Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation

I have been extremely tired lately, my energy levels are low and my back is really playing up.  I have not been exercising as I should, my ‘excuse’ is that I don’t have time.  I have been watching what I am eating by eliminated white bread from my diet, using brown rice instead of white, cutting down on margarine and many other things, but I know these small changes aren’t enough.

A friend recently called me with so much enthusiasm saying she was going to start the Michelle Bridges 12 week challenge and asked me if I wanted to join along too.  Her enthusiasm overwhelmed me, she was so excited after seeing her friends before and after photos.  I really didn’t need to think about it, I knew I had to make a change and what better way to do it with a friend.  I honestly couldn’t say no, I would of felt so lazy to watch her lose the weight and not join along too.

I have now signed up to the the program, it costs $200.  For this fee Michelle recommends specific exercises, meal plans and you have the great support of the 12wbt online community.

I have a few events in the next few months I would like to look fab for, so I am now determined and in the mindset to suceed in my 12wbt challenge!  In one of the pre season tasks Michelle mentions that only you are responsible for the time, effort, mindset, food you eat and the exercise you do.  So, you know me, love my printables, I created this print to put on my fridge to remind myself it’s all up to ME!  

This is not a paid post, a review or a suggestion that you join.  I just wanted to share with you what I’m doing and how I have been feeling.

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Jessica Jorna May 17, 2012 - 9:57 AM

Hi Katrina,

I was looking at doing this program too! I’m interested to see what you think of it, as I was unable to sign up for this current one (I’m going overseas for a month) but want to do the next session. 

Thank you so much for you motivational poster, I’m going to print it out and put it on my fridge (^_^) 

Jess x

Katrina May 17, 2012 - 10:52 AM

I will Jess, a raw look at how hard or easy it is to follow.

Bronte May 17, 2012 - 10:58 AM

I am doing it too. A few friends are too. I need to lose 25-30 kilos so I obviously won’t be doing that in 1 round  but I am really excited to start feeling better. Sleeping better and just generally feeling alive again. My goal is to be able to run after the kids and not feel like I am going to have a heart attack! I have been doing the tasks that she get you to do as 90% of weight loss for me is a mind set. Also in pre season I am cutting out sugar from all the things I didn’t even know had hidden sugar in it. But that means eating really good wholefoods which we should eat anyway. Best of luck..we can all support each other. Its a new beginning for us!!!

Katrina May 18, 2012 - 9:32 AM

Wow Bronte, I love your determination and I look forward to joining this journey with you !

sharonthoms May 17, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Hi Katrina, good luck with that. Healthy eating is all about the foods that we keep on hand from day to day.  Changing any habit it easy providing that when the cue comes along (the urge to eat) that the routine of what we will eat, has been planned and organised. You know you get hungry around 10am and reach for a couple of biscuits and a coffee, instead your ready with your new routine of some sliced apple with a sprinkle of muesli and a dollop of natural yoghurt. The important part to making the new eating habit stick, is that there is a pay off from the new food routine, that you have used to replace the bad eating routine. There must be an equal to reward to make the new habit stick. 
The cue, the routine and then the reward. They are the three parts to forming a new habit. So to make it easy make sure that you have all your meals and snacks at the ready and make certain that you are enjoying the new foods that your eating.  I’m sure that’s where Michelle will be able to help you.
Anyway best of luck, from Sharon

Katrina May 18, 2012 - 9:36 AM

Ooh thankyou Sharon, that advise is priceless and you know my blog is all about creating routines and habits and your exactly right, I just have to change my current habit. I have managed to change from Coke to water. I find I don’t eat during the day, and am hungry at 4pm. I KNOW I need to snack inbetween meals and have lunch. This habit I WILL change! Thankyou for your encouragement and support x

Kylie May 17, 2012 - 4:33 PM

I’ve done Michelle’s program and its amazing and you can get amazing results 🙂
Bronte – you could lose close to that amount… I lost 18 kilos when I did the round last year and my girlfriend has just finished this round and she lost 22 kilos….

Good luck and keep us updated!! If you have an iPhone or Android phone download the MFL (Myfitnesspal) app – a great way to track what you are eating and what you are using in energy 🙂

Good luck
Kylie x

Katrina May 18, 2012 - 9:41 AM

Thankyou Kylie, I have just downloaded the app, so will have a good look at it. Wow your and your friends loss is inspiring and so encouraging that I CAN DO IT!! Thankyou.

Jayne May 17, 2012 - 6:54 PM

Good luck! The 12WBT is fantastic!! 🙂
I lost 10kg on the program, Round 3 2011. (fell pregnant and am slowly gaining the 10kgs back, lol)  – But I am signing up for Round 3 in September ready to lose my baby weight for good!!! Think I might be crazy, bub is due 27 August, so will be doing it with a newborn and a 2 year old!

Katrina May 18, 2012 - 9:43 AM

Wow I love your dedication, you know that just shows that this program must be great. Well I am ready for the season to start.

Mardi May 17, 2012 - 9:01 PM

Fantastic news! I started Round 2 this time last year. I’m now 33kg lighter, happier, more healthy and in training for my first half marathon. Organisation is the key to success – I think you’ve got it sorted!

Katrina May 18, 2012 - 9:52 AM

Ooh wow, I am loving all these success stories. What would be your best organising tip for the challenge?

Mardi May 18, 2012 - 12:50 PM

I spend my Saturday nights meal planning (riveting, I know) and do a big weekly shop on a Sunday morning. I buy absolutely everything in that shop, so I have no excuse to pop back to the supermarket later in the week. I also lock in my training times so I can’t avoid them. Good luck – you’ll have a ball.

nmrobbo May 18, 2012 - 11:18 AM

Well done Katrina! I too have joined for the first time this round Katrina!! I am getting throught the pre season tasks and looking forward to the 4 June! I am a bit nervous about making it all work (I have two children with busy schedules and I work full time) but I am going to make some time for me!! Looking forward to hearing about you get along!!

Katrina May 18, 2012 - 2:46 PM

How exciting, yes I hope the busyness doesn’t get in the way 🙂

Kerith May 18, 2012 - 2:05 PM

HI Katrina!! Congratulations on the decision to look after YOU as you spend so much time looking after others (us included!) I know you will not regret this next step. Follow the program and you will succeed, understanding that it is a journey, like everything else. There will be days that are just terrible and days where you will feel on top of the world.
I second the MFP app/online advice. I track every single day (1200cal) and train 6-7 days. It is a great program if you really get into the spirit of it. Immerse yourself into the groups around you so you have like minded people to support you.

kath May 18, 2012 - 6:21 PM

Hope  you love 12wbt! I lost 30+kg on the program,went from an 18-10 and am now growing again with a miracle baby after 5+ years of infertility! My story is at courage2start.blogspot.com

RACH May 19, 2012 - 4:12 PM

ooh I joined this round for the first time too and so excited to be doing it with you – will need inspiration from everywhere.  Finally time to kick those baby kilos for good (the twins really helped me stack it on), and definately no plans for anymore and need something to help me get motivated.  It going to be interesting trying to fit that much exercise around the kids and hubby’s work trips.  I get a bit in but it is going to be a challenge to get that much…but always up for a challenge.
WE can do it!!!

Bronte June 6, 2012 - 4:06 PM

Katrina..how have the first few days gone for you on the program? ….I must say I am pretty hungry! but trying to fight a cold so will get there..


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