Week 2 Weigh In Results – 12 Week Weight Loss Challenge

We’ve made it two whole weeks into our 12 Week Challenge!!

You may be starting to veer off path now, but hopefully your weigh in results will motivate you to KEEP GOING! Everyone who has weighed in has made tremendous progress, and you should all be extremely proud of yourselves!

The top 3 Challengers this fortnight will be determined by Percentage of Body Fat % lost. We’re looking at Body Fat % instead of just weight because it more accurately illustrates your progress. One of our challengers this fortnight actually didn’t lose any weight, but still had great Body Fat % loss results! And we’re looking at Percentage of Body Fat % lost to create a level playing field for Challengers at all health and fitness levels. A person with a lot more to lose will lose much quicker than someone with only a little to lose.

So, without further ado, the top 3 Challengers this fortnight!

 

1st – Sheila Riddle – Lost 0.082% of Body Fat %

2nd – Ellen Venz – Lost 0.058% of Body Fat %

3rd – Dave Waterman – Lost 0.045% of Body Fat %

 

Congratulations you three!! And if you’re not in this fortnight’s top three, use this as motivation to push even HARDER!

I’ve made a couple of graphs for those that weighed in so you can see where you rank in competition. Names haven’t been included to avoid anyone’s embarrassment, but you should be able to tell which number you are by your weight/ body fat. If you’re having difficulty determining who you are, just ask and I’ll let you know!

 

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And finally, the order of % Body Fat % Lost (top 3 not included)!

4. Challenger 7 with 0.038% Body Fat % lost

5. Challenger 6 with 0.035% Body Fat % lost

6. Challenger 1 with 0.034% Body Fat % lost

When I See Someone Give Credit to God

Before I start, I just want to say that although this isn’t my normal content, I feel like it’s something I need to say. I genuinely don’t intend to offend anyone, and I’m sorry if I do. You are entitled to believe what you like, and I encourage you to do so. This is my opinion, and after years of holding my tongue to avoid conflict, I feel like it needs to be said.

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I was Christened as a baby and some of my earliest memories are of church. I remember flicking through the bible unable to read a single word while services were going on. I remember standing and trying to sing along to songs that I didn’t know the words to, and I remember sitting in a circle in the Sunday School while a woman told us stories about God.
I have some very pleasant memories from my early years in church. It’s where my parents told me I was going to have a little sister, everyone was always really nice, and the whole place looked like a castle out of a fairy tale, and once a week I got to dress up in my nice clothes and be a princess there.

I remember when my family stopped going every week. Mom starting working night shifts at the hospital and would have to sleep on Sundays. I remember asking Dad if we could go anyway, but I think he wanted us to do it as a family. We went to church less and less, and eventually stopped going all together. I have to be honest, I really enjoyed church, but I think it was the people and the atmosphere that I liked so much. I knew I should have this unconditional love for God, but I just didn’t feel it.

As I grew, I learned about the world. Even as a kid, I learned about safety around strangers, and the horrible things that can happen to you if you’re not careful. I learned about how good people, even babies, can become really sick and have their life impacted negatively forever or even die. I started to question how this man who has infinite power could be so heartless. My best friend growing up had many complications with her health that still affect her today, but she wasn’t a bad person. She didn’t deserve what was given to her, so why did God give it to her?

A few years later, when I was 11 years old, 9/11 happened, the school pulled my class into the library, and played a tape on the TV to show us what had happened. I knew it was bad, but at that age I was unable to comprehend why it had happened, and just how bad it was. If God truly had unlimited power, why would he let something like that happen? That was my question then, referring to a few people dying, not understanding the enormity of the situation. With what I know now, it makes even less sense that He would allow it to happen. Thousands dead, partners, parents, children, and friends all lost their loved ones forever. They’re lives changed and impacted forever. All of the rescue workers who were lucky enough not to die, now suffering from lung conditions, PTSD, their lives changed forever, and now their loved ones being affected. How could someone with unlimited power, allow so much suffering?

