Monday, 26 August 2013

Bursts of energy!

The week of 19th August, I had really bad DOMS - Delayed onset muscle soreness and I believe it was because I haven't been to gym for almost 2 weeks and was carrying on with my workouts on little sleep. To me, lack of sleep is evil!

But then I started getting a little more sleep and soon my DOMS were going away which made me determined to carrying on lifting heavy! I hate the word 'Light'
Light lifting?! Nah!
Only time I lift light is when I've hurt myself.

Once I started sleeping a bit more I suddenly get bursts of energy that week and was wanting to work out daily. I did that 7x in a week, normally I get rest days but that week I didn't! But I do know my limits and if I feel I need a rest day then I'll have it!

I was sooooo happy all week beating my personal bests, the best thing ever! :)

Feeling more determined and have this attitude of 'bring it on!'

I am making the most of my sessions when I am full of energy!

Bad thing about being full of energy is being determined to lift heavy and try to beat more of my personal bests then getting pissed off when I don't see any free bench or stupid guys using wrong equipments eg the other day I felt like killing a guy who used leg press machine to do arm curls using a bar bell. Oh come on! I wanted to use it but was carrying on with other exercises for different muscles. Bloody hell!

Think I might be becoming a diva! My fitness peeves are increasing, funnily enough when I first joined a gym aged 19 I didn't really have fitness peeves I think it was because I wasn't really into fitness that much.

Just finished 8th session in a row, this morning. When will my energy run out?!
Leaving me wanting a rest day!

Can tell it's going to be another great week!

Bye for now! 

Monday, 19 August 2013

Having spotters at gym...

My bestie lives in England but visits Northern Ireland - her home country - now and then since her family live here. Also her best friend - me! - live here too.

She's staying here for 2 weeks, this month August, and a bit so thought to get her 2 weeks gym membership for her birthday in July. Of course at the gym I go to!

Her hubby joins in too! Sorted 2 weeks gym membership out for him so they could come to gym together to work out with me.

I love weight lifting / strength training, so do she!

I knew we could be spotters for each other, which can be great if need to lift more heavier than usual and having encouragement too.

First session, Mon 19th, went great despite me having a bad case of legs DOMS - Delayed onset muscle soreness! We all trained our arms & shoulders. Got a personal best on Skull Crushers for my triceps! That's a perfect day for me, cos results make me happy!

Best thing about having a spotter or spotters you could achieve more personal bests! I do achieve them when I am on my own but still, having spotters can be great now and then!

Having great company and talk/sign fast during our short rests in betweens sets! Haha

Sharing our knowledge and experience can helps a lots! Sometime we need fresh ideas to prevent us from getting bored in gym but I don't think I will get bored of weightlifting for a while!!

One session with them down, many to go! Will enjoy a lot of sessions with them for next 2 weeks till they go home but then I do go to visit them over in England and they do have weight lifting equipment!
Bye for now, I am off to soothe my poor muscles and eat my bodyweight of protein! 

Friday, 16 August 2013

A bad flare up!

Thanks to Keratitis Ichthyosis Deafness (KIDsyndrome,
I had a bad flare up with my eyes recently.
At first, I thought it was a bad case of hay fever as I had watery eyes and runny nose.
But then when I started taking hay fever tablets it stopped.
Even though something wasn't right, my vision wasn't great.
I soon knew it was the same problem I now and then get with my eyes.
I got fed up with headaches and feeling sick
I missed going to gym and clean eating.
I knew it was best to stay away from gym and rest at home.
Rang hospital for an appointment and was booked in for September.
One day my vision started getting blurry and very sore.
I decided it was too much and I couldn't wait for next month appointment.
I had so many plans for August and September I wanted to have best vision.
So on Tues 13th, I texted my mum so she could make a quick phone call to hospital.
Told them that emergency appointment was needed!
I quickly got dressed and arranged for an interpreter to meet me there.
It was the longest afternoon of my life!
Spent hours there waiting to see the nurse and doctor.
Got seen by the nurse and explained what happened.
I then got told to wait in the waiting room for the doctor!
I didn't get seen till 2 hours later!
Whilst I was waiting, I started to feel ill as my headache was so bad.
Very quickly my mood changed, I was ready to kill the doctor.
But he was lucky cos he had called me in.
Left the hospital more happier, with treatments.
Slowly but surely my vision is improving and I am eating more.
When I get bad headaches I lose my appetite.
Hopefully I'll get back to gym this Sat 17th, if not then it will be after the w'end.

