Fitness Junkie


DAILY HIT: Keep it Simple
May 25, 2009, 8:05 am
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“One does not accumulate but eliminate.  It is not daily increase but daily decrease.  The height of cultivation always runto to simplicity.”  — Bruce Lee



DAILY HIT: Be Mindful
May 23, 2009, 7:54 am
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“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.” — R.D. Laing



ROAD TO FAME: Setting Goals through Dreamlines
May 20, 2009, 7:22 am
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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T. S. Eliot

In Tim Ferriss’ best selling book, The Four Hour Work Week, he explores the concept of dreamlining.  What is dreamlining?  It is a way to establish written goals by thinking of all the things we want to have, be, and do in 3, 6 or 12 months time.  It doesn’t matter how vein, how impossible or even how outrageous these dreams may be.  The point is to write them down.  Here is mine..

In the next 3 months, I dream of:

Having:                       6 pack abs and defined triceps

Being:                          able to do 10 pull ups with ease

Doing:                         attend the Can Fit Pro Conference in Toronto

Now that I know what I specifically want to accomplish in three months, I need to define 3 actionable steps, for now, tomorrow and the day after to get closer to actualization.

Steps NOW:

  1. Read 3 articles on getting 6 pack abs in 12 weeks
  2. Take measurements and pictures of abs/triceps for baseline
  3. See how many pull ups I can do now (likely negative zero!!)
  4. Check Can Fit Pro website for registration information and costs

Steps TOMORROW:

  1. Prepare 12 week nutritional plan
  2. Work with Coach V on developing core and tricep workouts
  3. Bikram for strong back development, more pull up practice with assist
  4. Check Toronto for hotels and cost of flight

Steps DAY AFTER:

  1. Record daily intake of food on twitter
  2. Record daily workout and thoughts on fitnessjunkie
  3. Practice 5 pull up with assist from Coach V
  4. Choose sessions to register for

    ***  NOTE:  Here is a worksheet you can download to do your own dreamlining exercise and here is another article that goes into more detail about how to dreamline.



ROAD TO FAME 2009: A New Beginning
May 19, 2009, 8:51 am
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Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily”  — Johann Friedrich von Schiller

It’s been a long time since I last wrote a blog post.  Four months long!

Back in my birth home of Peg City, circumstances have reunited me with old friends that I haven’t seen or heard from in years; events have led me to spend more time with family; and experiences have made me realize just how significant this move back really is.  It truly is a new beginning for me.

And being the fitness junkie that I am, one of my big goals this year is to compete at the FAME Canadian Nationals in Vancouver on October 24th, 2009.  It’s been 3 years since my last competition.  Wow how fast time flies!  But I’m back and ready to put 100% of my all into it.

In an article written by Tom Venuto, he states that accountability is the most effective motivational force and that there are 4 levels of accountability.  Today and this week, I will focus on the first level:  self accountability.

You can become accountable to yourself by:

1. setting written goals
2. weighing yourself
3. measuring body composition
4. taking body (circumference) measurements
5. taking photographs
6. Creating menu plans or tracking nutritional intake in a journal
7. Creating workout schedules and tracking training performance in a journal

It’s not going to be easy.  I know this.  It’s been a long time since I’ve disciplined myself to eat, train, and sleep properly.  A really long time!  And being back home in Peg City, there are many distractions..  but I’m committed to making this work .  I’m comitted to sharing this journey. 6 months out (actually, a little over 22 weeks to be exact!).  What makes this even more exciting is that my personal trainer (who is also my fiancee!) will be riding along this journey with me.  He, too, will be coming back to Vancouver to compete with me and I can’t wait!!



DAILY HIT: Explore Your World
January 25, 2009, 9:35 pm
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“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes100_0167



Be True to Self
January 24, 2009, 12:19 am
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“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”  —Barack Obama

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Songs I Pump Up To
December 21, 2008, 10:23 pm
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Black Milk “Give the Drummer Sum”

Sean P “One”

Buckshot & 9th Wonder “Go All Out”



Doing More…
December 14, 2008, 11:40 pm
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“Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours.” –Swedish Proverb

Does this mean that if I do more high intensity strength training sessions, more interval cardio workouts on the elliptical, more ab crunches and more yoga, a good body will be mine to have?  I hope so.  Having a fit body doesn’t only mean doing more fitness activities, it also means doing more in all other aspects of life:  eat more vegetables, take in more protein, more smiles than frowns … in other words… more mindfulness in the things we do.

