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In Mish’s video post this week she discussed motivation – and how we shouldn’t NEED it – because then we can turn around and say “I’m just not motivated” and suddenly – that’s an excuse for not working out.

I love Mish’s top tips, and I thought I would share them with you.

  • ditch the “I need motivation”
  • remember that consistency is the key
  • strengthen your willpower muscle by saying NO regularly ie. No thanks, I don’t want that glass of wine
  • adopt the 10min rule – just say “do 10mins, and then if you REALLY don’t feel like it, you can stop”
  • JFDI! Take the emotion out of your workouts

Funnily enough, I had been busy thinking about various motivators, and I was going to post about just that – all the things that are motivating me right now. However I watched Mish’s video and have been trying to come up with a different term than ‘motivation’…so…let’s go with “things that drive me to move more and eat less”…

This week it’s these things:

1) I’M GONNA BE A BRIDESMAID!

I was so lucky to meet up with my bestie Natalie last week, as she was home from London for a visit. While we were out at lunch, she popped the question (I know, so romantic, over a glass of wine – hehe, anyone would think it was ME getting married, that’s how excited I am). I feel so honored to be part of and share their special day. 

Natalie and I

Of course, there will be photos. And dresses. And people looking at us. And I do NOT want to look like a heffer squeezed into a dress. So…this has become another huge motivator for me – I wanna be a hot slim bridesmaid!

2) Hellllllllllooooo Harry! I have mentioned Harry, my new Heart Rate monitor before – but I am in love. Seriously. Head over heels. I can’t wait to strap him on to my chest (right under the boobies, he loves it there) and glance lovingly down at his little numbers on my wrist… Harry is the number 2 reason I am moving more and eating less.

3) Almost every hour today I have needed to pee. Seriously, I am like a yo-yo – up and down and up and down to the bathroom and back. And this is the culprit.

When buying Harry in the weekend, the lovely young sales man must have seen me gazing longingly at the hot pink drink bottles behind the counter. Maybe I drooled a bit, I don’t know…but when he offered to throw it in for free, I nearly jumped for joy. I had been looking for a new drink bottle, one that MADE me want to guzzle water non stop. After reading Kez’s post about drinking more water, I had been trying my best to get some clear goodness as much as possible. Today, I have already filled my awesome hot pink bottle up 4 times! FOUR! That’s 2 litres of water right there….

…no wonder I have been a piddle pants all day. Gotta be good for ya!

4) Looking good in a new dress.

It has been so long since I purchased any clothes (saving for the OE and not fitting anything properly is a bit of a downer in the shopping department) – but while I was away on holiday last week I came across an Annah S. store. I kind of wandered around while the others tried things on, thinking “I don’t have money for any of this, and none of it will fit anyway”.

Right when we were about to leave I spotted the Tiger Dress on the sale rack, and thought…hell, no one is looking, I may as well give it a whirl. I came out of the changing room and all I heard was “OH MY GOD YOU HAVE TO BUY IT”. I admit, I thought it was AMAZING. I loved it. It would be ~perfect~ for the upcoming wedding we are going to in Rarotonga.

It's super cute - right?

BUT.

I couldnt do it up. No matter how much I breathed in and squeezed, and the shop assistant heaved – that zipper wasnt going to do up. I was so so close.

I sadly put it back on the rack and left.

The next morning I was still thinking about the dress, and how gorgeous it was (and how it was reduced from $290…total bargain!)…and so Jase came back to the shop with me to give his opinion. He told me to buy it. He said “you will fit into that in no time, you just have to lose a couple more kilos and that zip will slide up”.

So I bought it. It’s the most crazy insane thing – I have never ever bought something I DONT FIT that has cost that much money before. But…it’s a massive motivation for me! I MUST FIT THIS DRESS by the end of April.

I know - SO close!

See what a teeny tiny way I have to go?!

Oh…and while I was at it, I happened to find the Tortoise Dress, and spurred on by Jase’s raised eyebrows, dropped jaw, and stuttering – I thought, what the hell, let’s be reckless…and I put that on the credit card too. Well…it was down from $260…it would be a waste not to…right?!

 

So there we have it. My current motivators…ahem…sorry Mish…my current “things that are making me move more, and eat less”.

What are yours?

