Day 41 – The Countdown Begins 

I started the proper count down On Sunday… and what a weekend from which to back-up.

I was “lucky” enough to attend the Clipsal 500 on Friday and partake in the amber beverages provided free of charge in a corporate box. Thrifty Pip does not say no to free stuff. Subsequently, my Saturday was quite quiet – the only energy I expended was from the couch to the bed… Possibly with a stop at the golden arches for a bit of frozen black death…

I was feeling better on Sunday (the start of the 41 day count down), but if you have ever seen what Coke does to coins, you can imagine what it does to your stomach lining. It was time for some cleansing of my body and soul.

Bridie’s magical green detox smoothie* worked like medicine and gave my body some much needed energy. My soul was soothed by the dulcet tones of Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes serenading me with Bow River at the Cold Chisel concert. I was a complete person again.

So to sum up, to become spiritually whole, drink this

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 inch piece of cucumber
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
  • ¾ cup water

Recipe thanks to

And listen to this:

Day 40 - Getting Religious

till a little fuzzy from a late night at chisel, Pilates was the spawn of the devil. I have always loved going to these classes, thinking it was the “cheat” class. There is no puffing, not too much sweating and you get to lie down a bit, but boy was that NOT the case tonight. Oh the burn!!!


Whilst it feels evil at the time, afterwards I felt taller, leaner and mentally refreshed. So perhaps it was a godsend instead.

Day 39 – Prep School

I had to work late on Tuesday and couldn’t make any of the classes, so I took myself to the supermarket to do what Bridie has told me is one of the most important things I can do to stay on track… prep.

I sorted out a general meal plan for the week which could incorporate the same sort of foods to avoid wastage. I will eat a lot of salad.

I bought some nuts and seeds for snacks during the day. I portioned them up into small Tupperware containers so I could take the right amount to work each day ensuring that I didn’t over indulge. I am really loving macadamias at the moment as the have the same texture/crunch and consistency as chocolate, so when the afternoon temptation hits and I would normally hit up the charity box for a Freddo, I pop a couple of those babies and I feel somewhat sated.

I also got fruit and veg for my next few days of smoothies. When I got home I cut up the celery and stored it in some water, washed and stripped the kale from the stems so I could grab handfuls at a time and made carrot sticks. I froze some bananas and some grapes to keep things cool. I also filled up the ice cube trays. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I should be given a round of applause every time I do this without anyone asking. No one was at home at the time, so I had to do it myself. Not quite as satisfying.

Day 38 – Sir Whingealot

Today was Outdoor Training in the parklands...

It makes me swear a lot… 

It makes me sweat a lot...

It makes me cry…

But does it bloody well work! (that was rhetorical – Yes, yes it does work)

We run and I let loose the expletives, but I feel myself getting fitter with each lap.

We pick up dumbbells and I grumble, but my strength is increasing and I can now lift heavier weights more confidently.

We do ab work and I feel like my stomach is being ripped in two, but I am starting to find what used to be my waist.

We strap on the boxing gloves and I puff and wheeze my way through it, but not only am I de-stressing by picturing the annoying people from that day when I am punching, but my bingo wings are becoming less 88 , two fat ladies, and more 62, tickety boo.

So, please ignore all the bad things that I may say about outdoor training, I might just love it.