Now I was really questioning things, and seriously doubting that this all awesome guy in the clouds, who was turning out to be not that awesome at all, really existed. At first I was angry, I hated the idea of religion, and I thought that anyone who believed it was an idiot. It’s not that I’d had a bad experience with the church, or had anything happen to me personally to make me not believe, but it just didn’t add up. This guy who was suppose to be loving us, just kept killing innocent people, or at least allowing innocent people to be killed. I remember saying some negative things about religion, although I can’t remember what they were now, and had my Mom remind me that I was a Christian, and that I’d been Christened, to which I responded, “Just because you stuck my head in some water doesn’t mean I have to believe in an invisible guy in the clouds who kills innocent babies.” That’s when I realized I’d completely lost my faith.

I calmed down with my hate for religion over the next few years, and I was actually envious of my high school friends who had their faith. I could see how happy it made them, and I wished it was something I could be a part of, but I knew that I couldn’t fake faith, and that I just didn’t have it.

And now here we are today. I’m genuinely happy for people that have faith in God, or whatever their deity is. People in general deserve happiness, and if they’re happy, then that’s great. I think there’s something more to the universe than just us, something greater, although I haven’t been able to figure it out, and I probably never will.
Like I said, I’m happy for people with faith, but I have to say, not everything about it makes me happy. It makes me sad when people have the mindset that if it’s meant to be God will make it happen, and so they just sit around waiting for something to happen. Very rarely does something just fall out of the sky and into someone’s lap that changes their life, and you can’t count on that happening, you need to make it happen for yourself. It makes me sad to see people wasting their lives waiting for God to open that door that He’s never going to open.

It makes me angry when people give credit to God for something someone else did. A man is sick and dying and undergoes surgery and then is on the mend and going to live. It’s not a miracle from God, the doctor who studied and worked his ass off for years, and then was elbows deep in that mans body for hours on end stressing about getting everything exactly right did that. He earned that credit, don’t give it to someone who doesn’t deserve it. A woman gives birth to a baby. It’s not a miracle of God. That woman went through hell growing that baby in her body, dealing with all the crazy changes of pregnancy, and then pushed it out of a tiny hole, dealing with the pain just to make it happen. God didn’t do that, that woman did that, she dealt with the horrible pain, and she deserves the credit. You scored the winning goal with just a few seconds on the clock. God didn’t do that, you did that. You trained your ass off to get into the shape you’re in, and ran your hardest to the other end of the field, and you made it happen. Not God.

I see it all over Facebook everyday, “Type amen if God carried you this week”. If you had a bad week, and you made it through, YOU did that. You hung on and pushed through. If you fought your way our of depression or addiction, YOU did that. You went through hell everyday, and you clawed your way out, even when it was agony. God didn’t do that for you, you’re the one that suffered, you’re the one who put everything you had into it to keep going. You’re a bad ass, own it. Stop being so modest and giving this guy the credit, YOU did it, and good on you!

Faith is a lovely thing to see in people, and if you have it, I’m very happy for you, but please stop giving this guy credit for the work of other people, including yourself. I think it’s not only inconsiderate, but disrespectful to praise Him for something someone else did. People make things happen. If God was in control of everything, and made those people make those things happen, then God also made people fly planes into the World Trade Centers, and knowingly killed thousands of people, and ruined the lives of thousands more. So either people make things happen, and they deserve the praise that goes with it, or God isn’t a good guy, he’s an asshole. Take your pick.

Health Benefits of Warm Lemon Water

I’ve heard many times that drinking warm lemon water every morning is good for you, and can actually help you lose weight! But what does it actually do? How does it actually help? Well, here’s a quick rundown of the health benefits of drinking warm lemon water every morning!

