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12WBT | week 1 in review

This week I get an A for AWESOME!

Even though I forewarned my team at work that I might be a total bitch for the next couple of weeks while I get used to my 1200-calorie-a-day quota, I found I was super busy so I didn’t have time to think about food and when I did I was prepared with healthy, low-cal nutrition so I didn’t have to panic! I did have a couple of drinks & also ate out but I stayed under my calorie quota.

I had a really great week….and this is my review:

Monday (Day1)

Monday workout calories burnt

5.30am rise & run with my workout buddies Jay & Harley.

Tuesday (Day2)

Tuesday workout calories burnt

6am session in the gym; weights workout. It seems too exhausting right now to relive my workout with you…I did a strong leg & arm workout and finished with abs & stretching.

Wednesday (Day3)

Wednesday workout calories burnt

6am boxing workout in the park with Jay (while Harley runs around chasing birds). Its such a great workout combining boxing drills, foot work, head movement, pyramid circuit, combos & sparring. Jay likes to pretend that we’re training for the MMA and I don’t mind cause I get to kick his butt!

Thursday (Day4)

Thursday workout calories burnt

6am strength workout at the gym including;

  • 10 min warmup on the Xtrainer
  • 5 sets x 15 reps Legpress 60Kgs
  • 3 sets (per leg) single leg lunges x 15 reps holding 15kg barbell
  • 3 sets (per leg) single hamstring/glute extenders x 15 reps 25kgs
  • 3 sets x 15 reps chest press 20kgs
  • 3 sets x 20 reps bicep curls 17.5kgs
  • 3 sets x 20 reps tricep dips
  • 3 sets x 15 reps back rows 25kgs
  • Abs
  • stretching & roller

Friday (Day5)

Friday workout calories burnt

30 minute stretch/semi-yoga session at home.

Saturday (Day6)

I had a prior engagement so I postponed my SSS til Sunday and had Saturday as rest day.

Sunday (Day7)

Sunday workout 1 of 2 calories burnt

Sunday workout 2 of 2 calories burnt

I broke up my SSS workout into two sessions on Sunday; the first was a walk around the harbour with Harley and the second was a solid cross training session in the gym which included a mega amount of step-ups & mountain climbers, and a leg & arm workout. In Mish’s training plan she always has these ‘final blasts’ so I finished my workout with 30 burpees. PAIN!

week’s total

week’s total

Weigh-in: 1.7kg loss!!! I think it was mainly fluid, but still, what a great start to the week!

Monday (Day1)

Monday breakfast & dinner

I went through a phase of really loving porridge, but that phase is over. I loath porridge and this was awful to eat. Yuck! Dinner was much yummier; a “burger” made without bread using a field mushroom as the base.

Tuesday (Day2)

Tuesday breakfast, lunch & dinner

I have turned a corner on eggs – I love them! Dinner was one of my favourites by far…110g steak with oven roasted pumpkin & beetroot and wilted spinach with fresh grated ginger and blood orange juice. My sweet-tooth kicked in and I ate 213 calories worth of no-sugar, fat-free lollies made with so much maltitol, I was sick as a dog through the night. I won’t be making that mistake again!

Wednesday (Day3)

Wednesday breakfast, lunch & dinner

How I love toast with avocado! Eggs featured again in my lunch & we had steamed fish, veggies & salad for family dinner.

Thursday (Day4)

Thursday brekkie, lunch & dinner

So, one of my goals over the next 12 weeks is not to drink alcohol. On Thursday I failed…I blame Gracie!…but really, it was me. I had a glass of wine with my BFF after work at a lovely little local wine bar called Gallon. It’s not a big deal in terms of the program as I still stayed under my 1200 calorie quota for the day, but I am a little disappointed in the fact that I wasn’t even a week in before caving. However, if I look on the bright side, I have cut down on my alcohol consumption massively. I guess the occasional drink isn’t going to derail me… 

Friday (Day5)

Friday brekkie, lunch & dinner

My favourite lunch (sushi & edamame) and one of my fave dinners!

