I have just started week 10 of my second round of the 12wbt challenge. I had decided to stay on for a second round as I was determined to give this my all after having some injuries prevent me from exercising as much as I would have liked during the first round....
It didn't really take long for the wheels to start wobbling as I tried to juggle the expectations of the program and the expectations of me and my life..
I spent some time a few weeks ago reflecting on what it was that I really wanted out of this and decided it was time to refocus... you can read about that here..
So now I have more or less moved right away from the 12wbt designated meal and exercise plans. I have by no means given up and I am still checking the meal plans, printing off new recipes and living by the philosophies of the program but I have made it suit me and my lifestyle..
I am very close to calling myself a runner. I am following the program I downloaded almost to a T, even running 7km non-stop on the treadmill on Sunday! Something I am not sure I could have done 3 months ago. I have been pushing myself and making sure that my times improve EVERY time, even if it is just by 30seconds! My weight has plateaued but I am not terribly concerned. I am only 1kg off my goal weight but I am not focusing on that because I just feel so much better in my skin now. I know, as like any woman, I will never be 100% happy with my body and there will always be things that I want to change but feeling good in my skin is something I haven't felt for a while.
|There's many out there but this is the one I have "Map My Run"|
I knew the key to my success this term was to spend some time over the holidays getting organised. I had a massive big cook up one day to the point where I had to go and buy more containers and clean out my freezer to make room! and then stop because I ran out of room... Before I knew it I had 31 frozen meals ready to go! While I still download and look at the meal plans from Mish I find that I am coping really well on my own. I know what and how much I can eat and still count the calories and 95% of what I eat comes from her recipes. I still will cook 'fresh' meals from time to time but it so handy knowing that I can just grab something and defrost/reheat and I am still eating 'Mish approved".
|some of my many many meals all now in the freezer ready!|
As soon as work started I knew things would get crazy and I was NOT wrong..... We have only been back at school for one week but I feel like I have completed a months worth of work already. This term is a big one for Year 12's as they do their QCS tests as well as applying for University. Year 10's are also making big decisions around what they want to do next year as. Year 11's have had one Semester of subjects and many of them came to the realisation that Year 11 is harder than they thought and so I starting completing numerous subject change forms! So I had a never ending line up of students come through my office for subject information, subject changes, uni advice, traineeship advice, general counselling (I'm being bullied, I'm stressed, I'm not getting along with my parents etc etc...and here is where I secretly thank god I am not a teenager anymore!) as well as sorting through the mountain of paperwork that has arrived during the holidays from universities, organising students to go to 2 upcoming career expos.... So a typically day for me looks like:
5:30/40am ish - Alarm goes off and I am in complete denial as it is still pitch black outside, get dressed (I always try and have organised what I am wearing the night before as I will stand there and look at my ridiculously overflowing wardrobe and think I have nothing to wear.. lol..). Go downstairs, have breakfast, pack my lunchbox etc etc
6:45am ish - leave for work - I have to be out of here no later than 7am to ensure I get to work on time given the state of the roadworks and I like to go that little bit earlier to avoid the school zones which kick in at 7am
8:00-8:30am - Arrive at school, check my appointment book, my pigeonhole, my emails and get ready for my first appointment.
9:10-3:05 - Back to back appointments with very little time to stop. Each appointment is scheduled 35mins. It's always hard to tell, some go for longer, others much shorter. Appointments aren't scheduled during break times but I always have kids just drop in, which is fine... (unless I am busting to go to the toilet! lol)
3:05 - 4:00pm ish - Continue working on all the things I didn't get done during the day now all the kids have gone home. I like to try and be out of school by 4 but that's not always possible.
4:00pm - Drive home
5:30pm ish - Get home from work, don't sit down or I know I won't get back up, get changed straight away and do whatever exercise is scheduled for me but usually jump on my treadmill and run while I watch Ellen!...
6:30pm - Have shower
7:00pm - Have dinner (either cook or something from the freezer) and watch Home and Away - my down time!
7:30pm onwards - Continue to work on anything that still needs to be done or sloth on the couch with the ipad
9:30pm ish - bed..... and wait for it all to start again tomorrow!!!
Friday is my exercise rest day and I relish it!! My weekends are then usually spent working out at the gym and catching up on all those jobs I don't get done at home during the week. Cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping, catching up with friends and so on...
So with a little under 3 weeks to go I am hoping that I can continue the great start I've had to the term and look forward to writing about my results!
Linking up with Essentially Jess because of course it's Tuesday!