Thursday, July 31, 2008

Day 11

Late night post from home.... watching criminal intent.

Cardio is making my butt hurt. Must be a good thing - LOL. Have been twice this week, didnt make it today - forgot my running shoes. Oh well there's always next week.

Not very happy with INZER. They failed to address my parcel correctly and so it was not delivered to my colleague and instead has been returned. Personally I think Inzer should now foot the bill to have the parcel shipped to me in Australia. My instructions for delivery were clear - but totally missing!

Benched well on Tuesday, 6x3@70kg, flat dumbells 45lb 6x8, t-bar row 60kg 4x6.

training tomorrow night at Sydney "City Gym" which is close to where we are staying this weekend.

Off to bed shortly - had a crap night sleep last night, very tired now.


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Day 9

Weight 69.1 kg

Good progress - can probably afford to eat up a bit more.

First 'programmed' cardio session at Genesis today, 15 mins on the treadmill, 1 minute intervals of incline walk and flat jogging, followed by 15 mins cross trainer - again 1 min intervals, hard and easy. Heart rate thru the roof hit 170 at the 12 minute mark on the crosstrainer - yes, am unfit!!

The impact from running was also noticed by my foot - not so much my dodgy toe itself - but rather the ball area underneath. Might be worth a visit to the podiatrist and get my orthotic inserts adjusted - haven't done that since the operation, he might be able to alleviate some of the pressure thru the orthotic.

Mojo still pretty sore at the weekend - he's looking at retirement, for a while at least. Perhaps the warmer weather will help... when it comes. In the meantime Madii is saving up for a new horse.

Off for a weekend away in Sydney with Leigh this weekend coming. Heading up Friday afternoon and will probably train at City gym later in the evening. Leigh has some business to conduct on Saturday, leaving me with a morning to go exploring - probably catch the ferry across to Manly for brunch. Then I'm on pager in the afternoon. Out for dinner Saturday night - no idea where... I'm sure we'll find something nice. Maybe train Sunday morning and then brunch down Darling harbor and do the touristy things down there. A cruise perhaps and visit to aquarium - our own mini 'survivor sydney' as we attack each other, see who ends up in the harbour or the shark tank etc etc....

Squats last night - 115kg, dropped the bar once and had some help from Pepe who was spotting me - but only for one rep....
Partials have hit a sticking point, Leigh is going to rethink our tactics on this. Bottom squats - as always a hard slog 5x5.

Think we may have convinced Mil to join us for training and to enter Nationals too. Jason seems to be a lost cause to the world of bodybuilding. Gay - as Leigh would say!

Bench tonight - Yay!


Friday, July 25, 2008

Day 5...

I still hate dieting....

Looking forward to the weekend, but not next week - P1 pager, uggh!

Deadlifts 5x5 @120 sumo style - need to work on the lockout for this style of lifting
Floor pulls 3x3 @ 100
Rack pulls 4x3 @ 140
Lat pulldown (to stretch back) 4x8 @ 55

Pretty light workout.

Tonight will do some extra hamstring work at Definition Gym.

Adult riding tomorrow - only doing one lesson, dressage. We'll see how Mojo's leg holds out. If he does ok - Madii will take him to pony club on Sunday.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Day 4

I hate dieting!

Fitness assessment at Genesis - Below average (which I expected) and they've set up a program on a little key that I plug into the machines which will make me work hard - umm Yay, I think....

Also had my free yoga class - very relaxing and then the hard sell to buy a membership... errr no thanks. :-)

Picked up some some supplements from Evelyn Faye Nutrition in Bourke st before heading back to the office.

Deadlift tonight at Doherty's - straight from work.


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day 3

I hate dieting.
My legs hurt.

And making it worse - I cannot find any Mrs Crockers Ceasar salads on the shelves at the supermarket.

No "bedtime latte" last night and no "in-car latte" this morning - could feel a headache coming on by the time I reached the office - straight down to Aromatic Espresso on the ground floor to get my fix.

