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2012 A Year in Review

2012 has been one very interesting year.

It has been a year of self discovery, of hard work, sweat and tears.

One thing is for sure.

I have definitely gone outside my comfort zone.

There have been things that I have done that I never thought would be possible. Setting goals has helped, but regularly re:evaluating those goals has also greatly helped.

At the start of the year some of my goals looked like this:

  1. Get to 65kg
  2. Run 5km race in 27 minutes
  3. Swim a 1km ocean swim in 25 minutes
  4. Read 24 books in 2012 with my eyes
  5. Have weekly family fun time

So how did I go?

Well I totally SMASHED them.

So let me break them down for you.

1. Get to 65kg

When I started goal setting back in October 2011.

I put down a goal of getting to 65kg.  Why 65kg?  Well It seemed like a nice solid round number that happened to be in the healthy BMI.  

I did however thought that goal would be a lot of hard work, and to be honest I wasn’t sure I would get there.  I thought that if I could just get to 68kg then I would be happy.

You see I was 78kg at the time and 10kg seemed like a lot to lose.  But as the weight slowly came off, I believed in myself more, and realised that 65kg was totally possible.  

On the 24th July 2012 I weighed in at 64kg.  I not only reached 65kg, I went one further and got to 64kg.

Not only that.  I ended up changing that goal to 62kg in May.  And I achieved that goal of reaching 62kg on 20th November 2012.

2. Run 5km race in 27 minutes

When I put down this goal, it was initally run 5km.  However a goal is not a goal if it is not SPECIFIC.   When you really are specific about goals, you really push yourself, and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.

The race that I had in mind to achieve this goal was Run For The Kids .

I knew I could run 5km in 30 minutes.  Wiping off 3 minutes is a lot when it comes down to running (I did not know this at the time, I do now).

Run For the Kids wasn’t 5km.  It was 5.2km.  I ran that race in 28mins14secs.  Not bad considering I had only started up running in October 2011 (and not even regularly running at that).

After running that race, I pushed myself even further.  I put myself down for an 11km race, and then I went on to run a half marathon!

I should also note that on the 24th August 2012 I ran my fastest 5km, at 23m42s. You can read about that here.

3. Swim a 1km ocean swim in 25 minutes

I put this on my list of goals, because at the time I was thinking that I could do a triathlon sometime in the future.  I mean I could swim, I could run, I could ride a bike.  Even doing a mini triathlon could totally be possible.  So I broke down that goal.  I knew that if doing a triathlon would be something I wanted to do then I needed to get into open swimming.

So I started training in the swimming pool to build up my swimming endurance.  I based this goal on swimming laps in a pool.  Let me tell you now, swimming in a pool is COMPLETELY different to swimming in the ocean. You have a lot more variables swimming in the ocean than you do in a pool.

So this particular goal I still achieved, because when you take into consideration I based my time in a pool, and not in open water, and also taking into consideration I swam breaststroke 80% of the time, and also currents to deal with, and a mass of people and so on, I’m crossing it off the list.

I swam the 1km race in 28mins. If you wanna read about it, you can see it here .

4. Read 24 books in 2012 with my eyes

Now you might think this is a weird goal.  Read 24 books with my eyes?  I mean wha?

Why eyes?  Why eyes specifically, well you see I also listen to audio books while I do housework, but it doesn’t seem fair to add them to the list.  So that’s why I was specific about this goal.

I ended up reading read 26 books in 2012 (I’m currently on my 27th book for the year).  You can see my list of books on Good Reads.

5. Have weekly family fun time

Family time has always been important to me.  I have so many fantastic memories growing up, and all those memories are ones that I created with my family. I want my kids to have those types of memories too. So I have been making more family fun events and it has been great bonding with my kids.

We have gone bush walking in the Grampians.  There are so many different tracks, and being in nature is fantastic.  The kids love seeing the wild animals, and love to explore.

I’ve also taken them to different playgrounds.  I tend to do this more so when we go to visit my parents in Melbourne. to different playgrounds, to the zoo, the movies, and play board games.  Some take up a lot of time, some a little, some a lot of money, some free.  Either way we have all had fun.

So what are my goals now?

Well here are a list of some of my current goals

  1. Read/listen 30 books
  2. Run 3 half marathons
  3. Be a pace runner for a half marathon
  4. run 7 fun runs
  5. have a veggie patch
  6. Do 5 chin ups in a row
  7. Have a chicken coop

I look forward to crossing them off and replacing them with new ones.

