Saturday, 27 November 2010

Nerves and Compliments taking it all on the chin. :)

Morning all, I have my next exam today, this is the final Anatomy & Physiology, last time was the mock. The mock went ok, but this time I am feeling much more confident. I have done the revision and I had some great help from Kit at work, he has been the only person who has been able to explain it to me and made sense. So a big thanks to KIT. I am sure it any questions come up about the heart I will have no problem. I am still nervous about today, but I think that is normal.
How do you all cope with Exams, any tips for me.

Another thing I wanted to say about is support. I have just been reading Jo's blog this morning and she spoke about support., if you have not been able to read Jo’s blog please do.
Jo is a great writer and has inspired me so much. So much so I have lost nearly 4 stone. I started reading her blog since January this year and have read every post ever since.
Going back to the idea of support.
Who is your biggest supporter. I would say mine is my Hubby Tony. Since being with Tony he has given me the confidence to do anything, if I wanted to climb a mountain he be able to get me to do it. He has supported me every single day and if there is anything I need to talk about or discuss I go straight to him before anyone else. I have always been confident, but did not really believe in myself, but now I feel I can take on the world lol. That’s what the love of a great guy can do. So thank you hubby for being there for me every day over two years.
He does not always say the right thing and we constantly take the mickey out of each other, but its the amount of support I get that I know that I will not get from anyone else.
Boy when he does give me a compliment I lap it up, rather than beating away the compliment, So If your man or a friend give you a compliment take it and accept it with pride, because you know what they really mean it.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Quick catch up and whats to come.

I hope you are all well, sorry I have not been about just life is so busy, I have my full time work, college for my gym instructors course, cycling, kids and hubby, not always in that order but all these things gets in the way of getting on the laptop.

I am back bloggers, but full of cold,I think I have been over doing it and have been cycling in the freezing cold, rather then getting the train. The worst part is hot and cold feeling.

I am feeling sorry for myself today watching day time tv which really is rubbish.

I have done some online browsing looking at new bikes I would like to get. My tank is great but it is to far to heavy for the amount of miles I have to do per day,so it would be nice to get something a bit lighter, any advice would be nice. If you have a bike what do you ride and why.

Today I have received my forms from Dolly today, I am going to start filling out the forms as soon as I am feeling a little better. I am hoping that will be tomorrow as I would like to get the ball rolling. As soon as I start my new training I am sure my Mojo will come back too. Also be nice to get back to a better diet and I really miss doing weights. Will keep you posted on the MOJO, as soon as it returns you will all be the first to know.

Today for the rest of the day will be spent resting so I am nice and healthy to get back to work tomorrow. Also today I will be revising for my Anatomy and Phys Exam on Saturday I have a good feeling about the exam, as I have been studying hard. Also with a days rest there is plenty of time for reading and revising.

So have a good week all and what is keeping you busy.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Want to kick the last half a stone to the kerb and my new class this week

As you all know I am on the guest to find the perfect figure. What that is I dont really know but I am getting close to really liking what I see. So I have half a stone to go until my next goal and then I will look at how my figure looks and how my clothes fit and then see If I want to lose anymore. At this moment in time I am thinking if I lose this next half a stone this could be my final goal, but ladies and gents I can not say for sure.

So my plan this week is to track my food every day, this is something I have not been doing at all for the last 3-4 weeks. So I will track everyday even if I go over on the calories.

I am trying Zumba at a gym in Covent Garden on Wednesday night, I have wanted to try it for ages but never got one near me or the right time. I am very excited as it looks great fun and a brilliant new class to try. I will blog after the class and let you all know how I get on.

Also this week will be cycling Monday to Thursday to work. Each day I am finding the ride a bit better so want to make sure I bet my time a little each day. Also getting to know how to take the hills better and have more control when using the gears. I am finding the cold wind a big incentive to cycle faster. lol.

What is everyone plan this week. What is something new your doing this week.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Kat’s Adventures in Dietland: Friday Favorite--Weights Are For Girls

Kat’s Adventures in Dietland: Friday Favorite--Weights Are For Girls: "This is one of my favorite posts, and an important message I, please enjoy this Friday favorite: I love strength training. I love..."

160 miles this week on my bike. aka pinky

Hello all,

As you can see by the title I have travelled 160 miles and more on my bike.
I think I have had my bike about 3 or 4 weeks not sure. This week is the first time I have done 5 days on my bike commuting from Shirley Croydon to Charing Cross London. I am so chuffed to be able to do it. I am really enjoying riding my bike and cycling on the roads is a real eye opener so many people just dont care they cross the road regardless of the traffic and I have seen so many close calls. I still get a silly thrill about going though a red light, I must add I only do this if i know the road is clear and would not endanger myself or anyone else. Cycling has the highs and lows. my main lows is the hills, but I am learning ways to make them much easier.

I am cycling into work on Sunday and normally have plenty of time so will takes some pics of my route and put them on Sunday evening if I get a chance.

Does anyone else commute to work on a bike. Drop me a comment.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Things I like this week.

Everytime my hubby says god you look skinny. lol. :)

My bike has new wheels so much easier to ride.

My new blackberry pearl.

My new lipsy dress thats fits perfect size 10.

My new job is going well.

College on Saturday is good but intense.

New bike commute to work which is Shirley to Charing Cross and the money I save on train fare.

The extra calories I will earned on my bike.

The not worrying about calories, just eating what I like.

Chinese tonight and knowing I will burn the calories off on my bike tomorrow going to work.

Catching up on all my fav blogs. JAG, Bitchcakes, Gym Ninja, and all the other people that keep me going.

Spending evening with hubby and the kids, time now is more precious now back to work full time.

All the nice people I am meeting though work.

The new things I am learning every day.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

*Bitch Cakes*: A Neurotic Glamour Girl's Weight Watchers Experience and Fitness Adventures: Weekly Meeting Topic: The Road to Goal

*Bitch Cakes*: A Neurotic Glamour Girl's Weight Watchers Experience and Fitness Adventures: Weekly Meeting Topic: The Road to Goal: "Me, accepting my Lifetime keychain and roses last week at my Weight Watchers meeting (with my leader, Melanie) - photo by Carin Tonight we t..."

New job and missing training. xx

Hi all,

Not blogged in a while just didnt really have much to say. Loads happening but did not really feel like writing weird eh, do any of you all feel like that.

Well loads has been happening. finally after being out of work for over a year or so, I now have a new job. Based in charing cross in a fitness and nutrition shop. I am the only girl and its pretty cool. I have not found out If I can mention them on my blog but once I have checked I will let you all know. All the guys are really nice, the shop has great potential and just think it was lacked a females touch. I am enjoying leave about all the nutrition and all the guys are happy to share their knowledge. There is so much to learn which is good too.

This week I am more focused on the job and having the energy to be on my feet for 8 hours straight which is a long day, but I am sure I will get use to it soon enough. My diet has been pretty good and I am sticking with in the calories. I have been doing my exerrcise as much I would like to but I have had a few swims, weights, and gym, challenge will be fitting it all in and getting in to a routine.

This month I have lost 2lbs which is not bad going, averaging at half a pound a week, which I am set to lose with WLR, so happy with that. I have upped my lose to pound a week from this week and will weigh in tomorrow, so fingers crossed.

Also this week I am back getting my graze boxes again loving the yummy treats, have tried washbi peas which I never thought I would like and they are really tasty. I even tried sushi and I never thought I would like that either but it is so yummy cant wait to have it again.

If any one is still reading say Hi, be nice to hear from you. How are you all.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

~~The 3 f's Food, Friends, Fitness~~~

Ok well today I am feeling very tired, had a great night last night and had a few drinks with my friend T. I also had pizza and a packet of crisps. The food was had by me and T when we came home from the club. We had a real laugh while getting ready for a our night out and then we went on to a club. The club was good and was nice to do a bit of dancing. I had such a good time, did not even worry if I was to drunk or if my dancing was rubbish. I must admit this is a nice bit about getting older all your doubts go and you no longer worry about what other people think, you just have a good time. Me and T have been friends a long time, we don't see each other often as life gets in the way, but T is one of my best friends and always will.
As I mentioned earlier we consumed pizza and crisps when we got home, I did not worry about the calories as I know its fine to let go some times and we did dance most of the night. I did not worry about calorie counting as I am starting to relax a little about calorie counting as some days I am more hungry then others and the calories normally end up balancing out at the end of the week. I also know that some bad food choices does not undo all my hard work.
This week I have not been to the gym as much as I would really like to, but I have been working out at home using my 30 day shred dvd and done all 3 levels for 3 days in a row. I remember when I first got the dvd I could hardly manage level 1 and now I can do all the levels with 2.5kg weights I am also able to keep up with the advance girl in the dvds and have a new love for rock star jumps, which really get the heart rate going. If you are looking for a workout dvd to really kick you into shape, I would say 150% get this dvd. I really think it has help me shape up and get lean, also makes you strong with all the press ups. I can now do full sit ups rocky style, I love the site up likes this and you can really feel you back and legs working.

What dvds do you love and what new exercises are you going to do this week???

Monday, 16 August 2010

Lovelies mission for the Perfect figure: Pictures and a week is a long time.