Took a 'SPIN' class at Genesis during lunchtime. Discovered that its not so easy to stand and pedal and that bike seats are s uncomfortable and small. Or is it just that my bum is too big? Where did that bike seat go?

Speed bench last night - 40k 8x3 with green jump bands. Darren showed me his neat invention for attaching the bands to the bar - slide on hooks. Work real well too!
Flat dumbell press: worked up to 50lb dumbells 4x8 (not over doing it)
Cable face pulls: up to 110 4x10
Overhead dumbell press: 20lb dumbells 4x10 (again light - need to ease my shoulder back into work after injury)

Night off tonight. Might laze in a salt bath for 1/2 hour tonight


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Day 2

Don't get too excited.... I'm not going to blog on a daily basis.

So, Day 2:

I hate dieting......

Squatted 110kg last night - 6 sets x 3 reps
Then training went awry... I had nothing for partials and bottom squats - I've no excuse, my hips just said 'NO'. Went on with hamstring curls and stiff leg deadlifts - went home angry with myself.

Mental note: grab the jump bands on Thursday after deadlifts and do some squat speed work.

Off to do cardio at Genesis at lunchtime - will book in for an assessment and get a plan in place to move the chocolate off my hips -perhaps I'll squat better then?!

Bench press tonight at Definition - no shirt work for next couple of weeks.

Response to STU's comment:
Yes, Caffeine inhibits the uptake of Creatine, which is why I need to curtail my latte intake.... (so far unsuccessfully) I'd like to get my dependency down this week before starting the loading phase. Today I've only had 2 & 1/2 and its 12.15 as I am writing. No more this afternoon, just one before bed. By the end of the week I want to be down to 1 latte in the morning and 1 (or none) evening latte.

Response to SUZY's comment:
I hate dieting.......

PS. sorry to hear about the hamstring - I don't even want to imagine how painful and frustrating that must be. Make sure you get to a physio.

The end.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Day 1

I hate dieting!


Start weight: 71.2kg
Target weight: 67.4kg
Time allowed: 10 weeks

Key, I think, will be to reduce the no of latte's per day - thus reducing dairy intake - off to a flying start - NOT. 4 latte's by 11am. hmmm none this after noon tho'. I should also reduce my caffeine intake to see if I can get this creatine to work - will start a cycle and load next week- lets get the caffeine under control first.

Out of supplements (again!!)
Co-enzyme Q10
Fish oil

Will trip into the city later this week and refill.

Tonight: Squat training (yay belt and wraps allowed at last!)


Friday, July 18, 2008

Last day of Vacation

Today is officially my last day off - I'm on pager this weekend....

Where did the time go? Got thru about half of the chores that I'd listed for myself...

Clean the gutters - done
Get stones for driveway - done
Get edging stones for driveway - done
Plant extra pittosporums along drive - done
Mow backyard (1/2 acre) - done
Clean outdoor area - done
Spray weeds with roundup - done
Clean grinder - done
Frame jigsaw puzzle - done
Movies: Hancock - done Batman - done (tonight)

To be done:
Continue stones around side of house.
Put stones in path up from driveway to back of house.
Edging around back near rumpus room.
Top up mulch.
Cut and pile up fallen trees.
Burn said fallen trees.

Had also hoped to catch up with Simon from ASN regarding some possible promotion work in exchange for supplements but ran out of time unfortunately.

Oh well there's always the September hols and maybe a little more money to boot after paying Mojo's vet and medication fees last week saw be kiss goodbye to $600. At least we seem to have made some progress with him tho, this past 3 months of intermittent lamness has taken its toll. Yesterday we took him down to the pony club and lunged him in both directions and he's certainly moving a lot more freely and without obvious pain.