I’m already booked into 3 fun runs too.  One of those being a half marathon.  I’m super excited!

I also look forward to discovery more about myself, and enjoying quality time with my family.


Now vs Then

We live in a world of instant gratification.

We see something, and we want it, and we want it now.

People just don’t want to put in the hard yards.  They want the easy option, the easy way out.  But if it were easy then everyone would be doing it.  And would you want to be different?
For many of us we want to be different, we don’t want to be like everyone else.  I know cause I use to be one of them.  But not any more.

The difference between now and then? For me it was setting goals.  You’d be amazed at what you can achieve when you put your goals down on paper.

My list of goals varied.  Some were health related, some were personal, and some were work related.

I still write my goals.  I write them every week.  Some stay the same, some get modified, some get completely removed (either 1, because I achieved it or 2, it’s not something I want to do anymore), and those ones get replaced with new ones.

When I first decided to start running, I started with run walk intervals.  This was one of my first runs. I was using my nike+ on my ipod, so I’m not too sure if the distance is accurate (It was mostly way off – short), as I didn’t have a my garmin at that time.  However 3.3km in 23mins, is not bad considering I thought I was going to die.  Running was not my thing. Obviously it is now.
The difference between now and then?  Well I didn’t give up.  I kept at it.  It took a while for me to enjoy running.  I’m glad I kept at it, as I enjoy it a lot more now.

The other difference is that it took me ages in my head to look and feel skinny.  I know this sounds crazy? But when buying clothes I would still go to size 14 (this is last year).  It took me a while to get my head around that I wasn’t a size 14 anymore but a size 12.
Then the same thing happen this year when going from a size 12 to a 10.  Or a M to a S or even a XS.

You see my entire adult life (well since I was a teen), I was a size 14.  I was use to being this size, but once the weight came off (from being a size 16), It was goodbye 14 altogether.

I’ve also only now see myself as skinny and feel it too.  It’s taken me 18 months of exercise and changing my eating habits, and changing mentally to really see myself in a new light.

And yes of course I feel better for it.  I love the new me. I’m in a place I thought I’d honestly never get to.

If you want to change, then change, but it’s up to you, and no one else.

Down 16


You love them or hate them.  Yes it is a number, and the number that comes up can be hurtful or joyful.

That being said, it is just a number.  That number doesn’t define who you are.  It won’t tell you how awesome you are, how smart you are, how funny you are or how beautiful you are.
It’s a number.

The number that I saw on the scale today tells me that I have put in a lot of hard work, sweat and tears to get there.

In July 2011 I weighed 78kg | 172lbs.
In November 2012 I weigh 62kg | 134lbs.

When I 1st set my weightloss goals, I never thought I would get to 68kg, let alone 62kg.  However I reassessed my goals as I went along, as should you.

Don’t compare yourself with anyone else.  The only person you should be comparing yourself with is you.

Also it’s not just the number on the scale.  Get the tape measure out and record you measurements.

Measurements 2011
weight – 78kg
waist – (1″ above belly button) 98cm
waist – (at belly button) 101
hips – 108cm
bust – 101cm
left arm – 35cm
right arm – 35cm
left thigh – 58cm
right thigh – 59cm

Measurements 2012
weight: 62
waist – 75cm
waist – (1″ above belly button) 81cm
waist – (at belly button) 87
hips – 94cm
bust – 93cm
left arm – 30cm
right arm – 30cm
left thigh – 49cm
right thigh – 48cm

Goodbye 16kg and goodbye 69cm of fat.

I hope to never see you ever again.

So It Ends

In September 2011 I set a Push Goal to get to 65kg. I achieved that goal in June this year.

However a few months prior to that I had reassessed my goals, and I changed my weight goal from 65 to 62kg. I initial picked 65kg because it seem like a good solid number.  I number I had not seen in over a decade. I thought 62kg was just not possible at the time.  Or more so to big of a goal.

So why did I change my goal to 65 to 62kg?  For two reasons.
Reason 1: 62kg is a BMI of 22, which is smack bam in the middle of the healthy range.
Reason 2: If I could get to 65kg, what was stopping me from going that extra mile.

And so I did.  I went the extra mile.

