Yesterday I officially marked 12 months of regular daily fitness! Now fitness is simply a part of my plan, but I have to say that I’m still quietly proud of myself for sticking with the program under the watchful guidance of my fabulous Personal Trainer.
I feel fantastic and I am so much stronger than I used to be, I can now do 3 sets of 5 chin ups followed by 7 reverse chin ups and have conquered 3 sets of 17 push ups from my toes...wooohooo, I've worked hard for that from a level of zero fitness so I'm very pleased with myself. I still absolutely struggle with stomach work and maintain some softness around the middle but as I have said before it was my children's first home and they were in there together so I can live with a little bit of softness. Mind you my PT says that I'm still just carrying a bit of extra fat so if I watched my nutrition I would be really cut [muscled up to the max], yes I know, lucky my husband didn't sat that!
I had reached my goal weight within the first 8 to 12 weeks of training thanks to an intensive start up exercise program, so maintaining motivation to stay on track and increase my strength and fitness became my goal with Teagan's wedding, back in the beginning, giving me a timeline to focus on. Now that the wedding has come & gone I needed to find new motivation & focus and believe it or not I found it while on holidays on the Gold Coast!!
More about that in my next post!
For those of you who have already read them feel free to skim back over them at any time if ever you need to!
I have now bought all the posts across from my old blog...updates are complete! All PT blogs to follow will be shared after the fact! Teagan's wedding & then a week’s holiday on the Gold Coast for the Maloney Family is fast approaching; my finish line is in sight.
Today's message from my Personal Trainer has just come through, yes they still come daily... cardio is now our main focus until we cross the finish line! Damn it...I hate cardio, because of my gammy calf I'm restricted to cycling, because it's the school hols that's 45 minutes on a wind trainer or 30 minutes on the bike broken up with 2 circuits. I can't make up my mind which ones going to be easiest!!!! Yes even this far down the track I'm still looking for the easy way out, some things never change!
Cheers for now x
Mar 18 /2011
Mar 2 /2011
My PT progress report came through this morning and I’m definitely on track & happy with how I’m going.
To all of the enthusiastic girl’s out there that have asked me what !’ve been doing to get some good & fast results, I’m sorry that I cant be more specific as everything Brendan sends through to me has been tailored for me & my level of fitness …that’s why the PT has been invaluable.
I do cardio & strength every day for at least an hour. It varies daily with the intensity increasing with fitness; my level of fitness is measured constantly with workout feedback & one on ones with my PT.
A couple of little pearls of wisdom that i can pass on, that were passed on to me [most you will know already, but it doesn’t hurt to hear them again] are:
so to all of you fabulous girls [& guys] out there who are joining this little fitness revolution with us, well done & I hope you are all getting as much out of it as I continue to.
More soon, cheers xx
* Sept 23/2011
Feb 12 /2011
thank you everyone for your kind comments on my progress so far, it’s very much appreciated and encourages me to soldier on.
For me a good personal trainer has been the key to everything. About 9 weeks ago I received an email out of the blue saying “your training starts next week”. To my pt’s surprise I replied “ok”. And that was the start of it.
I had always been a lazy exerciser, I have had a go at different times in spits & spurts but not stuck it out for long enough to see results since my wedding in 99 [the last time I used my pt]. So as it turns out having a pt to answer too keeps me motivated. Along with the knowledge, feedback & encouragement that come from someone who knows what they’re doing. My pt was tailored a program that suits me, my ability & my life style that works efficiently. This means as long as I stick to the program he sets [which takes an hour a day/ 7 days a week where possible] I get the results I want. There’s also some hard work thrown in, but that’s not news to anyone. If there was a pill you could take that worked, let’s face it we’d all be taking it!
I haven’t had to diet although I do make better choices now & rarely go back for seconds anymore unless I’m actually still hungry. I didn’t have too many kg to loose according to the scales…but to be honest the numbers don’t mean much, it’s the toning, strength & sense of well being that I needed and are where I feel the biggest benefits. Feeling like I look better, healthier & fitter is definitely a part of the big picture though.
In summary: how I’m doing it.
because without mine I'm pretty sure I would have given up months ago, he is my motivator & as I have to reply to his emails daily, he keeps me honest!
|8 Weeks into my 12 week Program|
after 8 weeks my goal was reached; maintaining it will be my challenge!
* Sept 22 /2011
I found that i lost most of the extra kilos I needed to loose, to be happy with myself, in the first 8 weeks. The rest of the journey has been building muscle & maintaining fitness! I now feel fabulously strong & this week managed to get out 16 push ups from my toes... After already doing 2 lots of 15, doesn't sound like a lot but when I started [back when these photos were taken] I could only manage 5 from my knees!
They say it takes 10 days to create or break a habit! Well who ever they are I think they may be right. I have surprised myself and many others by sticking to a regular fitness routine, now I think it has finally become a habit. I don’t love it and I don’t hate it, I just do it. A bit like getting up having breakfast & cleaning your teeth, not ground breaking, but necessary!
So for everyone out there that may think an old dog can’t change its way’s [ ! May have mixed up my sayings there!], take heart [I’m neither old nor otherwise] but I think I may have changed mine and 8 weeks ago I may not have believed that to be possible! It has helped that I have noticed lots of changes for the better in both mind & body, old fav’s fit again and there is a definite hint of abs trying to poke back through, along with more of an "I can" rather than "I wish I could" attitude.
So bring on the next 8 weeks i say…& it’s reward time again so I’m going shopping, wooohooo!