Saturday (Day6)

Saturday brekkie, lunch & dinner

Jay, Gracie, Harley & I went to Cafe XXII for breakfast. The food & coffee is really good, but the services is terrible. When we left well-known Aussie chef Luke Mangan took our table and started bombarding the waiter with questions about where they source their bread & eggs! He probably got better service than us. After being out & about all day I just couldn’t be bothered to cook, so we got some Thai stirfry delivered.

Sunday (Day7)

Sunday breakfast & dinner

Eggs are becoming a frequent event in my meals. And I like them! I think I’m finally over the “fact” my favourite uncle told me when I was 12 – that ‘eggs are the discharge of a chicken’. Yep, that scarred me for the next 20 years of my life… but thankfully I’ve moved on. Fresh mushrooms from the farmers market and an egg white omelette for dinner after we got home from the gym.

On the whole I had a good week; strong training & staying within my calories. Success!

Jay & I waiting for the OzJet Boat ride on Sunday

fitspiration friday

Sometimes I am guilty of too much “talking” (or writing) getting in the way of actually doing.

This week I’ve had a really fierce & focused week; my nutrition has been squeaky clean and my training has been hardcore!
My current goal is to stay committed on this fierce path til Christmas.

Fitness & nutrition -wise, have you had a good week or is there something (your emotions, mindset, work, fear, excuses etc) that is getting in your way?

[image via Michelle Bridges 12wbt forum blog]

the next twelve weeks

“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”
~ Peter Marshall

I had a great training week last week culminating in a mega session with my Personal Trainer Joe on Saturday morning when he caned me so hard I literally thought I was going to have a heart attack & puke (wasn’t good at the time, but I felt great afterwards!).

And this week I’m kicking back off on another round of 12WBT; 12 weeks to transform my body before the Aussie summer hits. Jay (and Harley) are going to be my training partner(s) and Neen is going to be my fellow 12wbt-er partner in crime! We’re following the program set by our fitness mentor Michelle Bridges.

[via Michelle Bridges 12WBT facebook page]

My goals for the next 12 weeks are:

  • eat clean & simple nutrition sticking to 1200 calories a day (think lots of green veggies with lean protein)
  • 6 days a week training including 3 cardio, 2 strength & 1 stretch sessions
  • my arms & thighs are going to be the focus of my strength training
  • drink 2 litres+ of water a day (my intake slipped through winter so I want to ensure I’m drinking enough again)
  • no drinking alcohol for the next 3 months with the exception of my birthday in October (eeek!!!)

I’ve got to do my fitness test in the morning, but I’ve cleaned my pantry out of any detrimental foods (not much but a packet of corn chips, a packet of gummies and some popcorn), eaten my last treat meal (woodfired pizza for dinner), updated my 1/3/6 month fitness goals and written down all my ‘excuses’ and countered them with ‘solutions’.

I’m ready to rumble!!!

changing lives

Yesterday I attended the RIDBC Changing Lives Luncheon with special guest speaker Michelle Bridges, in my hometown of Newcastle for an amazing charity organisation.

My BFF Grace McLean is RIDBC’s Community Relationships Manager in the Hunter which basically means she builds & sustains relationships and community partnerships with individuals and businesses in the area that help support (through charitable foundation) the core work that the
Royal Institute of Deaf & Blind Children do (inc childhood education and socialisation through face-to-face and technology-driven schooling, family support and new technology development for things like iPad Apps to support communication).

Gracie secured Michelle Bridges, my fitness mentor through the 12WBT program, as the special guest speaker. (I’d like to think that I had a tiny part to play in getting her since she dropped my details about my 12WBT journey when sending the request!!!).

Neen & I drove up from Sydney and arrived just in time for the 12.30 lunch. The weather fortunately didn’t get the “winter” memo because the sun was shining, it was 28°C and the vast glistening Pacific ocean stretched out the blue horizon in front of the Merewether Surfhouse. It was beautiful.


Mike Rabbitt, a local TV sports reporter MC’d the event. He was commanding, genuine, engaging and funny. The CEO of RIDBC Chris Rehn gave a short overview of the organisation’s history, values and the work they do in the Australian community.

