Sunday, October 7, 2012

Round 2 2012 Perth Finale - Part 2

The Workout

At the workout i was a volunteer and had the role of Water Crew Team Leader (which I renamed to the Splash Crew).

My friend, Pirate Kate, had never met Mish so I was secretly totally excited for her as she was soon to experience a moment with someone that she would remember forever.

As Pirate Kate & I arrived at the park (a touch late) I saw the volunteers gathered in a circle about 100m away but I was headed to the Registration Tent first. I couldn't understand why they were all signalling for me to go to them first.  I was thinking to myself "I've done this volunteer role before so I know I have to go to the registration tent first". Anyway, I gave in and detoured to the group of volunteers first. 

As I arrived I said hi to the team and apologised.  I thanked my friend, Pirate Liz, for doing the roll call and handing out uniforms for me. I then realised that standing next to me was Michelle Bridges!!!  "Aaaaaahhhhhhh!" was what I screamed as I saw her looking at me.
"Splash!" is what she replied.
We all cracked up laughing and she liked our Pirate outfits.  I STILL get star struck and LOVE this woman to bits. 

I've had so much Mish time over the last year so I usually stand back and enjoy seeing others experience Mish for the first time.  They are usually a blubbering mess and she is so gracious and kind with beautiful words that makes them shine, smile and cry all at once.  I was so grateful that Mish acknowledged me and we had a brief chat.  So so special.

Briefing my Splash Crew Volunteers

I took my team over next to the small stage and i jumped up on it. I was about to brief them on the run down of our morning. Then I had a brilliant idea! Let's get briefed in plank position!!! Some witty videos and comments were exchanged leading up to this day between the Team Leader of Registrations & Scanning, Leanne H, and I that involved planking and awesomeness.  My team were up to speed with this so I thought it would be fun to carry on with that tradition.  So we dropped and planked while I read our the brief.
Occasionally I hear a team member say "Hurry up Mary!!" but I knew it was Pirate Kate so I kept taking my time :p

We had the cameras flashing and it was just a whole lot of fun! I'm pleased to say I held my plank for the whole brief - it was tough but that's just how I roll :)

To keep the tradition going some of the Splash Crew planked in the group volunteer pic with Mish too.  That was lots of fun.  We then got a Splash Crew pic with Mish.  My team was telling me to stand closer to the middle but I told them I've had my Mish time so I stood on the end.  Can't wait to see that pic!

The witty banter continued throughout the workout between Leanne H & I.  I found it hysterical and it was fun for those around us too.

 To Be Continued...

Round 2 2012 Perth Finale - Part 1

Summary of Previous Finales

I had attended 4 finale parties prior to Perth and each of them were totally different experiences.

R1 2011 Melbourne - 
I was my sister's guest at Silk Road. Energy, passion, commitment & achievement filled the room.  I was blown away by this 12WBT thing and could not wait to begin MY 12WBT journey in Round 2.

R2 2011 Brisbane - 
My first finale as a member. I had phone numbers of the small support crew I had created and could not wait to meet these wonderful people that I knew as my Mini Comp Team Members.  I was ecstatic to be spending the day with the wonderful people I had formed connections with online.  I didn't think the night could get any better... :)

R3 2011 Sydney - 
I knew I was a Top 20 finalist so I was a shaking nervous mess.  wow what an experience and honour.  I got to meet my new Mini Comp Team members after presentations and we had a great night together. I also met complete strangers that knew so much about me.  That was strange but I loved asking them about their journeys and seeing them light up with excitement.

R1 2012 Melbourne - 
I thought I'd be able to relax and just enjoy the day with my 12WBT Pirates from around the world. Ummm... No.  I was overwhelmed at how many strangers came to thank me for how I have contributed to their journey. It still spins me out that people know who I am, what I've done, how much I weigh, where I train, what I train in, etc...
I was a Water Girl & World Record Team Leader Volunteer at the workout which was beyond fun! And I spent the evening with my Pirate Buddies which was so so special to me.

