Get Strong - Beginner
My long term goal has been to compete in a figure competition and have finally decided that it is going to happen. This coming June there is one being held and I will be stage really. I am so excited. The journey begins.
The best thing about the Challenge for me was having access to all the training tips and public forums. Being able to read through the question that other challengers had because 9 times out of 10 they were my question too. I really enjoyed the training program. It took all the guess work out of my day. I new what I was training for the day so it was one less thing I had to worry about. But I was also able to take it and personalise it to me. The same goes for the eating plan as well.
For me the hardiest thing about the challenge was getting enough sleep. I struggled most nights with getting to sleep before mid night and then still having to get up at 5am for my morning runs and then still doing the pm weight training sessions. After a few weeks of completely hell I stopped the morning runs and add cardio to the end of my pm weight training sessions. This made my night later but I got the extra sleep in in the morning which made a big difference over all.
I have always loved fitness and every thing that the fitness industry in bodies. This Challenge has just re enforced my love for fitness. I love being strong and beautiful. I love that ladies can have a muscular physic and still be attractive. I hope to one day own my own gym and help others find there happy. Fitness is my passion, Fitness is why I am here. Now I just have to work out how to make my passion my profession.
I would and I have encouraged other people to give it a go. I fully endorse the Challenge with a whole hearted be leaf that I can, it has and it will keep changing peoples lives for the better.My partner is signing up to the next Max's Challenge and I will fully support him this coming August.I truly believe in this process and will keep encouraging others to take up the Challenge.
As hard as this was and as Challenging as it was at times I just want to say a big thank you to my beautiful family that when Mum was being a little crazy they still loved me and supported me and are still with me. They are my reason I was able to complete the 12 weeks and be super happy with my efforts. But it's not over yet. I am now 19 days out from my Competition. Super nervous but also super excited. Hard work and commitment pays off in the end.
One of my favorites
Just a couple of pics from my photo shoot today. 12 weeks down now 20 days till I get on stage.
Last week of the challenge and it's been a very trying time. I suppose if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
But I can say with hand on heart I have given it my all, even if I have some miss guided ideas.
But one thing I can say is that I have learned so much about my self, my body and just how amazingly patient my family is and how incredibly lucky I am that they love me enough to put up with all my B S.
So bring on this last week I'm so ready to finish this stronger than ever.
5 weeks till comp. Still work in on those stubborn legs of mine.
Abs are coming a long nicely.
What a crazy 10 weeks. But on the home stretch now.
Looking forward to see how much I can do in the last 2 weeks. Taking a gamble and changing up a couple of things in regards to my training. But keeping the nutrition because that has proven to work.
So here's to the next two weeks and taking changes.
It's been a while since my last post.
Have had a very challenging couple of works at work, at home and just in general. But no excesses right.
This time round I have truly worked out how strong I am physically, mentally and spiritually. Also how strong my family is and how very lucky I am to have them. At the end of the day I have nothing if I don't have them.
Smashes the abs arms and chest. Was so much fun. Is there something wrong with me when I enjoy the pain so much.
Loving the abs. You know you are doing good work in the gym when people see your routines and they start copying you.
53 days till comp. It's been a few days since I last posted a pic or a thought.
This past week was hard, physically, emotionally and mentally. But got through it and have come out the other side.
New focus for the coming weeks is to really sharpen up the eating and go heavy and harder at the gym.
57 days till comp. This one is post work out, doing Some posing practice. Still working on those legs.
From tonight's work out.
I love the gym life. It's we're great things happen.
58 day till comp.
This pic was from last night. My a vs are super sore.
60 days till comp.
Today was a good day. Super busy at work but still had plenty left in the tank for a great work out.
It's all I'm thinking about. If I'm not at the gym I'm thinking about the gym. I am what you would call obsessed.
Now to work out how to make my passion my profession.
63 day out from comp.
Had a great day out with the family today. These beautiful hot weekend aren't going to last for ever so making the most of the ones we have left.
A little confused on how many days till comp, but Will work it out tomorrow. That back side of mine still needs a lot of work.
64 days out from comp. Today I had a little more energy and it felt great. Tonight work out was so much fun. Went into the gym with full destruction of the gluts. Was awesome. Lets hope this extra energy is a on going thing.
Day 66 till comp. Trained back. Was good. Training upper body for me is the best. It's those bloody legs that drive me nuts.
Day 67. Couples that train together stay together.
Training legs tonight with my Tommy.
He is going to destroy me. I can't wait :)
Day 68. Had a great work out.chest, big, abs.
