2007 - Pride and Accomplishment

Monday, January 30, 2006

Lovin' my new hooks

Backstage, INBA 2004, 2nd Intermediate Figure.

Jode and I finished a good session again tonight - back and tris. I have a new program from Richie (my coach has a name - nothing to hide here!), but have a few questions to run by him before we get stuck into it. Plus I wanted to use my new hooks to see what affect they would have. I loved them! These ones are fully adjustable, from wrist to hand, as well as around the wrist. Jode had a go too. Takes so much pressure off your forearms and wrist/grip. Yeah who cares if my grip gets a little weaker, I'm not a powerlifter. If I can lift more weight with these hooks, then it's all good. I managed a set of 6 (well about 5 really) of DB Rows with 65lb.

Not much else to report. It has cooled down a bit, only 33 or something today - cold snap :)

Have to go pick out some new ensuite tiles tomorrow as the ones we chose have been discontinued - 1st thing to go wrong. How many more??

Oh, visited my chiro today - they got me in on short notice - my neck was so far out, hurt to look down and to the left. He is a legend my chiro! He said that is probably why I had been feeling ill for the last few days. Felt better immediately after seeing him.

Wedgie girl was at the gym tonight. All the guys were talking about it, and rather than thinking it looked hot, they thought it was pretty off. Damien yelled out to me that I should get some like that :) Yeah right, not in this century!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Legs are toast

Another of my comp pics, INBA Oz Titles, 2nd Intermediate, 2004

I was very happy with my session today - I felt a lot better than I have the last few days, and decided to push it in the gym this morning. Our aim today was to do legs in an hour - it usually takes us an hour 20. So, I wasn't expecting to be able to increase the weights as less rest time would increase the intensity somewhat. I did though manage to increase on smith lunges, squats and leg press. By the time we get to leg press, that is where I start thinking I may need a bucket. Instead I chose to lie down under the a/c while Jodie did her sets. It's going to be 40 again today, no rest for the wicked. We were literally SOAKED in sweat the entire way through. One of these days I will take a pic of us after or during leg day - it's not pretty. I have now had my shake and starting to recover. Another leg day down...

I will be training legs in 3 weeks with Kim, that will be cool.

My neck is out. Another reason I was pleased with my workout. It hurts to turn it to the left, and to put my head down. Looks like another chiro visit asap. This may also have something to do with not feeling 100%. I have been feeling very lightheaded - I have always has low/normal blood pressure, but not quite as low as it was when taken on Friday. Nearly every time I put my head down or sit down and get up again, I get dizzy.

Today wil be spent working...catching up on what I haven't been able to do while I wasn't feeling well.

What you make it

You can speculate and guess and theorize and envision, and all those things have their place. Yet you will not know for sure what you can and cannot do until you step forward and make the effort.

There are many things that might go wrong, and many obstacles you likely did not anticipate. Yet you must not allow the possibility of those problems to stop you before you even get started.

When something comes up that you didn't plan for, you can learn from it and make adjustments. When a difficult challenge arises, that challenge brings with it the opportunity for even greater value when you choose to persevere.

Everything that is easy and guaranteed to succeed has already been done. Real accomplishment comes from doing the things that no one else thinks you can do.

Lift your eyes up and see the objective at the end of the path. Then lift your feet up, one after the other, and take the first few steps along that path.

Accomplishment is not what is reasonable or practical or certain or without controversy. Accomplishment is precisely what you decide to make it.

-- Ralph Marston

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Home Sweet Home!

2nd Intermediate Figure INBA Aust Titles 2004

Honeymoon pic - New Orleans, USA, May 05, Le Pavillon Hotel

Still not 100% but at least I could manage to think straight and get some work done. I have only eaten about 2/3 of my food allocation today. Just not able to stomach it. Tonight I was able to have my full portion of chicken but the veggies wouldn't go down. I did have my fruit...always welcome on a 40 degree day!
I have sore biceps today! Legs tomorrow, hopefully I will be able to go hard.

Got my supps today, thanks Michelle!! And my hooks, cool, will be able to try them out on Monday - back day.

We had a message while in Adelaide, that our house frame was up! We didn't believe it, but sure enough, it is! Bottom floor anyway. We took a wander 'through it' this afternoon - we both think the family room looks a little small! The formal lounge and dining is nice and big though. It will probably look a lot different when the walls are up! Upstairs office, bedroom, ensuite and utility room will be a huge area, which is good. Considering putting a little gym area on our landing!

