Saturday SSS

Week 2 ended with a bushwalk at Dorrigo National Park.  I decided that I would test my knee out and see if it could handle a good walk.  This is the first bush walk I have done in 3 years and the first walk since I tore the cartilage in my knee week 2 round 2.  The only exercise I have done is swimming or aqua-robics.

I had a 2hr time slot and thought I would attempt the circuit – down to Tristiana Falls and round to Crystal Showers and back up to the Rainforest Centre.  When I got to the sign at the start of the track it said the time for the walk is 2hrs 30min. 


I made a decision at that point that I had to complete it in 2hrs as I didn’t have time to take 2.5hrs.  I set off at a determined pace.  The downhill sections were the worst.  They were a bit hard on the knee but not too painful.

It was so peaceful.  I love the bush.  I love to hear the whip birds and all the other wild life.  I was dodging vines and trying not to trip over exposed roots and rocks.  I considered it safe to hike as it has been really dry – I don’t walk in the national park when it’s been wet as I hate leeches!!  Thankfully there weren’t any around and I walked out unscathed.







It didn’t matter how many photos I took of the steep climbs they looked flat!!!  As soon as the ground starts to rise my heart rate quickens – A LOT!!  I was sweating and puffing and I could feel the flush on my cheeks.  Even though the air was cool I was hot.

It’s a great walk.  I stopped for the occasional photo and swigs of water.  Other than that I kept up my pace trying to complete it in 2 hours.  I drank in the serenity while I left a trail of lard behind me.  I could feel the kilos slipping away – well I was hoping anyway that I was burning something!

The last 15 minutes was the longest part of the whole walk.  I never thought it would end.  It just seemed to keep going.  I was back at my car in 1hr20min!!!!!  WIN!!!

Very happy I was.  I burnt 667 calories – not 1000 – but was still happy.  This Saturday I aim to swim 2.8km and then go out and do this circuit again but in reverse.  From memory the way I did it this time is the hardest.  The climb from Crystal Showers back up is the steepest.  The climb from Tristiana Falls is longer but not as steep.  I will know for sure this Saturday!

Great way to exercise and relax at the same time.  It’s a beautiful place and well worth a visit.  Looking forward to Saturday 🙂


Week 3 – mmmmmmm

Well in the last 3 weeks I have had 2 trips to Sydney and a trip to Brisbane.  So chaotic and yet in some ways very eye-opening.  I have learnt a lot about myself during this time.  I don’t do travel very well.  In saying that, I have always loved to travel – but use it as an excuse to eat all my favourites like chips and chocolate and zinger burgers…….

I didn’t realise how I do this without even thinking.  I can have the best intentions in the world and still end up eating that stuff.  It’s like I’m on autopilot and just carry out the action.  No thought. – until later and then kick myself.

I have another quick trip to Sydney next week and I am determined that I am going to be organised ahead of time and prepare my food in advance and NOT buy any food!!!  We will see how I go.  I have control.  I do.  I just have to exercise it.

The scales have told the story.  So this week I am up 200 grams (a miracle really it wasn’t more).  This means that since round 3 started I am down 500 grams!!!  Very disappointing.  I do so well the days I am home and sabotage it when I am on the road.  FRUSTRATED!!!!

I wanted to lose 5kg by the end of the is school term – we are now in week 7 – which means I now have 3 weeks.  I am then on holidays on the gold coast for a few days.  Feel like I’m throwing it away.  I am still going to aim for that.  It’s a long shot but if I keep aiming, who knows I might hit the target!  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Onwards and Upwards 🙂

Week 2 up and running!

Mmmmm I love food!  I didn’t think I would be doing much swapping with food this week but I have a little bit.  I did the chicken patties Monday night which were yummy – having them again very soon.  Tuesday night we had cauliflower soup as I had a lot of cauliflower that needed eating.  Tonight I made the Korean Beef Hot Pot.  Nearly wasn’t going to do this meal.  I am so glad I did.  It was amazing!!!  A definite favourite.

I had left over sausages from the hot dog night so I’ve been having them for lunch every day.  Yummo!!!  Made some slaw using the red cabbage, capsicum and shallots and I just squeezed lime juice over it.  So nice!

Breakfasts I’ve had egg and toast, the breakfast crumble (my fave breaky) and I’m looking forward to the banana bruschetta in the morning.

Exercise on Monday was really good – managed a 2.4km swim and burnt 675cal.  Worked really hard considering a sinus infection.  Not a fun swim.  My head hated it but the rest of my body loved it.  I definitely could feel my little muscles!

I haven’t been able to do much since then. I have just felt exhausted and needed rest.  Am on antibiotics so hopefully it will settle down soon.  Aiming for a swim in the morning so that will be interesting.

I have to concentrate on water intake.  It’s been a bit spasmodic – reasonable but not quite enough.  I seem to get quite forgetful in the middle of the day so will have to make a conscious effort to drink drink drink!

This is such a great program.  I am the lightest I have been for 4 years.  It can only go down from here – am aiming for 5kgs by the 23rd September.  Hopefully that is realistic.

All the best for everyone’s journey.  I hope you are all loving the food and nailing the exercise and on the way to reaching your goals.  What a ride we are having!


