Otago Daily Times Queenstown bureau chief Tracey Roxburgh
documents her progress in the 12-week Revive programme at
Alpine Health and Fitness.
Dear Diary ...
Saturday, November 17
Saw triceps today, Diary - excited me greatly. Admittedly,
had to "flex" in order to see them, but they are definitely
Intended to go for a walk this morning, but bed was too
Then planned a walk after work, but it started raining.
Sunday, November 18
Buoyed by discovery of triceps, went to Pump this evening and
found back row buddy, the lovely Margo Berryman, there. I
like back row - feel safe there and also is easier to express
level of pain without (too many) others seeing it. That
didn't work tonight.
Muscles felt like they were on fire and cramping
simultaneously. At one point basically curled up on floor and
moaned. Margo was very encouraging. Because of yesterday's
lack of physical activity, also made myself go up Tobin's
Decided I wasn't going to stop to take in view from top;
instead did a 180 at the summit and kept moving. Think I
burned a few extra calories on descent, largely due to some
excellent music on iPod, which made me perform
pseudo-interpretive dance while walking.
Monday, November 19
Today was great day, Diary!Started with Haylee who made skip
... not up and down gym like happy child but with rope. Was
paranoid would accidentally clock someone in face with
This afternoon thought would make start on Christmas
shopping. When I managed to get skinny jeans on without
having to jump them up, thought maybe it was time to try some
things on. And Diary, things fitted me!Am no longer
"in-between" size of nine weeks ago.
Felt so good about this did RPM tonight with Margo.
Instructor tried to make us do dance moves while biking ...
did not participate due to fear removing hands from
handlebars would result in sideways topple.
Tuesday, November 20
Decided to go through wardrobe and try on things which have,
for about two years, been on snug side.
Actually, they've been skin tight (imagine female version of
the Hulk ... without the muscles. Or the green). There are
also things purchased as "motivation" - things I bought a bit
too small, but thought I would get lots of wear out of them
after planned weight loss ... which, of course, would occur
as a result of copious amounts of eating, drinking and couch
Instead, they looked lovely hanging in wardrobe.
Realised do not need to go shopping - have entire wardrobe
full of barely-been-worn of clothes, which now fit me.
Wednesday, November 21
We are entering business end of Revive - about three and
a-half weeks to go. Yikes.
Haylee's getting tough on what goes in mouth.
Looks like salad and I are going to have to learn to like
each other again, because pretty much everything else is
inching towards banned substance list.
Tonight Haylee took us on recce of Jack's Point course ahead
of final Frontrunner series race on Saturday ...
which we are all expected to complete. Am anxious about this,
Diary - yogging on treadmill is one thing; yogging outside is
different story entirely. And there is really big hill near
the start. Hills and I have never seen eye to eye and while
walking uphill is proving slightly easier, fear yogging up it
is completely out of question.
Is for this reason nearly fell off chair when Adrian Bailey
sent me message inquiring if I would be doing "interval
training" at Jack's Point on Saturday and going to "take on
the mountain marathon" in February.
Before had time to question if he'd lost marbles, he followed
up with another message ...
"Sorry Tracey, wrong Tracey".
Thursday, November 21
My idea of treats has changed.
For example, lovely fresh juice made with lovely juicer from
lovely boyfriend has become highlight of day. And sometimes I
eat one - or two - tiny little oat berry biscuits while
drinking a cup of tea at night. I genuinely look forward to
that (is tragic but true).
Being told these should disappear from food diary has
displeased me greatly ... seems my reaction to disappearing
of treats has not changed at all.
Heart sank a little bit, Diary, and think bottom lip may have
jutted out a tiny bit.
Am worried about what to use as motivation over next 24 days
given juice is on banned substance list, as is tea and - most
certainly - oat biscuits.
They have been replaced by water. Water is not enough to
motivate me. Wine, however, is.
So, decided this afternoon for next 24 days when the going
gets tough am going to think solely of Amisfield, which is
where Blue Team is going to celebrate the end of Revive with
lunch. And wine.
Friday, November 22
Ran into fellow Blue Team member Neeta Shetty today.
She did not recognise me in "normal" clothes - understandable
given for more than two months we've only seen each other in
grotty gym gear.
I too did double take ... Neeta was carrying banned substance
- McDonald's cheeseburger.
Following quick interrogation Neeta told me was for her
daughter Sydney ... given Neeta doesn't even eat meat thought
this was feasible.
Given my insatiable desire to consume burgers and chips, took
much inner strength not to prise paper bag from Neeta and
stuff its contents into my mouth.
Thought about what long-term effects those actions may have
on the adorable small child and exercised phenomenal
restraint to sip on water instead.
Also keep telling myself by the time am allowed to eat banned
substances, probably won't want them anymore.
Think this is what they call reverse psychology.