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 🙂

Day 1

Well, day 1 is now done and dusted.  All is good.

I started the day with a 2.3km swim.  Nearly 1km of that was kick sets.  My legs were so tired!!!  Felt so good though.  Burnt 672 calories.  Hardest swim session I have done yet.

Happy with nutrition.

Breakfast – muesli

Lunch – 3 corn thins with cranberry sauce, lettuce greens, cottage cheese, shaved turkey

Snack – 2 corn thins with cottage cheese and tomato

Dinner – sticky beef fillet with slaw – couldn’t get snow peas so used capsicum


Yummo!!!!  So tasty!!

I didn’t have buttermilk so I stirred 1tblsp of white vinegar into a cup of milk and let it stand for 5min and then used that.  Worked a treat.  I was very dubious but it was really good.

I was so relieved to make it to dinner!!  I was so hungry!  Thankfully, I was busy teaching piano so I couldn’t snack.  I find I need a good snack at 3pm and that then gets me to dinner.  Today I still felt hungry but miraculously was able to ignore it.  Not hungry now! 

It’s funny but I didn’t feel this hungry at the beginning of the last round.  I got hungrier as the round came to an end.  Not sure why.  I am not going to give into it though.  Just going to suck it up and stick to the plan.

I will change breakfast and lunch some days depending on what needs to be used up.  I also have some favourites I like for breaky and lunch and don’t mind having the same thing every day.  I will keep dinner as planned for the most part.  I don’t think I customised anything this week from memory.

Great start to the week and looking forward to the next few days. 

Inspiration Board

These are the things that inspire me.  I want to be able to go hiking again.  Climbing mountains and climbing in rugged terrain and clambering over huge rocks was so exhilarating.  I loved the challenge and the sense of achievement after we had completed it.

Dream Believe Succeed


These represent some of my favourite hikes and climbs in various stages of fitness.  This motivates me to keep going and to not give up.  I’ve hung it on my cupboard in my bedroom so I see it regularly.  It’s in my face constantly and I can’t wait to make it a reality!

Winter Pruning Completed



Pruning is finally completed and trees are now ready for spring.  This is the third year so we can now allow the apple trees to flower and fruit for the first time.  It has been so sad picking off the apple blossoms.  Apparently they will produce better if you don’t let them fruit for the first three seasons.  It has been so hard!!  I felt so mean.

I had a lovely number of nectarines last season and the birds ate them all.  Next job is to get the cover over the orchard so we can actually pick fruit this year!  We have had citrus – lemons, limes, oranges and a few mandarins.  I also have some lemonades just about ready.  Our mulberry tree got flattened in the torrential flood rain.  That was a bit sad. 

Bring on spring!  Can’t wait!

My Dream

We are all on a journey, the journey of life.  My dream, my goals, my hopes are not just about weight loss.  12wbt is changing my life and my habits and giving me control in areas of my life that previously had none.

This journey is not just about 12 weeks.  It’s my life.  It’s about changing my lifestyle, not just for 12 weeks but for the rest of my life. 

We live on a dairy farm and have had many opportunities to better our life and have let them pass us by because we didn’t have time or our priorities were elsewhere.  I wish we had done all this earlier but we didn’t so there’s no point dwelling there.  Instead, it’s more important to look ahead and plan for the future.

We have created a farm within a farm.  I now have a strip of land sectioned into six areas.  Four of them are used for the sheep, one for the goats and the last is where we have planted fruit trees.  I also have chooks and the ducks are in the orchard.

I have a veggie garden which hasn’t reached it’s full potential.  I’m not a natural gardener so this is a big learning curve.  I’ve extended it to a second area to grow potatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis.

My goal is to be self sufficient.  Meat – lamb, beef, chicken.  Goats – milk and cheese. Eggs and milk.  Make my own butter and yoghurt (already do yoghurt and ricotta cheese and sometimes fetta).  I need to plant more veggies and herbs this spring and plant enough to freeze not just to eat as we harvest!

I would love to have bees but haven’t been able to work this in yet so it’s on the list for later. I have a lot to learn and a lot to do.  As time goes on I’m sure there will be more ideas and more projects (much to my husband’s dismay although he has to admit he has enjoyed the projects so far) and hopefully we will be closer to being able to provide for ourselves.