Tuesday 26 February 2013

for week 3 weigh in...

Tomorrow is weigh in day for the 12wbt and I am not feeling too bad. I feel like I have had one good week this last week, there were a few things that challenged and tempted me (Staff morning teas, a student giving me a Mars Bar as a "thanks for teaching me" gift) which I calmly and proudly refused.

I learnt from my lessons in the previous week and sat down over the weekend and got super organised for the week ahead. I studied the menu guide carefully and re-worked it to suit me and my week and will hopefully minimise some of those issues I was having! I even weighed and measured out little snack bags of almonds so I know exactly how much I'm eating.

On Friday I had a PT session at my gym. I am not going to make it a regular thing at this stage as I feel that I am doing well on this and there really isn't anything that she can offer that I am not getting from Mish. She did remind me of the fact that muscle does weigh more than fat so I am not expecting big things in tomorrow's weigh in. I know that I don't have a lot of weight to lose so expecting big numbers is unrealistic. I think the true test will come next week when we measure. I don't know how I am going to go, it is still early days but I do know that I am feeling great! I don't have that 'full in the belly' yucky feeling.

Saturday was my first SSS workout and I must admit I was a little perplexed by it all. The SSS, for those not in the know, is the Super Saturday Session. It's where we are meant to push ourselves to burn at least 1000 calories. I decided to work through the 'At Home' version that Mish has on the website. I printed if off Friday afternoon and studied it well so I knew what I had to do. It involved A LOT of push ups, different styles and actions. It was interval type training with knee ups inbetween sets of pushups.... I am certainly not known for my upper body strength (if you've looked at pics of me closely you've probably already figured that out..lol..) so the thought of all of these push ups did not excite me but I went into it determined! So Saturday morning I woke up early, hooked up my brand spanking new Heart Rate Monitor and got to it! It was killing me, I was puffing and sweating and making sounds that would make a beached whale proud and was determined not to give up... I will admit I didn't finish all the sets and skipped the last 2 but instead jumped on my treadmill and did some interval sprints. I felt like I had given it everything I had, was sweating more than I ever had. So I pulled up stumps after 48 mins and checked my calories burnt.... 320.....WTF??? I could not understand it. How could I have worked that hard and only burnt that many calories... I jumped on the facebook page for some advice and support and to ask if theis seemed right. I guess I would have thought that since it was the program that Mish had written then it would burn the calories she expected us to burn... another lesson learnt. Feedback from my post was that most of the girls found they needed to exercise for about 2 hours to get to 1000 calories..... :-/

A little disheartened I had breakfast, showered, cleaned and then got ready to go to Body Balance, which I desperately needed. I decided to continue to monitor my calories to see if I had any hope of burning more. The best way to describe Body Balance is a mix of stretching, yoga and mediation and after an hour long class I managed to burn another 236 calories.... I am still a little confused as to how I could burn that much in quite a relaxing slow paced class but only 320 with an average heart rate of 142 earlier when I was huffing and puffing like there's no tomorrow. Anyway I am not going to dwell on it but it is again a lesson learnt and I will know what to expect and prepare for for next week.

Saturday also meant treat day. If we skip snacks and keep our calorie intact down we can have a treat meal Saturday night. I had saved 600 calories by dinner so got myself a burger from a fave burger place in town. I had been thinking about it and looking forward to it all day! I was so hungry by the time my sister arrived with it that I feel like I enhaled it! And afterwards had that "full in the belly yucky" feeling :-( Not sure I'll bother with a full treat meal from now on as it's amazing how your body gets used to eating well that the moment you don't, you regret it.

Anyway as I said, I feel ok about tomorrow and looking forward to seeing what it brings.....
Stay tuned...

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  1. I did this program a few months back and had success. Nothing better than watching the numbers go down on the scales as they make you feel as though your age is also going backwards as you get fitter and heathier.

  2. I love that Body Balance class. I used to do it a lot. Now I basically do no exercise. Gah. Need to change STAT!

  3. I can totally relate to that horrible feeling when you have eaten food that you are not used to anymore - it's just horrible !!! Good lesson learned !
    Have the best week and good luck with your measurements.

  4. That's cool that you're doing 12wbt. I did one round last year and found it very helpful. I managed to lose more weight after the program as well. In terms of the SSS, I must admit, I didn't focus on calorie loss...I didn't have an HRM! I just followed the gym workouts and more importantly, ate right. I would save my snacks for the treat meals and a couple of glasses of red on the weekend. :) Good luck with it!!

    1. Yeah I am not going to focus on it too much I don't think. As long as I know I have worked out and given it the best I can then that's all I could ask for!

  5. Go you for giving 12wbt a go, I was going great guns at the whole exercise and healthy life last year but this year is a whole different story. I hope I can get on track and wishing you all the best for the rest of the 12wbt

  6. Oh good luck! Sounds like you are doing an amazing job and sound very focused! xx
    Josefa from #teamIBOT

  7. Well done Zita - I really hope the results reward all the effort you are putting into this! Go you! Kirsty @ My Home Truths.

  8. Good job! I am on my own weight loss journey(calorie counting) at the moment, I haven't had a chocolate bar or crisps for nearly 7 weeks. It feels good, like an achievement of sorts, i can't help but keep it going. Good luck and perseverance for the rest of your weight loss journey :)

  9. Well done! It certainly sounds like you are committed, which is 90% of the challenge. Good luck with your journey.