Week 7

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

5 Weeks Out

Since my career change from Real Estate into the fitness industry, my gym washing has increased… o I dunno maybe by 100%!!!! The days of pretty dresses and blazers hanging on the clothesline have long gone. Now all you’ll find is socks… so many socks, gym tights and tops and most importantly sports bras. All things a girl can NEVER have too much of.  I can’t even remember the last time I wore high heels during the day. But the comfort…. O so much comfort hanging out in my Ascent Apparel tights and ADIDAS kicks all day. .

Week 7/12

Week 7

With a new gym program designed by Trainer Steve for the second half of the challenge, my body has been ‘shocked’ with the changes therefore allowing new muscle groups to be worked and develop. It doesn’t take long for our bodies to get used to a routine, therefore the importance or changing weights, exercises and reps is critical for development.

With this new program came a slightly altered diet and MORE cardio. 45 minutes worth twice a week plus the 60 minute walk on Sundays. But at least I get to choose the cardio right? Hmmmm would I like to spend 45 minutes on the rower, the bike or the stepper? Out of all of the choices I get to make every day, this is my least favorite. AND for those who are familiar with the following issue, you’ll completely understand when I confirm that my hair washing routine is panned around these cardio days.  No amount of dry shampoo can sort out 45 minutes on a rowing machine.

I was surprised when Trainer Steve added three extra carb meals to my diet plan over Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No fats, just carbs, protein and……. sauce!!!??? The excitement I felt at the thought of BBQ sauce on my meal. But why add sauce I thought? To see how the body responds to higher sodium levels.

And how did MY body respond to an increase in sodium?  Well, despite the extra calories and delicious sauce, I actually felt terrible for the following 2 days. Bloated, overfull and uncomfortable. To my surprise, there is a lot of science regarding sodium levels in the body and this is made much more complicated while going through a body transformation. A fascinating topic that I hope to learn more about leading up to D-Day.

Despite being into the second half of my body physique training, it still feels like I still have a long way to go. A few physical and emotional signs are starting to slip through and my patience and energy levels during training sessions are showing. My poor family but mostly Alan for having to put up with my moodiness and snappy comebacks at any given time. Lets just say they definitely have their work cut out for them.

Sunday night was a classic example (as per this weeks video), no particular reason but emotions everywhere. Most of my videos and feedback to date has been positive but honest, however, I wanted to make a point that even though I am enjoying the process, it has had its challenges. Everyday there is training to be done, meals to be had and a business to work on. This part of the prep stage and the weeks that will lead up to comp day is not a maintainable lifestyle choice (in my opinion). It is a great way to change your body shape get result,

but the sacrifice your body makes to build muscle and reduce body fat to

a very low percentage has its disadvantages which I will share more with you

next week.

Until then... if you’re looking for a new place to explore, the Camel Farm up in Kalamunda is where I spent Sunday morning with friends. I managed to convince a few others to join me this week on my 60 minute walk through the bush. And yes, 4 grown adults and 1 toddler managed to get lost on a well signed track and add an extra 30 minutes onto our adventure!!

"Emotions can get in the way or get you on the way."

-Mavis Mazhura

“Sweat is fat crying.” —Unknown

'Kicking my disorder one rep at a time' 

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