Time for an early night I think....

Friday, January 27, 2006

Feeling Off

The last few days I have struggled with my food - I am wondering if it is because I am a little off colour. Have had a headache for the last 3 days, and this morning I woke, ate half of my breakfast and had to go back to bed. When I woke, I still felt crappy, so I sent Tracy an sms to ask if it would be ok to meet her an hour later at Fitness First. Thankfully it was ok with her, so I went back to sleep. It was great to meet another of my clients in person! Thanks Tracy for taking the time to meet and have a workout with me. I wish I had have felt a little better but never mind! I was fatiguing very early in my workout today, another reason I think I perhaps have something. After we finished training I walked back to the apartment, had a shower, and a quick lay down before venturing off to see the doc, in Keswick. While waiting I just wanted to lie down on the couch and sleep! It was good to chat to the doc, have not seen him since September. He took my heart rate, which was 56bpm, and my blood pressure, 105/60. From the results of my latest blood tests, we have decided to add a little T4 to my thyroid regime. That may also mean I need less T3 than what I am taking. So, more blood work in another 6 weeks. It's all highly interesting. We came back and I had a sleep, now just woken up and I had better attempt to do a little work. I am trying to get as much food into me as I can, without making myself sick.

We are leaving to come home tomorrow - even though it's only 4 hours I am SO over driving trips.

So, this note is to clients who are starting programs on Monday - they will be ready sometime on Sunday, if not Saturday night :)

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Oz Day

Happy Australia Day Aussies! We just got back from the cricket - managed to sit there for almost 40 overs - in over 40 degree heat. Thankfully our seats were in the stand, under some shade, but it was so hot it wasn't very comfortable at ALL! So, we are back here in the comfort of our lovely air conditioned apartment, watching it on tv!

I did my tready walk this morning here at the hotel.

I met with my posing coach yesterday, and it was great to sit down and have a chat to her - went over my diet and training. Her first observation was that I need to put on some more size, which is what I am working on. She didn't have a good look at me, we just chatted, but I will be coming over again mid Feb and have booked in for a training session and posing session then. I have given her my music details, and my ideas on the routine, so she can begin thinking about it. I really had a hard time with food yesterday - I could not bring myself to eat it all. I was feeling ill after eating, and my stomach was not feeling very settled. I would have thrown up if i had stuffed it down. So i gave my system a bit of a rest. I emailed Richie and he said I could remove the peanut butter or replace with a protein shake. Good, this will help. As much as I love PB, 4tbsp is really making me feel weighed down.

Think I need a snooze, all that sun has worn me out!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bloated pickle

Today's pictorial - :) Damien and I with good friend Steve, of www.2-fit.com and his wife, Adelia, in Las Vegas, May 05.

That's what I feel like :) I think tomorrow when i step on the scales, I may be the heaviest I have ever been. Which is a GOOD thing, as that is what I am trying to achieve! Of course with as minimal fat increase as possible. I am force feeding myself, and actually feel a bit ill much of the time. Richie was really happy with my latest measurements. I can honestly say I am SO looking forward to my cutting diet! I can't take all this eating - it's like a 2nd job!! I've never been in the position where I have had to force myself to eat. I can feel my ab fat getting thicker - it's not a good feeling!

Had a massage today - was great. My legs and butt were (still are) very sore. All good.

We are off to Adelaide for a few days, will have someone here looking after Rexy. Will be working whilst away. Will be meeting Tracy for a workout at Fitness First in the city, on Friday. Going to the cricket on Thursday - it is going to be crazy hot. Reminds, me, better throw in a hat.

Did my tready incline walk this morning at Waves after having measurements taken. Even that didn't make me hungry.

I am getting pretty tired (had a late one last night), so will head off to bed now.

Rebecca N

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Me and Tom Venuto

Well, you know, had to make it sound good to get your attention :) Tom has published my article on his website, www.fitren.com, and also in his latest newsletter - which is pretty exciting! Great to be involved with Tom.

You can read the whole newsletter here:

or my article, here:

Other news, training was great, hot, and drenched in sweat by the end of it as per usual these days. I did some 60lb DB Rows tonight, quite happy with that, and don't even have my hooks yet :)

Legs and bum are getting very sore. I have a massage tomorrow which will be awesome.