The 12wbt preseason task #3 is to set my goals. I know I am at the beginning of week 2, but things have been a bit chaotic in the past couple of weeks so I am working through the preseason tasks when I can grab a few minutes.

Back to goals! I have divided them up by 1 Month, 3 Months, 6 Months and 12 Months.

1 Month Goals (to 31 March)
Lose 4kg = be 70kgs
Run a 10km = Round the Vines in Martinborough (20 March)
Give 100% in all my dragon boating races (19 March)
Submit my UK Visa application by 15 March

How I will get there
Ensure all my meals are FRESH, and be strict on this eating programme
Continue to follow the 12wbt training programme
Run at least three times a week building up to the 10km
Focus on my body positioning and JFDI when in the boat on race day
Schedule in time to get visa application completed this week. Do online application Wed, do biometric testing Thurs. Send away on Friday.

3 Month Goals (to 31 May)
Lose 7kg = be at most 67kgs
Move to Vancouver with $20,000 in savings
Find a gym or event to train for in Vancouver

How I will get there
Stay strict on my eating, even while travelling
Keep up the training – utilise Mish’s outdoor workouts that I can do without a gym
Save as much as possible between now and 11 May when I fly by selling items on trademe, and selling my car
Research exercise options and local events in Vancouver

6 Month Goals (to 31 August)
Lose 10kgs = be at most 65kgs
Ensure my life is low stress, fun and I am making the most of my year away
Learn to snowboard

How I will get there
Do not over indulge in bad food while travelling/ living away. Ensure our meals are healthy and fresh
Run, gym or do some form of exercise three times a week – look into doing 12wbt round two? Possibly the advanced, fit and strong?
Take time to remember where I am, and what I am experiencing
Move to Whistler or a similar resort and take snowboarding lessons

12 Month Goals (to 28 Feb 2012)
Maintain weight at 65kgs (or lose a little more if I feel I need to)
Plan to move to the UK

How I will get there
Keep on top of my eating, exercising and maintaining my weight. Do 12wbt round 3 if I feel it is right for me
Pick events that I can do while overseas
Plan and save for our big shift to the UK

Getting back to my pre-season 12wbt tasks (the first one being “introduce yourself”- but you already know me) I thought I better crack the whip and get them done.

For task number two, Mish asks us to list our excuses. Most of my excuses are around food – mainly because 90% of the time I have no problem getting to the gym and working out. Although I do have to admit, that lack of motivation sometimes does hit me – and this is included in my list of excuses below.

These excuses are divided into Internal Excuses (the self talk), External Excuses that I can control (eg. weather, schedule) and External Excuses that I cannot control (eg. crisis at work).

Internal Excuses:

– I’m too tired to get to the gym today
– I don’t have the motivation. I need a friend to go with me
– I am too busy at work to do that lunchtime class after all
– There aren’t any classes on at the right times
– It’s too hard to find something healthy to eat while I am working/ takes too much time to prepare my meals
– I should be doing something else
– I have been trying so damn hard and not seeing any changes, I may as well give up
– This week is too busy with xx social functions on

Solutions to these Internal Excuses:
 
– Just get the damn shoes on the feet, get out the door and JFDI. Even if it’s just a walk, I know I will feel better having done SOMETHING
– No one can do the exercise for me. I can have support, which is great, but it is only me that can want this for myself. Hook up with gym buddies where I can, but do not let my schedule slip if I am feeling unmotivated. That will only make me feel worse about it.
– Get changed into my gym gear early for those lunch time classes, so I am already to go and have no excuses
– Find classes that fit within my schedule and do those. If none fit – then use the 12wbt gym machine programmes, or do a workout outside. Go for a run!
– Spend time on Sunday nights preparing my food plan for the week, doing the shopping and cooking and freezing meals so they are easy and quick to grab
– Ask Jason to do the washing/ cleaning so that I have time to focus on my food plans
– Don’t give up. Results will come when all the pieces of the weight loss puzzle combine. My body is different to everyone elses and I will see changes eventually
– Social functions – do I REALLY need to go? Will they miss me if I am not there? Or can I turn up late AFTER my workout? Make my workouts a priority
  
External Excuses – within my control
 
– It’s not my kitchen/ fridge (living with the in-laws) and there is no space for me to cook/ store my meals and food
– I’m too busy, there are a billion things on right now
– We get home so late (1 hour commute) so it’s too late to start cooking a meal
– It’s too hot/ It’s raining
– We eat out so much for work (lunch meetings, dinners etc) that how can I say no?
  
