Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Renegade Manmakers!

Hey peepers, thought it was time to talk a little.

Well Challenge is travelling slowly now, as the initial weight drop has slowed somewhat down. That is good, means I am doing the right thing.

Training has geared up several notches with new styles of training being introduced to keep that body of my guessing at all times. I have noticed that my body can adapt to a training regime quite quickly, so the aim of the game is to freak it out at all times.

Having said that, last Friday we did a huge training session (Michelangelo the trainer and myself) which part of it was “Renegade Man Makers”! Whoa! Talk about hard and different. There are many versions of it on the web, but here is the one I did.

Start with dumbbells in hand in a push up position with legs slightly wider apart. Single row from each arm then down into a pushup. Burpee up from there into a standing shoulder press with DB. Single walking lunge on each leg. Do about 5 reps of this routine, then jump on rower for a full minute sprint – sitting around 65 – 70 strokes/min. this was then repeated 5 times. These little babies were done after 5 sets of clean and press set 30kg supaset with 16kg KB (50)swings and before 5 sets stair runs supaset with front kicks. Hmmm pattern here, must like everything in fives??? As you can see my weight training is very cardio based, with a few heavy sessions thrown in here and there. I do miss my heavy weights, but they will always come back! But absolutely loving it!

On the food front, my eating guidelines have changed again, increased to compensate all the exercise I am doing. I now have more carbs, more protein and of course, more broccoli!

Well there is officially 4 & ½ weeks left on the gyms 12 week challenge and I have come to the acceptance that I will not win it! I set my goal for this and will keep trying to achieve this goal, but as I said in the beginning it is a big ask…………….and I forgot about my body’s issue with recovery fluid. But overall I will have had a great result anyway, and you have always got to be happy with that. I know that my cardio fitness level is increasing all the time and that definitely is a goal achieved. And I am starting to enjoy the cardio side of things, probably because it is so different.

Well not much more to talk about, life has been the same almost everyday…………eating, training, sleeping.

Have a great week.

Ciao!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Changes are coming!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

I am too quick to judge!


Hey there, about time posted me thinks.

First I think I will address a situation I was in last night. A dear friend of mine who is a FD at another gym told me she had taken on one of her trainers to train her. I don't like the guy and I promptly said so. But I think I upset her by saying this. I am only too sori if this is the case. My opinion of this person is only from past experience which he was not very nice to me. I tend to have a bit of a problem of remembering bad things and not letting go! A trait that i shall endeavour one day to fix, but alas the little gremlin feeling often comes back and clouds my judgements. I really should give that person the benefit of doubt that he is a changed person or I mistook his persona in the first place. I am only too happy that my friend has found another trainer that she feels confident with and one that she feels will produce the results she is looking for.

On to my challenge..............I have been really working hard at my challenge and yes I am doing a lot more than general life style changes would be, but remembering I have an awful lot of weight to shed. A comment was said to me on the weekend and I feel I just have to have a little say(seems to be the norm atm hhahahahah) If this is working for me atm, then I think i will stick to something that is working, even if I am busting my boiler to get. I figure if I can get there, it would to easier to maintain at a lifestyle level than at the weight loss level. i have been on this yoyo run for a very long time and even with the knowledge behind me (yes I have my cert 3 and cert 4 in Fitness)I still struggle mentally with all the ups and downs of the day to day humdrums of trying to lose the weight I have put on over 18 years. I also have another bad trait and take to heart when someone else has a better result at something that I work so hard at and they do not, it used to get to my head.............I would get all depressed and stress over the fact that i can not acheive results like some others. I think the worst is when you are told it is all down to energy in verses energy out and your calories expended on exercise alone is over 1000 calories and your intake for the day is 1400 calories, then being told you are not eating enough???? Well what is it??? BUT and this is a big BUT, is not the case this time................for some unknown reason, this little push to get my ball rolling is actually working and i think I have blogged this before, maybe it is because I have finally stopped feeling sorry for myself!

Motivation is a funny word as what is the motivation??? Am I motivated to exercise.............hell yes! Albeit i was not so into cardio, I was always into heavy weights. Fell in love with free weights about 8 years ago and have never looked back at that. But taking on "Michelangelo" at my gym, I think has changed a few things too. We do a lot of weights mixed with cardio, so in fact I have an elevated heart rate at all times...........lighter weights (for me) so many more reps and so little rest times. Snap, snap, snap..............

Food is an issue, being told quite often, you are not eating enough, you are eating too much, you should not eat this, you should eat this..................but I think if you can find something you are comfortable with and able to maintain at a longer period of time, just go with the flow. I have found this right little mix atm and I don't seem to be sick of it yet. I basically have the same thing day in day out except for dinner, that is decided on the day and what is in fridge at the time. I know some of you think you should have a variation to make sure you get enough of everything, but I can tell you the only things I am missing out on is not appropriate food to the weight loss goal! I have also gotten out of measuring food, becoming obsessed with how many calories I was eating............taking it back to just being consistant! Part of the challenge they give you a guideline of what to eat in foods, but I have modified it for me (I tend to think it does not allow for enough protein), and it has allowed me to be constant in maintaining my plan, to which I can proudly say I that I have only strayed from it twice (eaten off plan) and missed 5 meals and had 6 extra tidbits in the last 6 weeks. So something that is comfortable and enjoyable to eat. I do however write down everything that has passed my lips (including suppliments) only to show the trainer what my intake was for the day against what training I had done for the day. Part of his requirment.

So I have six weeks left of this challenge and hoping that I might have a decent result for the ending, but I have already made plans to keep on this path well after the challenge has finished. I expect this will not be a problem as I am not finding this difficult in anyway. I will say although, I am experiencing hungry feelings before each meal, more so in the morning than evening, so this is a good sign that the metabolism is working at its very best.

So today was supposed to hold a bike ride - about 21km and then 300 training but i was way too slack. I have been lying on the couch all afternoon catching up on blogs, posts on forums and facebook. i still have a shitload of clothes to wash and fold and then there is dinner............steak tonight i think! yummo!

Full week of training again on the cards with two killing sessions with 'Michelangelo'. Last week he killed me. But I am noticing changes in my abilities...........in pilates, my abdominals appear to be a little stronger, in balance I can twist and stretch a little further, cross training with him always seems more and more intense and cardio - there is more and more of it!

Well I have blabbed enough, so will be back soon.

have a great week with your endeavours and most of all enjoy yourself.

Ciao!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

I am warrior!




Spartan I am!

Well this week has been more than action packed. Monday started with spin class and massive triple ab sets. then Tuesday started with 45mins of interval cardio, followed by weights sessions. Massive boxing session in the afternoon then a beautiful chill in steam room.

This morning I arrived to be trained by 'Michelangelo' and discovered that I am doing the '300 Spartan training' session. Whoa, talk about a full on hard push. But absolutely loved it. Didn't think I would enjoy this type of training but killed. I think the fact that he was standing over me made a bigger difference. I can tell you that I will be very sore tomorrow morning. Tonight I went back for his pilates class and my abs are just dying! But I am getting stronger in them, just have to get rid of some boobs and belly and then it will be very easy! hehehe.

Now I have to do this '300' training twice a week, so next session is on Friday night, modified to suit me at home. Following is what I did at gym this morning.

25 pullups as fast as you can
50 deadlifts as fast as you can - olympic bar and 10kg each side.
50 pushups as fast as you can
50 box jumps as fast as you can
50 floor wipers as fast as you can
50 clean and press (dumbbell or kettle ball) as fast as you can
25 pullups as fast as you can.

My home version I do burpees instead of pullups.

So the rest of week is pretty crazy too, spin in the morning, super ab set, balance in afternoon, Friday 30 mins cardio interval, then 1 hour with Michelangelo, 300 training in afternoon, bootcamp on Saturday morning and then a massive long walk in afternoon. Oh Sunday has just got to be the day of sleep????????????????? and only to start all over again on Monday! loving it loving it loving it!

Ciao!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Shame on me for the neglect!

I have so totally neglected my blog, so I am updating from my forum journal, so those of you have already read, it is only a repeat.


19 Sep 2009 09:01pm
Good evening.

Well I did say I would post results of my first four weeks of the Challenge.

I have lost 7 kilos, 25 cm all over and 18mm of body fat.

I was shy 1 kilo of my 4 week goal but everyone tells me I got to be happy with my results. You have to be happy with any results let alone the ones I just posted.

So game plan has picked up and new workout (blueprint plan) for the continuation of the construction of the Sistine Chapel!

So instead of following the set eating plan in the challenge manual, Michelangelo has tweaked it a little and I have a new plan stan! Pretty much the same as I have been following but a little tighter in a few places, much more stricter with supplements and protein allotments.

