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Wow, no excuses coming from me today. Here I write my all honest truth that I did let things get to a stage where I just didn’t care. Didn’t care to eat heathy, to exercise or take pride in my self and my appearance. I let it all spiral out of control and I have avoided writing about it (in turn being honest to myself). SO here I am today – I write to me, to you, that I am no longer going to ignore that fact that I have become fat and have ignored my health. True to form (a Capricorn girl here) I have set an action plan in place to get me to where I need to be to start living the healthy way I intend and love.

My action plan is a 12 week body transformation challenge – Project BTC. I am going to focus on eating right, exercising and losing weight. I’m sick and tired of being so critical of my body, of not fiting into my clothes and hating what I see in the mirror and photos. Only I can do anything about it so I’m bloody well doing something about it!



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I love tip ten the best “never, never, never give up” – my mantra. Every step I take, takes me a little bit closer to my goals.


Today’s eats –

Breakfast – I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry this morning. I knew I had to eat to nourish my body and fuel it for the day ahead, but I just didn’t feel like eating anything heavey. I pondered a protein drink but I chocoloate protein in the morning didn’t quite tig with me. Instead I had vegetable sticks with 1/2 a mashed avocado. OMG it was just what I was seeking and hit the spot!!

Veg Platter


Morning tea – 1 slice spelt bread, 1 tbsp organic PB & 1 medium banana

Lunch – mixed salad

Afternoon tea – tomato salad

Dinner – steak and steam veggies.

That’s it!!! The crazy eating, the not exercising and the not caring for my body has stopped. I’ve set myself a challenge to get back to where I was with health and fitness. The “Get Healthy and Fit Challenge” encompasses my health, fitness, weight loss and well-being accomplishments I want to achieve for 2010. As I love working towards deadlines, my official start date was yesterday – Monday 18 January and my official end date is Sunday 24 April. Why the 24th of April you ask? Well my other half has entered into a triathlon and he is competing on that date. So while he’s getting healthy and fit for his triathlon, I’ve taken the opportunity to use that as my goal date. I will work and train along side him and see my goals being achieved. Body transformations can be achieved within 12 weeks and what with this 16 week timeframe I am going to see some amazing results not just physically but mentally. I am set on achieving this. Sooooooo……The goals I am setting out to achieve in this challenge are:


  • Improve eating by limiting the amount of processed food I consume
  • Change my diet to a gluten free diet
  • Eat as many natural foods as possible (lots of fruit & vegetables)
  • Improve my health by eating a cleaner diet.


  • Get back into running 10ks
  • Exercise everyday
  • Implement a fitness routine that I can stick to that isn’t over ambitious and I am able to complete
  • Learn to swim
  • Tone my body
  • Learn to love exercise again (believe it or not once upon a time I was a gym junkie)

Weight Loss

  • Lose between 7-10kgs
  • Lose 10% (7kgs) of body fat.
  • Fit back into my size 10 denim shorts
  • Fit back into my size 10D strapless black bra


  • Work towards being less self critical
  • Learn to love and accept my body
  • Stop thinking negative thoughts about my body
  • With every negative thought I have about myself change it to a positive one
  • Work on achieving inner peace – relaxation and mediation
  • Practice yoga
  • Fulfil my dreams
  • Don’t let people walk all over me.


I must remind myself when I have sabotaging thoughts that it is my subconscious mind acting out on the conscious’ minds thoughts. If I find it a battle I must change my though process and reprogram my subconscious minds to accept that this is the new path I will travel. The subconscious mind creates the path to the destination in my life. Everyday it goes out to create the situations, circumstances and opportunities that shape my life. My subconscious mind follows my beliefs and attitudes, and if I believe I am fat, lazy, ugly then my subconscious mind will ensure I stay fat, lazy and ugly. If I believe that I am slim, fit, healthy and beautiful then my subconscious mind will ensure it creates this, as it follows my beliefs and attitudes…they are it’s instructions! If I don’t like the way my life is…if there’s something I want to change…then I must change my attitudes and beliefs.