Solutions:
 
– Ask the M.I.L if I can store a few things in the fridge. Choose meals that are quick and easy to put together and require few ingredients. Plan ahead for the week and cook multiples and store in the fridge
– Schedule workouts in my diary at work, block out the time so that no one can request meetings then. Get changed into my gear early so that I can say “sorry, I am just off to the gym, can I catch up with you on that when I get back?”
– Create meals that I can just grab and go for the nights I am late home
– If it’s hot or raining – exercise in the air conditioned covered gym
– Look at menu’s before I go to restaurants and choose what I am going to order. Work out the calories prior. Or just say NO! I don’t need to be at every lunch/dinner!
  
External Excuses – Outside my control
  
– I am sick or hungover
  
Solutions:
 
– Don’t be hungover in the first place! Reduce alcohol, eat healthily when I am sick to help my body recover faster

So there you have it – those are my honest and truthful excuses, the things that are holding me back and dragging me down. I need to break through the self sabotage and just DO it because these excuses are roadblocks to what I want.

What kind of excuses do you have?

In EXACTLY 12 weeks time, I will no longer be living in Wellington. I will no longer be living in New Zealand.

In 12 weeks time, I will be standing somewhere in Vancouver (yep, CANADA) and I will be weighing 65kgs. That’s right. SIXTY FIVE kilograms.

I had a terrible weigh-in today. I had gained 700g to be 76.2kg. When I signed up to Weight Watchers in November I was 75.9kgs. How the HELL did I end up 300g heavier than I was when I was at rock bottom? Since that date all I have put in is effort, effort and more effort!

I want to analyse that weight gain, I want to create reasons and excuses and say things like “it must be because I weighed in at lunchtime, normally I weigh in at 8am with nothing in my stomach” or “I had drunk a litre of water, thats a whole kilo right there” – but you know what? There are no excuses. I need to accept that horrible number and move on.

Coz from here on in, that number is only going down.

I have SO many tools to help me right now, that failure is not an option.

  • I track all my food online
  • I am seeing my new personal trainer once or twice a week
  • I made healthy and filling breakfast meals, lunches and dinners and froze them (think I will change it up for next week and add more fresh salads into the mix, while the quinoa is yummy as, I miss the variety)
  • I have signed up to Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation. This kicks off on Monday and is going to be guiding me through the next 12 weeks – to my goal of 65kgs

So dear blog readers, I hope you will follow me on my journey. This blog is about to get overtaken by my weight loss story and updates.

Last night I returned from a week of blissful, amazing holidays (more on that later) and decided it was time to get organised. Seriously organised. The only way I was going to be able to stick to this Fresh Eating thing was to plan ahead.

I headed off to the supermarket and bought:

– 1 packet of Ceres Organics Quinoa (approx $8)
– 6 chicken breasts $23.60
– Assorted dried fruit & almond slivers $7.50
– 2 bags of various mixed frozen veges $9.20

I did a bit of online research as to how to cook the Quinoa. Dubbed an ‘ancient super grain’ I was quite interested to see how it tasted – and was hoping like hell that I would like it (considering I was mass cooking it for every single meal this week!). I cooked 2 cups of dry quinoa with 4 cups of boiling water (I added a small amount of chicken stock to give it a savoury flavour).

The basics are – bring it to the boil, simmer for 15 minutes, and then let it sit for 15 minutes (exactly the same as if you would cook rice the “absorption method” way). I also put on another pot – 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of boiling water – no chicken stock.

While the quinoa was simmering away, I stirfried the 6 chicken breasts. This took me AGES – had to do it in 3 big batches. Hence the very hot, sweaty “slaving over a hot stove” look below!

(please DO note the awesome holiday tan. Yuss)

To make my 5 breakfasts, I portioned up the plain quinoa – about 3 big tablespoons per serve. I sprinkled over a bit of cinnamon, a teaspoon of Ceres Organics LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower & almonds) and a dash of maple syrup to sweeten it up.

