Category Archives: My Progress

BDazzled Update #1

Day 1, 3 applications in, of my teeth whitening experience.

This morning I didn’t drool as much as last night however tonight was a different story! I had to keep a mug nearby to catch the drool! Ew. A mug of drool. You wouldn’t want to confuse THAT with water!

I do think my teeth are a little brighter already (pic below). They do feel a little sensitive tonight though but it’s not a painful sensation, just a slight throb. Might start using sensitive toothpaste during this process!

Ahhh, shine my pretties! Whiten and gleam, my little ivory jewels! Soon you will shine like pearls!

BDazzled? I hope I'm dazzled!

I’m obsessed with white teeth. I admire them on friends, I admire them on TV and magazines and then I look at my own beige-ish coloured teeth and feel less than dazzled. I feel undazzled. I feel I cannot be the glowing picture of health that I so want to be with such undazzling teeth. Who would you listen to for health and fitness advice? The girl with gleaming pearly whites or the girl with the stained yellow teeth? Yeah, I thought so.

So when the opportunity to purchase the BDazzled teeth whitening system at half price came up, I lept at it eagerly. No this wasn’t a second hand deal (ew), it was from a reputable site called ozsale.com.au. Visit at your own peril, it’s addictive. You have been warned.

My kit finally arrived in the post today (late!) and I was so excited to get it home and try it out. I watched the YouTube clip, I read the booklet and I scoured the site. I was ready. Oh how I was ready. I would have done it right there in the office but decided that was a little too weird. Even for me.

It came in a neat little purple zipper case with 3 normal teeth whitening tubes, one booster tube, teeth moulds, a little plastic case for the teeth moulds, syringe tips, an instructional DVD and booklets.

The instructions state that you must dunk the teeth moulds in boiling water first, insert into the mouth and then use sucking motions to mould the guard to your teeth. This was a little difficult at first because of my notoriously small mouth (yes yes I’m fully aware that I’m a verbal big mouth at times! Don’t even try to crack that one!) but I soon got a pretty good mould of my teeth and was ready for the next step.

Now, for the first 2 days you are supposed to use a booster which is an express whitening tube to prepare for the teeth whitening process. You then move on to the normal treatment tubes. So, as directed, I squeezed a small amount into the upper and lower teeth moulds and inserted them into my mouth. Immediately I start salivating like a rabid dog but apparently this is normal for the first few days. Just don’t leave the house with it on as you may be shot with a tranquilizer dart.

The instructions say that you complete this process for 30 mins, twice a day for 2 – 3 weeks.

I take the mould out when the 30 minutes is up and a bucket load of saliva expells from my mouth. I do really hope that settles down because it is totally gross y’all.

I see a slight difference after the first go, nothing to write home about (“Dear Mother and Father, I did not notice much of a change in my first go at teeth whitening. Just thought you should know. Love always, your daughter.” No. This is exactly what you would NOT do) but I am excited to see what happens over the next few days.

I’ve added below a pic of my before teeth (with added nostrils).

I’ll keep the blog updated as I notice changes!

Weight goals, cliches and self discovery

Time for an update y’all!  So about 3 or 4 weeks ago I reported that  I had hit my first weight goal.  I would like to now report that I am well on my way to hitting my next weight goal!  Only 3.8kg to go and I’m so THERE it’s not funny.

I am ready to pump up the volume, the jam and ‘it’ up.  I am like a runaway freight train steaming towards success.  I am a force to be reckoned with, my friends.  I am… all out of clichés… but you get the idea.  Ain’t nothing going to break my stride! (Oh look, there’s another!).

It’s been such a great ride so far.  I have learnt so much about myself and done it all without starving myself to death.  Who would have thought? I can actually eat REAL food and still lose weight.  Now let’s not get carried away people, this is all within limits – real food to me is healthy, fresh and nutritious not sugary, fat and nasty.

The exercise was a challenge at first but I am so used to it now that it is like it was never an issue.  I look forward to my sessions everyday and make the most out of them because there’s that little voice in the back of my head saying “3.8kg to go!” and that gives me the motivation to continue.   Sometimes the voice says “Stuff it all!  Let’s go eat cake and chocolate and lollies, oh my!” but that voice is quickly squashed because that 3.8kg will be better than any cake I have ever tasted.  Besides, I do still have treats on occasion so I really never feel like I am missing out on anything!

