The wonderful ShrinkingKath has started another unofficial blogging challenge for Round 3 12WBT. Week 1′s challenge, fittingly, was to introduce yourself. Here are my answers to the question’s Kath posed.
1. Describe yourself in 25 words or less. You can get straight to the point – or bring your creativity into play.
I’m Ange.I’ve gone from F**KED to FAB losing 40kg with 12WBT! I run. I lift. I write. I talk. I love. I shine.
2. What brings you to 12wbt? Getting fitter? Losing weight? (Gaining weight??) Are you first timer, a repeat offender??
This is my 5th round, so repeat offender. I love the 12WBT program and community. While there are similarities in the program each round I set new goals to keeping me moving forward and to consolidate what I have already learnt. I do discover new things in Mish’s lessons each round and continually learn new things about myself. I am back this round for my second Lean & Strong round – I plan to get learner, stronger, faster and smarter about what makes me tick. 12WBT will help me keep some balance in what could be an all consuming push to the end of my PhD. This is an ADVENTURE for me, so much fun – love sharing it with you all!
3. Why do you blog??
Initially, to increase my accountability by shouting out to the interwebs what I was wanting to achieve through 12WBT. I have been blogging for just over 1 year. Discovering there is a whole amazing community of bloggers out there – a new way to interact on the interwebs. So much opportunity to do lots of cool stuff through blogs, to make great connections. I cannot wait to get this Thesis Monkey off my back so I can indulge more in the world of blogging.
4. Who is your biggest inspiration in life and why (doesn’t have to be weight loss)
Tough one. I am fortunate to have many inspiring people around me – in my family, amongst my friends, at work and within the 12WBT community. I cannot single anyone out. However, I can list the traits I find inspiring: Those who are able to be tough yet kind and provide tough love when it is needed. Those who are strong – inside & out – and say “it’s ok, I am strong enough for us both, lean on me& we will get through this together ” to provide others with support when they need it. Those who confront their fears rather than avoid them. Those who exhibit generosity, grace & lightness of spirit even during tough times. It’s easy to be heavy, hard to be light. Those who encourage others to shine and be their best without any resentment, jealousy or judgement. I find these traits inspiring and I aspire to live my life in the same way.
5. What things in life bring you the most joy?
Today? Right now? This photo with David. It was taken last weekend. It was an extremely joyful afternoon and when I saw this photo a few days later those feeligns of joy rushed over me again. It was taken near one of our fave spots near our home. This field of little purple weedy flowers brings me unspeakable joy as they were everywhere in the side yard of grandparent’s property when I was a child. A lifetime of joy with them at their home is represented in those flowers for me. And now also in this gorgeous afternoon of playing about with David for a photoshoot.
At anytime, these things bring me immeasurable joy:
Following my curiousity to the answer & saying “got it!’. Then asking why about something else…..
Seeing others blossom and find their space in this world, and increasingly I find joy in helping others to do this.
Beautiful things and places that inspire awe and wonder.
6.What do you think your greatest challenge is going to be this round?
Fitting it all in with work, family, phd, training. Managing the bits of my body that are niggly – hips, shoulders, neck etc. Avoiding the munchies during long, tiring hours in PhD Land. Avoiding the attacks of CBFs that may occur as there are long days ahead.
7. What are you most excited about 12wbt?
This round? Getting Bikini Ready for the first time in my life!! The workout and finale in Sydney. The somewhat scary but awesome list of goals I will kick during this round – not just for training but for career, work and some personal stuff. Finishing the year with a bang – cannot wait to see it all unfold and then come together.
8. And what scares the pants off you?
Hmmm. Hardest question of all for this challenge. Maybe if I had to find something I would say it’s ‘Have I bitten off way more than I can chew for then next 4 months?’ However, I have learnt to make friends with fear, to use it to my advantage, to make it my bi-atch so I don’t think there is anything that is scaring the pants off me… definitely some big challenges but I am ready for them baby!
9. Tell me – right now – today – how do you feel about exercise in no more than 10 words
Love it! Can’t get enough. Wish I had time for more than 1 hr a day!
10. Complete this sentence – in 12 weeks time – on the last day of 12wbt I am going to be feeling
In 12 weeks time on the last day of 12WBT I am going to be feeling FREE!
I will be feeling many things: leaner, stronger, satisfied at reaching a PhD milestone, excited about some other personal goals that will be ticked off and about some celebratory plans that are coming together. However, most of all I will feel FREE!!