It's late, and it's time for bed. Skin folds tomorrow, then I get my new program from Richie...I am so looking forward to what is in store. I think ;)


Here is more stuff on my PT. I think my intuition is more developed than they seem to think so but everything else is pretty spot on. As I said to Jode, all except the 'immaculately maintained' home :) Click on Jodie's blog link (on right) if you want to take the test...

Off to do some cardio, it's cooler today thank goodness!

The Duty Fulfiller

As an ISTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in via your five senses in a literal, concrete fashion. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically.

ISTJs are quiet and reserved individuals who are interested in security and peaceful living. They have a strongly-felt internal sense of duty, which lends them a serious air and the motivation to follow through on tasks. Organized and methodical in their approach, they can generally succeed at any task which they undertake.

ISTJs are very loyal, faithful, and dependable. They place great importance on honesty and integrity. They are "good citizens" who can be depended on to do the right thing for their families and communities. While they generally take things very seriously, they also usually have an offbeat sense of humor and can be a lot of fun - especially at family or work-related gatherings.

ISTJs tend to believe in laws and traditions, and expect the same from others. They're not comfortable with breaking laws or going against the rules. If they are able to see a good reason for stepping outside of the established mode of doing things, the ISTJ will support that effort. However, ISTJs more often tend to believe that things should be done according to procedures and plans. If an ISTJ has not developed their Intuitive side sufficiently, they may become overly obsessed with structure, and insist on doing everything "by the book".

The ISTJ is extremely dependable on following through with things which he or she has promised. For this reason, they sometimes get more and more work piled on them. Because the ISTJ has such a strong sense of duty, they may have a difficult time saying "no" when they are given more work than they can reasonably handle. For this reason, the ISTJ often works long hours, and may be unwittingly taken advantage of.

The ISTJ will work for long periods of time and put tremendous amounts of energy into doing any task which they see as important to fulfilling a goal. However, they will resist putting energy into things which don't make sense to them, or for which they can't see a practical application. They prefer to work alone, but work well in teams when the situation demands it. They like to be accountable for their actions, and enjoy being in positions of authority. The ISTJ has little use for theory or abstract thinking, unless the practical application is clear.

ISTJs have tremendous respect for facts. They hold a tremendous store of facts within themselves, which they have gathered through their Sensing preference. They may have difficulty understanding a theory or idea which is different from their own perspective. However, if they are shown the importance or relevance of the idea to someone who they respect or care about, the idea becomes a fact, which the ISTJ will internalize and support. Once the ISTJ supports a cause or idea, he or she will stop at no lengths to ensure that they are doing their duty of giving support where support is needed.

The ISTJ is not naturally in tune with their own feelings and the feelings of others. They may have difficulty picking up on emotional needs immediately, as they are presented. Being perfectionists themselves, they have a tendency to take other people's efforts for granted, like they take their own efforts for granted. They need to remember to pat people on the back once in a while.

ISTJs are likely to be uncomfortable expressing affection and emotion to others. However, their strong sense of duty and the ability to see what needs to be done in any situation usually allows them to overcome their natural reservations, and they are usually quite supporting and caring individuals with the people that they love. Once the ISTJ realizes the emotional needs of those who are close to them, they put forth effort to meet those needs.

The ISTJ is extremely faithful and loyal. Traditional and family-minded, they will put forth great amounts of effort at making their homes and families running smoothly. They are responsible parents, taking their parenting roles seriously. They are usually good and generous providers to their families. They care deeply about those close to them, although they usually are not comfortable with expressing their love. The ISTJ is likely to express their affection through actions, rather than through words.

ISTJs have an excellent ability to take any task and define it, organize it, plan it, and implement it through to completion. They are very hard workers, who do not allow obstacles to get in the way of performing their duties. They do not usually give themselves enough credit for their achievements, seeing their accomplishments simply as the natural fulfillment of their obligations.

ISTJs usually have a great sense of space and function, and artistic appreciation. Their homes are likely to be tastefully furnished and immaculately maintained. They are acutely aware of their senses, and want to be in surroundings which fit their need for structure, order, and beauty.

Under stress, ISTJs may fall into "catastrophe mode", where they see nothing but all of the possibilities of what could go wrong. They will berate themselves for things which they should have done differently, or duties which they failed to perform. They will lose their ability to see things calmly and reasonably, and will depress themselves with their visions of doom.

