12 Week Transformation Challenge Week 2 Day 5

It’s challenge week 2 day 5

On challenge week 2 day 5, it has been a less than average day. My daughter has been particularly fussy (new teeth), her Daddy is particularly grumpy (cause he has to go back to work tomorrow), and I am particularly tired. This could be due to the lack of exercise, this could be because I didn’t sleep well last night. or it could be a combination of the two.

So about those free at home workouts…

I’m still working on those free PDF’s so please don’t fret too much, they are on their way. Combining life, with mumming and business is a constant up and down battle, but it needs to be fought to hit my goals. So even though it’s tiring, frustrating, often times mentally challenging, but simultaneously physically boring, it’s a battle I’m gonna continue to fight until I get what I want. Nobody said life was meant to be easy, and everyone says success is an upward battle. The more I resent it the less I will want to reach my goals.

Stop resenting your obstacles

Rather than seeing an obstacle as a punishment, I try to be grateful for my obstacles. These are lessons life throws at you, look into them, find out what they are trying to teach you and learn from them. It will be stressful at times, it will be hard, it will feel like you are missing out, but the end goal is worth it. There’s a fine balance, and you need to find it. Without happiness there is no success.

What are the obstacles I have had to navigate?

I am finding it particularly hard to keep my cool at the moment with my little one. She is going through a huge leap in her development and she is testing me, but I know these tests are nothing in comparison to the ones I will have to deal with when she’s older. I am finding it difficult to stay positive with everything that is going on in the world, I am questioning whether my daughter will have much of a future going the traditional way through life. What do I mean by the traditional way? Schooling, University, Job.

To be honest I don’t want her to end up with a J.O.B. working for ‘The Man’ helping somebody else make ridiculous money, while being paid a less than liveable wage. I don’t want her to be relying on ‘the system’. It’s broken it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. I worry that she won’t even have an earth by the time she knows what earth is. It’s something that’s at the back of my brain every single day.

Every day I watch her grow up just a little bit more, understand another concept, take another step toward being a good human. Everyday I hear about another terrorist attack, another government fucking over it’s people, or someone else’s people. Another business exploiting people in need. How can I help her survive in this world? What do I need to do to ensure she doesn’t get exploited? Sometimes I feel in over my head.

Live in the moment

When I find I get inside my head, I have to remind myself to get out. Sometimes I look for some empowering quotes. These ones got me through today, especially the last one.

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

“Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it never gets you anywhere” – Erma Bombeck

“Don’t worry about the things you can’t control”

“Worry never robs tomorrow of it’s sorrow, it only saps today of its joy”. – Leo F. Buscaglia

So live in the moment, We can’t let worry sap the joy from today. We need to roll with it, take it as it comes, learn from our obstacles and be grateful for them. They are teaching us very valuable lessons and when you look back on them you will be thankful that you are here instead of on that rocking chair.

Time to Wind it up.

Well this has been an un-usually long winded blog post on challenge week 2 day 5. But let’s find those wins. Supplements? Yes. Shakes? Only one but still a Yes. Healthy meals? One still a Yes. Blog post? Yes. Worry free now? Yes.

It’s always the little achievements that will get you through.

I believe in you

X Ali X

12 Week Transformation Challenge Day 7

It’s challenge day 7

It’s challenge day 7, which means results day. As I said in my previous post I’m feeling quietly confident, but before we get into that let’s talk about the day. So water intake 4L, Healthy Meals 2, shakes 0, supplements all except MANA, and my active fibre. Oops.

What did I eat?

Break-Fast… hubby bought me breaky in bed, so I had a croissant with ham and Cheese and a coffee. That was at like 7am in the morning. Morning snack was fruit toast, lunch was my purple slaw in a wrap, and dinner was at mum and dads. Pork belly with roast potatoes, roast pumpkin, roast carrot, and a salad. I don’t know if I kept under my calories today, but as long as I’m in deficit by the end of the week it will all be ok.

Results

So now’s the exciting thing… results

Workouts: 4x this week,

Measurements:

  • -3cm in the hips
  • -0cm in bust
  • -1cm in thighs
  • -0cm in arms
  • -2kg

Looks like it’s paying off. Without counting calories and only doing 30 min workouts every second day.

Let’s tailor it a bit more

I’m going to try and tailor it a bit more, herbalife have a meeting every Thursday in Perth, WA that has an Omron Scale with sensors that go all over the body, it’s quite an accurate scale that runs electric currents through your body while you stand on it barefoot and then reads the impulses to measure body density. Bones, muscles, organs and fat all have different densities, because they are made up of different cells.