R2 2012 Perth - 
Perth was going to be Party Central for the Lean & Strong Pirates.  We were terribly excited to meet each other and had already made all necessary plans beforehand to ensure we maximised our time together.

Like all other finales, I expected and was prepared for 15 hours of laughing, smiling, screaming and jumping up and down with my friends.  I did not expect to cry every couple of hours.  Thank goodness I didn't wear eyeliner as it would not have handled my hard core water works.

To Be Continued...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Summary Vlog of 12 months at goal weight

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time between vlogs.  Almost 12 months ago I reached my goal weight of 62 kilos.  Today I was reflecting on how far I have come so I made a little video to share with you all.

I also thought I would share some pics of the new overly confident and totally happy me.

My abs on 6 October 2012

My Adidas 2-piece bathers on 29 September 2012

My Perth finale workout and party outfits 8 September 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Farewell but not Goodbye

I have shed many tears coming to this decision.  However it is time for Splasharama to say farewell.

I am letting go of the program that changed my life.  It is not goodbye as I am still supporting past and present 12WBT members through various avenues.  I also hope to make an appearance at the Round 3 2012 Sydney finale to catch up with everyone.

This is a farewell I have put together for everyone that has supported and encouraged me over the last 18 months and for everyone I have had the pleasure of meeting.

I am grateful for all the friendships for life I have found through the program.  They are my ongoing support network and I could not have had this level of success without them.  My actual Family, my Mini Comp family, my Pirate family and my SplashFits family... you are all so special to me.

Thanks again to Michelle, Amelia, Bill & Tim for creating a wonderful program for life that is slowly changing the world.  The 12WBT Empire is so powerful and I hope to become a part of it someday.

I will continue to blog my health and fitness lifestyle, continue maintaining my Splasharama Facebook page and keep all the strong connections through various Facebook Groups. 

Splasharama is Signing Off... 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mentoring Sarah - Week 8 Questionnaire

Week 8 Questionnaire

1. Total weight loss in first 8 weeks

2. Goals update. How you are tracking? 
I've lost a total of31.5cm!!  4kg away from being at 75kg, wanting to achieve this in the final weeks of this round 3. Biggest lightbulb moment where something finally just made sense a couple of weeks ago it clicked to me that this is not just a 12 week challenge...this is for life, and that I still need to 'live'.  That a loss is a loss and that it's not just about numbers, it's about how I feel not only physically but mentally too!

4. Lowest point emotionally & why.
Not applicable

5. Your most squee-worthy, jumping around the house in excitement moment.
Getting under 80kgs, out of the 'obese' BMI category and into the 'overweight' and fitting a pair of size 12 pants - all in the same week!!

6. Favourite exercise.
At the moment I am loving pump classes.

7. Do you prefer to train solo, with a buddy, with your PT or with a group?
Group training is definitely my thing - with Erin of course :-) 

8.Most calories burnt in one training session and describe the training session.
Approximately 2000 calories - at a mega launch class at TRAC

9. Did you stray from the program and why?
I have been consistent with my exercise.  Diet wise I have 'strayed' occasionally.  I keep myself accountable by always writing it down.  Life happens!

10. Favourite 12WBT meal
Jen's Lasagne

11. How are you finding the program overall?
It has been fantastic, I have learnt the importance of calories in vs calories out.  I have improved my fitness like never before and I am making better food choices! Nothing has worked fr me in the past....this works!

12. Best advice that 12WBT has given you that you have implemented.
Just frickin do it.  If I didn't go into 'robot mode' I don't think I would get as much work done at the gym.  No excuses.

13. Do you have any advice for someone that has 10-20kg to lose, is thinking about joining the 12WBT program but hesitant due to past weight loss attempts that haven't worked?
The only thing constant is time.  The next 12 weeks of your life is going to happen - wether you do 12wbt or not...Just give it a shot & you will surprise yourself! If I can do this, so can you!