Lovelies mission for the Perfect figure: Pictures and a week is a long time.: "Well the school holidays are still going and it is a week since my son has been here. Bless him he is lovely hard work sometimes, but I love..."

Pictures and a week is a long time.

Well the school holidays are still going and it is a week since my son has been here. Bless him he is lovely hard work sometimes, but I love him to bits. He has today been playing ds two player with Josh so that has kept him happy. Think Mia feels a little left out, so I have been getting some extra cuddles.

I am surviving the school holidays just lol. Who has kids off school and how they finding it.

My plan for the school holidays was to stay on maintenance calories, but felt this was not right for me at the moment, because I want to get to goal. So have changed to 1lb a week loss, which will be nice a steady way to lose. I will be eating all my exercise calories as I find I need all the calories, normally the day after a hard training or gym session.

This week I am going back to clean eating and not having diet coke,junk food, processed food, no cakes, etc etc. When i cut out all of these I feel so much better, today I have woken up very blotted, and feeling very tired. I also have a bad headache and I am sure this is down to not have any fizzy drinks or sugar. I know the headaches wont last long only a couple of days and also no sugar will sort out my poor bloated belly.

Funny how you learn how food and drink effects your body and this time last year would have just had nurofen and hope for the best. I have not taken a tablet in months and no I will never need to unless a doctor tells me too.

Also this week Justagirl has started Oueration Butt Kick, perfect timing for me and you must check it out Jo is amazing and I got great results last time.

I will be doing my before pictures today, and will post them when the challenge finishes in 8 weeks time. I just hope I am happy with the results. Part of my weight loss travel has really been effected by pictures, as they say the camera never lies, well I wish it did back in January when I saw a very fat, overweight and blotted lovely, I really did think i look good that night oh how wrong. I can thank the pictures now as I know I will never look or be that weight again.

How did you all get started on your weight loss travel, how have pictures effected you?

