It’s been a bumpy (yet successful!!) road this round during which I have been busier than I can remember ever being before and also with challenges in my personal and family life, at work and in my studies and for me physically with injuries. I was partially prepared for some of the challenges and I certainly knew I would be very time poor, but there have been unexpected challenges as well.
I have had this quote framed on my desk at work for years now – it became my inspiration for this round!
Smashed my #1 goal – to get through some work deadlines without going backwards or turning to old ways. The biggest challenge I was braced for was surrounding my studies and work. Big deadlines, long hours and lots of pressure. The kind of pressure that used to see me eat a couple of family blocks of chocolate each day plus huge amounts of other carby junk food. I would spend the lead up to a deadline not sleeping, anxious, stressed with stomach upset and fighting off a migraine. After the deadline I would crash in a heap and be wiped out with the migraine for days. Not this time I ate clean, I trained as much as I could – time & injuries permitting. I smashed my deadline while maintaining all other commitments to myself and loved ones instead of dropping all the other balls to focus only on work.
I did not expect to see huge changes in my after pic – but hell yeah! I can see them!! So stoked because I struggled to train due to injury and I spent way more time on my butt at a computer than usual, concious that high stress levels & lack of sleep make is extremely easy to gain weight. I had to rely on clean eating and doing the best I could in training doing whatever I could manage!
I am leaner and stronger! The numbers on the scales have moved around a little for me this round - I mostly have my head around how it works when you are building muscle and strippping body fat % – the scales are not the only or the best measure of progress! I have been within 2 – 3kg of 70kg, and finished the round bang on 70kg! I have not had another DEXA scan so I cannot tell how much muscle I have gained or body fat % I have lost (keen to do that in the new year!). However, I can SEE the increased muscle definition and my measurements indicate everything is moving in the right direction! I have lost 14cm in total from chest, waist, hips and thighs. I started measuring my biceps only in week 8 – in 4 weeks I was surprised to see I had gained 2.5cm on each when I did my week 12 measurements!!
I improved my fitness test results at every 4 week fitness test. Not hugely given my reduced training and limitations in some areas while injured and working on rehab. But I am still celebrating the small wins. I did not expect to even match my Week 8 results in the Week 12 fitness test but I beat them all but a little! Yay!!
It really is about participation, not perfection!!I tried lots of new workouts and participated as best I could with the 12WBT Queensland Crew in our awesome sessions! I am so grateful for their constant encouragement and the concern they showed when I was really struggling and in pain. Thanks guys!!
What about my total transformation and stats since starting 12WBT? I need to work all of that out! What I need to do next is find my stats from the very first round of 12WBT that I did – June 2010, Round 2 last year – and get some figures and pictures posted about my total transformation after 5 rounds of 12WBT! Stay tuned!!
I have many favourite photos from this round so I think I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story!