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12 DAYS TO UFE SHOWDOWN 2014

INJURY UPDATE

Big thanks to the chiropractor, I am again functional, if not 100%.  Went and saw him early last week, he cracked my spine back into place, did some kind of ultra sound thingy on the sore muscles and then electro shock therapy’d me and told me not to “twist”.  So for 3 days I literally didn’t.  It is not so much my back that was hurting, though certain movements were certainly uncomfortable.  It was soft tissue damage from buggering up my ribs right in my chest.  I spent the rest of the week doing lighter weights than usual, and some BORING steady rate cardio on the recumbent bike.  Great thing about this was I also found a great new book (new for me anyways) Bryce Courtenay Fishing for Stars.  (Baz if you are reading this, you’d likely love this guy all of his books are based in or around Australia with amazing descriptions.)

As of this weekend I am again able to work-out all body parts, though I am still being careful and avoiding twisting movements.  Managed a pretty decent shoulder workout yesterday and while I could definitely “feel” the injury for the rest of the day it was fine as of this morning.  Bonus back to my bursts of jump rope during cardio and not sitting on the bike anymore, though maybe one day this week since there is only like a chapter and half left in my book.   My diet has been pretty good, I did not weigh myself last Tuesday like I usually do because I was feeling rather over whelmed by the injury and while I don’t put much stock in the numbers I did not need to see what the scale said in case it said something I did not like.  Will weigh in tomorrow and discover where I am.  To be on target it “should” say: 132.3.   If it doesn’t.  That’s ok.  I feel great and I know my body will do amazing things in the next week or so.

SHOW UPDATE

UFE Showdown has historically done the Open and Master competitions in the AM followed by an Elite / Pro only show in the evening.  I loved this last year because it meant, at 10 am you arrived at the venue, and by 2:30 – 3 you were done and knew how you placed or did not… (well, not exactly… You were either in the top 5 or not)  This year seeing as I am back in my home town where the competition is, we had planned a big back yard BBQ for afterward and my sweet heart promised to make me home made burgers and cheesecake… mmmmm cheesecake.

However they have updated the show format this year and the 10 am show is now pre-judging for Open, Master and Elite categories.  Evening is finals again for all 3 categories.  Which means both pre-judging and the evening show are going to be very long events.  UFE is pretty good at moving things along though and half the fun is back stage.

So change of plans, we will be relaxing in the yard between the shows and heading to Joe Kools afterwards, all are of course welcome.

RELAY FOR LIFE

Just like the last few years this Friday June 13 (one week before the show) is the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life here in London.  There is still LOTS of time to donate, so please consider contributing… You can donate http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFL_ON_even_?px=3357521&pg=personal&fr_id=14854

I set a goal of $500 this year and have already surpassed it.  Our Team “Freedom Fighters” has multiple survivors, and this year will walk for the first time in memory of our recently departed beautiful captain Liss.

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All that being said.  It’s a week before my show, and walking for 12 hours will deplete and wear out the strongest of people.  I happen to be at very low body weight, and right into my 10 day deplete / carb load phase… Not sure I handled it all that well last year and I need to put a plan in place that not only allows me to participate in this amazing event that is so very close to my heart but also doesn’t mess up what I have worked the last 12 weeks for… Suggestions welcome.

 

12 DAY PLANS

In the usual spirit of “My Body is a Science Experiment” that I generally go into my planning with I have decided to yet again modify my peak week to try and hit perfection.  I am basing this on what I felt worked, didn’t worked, have read and have seen during many “small mini trial peak weeks” I have done over the last couple of years.

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I have already depleted carbs, most of which are coming only from good old asparagus (which really doesn’t count as a carb) and my one banana right after my morning workout.  I have also already started to up my water intake to about a liter to liter and half more than I normally drink.  At 10 days this will go up by the same again.  Monday to Thursday of next week the goal will be 12 of my 1.5 liter water bottles.  Friday I will drink when thirsty with no limit or goal in mind until about 4PM when I will try to limit myself to less than a liter for the rest of the day / night (that probably sounds like a lot to some, however when you drink as much water as I do… I’ll be thirsty) Morning of the show, will take sips as needed until pre-judging is done.  (I know this works for me, but I will not put myself at risk of dehydration.)   Friday; the day before the show should be fun.  I have a nail appointment at 10 am… all this work deserves some pampering and my Mama got me a mani pedi for my birthday that I have been hanging onto for just this.  Mid-afternoon I will start adding in carbs (I am a bikini / fitness model I do not want to look too tight, or vascular) the carbs I know work for me are things like apples, and fruit, rice cakes etc.  Later in the afternoon I have an appointment for my tan.  Followed by the athletes meeting at 6 PM.  And oh yes, dinner of some sweet potato, lean steak and a lovely glass of vino

