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Diary of an eight week challenge

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For those I haven’t met, I’m Lisa and I’ve been at BBR for just over two years now. You may be wondering if the ass bike gets easier with time and I can confirm it does not. You just get better numbers and dominate it a little more, but it’s still a beast. I’ve been through five challenges with varying success. My first challenge was when I started at BBR and with the shock of the intense HIIT circuits, my body changed a lot, my strength went up and fat went down, and with that I was hooked!

It took me a whole year to change again as I carried on with the same mentality of 80 percent is good enough… show up to the training, put in good effort, go home and do the same old. Well, wouldn’t you know it – doing the same thing means you stay the same! Hmm… annoying. I wanted to keep smashing the ass bike and eating chocolate and getting results, thanks very much.

In August 2019, Rhino dropped a massive truth bomb on me that I wasn’t going to get the results I was chasing unless I was willing to give it my all – 100% in or stay the same. Turned out 100% gave results, I won the August/September challenge and felt incredible. If you’re interested, you can read about my experience here.

As of July 27, I kicked off the BBR eight week challenge (you can also do 30 days or 6 weeks). This time round I’ve set some new goals;

to shed the COVID layer hiding my abs! By the end of the challenge, I’d like to see a lot of definition and feel confident in all my fave clothes (not just loungewear and hoodies, my current jam)

while losing fat and gaining muscle is priority, I’m also aiming to lose 5kg over the 8 weeks. Weight loss is a bit controversial, but it’s also quite an easy way to track changes. In saying that, if I’m a shredded weapon by week 8 with no weight loss, I will still be happy. Hopefully that doesn’t make me sound as contrary as a toddler choosing cup colours (you hear me, fellow parents?)

to adopt healthy lifestyle changes that are permanent so I finish feeling super energised, fit and happier than ever, and set a good example to my kids, family and friends.

I’ve told Rhino this time I’m willing to share my experience to not only keep myself more accountable to the process, but for other members to know someone else might feel the same way or learn something totally different!

WEEK EIGHT

Hi friends, I feel weirdly emotional writing this final post even though it’s just the beginning of living with intention, discipline (which is way better than it sounds) and satisfaction – not the end. I’ve just read over my initial goals and I want to give myself a scorecard of 8.5 out of 10, a bloody good effort and results.

The COVID layer has been shed, somewhere around week 4 or 5 I got back there and in week 6 I started pushing past and I’m definitely looking and feeling the best I have all year. 2020, I’m peaking! It’s a really sweet feeling to slip on your fave jeans and feel sexy in them, plus other going out clothes with fitted waistbands that no longer sling expletives at me as I button myself in.

My goal for losing 5kg was close but no cigar. The final week I dropped only 100g which took me to exactly 4kg weight loss and I promised myself I would be happy if I was still shredded, and I am. I still have a little more fat to shred, so I’ve committed to myself and Rhino that I will keep going on my current plan another four weeks and make that 5kg goal happen, which it absolutely will. School holidays will add a new dynamic with less time to train and meditate, and more food hurdles, but overcoming challenges is what makes it all the sweeter when you get there, right?

Above: This morning, caught on film by Rhino with hexbar squat and looking very different to 8 weeks ago!

The final goal is where my allergies flare up around my eyeballs… adopting healthy, lifestyle changes so I feel super energised, fit and happier than ever, and set a good example to my kids, family and friends. I’m here, friends. I now train every day and my body has adapted, I wake up before my kids always so I’m not a sloth on non-training days that begs them for 10 more minutes peace in bed. On my 5.15am days, I get back into bed at 6.20 and wait for them to join me and on 6.15am days I pick up coffee on the way home for Sean and I, and everyone laughs and laughs at my red face… whatever brings the joy, I’m there for it, even if it is my beetroot head. Evenings just keep getting better as the sun sets later, we eat dinner as early as possible before heading out for a lap around Rosalie with the kids on bikes, and Sean and I on foot, decompressing from busy days. The kids are definitely benefiting from this challenge, they have more of me, even with the extra training. Whether I’m setting a good example to my family and friends, I can only hope this is the case… if one friend or family member feels better about themselves from adopting any of the changes I have, that would be incredible. I wish all my friends and family could feel vibrant with good health – most of them do, I pick pretty good friends and got lucky with my fam!