Ok so I'm 69 from stepping on stage. Working hard on the butt and legs.
Okay so I have my stage shoes. Had my first posing coaching with a very lovely lady by the name of Jo Rogers. What a great lady and extremely good at what she does.
But I already new I have lots of work to do on my legs and butt. Freaking out about that but just got to trust in the process.
And I have decided I will make a point at the end of everyday to post a selfish in order to keep track of my progress. Sometimes you can look in the mirror everyday and not see any changes.
Ok so Cardio to and will crack out some legs as well.
Just about to smash my legs.lets get this work done
It's official, my legs are driving me insane.
But they will not get the better of me. I will keep on keeping on.
I trust in the process.
The start of week 5 and I am ready to start this new work out routine. The next 4 weeks are going hard but I will get through it. With the love and support of my family I will be fine.
Ready for the battle.
So week 4 nearly done and am happy with my efforts. It's only going to get hard from here on out. Increase training intensity. Made sure my food is on lock and keep going harder. Now the really challenge begins.
I have also committed my self to competing on stage. Registration and payment made last night. I thought I would be super scared and stressed but it's quite the opposite. I am super excited and just want to get back in the gym and get this thing done.
I know I'm losing weight because I now have no boobs :( why are the boobs always the first to go.
5 K run in 27 minutes 58 seconds. The hard I try to break the 27 minute mark the future I get from the goal :(
Won't stop trying but.
Todays work out was bloody awesome. I felt fit and strong. Trying new things in the gym.
Eating is still going good.
Looking forward to posting the next pic.
Ok so, 5k run in 28 minutes and 18 seconds. Well off pace but that's ok.
I made my body do something my head didn't want to do. So in my mind even though I didn't get a PB, I didn't give up like I would have done in the past.
I am completely trusting in the process. Maxines meal and excerise plan is hard but anything worth having is worth working hard for.
My sleeping has been a bit off lately. probably because I train so latel At nigh, I am a little concerned.
Had a great work out last night though.
Hopefully everything settles down soon.
5k in 27 minutes and 17 seconds. I ran my ass off but just didn't manage to get under 27 minutes. :(
Next time. I will brake the 25 minute target.
Ok so this weekend has been challenging.
But just trying to say busy and keeping my ass out of the kitchen.
Off to the gym now but it's ment to be a rest day but have traded rest day from Sunday to Friday. It's just super hard to getto the gym at tthe end of the week when work has been crazy.
My job is and can be very heavy and demanding on the body. So come Thursday/Friday I am fiscally and mental taxed.
That's about it for the weekend. But will post my 5k run time tonight.
Ok another 5k run done. 27 minutes 28 seconds. :) super happy about that then went on to some HITTs and finished with a bit of a Ab work out.
It just seemed like I had endless energy.
Good work out considering I had a shit day at work.
Week 2 and I'm felling good. Got through the weekend with no real problems. It's the weekends where I fall down. I tend to get bored and then I tent to eat pretty much anything that's in the cardboard. I did how ever eat quite a bit of yellow watermelon but I didn't feel bad after it.
I think what I have to learn is that boredom isn't a reason to binge eat. Keeping busy and active is the way to go.
Rest day :)
Over the past week I have had the odd sugar craving but didn't act on it all week until now.
Every time I would craving sugar I would binge on biscuits, sugary cereals and anything I could get my hands on but this time was a little different. I cut into a beautiful yellow watermelon and ate a large piece of that. That has to be better than the biscuits and other rubbish I would have ordinarily would have eaten.
So making changes to my bad habits, one bad habit at a time
5k run last night, 28 minutes and 18 seconds :) happy with that one.
But today I and felling very low energy. Still got one more work out before I can have a rest day. That's ok I will get through this. Sometimes the drive to the gym is enough to get my energy levels up. I love my gym. I would live there if I could.
It's nearly the end of week 1 and the body is felling it. My eating has been good and my training better. I no this change I am trying to make in my body will take time but my legs drive me nuts. It's like all my fat cells are having a part in my tights and no one wants to leave.
I will trust in the program and continue with my diet plan and training schedule. So cardio tonight with a 5K run and then some crazy HITTs.
GOOD THINGS TAKE IT.... AND HARD WORK...... AND CONSISTENCY.
Did my first 5k run on treadmill tonight. 29 minutes and 9 seconds. It's a starting point. Will work to getting that under 25 minutes before the end of the challenge.
really liked the video tips. Just watching them motivates me to go and do. Awesome :)