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Monthly Archive for February, 2009
We all know the first one – doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well here’s the second one – getting up at frickin’ 2.30am after 3 hours sleep. To make it worse, my internet was down. So I rang the cable people at 3.30 Bugger them, it was down last week for a whole day. It’s working a little now, but so slow it’s worse than dial up. I’m over it.
Anyway, so I’m to meet Nadia at 8am for posing training – I will be a right old mess by then! I have to do my cardio first though. I trained 3 days in a row the last 3 days, playing catch up training from my trip away. I was feeling a bit tired yesterday, I had a decent night’s sleep the night before last, and then also after training I fell in a hole and needed another good sleep. I was tired again by evening, but of course waking up at 2.30 won’t help things today. Dieting for a comp really does mess up your sleeping patterns. It’s the low carbs, has happened to me many times before. The other thing you have to deal with is the hunger – you are awake for so many additional hours! But, to be honest, I haven’t really even been that hungry.
For some reason my neck is so sore! Like muscular sore, and it hurts all over to touch. I have no idea what I have done to make it that sore. My knee has it’s ups and downs – overall is doing much better. I squatted on my own the other day and decided to do higher reps (for me that is reps of 10!!) and did 50kg at that weight for 3 sets, followed by some bodyweight Bulgarian split squats and walking lunges. Followed with heavy Romanian deadlifts, Swiss ball bridges into curls, ”butt crunchers” and pull throughs and finished off with a set of DB Swings. It wasn’t a huge workout (kind of haphazard) but my quads got really really sore because they have been neglected a bit due to this injury.
My weight and body fat is dropping slowly still so that is good. I’m now into the 112′s, and have a 6 pack, just 7mm on my abs now, so need to lose another few there. I have veins now – I will never be overly vascular but it’s nice to see a few here and there. I will probably have a carb up day soon – maybe even today if I can get my sh*t together and put my figures into Calorie King. I think my body needs a boost. Might do that now in fact.
Our super special has been a super duper success, lots have joined with our current special offer. Have also had some sensational transformations coming through recently, I can’t keep up with updating the gallery!
Well thanks lovely people for the kind words when I was feeling a bit down! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment to brighten my day Have a good one everyone.
What a week I’ve had. One of the toughest on ‘record’ I’d say – I’m remaining positive and will push on. My training hasn’t suffered too much, I’m determined to keep it up though today I was unable to do much.
So I have been a bit quiet on the blog. I flew to Melbourne this morning after about 4.5 hours sleep and not enough the night before either, so, on top of the other it has really knocked me for six. I arrived at 8am and couldn’t get my room until 12 so had a coffee and wandered the streets until then. Managed to buy a lovely jacket and a sports top from LJ.
I cancelled my appointments with clients – just not up to that unfortunately. I have the Mike Robertson seminar tomorrow, hopefully I will sleep well and get a new lease of life so I can concentrate and learn!
My weight has dropped a bit, low 113′s now. I haven’t had much of an appetite the last few days, but tonight I think it caught up with me a bit. Have stuck to my diet no worries, but just got very hungry all of a sudden! I was supposed to do legs (that I didn’t get done yesterday) today but there was no hope of me doing that. Instead I walked the streets for some cardio, and, after a nap, another walk to get groceries and then tried to do some high intensity cardio in the gym here – again, wasn’t a happening thing. 10 mins and I gave up. Tomorrow I will train chest down here. I can’t believe most of the Fitness Firsts are closed on the weekends here in the city. WTF? For the amount they charge they should be open 24/7.
So I got back with my groceries and did my ironing and cooked up my eggs and veggies. So, I’m pretty set now, I will relax for the rest of the night and hope I wake up in a better frame of mind!! I think I’ve aged 10 years in the last week which is not good for me hehe.
Oh yeah, I did squat a PB last week – 7, 7, 7, 6 (I think) at 70kg. Whatever it was was an extra 10 reps from the week before. The unfortunate thing is my knee has started to play up again – my fault as I haven’t been icing it this past week.
