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Well, I was a dumbass…

On Friday I thought it would be a great idea to have some chips (fries) from the local fish and chip shop with my steak. After all, the kids were having them. Plus, I’d been good all week. Diet and exercise had both been great, and I was feeling positive. But now, Sunday evening, I’m…

Can some people just not eat carbs?

Carbs – processed carbs – don’t work for my body. Foods like rice, potatoes and quinoa are okay – although they’re quite addictive and I really have to be careful with my intake. Processed carbs are completely different. Pastries, biscuits, bread, pasta – these kinds of foods are hugely addictive for me. I start eating…

What happens to your body when you get fit and lose weight

Pretty much everyone wants to lose weight to look better. But hardly anyone talks about the changes in your body that can make you feel better when you start to get fit and lose weight after years of, well, sitting on your arse. So let me talk about a few of the changes I’ve experienced.…

Fishing on Lake Monowai, Southland, New Zealand

We’ve had amazing summer weather lately. So on the weekend, my husband and I headed down to Southland, and we went fishing with a good friend who has a boat, on Lake Monowai. I could talk about how beautiful it was, but they say a picture is worth a thousand words. There was just a…

Why can’t summer last all year?

I’m really loving summer right now. I’m getting up at 6 am, going to the gym, showering, then off to work. Following up with more gym in the evenings, then dinner – which is easy as it’s usually steak and salad, or a barbecue chicken and salad. So nothing much to prepare. Then evenings I…

My bodybuilding program

Below is my current plan at the gym. I lift heavy, and most exercises are 5 sets of 6 repetitions. Once I find I can do 5 X 6, I increase the load. I have some micro plates which are really useful for this – they fit an Olympic bar and come in .25 and…

Sometimes you just need to rest

This weekend I rested and did a re-feed. I knew I was exhausted. I’d been gymming hard, and had reached the point of becoming weak on every exercise. So this weekend I took a break from weights. I did a re-feed yesterday, being my calories up for the day from my usual 1321 to 2000.…

Walking around Dunedin

The last few days I’ve been enjoying walking the linear park that loops around Otago harbour in Dunedin, New Zealand, where I live. The weather has been absolutely spectacular – mid 20s and sunny, with a lovely sea breeze. Lots of people have been out and about, and we’ve all been enjoying the sun and…

Planning to compete in physique – at age 52? I must be crazy!!

I think I’ve gone crazy. I’ve decided to compete. The class?: Women’s physique. The competition?: Women who are all likely 20 years younger than me. The reason?: Probable insanity. I’ve a lot of work ahead of me. From this point on, now I’ve made my decision, I’ll be aiming to shed 1% of my body…

What’s my goal? Physique bodybuilding? Maybe?

As time is going on, I’m starting to question what my goal is. When I started this journey, I just wanted to become more healthy and lose weight. I’m doing that, and I’m feeling so much better and healthier than I did. Then I started gymming, and that has made me happier still. I love…

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