This challenge of course I’m so thankful to Rhino who smashed it out of the park with my plan and for his big, passionate heart, and Geno and Justine who are incredible trainers who lift the energy with their genuine desire for us to get the most out of every session. But this challenge was lifted to the next level from the support of so many of my beautiful BBR friends, who caught me every slip, celebrated every little change and pushed me beyond my limits to keep up with them (well, I’m trying!). I love every single one of you BBR fam!! I couldn’t possibly name all of you (how lucky are we to have SO many legends at BBR?! Hence why I need to chat before every session… soz Rhino)… but I do want to give a little extra shout out to my Tyra, Mel and Freddy, what an A-team you’ve been and hugest thanks to you for being so very supportive and inspirational.

My highlights this week would be celebrating eight weeks with some total legends Tyra, Mel, Brenda, Freddy and Fi at the new Mary Street Bakery Saturday morning (long live Saturday morning coffee and chats!). Having after photos with Rhino this morning and the positive feedback made me feel so proud of what I’ve achieved since kicking off July 27. Also, realising that this is not the end even though the 8 weeks is up but rather now it’s a reset and look at how I will evolve from here – that’s exciting.

My challenges this week was feeling weary with my cycle… it happens every month, but this month I did actually feel like sleeping in on a couple of mornings but discipline kicked me out of bed each day with the promise of an early night. Not hitting my ultimate weight goal was something my brain had to process but looking at my after photos, which were very exciting, I can see areas I want to focus on so it’s not over yet… week 9, come at me!

I’m so proud of all my friends in this challenge, watching you transform has been so special. Bring on all the before and after photos so we can celebrate all of you legends!! Good luck to Rhino picking a winner, I’ve seen 10 just this morning! Thanks everyone for reading my 8-week challenge diary, it’s been such a blast documenting the journey, the changes, the head fuckery, the friends, the wins, the challenges… I hope you’ve processed all of yours, too and feel super proud of yourselves.

Big love and hugs,

Lisa xx

WEEK SEVEN

“EPIC”

When you get a one-word response from Rhino (before a wordier follow up 10-minutes later), you feel pretty freaking awesome. This week was (are we allowed to have favourites?!)… one of my favourites. It was my little guy’s 6th birthday on Monday, I conquered another six big sessions with many, many legends by my side, I had a precious friend join me at my fave oceanside yoga to iron out the sore muscles and a weekend of celebrations.

It was a big week in the challenge and I couldn’t believe at week 7 I scored my biggest result (on the scales, at least). With the drop in evening carbs and walking after dinner, 1.5kg came off this week, taking me to 3.9kg all up! I think it was probably the build up of consistency over the previous six weeks, but it was fun to see a big drop in one week anyway. And I have been forewarned the next week probably won’t have the same drama, but this week had an extra shine to it.

We gave Archie a bike for his birthday and it has been such a blessing for me, too. Every night after dinner we do a lap around our local ovals, Sean and I on foot with Stella and Archie on bikes. It is the best finish to the day, a chance to chat, breathe in some fresh air and add to the challenge at the same time… this is definitely something I’m keeping, challenge or no challenge.

My supreme energy has not been as high this week, expected I think with the calorie drop, and it’s been hard to push the same numbers on the cardio equipment. When I partnered up with Mel in tabata, it was the deadest I’ve ever been post-tabata (and I’ve been buried in that class many times). In fact, I had to take a picture of Sean laughing at how ridiculous I looked and this was 20-minutes after class as I stopped to get us coffees on my way home. Rude!

