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2 Days To Go

I am here really excited for the race on Sunday, but at the same time I am also trying to fight of the cold like symptoms I am feeling. I’ve been watching everything I do in the lead up to this race, and my year has been planned around completing this.

Either way (sick or not) I will be running the race on Sunday, I just hope it will be as close to 100% as possible. As it is part of the bigger picture in my weight loss process it will be a crawl across the finish line if that’s what it take.

I was reading an article about a young AFL (Australian Rules Football) player and what he has been through and sacrificed to get where he is, and there were a couple of quotes in there that really resonated with me.

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle

and

Have the mentality of be comfortable with being uncomfortable. While this is more a statement than a quote, I think I will have to put this one in to play on Sunday.

Either way, I know that my result will be a positive one on Sunday purely for the fact that I WILL FINISH THE RACE!

Until next time, happy fitness!

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The Announcement

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For the month of May, I will be stripping my diet back to strict paleo eating.

Why am I doing it?
Mainly for the challenge. I want to put myself in a situation where it is completely against the norm for what I usually do in my day to day food intake. Along with this I have fallen off the wagon with my food a little lately, and have done quite a bit of reading around the whole Paleo concept and think it is a good fit for me.

What is the 30 day challenge?
The 30 day challenge is a way for me to test myself on a full strict Paleo only diet for a full 30 days, with no cheat meals or cutting corners.

The in’s and out’s
Yes: Eat real food.

Eat meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re totally natural and unprocessed.

No: Avoid for 30 days.
More importantly, here’s what NOT to eat during the duration of your Whole30 program. Omitting all of these foods and beverages will help you regain your healthy metabolism, reduce systemic inflammation, and help you discover how these foods are truly impacting your health, fitness and quality of life.

Do not consume added sugar of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, Splenda, Equal, Nutrasweet, xylitol, stevia, etc. Read your labels, because companies sneak sugar into products in ways you might not recognize.

Do not consume alcohol in any form, not even for cooking. (And it should go without saying, but no tobacco products of any sort, either.)

Do not eat grains. This includes (but is not limited to) wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, rice, millet, bulgur, sorghum, amaranth, buckwheat, sprouted grains and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains like quinoa. This also includes all the ways we add wheat, corn and rice into our foods in the form of bran, germ, starch and so on.

Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds (black, red, pinto, navy, white, kidney, lima, fava, etc.), peas, chickpeas, lentils, and peanuts. No peanut butter, either. This also includes all forms of soy – soy sauce, miso, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and all the ways we sneak soy into foods (like lecithin).

Do not eat dairy. This includes cow, goat or sheep’s milk products such as cream, cheese (hard or soft), kefir, yogurt (even Greek), and sour cream… with the exception of clarified butter or ghee. (See below for details.)

Do not eat white potatoes. This is somewhat arbitrary, but if we are trying to change your habits (chips and fries) and improve the hormonal impact of your food choices, it’s best to leave white, red, purple, Yukon gold, and fingerling potatoes off your plate.

Do not consume carrageenan, MSG or sulfites. If these ingredients appear in any form on the label of your processed food or beverage, it’s out for the Whole30.
No Paleo-ifying baked goods, desserts, or junk foods. Trying to shove your old, unhealthy diet into a shiny new Whole30 mold will ruin your program faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” This means no desserts or junk food made with “approved” ingredients—no banana-egg pancakes, almond-flour muffins, flourless brownies, or coconut milk ice cream. Don’t try to replicate junk food during your 30 days! That misses the point of the Whole30 entirely.

My journey
I’ll be blogging each week about my journey and various food discoveries. As well as the food sources I discover, I’m also interested to find out about the limitation. I will weigh in prior to day one, along with all my measurements (photos included) and will not step on a scale or measure again until day 31. I will take a photo every few days, but will not look at them until the end of the challenge also.

