Wednesday, May 28, 2008
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I have decided to take a slightly different tack and do a bit more incidental exercise. I was amazed to find that after my afternoon with Amanda which included a kilometre walk and several stairs to find the new bus stop location, that I was moving so much more freely the next day.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I forgot to mention that I had the opportunity to meet Amanda, who is a friend of Kek's and now a client on the weekend. We had Japanese in the Queen Street Mall which was great and had a good chat about blogging and biking and all things fitness on Saturday. I must apologize for being a bit of a poor date, because all of the moving around left me quite exhausted. I had been lucky enough to poke my head in at Fitness First and see John and Wanda and the excitement of the launches going on must have had a bit of an effect.
On Sunday I got to catch up with Debs at the WNBF show - Deb is looking great and I reckon she's got the best looking "girls" on the Gold Coast. The WNBF show was very friendly and the backstage assistance was fantastic.
Today, it's back into the swing of work and trying to get a little bit better everyday - I have improved markedly but have a long way to go still. I've been really bothered by swelling and hoping that at my appointment next week it has left the building and my surgeon doesn't take another needle to me. I changed my dressings for the first time today and my scar is amazing - even though it runs from hip to hip and initially looked like a shark had been having a go at me, it is slowly but surely fading into a thin pink line. The breast incisions are non existent. I would have to look really hard to see them!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I learnt everything I needed to know about final week prep from Dave with his program, The Leanness Lifestyle. He doesn't carb deplete, he doesn't deplete water. What's the secret....he gets lean enough in the beginning - he's 5'10", 86.36kg on stage and 3.9% bodyfat...yikes.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Moroccan Lamb Salad
Lamb backstrap, roasted pumpkin, roasted onion, capsicum , semi dried tomatoes, spinach leaves, feta cheese, chickpeas. Dressing - lemon juice, garlic, Moroccan seasoning, cracked pepper.
. Post a photo of one of your favourite healthy meals.
2. Title the post “I’m Not on a Diet”
3. Link back to this post.
4. Tag 5 other people.
See recipe above. I think everyone has been tagged but I will tag Rae, Lyndsay, Michelle, Leslie and KatieP
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Whew, just got home from the Brisbane INBA comp and know that there are probably some bloggers hanging out for results and photos. I took a bucketload of photos, not just of the girls I trained, but everyone else too (I will leave it up to Lyndsay and Carolyn to post their own amazing pics first though).
The day started off at 10am, picking up Andrea and then meeting Michelle and hubby Mal to organize hair and makeup.Then it was off to the Sleeman Centre (venue) to meet Shelley and Tara. Mal thoughtfully began to park in the disabled zone to drop me off, so I didn't have as far to hobble to the venue. My sister did a fantastic job with Michelle's hair - thank you sis.
Once there, it was time to slam down a sandwich and get down to the business of applying Dream Tan to two very toned bodies, whilst offering them Jelly Snakes, which I think is becoming a Liz N. tradition. Here I have to thank Tara for coming to my rescue and being my backstage helper. Tara is looking incredible, she's been training hard these past few months and my jaw nearly hit the floor when I saw all of the incredible changes that have been going on in her bod (I'm secretly thinking of making box squats standard on all of my programs!)
There were eighteen in Figure Novice which both Shelley and Michelle competed in. Michelle stepped on stage in Figure Short - I have been busting to post an ab shot to show everyone how great Michelle's abs are (I thought, probably the best in her line up) - now I have the perfect opportunity.
Then it was Shelley's turn in Figure Tall - strutting herself next to Carolyn and Lyndsay who also looked incredible. I thought Shelley had the best legs in the line up, Carolyn had a fantastic back going on and Lyndsay's midsection was incredible.
I was feeling very proud of what both girls have achieved by just getting up on stage, when places were called. I'm pleased to announce that Miss Shelley came in 3rd in Figure Tall, the icing on the cake - from what has been a really successful and enjoyable day.
Well done girls!
