Friday, October 31, 2008
Total for week from last Friday to today comes in at DOWN 1.8 kg's. Happy? Yes, very.
Training today = lots of little bits here and there. Bloody kookaburra's woke me at 4.13 am so I decided to get up and get ready and head to work and go for a walk/jog in the fresh morning air (15 minutes). Came home from work and tackled RPM 39 dvd this time getting through without HR troubles. (40 minutes). Organised early and back to work - walk 15 minutes on treadmill. Mid morning chest & biceps followed by 15 minutes steady elliptical.
I'm going to sleep in tomorrow morning then see how I feel. If I'm feeling good I'll go for a walk, maybe jog a bit but if tired I'll take a rest day.
Feeling = Although still quite tired and physically a bit flat (I haven't had my oats and powder post-training yet) I'm feeling quite good. Today is an important day for me on another front with working on where I want to go to. If I let it, it could be a stressful, anxious day but so far I'm feeling confident and getting through the day feeling strong and confident and relatively at ease.
I'm eating lollies and chocolate and ice-cream tonight whilst watching 2 dvd's - Pumping Iron (Arnold Schwarznegger story) and What Happens in Vegas.
Question? How much water is too much in a day with regards to kidney's coping, etc?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Something's going on. I have pec and lat doms, my rings are tight, I felt sick yesterday morning after breaky as per my blog, cranky for past 2 days (as Jayden (4) puts it "why are you screaming?"), came home from work this morning and jumped on spin bike to do rpm dvd and into track 4 heart palpitations causing heart rate to spike over 200 bpm. Slowed down to recover, then tried 3 times to join back in each time HR through the roof so had to abort. Yet, strangely enough my shoulders and chest look even more defined today or maybe I'm seeing what I want to see?
Training = RPM as per above. So trying to will myself to do something this arvo. But then again might have a rest day as I'm so buggered after a busy day.
Feeling = Tired, over it, sick of thinking about and preparing food all the time, sick of my fast paced life, wishing I wasn't such an organised person and control freak, hanging in there though.
Some lollies and a skinny cow sundae are ranked in today's eats.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Training today = Back & triceps + triple play rower and elliptical action courtesy of the one and only taskmaster Liz. Why didn't anyone tell me to leave my gloves on for rowing? I now have really sore calluses turning into blisters. And would I be right in saying that training partner Nicole wants to tell me to "piss off" when I coach her through the cardio component? I get that feeling from the look of complete exhaustion (hehehe). Heading out for a walk and talk this arvo with a work colleague also. Slight doms in pecs.
Feeling = After training this morning I drank too much water so when breaky was piled in on top I felt really sick to the point of having to lay down for a bit and consider cancelling clients for the day and ring hubby to come home and take kids to school. Willed myself out of bed and into the shower and felt much better. Also thinking the best money spent each week is on Wednesday's when I go see Jeanelle. I feel I had a fantastic chat today and am so excited that I'm really making progress. Cheers to a brighter future with less struggles. I'm strong and confident!
Ever so slightly my shoulder definition is starting to appear. Of course this is always the first place (besides the belly) to show signs of reduced body fat but tells me no matter what the scales are doing I'm heading in the right direction.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Training today = I got ditched today by Liz as she's been brought down with dirty bugs so I trained at my gym today working chesty and bicepys then tackled the elliptical for some 30/15/30/45 sort of workout. 1st interval in heart rate over and above 100% max, same for 2nd, 3rd and 4th and this stuffed bunny had to pull the pin and stick with steady state to finish off followed by 10 mins slow tready walking on highest incline, stretch then enjoyed every single gram of my 80 grams of oats and protein powder.
Feeling = Fabulous although a little shattered at the moment. Maybe an arvo nap is in order today! I did sleep in this morning as I went to bed last night without setting my alarm. Hubby woke me at 5.10 am which is 27 minutes later than I normally rise - shit, hurried out the door with bed hair in full swing - scary!
Narna na nar nar - so what, I'm still a rock star! Yep, got me some PINK tickets. Actually got 2 lots. Saturday night first then better tickets on Friday night so I'm going Friday (dance floor/mosh pit) and selling the Saturday night ones. If you're interested shoot me a comment.
Baskin Robbins icecream is getting a whirl this arvo and I'm going to savour every lick!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I was determined not to spend the rest of the day yesterday in front of the computer so after spending a bit of time by the pool, had a little nana nap then went out for a "walk and talk" with Nicole for 30 minutes.
Today is a rest day, training wise, however when a client cancelled this morning I decided to walk the 30 minutes there and back to the shops followed by some stretching and foam roller release and this arvo again will be a "walk and talk".
Feeling = Fantarstic Darling Fantarstic !!!
Today's delights include a ham, cheese, mushies and vege omelette, milo icecream again plus some lollies.
Right, gonna get my work done so I can enjoy some more pool time.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
By 2.30 pm yesterday afternoon I was completely shattered, tired, hungry, flat/lightheaded. After drinking gallons of water and taking nap still no better. What did I do? The sensible thing by employing Liz' "300 not 3000 calorie" rule and consuming a bowl of oats and powder topped with yoghurt. Did the trick and I felt much better and was then able to hold out for a later than usual dinner.