 

Workouts will stay as they have been until after this Thursday.  Friday being the relay I am obviously going to try and nap, sleep in etc.  Since I’ll be up all night.  Saturday if it is nice will be the same again, hopefully at the beach.   Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (Days 6, 5, 4 out) will be higher reps, lighter weights – 2 exercises per muscle group with Sunday being my last day doing legs.  Wednesday, Thursday will likely be my toughest days… Stick to my diet, no workouts, work and rest as much as possible as well as organize everything I can for Saturday.

 

I’m sure something will occur to me between now and then… or I’ll just have low carb brain and post about my gym sneakers, the cloud that looks like a burger or the contents of my gym bag … 

Are You Going To Win?

Winning!

I get asked this all the time.  Most recently by my friends over at www.transformationpics.com.  Also by friends, other competitors and complete strangers.  Just because I do body building competitions many people seem to think “winning” is easy.  I have not placed top 10 in the two shows I have done.  But winning is easy.  I win all the time.  I win by looking the best I have ever looked.  I win by having the guts to get on stage next to the fittest of the fit and looking and feeling great.  I win by knowing that the changes I have made in my lifestyle mean that I will be here for my children, their children and seeing as I had Big Kid at 20, likely my great grandchildren.  That’s winning!  I win and celebrate every time I lift heavier, beat a PB (Personal Best… I’m putting this in cause for a long time I didn’t know what that was and I was too shy to ask 😉

For me, I will not get on stage, unless I look and feel better than I did at my last competition.  Every single time you work out, the longer you work out, the harder you work out adds muscle, definition and form to your body.  I have two and half years of serious muscle built up now.  I cannot wait till show day.

 

Live and Learn

There are very few that can get on stage and win their first competition.  Just having the nerve to put on one of those itsy bitsy suits let along be judged and critiqued on your body is one major accomplishment.  There are oodles of people that get discouraged because they did not do as well as they thought they should have and never compete again.  I am not one of those.  My first show, I learned that even though I had heard it a hundred times, I needed major work on posing.  I also learned how a show is run, and I learned that even though I get nervous, I like being on stage.

 

My second show I realized that while I spent a lot of time on my appearance, there are some things that need to be “perfect”.  Hair and makeup seem like a silly thing to spend time on when you’re being judged on your physique.  These shows are a bit of a beauty pageant after all.  This time, I’m going to spend the money on pro makeup and hair.  I also learned that things like you’re suit, should not be “different”… I love my suits, but sometimes you have to go along with the crowd, there’s a reason certain color are popular, because they look better on stage…

 

Competition are Subjective

You could do one show and place first, and do another and not even make top 10 and do the exact same as you did at the first show and look better.  This is a subjective sport.  Different judges see and judge different ways.  Some of the girls I competed with at my first competition also competed at my second.  At the first show they placed top 10, and then did not place at the second show.  Most looked far better in my books at the second show.  However, it depends who is there, who your competitors are, who bring it that day, who the judges are.  Etc.  I actually placed better my second show then my first, just not top 10.

 

So yes, I plan on winning!

Choosing a suit.

UFE Showdown is June 21, right here in London.

So, I need to make the decision as to what color suit I am going to wear.  My first competition I wore a lovely gold suit from www.suitsyou.com  I loved this suit, but I also knew I was taking a risk wearing it, unfortunately it did not pay off and it washed out on stage.  My second competition last years UFE Showdown I created my own suit which was bright yellow and blue.  I LOVE this suit.  It was different, colorful and a one of a kind.  I have also created a black one with some help of my sewing machine which I may wear for one of the bikini rounds at Showdown this year.  However since I am going to compete in both bikini and fitness model this year I have decided to invest in another suit.   A new one.  I am trying to go with the crowd a little this time and have looked at a tonne of pictures of what others are wearing this year, and last and what looks good with darker hair. Blue and purple are always popular, however they are two colors that I just do not like.  I have narrowed down my choices to pink, red or green.  So, help a girl out.  What would you pick for me

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Best of luck to all of the competitors in UFE Spring Bash 2014

I had originally planned on competing this weekend.  I do not regret my decision not to. I would not have been at my best.

