My vision board adorns the mantle in my bedroom.
My BFF Gracie told me that the best way to achieve your goals is to have the in your face…that way they inspire you not to lose sight of what you’ve set out to achieve. She couldn’t be more right!!!
are you inspired yet?
The second topic in the 12WBT blogging challenge (created by Courage2Start) is A Picture of Health.
Question: To me, what is a picture of health?
Strong. Not skinny. That is my picture of health.
Maria Sharapova for Nike Women
I also think that by defining what is NOT my picture of health helps draw a picture of what I do consider ideal.
Yep, it’s not good….Skinny. No muscle tone. A woman who looks like she’s about to fall over. A women who couldn’t sustain a bear-hug, or a climb a tree, who only eats three grapes all day, or a girl who can’t open her own jars. This is NOT my idea of health!
this is NOT my picture of health
also NOT my picture of health
food? whats that?
That said, the opposite is also true….overly muscly or obese…
um, no thanks
where's their undies?
My view to health perfection isn’t just about the physical.
- Fitness is key; being able to run 5kms without stopping, having a strong core, being about to walk up a steep hill while bush-walking without having to stop half-way to rest to get your breath back, and feeling strong during a killer Pump class!
- Nutrition is essential; taking care of what you put in your body by eating good, natural food with little processed products.
- Happiness is also high on my health list. Living in the moment, laughing, feeling apart of a family/group of friends/community.
- Commitment; setting out to achieve something, whether its a hundred push-ups or a half-marathon, and nailing it. There is no better feeling than achieving your goals!
and of course
- Looking hot with or without your clothes! These women are my inspiration!
abs of steel!
12WBT fearless leader Mish Bridges
So that, my friends, is my picture of health!
Today my official training program with 12WBT starts!
my trainer - Michelle Bridges
I recently wrote about the program and my goals here.
Apart from a slight feeling of trepidation, I am pumped. I am excited. And full of determination. I will achieve my goals. I will become a better version of myself.
This is what I’ve been up to during the last month of pre-season task challenges:
- “Introduce Yourself”: On the 12WBT forum I wrote a brief blurb on my background and what I want to achieve over the course of the next 12 weeks. I also read quite a few from other people, commented to provide support and also start getting to know others out there doing the challenge! I also joined Twitter!
- “Get Real”: this task was about admitting all my excuses for not exercising or eating well. Internal, External inside my control and outside of my control. Its about deciding that there are no more excuses and putting into place contingency plans for when excuses pop up (like ‘Im too tired to work out’ or ‘Im too busy’). I am not as busy as the Prime Minister and John Howard used to work out every single day and still run the country! I like Mich’s mantra to just go into “robot mode” and JFDI (just fucking do it)! Ive now thought through all of my self-sabotage. I am important and Im going to get it done.
- “Set Your Goals”: lose 12kgs in the next 3 months. run 1km without stopping. look better in my clothes. eat healthy & smaller meals.
- “Gear Up”: bought new workout leggings, new Brooks runners, a Polar FT60 heart rate monitor, new iPod (with the inscription “Strong.Fit.Proud.Happy.Melly.”)
- “Say It Out Loud”: writing down my goals. verbalising them to my family and friends and writing it on my blog. Saying it out loud so that I am now accountable for my goals. I am as good as my word.
- “Kitchen Make Over”: getting rid of all the processed food, junk food and stuff that will not help me get to my goals.
binning all the bad food
- Organize & Diarize”: I have planned all my workouts for the first 4 weeks. I am setting up a routine so that it will become habit. Ive also minimised all my social engagements so that I can give myself a really good start without external pressures.
- “Measure Up”: all my body measurements and weight are now tracked and Ive taken my “before” photo. I won’t be publishing these online anytime soon for fear that the world will open up and swallow me whole in mortifying embarrassment!!!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but something I’ve become obsessed with is Twitter. I joined in August and originally I was just following a few people I know IRL but mostly celebrities. But let me tell you that the 12WBT Twitter family is HUGE! And I’ve mostly ditched all the celebrities and am now following (& being followed) by other people doing the 12WBT program. One of my tweep friends has had amazing success with 12WBT. Her name is Angela/@BellaXthree – she has a blog “From F**cked to Fab“. Her transformation since June 2010 will leave you gob-smacked. You seriously need to look at her blog to see for yourself. Reading her words is inspiring. She writes with intelligence, honesty and humor. I just connect with what she’s talking about and how she feels. A few things that she’s written just struck a chord with me and deserve mention;
“No living on the sidelines”
“Constantly testing your limits and pushing through fear is how we realise our potential.”
It’s made me think about what my own mantra for the next 12 weeks will be. I’ve decided on this “You can have results or excuses. Not both.”
I also like “Eat clean. Train Mean.” which seems to be a personal mantra of a lot of Personal Trainers and other 12WBTers out there!
I completed the first of my fitness tests yesterday which provides my starting benchmark for the program. I will be doing the exact repeat of this fitness test at weeks 4, 8 and 12. My results were:
Distance run 1km; 8:17 min
Sit-ups; level 3 of 5
Push-ups in 1 min; 28
Wall-sit; 1:15 min
It can all only get better! I’m excited to see how far I can go and how much I can improve!
My next update will be Monday next week. Til then…