Procrastination is a B&^ch with a capital B on this glorious Friday. Yes – some of you may think “well, she’s lazy isn’t she, Aquo hasn’t posted in forever!” But honestly… my life is bat shit crazy… EVEN in ISO! Erin cut my hair yesterday, so I can at least tie it up again and we were talking about how I’m busier in ISO than I was before all this madness!
I surprised myself yesterday by sorting out all of my completed assessment and making sure that my first four modules of my certificate 3 in fitness were… drum roll please… COMPLETE! OMG! In four months to the date that I signed up with the Fitness Institute to start my ‘self-made’ journey – or whatever you want to call it. So there’s my study, two… um, let’s call them beautiful little angels… 🙄There’s TRYING TO maintain a household… see what I did there? 🤔working out – because if I don’t, I may die! anddd all the rest that comes with being THE QUEEN OF THIS CASTLE. I seriously don’t even know how everything gets done.
I’m currently listening to a few lectures and taking notes while I’m trying to write this piece. I just came across this question – what are five absolute and five relative contradictions to fitness appraisals, one of the answers for the relative contradictions is mental or physical impairments… Um hellooooooo – haha! I win. Me. Amy.
And my confidence gets boosted to the next level (um is there even a next level?) yes, yes there is! Just like most people, we carry those things that we are self-conscious about… and if you say you don’t – YOUR FULL OF SHIT! I so need to get back to this assessment… rrrrooooaaarrrr! That’s right – my ROAR is getting more and more powerful! I’M SOOOO FREAKING EXCITED TO GET TO WHERE I’M GOING! I’m that excited and I feel so empowered and strong it’s not funny. That much so, my energy is rubbing off on the boys. I saw a massive shift in Jack’s behavior yesterday, that was a freaking miracle in itself! OMG! last night he dressed himself in his jarmies, he’s trying to start a trend – he will always put his pants on backwards and tells you ‘I BUST YOU’ if you make him put them on properly. He wanted to wear jocks to bed so I told him ‘if you drink your milkey bottle in front of the TV then go for a pee,’ he could try wearing jocks to bed.
Andrew upped me saying I’m pushing him, dude – he asked! I WILL NEVER BE THAT PARENT WHO TELLS MY KIDS THEY CAN’T DO SOMETHING (UNLESS IT’S BAD)… I thought that was pretty clear… just saying… I knew he would wake up through the night and the sleepless nights that are ahead AND I’M COOL WITH IT! 9pm comes and I’m still up, he woke up, was sorted went back to bed… DONE! My alarm clock (hARRY HAD A CRAPPY START TO THE NIGHT) slept in till 7.30 setting us back an hour, but it’s all good… It’s 1pm and I’ve still got so much to do today but it’s all good… I haven’t exercised yet today – AND THAT’S NOT GOOD! 3pm I’ll do a half hour sesh with my fitbands, that can be my relax before I go pick up both kids and the madness is full on until 7pm! I’m so lucky I made the transition to not drinking or I would probs be a raging alcoholic…
IT TOOK ME THREE HOURS FROM THE START TO END OF MAKING THIS PIECE LIVE…
Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.
It was back in 2015 that I actively decided that – “That’s it, get up out of bed and stop being a little bitch!” It was at that moment that I came alive again. I started chipping away at self-development, spiritual development and started a bit of self- education.
After finally moving home back to Ingham (which felt like at least five years – My time perception is really bad now #ptsd) I realized how depressed I was. Being the sort of person I am – I was not going roll over and die, I was going re-create a person I was happy to live with for the rest of my life.
I have had to completely rebuild myself, my life. You see – at 21 I had a horrific quad bike accident that left me with a traumatic brain injury and a severe brachial plexus injury which means my right arm barely functions. I’m working so hard everyday to make it work again. I’m getting movement back slowly – my arm was fused, but in future, who knows what medical technology will bring. I know it will work again, maybe just not as good as my left.
I’m riding the education train, trying my hardest to make life easier for my family. I have purpose in my life now – raising my boys and trying to build an empire… It helps that my impulse is currently out of this world and my head is as hard as stone… really… I took on a tree and I won.
“See me, I’m still standing, I may be bleeding, but I’m still breathing” – is a line out of one of my favourite songs back in my high school days…
I can not believe how much you can change your body in a matter of weeks. Since the above size 12 photo was taken (first weekend of March), I’ve dropped heaps more fat and have toned up pretty decent. It took me until the start of March to be comfortable in my own skin, I can finally look at myself naked in the mirror and not scream and run away. OK – it wasn’t exactly that bad… but you get it, right?