 

  • Helps digestion by flushing the digestive system and re-hydrating the body
  • Joint healing
  • Increased liver function and cleansing
  • Aids metabolism
  • Gives you younger skin
  • Relieves heartburn
  • Helps you lose weight by suppressing hunger cravings
  • Boosts Immune System

 

Even if you’re not trying to lose weight, all of the other health benefits of drinking warm lemon water every morning make it worth it! So tomorrow morning, pour yourself a glass and enjoy! Just remember to drink it BEFORE you brush your teeth!

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x Laura

Why You Should Have Set Weigh In Days

I’m one of those people that will weigh myself everyday, multiple times a day, and be disappointed when I don’t see a change. Which is totally mental, of course there’s not going to be a change in a matter of hours! But I’ll continue to do it, and continue to be disappointed. Starting a new 12 Week Challenge, I’ve decided to only weigh myself on pre-determined weigh in days. For me, that’s once a fortnight.

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Well, I’m five days in, and I haven’t weighed myself except for my initial weigh in. It’s hard, because I’m eating really well, and working out hard, and I really want to see if I’m making progress, but so far I’ve refrained. I feel like it’s giving me extra motivation to stay on track, like if I cave and eat poorly, it’ll mess up my weigh in.

I also feel really excited for my weigh in, and it pushes me to work harder to get the best results I can. Where as when I was weight myself everyday, I had the mind set of one day I’ll work really hard or if I eat bad today, I just won’t weigh myself today, and I’ll start again tomorrow. It’s so silly, I know that weight loss is something that happens slowly over time, yet there I was, expecting instant results, and when they didn’t come, I would use that as a green light to do whatever I wanted for a few days, and then just keep repeating the cycle.

Having a scheduled weigh in gives me something to look forward to, and work towards, and if I don’t make a difference this weigh in, I’ll have to wait a whole fortnight for the next one. It’s making me work hard RIGHT NOW and stay on track to see my results!
So give it a try, set your weigh in dates, and don’t touch the scales until then, and see if it helps with your motivation like it has for me! You can even put your scales away if seeing them will tempt you to step on!

x Laura

What Happens When You Quit Processed Sugar?

First off, lets define processed sugar. Processed sugar is any form of sugar that isn’t naturally in fruits and vegetables. This includes candy, soft drink, cake, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and of course, plain sugar from the bag! So what happens to your body when you stop eating processed sugar?

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What Happens to Your Body?

  • Risk of heart problems decrease by 30%, and blood pressure will decrease.
  • Systemic inflammation (a trigger for ance) is reduced. A study found that when non-soft drink drinkers consumed one soft drink a day for three weeks, their inflamation increased by 87%. So giving it up should have the opposite effect!
  • Your sleeping cycle should become more regulated.
  • Risk of diabetes will decrease.
  • Your mood will improve.
  • Weight loss.

What Happens to Your Mind?

These all sound like great results, but how will you actually feel when you’re quitting? Sugar is addictive, so quitting will produce withdrawal symptoms. If you feel any of the following symptoms in the first five days of quitting, just know that it’s your body detoxing, and you’re going through the process of quitting.

  • Being cranky and tired
  • Headaches
  • Cold like symptoms

So the next time you start a new diet, and two days in you’re tried and cranky, STAY AWAY FROM THE CHOCOLATE! You’re not just in a bad mood, you’re detoxing, and if you have that naughty treat to make you feel better, you’re just going to have to keep starting from the beginning!

x Laura

Taking Photos

Taking photos is really important for tracking your progress. If you’re exercising a lot, you’ll be building muscle, which is more dense than fat. That means that the same weight of muscle will take up less volume than that of fat. So you may actually be getting smaller, losing fat, but not seeing much of a change on the scales. Also, you can’t easily measure the building, toning, and definition of muscles at home. The easiest way to track this is, of course, with photos.

This is why progress photos are important, they’ll help you see your actual progress. Below are two photos of the same woman. You can see that she is actually thinner and healthier looking at the HIGHER weight! This is why is so important to understand that the number on the scales is just a number, and not a true reflection of everything that’s going on with your body.