In general, the ISTJ has a tremendous amount of potential. Capable, logical, reasonable, and effective individuals with a deeply driven desire to promote security and peaceful living, the ISTJ has what it takes to be highly effective at achieving their chosen goals - whatever they may be.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

In between working I have been searching for hair pieces for my comp. I've got plenty of hair as it is, but going for something different this time around - not sure what look I want yet, but I may not be recognizable :) Getting some advice from one of my previous clients who is a hairdresser. Maybe I will get a long blonde pony tail...

I have a few more updated programs to do, and then I might get away from the 'puter.

My legs are feeling very fatigued.

Personality test

Jode, I did it and here is a cut and paste of some of the things in my profile - most of these things sum me up quite well - see "truth wins out over tact, and just the facts, ma'am" :) Others I just did not agree with! Some of the questions were a bit hard to answer though I thought.

ISTJs are often called inspectors. They have a keen sense of right and wrong, especially in their area of interest and/or responsibility. They are noted for devotion to duty. Punctuality is a watchword of the ISTJ. The secretary, clerk, or business(wo)man by whom others set their clocks is likely to be an ISTJ.

As do other Introverted Thinkers, ISTJs often give the initial impression of being aloof and perhaps somewhat cold. Effusive expression of emotional warmth is not something that ISTJs do without considerable energy loss.

ISTJs are most at home with "just the facts, Ma'am." They seem to perform at highest efficiency when employing a step-by-step approach. Once a new procedure has proven itself (i.e., has been shown "to work,") the ISTJ can be depended upon to carry it through, even at the expense of their own health.

ISTJs are easily frustrated by the inconsistencies of others, especially when the second parties don't keep their commitments. But they usually keep their feelings to themselves unless they are asked. And when asked, they don't mince words. Truth wins out over tact. The grim determination of the ISTJ vindicates itself in officiation of sports events, judiciary functions, or an other situation which requires making tough calls and sticking to them.

AC Died

Me and Dianna (from Qld), taken late October 2005 after the INBA Nationals.

I thought it was on it's last legs, and lo and behold, I got up this morning to a sauna out in the hallway and kitchen/lounge. Was trying to figure out if it was just THAT hot that it was doing the best it could, or if it was buggered. Within about half an hour we definitely knew it was dead, as the temp inside went up to 32 degrees. Luckily I was able to get hold of an a/c fix it man before I left for the gym, and by the time I got home, it was done! The pump had burnt out - wonder if it was due to the power outage we had Friday night.

Speaking of the gym. Not only the a/c, but Jodie and I nearly died as well! It was leg day, 43 degrees today, and boy did we feel it. We were wandering around like zombies by the finish. But, we managed, and managed well! I went up on lunges and squats, and without even realising I had an extra 15lb on leg press for my set of 12 - gotta love that. My legs were shaking uncontrollably as I bent over to put something into my workout bag!

Just downed my shake, and better go have some more food now. It's getting really hard to eat all the food, I just feel so full all the time. But I am doing it, gotta do it to grow! Looking forward to seeing what Richie has in store for me by the end of next week in the workout department.

I have an appointment with my posing coach on Wednesday, must call today and confirm. I have an awesome idea for a routine this year, I just hope that it will fall into place :) Have my music picked out, but it will need to be cut. Something I had better get to work on.

I hear on the grapevine they are predicting temperatures close to 50 degrees on Wednesday, goodness I hope that is NOT true!! We are going to the cricket in Adelaide on Thursday, I can't imagine sitting out in that heat with no shade. Perhaps we will watch on tv instead, from the comfort of the apartment :)

Tracey W, if you are reading, yes lets go to Fitness First, 10am Friday, will meet you there. Let me know where it is exactly, I can probably walk from where we are staying. Coffee first, then training - will email to confirm. Send me your mobile number..

Friday, January 20, 2006

H. O. T.

This is a pic from 2004, in Melbourne, with Melbourne AFL player Nathan Brown, a good friend of Damien's

I cannot remember it being so hot for so long - the evap a/c's really struggle now the weather is becoming more humid. I am sitting here with an ice pack around my neck. Just sweating the whole time.

