|Before and After - 21kg GONE!|
I was the chubby girl, who in primary school didn't want to put her bathers on for swimming class, got called names on the playground, the girl who cried every time she went shopping for new jeans, and went on a diet before the school ball.
I was the girl who hid under her clothes, and deliberately chose brands and cuts that accentuate all the right places and hid all the wrong ones.
|'Embracing the curves'|
|YAY! S.E Asia.. and a Tiger's tail|
|Backpacking seems to agree with me|
However, having just met my lovely partner Michael (who worked out all the time and was very fit), I felt like I wanted to at least improve my fitness so we could jog together in the 14km Run for Reason in May last year. So I started trying to motivate myself to get back into running (it has always been something I've enjoyed... once I'm fit that is!). This allowed me to lose about 2kg and around the same time my mum and my sister joined Weight Watchers, and invited me to join with them. I joined thinking I could spare a couple of kilos (initially I wanted to lose 7kg), and was pretty offended that they thought I needed to lose 13kg (almost double what I had in my head!).
|Let's go diving!|
Upon returning from our trip, I was in the middle of a motivation surge, so I really did start running, and actually decided to join the gym with my good friend from work Krystal. Even looking back now its so funny that we joined. I actually just wanted somewhere I could train for the Run for Reason that involved air conditioning and not getting rained on, and somehow I convinced Krystal to come along to the gym's 7 days for $7 deal to "try it out". But we fell in love with the classes, in particular BodyPump, and how sore it made us the next day, and we loved our time on the treadmill too, who knew 45min on the treadmill flew by so fast when you had a friend to chat with? I guarantee I wouldn't have made the progress I have if it wasn't for Krystal being my workout buddy! It so much easier to go when you have someone to go with, and to keep you both accountable.
|Halfway point... With my lovely workout buddy Krystal|
|17kg down and feeling great!|
The last 4kg have been lost via clean eating, and even though it sounds like a small portion of my weightloss, it's what has made the biggest difference in the appearance of my body. Once I was actually eating to properly support all the hardwork I was doing at the gym, I went from feeling great to feeling amazing!
So now its time to really get my workouts into shape, and that is the main reason I have joined Michelle Bridge's 12WBT. I pretty much know what I should be eating (although the ready done meal plans and new recipes are definitely an aspect I am looking forward to during the 12wbt! It will save me so much planning!), but I am kind of guessing about what I do at the gym. I pick out pieces of BodyPump that I like and replicate it, I use the machines I know how to use (which is most of them), but I get lost with core workouts a little bit (mostly because of the lack of machines), and I'm kind of just hoping for results rather than doing workouts I know will get me the results I want.
And here we are, about to start the next chapter in my story. I am planning to follow the 'Lean and Strong' program with Mish, which focuses primarily on weight and strength training, and just one cardio day per week. The results I'm looking to achieve will be a noticeable difference in overall strength and the look of my body (lower bodyfat percentage, and a tighter more toned look), and to really amp up my core strength. Not just my abs, but also my back, which I have found (the hard way) is suspeptible to injury.
|Michelle Bridges - My New Trainer!|