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Getting Under 60: Week 1

Lynden and I are feeling really good about the changes happening in our life at the moment. As I mentioned yesterday, I am now doing my units online rather than internally, Lynden has decided to go back to uni to finish off his course, and we have some other things in the pipeline that we’re super excited about (and no, we’re not pregnant). I’m sure in due time I’ll be sharing more about that, but one of the things that has really begun to emerge has been how these changes are already impacting our outlook. We’re both feeling really positive and really motivated for happy, healthy living.

So, in celebration of this, I am doing an 8 week series titled “Getting Under 60”, documenting my progress towards getting under 60kg by September  24. I will be posting an update on Monday of each week. This is really more for me than for anyone else, but please leave thoughts or comments if you have any ideas/advice/encouragement.

I’m feeling great already. We’ve been trying to be healthier, but it’s easier said than done when you don’t have good habits, or if we’re feeling too lazy to make dinner. However, it’s paying off. In my last health post, I mentioned that I was 63.6kg. After getting really sick last month, I didn’t get back into my treadmill routine. So let’s start fresh…here are my stats for this week:

Weight: 62.3kg

Body Fat: 32.8% (eek – 33% is considered obese!)

Morale: feeling pumped and excited – I can do this!

Exercise: no real exercise this past week. In fact, I’ve probably been even more sedentary than normal.

Food: I’ve made some good decisions but also quite a few bad ones. I’ve had McDonald’s, deli chips, lots of white bread, crisps, and sweetened condensed milk. On the positive side, I’ve eaten artichokes, celery, tomatoes, leafy greens, avocados, and potatoes.

And just because I know you’re probably wondering how I look when I’m 62.3kgs…

Yep, I’m feeling sexy. Happy Tuesday!

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What it’s taught me

I’m still sick!! Yep, it’s been a nasty attack on my body. I had a fever for the first few days and now this sickness has become a terrible flu with cough attacks keeping both my boys awake at night (and driving me absolutely crazy). So, what has this sickness taught me?

  1. I was in too much pain to talk for a few days and it turns out Lynden really missed my chatter. Who would have thought he actually likes all the nonsense I talk about!?
  2. If I’m patient enough not to say anything (because my throat hurts too much to speak) Lynden is actually very romantic and loving without me telling him to be. Note to self: stop nagging.
  3. Night time really is the worst part of the day when you’re sick…it’s so lonely when you can’t get to sleep, but everybody else is completely unconscious. I have become best friends with solitaire.
  4. Asterix keeps wanting me to hold him/give me eyelash kisses whenever he has the chance. I think it’s because he’s sleep deprived from my cough attacks but it still makes me feel like I raised an amazing cat. Haha, yeah I saw you roll your eyes.
  5. I have the best little family in the world. Lynden is the best nurse ever!! In fact, at this very moment he’s out getting me tissues and cough medicine :) Love that guy.

Happy Monday xx



I have got some happy news this week. I have actually made good use of the treadmill two days in a row! This is big news for me since I hate the treadmill.

I used to love running. I’m a distance runner rather than a sprinter, it’s just the way my body’s wired. I used to be in the run club in primary school but in high school I got that annoying self-conscious thing and didn’t want to show my skills (ha!) in front of my peers. What if they saw me sweat? Gross. Haha. It seems so stupid now. Soooo, I let my fitness go and was only able to maintain a healthy weight simply by being a growing teenager…even though I’m really short so I obviously didn’t grow very much.

Anyway, I’m keen to get back into running. I remember one time at school during run club, I pushed myself really hard past the point where I thought I couldn’t keep going and once I passed that point my legs felt like they could run forever…easily. It was an amazing feeling. But…the treadmill is currently my enemy, mainly because I’m so unfit and running on the treadmill at the moment makes my throat burn/bleed :O

I realised I was putting off exercise because of a few reasons:

1. I didn’t like the thought of pushing myself so hard that it made me never want to exercise again. The thought of, “I have to exercise for 30 mins to get a real workout” made me lose interest.

2. By the time I got dressed to go to the gym and started tying my shoes, I had convinced myself not to go; it was too much of a hassle.

So what did I do to combat this?

1. I started up on the treadmill (at home) telling myself I could stop whenever I felt like it. Anything has to be better than nothing, right? I’m so proud of myself for this little achievement of running on the treadmill for 10 minutes two days in a row. I know some people say it’s not really a workout if you don’t go past 10 minutes. My sweat glands disagree! And, even though I did the same amount of time both days, I pushed myself harder today more-so than yesterday so I don’t feel like I’m stagnating. It felt good and it motivated me to want to do it again.

2. I literally ran in my underwear. Don’t worry, I was at home, not at the gym. Instead of giving myself that time to talk myself out of doing any exercise while I put on the perfect gym-wear, I whipped off my clothes, put on a sports bra, and ran barefoot on the treadmill. Yep, pretty silly (and probably tmi) but it worked, I did it :)

So, that’s my little achievement this week.

I also have to add that doing those runs made me feel like some fresh food for lunch. I made a delicious salad yesterday and am about to go make myself another one right now. Yum. Nothing beats tomato, cucumber, avocado, and baby greens topped with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon, garlic and salt.

P.S. I ate lots of chocolate last night which is dissapointing but again, I’m happy I’m moving forward instead of throwing my arms in the air and giving up :)

P.P.S. I look nowhere near as graceful when I run on the treadmill as the picture above!

P.P.P.S. (Are you sick of my P.S.’s yet?) I spend a lot of time on the computer editing, researching, surfing the web, assignmenting, chilling. It’s pretty much how I spend a big portion of my day so this would be perfect, haha

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The Health Plan: May Update

Ugh. I am not looking forward to sharing this since progress has been pretty static. Last time I wrote about my health goals I was 63kg and eating unhealthy food regularly. As of now I am 62kg and have been up and down from 61-63 constantly. I can’t wait until I’m out of the terrible 60s. I have been eating healthier food but not as regularly or consistently as I’d like. Since I haven’t had very good results so far, I’m going to set up some small goals I’d like to achieve this week.

This week’s goals:

  • Cook a healthy dinner each night
  • Lose 1kg
  • Exercise at least twice this week

It’s pretty basic but it’s what I need to do. So I’ll check in next week with the results.

Happy Tuesday.

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stretches + workout gear

I haven’t done any fitness stuff in over a week and I’m really feeling it. Since I’ve been working on assignments a lot lately, I’ve spent most of my time sitting down or lying in bed with my laptop. I am consequently feeling more and more lethargic everyday as my body isn’t sending out those lovely chemicals that get sent out when you’re active. So this week I’m hoping to get back into stretches at home and hopefully some cardio work at the gym.

Also, I’m loving this hooded workout singlet and these running shorts from Lorna Jane.

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