I have had a free day today, eating very clean until tonight, which was leftover satay that the boys had a couple of nights ago, and I couldn't finish it.

Back into it tomorrow with a boxing session and then a 30 min cycle (road or stationary) but at a level pace. Thinking about going into the gym to do it. My foot and leg has been throbbing from the walk on Friday afternoon, something not right. Am lying here typing with leg up higher than the heart to try and eliviate it.

Don't think I will be long out of bed as I had a pretty bad night sleep last night.

Oh yeah, I have some pretty major doms atm in my back, bis and tris! Wahoo!

Talk to you tomorrow.

Ciao

18 Sep 2009 09:51 pm
Okay,it is Friday night and I am lying on the couch with my feet up on a pillow, resting after a massive day! Phew!

So update..................thursday started with a spin class with Kiwi Craig and abs, then back that night with Body balance, managed the bird for a whole minute without falling over. Wahoo.

Woke up this morning and headed to gym at 5.00pm to cactch the 5.45am spin class. 45 mins later, legs were a little heavy, was a bit of a climbing session this one. 1/2 break, chuck a small protein shake and some musashi 'create' for recovery then the hour session with Michelangelo.......................whoa! That was a very very hard session but absolutely loved it. Finished with 10mins on rower, doing sprints and bettering each sprint, set a precedent for the next time we do them. Doh! silly me, now I have to keep digging deeper.................but all jokes aside, loving it! then lay in steam room for 30mins, raced home, shower, clean kitchen, try and sort out a work issue at home, hairdressers for a cut and lighten (summer days need a summer colour), walking around shops for 3 hours, then race home, basically throw groceries into fridge then off for a walk with puppies and friend around the hills of Ormeau.
Home again, legs are a little sore - walked at a very fast pace, so had a little soak in salt bath - want to try and avoid recovery swelling tomorrow. Have the official weigh in tomorrow. Speaking to 'Michelangelo' re where I want to be at the end of the 12 weeks (interesting that he wants exactly what I want????) and also where I want to be this time next year.............?

He asked if I was happy with the last 4 weeks and the results and I said that I was not going to put that on myself, just let it all happen, then I asked him if he was happy with the last 4 weeks and he was wrapped. Apparently he is really enjoying training me and loves my enthusiasm, especially when he sets a hard task. So now all that is left is the the first result tomorrow.

Well have a good weekend guys! Will advise tomorrow of results.

Ciao!

15 Sep 2009 10:23 PM

Whoops been a bit remiss here..............not been posting but a lot going on atm.

Well you know the old saying curiosity killed the cat, well being cocky and all that I jumped on scales Monday morning - not really thinking and they were up 2kg from over the weekend BUT...........its all good! I know this is probably recovery fluid I am holding as I really don't recover well after a very hard cardio session like Saturdays! What can I say, running for a complete hour is not my thang!!!.

So starting from Saturday, here is update.

Bootcamp was great except for all the running but I had Rae's voice in my head, "it is only ugly if you think it ugly", so taking her advice, I kept thinking how all the *beauutifuull* running is going to help me win the challenge. I did twist and hurt my knee however in the directional change running, no biggy, just need to nurse it a bit and wear an compression bandage when doing leg weights and boxing! So my bad was not eating enuf on Saturday - didn't put food into my mouth until about 2.30pm so totally screwed up my system for the day. Went to riverfire and had a picnic on top of the cliffs opposite the city with good friends and family, nibbled on lovely light healthy food like my homemade vietnamese spring rolls, some sushi, celery, tomato, olives etc etc etc I am sure you are getting the picture. Awesome vibrations through the body when the F1-11's flew over to start the fireworks and the dump and burn at the finish.

Sunday was a complete day of rest but didn't get enough water in.

So Monday was the cat killing day - serves me right for jumping on in the first place and was consequently chastised by Michelangelo this morning. Monday I did spin, abs and feeling generally flat all day! My first day of feeling so flat, I just couldn't drap myself to do some more cardio in the afternoon, but went to bed at 7.30pm instead. Did the trick, woke up Tuesday with heaps of energy. Tuesday brought 1 hour cardio in morning (rower 30min and spin bike 30min) then 1 hour of weights with the girls. Back to boxing in afternoon for an hour (fastest boxing session yet) and another 25 mins in steam room for recovery. This morning was sesh day with Michelangelo and we did some serious supasetting once again. Clean and jerks - 15 reps - 5 sets - medium weight, then shoulder press and single leg press - 15 reps - 5 sets. finished with single leg ext with pulse squats just to burn out the quads (and they were burning!!!!!!!!!!) 15 reps - 5 sets. Then a nice medium pace cooldown on treaddy for 10 mins.

Food has been spectacularly spot on for the last week with the exception of Saturday, when I did not eat.

So a long week ahead, lots of work and I have Friday off. But I have another sesh with Michelangelo then so I think I might reward myself with another session in the steam room, I am sure he is going to really stick it to me as we have our first official weigh in on Saturday. Fingers crossed.

have a great peepers!

Ciao!


11 Sep 2009 08:55 aM
Ruh oh, it is 'working my butt off time' *insert evil music here*!

Time to go and face the trainers (including Michelangelo) at the Challenge bootcamp. Don't know if it sucks having your trainer part of the task masters or a blessing as you know he will push you harder!

okay, now get up and go! *mini voice saying.............I'm scared, can't I just sleep in*!

OUT!

11 Sep 2009 03:03 AM
Woot!

Day 21 and i can still count on one hand the very minor slip ups from eating plan.

2 coke zero's
2 glasses of red wine (120ml each)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
3 jatz bikkies and 20gms of cheese (yesterday after I gave blood, they would not let me go unless I ate something - choice was jatz and cheese, chocolate, fruit juice! Savoury person so what would I go for!!!!

So leg day this morning and man did I suffer big time - 15 mins cardio on xtrainer, then leg press supaset jump squats, triset ext, curls and deep long walking lunges then15 min rower. Down the aminos and I am feeling 110% (legs are a little tight though)

I couldn't resist myself this morning and jumped on my scales at home as I actually have 1 week left before my official first measure day and woot woo! holy cow! another nice drop. So I promptly texted 'Michelangelo' and said can you please please please make sure I keep up the intensity of my training. I am loving the results

I think the part that is truly amazing me (and I have posted this many times so far) is the diligence I seem to have in keeping my eating so so so clean and to the planned letter. As mentioned before the above list is exactly what I have eaten/drunk that is not on plan!

Go me!

Ciao!

0 Sep 2009 02:37 AM
BOY! was it hard climbing those stairs to the gym this morning!!!

I did pilates last night and we worked on abdominals, hamstrings and hip flexors! There were these 2 crazy leg exercises that created such a burn, it felt like someone had lit a fire under my legs.

Then this morning walking up the stairs to the gym, I really had a hard time lifting the legs up, only to jump on a bike and spin for 45 mins. But I will say they loosened up after a 8min and 30 second standing hill climb at 75% resistance! Phew, I would call that riding up Mt Kosiosko!

Went and gave blood just before (AB+). My once every three month good samaritan work is done!

Currently chowing down on 200gm green beans raw and 120gm of chicken breast steamed with chilli!

Got 30mins cardio this afternoon and then Balance..............ahh looking forward to the bird in the balance track! Catch you all on the flip side.

Ciao! Have a great day!

09 Sep 2009 10:49 AM
Well back home again after going to gym again after work. Did 30 mins cardio on xtrainer alternating high level and low levels. then did pilates with Mr 'Michelangelo'! My butt! I reckon I am going to have buns of steel by the time this challenge is over.

Quick dinner of steamed barramundi and broccoli! yummo.

Well best be getting my clothes ready and food packed for tomorrow. Got a spin class, abs and then cardio at night and Body Balance.

Have a great night!


08 Sep 2009 10:03 PM
Update

Well another 2 days down and still 100% clean eating..........on a roll!

Monday saw me doing a spin class and some abs, but nothing at night, my parents are up from Tenterfield visiting - sister in trouble again up at Noosa - gone to bail her out once again.

Yesterday was a big day with 1 hour cardio before an hour of weights, then a big big boxing session with more abs and then my weekly relax in the steam room! 25 mins I lasted, really would like to take it 30 mins on average. That last 5 mins is really sticky and I start to feel slightly nauseated. Then jump in freezing cold shower for 5 mins and done for the day. I have noticed on a Tuesday i really sleep soundly, don't hear anything until it is just before my alarm goes off, I seem to wake up.

