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


What is Emotional/Binge Eating?

I have a new looking blog! Just thought I would change things up a bit and make it a little easier on the eyes! I’m digging it so far.

I’ll start by saying that I am FINALLY away from my plateau! Yay me! And by a whole Kilo too!! Weigh in Wednesday is once again one of my favourite days of the week. I have to put thanks to keeping a Food & Emotion Diary though (and thank you to Chelsea as well for organising the daily swap & keeping me accountable!)
I have been sticking to my 1200 limit and actually seeing results. I knew it worked in the past for me and it still works now. I just needed that extra push to get me back on track.

What I want to talk about in this post is “Emotional Eating” not just emotional eating on itself though but also “Binge Eating”.
These two topics are bought up constantly throughout the support group I joined when I was doing the 12WBT (JFDI Dames). Every week one of the girls or even myself get onto our forum and have a moment of truth where we let it all out. “Why on Earth did I eat a block of chocolate?!” “Why can’t I seem to stop myself from doing this on a regular basis?” “Do I have a problem?”.

binge eating
 I’d always heard about Bulimia and also Anorexia but I had never heard of BED – Binge Eating Disorder. The more I researched it, the more I realised that it really is out there and that there is a higher percentage of people with this disorder then both Bulimia and Anorexia.
“Binge eating disorder is a mental health difficulty that can impact greatly on a person’s life. There are a number of unique characteristics as well as causes of binge eating disorder, and it can have some serious impacts on both physical and mental health. If you’re concerned that you might be experiencing binge eating disorder, there are a number of things you can do which can help.” (taken from reachout.com)
It says after the description that you might have this disorder if you eat heaps of food all the time, are worried about your food intake and if you feel you have to hide the amount of food you eat.
It then goes on to show you some characteristics of BED.

– Feeling that your eating is out of control
– Eating what most people would consider to be a large or excess of food on a regular basis
– Eating to point of feeling uncomfortable
– Eating large amounts of food, even when you’re not hungry
– Being secretive about what is eaten and when
– Being embarrassed about the amount of food eaten
– Felling disgusted, depressed, or guilty about over eating

It also shows some causes of why people do this as well:
– Feeling alone or isolated from other people
– Participation in very competitive sports or dance
– Stressful life events
– Feeling bad about yourself (negative self-evaluation)
– Low self-esteem
– A family history of eating disorders

If you would like to read more about this go to reachout.com and check out the site, there is also a section on where you should seek help from as well and talks a bit about support groups.

I myself can tick quite a few of those boxes if I’m being honest!
In the past I have eaten terribly and always felt bad about it but now that I have a goal and something to work towards I have gotten a hell of a lot better!
I still plan on seeking the professional advice of a Registered Dietician though to see whether they can help me to really clean my eating and habits up and help to devise a good solid eating plan.

So what do I do to combat my own binge eating and emotional eating? Well there is a few little things I do throughout the day to help me get through it!

1. Eat More! Not necessarily upping my calories but eating more frequently throughout the day. I eat at least 5 times a day, sometimes 6 if I need to boost my calories at the end of the day. I make sure I get a lot of fruit and veg in through the day aswell, some days I eat better than others but I’m only human!

2. Ask yourself Why. Why are you eating to oblivion? What emotion is pushing you to do this? Are you actually hungry?

3. Drink Water! H2O is your best friend! People and even myself sometimes mistake dehydration for hunger. Make sure you’re getting enough water through the day. Aim for 2 litres at the least and chug away!

4. Clean out the Cupboard. This was one of the first exercises that Michelle Bridges makes her 12WBT do! Go through your cupboard and just throw away all the junk or you could even give it to your family or friends. Don’t put it in a bag out of sight, just get rid of it all out of the house! No temptations means no Bingeing!

5. Get moving! Try to aim for 30 minutes a day of exercise. But even if you don’t have the time for that try to get at least 10 minutes in! Or through the day got for a walk while on your lunch break, just anything! As long as you’re moving you’re not thinking of food!

6. Keep a food & emotion diary. I do this myself and I find it’s the BEST thing to keep me accountable and on top of my nutrition. I fill out my nutrition for the day in the morning before I head off to work and then fill in the gaps as the day progresses, adding in water consumption and my emotions, especially if I’m stressed (this happens a lot at work) I find because I keep the diary and share it with a few others I am more likely to stick to healthy eating through the day and make sure I’m eating enough calories too!

If you do all of the above you’re bound to not only jump over the hurdles that binge/emotion eating brings but you may also even lose weight!
If it works for me it should work for you too!

Just before I go I wanted to share my delicious dinner that I had last night! I used the Celebrate Health Recipe Base – Indian Butter Chicken and it was so damn good!!
I got 3 serves out of it with a bit of rice for 336 calories!! You can check out my recipe for it if you have an Instagram account. My User Name is of course: Amydeville

Celebrate Health Indian Butter Chicken

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