So with that, to any of you that are trying to lose weight / trim up / stay healthy, I ask – how do you feel you fare in the motivation stakes?  Would love to hear from you!

So you think you can dance? Well. No. Not really.

Most of my friends are dancers.  They attend dance classes regularly, they’ve danced since they were small, they talk about the latest dance productions on stage and, embarrassingly, they tend to discuss and perform their latest routines in public (much to my groans and rolling eyes!).

Me, I like to get my dance on in da club, ya know what I’m sayin’?  I like to hear the groove and let my body do it’s thang, whatever that thang may be.  It’s usually just a bunch of gyrating moves and chest pumping in an attempt to mirror the latest Beyonce clip.  I think I do alright in the old shaking of the boo-tay department so I enlisted my friend (and trainer) to join me at a beginners Hip Hop class.

Now.  I’ve always avoided dance classes like the plague as I have a very serious medical condition which is sometimes referred to as “two left feet”.  It’s almost impossible for me to watch someone perform a move and then attempt it myself without getting my legs tangled up and ending up in a heap on the floor.  I once attended a body combat class and left 5 minutes in because I was so frustrated that I could not kick and punch at the same time.  Admittedly, I could have punched and kicked the instructor in the face if I really mustered up the coordination to do so…

But, as those of you who know me would know, I love hip hop and to be able to dance like I see in my favourite hip hop videos would be the ultimate win.  So I put my coordination (or lack thereof) to the test and had my first class last night.

Walking in the room I see a bunch of mid to late 20’s girls, 2 guys (one decked out in a feeble attempt at hip hop gear, ugly red and green hi tops to match, the other lanky and awkward looking) and the wonderful Ilona who could make sitting on the toilet look like the latest hip hop dance move.

We start by warming up.  It is instantly obvious that these guys have been attending the class for at least a couple of weeks because they are side stepping and hip swivelling like, well people who have been attending a beginners class for a few weeks.   Ilona just expects everyone to be up to date with these basic warm up moves and I look at my friend with panic, “Is this really the beginners class?!  Quick!  Let’s go!  Before they start a break dance barricade around us and we’re trapped!”.   Finally, the embarrassment of the warm up ends.  We did manage to laugh at our ridiculousness though and also the ridiculousness of the white Busta Rhymes in front of us.

Then Ilona takes us through a stretch routine.  This is more my style.  Stretching, I can do.  I’m feeling a little more confident at this stage and I’m stretching like a pro.  Woo.  Yeah.  Getting my stretch on.

Right.  Stretch time over and we are ready to learn our routine.  Panic once again sets in as I realise I’m going to have to copy her moves all the while watching my awkwardness in a humongous mirror.  I guess the positive thing is that you’re so busy watching yourself and Ilona (and the douche bag in front) that you don’t notice if anyone is laughing at you.  Bonus.  What I can’t see, didn’t happen.  Yes?

She takes us through the routine slowly.  It is only now that I realise that everyone is still quite new to this, thank god, as she takes us all through the routine step by step and movement by movement.  She shows us firstly the leg movements and then the arm movements to match.  I start to feel like I am getting the hang of it! I still look like a total moron, but at least I am following what she says!  WIN.

I’ve got the first part down-pat and we perform it to music a few times.  I’ve worked up quite a sweat by this stage which is satisfying.  I love a good sweat (mine only, the sweat of others makes me want to barf).

Now we embark on the second half of the routine.  Things start to fall apart now and I can’t seem to keep up with all the arm pumping and booty popping that’s going on but I got the basics down so I was pretty pleased with that.  Then we piece it all together and perform to music several times.  Some times I get it right, some times I get it oh so wrong.  But hey, it was my first time and I reckon, give me 2 or 3 weeks, and I’m totally going to be Beyonce.  It’s happening.  Oh, IT IS happening.

So an hour, and many frustrated facial expressions later (and several hundred calories!), my first hip hop dance class is over.  And I am pleased to say that I can’t wait for the next.  🙂

Back from certain death!

Hello to my faithful handful of blog readers!  Have you missed me?  I bet you have.  No, no, it’s okay, shush, no, I know you’ve missed me and that’s all that needs to be said.  Let’s move on, shall we?