This morning was another session with "Michelangelo" and we did arms.....arms......arms.....arms. I can already start to feel my arms being heavy while I am typing this. This afternoon I have 30 min cardio then 'michelangelo's' pilates class. Another caining on the abs.

I was talking about what is different for me this time around with sticking to clean eating and dedication to my eating plan, with my friends yesterday morning and my smart friend promptly announces - "it is because you have finally stopped feeling sorry for yourself". You know what, I am incline to the think the same way now..........after digesting that comment, it really shocked me to hear that is what has been noticed about me. I never in my wildest thoughts ever thought I was feeling sorry for myself, but I can actually see it now. How good is it to see something you have never noticed before!

I have had a few comments at the gym regarding slight changes in my looks and this is pumping my ego a little. But I am a little scared in becoming complacent with everything if I start getting too many comments. Something I am going to have to work on. No I am determined to keep on this current track. I am just loving it at the moment and even have massive amounts of energy. Funny my body feels like it has a lot of energy but sometimes my legs are so so so so sluggish. Well got to go, so talk to you all soon.

Have a great day.

Ciao

05 Sep 2009 05:18 AM
righto then!

have accomplished nearly all of the set tasks for the week. Managed another intense hour of boxing with friend at her gym. It has some excellant Hammer equipment, shame we don't have some of that at our gym.................but the grass always seems greener on the other side. I will admit, my gym has much more free weight equipment, which is more my favourite type of exercise anyway.

Now I have only 2 more set tasks to do. a 60 min walk which I will leave till tomorro morning when I walk down to get the morning paper from the shops and 1 hour of my choice in cardio. Unsure what I am going to pick there. Maybe a bike ride around. There is always the spin bike infront of a 'chick flick' that would certainly pass the time away! hehehehe.

Well might just lay down and have a little catnap.

Enjoy your weekend lovelies.

Ciao!

04 Sep 2009 12:46 AM

Hey hey

I can't believe a whole week has just flown by. so many things have happened.

And no before any conclusions are jumped, I am still strong with my challenge - 14 days now and not one deviaton from food plan! Woo Hoo!

May as well get sad news over with first. We had to let our darling 15 year staffy go to sleep forever on Wednesday and still pretty sad for me atm. Tears are just welling up while I am typing it. We knew it would be soon as he was suffering with cancers and tumors and even though you are prepared for it, it is still pretty hard. I think what shook me the most was the little puppy we have (yes another staffy) sat on the burial mound for 2 hours, that just broke my heart. Was cuddling little Diesel last night and he seems so sad, so very quiet - normally he wants to play! Okay eyes are wiped, time for an update on the challenge.

I have been soooooooooo flat out! I am averaging 2 and a bit hours of exercise a day, a variety of things, and finding this actually quite rewarding - go figure. As stated above my food has been 100% clean and strictly to the plan........and that my dears is absolutely amazing!

So Monday started with a spin class and abs, afternoon a major HIIT sesh with boxing 3 mins, skipping 3 mins and then 20-25 tricep pushups. This was repeated 5 rounds.

Tuesday weight sesh with girlfriends then boxing in afternoon and that all so glorious 30min sauna/steam room session!

Wednesday - well it was Michelangelo's time to torture me and that he succeed quite well at. Even he had a chuckle because he killed me...........evil man I tell you........but still good eye candy!!!!! That afternoon, as though I didn't have enuf torture from this man, I had to do his pilates class. So Funny, I arrived at the gym with about 10mins spare before the class and there was a massive line up of all these little teeny boppers!!!! And all through class, there was some giggling.................all there to see my Michelangelo in is his tight little white singlet! hubba hubba. LMAO! Boy am I going to give him a hard time next wednesday............oooh maybe not, it could only backfire on me right????? Back to pilates..............I died! 45 mins of abdominal workouts and 15 mins of glutes.......I walked out of there saying " my legs, my legs, I can't feel my legs"! Part of the morning sesh with the master, was these absolutly killer hamstring exercises.

Thursday was spin in morning along with abs (you would think I have had enuf of these but no they are on the plan so I must follow) then in the afternoon it was Balance time! Ahhh the stretch, loving it!

This morning was crazy leg day, same as last week and do you think my legs wanted to work properly. It actually took the 15 mins of cardio on xtrainer first up to get them moving right, then when I got the walking lunges..............OMGosh!

So I still have a boxing session, a 60min walk and an hour of cardio of my choice still to do! Someone pick me up off the floor. But hey, we had a preliminary check on scales this morning and I gotta say I was more than impressed! A nice big drop which helped me, I was so anxious that I would get my normal readings - which normally is not a lot. It has now geared me for the next two weeks towards the official 4 week weigh and measure. Be interesting to see what body fat % has dropped! hmmmm.

So that is it in a nut shell and I am so looking forward to sunday - the day of rest and sleep in. But I was thinking about taking my bike down the coast, and riding from the spit down to burleigh and back. Such a beautiful weekend weather wise, would be a shame to waste it and what a beautiful ride it would be along the coast.

well best be getting back to work!

Ciao!

28 Aug 2009 11:06 AM
OMgosh, thanks Lia.............luv my goldi's.

Update time.

Well another tick in the box for today..........a clean eating day and massive session with weights and cardio.

Well this morning was another killer leg session starting with xtrainer warm up on level 8, maintain 70rpm (more like a friggin sprint), then leg press supaset with jump squats 15 x 3, shoulder press supaset barbell curl 15 x 3, triset of leg ext, leg curl and weighted walking lunges 15 x 3, triset movement on abs - ab crunches, knee raises and crunches with knees up 25 x 3. I think I may have justpulled a small muscle in the side of my back as I have a little niggle, but I think that a good night sleep will fix that too.

Just come home from going out to dinner at the local pub (gotta love this local) asked for grilled steak 120gms and large salad with no dressing - exactly what I got! Loving the fact that I can go out to have dinner and do not even deviate 1 bit from the plan..............really helps that the local pub is vey good at your requests.

So plan for tomorro is walking around the hills of Ormeau with friend and dogs - this usually takes an hour and then i have this huge session instructed to me on my "Sistine Chapel Blue Print" of boxing on bag, skipping, pushups, jump squats, mountain climbers for 5 rounds - 2 mins each item. Well you gotta do what you gotta do! Looking forward to sunday..............have been told to do nothing!

Well I hope you all have a great weekend, no doubt I will keep you posted as per the norm.

Ciao!

ey hey UPdate time

Well today started with abs and a great heavy spin class. Come away from the spin class on a high and the energy levels stayed with me all day. Wahoo!

Finished off tonite with the new launch of the new body balance and loving it. It is tuff but very smooth and slow, so you really work hard. I had so much sweat dripping off me, it was not funny.

LiaI have to tell you i am still earning my gold star. Day 6 on the regimented eating and not one stray or piciking! Smokin baby!

Okay the auditors have not been so bad this week, mind you I say this with tongue in cheek.

Tomorrow is going to be very hard. I have some serious leg workout in the morning and then boxing again tomorrow night.

I will let you know how I fee.

xxCiao
xxDori

25 Aug 2009 11:45 PM
Okay update time.......................

OOOOwwwwww! There I think that says a lot..........hehehehe.

Okay tell me someone, which devil demi god created burpees and mountain climbers!!!!!!!!!!!! huh whaat on earth were they thinking!

Training Tuesday morning was great - really felt my delts though. then boxing in the afternoon which I ran out of puff about 2/3's in, lucky I have an exceptional boxing partner who pushed me on. Best part was sitting in the steam room for 20mins afterwards.............you know I doubted it but now proven - saunas do help with recovery! I was up with god knows what owls this morning at 4.00am waiting for my 'construction session with Michelangelo'. Should hav stayed in bed............nuh just joshing! I feel pretty fantastic atm but very sore at the same time. What a full on session. Burpees supaset with Arnold presses, hack squats supasets with step ups, running up and down board supa set with mountian climbers! Pilates on tonight (again with McDreamy Michelangelo)!(shhhh don't tell his girlfriend I said that) hehehehehe. Funny, how stupid does this sound, he is killing me but who cares, he is great to look at! LMAO

So on the food front, I so deserve that gold star! OMgosh, I can not believe how regimented I have been so far.........................pinch me, am I awake???? Whats going on...........????

Okay best be getting back to work, will catch up soon - tad busy - auditors are still here.

Ciao!

have a fabuloso day guys!