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

~~~School holidays, kids, size 8 dress, plan ahead. ~~~~

Well the last few weeks have not been so good food wise. I have pin pointed it down to the fact, one I dont get enough me time for getting to the gym and two I have been inundated with children. The last two weeks I have had my hubbies two boys, which has been very challenging. Today I have picked my son up from his dads, my son is staying for 3 weeks. With the school holidays in full swing it has been a lot of food on the go. I know this food is no good but not wanting to do a full shop with the kids it has been the food of choice for the time being.

Also last week was my hubbies birthday so we had a few lunches out and a family meal .I am still in control of what I eat and it has not been to over the top, but it has not been very clean or elimination friendly.

Even though the food has not been so good, I have not put on any weight and I also was able to buy size 8 dresses, the dresses where in stretchy material but they fitted lovely and so nice to try on a ten and then the 10 being to big and having to get the size down which was a 8. So a very happy lovely I was indeed, I did a little cheer and my daughter was a little shocked bless her, we even did a little dance.

Exercise is good I just need to plan better. I did a abs class last night and a swim, so when I have the time and childcare its not a problem going.

So now I am thinking about going on maintenance for a few weeks, just while the kids are on the school holidays and then when my little daughter is back at nursery to get back on the diet wagon.

Also my plan is to eat maintenance calories but not to eat my exercise calories, what do you lovely people think, do you some times give your self a break about the diet and exercise.

I know it be adding more time while getting to my final goal, but really do think it will help me more in the long run.

How are you all getting on, All help and advice would be great.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

worst mood ever lol.

I really dont know what is wrong with me been in a foul mood for the last few days. I think everything is just getting to me.
I wanted to take the kids to see shrek yesterday but did not have the money, so I think that got to me the most, as I never let the kids down. Really was not my fault as my money did not go in.

Apart from my mood everything else is fine. I am sticking to healthy eating, I am up to date with my training. Also lost weight this week so now down to 139 pounds my lowest weight for ages.

I am hoping my bad mood will be shifted by a nice workout at the gym and a relaxing swim.

What do you all do to get out of a bad mood and what helps you.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Planning and Goals.

Well the planning I am doing is my wedding for next year. We have a date we want and hopefully the reception location is sorted so going well so far. Once I have booked things I will start posting more details. Its long way off but I want to be organized for a change.

My goals are forever changing and they really do keep me on my toes. I am looking at the moment at really reducing the size on my waist and my back. They are areas that have some fat on and I really want to lean them out more. So just going to keep on training and hopefully the areas will lean out while the rest of me does too.

Food I am not being to strict on, but a lot of things I dont have, but I am having sugar and a little fizz drinks no where near the amount I use to have. So very pleased bad habits are not all back. I am staying in my calories and have lost 1lb this week, so nice and steady.

Hope everyone is well

Say hi when you drop by xxx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Wedding Dress - Problem

Hi All,

As most of you know I am getting married next December.

So today after I went to the dentist, I had some time before had to pick up Mia from nursery. So I went to the wedding shop to try on dresses. I look at a few dresses but as I am really short they seem to be very over powering. So pick up a shorter one just to have a look. I picked out a size 12 and when I tried it on it was to tight on the back. I have over a year to fit into the dress so not to stressed out, but still I thought surely after losing over 3 stone I would be able to fit into a size 12.

So my next goal is just to keep training and hopefully my back will lean out with some time. I have always been top heavy so maybe its something I will have to just get use to not really sure.

What do you like and dislike about your body. x

Monday, 19 July 2010

Super Skinny jeans - each step closer

I tried my super skinny jeans on today and even with bloating from totm they fitted, I had room in the waist band at the back, but the side there was muffin top, so not a good look. The jeans did up and buttoned up. What was nice the legs fitted even nicer then last time. It was about a month ago that I tried them on last and last time I could not even do the button up. So next month I will be wearing my super skinny jeans with pride.

I set myself this goal and to be 5 pounds light in a months time. I find my goals really help me stay on track. To keep me focus. The super skinny jeans are my favorite item from when I lost weight last time and I know when they fit well with no muffin top then I am at goal.So close to goal and all my hard work is paying off.

what do you all do to stay on track and what goals do you set yourself to help you keep going. What item of clothing would you love to get into again.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Sunday - No calorie counting day

Have decided on Sundays I wont calorie count I will just try to be sensible. I know roughly how many calories I am having and just not stressing if I go over or under.
Sunday is my exercise rest day too, so it made sense not to calorie count too, well going to give it a go and see how it effects my weight loss each week.

I have been doing the new 7 week challenge on WLR, I have been sticking to the challenge I have set myself, so all going well. I only have 5 more of the pounds I want to lose until I get to my next goal. I am set to lose 1 pound a week for the next five weeks, so not to bad.

Time of the month is coming up so I wont weigh in tomorrow, I will do my measurements and see how I am doing from them. I know all my size 12 clothes are too big and now a 10 in most things.

I now know what I have to do to keep the weight off and to lose slowly the last few pounds.

I am looking forward to Monday as I am back to the weights, gym and my 30 day shred, sad I know I did miss working out today, but I did have fun running around with the kids.

What do you all do on your rest days and what do you miss on rest days.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Feel so rough - confession time. lol.

Hello all,

I am feeling very rough today and fell off the wagon yesterday with a big bump.

Right confession time here goes,

Alcohol - loads including shots, wine, champagne
4 wraps with the works TGI e
4 cocktails cream ones
portion of onion rings
Exercise - Dancing.

Was a great night and the bride to be loved it.

Today is a fast as I feel so rough and I thought it help detox lol. No exercise today as feel to rough. did not log any calories on wlr, and not even going to think about trying to add it up.

So from today I am well and truly back on the wagon.

How is everyone doing after map.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Gym Bunny or Gym Rat

Saw this on WLR so thought I would post it as its funny.

POLL: gym bunny or gym rat (also in Runners)
Score 5 or more to find what you are

GB: Fully made up
GR: Bit of mascara, maybe

GB: Only just breaks into a sweat
GR: Wants to die on the cross trainer

GB: Won't go to gym unless perfectly brand/colour coordinated from head to toe
GR: Would wear flipflops and a wet suit if necessary

GB: Smells lovely
GR: Smells like *****

GB: Can't pass a mirror without checking out own arse
GR: Only looks in mirror to check technique

GB: Ponytail tied high up so it flops from side to side when on the treadmill
GR: Hair matted with sweat

GB: La Senza cherry red balcony bra
GR: Industrial strength sports bra

GB: Buys designer water in a willy shaped bottle with a 'kiss' of fruit from gym machine at £1.50 a pop
GR: 3 week old 2 litre Evian bottle refilled from gym changing room tap

GB: Doesn't move on to next set until girlfriend has finished hers
GR: If I want to talk I'll go to the pub

GB: In and out in 40 mins
GR: Only goes home because staff have turned the lights off

Let me know which one you are, I am defo a rat lol

Friday, 9 July 2010

No stopping me now - New Challenge

As you all know I like a good challenge. Three really nice guys on wlr have started up a new challenge and I have jumped on the wagon today. The challenge is for 7 weeks and there are no rules, but you set your own goals.

Mine are the following and probably add extra ones for each few weeks to keep me on my toes.

Train at least twice a day with one rest day per week.
Limit treats to a small one each day only 100-150 for treat.
Try new foods,
Lose the last stone in seven weeks,
Eat as many exercise calories as I can.
Elimination diet at least 80% of the time.

Simple but effective ways for me to get rid of the last stone. I am working at it at the rate of half stone at a time, so two mini goals. The new challenge starts Monday, as I am allowing a few treats and my friends hen night tomorrow, which I think will be rather messy. LOL

Today was a good day, I have fasted from 4.30 yesterday until 3.30 today and it was the easiest fast I have done. I only gave up because was so hot to me and my daughter had a ice lolly. I had a twister and Mia had a cornetto, which we both really enjoyed. Mia had a white dress on which did not stay white for long. Her face was covered in chocolate, but they say a messy child is a happy child.

I have been relaxed this evening, had a lovely chicken and egg salad and some chocolate for afters, I can now have some chocolate and not go mad, I still have some more in the fridge and its not calling my name.

Well Sunday will be a test specially if I am hangover, but I think I be able handle it a lot better then I use too.

Have a good weekend all. :@)

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Final results

Hi all,

Final sorted out final measurements really chuffed.

Starting weight 10. 10 NOW 10.2
Bust 36 NOW 34
Under bust 32. NOW 31
Waist 32 NOW 30
Hips 36 NOW 34
Arm 10.5 NOW 9.5
Top of leg 21.5 NOW 20.5
Calf 12 NOW 11.

Total loss of weight 8lbs and of 13 inches lost, how good is that in 30 days.

So happy and now a size 10 in most shops. whoop whoop.

Still no sign of camera, but will post pictures tomorrow. I have a couple of tortilla wraps as not had them in ages, as it was only two did not get bloated and I feel fine, they do not taste as good as I remember before so they will be a treat now and again, not something I will have in my normal diet.

I am doing a fast from 4.30 today, just to give my weight loss a boost and not doing a heavy workout so wont need to refuel. Have today had a nice swim and a dvd, felt very weird not doing any dax exercises and I kind of miss them, so looking forward to next week when I can do meltdown and dumbbell matrix as they are my faves.

How is everyone else getting on.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Day 30 - The final day.

Cant believe it is the final day. I am going to do my final measurements and weight tomorrow as I am bloated today after dinner late last night.

I want to say well done to everyone who did the 30 Days MAP. Cant believe workout for 30 days straight and at least 3 to 4 times minimum. I know I have really enjoyed it.

I am going to have a rest day tomorrow as I am getting my hair done so I wont get to the gym, but I am sure I will do a couple of circuits or a dvd as it has come apart of my day now and I really do get a good buzz when I work out.

I am going to stick to the elimination diet but going to do it for 90% of the time with a few treats but not to many as I know sugar goes straight to my stomach.

Will update later. Have to go now.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Day 28 MAP - Fast nearly done

Day 29 of MAP and I have nearly completed the fast, the hardest part is the last couple of hours.

Have started to get really hungry, have a nice low carbs meal of stuff peppers and salad. Also some cashew nuts for after.

Hope all my fellow mapper are getting on well too.

Last day tomorrow, but wont be stopping, just fitting the elimination diet to my life style.

Will introduce a new food but not sure which one yet. will have a think about it. What is everyone introducing first. What have you all missed the most.