That’s the things with goals.  Sometimes you have to change them.  Sometimes you realise ‘wait I’ve bitten off more than I can chew’, sometimes you realise ‘no, I can do more, I’m not challenging myself enough’.  So goals change all the time.

Last year I never thought I would be a runner.  The reason I started to run was because I had set a goal to be able to run 5km.  I also thought for some reason in my head that running was the epitome of being healthy and in shape. Running is great for the mind, body and soul, and I’m glad I put it on my list, because I would have never found a love for it.

And so my weight loss journey comes to an end.  I could be 😦 about that, but if anything I’m 😀 I’m booyeahing about it.


So what now?  Well I’m still going to run, and I’m still going to cross train, but now it’s all about maintaining, and setting new fitness challenges.

What about the weight? Well I do plan on building muscle.  Not body building – ew – but toning.  I want to be lean.  So yes the weight will change a bit, but as long as I can keep it between 62-64kg I’ll be happy.

In The Paper

One of the advantages of a small town, is well sometimes they get starved for news. However I love seeing people I know in the local paper, and well this time around it’s me!

The article isn’t much, but I still made the paper. Doesn’t mention that I made a pb, but us girls are totally rocking this season that’s for sure. And I can’t believe I beat Sharon by only .22 seconds (on handicap)!

5km Time Smash

I love setting goals.  But the best part of setting goals is achieving them.  It is truly satisfying.

When I started setting goals last year (2011) I had on there to run a 5km race. I didn’t set a time.  I set a distance.  5km seemed far, well from a none runner, but totally doable.
The race that I ended achieving this goal at was Run for the Kids, which was back in April 2012 (it was 5.2km).  I ran that race in 28mins (something).
I have since then had other running goals.  One of those particular running goals was to run a sub 25min 5km.  That means having an average pace of 5min’s per km.  Sounds doable, right?

Well 25th August 2012, I achieved that goal.  It was the SAAC 5km sealed handicap.  (Sealed meaning that everyone starts at the same time, this has it’s advantages because it means you can push yourself to run that much harder to try and keep up to the person in front.)
The run was up in the Ironbarks in Stawell.  Home ground advantage because I run in this area all the time.  I didn’t run this particular course before, but I have run parts of the tracks at various stages, so I was familiar with the course overall.

So I ran, and I ran well.  A new personal best (pb) in fact.  My end time was 23:42.  BOOYEAH! That goal was my bitch and I SMASHED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAAC 5km pb

Not only did I get a fantastic time, I also ended up winning the handicap.  I was completely shocked and surprised by it actually, but I was very happy.  Means I get to be in the local paper again, so that will get filed away once it’s printed.

Race – SAAC S & K Watson 5km Championship by matilda_i at Garmin Connect – Details.

There is also one other thing that I need to mention.  I decided to run from the club house to the start line (approx 2km).  I wasn’t going fast, I was going at an easy steady pace, my warm up.  I ran with some other runners, and we got a chatting.  Two of those runners actually asked me if I had lost more weight.  I told them no I hadn’t (cause it’s true I’ve been hovering around the same weight for a while now).  They both told me I was looking skinny.  This was a big thing for me because I have never felt skinny (ever), but that fact that other people are telling me this means that I must be doing something right.  It was a good feeling.
After the race (before presentations), I got asked again (but 2 other people) if I had lost more weight.  Again I had to say that I hadn’t.
Today I got some progress pictures taken (because it has been a while since I’ve taken any)

There are not a lot of full body photo’s of me (mostly head shots and loads of my kids), so today when I saw the photo’s I could actually see my achievements, I can actually see that I’m skinny!

So another achievement made, another goal crossed off the list.

It is possible

This is me 31st Dec 2009 | Early Jan 2010
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I was about 78-80kg at the time.  I was not happy.   I may have appeared happy but I was miserable in all area’s of my life.

It wasn’t until around this time last year that I decided to do something about my life, to really take control over it.

Sure losing weight was a huge part of it.  But the other part of it was really setting goals, and achieving them.

My Weight-loss Progress


progress 20th feb 2012

may 2012 progress


The last set of photo’s.  Well they are from today.  My weight is anywhere from 63-64kg. My aim now is just to tone up.  I’m not fussed about the overall number, as I’m really happy with my achievements.  So yes it is possible.  You don’t have to lose weight fast (I didn’t, it took me a year to loose 15kg) to get results.  Just keeping pushing yourself, cause anything is possible.