Smashed my bench press PB today by 5kg! 60kg (bodyweight of 52kg) for 2 sets of 3. Apparently I only needed help on the 3rd reps. How exciting is it after you have been training for years to do PB’s. Progress comes pretty slow and steady and this stage of the game but I’ve broken 2 PB’s in the space of a week, squats and now bench so as you can imagine I’m pretty happy with myself! I wrapped my elbows with the same wraps as I did the knees the other day. I’m getting into this wrapping business! So, my knee is actually feeling really good today. It had improved a lot yesterday morning, and then I had a chiro visit at 2pm, and because my chiro is such a whiz, I reckon he has fixed it! He also worked on my ankles and feet as well. I can walk up and down stairs pain free today! So I am excited about leg day tomorrow, I hope to be able to squat up a storm
Kristin is coming to visit! I’m flying her down mid March for nearly a week – we are going to do some videoing for my site amongst other things I imagine. I haven’t booked the flights yet, but will get on to that tomorrow.
I’ve noticed there is an increasing number of people employed at the gym who really shouldn’t be – again, in my opinion! Out of shape people who couldn’t inspire or motivate anyone to save themselves. If they can’t look after themselves, who is going to take their advice??? It baffles me that gyms will employ these people who look like they spent the last 12 months sitting on the couch eating KFC.
Eleni – hehe, yep I know the one – I know them all Too funny you are a Seinfeld fanatic too. Which is your favourite?
Check out the results of this lovely client, Clarissa, who has completed 6 months on one of our Buy Now programs. She has lost almost 40kg in that time, all on her own. What sensational results. My web guy will kill me for posting a photo this big. No time to resize!
So I just had my nails and eyebrows waxed yesterday. I have had a number of people tell me I have nice eyebrows. It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George is told his blind date has ‘eyebrows that other girls would kill for’. His response is “Eyebrows? Who cares about eyebrows?” hehe, Eleni you will know the episode I’m talking about.
So, what a week it’s been. A rollercoaster ride in fact and nothing to do with training. But, I’m hanging in there and very happy with how I have handled everything this week. I had a couple of days where my diet wasn’t 100% but it certainly wasn’t too bad. I think I had a couple of little museli bars and some extra cottage cheese. And some wine. Anyway, good news is that today I finally made it to the 114′s!! Can you believe it? It has taken 6 weeks for me to lose 4.2lbs. So if any of you complain about slow weight loss, think yourself lucky you don’t have to work your guts out like I do for a measly 4lb!!! I’m happy with the way I am coming up now, definitely noticing some lower body changes. My arms are sensational if I don’t mind saying so myself! Anyway, funnily enough I am at exactly the same point where I was for my show in 2006. It was 7 weeks out where I hit the 114′s and believe it or not, tomorrow is 7 weeks out from Melbourne. But, I don’t know if I want to kill myself to get to that one. See what happens.
Bushfires – what can I say. It’s so, so sad that I cannot bear to watch any more of it on the tv. It’s heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have been affected in some way. So now I must change the subject again
Hi Jewel – the supplement I was talking about is Xanabol. I get my supps from my supp store Or, if they don’t have it, depends, I sometimes will purchase from the US. Knee wraps – the ones I have are what powerlifters use – it’s about 2 metres of thick stretchy fabric and you just wrap it around your knees tightly. You have to unwrap between sets otherwise you will cut off your circulation!
Hi Ali, how lovely to hear from you!! I hope you are well. Thank you (and Jewel) for the compliments on my pics.
I hope everyone has a lovely day, and weekend.
Who would have thought! My knees were feeling a little sore, but TP brought some knee wraps for me. Well, you learn something every day – I didn’t realise how much wearing these things would help increase the weight lifted! They felt so weird, like I had springs for knees! Quite uncomfortable to start with, but, they gave me confidence because I had that support. So ladies and gents, today I squatted 70kg for 3 sets of 5. TP was very happy with me I finished off with a drop set, 60kg for about 8 I think, then 40kg for 12. I was pretty happy with my effort and very pleased that my quads finally got a workout! I followed that with Lumberjack Squats with 40kg (also an improvement of 5kg) and seated ham curls. I can’t lunge at the moment so only those two squat exercises for quads today. I iced my knee as usual when I got home but it still felt pretty good. I have a physio session tomorrow, and will make sure I do some more foam rolling as I did it before I trained and man there is some deep soreness and knots in my quads.
I did my cardio this morning, walk/jog, 50 mins. I will probably do another 30 mins tonight at some point. Thankfully the weather has cooled down somewhat.
This week I will be announcing the New YOU winner and runner up – stay tuned!
