Friday Fitspiration

At one time or another everyone feels unmotivated, regretful, apathetic, embarrassed or unenthusiastic about something.

If you’re anything like me, who suffers from ‘foot in mouth’ disease, this may happen more regularly than not!

It’s important to review, learn from the mistake and then move the hell on!

I love this quote (stolen from fellow 12WBTer Schmiet)

Couldn’t have said it any better myself!

12WBT | week two

On the whole I found this week a little easier; getting up in the morning didn’t take as much effort and I was finding going to bed earlier much more manageable due to better planning of my time.



Morning work-out with Jay & Harley – 15 min interval running, circuit of 50m runs, squats, jumps, burpees & sit-ups.
Evening Zumba class. I bought a 10-pass Zumba class card from LivingSocial for $29 (usually $15 per class) which is a total bargain although I have always seen the ads for Zumba and though looks total crap! Let me tell you, it was shit. I hated every second of the hour workout with the exception that it burnt 700+ calories. It’s strange. I’m a total ‘Les Mills’ girl; BodyPump, BodyCombat, Step, etc which is very different than Zumba which is a mishmash of many different dance styles (think Latin, Thai, etc) set to music that just doesnt work with the beat of the dance. I couldnt find a rhythm and the instructor didn’t once guide or explain any of the moves. The tempo is so fast that by the time you actually get one of the moves, its over and your doing something else. Very frustrating. However, I’ve bought the 10-pass so I’m going to keep going (& hopefully not make such a fool of myself as the weeks progress)….



BodyPump class at the gym. I love Pump! Ian finally made it out of bed to join Jay, Neen & I and he was rudely re-introduced to Pump! He had to leave the class at the end because he thought he was going to hurl! Go Ian! I caned my legs and I can feel them getting stronger.



Outdoor morning session with Jay, Neen & Ian. We did interval running for 15 minutes, then did boxing interspersed with 50m shuttle runs, burpees, squats, lunges.



Early morning BodyPump class. Bettina the hardcore instructor wasn’t there so my Friday night BodyBalance instructor Rachel took the class and she was amazing! I put more weights on and really killed my legs during the lunges.



Sleep in!!!! 5.30pm BodyBalance class. It’s a little easier than my first session last week, but man, its still really tough. Some of the poses are just torture. The instructor is Rachel and I think she’s got to be so bored with her day job as an Accountant that it gives her time to think up new & torturous poses! I feel really good and stretched afterwards though. Good start to the weekend.



SSS day (super saturday session). I completely owned myself! 1 hour 40 mins to burn 1000+ calories. We (Jay, Harley & I) started with jog warm up to the park, then did 20 mins interval running, spar boxing, skipping, 15 mins interval running, push-ups (I did 60!), sit-ups (I did 100!) more boxing, squats & lunges. 



Exercise: Rest day!!! I woke up with a serious case of DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) so I went and got a massage which really helped.


this is my Polar summary for the week:

  • Total calories expended this week = 3974
  • Total hours working out this week = 7hrs
Total weight loss for this week = 1.3kgs!

Week 3 summary out next Monday 3rd October. Til then… 

adventures of Harley on a rainy day

It’s Sunday and it’s raining so I’m not taking Harley for a walk.

In the spirit of Rugby World Cup fever he is amusing himself with a rugby ball in our lounge room.

We’re a split household; Jay is a Kiwi so obviously an All Blacks supporter and I’m an Aussie so I’ve got Green & Gold flowing through my veins. Harley doesn’t know if he’s a Wallaby or an All Black! I guess he’s both.

Dedes | restaurant review

Nothing gets me more irate than bad service.

When you’re paying good, hard earned money for service you expect polite courteous behavior or at a minimum, general decency. 

So I had a feeling that we were in for an unpleasant evening when the maitre’d snootily snorted a forced greeting on arrival at Dedes restaurant in Abbotsford.

I had carefully selected a restaurant for my Dinner Club pick; taking into account low calorie menu options for Janine & my (Michelle Bridges) 12WBT program. Seafood seemed the best bet and Dedes came up in my google search. Over 35 years of service  their website boasted. The menu looked good; oysters, salad, fresh fish & a decent meat selection.

Located in the Sydney Inner West suburb of Abbotsford, about a 20 min drive from the CBD. The restaurant is situated within the Sydney Rowing Club and although it was night when we arrived, it has a lovely view out over the mouth of the Parramatta river.

The restaurant  staff consisted mainly of French waiters, who as it turns out, were all rude and obnoxious. We were seated for 15 minutes before we were given water and the offer of our order taken. No pleasantries, drink order or introduction of the specials. Now Dedes isn’t fine dining but the prices of mains ($25-35) indicate a higher class of food and service.

With my calorie controlled eating plan in mind, I ordered a dozen oysters (as entree), a crab salad and mushroom bruschetta (entrees as main). The waiter said that we should have the bruschetta first and we ambivalently agreed. Neen, Jay & Ian also order oysters to start.

20 minutes later our oysters arrived

Mixed dozen oysters; kilpatrick & natural

15 minutes later a random basket of garlic bread arrives (Janine & I pass so the boys take care of it)

Another 30 minutes later our mains arrive (well, some of our mains arrive)

Janine & I both order: Crab, avocado & pickle ginger salad

The crab is fresh and the ginger adds a real depth of flavour to the subtleties of the avocado and tomato. 

Jay has the Chef's Special of Crispy-skin Kingfish with potato, asparagus & mango salsa

Jay likes the simplicity of the dish and the sweetness of the mango salsa which accompanies the saltiness of the fish perfectly.

Ian has the Scotch Fillet with Pepper Sauce

Ian likes his beef which is cooked according to instruction (medium-rare) and I have to give him props for not ordering all the sides on the menu (in support for Janine & I)!

Our plates stay on the table for a good 10-15 minutes once we’ve finished before they are cleared. The bruschetta is mysteriously missing and by that stage we’re just over the lack of service so we ask for the bill.

Although we didn’t order it, the random garlic bread has been included in our charge. It seems the waiter decided that the bruschetta was ‘too much food’ and changed our order. WTF?! I am not a child and I do not appreciate someone else making decisions for me, changing my order, all without consultation. 

I take the bill and go and tell the floor manager exactly what I think. To his credit, he goes the extra mile and takes off Janine & my mains, as well as the garlic bread.

Whilst the food was nice; simple well thought of flavours and nice presentation, our dining experience is tainted by such appalling bad service that I am just too annoyed to appreciate it.

Because I’m not going out nearly as much (actually not at all really due to my fitness program) I was so looking forward to this dinner. What an epic disappointment.

Dinner club fail.

Atmosphere: local families, yachties and older people.
Service: appalling and disgraceful. They should be ashamed.
Food: decent. Simple flavours, well presented.
Value for money: average. You can do better elsewhere at place that isn’t such a nightmare to get to (travel-wise).
Overall: not worth your time, effort or calories. Skip it.

get a little bloody

This Etsy shop from San Francisco (in your neck of the woods Dogsear!) makes the coolest soaps.

Whether you’re in the States and getting ready for Halloween or if you just obsessed with the gruesome (like me), it’s all in good clean fun!

Bloody Brain Soap $5.50
Vampire Teeth Soap $4.50
Glitter Sugar Scull Soap $4.50
Bloody Mary Shotglass Soap $5

all via Brookies Bath on Etsy