Update time

Well I have amazingly sore delts from boxing on Sunday oh yeah not to mention my obliques!!! Obviously I worked harder than normal.....wahoo! Yesterday I had a triset on my legs, leg ext, leg curl and weighted walking lunges. Then a supaset of shoulder press and ba'rbell bicep curl - then some abba dabba's (which I forgot to do) cardio 15mins on xtrainer before and 15 mins rower after. Put 110% effort into it and consequently I was feeling a little jaded by the time I got home last night - both physically and mentally...........remember those pesky auditors! hahahaha

Caught up with my abba dabba's last night, although it was a piss poor effort and believe it or not, I was in bed fast asleep by 7.00pm. Slept like a baby.

Food is very restricted atm and have stuck to it like glue..........but had the nasty "you are hungry" around 3.00pm yesterday, after meal 4..........drank 750mls of water with a bit of diet lime cordial in it and after about 1/2 an hour it went away. So all good. I was almost thinking I need to "phone a friend" to get me through it. but then I was struck with a nasty headache after that, didn't seem to dispate at all. So I am very happy with the first 3 days of challenge, especially not picking while cooking other meals for the boys. and I have not had the need to 'refeed'.

Well I had better get organised to go to gym, it is my later start day, the day I socialise and train with a couple of friends. going to be a long day today, as I have boxing this afternoon and then I have my first seminar to attend for the 12 week challenge. We get marked on how many we attend and a percentage of the mark goes towards the winning points. So it is off to be a good attendee, I want to win this.

Another scorcher here again, hopefully not too many bush fires............idots who throw cigarette butts out of windows!!!!!!!! Hope you all have a fantastic day.

Ciao Monte Bellas!
xxDori

23 Aug 2009 09:50 AM
Okay lets try this again!

So last week was a horror week at work but a great week training. This week for work is going to be a bit testing too, with auditors in, but hey they have to abide by our work times, the rules are set.

But arhhhh the 12 week challenge has officially started. Weigh in was on Saturday and I must admit I was a little disappointed with 'Michelangelo', I mean I was waiting for my game plan from him but he seemed to be more interested in training himself. So I sent him a email asking what is my game plan and that he needs to show me that he is wanting to win as much as me...............ie show me the love..........ie get into it with me. Do you think that was a bit harsh????????

So yesterday was exercise free but sure made up for it today. Had an awesome boxing session with a friend at her house. My upper back and rear delts are very tight. Luv it.

So game on and let the cardio and soreness begin. I have planned to do a spin class in morning. Talking to my friend today, and we agree that probably the best thing to do is mostly cardo at this point, maintaining my amino acids and ensuring the macro nutrients are clean. I cut, cooked and batched up 5 breakfasts, 4 morning snacks, 3 afternoon snacks and 4 lunches.

So easy going in the morning - wake up 4.00pm, pack bags, go to gym, walk up and down stairs for 1/2 hour before gym opens and then do a spin class.

Well I had better go get my clothes together and I am rather sleepy. so nighty night!

Ciao

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

My Feelings!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Long overdue post


Hey hey

a long overdue post. I have been rather busy of late. Started the Goodlife 12 Week Challenge 15 days ago and am extremely happy to say that last night was my first off plan meal and in that the only thing that was off plan was 2 very small glasses of wine. I am so overwhelmed at my diligence, that I am still in shock that I am acheiving this.

Training has been above and beyond. But the best is, I am loving it! When I saw my schedule I almost died in shock. The first week I did 3/4 of the list, missing only 2 planned exercises and last week I managed all the of the schedule tasks! Woot woot! And I truly believe that a devil god created burpees and mountain climbers!!!!!

So we did a preliminary weigh in on Friday and to say that I was so pleasantly surprised. I had a quite a considerable drop - almost too good to be true, but I am going to take it, I worked very hard for it!

I have been very busy at work as well, but hoping that I will be able to post more updates here over the next ten weeks. So I have to go now but will be back real soon.

Ciao!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Some facts

Stole this from Friday, luv it


LAYER 1: Tell us your...

* Name: Doris
* Birthday (month, day): January 31
* Birthplace: Geelong, Victoria
* Current location: Logan Village, Queensland
* Eye color: Hazel
* Hair color: Mousy Brown
* Height: 5ft 2’
* Righty or lefty: Right handed
* Zodiac sign: Aquarius.................yeah chill babe

LAYER 2: What's...

* Your heritage: Mother and Father German
* The shoes you wore today: Asics - did an awesome boxing session this morning
* Your weakness: I have no self confidence
* Your fears: Not overcoming my insecurities
* Your perfect pizza: 3 cheeses like the one I tasted in Rome,Italy.Nothing beats it!
* Goals you’d like to achieve: I would like to compete once in a physique competition
* Your first waking thoughts: Gym
* Your best physical feature: None
* Your most missed memory: Holiday in Europe


LAYER 3: Do you...

* Smoke: No
* Cuss: Yes
* Sing: Yes
* Do you think you’ve been in love: NO
* Did you go to college: Ye
* Liked high school: Was Okay
* Want to get/stay married: Never, but I did to please the parents
* Believe in yourself: I try to, but often not
* Think you’re attractive: No
* Think you’re a health freak: I'd like to think I am
* Get along with your parent(s): I don’t really get on with them but working on it.
* Like thunderstorms: fun except when camping
* Play an instrument: I used to play the flute and tried to learn guitar


LAYER 4: In the past month have you…

* Drank alcohol: Once
* Smoked: No
* Done a drug: daily: No
* Made out: No
* Gone on a date: No
* Gone to the mall: No
* Eaten an entire box of Oreos: Eeeewwww yuk.. I agree
* Eaten sushi: Yes
* Been on stage: No
* Been dumped: No
* Gone skating: No.
* Gone skinny dipping: Not in the last month..
* Stolen Anything: No

LAYER 5: Have you ever…

* Played a game that required removal of clothing: Yes
* Been trashed or extremely intoxicated: Isn't that part of learning of life??
* Been caught “doing something": Yes
* Been called a tease: Yes
* Shoplifted: Yes

LAYER 6:

* Age you did get/hope to be married: 23
* Numbers and names of children (either you have or want): Christopher
*Describe your dream mate: Vin Diesel
* How do you want to die: quickly
* What did you want to be when you grow up: Botanist
* Which country would you most like to visit: Greece

LAYER 7: Now tell...

* Name a drug you’ve taken illegally: Marajuana
* Name a person you could trust with your life: Chris/Sabine
* Name a favorite CD that you own: Nick Skitz
* Number of piercings: 5
* Number of tattoos: 1
* Number of times my name has appeared in the newspaper: Don't know
* Name a past experience that you regret: The night I lost my virginity! You asked!

Monday, 17 August 2009

OMG! What a 'Rockstar' Love the routine

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

First brush stroke with Michelangelo!



Well first training session with "Michelangelo" and man I am sore already. Totally different style of training - trying to totally confuse my body. As I am so used to cardio (just cardio) and weights (heavy weights), he has combined the two with a more aerobic weights sessions. So I am in aerobic phase for 1 whole hour. Lots of sets, lower weights - trisets, supasets, and drop sets! Then intervals incorporated at the same time. A real mix up of things..............very different. Will be interesting. Lets just say my heart was in my mouth most of the time...........but I am sure this will get easier as the weeks move on.

But on the sore side, I am already sore from what I have been doing the last 3 days, boxing last night was a killer sessions - lots of massive hits, abs, jump squats and split squats. I don't think I am looking forward to tomorrow. But in saying that, I do have today to have a couple naps throughout if I wish.

Short post, enjoy your day. Hey where is the sunshine............supposed to be 25 day????

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Sore Butt!


Sore Hammis and glutes!

Well I guess that what bending, lifting, carting will do to you. Sunday morning I spent in the glorious sunshine of Queensland, potting and re-potting my herbs, orchids and bromeliads! I got so carried away 4 hours just passed like that. One minute I was having breakfast, then next thing I knew it was 2.00pm and I had missed 2 meals…………Doh! But right now I have happy herb plants, orchids and bromeliads……………….. Then to top it off, I did sprints/walk up and down my driveway last night (gym closed due to public holiday in that area) for 30mins. Driveway as a very slight incline, but more challenging is running in the dark on very uneven gravel and road. Certainly worked those ankle stabilizers.

Well since signing up for the 12 Week Challenge, I seem to be having unbelievable will power! I am even shocking myself!!!!!! What makes this decision so different from any others that I have made and why is it easy to keep on the straight and narrow?? Is the external stimulus of taking action after being offered an incentive to win – am I that competitive?, is it the positive attitude, or is it …………………..? Maybe I felt stuck and didn’t want admit defeat, and the age old saying goes, to achieve anything worthwhile in life, it takes one more step, another repeated or different action and a single day at a time. I cannot afford to give up on my dreams and have decided that I have push and be harder on myself .


