Playing Catch Up

Round 2 Stats Update

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Here are my very first pictures for Round 2:

My Week 4 pictures:

Finally, my Week 12 pictures from Sunday:

I’m actually really happy with my progress. It’s interesting to see my total measurement changes and pictures though, as I don’t always feel that much smaller than before.

I took a sneaky peak at the scales again this morning because I was planning to write this update tonight, and I am down to 63.6. I’ve lost 1.2kg in the last 6 days!!

News for Round 3

I’m going to really work on maintaining an active lifestyle overall, for a couple of weeks there I was really living some of the costs of not exercising/eating well. I’m not sure which video it was but I can remember Mish saying that as soon as she stops exercising, that’s when the mind games start and that’s absolutely what it was like. Now that I’m back in the swing of things I already feel stronger, healthier and more powerful, both mentally and physically, and I know how I will feel if I stop. However, I also feel like I learnt a very valuable lesson about not being too hard on myself.

I’m going to be ‘going it alone’ for Round 3 as Hugh has lost interest in the exercise. I think this will actually be the perfect opportunity for me to gain some of that self-respect Mish was talking about, and to really get in touch with who I am, my strengths and weaknesses, and what my goals are.

I have joined the running club at my university which conveniently meets on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Running alone has been one of the hardest things for me to wrap my head around so this has been really helpful to counteract the mind games.

The club actually set up a ‘beep test’ for us yesterday and we will be doing one on the first Monday of every month which provides another opportunity for me to test my fitness. They also meet for one swimming session every Monday morning, and one gym session which I’m hoping to use for some proper weights training.

Additionally, this time I’m committing to this blog, and my fellow bloggers, no matter how hard things get. I love to blog but I also felt the most on track when I was posting here regularly. I have so much more to learn and to share and I’ve loved getting to know you all over the last 12 weeks, and I know I’ll enjoy getting better acquainted with new bloggers as well.

I’ve met some very special people through this blogging experience and I want to thank you all for being there for me and for continuing to inspire me through your posts.

Also! I am now the Secretary of the newly formed Doctor Who Society at uni!

Bring on Round 3.

~ energyandEmily

Kick Off Day!!

Hello, I’m Emily!

This marks Kick Off day for my first round of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation!

My commitment, tweaked slightly from my post in the ‘Say It Out Loud’ forum, is:

I am going to lose 8kg by the end of round 2. I am going to make the exercise and eating plans a part of my daily routine and enjoy every second of it! I want to feel good about myself… not just in the morning, or for a week or two, or only in certain clothes. I’m going to push forward and regain some self confidence, feel healthier and stronger, and look great!

Additionally, my goals for the next 12 weeks are as follows:

  • After one month: Run 1km without stopping.
  • Lose the 8kg along with some bad habits and insecurities.
  • Run up *that* hill on the way home from a workout without getting puffed.
  • Wear my One Active bra/top (worn below in my BEFORE photo, eek!) out for a session without a shirt over the top and feel absolutely amazing in it.
  • Lose enough weight to model something for my sisters online store.
  • Learn about how to better look after my body.
  • No cheating, no slacking.
  • Make some new friends along the way!

I did my fitness test and measurements on the Saturday just gone, here are my results (click for bigger images):

 

I am fairly happy with my fitness results as I was hoping to fall into the intermediate category (albeit the lower end). As for the measurements, I don’t know much about what they should or shouldn’t be as I’ve never really been measured all over like that before but it will be good  to see the changes in the weeks to come.

Now for my BEFORE photos (you can click for bigger images if you want to):

Look, I guess I can be glad that I don’t absolutely hate what I see here but it is certainly an interesting thing to see a photo of yourself like this. No hiding behind clothes/other people, no cute poses or finding the right angle in the mirror; just me in all of my glory. And I have back fat?! Who knew?

Anyway, this is me right now but not again, not after this next 12 weeks.

This blog is to keep track of my progress and to keep me on track during the 12WBT but also to have a bit of fun. I’m interested in photography and a total foodie – so expect lots of pictures and recipes! I would really like to share this journey with whoever wants to share it with me. I’m looking forward to being inspired (even more) by all of the 12WBTers and hopefully along the way I might inspire a couple of people myself.

If you want to read a little bit more about me just head to my “About Me” page or say hello sometime!

~ energyandEmily