Day 4, 5 and 6 Recap…

Well… The body has a funny way of telling us things.

Friday (Day 4) I was so excited to try Bikram Yoga – Turns out my body had other ideas. Maybe I have been over-doing it a little lately. Studying like a crazy women, working, etc, etc. Friday afternoon I hurt myself. This was clearly my body telling me to slow down. I am always go, go, go, and sometimes I definitely push myself beyond my limits sometimes. So I have spent the last few days resting. Which means no Bikram Yoga on Friday 😦

Even though I didn’t get to do Bikram, I still made sure that I ate well –
Day 4
Breakfast: Omelette with Bacon, mushroom and spinach.
Lunch: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Dinner: Burrito Bowl with sweet potato chips.
I also had a very delicious banana, some cashew butter and an orange for an afternoon snack.

Day 5:
I did a good job on my back. I had to cancel work for today 😦 and I was definitely feeling very down about that, and it shows in the food choices that I made.
I don’t tend to eat a lot of gluten as it makes me feel bloated and sometimes can effect my PCOS symptoms.
Breakfast: 2 slices of sourdough with vegemite, avocado, and poached eggs (don’t knock the avocado and vegemite til you have tried it)
Lunch: 2 slices of sourdough with peanut butter (not the healthy kind, the kind that is packed full of sugar/salt and is absolutely delicious)
Dinner: We went to my mum’s house for dinner. My mum is one of those people that gets up every Saturday morning and goes to the local Farmer’s Market. There is a gentleman there that sells homemade pizzas. This is what I had for dinner 🙂

Day 6:
Breakfast: I woke up this morning, and was still bloated and feeling blergh from all the gluten that I had eaten yesterday. I had a glass of Lemon Water, and then had a coffee about an hour later.
Lunch: Roast Chicken salad – Perfect fresh lunch on this beautiful spring day.
Dinner: Roast Beef with Salad.
Today’s choices were a lot better.
I reflected on the happenings of Saturday and there is nothing I would change, I enjoyed my meals, and its not something that I do very ofter.

No meaningful exercise this weekend. Nerve pain, as I have learnt a few times this year is crippling. And its safe to say, that I would rather give birth then have nerve pain… This is going to effect any exercise that I have planned for the next week, so Im thinking some light walks in the afternoon/evening… Nothing to crazy!

Day 7 tomorrow, and I am hoping that I will wake up in slightly less pain.. Fingers crossed x

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S-T-RUGGLING!!!

Like the title says, at the moment I am S-T-RUGGLING! There are a few things that I am struggling with..

My eating habits – Of late these have not been the best, and the habits that I spent 12 months breaking have slowly started to creep in. Not eating proper meals, eating lots of refined products…
My exercise – Apart from the CrossFit Opens, I have not really done any kind of exercise…That is 5 weeks of nothing!!!
I also have neglected my blog, Instagram, and Facebook page – Not that this is a bad thing, sometimes time away from social media is good!

I couldn’t seem to pinpoint why my mood towards my food and exercise had taken a sudden shift, so last night I sat down and thought about what had been happening and what had changed in the last few months.

Until recently, I have always trained at a CrossFit box. I came to the decision though that where I was training was having a negative impact on my life. 
Instead of coming home and feeling that good energy throughout the day, enjoying the community and uplifting experience, I found I was coming home and feeling worse – I felt like my results were been constantly judged, and that I was been compared to others, and for me that is not what I wanted CrossFit to be about. This is exactly why I got into CrossFit to start with – Because it was just me against me.
I also had a few differences with one of the coaches, and unfortunately that was what ultimately helped me make the decision into leaving.

After thinking about all this, I realised that I let the negativity get to me, and effect me more then I would ever want it too. The way negativity has an effect on your eating habits, and exercise has been made quite clear to me now…
I spent a good amount of time thinking about what I am going to do, where to from here, and how I can continue to make a positive impact on my health and fitness…

No better way to stick to something then publicly put it out there – So starting today I am going to make better food choices, starting with breakfast – Which was a delicious Strawberry Coconut Smoothie, and 2 scrambled eggs.
I am going to commit to training at least 4 times a week – weather that be going for a walk or doing CrossFit in my garage…

I will get these good habits happening again, and I will continue to live the healthy, positive lifestyle 🙂 

The Gold’s Experiment… Day 1

Becoming a great personal trainer is my ultimate goal at the moment. To do that, I need to be versatile, I need to be able to do lots of different things so that I can relate to different clients, and peoples need. 

