Thursday, 16 February 2012

12wbt Blogger Challenge 1...

Over at Nutritionally Yours, Whirlsie has devised a series of blogger challenges because frankly none of us have got enough to do!!  I jest.....  between webcasts, weekly videos, new recipes, weighing and measuring food, looking up the calorie value of food, hopping onto facebook, forums and blogs, making time for exercise and going to bed earlier I feel like the 12wbt has taken over my life!!

There seem to be lots of blogs by people who are doing the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation - and I for one find it really inspiring and encouraging to read and see how they're getting on and to learn some tips and tricks from others' experiences.

But back to Whirlsie's challenge - this week's is to write about why we are trying to make a 'happier, healthier version' of ourselves by answering a series of questions posted by Whirlsie on her blog.  Here are my responses:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.  What makes you, you?
Normally I'd like to answer this question through the medium of dance (thank you Magda Szubanski).  However, that will not suffice here so I will try to answer in words.  What makes me me.... This is tricky.  Obviously it's the combination of my make up, my family and those around me, where I live, my culture, background, oh you know - everything.  Basically, this is what I like to think about myself - that I am a responsible and respectful person who loves my family and friends.  I'm fairly laid back and I'm not too precious about anything.  I love to laugh and be silly.  I embarrass my kids with my operatic genius.  Oh yes, and I love food. 

2. Why did you decide to do the 12wbt?
Here's one reason:

Here's another:

So basically, I needed to lose weight but I wanted something sustainable, that I could live with in the long term and that was going to help me address the negativity in my head around my body, the way it looks and the way i treat it.

3.  What do you hope to achieve through the program?
I plan to lose 17.2 kilos to put me under 90kg during the 12 weeks.  I have no idea whether this is achievable for me, but I know many people have achieved those sorts of losses in previous 12wbt rounds.  I also plan to be able to run 5km by the end of the 12 weeks, along with being a lot stronger all round.  But perhaps the biggest thing I want to achieve is to address the negativity I have about my body and examine the way I think about eating well and losing weight.

4.  Why have you decided to blog about the 12WBT? What will be the main focus (eg, food, exercise, a bit of everything?)
I love to write, I am a gas bag (ie I think I have something to say!!) and I can type really fast (thank you year 9 secretarial studies).  And I have been wanting to blog for a while.  So this gave me the opportunity to reach one goal (to start a blog) while helping me reach another one (getting fit and healthy). 

My plan is to blog about the 12wbt process, lessons I learn and changes I make.  It is also a way to put what I am doing 'out there' and it makes me more accountable for my actions.  But I also want to blog about pretty things, food, and anything else that makes me happy!!

5. How will you be exercising this round? Gym, home, outdoors or a mixture?
I am going to mix it up with gym, classes, DVDs at home and outdoors.  No using boredom as an excuse to stop exercising...

6.  What is your greatest strength that will help you?
I really think the commitment that I have made to Michelle, to myself and to my beautiful husband especially will provide me with the strength to do this.  That and the support of some wonderful friends who have taken such an interest. 

7.  What are you afraid of?
I am afraid of failing - again - and feeling hopeless, and making a complete goose of myself.

8.  What are you looking forward to the most over the next 12 weeks?
Obviously, I'm looking forward to losing weight and feeling fitter and healthier - and stronger both physically and mentally.  I'm looking forward to following others as they do the 12wbt too and to seeing great results from them.  I'm also looking forward to the challenge of doing things I haven't done before (like blogging)!

9.  What is your downfall? Food? Exercise? How will you overcome this?
Exercise is something I really enjoy, especially the challenge of being able to do more, go a bit faster, do a few more.....  My downfall will potentially be:

How I am going to cope with this is by remembering my commitment, being organised and choosing wisely. 

10. If you had to pick one word to motivate you over the next 12 weeks, what would you choose?


Thanks Whirlsie for thinking up this challenge!


  1. Great Work Janie!! Love all the pics too!!!

  2. Hi Janie! We all have so much in common...hope you reach your goals for this round. Look forward to sharing your journey over the next 12 weeks.

  3. All that food looks so tempting, but the maximum security prison is my favourite pic of the lot!

    I wish that I had done secretarial studies in yr 9 (or at least that I could type more quickly)!

    Best of luck with your transformation Janie.

  4. Thanks for joining in the hop Jane. You have some great goals there and you'll have us cheering you along too :)

  5. And I've just worked out why not many Men do Michelle's program... the dreaded C word.

    Good luck for tomorrow's weigh in.

    1. Ha ha, Raelene - the ones who do must be very special!