Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
When you drink alcohol, your liver breaks it down into certain compounds, one of these is acetaldehyde, which makes you feel rubbish. Other compounds known as congeners also contribute to your hangover. These compounds give alcohol its colour, flavour and smell, and are more abundant in dark-coloured alcohol such as red wine, brandy and rum.
Sleep deprivation is another hangover factor; not just the late night, but also because alcohol impairs your ability to get a good night's sleep. So you might pass out easily, but you are not getting the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep you need to feel rested.
Prevention is the best cure
If you want to avoid a hangover then don't get dehydrated in the first place – this means drinking plenty of water before you head out and drinking water or other non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night. You should also have more water before bed and again when you wake up.
However, drinking bucket loads of water will not inoculate you against a hangover if you go on a drinking binge as you 'poison' yourself when you consume too much alcohol, warns Allsop.
You can lessen your chances of a hangover, if you:
* Don't drink on an empty stomach
* Eat throughout the night
* Dilute your drinks or chose low alcohol alternatives
* Enjoy your alcoholic drinks – slowly
* Avoid dark coloured drinks – red wine, brandy etc...
* Limit the number of drinks you have
But once the damage is done there is no quick fix. All you can do is:
* Rehydrate yourself – drink water, juice, etc.. but steer clear of tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks as they will dehydrate you more.
* Eat small amounts and go for something healthy and easy to digest rather than the big, fatty fry up – especially if you're already feeling nauseous.
* Rest – take it easy, you are not going to be at your best so you should avoid doing anything that requires intense concentration – driving, operating heavy machinery etc...
There is considerable debate on what is a safe amount of alcohol to drink but the National Health and Medical Research Council has guidelines on alcohol consumption, which are under review. Based on the existing guidelines, men should drink no more than four standard drinks a day on average and no more than six on any one day, while women should drink no more than two standard drinks a day on average and no more than four on any single day.
We all know the best cure for a hangover is not to drink too much in the first place, so take it easy when you head out and you won't feel like death the next day.
Professor Steve Allsop is the director of the National Drug and Research Institute at Curtin University of Technology, he spoke to Claudine Ryan.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
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Another application worth using is Facebook, it makes it easier to use on your iphone.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
August 23rd 2006
I have been learning so much through my journey to becoming a competitive figure bodybuilder. One of the most important things that comes to my mind when I think about the whole experience so far are "mind games".
But I think that there is a reason for this. I was just commenting in Liz's blog about how one day we are happy with weight training but then we stress big time about posing. The next thing you know you are unhappy with weight training and your stressing about not making it in time for the comp, but posing is great! This just goes on and on all the time. It stops and changes then reverses, then goes back to it again and ahhhhhh.
Today after coming out from that dreaded black cloud that us poor girls go through once a month, I think I realize why this happens. It's a natural process that actually helps us to stay on our toes. My thoughts are this, if we went through this entire comp without any doubts or worries, what would then make us push harder to overcome that fear? You would just keep moving along without any concerns, so the result of that would be, "it's all cool I don't need to push myself because I have no challenges".
You go through with doubt/fears/concerns (call it what you will) and this will encourage you to push through, motivate you to do that extra rep on the bench press because one of your concerns is your chest isn't big enough. Or you will do extra posing practise because you think you haven't got it right etc, etc.
So I just realized that my fears are actually my friend, those fears are what is pushing me to becoming the best I can ever be. Without them I would not push this hard, I wouldn't feel the need too.
Stress can be used as a positive but you have to stay on top of it. Dont' let it consume you, thats when it becomes a problem.
Have a great day everyone!
Monday, October 13, 2008
I'm feeling pretty good about everything and i'm stoked at my on going progress with my aim to drop my body fat back down to 70mls.
Despite the fact I put away LOADS of alcohol between Friday night at the ball and especially Saturday at the 40th birthday party at the races, I feel like i'm still going really well. Although I drank heaps of champagne I still ate really well, didn't go off plan food wise.
The ball was fabulous and John and I danced the night away with many others. That was after Allan Jones (Guest speaker) speech, it went on forever lol. We were served delicious food from a top chef and there was free flowing french champagne. The music was a mix of the 80's through to the latest hits so everyone was hitting the dance floor.
We left after midnight.
So I wake up the next morning to have breakfast and get tarted up again for a day at the races! We had a private marquee right by the track, it was catered and there was free flowing champagne and wine. It was a ladies day out for my friend Melissa on her 40th birthday and we had a blast. I even put on some bets, it was fun.