Cue experiment time. 

I get emailed LivingSocial deals everyday, most of them I just delete and get on with it. About a week ago I got an email with a deal to do a months trial at the local Gold’s Gym. While I LOVE CrossFit, I was feeling very out of love with it at the time. I don’t know weather it was the box I was training at, or my mood, or the coaching or what.. I just wasn’t in love, paired with some really gruelling WOD’s I felt like I was always tired, that I wasn’t making any progress. 

So I bought a trial. It was safe to say I was excited to try something new, apart from my tafe gym shifts, I have never been into a ‘normal’ gym (I guess you can’t really count the brief membership at Fernwood, because I didn’t really go). I went into Gold’s on Saturday – Fixed up my membership, met a few of the trainers and the owners, did a class and had a look around. I was really impressed. Everyone was lovely. 

This morning I did my own thing, listening to my own music, and getting shit done. I came home in a completely different mood. I’m just a beginner in this gym space, and it doesn’t even matter. It took my longer then I thought, because I didn’t know where all the equipment was, but I got there eventually. 

Tomorrow morning I am going to be doing a boxing class – Stay tuned 🙂

A Day In The Life of Me…

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Since starting CrossFit and eating healthy, I have had my fair share of people who will make comments about these changes. Not so much negative comments, but a lot of comments about how they don’t know how I do it all. It got me thinking, maybe I should dedicate a post to what a day looks like for me.

No better day then today.

04:50am – Alarm 1. Usually when this alarm goes off, I press snooze, because 5 minutes of lying there in the serene quietness of my house is bliss. 

04:55am – Alarm 2. GET UP! Get ready, get out the door and drive to the gym. I am lucky that my gym is a mere 4 minutes down the road so I am never late (usually).

05:00am – CrossFit Session (Please note workouts vary, tomorrow will be different)

Todays workout:

Tabata Warm Up – Jump Squats

                               – Sit Ups

Tabata: 20 seconds work, 10 seconds transition, 8 rounds. Stretch

Strength –

5×5 Tempo Back Squats. 5 seconds down, 5 seconds up. 1 second pause between reps. Concentrate of form.

Conditioning –

14 minute AMRAP

9m Plate Push 15kg

12 pullups

15 Overhead Kettle Bell Swings

30 Double Under

AMRAP: As Many Rounds As Possible.

Stretch and rollout cooldown.

 

06:30 – Home, Shower, dress. Get breakfast for myself and my 2 year old daughter, Aubree. Dress Aubree.

07:30 – Do any cleaning that needs to be done. This usually consists of picking up toys, making the beds, putting on a load of washing and sometimes some studying.

08:00 – Start work. 5 days a week I care for 3 other children in my own home for 9 hours a day. This involves feeding them, changing nappies, playing games, doing arts and crafts, taking them to the park.

While they sleep between the hours of 12:00pm – 2:00pm I study. Currently I am finishing my Certificate III in Children’s Services, and come the 13th of February I will be back at the Canberra Institute of Technology finishing my Certificate III in Fitness, 2 nights a week.

5:00pm – Finish work. Start cooking dinner, clean up all the days mess – toys, food, take the rubbish out.

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Finish the cleaning, bath Aubree and get her ready for bed.

8:00pm – Get gym stuff ready. Put Aubree to bed.

9:00pm – Bed.

I am by no means a superwoman. I just try and manage my time well and get as much done in my waking hours as possible.

There is no excuse for me anymore… I give myself that time in the mornings so that I can care for others.

Make sure you make time for yourself – This is the most important thing. 

A Year Of Progress…

Well because I have been so busy, and haven’t really had internet since Christmas Eve, I haven’t had a chance to post my year in review.

It’s been an amazing year. 

Here is my year of progress 🙂

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My goals for 2014 are very different from the ones that I had set myself for 2013. 

There is nothing quite like knowing that my hard work is paying off. 2014 is going to hold some big, amazing things for myself and my little family. 

I can’t wait to share the progress that this next year holds..

 

Happy New Year 🙂

 

Working On Loving Myself

It’s a long road. 

When for so long you get use to hating yourself, hating a certain thing about your body, hating everything about your body. It becomes very hard to change that mindset and to start loving yourself.

After years of people telling me what I looked like, or how I should look, I had a lot of insecurities, and I knew that it was going to take some time for me to work through them and get my mindset into a more positive place.

