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.


Saturday, 30 May 2009

Up early! Ran a marathon last night in bed according to my 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.


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.


So Funny

Hey hey peeps!

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

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
Do you suffer from shyness?
Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
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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.

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* 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.
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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.


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.


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


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.


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!

Monday, 18 May 2009


Tuesday, 5 May 2009

a little inspiration

Monday, 4 May 2009

No longer a teenager!

Happy twentieth Son! 03/05/89.
Phew, can you believe it. I gave birth to this child twenty years ago. I did a little sum the other day and this child for his schooling has cost me almost $80,000.00 but you know what, it turned out for the good. On all accounts he is a typical annoying sometimes rude to his parents type of child but to others, he is a polite child who does respect others space. Christopher was an accident but an accident I am glad that happened. He is turning out to be a very self assured man and I do believe the schooling we have given him helped there. He did go to a private school for 13 years (starting in prep and finishing in year 12) now is in his 3rd year uni studying Spatial Science. Right now he is probably nursing a hangover at a hotel apartment somewhere down the coast with many of his mates. Ahhhh, I remember when I did things like that, only we didn't know about 'Jelly Shots'. Spent saturday afternoon making gazillions jelly shots for him to take down the coast. He had Life Saver duties yesterday afternoon, then I beleive they were going to party pretty hard. Good on him.
Look out the 21st. I have a photo of him as a two year old, lying full eagle spread, naked as a jaybird with just a pair of gumboots on, fast asleep. Can not wait to blow that up. Better start saving now, think it will be a big one.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Do or Do not! There is no TRY!