I was lucky it was a buffet and I was able to eat most of the green salad (the dressing was on the side) and some seafood, to easy!!
So no more big piss up's until Melbourne Cup lol. Then NO MORE. The new year is around the corner and I will be right into prep before I know it, can't wait.
Looks like I found something to blog about after all ;-)
And before you ask, I will get the pictures up soon, i'm so slack at times, it means I have to plug my camera into the usb and transfer it into my computer, this takes work you know ;-)
Talk to you soon.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Since starting my new meal plan with Jon Davie 4 weeks ago I have been eating lots and lots of good food and haven't weighed in or taken my skin folds until today.
I have posted my results on Lindy's site so some of you already know:-)
I have lost 1 kilo off the scales and 17.5mls of body fat!! This is a fantastic result for me and I am stoked!! So the plan now is to increase my food intake a little more so that I can drop another 5-7mls within 3 weeks when I go see him again.
I'm happy because the biggest drop was around my abdominal area, and I have noticed my clothes are loose but I keep thinking they had stretched lol. My reasoning behind this is because my brain is to programmed in thinking less food in means weight loss, and more food in means fat gain.
So when i eat more then I ever have before with each meal the last thing on my mind is "i'm losing weight"! But lucky my body is on the ball with this and i'm getting results.
JD adjusted my meal plan by adding more to it as I am getting hungry again now that my body is used to the amount of food i'm eating.
My cardio has been structured and it is still a walk in the park or a treadmill lol. Just keeping a steady pace, nothing crazy, I have actually learnt to like this over the last couple of weeks, i'm adjusting to it all. But it just means I smash myself when it comes to the weights ;-)
So with these results you can tell i'm pretty bloody happy right now, how can I not be now that it had confirmed to me that I am on the right path to a healthy, lean body!
I have been doing a lot of research on cardio and weight loss lately and all I can say is that cardio is not the key to losing weight, resistance training and nutrition are. If you can get your calorie intake right in the off season (having a higher intake), this will give you so much more room to move for prepping and you would come in with more muscles!!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Last Saturday I completed my senior first aid course and will get my certificate no later then next week.
Tomorrow I see a JP to sign my business registration forms so I can submit it then open up a business bank account.
I still have many other little things to do such as register with Fitness Australia and organize my insurances.
I picked up the Goodlife Gym contract last Friday and providing I get all of the above done I will be starting in November. I am really excited and nervous about this. Starting a new career is a little daunting but i believe that it will be okay :-)
This Friday night John and I are attending a ball, I am looking forward to it! Then the following day I am going to a 40th birthday party, it will be a day at the races with champagne and seafood and ladies only! Should fun lol.
My new food plan has been so good for me, for the first time ever I had a cycle (TTOTM) without any symptoms in the lead up to it. I think all this really good healthy, nutritional food is what my body needs. I now eat alot more raw foods in the form of veggies. I also eat a little natural yoghurt which I haven't had in years. Basically it's a really good balance of macronutrients and it's doing me wonders!
I'm not sure if I have dropped much body fat as I was unable to make my appointment with JD and we are still yet to reschedule. And I haven't weighed myself since I last saw him but I think i may have lost a tiny bit, I know i'm on the right track, that I definitely know :-)
I will be attending the INBA Nationals and I can't wait to catch up with everyone, I will be coming on my own so expect me to latch onto some of you lol.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Did anyone see A Current Affair last night? If you didn't there was a story on a lady in the UK, see was placed on a water detox diet - the long and short of it is she consumed what they consider a high amount of water and reduced her salt intake and within 1 week she ended up with brain damage.
She was drinking 3.5 liters per day, most of us drink more then that right?
She cut out salt, sound familiar fellow competitors?
So they are saying that with all the water consumption and the reduced salt her brain swelled up and caused a seizer.
I feel terribly sorry for her to be suffering brain injury just because she wanted to lose some weight, seems very unfortunate and sad. But I have to say I believe she really is an "extreme" case.
When this story started my initial reaction was to freak out because I know that prior to comp I was drinking up to 7-8 liters of water per day and I removed salt completely from my diet. But then I thought about the fact that I had done it 5 times for each comp and I know so many other competitors have aswell and I have never heard of anyone getting brain damage from it!
Now the sad part is is that everyone watching will cut back on their water intake not realizing that most of the average Australian's already live in a state of dehydration and don't even know it!
I think the story really shouldn't have come across as it can happen to anyone at anytime, like a scare tactic, they should research more into it to see how extreme her case might be.
