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Project Tighten Up: Update 10 – Measurement Results

26 Jul

Reallllllllllllly quick one guys!  😀

Here is my measurement results for the month:

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I had pretty good results again this month with some good loses from the mid section and chest (sigh) and a surprisingly yet very WELCOME loss from the upper thigh!  BOOM!  It’s about time!

It’s also worthy to note that I am now officially a size 10 up top (according to eBay Australian Sizing charts) and only 3.5cm away from being a size 10 around the hips!  OH HAPPY DAYS!

Okay – that’s it from me.

Told you it was a quick one.  😉

Project Tighten Up: Update 9 – Progress Photos

25 Jul
I’m going to get REALLY embarrassed later on in this post.  REALLY embarrassed.  But more on that later…

So, it’s been 12 weeks since I embarked on the Project Tighten Up journey.  It’s been an exciting time and I’ve seen my body go through many changes.  I have really enjoyed keeping the photo log especially as when you can actually SEE the changes (as opposed to just a number on the scale or a measurement) you can really judge your success.  I encourage everyone to do it!

Publishing the photos on the blog though has been another story!  Every single time I get a nervous, sick feeling in my tummy.  It’s really not an enjoyable thing, putting half-naked photos of yourself out there on the internet!  I think to myself, “Oh god, FRIENDS are going to see this, FAMILY will see this… GASP, people from WORK are going to see this!”.  But it’s really something that I try to put out of my head as one of my main motivators for putting myself out there the way that I do is so that I can encourage you (yes, YOU!) to lead a healthier lifestyle.  It’s the old “If I can do it, you can do it too” story.   And I know that it is working from all your wonderful comments and emails.  I’m so proud of you guys!  😀

Okay, here we go!  Lights, camera, ACTION!

”]”]”]”]”](Thank you Alexis for the hand-me-down bikini!)

Can see some good changes in my legs and butt this month!  Back is getting leaner too, the line down my back is getting more defined.   And yes, I’m wearing fake tan.  I couldn’t face another ghostly white bikini pic!

Sigh.  Okay here is the embarrassing part.  I decided that I should see what I look like in the dreaded bikini and heels combination.  I’m going to have to learn how to rock this look when I compete as well as feel confident too so I thought I’d give it a crack.  My oh my, it’s so fricken awkward.  Haha

Oh hey there, no I don't feel awkward AT ALL.

This my sexy look... haaaaaaay!

Can you say BOOTAY?

Well then.  Now that I am significantly flushed with embarrassment I will bid you adieu!

Coming soon… my new muscle and strength building body recomposition diet! 

To Compete or Not to Compete

20 Jul

… that is the question.

The 12 week challenge that I set myself is almost up.  I could continue on with that challenge, as I am still not at the desired body fat that I would like to be at, or I could set a new challenge for myself – compete in my first Sports Model Competition.

A Sports Model Comp or a “Bikini” comp is different to a body building or figure comp (what Charlotte is doing).  To quote the IFBB rules:

Judges will be looking for the girl who displays the best shape, symmetry and tone as well as being the best groomed in terms of hair, make up, tan, nails etc to complete the look.

This category will suit the girl who trains for perhaps aerobics/dance/boxing etc and trains for toned body but without the extra muscle required for our Figure competitions. Girls who are “curvy” or “slim” will all be competitive as judges will assess which girl whose shape and tone is best presented. This category would suit girls who are training to compete in Figure in the future.

I think this is something that really appeals to me.  I’m not looking to compete in figure or body building and the shape that I am after is very similar to that of a sports or bikini comp model.  So why not get the physique and then have a little fun with it, maybe even win some prizes, whilst I can?  🙂

Now, there is a comp coming up in September but I doubt I will be ready by then so I think realistically I need to aim for March 2012.

I will be going to get a dexa scan in the next couple of weeks to find out my exact body fat and then that will help me determine how much body fat I will need to lose.  I’m guessing at the moment I would need to lose about 6 – 7%.  I hope the dexa scan doesn’t say it’s too much more than that!

Here’s some examples of what Sports Comp models look like:

Source: flexr6.com/

New progress pics will be taken this weekend so I’ll be able to get some better judgement on how much work needs to be done!

What do you guys think, should I go for it? 😀

Project Tighten Up: Update 8 – Measurement Results & Testing 1RMs

4 Jul

Here’s a look at my measurement results this month:

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I’m quite pleased with these results and even had a reasonable weight loss as well!  I definitely think this has something to do with the CLA as the weight only came off in the last week or so, but more on that in a later post.