When I got to work this morning, I added a small handful of dried fruit (I combined diced dried apricot, dried cranberries, sultanas) and some slivered almonds. I microwaved it for 30 seconds with a small dash of soy milk and YUM. It was seriously yummy. Way better than the homemade oats I had been having, less gluggy, slightly nutty and the fruit/cinnamon combo sweetened it up perfectly!

For my 5 lunches and 5 dinner portions, I divided up the savoury quinoa (about 1/3 cup per container), added a heaped tablespoon of LSA, and a small handful of chicken (approx 1/2 chicken breast). With all my frozen veges I portioned them up into 10 freezer bags.

So now all I need to do for every meal this week is grab a container of frozen quinoa/chicken, chuck in the veges and microwave for 2 minutes. I had the chicken/quinoa/vege combo for lunch today and it was SO nice that I ate it all before I even thought about taking a picture! As an extra – this has worked out to be about $3.22 per serve (considering I made 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners!).

Would highly recommend giving this super grain a try if you haven’t already! I am hoping it will help kickstart the weight loss again, as I have stagnated for the last few weeks. If anyone has any other good quinoa recipes – please share!

Ok, time to undo the jeans. Monday we dined like kings. Tuesday at lunch/dinner we dined like kings. Last night was another king dinner. OH MY. Luckily the rest of the time I am not eating much, so I don’t feel too bad about it. And hey, I am here for such a short time – it would be a WASTE not to make every meal an amazing one.

A quick recap:

Monday night – we dined at a restaurant called Public on Elizabeth street, SoHo. These guys were catering for us at my event, and I was keen to try out their dishes. A lot of the food and wine is “down under” inspired, with dishes including Tasmanian Sea Trout and Kangaroo. The dish I selected was Confit belly and roasted tenderloin of Berkshire pork with salsify, apple puree, sage shortbread and watercress. It was absolutely DIVINE, along with a glass of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

To finish the night up, we saved ourselves for dessert and wandered down the road to a cutesy placed called Rice to Riches. All it served was flavoured rice puddings – kind of like an icecream bar! I chose Apple pie and Gingerbread flavoured rice pudding and topped it with brownie crumble, while my colleagues chose an assortment of Tiramisu, Pumpkin Pie and other wacky flavours. It was so yummy, but there was a distinct feeling that it was not the healthiest option (the sign on the door saying “Eat right, Exercise, Die Anyway” might have been an indicator). I barely managed to make a dent, but we had a lot of fun trying!

Tuesday my colleague took us to his favourite restaurant for lunch – an Italian joint called Lupa (170 Thompson). We had a fantastic waiter who selected antipasto for us, including Beets with Pistachio, Brussels Sprouts with Local Apples, Prosciutto Di Parma, and Clams with Fregola & Basil. It was a taste sensation.

For my main, I ordered Ricotta Gnocchi with Sausage & Fennel which was supreme. We finished up the meal with an aperitif which was so good – and made the afternoon go so much faster!

Before I knew it, we were headed out to eat – AGAIN! Dinner was at Public’s sister restaurant – called Double Crown (316 Bowery, at Bleeker). Possibly a more asian inspired menu, with plenty of seafood to keep me happy. Again our table of 10 shared dishes of raw oysters, forever crisp chicken wings, salt & pepper squid, and prawn dumplings. For my main I couldn’t go past the seared scallops in a cashew chilli relish, with a side of chinese brocolli in ginger dressing. My mouth is watering again thinking about it!

Finally, last night after my big opening event we went to Salt (58 Macdougal). There were over 2o of us seated at two long tables, taking up most of the restaurant. Unfortunately I can’t find their website to indulge you with what exact fantastic tastes I selected – but I will say this: Entree of chicken liver mousse, dates wrapped in bacon and tossed greens followed by Salmon in a balsamic reduction on brussel sprouts, and braised mustard greens.  

One thing I have noticed – Brussel Sprouts are really “in” here – they are on every menu, and you know what – they taste AWESOME. It’s obviously all in the way you cook em!

New York City Restaurants – you are truly amazing. xx

Inspired by a few of the #30daysofme ladies (thanks @GreerMcDonald for starting it) who have been posting what is in their fridge, I decided to take a quick snap. We only went to the supermarket last night so there are lots of fresh goodies in there.

I do share the fridge with two other flatmates, so we each get a shelf. Jase and I have the top one because we generally have the most stuff (and there are two of us) and we use one of the crisper draws.