Monday, September 22, 2008
This is my first time attending an ANB show so i'm really looking forward to it. I will be there in the morning and the evening show, you will find me at my sponsor's table "International Protein" so please make sure you come over and try it, everyone and anyone is welcome :-)
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Good luck to all the competitor's competing on the day and I can't wait to cheer you on.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
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Last Friday when I got home from work I saw an Apple iphone sitting on the dining table, my wonderful hubby went out and bought it for me!! I'm so lucky to have the iphone and to have a wonderful hubby (not in that order lol).
Who has one? Who is getting one???
It does everything, John bought it for me for when I start working as a PT. My hubby's initials are JD so I won't use that as it will be very confusing, I seem to be surrounded by JD's!!
I just love gadgets especially the MAC ones :-)
So I am learning more and more about it and loving all the new stuff I can do with it, sometimes I forget it's a phone!
The other good news is that JD sent me an email today with my nutrition attached, it is amazing how he has set it all out, I can't do anything wrong he has done all the work for me I just have to follow it :-) This is exactly what I needed as i'm hopeless otherwise.
He is so great that I after speaking to him today via the phone he is taking things at such a great pace, slow and steady so I take everything in one step at a time. I get my program in a week, he just wants me to get used to eating all the food he prescribed first and there is a lot of food then move onto his training program etc.
I'm pretty excited aren't I? lol
I need to be as I have been feeling down about my weight gain, I couldn't believe how much I had blown out on my skinfolds when i saw him, I knew I put on weight I could see it but that confirmed it. So I now have a target to move down to and I will reach it, I know I will and when I do I will let you know all the details :-)
So here's to a new beginning in a great direction!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I had a consultation with Jon Davie this morning and am so happy to announce that he will be taking me on for next years competition and we start now!
What I mean by starting now is getting my skin fold down to a maintainable level first even if we have 8 months until the show he wants to start now, slowly.
This is exactly what I need right now, someone to write up my nutrition (I have been in struggle town with that), I just can't be left to do this myself and I have proven that time and time again so now I will be on track again and I won't need to keep guessing as to whether i'm eating to much or to little right through til comp day! Looks like I have to get use to eating more!
I believe I will learn so much from JD and hope that in time I will learn to follow my own daily food intake with confidence, this is my future plan.
So with a whopping 8 months until I compete I will have mini goals to achieve and that will be reaching benchmarks in reducing mls with my skin folds.
Speaking of skins, I bought my Skins on the weekend :-) I got the long black with blue pants. I trained in them yesterday and couldn't believe the difference, i'm in love!!! I think I need a skins top now hee hee.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Katie P got me onto "followers", it's so easy to add to your blog and here is the scoop:
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Have A Great Day!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
It just dawned on me why I am feeling so tired and emotional, next week is TTOTM again!! Already!! What the?? It all makes sense now, one week before my hormones are all over the place.
I thought it was all alcohol related (although that didn't help), I just didn't think I was due again already, time is really getting away from me, I must be to bloody busy :-)
I haven't had a drop of alcohol since Sunday night and have no desire to have any, and now i'm in a bit of a cutting phase of my training I feel focused again and looking forward to seeing some changes in my physique.
I've upped my reps big time and i'm doing some more cardio and loving that, god I missed the endorphine rush.
This weekend i'm going to buy "skins", I really could benefit from training in compression garments especially for
One of the trainers at the gym has two pairs, she trains in the Body Science compression pants as they are thinker, and does cardio in the Skins compression pants. I think I will stick to the skins at this stage :-)
See you soon.
Monday, September 1, 2008
I just got confirmation that I passed my Cert III Practical exam, i'm happy about this :-)
Currently I am about to finish an assignment in cert IV then I have another Practical assessment to do, then one last module and that's it! My first aid course is booked in for Oct 5th.
Today i'm just chipping away at the assignment most of it is done, it's case studies on older adults and children and I am up to the children, my head is not completely with it today so it is slowing me down, but i'm getting there, baby steps!
I can't believe i'm almost there.
Gosh i've been blogging alot this week lol
I'm not actually feeling very purky today, in fact i'm feeling the opposite, down and out. Maybe I just need another day to find my bubbly self again.
