Tuesday 6 August 2013

for a 12wbt wrap up!

Sunday I officially finished my second round of Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation! Even got the certificate to prove it!

If you want to read about my progress then check out here..... and here..... and here....or just check out my archives for all the updates!

To be honest I've been completely customising my meal plans for the past few weeks now and in a sense 'going it alone' so I decided not to sign on for another round. It became easier for me to be organised in advance by freezing meals and just grabbing what I felt like at the time rather than following the meal plan to a T.

That was one of the biggest light bulb moments for me.....being organised is definitely the key, especially the way my work and general lifestyle is at the moment. I have always lead a relatively healthy lifestyle but this was just that extra bit of education and motivation I needed to get it right. Another big learning curve for me has been portion size. I always cooked and ate more than I needed to but I think I have that sorted now!

The thing I found with the 12wbt was that while it was all good and well to think that you HAD to follow the nutrition and meal plans exactly as prescribed then I think you would be doomed for failure and disappointment. I continued to live my life and didn't deprive myself of the things I loved and the events I wanted to go to. You have to be realistic and give yourself a break if things go a little astray from time to time.

Anyway, here goes for my stats..... Apologies in advance for the photos you are about to see! Lol.....

Pre Season Round 1 - Jan 2013                  End Round 2 - August 2013
Weight = 68.3kg                                        Weight = 60.4kg
Arms = 30.2cm (r)   29.7cm (l)                 Arms = 27.6 (r)   27.3 (l)
Chest = 82cm                                            Chest = 76cm                      (noooooo! lol)
Waist = 82.8cm                                         Waist = 76.5cm
Hips = 110.8cm                                         Hips = 101.5cm
Thigh = 60.3cm (r)   60.2 (l)                     Thighs = 51.5cm (r)   51.0 (l)

Quite happy with that! Obviously this is not the end of my journey and I am sure I don't have to point out my target areas! Lol....Must get on to a few more of those squat challenges I think!

During my first round my 1 month goal was to run 5km without stopping, if you have been following with this journey you'll know that almost all of my running has been done on a treadmill, my 12 month goal has always been to run a half marathon... So I reached my milestone in March running 5km on the treadmill with a time of 42:45mins. Since then I have improved that time and 2 weeks ago again ran 5km on the treadmill but this time in a time of 35:27mins! So stoked!

Have been working on a few plans that will change my lifestyle and how I can go about my training and once the weather warms up a bit more I am looking forward to testing my running speed outside.. Stay tuned for that one!

This is by no means the end of my health and fitness journey, in fact I feel like it's only really just the beginning. Doing the 12wbt wasn't just for a short term, reach my goals, fix, it was a lifestyle change that I intend on honouring for the rest of my life. Have there been times where I've slipped ...absolutely... have I reached for the chocolate/wine/pizza/cake/lollies/hot chips from time to time....absolutely, but I didn't beat myself up about it, I saw it for what it was and moved on.

One of the downfalls of this process though has been how much it has cost. While you can't put a real price on your health I'm not going to lie, it has cost me. Losing weight is a wonderful feeling and Friday I learnt the value of a plaited belt! lol....
This GAP belt that cost me a small fortune used to fit me!
I have so many beautiful clothes that no longer fit me and while I'm not really complaining I know that I kind of am, about the money it is costing me in replacing them...

If you have been considering joining the 12wbt journey...JFDI!!!

Linking up this Tuesday with Essentially Jess for IBOT


  1. WELL DONE !!!! You must be so proud of your results !
    I think you nailed it when you said that the key is being organised - I certainly have found that I eat better and feel better when I am organised.
    Have the best day !

  2. You look great, you can notice around you chin/chest area - congrats Zita, 12 weeks of hell but worth it. A shame about those clothes but a good excuse to go and buy some more!!! :)

  3. Congratulations! The difference is amazing!
    I'm particularly impressed that you now have the confidence to feel you can plan your meals your own. That's awesome. Got to love a program that empowers you to live well without it.

  4. Congratulations to you! What an amazing achievement. You look absolutely fabulous. I'm a big fan of Michelle Bridges.