12 Week Challenge Series: The Results

2020-01-12T17:02:32+08:0012 January 2020|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|

It is extremely long over due but here is my wrap up post for my 12 week challenge. Firstly why did I stop writing a weekly check-in post after week 8? I had some technical issues with my blog and was also extremely time poor and exhausted so was not able to find any time or energy to fix them. So I apologise if you were following along with the series. Here are the results of following my own program Lean & Well.

These photos

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12 Week Challenge Series: Week 7 & 8 Check-in

2019-10-21T07:09:12+08:0016 October 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE, Uncategorized|

Week 7 & 8 Diary Entry

So the last 2 weeks for me have been very out of routine. It has been the school holidays so we have had my husband home with us which has been fabulous. However I’ve found it very hard to track my food since I’ve been so out of routine.

Week 7 I got in four awesome training sessions which I’m really proud of. I was very sore and had a lot of fluid retention which was reflected in a big weight gain in that week’s weigh-in.

Then in week 8 we went away for a holiday

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12 Week Challenge Series: Week 6 Check-in

2019-10-01T20:31:05+08:0030 September 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|Tags: , , |

Week 6 Diary Entry

This week I was unfortunately sick as well as extremely sleep deprived thanks to both my children being sick. I was only able to do one training session which was really disappointing. Next week I will do to make up for it.

Progress Measurements & Photos

No photos this week – I didn’t think there was any point because I hadn’t barely trained so my physique wouldn’t have changed at all.

My Fitness Pal Food Diary For Next Week

I am having this week off tracking and am just trying to eat 2400 calories and

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12 Week Challenge Series: Week 5 Check-in

2019-09-25T10:01:56+08:0024 September 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|Tags: , , , , , |

Week 5 Diary Entry

Firstly, sorry there was no blog post for week 4 – I was extremely busy last weekend!

So here is how week 5 went.

Training – This was the first week of the new training program ‘phase 2’. It was a lot harder than phase 1 and I was really sore! The sessions take a little longer and have more packed in to them so I was only able to do the three strength workouts and not the HIIT workout as well (previously I had been squishing all the exercises from the 4 workouts into 3 workouts). I

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12 Week Challenge Series: Week 3 Check-in

2019-10-21T07:08:26+08:009 September 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|Tags: , , , |

Week 3 Diary Entry

Training – Once again I pushed myself hard during my three weight training sessions. Despite my weights already being quite heavy from the week before I still managed to increase a lot of them this week which I’m really proud of. I’m certainly super sweaty by the end of my workouts. People who say weight training doesn’t feel hard are not doing it right!

Nutrition – I was way better with my diet this week yay! I think the two things that helped were firstly filling up on raw vegetables throughout the day so I’m too full

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12 Week Challenge Series: Week 2 Check-in

2019-09-02T15:20:18+08:002 September 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|

Week 2 Diary Entry

Training – I have really pushed myself hard in my three training sessions this week. I have squished all the exercises which are supposed to be completed over 4 workouts in to 3 long workouts. I do find this very tiring. By the end I am mentally and physically exhausted. My intensity for the last few exercises is probably not as high as if they had been done on a seperate day but unfortunately I don’t have the luxury of enough time for 4 workouts a week so I have to accept that 3 workouts a

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12 Week Challenge Series: Week 1 Check-in

2019-08-26T20:00:28+08:0026 August 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|

Week 1 Diary Entry

I have thoroughly enjoyed starting Lean & Well last week! It was a real struggle to get my third workout in as I am incredibly time poor at the moment. However I am very keen to create a toned physique so know it is essential I get in at least 3 workouts to achieve this. I found it quite easy to stick to my calorie and protein targets because I chose foods I enjoyed eating and just repeated the same meals every day apart from dinner which was different every night. I did feel particularly hungry

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12 Week Challenge: Start Check-in

2019-09-25T09:20:58+08:0018 August 2019|Categories: EAT, LIVE, MOVE|Tags: , , , |

Introduction to the series

Welcome to my 12 week challenge series! I will be doing a check-in post every week to share my journey as I do my own health and fitness program ‘Lean & Well’. In each blog post I will very briefly share:

  • A diary entry (my thoughts and experiences over the past week and about the coming week).
  • My progress measurements and photos.
  • My My Fitness Pal Food Diary for the next day.

Over the last 9 months I have had my second baby, gone overseas for a 2 week holiday, sold our house, moved into a rental,

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Tips for The First 8 Weeks with a Newborn

2019-01-07T20:21:24+08:0012 December 2018|Categories: LIVE|Tags: , , |

Here is my “post-birth plan”! I actually wrote this out when preparing for the arrival of my second baby (you can read her birth story here if you like). I had a really challenging time with my first baby so was at times dreading going through the newborn phase again. As much as I wanted to enjoy my beautiful baby I felt overwhelmed, anxious and incredibly sleep deprived. She just cried all the time and I felt helpless with no idea how to help her. The following tips helped make my newborn experience so much more enjoyable the

My Pregnancy #2: My Birth Story

2018-11-27T19:37:37+08:0027 November 2018|Categories: LIVE|Tags: , |

Tess has just turned one month old and I can honestly say I have been thoroughly loving the newborn stage. I am so relaxed, calm and confident this second time round! I’m beyond grateful to have had a second incredibly positive birth experience. Here is the story of how Tess came into the world.

One of my last ‘bumpies’. Taken 10 days before Tess was born.

Monday 22nd October

I was in crazy nesting mode this morning, cleaning the top of the fridge for the first time ever and feeling extremely agitated with

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