Day 28 MAP - Two days to go - Going to have a fast day.

Morning all,

For the first time in 28 days I am feeling very blotted and feel like I have eaten to much, even sticking to elimination diet, but maybe just to much food, so from 8-9 o clock last night I am going to fast. I think this will be my 3 or maybe 4 time of fasting so going to give it ago.

If anyone has any tips or advice on fasting please let me know, I know it is not normally to hard once you loaded up on carbs the day before.

I know before I just had to keep myself busy and Monday is always a busy day, I am going to drink plenty of water and get some new herbal teas to try out. Then tonight will have a low carb meal.

Today I have done power circuit and I got up to 70 of each set and then 40 of the last set I was so chuffed. I did feel like I had a power serge after my legs were shaking.

Back to the gym today so going to do body weights and dumbbell matrix I always seem to do them together and then a nice run on the treadmill.

Once map is finished I am going to have one rest day and then try to fit in all the workouts the rest of the days and maybe find some different forms of exercise and just shake it up a bit.

Today looks like another lovely day so happy Monday all.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Race for life - For my grandmum.

Hi all,

I am doing my 1st 10k for about 3 years, I am doing the race for life to honor my lovely nan who I use to call Grandmum, as she was like a mum to me.

She has been gone 10years this year and not a day goes passed that i dont wish I could phone her up and tell her the latest gossip or just to say hi.

If any one would like to sponsor me that would be really lovely.


Thank you so much

Chrissy xxx

MAP DAY 25-26-27 - The end is in sight, but already found my next challenge.

Hi all,

The end of MAP is in sight, only 3 more days to go, But are we all going to stop or continue.

Well top I was looking though my wardrobe and found my old skinny jeans that I use to wear when I lost loads of weight after I had my son, they are a 8-10 and a 28 inch waist. I tried them on and they fit but I have horrible muffin top, they fitted nice on my bum and legs. So they are my next challenge to get into in the next 2-3 months.

My plan of action is to do elimination diet 90% of the time and to continue with the exercises at least 3 times a day and if I have time 4 times a day, but not going to worry to much if I cant fit all 4 in.

Since doing MAP I can now see my before kids body and my proper curves and shape my body sound be, I do not want to be skinny, or skinny fat I just want a nice lean shape. I am not bothered about scales anymore and I can happily jump on and off every day and it no longer effects my mood, as long as I see a small downward tread I am fine.

I keep myself in check with my tape measure and that shows me a more healthy progress.

So here is to the last few days of MAP and beyond.

I will post final pictures from MAP, when I dig out my camera and also measurements on Tuesday.

To all my fellow MAPPERs please let me know how you get on.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

MAP DAY 23-24 only 6 days left

Hope everyone is well.

Elimination diet still going strong, loving the food, loads of salads due to the hot weather. My hubby tried a salad I made the other day and he said was best salad he had ever had. I have cut down on nuts and seeds, as they are high in calories, so i am finding my calories go alot further now.

Yesterday all exercise session were done and I got a lot of praised from a few people at the gym who have been watching me. One lovely lady said she was speaking to her sister about me and how well i have done with losing weight and getting lean. I was so chuffed. She asked me for some tips and she said she had be doing all the exercises and getting no results, I just said I thought her weight looked far to easy and told her dax 2 part sit ups which she really struggled with so just showed her how to improve her form. She was also doing cardio before weil ghts, so I said to do hiits after she had done her weights. She was really gratefull and said I would catch up with her soon when next in gym to see how she getting on.

Today I have done all exercises apart from ICP. Which I am getting really quick at apart from the russian twists, every time I do a twist I hear my back clicking, not sure why.

Have a good day all. xx

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Day 21-22 - OMG 8 days to go

Hello all,

Wow 8 days to go on MAP, how is everyone going. I have been doing the elimination diet and not carb cycling or fasting but I have so much energy and going to keep on with elimination diet after but maybe a couple of treats. Really is the best food plan around.

Have been doing great with all the exercises and my form is so much better, I am also more stronger so the 3kg weights I started with are now 5 and 6kg. So much stronger in the 22 days, so really pleased with the results. The exercises are hard and Dax really does know how to push us, but thats what I signed up for and it feels good to work hard and the body really does adapt well to all the changes and challenges.

I have not lost any inches or weight this week, but I have not gained any weigh, due to the hot weather I normal put on weight due to water retention so no gain is good, also been drinking loads of water to stop the retention. So I am expecting a loss next week, fingers crossed.

Another change I have noticed is my skin is so much clearer, I also got a cold sore recently but it cleared up with in 3 to 4 days which is really good as in the past I could have cold sore for nearly and week or two.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Day 18 - 20 - Mojo is back it was hiding in the gym lol.

Hi ya all,

Mojo was hiding in the gym, got it back well and truly.

Food has not been as good, but just going to work on sticking to Elimination Diet each day, not sure about the fast with all the training. Low carbs do not really suit me, but I know how to portion control my carbs and I know I dont go over board, so that is good.

Today I have done my cardio, also done dumbbell matrix 3 rounds and power circuit, my order is all messed I am getting the workout session in. Body weights in the new set and for once I am struggling but getting the form better each time. Body weights is the new killer, which melt
down was and now I really like meltdown. So soon be saying the same about body weights too.

Today I had a lovely 30 minutes swim and I was very pleased as my speed is getting better and my form is really good on my front crawl. Must be all the training every day, cant believe I have trained every day for 20 days. I feel that I no longer need rest days as my body has adapted so well to the four session each day.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Day 17-Day18 - MAP - where has my mojo gone

Hi All,

Day 17 done and dusted, all exercises done and 30 day shred, could really feel the burn on all session.

Food was good, was carbs but not to high carbs did not go over bored.

Today is a really struggle still not done any exercise and I really dont want too, I dont know why I normal love doing all the exercises but today its the last thing I want to do.

I will do them later and if i can get to the gym quickly today for a run on treadmill, I wonder if my mojo is waiting at the gym for me.

Last time i had food was last night about 9ish and then today without thinking had a banana did not realise it was fast starting today, so will cut food down today and do the fast next time.

Dont really like fasting but will give it a shot next time, need to prepare myself properly and read up on the benefits.

Today is new exercises today and will report on them tomorrow.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Day 16 - listening to my body and I will not binge. :()

Still going well,

Exercise is fab, getting better and stronger,looking forward to the change again on Friday

Food not liking the food, going to go back on normal elimination diet, wave just does not suit me, I am so close to having a binge and I really dont want too. Need to find the happy medium and that is elimination diet for me.

I know we should be doing the wave but if it causes me to binge then its no worth it, really is not, I have been losing weight since January so I really have learnt what my body needs.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Day 15 - Half way there

Here are my new measurements

Starting weight 10. 10 - have not done weigh yet.
Bust 35.5 - 35 - so minus half inch
Under bust 31.5 - 31 - minus half a inch
Waist 31.5 - 31 minus half a inch
Hips 35.5 - 35. minus half a inch
Arm 10 - 10 - stayed the same
Top of leg 21 - 20.5 - minus half a inch
Calf 11.5 - 11 minus half a inch

6 inches in total counting both side, so total of 13.5 inches in two weeks.

All my training and hard work is paying off, really pleased.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Pyramid - I beat my time, whoop whoop

Hi ya all,

Just really quick message,

Just did the pyramid in 12. 53, my last time was 13.30 so well chuffed.

I spank my time every time and I love it. lol. Circuit training is defo my thing, I much prefer it to the gym and running. After I have done the 30 day MAP, I am going to find new circuit training I can do.

Also done today, 45 mins walk with hubby, 30 day shred level 2, going to do the meltdown in a bit.

If anyone knows of any good circuit training dvds i would really like to know about them.

Also measurements tomorrow cant wait. xx

Day 14 of MAP. - Its Sunday. Fathers Day

Food was really good yesterday and no probs with ED or the wave. Making sure dont pick to much on nuts and seeds. So having things like carrot sticks and celery instead.

Today is carb day, which is nice to have my porridge for breakfast, really do miss it, because its the one breakfast that really fills me up until lunch time. When I have eats normally have to have a snack about 11ish.

Today up a bit later, nice to have a lay in. So will be exercising later, yesterday I did my last workout at 9.30 just before bed and I slept like a log, lol.

Today work out are 30 day shred, POWER Circuit - Pyramid - Meltdown, so not a bad day at all. Fitting in the exercises every two hours or so is not a problem. I now have no soreness just bruised knees really need a floor map.

Hope everyone is doing well, have a good weekend.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Day 13 - I have been numbering my days wrong lol

So today is day 13 and nearly half way there.

Feeling good today, yesterday was a tough day but done now, so draw a line under it and on with today.

Todays exercise is

Meltdown - ICP - DB Matrix followed by 30 day shred, as no time to go to the gym.

Will go outside for a run tomorrow if the weather is nice.

I have started a new job yesterday and I am doing the training of the sales position, so finding time to fit in the exercises is a new challenge, but really nice being busy. Also less time to pick. As i some time do that when I am bored.

Have a good day all

Friday, 18 June 2010

Day 11 - One tough day.

Time of the month, and no pains, but doing exercises have been really hard. I have done 30 day shred, Dumbbell matrix and powercircuit, still to do pyramid if my poor tummy lets me.

Food as been fine, but had some fruit for the sugar cravings. Have had really bad craving think down to totm and hormones got of balance.

Not a bad day really just be glad when bed time, as I get really tired this time of month.

Hope all is well.


Thursday, 17 June 2010

Day 10 - Friday feeling oops its Thursday

Morning people,

Was up early today and did the Pyramid, OMG I spanked my time from last time. time was 14.30 I think something like that and today was 13.30, so pleased. I am pushing myself so much really to the limit my body can go.

Yesterday was another good day, it was a carb day, so i had porridge for breakfast with strawberries and coconut. Then lunch was a chicken salad, banana for snack and then dinner was yummy stuff pepper with haddock and a couple of new potatoes. So really good food day, was very stuff last night and had a bit of a tummy ache, so glad to be back on low carbs today.

The wave is a great way of carb cycling, you do three days low carb and then one day full loaded carbs, as long as you stick to the elimination diet. I am finding the wave much better the second time around, when I did it before I really struggled with energy levels this time it has not been a problem, I do eat loads more nuts on carb days.

