Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Round 2 has begun and I hit the ground running this morning off to a PT session with the beautiful Elise. It was HECTIC and I learnt today that 1. Elise is not a pushover and 2. I can actually do much more than I thought and 3. If I focus and get into 'the zone" I can push through even when I think I will die. lol

After and hour and a half session I am exhausted! I think tomorrow I will feel the pain and thats a good thing. Some of the stuff we did made my butt burn like never felt before - its gonna HURT tomorrow - thats for sure!

I had the yummy Quinoi & Banana breakfast - seriously YUMMY. I just loved it to bits, will defo do again!

Right now its off to housework and the usual prep for lunch & dinner - all Mish Bridges inspired & super healthy - I LOVE IT!

Wishing you'all the best start to this challenge - not only the best start but that you would finish stronger than before - thats my aim anyhow!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Love that this is now normal :-)

Hey everyone!

Hope you are all fitter & healthier than the last time you read one of my blogs (hmm, I am not sure that anyone is even reading this - hmmm, ok, Tarryn, if you are re-reading this anytime after the 4th April I hope you are much lighter than that date - lol).

Things have been very busy in my household with a hubby that leaves at 7am and gets back at 7pm every night, a 5 year old in Prep with a Broken Collarbone and getting ready to go see family overseas. I have been fitting everything in very nicely, eating the 12wbt food & exercising daily (sometimes multiple times a day) is now normal in my life and I have gone through the exciting honeymoon stage, through the week 3 & 4 pushing through phase and now I am definitely in the "this is normal life" stage. It is absolutely brilliant. Of course I still plan my week ahead with Mish's menus & slot my gym sessions in (actually they are already in my iphone until next year -- I just adjust if I need to based on doctors appointments etc). I feel that I am now able to give my attention & focus on some other areas of my life that need pruning, and because the first few weeks I focussed on putting good habits into place (weekly planning & shopping etc), those new habits are now my normal life and require less brain power in a sense. I am starting to think wow, this is so do-able long term as the "intense-ness" has lessened if that makes sense? Its not that I am any less focused, quite the contrary, I think it has just become easier as the new habits are no longer new they are just normal. I love it.

People at the gym have been stopping me  A LOT lately saying how much weight I have lost, boy, what an encouragement! I am fitting into a heap of pants I couldn't 2 months ago and am actually not able to wear other pants for fear they fall down when I am doing my shopping leaving me in my undies - lol! Its a brilliant problem to have I must admit!

In a weeks time my family & I will jet off to RSA and I am stocking up on mountain bread to take with and getting a pre-shop delivered / ordered via my mum in law. As we will be en-route when the next weeks meal plans are released I am taking some favourites with me to cook up when I get there rather than arriving jet-lagged from a 30 hour journey (gotta love stop-overs!) and caving in to eat anything. The family is being very supportive and I appreciate them so much for this.

Not much other news this week, other than the question of why on earth I become so very anxious about weigh in's. I think I have mentioned this before, each week I become so terribly anxious for Wednesday's weigh in and really, its quite ridiculous as I have not once strayed off the program or cheated in any way - I haven't needed to as Mish's program & meals really fill me up, so I haven't needed to cheat or binge and seeing as I havent do so for over 8 weeks now it seems like madness to become so worried about the scale each week. Silly hey?

Well team I best be off and do my chores. I hope you are all having super slim weeks with lots of high heart rates & healthy nibbles!

Till next time
Au Revoir. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Red Flag Navigated & all on track!


I know, that is shouting in the online world - I cant help it - I am PUMPED! Another 1.2kgs down which brings me to 5kgs since we started and 7kgs since Pre-Season started. I am very happy with that result, yet, and I wonder who else has these thoughts, I still wish it would all happen a bit quicker - know what I mean?

Since I last blogged I have attended 6 classes and gone mental in them all. Today in the first of 2 classes 2 of my fellow Gym peeps (both skinny malinkis) were ooing & aaing over me at how much weight I have lost. YAY me! I was so stoked! It made me work even harder. Tomorrow at our gym is there Open Day / Launch Day - all new Les Mills programs / tracks and they are having giveaway's and fun at the gym. Instead of only doing my usual Body Balance class (remember - the one where I wobble a lot!) I will also do the body combat tomorrow night - we have been warned it is a tough one!

This weekend was my gorgeous hubby's birthday - we navigated past all the possible temptations and proud to say we didn't do anything we shouldn't have :-) He is also eating very well since I started and has lost a heap of weight too. I think he is still gobsmacked that to loose weight he had to eat more!

3 weeks to go until my major Red Flag - 3 and 1/2 weeks overseas visiting my family & attending my sisters wedding! Everyone is fully behind my eating plan & weight loss and my sis in law even said I am welcome to do an online shop and get it delivered to her house for when we land. My sister who is getting married said I can just give her a list of what to buy & she will get it for us. Now that is support!

