Kia ora everyone!
I get asked a bit about my training, eating, routine and all sorts. So for this blog I thought I would try to tackle a couple of those things.
I have done nutrition papers through university but in no way do I consider myself to be a nutritionist. Over the years I have tried a few different things but what I found has worked is pretty simple. And you might not like what I have to say.
At my heaviest I weighed about 80kgs, for anyone who knows me that is pretty heavy for my frame. I was a size 14-16, hard to believe I know. It has taken me a long time to get where I am today but that is because I had a lot of cleaning of house to do, so to speak. I needed to de-clutter my mind of brainwashed ideas around health and weight and diets!
Back in my less active balanced days – 76-78kgs
I rarely weigh myself – because it is not a true indication of my health. My goal is to be fit and feel strong and healthy which means being lean too so instead I focus on the fit of my clothes, and my energy and focus throughout the day.
For too long I used to weigh myself and it just ate me up inside. A key point to remember is that if you are doing weight loss and using weights in the gym, muscle weighs more than fat so you may not see much of a movement on the scale but you will feel a difference in your clothing and energy.
Photo’s are great to track progress if you need that sort of thing and sometimes it is just a good reminder of how far you have come.
I don’t take any supplements. This is probably the biggest thing for me. I don’t even like taking Panadol or anything unless I really have to but that is my preference. I used to be the crazy protein shake person and always have one after my workouts. Because everyone else was doing it and I didn’t really put too much thought into the timing of it and why. so all I do now is make sure I eat enough protein through whole foods. I haven’t been on protein supplements for at least a year and have noticed a huge difference in he way I feel and my bank balance!
I don’t smoke or drink alcohol and have reduced the amount of caffeine I have. By doing this it has helped me to maintain a more regular metabolism. and sustain my focus throughout the day.
Admittedly I have had some off days while pregnant and get the odd ‘craving’ but it is usually when I am not training. You see, it is all about balance. My eating is directly linked to my energy output and it has taken me a while to recognise that.
I have 16 days to go till baby arrives and I still have a fairly healthy and active lifestyle.
37 weeks 77kgs
So, my training routine goes is on a 4 day roster. I try to train at least twice a day, depending on what my workout is and where in the season I am. when I am in season my land sessions are converted into water sessions based on the same stuff e.g. strength on land, strength on water (using resistance). My running interval sessions on land switch to intervals on the water e.g. 4x800m, 5x sprints starts. The longest amour of time I spend in a gym would be one hour and that is when I do my heavy weights. Otherwise it is only short 10-20min workouts. On the water the longest is a weekend paddle of 2 hours at present but the majority sits around 45-1hour sessions.
A typical week for me looks like this:
Monday – water in am
Tuesday – water in am, water in PM
Wednesday – Strength in gym am, water in PM
Thursday – water am, Water PM
Friday – active REST day
Saturday – water am
Sunday water am
In the last two months my training has really dropped off and I rarely make the two training times a day, due to a change in our routine at home with hubby away and my baby girl starting school. I also work flexibility into all of my sessions before and after.
As for food and training, I will make sure I eat something within 20 minutes of training to make sure I make the most gains I can.
To help with my motivation I have created my vision board and have a lifestyle diary to cover off all my food, training, moods etc. It helps when I get sick and can look back at why I might have fallen ill (possibly over-training, under eating etc). I make sure I have a focus for all my training, although it can take me a while to warm up and get focussed I generally do have specific things to focus on. It helps me to make the most of my training time. and I train with a buddy as much as possible. on the water it is important for me to train with a buddy so I can get an idea of where I am at, and also create more of a realistic competition situation.
If I miss a training I try not to be too hard on myself. That only creates negative thinking which then pulls me off track. So, going with the flow as much as possible.
It has taken me a long time to get to this point and balance my eating and training and have the right focus for it. Performance not image! Once i did that, seriously, everything fell into place. no more pressure on what i looked like, it just all worked out.
Would love to hear any strategies you have and what has worked for you.
Thanks for sharing in my journey. I really do hope you get something form it too.
#imagine #believe #achieve