Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Are you scared to dream big?

It's natural to feel nervous about your goals and dreams i know myself sometimes they scare me, it's the unknown, the risks, the limits and the belief.
I am bringing this up due to my experience last year with prepping for a show that did not happen i dieted for 12 Weeks and pulled out at 8 weeks out due to my body just not responding. I get really nervous that it's going to happen again : (
I have been working with my coach since July 2010 we have been working on rebooting my metabolism so hopefully i won't have what happened last time occur.
After my first and only competition in 2009 i blew out like a lot of people tend to do. My eating increased quickly but i thought by doing heaps of cardio it would balance it all out thinking calorie in, calorie out, i guess i didn't realize just how sensitive your body is post comp even though i was warned by many. So from Oct 2009 to May 2010 my body got flogged with exercise to try and make up for the extra food i was having here and there and while i was doing this my metabolism was crushed.
So the last 9mths i have been really working on getting my metabolism mended by sticking too my macros the better i stuck to the plan the better i was going to be at achieving this yes i am human and there where times over xmas etc where i slipped up but in a hole not only have i worked hard at fixing this problem i feel so much more confident with my approach to food and just making it more about a balanced lifestyle. I love training, i love the way your body feels from clean and healthy eating but i also like that with these loves your body is the reward.

I have some pretty big goals, plans and dreams that i have decided that i want to put my all in for and nothing.. NOTHING is going to stop me from stepping up on that stage again : ) I am hoping that this year will be the start of some pretty amazing things but i do also understand at times there are mountains that will be needed to climb, there will be brick walls i may have to chisel at but there are also going to be times where a casual stroll through the park will be rewarded for those tough times. I am ready to tackle them : )
I am looking forward to heading to watch a couple of comps this weekend not only for the motivation and catching up with fellow friends but to cheer Mick on for all the hard work he has put in for this weekends comp. He has inspired me to not be scared to dream big, if it wasn't for Mick i would not have stepped on that stage in 2009 he was there for me 110% and i couldn't have done it with out him. THANK YOU MWAH xoxo

So we are half way through yet another busy week, i really shouldn't be on here lol i have so much to get done but i really want to keep blogging so you can join me on my journey to the stage again. I will leave it at that for now.
Don't be scared to dream big people work out what you want and give it your all. WHY???

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Why is food a big deal?!

So far 3 weeks of prep done and dusted some nice lil drops on the scales, eating enough to not feel like i am "dieting".
I just wanted to chat about the word "DIET" I hate it, i don't diet it's all about healthy choices with variety and balance i work with macro nutrients and as along as the food fits my daily numbers i can have it. I don't have "cheat" meals 1) Why gorge yourself silly on stuff you know is going to play head games with you tomorrow 2) Junk food is always going to be there why spend a meal/ a day eating stuff that at the end of the day actually makes you feel like shit 3) I'm not perfect i screw up sometimes the 'norm' gets the better of me and i cave and why well it's because i convince myself i am an on a diet and sometimes it's crumbling to peer pressure.

This time round i am really looking at food differently with prepping, it's just fuel to get me through my days fuel for my workouts, fuel for energy, fuel to live! Unfortunately food is now seen as such a social way of living you always meet for a coffee or over lunch with family and friends, you have to buy food to sit and watch a movie.... Why have we made it like this? What ever happened to just enjoying one anothers company?
It's funny how people will stop inviting you places cause your "dieting" or like to point out that you can't have certain things, this is a choice i have made i don't have a disease LOL It's called an esky i can pack my food and take it with me here there and everywhere.

So it seems food is on my mind at the moment and not because of cravings cause quite honestly i don't feel deprived i have a lot of variety in my food i also have 2 re feed days a week where my carbs bump up and my protein and fats drop a lil and these are the days i can play with my macros. Food is on my mind because people over complicate it. I get asked a lot when prepping what is my diet like and if they can have a copy, there is NO particular diet, i don't do keto, i don't starve myself, i don't follow any diet fads, and i don't "diet" like like the typical body builder, my body, my choice! It is now a part of my life i do my very best to eat CLEAN yes there is a little bit of calculating involved but if you want something bad enough you will do what it takes hmm 15-20mins a day of organising what it is you are going to eat is really not that long maybe just as long as you would wait at a fish and chip shop for some of that deep fried tucker. The key is consistency you have to stick to the plan or the plan just ain't going to work and what works for one may not work for another.