So here are some tips I stole from a motivation website to make sure that I keep on the current track I am on:
· Become more aware.
Do some serious thinking and analyze thoroughly before giving up. You need to become aware of what is standing in your way. For all you know, you might have allowed yourself to major in minor things.
· Learn to ask.
Learn to ask for what you want and seek for answers. You have to pause and listen. Your brain and your soul will give you the answers that you need.
· Write them down.
Write down your thoughts, activities, emotions and experiences. Make use of your writings to examine your life. Question them, learn from the mistakes and repeat your success.
· Make use of your mental images to invent something different.
Imagine where you want to be and what you wish to become. Make use of your creative imagination to design your future. Repeat the imagination exercise to enable you to push out self-defeating thoughts.
· Retrain yourself to think positive.
Look at the possibilities. Affirm to yourself that whatever it is that is against you is a challenge for you to stay strong. Your doubts and fears could arise from your lack of knowledge and skill. Get hold of that so that you can refocus and not abandon your dreams.
· Work harder than you ever did before.
You should work harder by taking more actions and doing things that will bring you closer to your goals. Refuse to surrender until you have done all that you can.
· Think about what you want and keep thinking about it.
To keep from giving up, stop thinking about it. You have to gain control of your thoughts because they produce the actions that you are going to take. Why focus on things that might end your dream?


Okay, so have done an awesome chest and tri workout this morning with Elsabe...........something very different for her, made her work harder than normal.....hehehehe and this afternoon we have a boxing session! Looking forward to that - hopefully no running, but you know what i am going to scratch that, running is my friend, i need to have running in my life. i am sure if I say this often enough, it will excite me! hhmmmmmm..... yeah right! Whoops what was I saying above - retrain thinking into positive thoughts...............running is my friend!. going to have an interesting morning tomorrow morning as it is the first training session with 'Michelangelo'! Be interesting to see his training style and no, I won't compare it to others, as each coach and trainer is different from the other. I still have my 'Coach' and can't wait until I start training back with her. But first 12 week Challenge and a win and then onto bigger things. Wish me luck.........funny if he works me to the point of vomit, at least I have all day to sleep it off........maybe lie in the sun and catch some rays.


Well best be off, enjoy your day.


Ciao!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

For Steph

Hey Steph

this is my take of a cauliflower pizza crust

steam or bake cauliflower - do not boil - adds too much liquid to cauli. Blend 1 egg white, 50gm oats and 200gms cauli to make a dough. Press out on pizza tray and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 10-20mins to solidify the base.

Top with toppings and then grill the pizza - I found if you put bake into oven the base goes soft again, where as grilling melts the toppings but leaves the base a little harder. your toppings are your choice of course. My favourite isLayered 30gms grated mozzerella cheese, tomato slices, onion slices, olives, sweet basil leaves and fetta crumbled on top. Grilled for about 10 mins. mmmmmm Some attempts have been a bit soggy, but still taste pretty fantastic.

I should start taking photos of my food, so I can show you what it looks like.

Ciao!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

A blank canvas??

Hey hey

Okay the whole “12 week Challenge” idea has settled in now and have started making plans. Unfortunately the one thing about doing the challenge with the gym, you have to take on one of the trainers at the gym, so I have chosen one. A young English male PT - Sean (who mind you is not bad to look at – so no complaints actually) who claims that I will have the added bonus of pure untainted English blood in him, unlike those here with ‘convict’ blood and that he is Michelangelo and of course I am the Sistine Chapel. LMAO! Now I have been to the Sistine Chapel and have a blurry photo to prove it (after the Italian guard yelling at me “NO PHOTOS” hehehehe) and found it quite awe inspiring……..so I started dreaming last night – I was awe inspiring! Positive thoughts created a positive emotion and I am absolutely raring to go……….lets get started already!!!!! Not that I have already been doing my thang………you know watching what I eat, eating 5 meals a day, getting my quota of carbohydrates and green veges (LOL – I think I am a green vege tank – gas included………phew!!!) and most importantly protein.


So the last month or two has been pretty good and I am starting to get small changes in my clothes. As part of my mini goals week to week, this weeks goal is increasing my cardio time – to get back that cardio fitness I used to have. Boy what a struggle when you stop or slow it down. I did boxing last night and 2/3rds way in, I was started to feel peetered and drained of energy, and my fantastic partner bucked me right up…….she pushed and spurred me on to give the last 3rd 250%. I think this is the first time in a very long time that I have been sore the next day from boxing – everything is just aching! Fantastic. And you know what I feel so great for the fact that I pushed through the barrier and took it to the next level, so with that in mind, I am having an absolute feel good day! Woot woo!

I guess I am having a ‘feel good day’, which usually is on a Friday.

I hope you all are having the same feel good day! I wish that upon you all.

Ciao!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Energy in Motion

Whoops! Haven’t blogged in a week…………

So what is new since last post. Well life is still pretty great, cycles are back to normal at the moment, which in turn also has keep emotions normal. I read an article about emotions being fascinating. I don’t know who the author is but I will script some of their words. “E-motion, or Energy put into motion. That is what our emotions do. They move energy and bring things into motion, or…….manifestation. The force behind what we feel is what allows us to create. First we have our thoughts, or perceptions. But it is the emotional energy, the fuel, that allows something to get created.”

So now I am looking at emotion in a different light…………an energy source that creates an action, be it a bad action or a good action. If you don’t like the emotion that you are feeling, think of a different outcome and hopefully a different emotion will follow (one for the best presumably) Take responsibility : to realize that it is you and no one else that creates your thoughts, your feelings and most of all……………your actions. Have you ever thought about what you value in life? Being true to yourself is being clear about what you value in life! You are responsible for your choices, decisions and actions. Don’t give energy to the negative thoughts!


What have been my choices, decisions and actions of late…………oh yeah, I have committed to my gym’s 12 week challenge! Arghhh! Okay okay…. Positive thoughts, create that positive emotion! Hmmmmmm ……. Let me see……hmmmm…. Nope still scared! Got caught in a weak moment and signed the dotted line. Well now that I have done it, I may as well have a bloody good go at it, so I am up for a very strict, very tiring and very sore 12 weeks ahead of me. It starts on the 24th August. Here is my committed oath “No one can stop me from getting that fabulous body and good health except me!” Time for me to be responsible! Remember, the mind is always in charge! Get motivated. I know you can do it and now is the time to prove it to yourself ! Time to win!

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” Robert Collier

“Keep your eye on the prize. Your goals are like directions to your destination, you have to first plan them out in your mind and then put yourself in drive and don’t take your foot off the gas until you get there” Tony Catanzaro

Ciao!

Monday, 27 July 2009

How good is the world!


What a fantastic place we live in! Don't you agree?

On a bit of a high atm.................what can I say! I know what was wrong with me last week and now fixed! check!
Had a phat time last night at the concert of what I think is one the best performers yet! P!nk. Check!
Spent the night with good friends! Check!
Got this Thursday off work! Check!
Full of energy! Check!
Monthly cycle is back to normal! Check!

Righto, lets go! So how was everyone elses weekend?? as you know mine was pretty great. First weight session tomorrow after a week off with the 'parasite'! Yep that was what was wrong with me.............I apparently had a parasite in my gut. Where do you get that you ask.........don't worry I asked that too. Dirty food to be exact. I had had suffered from something similar about 12 years ago, but every since then I do not eat anything I buy before washing it, so what went wrong this time......................I ate someone elses food! Cherries to be exact! New thing I learnt, don't trust that all food is clean, irregardless of where you. But the hardest thing, how do you check without being rude???

Be interesting to see how my strength has improved with one week off. Or not? hehehe but with me usually I do have strength gains after time off. Back and shoulders tomorrow, legs wednesday, legs, abs and biceps Thursday and chest and triceps on Friday.

Nothing much else to talk about atm, very tired after such a late nite last night,so its byby and see you tomorrow.

Ciao!

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Remember the Journey!


We often tend to label ourselves in a negative way, particularly with regard to losing weight…………..you know, the ones like ‘failure’, ‘unsuccessful’, ‘no determination’, ‘what’s wrong with me’! Especially when you put a massive effort in, your motivation is at an all time high and your expectations of course is at an all time high! But all too often we forget to look at that journey to the point where we start to have that change from a positive to a negative. I mean, look at the exercise choices you made while you were at your peak in motivation, look at your food choices and most of all look at your head space………….it was good wasn’t it. Then when that all too expected results does not happen, we start to beat ourselves up! Well I have decided that beating yourself up keeps you trapped, stagnant – well think about it, you get excited with the oncoming result then the result doesn’t happen but it is so close or you had a reversal. You talk yourself into being a failure and you start rehashing your last week of all the good things, trying to find out where you went wrong, questioning “what’s wrong with me!”. Well guess what! You didn’t go wrong!

