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Snowangel's 12WBT Journey and Beyond

Poor neglected blog…

My poor neglected blog! I have to say that I really suck at this! Just can’t seem to find the time to post or do any blog challenges. Maybe I was being a bit over ambitious! Well I’m here now to say sorry for being so slack and yes, I will try to post more often but don’t hold me to it because I am very unreliable.
Ok a brief catchup…12wbt going great, down 1.4kg so far and clothes falling off me, running going not so great due to hip trouble but I’m keeping at it and Sri Chimnoy event this Sunday looking to be very muddy but that will be fun!
Bye for now xxx

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12WBT Week 1, Round 1 2012

And it’s off and running!  The 12WBT program has finally kicked off after what seemed like an eternal off-season.  And for me so far things have started off really well. 

I weighed in only 200g heavier than my end weight for Round 3.  Yes I know that I should have continued to lose weight but I decided to cut myself some slack over the festive season and my aim was to maintain.  And that is exactly what I did but there was a price paid.  Although my weight had not changed much there was a slight increase in my measurements and this has been further proof to me that what you put in your mouth really matters.  My diet was not ideal and I am certain is the reason that I have puffed out a little.  I had observed at the gym a few weeks ago that I was not looking as firm as I had been.  Anyway, lesson learnt and I will endeavour to better next time off-season rolls around.

So back to this new round.  I did my fitness test yesterday and I am thrilled to report that I have now reduced my 1km time trial to a personal best of 5m19s.  Then today things got even better – I set out to run a cruisy 5k this morning and noticed that my pace was a bit better than usual so I made a conscious effort to maintain it and at the 4k mark I realised that if I really pushed in the last kilometre I could get close to the elusive 30min 5k!  And I nearly did it – another PB of 30m20s.  I was so excited I thought about jumping up and down in the air but decided that the celebration could wait until I reach the 30 minute mark.

Food-wise, everything is going great.  I am a tad hungry but the meals so far this week have been awesome and I am really enjoying cooking again.  I have chopped and changed a few things but kept everything within the required calorie limits and some of the results have been awesome.  One of the breakfasts this week has been Berry Bruschetta.  Now I am not a huge fan of toast and would rather eat only one piece than two.  This recipe called for two slice of toast topped with ricotta and berries.  Then it occurred to me that there are less calories in an egg than in a slice of bread.  How about I ditch one of the pieces of toast and use an egg to turn the other slice into French toast?  So I whisked up the egg with a dash of low-fat milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon, soaked the remaining piece of bread and then cooked in a non-stick pan.  Then I topped it with the ricotta and berries and it was just gorgeous.  And super filling.  And great news – it’s on the menu for tomorrow!  Getting excited!

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12WBT Round 1, 2012

Round 1, 2012 of 12WBT is fast approaching and I can’t wait to get started.  Over the past few weeks I have been preparing myself by increasing my exercise and trying to eat right but i have to admit that I am really falling short in this department.

I start out the week with the best intentions but find myself falling apart at the weekends and the minute my 2 year old starts pushing my buttons.  I’m going through a very difficult time with him at the moment, so much so that I am even regretting my decision to have a child.  Every time he does this I have found myself resorting to emotional eating, something that I have not really had that much of a problem with before.  Well obviously I have but now I’m more aware of it and know that this is what I am doing.

Anyhow, I am determined to persevere and I am going to take the advice of my fellow blogger Deb and take it all one day at a time.  I’m just going to focus on getting through one day of eating well  and with the help of that wonderful little app My Fitness Pal, I should have myself eating clean again in no time.

I also think that the structure of the 12wbt program will help me get back on track.  While I know how to create meal plans myself, it is so much easier when someone else is making the decisions for you.  With Mish’s meal plans the decision about what to eat is made for me and I can just tweak the meal plan to suit me.

Pre-season tasks are going well and I am dying to get into the next one – diarise and organise.  This one is my favorite as I can plan out my training schedule and get prepared for those red-flag days. That reminds me…I better buy myself a diary today!

Training had been great but I am still having some hip problems with running. I seem to be able to run about 5k comfortably and whilst I am running there is not a lot of discomfort. It all comes after the run but even this usually settles after a day or two. It is a pain as it has put a stop to my 10k training but at least it has not stopped me running altogether.

Something I do have to train for in the coming weeks is the Sri Chimnoy Multi-Sport challenge to be held in Jindabyne on March 4th. I have agreed to compete as part of a team and will be doing two run legs…a 6k trail run in the morning and a 5k run (along a cycle path) at the end of the event. I am really looking forward to it as it is my first event ever but I better start getting some trail running practice. Luckily the riverside track here should suit me perfectly.

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