Today's session at the gym:
Flat Bench Press
1 x 12 reps @ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 40kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 45kgs
1 x 6 reps @ 55kgs (spotter)
Incline Bench Press
1 x 12 reps @ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 35kgs
1 x 6 reps @ 40kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 40kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 40kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 40kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 40kgs
1 x 60kgs @ 10 seconds
1 x 60kgs @ 12 seconds
1 x 60kgs @ 15 seconds
1 x 60kgs @ 15 seconds
1 x 8 reps
1 x 8 reps
1 x 8 reps
Bent Over Rows
1 x 8 reps @ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps @ 40kgs
Seated Cable Rows
1 x 8 reps@ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps@ 35kgs
1 x 8 reps@ 40kgs
1 x 8 reps each arm @ 65kgs
1 x 8 reps each arm @ 70kgs
1 x 8 reps each arm @ 75kgs
This is followed by 30 minutes easy paced walk.
At this stage my training program will change as of next week so this is my last week of strength training and after 8 weeks of it I am ready for a change :-)
I know I have never posted my training program up in detail before but so many of you have emailed me and have been asking more about my training so I will post this weeks progress up for you.
Sometimes I wonder how I come across to the people that read my blog and have done for a while now. I am a very private person and I hope nobody takes me the wrong way.
I have huge self esteem and self confidence issues and have done all my life, I know this is nothing new and i'm not the only one in this situation. So I find it hard to write what I am really feeling, I usually only touch the surface because I never want to offend anyone in any way accidentally.
One thing I do is blog the truth about my progress or how i'm feeling, generally it's good and i'm progressing well and that is mainly what you read but that doesn't mean that I am doing it easy, i'm not super human, it means that I don't blog when i'm down or struggling anywhere near as much as when I do when i'm happy and flowing along.
So 'i'm sorry if I may have come across that way, it seems kind of pig headed of me to think I am so good and I have no issues! This is not the case.
I blog about training more then anything else and that's because I love it and I really don't have issue there, but I am having continuous issues with my nutrition. I can go weeks will no problems and then I start doubting myself, that's when it gets messy for me and I get completely lost and feel the need to get help.
Lucky for me I spoke up a little in Lindy's forum and I was heard and now I am trying to get back on track again one day at a time.
Drinking is getting to much for me, I clearly can't go on drinking as many nights a week as I have been as it is depressing me during the day so this is my first priority, I must cut it down to once a week and thats final. I am not addicted to it I can go without but I have not been trying and that's the problem.
After a few posts at Lindy's forum I have learnt alot about myself and it made me realize that this is what my blog is for, to blog about things and get it out in the open, then read it and see it from another point of view, It's like analyzing yourself.
I have learnt that through my lack of confidence I lose trust in myself when it come to feeding my body, I need to trust myself more as I know what to do, I just need to believe it and stop freaking out by cutting my portion sizes down every time I feel self doubt about the meal, it is like a safety net, not sure so eat less, how am I to build muscle this way?? I train so freakin hard, so hard that I walk out of the gym each session knowing I couldn't have done more so I shouldn't be eating like a sparrow when i'm training like a lion.
Tonight's a good start, I have had no wine, just tea, and this will be the case right through till the weekend, I hope I only have a glass or two on Saturday night, and not Friday or Sunday as well, but i'm pretty angry with myself right now so I think I will stay on track.
I know I will feel better tomorrow, so I will post again soon.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
As I have been progressing through my studies I have been focused on obtaining Cert III & IV in order to start work as a PT in a gym, well that still is a focus and part of the plan. But I found another avenue that I really want to go into and it didn't even occur to me until I progressed through my studies to "Specialty Training for Older Adults and Children".
I started thinking more so about the older adults and so I started to look deeply into it to find that over 200,000 Australian's suffer from Dementia and this number is set to double in 20 years.
So I then take my research even further and have the urge to learn more about the disease as possible which I have been doing and I have found that I am so drawn to learning even more. Now my focus has also turned to the carers. These carers are locked in there homes caring for there loved ones who are slowly deteriorating and do not like to be left with anyone else. These carers have no outlet, they feel so alone. They have no time to take care of themselves as they are constantly caring for someone else. They become unhappy with how they look and then struggle to find any motivation to go out at all. It's very sad.
So with extensive search on the web I decided to go one step further and make some calls etc. Long story short I managed to get myself to sit in on a dementia class which is put together by the government for carers of dementia. This was the most incredible day and I am so thankful for being allowed to attend. It went for 5 hours but only felt like it went for an hour, I didn't want it to end.
I meet 15 carers that day, I heard there stories, I saw them cry, I fought back my own tears, these were real people talking about real situations that they were living.