Training this week has been good too, my injuries not coming into play so much due to a much lighter schedule this week, the last for now until Nationals. As you may have noticed I have started the count down to the Nationals. Next week sees me 10 weeks out and I will be starting on my training cycle from Monday.

Back to work on Monday also and the Genesis membership kicks in from Tuesday, so I'll get them to 'assess' me and set up a cardio program designed to take 4kg off. Tuesday also sees me at the Chiro in Queens Pde, just around the corner from work and Thursday I'm heading into the city for a 'free' yoga class being being organized as some corporate benefit - 1 free class - BIG!

My colleague is heading off to the US this weekend (hence me being on call...) and I've ordered a new squat suit from Inzer which is being delivered to his hotel to bring back for me in a couple of weeks. Really should order a couple of new knee wraps while he's over there while the exchange rate is so good.... hmmm.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

An open letter to Hiram

Dear Mr. Codd,

How kind of you to point out my ever expanding derrier, bottom, backside, ARSE! Yes, it is getting bigger by the day and I have the wisdom of my coach Leigh W. to thank for that. His vision for my rear can only be matched by his desire to whip it with twigs.

Yours sincerly,
Fat bottomed girl.

Friday, July 04, 2008



Well from work at least. Two weeks at home, sleeping, eating, training.....

Talking of the latter, have had a good week. Despite the pain in my hip, I had a good squat session on Monday. As the pin height gets lower for the partials I can really feel it working in my hips and glutes.

Some niggling joint pain in my elbow on Tuesday night - well not so much pain as an aching feeling... George suggested I might be coming down with the flu or such. Or perhaps I need to supplement with zinc and magnesium. I am seriously going to have to get myself a supplement sponsor!! Any sponsor! Someone to chip in the airfare for the nationals... some new Inzer lifting suits.... ahhh dreaming again.

A couple of visits to Andrea (Chiro) have started to sort out my shoulder problem and I even managed a massive 20lb overhead press - whoo-hoo! LOL I'm happy to be making some progress with this. At least I am dumbell pressing much better than a month ago. Still sticking with the close grip bench press for now tho' I want to protect my shoulder a little longer.

Wed night - rest.

Thursday - at Doherty's. Bought a four month membership off a lady who was traveling to Europe for 6 months - bargain price. Trained back - bodybuilder style:
Lat pulldowns 8 reps @ 40,40,50,60,60,60.
chest supported row 8 reps @ 30, 40, 50 and 60.
Reverse grip pulldown machine 8 reps @ 20kg,40kg,60kg,70kg,75kg.
Dumbbell rows 8 reps @ 12.5kg, 17.5kg, 22.5kg, 22.5kg.

Then 10 mins or so on the treadmill waiting for Angela to show so we could sign her membership over.

Tonight - rest

Tomorrow - Deadlifting at D's with Leigh

Sunday - rest

Monday - squat......

and the cycle starts over....

Sent an email off to Steve at Southern Powerlifting, introducing myself and making some inquiries about joining their club and federation. I think this will be my last year with CAPO.

On a lighter note: I chucked a couple of 'pre-packaged' ceasar salad things in the shopping trolley at the weekend - always on the lookout for simple, healthy-ish lunch things. YUMMMM! These Mrs Crockets ceasar salads were DELISH!! Anyway - after googling them and finding their website, in the hope that they sell the dressing as a separate item (then I can make HUGE salads...) I left some feedback on their website saying how much I loved their ceasar salad and asking if the dressing was available for sale (I wouldn't normally do this - you can see how much I liked it....) So later in the afternoon I got a call from them (From Queensland!) - thanking me for the feedback... unfortunately they don't sell the dressing but the guy said he would pass my great comments on to their marketing dept. What a hoot, I didn't think anyone actually read those feedback things! Well anyway here's a plug for them MRS CROCKETS CEASAR SALAD ROCKS !!! Maybe they will sponsor me ?! LOL I think they will become a part of my 'diet' while I try to drop 5kgs over the next few months...