Wishing all of the competitors the best of luck.  Enjoy the experience, it is amazing, and you will meet some of the most wonderful people.  So in honor.  Here is a little flash back to last years spring bash.

 

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Committed – Or… Commit me.

UFE Showdown in London Ontario June 21, 2014.

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81 Days and counting

Why

I compete not because I think I am going to be a sponsored athlete, get sponsors or my picture in magazine.  I compete because I can.  I compete because getting on stage next to the fittest of the fit and feeling good after everything I have survived makes me feel strong and beautiful.  I absolutely love my pictures.  Not many women who have lived my life and have two kids can say that they look and feel there best at almost 35.   I can.  And as I have said before, its amazing motivation. My diet is generally good, but when I do not have a goal, I cheat more often then not.  I work out like crazy all the time.  It makes me feel good.  I am happy, healthy and more stable then I have ever been in my life.

The original Plan

I originally planned and posted about competing at Spring Bash.  It is this weekend, and while I am disappointed that I did not pull it together in time to do it.  I have no regrets.  Life happens.  I got a new job end of January and I was not used to 5 am workouts anymore, my kids were not used to me not being home all of the time, and priorities have to take prescedence.  I could have done it, but I would not have been better than my last competition, and to me, I am my only competition.  So, I decided not to.

The new plan

UFE Showdown June 21

I did this show last year as fitness model.  This year I would like to enter both bikini and fitness model.  It is only a morning show unless you qualify for pro status, in which case you can choose to compete in the evening show.  Considering I have barely made not last the other two competitions I do not anticipate that.  But I am going to bring my A game and you never know.  I have always done this on my own, my diet, myself as a trainer.  I still cannot afford to invest that kind of money as just competing can run into a mess of money.  However through all of the competitions and connections I have made through both this blog, my competitions etc.  I have my hands on far more information.  I am above and before anyone else a stellar researcher.  I have a nailed down plan, diet, exercise, goals.  I will meet them all.  And if and when I do, I very much plan on at least top 10  ok, not last (Cannot believe I said that. … talk about a way to jinx yourself!)

History

The first competition, I did not really have a structured plan.  I felt great, up to and including the show, got amazing compliments from other competitors and then came 4th last.  I would be lying if I said it was not a major let down.  Granted it lasted about 30 minutes and I was over.  I had done it!  I then went out, ate a bunch of deserts and cheese cake.  I had a few too many bevies and proceeded to binge for a week.  Then I decided that if I did not pick a new goal I would be plus size again by summer.  So I picked showdown in London last june.  This time I watched my diet more, stretched wayyy more and added a mass amount of steady rate fasted cardio.  I looked way better however after the show it took months for me to have any want or desire to barely make it to the gym.  Add in alot of stressful personal crap and well…. meh.  Life happens.

Plan for 2014 Showdown

Diet.

I am roughly 12 weeks out.  My diet will be mostly protein and veg.  This is what I know works not just for my body but also fold in celiac and feeling good and its how I have results and feel good mentally.  I do not crash on low carb, I feel good.  First 3 weeks will be about 1400 calories.  Only dairy will be 1 cup cottage cheese a day and only carbs will be wheat free oats.    Re-evaluate at 9 weeks out.

Took my measurements tonight.  Will weigh myself in the morning.  Not telling all the details but essentially I am 33-27-33 (can you say hour glass)  I will track this every monday evening with a weigh in on Tuesday mornings.

HIIT Cardio – 4 days a week

Again I will re-evaluate as needed but for the first 3 weeks that is the plan

Posing

This is a bad one for me.  I feel like a fool at the gym doing posing practice…. no idea why but I do.  And there is nowhere at home to do this that is easy or I can see.    The nice thing about again being used to 5 am workouts.  I have the gym to myself.  So 4-5 day a week posing practice.

 

Wish me luck!

Tips, tricks and encouragement needed.

 

Random Thoughts… By Fit Mama

 

 

Random Thoughts By Fit Mama

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Life’s Good… Enjoy it!

We are all so busy all of the time.  My sweetie is always apologizing because we either have my kids, his kids, or one of us is working crazy hours and we don’t always get a chance to get out of do things together.  In past relationships this used to bug me big time.  Reality is…. I love just spending time.   He’s funny, cuddly and sweet.  My boys are always busy.  Between friends, school work, activities and then throw in workouts for me and working… life’s nuts.  Some of my most favorite times are just cuddled up on the couch watching a movie or sitting around watching them play.  Things go bad, we all have stressors.  Lord knows two years of looking for solid employment wreaked havoc on the finances.  But it will all get worked out eventually.  Don’t let you’re stress make you miss the fun stuff.

I have perpetual timing problems

Doo Hicky Courtesy of: http://juniorsautomotive.ca/
Doo Hicky
Courtesy of: http://juniorsautomotive.ca/

My car’s timing belt, blew up or something.  Thankful that sweetie is a mechanic and can fix it.  This has now happened on pretty much every car I’ve ever had.  He assures me its not my fault, but I still feel bad.  Its bad timing.

Competition Decisions

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Have’nt been made.  I was going to compete at Spring Bash in April.  Fortunately I got a job end of January, however because I was not in the swing of 5am workouts anymore I decided not to do the April show.  I do not regret it since for 2 of the last 3 weeks I had a flu that turned into a sinus infection, ear infection and chest infection…. in short, I felt like poo.  I generally eat healthy, but when you’re that sick and nothing sounds good, I ate junk.  Oh well.   Thinking about the June Showdown which is in my home town and where I live now!  Woo Hoo!  Need to decide soon cause there’s alot of work to be done.  See #4

Skin Sucks

He's just Cute
He’s just Cute

I’ve posted before about my thoughts on plastic surgery. … or more specifically fake boobs and the fitness industry.  However there is one surgery I would LOVE.  A Tummy tuck!  I’m pretty lucky to have had two beautiful boys, gained massive amounts of weight and lost it and have virtually no stretch marks.  However, I absolutely hate the whole bull dog thing that happens when you go to say do planks.   Stand up, see lines, go horizontal and there is just way too much skin there.  I ever win the lottery it will happen.  No idea why its bothering me so much more lately, but it is.  Could be the 35th birthday looming in a month or so.

My New Gym Rocks

Had enough of goodlife, or could be that I did’nt like the one I went to once I came home.  Either way we joined Anytime Fitness.  Its small, same company as Worlds Gyms.  The one I frequent is virtually brand new, incredibly clean…. and full of cardio bunnies.  Love that.  Most AM workouts are me and the weights with nobody else in site.  AWESOME

 

Five things friday….

1.  Canadian Weather + Traffic = idiotic drivers

Having moved back to my home town I also some how with ridiculous lawyers fees still have to drive my kids to almost Toronto every other weekend and back.  Driving is not the issue, I’m Canadian and learned to drive in 6 feet of snow when I turned 16. Problem: idiot Canadians that forget they are Canadian and forget how to drive every single winter!  on a bad day its 1.5 hours… tonight, at plus 3, no ice and no snow coming down 2 hours… WTF?

2.  Competition

Competing at UFE spring bash 2014 April 5, in Mississauga

3.  New Gym

Having had enough of Goodlife Fitness and their incompetent crappy employees which are hell bent on using and abusing clients I have joined Anytime Fitness… and for the record Tuesday I had a killer chest and tricep workout in the gym all to myself a week after new years – can you say win?!?!

4.  Snow and cold suck!

Well… all you californians whining that you’re trees were blowing and it was 10 degrees (celsius)  we hit a record low of -22.4 or -41 with windchill this week.  That holy crap its cold and you need a touque in canadian speak.  (-8.32 farenheit)  it will freeze even vodka… just saying

 

5.  when dating….

Make sure his schedule lines up with yours.  ugh.

Competition Decisions

Competition Decision Made!

For anyone that follows me on Facebook  and if not… please do! You will probably have put together the clues….

What do you think this means?
What do you think this means?

 

I have decided to compete again.

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Reason?

Hmmmm the new boyfriend cooks allot and really well, his version of “healthy” however is lacking.  I’m lifting all the time, and heavy, but my diet has been lacking and my water consumption low…. (think 1 liter as opposed to a gallon) and we know water is my friend.  I have always needed a goal to keep on track, like 30 lbs between November and January, a 6 pack by 30, or getting on stage beside 20 year olds to kick me into gear.

june UFE Showdown... open
june UFE Showdown… open

Reality is… if I keep lifting, and eating like I am, I’m not going back to the way I was… but I am also not so happy with it.  I want to be my best, not a sorta better mediocre version of my best….