The training class was to teach the carers about the disease and how it effects the brain and behavior's of there loved one's. To understand more about what the sufferer is going through and feeling and how they can make it easier on them. But it also focused on what they need to do for themselves, they need time out in order to not become overwhelmed with pressure and stress of caring for their loved ones 24/7. These people are truly incredible.
After the class the speaker told me I mended in really well with the carers.
I have been offered an opportunity to be a speaker next year when they hold another carers class. I wasn't expecting this, hoping for it but not expecting it, and now I find half of me saying "but your biggest fear is public speaking and you are not confident enough", and the other half says "you can't let this opportunity slip through your fingers, you know how you can help and you can do this"!
I feel as though I got my foot well and truly through the door and there are so many avenues I would like to take in relation to this. It's the tip of the ice burg and I will share it with you as it gets closer to it as I was advised not to say anything yet, but it's all very promising and will be very rewarding in so many ways.
To tell you the truth I still can't believe this path has opened up to me, and how fast it is all happening it's blown me away. You just never know what's ahead of you.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I'm in week 7 of strength training so that leaves me with next week and then after a discussion today we are going to make changes!
I have a formal function to attend on the 10th Oct so I asked Michael if it was okay to cut down a little for this function and to see how i'm looking, he agreed. It will only be a small cut back, nothing major but I dare say the change in training will be a killer to start with, I won't know for a couple of weeks he never tells me until we are ready to start.
I have recently bought a Trelise Cooper dress for the evening and I don't really want to look bulky in it so I am happy to cut down just a touch to look more defined or less bulky!
I'm currently in the middle of an assignment for cert IV and through my studies I have decided on an area I would like to move into when i become a qualified PT. I even managed to worm my way into a government organized training session tomorrow in relation to the direction I am looking at taking. I can't say to much right now as it is in it's infancy but as soon as I know if this is definitely the avenue I "can" take then I will spread the news :-) So i'm looking forward to tomorrow as it is the first step in a new direction.
Speaking of new directions, why does that scare me???? I get excited and afraid all at the same time. I really need to find my inner confidence and really embrace the things I want to do so that I don't let it slip through my fingers and have regrets later.
Just knowing that by the end of this year I am going to be in such a different place with the change of career and working at Goodlife as well as this new area I hadn't even considered before is very exciting and I hope this big step i'm taking is the right one :-)
Better get my head back in the books I guess but before I go I wanted to say how proud I am of my little guy, he plays in a strings band (violin) and was performing at the eisteddfod and they came first! He was so excited and I am so proud of him, I just love to watch him play he is so handsome.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Just wanted to let you all know how awesome Lindy's Workshops are!!
I arrived to Graceville on Saturday and was so stoked to have seen Lia, it had been almost two years since we last saw each other for the Nationals in Melbourne, big hugs were shared :-)
Lindy looks as stunning as ever and really provides an informative workshop, I took so much away with me from that day. We had JD as a guest speaker, it was an awesome surprise as he is the man to ask anything about nutrition and training - amazing guy!!
I saw Liz and shelly and met Steph for the first time it was fun and I wish we had more time afterwards to chat.
So this was the start of a very good weekend for me :-)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I cannot believe I stumbled on this photo. It was my class at Primary School. I am the one standing next to that really funky, trendy, cool teacher LMAO!!
I think it was year 6.
It's funny because I haven't seen these pictures in so many years and now they are on the www, life is so different now to how it was back then.
One more sleep to go until Lindy's Workshop WooHoo!!!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Yesterday was my weigh in day ( I weigh in once a month) and I have put on half a kilo.
Since I started strength training my weigh in's are as follows:
June 20th (day before I started strength training): 60kgs
August 17th: 63.5kgs
So the first month was a rapid increase in weight and last month things have settled and I am moving along at a much preferred rate, that is preferred by me :-).
I believe that all I need to do is stick with the plan and go from day to day. I am finding it mentally challenging being heavier and I continue to question my weight gains regularly as to whether it's mostly fat or mostly muscle. But at the end of the day I want to increase muscle mass and I have to stick to the plan and not jeopardize my hard earned muscles by reducing calories or hammering the cardio equipment which I am so tempted to do. But that day will come, prep will start early next year so I have to wait until then :-)
I am getting so strong, i never thought I would get that bloody strong but it happens if you persist :-), I am really enjoying the power presses and static holds on chest days, they have really helped with my strength on the bench press.
