetti

I made 3 servings at 297 calories each. I added a bit of parmesan cheese to my serve last night though so the calories were bumped up very slightly but none the less a perfectly healthy, filling, low calorie dinner!
Some people are put off by the thought of eating Kangaroo and I can completely understand why, it’s not really an animal that a lot of people would think of eating, it’s not the usual chicken, pork, beef or lamb but it is just as delicious, sorry to the vegetarians out there!
Kangaroo meat is a really great high-quality source of protein, Low in fat and has plenty of omega 3’s as well as lower calories compared to other meats! I.e. “A 150 gram serve of Kangaroo fillet or steak typically provides 643 kilojoules, that’s 153 calories!” (Taken from Macro Meats website)
Plus it actually tastes pretty damn good! It’s a win win in my book.

So now onto my 80 questions because I’ve been slack and really need to get back into it!
Question 20
Do you focus more on getting lean and mean or tiny and fragile?
Well I never ever want to be tiny and fragile that’s for sure!
I want to be healthy and glowing. Lean & mean is where I want to head but I don’t necessarily want to be absolutely shredded! I want to have muscle and look toned and fit. My goal body would be something close to Michelle Bridges physique when she’s not absolutely shredding it!

Question 21
Write your current weight. Have you lost anything in the past week? If not, what are your plans for this week?
Current weight is 78.9kg
I have dropped 400 grams in the last week, hallelujah!
I have beaten my plateau and am back on track to the body I want and the goals I want to achieve!!
I have plans to keep doing what I’m doing as I’m hoping to be down to 75kg by the end of this round. But if I don’t quite reach that goal it’s ok because I will continue to work towards it and smash it out!

Question 22
How much water do you usually drink in a day?
Lots?! I can’t say I track my water intake too much because I always make sure I’m hydrated! I bring a 700ml bottle to work with me and fill it up at least 6 – 7 times through the day which would mean close to 4 Litres a day or more!
I drink water constantly throughout the day, as soon as I get up I have a glass and then even right before bed I usually have a little sip to get me through the night.
It’s incredibly important to stay hydrated!

Before I go I wanted to announce that I’m going to be a student again!
I know, Scary stuff!! I haven’t studied in 5 years so I’m a bit nervous but excited too because it’s something I’m passionate about!
I’ll be studying my Certificate II in Retail Makeup & Skin Care Services.
I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I need to make some positive decisions that will help me in the future.
Beauty is an industry that will never die, woman always want to look and feel beautiful so I know I will never be out of work with this career move! Plus it’s something I really love doing! I don’t start studying until April but I’m officially enrolled and now have an even better excuse to buy makeup!!

I'm going to be a student!

Amydeville xoxo