That's me... Boo and allot of boob
That’s me… Boo and allot of boob

 

So, I am going to compete again….  April 5, 2014 at the UFE SPRING BASH.  Which seems appropriate since that was the first show I did.

April 2013 Bikini Competition
April 2013 Bikini Competition

 

Here’s the starting point, 12 weeks plus out.

12 weeks or so... out from UFE spring bash 2014
12 weeks or so… out from UFE spring bash 2014

 

Wish me luck!

 

2 Year Anniversary in the Gym

 

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2011-2012-2013

November 18, 2011.

Early 2012.
Early 2012.

I woke up one morning and was unhappy, over weight and down right miserable.  An on again off again relationship I would deal with for years was off for the first time, I was an unhappy over weight single mother of two.  I was drinking too much wine, eating the wrong kinds of foods and very unhappy.  So, I decided to join the gym.  I had been fit once upon a time in my early 20’s, and knew that weights were the way to go.  So, I got a membership and dedicated one hour a day for 3 months to the gym.  I used mostly machines, and did allot of core work as my number one goal was to have a 6 pack.  I cleaned up my diet, and cut out the red wine.  I lost 30 lbs by January 1st.  I never looked back!

 

November 18, 2012.

This was 11 weeks to the competition I wanted to do in 2012.
This was 11 weeks to the competition I wanted to do in 2012.

I survived my first bought with breast cancer that first year.  I had picked a competition on November 11th of that year but due to the side effects and stress of my illness I put off competing.  I was thinner and healthier and I still believe that if I had not decided to change my life my illness could have been much worse, and possibly not found until much later.    In May of 2012 I wrote my first Blog Post at onefitmama.wordpress.com (the sites not up any more replaced now by this one!).  I met wonderfully supportive people and learned soo much about diet, fitness, weights and clean living.  I handled stress better and was much happier.  I started hiking, learned that I didn’t hate running and was training for my first bikini competition.

 

November 18, 2013.

April 2012 Bikini Competition
April 2012 Bikini Competition

In April I competed in my first bodybuilding competition!  I placed almost last but I didn’t care.  I did it to show that I could do it, so that I could stand up beside the fittest of the fit and feel amazing!  I got my personal training certification, started helping others to achieve their own goals and…. competed again in June.  This time as a fitness model.

I have learned so much from my fellow bloggers, competitors and new friends I have made through fitness.  I can honestly say that this will be a way of life forever for me.  Thank you to everyone who has supported

June 2012 - Fitness Model Competition
June 2012 – Fitness Model Competition

me along the way.  Listened to me wine when I couldn’t help it, offered me amazing advice and cheered me on either through support or just by being incredibly positive influences!

Brain F!CK$%

I know I hav’ent been writing all that fitness related articles since restarting my blog recently.  I’ve actually had a hard time coming up with ideas.  I had thought to re-post allot of my old articles and while I know I saved them somewhere am having a hard time digging them up.

Last year this time I had a million things to write about.  This year, I feel like I have nothing to share even though I know way more than I did a year ago.  Two thoughts on this.  1.  I am losing my edge or just plain losing it.  2.  The more I know the less questions I have and thus the less things to ask others about.

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Here’s a mind F!CK for the night.  I have been working out 5-6 days a week for months, since the move back to my home town.  I am not eating as “clean” as I should.  Quite honestly I am eating badly.  Too few calories,mostly the right type of macros.  However, I look in the mirror and sometimes think “good job”  and other times think “ugh, you look awful”.  However tonight I put on a nightgown that I don’t often wear.  Its pretty and frilly.  There is nobody to see it, but it makes me feel good.  However when I bought it, I couldn’t do it up.  During my leanest in June for the UFE Showdown I could do up one button of two.  Tonight I put it on and it does up and is lose.  Yet I do not see it right now.  I feel very out of shape regardless of hitting my PB’S at the gym, fitting into smaller clothing I do not feel fit.

UFE SHOWDOWN JUNE 2013
UFE SHOWDOWN JUNE 2013

I totally know that its a mental thing.  I know I am not eating properly and stress is getting to me, and I also know I should see that I am leaner then before but I don’t.  For years when I was heavy I dressed like I was thin.  When I got thin (again)  I dressed like I was heavy.  I am completely aware this is some sort of psychological brain fart going on in my female mind but REALLY:?!?  Ugh.  I like to think that I have it together yet I constantly catch myself in the barbie doll mentality

EXPECTATIONS VS. RELALITY
EXPECTATIONS VS. RELALITY

Anyone else?