Food plan is still enjoyable, I’m missing the evening sweet potato more than the lunch carbs but I reckon it’s something that might come back once I shred off the last kilogram or two… However, everything else I can picture long-term now, I have no desire to ‘finish’ the challenge and eat different things as Ryan created a balanced plan of my favourite things.

Above: Six is sweeeet says Archie, Sean laughing it up at my red noggin and taking time out for myself this afternoon with a meditation and nap.

My highlights this week had to be the big drop in weight I’d been gunning for, it was super exciting. Monday celebrating Archie’s birthday as ‘the best day of his life’ was personally very sweet and full of love. I also listened to a podcast which I think everyone winding up their challenge would benefit from listening to… it’s Craig Harper’s The You Project Episode 268 Body Transformation Programs… it hit home. This challenge is not just 56 days, it’s a platform for long-lasting change.

My challenges hmm probably a bit of tiredness in the gym this week and being so full of excitement for all the things, I found it hard to sleep. I had to bring myself back to balance with a few meditations, yoga and this afternoon (Sunday) I checked out of family duties and had a half-hour nap to catch up.

It’s the finishing chute!! Week 8 baby, yew!! Cannot wait to cheer everyone on and see next week’s ‘after’ photos. Will be doing my best to hit all the one percenters this week, hope everyone has an absolute cracker.

WEEK SIX

I’ve felt so in the flow of this challenge, enjoying almost every aspect (the hardest part has been the withholding of treat meals until this week, that was tough). The flipside is I’ve wondered if I’m challenging myself enough. I got my answer this week.

After my first week of six sessions in week five, I went after it again. Unfortunately I wasn’t trigger happy enough and missed my favourite strength sessions, so my week was almost exactly the opposite of my usual schedule. Instead of Monday and Friday strength, I was in HIIT and my number one slogfest HIIT’s Tabata – I was in strength. The rest was business as usual in the HIIT gym. I actually loved the shake up and Wednesday morning I can’t say I missed the pain chamber of Tabata. Instead I had Geno with a smaller class so it felt like a PT session (he was everywhere) and from burpees to jump squats, and two abs stations I whipped around the course with my buddy Kristen.

It was this session I had a big lightbulb. Geno checked in with how my challenge was going and I said I was loving it and filled with energy! I was lit up from within! Geno looked at me with a confused look on his face. “Wow, that’s impressive to have lots of energy while you’re in deficit.” Oh. It was my first week of putting on 200-grams and no hunger. “I think you might have adapted to the program,” said wise man Geno.

After sharing with the Boss, Rhino was thinking the same. I knew it was time to step it up a gear, to challenge myself a little more and enhance my results in the final couple of weeks. But which friend would be uninvited to my daily meal party? Weetbix bites? Banana? God no, not… peanut butter? Instead, it was the unassuming sweet potato who was given the heave ho, poor guy never saw it coming. However, plenty of goodness remained on my plan and I was ready to be tough!!

I’ve now done four days with my new plan and definitely have been running out of juice on the cardio stations – Friday’s ass bike/rower station would have challenged even the most carb-loaded of us, surely. Loved buddying up with Georgia, who is blitzing through this challenge and we were both totally floored by the end. So, I’m expecting to share big results next week as I already feel changes (aka hunger, empty fuel tank, extra room in the skinny jeans).

I hope everyone else on the 8-week challenge is ready to absolutely smash these final two weeks and push yourselves to make the final transformations (even if pushing yourself means taking a rest day and booking a massage, because looking after ourselves is important too).

I’ve felt so in the flow of this challenge, enjoying almost every aspect (the hardest part has been the withholding of treat meals until this week, that was tough). The flipside is I’ve wondered if I’m challenging myself enough. I got my answer this week.

After my first week of six sessions in week five, I went after it again. Unfortunately I wasn’t trigger happy enough and missed my favourite strength sessions, so my week was almost exactly the opposite of my usual schedule. Instead of Monday and Friday strength, I was in HIIT and my number one slogfest HIIT’s Tabata – I was in strength. The rest was business as usual in the HIIT gym. I actually loved the shake up and Wednesday morning I can’t say I missed the pain chamber of Tabata. Instead I had Geno with a smaller class so it felt like a PT session (he was everywhere) and from burpees to jump squats, and two abs stations I whipped around the course with my buddy Kristen.

