Monday, January 07, 2008

New Blog For 2008

Hi guys,
Hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
This year for me has started out on a challenging note in every way possible and i will be going through some big changes in my life over the next few months or longer, I really don't know how long it will take.

Here is the link to my new blog

See you soon.

Deb xxx

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Strength..Power...and Good Mood!!

I started a new training program this week and it's wicked to say the least lol. I can't believe how excited I am about it. It incorporates strength (core) training, Hypertrophy and all sorts of other wonderful things over a period of 12 weeks.
I'm currently doing the strength training and am amazed as to my strength, I am seriously lifting some great weights right now and loving it!

My mood is so high right now, I feel like all is going beautifully in my life right now and it's such a great feeling. My friend Helen said "wouldn't it be great if we could bottle it"? Yes it would be awesome!!!!

This weekend we are flying to Canberra to have an early Christmas with my folks. I simply can't wait. I haven't seen Mum since Jan this year and I can't wait to see Dad again even though he was in Sydney with me for the Nationals, we still have so much to catch up on.

I have been reading blogs, just not leaving comments, but I have more time today so I will see you soon ;-)



Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm still here

Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, I am so very busy and everything is good.

Thanks to those amazing people who called and emailed to see how I was :-)

I will update soon.

Deb xxx

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Baby steps

It has now been 6 weeks since the comp and that is how long it is taking for my body and mind to slowly return to some sort of normality. My cycle is almost back i can feel it, but most importantly I am easing off the obsession with food a little more each day.
It really takes time to get back to normal after putting your body through all that stress. Reducing your body fat to the extreme's that we competitor's do goes against everything the human body was designed to do to survive.
We start our prep around the 16 week mark (even longer sometimes) and it really isn't surprising that it take over 6 weeks to get back to a normal and happy functioning body and mind.

I think one of the major hurdles post comp is the fear of weight gain. But once it slowly starts to creep back on wheather you like it or not, it just becomes something that you have to get used to because we all know it had to happen right? We all know this and expect it, we just don't like it ;-)

Now that I have added some body fat back to my physique I have overcome the fear of doing it, it's done! Now i'm in maintenance stage, I am happy with this weight for the off season and plan to keep it around this level whilst eating clean but still having "enjoying life" moments.

Post comp has really brought on some great gains fairly quickly, this is due to a change in training e.g: heavy weights, low reps and it's due to the fact my body and muscles are soaking up everything thing I eat after the big shock of reduced calories etc during comp prep. I'm taking advantage of this big time!!

I'm not completely out of the water with all this but as my heading suggests *baby steps* is still moving in the right direction.

Did anyone see the interview on Geoffrey Huegill on t.v. the other night? He being an Olympic Champion swimmer with a ripped physique is now overweight and very unhappy and trying to take on a challenge to lose weight again. This sort of thing seems to be very common amongst most athletes of all sports and both genders. I hope he succeeds in his new challenge :-)

Have a great week.

Deb xxx

Friday, November 23, 2007

Not just part of the furniture!!

Dips, not the type you dunk your cracker biscuits into. I'm talking about those parallel bars that stick out from the wall at the gym, the ones I always walked past but never even had a second thought about, the ones where you see a group of BIG guys training on, you know the ones??

Well let me tell you the other day a guy at the gym (who regulary spots me when i need it) was watching me do weighted dips across two benches. He said why don't you use those (pointing to the parallel bars bolted to the wall)? I literally laughed at him and told him i couldn't do those!! I hated admitting to that BTW lol.
He said have you tried them? My response was "no". He rolled his eyes and asked me to follow him to the dip bars.
No points for guessing he wanted me to try it, and there not exactly tucked away in the corner of the gym where noone could watch me struggle, freeze, then fall through without any success.
I stood on a bench so I could get up and I was in position and ready to lower myself for the first rep. I slowly lowered myself until he said I was deep enough (this was the easy part), then it was time to push myself back up. I pushed and before I knew it I was back up, so I keep going until I pushed out 8 reps. woohoo, I was so happy.

Now dips are a part of my tricep program and I will soon be doing weighted dips (next week) *grin*

Why the heck after all these years did I not try this exercise before? I always had it in my head it was for the guys (I have not seen a female use it), and I thought I wasn't strong enough...silly.

I have learnt I need to try things before saying "I can't do them".

So now i am looking around the gym to see what else I can do LMAO.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A fleeting moment of thought

I find I am analysing my food intake way too much these days. The feeling of a "need" to eat for a purpose (other then to live), such as a competition is what i'm missing. So now that I have no comp to eat for I am looking for something else, a reason to eat or not to eat certain foods.
I guess it comes back down to goals, motivation or direction, I "need" a reason not to over indulge, to keep me on track as much as possible.
So what it comes down to is that it really doesn't have to be a goal as big as a comp, it should be motivation enough to eat to be healthy, to maintain a weight that i'm happy with, to eat for energy so I can train hard and see great results. This is what I will work towards from now on.
It really does take time to switch over from on-season comp to off season.

I guess it's like with anything in life, if you don't have an aim or a passion for anything then it would be very difficult getting out of bed each day. We all set ourselves goals be it work or fitness etc, it is that drive that gets us out of bed each day and ready to take a step forward in our chosen direction closer to our goal.

I think to much!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Awesome Picture

This is Helen White, we do a bit of cardio together at the gym when we can get our timing right :-)

The picture is fantastic and I'm hoping to see more of these soon *hint hint*