Just a check in on where I’m at with my training. It’s one month into my program and I’m feeling like a lean, green, clean eating machine! I had a beautiful weekend enjoying the weather with friends and indulging in my cheat meal at Yochi. This week is my last on this cycle of training, and I get to see my results so far and get a new training program!
One thing I’ve learnt is maintaining balance in your life on this kind of diet is tough. I spend a lot of time cooking, training and rehab-ing, and there isn’t much time for social activities. If I do want to go out with friends I have to bring my own food, unless I can plan my cheat meal around it.
I went down to a friend’s holiday house on Saturday to spend the day at the beach with some friends. I took all my own meals and ate at regular intervals. It didn’t really impact on my weekend at all – I still had a great time catching up with the girls. It’s awesome that my friends are so supportive of what I’m doing, and didn’t make me feel like a weirdo for eating my chicken and veggies while they nibbled on crackers and dip!
I’m now ready to throw myself into the last week of training I have before the next body fat screening. I’ve worked pretty hard and been disciplined with my eating for the past month. I certainly feel leaner, but I’m looking forward to seeing the numbers on how my body has changed. I am motivated by measurable results! Wish me luck 🙂
Today I mustered up the courage to share my blog with my family and friends via Instagram and Facebook. A few close friends had encouraged me to do so, but I couldn’t help but hold doubts – What if no one reads it? What if people put me down? (Let’s be honest, there are a lot of people who are negative about #fitspo style posts, and I’ve copped my fair share of it).
An even bigger, scarier thought is what if I fail? What if I share my goals and dreams with the world, and then fail to achieve them? Everyone would know that I failed. Then I realized that no matter the outcome, I will still be a winner; for I will have learnt so much about myself, become a stronger person both mentally and physically, and developed the confidence to hold my head high and say “I’m proud of what I’ve achieved”. After all, it’s all about the journey not the destination.
So, I went ahead and shared this blog (along with some of my goals and dreams) with the world! And I was met with overwhelming support. I can’t believe how many wonderful, encouraging people I have in my life – people I know, and people I don’t know. So publicly, I want to say THANK YOU to every single one of you who has sent me a message of encouragement or taken the time to look at this blog or check out my Instagram @bec.cameron – it really is heart warming 🙂
And for a quick wrap up of where I’m at:
I’ve just finished my second cycle of training – I say cycle because my training program is over 6 days (2 days on, 1 off, 2 days on, 1 off = 1 cycle). I’m feeling strong, and have already started increasing my weights.
I’ve noticed in particular, my legs and stomach are looking leaner. I didn’t expect to see my body changing so quickly, when I’m still in the early days of the training program. I guess it just goes to show that it really is ‘80% diet, 20% gym’!
11th September 2014
Since starting to lift heavy and work hard in the gym about two years ago, I’ve seen some amazing results. I am physically stronger, I feel more confident, and I generally feel healthier.
However for the past year I have ogled over fitness models and their incredible, lean and muscular physiques. This week I met with my new trainer who, after some research, I decided would be apt to help me achieve my goal of competing in my first INBA competition as a fitness model. I’m aiming to compete in March 2015. I’ve given myself plenty of time, because although I’m an experienced gym-junkie, I’m new to this kind of training and restrictive lifestyle. It will take time to play around with what works for my body and what will get me in optimal physical condition to take the stage.
We started off with some biosignature testing to see the current state my body is in. I was happily surprised to find I had a starting body fat percentage of 18% – considerably lower than what I was expecting. The goal is between 8 and 12% to take the stage, so I have still got a long way to go, but it’s not a bad starting point.
This screening process also identified the main problem areas and functional issues in my body. For instance, we discovered:
- the effect of my inability to sleep on fat storage
- the presence of toxins in my body that I expose my body to on a daily basis through my beauty routine (surprisingly, girls on average expose themselves to thousands of chemicals per day in their use of cosmetics alone – a scary thought)
- the inability of my body to effectively remove toxins
I have slowly been making the switch to organic beauty products for a while, but this has encouraged me to step that up a notch, and also try to wear make up less often. I’ve also been put on (entirely clean) supplements in order to decrease my stress levels and help me get achieve a deeper sleep. So far, I am waking up only once a night when I used to wake up 3-5 times, and it is certainly having a positive impact on my productivity throughout the day! I don’t feel so lethargic during the day anymore. I’ve also gone on a fibre cleanse in order to help remove toxins (15g of high fibre supplement morning and night).
You have to go back to basics and get your body functioning right in order to form the right base for the training load that will ultimately get you in your peak physical condition! I’m feeling great so far and really looking forward to what’s to come! 🙂
8th September 2014
Aloha, and welcome to my blog!
I’ve decided to bite the bullet and take the first step towards achieving a goal I have held for a long time. This goal is to compete in my first INBA competition as a fitness model. I’ve umm-ed and ahh-ed about this for too long, questioning if I have the discipline, the drive and the ability to transform my body into the one I’ve always dreamed of. After much deliberation, I’ve realised I’ll never know if I never try! And so here I am, beginning a terrifying but exciting quest.
If you have an interest in fitness, health, or changing your body for the better, hopefully I can share with you the knowledge and wisdom I gain through this journey.
I plan to share an open and honest account of my both my triumphs and my struggles. Maybe I will support you through your own, or inspire you to commence your fitness journey. Either way, happy reading 🙂
With love, B. xx