Saturday, November 27, 2010

HOLIDAYS = BLISS!... My Sydney Adventure Part 1.

I think the title sums it up!

I celebrated the start of my holidays by hopping on a plane to Sydney first thing yesterday morning. Seriously, i couldn't wait to get the hell out of Brisvegas. The last few months have really taken its toll on me and i was beginning to feel like i was burning the candle at both ends. (You know the feeling when you wake up and its like you've been partying all night long you haven't slept in days? Yep, that's been ME!) It was so cool to put on my 'holiday voicemail' and 'out of the office' email message. No work AT ALL this time around...Call someone who gives a shit lol =)

I am feeling SOOOO relaxed being down here, away from all the CHAOS. I wouldn't say i am refreshed yet as i am still quite tired but i have plenty of time to catch up on sleep. Yesterday was pretty chilled out, my aunty (Ex-Hemorrhoid's little sis - the cool one in the family!) and i drove down to Botany Bay and we went for an hours' walk along the beach. Apart from the gale force wind and getting sand-blasted, it was so nice to walk in the water. There's something about the sea, its just so refreshing and even though i was tired i felt like i could walk for hours!

Today we decided to go on a mission. We caught the train to Sydney Harbour:

Then a ferry to Watsons Bay and made our way up to The Gap:

From there we walked along the coastline to Bondi Beach where we had lunch at Icebergs Restaurant. The restaurant is right above the ocean. We got a table on the balcony and couldn't stop gazing at the spectacular view!

After lunch we walked along the cliffs to Coogee Beach. All up about 14km and 3 hours worth of dragging our feet walking. My calves are officially WRECKED but the day out in the beautiful sunshine, inhaling the fresh ocean breeze whilst looking out at the breathtaking coastline was totally worth it. AND I am also now sporting a fabulous tan, woohoo got my glow on just in time for summer!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

OSB #4: Week 3: Stick with what you LOVE.

Over the past few weeks my running mojo has been cruising the carribean on vacation. Serious. So i have been doing my head in trying to figure the hell out why. I love running so why don't i want to run? Yeah i have been running once or twice a week but there have been quite a few occasions where i have opted to just walk (or do NOTHING) instead. And then it hit me this morning....


I know i had all these plans to be running all these 10km races but to be honest its just not a distance that i enjoy running. Having said that i will probably enter a few 10km races for the hell of it but the distances that make my endorphins run HIGH are between 5-8km. Yeah i am fit enough to pump out a 12.5km run at a pretty good pace (71mins) but that length of time does NOT TURN ME ON! It feels more like a chore that i have to endure for calling my little sis names lol. And NO i am not being whimpy either. I have always loved to run FAST, so i would rather get my runners high from smashing out a kick-arse 5-8k'er than jog out a 10+ k'er...hmmm and all for the sake of burning more calories...And well, it doens't end up being much more calories over the course of a week seeing that i end up skipping runs simply because i just don't want to do those distances.

So all that got me thinking. To be in the health and fitness game for the LONG TERM, you HAVE to LOVE your training. Just as Raechelle says too -you need to find a sport/exercise that gives you a high, that makes you happy and that makes you excited to wake up in the morning. Because if you choose one that doesn't, I can just about guarantee that you won't stick at it for long.

On that note, i will post my new running POA in the next few days.

And here are my results for OSB #4:

15/11/2010   Week 2
Weight:          63.6kg

22/11/2010   Week 3
Weight:          63.6kg

Difference:     0.0kg

No change, no surprise....oh and NO PEANUT BUTTER EITHER ;-)

On a fabulous note, i am on HOLIDAYS as of thursday - give me a fuckin WOOT! You have no idea how excited i am! I'm having 2 weeks off, so come thursday i'll be on a plane to Sydney at 8am. Yeah BABY!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Shift in Focus and the Thrilling End to my Trip out of HICKSVILLE!