Mike Rabbitt (Far Left) with the NBN News anchors


Gracie & CEO Chris Rehn

After settling into our meal of either salmon with beans & cauliflower mash or roast chicken with vegetables, the first speaker was a beautiful woman and mother of four (!!!) Rachel Cooper, who spoke of her son that has a hearing impairment. Their daily lives have been significantly changed for the better through the work that RIDBC do. It was an interesting and heartfelt story.

Mish Bridges talking while sitting because of her hamstring surgery last week. She’s a machine!

I’m not sure how long Mish actually spoke for but time seemed to stop. This is a woman I am influenced by…I am following her workouts or cooking her recipes or watching her videos or reading her Facebook posts or tweets. I’ve seen her a few times; at 12WBT workouts and events and at the Fairfax office when I was doing a project there, but to be so close to her was just awesome! It’s strange though how you can know someone and they don’t have a clue who you are! She directly impacts my life and she doesn’t even know it! Also, just so I seem a tad more stalker-ish, Mish and I share the exact same birthday, which I of course told her!

Her talk was about things I’ve heard before through the program, but she’s so engaging, relaxed, funny and inspiring that it was like hearing it for the first time. Her message and her words found a renewed resonance with me. She spoke about how she detests this generation of self-hate. How women (and men) seem to relish putting themselves down. How does that behavior achieve our goals in life; whether its fitness, weightloss or career driven? It’s not OK to tell someone else that they’re a useless disgusting fat pig, so why is it acceptable to talk to ourselves like that (she was using an example of one of the 12WBT clients who had a blog site called ‘bigfatchick’). Mish went on to say our bodies are “perfect”. They react perfectly to the signals and messages that we give them.  If we are giving our bodies messages of high-sugar, over-processed, high-fat food with little exercise it will respond perfectly to that message; it will bloat, retain salt & water, breakout, pack on weight & cellulite. But if we give it messages of wholesome, natural foods with daily exercise, then it will flourish to that message with good intestines, clear skin, optimum weight.

What a perfect message!

[Michelle Bridges via

With Mish’s help, the MC announced the silent auctions, raffle and lucky door prizes which were all donated by amazing Newcastle businesses;

National Australia Bank (NAB) (major sponsor), Merewether Surfhouse (major sponsor), Hearts on Fire, Matthews Jewellers, PeopleFusion, AFRM, Carla Swimwear, Subo, Gorgeous Gowns, Newcastle Herald, Hot Yoga, Natalie Baker Styling, Collette Dinnegan Baby, Endota Spa, Kokum Hair, Sprout Dining, Hot Rock Catering, Intimo, Newcastle Cosmetic Medicine Centre, Fernwood, The Essential Ingredient, ACP Magazines, ActionCOACH, The Greater, The Good Property Girls, ABC Orthodontics, De Lorenzo, Organic Temptations & Bioline Skincare.  

The gift bags were full of vouchers & samples for the above businesses along with some recent magazines (Madison & Australian Women’s Weekly) and some pens and notepads.

I really really wanted a picture with Mish, but she was getting hounded by the gaggle of girls and her Exec Assistant “the gatekeeper” Gisi, was keeping a protective eye on her (crutches and all) so after the prizes were handed out the lunch started to wrap up with Michelle being ushered out. Fortunately for me Gracie took me along to see her out and I scored a private lift ride, a hug and a photo!!!

It was amazing to see Gracie in action; I’ve been to her office many times, but I got to see her run a meaningful event for 200+ people raising some much needed cash for a worthy cause and it was fantastic. My BFF is an amazing woman!  

I think Neen & I floated down the F3 all the way home!!!

Look out 12WBT Round 3 2012, here I come!


For more information on RIDBC visit their Facebook page [here].

(All pictures except those sources mentioned otherwise are taken by moi aka Melissa Williams with my htc phone.)

fitspiration friday

Yep, that’s right!
Shake off the guilt of a missed training session or a dirty burger and own today with a killer workout and a day of squeaky clean eating.

Here’s my workouts from the last two days….

