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How tall are you?
I am 5ft 7inches

What was your starting weight and when did you start to document your life changes?
My staring weight was 70kgs/154.4lbs and I started documenting my changes as of March 5th 2011

How much do you weigh now and what are your clothing sizes?
I weigh 63kgs/139lbs and my clothing size is around a 10-12/Small, depending on the style of the item.

What does your before and after look like? Do you have a progress blog?
You can see my initial 3month progress photo here and I usually post pictures on my blog of how I am looking these days.

Do you use protein powder for weight loss and muscle gain? If so, what do you use?
I used to use Science in Sport Rego Recovery Powder which was a recommendation of a friend (who happens to be a sports scientist as well).
My muscles do generally get sore after working out and I was finding it hard for me to keep running every day. This supplement definitely worked for me however I have changed and am using something different now.

Progenex Recovery in Loco Mocha which I purchased once starting Crossfit. It is expensive, but for me, it seems to do the trick.

What exercise do you do?
Running
I love to run and completed my first 10K at the end of July 2012. I am hoping to enter a 5K and finish with a time sub 25min, before the year ends. Ideally, I would like to complete a half marathon when I turn 30.

Lifting
I started lifting with the Jamie Eason LiveFit trainer on BodyBuilding.com and this helped me learn so much about muscle groups and also how to put together a program that works for me.  Each week I make my own split and tailor it to my needs and wants at that point in time.  I also like to look online and use other workouts for inspiration.  Some links are below if you fancy checking them out.


Home workout HIIT
I used to do regular BodyRock.tv workouts but stopped when Zuzana left.  I don’t really like what BodyRock has become and I prefer to follow the new Zuzka Light workouts here if I feel like it.  See my scores on my BodyRock.Tv page here and my scores for Zwows are here. I do not have a dip station, Ugi ball, fitball nor can I skip inside my house. I make variations to the workouts as best as I can, to make the most of what I have. Some variations I use are:

Skipping high knees – I do regular high knees, making sure my back is straight and I am not leaning back
Reverse push ups with dip station – I use my lounge room table to pull myself up under
Knee ups/V ups with dip station – I use my kitchen bench/corner
Ugi ball – I try to use the sandbag as best as I can, but most of the time just use my own body weight (which is still more than enough!)


Apps on my phone -


What do you eat?
I eat like a full grown man. I NEVER go hungry and I try to eat more than 3 times per day.

I pretty much only drink water as well. I cut out soda/soft drinks from my diet a long time ago now. If I feel like it, I may have some sugar free squash in my water, but it is pretty rare.

A typical day for me would be something along the lines of:

Breakfast: Overnight oats or porridge with Quakers oats, soy milk, peanut butter, protein powder, ground flax seeds and agave nectar.

Snack: Apple cut up with cinnamon and a protein ball/protein muffin (homemade of course).

Lunch: I like to prepare my lunches on a Sunday afternoon. This helps me plan for the week and make sure there are no surprises. You can click here to see what kind of lunches I like to prepare. I used to prepare meals with chicken or turkey, but I have gone off meat and am now researching what my vegetarian options are.

Snack: Small pot of fat free Greek yoghurt with agave nectar or a protein shake.

Dinner: Fish, veggies, salads, enchiladas, omelets (you are better off looking at this page as I take pictures of all the awesome stuff I make!)

I also drink Options Mint Madness Hot Chocolate for something sweet before bed if I feel like it (only 38 calories!).

I love to make smoothies, pancakes and omelets. I love to cook so I am always on the lookout for new recipes. I check loads of blogs each day through their RSS feeds and if I see something I like, I generally give it a go myself.

Your progress picture is cool. How did you make it?
My beautiful friend Michelle as I am completely and utterly clueless when it comes to picture editing and photo shop and all that stuff! She is also a very talented photography and SUPER cool chick - so follow her if you want to!

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment below or emailing lotusandpie@gmail.com


Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog!

Jenn

6 comments:

  1. Would you be willing to share any of the stories behind the ink?

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  2. Of course! Anything in particular you would like to know? :)

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  3. Wow, this is really inspiring - great job! I will definitely be checking out the secrets of your success!

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  4. I am mostly asking about the motivations and meaning behind the selections in your photos. I have no ink, and yet I feel substantial curiosity about the selection process, particularly with an angle towards "forever" because as humans we change so much over the course of our lives. You seem to have a few different pieces, so I figure you might have somewhat separate motivations behind each one? How do they all speak to you, years afterwards? Any regrets and any still in progress?

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  5. I love your "Run like a girl" singlet. Where did you get it??

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  6. Hi Rachael, my singlet is from Lorna Jane in Australia. I am not sure they have it anymore, but they have loads of other inspirational singlets etc.
    And regarding my tattoos, I will do a post on them soon! :) Thanks for your questions!

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