Fitness Junkie


Time for NEW
October 29, 2008, 11:48 pm
Filed under: Stay'n on Track

First & foremost:¬† Happy Birthday to my girl Nique ūüôā¬† Love you sister ūüôā Muah.

I’ve changed the theme of this website to reflect a simpler journal format.¬† I let go of many clean eating habits and workout practices and I need the change as a way to re-motivate myself to get back on a fitness path.¬† This format seems to an easier way to log my progress (or lack of).¬† Halloween is a few days away which means cheap, cheap junk food and easy, easy access to liquor.¬† How harmful is one handful of popcorn?¬† Or a few bites of banana bread?¬† Those were the questions I asked myself today as I enjoyed every popcorn bite and let the banana bread piece melt in my mouth.

Then I watched today’s episode of Workout… Greg & Erika did a photo shoot (both of them were ripped and¬†body smokin’ hot!) and then famous fitness model Jamie Eason also made a presence in the Sky Sport Gym in Los Angeles to train with Brian.¬† By the end of the show, the guilt of eating that junk settled in the bottom of my stomach.¬†

I have a photo shoot on Saturday.¬† Yeah, this Saturday.¬† I get to spend the day with some of my favorite BC girls for the FitnessLicious Halloween Photo Shoot.¬† That means¬†3 days to step it up a notch and get my body photo ready.¬† Working out, going to yoga, getting my ab sessions in was a challenge this week but nevertheless accomplished.¬† But it’s my eating habits that take the best of me and shoves it in my belly.¬† (Check out my write up on bodybuilding.com on “Things we do everyday, unconsciously, that hinders our fitness progress“)¬†¬†¬† And in order for me to look the best I can be, that means the next 2 days have to be productive.¬† Eating clean, carb depletion, water restriction and cardio/yoga.¬† And just the thought makes me feel anxious…¬† but I know it needs to be done…

WorkIN, FlabOUT!

WorkIN, FlabOUT!

It’s not going to be easy.¬† This¬†pic is a reflection of how hard it is for me right now to push myself to workout never mind¬†eat clean.¬† My strategy?¬† High protein intake (isolate, chicken, fish and soy), and make with lots¬†and lots of natural flavoring with no salt; ¬†only fibrous carbs such as spinach, greens, red/yellow peppers, carrots and broccolli;¬†restrict fluid intake to 1.5 litres or less to improve tone and cardio/yoga to have more definition.¬† Wish me luck.¬† Cuz I definitely know I need it.



Update
October 16, 2008, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Stay'n on Track

Holy smokes!¬† Where have I been?¬† It’s been 3 months since my last FJ entry.¬† (these are my confessions)

The August Michael Palmer shoot is done and gone.¬† Of course it rained and poured that day, but not without some great shots of the FitnessLicious crew.¬† Thanks Michael!!¬† There were plenty of females for your enjoyment and enough personalities for your entertainment!! I’m sure…. ūüôā

FitnessLicious Ladies

FitnessLicious Ladies

Friends I made over the summer during M&M’s adventures, photo shoots, fitness conferences¬†and everyday partying will remain in my memory (and my Facebook account!! ūüôā¬† But now,¬†the sunshine has bid farewell and the rain has made a comeback¬†to Vancouver.¬† The next FitnessLicioius shoot is slated for November 1st and I’ve planned another shoot with my favorite photographer, Lisa Chase, this weekend!!¬† Time to get back on the fitness track!



Do Cherries Cause Bellies?
July 7, 2008, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Fitness Fix, Stay'n on Track | Tags: , , , ,

In a recent study published in New Scientist magazine, it was found that the type of simple sugar we put in our mouth can ultimately impact where the fat in our bodies will develop.  Thirty-three overweight and obese adults were put on a normal diet for 10 weeks followed by another 10 weeks in which half of the group received their calories from fructose and the other half from glucose.  Both groups gained the same weight, however, those who ate the fructose accumulated more fat around their middle than the glucose group did. 

Fructose, is a form of carbohydrate commonly found in fruits and fruit juices.  However, the body has limited storage space for fructose so when you eat too much of it, it turns to excess fat.  Also, if the majority of carbohydrate calories come from fructose Рbecause fructose is directed to the liver for processing Рit does not supply enough muscular energy when working out. 

Glucose, on the other hand, is used by the body to feed muscle cells and replenish glycogen stores.  And, because the body has a higher storage capacity for glucose, you can consume more glucose without worrying about the excess weight gain.

AsI write this…. I’m pigging out on one of my favorite fruits:¬† cherries.¬† Certified by the American Heart Association, cherries are not considered just a fructose containing fruit.¬† It is labeled a “superfruit” because of its antioxidant and heart protective properties.¬† Research also suggests that cherries can reduce inflammation and arthritic pain as well as reduce the risk of diabetes and memory loss.

