When being the biggest loser is a good thing!

Our homemade ice cream, topped with cookie bits
Last night, part of my aunty duties involved spending time in the kitchen, forging relationships over a pail of homemade ice cream. The excitement on the face of a 4yr old over an electric ice cream mixer and seeing a milky concoction morph into smooth textured goodness was priceless. What is not so priceless is that I have been dipping into the tub of ice cream all day!

I mentioned that one of my goals for 2015 was around health and fitness, and that I would be participating in a health and fitness challenge at work. Kind of like The Biggest Loser, but without Jillian Michaels, excessive exercising and the cameras, 

So I registered officially this week, so yes, this is really happening!!!
But it was a very traumatic experience to say the least. While I knew I had put on (more) weight, seeing the numbers really affected me deeply. And not just the gross number of pounds flash before your eyes, but on the nifty self-esteem killing device known as the Body Composition Monitor and Scale, you get your body fat percentage, body mass index (BMI) and skeletal muscle among other mind numbing stats. It was a wake up call for sure. Sharing this information with a third party did not help minimise my discomfort. I will admit I was ready to jump in front of a truck after that. lol.

The only churning will be me churning away in the gym
So over the next 8 weeks, we will be working within teams, with the dietitian, and with the fitness schedule to bring these numbers down in a healthy way. There is no expectation that anyone will look like Beyonce after 8 weeks, but the hope is that we will adopt healthier habits and make use of the resources available to us. I am very competitive and so the competition element will go a long way in keeping me honest and motivated. I will admit, a bit of depression has set in over the past few weeks, and this has been my main enabler as I am a comfort eater. I know it has to be more about my health and wellness, etc, but kicking ass is a great motivator as well. I have a target I am working with and so there will be no more aunty/kiddies ice cream sessions. 

This weekend is a tough one - a 5-day weekend with hot cross buns, and get togethers, and already, 2 days of feeling ill and tired. But I gave myself today to rest, regain my strength and not care. That is the lie I told myself every time I opened the freezer today. But it's game on now. Wish me luck!


  1. Best of luck!


  2. Good luck. Be sure to share what you learn and your fave tips. I started a health and fitness challenge this year too. So far no change on the scale though I am making an effort to eat healthy and work out.

  3. Good luck! I know it can be upsetting when the scale gives you numbers you don't like seeing. Use it as extra motivation to get you to your goals - that and the competition aspect!

    It's great that you have these professionals to help you reach your goals. 8-weeks is a good period of time establish new or reset old patterns. You can do it!

  4. I wish you the best of luck. If anyone can do this, it's you. You've always been so inspirational to me with your early morning workout sessions and jogging. You are going to rock at this :)

    That said, I've also got to stop with the binge eating. Yesterday was a Passover dinner with my whole family (and we celebrated my birthday), today is my dad's birthday which we're celebrating after church before having another Easter lunch. But it's ON like Donkey Kong next week!

    XOXO and hope you're enjoying your weekend, miss!


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