I have also been focusing on my weak body part, my shoulders, trying to get them to grow, I am having little success but still have a long way to go, some of you ladies are just so blessed to have big beautiful shoulders :-)
Finally did what I have been putting off doing for months and that is my practical exam for cert III (even though I am almost through cert IV), I arranged for the exam on Saturday, I am so glad that one is over and done with, I think I have to do one more for Cert IV though.
I also need to start looking into doing a first aid course, I can't believe how close I am getting now to being a PT!! So excited.
Hop everyone is well, I will pop in soon to say hi.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Monday, August 11, 2008
Thinking of my two beautiful friends who are going through such a sad and sorrowful time in there lives. You have both been so supportive to me over the years and I want you to know how much you mean to me and how sorry I am that you are going through this.
You are both in my thoughts daily!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
My DOMS feel different training this way too, it feels deeper in the muscle then where I would usually feel it when performing higher reps.
So the bottom line is I am enjoying the challenge of strength training but gosh it's really hard work, not just physically but mentally too. You really have to have your mind in the right place for a heavy lift.
I am really nervous about having to perform my practical exams this Saturday for my PT course. I think i'm nervous about not being able to get the words out right lol. I need to just rehearse it over and over again until it feels right. I have been putting this off for a while so it's time to bite the bullet and get it done.
My plans are to start working in the industry by the end of this year or maybe first thing next year, it will depend on how much longer it takes me to complete the rest of my studies and do a first aid course etc and I need to take in other considerations but hopefully sooner rather then later. I have already registered a business name and am awaiting my ABN number.
Did anyone watch the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony? It was incredible but unfortunately I fell asleep half way though :-(
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
I'm back online which is great as I have so many things to catch up on.
My training has been going really well, it's been really hard work and I have been tired. My strength is increasing and I have been hitting Pb's.
I feel like I am still gaining weight, I feel heavy. I am never sure if the weight is good or not but I will continue through it regardless and not let it play head games with me.
I will take pictures, weigh in and do my girths around the 20th of each month to compare from month to month.
I will see you guys soon.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Thank you to everyone who left comments for me :-) It is so touching to have such a wonderful support group that I consider my friends and who I can count on.
It's all good as I have come out of this on top and happy with my direction and progress. This really isn't just about my weigh in on Sunday, it's about my self-esteem and my perception of myself that stems back most of my life which i know many of us understand.
Looking in the mirror now I think I am finally seeing the real image and not the exaggerated, imagined fat areas that continuously haunt me. I have also been getting better at not comparing myself to comp condition too. Comp condition is exactly that "Comp Condition"!
I have no excuse anymore for seeing myself as "fat" as it dawned on me after seeing my progress pictures (real eye-opener) that I eat good, healthy, nutritious, muscle growing food 24/7. I just don't eat junk, I don't care for it anymore and haven't for quite some time now since becoming a competitor. I do indulge a little on the weekends and have wine and nuts but this is earned by a great week of eating and training!
So how can I be fat if I live on veges, lean meats, fish, grains, nuts etc? I am know longer limiting my body of the nutrition it needs to gain lean muscle, and no longer doing loads of cardio to try and stay lean. I am now force feeding my muscles good food to help them grow and not doing any cardio and boy am I getting a response! The first month was rapid and should now taper down a little.
I am in my second week of strength training and it is fantastic. I love being trained and pushed to my limits. Michael's new program is very challenging but it is exactly what I need. He really knows how to mentally prepare me for the big lifts, getting my head around being able to lift the weight and not be afraid of it.
We are also working on my weak areas, i really want to bring up my shoulders, I want big shoulder boulders lol. I always thought my shoulders would never improve but they have a little so it gives me hope that if I continue to slam them then they will grow.
Not doing cardio is getting easier as I am completely smashed after a training session now. All I do now is finish my training, throw down a protein shake with add carbs then walk on the tready (slow pace) for around 15 minutes, just to walk it out a bit, and that's it!! Hard to believe.
What motivates me now is that I feel i'm prepping for the comp next year, only in a different phase of the prep. I don't lose focus of what I want to look like when I stand on stage again, it's exciting. The best thing I could have done was to have this year off, it just feels so right for me now!
Thanks again sooooooo much for the comments, it really put me on a high reading everyone of them :-)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
As you must know by now I was always one not to weigh myself unless i was prepping as i found i could handle it due to the reduction in weight from weigh in to weigh in.
I stood on the scales yesterday in order to see where i'm at in relation to my nutrition intake which has been improved and because I have started some freaky strength training and my goal is to get big.
So when i saw that I had gained 3kgs in 4 weeks I freaked out, even knowing that that is my goal!
