This post was going to be very different before Monday this week. Having gone through some of the stuff in our parent’s back shed, my sister posted some old photos to Facebook. The one above took my breath away. I remember that girl. 18’ish and concerned as always about her weight. Strong and fit but she didn’t care. Skinny was where it was at. Maybe there was a way to be small. Somehow. Almost 6 foot tall and a size 14 she felt huge. She was past the limited eating of her teen years and moving on to the bingeing of her time at Uni.

I look at that girl and my heart breaks.

I look at the girl and I woman I am today knows it’s time. The rolling up of the sleeves has already commenced but this cements my determination to fight for a fit healthy body like the one I was given. Before I messed with it. It was difficult but it took forgiveness to move on from there. It took saying ok, the past is the past, moving on. For a while now I’ve been strengthening my body. Eating better. Refining my ideas on what makes me do what I’ve always done. It was time for a dedicated plan.

Enter the Blackmores eBook, Getting the Edge. This eBook has eating and exercise tips and plan. Recipes and information about protein. I’m using protein and the recommended exercises and eating plans to shape my work outs and eating plans. In conjunction with the new protein powder Pro-Definition. I’ve discussed how best to use it with my sister {training partner} and brother {cheer squad and trained personal trainer} and I’m using the powder post work out and between meals a few times a day.

I’m looking to tone the muscle I have and lose fat. That’s my goal. Did you know how important having a training goal is? Some people go in to lose weight only. Some train for muscle mass {which will eat the fat sooner or later} and others just want to be bendy {think yoga}. I’m not an expert, later we’re going to hear from my brother, he sort of is. But I have researched my butt off on this one. The eBook {which is FREE} will save you the trouble.

I haven’t altered my diet since quitting sugar. The results I’ve seen are from working out only. It’s more about muscle tone. But I haven’t lost even a kilo since I started training 5 weeks ago. It becomes clear that nutrition is key to weight loss. This requires focus and dedication and more than a little bit of commitment. But I’m willing to do the hard yards. I’m willing to commit to food for fuel’s sake. The Ebook says that nutrition has always played a vital part in health. That we should consider everything that we eat or drink and whether it will benefit our body or not. Some consideration is my aim.

So that’s where I’m at. I look forward to continuing to update you all with my progress. My brother AND my sister have both also been trialling the products and training program. We’ll hear from them next week when we drawn the winners. Oh wait, did you hear that? WINNERS. Blackmores have been kind enough to give me TWO Blackmores Sports Kits to give away. They look a little like this…

Sports Kits DO NOT include the Conceive Well Gold. That was for me. 😉

The kits contain a Blackmores Sports Bag, Blackmores Sports Towel, Protein Shaker, ProDefinition and ProPower from the new sports range, a 1 month subscription to My Blackmores online sport program and the new book Getting the Edge. Now here’s your chance to WIN. Whether you’re training to lose weight or training to run somewhere, if you think this kit would support your effort, I hope you enter. Details below. Prizes and products for review provided by Blackmores as per my disclosure policy.

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  • Serialstyler

    I have just started dieting again, but working out a lot more. Your body starts to crave the workout and I love how it warms you up on these cooler winter mornings. I didn’t loose any weight for the first 3 weeks of my work out ’cause I wasn’t focusing on my food. Now I’m concentrating on portion control & keeping my calories, fat & carbs within daily limits. I read somewhere that 30% is exersize & 70% diet. I think that is proving to be true.  

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      It absolutely is, I think. I’m finding that out the hard way. Well, not the hard way, the looooong way. Haha.

  • seasidechik

    I am on the healthy eating and exercising bandwagon, but only just. I feel myself slipping, and so far I have managed to not let go completely.  It’s so important to let go of the negative before trying to move on to improvement, I think. Give yourself time to accept that you did go wrong somewhere, but that is OK, because you are ready to fix it. That is the stage I am at. I have the want to be healthy, now I need the motivation.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Great advice, thanks. And good luck holding onto that ledge. Sooner or later, you’ll get back up. Good luck! 🙂

  • Sara I

    You go girl!