But,¬†of course, after reading the results of the study… I’m staring at my belly.¬† With 5 weeks left before the photo shoot and another 3 weeks of the cherry season left, I’m trying to devise a strategy to have my cherries and eat it too.¬† So the question then is¬†how do I¬†eat the cherries¬†and¬†burn the calories¬†before my¬†body can convert them into fat?¬† ūüôā

My strategy?  I will eat fruits and drink fruit juices before 1pm.  This way, I allow my body to burn the simple sugars during the day instead of eating it later so that it gets stored as body fat during the night.  Ultimately, the total intake of fructose containing foods depend largely on current body weight, activity level and timelines for losing weight/gaining muscle.  With morning cardio sessions and strength training sessions in the evening, I know that the calories from the cherries I eat before 1pm will burn away.

By identifying your goals (i.e. reasons for eating fruits) and being aware of what your body needs, you too, will be able to make the choices right for you.



6 wks out PLAN
June 29, 2008, 11:23 pm
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MICHAEL PALMER PHOTO SHOOT

WORKOUT:  Push/Pull/Legs Training Split:

Day 1 (Sat): Rest
Day 2 (Sun): Grouse Grind (Legs) – Abs
Day 3 (Mon): Bikram’s Yoga РMassage
Day 4 (Tues): Rest
Day 5 (Wed): Back ‚Äď Biceps ‚Äď Abs (Pull)
Day 6 (Thurs): Rest/Facial
Day 7 (Fri): Chest ‚Äď Shoulders ‚Äď Triceps – Abs(Push)

Weight Training/Cardio:

My focus is to develop muscle definition and tone. Workouts will be recorded using the M&F HERS journal format. The main body parts I’m focusing on are my abs, my arms and my legs. Abs are the first indicator of good fitness physique so it needs to be done 3x/wk. No cardio machines yet, I will walk to work Tue-Wed-Fri this week to help me focus and regenerate.

Nutrition:

No refined sugar AT ALL.   Reduce carb intake and start the process of eliminating complex carbs and fruits at 7pm. I know that fibrous carbs aid in the digestion of protein, so I will eat more greens (broccoli, cucumber, spinach and lettuce). Also, the fructose in fruits slows down fat loss so I will ensure that I eat fruits with a low glycemic index (apples, grapes, peaches and plums). I am also going to drink at least 4L of water/day.

I will aim to develop a nutritional plan that incorporates a 40-40-20% of proteins, carbs and fats. I will monitor my nutritional intake this week.

Protein sources: eggs, chicken, extra lean ground beef, turkey, fish
Carb sources: oatmeal, brown rice, quinoa, mixed vegetables, salad, low glycemic fruits
Fat sources: essential fatty acid supplements, fish, flaxseed, olive oil

Supplementation:

Glutamine, multivitamin/multimineral, fatburner, probiotic, Omega 3-6-9, dandilion root, milk thistle, calcium and magnesium
 



Baseline
June 24, 2008, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Stay'n on Track

I’m on the journey to¬†fitness recovery.¬† Setting short term goals for long term gain is an approach I use to help motivate me to stay on the right fitness path.¬† According to Peter Drucker, “what gets measured gets managed” and with a few summer events coming up, I’ll be keeping track of my progress here and making adjustments along the way.

In less than 3 weeks,¬† I have a wedding to attend.¬† Thereafter, scheduled for August 9th, I plan on looking toned, defined and poised for an outdoor photo shoot with famous photographer, Michael Palmer alongside other FitnessLicious divas.¬† That’s less than 7 weeks away.¬† Following that, if all goes well, a fitness model competition.¬†

This is my starting point:

Height:¬† 5’4″
Weight:  126lbs
Bodyfat:  26 %

Chest/Waist/Hips:  34-27-35 inches
Arms:  10.5 inches
Thighs: 19 inches
Calves:  14 inches
Neck:  13 inches
Shoulder Width:  15 inches

Yeah, I make myself quite vulnerable by publishing¬†what my measurements are and I don’t care.¬† If it allows me to guage¬†my actions and choices, as well as achieve a higher level of fitness then so be it.¬† As everyday people, we sometimes fool ourselves into thinking we are something that we really¬†are not.¬† Whether¬†it be “I’m so fat” or¬†“I’m big boned” or “I can’t do 15 reps¬†with that weight!” …. really¬†, at the end of the day, you are¬†your own judge and we have a responsibility to ourselves and the people we love to take care ourselves… physically, emotionally and spiritually.¬†

I hope that sharing with you my journey towards achieving better health and fitness helps you take inventory of your own strengths and weaknesses.  Because in every stage we pass in life, how we take care of our bodies will ultimately be the sword that strikes you or the sword that you have the power to hold.  Which sword do you hold?