I got my zzz's last night thank goodness. I actually slept until 11am today! So, behind schedule. I have not done cardio, so that will be done tomorrow afternoon, and then I will do another session on Sunday after legs, and that will be my 4 for the week done. I don't think there is any let up in the weather on the horizon.

We have to go out for a barbie tonight, how uncomfortable will that be outside. I will have to take my lappy, so I can get some work done. Just washed my hair but it's too hot to be blow drying it, so natural look it will have to be!

Been working on a new ad for New Woman magazine all morning. Having a little trouble with trying to get across what I want. Was not happy at all with the first draft. I have a brilliant lady whom usually does my ads, she is from New Idea and a former client - love her work. Unfortunately the lack of communication with New Woman mag hasn't allowed me to have it done by someone else this time.

Kat, the book I am reading (it's a course) was mentioned a few posts back, if you want to scroll back and click on the link - will take you to the info you are after. Thanks!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Need some zzzz's

Here I am looking mighty glamourous at my hen's night

Feeling reasonably good for not having slept until about 3am AGAIN. So frustrating. Had my blood tests this morning, and went to the gym and did my cardio - walking on tready incline. I took my bodybuilding course book with me to read while walking - amazing how quickly the time went! I made sure of course I was walking at the required heart rate.

So sore from my back workout on Monday! Funny as I trained alone, and that is the most sore it's been for a long time. No new workout either. Chest is starting to get very sore too.

Richie has decided to make an entire new training routine for me after he sees my updated pics and stats next week. This will be my last phase of the growth plan, before I start dieting. He said because things have been going so well he wants to "take a more ambitious approach". Sounds ominous!

Jodie is going to the US in 9 weeks, lucky thing! Means I will have to find a new training partner for that time. Can't go back to training alone! I love having a workout partner.

Writing this out in the lounge on Damien's computer as I have someone in fixing up a few things on mine. Hopefully it will be good to go soon.

Think we have a bbq dinner on tomorrow night. I might leave training until Saturday, so my shoulders have more time to recover from chest workout. Jode will be back Sunday so we will tear our legs up then.

Michelle has sent my new hooks, Myoplex (got some for Kimmy too) and new muscletech product, so look forward to receiving that soon. Thanks Michelle!

I have sleep issyews

Love this pic, INBA Prez Wayne McDonald and me on the Big Shot in Vegas, 2002. This ride is way cool, huge adrenaline rush. What a great trip! My hair colour has changed a little. :)

Here I am, 1.10am, in bed with my laptop. I have been having terrible trouble sleeping this past week. Every night has been after 1am with the exception of perhaps 2 nights. Then last night i was still awake at 4am. Hence I wasn't very switched on today. I had an hour and half sleep this afternoon, just before training. Now, 1am and I am wide awake and buzzing.

Training was great, did a bit of a strength test on BB Bench Press, I managed about 1 rep at 110lb, and Jodie helped me with the remaining 3! I reduced the weight to 100lb and managed about 3 on my own for next set, and Jode helped with last 3. Really blasted chest tonight, again. We have been training so hard! Very impressed with Jodie's improvements in strength lately.

I didn't get cardio in today, due to the lack of sleep. Tomorrow i will for sure. I also have to have some blood tests tomorrow to check up on my hormones again - seeing doc in Adelaide next Friday. I was telling Jodie tonight how i have not had any of those exhaustive episodes since October, so I am really happy with that. They were happening every 1-2 weeks early in the year, especially when I was made to diet on 800-1000 calories. Any wonder.

Richie has increased my food again, I get to eat 4 tablespoons of peanut butter over the course of the day, how awesome is that!! Still no cottage cheese :( But I get another half Myoplex Lite instead of my green beans, pretty happy with that swap. And baked potato instead of sweet potato. Food galore. My metabolism must be improving, am not putting on much fat, if any, and this is a LOT of food for me. The PB helps a lot with satiety.

I think I am getting a little tired now. Let's hope so, will try and sleep now.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Back to reality

Granite Island, Victor Harbor

I'm back! Have had a magnificent few days. Friday night before we left, we were invited to dinner by one of the local Lutheran Church pastor's and his wife - they treated us to a lovely dinner, very healthy too, and an entertaining evening. Such a beautiful family - their children were so polite and extremely grown up for their age! The kids had us out kicking the footy and digging for 'treasure' in the garden :) We got chatting about the Cohen's Diet, as this couple have been following it for some months and have lost a lot of weight, but I educated them a bit on the dangers of such a low carb and low calorie diet. I could talk all night on diet and training issues :)

The next day Jodie and I trained legs - we did a strength workout this time, I wanted to test how much I had improved. Managed to squat 60kg for a set of 4 (which is 5kg more than my bodyweight), and only managed 1 rep at 65kg. Got 6 reps for 400lb leg press (it's a pin loaded one rather than our usual 45 degree sled that they have removed from the gym - so i really have nothing to compare it to), and some other good lifts, can't remember off the top of my head now. Still managed to get quite sore.