One thing i do enjoy about being in isolation travelling for work is the amount of 'me time' i get to zone out deep into thought. Ever since i was little i have always been a thinker. I could zone out for hours setting myself goals and visualizing what my future would be like. Its always a fun exercise which creates a lot of excitement in my mind. Perhaps that excitement is the driving force behind my motivation for life, a passion that comes from the deepest of my soul?

So over the past few days whilst i was in Hicksville Rocky/Gladstone, i began thinking of how i would like to feel each day. Energetic, enthusiastic, positive and HAPPY were a few adjective that came to mind. What originally got me asking myself this was that on a few occassions over the past few weeks i have eaten some icecream, chocolate and caramel slice =P... no peanut butter remember... And because i am extremely dairy intolerant, guess how i felt the morning after ingestion? Shithouse!... Yeah like i had been run over by a semi trailer lol.... I had the phlegm thing happening, my energy was totally zapped and all i could think of was, 'how could i still be tired, i have just had 7 hours sleep!?"

So for the reasons above i am shifting my focus of 'weightloss/fat loss' to 'feeling energised'. Of course the fatloss is my ultimate goal BUT to me the word 'weightloss' brings about negative connotations. 'Loss/losing' is negative where as 'energised' is positive. Negative thoughts can bring about feelings of deprivation - i can't eat this, i can't eat that. So when you think of all the foods you can't have, you begin to want them more! So now with my 'shift in focus', i am asking myself, 'what shall i eat to energise my body'? Its a totally different mindset and already my outlook on food is different! Yes i feel like fruit, nuts, natural, un-processed foodie goodness!

Now, if you would like a giggle at my expense please READ ON!

By the time i got to the airport yesterday arvo i was exhuasted, grumpy and couldn't wait to get the fuck out of there. Boganville city. Thank god i won't be going back until at least April! To my delight, my flight got DELAYED!... It turned out to be about a 30min wait... Finally they called us to board the plane. YAY...And then i took my seat. It wasn't long before i realised that every bogan in boganville had joined me on my return flight home...sigh.....AND then i realised the bogans had already started on the piss....sigh....All i wanted to do was hand them a can each of shut the fuck up!..... So i opened up my book (The healthy skin diet -post to come!) and ZONED OUT..... until....the air hostie wheeled down the food and beverage trolley...The bogans were ordering beers left, right and centre...sigh... And just when i didn't think my trip could get any worse, the air hostie dropped a can of beer on the floor, it burst opened, spraying its entire contents all over ME ... and my new shoes and handbag =(... For fucks sake! So after i used every serviette that was on board the plane to dry myself off the air hostie asked me the dumbest question." Would you like complimentary cheese and crackers or a beer. Its on the house". OMG, do i look like i drink beer and eat cheese and crackers?! .. Um, let me think about that! How about NO! ...Douchebag.

So we land, i get my luggage and go outside to wait for the mini bus to drive me back to my car....and guess who was in the line?... the drunk bogans....NOOOOOOOOO! .... So i made a quick decsion to sit up the front, i was in NO mood for any bogan conversation!...I was tired, grumpy and smelt like beer. Shower and bed couldn't come soon enough!

On that note, i had a kick-arse day today. I did an intense full body workout and smashed out another 12.5km run!

Have a fabulous weekend xo

Thursday, November 18, 2010

OSB #4 Week 2: Wins and Losses

My apologies for being such a SLACK-ARSE blogger this past week!... I had my reasons. The main one being that i made a promise to myself to saying NO to being OVERWHELMED in November. That has meant that this week i have made priorities so that i wouldn't get overwhelmed which would increase my stress levels which could also lead to a binging episode as a 'coping mechanism'. Therefore i made time to book a zillion appointments for my Rocky/Gladstone trip, i vaccummed, mopped, water'd plants, cleaned and disinfected my entire pad till i could see my reflection off my sparkly tiles lol. Has anyone been to Rocky? OMG, total hicksville! This town has cow statues EVERYWHERE, its quite amusing lol

On that note i have continued to 'nail' my peanut butter habit. Yes i am very chuffed with my efforts so far. It is not in the house and i have not thought of it once.... Actually i lie. The only time i have thought about PB is when i was in a health food shop for an appt and i was standing next to the PB machine with all these containers full of freshly crushed PB..mmmm.. BUT i forgot about it as soon as i left the store... So i identified that PB is not a real craving at all =).... Having said that i have been fighting off a wide range of sugar cravings (.....i vaguely remember eating some caramel slice =P) since saying farewell to PB. Its like i am replacing one food craving with another, which i know isnt really a food craving but an emotional one.... Yes there are still little demon fairies in my head that i am poofing away one at a time.

