Insane and checking in

Well it is now day 10 of my 60 Days of Insanity challenge and although I had meant to post on Monday, I was otherwise engaged. I won’t go into details but let’s just say it was a personal matter and I was unable to post.

 

But, now on day 10 I am giving my update.

 

Drum roll please….. after measuring myself and weighing in on Monday I have lost…. wait for it… 3.5cm!!! From by butt, thigh and arm! I couldn’t be happier. Well I suppose if I had lost any weight I might have been happier. The stubborn scales didn’t budge, but I lost some cm and I’m feeling great.

 

Despite the ache in my muscles and severe calf cramping, I feel empowered! Each workout gets easier, well maybe not easier but I don’t look and feel quite so awkward doing them. I find myself looking forward to the workouts and I’m making time to fit them in.

 

Granted it was week 1 and most people embarking on a fitness journey can hang in there for week 1. Now is when the real challenge starts; week 2 which I fear may be one of the hardest. The initial motivation of starting the program is wearing off, the fatigue and soreness has set in and in my case, because I wasn’t used to this kind of intensity, and because my schedule seemed to really pick up, I’m getting tired.

 

But it’s now that my true motivation, my true determination will show. And I’m confident it will. There have been many instances where I have set out on a fitness journey only to fail in the second or third week and the main reason is that I didn’t ever find my drive. I didn’t determine why I was doing it and what I wanted to get out of it. I went into these ‘fad’ journeys completely unprepared mentally and as a result, I failed. This time feels different. This time I know why I’m doing it, what I want and I’m keeping myself accountable with this blog (and with publishing my own story in my 8 magazines.. that kind of makes you stay committed).

 

So here is it – my reasons for doing this.

 

Why I’m doing this 60 day challenge: I’m sick of feeling unhealthy, I’m sick of getting sick, I’m sick of looking at myself in the mirror and cringing, I’m sick of feeling slow, I’m sick of being envious and I’m sick of knowing that I’m capable of so much more than I do. I want to feel good, look good and feel proud knowing that I have worked hard to achieve my goals.

 

What are my goals: My short term goal is to lose 7kg by the end of the 60 day challenge making my end weight 58.5kg. I also want to lose 25cm from across my body and get into a size 10 bathers for my trip to Bali in September. But, I won’t make the mistake of only having a superficial goal. This is simply something to work toward in the short term. I also want to use this challenge as the starting point for a long and healthy life. I want to learn how to get into a positive daily routine when it comes to eating well and exercising. To do this I’m focusing on the process of doing the workouts, making time for them each day and making them fun. I’m training myself to look forward to the workouts and I’m putting a real effort into learning what foods are good to eat and when. The real challenge will begin when this one ends…continuing to live a healthy, fit and positive life!

 

Stay tuned for a video post on Saturday!

 

Insanity vlogging

So here it is.. the first 2 vlogs.

I recorded them 2 days back, I’m now on Day 3 of my 60 Days of INSANITY Challenge and let me tell you… it’s already tough! Im excited and downright scared about what’s to come.

Yesterday, I was doing the plyometric cardio dvd and after about 10 mins Shaun-T says ok now let’s start the workout.. I almost threw the remote at the TV. I was damn sure we had already started. So that gives you an indication of how tough it is. But, it’s also a lot of fun and I’m pretty sure the results will be worth it! So stick with me and enjoy the posts.

 

 

60 days of INSANITY

I’m a big believer in keeping fit and healthy. Although, lately I have been letting myself down when it comes to practicing what I preach. So, I am embarking on a 60 Day INSANITY challenge by beachbody.com.au

Basically this is a DVD challenge that I will be doing from home. Check it out http://www.beachbody.com.au/workout-programs/insanity-workout

Every couple of days I will be posting a Vlog (video blog) with my progress and you guys are going to keep me accountable. In fact, I’m going to put the challenge out there – I DARE you all to do a 60 day challenge of your own. Let’s keep each other accountable. I don’t mind if its not the INSANITY challenge, just pick anything and do it for 60 days and track your progress. You know what they say, a summer body is made in winter!

Ok, so Day 1 was yesterday. I did a fitness test which I will be repeating every 2 weeks. And then I weighed in, took my measurements and before photos this morning… As embarrassing as this is to share with you…see below!

Arm – 30cm

Chest – 85cm

Waist – 72cm

Hips – 89cm

Butt – 105cm

Thigh – 58cm

Weight – 65.4kg

As part of this challenge I will also be following a nutritional guide which is provided when you sign up to the INSANITY challenge!

Ok.. so here goes… wish me luck! And let me know what challenge you decide to do – let’s do it together!

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Balayage & bangs baby!

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I DID IT! I CHANGED MY HAIR!

So after having long and blonde for so long i took the plunge and changed it up a bit.

Thanks so much for all the suggestions and likes on the previous hair post. It really helped me make up my mind.

Balayage is something I have wanted to try for a while and I’m so glad I did. I LOVE IT!

I’ve gone from long and blonde to a light balayage with bangs!

Shout out to Hannah at Hair by H.S.M.B for doing an awesome job 🙂

What do you guys think??? Maybe I’ve given you the courage to go out and change your own hair style 🙂

Oh so smooth….

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I did it. I found the perfect bra!