I can’t believe I am so excited to be ‘overweight’!!!!  I have been ‘obese’ for about the last 4 years and I’ve hated it.  I hurt my back and got out of routine and hello obesity.

I am now happy to say that after round 2 wbt and the first week of round 3 I am no longer in the obese range.  The last few kilos was so frustrating!!!!

I lost 700g according to my weigh in this morning.  After the weekend I was very happy with that.  Now to work towards my healthy weight range.  Haven’t been there since 1990!!!


Week 1 – a recap

Wow!!  Week 1 is a blur.  I cannot believe how fast it went.  I got so busy and then sick and to top it of a day trip to Brisbane!!  It was crazy!

So what was the result?  First two days were really focused.  Wednesday was weigh in and I was 300 grams down.  I was happy with that.

Made the tuna spaghetti which I loved.


Thursday and Friday were pretty good.  Exercise wasn’t happening.  I had sinus issues that were getting worse and my head was so sore and my body was aching all over.  I was a sook!!  I did do some stretches and gentle exercises so that was something.

I cooked the chickpea pies.  My husband loved them!!  As did I.  They were very tasty.  I didn’t use the filo pastry but made some shortcrust pastry.  I just cannot control the filo pastry.  We are not friends!


They may look a bit wild but they tasted yummy!

Saturday – road trip to Brisbane and back.  Very long day.  I learned that I do not do road trips well as in I don’t make very good decisions in regard to food.  I was really tired and sinuses were raging (thankfully I wasn’t driving) and did some comfort eating.  Breaky wasn’t too bad – scrambled eggs, spinach and mushrooms.  Snacks not good – chips, kitkat and chocolate macadamias (bit of protein lol).  No lunch and early dinner – regular zinger burger and chips (water for drink).  Yep it was a cracker week!!

What to do next time – I need to prepare in advance and organise food to take with me especially snacks.  I so love reading and snacking while travelling.  I didn’t snack on near as much as I would have before but there is still a lot of room for improvement!!

Sunday I worked and nutrition was tight!  Finished the week well and ready to tackle week 2.


Day 2 – still happy :)

What a beautiful winter day.  It’s so warm – must be a cold snap coming haha!

I did the outdoor workout.  I didn’t do any of these last round so I though I would have a change.  Oh my goodness those sumo squat pulses!!  What was that about?  My legs were jelly.  I didn’t get to 400 calories though so I did some aqua fitness in the pool to boost it over.

Didn’t think I would be customizing but I did.  Had too much cauliflower and beans left from last week and they desperately needed using.

Breakfast:  baked beans and spinach on toast

Lunch:  2 corn thins with cranberry sauce, cottage cheese, lettuce greens and shaved turkey

Dinner: loin lamb chop with cauliflower mash and steamed beans


I love cauliflower mash.  I didn’t expect to as I am not a cauliflower fan.  I would much rather broccoli.  That said this is yummy!  It should be with cutlets but I had loin chops that needed eating.  Very full and satisfied.

I still have a lot of cauliflower left so I might have to make some soup.  I don’t know what possessed me to buy such a big cauliflower – it’s huge!!!  I may have to go through the recipes to use up the rest of it.  Crazy!!

Weigh in tomorrow.  Not sure how I feel about that.  Had a quick unplanned trip to Sydney at the end of last week.  Unscheduled, unplanned eating.  It will be interesting!

Hope everyone else had a great day 🙂

swimming workouts

Here are some swim sessions I like to use.  Enjoy 🙂

2km swim

600m as 2x(100m free, 100m pull, 100m kick).  2x300m as(50m fists, 50m pull, 50m free, 50m fists, 50m pull ankles, 50m free).  4x100m as(50m free, 50m pull).  400m as(8x50m alternating kick/free.

1.9 swim

200m free,0m kick, 200m pull, 50m kick.  2x100m as(25m pull ankles, 25m free, 25m pull ankles, 25m free).  2x100m as(25m fists, 25m free, 25m fists, 25m free).  4×100 pull with effort.  4x50m hard (free) 10 sec rest btwn.  400m back/free.

2km swim

500m free.  500m kick (25m hard 25m easy).  500m pull.  500m as(300 free/200 free/back).

1.7km swim

300m easy.  100m exaggerated high elbows.  50m easy. 50m left arm only.  100 easy. 50m right arm only. 100m easy. 50m high elbows. Rest 60 sec.  8x50m as(25 effort/25 easy) with 30 sec rest between.  2x 100m max effort.  100m easy. 200 easy free/back.

1.5km swim

200m warm up.  8x25m each getting faster, rest 30sec.  100m as 50 drill/50 swim.  6x50m each getting faster, rest 35sec.  200m as 50 drill/50 swim.  3x100m each getting faster, 40sec rest.  200m free/back swim down.

1.7km swim

500m easy warm up.  3x200m repeats, 90sec rest between as (100m hard 90% effort, 15sec rest, 50m hard 95% effort, 10sec rest, 50m max 100% effort).  300m with pull buoy & paddles.  3x100m easy – alternate with backstroke (optional).

1.2km swim

2x200m warm up.  6x100m 30sec rest between as(25 sprint/easy 75m).  200m using a pull buoy.

Swimming is a great way to work out!!  Love it 🙂