Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nip and tuck.....

I have been asked alot about how my body mostly my skin is looking underneath the clothing and I pride myself on being honest and sharing as much as possible so that my readers get the WHOLE story and not just the bits that sound good.

So it has been 7 days on my new stack thanks to my wonderful sponsors at Athletes with Attitude, they now have 3 awesome locations... It all started in Geelong and then Albert park and now my home town Ballarat (I am so spoilt hehe)
It has also been 4 weeks since my amazing coach handed me my new program, with his watchful eye and a few tweaks here and there it is now PERFECT!!! I cannot thank Julian Gaylor head coach and owner of Perfit Ballarat for all of his support and also to the wonderful Alex and Anthony for putting up with me :)

So here is a pic of me in all my glory, as you can see I have some awesome tiger stripes (stretch marks) around my tummy and hips. I now have a handful of boob left and my tummy is looking a little ummm saggy......
I can look at this pic and I don't see those before mentioned things, I see definition coming in through the whole torso, I have never been able to feel ribs before and now I can count them! I can also feel my hip and pelvic bones and I so didn't even know I owned them lol..... I guess what I am trying to say is that even though I have no boobs and stretch marks and at the moment my tummy doesn't look too good I am happy with my progress and in a very positive place right now :)
I have in the past been thinking alot about getting a tummy tuck and boob job, but when I look at this pic I actually think that I am happy to wait and see, my body is still dropping fat and tightening up so if I am patient I may be rather shocked (like I was when I saw this pic) of how I shape up.... So I guess the moral of the story is to be patient, work hard and be consistent and just watch the changes come in :)
Right well time for me to go give these stretch marks of mine some TLC with some body butter, then call it a night... Don't forget looking after yourself on the outside is just as important as what you put into your body, So lots of body butter, lots of water and heaps of health veggies and fish oil!
Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Out of disorganisation comes a smile...

I am so FKN excited and happy.....

Life was a jigsaw that well I tried to bash bits together hoping they'd fit haha at the time it was what I thought was best, but now I know differently :)

With the dust settling this week I can see things clearer, I know what I want and I am now doing everything in my power to gain them!

This week I started placement in order to finish my masters of personal training, at first I was rather shocked by the lack of organisation and enthusiasm (although when I originally started it was the same way but different mentor) I came away feeling really upset by the lack of commitment I was given, but somehow I dug deep and decided to take matters in to my own hands and just turn up the next day ready and willing to help out wherever I could. I was chucked into an RPM class, it was a dark room filled with spin bikes, it was daunting because I really didn't know what I was in for.....
I got participate and learn from Stacey, a lovely fitness instructor who took me through how she likes to run her class, technical cues that I needed to know and also how to set up a spin bike correctly then it was go time! I survived, sweated my butt of and all with a smile on my face (yup I am mad haha) then I had a lovely chat with her after the class before moving onto the next class which was run by Troy, it was a boxing class (Ouch my shoulders) I managed to yet again enjoy the class with a smile on my face (no swearing at all I promise, the Perfit boys will be shocked hehe)

I also got to help out behind the desk, greet clients and talk general chit chat which as you can all guess I love to talk hehe....

It was great learning how a gym is run, classes where never my thing but I do now have a new found respect for instructors :)

I have definitely come away feeling like this is it, this is what I want to do, finally I have found what I am good at and what makes me happy!!!

I can't wait to go back tonight, I think even Troy my mentor is happy with my progress and never know I may find myself being offered a job there :)

Anyway must run, I am going all girly today and getting my hair and nails done along with a few other girly things, might even get a tan! Gosh my friend Nicole will be shocked at her wedding tomorrow, not only am I wearing a dress that's not black I will also be sporting nails and a tan hehe

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Saturday, August 18, 2012

May contain nuttiness :P

What a week!!!!

Right so I have been a little quiet due to being a little bit insane...ok ok ALOT insane hehe

Totally hit a mental wall and it really came to light on Friday, I have been struggling with the scales due to me being too girly yup it the clinical term for it hehe well its my clinical term for it :P Anyway long story short the scales haven't changed in a long time although according to my doctor due to my hormone levels I should be size of a house...Which clearly I am not :) So in fact I am living proof that if you keep pushing no matter what you will eventually get to your goal!

So I hit the wall on Friday, sent a very bla message to my head coach telling him I am a failure his prompt reply was 'Answer yes or no... Are you giving up?' which I replied in a heat beat with NO WAY..... So there it is I am not a failure because even though the scales aren't changing I am not giving up! A very wise man my coach :)

Then today I went in for an appointment with Eric manager at the Ballarat AWA store, I was also greeted by Glenn the owner and his gorgeous better half.... Oooo and the gorgeous Stacey was in too which was a lovely surprise. So we got to chatting about why I am not seeing any changes on the scales, health issue is now under control so shouldn't be too much of an issue anyway I was told to throw the scales away and go on clothing fit....So being the good girl that I am I have gone and hidden my scales in my car hehe, I am starting a new supplement plan and changing my training up and you know what I am bloody excited about it all, I finally have my mojo back YAY!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Motivation to keep going.....

