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From Fat to Fit – The downs, the ups and running ‘The Paleo Way’

A brief interruption to holiday programming to up date you on how I’ve been going in my Fat to Fit Series.

Since the start of the year I have been documenting my journey back to my ‘old self’ since the birth of my second Gorge Bag child in Mid December.

You can read how it all started here, where I explained the background and what I was aiming to do.

I have had some ups and downs since I started. I started off mentally strong and super motivated to get back to full fitness and lose the baby weight. I did my own circuits around the park with baby bear while the (original) Bear was in Kinder or crèche and while I did keep that up, I began to struggle after a few weeks.

The sheer lack of sleep coupled with looking after a very busy 3 year old who was, let’s just say ‘adjusting’ to the new addition and leave it at that!, coupled with having no family around to help at all meant I struggled to manage day to day let alone fit in any exercise. I was eating crap, kidding myself that I needed the extra calories for breastfeeding and I actually put on more weight after the birth. On top of feeling like a rubbish mum for not being able to cope, I also started to feel rubbish when I looked in the mirror – all I saw was a big fat milking machine. Not pretty.

That was the down.

Then there was the up. Read more…


From fat to fit – The Whole30 Results

I am feeling good today. As you know I have been eating  the Whole 30 way and today, well today I finished it. Yey Go me!

I went a Whole30 (geddit) days eating no grains, no gluten, no dairy, no refined sugar, no legumes.

I just ate clean, unprocessed food.

Good quality protein in the form of meat, seafood and eggs,

lots of healthy fats – think olives, avocados, healthy oils (no seed oils),

and shedloads of veggies.

I have been eating this way for a month and I have definitely felt a difference in my energy levels, and that is despite the fact I am up most nights feeding the baby Bear.

Anyway enough of that lets get to the good stuff – my results.

Drumroll please!

Running parkrun just prior to starting Whole30

Running parkrun just prior to starting Whole30

Now. After 30 days on Whole30

After 30 days on Whole30

Weight pre Whole30 ~ 64.5kg

weight now ~ 59.6kg

waist before ~ 33.5 inches

waist now ~ 30.5 inches

hips ~ 41 inches

hips now ~ 38 inches

arms ~ 11 inches

arms ~ 10.5 inches

In 1 month I’ve lost 3 inches from my waist, 3 inches from my hips and half an inch from my arms.

And I’ve not been starving myself or calorie counting and I have been eating enough to sustain breastfeeding the Baby Bear as well as exercising, and I’ve not been restricting carbs.

I’m nearly at my pre pregnancy weight now too.

I’m pretty happy with that!


From fat to fit Week 17 (14.04.14)


My life is a bit like this at the moment but I am beginning to tip the balance (I think).

Zumba Class
TVA session afterwards

I was very tired and really not in the mood at all but I did manage
10 min side stepper warm up
Bosu balance squats with 3kg weight X10 2 sets
Bosu weights hammer curl 3kg weight X10 2 sets
Bosu chest flys 3kg weight X10 2 sets
TVA Exercises

I finally managed to make a *triumphant*!#! return  to parkrun.
For those not in the know, parkrun is a free timed 5km run that started off in the UK and now takes place in many destinations Australia wide as well as other destinations worldwide.

You can find local parkruns in your area by clicking

here for parkrun UK

here for parkrun Australia

here to find out if parkrun operates in your country

It’s been a while so I took husb along with me for moral support as I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to do it and didn’t want everyone to have gone home before I finished.
I thought that this would be a good start to my half marathon training giving me a base to start from.

Now it may *look* like I am standing still but I can assure you I WAS running! Honest.

Now it may *look* like I am standing still but I can assure you I WAS running! Honest.

I found it ok and managed to get round in 35 minutes so certainly not very fast and waaaay off my fastest time BUT I ran it all and that was my aim. At least I have a starting point now and I can work my way onwards and upwards from this point.

We also took the kids swimming in the afternoon (first time for baby Bear) and I managed to fit a sneaky 10 lengths in.

TVA Exercises

All in all a pretty great week as far as achievements go I think.

Keeping busy.

With the results of the MAD Blog Awards not being announced until September, yes that’s right September (at an all singing all dancing, star studded awards ceremony) but still not until September! I have been trying to take my mind off it all by keeping myself busy so that I don’t have time to think about it.

In my efforts to keep busy I have tried a few new things and stuck with some old ones.

Number 1. My dismal attempt at yoga.
Let’s just say, it didn’t work out and leave it there. However, if you would like to read more about my yoga experience along with some unhandy pointers on how to do it properly then you can find it here.

Number 2. Zumba.
‘Ditch the workout – join the party‘ goes the tagline.
All well and good if you have the latina moves of Jennifer Lopez, the sultry looks of Penelope Cruz and the swinging hips of Shakira Shakira!! (Sing it sister).
Well after putting my scepticism aside I ‘joined the party’. Read more…

parkrun Aussie Style

The family have been here for 3 weeks now and things seem to be settling down quite nicely. Sis and mother are now well and truly over their jetlag which is good (although not for sis who now has no excuse to stay in bed in the morning or go for an afternoon nap – lack of excuse doesn’t seem to stop her though!)
Sister appears to be treating her holiday as some form of self imposed boot camp and when she is not dragging me to gym classes, or doing parkrun, she is nagging me to do my kettlebell DVD at home. Now don’t get me wrong I think it is great to be so motivated but I wish she would stop making me feel bad by being so crazy enthusiastic all the time. So far we’ve done parkrun, Jennifer Ellison’s (ex UK soap star) DVD, Kettlebells, Zumba, swimming and BodyPump. I am shattered just listing those. In all honesty it is good though to be out and about doing things and making the most of the Great Aussie Summer while the UK freezes in the snow. Don’t get me wrong I love the snow, but the snow has its place, like when I am at the top of an Alp about to ski down, not so much when I have to commute to work (or anywhere) when all public transport has ground to a halt and there is a general ‘snowmaggedan’.

Read more…

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