Now I know I’ve made a difference

I can hardly believe two weeks have gone past since I was in Melbourne for the finale and I last wrote a blog post. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind (last weekend mum and I went back to Solar Springs – and I’ve got so much to say about that alone) along with being a busy time at school for a teacher.

So I haven’t been lying on the couch and eating for the last two weeks.  I’ve been working on the preseason tasks and making sure I get to the gym every morning at 6am. I did miss the 6am class at the gym this Wednesday – as Master G was very sick and I was the designated parent to look after him, though I did go and do a Sh’Bam class that night instead and really smashed some calories.

The next round is about to start on Monday – and the preseason tasks are just about done and dusted.  Just because this is my third round doesn’t mean they are any less important to my success over the next twelve weeks.  I am so excited about what the next twelve weeks will bring.

I’m looking forward to
* a getting to know you lunch with my local 12wbt group – and doing lots of other great things with the group over the twelve weeks.

* hitting the Giant Staircase again – yes I did it in April after saying never again in January during my first attempt.

* learning to ride a bike.

* doing the City2Surf in August with much better fitness – and doing my up most to j0g at least half of the course.

* going to Perth for the next finale.

And there is so much more I’ll be blogging about over the next twelve weeks, as well as the posts about Solar Springs and my time in Melbourne – complete with pictures.

And how do I know for sure I’ve made a difference?

When I was 165kgs I simply couldn’t get up off the lounge after a hectic night watching TV.  In fact I dreaded the moment when Mr G would switch off the TV, because it meant I had to do an impossible task next.  Each night Mr G  had to help me get up off our lounge.  He always smiled and never said anything to make me feel bad – but I always felt so pathetic that my life had spiraled so far out of control.

Two weeks ago in Melbourne I was with another three 12wbt members who very kindly gave Mr G and I a lift to the workout so we wouldn’t have to navigate the public transport from the CBD to St Kilda.  When we arrived it was still a while before the shenanigans were due to start, and it was drizzling – so we headed over to a coffee shop.  We sat on a couple of lounge chairs to drink and chat. The lounge I was sitting on was about 30cm off the floor, and when it was time to leave I just stood up, with out using my hands and without Mr G counting to three and pulling me up. I almost cried when I realised what I was now able to do – because of course I’ve been capable of getting up off low furniture for quite some months – but in front of other people who understood I was very aware of what I proved I could do. And to think I used to avoid sitting on low furniture in public!

I am now 116.4kgs – and I’m over half way to my goal of 77kgs. Not that I’m counting. 😉

Bring on Round 2 2012!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 14:23:48

    Its the little things that bring it home isn’t it?


    • 77noni
      Jun 02, 2012 @ 20:25:37

      That’s so right Barbara – and so much nicer that I could share my “I can do it now” moment with people who understood. 🙂 On the Friday night I painted my toenails – its been years since I’ve been able to do that!
      Leonie xx


  2. Anna
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 07:33:48

    That’s so great Leonie! I can really see how happy you are with this milestone in your blog. I can’t relate with you 100%, but you are SUCH an inspiration and so ready to share your journey with others. You have really opened my eyes and changed my language, I no longer say ‘I can’t’, instead I say ‘I will.’ Thanks so much for sharing this with us 12WBTers. 🙂
    Much love and best wishes,
    Anna. xx


    • 77noni
      Jun 13, 2012 @ 17:40:46

      Hi there Anna 🙂

      Thank you for you kind comment. I really began this blog to just encourage myself. So it makes feel good to know that someone reading the blog is encouraged to change their thinking a little in a way which will help them achieve their goals.

      And you’re right – those words “I will” are so important. No amount of hoping or wishing is going to get you to your goal – its your actions day in, day out that will see you there.

      Leonie x


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