My running has been going great. I havent quite stuck to my POA due to 'overwhelming priorities' listed above but i did do my first 12.5km run last friday in 72mins. It was tough going but i was very happy with my effort. Running longer than 60min  (i havent run over that time in YEARS) was a huge mental barrier to overcome but now that i have done it once i am damn sure my next endurance run (tomorrow) will be a hell lot easier. I am still yet to do a proper run in my Vibrams but I am planning to get that done this monday.

I have also decided to change up my weight training as i was becoming extremely bored with my current 3 day split body sessions. So from tomorrow i will be doing 2 x full body workouts per week. Monday and Friday. I've got an awesome plan to follow and some new supplements to try so stay tuned for my buffness report!

I really must fly so here are my weigh in results from monday:

15/11/2010  Week 2
Weight:      63.6kg

8/11/2010   Week 1
Weight:     63.6kg

Difference:  0.0kg

No change which i am ok with. I will be on 2 weeks holidays as of next thursday so there are a few things i want to play around with in my current eating plan which should get things moving again. I know one thing i do need to focus on if removing the processed SUGAR out of my diet AGAIN. It has slowly crept back in and i am feeling a little sluggish so Ms Sugar Fairy will be getting her butt kicked!

Ok i really must fly now!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Vibram Barefoot Running Shoes!

All i can say is TGIF! What a week! Anywho, my exciting news is that i finally picked up my Vibram Fivefinger running shoes.

 I bought the Bikila model which is especially for running. I've used them twice at the gym so far and i love them. They're extremely light - 137g each and i just feel like i am flying when i run. Having said that,  it will probably take me a month or so to fully break them in and transition to using them for a long run. The reason being is that they only have 4mm of tread on the sole, therefore my feet have to build up strength which has been lost over the years wearing normal cushioned, arch supported running shoes. Plus, they also force you to run on your toes - its impossible to strike the ground with your heels first. Heel striking is believed to be one of the main causes of ankle, knee, calf and hip problems that many runners associate with. So yes my feet and calves were a little sore after wedesday night boxing class! 

I mentioned here that one of my goals is to run 10km in 49min. So this is my POA:

Sunday: 10km run outdoors
Monday: 30 min easy run (wearing Vibrams) outdoors
Tuesday: Speed work (treadmill) 3 x 2km run @ 4.45min pace = 9.30mins with 2min Rest
Friday: 70min easy endurance run outdoors

Each week i will challenge myself in my tuesday speed sess to reduce my time. This will allow me to develop a faster natural running pace for my longer runs.

So NEXT YEAR i have decided that perhaps it is time to do some road races! I've always been a competitive athlete so it'll be great to get the adrenaline pumping again. I know this year i have kinda missed the thrill of a having a big goal (like a figure comp) to train towards so i have no doubt my mojo will be on fire. FYI i am looking at 5-10km races. The thought of a 1/2 marathon is too many kilometres for my little brain to comprehend atm lol

Hope you all have a kick-arse weekend!

Monday, November 8, 2010

OSB #4: Week 1: Ready to NAIL IT!

Woah, did you read the title!? Yes i am (mentally) READY to launch off my plateau (comfort zone) and  kick butt all the way until i reach my GOAL. (I was going to type 'end' BUT there is no 'end' in fitness. Once i reach this goal, i will just set a new one) NO ifs, buts or maybes! I am in it to WIN it baby! So Operation Sexy Bitch (OSB) number #4 begins right NOW!