Right now I am off but wishing you a superb week of living life to the full - full of healthy food & healthy exercise!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Note to self!

Hello all you good looking people :-)

Here we are the end of another week and we have almost completed 4 full weeks on this program. We are machines!

I have been all over the program making sure I am doing everything spot on. Seriously - takes lots of work, planning & organising - but the results, oh the results are SO worth it! One of the ladies in a group I am part of - Sez posted a note on Facebook saying she had been able to wear a pair of pants she couldnt. A week ago I had tried on alll my size 12 pants. I could get them up but not zipped or if zipped waayyyy to tight, after reading Sarah's post I decided to try them all on again! And success - one of my favourite pairs of Jeep Camo pants in a size 12 fit! And they actually dont look bad - not too tight! A few of the others also fitted much better than a week ago but still a little too tight for comfortable wear and without covering my butt with a long top - lol! Anyway I am just stoked & so inspired to keep going!

On this note, I have met, through Michelle Bridges 12WBT some of the most kind, encouraging, hilarious and crazy ladies. I feel so encouraged every time I log in and get all these facebook updates and messages. What a brilliant bunch of encouraging people. I love that there is no competition at all  - just encouragement for each other, support & advice & inspiration and the allowance for one's occasional melt-downs. How stunning! Love you all heaps!

Ok, so I went to Boxing last night - they call it THUMP at my gym. I learnt two very important things last night. Note to self - big time! Firstly I paired up with one of the guys that is always there when I go - it was him or the brand new teenee weenee petit lady who had come for the first time. Before I could think I paired up with the guy thinking I would probably get a better workout - at least his resistance when he holds the pads would be strong etc. I was right. He was great when I boxed and he even corrected my technique as we went - bit of a win situation right? Right. Until it was his turn to punch, kick, etc. OH MY WORD. He was so strong - so much so that the sweat dripped off me when I was holding the pads and he was punching. Note to self - sometimes the small petit newbie is a better option. With the boxing then the running in-between then the  push ups then the pad holding, I wanted to faint, I couldn't breath, I wanted to run away. I didn't (of course!) I plugged away and worked hard. So that was my first note to self - be careful how you choose - you will have to step up to the plate if you choose the harder option! My second note to self was not to underestimate people. There was an old lady in the class, and I found out today from the instructor she is 75. Yes, you read right - 75 in a boxing class. At one point in the class we were rotating partners and had to do some side hooks. It was time for her to partner up with me, so I thought "okay now Tarryn this is an old lady, brittle bones, be kind, have mercy on the lady". After the first set - she told me off for not resisting hard enough and when I did resist harder she went mental and was actually really really strong. Another important note to self - watch out for older grannies - don't tick them off they could be doing 3 boxing classes a week!

Today I have completed a delightful cycle session and then PUMP. I am feeling strong and exausted at the same time. I know I am not alone - all your hardcore gals (and maybe guys) are also sweating it away in the gym & cooking & eating healthy food. I do love your work. Good job. Well done.

Now I am off to burn some cals cleaning house (again).

And oh yes - the exciting news got new boxing gloves ready for my boxing class tomorrow. And yes. They are pink. But I promise I wont fight like a girl!

More power to ya!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Desperate DOMS Sufferer!

Hey there to one & all

Its been a few days since my last post but I have been plugging on I am happy to report. I did a 6am PUMP class on Friday which was a shock to the system having to be up so early! It was actually great getting the exercise done so very early - freed me up for a commitment for my daughter. It also allowed me time for a big housework session and a lovely dinner (Michelle Bridges Pizza) at our home with good friends.  

Saturday I had a great Super session - a boxing class followed by a Body Attack class. It was a very demanding work out! I was exhausted and had a good afternoon nap while my darling daughter and hubby went for a bike ride. Sunday morning my daughter fell off the bed - after 3 hours at ER the diagnosis was confirmed - a broken collar bone. Poor girlie! We still managed to get our grocery shop in and choc mint ice cream for the injured one. Of course I refrained and didn't even take a whiff of the said ice cream! 

I decided to take advantage of the public holiday and while my gorgeous hubby & daughter played games & lazed on the couch I shot off to gym! I did a 40 minute cycle on level 5 - I am seeing that each time I try, I am able to push myself further and it is doing wonders for my self confidence. I then did a body combat class and let my inner warrior go crazy. It was fun and I was pleased with the calorie burn for the day!