The electric impulses read the density of the parts of the body it hits, and then sends the figures to a computer. This results in a rather accurate estimation as to body fat, muscle and bone percentages in your body. The computer program then compares them to the average population, and prints out a results page including diagrams. This will tell me my maintenance calorie level, my basal metabolic rate, my metabolic age in comparison to my actual age, and my body fat percentage in different areas of my body. It can also tell me if my bone density is a bit low etc. I can then read it, and make changes to what I am currently doing, or a Herbie-coach can give me a guide as to what I need to do to change the levels and get them where I want them. Hence tailoring my program just a little bit more to maximise results.

Enough about results let’s wrap it up.

So now I’m going to wrap it up. What were my wins for challenge day 7. I took all my supplements. Win. I ate two healthy meals. Win. I drank all my water. Win. I wrote this blogpost. Win. I have results heading toward my goal. Super Win

Remember it’s the little achievements that make it work.

I believe in you.

x Ali x

12 Week Transformation Challenge Day 4

Ali’s 12 Week Transformation Challenge

It’s challenge day 4 and I’m on my last shake. How? I was drinking the shake at least a week before I started the Challenge, and there’s only 20 serves per cannister. That is equal to 10 days of two shakes a week. I made it to 11 days. I have a confession to make,  before I started the challenge I wasn’t as vigilant, hence why I needed to set up a challenge.

Now that I’ve got that off my chest let me tell you about my day. Well I was naughty, I didn’t get my workout in. and I don’t think I got my calories in either. I thought I’d give myself a shot at Intermittent Fasting, because I’ve been doing some research, and all the ladies that have given themselves a name due to their athletic figure, or have competed in bodybuilding contest all do it with amazing results. So I thought I’d give it a try.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t intend to compete…

However I am going to try out a 16 hour fast per day, most of that 16 hours I’m sleeping. Basically when I wake up I don’t break the fast til about midday, and I only give myself 8 hours to eat my calories. I can have a coffee in the morning when I first wake up, without milk or sugar, or, in my case, I can have the Herbalife Green tea and all my supplements before 12 but otherwise nothing but water until midday. If you’re not doing herbalife or coffee, you can do a green tea with a squeeze of lemon, or any tea without milk.

So I tried that, and I didn’t break my fast until midday, in which case I broke it with a Herbalife shake with only water and my MANA supplement, and a piece of banana cake, with butter, my little one didn’t want it so I ate it instead.

A couple hours later I had a snack of 2 boiled eggs and baby spinach, dressed with a little french vinaigrette.

12 Week Transformation Challenge
2 Boiled Eggs, baby spinach and a french vinaigrette

2 hours later I had another Herbalife shake. This time I had with HiLo (or half and half) milk instead of water. The formula measure was a little scant, because it was the last of my shake, so I decided to add the milk. It’ll add a little extra protein, and therefore stave off my hunger a bit.

Heres the reason I didn’t do my workout…

I went to my Mum and Dad’s after lunch but before dinner. When I got there I filled up on celery, hummus, carrot sticks, kalamata olives, aged cheddar cheese and some amazingly delicious sunflower seeds and cranberry wheat biscuits. I ate a huge portion of this little packet of biscuits, probably about 10 or 11 from a 20 pack. Kudos to me cause I still got all my eating done before 8pm, my cutoff for the fast. Double Kudos cause when I think about it maybe I did get all my calories in. We all filled up on this little tapas. None of us had dinner, and I still got home too late to do my workout.

What are the wins?

Challenge day 4 has had a few wins. Intermittent fasting first day went well. I still ate at least 1 healthy meal throughout the day. We can call it two (it’s not like the tapas was all bad either). I drank all 4L of water. I still had my two shakes. And I wrote this Blogpost.

Don’t forget, it’s the little things that make all the difference. I believe in you

xAlix

 

12 Week Transformation Challenge

I have decided to do a personal 12 week transformation challenge, I’ve called it *drumroll please*

Ali’s 12 Week Transformation Challenge

I know, super creative, here’s an introduction and a record of Day 1

Why?

First my why. I am a stay at home Mum with a 12 month old, and I have gained 20kg in 2 years, that’s 10kg a year, or just under 1kg a month. Ideally I should be more than 20kg lighter, but since I don’t want to overwhelm my mind or my body, I’m going to aim for 10kg by the end of the challenge. That’s approximately 3.25kg a month, or just under 1kg a week. This is both achievable and healthy.

How?

In reality I will not be jumping on the scales again until the end of the challenge. This practice is both depressing and stressful for me, so I won’t be weighing myself regularly.

I will be taking my measurements weekly: Bust, Hips, Waist, Shoulders, Upper arms and Thighs, I’m also going to record every workout, and take progress photographs, allowing me to work on my posture. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. Continue reading “12 Week Transformation Challenge”