Avital Zeisler


An amazing woman, I am currently doing her October challenge. It’s not a fitness program but something so much more about defending yourself and being strong. I encourage you to check it out here.

We are on day six now and this is the quote of the day. I am sure she will not mind me posting just the quote – it was too powerful not to and rings so true to where I am at the moment.

avital zeisler

Portion Sizes

I just found this diagram and love it.  I seriously have a hard time with ‘how much should I eat’ at any one time.  Usually it’s way too much and this is a great guide.

Excited that it’s almost the weekend.  I have a lot to do and then not so much to do.  I love weekends like that.  I also plan to update this little blog on my running progress (which is going rather well if I don’t say so).  Who would have thought that I could enjoy it as much as I am.

Happy Thursday.

This is me one week ago – trust me it’s a VERY flattering shot.

Wow.  What a crazy 7 months it’s been in my life.  Sometimes it’s been just fantastic, and at other times I have been at the point of despair, not quite sure how I can go on with the situation as it is.

And in the middle of all of this, yes I have put on weight.  These past couple of days I have decided to be completely honest with myself (yes it took me a couple of days to face up to the scales).  I have put on SEVEN-POINT-FIVE kilograms.  That would be 16.5 lbs.  This has only happened over the last 4 weeks – and now is the time to do something about it.

It was not a shock.  I mean when your clothes start getting that little bit too tight and your jeans are, well not at all loose, then your body is telling you something.  And that’s OK.  Well actually it’s not that OK but I now have the tools in my pocket to get rid of this weight and shed even more this spring just in time for summer.

Bring on summer I say.

I am good with a goal.  When I lost nearly 25kgs, it was because I wanted to lose 25kgs.  Now, given what I have put on I want to lose 18kgs.  That will have me weighing in at 63 kgs or 138.6 lbs.

Not only will I go back on my program (documented throughout this blog) but I have set a secondary goal.  That goal is to run a 5k marathon.  YES, a 5k marathon and me.  Now that’s a big goal.

Yes that’s the one highlighted.

I started Sunday.  I kind of started on Saturday with buying a new sport bra (my how they have come on since I last bought one – as well as the cost – $80!!) and a new pair of Brooks running shoes (um when did work-out shoes cost you $250??) and socks (HELLO – $35 for socks that ‘support’ you).

Armed with this $365 investment I signed up to the 0-5k Runkeeper program ($4.95).  I love love love Runkeeper – I’m an ex-researcher and anything that will give me stats makes me very happy (as well as knowing that I am getting closer to my goal).

The Runkeeper program

My last goal is to work on my blog again.  It really kept me focused as I navigated through the maze of weight loss.  This now leads nicely into how I want to finish my first (well not quite) entry

THANK YOU for all the emails and messages you have sent asking how I was.  It really meant a lot to me.  You have no idea how much.

Much love, Carolyn

An inspiration

Every time I want to give up, I am going to play this over and over again.

Tomorrow is ‘D’ day.  Doctor day.  I am nervous, excited, worried – a whole lot of emotions.  I really cannot wait to meet my new body.  I have been eating really well lately (and a lot) so I am mainly worried about being hungry.  It’s silly to be worried about this because it won’t happen, but it’s still a concern and I will watch my emotions around this issue.

So wish me luck.  I will report back when I am done tomorrow.

Motivation to move

Picture 9I have seriously been looking for motivation to move, and I think this might just be it.  I really don’t want to do it alone so many emails will be sent to friends asking them if they would like to join me.  I never buy the newspaper and today I had to for work and BANG – there it was.

Again I feel the universe is trying to tell me something.  Anyone out there like to join me?