One of my friends from high school owns a coffee shop (which makes me really happy because coffee is life!) And I made the comment the other day that if you think about it – this is me being an adult for the first time… at 28, I’m finally an adult. Before my accident, I was still trying to find myself and wasn’t going about it the right way.
I guess what I’m getting at is we all need to have a little more trust in ourselves and a lot less self-doubt, because at the end of the day I feel, that is what separates those who are successful and those who are not.
Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, but with great and strong purpose in your heart.
Hi team, I just realized I forgot to post yesterday! My usual days are Mondays and Fridays and I love being able to brighten people’s days… even if it’s only one or two people – because I know all too well of the alternative.
I was smashing my way through my Certificate III & IV in Fitness, being aware of my struggles now regarding knowledge retention – I was aware Anatomy would be full on, turns out it’s not hard it’s just extremely time consuming… It’s safe to say this subject has consumed my life! Well that and raising two toddlers – I’m lucky Jack can speak as well as he can & helps me as much as he does. Harry is now on the move at a rapid pace so life has just jumped to the next level!
But at the end of the day, there’s always tomorrow and I can only do what I can do. I AM going to make this course my bitch and I’m sure as hell going to come out the other end swinging. I have created a 10 year study plan – regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yes this is scary but the virus is here (in Australia) – so what are we going to do about it? Well for starters we need to educate ourselves on the virus – Prevention, containment, symptoms, etc. BUT is there anything out there that factually explains what happens if somebody does have the virus? That’s not a statement, it’s a question, I haven’t been able to do my research – I’m writing this as I’m cooking dinner because like I said earlier, I can only do what I can do.
So until Monday – I will love ya and leave ya… I hope everyone is taking all the precautionary measures that have been advised from the Australian Government but are continuing to live your best life! You only get one – you can let this consume you or you can rise above it!
Lots of people want to get in shape, do great things, travel the world, live an adventure and tell a good story with their life, but there’s a big difference between saying you want something and wanting something bad enough to do something about it.
You can say I’ve been smashed in the face by life – this is my time to hit back! You need to show up EVERY.SINGLE.DAY to achieve greatness, so I’m going for it and I’m not looking back! Champions take full responsibility for their outcomes that is the reason why I physiologically need to spend at least an hour at gym a day – even if it is just walking on the treadmill, doing some cardio and spending a bit of time doing physio on my arm.
I know I talk a lot… I love to talk… I talk in my sleep – they say you should spend less time talking and more time pumping iron, well, I show up and talk through my whole session because I know what I’m going to achieve – The best freaking version of self-made you ever did see!
Something I need to crank my intensity on is my morning routine – it’s defiantly a challenge with two babies… I didn’t say it was impossible but! I don’t believe in the world impossible – that word is for losers!
They say you should start the day in silence to better plan around your day. I try not to use my phone for 1st hour of being awake – mainly because I’m feeding children, putting the washing on, dressing children, dressing myself, remembering to feed myself… and the list goes on!
My day looks like this… I have a monstrous coffee, a Voost energy tablet (like Berocca but with guarana) and I eat a well balanced meal to fuel me for my insanely active day! I have a list for everyday of all of my to do’s. I use google calendar (which is awesome!) because when your phone updates it’s on the cloud so you don’t loose anything. I check for any appointments and I go from there. Somewhere in there I take some time for me to say my affirmations – it may be while I’m putting on the washing or cleaning a shitty bum… who knows!
I do at least a load of washing everyday. I have become much more functional with only having one active arm and have adapted quite well to be able to complete almost all my daily tasks by myself. I have actively been working to become more independent – even with my babies.
I usually write or do my content planning (which is a mess BTW) when the boys go for a nap or when the kids next door come to play. I try to be ahead but it’s difficult to find the time with my crazy lifestyle!
In life, I set goals – but it comes down to how bad do you ACTUALLY want it! A champion starts counting when pain arrives, I will eventually step up to that level!
You can achieve greatness – you just need someone to believe in you – For me I believe it’s easy for family to agree with what you want to achieve… But when people stop you in the street to tell you how proud of you – that’s when you get that warm feeling in your heart and at that moment your fueled with a little more motivation to keep going.