It was also great to see Selina, Katie (yes, Miss Katie), Alicia, Lisa, Lindy, Dallas, Hillary, Andrea, Nicole , Sue, Di and Raechelle - hope I haven't left anyone out!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
I am pleased to say that I am almost there with "Project Stand Up Straight". I am one or two degrees off being fully upright, except when I am there it pulls like anything and I can feel where the muscle repair begins at the tip of my xyphoid process (that is the bony prominence where the rib cage meets for interested peeps). I am still swollen and feel/look like a fat bloated cow, but hopped on the scales (didn't know if this was such a wonderful idea but you don't know if you don't go) and found that I have actually dropped weight since having the surgery. I have been trying to eat well for the most part but have found the odd row or two of chocolate sneaking in here and there...guess it has medicinal properties after all.
I'm really looking forward to the INBA show this weekend. Both Michelle and Shelley have done a stellar job and I'm looking forward to meeting Miss Katie this weekend too as well as Carolyn and Selina. After being locked up in hospital and the house for the last four weeks, I'm going to try and contain my excitement at the prospect of a day in the outside world.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
We had a breakfast at my sister in laws place this morning which was quite nice - go the grilled tomatoes and poached eggs!
Hmm what else? Did the weekly dressing changes and took photos - best news is that I am definitely less swollen than last week.
Here's to a great week ahead :)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Today I realized that I haven't left the house after my supermarket boogie a week ago. It's funny, even though I felt like I had researched the procedure well, it feels like the recovery is taking forever.
As you may be able to guess, patience is not one of my virtues! I've also done a bit of reading on various plastic surgery sites that say it's very common to have the 'post surgery blues' at this point. Soooo, when I'm sounding like a bit of a crankpot, tell me I'll get over it.
On the positive side of things, I've managed to get quite a lot of online work done this week and am looking forward to more of the same next week. I'm catching up with my Precision Nutrition materials as I prepare to get my official license and accreditation.
Excitement is also brewing over the Figure Comps coming up in the next few weeks - Michelle and Shelley next week at the INBA Brisbane and Katie the week after at the ANB Sydney titles. Katie put up a sneak peak on her blog today - she's doing a great job - have a look at my sidebar and click "Katie". It's an amazing feeling to see all the hard work that everyone has done and have been part of the process. You go girls!
Friday, May 09, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
After my little rant, I'm really thrilled to be able to post some pictures of Miss Shelley who is competing in the INBA Brisbane titles next Saturday.
I first knew Shelley when I was living in Singleton (which was 2001-2004) - we used to cross paths at the local pharmacy, but little did I know that one day we would meet up in Brisbane through Miss Kerryn. Amazing stuff!
Shelley has done more than transform her body over the last year - she's moved to Brisbane, become a personal trainer herself and done her RPM certification (you only need to look at her legs to know that she's heavily involved with RPM). She's completely revamped her nutrition (thank you Precision Nutrition!) and worked hard with her training , especially as she's got a bit of ectomorph in her- she's put up with me asking her if she caned her training for the past six months.
Oh, and she's also put up with me moaning and bitching about being a swollen cane toad....
I'm really proud of her for a job well done - those muscles are looking luscious!
So give it up for Miss Shelley - you're looking hot girl!
I was lamenting that this blog has been losing its fitness appeal lately, as my mind and body has been focused on healing from this surgery. My chest looks fantastic, my tummy is taking so much longer to come to the party. I was feeling rather down about everything last night and then woke up this morning feeling much better about things - I will do the best I can with what I can control - eating well, resting and keeping a positive attitude. I WILL turn the corner eventually.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
Seems like there will be a lot of bloggers around for the INBA Brisbane Titles on the 17th May. I have been thinking that it would be a good idea to have a recovery breakfast or get together on the 18th of May - my thoughts have been at a venue such as the Stamford or the Hilton, where you can basically get anything you need/want for breakfast if you're preparing (or you can hit the smoked salmon and danishes...your choice!). If you would like to come or have a better idea, could you please contact me via my Store Contact form at http://www.thefitnesssolution.com.au/ (I'm avoiding spam here). Thoughts and ideas most welcome!
PS - Can you see my gorgeous Shannon in the pic - my only complaint is that they didn't make her big enough!
PPS- If you are bringing kids, no problem - we can work out how to keep them busy whilst we enjoy ourselves