 



Write to Right

I’ve been splurging on alcohol, sleepless nights, watching movies and eating junk for the last 2 weeks.¬†¬†Needless to say, I need motivation and a good kick in the ass to get moving and it starts today.¬†I picked up the July/August 2008 issue of Muscle & Fitness HERS yesterday for a kick start.¬† I love this magazine … no endless pages of advertising, the content of each article gets right to the point and there are great practical suggestions to motivate and activate a fitness plan of attack no matter what stage you are in.¬† It targets both the couch potato as well as the seasoned fitness athlete.¬†

Did you know that it takes 3 weeks of journalling to see results in your workouts, nutrition regimen and mood? 

“Too many times people will quit after a few days, or they’ll skip the days when they have ice cream because they don’t want to see it written down and feel guilty” states¬†Kelli Calabrese, a Texas based trainer and co-author of Feminine, Firm & Fit (2004).¬† Getting organized and commiting to journalling is key.¬† But it won’t help you if you just keep track of your time and workouts in the gym.¬† Recording your mood, the intensity of your workouts as well as your nutritional intake and psychological state are important in helping you identify what made one day great and another day crap.¬† There is an excellent example of a daily journal entry in the magazine that hits all areas of health, from training and nutrition to stress and sleep management.¬† Check it out.¬†

Another great example of a fitness plan and journal that I found is Erin Biro’s Fitness Training Journal.¬† In preparation for the FitnessLicious Summer Body Challenge, not only does she identify her fitness, nutrition and activity plans, she also recorded her known obstacles and tricks to stay on track.¬†

So it starts today.¬† The first day of summer.¬†¬†Stay’n on Track is where you will¬†find my log of dates I am aiming for as well as my thoughts, activities and daily struggles as I prepare for a busy summer ahead.¬† Be sure to check here regularly and feel free to send any comments, suggestions and questions my way.¬† Every form of feedback from other fitness junkies are truly welcome.¬†



Judgment Day
May 18, 2008, 10:13 am
Filed under: Stay'n on Track

It’s the May long weekend, the sun is out and that means bathing suit season is fast approaching.¬†¬†It also¬†reminds me that¬†I need to¬†get back into tip top shape.¬†¬†What do you do to stay on track?

Some use a date of departure for a vacation, others use a wedding date or a social event… whatever it is, make a date to keep you motivated to help you continue to evaluate where you are going.¬† By taking small steps each day, you will find that it gets easier for you to keep progressing in a positive direction.¬† For example, my fellow junkie friend aka the “afrikanbeauty“, ¬†has taken on the FitnessLicious Summer Body Challenge.¬† In preparation for a photo shoot this August, she is recording her progress through this blogspot.¬†

I know … it’s just¬†not that easy.¬† With invitations to attend bbq’s, weddings, travel to vacation spots like Vegas or Mexico, why torture yourself and eat clean and drink “responsibly”?¬† I struggle to find a convincing answer to that myself…¬† but Imma sound like my mom when I say this but “in moderation”.¬† Have the drink, pick up and eat that bbq steak, but don’t go crazy.¬† Sip the drink.¬† Cut up the steak into smaller pieces.¬† Take the time to enjoy and savour the taste so that when you eliminate it from your diet, you don’t feel “jipped”.

So I’m back to contemplating about preparing for another fitness modelling competition.¬† Options out there include:

  • September 6 FAME West in Vancouver, BC
  • October 25th FAME World Tour in Manila, Philippines
  • November 1 Fitness Canada in Toronto, ON

The Libra in me makes it impossible for me to make a decision…¬† so, I’m going to sit near the beach, have a tall glass of wine, and order a steak as I mull it over…¬†

 



Taking the First Step
May 13, 2008, 3:38 am
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“I admit I am¬†powerless over my¬†addiction.¬† My name is May Blaiz¬†and I am a fitness junkie.¬†”¬†

Sound familiar?¬†¬†This is a¬†common statement used¬†among¬†addiction support groups across¬†the country as part of the 12 Step¬† program to recovery.¬† The first step is admitting I am powerless over my addiction.¬† It’s just that in this¬†case, it’s not an addiction to alcohol, drugs or food that I have.¬† It’s an addiction to fitness.¬†¬†I have an insatiable interest and devotion¬†which therefore makes me a junkie… yup, a fitness junkie.

I can admit it.¬† I seek information constantly on how to Stay on Track with¬†fitness.¬† Newspapers.¬† Health magazines.¬† Online sources.¬† Friends.¬† Family.¬† There’s never the right amount of information I need to achieve a higher level.¬† It’s like the more I know, the more I realize I don’t know and then I go out and seek out more information.

Not only that, I need my Fitness Fix.¬† Whether it be going to the gym for a blast of cardio or a hardcore strength training session or heading over to the studio for a Bikram’s Yoga session, I need my¬†Fix … yet oftentimes life gets in the way.¬† Work, family, friends, travel and oftentimes (okay, all the time) , my¬†own sorry excuses keep me from getting the Fix I know I¬†need.¬†

So it is here that I take the first step in ensuring I get my Daily Hit.¬† Motivation, inspiration and that extra kick in my junkie ass to keep going in this crazy journey.¬† And like the 12th Step states …

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, I will¬†carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all my affairs “…