I worked feverishly for the rest of the day as we decided to leave Saturday arvo. Wasn't until about 5pm that I finished everything, so we just decided to go to Renmark and stay there the night, and leave for Victor the next day. Had a lovely few days - it was so good to remove myself from the computer for an entire day (well i answered one email from Di). I really felt as though I had a good break. We went out for dinner twice, but I did very well at sticking to my diet as I took my blender with me, as well as some precooked food, and other food that is convenient for travelling ie packaged tuna, salmon, peanut butter, rice cakes, etc.

Did some walking on the beach, and over to Granite Island, for cardio. I managed to finish my Women's Fitness article, so I am pleased with that. I really love writing, I would like to do more of it. I need quiet time to do so, so I can concentrate. Good excuse to get away for the weekend :) Good time for writing...

Next weekend we are going away also. Christmas present to Damien, trip to the cricket in Adelaide. 3 nights there, so that will be good. I hope to meet up with Tracy, and perhaps even have a workout together.

Could not believe how hot it was when we got away from the coast. Like an oven. Jode wasn't able to train tonight, so I went alone. Trained back and tris. I have a new workout coming from Richie, as well as an updated diet. I am really happy with how I am coming up. Can't believe I am not putting on any fat with the amount of food I am eating!

There was a girl at the gym tonight who had her shorts half way up her a**. It was disgusting. I am not exaggerating, she had 1/3 of her bum cheeks hanging out, with a huge wedgie to boot. How anyone can be comfortable working out in that is beyond me. NOT a good look.

Ok better get back to it. If you are waiting for feedback, or email answered, please be patient! My job for tomorrow! Time to go and eat some more.

I have received some more finishing photos from clients over the past couple of days - awesome work girls!!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Rexus Maximus

Today's pic is my big puddy cat, Rex, doing what he does best - rolling over asking for a belly rub. Looks like Garfield, acts like Garfield :)

I am having a few computer issues, but getting there. Will have to get someone to look at it when we come back from the beach.

Got a pretty full schedule between now and then. Cardio in the morning, then work all day to get all my new programs done, then we have dinner at friends at 6pm. Saturday morning thrashing (Legs) at 9am, then showing a guy through his new program at 11am. More work, pack for trip, and Sunday we head off to Victor. I am even considering taking our microwave with us!!! How else will i be able to cook my oats! And my blender, can't go without proper blended Myoplex Lite.

I added pics to my client gallery.

Wonder when i will get a change in diet, am looking forward to it. Salmon used to be one of my favourite things to eat but I have to tell you, eating it every 2nd day or so really takes the enjoyment away! I think mostly because I am not hungry. It's difficult to eat 250g salmon steak and veg when you find it hard to swallow it. However, I am just DOING it!!

Had nails done today, took that time to read some more of the Bodybuilding Course.

Sent my pics to friend at INBA today who said I had improved muscle and shape. Cool, getting there!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Bit of relief...

Gonna do a little pictorial of anything and everything. Will post a new pic every day. This was taken at LA Fitness in Arizona in 2002, my first year of competition. This was a few days before the Natural Olympia. My hair's long!!

Weather-wise...this morning it was nice to wake up to a few spits of rain and an overcast morning. It still turned pretty hot by afternoon, but nowhere near as bad as it has been.

I've sorted out my posing suit colours, that's a start. Jo is going to get going on one right away.

I had a massage this afternoon, with a guy that I have not been to for about 12 months or more - he was going hard on my quads, and asked if it was too firm. This is how the conversation went:

MT: Is that too firm?
Me: No, that's good.
MT: They are looking pretty toned.
Me: (laughs) You think?! Well, they should at least be a little bigger.
MT: Yeah, they definitely are.