I threw a short lived pity party for myself this morning. The frustration of waking at 4am for the past few days, the hot weather, and my knee problems - but mostly the fact I am busting my gut (training hard and often, and eating fairly low cal) and not seeing any changes in my body, whereas for the ‘normal’ person, the weight would be just falling off. As I said, I woke at 4am, and immediately was wide awake so nothing to do but get up, even on a Saturday. Waited until it was light outside to do my cardio. Walking doesn’t really cut it for me because I am so fit now, so I always add some jogging intervals. Today my ankles were sore. So not only my knees, now my ankles. I know it was from sprinting yesterday. So, could barely get my heart rate up only walking, and, had a million flies stuck on my face which was really p*ssing me off. I started thinking ‘what’s the point’.
I’m happy to say my rationale didn’t last long. I’m experienced enough to know that I need to be more patient and just keep up the consistency and eventually my body will have no other option but to drop. If I don’t make the first comp I can simply choose another. These days you don’t even have to compete in your own state.
TP reckons I am changing however. Yes, I’m focusing on the stubborn bits but my upper body and abs are looking really good. I like the fact I have rear delts now - I never used to. It makes my shoulders appear much rounder and overall much bigger. Eventually the other more stubborn bits must change too. Will keep plugging away!
This week is looking a little quieter workwise so I might be able to tidy up a few more things on the ‘to do’ list though I do have mega amounts of appointments this week – nails, physio, hair, chiro, accountant…along with training 2 x day, sometimes more.
Looking forward to the 2nd series of Underbelly on Monday night!
Ok so today didn’t turn out too badly after all. I managed to keep my food intake in check – it wasn’t ideal, but you do what you can! This is how my day went: Up at 5am, coffee, cardio at 7am (some intervals, some moderate), home for breakfast, shower and work. By 10am I was feeling hungry and a bit exhausted – danger signs. I decided I should have a sleep but first had some jobs to do in town. After getting home I ate meal 2, and followed about 20 mins later with meal 3 x 2! I then went to bed – about 11.30am and I’d already had more than half of my day’s food. Straight to sleep for 2 hours. When I woke up I didn’t know what day it was! Took me a little while to figure out what I was doing in bed at 1.40pm I realised I hadn’t had a huge sleep in, and that earlier I had in fact been up for some time!
My appetite was gone when I got up, so that was good. I had a coffee, and did some more work. At 3pm I decided to go to the gym – the start of my 2 x day sessions. I did 8 mins of Tabata (hurt my knees a bit) and then followed with 10 mins on the bike and 10 mins of abs and some stretching. Doesn’t sound much but I burned 200 cals. Home, and finally had a snack of 2 egg whites, and a sliced homegrown tomato with fresh basil and sea salt on it. Quite a long time between meals, and such a small snack, it really wasn’t ideal! Had a spa, did some foam rolling on my quads, and then had my salmon and lots of green veg (beans, spinach, silverbeet) for dinner. Followed that with some diet jelly and low carb choc protein. So I managed to almost stay at my calorie level, went over slightly. Could have been much worse, so very happy with myself.
Tomorrow is back day – not sure I should try and deadlift with the damn knees. I have to do cardio in the morning too of course. If I get up early enough I might do it at the gym and do something besides jog/walking to help my knees recover.
On that note, I will sign off – think I will be in bed soon! I don’t have much stamina on these low carbs. Thanks for everyone’s comments, it is much appreciated
I had a 2 hour nap, and woke up to this lovely email from a client who has just completed her 12 weeks with some wonderful results:
I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for changing my life. I think what you do is absolutely amazing and to have a job that allows you to share your knowledge and experience with others in making them become happier and healthier in both mind and body must be so rewarding. You and your team are so professional, kind, caring and understanding and at the same time have pushed me to achieve things I never would have believed ( Oh my god! I can jog for 45mins without stopping, unbelievable!) I have a new appreciation for what life is about and wake up everyday full of energy and ready to take on anything. Mentally I am stronger than I have ever been and food will no longer control my life, physically I am in the best shape of my life and am looking forward to even better results. Kristin and Eleni have been such a fantastic support to me and are both such great role models for women, they inspire me every day. Thank you!How awesome is that Yes, I do love what I do!
Thanks for the comments girls! I’m glad you like my straighforwardness Kathy – it can get me in trouble sometimes but I prefer to say what I think rather than fluff around
Today I’m p*ssed off. My weight won’t budge and I’m starting to run out of time. I have to do more cardio. I have a very sore knee which will not respond well to that fact. I am hungry today and having trouble sticking to a low calorie day. I’m fatigued and at 11am I need to go to bed. Aren’t you glad you stopped by today? hehe.