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An Announcement . . . . .

WOAH, Steady on there Tiger!

Not that type of announcement!

NOOOOOOO! There is nothing baking in this oven I can assure you!

This is a different type of announcement, I’ll explain.

You may (or may not) note that I’ve been all over the place with my blogage over the last few months.

Nope? Didn’t notice??

Hmm I may need to work on my witty banter then!

Anyway, the reason for this is because (all) my time, spare and not so spare,  has been taken up with studying. Yes I’ve been a studious student for the last year and everything else has fallen by the wayside as I got stuck in to studying for my Certificate III and Certificate IV in Fitness. It’s been a looong road and at times a very stressful and tiring one, but . . . . . I did it, I finally did it.

I am now a fully qualified Personal Trainer! Check it!



 I am so ridonkulously happy and relieved to have finished and I am pretty proud of myself for pulling it off with 2 kids to look after. I was going to say, whilst also running a home,but given that I really didn’t quite pull that off we’ll stick with just looking after the kids! Hey, they are still alive, I count that as a win!

At times though I really did wonder what the hell I’d done and why on earth I’d started it, I mean who knew there was more to personal training than just shouting at your client to DROP DOWN AND GIVE ME 20?! (That’s a real question by the way!) Oh boy there is soooo much more to it and I wasn’t sure I would finish at times.


 Well, that’s all fan-dabby-dosy isn’t it?!

Except . . . . . . . .

Now that I’m not studying anymore I actually have to –  do Something!

Hmm  bit stressful! What to do? What to do?

Anyone out there in need of a Personal Trainer?????


Why thin is a dirty word.

If someone were to tell you how thin you are looking, what would be your reaction?

Would you think, that’s great what a nice thing to say?

Would you think I’m really happy with that, thin is what I was aiming for?

Do you think being told you’re thin is a compliment?


Would your reaction to being called thin be the complete opposite?

Would you be offended? Would you see it as an insult or at the very least a back handed compliment?

Would you analyse? Is there more to this comment than meets the eye.

Is thin what we women aspire to be? Is being thin the ultimate success for us as women? The holy grail, our whole reason for being? Read more…

From Fat to Fit Week 15 (31.03.14)

I think I am starting to get my mojo back finally as I managed quite a lot of exercise this week. Still eating crap but that’s another story.

5.5K round the lake with baby Bear in the pram 2 mins walk 2 mins run all the way round. I find that this way I don’t feel so daunted by setting out to run 5.5K as that seems too much. If I break it down into 2 minute chunks then I find that I cover more distance than I think I am going to and it doesn’t seem as hard and before I know it I have finished. So I will stick with that for a while and build up my running again slowly  so that I don’t injure myself.

The original plan was to go to the gym in the morning but due to a smashed car window incident (not my fault) I had to cancel. I more than made up for it though by walking all the way (uphill) to the Bears kinder with the Bear and baby Bear in the double pram to drop him off and then walking back home and then doing the whole thing again. There are a lot of hills so it was pretty hard work with both of them.

Our car was still unsafe to drive so I had to walk again and catch the tram to pick up the Bear.

Husbs mum and I took the kids to the park. I ran alongside the Bear on his bike and we then did the zipwire and climbing wall at the park.

We all headed out to Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges and ended up doing a 7.5k hike round the forest complete with pram. It was a bit precarious in places and pretty steep so it was hard going, but between the 3 adults, myself, husb and his mum, we managed to get the kids round every way we could.


imageimageI could feel my thighs and glutes burning as I pushed the pram uphill so I had better have buns of steel by the end!

Think I am going to be aching tomorrow!

My progress so far . . .


The aliens are coming . . . .

I am feeling pretty good about all things exercise at the moment.  I have managed to get out and work up a sweat and feel like I have properly worked out which is great.
So great in fact that I thought I would share with you my little exercise experience the other day.

I had been for a run/jog round the lake and was feeling pretty good so I thought I would reward myself with  a quick coffee before picking the Bear up from crèche.

I finished off my run with a sprint *ahem* finish and headed straight into the cafe gasping for air breathing deeply only for the young girl behind the counter to visibly step back when she saw me, before recovering herself and hesitatingly offering me a seat with a slightly scared looking smile.

I sat down and as I turned my back towards her to sit down I heard a very audible gasp before again she recovered herself. Seriously what’s wrong with her though I, does she have asthma? Should I be offering her some assistance?

She backed away from me and went about her duties while I had my leisurely coffee and fed baby Bear, all the while the cafe getting busier and people double taking at me as they walked past my table. I thought it odd, but put their lingering looks down to the fact that I had THE cutest child ever and they were clearly just admiring.

Well before I knew it, it was time to set off to pick up the Bear. I nipped to the loo before I headed off and it was there that I caught sight of myself in the mirror. Read more…

From fat to fit – Week 14 (24.03.14)

I’ve had a better week this week and managed to get more exercise in, both specific sessions and in my everyday life.

Morning in the park with husb and kids. The Bear went on his bike and he is pretty speedy on it so I ran alongside him while husb had the pram and baby Bear. We stopped along the way to do some tricep dips together and then went on to the playpark and did the zip wire.



Did 5.5K round the lake with the pram. 2 min run, 2 min walk alternate all the way round, stopping halfway through to do my TVA activations. It wasn’t quite as bad as I thought it was going to be and I felt really pleased with myself for doing it. I actually hadn’t set out to start running, my original plan was just to walk round the lake as when I woke up in the morning my plan consisted of dragging my carcass out of bed, putting the Bear in crèche and having a coffee, so I felt pretty good that I did it.

I feel quite good about getting back into running again and I have just had confirmation of crèche places for next term which means I can attend a couple of  my favourite classes too which I am really looking forward to. Plus husb mum arrives on Wednesday so she will be able to help too meaning that I may even get to go to a few classes before the next term starts so as far as my exercise is concerned I am feeling quite positive.

Weight 64Kg
Waist 33.5 inches
Hips 41 inches
Thighs 24 inches
Arms 11 inches


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