    Have been trying to eat well & move more myself since the start of the year and i feel great.
    Nothing restrictive, just lots of wholemeal/grains instead of white, colourful foods like veg & fruit and more water rather than soft drink (although dang i miss the sugar rush and bubbles!)
    Definitely believe in supplements too and take mine everyday – though we should be trying to get nutrients out of foods, that never as easy as it sounds and it doesn’t hurt to have an insurance policy on our health! 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thank you! I will. Go, that is. 😉

      Good on you. It sounds like an amazing start to the year. I love bubbles myself, all types of bubbles. Haha.

  • As you know I have been fighting my own very real battle against the demons in my mind over eating well and looking after my body. Yes I want to lose weight, but more than that I want to get healthy. I want a strong, fit body, ready to take me anywhere life leads me. I want a healthy mind and attitude too. Having recently started at the gym I think this pack is just exactly what I need to help equip me for the long hard battle ahead. As for that breakfast smoothie, I would mix in some yoghurt and banana with the blackmores goodies to give my body the best chance it can get! SO heading off to get the eBook!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      So wonderful Amanda. I’ve been watching your journey with interest. Yes! A strong fit body ready to take you anywhere. I love that.

  • I too have many photos and often wonder what happened? where did that Girl Go to?? Yet when I was about 18 I used to think that I was fat – I wasnt but I thought I was. Now I know differently – I am no longer a size 12. I am looking within and searching for answers 🙂
    Slowly crawling out of my shell and trying to get fitter Yet it does take time, and I sometimes slip
    Backwards I love reading about your journey, and looknig at your photos. It helps to know that others are on the same quest in life – and trying to get fitter. Its nice to know that I am not alone xxx

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Lisa. Absolutely, I see the people like at the gym every day. In the health food store and selecting the fattest broccoli at the supermarket. Bit by bit. Good luck!

  • I’m going to use some of the time that I’m not spending on the computer to try some gentle stretching and get this body moving again. I’m not the girl I used to be even as little as three years ago. I’m eating better, less junk, but because of work-strained muscles, then sitting (resting) by the computer too much I’ve become so stiff and sore. I’m going to download that ebook immediately and get some tips. I love Blackmores, I ttake their vitamins and minerals.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Me too River. The Conceive Well GOLD and I are firm friends. And the women’s multi-vitamin.

      Great news, I love a good stretch and often wonder if there is somewhere locally I could learn yoga. I might just look into that.

  • Deanwalker27

    I can’t wait to hear from the expert LOL …

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Haha. Well comparatively…. You totally are!

  • What a great giveaway! 

    I started reading up on protein powders a couple of months ago and realised that they vary wildly in terms of fat, carbohydrate, sugar and overall kj content.  I haven’t tried ProDefinition yet but it’s been on my radar since reading about it.

    Smoothies are a Summer thing for me, and I like adding a small handful of mixed berries straight from the freezer.  It makes the smoothie nice and chilly without being watered down by ice.  Yummo!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      They absolutely do. Lots of protein shakes are actually meal replacement shakes and packed with all sorts of stuff. I think the info on the nutrition is on the site.

      Good luck in the give away!!

  • I’m a healthy eater looking for a protein powder that I actually like so would love to try this!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Great! good luck. 🙂

  • PS I would make a splendiferous green smoothie with avocado, spinach, mango and banana… plus the powder!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Mmmmmmmmm green.

  • Aly @ Breathe Gently

    I’d gooooo … a traditional banana, honey & soy smoothie with the bonus powders for good measure. And a secret tip for a thicker, yummy smoothie? Add oatmeal. Crazy!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Oatmeal!? Really! Yummmm. Thanks for the tip. Good luck.

  • Natalie Dahl

    I have started walking to the school to pick Alex up, also on Monday and wednesdays instead of sitting on the bleachers watching Alex at Cheer practise im going to get off my butt and go for a brisk walk around the fields…

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Go you good thing!! Good luck. xox