It was this session I had a big lightbulb. Geno checked in with how my challenge was going and I said I was loving it and filled with energy! I was lit up from within! Geno looked at me with a confused look on his face. “Wow, that’s impressive to have lots of energy while you’re in deficit.” Oh. It was my first week of putting on 200-grams and no hunger. “I think you might have adapted to the program,” said wise man Geno.

After sharing with the Boss, Rhino was thinking the same. I knew it was time to step it up a gear, to challenge myself a little more and enhance my results in the final couple of weeks. But which friend would be uninvited to my daily meal party? Weetbix bites? Banana? God no, not… peanut butter? Instead, it was the unassuming sweet potato who was given the heave ho, poor guy never saw it coming. However, plenty of goodness remained on my plan and I was ready to be tough!!

I’ve now done four days with my new plan and definitely have been running out of juice on the cardio stations – Friday’s ass bike/rower station would have challenged even the most carb-loaded of us, surely. Loved buddying up with Georgia, who is blitzing through this challenge and we were both totally floored by the end. So, I’m expecting to share big results next week as I already feel changes (aka hunger, empty fuel tank, extra room in the skinny jeans).

I hope everyone else on the 8-week challenge is ready to absolutely smash these final two weeks and push yourselves to make the final transformations (even if pushing yourself means taking a rest day and booking a massage, because looking after ourselves is important too).

Above: (left) Just a girl and her iced long black, not pulling faces anymore. (Middle) Treat yo’self… got a scrub and magnesium rub and looked after my hardworking body. (Right) New plan and trying new pasta edamame fettucine which has epic macros and calories, and tastes pretty good.

My highlights this week have been mixing up my training buddies. I’m definitely the gym tart, I started at BBR not knowing anyone two and a half years ago and now I have so many special friends I adore. I know there are a few epic teams from Sandra and Anissa to Michelle and Janelle, and I love watching them support each other, but I’m also a big fan of different energies. This week I had the privilege of buddying with my darling Tyra, my challenge buddy Sarah, the fabulous Kristen, my angel-faced Ash, the amazing transforming Georgia and original machine Christy. What a line up! Also, Brenda and Freddy joined Saturday coffee which was such a treat.

My challenges would have to be going up 200g in weight, but I knew I was in a comfort zone and ready to be challenged again. I’m missing sweet potato. I think he’s missing me, too. By Saturday, I was also challenged in being my friendly self as a little hanger set in. Sorry fam. Love you.

WEEK FIVE

This week, the feels were all about ‘have I done enough?’ We’ve passed the half way mark with five weeks under the belt and three to go, and the progress has been so steady I sometimes wonder if it’s noticeable. On Saturday morning, I received a timely reminder from my Co-Star app which sends me daily ‘personalised’ horoscope (not sure how legit it is, but it’s free and fun). On Saturday it was ‘celebrate your success’ and I thought about how far I’ve come since we began the challenge.

This week, another 400g was lopped off my weight and now I’m down 2.6kg. So at 4.5 weeks I am just over half way towards my overall goal… high fives! I also had a moment Friday morning when I got dressed for casual Friday at work and felt fab in my outfit… for the first time in a long time (at least since COVID-19 kicked in), I felt really good about myself. That is a huge win, no matter what the scales say. As I look around the gym (creeper alert!), I see so many people also looking really trim and toned from Hannah ‘Babz’ to Jo Keaney, my tabata buddy Zoe and challenge queen Tyra, just to name a few amongst so many – go team!! And there are many of you I don’t see at training in the challenge who I’m sure are dominating based on Rhino’s excitement.