So since my legs have been a bit 'slow on the muscle uptake', I was happy to receive that unprompted comment, which I took as a compliment! He also said my pecs were pretty hard. This guy massages footy players so he would be used to massaging quite a bit more muscle than I have.

Getting nails done tomorrow thank goodness, they are so long I can barely type. Very frustrating as I keep making mistakes.

Jode, congrats on some great results from your skin fold test! Keep focused, I know you are! You can visit Jodie's blogger via my links on the right. Thanks for updating my blogger! Coz I am so not computer literate...

We trained shoulders/bi's tonight - I lost strength compared to last week on my first shoulder exercise which was really strange, as when I got to biceps I was feeling very strong.

Ok, off to post some pics in the client gallery, then an early night, didn't get my nanna nap in today!

Tomorrow morning is cardio, and training chest, calves and abs at night.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Where does the time go!

Our latest finisher

End of Tuesday already! Cardio only today, but boy was it hot at the gym this morning. I had an elliptical machine positioned very close to the fan, and did 20 mins there and another 10 incline walking - but, the treadies were a long way from the fan and i ended up dripping in sweat. Another day where it's just unbearable to do anything outdoors, and even difficult inside. Our evap a/c is having a hard time dealing with it. Soon though, will be lovely refrigerated air in our new house! They are still waiting for building supplies after Christmas so it's at a standstill, again!

Had some amazing transformations come through, one lady (above) has almost halved her body fat %! Gone from 32% to 17%. Hilary was her personal success mentor, so well done to Hilary, but I know Belinda was SO determined right from day one. It's amazing what you can achieve when you give your all. I have scanned some pics today, so will put them up in my gallery later. I will be getting to meet another of my clients soon! She's coming to Mildura, so that will be great.

Just scanning Di's pics so she can add them to her blog. I can barely work in here it is so hot. Should be writing an article for WF&H but I can't concentrate in this heat! Poor Rexy has done nothing all day, except sleep on my desk.

Going to Victor Harbor for a couple of days this weekend coming, so will try and get all my work done prior to leaving so i can just lay on the beach. Nah, really don't like baking in the sun, but will definitely be doing some walking on the beach.

Oh got a new shipment of sugar free maple syrup, so if you have been waiting for some, they've arrived!!

Had a good chat to Kimmy today, good to hear how she was going, and Kimmy, forgot to say but your legs look great!

Jodie and I trained last night, once again, SO hot. Back and tris. Tris were already sore this morning. We quite enjoyed lifting more weight than a guy on the t bar row :) Speaking of guys, am starting to get quite a few of them signing up as well.

Better go water the garden before everything shrivels up.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Lazy Sunday

Did my cardio this morning at the gym, 30 mins walking on tready, on full incline. Followed with 6 sets of abs.

Noticing little VM muscles starting to pop out while I was hanging on the bar doing knee raises facing the mirror - very exciting. Well it is to me anyway :) Reasonably sore in the legs and glutes today, see how that progresses tomorrow.

Had a quiet night last night, I was so buggered from my leg workout, it really took it out of me. Tonight we have a barbie at some friends - we are taking our own food :) I may have a glass of wine, depending what is available - I have one to go from my allowance.

Thinking about what to do for a break after Di's wedding in October. Probably will stay in Noosa for the week, and then head on somewhere else. I LOVE Noosa, fave holiday place so far in Oz. The National Park is just spectacular - check out this link:


Di's wedding will be awesome - it's at a gorgeous restaurant on Hastings Street. Pic above was taken at the same restaurant, in March 2004. Hope I am not giving too much away. There is one thing I don't like about Noosa in summer - the humidity - as you can tell above, my hair doesn't appreciate it either.

I'd like to go up to the Whitsundays and the Barrier Reef again too, Damien hasn't been that far up yet. We have plenty of Frequent Flyer miles so we might have to look into that. Can't really do it when I am preparing for comp though, and it will be the wrong season if I do it before/after. Another year perhaps...

I am going to have a nice, lazy day today...

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Where is the puke bucket?