I haven’t been blogging much lately… after a 2 week spell of illness I’m finally back in the game, yo.   I tell ya, I was on my death bed I was.  I was practically one foot in the grave but being the battler I am, I fought tooth and nail against the grim reaper and here I am.  Back from the dead, fighting fit and ready for action!

During those terrible 2 weeks I miraculously hit my first weight milestone!  Oh man, could you imagine my delight and surprise when I looked down at the scale and saw a figure I haven’t seen in 6 years!  It was something else.  I had to move my scales to several areas in my bathroom just to ensure that it was actually true.

So that’s 4kg down and another 10kg to go til I hit my weight goal.  My next mini milestone is another 5kg.  And I will get there.  There is no other option but success.

Back on the training wagon this week.  Hit the gym on Monday for 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes at varying paces and inclines on the treadmill.  Tuesday and Wednesday I had training with my PT and today I have boxing in about 15 minutes and soccer tonight.  Tomorrow will be a day of rest and Saturday, oh boy, I am getting a full body massage.  How sweet it is.

Next week I’m ready to gear it up and add another session or two to the above.   And the week after that I’m going to start, wait for it, HIP HOP classes!  Oooohhh weeeee!  You have no idea how excited I am.  I’m pretty much going to be in a Ludacris film clip by the end of the year.  It’s happening.  I won’t lie to you.

So with that, I leave you with the man himself and HOW LOW CAN YOU GO!

Dropping cm’s like they’re HOT

Great news today dear followers!  I am totally dropping centimeters like they are HOTTTT. Got my new measurements this morning.  Another 1.5cm from the shoulders, 3.5cm from the bust (implants anyone??), no change for waist, 3cm from the navel, 1cm from the arms, 1cm from the hips, 1.5cm from the upper thigh (my most hated area!) and no change for mid thigh.

Let’s total that shall we?!

SHOULDER: -3cm

CHEST: -5cm

WAIST: -1.5cm

NAVEL: -5cm

ARM: -1cm

HIPS: -2cm

UPPER THIGH: -1.5cm

MID THIGH: same

I’ve also lost more weight since my last post and am now 600g away from my first goal!!  I’m so close I can SMELL it.  I can’t wait till the day comes (hopefully very soon) where I can look down and see a number I have not seen in YEARS.  It really is going to be one of the best days of my life – besides the marriage to my dear husband, of course!

I am on a high right now.  It finally feels like things are falling in to place.  I have to say I owe a lot to my fantastic trainer who has really helped me stay motivated and think outside of the square (www.newoutlookfitness.com.au – are you happy NAT??).

On a totally unrelated note, last night at soccer I got hit in the same poor breasticle not once, but TWICE.  Purple nurple anyone?  Ouch.

Okay!  That’s about all from me today!  Have a great long weekend everyone!

When the pimps in the crib ma…

Getting closer!

Finally! I’m just over 1.5kg away from my first goal. I feel like everything is beginning to fall into place. I’ve accepted that the weight will come off slowly, that having PCOS means that I’m not like your average Joe setting out to lose weight. So I’m celebrating every kilo I lose because I am appreciating how much blood, sweat and tears went in to losing that one kilo. Okay maybe not blood but you get the idea.

Also, another relevation. No ‘diet’ will ever work for me. Wow. Did I just say that?! This is coming from a girl who has tried every diet under the sun! Meal replacements, atkins, vegetable soup, sure slim, lite n easy… That’s only a few! This revelation is huge for me. It’s all about nutritious, low GI, balanced, portion controlled meals. It’s not that hard. I get to have almost everything I want. In moderation. I find when you don’t exclude certain foods from your diet, guess what, you don’t actually crave them and find yourself binging. Portion control is key. And get moving! I now move as much as possible. I no longer think of it as a chore. It’s important to embrace the fact that you are getting stronger and fitter every day.

Another thing I have been doing, and this is going to sound new age and creepy, but I have been ‘thinking’ myself thin. So lame. But I think it’s working! Everyday I tell myself that I’m getting thinner and I push all negative weight thoughts out of my head. It was quite a shock how much negative body image thoughts were swirling around my head. How boring. They have been banished! The theory is that whatever your mind is thinking, your body will do. Training hard and saying to yourself you can’t do it? Guess what. You won’t do it. Thinking to yourself that you will never lose weight? Hello! The weight will stick. Thanks to Chanel for passing this little book on to me. 😉

So I think everything is going quite well! Will keep you all updated!