If I can push myself this hard living life with chronic pain – what’s stopping you? I’m a million times dedicated to show the world what AWESOME actually looks like! There is greatness inside of you – all you need is for someone to push you until you believe in yourself enough to take the first step.
My destiny is greatness – I’m not sill here living a life I nearly lost to not achieve greatness. It will take some time… I know that – BUT I’m willing to work for it, even more I’m willing to bleed for it!
EVERYONE WANTS TO EAT… ONLY FEW ARE WILLING TO HUNT!
I AM WILLING AND COMMITTED TO CREATING THE BEST EVER VERSION OF ME!
IF YOUR IN THE ROAD OF MY GOALS – I SUGGEST YOU MOVE…
Around the start of the sugar cane crushing season I started training. I don’t want to be this nice piece of ass (for a lack of a better phrase). I want to be strong! I want to get shredded and create a piece of art.
It’s incredible what you can achieve with your body if you put your mind to it. Before my accident I didn’t take much notice, half the time I couldn’t keep track of my period – but now I have educated myself through the internet and reading and have started living consciously… with everything.
The other day I wore bikinis for the first time since I was 17! And you know what – my body looks better than what it did at 17! I am so incredibly proud of myself – This hasn’t been a year long adventure for me, it has taken five years. FIVE YEARS – People usually get to ten months and give up. What can I say – The only reason I’m still here is because I have a bloody HARD head!
It is the best feeling deep down FINALLY being happy in my own skin.
Today I am not in a very good head space, and that reflected in my workout. Louise (my trainer) pushes me hard, but I want to be pushed hard. At the moment, I am trying to be the most positive person that I can be but that is all slipping away very fast with everything that’s going on. Working out is the only thing, I feel, that keeps my mind from going back to dark places. BUT – that will be a forever journey for me living with a brain injury. Thankfully, we are about four weeks away from the end of the sugar cane crushing season -alleluia! This season was hard, for everybody, it’s definitely not like it was 10 or 20 years ago – the sugar is just not there, lack of diversification etc.
Today was one of those days where we finish all of our sets, but I didn’t want to stop, I had so much built up anger that I could have pumped out another three hours – I didn’t want it to end. Louise is helping me create a machine – and you know why I want to do this, I will prove all those chaps wrong, the people that say “there’s no way she can’t do it!” I told Louise, that I will be her little guinea pig and we are going to create something awesome! This is the only thing, that I feel, is for me at the moment, the only thing that keeps me from going bat shit crazy.
Since having my accident, I have proven everyone wrong, with everything and it makes me feel powerful – NOT invincible. The reason I push so hard is because there is always somebody worse off! Check out this video of Andy, this bloke is incredible!
Here are some other articles I have written in the past about this topic:-
The other morning I was watching Sunrise, one of the very few times I get to because in our house, Blippi is life… Long story, hopefully you NEVER have to find out! They were talking about the different sleep trackers out there and when I first started my fitness journey I thought the Fitbit Charge and Charge 2 were the bee’s knees… how wrong I was. This segment caught my attention because sleep has become very important to me! And I will do everything in my power to protect it!
High tech wrist watches and smartphone apps have been developed to help monitor our sleep patterns. These trackers promise a lot, with some saying they measure the time you spend in each stage of sleep. Although, it might be fun to pore over data you have collected about yourself, it is important to keep the pros and cons in mind when using these new sleep tracker technologies.
Most sleep tracker apps and watches use a device built into most smartphones that senses movement. This device measures how much movement you make during your sleep and this data is then used in an ‘algorithm’ to estimate sleep time and quality. How sensitive each device is to movement and the algorithm used varies between products. This can greatly affect their accuracy.
Popular trackers, such as the Fitbit Charge, include a sleep mode that aims to provide sleep time and restlessness.
Some wrist sleep trackers claim to also estimate sleep stages – the Jawbone UP breaks down sleep time into deep and light stages. The new Jawbone UP3 has added sensors for measuring skin and room temperature to help indicate deep and REM sleep. The Basis B1 estimates REM sleep in addition to deep and light sleep stages by measuring heart rate.
Sleep trackers that only use an accelerometer (such as smartphone apps) cannot accurately measure sleep stages. That’s because an accelerometer only monitors movement, and there is little difference in movement between the sleep stages. You move a similar amount in deep sleep and lighter stages of sleep.