What went through my mind was "this is fast", the weight gain is really fast in just four weeks. Then I thought about the last time I weighed that much and it was two years ago just before my first comp prep (my before photos) and I thought I looked like that because the scales told me so.
Anyway, after speaking with Michael and Lisa they both set me straight. I have been eating a low caloric diet for a long time and doing loads of cardio so a month ago when I corrected all this my body was very much in need of all this extra nutrition and was taking it all in. It should actually slow right down now as I continue on the same path.
I have decided to turn this into a positive, it is a positive as I want to grow. So I started today at the gym by telling everyone I had gained the 3kgs in 4 weeks and that I was proud of it lol. If I feel good about it, it will work in my favor.
Lia hit the nail on the head by saying i let my emotions take over my brain! To true and I now need to take charge of that!
The good news is my measurements (I took them later that day) were good and showed an improvement.
I have added comparison pictures, they are two years apart and it is of me at the same weight, the difference blew me away and it is proof again that the scales measure more then fat!!!
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
These pictures were taken this morning, my Mac was the photographer! Better then nothing as I always promise pictures and never deliver, until today anyway :-)
I took them this week because it is the beginning of my strength training with Michael and I hope to have comparisons in a few weeks time to see how much I grow.
I have had two sessions with him, yesterday and today and I am very sore but happy and loving the challenge even though it's early days.
Also spare a thought for my poor Hubby, last night when he was cooking he cut his little finger as severed his tendons - Ouch! He has to have surgery this Friday.
This has thrown our world out of sync now and we just have to work around this somehow. Life goes on regardless :-(
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Tomorrow I officially start strength training with my coach, i'm looking forward to this, having him train me at the gym and push me to my limits will be exciting.
I have been on Lisa's nutrition guidance now for 3 weeks and am happy with the way everything is going. I am so relaxed about eating now and it is a stress free environment in that regard. I don't question everything I put into my mouth anymore. I know exactly what I am doing and have an understanding of how to eat, when, what and how much.
Lisa has also put me onto a tonic that has been priceless for me, I call it "happy juice" lol, it makes me energetic and very happy!! hee hee.
I have decided I would weigh myself once a month just as a guide to see what is happening with the added food intake and the strength training. I will also take measurements for the same reasons. So this Sunday will be the day for that, I will keep you posted.
I feel bigger, I know I have put on some weight but i'm not phased by it at all. It's mostly fluid at the moment (TTOTM), but the carbs have filled out my muscles more and that makes me feel heavier too.
I also know my metabolism as cranked up and it feels amazing as I thought it wasn't possible for that to happen to me, but it has and I am going to bed with a noisy gut and that's after eating dinner a few hours earlier and a protein shake - what the? How can it be growling lol.
So Lisa has helped me in many ways but the most important way she helped me was mentally! I was stressed and lost and not coping at all, I was pretty much trying to live off a comp diet and regime. Silly! I am trying to get big here and thanks to Lisa and Michael, I will grow! :-)
I am a lucky gal!! I saw Picasso and his collection exhibition and loved it. They had many great artists painting there , those who he influenced and vice versa including some of his own paintings and collections.
It's amazing to have stood right in front of this great artists paintings, he is one of my favorite artists as I love surrealism so it was a real treat.
A few of Renoir's painting were there (another favorite), it was a huge exhibition and it runs through till Sept in Brisbane.
Friday was a great day.
Last Friday night I went to the theatre to see the Giselle. What a completely magical experience that was. I felt like I was dreaming watching these beautiful, elegant, graceful ballerina's on stage in a superb tragic love story.
I have such an appreciation for how much work these dancers have to put in to be so flexible, balanced and just naturally gifted!
If you have a chance, go and see Giselle, you won't be disappointed at all :-)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
With only days to go I know all the girls competing at the All Females this weekend would be feeling excited! I really wish I could be there to cheer you all on but there is no way I can get away. I guess not all is lost as many of you will be coming up to the Gold Coast for the Nationals and I can see you then woohoo!!
International Protein is one of the sponsors of the All Females and will have a stall set up on the day so be sure to go up and say hi to Christine Enval and Troy as they would love to hear from you!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I am counting down the days to start the program with him because he is going to smash me in the gym with training techniques I have never done before.
In the mean time I have implemented Lisa's nutrition plan and am in the second week of it already. Lisa is wonderful and caring and I am glad to be on board with her.