In the gym, I kicked another goal as I went all six mornings (most Thursdays I can’t face a second 5.15am start and pull the pin). My weights are starting to be increased as I know I can handle more thanks to light bulbs with friends last week and my cardio numbers are improving too from bike erg to rowers. I’m overall starting to feel strong and fit. Even jogging after the kids there my step is light and I know my cardio has improved.

Above: Clocking up the cardio beach walking this morning, Brenda’s tuna/sweet potato patties were SO good and me giving myself props after finishing my 6th session of the week. Yes gurl!

My highlights this week included babe alert Janelle Rock noticing my improvements, the epic support of Mel, Tyra and Freddy (my OG sat coffee girls😉 ) who gave me a huge midweek boost, getting through six intense sessions and the wink I gave myself as I slipped on my jeans Friday. It’s nice to feel proud and I hope all the challengers stop and recognise the hard work they’re putting in is paying off in many ways.

My challenges as some will know from our ‘outings’ on Facebook, I had my first slips from the meal plan this week. On Tuesday, I was a hungry and tired beast after an intense Monday legs in strength and a 5.15am class Tuesday. I just couldn’t keep a lid on it and ended up adding half a protein bar in the afternoon and an extra spoon of peanut butter at night. Not ideal with weekly weight check in the next morning! However, after an epic sleep Tuesday night I felt amazing in Wednesday morning’s tabata class (powered by peanut butter) and was straight back on the 100% train from there. I guess there will be days when my humanness comes into play and I don’t resist the cravings, but one day does not undo a challenge. So if you face a hiccup, know there is always tomorrow to return to kicking goals! This was my lesson for the week.

Week six, I’m here for you! This week I will be focusing on daily cardio as per Ryan’s video advice on top of the classes, plus meditation and good sleep so I still have energy left for my family, work and friends.

WEEK FOUR

Time flies when you havin’ fun, am I right?! So far, this challenge has been nothing short of fun. Good people, great classes and epic meal plan – I’m well and truly in the groove and eight weeks seems like no thang. However, I still have to sort through my brain and keep it on the straight and narrow even in week 4!

Above: Obscenely red face courtesy of Wednesday morning tabata!

This week’s challenge was facing a much smaller weight loss. After averaging a kilogram for the first two weeks, the third Wednesday weigh-in I dropped only 200 grams. After a killer weekend (remember salad versus pizza?!) I was expecting big things. So when I lost a bee’s dick, I was a little peeved. I wondered if the good times were finally over and Rhino was going to reduce my meal plan and welcome the hunger games to my challenge.

I was pleasantly surprised and took onboard another truth bomb when Ryan was stoked with my teeny 200g. It was another step in the right direction and there will always be weeks when we plateau a little. After talking it through with Liz Biggs who has reached her ultimate weight and physique goals, she reassured me that drops and plateaus, and sometimes even a cheeky gain, is all a part of the process. Ryan also reminded the challenge group that we’re in this for the long game (yup – once this layer is gone, it’s staying gone!) and if we average out our loss (or gains if that’s what you’re aiming for), by eight weeks or even by Christmas – what will that look like if we carry on at this rate? It will look like GOALS.

I had a date night with Sean Friday because you gotta keep the romance alive, even in challenge mode! So, I watched him devour ‘the best gnocchi’ he’s ever had’ and a sticky pudding dessert while I ordered an epic swordfish with a side of rocket salad, and felt on plan despite the pleasure of somebody else cooking. It’s at this point, four weeks in, you start making the best choices for yourself no matter what circumstance you’re in and you realise challenge mode can actually become your lifestyle.

This week also had me noticing the people around me in the gym. Not only do we have the best trainers (hello new coach, Justine – what a legend!), out training buddies are also such incredible sources of inspiration. I was pushed to my limits by cardio queens Tyra and Lou, then on the strength side, I got to buddy up with one of my faves Chantal who encouraged me to pick up some heavier weights. It made me realise I pick up familiar weights without even questioning could I go heavier? Turns out, I can! I also watched Mel in leg strength pick up some absolute monsters and in turn, upped my game. More highlights in the form of Brenda and Noel hyping me up on leg day before the cherry on top, Saturday morning Christy Boxshall pushed me so far beyond my fuel tank (read: empty) while rowing that I surprised myself big time. How good are our people?! I love you guys!!