While most trackers can estimate fairly well when a person is awake -v- asleep, they are not very accurate and most likely, something will go wrong. For example, you could be lying still but be awake. In the case of the phone apps Sleep Cycle or Sleep As AnDroid, your partner, child or even your dog could impact the amount of movement and noise detected by the device, changing the sleep data. Research on some of these sleep trackers suggests that they provide a general estimate of sleep but that they can give misleading information.
A 2012 study data with adults who wore an older version of the Fitbit tracker found that it overestimated sleep time by an average of 67 minutes. Another study in 2014 found the opposite effect in children. The Fitbit One underestimated the children’s sleep by 105 minutes.
Users should not expect these devices to recognise change between sleep stages. This is because they rely on movements, whereas sleep stages are defined by brain wave activity and other body indicators (eye movements etc.) measured in a laboratory sleep test.
The Basis B1 is one of the few trackers on the market that says it can track REM sleep in addition to light and deep sleep. The device claims it can do this because it includes a heart rate monitor in addition to an accelerometer. However the research on what this claim is based has not been published yet and so cannot be properly assessed.
For most people, using a monitor to track sleep isn’t going to be a problem. In fact, it might help some people understand and review their sleep and wake patterns, and this may ultimately improve their sleep. For example, noticing a pattern of repeatedly going to bed late and sleeping less than required may help the user adjust their sleep habits to allow for longer sleep.
In general the sleep tracker apps and devices will give you a good overview of how long you sleep but they can only tell you so much. You have to use the data to figure out what’s working for you and what isn’t. If you think there is a problem, regardless of what the sleep tracker data is telling you, talk to your GP.
These devices raise awareness of sleep health and sleep issues. Over time they could show if you are getting less or more disturbed sleep that you might expect. This might lead you to seek treatment or change lifestyle habits. See Understanding and Helping Poor Sleep as a good starting point.
Ok, so summing up, always remember the following… These are consumer products, and most have not undergone scientific evaluation. Don’t put too much trust in these devices to accurately monitor sleep. A single night is not always a very accurate reflection of your general sleep; one night’s “data” shouldn’t be cause for alarm. If you tend to worry about your sleep then it might be best for you to avoid sleep trackers, or only look at the data occasionally. Have fun! Collecting data about yourself can be very interesting. But just remember sleep trackers tend to point to general trends in your sleep as a whole.
So today, 06/08/2019 – After telling myself this morning I was going to have a lazy day after my night last night… and the few before that. I’ve had to share my bed with not one, but two little germ infested poo poo platters that are my sons. The big one has been running scary temperatures and has a cold and the baby is so congested! Poor thing – I’ll say that because he’s currently asleep, haha!
So today, my walk, turned into a run! OMG! Even if it was just three 100mish bursts on my 3kmish walk around town pushing a pram. People are still unsure about my dedication to my healthy lifestyle, even though I’m now a size 14 from a size 18/20. After my first child i weighed 102kg. 102kg! I will never forget that number as it’s the same weight as the biggest barramundi I caught. I slip up every so often and have something naughty.
I was once told “It is ok for you to stray from the path of a healthy lifestyle, but you can’t loose site of your goals and you have to be able to return to a healthy lifestyle.” For me – I WANT IT SO BAD! I want to transform into a sexy, tight assed, fitness model to prove to the world that it is possible to look like that, it just takes a magnitude of self-motivation and dedication. You have to be extremely disciplined! And more – you have to want to do it for yourself rather than your husband, boyfriend etc. My husband constantly tells me that I don’t have to do it for him, he loves me the way I am. I reply – “Pfft I’m not doing it for you, i’m doing it for myself, to better me.
And with that – people will be waiting for you to fail, so they can say I told you so in a snide way. You need to lose that want for acceptance of others, you don’t need it. I’m on my way there and it feels great!
I would like to aim to create something like the following. These are just a few ideas that come to mind.
Anywho – Just a quick little blurb about my exciting experience today, I’m off to start baking lunch snacks.
So there was this one day back in early 2015 where I was so down on myself while still in recovery from my accident. I had come leaps and bounds since that fateful day, but I was the biggest fat ass! As my brain was still healing, I slept a lot, most of the time with Sons of Anarchy in the background to drown out the outside noise. Because of my impulse post accident, I would fixate on certain things that would attract me, my 2 biggest – hot guys, mostly NQ farmers with dark features andddddd Sons of Anarchy!