Today, my mind was focused on supplements.  Do I need more? 

As a regular reader (and occassional writer) for bodybuilding.com,  I came across an article written by Jaime Filer “Top 6 Supplements for Cutting” that made me take inventory of what I’m taking now…

  1. multivitamin – check
  2. whey protein – check
  3. glutamine – definite check
  4. fat burner/thermogenic – check
  5. BCAAs – have read about its advantages but haven’t used
  6. preworkout l-arginine/nitric oxide booster – never thought of this

BCAA’s are known to speed recovery after a gruelling workout, minimize fatigue, promote protein synthesis and foster vasodilation.  It’s popular feature is that it helps retain muscle mass even when taking in lower calories.  Arginine seems to do the same thing as BCAA’s but also has the ability to produce nitric oxide, scavenge free radicals and help regulate salt levels in the body. 

Other supplements I am currently taking:  Omega 3-6-9, creatine, acidophilus/probiotic, dandilion root/milk thistle, MaxGXL and for a preshoot prep natural diuretic, Watertight.  Is there a need to do more?  If I want to achieve the goal of gaining more muscle mass, then yes, it seems that   I need to be doing more…



Which Celebrity Workout is Right for You?
November 10, 2008, 2:36 pm
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For the heck of it, I took a quiz this morning to find out which celebrity workout is right for me.  After responding to 10 questions, this is what I was told.  

You are a “spiritual seeker”.  You are a spiritual soul, in search of higher meaning in life.  You are looking for a fitness routine that will help you explore the sacred relationship between body and mind.  You’ll enjoy workouts that nourish your spiritual side while strengthening your body, like these celebs’ favorites:

  • Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston do Pilates
  • Britney Spears sculpts her body with dance classes
  • Madonna, Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow swear by yoga
  • Other workouts to try:  Tai chi, karate, cross-country skiing, meditation and swimming

The sun sets today before 5pm.  Yes! 5pm.  Having motivation to get myself to the gym seems harder and harder and lately, I just haven’t been going.  I have, however, taken a bigger interest in working out at home and doing more Bikram yoga sessions.  I finally bought a few at home items like the ball, resistance bands and balance board to keep me from making excuses. 

I can pretty much agree that at this point in my life, I am seeking for a more solid relationship with my body and mind.  Making moves to go back to Peg City and start a personal traiing/lifestyle consulting/freelance writing business is an exciting step in my life.  Yet moving towards the direction of dreams is often an anxiety producing feeling…  And the Libra that I am, I am seeking now for balance and calmness before my mind goes crazy with 10 million thoughts and 0 action.

By setting short term goals and long term dreams, I can remain focused.  But with work, holidays, everyday to dos, it’s really hard to maintain and even harder to stay focused.  Yoga has helped me tremendously and I can’t wait to be with my Pilates instructor/best girlfriend Linda to get my core training in December.  In preparation for the upcoming holidays and cold winter weather,  all I can do to feel small accomplishments is set weekly goals.  I spent the last week resting from the work, training and diet for the FitnessLicious shoot.  I ate whatever, drank til I got drunk and worked out only two times.

This week, I’m back at it.  Yoga, ab training, strength training using a push/pull regime and taking up a new activity.  What that will be yet, I dunno.  Time for new adventures and new challenges. 

 

“NOW” is the operative word.  Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream.  You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions.  Do it now.  Do it today.  Do it for 20 minutes and watch you heart start beating”
Barbara Sher



Vote: Female Celebrity Abs

I hate training my abs.  I find no excitement in doing crunches, leg raises, oblique bends or planks at all!!  But if I want that 6 pack, I gotta work them out.  It takes a lot to get me to the gym alone never mind working out to get Maggie Diubaldo abs!!

In search of motivation I found a contest (it’s the competitor in me….) asking me if I want to make $1000.  Hell ya !  $1000 during the Christmas holidays … of course!!  Robert Kennedy, editor of Oxygen magazine, has an abs challenge contest for anyone willing to do it…   First prize $1000.  Second prize $500.  Third prize $250.  He wants before and after shots of abs …I need your help with some motivation and a daily hit….

With the voter rater turnout in this year’s 2008 Canadian election being the lowest ever in history… (did you vote???)… it’s time to cast your vote here on your favorite celebrity abs.  Don’t disappoint me, vote… who’s our favorite?

Beyonce Abs

Beyonce Knowles, singer/entertainer

Janet Jackson, entertainer

Janet Jackson, entertainer

Mel B Post baby!!

Mel B Post baby!!