Training today has been some elliptical work interspersed with medicine ball squats, plank jacks, and running man on bench followed by some steady state. All up 1 hr. Steam afterwards then stretching before enjoying a post-workout meal of oats and powder topped with yoghurt and as I put it "a little sneaky peak to get the party going" (pepsi max). One liner from Grease.
Feeling = confident, happy I'm on the right track, a little tired now but steaming always does this to me.
Other than enjoying my oats and powder and already a red frog I'll be looking forward to a milo icecream and some dark mint crisp chocolate later tonight.
Off to spend some time by the pool now. Katie - wish you were here!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Yesterday's training = 1 hr moderate elliptical (recovering from sore/tight quads due to all my running/stair work last week at Lindeman), back/triceps strength session with Liz (yep, definately earnt my 80 grams of oats post-workout), lots of stretching/mobilization/activation work throughout the day. Remedial massage for recovery purposes.
Yesterday's nutrition = beautiful, yummy, healthy, nutritious food. Yes, it's true your pee really does stink after asparagus which is featured heavily these days. Finished off last night with a Curly Wurly (haven't had one of those for yonks).
Yesterday's feelings = "Bring it On!"
Training today = 15 mins moderate elliptical, some smith machine squats really focusing on drawing the pelvic floor up and squeezin' that ass, some shoulder work, 15 mins moderate elliptical, stretching/mobilization/activation work. Even got to bark a few orders at Coach Liz who performed a few sets of box squats and deadlifts and even a poke in the belly to make sure she had her abs "locked on". And she thought she was going to get away with doing box squats with just a 10 kg plate. Doubt it after what she put me through doing them! I did however let her off with a 15 kg plate but next time straight to the big boy 20 kg's.
Nutrition = gorgeous menu today featuring my favourite of oats and vanilla whey for breaky plus a red frog prior to training, tonights dinner with cousins vietnamese fish, rice and veges finished off with a couple of chicos and strawberries and creams (lollies).
Feeling = as hubby put it on my note pad "Fuckin' awesome and ready to take on the world"
Friday, October 24, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Monday, October 20, 2008
ITALIAN PASTA DIET -- IT REALLY WORKS !!
1.. You walk pasta da bakery.
2.. You walka pasta da candy store.
3.. You walka pasta da Ice Cream shop.
4.. You walka pasta da table and fridge.
You will lose weight!
For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.
5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the English.
Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Just checked my email account and found an email from one of my online clients waiting for me.
I was so touched by one paragraph in particular, I had a tear.
And so to you, I want to thank you from the bottom of my (much healthier) heart. I know that I did the work but you are the greatest form of encouragement and motivation that a person could ask for. You have given so much to me that I want to give some back to you. YOU are the best PT on the planet. YOU are a vibrant, fun and caring person and YOU deserve all the success and happiness that you so obviously have created in your own life. Your ability to help people change their body shape and their mind set is a gift and I am so glad that I was on the receiving end of that gift. So thankYOU Shelley.
I'm now heading on holidays feeling really special!!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
As suggested, A-W-E-S-O-M-E !!
Breakfast - oats with vanilla whey and dairy farmers thick & creamy honey yoghurt
Hi Performance RPM - absolutely fantastic ride !!
Steam and chat with Liz for recovery and relaxation purposes
Morning tea - 70 grams oats with vanilla whey - I've a new goal - aiming for 100 grams in the mixing bowl. Yep, doesn't bother me one little bit that I venture out into the food court of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre with my mixing bowl filled with oats.
Packed ready for Lindeman Island tomorrow
Lunch - chicken, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, sweet potato + some natural peanut butter eaten straight from the spoon
Shopping for plane snacks, sunscreen and aftersun care lotion (there's bound to be some sunburn on someone)
Afternoon tea - fruit puree, yoghurt, protein powder + slim secrets & pepsi (for you Liz)
Snooze on the lounge
Dinner - garlic & parmesan fish, broccoli, asparagus, zucchini (have now eaten all of the fresh veges in the house before going away)
Read Men's Health & Fitness magazine
Dessert - Skinny Cow English Toffee Sundae
Just now - licorice tea, final blogging & computer work before heading to bed!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Chest & Biceps
10 minute tready warm-up
She says "bench press"
I think "yay - she's forgotten pushups first"
2nd set in she mentions pushups next
I think "shit - damn - I didn't outfox her"
She laughs, I snarl!
We head for Sumo Salad and a catch up
Glad she's back. Tomorrow back & triceps.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
I must say I'm feeling like the bridesmaid right now. Yesterday I did Gil's first coat of tan and am picking her up tomorrow morning to take for make-up before heading to the venue. I remember thinking about my first comp like it was my wedding day and usually (however not in my case) you only get to do it once so when I had the opportunity to compete the following weekend again I wanted to experience it all again. I want Gil to be able to look back with fond memories of her first competition so am going to make sure she enjoys it and is made to feel really special because she is exactly that as is everyone else who has the guts to do this. It's not easy which is why not everyone does it. So, if you are one of those doing or have done it - you're very special in my books.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy