Thursday, May 31, 2007

For everyone who is asking me, Liz Nelson is doing my nutrition. I was going to write a longer post about her, however I am flat out at the moment and won't have a chance.

Here is Liz's website

Here is Liz's Blog

I do have time to say that I am still seeing strength increases in the gym, my energy is high, I love food again...........I am on fire!!!!!!!

I've been let me think about this.........

Each player starts with seven random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write on their own blog about their seven things, as well as these rules. You need to choose seven people to get tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them that they have been tagged and to read your blog!
  • I love getting up early before onyone else in the house, and having one hour truly to myself.
  • I have a Bachelor of Arts, majors in Japanese and Chinese Mandarin.
  • I turn 40 in September this year.
  • I really love healthy food, and can't imagine ever wanting to eat junk food!
  • My favourite clothes designer is Alannah Hill, and I have about 30 of her pieces in my wardrobe.
  • I met my husband at a gay dance party.
  • I have a very happy, fulfilling life.

I think everyone I know has been I am not sure that I can follow the rules.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I had that sore neck fixed too! There is nothing like getting on top of a potential injury early.

Bench day update.

Just a quick update on my bench session this morning. Today was the first bench day in my 9 week sequence to Nationals. I start all my lifts at 6 reps and then gradually work down while increasing the weight over the next 9 weeks.

I started at 6 reps @ 50kg, the first rep held on the chest for a full second, and the following 5 touch and go. This is a training PB for me, and in fact 50kgs was my best lift at Nationals last year. I have trained hard, consistently, with determination, and taking lots of feedback to improve technique over the past 12 months; and here come the results. My coach made an early prediction of a 70kg lift at Nationals. ......better get to yoga tomorrow to stretch those muscles.



Monday, May 28, 2007

I am exploding with energy at the moment. I walked home last night, and I was so energised that I felt like breaking into a run 3/4 of the way......of course I didn't as us power lifters don't do that!

I hammered it at spin class this morning, and I have really exhausted myself. Not to mention the fact that my metabolism is on fire and I am pretty hungry! I spent about 30 minutes this morning getting all my food together for the day.This is a task I normally do in the fastest possible time, but I am so excited about all the new and yummy things I am eating that I had a great time.

I do have a stiff neck that is interupting my sleeping - which I am having a treatment on today, and my tummy is a little upset, but that is all I have to complain about right now. I am expecting everything to settle down over time. Besides I am asking my body to do some pretty crazy stuff; it is sure to complain on occassion.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

6650 kgs

That is the amount of weight I lifted this morning in my power lifting session. It is no wonder that I am very hungry right now.

That number is made of squats, goodmornings, and a deadlift to rack deadlift superset.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

What a week I have had.

I am not really sure where to start; so I guess the beginning is a good start. I have been struggling with fatigue, stress, health and a general haze. The food I have been eating in the past just hasn't taken me to the next level that my training is at now. I also knew that poor nutrition is causing me to be tired and compounding health and stress. Now when I say "poor nutrition" anyone who knows me would laugh. I eat clean, organic food. I rarely drink, I never eat junk etc. What I mean is appropriate nutrition. I am asking my body to perform at a high level physically and now to lift even higher; all the time expecting my professional high energy, high stress life to hum along. I honestly was on "the edge".

I did some research, spoke to some people and chose a professional to help me. I will tell you more about her soon.

In just 4 days,

  • my energy levels have increased about 50%

  • I am having the best sleep I have had in months

  • my general stress levels have decreased, and my ability to cope with work is up

  • my weight has stabilised...and starting to drop

  • I feel happy again........

.......and the big one. My strength has increased at least 10-15% in the weights just 4 days!!!!

Wonder Woman is on her way back!

Friday, May 25, 2007

I am very happy today! I am being cautious in claiming success, however I am feeling much better physically and my stress levels are dropping. I am about to do my last training session for the week, so I will come back and update and review my week later today.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Not happy today. I am having a recurrance of gastro. I don't think I have been well for more than 5 days in a row for the past 3 months. While all the illness are minor, I am getting worn down.

I am sure that most of it it due to the enduring stress that I suffer due to my professional life. Stress is toxic!

Moving up and bench press that is!

Monday, May 21, 2007

So what's happening.??

Nationals are 9 weeks on Monday, and I start official preparation then. I am pleased that over the past few weeks I have prepared well and by Monday I will be back in routine, my nutrition plan will be done and my body will be ready for the lifting program.

My weight has gone up only 1kg or so, which will be easily sorted in the first couple of weeks. I will then see whether or not my weight will drop a few more kilos to make a lower category. I am seeking professional help today and will have a specialist advise me on food to take away any "food stress". Nic obviously has my training sorted, and I am on top of my recovery and therapy activities.

Sounds like a plan!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

I went to yoga yesterday afternoon and it was really tough. It was incredibly beneficial both physically and emotionally. This morning at squat training my hips were flexible and I squatted really well; 8 reps @ 60kgs/65kgs/70kgs.
The yoga has always been a great level set for me emotionally and I came out of class energised and confirming some decisions I have made recently about the next 12 months. There is a position called "camel" about 10 mins from the end of class, which is a full back bend from the knees and I find it very difficult to do when I am stressed or worried. Yesterday it was quite a challenge not to give up as so much emotion flowed out as I was reaching back......I love bikram yoga!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I don't want to go!!!

I know I have to. I know I will enjoy it.I know my body needs it - but I still don't want to go........back to Bikram Yoga. It just seems like such an effort!

I have run out of excuses, so today at 4.30pm I am doing my first class back from pre competition taper, and post competition rest (ok, so I am stretching the excuses!)

Friday, May 18, 2007

10 weeks to National Powerlifting Titles!
I am very excited about this.
I had the best night's sleep last night that I have had in a long time and it makes such a difference to my mood. Last night was a relaxed family night with take away Vietnamese food and a movie, and I feel quite relaxed after a very stressful week.
So, 10 weeks away and the real focus for Nationals is about to begin. I also feel like I have had enough of a break between States and now, so I am looking forward to a focused campaign ahead.
It's Friday!!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bench day today. I am still a week or 2 away from the program into Nationals, so I did 10 reps today - I can't remember the last time I did bench sets @ 10 reps. I wasn't paying attention to the weight, but I am pretty sure I did 35kgs, 37.5kgs and 40kgs. All quite easy. I am really pleased with the way my bench is coming along now that my shoulder is recovering. I did narrow grip bench press @40kgs as well and dips.

After training I had a treatment on my upper back (to relieve stress) and shoulders to continue the recovery. I had both shoulders done just to ensure that I don't develop issues going into Nationals. 10 1/2 weeks is still a long way off, but the bench is looking good to further increase my PB.

I had a lot more energy today, and the hunger has subsided. I am going to spin class tomorrow; which will make 2 this week, and maybe a yoga class on Sunday. I am getting back into routine and am feeling more settled and level.


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This is me right now....well not that I am dreaming of junk food, but I am incredibly hungry. I am eating at least one meal more a day right now, and I am trying to balance the obvious nutritional requirements for my lifitng and the 10`1/2 weeks to Nationals and my weight category. Nic has said that training will go back to "normal" in a week, so I will just fill up on good food in the meantime; this shouldn't cause the scales to increase too much. I am still pretty fatigued too, so to be honest I am struggling right now. I have changed the carb/protein balance of a couple of meals today to see if I can address the hunger during late morning to early afternoon. I feel a little less ravenous today so my body might be adjusting - I can only hope! On the positive time 10 weeks is plenty of time to drop an extra kg or so.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Today I am changing my super hero from Wonderwoman to Mighty Mouse; small and fast!

This week has been speed work. Speed deadlift, speed bench and speed squats. It works like this - 1 sequence consists of 5 reps, 6-8 reps with 15 seconds rest - by 3 sets at about 50% 1RM. The rest between sets is about 3 mins. So in total between 90 to 120 reps in about 10 minutes. Yes, it is really hard work.

I know why Nic is training me this way, and the theory behind it, however I guess what is important is what I am getting out of it. After the first few reps, the technique becomes mechanical. The same movement, the same technique; there is no thought involved you just lift. I could feel this most in the squat, and in fact when I was off form on a rep I could feel it and was able to correct my form.

It is very taxing on the cardio vascular system, and it is challenging to get my breathing correct - which caused some headspins between sets. It has also increased my metabolism - I am always hungry and keep waking up in the middle of the night starving.

I found a new sauna yesterday. I love using the sauna for recovery, and I often go after work, however I have been looking for one I can use after training that has a cold plunge pool. Yesterday I went to the Korean Bath House at Apollo's Day spa. The facilities were good, the sauna was HOT, and they have a plunge pool (and hot tub). Best of all it was quite inexpensive - all in all a great find and I intend to become a regular.

Well as it is Mother's Day I am signing off and letting my family take me out for breakfast. I would love to say I am not training today, but Nationals are 11 weeks away and I have one more training session to complete - maybe I will go to the sauna after!


ANB QLD State Titles 2003
Good memories.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

It is funny how sometimes things just work out, especially when you didn't think you where ever going to get a break.
My work has been manic - even thinking about explaining it makes my blood pressure rise. I am also incredibly sore from my new training regime, and I had a massage and and sauna tonight to combat both the stress and pain. When I got home I was thinking I had no idea how I was going to back up tomorrow for a big deadlifting session, and there was a message that training is postponed - what a relief! It also means I can stay up a bit later and pick up my hubby from his work, and get to spend some time with him. A day off and time with my baby - very de stressing.
I know I will need to make up my training, but I will be ready for it. Now I am ready for a DAY OFF!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Yep, this is me right now. Every muscle is sore. OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Nic is including some of Louie Simmon's training methods into my training.

"When lifters repeatedly use the same simple method of training to raise their strength level, they will eventually stall. Like the scholar who must utilize many sources of information to achieve a higher level of knowledge, the lifter must incor­porate new and more difficult exercises to raise their standards. Many have the theory that to squat, bench, or deadlift more, you simply have to do the three lifts. If it were that simple no one would need special exercises, machines, or systems of training. But we know this is not true." Louie Simmons

I think this is the part where I lift..........

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Now, did I mention that when I was in KL shopping that I discovered a new favourite designer? - for work gear anyway. I bought 2 dresses and 1 cardigan, and could have bought quite a bit more. There is a Karen Millen store in Sydney, and co-incidentally I am travelling there for work in 2 1/2 weeks. I will have to make sure I have time for a visit. Luckily I get paid just before I go and I have had a good sales month, so I will have a little extra cash on hand. I still love Alannah Hill, but Karen Millen is just a less girly and will compliment my exisitng work wardrobe!

You have to be happy with that!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The update for the week is that I am sore, tired and a little unwell.......

...but very optimistic for the next 12 weeks!

Nic hammered me over my 4 PL sessions this week. My triceps got particular attention in both bench sessions. I did explosive bench reps over 8 sets yesterday - I loved this. I really enjoy the explosive speed work. I also had a punishing leg session that involved a deadlift/squat superset followed by a circuit with the bike, cleans, and squat jumps - ouch. In fact very very sore last night. From memory there was another circuit on Monday that involved the bike, medicine balls and push ups - I think I have erased that one from my memory banks.

I always knew the first week back would be tough, and I would be sore. I was nauseous after Monday and Friday's training; so I was really working hard. I expect this week to be just as tough, but hopefully not as sore.

I recovered from Wed night's sugar fix, and other than some stress at work the only health issue I have this week is a head cold. I took a Sudafed before bed last night and slept like a baby, so I am hopeful that it will pass today.

Time for a quick recovery walk, then a strong coffee and oats.


Thursday, May 03, 2007

Last night I decided that as I was so fatigued and rather hungry that I would have a few treats after dinner. It had been a while since I had gone to bed with a really full tummy, and given I am way off my next competition weigh in, now would be good time. So other than my usual dinner I had a bowl of rice, 6 chocolate truffles, and sticky date pudding. This seemed reasonable and not so over the top that it would cause my system any issues..................well I was wrong!!!!!!!
I slept late this morning and woke dehydrated and with a headache as if I was hung over. I have dreadful fluid retention and my joints are aching. I have been running to the loo all day and my stomach was quite angry mid afternoon. I also feel like I haven't slept at all and am foggy headed.
I won't be doing that again - wow talk about a severe reaction! I am actually pleased that it happened as there is no chance I am going to want to stray from my diet plan going into nationals.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

I am pretty sore as expected after 3 days back in training, and after the thrashing Nic gave my triceps this morning I imagine it will be challenging to move my arms tomorrow. In fact I am sure I counted 5 different tricep exercises from this morning's session. Nic assures me that this torture will build stronger triceps to develop a strong lock out in my bench press. I am feeling a little more stable through the shoulders and I will focus on building both strength and stability over the next 12 1/2 weeks. I was considering doing a spin class in the morning, but I think I should ease into it and do a light recovery walk instead. I will pick up yoga next week I think too.

My weight is stable and has only increased by 1kg since the day before the State titles. Post comp blow out is a concern, but the last 2 comps have really been pretty flat. I think that the increase in lean muscle has allowed me to eat a little more without any body fat increase. I am allowing myself to have a few extra treats this week as Sat is the 12 week mark to Nationals and a good time to refocus as it such an important goal for me. It also gives my body time to get back into training with some extra food.

Work is flat out and to be honest quite stressful. I would really like to get some good news about additional resource to give me a break - fingers crossed.

So...........I guess all is good and pretty much as expected.


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