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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March Madness

March…Autumn…we’re already closing in on April!  Where the hell has 2014 gone already?  I know we say this every year, but surely – this year is disappearing quicker than any year before!!!

Maybe it’s because we are constantly looking towards our next goal..our next project…our next meal even?  But it’s this preparation which can often help us achieve big things.

Just under 2 weeks ago I created a calendar scheduling in my work outs and decided to get back into the habit of taking my food with me to work etc.  So far it’s been working a treat!  And I’m loving the routine!  But I feel, as I’m constantly looking towards the next day or the next few days, that the weeks are slipping by!  How do you stay prepared whilst living in the moment?  Is there a way to stop time from moving so quickly?  I don’t know if this is possible to answer and with my 30 Project I find I’m constantly doing one thing or another.

I recently double booked myself not once but twice with the same friend and I felt horrible.  Luckily I was able to get out of work but the other double booking was a wedding so I can’t really not go!  Luckily my friend is extremely awesome and understanding and so she didn’t make it into a huge deal (although she did admit it didn’t make her feel good); but it still got me thinking with SO much going on I need to ensure I am keeping track of everything.  I was really good at writing everything into my diary at one point, but have been a bit slack lately – so I’m going to make sure I get this habit back on track!

This isn’t the only thing though, and I’m sure I’ve touched on this many times before; but with so much going on in life; I think it’s more important than ever to spend some time simply relaxing / letting ourselves unwind.  Even for just ten minutes a night.  So I’m going to spend 10 minutes before bed doing some deep breathing exercises on my foam roller.  Trying to empty my mind of the day so that I am relaxed, ready to sleep and begin the next day.

Looks like that’s another thing to add to the calendar 😉

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What will you do?

I saw this video posted on an amazing blog I follow and I thought it deserved more than a “reblog”. I thought I’d write an actual post about it.

It really puts into perspective how much time we have (or don’t have) and that we really should be making the most of each and every day!

It is another take on “life is too short” and that if we aren’t happy doing what we are doing then we need to change it.  We really don’t know how many jelly beans we have left…

Take a look at it, and I hope it inspires you to do something incredible today 🙂

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A Fresh, New Chapter

In just under an hour the clock will tick over to midnight and it will be my 30th birthday.

Random fact alert – According to this calculator I am 10,957 days old!!!

Today was the final day in my 20’s and I was reminded of this by a number of text messages/voicemails from friends saying “Happy last day of your 20’s” or something to that effect!

As excited as I am about the 30 things I have been preparing for, I still cannot quite shake that slight anxiety I am currently feeling.  People keep telling me not to worry; and I’m trying – oh I’m trying – but it’s hard to just switch off completely.

Tomorrow I intend to get three of the 30 things completed which is exciting.  They are the letter, going to the movies on my own and I’m hoping to do a good deed for a stranger too.  I have spent this afternoon finalising my list of 30 books I am to read this year.  My list is on Goodreads – so if you would like to follow me and my progress on there let me know 🙂  I may even note the books and also the movies on this blog as I finish them…I’ll see how I go.  Either way – the final lists will go up one year from now.

So here’s to the next year.  To a new decade and a fresh new chapter in my life.  My twenties have seen many changes – I started my twenties on the other side of the world in England, to this day, one of the most important experiences of my life.

I had my first serious relationship at the age of 21, and I spent much of my twenties in Sydney.  I met many people – some who came and went, some who have remained in my life.  Every one of them has had a purpose.  I have travelled thousands of kilometres overland through Africa, and to many other countries (with many more to come!!), I’ve been on one hell of a weekend trip in Singapore for work, met my wonderful niece, seen my sister get married, watched friends become parents and most recently gained a new passion in health and  fitness.

When I look back it’s been a pretty bloody good ride the past 10 years, yes there have been some tough times too – but these have only made me stronger.  Over the past 10 years I have learnt many things about myself and the world around me and am continuing to learn every day.  I’ve been told that your 30’s are the best years of your life and I’m starting to believe those people could be right.  Every decision I have made in my twenties has led me to this moment now…and as I finally start to feel comfortable in my own skin and really know what it is I want to do with my life, I think, maybe I am ready to take that step.  Sometimes you just need a little push…and life, it would seem, is going to be that push!

So…stuff it!  Here we go!

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A bit of a restructure

OK – so I’ve found that whilst travelling it is even harder to find the time to blog!  I think if we were travelling overland for more of the time I would have used the hours in the bus to write up some entries, but the majority of our travel has been by air and so I don’t tend to write but instead listen to music or watch movies or read…

Currently, I am on a tour bus which is taking us from NYC to Niagara Falls (via the lake of a thousand islands), Washington DC and Philadelphia.  It is a 3-day 2-night tour and involves a lot of time on a bus.  So far today I think we have spent a grand total of 6 hrs on the bus and still have another 3 to go.  This has allowed me time to do some thinking about many things, one thing being the format of this blog.

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