On our shelf today is:

  • 2 bottles of sweet thai chilli sauce
  • Ceres Organics LSA
  • 2 x Steinlager Pure’s
  • 2 x tubs of Slimmers Choice natural yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • pre-cut celery sticks
  • Watties tomato sauce
  • Meadowlea lite margarine
  • Tortillas
  • Delmaine Angel Hair pasta
  • Tegel Chilli & Lime chicken tenders
  • Ceres Organics hulled tahini
  • Leggo’s Pizza Sauce
  • Chicken & Herb tortellini
  • Tararua cream cheese
  • Lisa’s Original Hummus
  • Greek yoghurt & cucumber dip
  • Essential Cuisine Basil Pesto & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
  • Sliced leg ham
  • Crunchy bean combo mix
  • Frescarini Pomodoro pasta sauce
  • Fresh & Fruity yoghurt
  • My pro-biotics

In our side of the crisper we have:

  • A bag of carrots
  • Mesculun salad leaves
  • button mushrooms
  • Green & Red capsicums
  • Cucumber
  • Packet of coriander
  • Bunch of asparagus

And the door, where the rest of the goodies that are ours includes:

  • bottle of water
  • bottle of wine (maybe not for much longer!)
  • More tomato sauce
  • Assorted dressings, mayo, lemon & lime juice, laksa paste, maype syrup, capers
  • Vanilla essence, chilli paste, garlic
  • Grated Mozzarella, Haloumi, & Edam cheese
  • Elderflower cordial

Voila.

Now I just gotta decide what’s for dinner tonight!

What’s in your fridge?

Yellow food.

Mmmmm drooool mmmmm

I love it!

I love fries and wedges and cheese and crackers and burgers and nachos…I go nuts over the yellow stuff!

BUT I have learnt (or am on the way to learning) that it’s not really the best option for me. In fact – as part of the Shape up for Summer challenge, I have given up hot chips/fries/wedges for the next 10 weeks. It’s not that I eat them that often, but I sure do crave them a hell of a lot – and giving in to that craving isn’t going to help me achieve my goals.

So buh-bye to yellow foods – unless it’s a real special treat 😉

The lovely Les Mills is offering a 10 week Shape up for Summer challenge, starting this Saturday. The challenge runs until Saturday 4th of December – and for the grand total of $10 (all money to the Heart Children) I get:

  • two weigh-ins (eep)
  • two free RPM (spin) rides
  • a free 45 min consultation to get you on track
  • a weekly motivational email to keep me on track 
  • a food and workout template to track my progress
  • access to a team training work out of the week (which I have signed up for) – to train with others who are on the challenge
  • prizes! spot prizes & an overall prize for the biggest loser & the biggest money raiser for Heart Children

All that for $10 seemed like a great deal so I have signed myself up, completed the first weigh in (sorry, not ready to share this JUST yet) and filled out my planned training diary.

Stay posted for the updates – one a week for the next 10 weeks. I want to shape up for summer! YAY!

Anyone want to join me?  😉

Fine print: you need to sign up by Saturday 25 September at your local Les Mills

Short term goals for September? Here we go…

1) Sit my APR exam (tomorrow!) and my Viva Voce (also tomorrow!) and feel good about them afterwards (I can’t say “and pass”, because I won’t know that untl 26 October)

2) Stick to the 30 Days of Me challenge and blog every day – even if I have to pre-write and schedule the posts (come on…it’s not cheating right?!)

3) Finish my Learn Something New book by mid-October. Pretty ambitious, but I have kept on top of it for 12 days so far, so fingers crossed!

4) Start my new herbal detox that my naturopath prescribed on Monday 20th and stick to it

5) Get back into my training – gym x 3 per week, running x 2 per week. BOOM. AND get my nutrition back on track – make a food plan for the week and stick to it (starting next week).

6) Save another $1000 from now (14 Sept) until 14 Oct

7) Convince my boss to send me to Portland and NYC early December for work (there is actually a real reason for me to be going, I am not just plucking a trip out of thin air!).

8 ) Start living my life to the full again now that the BIG EXAM is over! YAY!

And finally, always keep this in mind:

Thanks to Miss Nat for sharing this. Credit: Simple. Organised. Life

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