I got up to the larger size of an 18 which is the biggest I have ever been in my life and I was so unhappy. At the time I was living at mum and dads and had a lot of time on my hands as I was still in the recovery process of my journey. I decided it was time to do something about my weight and how I felt about myself, because no one can change that but you, you have to want it, and I wanted it so bad!
So i went and bought a $99 exercise bike from Big W and as I would watch tv in my room I would get on my bike. I would ride for 20 minutes at a time. I would do this a few times a day and after a few weeks I found my clothes fitting better. I thought “Well this is a nice change, I’ll keep going.”
I set up a little gym on the deck outside of my bedroom with a set of weights, a fit ball, my bike and my walker. I started off doing hour sessions once a day, 7 days a week. I have always been bad at over doing it, but I felt better training 7 days a week, I think it comes down to how your body rests, and at the time all I was doing was training and resting.
I can’t remember exactly how long it took me to drop my first dress size but I remember it taking a while. Once that happened I signed up to Tweak Fitness and trained 3 times a week, sometimes 4 with a Personal Trainer (PT), for 30 minutes at a time. I would push myself almost to the point of being physically sick. When I fell pregnant all my doctors advised I stopped any exercise as they were unsure as to how pregnancy would fit me after a massive accident. It was hard, but I still ate well.
When my son was six weeks old I was back at gym, lucky babies sleep so much! I was also walking 5km after he woke of a morning, every morning, anywhere from 5am to 6am, I was brave enough to do a few sneaky 3am walks, only during the cane season (because at that time there’s heaps of people up going to work). After a few months I turned that walking into running. I eventually would walk a km or so and do a 300m sprint, changing to this made the weight slide off. I would give myself Sunday as a rest day and I gave myself a cheat day once a fortnight, but instead of eating shit for an entire day, I would allow myself one naughty thing. One of my trainers once told me, “If your body has been craving something all day, sleep on it – if you wake up and still want it, have it – don’t feel guilty, then return to living a healthy lifestyle.”
Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand, I slowly slowly changed my eating habits and after I had my son in 2017, I went proper health freak, which at times, gave my husband the shits because of what I wouldn’t cook anymore. But portion control also played a part in me being able to loose so much weight. Before I made a switch, I would easily smash a plate of dinner the size my husband would. I did a lot of research on nutrition and asked my PT a million questions, I attended a few nutrition seminars at my gym (which I loved)! I slowly tried many different approaches (many which failed) but eventually after many months I found what does & doesn’t work for my husband and I.
Changing our eating habits defiantly paid off for me! I lost over 30kg from when I had my son in June 2017 till when I fell pregnant late August 2018 or there abouts. I think the biggest advice I could give to anyone out there (remembering I’m not a PT or anything!) is YOU have to want it more than anything! you wont do it for a partner that tells you your fat (trust me, I’ve been there), you need to want to do it for yourself. My husband would stop me all the time and tell me how he didn’t care what I looked like, and I had the same response every time – “I know. I’m not doing this for you, I’m doing it for me!”
Yes, attending my PT sessions helped me heaps! but you don’t need a gym, or any exercise equipment at all to start living a healthier lifestyle. I read this book – Head First Health Fast by Leanne Hall, it was the kick in the ass I needed to get my head in the game. This was about the time where my husband lost it with the ways I would try to make our favourite meals by substituting certain ingredients with healthier alternatives – like raw sugar with rice malt syrup (my personal fave!) I was getting creative and some things I would make would fail, but the most part is successful. I have always had a passion for cooking, which we will defiantly talk about on a later date.
Things I have resorted to to stay motivated include reading some really awesome books before bed, I will add a list below for your convenience. I wasn’t afraid to message my Personal Trainer and let them (I have had about 5 or 6 from 2015 to present) know I’m finding it hard to stay in the game, I would always receive some inspirational advice, articles etc that would keep me focused. One thing I would not do was team up with anyone for gym or with exercising, if they said ‘not today’, I would cancel and I didn’t want that. Because of my struggles with chronic pain I had to postpone many, many sessions, but I would always make them up. It was so bloody hard but I did it!
You really do have to want to change for yourself, it won’t work if your doing it because anyone tells you your fat, your unhealthy etc. That’s just going to make you feel worse! A massive part is to start by trying to improve your mental state – start changing the way you see things from a negative to a positive and it will help you in a massive way to keep your head in the game.