Progression of me

from eighty four to now…

M.O.T.I.V.A.T.I.O.N

Can you relate to any of these?

Impatience – you analyse a plan according to how it’s “supposed” to work, and often conclude too soon that it’s not working for you.

Analysis Paralysis – you keep adding additional workouts and customizations to your program, and you end up exhausted, discouraged and perhaps injured.

Extremism – you throw yourself into unsustainable nutritional or supplement schemes that are beyond your budget or just not a good fit with your lifestyle and/or abilities.

Perfectionism – you’re prone to skipping workouts when everything isn’t “just right”.  Maybe you forgot your pre-workout, your music or a piece of gear for instance.  Same for nutrition – if everything isn’t perfect you take it as an excuse to eat junk.

Ambition – you’re unrealistic in your aspirations. You set goals that are too lofty or extreme for your abilities, age or the amount of time you have. Then you beat yourself up when you can’t achieve them.

If you can, then you’re not alone!  These are hurdles which the personality type “the thinker” has to overcome.  [Check out my previous post here]  And these hurdles are often the reason behind our loss of motivation…..

Earlier this week I posed a question on my Facebook page – Was there anything in particular my followers/readers would like to hear about?  It was suggested I write a post about motivation when getting back into fitness after a break.  What a perfect suggestion!  I’m hoping by giving others advise that it will in turn motivate me too 🙂

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What’s Your Fitness Personality?

Hey everyone!  Sorry for my lack of posts lately!  Hopefully you have been following my updates on Facebook as I have tried to post a few quick updates on there when I haven’t had the time to actually get on to WordPress!  Things have been busy with the recent Easter and ANZAC Day holidays and also with the 30 things.  I do plan on writing up a bit of an update on my recent 12 Week Transformation Challenge which ended soon, so watch this space.

On another note; I just did an interesting quiz on Bodybuilding.com which resulted me in being categorised as “the thinker”.  I then watched a video which described some of the traits of “the thinker” and could definitely relate!  The traits are listed below:

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Transformation Challenge – Week 9

Transformation Challenge - Week 9

We’ve hit the final leg of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge and I’m pumped! On the weekend I typed up a calendar for the next 3 and a bit weeks and scheduled in all my work outs. I’m treating these like appointments and will be checking them off as I do them. I’m also packing all my lunch so I’m less likely to be tempted at work. I’m proud of how I’ve been with my eating during the challenge BUT I know it could be better.

So, for the final weeks I’m going to ensure I’m eating my 5 meals a day – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Ensuring I measure out my protein as per my trainer’s suggestion last year and I’m going to allow myself one “cheat meal” each week. I know that there are mixed opinions on cheat meals, but I have found they work really well for me in the past so why fix something that ain’t broken?! Lastly – I’m going to continue to drink plenty of water.

I want to end this challenge with a BANG and then continue the new habits I have created for myself. I’ll update you all with how I go when the challenge is completed 🙂

Let’s DO THIS!!

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100K Transformation Challenge – Weekly Challenge

100K Transformation Challenge - Weekly Challenge

As part of the 100K Transformation Challenge I have entered in through BB.com we have a weekly challenge each week. This week we were asked to post on Facebook some advise we had received during the challenge. I posted this:

Some advise I’ve received recently – which I’m trying to put into practice…Your body is strong! It’s often your mind that lets you down! If you can imagine yourself doing it and you truly believe you can do it, your body will follow your mind 🙂

This picture, which I saw on Facebook, is a really good example of that! Love it!!!!

I have not had a good week this week due to some health issues so I’m letting it go and not going to stress over it – next week will be better 🙂

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE!

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When life gets busy

What do you do when life gets busy?  When the buzz of the holiday season finally wears off and it’s back to the “daily grind” so to speak?  Do you find yourself unable to fit in those work outs?  Do you find yourself more tempted by those sugary treats your colleague brought in to the office?

This is when I find it the hardest – the period just after Christmas/New Year/my Birthday.  During that period I always tend to wind down a little.  I’ve been happy with my work outs (I’ve actually increased those!) but my diet suffers a little.  I’ve found excuses to have that “piece of cake” or “cheeky beer”.  Overall my diet is still much better than it was a year ago.  I just need to keep up the consistency.  I know back in my post here I mentioned wanting to give IIFYM a go, and part of me still wants to do this but I need someone to explain it all a bit more to me – anyone out there able to assist?

I am currently coming to the end of Week 3 of the 12 Week Transformation Challenge and I can’t believe how quickly these 3 weeks have passed.  And with things getting busier, this is when preparation is more important than ever!  Already a quarter of the way through, and I’m not seeing the results I was hoping for as yet.  But it’s all a learning curve really…each time I’ve done a similar challenge I’ve come away with lessons learnt and have moved that step forward towards a healthier lifestyle overall.  

Tomorrow I have decided to have a day off working out and use my Sunday to prep for the coming week.  Make sure I know exactly what I am going to eat when and plan my work outs.  If next week is as busy as it was this week at work, I am going to schedule in some work outs both before and after work – that way if I get stuck back at work a couple of days my work outs don’t suffer.

Sometimes I read back over my posts and I can’t believe I’ve become so into my fitness.  I’ve become one of those people I never really understood!  But I LOVE it!  I’ve found something I really enjoy again.  I haven’t been this into something since I was 15 and was really into my karate.  I just need to find a similar passion when it comes to cooking up healthy, yummy meals… haha!

Enjoy your weekend everyone 🙂  Remember – preparation is key!!!!

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Sydney, Sailing and Sunburn

Australia is currently going through a heatwave.  You know it’s hot when the radio station DJ’s are warning you to keep drinking plenty of water and to go shopping centres or movie theatres if your house doesn’t have air conditioning!!

Although it is up in the low 40’s (around 107ish for those of you who may not use the metric system) it has been cooler down the coast so yesterday my best friend and I spent the day at the beach.  It was lovely – we had some good quality girl time, chatting and laughing mixed with time in the sun and surf 🙂

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I think this sums up the Australian beach scene quite nicely. Without a cloud in the sky it was the perfect beach day 🙂

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