I am absolutely finished now. My muscles are literally crying! I am aching all over - I think those weird push-ups we did this morning (circular push-ups??) may have had something to do with it? My arms, shoulders, chest - on fire!! The exercise today with the boxing on Saturday has given me a serious case of DOMS. Hope it settles down as tomorrow is PUMP. Argggggg

Something strange I mentioned to a friend yesterday, is that I am becoming increasingly anxious as it gets closer to weigh in Wednesday. Last week I felt so very anxious about weighing in that Wednesday (I ended up loosing 1.3kgs) and I am already feeling so very anxious about this Wednesday's weigh in. Its really strange, as I am 100% on track with my nutrition, I am doing more exercise than I "need" to, so I know I am doing everything right. Why am I getting so anxious and how do stop myself from feeling this way? mmmmm????

I hope you are all well and reaching your goals for the week. I wish you the best for your weigh-in on Wednesday!

Bless ya
TazzaP - Tarryn

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sometimes you just have to nod your head & carry on...

Hey y'all

Hope you have had a smashing week busting up calories, eating YUMMO MishBridges inspired food and enjoying life. I seriously don't quite know how I quite got to it being Thursday and me not having done a blog. Hmmm, been busy I guess. Gym, home, eat sleep, gym, home, eat sleep etc

This week I have done double classes on Monday - Rpm/ cycle & Body Combat, Tuesday - Cycling (by myself), Pump & Fat Burner. The pump instructor told me not to do more than 1 class that 1 is enough a day. I smiled, nodded my head and lined up for the next class :-) I am DDDDDDetermined, I shall loose weight, I shall be healthy, I shall exercise as much as it takes to get there. End of story! Wednesday I enjoyed a lush treatment at Latouf in Doncaster getting my hair done. Jackie you are AWESOME. Love that hairdressers work! To make up for my spoil I did a 40 minute cycle that afternoon followed by my first Body Attack class. Sweet Mercy - I have no co-ords! I reckon the gym has had to take out extra insurance because of me - seriously! They go left I go right they do this square change direction manouver I end up facing the wrong way. Bless the instructor who encouraged me A LOT with things like " nevermind just keep yourself moving" and the occasional " this is another option". I needed those "other options" a lot due to my knee and my inability to work out what they were all doing. Double blessto the instructor - the guy has heart! It was fast & fun and I zipped through calories so no complaints! Today I pushed myself, usually if I try do anything outside a class by myself I cant seem to push through - I let myself off the hook if u know what I mean, but today I went early to gym, set the bike up for 1/2 an hours cycle and I would NOT let myself stop. I am pleased. Then I breezed into Body Balance and while everyone else balanced I did more of a Body Wobble. Still, I think I am getting better at it ;-)

In 5 weeks time - 9 weeks into the program I fly to South Africa for my sisters wedding and to see family I haven't seen for 3 years (!!!!). I can't wait! I have arranged a temp gym membership, have looked into online shopping to get it delivered to my Mum in law and have even found out about going to the gym on our layover in Singapore. I am impressed with myself. I am a-changing!

As far as weight is concerned I can see MAJOR changes in my body - it is awesome! I cant wait to weigh in next week and the next! I feel empowered and in control and strong and able. I thank God for the beautiful giftings in Michelle Bridges who is an enabler and encourager and a straight talker. She is changing a nation I reckon! GO MICHELLE BRIDGES!!

Ok, now off to eat that Yummy Lasagne (Thanks Nats!). Seriously, it is so YUM. Cant wait!

Love & wishes for lots of good things for everyone this week!


Monday, March 7, 2011

Grounded this weekend but back on it today!

Well friends - last thursday's Body Balance class was not good for my knee, or rather I should say I must have done some of the moves incorrectly and set my knee off again. By thursday night I was in quite a lot of pain - made me quite tearful - because it was sore and because I didnt want it to affect my training :-( I went to Body Pump the next morning but took my weights down for the session and went straight to physio afterwards. Physio was painful! Yikes! He massaged the knee, he pushed, he pulled, he put his electro therapy machine on me (OUCH) and then, to add insult to injury he grounded me for the weekend! I was gutted, but I also knew that he was right - I had to take weight off the leg and let it heal a bit. So we took a nice drive down to Torquay on Saturday and spent the day at the park, Chaeli-Jade having a pony ride and close to the beach. Sunday We spent getting our groceries for this weeks healthy eating! Boy I love doing this as a family!

Today, I am so pleased to report that I did a spinning class this morning and burnt off 650calories. I am going to Body Combat tonight so should burn off another handsome number later on.

I am overly EXCITED, eXcItEd EXCITED that we will be travelling to South Africa to see our family & attend my sisters wedding. It is even more motivation to keep working hard towards my goals. This week I tried on some of my "thinner" pants - and actually fit into one of them! The other size 12's I can get on but not the zips up :-( BUT I am nearly there. WOOOOT WOOOOT!

Right now I am off to prepare healthy dinner - Mish's Caramelized Pork - sounds YUMMY and get sorted for the busy afternoon ahead of me.

Wishing y'all well and see ya tomorrow!