Yesterday done all the exercises, Meltdown, ICP, power circuit, also did imt and dumbbell matrix follow by a 20 minute run one minute really fast and one minute slow. I nearly did not do the ICP as my legs were really sore, but did not let them beat me, I hate giving up. So I did three rounds and beat my time per set and last one was 2.20, which is 8 seconds off my original time.

My legs are much better and I am full of energy, so in a bit I will be doing the 30 day shred as my free exercise.

Then later, meltdown and ICP. I think meltdown is my favorite out of all the exercise session, as it is really fast pace. lol.

Have a good day all.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Day 10 of Map still going strong -

Well just finished the lovely MD and sweated as much as ever.

Today plan for fitness is Meltdown follow by power circuit which is like a fast pace yoga and then ICP which is a circuit base training. On the last plan Dax gave us it said training for days 7-11. So tomorrow will be another change in exercise to get the metabolism going even more and to stop the body getting use to the exercises. I am still enjoying the exercises but finding I get a lot of pain in the evening in my arms and shoulders. Thank god this pain is gone in the morning and I am up before my alarm ready to go. I am shocked how much energy i have got and how all the four session seem to fall in to plan each day. As it is only 15-20 minutes max it does not seem a chore, I am even exercising late and in the evenings which I normally struggle with.

Food is fine no problems, I got a large selection of chicken in tescos as it was only £3.00 what a bargain. I had lovely chicken with a few spices and a whole pepper stuffed with aubergine, onion and mushroom which was fried in butter was delicious.I am looking forward to some porridge today and a little potato with dinner, as it is the carb day today. I have found carb cycling fine but a little challenging thinking about what to eat. Any fellow MAPPER any tips or recipes would be great, drop me a comment too.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Day 9 of MAP - I have lost 3lbs this week.

Was so chuffed yesterday and was feeling lighter so I decided to weigh in at the gym, I am so pleased to have lost 3lbs bringing my weight down to 10.7, I am 5 pounds away from my first target i have set myself. I have been stuck at 10.10 for a couple of weeks so nice to see the scales changing.

I posted yesterday on WLR about my loss and added a new picture and received some lovely comments which made my day too. So nice to receive compliments because I feel I am my hardest judge. Always finding things you want to change rather then looking at how well you have done so far.

So thank you all to help me step back and see the progress I have made, I am even more motivated to get to my next target of 9.2, I can even picture myself and see how good I would feel.

But my biggest WHY is I am doing it for me and I think that is the most important thing dont do it
for anyone else, not children, partner, family, friends, or special occasion, if you want it 100% percent for you then there is only you stopping you reaching your goal.

Have a good day all. Hope everyone is doing well. x

Monday, 14 June 2010

Day 8 of MAP - Well chuffed with new measurements

Its Monday, feeling good today, yesterday was day 1 of carb cycling, but because done it before I noticed was not to bad. Exercises all went to plan and really enjoyed the new pyramid, so hope to beat my time today.

New measurements after week 1

Starting weight 10. 10 - have not done weigh yet.
Bust 36 - 35.5 so minus half inch
Under bust 32. - 31.5 - minus half a inch
Waist 32 - 31.5 minus half a inch
Hips 36 - 35.5 minus half a inch
Arm 10.5 - 10 - minus half a inch
Top of leg 21.5 - 21 - minus half a inch
Calf 12 - 11.5 minus half a inch

So a total of 3.5 half inches after one week.

Really pleased as this is one side, so if I count both be 7 inches. My stomach is flatter and all my muscles feel tighter and I feel nice an lean.

Check the guys at Dax out.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Day 7 of MAP Plan - with Dax I survived the bbq

Hello all its Sunday

Day 7 of the MAP Plan at Dax Moy, I survived the bbq and think only thing that was not Dax friendly was one cocktail I had and a little potato salad, I am not going to worry as I am up bright and early back on plan.

I have just tried the new exercise Dax has introduced and not a bad time 17.30 minutes, in the instructions it said don't go over 20 minutes, so not a bad first attempt.

I leave about 2 hours between sessions as I feel I get the maximum benefit.

I felt really good yesterday and hubby took some full size pics of me and I must say I am starting to get a nice shape in clothes would like my waist to nip in a bit more as i do look straight up and down, but a nice belt can sort that out some times. At least I did not cry or get upset when looking at the pictures like I normally do.

I am sure Dax workouts will have me in tip top condition one I done the 30 days. Is anyone on the plan thinking about once they have completed the plan, or is that just me.

Have a good day all, pop by say hello.

If you have a good joke or poem please add it as comment and the best one will be posted Monday and a little prize could be yours. :)

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Day 6 of MAP Plan - rest for the wicked with Dax

Morning all,

MD done this morning and it was not so bad. Today I was up even earlier and my first session of MD was completed by 6.20, and I was not dying, so that is such an improvement to day 1 one Monday.

So now I have three more session to get done by 2-3pm this afternoon as we are going to a bbq at a friends for England world cup game, come on England. I have plan ahead and my hubby is doing a lovely special rice, which taste awesome and is completely elimination friendly. There will be alcohol and I have a plans in action for that too.

Yesterday I got all 4 session in for the fitness and i also did a extra set for personal circuit so today i will add a 5 round to the circuit. Which is big progress here as Day 1 only did the assessement and 1 round.

As i said before all the exercises are challenging but it nice to focus on fitting them all in and getting them right rather then worry about what to eat next.

Food is great no problems, I am eating super clean and elimination friendly. If you have any question on the diet feel free to ask.

Only thing I am getting bored of water, so any ideas would be great and I must go out and get some herbal teas, as I know they do the trick.

Have a good weekend all and everyone on MAP have a great day 6 :)

Friday, 11 June 2010

Day 5 of MAP Plan with Dax

OMG up when my alarm went off, no moaning was tired was straight up and done the killer
MD, but today it did not kill and I was able to count all the rep and control breathing, I think I did two extra sets to each round, so that means about 50 extra reps, on my I am so much fitter since Monday, In 5 days that make me feel awesome.

I had a sneaky pic at measurements and it is saying half an inch off, but will post my measurements on Monday. I am so excited about this plan, I have so much energy, and really does make you feel great. I am a lot warm to, I think that must be the fat burning.

I have had some lovely comments on my blog and would like to say thank you. Even the main man Dax has commented I know how busy he is so, thank you Dax.

Food is great no problems, have noticed my fat content is high, but as it is all clean I am not bothered. My lovely hubby tony had a cake yesterday and it really did not bother me at all.
So that is big progress too.

Have a great day people. Drop by and say Hi and hope you all have a great Friday.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The beginning of DAY 4 Map & yesterday

Well yesterday when really well, managed to get in all the exercise, which at the time very challenging and then a little after starting to ache between sets,so each session does get harder.
Working out 4 times a day is stopping me thinking about food so much, instead thinking about how will I cope with next lot of exercise, so my mind is very active.

Food was fine no problems, but at home and when i am in control of the food I am fine, I know what I can and cant have and I know how much better I feel on a clean diet.

Its when I am not in control, we are going to a bbq on saturday, where there will be loads of food and alcohol, so that will be a challenge, I am making sure i have a large bottle of water and some slice lemon and limes to drink and taking plenty of chicken and a large mixed salad and my normal snack of seeds and nuts.

I have been calorie counting while I am on the plan and find I am no where near to eating my whole daily allowance, which is good even with all the nuts. Is anyone else calorie counting or just sticking to elimination diet.

Today is day 4, woke up very achy could feel every muscle in my body and thought I would give Dax warm up a go, it is brillant and got all the knots out too, pure bliss.

Next I did killer MD and omg I so sweat so much was like a tap, Next session I am going to do my 30 day shred, which be a nice change from the gym.

Have a good day people, say hi if your passing and please check out Dax Moy brilliant gym I can really say it has helped me so much and the guys there can really help you.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Start Measurements. - MAP Plan

Starting weight 10. 10
Bust 36
Under bust 32.
Waist 32
Hips 36
Arm 10.5
Top of leg 21.5
Calf 12

Hope to see a big improvement on my hips and waist in the next 30 days.

Happy with my arms and legs but a little more lean would be great.

Whats your favorite part of the body and your least favorite part.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Day 1 & 2 of MAP Plan with Dax

I am so enjoying it, the food is lovely, so use to the diet of the Elimination now, so just feel like normal eating, already feel less tired and blotted. Also my stomach is flatter after the weekend I had its a bonus. The weekend was all drinking and junk food so nice to be back to normal.

I must say the the 4 workout session are a killer and trying to find the right balance of time in between too I think will be the key.

As I only have to do 4 session of 15-20 minutes are thought be easy, but the rest inbetween the sessions means it is not easy. I when mad on the treadmill for 15-18 mins at speed 8.30 and then I was really feeling it two hours later when I did the meltdown. We have to exercise every day for 30 days so that will be intense too.

I love exercise so on a roll, wish me luck for my circuit training later.

Have a good day people. To my follow buddy on MAP may the force be with you.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

I have a place On the new MAP Plan

I know I have said it before but I am so excited, doing the elimination diet have been doing it for 3 days now, this is my round two.

I did have a little mouthfull of trifle but apart from that i have been totally clean eating.
I have been taking my supplements which include Calcium and Magenasem and Zinc which have help me loads with mood swings and energy levels and recovery time when exercising.

I am really pleased as a few ladies on Weight Loss resources are also doing the diet, so I have people to help with support.

Want to wish everyone on the Dax Site who are taking part good luck.

Off to do the power circuit and the killer meltdown.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

OMG - Bikini pictures on.

Well Dax pictures are on, so good to go.

So excited I have done 3 posts, lol.

I am nervous, but for the challenge and I love a good challenge.

How far would you go for the perfect figure. Would you jump though hoops and show your pictures in all there glory.

Share your thoughts with me, how far would you really go.

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More pics for the new challenge


New pictures for the Dax Moy Challenge June 2010

Hope to see a big difference and 20 pounds lighter after.

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Before and After Pics.


've just signed up for London Personal Trainer Dax Moy's 30 day M.A.P fatloss challenge and I'll be keeping a day by day, blow by blow account of the whole thing"

I have just signed up for the plan and so can not wait.

150 million percent excited, I just hope I get picked,

I will give my all to lose the last 20lbs and get my body to look the best it will possible ever had in my life.

I will do daily updates and will be no holds barred. What I go though, you can follow me too. or

You must check it out and maybe it could be you.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

OMG size 10 bikini fits