Nat asked me to put my weight loss results in a graph to see if there was a pattern as I seem to lose a good amount some months and then other months I lose next to nothing.

I thought it was pretty interesting that my weight loss has a very clear zig zag pattern – just goes to show that some people (ie me) can’t expect a clear-cut loss of “x” amount month in month out. It can be very varied. And you have to be okay with that and acknowledge your success in any case to maintain motivation.

At first I used to get really down about how I wasn’t losing weight at a quick enough rate or I wasn’t hitting a set number of kilos that I had in my head month after month. But now the weight loss is really no longer that important to me. Whilst I have lost 17kg since Feb 10, the number I love more is the 66.5cm that I have shaved off from my entire body. We’re making new shapes here people! In a healthy and controlled way. 🙂

On another note: Lately, I’ve been more and more interested in strength training and powerlifting.  I think this has stemmed from doing CrossFit!   So I decided to have a go at testing my one repitition maximums (1RM) today. 1RM means the maximal weight that can be lifted once with good form in a given exercise.

I tested my squats and deadlifts. I used a smith machine as that is all I have available to me at the moment but I will also give this a go using a proper squat rack or free weights soon.

Squat

Warmed up with 24kg x 10;
44kg x 5;
54kg x 3

Then:

64kg x 1

Then decided I could probably do 69kg:

I need to work on a few things – flexibility, range of motion, depth… a whole range of things really but at least I know now what I’m working with. I will start a basic strength training program from scratch and work on technique, technique, technique!

Deadlift

Had to perform these in the smith machine but will also give these a go with free weights!

Warmed up with 34kg x 10;
54kg x 5;
74kg x 3

Then:

84kg x 1 (serious issues with my grip! Haha – “I’ll do it this way. No this way. No, wait, uh… this way.  Yeah.”)

Then decided I would give 89kg a go but I had poor form (came up on my toes):

Overall, I hit better numbers that expected but this means nothing when it comes to form, which needs a lot of work.  Can’t wait til I’m strong enough to lift more with excellent form!

 

Have you ever tested your 1RMs? What were your results?

Project Tighten Up: Update 7 – Progress Photos

2 Jul

Guess what! I didn’t die. Isn’t that amazing? I had 3 solid days lying horizontally this week and there was one point there where I thought, my god, this is it, isn’t it? I don’t want to go on like this! Okay, I’m being melodramatic but I REALLY don’t cope well with being sick. 😉

So, finally, here are my progress pics 9 weeks into Project Tighten Up.

At the beginning of this journey I thought that I would have an entirely different result to what I have achieved so far. I thought that I would probably have abs by now, a sleak, long set of toned pins and a derrier so perky you could bounce a quarter off it.

But realistically, that was never going to happen. My body likes to do things real slow. That doesn’t mean that changes don’t happen but I am never going to be one of those 12 week transformation success stories that you see on bodybuilding.com. I’ve come to terms with that. So, it might take me 22 weeks instead. 😉

I think I did make some sort of progress this month. I did actually lose 11cm off my body all over so that has to account for something, right? The bulk of it was off my hips, navel and waist. Also, some off my arms. I have to upload my new measurements graph. I’ll do that next week. Promise!

Also, one more thing and then I’ll post the pics, I bought a pair of size ten stretchy jeans from Lonsdale today. SIZE 10. Can you believe that shit?? Either Lonsdale make a generous size 10 or I’m getting closer to my goals than I’ve realised, I’m not sure, but either way, I am happy as a kid in a candy store. Or as happy as a dieter in an organic fruit and veg shop.

Start - 2 mths in - 3 mths in

 

Start - 2 mths in - 3 mths in

 

Start - 2 mths in - 3 mths in

Start - 2 mths in - 3 mths in

Note: This post is dedicated to my masseuse Gary, who told me that my bikini was too big and unflattering and I should change it for the next shots. I did, Gary, are you happy NOW?

Project Tighten Up: Update 6 – Fess Up Time

21 Jun

Bikini pics are coming on Saturday.  I can’t believe how quickly those 4 weeks just went by.  I really don’t feel ready for this…

I have only lost 1kg on the scales since last month but again, I really shouldn’t care what the scales think… I was saying to Nat the other day that it’s the only measure I can use (and abuse…) to judge my success as it’s not really feasible to wrap a tape measure around me once a week.  Nat is taking my measurements on Thursday so the ‘real’ results will be in then.

