2007 - Pride and Accomplishment

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Well it has been some time since I last posted. I’ve been on holidays J Well, kinda. I’ve had some time off (well deserved in my eyes!) over Christmas and New Year. I really needed to stay away from my computer as much as possible! I’ve been to Victor Harbor and Adelaide, for 4 nights, after Christmas Day at mum’s, then dinner at my sister in law’s. I’m still in Adelaide at present, but we are heading home tomorrow after visiting the Central Market to fill up our esky with seafood, fruit and veg. I’ve had the entire week off training. I had been having some trouble with my groin/hamstring injury flaring up again and figured it would be a good time to take a bit of a break. The diet has well and truly been ‘liberal’ but that was always intended and whilst I feel a bit blah from the different food (as in rich, sweet, fat food) I’ll be back into the swing of things with a vengeance as of when I get home. I’ve signed up back at my old (new!) gym so a change of pace and place, will be good. It’s closer to our new house too so it’s more convenient.

Coffee with Ali
I caught up for a coffee with Ali this morning who is also in Adelaide, and got to meet her lovely daughter. Ali and I chatted mostly about comps, diets and training – as you do J Ali is working on coming to Mildura in the next couple of months which will be great.

What’s in store for early 2008?
So, 2008 is shaping up to be a huge year already. We have the WHO Magazine article coming out on Jan 11, featuring Carolyn’s amazing transformation. That same week I travel to Brisbane for a few days to visit Rachel to do some staff training. I had fantastic news from a client last week that unfortunately I can’t share until about February! It’s very exciting though and could involve a trip to Melbourne for me in early Feb providing I can arrange a few things. I also hope to have an article published soon by Body & Soul liftout (Herald Sun, etc) – they have expressed interest so I will take it from there.

I have my own personal plans but will not elaborate for the moment. Basically they involve beating my dependence on muscle relaxants to sleep – involves a detox program and I can expect nasty side effects from withdrawal and acute rebound insomnia. I have counseling sessions booked and I will begin this very scary phase after I return from Brisbane. There is no way to determine how long it will take for symptoms to diminish but the longer you have been taking them, the longer recovery appears to take. Not a good sign for me as it’s been over 10 years. However, I am looking at it positively. I also plan to compete – date is tentative in my mind. Following that, we would like to try to start a family! I’m getting on a bit, so whether it happens remains to be seen I suppose, but at least I know everything was and still is working down there, it appears I am still ovulating regularly and my cycle is pretty much like clockwork.

Anyway, so I hope everyone had a fab Christmas. If you overate and feel like crap, no biggie. Put it behind you and focus on making 2008 your best year yet, no matter what your goals!

Winners ‘make’ it happen. Losers ‘let’ it happen.”
- Denis Waitley


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