The funny thing is when my PT told me that I’m just a bigger person than I used to be I took know offence, if my husband had said that I probably wouldn’t speak to him for a week!
Week 3 day 1
Now starting my third week I am seeing subtle changes for the better, and not necessarily ones I thought I’d see straight away. My attitude is probably the most noticeable; I’m not finding the commitment to set aside time for exercise a chore & now enjoy the fact that I am spending an hour a day on myself!
My biggest excuse previously not to exercise was that “I simply don’t have the time to do it” Pooh, poohing all suggestions that you can find time! Well I don’t have anymore time in my day now than I had before, but I do spend an hour a day less at the computer…this comes at the expense of my online business [so please if you need something do not hesitate to ring us & accept my apologies if I have missed any messages... ] Yes, I have learned to prioritise. And honestly if Deb can do it with a Kinder kid, an almost 1 Year old, a busy business & the many other challenges that come up…well honestly who can’t…she trains at about 5am every morning, that’s a huge effort?
I have to thank my PT now because it’s his encouragement along with my daily emailed program, to which I reply with feedback good &/or bad from my session, that keeps things interesting! I also know he’s whipped me into shape before & can again.
The photo above was taken on our honeymoon, the last time my Free PT trained me although taken over 10years ago it’s what I’m aiming for again, a little ambitious…probably! But there’s no point if you’re not trying your hardest!
Again this blog was written from my perspective I am lucky enough to have an hour a day that I have been able to sacrifice for the sake of my fitness and sanity, I know that a lot of people don't have that luxury, so do what you can when & where you can...for me I love my sweets & desserts but know if I'm going to eat them I'm also going to have to work them off, so if I don't have time to do the extra work....I don't eat them. It really is simple mathematics!
PS: almost 12mths down the track I still don't quite look like this pic...but I almost have the arms back!!
Dec 7 /2010 6:00pm
I can’t exactly say that I’m addicted to doing this stuff, but I’m now at a point where I’m really happy to be doing it. Now if I can find the mental toughness to push myself through the pain barrier [my thresh hold is still not high but I am working on it] I think that I can get into this fitness thing. My PT say’s that I’ll eventually be able to do all that’s required without his help, I think that might be a way off yet!
Keep up the good work Deb, you were great today!Sep 22/2011
I still need some more mental toughness, and I still can't see myself knowing all I have to do to get by without my PT!
I can now definitely see results from all the hard work I’ve put in, I am feeling much stronger & far more energetic. Surprisingly it hasn’t been difficult to fit an hour of exercise in a day, although it does help that my PT is really flexible, he understands how busy a mum’s life is. So whether you’re a stay at home, a work from home or a work outside the home mum. His priority list goes like this: [copy & pasted from one of his training session emails]
Your order of priority should be:
I have also picked up another team member, who will be starting with us after Christmas. Welcome aboard Sue, with Teagan’s wedding in October next year we have something special to work toward, that will keep us all focused.
However being that my sisters and I are all in our 30’s & 40’s, there’s never been a better time to start thinking about a fitter & healthier life for each of us. None of us are over weight by more than a few kilos if at all; we are not on a weight loss program, more like a health & fitness maintenance program. Maintaining a healthy weight, gaining strength, cardio fitness & better health all round is definitely my long term goal & that of my sisters I’m sure.
I’ve added some pictures of my rewards…I apologise for the shameless advertisement but we really do have some very pretty lingerie at www.skimpyknickers.com.au .
Next came Christmas Day, now when the Maddalena’s get together to eat you know the food‘s going to be good & plentiful & we all like a drink! Throw in Deb & Andy’s hospitality & you have a great Christmas lunch in store. The key here was moderation, a bit of everything & yes a double helping of Lobster Mornay, well who wouldn’t? And for the first time ever I jumped on the scales on Boxing Day without gaining anything, Christmas mission accomplished. [I did train for an hour every day except Christmas day so it wasn’t sheer luck…just hard work & a bit of motivation, which is also coming easier these days].
Now to present day, just when you feel like you’ve got a bit of fitness goin’ on today the PT throws in the bloody beep test! Not easy, and I was crap at it or lets just say there was room for improvement.
Sue smashed me & Deb smashed both of us…but we’re not competitive!
Sue is now on board & because she already has a good level of fitness our training is about to start in earnest!
Attached is a photo of the 3 of us taken a couple of weeks ago at Jordi’s 21st, one of Sue's gorgeous daughters [Sue has 4 daughters, so she knows how to eat pain barriers for breakfast]. I will add another photo of the 3 of us together when we take one at Teagan’s wedding [another of Sue's gorgeous daughters] in October & hopefully we will see some dramatic differences in our level of fitness, I’m thinking some definite muscle definition by then too surely!
Well that’s my journey so far as Tyra so eloquently put it toward “a better lifestyle” for me; my plan is to continue to make exercise & healthy eating an every day event!
Happy New Year everyone, I hope that all your dreams for 2011 come true xxxx
So far 2011 has been fantastic....family & friends all happy & healthy what more could you want!!
Almost 12 months ago I received my first email from my Personal Trainer, I hadn't used him in over 10 years and I guess he thought that it was time I got back in the game...I blogged my journey on another blog site which I am winding up so I am bringing all of my blogs over .... Apologies to those who may have read it all before....
Thank god for the Free PT...He’s turned me around and actually made fitness a habit for me, no I don't luv it but I absolutely luv how it feels!!