Also check out my instagram as I’ll be hashtagging everything with #mypaleo

How you can be involved
I would love to hear from everyone who is eating Paleo now, and share any hints and tips (along with awesome recipes) that you have tried along the way. Also a little bit of encouragement never goes astray 😉
Wish Me Luck…I may need it!

1st Quarter Done

Where did that last 3 months ago. I am writing this with mixed feelings about my first 3 months to 2014. On one hand I have increased my fitness capacity, my strength (both physically and mentally) and my all around outlook on this whole fitness/ weight loss thing….This is where a contradiction rears it mean head!

While I have done all of the above well, I don’t think I have done it to the best of what I can do it. Meaning that if I was training by myself I wouldn’t push in the last set, or if there was a minute to go that would be close enough. If that was the case I feel I could have produced a far better result overall than what I have.

The good thing about this is the fact that I know in myself that I have more to give and in turn have set up the 5 goals for April. This week has been a good start (apart from forgetting my gym card on Monday), and looking to finish the week off strong with a big couple of sessions in the gym. Saturday I will be having a go at Crossfit Open workout 14.5 which I am excited, but nervous for as I know it is really going to test me…..which is what I want.

I still don’t have my 5 goals (I have 2), but I have enough to get me to the weekend and sit down to work on finalising the last 3.

Finally, an update on where I am with my overall goal list for 2014. My goals are:

To plan a training program and run the City To Bay (hopefully in under 60minuntes)
To attend the Crossfit competition ‘Fitwars’ (I am obsessed with Crossfit, and want to see all the hard work put in during WOD’s etc in to action)
Read all of the Harry Potter books (I love the movies and have always said I want to read the books)
Run 2000km (this will be my biggest test of the year I think)
But my main goal of the year was to get to 100kgs. But after a discussion with a friend at work she said that 99.9kgs would be way better, so I am aiming to get to this weight.

So far I have attended Fitwars, which was awesome, and I will be attending again in June of this year.
As mentioned the 200km running has so far been my biggest test and has really been nonexistent to date. So far I have around 30kms to my name. I really need to pick this up going forward (Actually, I am going to run 20kms in the month of April).
I am up to the 3rd book in the Harry Potter series.
I am currently stuck on 108.4kgs, but feel I am progressing well towards my goal of 99.9kgs.

Please feel free to leave feedback of your own stories/ workouts etc as I really enjoy reading about other people’s successes and it also motivates me.

Until next time, happy fitness!

Upcoming post

As I sit here waiting for Open Workout 14.2 announced, I thought I would quickly update you all on a post I will be working on over the weekend.

For approximately 6-8 months I have been following the progress of Rick Wyckoff (some of you may already know him from Constructing a new Rick on social media). Rick has been working on his weight loss since early February 2012. His change over the past 2 years has been nothing short of exceptional, and I am very happy he has given me permission to write a little bit about him here on my blog…Who know’s he may even agree to be a guest on my blog every now and then 😉

Anyway more on that over the weekend. For now it’s all about workout 14.2……..and that is?

It is quite complex this one.

10 Overhead Squats (95# for men and 65# for women)
10 Chest to Bar pullups
The couplet is to be completed in 3 minutes.

If the competitior completes both parts of the workout they will go on for another 3 minutes where the reps will increase to 12 and 12 and keep going (with reps increasing by 2) until they don’t complete the couplet in the 3 minutes. If all reps are completed before 3 minutes is up, they can’t start the second 3 minutes until the first amount of time expires.

Essentially it is an ascending ladder!

If the competitor does not complete the reps in the first 3 minute period then the toal amount of reps completed is their score for this workout.

It sounds very intense.

Rest Day

I am SO grateful that today is a rest day today. I have put so much in to the last couple of days my body was ready for a little break.

So today will be a nice break from training and an evening on the foam roller to stretch out the upper legs as they are still burning from the training so far this week.

I wasn’t really sure what to write about today, so I thought I’d share a picture with you all showing my transformation to date (including the failures) over the past 4 years.