Now i haven't down a 'weigh-in' in weeks - 6 to be exact. So i was a little nervous but also curious of what number would be gleaming back at me. I knew i wasn't as slim as i was back in August (but not far off!) but i also knew that i am looking pretty lean now (check out my 25th party photos here!) and that the 10km training is doing wonders for my legs. So i was pretty confident i would be under the 64kg (141lb)mark. Long gone are the days when it was a struggle to get under 66kg (145.5lbs)!

8/11/2010  Week 1
Weight:  63.6kg  (140lbs)

So i am finally out of scale denial, feeling great and off to a cracker start! 61kg (134lbs) is only 2.6kg (6lbs) away from where i want to be. So if you combine my Nailing November goal of 'nailing snacking/mindless eating' with my 10km training it can only equate to some kick arse results!

Are you ready to Nail It!? Who is with me!?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

25th Birthday Extravaganza Party!.... and a 'progress pic'!

Well its the morning after my 25th Birthday Extravaganza Party and i am feeling fabulous!...Yeah my feet are ACHING and i'm a little tired but who cares i had an AMAZING night!

I headed out to Zuri Bar last night with my amazing possie of friends. The moment i stepped into the club i just knew it was going to be a good night- the atmosphere was electric. There was a latino house dj on the decks, an amazing bongo and sexy-sax(aphone) player and a dancefloor that had my name written all over it. I'm not much of a drinker when it comes to alcohol but i did let my hair down and enjoyed 2 French Martinis and 1/2 a Lychee Martini... and i am pretty confident that including those you can still count the number of alcoholic beverages i have downed this entire YEAR on just my fingers alone!... So as you can imagine i was feeling a litttle pissy but in a good way. It was great just to relax, gossip, laugh and CARVE UP THE DANCEFLOOR with my friends all night long!

I called it quits about 2.30am because my feet were wrecked. Damn those ultra high heels.... but hey they looked HOT and that is all that counts ;-)

So here are a couple sneak peaks of how i am looking at the moment:

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Overwhelmed: an ADDICTION trigger? + new GOALS!

This is officially my 2nd day of Nailing November (it took me Monday to Wednesday to clean up my act!) and i am discovering a few little things about myself:

I decided to kick off day 1 with a fast - wednesday night to thursday night, and it went fantastic. I learnt that in order to do a successful fast and feel great about it is to be in the right headspace. I believe the reason i have shyed away from ESE over the past few months was because of my negative mindset. I had let Ms Binge/Food Fairy take control over me instead of the other way around. This led me to HATING the fasting days bringing up feelings of deprivation and resentment. Food was always on the mind so i was always counting down the hours until i could eat again. In the end i just gave up the fasting because breaking the food addiction wasn't number 1 on my priority list.

This week is completely different. I am COMMITTED to saying NO to snacking in between meals. My mindset is positive and i am ready to achieve sexy-bitch results again. I am determined to achieve my goal by new year and more importantly i BELIEVE i can do it!

During my fast yesterday i had a lightbulb moment. I figured out one of my ADDICTION TRIGGERS that i believe has been the cause of most of my snacking/binging.... Being OVERWHELMED. Yep thats right!

I had to complete my expenses for work yesterday as they are due pronto! Now as you know i have been doing a shit load of traveling this past month and i've racked up an Amex bill of $1359! Ah work are gonna love me lol and thats not including airfares or car-hire! The big mistake i made was coming home from the airport after each trip and filing in chronological order dumping my tax receipts into a pile in a drawer... so they could just evaoprate lol. What i should have done was put them into my spreadsheet straight away and saved myself a LOT of stress aka 'overwhelmingness'!

You see, there are a few things in my life the overwhelm me: parts of my job -booking new appts and EXPENSES; vacuuming; mopping.. where's Ms Cleaning Fairy!?; opening up the mail and putting mail in the post (yeah that's a wierd one haha) and thats all i can think of right now. And what i do is put them aside and procrastinate thus allowing the anxiety to slowly build and bubble away in my head. Before long, i am totally overwhelmed at the task at hand and start stressing myself out silly. My chiro has told me before to 'let it be easy' because nothing is really that hard, you just need to take the first step and get things done.

