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{ Health } WEEK 8 - Body Transformation Overview - March 2016 #Inspiringmumsfit


Hey Mummabears

So I started this week (7-13 March) off ok, but still plateauing with my weight, which isn't bad, it's just making me feel like progress is slow. 

In terms of weight loss, I have remained the same. All good, because it means I haven't added any weight on and my muscle is replacing the fat I had there! lol 

It has been a slow week all round too, my daughter got Chickenpox so has been off school. I ended up with a tummy bug or something and everything I ate made me feel sick, so I wasn't myself.

I needed a creative release to get my mind of my tummy bug and worked on the creative project Spotlight for National Craft Month sent to me to work my magic on! It took my mind off not feeling 100% and it was very intricate so I was totally focused on detail, nothing else really :)

The Process...

The Final Product...


Over the last 8 weeks I have seen my body shape change, slim down and tone up, yippee... then it just .... stopped

And ok it's not a miraculous transformation from obesity to fit'n'fab at 40 but hey, I'm proud of the changes I've made! It's change nonetheless.

Others have noticed the changes I've made and not just those who know me, people who I barely know say I look great, which makes me feel great :) It is part of the journey of course, to improve the overall sense of feeling good about yourself, whatever your goals are in front of you.

Change is good and it all starts with.... YOU!


Confession! I'm a big cheater... :(

Well only this week anyway... I have had more in carbs and sugars that I should have had (based on my overall plan) hence the plateau. At the end of the day, I'm simply cheating on myself and my own progress and success no one else is affected or to blame.

No, I've not been binging or unhealthy eating, just not being as careful on the carbs, especially sugars I've consumed, but I have been much more hungry this week than since I started this journey.

Why? I put it down to lack of water intake and not eating as regularly (and not enough of the right foods).

I really, really hate the water bloating. I had been drinking at least 3 litres per day in the first 4 weeks (probably while I lost so much weight... cleansing lol), which was easy to do by going to the gym drinking loads of water, protein shakes with water etc. Then I changed my protein to a more pure protein (mostly because I ran out of the one from the gym). Problem is it is higher in calories and takes longer to get to the muscle - sigh... Oh and it tastes like shit... sorry to be so frank but, arrrgh... yuk, even fruit or cinnamon doesn't help :( So I slowed down on that protein powder, which also reduced my water and the result being more hungry and thus I was being less careful. Oops...

It's time to go back to what I was doing at the start I think! I'm not going to be too hard on myself, as I am getting awesome results. Just have to go back to what was working!


The challenge should be rather straight forward right? I mean, lose excess weight and build muscle to sculpt the body to the optimal judgeable specifications for stage... so eat lean and clean, train hard, rest, repeat :) They don't call it a challenge for nothing, there have been days this week that I had no interest in going to the gym, while in the first few weeks I was hammering it.

I guess that happens, but it takes determination and persistence to push through those days where you want to demolish a block of Lindt chocolate or just not feel up to to going to the gym.

The challenge really is overcoming your own mindset. I've had to refocus on the goals you have set and what I want to achieve, which is not going to happen if I continue week by week like I have this week! This is actually why it is a positive plan to have a specific goal set for yourself, it doesn't have to be the goal I have set, it could be to fit into a specific dress or be fit for a specific occasion. It doesn't matter what the goal, setting one will help you regain momentum!

As they say...

"Tomorrow is a new day...

No more fluffing about, cheating on myself and letting slip, this is too important to me and I have target to hit! I started this journey, I'm gonna damn well finish it! I'm as nervous as hell but what doesn't scare you won't change you!

"Life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you"

With Inspiration & Courage,

x Hbomb

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Quick Snapshot

Weight & Measurements:

  • Starting Weight: 61kgs | Waist: 88cm
  • Week 1 Weight: 59
  • Week 2 Weight: 57
  • Week 3 Weight: 57 | Waist: 84cm
  • Week 4 Weight: 56 | Waist: 83cm
  • Week 5 Weight: 56 | Waist: 82cm 
  • Week 6 Weight: 56? | Waist: 81cm
  • Week 7 Weight: 56? | Waist: 81cm - same
  • Week 8 Weight: 56? | Waist: 81cm - same :(

Energy (food calories) Intake: 

Rest Day: 1600 p/d
Workout Days: 2000 p/d 

So this week I have increased my calories with the plan to burn more than enough to cut through the plateau, but it didn't work... doh. Back to Weeks 1-3 recipes I know they worked!!

TIP: It really is mind over matter! get your mind in the right place and you can do anything!


I've done a lot more cardio this week on the stepping mill, treadmill and rowing machine. I have my legs are really leaning out and toning up. So far from where I want to (and need to) be but I'm getting there. Progress is progress. I am still going 6 days a week for about 1 hour with one rest day.

The Check-In...

I feel stronger everyday! My PT has noticed my strength has improved with more reps on weights, smashing through them. I only had one PT session in this week simply down cashflow, but I'll pick it back up again soon. I've been sick this week so going to the gym wasn't as fun, but I'm glad I went.

You know ladies, despite what my brain is telling my body is rockin right now, I have not felt this good OR looked in ummm EVER! My tummy continues to flatten out, my shoulders are popping, my legs are looking much leaner and more sculptured and my back muscles are slowly forming :) So really am probably getting results, just smaller more defined results overall :)


Started the week with the remaining nori and rice paper rolls, which may or may not have been the cause of my tummy bug, not sure.

Anyhoo... the fess up, I cheated with some Nutella, straight from the jar (hand slap), popcorn, a piece of bread and.some potato chips and some nut snacks that were high in sugar carbs. I know it doesn't sound 'that bad' but when you are focusing on clean eating and have done so well so far and your goals feel like they are racing towards at the rate of knots, it's kinda, sorta... not good for the overall plan. Gotta pull my head in! ;) 

My favourite chicken/salad meal this week was the peri peri chicken done on the BBQ check thi out...

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