A big part of losing weight is the physical part. Your body changes, you see muscles, you can do more. But to me the biggest part is the mental part. Even though my body was changing, and physically I could do more, fit into smaller clothes, my mental state was not changing at the same rate because I had become so accustom to the bigger me. The mental changes have been by far the hardest thing for me to make. Changing my diet and exercising are the easy part.

This past weekend has shown just how much those insecurities can affect me. But this past weekend has also shown how far I have come.

I had a small meltdown…

It consisted of trying to find something to wear to a girl’s night out. Going to 5 different shops.  Trying on numerous outfits. Sending pictures to my friends to ask their opinions. Saying I wasn’t going to the girl’s night. 

Eventually I found something to wear, I bought it, and went home feeling a little self-conscious about what I was going to be wearing.

In this instance my insecurities got to me so much that I was willing to for go a good night with some lovely friends because I was so insecure about all the different things that I had tried on.

On the up side, the outfit that I bought actually looked kind of amazing (if I do say so myself).

Over the years I have had different issues with clothes shopping, ranging from trying on clothes, not feeling comfortable in what I have tried on, that one sales assistant that always seems to make you feel worse about yourself…

My main problem now is trying on and buying clothes that are the right size for me. Even though I am smaller, I still find myself reaching towards a size 16/18, and shopping for smaller clothes is a process in itself that I am going to have to get use to, but I think I naturally gravitate towards the bigger sizes because my brain has some catching up to do.

So with every physical change that I see, I try and remind myself mentally that I have come a long way, and to help my mental changes catch up to my physical changes I decided to set myself a task.

Every week, at least once a week, I would pick at least 1 thing that I love about me. I figure if I can keep telling myself these positive things, then eventually I will be in the same frame of mind as my body.

So here goes – Here is what I love this week (and its only Tuesday)

– My Back – I love that since starting CrossFit, lifting weights, eating right, and losing weight there is some definite muscle definition happening. I love it so much so that I even bought a semi-backless dress to wear to my wedding anniversary dinner on Friday.

– My Arms – Even after my little meltdown, shopping trip on the weekend, I must say my arms are looking better every day.  There is definition in my triceps, and biceps… Suns out, guns out 😉

And last – My Legs – I am loving my legs, because they are looking very strong. And at the end of the day that’s what I am aiming for.

 

All things take time. In time I am sure that I will love every inch of my body, and all the changes that I have made…

Who Are You Competing With?

I’ve played my fair share of competitive sports – Soccer, indoor soccer, basketball, softball. All of which I enjoyed but I always found that the spirit of it was to beat someone, to make sure that you are the better out of the two teams. As soon as that buzzer, siren, horn sounds there has to be a winner and a loser… And I think that is what drew me to CrossFit – The only person you have to compete with is yourself.

The best thing about CrossFit is the community. The supportiveness rather then the competitiveness. Sure you get those people who want to finish first, they want to bust out more reps/rounds then you, but to me that not what is important.

What’s important is finishing your workout and walking up to (sometimes) a complete stranger, a friend, a fellow CrossFitter and cheering them on through their last reps so that they too can feel that end of WOD glow.

I have experienced this many times. I myself am not a runner. I loathe it. Whenever I see it written on that little whiteboard, I cringe.  My last 400m lap of a grueling 2km run, one of my friends from CrossFit decided that they would run that last lap with me, even though they had already pushed themselves to the limit. It wasn’t a competition between us, merely one person supporting another.

There is nothing quite like receiving the push from someone else that wants to see you succeed.  I guess that’s why I like the idea of been a Personal Trainer. I like to push people and see them succeed.

See… There’s this woman at my CrossFit box. She inspires me. I watch her (not in a creepy way) push herself; get frustrated with herself when she can’t do something. I watch her give it her all. Every. Single. Time.

I’ve worked with her; I’ve pushed her to that breaking point. She makes me realize how much I love this. Watching people change themselves for the better.

One particular workout, I had finished, but there is just something about helping others reach their goals that keeps me going. I stood by her, cheered her on, counted her last reps, and even did those last reps with her.

It was that moment, full of adrenaline, determination and utter awe that makes me remember why I love CrossFit.

Rather then competing with the person standing next to you, push them. Help them finish. This feeling is above and beyond anything you will ever feel from finishing your own WOD, from beating everyone. Don’t compete with the people, who’s names are written next to yours, just worry about how you perform and how you will support the rest of the community when you are done…

That time on the board doesn’t determine the type of person you are, what determines who you are is weather you put someone down for their efforts or weather you stand there with them and help them push through that barrier.