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Jill’s Journey Part Two – Days 2,3 & 4

Results so far ….

Day 5 Morning Weigh in:  66.3kg

Total Weight Loss: 2.1kg

Comment: Don’t be too impressed. I think it’s more a reflection of how much salty & sugary crap I’d been sneaking in without realising.   I was probably retaining a lot of fluid.   The next 2.5 weeks are where the results will really count.

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Thoughts for the week so far:   Being the Healthiest Me I can be


It’s midday and I said I’d have this up by lunchtime. I’m sitting here barely dressed, typing with one finger while consoling a grizzly baby. 24 month old Molly is running around in just a t-shirt & hat carrying her 3 ‘handbags’ and demanding to be taken somewhere.   She doesn’t know exactly where but is very sure that it is time to ‘Gogogogo’. Perhaps somewhere that it’s socially acceptable to be partially nude as she really doesn’t want me to put her nappy back on.

So let’s move on from whining about my traumatising pregnancy & birth to some of the other challenges to being the ‘HEALTHIEST ME I CAN BE’. Because lets face it – everyone has challenges to overcome right?

New Baby in da house – So cute but soooo much work.

Babies are hard work. New mums are tired and don’t get much sleep. A new baby poos and wees a lot, cries, vomits and needs feeding every 3 hours.   You constantly talk about how much you’d like a break or a snooze but as soon as you actually have that opportunity, all you want to do is cuddle your bundle of joy or vacuum the floor.  Stupid hormones.   An extra challenge with B2 is that she doesn’t like being put down. If she’s awake she wants to be upright, held and facing you while you dedicate all your attention and language skills to keeping her happy.   She is not a ‘pop me in the bouncer and watch me gurgle’ kinda girl ….. I seriously didn’t know how good I had it with the first one.

Two ‘Babies’ in da house – Yes I love them very much but …..

The Loch Mess Monster...

Good thing there are nappies all over the floor

The noise never stops.   You can’t get anything done. There is mess everywhere no matter how much you clean up. You can’t go to the toilet when you need to.  You are constantly engaged with food but never actually get to sit down and eat it (preparation/feeding/cleaning up off the floor etc). ABC2 for kids becomes your best friend in the universe.

Two Babies in da house and a business to run ….

Don’t even get me started. Ask anyone you know who runs their own business and then factor in that we run a business that’s open from 6:30am till 8:30pm at night.     Who’s stupid idea was that?

I need a plan! But I hate plans ….

So when it comes to my own health & fitness here are my requirements.  It needs to be:

  1. Incredibly time efficient – end of the day is my best option. And if it can’t get done in 30 minutes or less it can’t get done. Like most people I’m full of reasons why I can’t fit it in and low on motivation to kick my own butt.
  1. Super Simple – My brain is like Swiss cheese in a thick fog.   I can’t remember my last sentence let alone plan out a comprehensive shopping list or workout routine. And to be honest I can’t be bothered either.   Hmmm sleep.
  1. Feel good factor – A workout that will leave me feeling ‘smashed’ and sore is totally unappealing right now.   It’s another reason why I love short and sharp: All the good stuff (feeling energised, fast results, personal satisfaction for overcoming my own laziness etc) and means less of the bad stuff (muscle soreness, boredom, fatigue, time commitments etc).  I also want my workout to make me feel like a success as opposed to reminding me just how far I’ve fallen.  Too much to ask?

So what next?   How do I turn this into a fitness journey???

In my next posts I’ll detail how I’ve turned these requirements into a plan that is all about me.  I’ll be curious to hear all your thoughts!  I’ve even given them a catchy title 🙂

  1. A training schedule entitled – What do I need today?
  2. A nutrition methodology entitled – Just say no.

I’ll give you all the details and you can feel free to comment or ask questions. I’d do it now but I have dirty nappies to wash and you probably have better things to do with your weekend 😉   A summary of my food & training for days 2, 3 & 4 is below if you want gory details, a 60 second video of my GRIT workout and photos of some of the food items I’ve been using.

ETA for next installment is Tuesday 3rd Feb.  Wish me luck because posting this one hasn’t been easy.

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Jill’s Journey

3 WEEKS TO SOMETHING GOOD…  A Real fitness journey


Jill 26th Jan 2015Overview: I’m going to put myself out there and show you what can be achieved by training the right way for as little as 3 weeks.   I’m gonna do it using someone real (me) who has real injuries, a real business to run, a 3 month old baby and a 2 year old to look after.   And in case anyone thinks it’s still not real enough because I’m a Personal Trainer, I’ll point out that I’ve been stuck on the couch for the past 5 months having just finished a pregnancy with appendicitis, followed by Swine Flu which ran straight into a really crappy birth with lots of complications and an emergency c-section.  So memories of being fit and buffed are a very distant blur (as is a good nights sleep).    Because I was so sick I only put on 11kg for the entire pregnancy – the downside is upon having the baby I only lost 3.5 kg and that is where it stayed…


Yep.   It’s a warts and all 3 week journey to something good.   And if my darling daughters will cooperate I’ll be posting updates every couple of days on what I’m doing with my training, how I’ve been eating, how I’m feeling and any other points of note.

In general I’ll focus on my training – but obviously cleaning up some of the hidden crap that I’ve been eating as well (especially now I’ve seen those photos!).   I’m still breastfeeding every 3 hours so this is not the time to be going seriously hardcore.  The big challenge will be balancing training, breastfeeding and lack of sleep with the massive sugar cravings that hit if I don’t get food in at the right times.   That and my addiction to coffee with sugar.

Jill 26:1 2015 - sideWhy am I doing this? Because I am so tired of seeing people try to kill themselves to get in shape but doing everything wrong. I’m sick of reading STUPID articles that give people stupid advice on how to get in shape.   I’m sick of seeing ‘transformations’ that are unhealthy & totally unsustainable. Finally I’m sick of the fitness world being driven by how someone looks.   Surely the most important reason to exercise is to help keep us healthy and moving freely without pain as we age?   Well that’s what I’d like most anyway.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to respond.   In return I just ask that people try not to judge too harshly and be nice if you can.   It’s not exactly my dream to be posting out of shape photos of myself on the internet (or any photos on the internet for that matter) but if this process helps/motivates/inspires even one person to make a change, it will be worth it.


Day One: 27th Jan 2015

Age: 40ish!

Weight: 68.4kg (In the morning after breastfeeding & toilet and before breakfast in case anyone was wondering)

Clothing size: 14 on upper body, 12 on lower

Condition:   14 weeks post c-section with complications. Chronic back pain, joint soreness in wrists & knees and some stabbing nerve pain down my left leg that came as a bonus after the c-section. Yay.

Goals: To get good range of movement back, be pain free for a change, fit back into my pants and shrink the rolls of back fat that appeared with the baby.

Jill 26:1:2015 - Back


9am Coffee w cream + 1 sugar,

10:30am Scrambled egg with peanut butter, coconut flour & cottage cheese.   (I call this my coconut porridge and it’s a great breakfast for kids. Takes 1 bowl, cooks in the microwave and all up 3 minutes to make from scratch.)

3:30pm – Bowl of Vegetable Tangine soup with shredded Safeway roast chicken and greek yoghurt.   Coffee w cream + 1 sugar

8:30pm – As per lunch only bigger serve         9:30pm – 2 heaped teaspoons Vital Greens w water


Training: 25 minutes Les Mills High Intensity GRIT  Strength Workout @ 7pm

Notes: Feeling piss-weak.   All push ups done on knees and because my core is so screwed up I pulled up really sore in the hip flexors & adductors (inner thighs) even during the workout. I have been limping ever since. In a perfect world there would have been a warm up and cool down to get my body moving.   I’m alone with the kids so that was never gonna happen …. Not a great start.

I chose a GRIT session because it allowed me to test my fitness, achieve a good level of intensity and not have to think/motivate myself  during the workout.    It is intense but I scaled the movements down where required and of course it was over and done with in no time.   Lastly I like that I’ll be able to see and feel my improvements over the weeks by repeating this session.

Jills Journey Part Two – Days 2, 3 & 4 is now live!  Click here to read more …

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