How much has my life changed since I fell in love with weight lifting?!
A lots!

My mood easily change, in a bad way, when I've not been weight lifting for few days.
My body had changed a lots, more shapely!
Made me more happier!

I'm loving Instagram because I can find role models there.
Can talk with people who have health issues and still include fitness in their lives.
Like me! :)

My Instagram: missfitnesschick

I'm strong as I love the way life throw challenges at me and I am still here.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

What a week!

On 24th July, I woke up very early around 4/5am because it was too warm and sticky. I tried to go back to sleep but I couldn't so I decided to get light breakfast and hit the gym for 6.30am work out. Afterwards I felt so good and full of energy so I knew it was the best decision to work out early instead of staying in bed tossing and turning!

I then rode to my mum's very fast, even I was shocked myself and wondered if I would crash early in the afternoon cos I had a bad night sleep and was tough on myself in the gym lifting heavy!

Later that evening, I started to get really tired and wanted a cheat meal but didn't have it because it would be for wrong reasons. Only times I have cheat meals are when I crave it or want it not when I am too tired and lazy to do something in the kitchen. I do food preparation but now and then I do run out of food before the day of my grocery shopping and end up having a cheat meal, normally off Dominos! I am only an human! I love pizza!! :)

Now and then on my leg days I do adductor exercise and found that on my last set that week I used 60 kg/lbs out of 80 kg/lbs and felt it was too easy but I was chuffed about that! Next time I'll go heavier and soon will hit the last weight of 80 kg/lbs! :)

On 29th July I stayed at my mum's for a week, to look after the pets, as she was going away to see her sister & niece. Because my family don't share the same passion as me for clean eating I ended up doing a lot of food preparation beforehand and bought nearly everything I have to my mum's.

Things we do for fitlifestyle!
'Fail to prepare, prepare to fail,' one of my favourite quotes! 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Exciting times in the kitchen

The week of 22nd July, I was suddenly in the mood for cooking and baking using recipes I found online. That week was mad, I was forever washing the dishes and using the oven. It was sure hot! But I was in a great mood and fancied baking different protein snacks and clean eating treats.

23rd July I made fruit protein bars. I was excited cos I loved eating them and knew I was going to make it again and again! Something new! I get bored of food easily so I always have to do something creative in the kitchen so I can still like food and have them! But then I became hooked on eating them, even ate maybe 4 bars a day. It was so simple and handy. I could grab them out of the fridge and bring them with me whenever I go out and can't eat at home. Perfect as 'on the go snack/meal'!

I saw a recipe online for courgette chips and was keen to try them out so I got everything I need to make them. I knew they would be yummy since I love courgettes but was fed up of using them in salads and wanted to do something different. As ground almonds were used to make them, they would be crunchy which would be perfect for my need to eat crunchy snacks while watching movies!

Once I made them and put them in the oven, I started getting movies ready and put on comfy PJs.

When they were ready, I sneakily ate one of them and fell in love with healthy 'chips' and soon couldn't  stop munching on them. I then knew how many courgettes I would need for next time! They were delicious! Only the problem is that I finished them too fast!

I am a sad person if I get excited when I like the recipes I find online!

25th July I made cheesy Kale 'chips' as I couldn't find spinach so had to get Kale. Yummy! Also I made peanut butter cookies but left them in the oven far too long. They were yummy but had to make a 2nd attempt few days later and they were better! Again I couldn't help munching on them and finished 10 cookies in 2 days! Oppss!

I definitely have a problem controlling myself with yummy eat clean treats! :)

26th July I couldn't help myself and made more eat clean treats! I have a sweet tooth but better at controlling myself than before as I used to munch on chocolate and sweeties! No more :) I made eat clean macaroons and turkey balls. Again I finished off macaroons in 2 days, yum!!

Think I might have a baking week monthly! Not weekly or I would have a serious problem controlling myself with eat clean treats heehee.