Elimination diet and beyond. I know I had lost a lot of inches. When I went swimming yesterday I could really feel how big my size 12 bikini top and size 14 bikini bottoms. I thought I would see how tight my size 10 bikini would feel to see if I should buy a 12 for now, but my size 10 fit not perfect on the tummy, really fitted well on the top,

I am just so chuffed, in January I was struggling to fit into a 14 and now I am a 10. If you are just starting out on the elimination diet go for it. It has really helped me change my body shape.

All I need to do now is keep on eating clean and keep going with my training and I should be able to tone my stomach in no time. It is my problem area real shame I cant spot train.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Having a break when it comes to food.

Worrying about what I should be eating or what I should not be eating.

I have just done 6 weeks at Dax gym and it was fantastic, enjoyed all the sessions and all the exercises.

But I have come to the point I just want to enjoy food and not worry, and just to eat what i want and not worry. I have learnt loads. I know if I have sugar I crave sugar, but now I know I can deal with it. I know I am no longer hooked on coffee and diet coke. I now know dairy does not agree with my skin.

So for a little while I am going to chill out about food. I am going to keep on with my fitness and love it so that wont change.

I have not reached my goal yet but I know I am a lot closer to looking the way I want to.

Here is to chilling and I how have my biggest Why and I know that will keep me going.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Final results for the 6 week studio meltdown at the Dax Moy Gym.

Start weight 11.8 st/ NOW 11st - 8lbs off

I will do pics soon.

Chest/back- WAS 38’ / NOW 35.5 - minus 2.5

under bra was - 33 - 31.5 - minus 1.5

Waist – was 34 - now 30.5 - minus 3.5

Hips – was 40 - 35.5 - minus 4.5

Upper Thighs – was 23- now 21.5 - minus 1.5

Lower Thighs 19” now 15.5 - 1.5

Calf - WAS 13 - 10.5 - 2.5

Arms – 12 - 10.5 each 1.5

Total inches off every where 27 INCHES

Final day at Dax studio gym.

I am so chuffed have lost 27 inches off my body in the six weeks. 8lbs down also

I was upset yesterday after going to the gym and being told the gym scales have been broken I had thought they might have been but thought the gym would not have them out.

So I went back to my history on my WII Fit programme and have used that for my final results. Also on Tuesday the gym scales showed the same weight was the WII Fit.

The gym scales showed me a lot lighter but with the meltdown it is all down to the measurements.

I am going to continue on the programme and maybe do 90/10. Also if I carry on the way I am going I could be down another dress size. I am now a 10 and when started was a 12, so looking forward to creeping down to a 8.

For everyone just starting go for it. Give it 100% you will not regret it.

As Daz says be prepare for big things.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Info found at yesterday from Jules at Dax;s Moy Gym

very interesting read, long but if you have time have a read and let me know your thoughts



Any “diet” will work intially, but only in the short term. You may be losing weight, but are you losing FAT? Conventional “diets” will inevitably result in weight gain.
The body will react to a lack caused by a diet by slowing down the metabolism to survive on less for longer. It is part of the body self-preservation mechanism. The body will burn muscle to survive and make up for calorific defecit.
Diets based on high level calorie restriction actually increase the activity of the fat storage enzyme, and decrease the output of thyroid hormone.

A balanced diet?

We are all familiar with the food pyramid that has long been held as the standard for healthy eating. A varied mix of healthy grains being the base of it. Of secondary importance comes fruit & vegetables. Dairy & meat & fish in a smaller proportion. And lastly, fats oils & sugar.
But, where did this standard come from? The food pyramid that we recognise today was initially utilised by farmers as a standard to help cattle to gain weight for farming purposes. It was then minimally adapted to suit the human diet.
In Western Society we are encouraged to over-consume on quick & cheap carbs. Breads, pastas, cereals, wheat, oats and rice etc. Complex carbohydrates do offer health benefits, but consuming grains will nevertheless trigger an insulin response, which will ineveitably slow the weight loss process.

Fats are bad for you?

Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat. It may be that the types of fat that you consume are bad for your health. But Essential Fatty Acids are what they say they are, Essential for human health & long term weight management. So stop avoiding the good stuff because you are concerned about the fat content. The fats in oily fish, avacados etc will help the body expel fat. Just keep clear of toxic fats such as hydrogenated oils etc


We’ve all done it. Looked at two items on the supermarket shelves & opted for the one that has less calories. But counting calories will not help you lose fat. The body is seeking nutrition, not calories. The better fed nutritionally the body is, the less hunger, cravings etc you will have. There are simple mathmatical calculations that people utilise to tell you how many calories you require, but they make little to no allowance for individual factors in your lifestyle, genetics, hormones etc that will affect your metabolim and efficiently you are burning calories. Boost your metabolism to burn the calories don’t count them. And avoid processed foods and other hormone & metabolism disruptive foods that will create food cravings, and block nutrient absorption.


One of the simplest & effective ways to boost your metabolism is exercise. Exercise will create a calorie defecit to enable you to lose weight, without the negative impact of low calorie diets putting the body into “starvation mode” and, therefore wanting to retain fat and slow the metabolism.
Exercise, weight bearing especially, encourages the body to build and retain muscle. Whereas a lot of the weight loss from dieting alone can come from muscle loss. You may have lost weight, but still be just as fat.
An effective exercise programme can boost metabolism, hormone function and increase fat burning enzymes. It promotes the body to burn carbohydrates for energy, storing it as glycogen, rather than as fat!

So what is an effective exercise routine?

Often when people find an exercise programme that has worked for them in the past, they stick to it with little or no deviation. Because it worked, right? Wrong! The body needs change otherwise it adjusts to the programme, the programme ceases to be effective. Not only does the body get bored, but psychologically you will too. And that’s when we start to get into that “I’ll go tomorrow” point in our exercise routine.
Here at the Dax Moy Personal Training Studios we will change a client’s programme approximately every four weeks, increasing the demand and challenge on the body to maximise results.
When you train as a specific body area that does not mean you will be burning fat in that specific area. Where you retain your body fat is based on genetics, hormones, posture. Not the exercise you choose. You will burn more body fat by exercising using multiple muscle groups, increasing the body’s demand for fat burning.


Extended periods of cardio are ineffective. They actually put the body into a period of stress, triggering cortisol release, encouraging the body to store fat. Plus, the body will start to use muscle mass as fuel, not body fat.
Instead, opt for High Intensity Interval Training. Intervals & whole body workouts willl fire up the nervous system encouraging the metabolism to boost, not just when you are training, but for hours and hours afterwards.

Friday, 23 April 2010

OMG - One pair of my size 10 jeans fit and 2 of my size 10 summer dresses fit too. _ OMG

So so excited, I cant believe some of my old size 10 clothes fit, have not been a size 10 for years and when I was they were tight round my stomach,

Not this time they fit great and in the dresses there is NO sticking out belly.

Thank you so much Jules & Megan and Dax I would not have been able to do it with out you all.

Cant wait to see the end results after week 6 , OMG 3 weeks time so excited.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Dumbell Matrix & Carb Cycling the Wave

Dumbbell Matrix & Wave

Yesterday was the introduction of the wave, which I have done a couple of times before , but when I did it before I gave in and this time now I know why me and the group are using this for the weight loss, I am not going to give in. It is not as bad as I thought and I am having to think outside of the box when it comes to food. I never thought I would have salad for breakfast, but it was really nice with the eggs and very filling.

I have been to the gym today and done 45 minutes on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the cross trainer as I am still keeping my fitness up as I have my 10k run in a couple of months, so need to keep it going for that.

I have also done IMT and power circuit today which I really got the heart rate going which was really good, I am also glad to introduce the dumbbell matrix which I really enjoyed last night. so its great to mix all the different training up. I am going to do the IMT later as I enjoy how it stretches out my body in the evening and it also keeps my mind of snacking after dinner too.

So as the third week is going really well and still enjoying the food and training.

Jules & Megan and the support of the online support has been really great.

Check Dax Moy gym out

Sunday, 18 April 2010


Since I have got this in to my head, I feel so much better.

I have had no binges, no secret eating and my relationship with food is just food is for fuel.

Food is fuel, so I want to put the best fuel as possible in my body . Which I intend to do all the empty calories are not going to keep me going, they wont help my body run faster or keep me healthy.

In my mission to get the perfect figure food was the one thing stopping me, but now I have learnt it is the key indigent to help me to the perfect figure I want.

No more food rewards any more, give me a nice bath with candle and bubbles. No more food treats any more, give me new clothes.

On days I struggle with wanting that bit for cake or that extra biscuit, I will read this post to remind me of my goals.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Low day and how to cope

Very low day today.

TOTM today as well so not good, my back is hurting and so is my tummy. I normally would take a couple of pain killers but I know they are not allowed.

I am a strong person and know i wont give into a binge, but all the other factors do not help. I just hope I cant stay strong. Normally time of the month I would binge and secret eat and lie to myself and say its OK, how can you eat until you feel ill and want to be sick and that not effect you. At least now I am a lot more controlled. I know what I am eating and have the self control to say stop, which is a lot different from a few years ago.

Hopefully my clean eating and the elimination diet will help me and realise that food is not a comfort it is fuel for your body to keep it working. I dont need food at the wrong time of month I just need to take care of myself.

How do we all cope at the difficult times of the month. How do you all cope with food and comfort ?

Friday, 9 April 2010

I feel good, so good., lol. :)

Day 3 , of the Elimination Diet & Melt down training.

Going really well, temptation is everywhere, but is not bothering me.

I have done my meltdown exercise twice today and they feel good, with Julie teaching on Thursday I am starting to get the moves down really well, it really does make a difference when you are being taught how to do the moves correctly.

I have eaten really well today, have all my snacks prepared and I never feel hungry as I am eating small and often,

Had a lovely dinner of haddock, prawns and mixed vegetables.

Also nice to not worry about calorie counting and having to weigh my food.

Hope everyone is doing well and the headaches are getting better. Day 3 ,

Going really well, temptation is everywhere, but is not bothering me.

I have done my meltdown exercise twice today and they feel good, with Julie teaching on Thursday I am starting to get the moves down really well, it really does make a difference when you are being taught how to do the moves correctly.

I have eaten really well today, have all my snacks prepared and I never feel hungry as I am eating small and often,

Had a lovely dinner of haddock, prawns and mixed vegetables.

Also nice to not worry about calorie counting and having to weigh my food.