So what now……………keep going! Your expected results is now just a day behind, your in front! The result is the loser, not you. It is the one lagging behind! Here’s an age old saying that makes sense………”just relax and be patient, Rome was not built in a day”. We really need to start praising ourselves for the effort we put in rather than the result we get from that effort. The thing to do is look at the result as “Collateral Damage”. To look at it differently and call results collateral damage might work if you only recognize the effort and choices you put into your goal. Realistically, that is what gets us to where we want to go ultimately. The journey! The only way to get to RESULTS is to take the JOURNEY!

Ciao!

Monday, 20 July 2009

Nothing is impossible

So how was your weekend???

What can I say about mine???????? I am feeling a little funny today, but a good funny. Its hard to explain………….I feel happy, excited, tired, energetic, elated, flat and eager all in one go? What’s with that??

I have had some pretty good days training since I last posted. Well we all know about the major DOMS from legs, then the next day I smashed out a fantastic new PB in Chest Bench, only to jump up excited punching the air and then it hit me……………..oh shit, I need to go up in weights. Needless to say, the weight is already quite heavy!!!! Oh well always great to improve, but I need to do it slowly, as you can always get stronger muscles quicker but your tendons often are left behind, and you will struggle with them………so next week I will pump out my second set at the heaviest weight for as many reps as I can. Can’t get too strong too quick!.

I have been talking to some pretty inspirational ladies of late, not to mention those who are on forums and have blogs. This has pushed my energy levels as well and like some previous posts ago, something has just gone SNAP! All just clicked into place. Maybe because I am not stressing over it, just going along for the ride. While a passing chat with a brilliant mind on Saturday, I came to some realisations that the choice is always mine, like an incident with dinner in the beginning of the week. Long story short – had a dish, asked if it was fresh, came out to table different than when told at ordering. Ate it anyway but when reflecting on it, I could have changed the result slightly and would have had better of for it, eating the same dish. So now with this being discuss, I have taken on food purchased outside of the home in a different perspective and will embrace it, rather than obsess over it! Phew, it was like a ton of food issues just gone from my head! Wahoo! Everyday is a choice, a choice for us to make. The discussion finished with that if I feel a deep passion for something enough and I can create focus, commitment and perseverance, anything can be accomplished and my so called “impossible BEHAG” dream can become very real indeed.


I came across this quote and just love it. I don’t know who the author is?? Anyone know?? I do know that is was a very successful ad campaign for Adidas with Mahumod Ali and many other famous athletes (just Ali stays in my mind).


Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.


With that I will leave!

Ciao!

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Train like a beast!


Yep that was me today......................the legs! Super heavy squats(100kg), Dumbell weighted lunges (12.5kg) off bosu ball supaset with supa heavy deadlifts(80kg), finish off with single leg 45deg pushes(120kg). Then on tready for an hour hike at a very steady pace, then stretched it out in body balance! Then tonight walked for miles for dinner and now I am sitting here thinking I am going to have some pretty serious DOMS. Someone have a spare hanky?????

How good did it feel to have today off work and spend 3 hours at the gym.............awesome. then caught up with a special friend and had a nice chicken salad for lunch, home to wait for aunts to arrive from Melbourne, drive over to Redcliffe from Logan Village, have dinner, a walk, a chat, a coffee and little bit of cake (1 slice shared amoungst 3), chatted up a very cute greek boy - could almost turn me into a 'cougar' but way too young. more walk then drive home to find Qld lost football...................shame I was really hoping for a whitewash!

Need to go and prepare my meals for tomorrow. Talk soon.

Ciao!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Have you ever................

Have you ever had something just go snap? I am talking about things just falling into place. Well atm the food has just fallen into place. Talk about getting it right. Tonite as an example I had turkey breast strips, stir fried with green beans with mandarin juice and greek herbs with rosemary. Very yum.

Had a good day gym time - a nice hard session with weights - back and shoulders then an awesome session boxing. Total shoulder conditioning. I have ordered myself a punching bag that should get here in a couple of weeks, this will be great on weekends, do a bit of a round or two with the bag. Can't wait.

tomorrow I have off as my aunts are visiting from Melbourne and want to catch up..............they are a bit of work but harmless enough. I haven't seen them for such a long while. They are 5 & 8 years older than me, so more along my age group rather than my mothers. hehehehe. Most annoying thing is I miss State of Origin tomorrow night, would be good to see a total white wash by the Queenslanders. My son is lucky, he is actually going to the game. Anyways, they wont hit Brisbane until lunch, so I am going to have a good 3 hours at the gym..........1 hour walking, 1 hour weights - probably legs and then an hour of body balance to stretch it all out. Then off to meet the relis...............

Well I best go now and get some beauty sleep. hehehehe

Ciao!

Monday, 13 July 2009

All Fired UP

Livin with my eyes closed,
goin day to day
I never knew the difference,
I never cared either way
Lookin for a reason,
searchin for a sign
Reachin out with both hands,
I gotta feel the kick inside

All fired up
Now I believe there comes a time
All fired up
When everything just falls in line
All fired up
We live an learn from our mistakes
All fired up, fired up, fired up - hey

Aint nobody livin,
in a perfect world
Everybodys out there,
cryin to be heard
Now I got a new fire,
burnin in my eyes
Lightin up the darkness,
movin like a meteorite

All fired up
Now I believe there comes a time
All fired up
When everything just falls in line
All fired up

We live an learn from our mistakes
All fired up, fired up, fired up
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line

We live an learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line

We live an learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line

We live an learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Now I believe there comes a time
When everything just falls in line

We live an learn from our mistakes
The deepest cuts are healed by faith
Now I believe

Anyone who was a pub crawler in the eighties would know this one! I was thinking about my postings today and driving home this song came on the radio. Well I cranked it and sang it as loud as I could. Talk about firing me up.

Sweeet!

How hungry do you get for it?


So what makes that dedication an all time consuming hunger for you??? In my mind I go through pictures of myself, of what I would look like, the finished product. But what keeps that picture alive in the waking hours of the day, the day where you start off great, but somehow gets lost by the end of it!!!

Now I have announced that I am trying to work my way back from the Abyss, stepping around the edge, toying with the ability to stay out or fall back in.. What is it that makes this all seem so hard. I should be so motivated and yet I don’t appear to be. If only we knew how the inner functions of the brain work? To remember to flick that switch on and keep it on!

So today the food has been of good quality and equal proportions (you would be proud of how many veges I am getting in Liz), I have eaten 3 meals so far today and I am soooooooo full! But I know the answer to that. I have slowly dwindle my food intake over the last 6 weeks, that I was not eating enuf and then having a binge on something totally wrong. So I have to now teach this body once again to accept good whole food, at set times – all the while making sure I get the correct macros in at the right times. Back to feeling sooooooo full. This too will pass, as my body starts getting used to eating again, it will start looking for the food required at the set times. All a matter to flicking the switch on and keeping it on.

Looking at the girls who competed this weekend and they all looked sooooo hot, I want that too but I have to get it, work it and just do it. Nobody else can get me there, it has to be me, so it is up to me to get my game plan on. Looking back over my blogs, I don’t know how many times I have said this and quite frankly I think I sound like a broken record. It is a matter to getting my head in the right spot again and adhering to what I want, let nothing stand in my way.


Ciao!

Friday, 10 July 2009

Rocky Balboa in Rocky 6

"If you know what you are worth then go out and get what you are worth, but you got to be willing to take the hit"

Thursday, 9 July 2009

You have to find out what is stopping you!!!!



Okay, so I am still alive. I have been absent from computers at home due to the time spent on them at work (never ending story there). I have been very remiss of blogging, facebook and even my emails for a month. I think I have about a 1000 of unanswered emails that I need to sort through this weekend.

I have been full at it at work and consequently have let all things else suffer…………….BEHAG journey, house and home, social life and myself!!!!! But this downward spiral really does have to stop. It really is a amazing to watch when you let your guard down just how much can really go down hill. Then you start feeling pretty crappy on top of that and you start to become a recluse. Talking to a friend of mine who is currently part the way through her Naturopath Degree, she said that there is a result of a study done that women who are going through menopause or suffering symptoms of, often will become reclusive during that time. Downside to that is when I stay at home more, I become more lethargic and all I want to do is read which results in a widening of the rear end!!!!! Damn!