So anyway, as i was geeing myself up to do my expenses, on came this sudden urge to snack. Now i had already cleared out my pantry of all 'emotional eating foods aka PB!' so i decided to take Jason's advice and just STOP for a moment and feel the REAL emotion and not the emotional hunger. I knew the expense thing was starting to overwhelme me so instead of raiding the pantry - which i couldn't because i was FASTING i went to the computer and started on my expenses. Seriously, within about 5 mins any food cravings had disappeared and i didn't even think about food again till i got home from the hairdressers at 7pm last night, which was when i could eat again. After finishing my expenses i had a feeling of satisfaction- i had got the job done without procrastinating and without using food to temporarily distract my mind from the job. Kudos to me!

I woke up this this morning feeling fantastic! I had nailed day 1 and my body is seeing the benefits from the fast. Most of the bloat is gone, i'm feeling a lot tighter and leaner and i have been full of energy all day! And guess what? I just smashed my 10km outdoor run time by 4.5mins! I ran my first outdoor 10km last friday in 59mins and today in 54.30 mins! So now i have nailed day 2 and i'm on the biggest endorphin rush WOOT!

I am now ready to jump back on the scales this monday to track the weight-loss again.

My GOALS to achieve by NYE are:

Weight:     61kg
Body Fat:  12%
Body Fat:  60ml

10km Outdoor Run:    49 mins

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Guest Post on Addiction with Jason Urbanowicz from Create PT Wealth

As you know i am participating in Nailing November where i will be working on breaking bad habits once and for all. For those of you that have been following my crazy journey for some time now will know that my bad habit/addiction is to do with binging.

I woke up yesterday morning to such a lovely and thoughtful email from my good friend Jason Urbanowicz that i just had to share it with you:

Great article Chelle!

After spending the last 10 years working in this field, i would like to share a snap shot of my understanding of addictions. Most addictions are there to suppress emotional pain and they provide a brief moment of ecstasy. The problem is, people try and address it at the addiction level, instead of what's underneath it.

Example:(nicotine) Smoking suppresses anger! So dealing with and letting go of the anger is one of the main keys here.

Emotions along with your programming or beliefs (habits if you like) all live in your subconscious and use around 50%-60% of your total brainpower. This is why will power doesn't work for breaking addictions long term. Why? Because it operates in your conscious part of you’re brain, using only 10% of your total brain capacity.

Although emotional intelligence is gaining strength in this day and age, it severely lacks as part of our educational upbringing. So, if you don't know how to deal with your emotions in a healthy way,then what do you do to deal with them? Smoking, drinking, chocolate, shopping, over exercising, porn and the list can go on.

Here are my tips to start with: Once you acknowledge you have an addiction to something (like chelle mentioned) next time you get the urge, simply wait long enough (which is code for, stop yourself) and see what emotion/s you experience. Then deal with the emotion/s!

Now, this can be very confronting the first few times. Remember, these emotions are the very thing you have been trying to avoid feeling in the first place.So be patience and gentle on yourself. Mastering this area of your life is the thing that will set you free of being hijacked by your emotions and addictions.
I recommend reading up on emotional intelligence or doing workshops in this area.

Example: If i realize that i have some built up anger or suppressed anger, instead of taking out on the people i care most about or doing road rage, i grab my punching bag, lye it on the floor and using a hammer fist (so i don't injury myself) i get out the anger. Go until you are buggered.

The most important part of this is expressing myself in the process. So i say what i wanted to say in a past situation, but didn't at the time. The healing is in the expression of the feeling. Doing it this way means no one gets to lose and it is done with honor. Not to mention a great workout and you will drain your anger pool.
There are different types of methods; maybe you would prefer to write your feelings. You really need to find your own safe way to express your emotions.