Wednesday weights session @ gym

  • 10 mins high intensity on the Xtrainer
  • LegPress – 3 sets x 15 reps (80kgs)
  • LegExtension – 3 sets x 12 reps (25kgs)
  • Standing Glute&Hamstring Extension – 3 sets x 15 reps (25kgs)
  • Single Leg Lunges – 3 sets x 10 reps
  • ShoulderPress – 3 sets x 12 reps (15kgs)
  • LatPullDown – 3 sets x 12 reps (22.5 kgs)
  • BenchPress – 5 sets (overload) x 10 reps (20kg bar, +5kgs, +8kgs)
  • Weighted sit-ups – 2 sets x 50 reps
  • Stretching

Wednesday calorie expenditure

Thursday outdoor cardio session

  • 2km brisk walk
  • HIIT – 6 x 1 min rounds with 30 seconds rest: mountain climbers / side2side basketball jumps / step-ups (repeated)
  • 4 x 100m sprints
  • 2km brisk walk

Thursday calorie expenditure

Booyah baby!
Happy Friday peeps! 

12wbt week 4 | thoughts

Michelle‘s kickoff message for Week 4 of the program, was about self sabotage; whether we perform acts of self sabotage on our fitness and health journey, or whether we just haven’t honed the skills to enable us to reach our goals.

I think at times I may contribute to sabotaging myself; feeling like I may fail so why should I start or procrastinating because I feel like I know everything and can ‘make it up’ later. But on the whole I don’t think I am a self saboteur. I fall into the group of people who just hasn’t learnt to effectively and consistently apply the health, fitness & weightloss skills I am learning.
I often lack discipline in my diet and, if Im honest, I often like food more than the dedication to my goal of being thin. I let instant gratification outweigh future success. I haven’t yet learnt that effective way of socialising without food and alcohol.

As Michelle puts it, these mindset tasks are helping to change our unhealthy habits, both physically and mentally. They are changes for life, not just for 12 weeks… I understand that a transformation takes longer than a couple of weeks to change actions & thinking that have been around for years, but at the same time, I’m so impatient to be there already. I often find myself thinking ‘why aren’t I there yet?’ I know what I should and shouldn’t be doing but patience isn’t one of my intrinsic virtues.

I’m realising that in these moments of pure frustration/exasperation, I need to bring out my internal armour of self worth.
Michelle likens it to a bank; you top up your self worth with positive actions (having a good training session, a day of clean eating, or doing something positive like watching a good movie, listening to my fave music or repeating a personal mantra) and by the same token, you can also deplete your bank of self worth (negative talk, hanging out with people who don’t support you or want to sabotage you, over-analyzing your mistakes etc).

So to help encourage myself, I’m going to refer more to my inspiration board and repeat this personal mantra…


Tonight at the gym I started my workout thinking ‘I just want to be finished already’. My head wasn’t in it; I was already thinking about picking Harley up, seeing Jay and preparing dinner. My unfinished work to-do list was playing over in my mind. Then I thought up this mantra; “I can do this. I am strong enough. I am dedicated and determined. Quitting is not an option.” And then I felt all of those things. My mind cleared and I became focused. I completed a great workout (just over 600 cals burnt) in 55 minutes and now I feel proud of myself. 

So here’s to turning the tide on any negativity. I’m going to own this shit!

hump day

I generally don’t like Wednesdays because I have a lot of project reporting due.

But I woke up feeling full of energy today, weighed in (exactly the same as before I went to Melbourne, so that is OK I guess, as I expected a gain), did a great outdoor work-out with Jay & Harley, decided to wear red lipstick (which is totally out of the ordinary for me – only the second time I’ve ever worn bright lips and the first time I’ve ever worn it to work! Feeling self conscious!), made yummy oats for the whole family (including Harley the dog who loves them) and had a good lunch of 12WBT Thai Pumpkin Soup. 

This arvo will fly past since I’ll be having a meeting with my customer (not naming names but it’s Australia’s Central Bank) in their secure data centre which has retinal and finger print scanning! So cool. I’m such an geek.

Wednesday workout

Quaker Oats with skim milk, honey & cinnamon for brekkie

Melly’s red lips (MAC Russian Red)

12WBT Thai Pumpkin Soup for lunch at my desk

lunchtime dessert Yoplait yoghurt

Happy hump day all!