In an article I read, Dave Robson says “It is part and parcel of human nature to have bad days, times where low motivation levels prevents us from reaching our full potential”. I have to agree with him that accepting this statement results in failure on my part, to which has been the case the last month. But looking at the failure as a learning curve as well, the lesson learnt is to keep the eye on the prize at all times. I have to program myself to accept failure, and gear up for success from the lessons learnt. Something in his article also rang true for me, that when you are highly motivated, you do put more effort into you reaching your goals and the exact opposite when the motivation is at an all time low.


I have noticed that when my motivation is at an all time low, I don’t visit blogs, or motivating websites or even turn my computer on at home. Its like a wave of despair washed over you and the grey haze around you doesn’t let you see the door, then after a while (a month in my case) you remember you have fog lights and you turn them on to find that door. Whoops passing a mirror in the way you notice there are some changes as well. I wish my fog lights were like my car lights – automatic! Interestingly enough when I do have these moments of sanity, remembering what I want, the automatic button wants to kick in. Like now, and I am thinking “What the hell happened to the last month” It was a ‘Homer Simpson “DOH!”’ moment!
So heres to a new start and hopefully another lesson learnt. Note to self – Try to keep that Automatic button on!
So now I leave you with a pretty neat focus poster! In the words of the great Arnie "I'll be back"!
Ciao!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Oohhhh! I forgot..............

what having a period feels like! Not happy Jan, so over the pain! Doc says that if and when (which is now) I do get my periods back, the first couple maybe killers. You know what, give me DOMS anyday over this crap! Overit! I think I need to go take some naprogesics.

Okay whinge over and now moving on. Have been amazingly strict and clean with my eating. Did a good light weight session this morning (belly pain a little bit of a hinder on the strength side of things - so just had a play) with Chris. Did a bit of back and shoulders. I am hoping that I can have a good session tomorrow. I miss doing heavy weights sometimes and today was one of those days. You know I never realised how draining Ttom can be. Early to bed tonight I think. Going to be a late night tomorrow night, as it alway seems to be on State of Origin night. We as a group of friends, head over to ones place, have a pot luck dinner and then watch the game. So I will have to try and get my stuff together before I go out. Determined to keep on the current path, so plan and prepare is the way to go.

So a short and sweet post, not very comfortable atm. Talk soon..............

Ciao!

Monday, 1 June 2009

Make the most of this power!


Well banner says it all at the moment. Food is good, killing it in training and had some drop in scale weight. This current mode of thought and process is working out great.

On another note, I finally have a visit from Uncle Ttom! This traveller has been absent since the 2nd of November, so long drinks between visits and affects are not comfortable atm - belly has a low dull ache. Ah something I didn't miss.

Training is set for the next 10 to 12 weeks, with a very mixed up program from coach. We worked together this morning on some good moves which I am excited about trying out.

Also really starting to enjoy the interval resistance sprints on elliptical. Be good to be able to do that on the treadmill. One day, I will do it! But atm, following with heavy duty cycle intervals and xtrainer.

Well time to log planned food and get clothes ready. and bed.......................................

Ciao

xx

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Crisis Centre

Well hey there.



It looks like that I have a personal crisis that I must deal with while keeping true to my regained vigour in my quest. This is okay, it can only strengthen me, the only thing is that money will be very very tight for a little while, so all treats are out atm, and a learning curve on learning how not to spend so much. Unfortunately with this slight problem, it will affect my allowance for a trainer and coach. No matter, I will not let this affect my determination.



So enough of that, not to bore you any more of it all.



On another subject, all the boys and girls looked fantastic yesterday, shame I couldn't stay for the final event at the ANB show. What a total surprise being able to catch up with the awesome "Fernster". Hey girl you are looking very happy. I am still busting to find out how Traci went. I have lost her mobile and as I am not in the gym tomorrow morning, I now have to wait till gym on tuesday. Damn! And how good did Deb looked and she got third place. Wahoo! all that work certainly paid off. Well done and congratulations.



Well I have better sign off, I am going on a walk down to pick up the car we currently have for sale on the common.



Talk soon.



Ciao!

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Up early! Ran a marathon last night in bed according to my husband.......no wait, his exact words where " were you training for a body building competiton last night"...Hehehehehe! YES I AM! LOL, how bizarre!

On a good spin of the week, after being extremely vigilant and putting in some awesome training, being provided with some pretty good DOMS, I had a very very nice drop throughout the week. So week one almost a success - but wait there are 2 more days to go. I have been up this morning and got all my food ready to take with me, so no problems there. Except dinner, don't know if I am going to stay or not - depends at the time.

I was reading Katie's Blog and I went a looked back at what I wrote exactly one year ago today, well I didn't but I did post tomorrow!! Title was "Not so Simple" On the surface, losing and gaining weight is simple; take in more food that the calories you use through metabolism and exercise and you gain weight. Take in fewer calories than that and you lose weight! Simple..................or not! Losing fat is difficult because your body fights hard to keep you at a constant weight - lose weight rapidly and the body release hormones that make you hungry and slow your metabolism down.

Now getting back to my great surprise this morning, it is truly interesting that after you are rewarded with results from a week long of dedication, concentration, motivation and determinaton how it can make you keep on the straight and narrow. But I really think this is the point where you really need to concentrate and maintain your thinking process and keeping your eye on the game plan. As I was eating my grilled salmon and steamed broccoli last night, watching my husband eat his pizza, the wee food beastie was talking to me - you know you have worked hard all week, one small piece is not going to hurt you. But when the wee food beastie whispers something like that into your ear, you know you ain't gunna stop at one piece, especially if it is a really good pizza, and the way my husband was drooling over it, I assume it was good! But you will be pleased to know, I did smack that wee beastie down and just stuck to my dinner and now I am ever so pleased I did. I was rewarded this morning for my efforts. Wahoo! Gotta love that.

Well I need to go have a shower, find something to wear that I will feel comfortable in, pack my food and head off to give some major yelling to the lovelies at the ANB.

Ciao!

Friday, 29 May 2009

Keeping it with you

So now yesterday I posted on how I have wasted 8 months of quality time to my BEHAG and also admitting that I do need guidance, I am not invincible. So the struggles that I have placed myself into over the last 8 months seem so stupid..................but they have also been valuable lessons. This will add to my arsenal to maintain this current focus. I will remind myself daily of the wasted time.

Today started fantastic and is currently ending with a slight anxious feeling. Last time I was at a competition, I sprouted that I would be half way to my goal to compete at the end of the year..........and now I have to face the people that I sprouted to, in exactly the same position I was then. I know I shouldn't feel this way, but I am worried that I will be judged. So a slight extension has to be made to my BEHAG!

I wrote on my office wall today, as I spend more time there than anywhere else at any length of time : "Do you want to compete?" "Ask yourself". So this is what I am looking at 5 days a week, everyday, all day and it is something for me to discuss with myself on a day to day basis. This week has been an exceptional strong week - good training (fantastic actually) and brilliant food.

So renewed vows and motivation but how do we continue with this journey. I wonder????? One day, one step, one bite at a time, I guess. Simplify.

My aim is to increase my level of commitment along the way. Increase my 'mental toughness'.

Amazing how something small can help in something. I have been suffering DOMS in quads all week and coming up the end of the week, I had chest and tris to do, then 20 odd mins of interval training, atm I am doing resistance sprints on elliptical trainer. After the 3rd sprint, I was thinking, shit my legs hurt, I could forgo the rest of the exercise and give my legs a bit of a breather. In front of me, was Traci on the treadmill, doing her last steady walk before tomorrow and giddy-up! Kick on! My whole thought process changed to ............'if you complete this session, your legs do not hurt, nor does your chest, you are one day closer to that BEHAG. What keeps you motivated? I am interested to know!

Well thats for now folks, gunna go to bed. Need my sleep! been up since 4.00am.

Ciao!

So Funny

Hey hey peeps!

I just had to post this instead of sending the rounds of emails, how it is so true!

IMPORTANT HEALTH ADVICE FOR WOMEN.
Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
Do you suffer from shyness?
Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist about Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. It can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Sauvignon almost immediately and with a regimen of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living. Sauvignon may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use it. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, erotic lustfulness, loss of motor control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister!

WARNINGS: -
* The consumption of Sauvignon may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
* The consumption of Sauvignon may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
* The consumption of Sauvignon may may cause you to think you can sing.
* The consumption of Sauvignon may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.
* The consumption of Sauvignon may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.


hehehehe!

ciao!

Goodluck!