I know this seems like an odd thing to get so worked up about, but think about it. Us girls (sorry to any blokes out there reading this) wear a bra every day. Let’s say we are awake for about 15 hours a day, that’s about 15 hours a day we wear a bra! So finding one that not only fits right, I’m talking no side boob, front boob or strange cleavage that shows more than it should, and is comfy, well I think that deserves some praise!

So how did it happen you ask? How did I come across this all perfect brassiere? Well I was in Myers, looking for lingerie and saw it. Just sitting on the rack. It’s a Berlei. I had never tried a Berlei before and thought what the heck. This piece of tanned material promised to be comfortable, hide the lines and give me two extra sizes. I could use all the help I could get.

So I took it in the change room, tried it on and smiled. Right there in the change room I did a little happy dance. You see, I’m not sure why but I don’t have much luck with bras. I’m a size 12 B (most of the time!) but for some reason nothing seems to feel like it fits how it should. I’ve been measured but I guess for me it must come down to brand and I think I finally found my brand!

This is not some shout out to Berlei (although they bloody deserve it! Woo!!!) This is me sharing my ‘personal’ bra buying experience because us girls have to stick together! So, my advice, if you are looking for a new bra and haven’t tried a Berlei; go do it! My pick was the So Smooth Push Up Bra…. LOVE!

Why cant we all wear a smile?

I was trying to fly without leaving the ground,
Cause I wanted to be like Mike, right
Wanted to be him, I wanted to be that guy, I wanted to touch the rim
I wanted to be cool, and I wanted to fit in,
I wanted what he had, America, it begins

The lyrics in this song, Wings by Macklemore, got me thinking the other day as I drove to work in my designer jacket and shoes. It got me thinking about consumerism, identity, individuality and I guess it led to me asking myself some big questions about what it means to fit in, to stand out. As Macklemore puts it “I’m an individual, yea, but I’m part of a movement”. It couldn’t be truer.

We are all individuals. We are all made up of different stuff. But, we are also all part of some movement. There is not one person out there who could honestly say they were not influenced by something, someone. Even the so called “hipsters” are influenced by other hipsters and that has become a movement. Not a symbol of individuality. I remember when this happened with the punk movement. Everyone started dressing in black, wearing thicker eyeliner and listening to punk rock calling themselves individuals. But when thousands of others are doing the exact same thing, it’s not really individuality. This leads me to the next point. Why do people see what they wear as the thing that defines them and who they are? Why can’t someone who likes wearing pink floral dresses be a ‘punk rocker’? What does what you wear have to do with who you are anyway?

We want what we can’t have, commodity makes us want it
So expensive, damn, I just got to flaunt it
Got to show ’em, so exclusive, this that new shit
A hundred dollars for a pair of shoes I would never hoop in
Look at me, look at me, I’m a cool kid

I’m an individual, yea, but I’m part of a movement
My movement told me be a consumer and I consumed it
They told me to just do it, I listened to what that swoosh said

We are consumers. We consume all the time. We are all influenced by adverts, people we look up to, celebrities we like, what our friends and family are doing. And that’s fine. I’m the first to admit I love to shop. New clothes, shoes, things… I enjoy buying them. I’m influenced by many things. And that’s just fine. But at times I forget that I can be me no matter what I’m wearing, or who I’m wearing. My insides, my personality, my way of thinking is not going to change depending on weather I’m wearing a designer jacket or a piece from Kmart. But it’s easy to forget that these days. It’s easy to believe that if we don’t wear what society tells us is ‘cool’ we won’t fit in. We won’t be looked at with admiration and respect. I look forward to seeing the day when people go around wearing a smile. When that is the movement we all follow.

That’s my air bubble and I’m lost, if it pops
We are what we wear, we wear what we are
But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all
Will I stand for change, or stay in my box
These Nikes help me define me, but I’m trying to take mine, off

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HELP! I need a change

Does anyone else have those moments where you just NEED a change! Not want one, but feel deep in your bones, your soul that you really, really need one and your head may just explode if you don’t get one?

Ok perhaps it’s not quite that bad but lately I have been feeling as though it is time for a change. I’m happy in my job, so I don’t want to change that, I love my little charmer of a home, I don’t have the money for a new wardrobe (dam!) so hair change it is!

Let me give you a bit of a history condensed into a few lines about me and my hair.

First of all, it kinda resembles a lion’s mane. My hair is big, buffy with a natural wave and it’s been some shade of blonde most of my life. I have dyed it brown twice before and black once (this was an accident and a whoooolllleeee other story). But that’s about it. It has also been mostly long. Although a few years ago I did chop it all off with a bit of a concave do that fell under my ears.

Me now (with beautiful grammy)

I have decided I don’t want to cut my hair this time… I’m really loving it being long again, except for maybe a really cute fringe (bring on the bangs!!!!) and some layers. I do possibly want to colour it but like many women out there I’m fickle and well quite frankly scared to make a drastic change.

I think this all comes down to identity. I know it shouldn’t, and in my next blog I’m going to get a bit more in depth about this, but let’s face it, we do see our hair as part of our identity and we are afraid to make too much of a change in case it somehow changes the person we are… although deep down I’m sure we all know this wouldn’t actually happen.

Anyways, let’s leave the deep stuff for next time. This post is really just to throw some ideas out there and see what you all think? So… what do you think????

Til next time…

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