Hope everyone is doing well and the headaches are getting better.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Week 1 of Dax Moy Studio Meltdown training

Hi All,

Just a little update.

Have been all clean since Wednesday and have not given in. Only bad thing is the but the water really helps. Have learnt loads in the last two sessions and really looking forward to next week. Julie is a excellent teacher and training and the assistant trainer is cute to,so a nice view while we are all in pain with the melt down training.

Keys things I have learnt eat clean, eat every 3 hours, protein and carbs with every meal, no processed and try to eat lean or orgainic meats.

I could go on for ages, but getting tired now, so will be hitting the sack shortly.

Hope your all well

Sunday, 4 April 2010

What a Lady

A very special person who has been helping me since January in my bid to lose weight and to be a be a healthy person. I would like to mention and if I can get your support for a great cause.

Jo is a person who is a inspiration and a support to a lot of people. She has also shown me today its ok to be human and its ok to make mistakes, every day is your day and I try to be the best I can be.
Jo is running a half marathon in July and has set up a Just Giving page to donate to a stroke charity in memory of Jenn who died of a stroke last July, aged just 24.

People have already donated over £600

Please help if you can and also fellow friends and bloggers spread the word.

Happy Easter All. xx

Friday, 2 April 2010

New health kick with Dax Moy

Dax Moy
I start the 6 week programme on Tuesday so excited really cant wait. Phoned Julie the head trainer this evening and she really pleased to have me on board.

Will explain more to everyone on Tuesday but what we covered today was the following.

First half of the hour session is food and how food effects us.
Elimination diet explained and discussed.
Then the rest of the 30mins is exercises for maximum results.
Also we will have 40mins routine to do every day and some homework on food and taking care of the body in general.

I have already had my last coffee, sugar free squash and sweetener is going to the back of the cupboard, probably will throw it out next week.

My last alcoholic drink is tomorrow. Drinking does not really bother me, so I know I be fine with not drinking. I think coffee and sugar free squash will be the hardest, but I know it will make me feel better once the craving or the habit goes.

What do you think you would miss most if you had to give it up ?

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Fun Thursday

Its nearly Friday people and a long weekend too. Looking forward to chilling out for a few days as my kids will be with their Dad. So I will get some time to do some pampering and maybe a few extra swims. What has everyone got planned.

I have said no to Easter eggs and other half bought me the new twilight film, New Moon which is really good.Check it out if you get a chance.

Today was a good gym session did Shoulders & Legs Strength Training. About 6 miles on the treadmill and a good 30 minutes on cross trainer.

Tomorrow I am very excited to say I am having an assessment at Dax Moy Gym in Islington, very nervous but I am sure I be fine. Wish me luck people.

Check the gym out to it looks so fab.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Robert Kennedy's Oxygen Women's Fitness

Robert Kennedy's Oxygen Women's Fitness

Love a challenge

I am first to want to complete a challenge and I love the gym as it helps me complete my challenges, there is nothing better then success and I for one would like a success everyday.

Well today one of my challenges has been completed. Since starting back at the gym I have been training a lot and building up my fitness. By using weights, strength training and various different cardio.

Today was my rowing challenge. After reading various messages on I came across a few ladies saying about how far they row and a few of them said doing the 10k on the rower. At the time when reading this I was only just got up to 6k, so I thought ok next week I will do the 10k.
I am happy to say that I completed the 10k in 49.14 minutes a very good time for my first go.
So now I have a weekly challenge to beat my time every week.

What goals and challenges do you enjoy or complete ?

Monday, 29 March 2010

My key to success,

Jo as now released Phase II of Operation but kick.

Yes yes no scales.

Not long and Operation Butt kick will be coming famous, it already is on Already the ladies are loving it.

I have now got my pictures from phase 1 and next time I promise when I have completed phase II, I will be putting my new pictures on, for you all to see OMG.

April 1st I start and good luck to all that takes part.

Well done Jo on your genius idea. Have a read everyone

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Down on the scales.

I am so happy lost 4lbs, even with a bit of fluid retention on my legs.

Dont really care about the scales, but its good to see the numbers going down.

Had a great workout at the gym. Today I did 30 mins back weights, have really got the hang of the deadlifts, did 3 sets of 30kgs, 9-8,9 so very good for me, also working hard on my form.o

In my workout also did
Lat Pulldowns: 3 sets of 8 reps
T-Bar Rows: 3 sets of 8 reps
Standing Rows: 3 sets of 8 reps
Deadlifts: 3 sets of 8 reps

Also did 20 minutes on the stepper, 33 mins on cross trainer, 11 minutes hiit, oh my god so hard, but I did it and each session of my HIIT, I add a extra minute to keep pushing myself.

HIIT and the stepper really gets me sweating, which I love. When I did the stepper it was really pouring off me. So I know I have worked hard.

I heart the gym and weights.

With my clean eating 80/90% of the time and all my serious exercise, I have never felt so lean or healthy. I have been this weight before that I am now, but not so fit or healthy.

I find it so hard sitting still at home.

How do you all feel health wise and how do you combat not being able to sit still ?

Please feel free to comment, even just to say hi,

Sunday, 21 March 2010

New race

What a great day.

Well done my sports relief 3 mile run. I beat my personal best and completed the run in 28 minutes. My personal best is 29 minutes, so really chuffed with that.

Me and hubby and Mia got to the event early. When we got there Wave D was starting their warm up and it was such a great atmosphere,babies, kids, teenagers and adults, people of all ages.

I was in Wave E, so my race was next. So i got to enjoy seeing Wave D start, watched them all run past me and took in some of the fancy dress, people were running walking, pushing buggies anavd some babies on shoulders.

Once the first lot went, we was hanging around for a little while. Then I walked to the front to the start and watched all the others runners for Wave E come down to the start line.
We also had a great warm up and some entertainment from Floorless from Britains got talent. They were great and had some great moves with the dancing they did. At this point I was made deaf but all the school girls who by the way dressed as Zombies. Their screams where mad, but lovely to hear them all so excited. Was so keen to just get going but had to wait for Floorless to finish.

Two minutes to go and the celebs, came to the front too, Tim Lovejoy, Louise Redknapp, Rufus Hound and a few dancers from the west end show not sure what show though.

Started the race well. had a great run and just as I was running a long I went past Eddie Izzard who was lovely and asked how I was doing.

So I have had a good day and ended up having a lovely meal after at Ask, only a salad, but was really filling and delicious.

Hope you all had a great day. :)

Friday, 19 March 2010

Update for this week.

Just a quick update.

I have done my new plan all week and I have to say it has been really good, challenging is a understatement but I think it is just what I needed, to stop me getting bored.

Today i did Friday Legs and Saturdays Tricep ST, as I need rest day tomorrow as I am having lunch with my mother in law to be. I am doing the 3 mile sports relief run on Sunday, so I thought Saturday it would be best not to do to much.

If I am up early I might do the 30 day shred, I will see how I am feeling in the morning.

I will make sure I do my abs exercises as they are brilliant and can really feel them working, but this might be all the cardio too.

I heart Friday, what are you all doing this weekend.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

my new plan

Monday: Chest
Bench Press: 1 warm-up set of 8 reps
Bench Press: 3 sets of 8 reps
Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Incline Bench: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Cable Crossovers: 3 sets of 10 reps
Dumbbell Pullovers: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

Tuesday: Biceps

Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets of 8 reps
Hammer Curls: 3 sets of 12 reps
Cable Curls: 3 sets of 8 reps
Barbell Curl 21's: 3 sets of 21 reps
Get A Printable Log Of The Biceps Workout.
Printable Page PDF Document Excel Document

Wednesday: Back

Lat Pulldowns: 3 sets of 8 reps
T-Bar Rows: 3 sets of 8 reps
Standing Rows: 3 sets of 8 reps
Deadlifts: 3 sets of 8 reps

Thursday: Shoulders

Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Front Raises: 3 sets of 8-10 reps
Negative Side Raises: 3 sets of 6 reps
Cable Side Raises: 3 sets of 8 reps

Friday: Legs

Squats: 3 sets of 8 reps
Seated Leg Curls: 3 sets of 8 reps
Adductors/Abductors: 3 sets of 8 reps
Standing Straight Leg Cable Kickbacks: 3 sets of 8 reps
Calf Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps
Lunges: 3 sets of 20 reps

Saturday: Triceps

Skull Crushers: 3 sets of 10 reps
Rope Extensions: 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Rope Pushdowns: 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Dips: 3 sets of 8 reps
Kickbacks: 3 sets of 8 reps

Everyday Abs!

Flutter Kicks: 1 set of 300 reps
Leg Raises: 3 sets of 12 reps
Reverse Crunches: 3 sets of 10 reps
Hanging Leg Raises: 3 sets of 8-10 reps

Also cardio and 30 day shred.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Say no to the scales

I read this on WLR, added by JAG

As a personal trainer I’m constantly warning people that the scales are an evil contraption designed to make us feel bad about ourselves and so “diet clubs” can look down on you and say “have you been cheating” to make you feel even worse!

I constantly tell people over and over again that daily weighing is unnecessary, yet how many of you cannot break the ritual of hoping on the scales every day. Do your self a favour and throw the scales in the bin or my favorite, give them to someone you don’t like! If you can’t bring yourself to do either of those then you should definitely familiarize yourself with the factors that can influence its readings. When you factor in things like water retention, glycogen storage and changes in lean body mass, fluctuations in your body weight is normal. The bathroom scale should not be looked upon as your sole guide of success or failure. Once you understand more about how the body works, you can free yourself from the daily battle with the bathroom scale.

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Daily fluctuations in the body’s water content can send scale-watchers into a panic if they don’t understand what’s happening. Two things that can influence water retention are water consumption and salt intake. As strange as it may sound, the less water that you drink, the more of it your body retains! If you are even slightly dehydrated your body will hang onto its water supplies, possibly causing the number on the scale to creep upward. So if you are thirsty, drink up as you are already dehydrated!

Excessive amounts of salt (sodium) in our diet can also play a big role in water retention. A single teaspoon of salt contains over 2,000 mg of sodium. As a guide, we should only eating between 1,000 and 3,000 mg of sodium per day, so it can be easy to go overboard. Sodium is a sneaky substance, its in nearly everything you eat and drink. The more highly processed a food is, the more likely it is to have a high sodium content. That is why, when it comes to nutrition I recommend sticking to the basics: fruits, vegetables, lean meat, beans, and whole grains. Be sure to read the labels on canned foods, frozen meals and anything that comes packaged in a box.

Women may also retain several pounds of water prior to menstruation. This is very common and the weight will likely disappear as quickly as it arrives. As with general water retention, pre-menstrual water-weight gain can be minimized by drinking lots of water, maintaining an exercise program, and keeping high-sodium processed foods to a minimum.