Above: Tyra, me, Mel and Lou – the pink (faced) ladies! Post-Saturday session vibes, ready for our coffee date. Photo cred: Justine!

My highlights have definitely been the other members around me this week. Thanks to everyone reading this blog and chatting to me about it, I really love that! The way we all get around each other seriously elevates me to take the next level and I’m really grateful especially to the buddies I mentioned above who took me to new heights this week. Also, my challenge has definitely been boosted by supporting myself with early nights, yoga, extra walks this week and hydrating.

My challenges were definitely getting my head around smaller weight losses which didn’t seem to reflect the effort put in. Rhino’s Friday night chat was super helpful and talking to other members about their experience helped so much. I also had my period which saw a drop in energy earlier in the week and had me working hard to resist the snack monster within. Oh and every time Rhino comes near me on the ass bike, I still die a thousand deaths. Maybe I’ll find it easy in week 5. LOL!

See you in week five, friends! Keep being awesome and pushing through your own challenges!

WEEK THREE

It’s been a big week. A good week, but lots of challenges to make it just a little spicy. We picked up our new car which was a pretty big deal in the family and so please do admire my sexy Subaru when she wheels in to the showgrounds like the fancy lady she is. More good news, I dropped another 0.9kg taking my weight drop to 2kg on the nose. Things are progressing pretty nicely there and I’m feeling good.

Above: A girl and her pancake, loving life. Can you believe Chantal’s pancake is literally 2 eggs and a mashed banana? So good!

This week’s challenges were all around the expectations of others. When you’re at home, you eat your prepped meal off the plan no problems. When you have people over or eat out, in walks a set of ‘other people’s expectations’. On Sunday night, we had my parents over for dinner. As per usual, my meal was the same as others minus the extras that people ‘expect’ (it was burgers and they had buns, I didn’t). For dessert, our family standard of ice cream was scooped up and I was the only party pooper. Nobody really seemed to mind except my mum, who asked upon my lack of dessert – “should I be worried?” Probably a little too defensively, I batted back with – “No mum, you should be encouraging me as I’m really looking after myself.” She thought about it and agreed she shouldn’t be worried, after all. Phew! My mum is incredible and we have a great relationship, but she is pretty old school about food and eating what she thinks is a balanced diet (a bit of everything) and it works for her as she’s a fit and fab grandma who looks far younger than her 70 years.

Then, we had a team training day for work at a function room in Kings Park. My gorgeous friend made a mouth-watering, vegan Snickers pie which she made with love for us all. I took a piece home to share with the fam and had a tiny taste to affirm she had done a great job! The kids and husband enjoyed the rest. The rest of the day I snacked on my blueberries and Weetbix Bites and nobody even noticed I wasn’t stuck into the platters of cheese and crackers or biscuits. Lunch was brought in salads from Clean Food Store and I ate everything that mirrored my plan food. Left the day feeling pretty good about the whole thing!

Above: Nadia’s Snickers Pie was hard to resist!!

Then for a final challenge, I went to my in-laws for pizza night. I checked in with Rhino after craving pizza for a while now and suggested it was time for a treat meal, fully expecting he’d congratulate me on the work I’d done so far. Turns out Rhino wasn’t into being Mr Nice Guy this week. While a quick pat on the back for putting in good work so far was given, he also ruled out pizza and any off plan meals for the foreseeable future and told me in no uncertain terms that he is seriously challenging us and I will cop the brunt of it thanks to this blog. Did I regret asking permission a little bit? Yes I did. But, when I took my chicken, sweet potato salad to pizza night and my amazing brother-in-law Jim shook his head and told me “that takes a lot of discipline to stick to your guns at family pizza night, I am so impressed”. Well feck me, I nearly cried. I never see myself as a truly disciplined person, more the fun one with a rubber arm and Jim’s look of admiration and kind words got me right in the heart. The pizza smelled absolutely delicious, but it was cleaned up by the rest of the fam in minutes and my discipline remained A1.

