Sunday is the first day of the 12 Week Body Transformation program and so this week I had to document my current state of being a bit of a fatty.
Here are my measurements
And in the grand tradition of before photographs, I’m wearing no make-up, my hair isn’t done, my posture is poor and I’m wearing a very unflattering outfit.
I had a bit of a shock today when doing a fitness test before starting the 12 Week Body Transformation next week. It may have not been my best effort because Terri and I decided to do the test together in Perth but I forgot to bring up my exercise gear and had to borrow hers. This means my pants were too small, my shoes too big and I had no sports bra. Still Here are my results:
- Number of pushups without stopping = 8
- Time taken to run 1 km whilst holding my boobs up = 6 minutes 33 seconds
- Longest plank (from knees) = 3 minutes 4 seconds
- Wall sit = 54 seconds
- Flexibility test = -13 cm (I was 13 cm away from being able to touch my toes!)
All these stats were put into a formula and the advice given was that I should start the beginner program. Beginner! I ran a marathon a year ago and now I’m back to the beginner program!
It was a shock!
Before the 12 Week Body Transformation program begins, there is a pre-season. This entails doing a bunch of different tasks and challenges each week in the lead up to the start of the program in order to get into the right mindset for success.
Trying to move more was a challenge in one of the weeks. I read this on Friday and I was bored of sitting in front of my computer all day, so I decided to ride my bike to the nearest decent cafe which happens to be a 20 km round trip. I felt really good having done some exercise. Of course, when I got to the cafe, I ate an egg and lettuce sandwich, a bucket of chips and a piece of fudge so it wasn’t a complete success. I did decide not to get an icecream though as I knew that would make me too thirsty during the cycle home. Yay for me!
Another such task was to go into your pantry and throw out or donate all the food that shouldn’t be there – sugary and fatty foods. Well, that just seems an unnecessary waste to me, so instead, I’ve been eating them. I’m currently getting through a block of delicious Margaret River cheese, bread and butter cucumbers and a crisp glass of sauvignon blanc for tea. For lunch I had a few old butterscotch lollies I found at the back of the cupboard. Once I’d finished them, I licked the icing sugar out of the tin. Mmmmm.
Next Saturday is our last free day, so Terri has invited Uncle Adrian over for dinner and he’s bringing dessert! Uncle Adrian makes the best desserts in the world. This is true. If you don’t believe me, you are wrong! And his portion sizes are also very generous. This is actually really good planning because there is absolutely no way we will feel like eating on Sunday which is the first day of the program!
Well, I’m drinking a glass of wine whilst I’m writing this and it isn’t my first for the day. I haven’t run for a week after tearing a muscle trying to do a cartwheel for a couple of six-year-olds and I’m about to tuck into a feed of garlic prawns because otherwise, I would have to throw them out.
In short, my foolproof plan to become tropics ready has crashed and burned.
I’m putting it down to isolation. Normally, I would be going to work where I would be annoying everyone with my constant chatter about my progress, successes and challenges. Although this would irritate some in the staffroom, there would always be others that would listen and make helpful suggestions. Turns out, I need that!
Solution: I’ve joined the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation.
She speaks my language and in an accent I understand. My sister recommends her whole-heartedly and we will be doing the program together – her in Perth and me in Lake Clifton (at least until the house sells). The first two weeks will be the biggest challenge as Madrid and I will be travelling around the state! But not to worry – plenty of chances for exercise whilst swimming with whale sharks and snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef. My pescatarianism should be easy to maintain as well whilst heading up the coast. And if I have to venture beyond that, kangaroo is a very lean meat.
So I’m starting today with the pre-season exercises and this is my shout out to everyone – I’m doing this!
Not a bad environment for some extra exercise!