I remember when getting ready for my first show how many "experts" were out there saying your eating too much, your not eating enough, you shouldn't be eating this, you should try eating that. I know some people out there genuinely care but there is a great deal in the fitness world hoping for you to just screw up. There is no right or wrong way to prep just stick to YOUR plan don't alter unless it is part of the plan.

In the past i have struggled a lot when it comes to food, emotional eating, boredom eating, socially eating. And there is nothing wrong with that but it does come at a cost. My biggest problem was emotional eating.... Why beacause in the past i told myself that is who i am when i am upset it's okay to sit and gorge on chocolate, cookies and chips... The price i paid = Chub-a-lub Hanni :( Don't get me wrong i still like these foods but now i try and address the situation and realise that i am trying to comfort myself with food and by knowing that im a step[ ahead of myself and can pull myself up on it.

There is more to like then just food but if you want to get in good shape and maintain a healthy happy you and be comfortable in your skin it's all about the choices you make in the kitchen, no amount of sit ups are going to give you abs, you can run till the cows come home but if you are feeding yourself the wrong fuel the plan just is not going to work.

Well that is my opinion on the situation and just wanted to share with you my thoughts on food.
Balance, wise choices, getting back on track, moderation..... THE TIME IS NOW : )

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Busy busy BUSY

The title says it all this week has been go go go from last weekend till this weekend getting up anywhere between 4-5am not getting to bed till 10-11pm and think after been spoilt with a couple of long weekends in a row a full work week smashed me hehe!
My parents where away for the week so i had to take a few trips to their house to check up and feed the animals, work, train, cardio and all the other normal life things that go on, each day kind of just rolled into another!

Training has been great my legs are still a lil tender from Mondays session last week hopefully they are good to go tomorrow : ) Had to fill in for a Body Combat class yesterday OMG i dont think i have done one for about 3-4mths and I'm feeling it today hehe.
Energy wise this week i have been super tired but you have weeks like that. I have been doing my very best to relax this weekend plus my body is telling me to slow down just a lil as i wasn't feeling crash hot yesterday and had to miss out on event i would have loved to attended : (

So Prepping seems to be going well so far no changes in my macros weight nicely dropping. I can't wait till it's a little more noticeable, i have been hanging out to drop some weight for months but i really needed to focus on rebooting my metabolism first so that was the priority.
I have been currently doing my hiits a lil different and i am loving it 3 done this week one on cross trainer, one on spin bike and this morning sprint session which left me feeling like my heart was going to burst out of my chest LOL.

My food has been spot on no slip ups and traveling along well, one of my refeed days falls on the weekend so i tend to experiment a little with my macros last nights dinner was this
Who said dieting has to be boring hehe.

3 Weeks until the Brisbane INBA classic which i am really looking forward to watching 1) My man is competing 2) Love the motivation you get by seeing the amazing bodies presented on stage 3) Get to catch up with some awesome people. Let me know if your going so we can say hi : )

Today is 20 weeks until Sept INBA QLD show.... Let the count down begin : )

Here is to another AWESOME week of training, nutrition, work and LIFE!


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Week one.... DONE : )

Well i made it through week one of prep woohoo! I think the first day of prep was hardest cause i was trying to get my head around how much my macros dropped lol oh well it was going to happen : )
This weeks training was great 3 HIIT sessions, 5 Weight sessions only one class due to all the public holidays.
Speaking of the holidays 5 days off work i felt really well rested come Wednesday i couldn't wait to get back into the busy routine of normal life.
This next week is going to be busy... My parents are away so i am housesitting for them so another thing added to my busy schedule each day this week starts at about 5-6am and ends at about 8.30pm... What doesn't kill me makes me stronger hehe!
I'm currently feeling really good about the year ahead I'm in a good headspace and feeling quite happy not to mention very excited to get back up on that stage. I'm also looking forward to the first comp season which is coming around quick and i love the motivation you get from being around it all, i am defiantly heading to the INBA Brisbane show at the end of May and the ANB Asian Pacs in June i can't wait to cheer my peeps on and catch up with others there.
Just thought i'd give a lil update with where i am at.
Hope all is well for you all.

Train Hard, Eat well and Dream BIG..... With or without my mojo.... THE TIME IS NOW!