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To put this together last night (it was so technical to do too) I was actually pretty chuffed with myself.

The Weight Loss Stigma

As someone who has had weight to lose, I have done it around my best friend/ worst enemy (this was dependent on what he told me)……..THE SCALES! I have been told numerous times, and read numerous things saying that scales don’t tell the whole story, but at the end of the day, when you make the decision to lose weight you want to see the number go down…….FAST!

Now don’t get me wrong, I still do have a chat to my mate every now and then and thankfully he has been treating me well in recent times, but I don’t solely focus on what he tells me…Because honestly he does talk shit sometimes! I think now that I am putting more of an emphasis on my training (training smarter, not harder) I am trying to focus more on how I am feeling and what my clothes are telling me, as they don’t lie at all.

It has taken me quite a while in my journey to actually realise that a +/- on the scales doesn’t necessarily mean something good or bad. If weight is added from one week to the next, it could purely be that you have created a little more muscle (which is not a negative thing) than the previous week. Or you could have held on to a bit more water. It really could be any one of a number of things, and at the end of the day if I am feeling fitter, stronger, happier and just great in general then it shouldn’t matter what my mate says.

I think I will feel amazing when I can finally turf all of my larger (I held on to a lot because of that ‘You’re only going to quit again’ mentality), and completely replace the wardrobe and really show off the great work I have done so far. Now that will be AWESOME!

At the end of the day the whole weight loss stigma is created by us, the people who are overweight and unhappy with themselves. From there it is compounded and made worse by the general perception because you are seen to be different as you stand out from what is “normal”. I don’t really agree that there is a “normal” but there a lot of different groups of people who think they are this.

It is always going to be a vicious cycle that is made worse by the hole you put yourself in and unless you want to change it will be a hard uphill battle. If you read this and are fighting to poke your head above the hole……Keep going! It is totally worth it!

I’m Back

WOW! What a week that was. I know I said I would try and post some things about the Tour Down Under, but it was pretty crazy the whole week and didn’t really get a chance to.

I am pretty happy that I finally got to meet the voice of cycling Phil LIggett (it only took me 6 years)! Here is a picture with him

 

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I was quite excited and didn’t stop smiling most of the day.

Anyway, I am back to normal (as normal as things can be anyway) and while I had a good start to the month, things fell away a bit towards the end. After a little lapse, I am hungry to get things back on track and hopefully drop below the 109kg mark.

While I have been away from full training, I have been watching a few episodes of the Australian Biggest Loser season. I was sitting there the other night (thankfully by myself as I got quite emotional) listening to mature woman (I don’t want to say old) and the horrible place she was in, really affected me.

This caused me to post to facebook saying I know it is meant to tug at the heart string, but her (Mary I am pretty sure her name is) story really hurt me as she was in so much pain both emotionally and physically. This post got a mixed reaction and it really got me thinking about what it takes for some people to realise they need to make a change, and if they have even tried before. The main thing that stuck with me from this was the whole “Why do they need the show to lose weight”, “Why don’t they just do it” and “They’re only after their 15 minutes of fame”.

At the end of the day I think it all comes back to accountability and they reason why you do it. If it takes being on a television show with someone being in your face, do it…if it takes being open about where your head is at, do it…..But most of all you can only do it if your heart is in it. This last is one of my biggest growth areas of all.

As I have mentioned previously, I tried many of times to lose weight and create a better/ healthier future for myself and family, but really didn’t want people to know because of the fear of failure. Once my son was born and I realised what it takes to provide the best possible life for the kids (which was me being there for them) it was a no brainer.

The problem for me was that I liked the idea of trying to lose weight but didn’t embrace it. Once I surrounded myself with the right people (who were there all along) the rest just come naturaly and I have and won’t look back. Unless it it to remind myself how far I have come so I won’t go back.

Apologies for the long post, but I have had a fair bit rattling around in my head this past week. Feel free to to add what motivates you and your reasons for beginning, as I would love to hear them.