It’s time to fess up though – I had four days rest in a row this month as I was sick and I kind of went off my diet a little bit during that time.  I have also consumed alcohol on more occasions than usual.  My rule is only drink on special occasions like birthdays, weddings, hens nights etc but unfortunately I have broken my own rule and have drank on occasions outside of this.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t drink to EXCESS but nevertheless I broke my own rules.  Bad Amanda, BAD! 😉

I’m not perfect, even I sometimes don’t stick to my own program.  But in all honesty, when you are so strict on yourself for so long, sometimes your head is going to trip you up.  When you fall out of the ‘zone’ bad decisions are made.  Don’t think that it’s all about diet and exercise!  It’s far from it.  It’s an intense mental battle and you need to keep the upper-hand on yourself at all times!

Luckily, I’m back in the zone.  I have now re-focused and set my eyes on the prize.  I’ve been training very hard over the last 10 days or so after my break and my body is in a world of pain.  I actually don’t remember the last time I had DOMS this bad.  I wept like a baby when I had my massage yesterday.  Every part of me was sore.

When I get very sore like this I get magnesium into me straight away.  I also take glutamine to assist with energy and immune support (also has good effect on muscle recovery) but nothing helps those muscles like magnesium supplements.  They really make a difference, but er, a word of advice, they kind of block you up a bit if you take too much!

I’ve reduced my portion sizes too to give myself a bit of a kick up the butt.  My body doesn’t seem to be agreeing with the 1600 – 1700 cals plan so I’m dropping it back by a couple of hundred calories again.  As you know, I always switch things up when something stops working.  Don’t let yourself become stagnant!

The final thing that I am doing to get me over this hurdle is I have started taking CLA (check out Nat’s post here for more info).  It’s only been over the last week or so that that kilo has dropped so it could be the CLA but I won’t get a clearer picture of it’s success for another few weeks.  What I do know is that since I have been taking it my appetite has decreased.  A good thing!

So I’m a force to be reckoned with right now!  Let’s hope I’ve done enough to see a noticeable improvement on my progress pics from last month.

Project Tighten Up: Update 5

9 Jun

It’s been a little while since my last Project TU update. I’ve still been following the plan but life has gotten in the way of updating this blog as often as I would like!

Two of the things that have gotten in the way lately are I’ve started studying to become a personal trainer and I’m also apart of a joint-venture in starting a weight loss directory called Weight Loss Pages (don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page!).

I’m overjoyed to be following my passion and making steps to change my career. I think something that will set me apart from the rest as a trainer is that I have been in my clients shoes – I’ve lost weight and done the hard yards so will be able to give solid advice to them based on things that have worked for me. Would you let me train you? 😉

There was a small speed-bump in my Project TU journey though – I got sick on Monday and had to take additional rest days. So, I haven’t trained since last Saturday. That’s 4 days! Woe is me! But thank god, my awesomeness is almost at 100% capacity again and I’m smashing out a session with my trainer today (yay! She’s back! She’s back!).

I feel like my body is really changing now. There’s new definition and shape appearing every week and it’s so exciting! The best thing about this plan is that I get to eat a lot. I’m a hungry, hungry beast most of the time so this appeals to my interests greatly.

I’ve changed the meal plan slightly (as I do every 3-4 weeks anyway) as oats have turned on me. I had a hunch they would. I became very bloated and uncomfortable. I do miss them because I love porridge but I don’t miss that awful feeling.

I’ve also substituted the brown rice with quinoa as I’m concerned about the GI value of the brown rice. Some reports say it is high GI other say low. Personally, I don’t want to risk it.

Meal 1:

Gluten Free Muesli

 

I love this muesli! One thing though, the puffed rice and rice bran in it is not low GI but it is paired with other low GI items so that brings the overall GI of the meal down.

AND two scrambled egg whites with light cheese and chilli flakes (thanks Cooper – this is now my favourite part of the day!)

Meal 2:

Green apple and natural peanut butter

Meal 3:

Lean protein, quinoa and steamed broccoli

Turkey Larb - recipe coming soon!

Meal 4:

Double Barrel Nutrition WPI with skim milk, teaspoon of instant decaf coffee and a few drops of vanilla extract

Meal 5:

Lean protein, steamed vegetables and sweet potato

So, how is everyone else doing?  Still going hard?  I sure hope so! 🙂