Progress Photos of a woman who completed the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

 

So now that we understand how important progress photos are, lets talk about some tips on how to get the best photos for comparing:

  • Wear the same outfit each time. A sports bra and shorts, or a bikini are good options as they’ll let you see almost all of your muscles as they grow.
  • Try to take your picture in the same lighting each time. Taking it in the same room, and the same time of day helps with this.
  • Take the picture from the same distance each time. If you’re taking the pictures in the mirror, make sure you stand in the same spot each time. If someone else is taking the pictures for you, make sure they stand the same distance from you each time.
  • Take shots in three different positions, front on, from the side, and from the back. This will allow you to see all changes. Always stand with your feet together, this makes it easy to spot differences in your legs. Compare how far up your legs start touching. From the back, flex your arms and back. We don’t often get to see our back muscles in action, might as well take every chance we get!

Take as many pictures as you can. Whenever I read a success story, or what people wished they’d done differently, they almost always say they wish they had more before pictures. Just because you take them, doesn’t mean you have to share them with the world, but you’ll thank yourself later on!

x Laura

Finding the Exercise that’s Right for You

Exercise is something many people loathe, but it really doesn’t have to be that way. The trick is to find something you really enjoy doing, and the way to do that is through trial and error. I’ve used workout DVDs, Youtube workouts, paid home workout plans, lots of cardio, personal trainers, and gym memberships and classes. Some things just weren’t for me, but without trying, I wouldn’t have known!

At first I used to do heaps of cardio, walking, running, just cardio. It was what I knew how to do, and trying something else was outside of my comfort zone. Some people really enjoy cardio, but for me it was so boring, which made it really difficult to get motivated to do it.
Next I tried workout DVDs and Youtube workouts, which were okay. They were enjoyable, but so repetitive. I still use them sometimes when I can’t make it out to the gym and I want to do a workout at home, which they’re great for, but for me, I’m not happy using only them.

Paid home workout plans are pretty good. I really enjoyed the one I completed (Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide), and I learned a lot from it. It allowed me to build my confidence at home and better equip me for working out in front of other people. The only reason I stopped using it was because I was looking for a change. I’m sure eventually I’ll cycle back and use it again.

And now finally I’ve joined a gym. My personal trainer is showing me all sorts of exercises, and how to use the weight machines, and the classes are varied and so much fun. I’m always doing something new.


Fear and lack of confidence has held me back in the past. I remember a few years ago, when I first started trying to get active (and I had no idea what the hell I was doing), I would only workout alone, where no one would see me. If someone came, I would just stop and wait until they went away. I was so embarrassed. Eventually I started working out with a friend, and I thought to myself, I know her, I trust her, she’s trying to better herself just like I am, she’s not going to laugh at me, and I pushed my fear aside, and just went for it. Then I joined the gym, and unless I was with my PT, I was on the treadmill. I didn’t dare go over into the weight section. I didn’t know what I was doing over there, and it was really intimidating. A couple weeks in my PT wrote me a workout plan, with all the exercises I needed to do… all of which were on the weight machines. So, I could continue to hide in the cardio area, or I could do what my trained PT told me was going to give me results. I searched the exercises on Youtube to see how they were done, and then I walked in to the weight section, and got busy. It was really scary at first, but once you’re a set it, and out of breath and struggling, you don’t have energy for fear, all of your energy goes into the exercise. Before I knew it, I was done my workout. Heading into the weight section got easier and easier every day. And now I don’t even look back, I actually prefer to workout in the weight section!

So do some trial and error, push your boundaries and step out of your comfort zone, and find the workouts that work for you. When you think you’re too self conscious to workout in public, think of this scenario: You’re in a gym, and there’s an obese man working out. He can’t go as hard as most of the people around him, but he’s sweating, and you can tell he’s putting in everything he’s got. What thought pops into your mind? Fatty’s in the gym, hahaha or Good on him! People aren’t going to judge you and laugh at you. They may not come talk to you, but I’ll put money on it that they’re secretly rooting for you in their head!

x Laura