Really can’t wait for this round to start – but so glad this wasn’t week 1…..

Hi my name is Leonie and I have been a primary school teacher since 1988.  The first week of school always sees me exhausted and ready to fall asleep not much after 8pm.  This picture gives you an idea of how I felt at the end of each day this week.  And will go some way to explain why I haven’t updated this blog all week, and why I haven’t even tweeted.

My energy seemed to return yesterday afternoon.  And as I was driving home from work I thought – thank goodness that this isn’t week 1 of 12wbt – or I would have failed week 1 of 12wbt.

When I caught myself thinking that I thought no – what a negative mindset full of excuses.

So instead I thought about what I had done this last week that had been good, and, what can I do next time this happens to ensure the week is better.

Firstly, even though I was thinking I’m a failure, I realised that wasn’t exactly right.  I had kept up with the nutrition, stuck to 1200 calories and the only bit of non-clean eating was a cupcake from the batch my class made yesterday as a maths lesson.  I enjoyed it, I didn’t feel guilty and I allowed for the calories.

I had made the 6am pump class on Monday, 6am RPM + swim on Tuesday, c25K run on Tuesday and first yoga class on Wednesday.  I had planned to have Friday as a rest day, so really only missed one day of training – 6am pump on Thursday.  (Though I also had planned to go to evening Zumba on Tuesday, RPM + swim at 6am Wednesday and c25k on Thursday – but they are all over and above the beginners workout plan – so I knew there was no point beating myself up over not doing them.)

So, given those two set of facts about my training and eating it certainly wasn’t an epic fail by any means!

So what would I do differently if something threatened to interrupt my training and eating again?

1. Pack my bag for the gym (including work clothes for the next day) and prepare my food (breakfast and lunch) for the next day before dinner.  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there was no hope of me getting to the gym by 5.55am becuase I hadn’t done these things before crashing asleep at 8pm.

2. If you don’t have time, or perceived energy for a planned workout – do something for ten minutes.  That is, JFDI and apply the 10 minute rule!  For example, when I felt so exhausted Wednesday morning and couldn’t face the gym, I know now I should have just walked on the treadmill at home for ten minutes or done the warm up and cool down of one of Mish’s videos.

And what did I do this week that helped that I should continue to do?

1. Plan my weeks meals in advance.  Shop, and order fruit and veg online, in advance so dinner is ready to cook each night – and I can give the recipe to Mr G and say go for it.

2. Accept compliments that I am looking better – and know that there is a bigger picture to think about, not just that a few days are a little hard.

So today?

First, hopefully meeting Michelle Bridges at a book signing.

Second, preseason tasks 5 and 6 to be completed.

Third, clean up kitchen and do a cook and freeze session.

Fourth, exercise DVD and c25k on treadmill at home. (SSS tomorrow)

I have to remember I am not going to succeed because I am being perfect.  I am going to succeed because I am consistent.

What are you going to do today to set yourself up for success?

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kristi
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 09:35:13

    Oh Leonie!! You are not a failure AT ALL- far from it- as shown in your recognition that once work starts back (and it’s not 9-3 despite what non-teachers say!) the exercise plan changes from holiday mode!
    I have a bit of an idea of just how hard you worked over the school holidays and it was BLOODY HARD. It’s not reasonable to expect to do that much over term time- work shifts in there bit by bit. What you have recognised though, is how to fit a reasonable amount of ‘you time’ in- and the key here, as you say is consistency!
    You are not a failure- your itchiness to exercise is actually an example of your SUCCESS- you’ve made exercise a habit! Congratulations!!

    (I found my ‘!’ key!) xx


    • 77noni
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 19:20:18

      Thanks Kristi 🙂

      Its funny – in reality I only missed one day of exercise – but it felt like a week! Hello, my name is Leonie and I’m addicted to the endorphin rush. 😉

      Leonie x


  2. leanfitstrongandhealthy
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 09:44:51

    You ROCK Leonie! There is no way you failed anything. So proud. You make me know that I can do it too. Thankyou xx


  3. Marion
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 10:23:03

    I remember exactly how that first week felt and just surviving that is a sign of success. I have had a slumpish 2nd half to the week as well with some major work stress- it does make fitting exercise in pretty hard going- seems like it takes all you can do to just hang in there mentally.

    We did miss you at Zumba and I was wondering if you had been doing your morning workouts so good to hear you went to most.

    Hang in there my friend and remember you are an inspiration to many, including myself.


    • 77noni
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 19:25:29

      Hi Marion 🙂

      Its amazing how tiring being in a room with 24 little peeps can be lol! But every year I get a surprise when this happens. I was pleased that I hung in mentally and nutrition wise – it wasn’t until Friday afternoon I began the mind games of being a failure.

      I missed Zumba 😦 – I so wanted to go – but my body was saying no!

      Thank you for the kind words.

      Leonie x


  4. The Next 50
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 11:23:16

    Phew – glad to see you back – though for a moment you had fallen off the wagon – looks to me like you have managed to stick to everything despite your frantic schedule. Onward and downward I say!


    • 77noni
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 19:31:16

      Hi there! 🙂

      So much for the resolution of blogging every day 😉
      I’m most annoyed with myself about my fitness pal. It gives you a pat on the back every 5 days you log in to the site in a row. And I was over 30 days in a row – and now I have to start all over again from 0. 😦
      It didn’t help that this wasn’t a downward week either – but big picture you are right – onward and downward. 😀

      Leonie x


  5. trudid
    Feb 04, 2012 @ 18:11:44

    You are so right, I think when we think it has to be perfect, we set ourselves up to think anything less is a fail! I like the idea of just being consistent and not beating ourselves up, I think you have done a fantastic job!


    • 77noni
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 19:33:03

      Hi Trudid 🙂

      Thanks so much. I used to say I was a frustrated perfectionist because I never did anything right. Then I realised one day every perfectionist is frustrated. I am such an all or nothing personality. Going to work hard against that this round of 12wbt.

      Leonie x


  6. Sandra
    Feb 05, 2012 @ 14:58:17

    You weren’t alone…I had a bummer of a week. Thanks for putting it into perspective. No self-negative talk allowed! 🙂


    • 77noni
      Feb 18, 2012 @ 12:08:57

      Hi Sandra 🙂

      Just survived another crap week, well not really, because I got home yesterday to find I had left my wallet in my classroom at school – 40 minutes and 30-odd kilometres away. So no run clinic this afternoon, no Sri Chinmoy run tomorrow and probably no SSS at gym this morning. Making the most of today though. 🙂

      Leonie x


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