Training this week has been pushing me to my limits and I was really relieved to hear Ryan say he expected us to run out of juice due to the calorie-deficit phase we are in. Going around Tuesday morning’s HIIT class with Jay was my killer class of the week and what a machine she is, keeping up with her is insane and I didn’t really, but I tried!!

My highlights this week was sticking to the plan through all the days, at home, and out and about. Hearing Jim’s thoughts on my strength was a massive highlight. Yin yoga in stormy weather at Horizon was a beautiful way to iron out tired muscles Thursday morning and then cheering my 8-year-old Stella at her first inter-school cross country was amazing. She smiled and waved every time she saw me and loved every minute. This made me super proud!

Above: (left) Salad verus pizza in the ultimate showdown… (right) Stella in blue (no. 421) whipping around the inter school cross country with big smiles and joy. Proud!

My challenges this week was getting in my walks with wet weather and a sick kid. Time was at a premium and I didn’t get three walks in, but five sessions at BBR, two yoga and two walks was pretty decent. I also experienced PMS with my cycle due in week four and had major snack cravings Friday and Saturday. I slowly sipped my protein shake Friday as mindfully as possible to get through it and somehow held strong. Hormones are a bitch sometimes.

Week four is here already!! Somehow time feels like it’s speeding up, but I see some very fit, glowing people around the gym and I’m so excited to hear more stories of success from everyone.

WEEK TWO

Week two is when it gets interesting. I still feel the thrill of something new and there are tiny changes that make me feel like I’m getting somewhere. My first weigh in (aka measurable progress) was 1.1kg down in first nine days at the Wednesday weigh in – yew! It wasn’t a massive drop but Rhino was stoked and said it was bang on for the plan I’m on and it means I can keep on with the most delicious meal plan ever. Win-win. My jeans also don’t weep as I pull them out of the drawer anymore and they do up without complaint.

However, the big change this week has been my hunger. I wake up in the morning HUNGRY which I think is a great sign my metabolism is now fine tuning itself. After one 6.15am class I bolted before cool down stretches (which I never do, I respect the post-class stretch and bloody love lying down for a bit) just to get to my breakfast.

This week I was more organised and booked ahead to get a sweet mixture of strength (two) and HIIT (three) which was just right for me. I like the blend of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) from strength and sweaty, puffy goodness of HIIT.

Guys, I am most excited to tell you about my big wins for the week. I actually got to bed early and had adequate sleep this week and I’m feeling smug… and well-rested… on a challenge. Who knew decent sleep could bring so much energy?! So much patience with my children?! So much genuine ease throughout the day to kick goals I set myself?? (Disclaimer: apologies to anyone with small babies or puppies who hate me for my luxurious 8 hours consecutive sleeps… I would hate me too)

And this is a shocker, my weekly screen report from my phone? Down 30 effing percent. A whole third less time on the little fecker! Turns out when you’re committed to good sleep, something has to give and it wasn’t time with my kids, my husband, training, work or reading my book (all high priorities).

Let’s take a minute to talk about Saturday too. It was a nasty piece of work and we all need to insist Rhino joins us for one because it’s pretty much extended tabata torture. I had nothing left in the tank after two laps and sheer will and the prospect of cold brew with the girls got me around the third.

Last topic to mention is mindset. This week my inner chat started up with a little bit of old school “you’ve been doing well, you’re getting a hint of results… fancy a little treat?” It’s such common chat for me and I was ready for it. I’m not here to take two steps forward and one step back. I’m not here to get some results, then let myself go again. I’m here for long-term, sustainable nutrition, exercise and mindset that will keep challenging me to grow (and shrink in some areas, let’s be honest). So I’ve stayed with a strict mentality this week although I’m hoping Rhino might chuck one treat meal in next week as pizza has been on my mind. What do you say boss?