On the left March 31st 2012 and on the right August 9th 2012.
So with about 5 months hard work I can see small changes, more definition and tone!
Slow and steady wins the race, I can do this :)

Failure is not an option!

There is no such thing as failure in my books! There is just falling downing and then picking myself up again to try again, but this time try a new strategy!

Two weeks of my new program has left me feeling nothing but soreness in every part of my body, well ok not my big toe or my nose hehe.... I have felt tired and the lack of results are totally screwing with my head.

But after taking Friday off and chatting to my coach via text I have come to the conclusion that yes he is right this program is brutal but you know what I can do brutal!

So I have had three days off training and diet and my body has fully recovered, tomorrow I plan on hitting training and diet from a new vantage point.... I think since deciding to compete next year I have just freaked myself out and become a bloody negative nacey on myself so enough of that shit.... Tomorrow I am going to keep it simple, I have fish and steamed veggies all ready to cook up in the morning to take with me, eggs ready to scramble for breaky and protein powder and supps ready to be packed also. I have my program all packed and my pre and post workout meals planned, my motivation levels will be filled to the brim because I am catching up and training with two gorgeous girls in the morning so I am set :)

So each day I am going to see as a new day, plan each meal to the letter and also my training and social time. I now my end goal is the bodybuilding stage but right now I am going to just focus on building healthy habits and routines in my training and diet :)

In other news, I am all set to get some fresh ink... I am so excited as I am finally doing a tribute piece to my life, starting with my gorgeous kiddies as they are my crowning achievement :) This sleeve is going to be colourful and bright with a hint of wisdom and cheeky charm hehe will be taking the design ideas in and my awesome artist is going to create something unique just for me, so excited!!!

Well its time for me to get my beauty sleep.

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Abs of steel....

Well OK nearly haha

Here is an update on my transformation:

I can see some changes coming in to the abs an obliques, I am pretty damn excited to see these small changes because I have felt like I have been at an utter stand still for months now! Today while training I also notices that my Lats and Traps where popping out, all those heavy shoulder presses with dumbbells are paying off :)

I have to admit I have been thinking that I have bitten off more than I can chew lately, my  new program is totally kicking my arse I have been suffering from DOMS for 10 days straight! Its been messing with my head making me think I am just not cut out for this stuff, that maybe I am just meant to be this shape and that I should just be happy now that I am fit and healthy (my original goal for myself) but then after seeing this pic and myself training in the gym today I have decided that those thoughts are coming from my inner fat chick and as far as I am concerned she can jam those words up her....nose hehe

I have come to the realisation that its about focusing on one day at a time, one workout at a time :)

So my new program was developed for me by my wonderful coach, it has me hitting the gym on my own 3 times a week lifting heavy for 3 sets of 8-12 reps. It works my entire body and its all about stimulating new muscle growth! I am into my second week of the new program and mixing that with my 2 Perfit sessions a week I have to say I am finding that its hard work, but in a good way, my body is fit and strong but now I am challenging it, making myself workout outside my comfort zones so of course its going to hurt and feel TOUGH! I have to dig deep and know that what I am doing is going to help me to get my body ready for stage :)

There is nothing more frustrating than not seeing results from your hard work, but there is always an answer and the answer to my plateau is that my head isn't in the right place..... I know what I want and how to get it and I am doing what needs to be done but.... I think that I am so focused on losing weight that I am not enjoying it, its not making me happy and if I am not happy then whats the point? So I am going to have a brain storm on how I can make my goals fun again and make myself happy! I know I am on the right path and that this goal is what I want more than anything in the world so now to come up with a way to enjoy it :)

On other things.... I am nearly at the end of my year off uni and thinking I should put some thought into what I should do next, so either go back to my double degree in law and psychology or if I should do a business management course so that I'm in a better position to run my business, I have to admit I don't miss the whole deadlines and reading of thousands and thousands of jargon filled papers on law hehe but I do miss psychology, so the though had crossed my mind to do sports psychology but that requires alot more uni time...... The great thing is that I have nothing but opportunities so its a matter of picking a door and opening it :)

Oh I also got to go to my daughters little athletics day boy oh boy was that fun to watch although at times rather scary, it was raining really heavy so the track was slippery so there were a few spills that made me gasp! But one that really had me worried was when a girl slipped and then went sliding for 2 meters down the track, the first aid officer left nothing to be desired that's for sure but luckily it was just a graze.

Time to go and wrangle my kiddies in to their beds, wish me luck hehe

Keep smiling and train HARD peeps X