My challenge during my Get Fit and Healthy Challenge is to give my subconscious mind new instructions. To create new beliefs and new attitudes. I am the only one who can take control of my life! I am (my conscious mind) is in charge of my action, not my body (my subconscious mind) in charge of me.

I am the creator of my destiny and I choose to be a healthy inspiration to me, myself and I.


Today’s Eats

Breakfast – An amazing protein punch porridge creation:

A deliscious blend of good fats, protein & complex carbs

Morning tea – strawberries with low fat greek yoghurt, flaxseed and LSA:

Oh soo good!!

Lunch – vegetable stir fry with lamb:

What more could you ask for in a lunch...mmm

Afternoon tea – Green, orange and yellow capsicum sticks with 1/2 mashed avocado dip

Dinner – lean pork and steamed vegetables


I did a fantastic spin class this morning – I pushed myself that hard I felt ill afterwards but boy oh boy did it feel good to sweat!!

Have a good day everyone 🙂

Well, statistics say that only one third of people who make new year’s resolutions succeed at achieving their resolution. I want to be (and I will be) one of those (1/3rd people) who will succeed with my new years resolution. I guess the key to sticking with it is to make the goals achievable and realistic and to also break then up. Honestly, this is the one element I’ve failed to understand in previous years, how can I honestly expect to achieve any of my goals without having and defined objectives, breakdowns, timelines in place?

People – it’s time to get serious!! To kick some serious butt!!!

I have weight loss goals, fitness goals, cooking goals, photography goals, travel and financial goals (do you think I have to many goals? I don’t think so after all this is a whole year list of goals I want to tackle and achieve, like a list I need to work through and cross out once I achieve that goal)

My 2010 Goal List

Weight Loss Goals

  1. Lose 10% body fat to bring me to my ideal body shape, weight.
  2. Lose body fat, tone muscles 

Fitness Goals

  1. Do exercise every morning for at least 60 minutes
  2. Do the Jullian Micheals – 30 Day Shred exercise dvd for the month of January 2010
  3. Get my right foot healed in order to be able to run 10ks again (working with a running specialist to achieve this)
  4. Run in the In Training Twigh Light 10k running festival in march
  5. Train towards  running a half marathon in
  6. Build and tone my body
  7. Join a boot camp
  8. Join a hockey team
  9. Enjoy exercising

Cooking Goals

  1. Learn to cook lots of vegeterian and vegan healthy recipes
  2. Learn to cook my favourite foods in a healthier way
  3. Cook nutritious healthy foods with high protein, fiber value and good carbs and fats
  4. Work on emotional and binge eating episodes (specially around times of stress)
  5. Work on learning to eat only to fuel the body not for any other reason – i.e. boredom, stress, anger or because “it’s time to eat”
  6. Learn proper portion sizes – don’t eat the same amount that Paul eat’s – after all you are not a man!! Eat for what you need only.

Photography Goals

  1. Buy a good everywhere/everyday pocket camera (preferably in pink )
  2. Buy a good SLR
  3. Take a photography course
  4. Take lots of pictures of my beauty and my fur baby, friends
  5. Photograph and upload foods I eat on a daily basis
  6. Take lots of progress pics

Financial Goals

  1. After wedding is over in January  do a Spreadsheet with Paul to determine incomings and outgoings
  2. Live of my pay for food and fun and Paul’s pay to pay for all bills
  3. Save money for Bourdiour Shoot in April
  4. Save money for a weekend get away to Cairns to celebrate achieving my ultimate weight loss goal
  5. Pay off debts – make in grounds
  6. Save money for a home deposite

Travel Goals

  1.  Travel to New South Wales, Hunter Valley for a weekend getaway in March
  2. In April travel to Cairns, Queensland Australia to celebrate my success at achieving my ultimate weight loss goal of 56kgs
  3. Travel to USA in January 2011
  4. During the year take road trips to rainforest, country towns, wineries and hiking trips (and take lots of photos)


Jennifer's journey to health and happiniess chronicles the ups and downs, achievements and adventures that Jennifer takes to find health and happiness. The journey that will focus on weight loss, good, nutritious eating and exercise with some adventures thrown in for the making. Grab a cuppa, sit back and join Jennifer in her quest for better health.

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