My highlights were definitely getting more sleep and less screen time. Surviving Saturday was up there too, which was followed by cold brew with some guns (Tyra, Mel, Liz and George) and a massage at Chi in Claremont Quarter.

My challenges urgh I sound like a broken record but black coffee is still a pain point. I bought an almond milk latte candle from Daisies today and I’m hoping that’ll help… I’ve been alternating almond long macs and long blacks. Well done to my challenge buddy Sarah who went all in this week and did all LBs!! This week I have a team day for work which will provide a lot of #sayno moments and a family dinner Saturday night so I know I’ll have to be on my A-game.

I hope you all had a brilliant week! See you on the gym floor 🙂

Above: Fave breakfast eggs on toast, Saturday afternoon to myself with BBR snacks, best candle ever and my walk in the storm Sunday. Twas a good week.

WEEK ONE

I started the challenge after a week living it up in Broome, shaking the tail end of a cold and then maximised my final weekend of eating off plan. My skin was full of break outs and my skinny jeans were working overtime – things could only improve from here!

Below: Day one after Monday’s HIIT feeling smashed but excited.

Prepping Sunday was new to me, in the past I waited until I had the house to myself on my day off Monday. It was definitely easier having food ready to go Monday. The food was so filling I struggled by the evening to get meal 5 in… I was tempted to not eat it – wouldn’t it be better to slash calories when it was easy to as my goal is to shred and lose some COVID kilos? But I decided to trust the process and Ryan’s hard work shaping my plan and meal 5 went down.

So, my only concern with my plan this time is that it’s too easy. Shouldn’t I be climbing the walls in my desire for off plan foods? With Weetbix Bites for meal 3 and peanut butter in meal 5, Ryan had covered my sweet tooth and peanut butter love. The other meals are delicious and satisfying. So… will it work? As my buddy Mel Trend reminded me, the numbers don’t lie so I guess next week’s weigh in will show one way or the other!

The biggest food challenge has been removing almond milk from my coffee. Ryan got me off full fat dairy lattes in 2018 and I have smugly ordered almond long macs ever since. Long blacks are hard to adjust to and it brought me great relief to see BBR OG Talei’s facebook post that she too has struggled with this. I’m not sure what the Boss will think about this, but I promised transparency here… I have a couple of days foregone toast or banana from meal one to enjoy my almond milk long mac (hopefully Rhino will not kill me for this). At Saturday’s coffee with Tyra, we had a cold brew and that was a lot better… will keep trying!

Below: Long black looking pretty vs my face trying to drink long black… not-so-pretty

Despite being a pretty long-term gym member – this week has been TOUGH in there! I felt like Geno has been my PT in every session he’s coached me with all the technique help, there’s been about ten Rhinos in every one of his classes and Will has been cast as ‘nice guy’ of the gym as he’s at every corner shouting words of encouragement and making me feel like I can do it. I was in the HIIT gym all five sessions and by Saturday morning I was crawling around the stations, totally exhausted.

My highlights of week one were definitely Monday HIIT legs session, drinking cold brew with Tyra, Mel and Bron and smugly eating peanut butter each night (even if was weighed to the gram, not half a jar). I also got in four meditation sessions which have me feeling pretty sweet. I also went out to dinner Friday night with my family and ordered the fish and salad, avoiding all offers of very yummy looking bread and alcohol. My skin has also cleared up and looks totally different today compared to last week which is a nice little win.

My challenge last week other than #coffeegate was getting enough sleep. I’m still overconsuming in other areas of my life like social media and TV in the evenings, which makes it hard to wind down and regularly I’m getting under 7 hours which is not ideal. This week, better sleep to support the good work I’m doing in the gym and kitchen is my biggest goal.

Bring on week two, loving the high vibes everyone is bringing so far! We all have different challenges but the support from everyone at the gym is so good. If you’re having a hard time with anything and want to talk over any challenges without sharing with the whole group, happy to chat anytime. Either email me or come chat in the gym before the trainers kick off!

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