First: to all competing. I will be there cheering and hooting and cat wahling ya all!
I really do not know who is competing tomorrow except for a few:
Like Traci - friend at my gym. Traci is at the reception desk every morning, making a great start to my day every weekday with a smile and a very friendly hello. Have known Traci for about 5 years now, watched her grow into her now addiction of competing in physique! Fingers crossed lovey! Trust me, if I could wolf whistle I would. Instead I will just yell~




Next is Splice (Deb), we have all followed her journey on her blog and quite frankly I am excited to get there and watch her strut her stuff. Go girl!

So to everyone else who I have missed and know, good luck. and to all competitors - knock their socks off, wishing it was me.

Ciao!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

It begins with you!

It always begins with you.

You are psyched, you finally have re-found (is that a word?) the motivation you had many months ago (8 to be exact), you are ready to start today! 8 months ago I thought I didn’t need any help at all, yeah right! I need guidance, I admit finally, even with all the knowledge under my belt, I really do need guidance! And you know what, that is a mind blowing fact! I have always thought of myself being able to cope with everything on my own (and prided on that). Well that pride now has been swallowed and acceptance has shrunk in! You must be enormously self-motivated if you are willing to take on the challenge of losing weight by yourself, well I thought I was, but realization has set in, I AM NOT Now that in itself is pretty frightening! Where is my independence, where is my strength???

Where does motivation come from? I thought that wanting to compete in physique would be enough to motivate me – but obviously my brain didn’t engage in that thought! What are you thinking!!! 8 months you have sauntered along jumping in and out of existence, drop in scale weight, then increase in scale weight! Time for the rot to stop! Let the taming of the beast begin!!!

In your mind, it has to be worth the effort it takes to develop a plan and stick to it. Others can HELP motivate you by giving you a lot of support and nudging you in the right direction, but ultimately, you have to do it for YOU! You need the right attitude. Something Shelley wrote spurred me to write this little post, so thank you Shelley. I think I have opened my eyes (at friggin last!)

An article I was reading said the same thing as Shelley – quoted from article “ One thing that you must do is believe, just take a moment and think about it for a second. Understanding what motivation for you is important if you want to lose weight. The more motivated you are, the more likely you are to start and continue your plan. You need to believe in that motivation!”

Well – it all starts in your brain! Our thoughts and attitudes create our reality. In order to create something, we have to think it first, express it, and then do it!

So back to basics and start to think.

ciao!

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Sign posted!


Get me a Gun!


the food beast must die!

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

I lurve the look of muscle!


Thursday, 21 May 2009

What you think is what you’ll get.

Author: Victoria Johnson

Your mental images manifest in your physical world. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:

How can you become lean, fit and healthy if all you think about is gaining weight and eating your favourite unhealthy food?
How can you possibly be successful if all you think about is failing or losing?
How can you possibly make more money if you focus on being in debt?
How can you possible get a better job if your energy is spent thinking about how much you hate your current one?

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” - James Allen

When I was obese, most of my mental brain energy was spent thinking about food. I would read those women’s magazines that had food advertisements in the first 20 pages. I would stand in line at the supermarket waiting to buy my high-fat, sugar-loaded items and salivate over the artistically designed foods in those beautiful gourmet magazines. When I watched television, I would sit completely still during every food commercial drooling all the while my mind was ingesting the images.

I became what I ingested, thought about and studied. I became a storehouse of excessive calories. I became what I thought about…….fat! If I was ever to experience a change, I had to change. I had to methodically change:

My mental Fuel (Fuel is energy) what you give energy to grows!
My mental images (instant brief snap shots of yourself)
My thoughts (mediations of images)
My Choices (decisions) and ultimately My ACTIONS (every physical movement)

You see, in life, everything counts. Therefore you must count everything

SOW A THOUGHT, REAP AN ACTION
REAP AN ACTION, SOW A HABIT….
SOW THAT HABIT, REAP A DESTINATION!

You are where you are, right now at this moment, because of your consistent thoughts, images and actions, which is the composite of your habits.

FROM THIS DAY forward, if you want to change your future, you must change your Mental Fuel.

In order to achieve your ideal body, your ideal state of thinking, your optimum level of health and performance in all areas of your life you must change your mental diet. You must get rid of all negative, self defeating and destructive material, conversations, unnecessary relationships, images in your home and workplace.

Replace negative thoughts with empowering images by changing what you read, what you watch on TV and on the internet. Change the music you listen to. If you’re depressed and you want to get to a higher more invigorating state, don’t listen to sad “poor me” drippy songs. Put on some high energy moving and grooving music. Put on what I call great memory music. You know, the music you played when everything in your life was awesome. Let your mind take you back there to that place. Soon you will feel powerful again.

“esreveR” your order of thinking

You do this by asking yourself empowering questions. You are a unique individual. You have your own picture of success. If you don’t……………GET ONE!

Never look back at your past mistakes. That’s why they call it the past! You know what didn’t work, you know where your strength is. Call upon it. Develop your own success program. Each of us have our own ideal image of success!

Start now! Go out and buy a magazine that reflect your destiny and only look in that direction. Forget your past, believe me, everyone is tired of hearing about it. Look to your future see your reaching, see your journey. We are all on a journey through this life………..Maybe we will meet along the way. I hope I see you at the top.




Hey guys, what an awesome article, I just had to post it.

xxCiao!

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The Wedge of Discouragement

Author: Tom Venuto

Taking the first step towards a fitness, bodybuilding or weight loss goal is seldom spontaneous. I know people who thought about competing in bodybuilding or fitness for YEARS before they mustered up the courage to set the goal and start the training (let alone stand onstage in a 'teeny bikini') Many people spend months "thinking about it" before they finally join a gym and get started.

So much planning, thought, time and effort go into overcoming inertia and getting the ball rolling.....and what happens? You hit ONE rough patch (you always do), and you allow the wedge the tiny opening it needs. You stray from your diet, miss some workouts, sustain an injury, or more often than any other reason; you simply an injury, or more often than any other reason; you simply don't see results fast enough. One little setback or challenge and you let yourself become hopelessly discouraged.

It's a pity how easily most people are discouraged, because reaching your goals will occur with mathematical certainty if you consistently follow proven principles and natural laws. Too many people get discourgaed or quit beofre they allow the required gestation period to elapse.

If you planted a tree in your backyard, you would know for certain it would grow, as long as you provided the necessary conditons. If you planted it in good soil, nurtured it, and provided it with water and sunlight, your seed would sprout and grow towards the sky as sure as the night follows the day.

Goals are like seeds and they require time to take root and sprout. Getting discouraged just because you have a setback or you don't see your body trasnform 'overnight' is silly. It's denying nature's immutable laws. Becoming negative or quitting because you don't see results fast enough is like digging up your seeds to see if they're growing down there (killing them in the process).

If you're nurturing your 'goal seeds' by consistently working out and eating properly, OF COURSE they're growing! Have you ever watched the grass grow in you backyard? You don't actually SEE each blade getting taller, but you know it's growing every week you have to mow your lawn! Sometimes getting in shape is like watching the grass grow - it really tests your patience. Don't EVER allow that to discourage you! Keep advancing confidently in the direction of your goals.

It's okay to have BIG, magnificent goals, but allow a reasonable time frame for achieving them. Shun the quick fix and cultivate the virtue of patience. Impatience leads to frustration. Frustration leads to discouragement. Discouragement, allowed to foster and grow, is the dream destroyer.

When discouragement strikes - and it will, right along with its brethren, doubt and fear - see it as an opportunity to get stronger. All progress and growth occur against resistance. The lumberjack says, "the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees, good timber does not grow with ease". Just as muscles grow against resistance. You can't become a strong person unless you experience setbacks, challenges and discouragement and overcome them. Life's challenges were meant to be net head on and mastered.

It's been said that when God wants to give you a gift, he wraps it up in a problem. Your current problem, difficulty, or whatever is making you feel discouraged, is your great opportunity! Eachtime you feel discouraged and press on in spite of it, you get tougher. Your skin gets thicker as if a callous were forming. Eventually, you forge an imprenetrable armor against the onslaught of discouragement's wedge and all the other tools that destroy the dreams of weaker men and women. You gain the faith and confidence to look in the mirror and KNOW you'll reach your goal eventually, even though you don't see dramatic changes on a day to day basis.

With the new year before us, I want you to make a commitment today, right. NOW: Set goals for year, but don't stop there. Set "a goal for your goals". Decide that you will see your goals through to completion, no matter what slings and arrows (and wedges) come your way. Decide that you will never give up when you feel discouraged, but instead, you will see discouragement as your signal to dig in and work even harder. Decide that you will conquer discouragement, and in so doing, become more resolved, more deteremined, and stronger than ever. Make the commitment today! Make this year your best year ever!