The body stores carbohydrates as glycogen. Think of glycogen as the fuel tank for daily living. Some of this glycogen is stored in the liver and some is stored the muscles themselves. This energy reserve weighs more than a pound and for every gram of glycogen stored the body stores approximately 4 grams of water. This can add up to 3-4 pounds of water weight when its stored. Your glycogen supplies, along with the stored water, will shrink during the day if you fail to take in enough carbohydrates. When this happens our weight will drop on the scales but its only temporarily because as soon as we eat a meal containing carbohydrates the body will fill the glycogen fuel tank along with storing water. It’s normal to experience glycogen and water weight fluctuations of up to 2 pounds per day even with no changes in your calorie intake or activity level. These fluctuations have nothing to do with fat loss, however I can imagine they would make the weekly weigh-in at the diet club frustrating, something I’m sure they don’t tell you about!

People also tend to forget the actual weight of the food that we eat on a daily basis will affect the number on the scale. So eating a big meal along with any drinks before hopping on the scale is only going to result in a higher reading. The 5 pounds you put on right after eating a huge meal with drinks is not fat, it’s the weight of the food and will be gone in several hours when the body has finished digesting it. For this reason, it’s a good idea to weigh yourself first thing in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink.

In order to store one pound of fat we need to eat 3500 calories above our daily caloric needs. So if you take the above example, to actually store the above dinner as 5 pounds of fat, you would have to eat a massive 17,500 calories. This is highly unlikely, and in fact it’s probably not humanly possible(but please don’t try to prove me wrong!). So if the scale goes up 3 or 4 pounds overnight, relax, as it’s most likely increased water weight, glycogen, and the weight of your dinner. Bear in mind that the 3,500 calorie rule also works in reverse. If our goal is to lose one pound of fat you will need to burn an extra 3,500 calories more than you take eat. Generally, it’s only possible to lose 1-2 pounds of fat per week. So when you follow a severely low calorie diet that causes your weight to drop 10 pounds in 7 days, it’s physically impossible for all of that to be fat. What you’re really losing is water, glycogen, and muscle.

This brings me to the scale’s sneakiest lie. The scale doesn’t just weigh fat; in fact it only tells you how heavy you are under gravity at that moment. So when you hope on the scale what it collectively weighs your muscles, bones, water, internal organs, in fact everything that is you. Losing weight and losing fat are two different things and in fact, the scale has no way of telling you what you’ve lost (or gained). With that in mind, if you have been on a restrictive diet and lost a lot of weight in a short period of time then you have probably lost a lot of muscle tissue. Losing muscle is nothing to celebrate. Muscle is a metabolically active tissue, the more muscle you have the more calories your body burns on a daily basis, even while you are sat reading this. That’s one of the reasons why a fit, active person is able to eat considerably more food than the dieter who is painfully counting points and who is unwittingly destroying muscle tissue. Also if you are losing a lot of weight by crash dieting and not exercising and therefore by sacrificing muscle tissue you will not get the body transformation results you desire. You will just end up a smaller version of yourself. Or as one of my clients recently put it, a smaller fat person!

If you were to compare your muscles and fat to gold and feathers with one pound of fat being a big lumpy bag of feathers, and one pound of muscle as a small but extremely valuable piece of gold. Our goal would then be to get rid of the lumpy feathers and replace it with as much gold as possible. So in effect we would weigh exactly the same the only problem with the scale is that it doesn’t differentiate between the two. It can’t tell you how much of your total body weight is lean tissue (gold) and how much is fat (feathers).

Skin-fold calipers, hydrostatic (or underwater) weighing and bioelectrical impedance are all methods we can use to measure our body composition to discern whether we are losing (or gaining) fat and muscle and while none of these methods are 100% accurate, they offer a better way of measuring our bodies changes than the scale.

Now if the thought of being pinched, dunked, or gently electrocuted doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry, one of the best measurement tool of all is a simple tape measure and your very own eyes. If the tape is showing that you have lost inches, your clothes fit better and the person looking back at you in the mirror is a leaner, fitter more confident person who isn’t bound by different coloured days then surly that is a better judge of your success than the lies from the bathroom scale.

Do yourself a favour and buy yourself a big hammer and introduce it to the springy, beady eyed lying menace, not only will you release a lot of built up tension but you will feel better for it, (just be sure to wear the correct safety clothing)!

Train Hard, Eat Smart!

This is so true and why I do not have any scales, and only will weigh in once a month.

Monday, 15 March 2010

I am a wuss,

I do not like scary films, hate blood and guts.

I dont mind being a scare cat,but blood and guts is pointless.

What film do you all like.

I love cheese and romcoms, hee hee, I am girly sometimes.

Days has been good and my princess really likes her new nursery she starts in April, she is so grown up and goes to school full time in September.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

I am back

After no laptop for 3 days, now back on line. My food has been quite good but was unable to do my on line diary so roughly know I have sort of stuck to calories, but not 100% sure. I did do a large workout on Friday which earner me nearly 1500 calories.

But being back on line I feel so much better. My battery on my food scale has gone today, so have to get a new battery tomorrow. Now back on track with recording my food.

I am suffering with TOTM so not feeling to good, it also feels worst because it has been delayed. On well only once a month so I will survive, but does really knock you side ways and normally I can control my chocolate cravings, but this time of month my hormones make it so much harder.

This weekend I have my two kids, Luke normally lives with his Dad, but as it is Mothers Day on Sunday its nice to have him with me, but omg it is madness the kids get on like a house on fire.We went the park today and had so much fun, so we all had a great day, both the kids are tired so they are off to bed now, bless them.

So as its mothers day and I have Luke I have taken the weekend off the gym. I really do miss it, but I know my session on Monday will be really good after all the rest my muscles have had.

What is everyone up to this weekend? How do you all deal with cravings?

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Moods/scales & keeping motivated

Well today has been good.

Have been good with exercise and food.

Have a new training plan for my legs, but still a bit loss when training my legs. So must investigate further what exercises I can do. My legs are looking very slim. Have always liked my legs and I know once the warmer weather is out I will show them off with pride.

My tummy my problem area, but getting flatter each day. Have been told will be the last place to flatten, how comes it the first place us ladies put on the weight.

Have been eating every few hours, so no longer hungry and listen to my body and have my healthy treats so no more binging.

A bit out of sorts as worried about money, but for once I have not dealt with it with food. Eating is not going to solve my problems, it will just make things worst.

I have just been looking on and I have been reading the weigh in thread, people are so caught up on the scales and seeing the numbers going down, they dont seem to see the scales do not make you healthy or show how well and healthy you look.

I have read about people that weigh in each day, so they can control their weight and the way they are eating, this help them to keep motivated and keep to the diet.

I have to confess I have done the daily weigh in and the weekly weigh in, but it effected me so much before when I was trying to loss weight.So this time I wanted to change my eating to be healthy. No I don't want to diet, I want to eat clean allow myself some treats when I want to, not when the scales tell me too, I want to be in control and not the scales. The scales can effect your daily or weekly mood.

I weigh in once a month this helps me keep on track of how I am doing.

I have my goal dress hanging up so this is my motivation instead and looking at my lovely red dress does help my mood to, The red dress says you can do it and you will be wearing me soon.

If I can do it you all can. Little changes, will make all the difference.

Eat less, move more people, that is all you need.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

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Size 14 clothes bite the dust.

I am happy to say, I no longer have to wear size 14 clothes any more. I have been a size 14 for the last year and a half, now I have sorted myself out with my food and exercise I am now a size 12. Well depending on the shop.

But nice to know I no longer have to buy 14.

So now I have to train hard so I can once again wear my size 10's. I was a size 10 when my son was a year old, but once I got to my goal weigh of 9.3 I feel pregnant with my daughter. Once I had my daughter I did loss some weigh but once I stopped breast feeding all the weight and some more went on. I have been up and down for about 3 years on a constant yo yo, due to a break up, depression and leaving my family home and all the ups and down go with it all.

So its nice to know that with the size 14 gone and the yo yo disappearing I get closer to my goal of size 10. I know once I get to my goal it wont really matter about the scales, its the clothes and my fitness that really matters.

To fail is to stop trying so every day I am going to be the best I can in every possible way.

Tonight dinner,

Was lovely spag bowl, very tasty and very clean. Only down side is run out of wholemeal pasta so had normal, so not as clean as I would like, DH eat all of his with his home made garlic bread

DH was twice as big as mine. Will add pic and recipe tomorrow.

Looking forward to the gym tomorrow for my full body workout. If DH not working I will get some extra time too.

Also meeting my friend tomorrow for a bit of shopping.

Thank you to my two new followers, was so excited when I saw you both on here.

Feeling Yucky

So no exercise today, I might have over done it the last few days.

My DD was sick last night and I dont feel so clever today.

When I feel rough I normally exercise but just cant face it today. So something must be wrong, hopefully I be better for tomorrow as I have the gym planned tomorrow and want to do a full body weights workout.

Going to check out to look for a new routine. With weights always mixing it up as I can bore quite quickly.

Food is good today, making a lovely spag bowl for dinner, going to make a clean, unprocessed version.

Friday, 5 March 2010

fitness day.

Have deleted my first post and starting again.

Today has been a great day. Have been to the gym and done my weights, killed my arms and cross trainer then finished off with a run on the treadmill.

Had extra energy today and more time as hubby was looking after the princess so did a nice swim, an hour and did 60 lengths of the pool.

So a good fitness day but can feel the DOMS trying to start.

Take Away

My hubby wanted me to have a treat with him, he is a fan of take aways and me very rarely now.

So we had Chicken Tikka Masala, special fried rice and half a naan each and onion bhaji.

I always weigh everything, if I dont feel guilty and like to know how many calories I am having and like to fill in my online diary at

I worked the meal out as 850 calorie, wow yes a lot but I have done loads of exercise so have the calories to use, nice to have a treat too, but now my belly is hurting, so not such a treat really eh.

Going to look into making my own healthy and if poss clean eating curry. I will let you know how I get on.

My loss so far.

Well with the help of Weight Loss Also the lovely JAG and all the girls, so far I have lost 20lbs on the 24/02/10, so doing really well.

Operation Butt Kick is still going strong and the last three week push is on.

Will update pics soon and show you all my progress.