My daily nutrition is easy to follow and implement and I am enjoying it. I really need to get my carb timing right, now that it's right I can already see the difference it's making to my muscles :-)
So once I have the two going together (Lisa's Nutrition and Michael's hardcore training program) I think I will be well on the way to making some gains!
Also with Michael physically training me at the gym I will be able to get some pictures taken so I can update throughout the coming months of my bulking season.
P.s. Don't forget the WNBF Bodybuilding Academy is on this Saturday from 12pm 2.30pm at the Southport Beachhouse (Shark's Club). Hope to see some of you there!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
My overdue update is finally here, I have been going through some pretty crazy experiences last week and would love to share it with you now that I have my senses back!
Last Sunday I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa to get my measurements taken and give her all the details she required in order to put my report together. My goals are to add size this year so that is the focus for me when it comes to eating the right foods at the right times it's important I know what i'm doing with Lisa's guidance.
Prior to receiving my report from Lisa I promised myself i would take on board everything she suggested no matter how big or small those changes may be. So when she told me how important it was to remove the artificial sugar from my diet I really didn't think much about it but made a promise to myself to follow everything she suggested so I knew what I had to do, stop using them!
My consumption of these lab made sugars were high and I really didn't notice that until I had to write down everything I put in my mouth for three days.
The funny thing is I don't have a sweet tooth and I didn't consume Extra Drops for the sweetness, but rather I think I just needed something for my mouth to do, like a nervous energy or something along that line. If it wasn't a sugar free drop it would be sugar free gum. It became very habitual and that is where it became a problem but I wasn't aware of it until now.
I have read about the dangers associated with the consumption of artificial sugars but never let it worry me because I was using it and I had no side effects, I ignored it because i was the exception, so I thought.
Day 1: I stopped adding equal to my oats, stopped buying Extra drops and went through my day without any artificial sugars without a problem. It was easy and I couldn't understand why I was consuming so much of it in the first place. It was not for the sweetness, it was just a habit and I could tell by how easy it was not to have them.
Day 2: Still cruising nicely and have no desire to have the sugars. Once I knew it was just habitual I knew it wasn't going to be a problem to change that habit. All was good.
Day 3: This day started bringing me some weird headachy feeling on and off throughout the day, it wasn't really painful but enough to make me notice they were there.
Starting to feel very emotional, very sad and I didn't know why I was feeling so down.
Day 4: Lisa emails to see how i'm doing, I tell her i'm feeling down and emotional (this was in the morning). Things go worse through the day. I'm now feeling so down, so sad, so alone and in a very dark place I didn't like being in because I had no reason to be in such a miserable place. Headaches are still coming and going.
That night my sadness turned to anxiety, anger and tension. It was like a volcano inside of me ready to erupt at the slightest tap. I had a very difficult night trying not to erupt at my innocent Hubby and son, I had to go to my room to be alone before I erupted. (This was not PMT as I had just finished TTOTM a day before seeing Lisa)
Day 5: I went to the gym in the morning still feeling that anger, I trained like a crazy mad man and throw my weights to the ground when i finished each set with anger. This is so out of character for me as I hate bringing attention to myself. I finish my training, get in my car and then started balling my eyes out, it was Niagra Falls for a good hour on and off. The tears poured out of me and if you asked me why I was crying, I couldn't have given you an answer.
Today I am extremely sensitive to sugars. What I mean by this is when i have my protein shake (same brand, flavour, amount etc) it tasted sickly sweet to me, even a carrot tasted so very sweet, I am highly sensitive to anything with the slightest sweetness.
I spoke with Lisa and she told me this was the effects of detoxing from the artificial sugars.
Later that day I started feeling better. I think after the big cry it felt like I cried out the evil that was within me and now I feel relieved and better. Sounds crazy I know but i'm trying to express how I felt.
So today is Day 8 and I am not longer emotional and my sensitivity to sweetness has returned to normal. I know for a fact that the only changes i made to my daily food intake last week was the removal of these chemicals known as sugar. I wanted to implement Lisa's report on my nutrition slowly, one thing at a time so that I could make sure I got everything right.
Basically I am only having one can of Pepsi-max a day (if that) and that is it. I used to go through a packet of Extra Drops a day, plus two packets of equal added to tea or oats, at least 4 pieces of sugar free gum and an Eclipse mint (1-3), and this was in just one day! Add that up over a week, a month, a year, no thanks I don't want to think about it.
It's funny how we think that these things aren't effecting you just because you have no symptoms of it while you taking it. And because I started on them at a small amount per day and gradually increased my intake (blindly) over the months I didn't notice it doing anything to me until i stopped.