I could make quite good use out of it of late ;) I came very close to needing it this morning during my leg workout. Last night before bed I was reading an ebook that I printed out, called Muscle Gain Truth. It fired me up to 'go to war' in the gym this morning! Instead of starting my first set for each some exercises relatively lightly I decided to use EVERY set as a work set. I increased markedly on Smith lunges and on free squats. I was very happy with my effort on those 2. We had to do hackies straight after squats as the leg press was being used. I could barely make my first set of 12. Felt like puking after hacks, and then onto leg press. Did a set of 12 at 280, set of 10 at 300 and I got to my last set of 8 and put the pin where I wanted it to be, 330lb, and I could not even push the plate off the base that is how little I had left in me. Had to reduce back to 320 and I could only get 6. On the set of 10 I was losing a little control and on the last rep my knee nearly snapped in half. Ok well slight exaggeration but it scared me a bit! Jode and I were SO knackered, we just draped ourselves over some equipment for a while to stop the queasiness. So legs, done and dusted for another week, thank goodness!

I am now working from my laptop. Changeover went pretty smoothly and guy who did it for me bartered for a training program rather than being paid, which I didn't mind at all! I am having a few teething problems with the upgraded versions of Word and Outlook but I will get there. With our wireless network I can even sit in bed and work while watching tv :) Not that I do that very often! Sometimes late at night.

Will be sending out a newsletter soon regarding my NEW YOU 3 Challenge. Got some more excellent prizes this time around, one being the new IAPC bodybuilidng course! You can read more about it here. The dates have to be updated, as do the prices I think.


Now that I say everything is working smoothly I start having issues with my Outlook not opening Word docs and then locking up. :( Hate computers sometimes. Our new fax/printer/scanner is great though, prints so fast compared to our previous one! Noice.

Have just fed my muskles while writing a program and now better go and take a shower. We finished all our Seinfeld episodes last night which is pretty sad. We've now seen the entire series' of OZ, Kath and Kim and Seinfeld. What else is out there we can get into...

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Late night

as I can't sleep! But almost ready to get to bed. Great training session tonight - back to evening training as poor Jode is back at work :( I think I am almost maxed out on my chest sessions, very difficult to increase in weight - I'm giving it everything and Jodie is spotting me for most of my sets.

WF&H sent through my article proof today - I really didn't like one of the pics they used, it was one from PHAT Camp after I had been working out and I look really scruffy :) I have requested they change it!

Here is a pic of Tracy W, my latest finisher. Great results!!!

Got our new printer/scanner/copier/fax today so tomorrow night will be the scary changeover from my PC to laptop. I hope it goes smoothly. I have a lot of files I don't want to lose. Will do a back up of all very important files on the pen drive to make sure.

Thinking of going to Victor Harbor for a couple of nights soon, but that will depend on if I can get my computer stuff organised and then my work up to date.

Lunch tomorrow with old work friends, that will be good to catch up on the goss. I won't be eating, actually, perhaps I will just take my own food. Either that or will eat before and just have a coffee.

Got an update from Kimmy tonight, sounds like she is going along well, and getting some good results with Richie - I better call her soon so we can really catch up.

Ok, really getting weary now...

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Puffer fish

That's what I feel like! Definitely feel I am putting on a bit of fat now. Not the nicest feeling, but, so many people have told me 'if you want to put on some muscle you can't be afraid of putting on some fat!" As I write, I sit here and stuff chicken and veg down, at 10pm at night. I am not in the LEAST bit hungry. It's a bit easier on training days because I actually burn a few calories off. I'm actually REALLY looking forward to dieting down for my comps! 3 more months of force feeding to go.

Purchased some lifting hooks from a place online in the US. I can't wait to get them. As my grip is starting to give out on me for my DB Rows (I did 55lb this week!), I chatted to Richie, as well as a few guys at the gym, who recommended hooks rather than straps.

I'm also going to start another new supplement - cycling off my creatine/arginine now and will be starting this one for 6 weeks. Supposed to be good stuff - will let you know.

Kat, thanks, yes INBA is the International Natural Bodybuilding Association. Don't get me wrong, the competition last year was still pretty hot! That wasn't my opinion, it was the INBA people's.

I have a new client from Antarctica! I can't wait to help her through her 12 week program - what a fantastic story she will have to tell! If you are interested in following her blog, please email me at sue@idealbodiesonline.com and I will email you her address.

Had a client finish (well done Tracy!!) and send me some awesome professional after photos - professional photos makes SUCH a difference.

Something I have in the pipeline which will be released hopefully within the next few months, are pregnancy packages - both pre and post natal. Sharleen is an 'expert' in this area so this is something we are both keen to develop.

It's late, my Outlook isn't working so I better go to bed and relax.