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I’ve lost 2kgs…and hope they’re not under the couch!

9 Sep

Woohoo! I’ve been doing Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Transformation (12WBT) for two weeks and have already lost two kilograms!

They were bloody hard to lose, let me tell you. I’ve been burning 500 calories a day, sticking to a 1200 calorie a day nutrition plan and trying to make better choices.

Every morning, before getting stuck into my freelancing work, I switch on a workout DVD, push the living room furniture aside and turn into a sweaty, red-faced mess! It’s definitely easier to work out first thing, before I have time to make excuses and start work. Plus, I end up getting so gross that I’m desperate for my morning shower!

The challenges

The hardest thing so far has been resisting temptation when The Lad tucks into a calorie-laden, full-fat delight. I’ve always justified overindulging by saying, ‘If they get to eat it, I can too.’

Of course, thinking like that is what made me overweight in the first place. Now I realise that just because I can have something, doesn’t mean I should. Plus The Lad is one of those men who can eat virtually anything and never put on a pound.

Losing those first two kilograms has given me to push to silence that voice and keep on track. Eventually, I hope to get to the point where I can taste a treat without wolfing it down and feeling a rush of guilt. I hope to enjoy, not overindulge. Savour, not scoff.

Giving my liver a break

While I’m two weeks into the 12WBT, I’m also one week into the detox that my naturopath prescribed. After her whizz-bang electronic scales calculated my metabolic rate as 44 (44? But I’m younger than 30!), we decided that while I endeavour to lose weight on the 12WBT, I should also cleanse my liver and body with a much-needed detox.

Each morning, I take a few herbal supplements (including an icky-tasting powder that I mix in water) and enjoy the headache that crops up in the afternoon. Without coffee, gluten and dairy, my body is struggling somewhat. GAA! GIMME CHOCOLATE! CHEESE! BREAAAAAD!

That being said, I’m really enjoying the light feeling from avoiding those foods. Like many people, I find bread and dairy weigh me down and cause all sorts of tummy troubles. The longer I avoid it, the healthier I’m feeling.

I hope next week will be less draining and I’ll find renewed energy as I finish the detox and keep up my new nutrition and exercise regime.

Are you doing the 12WBT? I’d love to know how you’re going – please comment below. 🙂

It’s time for a 12 week body transformation challenge!

27 Aug


Depending on your friends and who you follow, you may have noticed Facebook and Twitter are abuzz this week with news that celebrity trainer Michelle Bridges’ 12 Week Body Transformation challenge is underway!

It’s the third round for 2012 of Michelle’s uber-successful program. I’ve seen friends (and previous challengers) drop kilos, re-educate themselves about nutrition and emerge from the program fresh-faced, lighter and leaner.

So now it’s my turn to give it a go!

My goal? To drop the stodge, work off weeks of take away (I’ve been lazy, what can I say?) and regain my self-confidence. Also…umm…see that sunshine out there? Yep, another bikini season is nearly upon us. CUE A GREAT BIG GULP!

But I know these thighs aren’t going to stop jiggling on their own. I need to pull on the trainers, put in the work, eat cleanly and break some very hardy habits.

I’ve stocked up on a set of scales, some new workout gear, a lovely lime green pair of dumbbells and Michelle Bridges’ DVDs so I can literally roll out of bed and into my personal gym (aka the living room).

I’ll be blogging about my successes, setbacks (hopefully few!) and results.

Please feel free to ask me questions as I work through the 12 weeks. And if you’re taking part in round 3 of 12WBT, please let me know how you’re going by commenting below. Let’s spur each other on!

My latest love – coconut oil

15 May

Today, I smell like a coconut. I’m wrapped in a lovely coconut cocoon, with the smell taking me back to my recent trip to Thailand.

I picked up a couple of bottles of coconut oil before flying out of Koh Samui. There, the oil was slick and runny. After the 10 hour plane journey home, and the cooler temperatures here in Sydney, it solidified. But I simply pop it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to melt it into a glorious pool of oil.

Lying on my yoga mat, I slather the glossy grease over my limbs and across my torso. I massage it into my temples and breathe in the tropical scent. Sometimes I even play a soft sound in the background. It’s the ultimate relaxation ritual and my latest obsession.

Here are some other wonderful ways to use coconut oil:

  • Work a small amount through your hair, focusing on the ends. I find it nourishes my locks more than Moroccan Oil. Just don’t use too much or leave it on for too long, because your hair will look like it’s constantly wet and you’ll smell like a cake. A 10c piece size on your tresses for a few mins should be enough.
  • Rub it over stretch marks, scars and cellulite. I’ve already noticed a smoother and more even skin tone.
  • Add it to a salad or to your cooking. Apparently, coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids that help regulate your weight and reduce the risk of heart disease. It may also help with IBS symptoms and aid digestion, thanks to its anti-microbial properties.
  • Soak in a coconut oil bath. I don’t know if this is a good idea; I just made it up.  But it sounds heavenly!

So what are you waiting for? Go on, grab a bottle and come join me in coconutty heaven!

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