The same goes for sadness, guilt (which is really anger turn inwards) fear, they all need to be expressed in a healthy manner. Sadness is an easy one, simply cry until you have nothing left, (why do you think people hire sad movies, so they can have a good cry in a dark room) Fear, the best way to let go of fear is to express it or speak it out! The more you try and pretend you are OK, the worst it will get. Alcohol is a great one for suppressing fear, but not a great way to deal with it.

Part Two!

My second tip is set yourself up for success!

We all have an internal scoreboard that keeps track of everything we say and do or should i say don't do. So when a person say's that's it, starting next Monday, i am going to get fit for the rest of my life. There could be a little voice that say's bullshit, that's what you said the last 25 times and you lasted two days. Keep small promises to yourself to build up a healthy internal belief system. At the start of building a new habit, it is more important to keep your word to yourself then the actual target or goal.

Example: When i used to work helping Drug addicts get clean, if you said to them that they can never shoot up again, it was simply to big for them to handle (even if that's what they really want) Why? Because they had said that very thing to themselves before and had proof that they had failed. So there internal scoreboard is out of whack!

So, i used to ask them, what could you manage. one might say, i reckon i can go three days. I would say, that's great, when you get to the three days, we will see where to from there. At the three-day mark, i asked the same question! This time it may have been 5 days and so on! They would write there success in what i call a victory book,(exercise pad) which speaks to your subconscious and goes towards changing programming and creating a new habit and a strong internal belief.

Anyway, that is a lot more than i expected to write. Hope it helps!

Jason and business partner Brad Sheppard (yes the one that charges $440 an hour for a PT session!) run Create PT Wealth, a company dedicated to handing fitness professionals the tools to skyrocket their business. In a nutshell, they teach you the strategies to earn a six-figure income whilst working less then 20 hours of PT per week.

Check out their website - Create PT Wealth
You can also find them here on facebook.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Breaking an Addiction

Deciding to take part in Nailing November was kind of a big decision for me. I had been tossing up all weekend whether or not to join in. The reason being was that i had to admit (to the world) my PB addiction. But you know what? The first step in BREAKING an addiction is to ADMIT that you HAVE ONE!

Its one thing admitting to yourself in your mind that you have an addiction but to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and actually write it down is quite LIBERATING. It was a huge barrier to overcome and i am stoked that it is now out there in the blogosphere. After typing yesterdays' post i savoured a few last mouthfuls of PB and threw the remaining jar in the bin. GONESKY!

I woke up this morning feeling great knowing that i WILL kick the PB habit once and for all. And guess what? No cravings at all today =).. I actually haven't even thought about it. I actually think that reaching for a spoonful of PB was more of bad habit that had to do with boredom rather than a food i feel i can't live without.... I haven't replaced PB with anything either =)

Mindless snacking is another bad habit that i want to add to my NOVEMBER NAILERS list. That includes snacking/nibbling whilst preparing meals; in between meals; and after dinner (the disaster zone!).

Have you got an addiction that you need to break? Take the first step and WRITE it DOWN or feel free to share it with me! We're all in this together bloglanders!

Monday, November 1, 2010


Ok i have decided to join in on Liz's challenge - NAILING NOVEMBER! That's right, i am READY to break one big bad habit of mine this month once and for all. I have had issues with the Crunchy Peanut Butter Jar on and off for quite a prolonged period of time lol.... i secretly think there is some sort of magnetic force that keeps drawing me back for more.....and more.... and more.....and more!

Its not like i am 'hungry' or anything so i'm pretty sure its a trigger food for some sort of emotional response that i will pin-point in the days to come.

Saying NO to PEANUT BUTTER for a WHOLE MONTH! Can i do it??? You bet ya, i WILL!

Nailing PB will not only cut out of lot of extra 'mindless' calories out of my diet but it will also bring me one step closer to looking and feeling 'sexy bi-atch' hot, just like my favourite PussyCat Doll - Nicole Scherzinger.

Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me!