I have always been active ever since childhood. If I wasn't doing gymnastics, ballet, judo, swimming, running, athletics, I was out climbing trees or exploring. I guess you could say I was a bit of a tomboy.
It's something that comes from within. I’m very self-driven. If I set myself a challenge, I won't give up until I achieve it. If I don't, I'll find another way. Being healthy and fit is a lifestyle choice for me, not a 'fad'. The fit lifestyle is my motivation to keep on.
In the past I used to be a 'cardio bunny'. I went through a phase in my early twenties where I did a lot of cycling, running and swimming. Now I don't do much cardio at all. I find it very boring. I prefer HIIT or a conditioning circuit.
My current favourite is 'chocavo mousse'. It’s basically avocado blended with protein powder, cocoa powder, lucuma powder, chia seeds & honey.
I like to carb cycle dependent on my workout schedule. A typical day would consist of 5-6 meals. Breakfast is usually something like steak and nuts, and berries. Carbs tend to be post-workout, usually sweet potato, quinoa or rice cakes. Protein in the form of meat, fish or seafood spread evenly throughout each meal. Good fats and lots of veggies. Occasionally I like to throw dark chocolate in there, or I love a protein shake blended with coconut oil, berries, banana, lucuma powder, coconut water and a drizzle of honey.
During my recent comp prep, I craved dark chocolate, nut butter, fruit, and chocolate milkshakes but I think that is more than likely because they were restricted. Post-competition, I indulged a little in 'bad' foods but my body doesn't tolerate dairy or gluten very well, even more so after 13 weeks of being extremely 'clean', so I don't particularly crave junk, sweet or salty foods because I know they make me feel awful. I think if you have a healthy balanced approach to food, and become more in tune with your body, then cravings become a thing of the past, or they just become easier to ignore.
I like to listen to dance music when I train… Always something upbeat. As long as it is loud, has a good beat and not heavy metal, then I’m pretty happy.
My most recent goal was to compete in the WBFF European championships in Denmark in April 2013 where I won 1st place in the Diva Fitness (short) category and was awarded a Pro Card. My next goal is to compete in The WBFF Worlds in Vegas in August.
Prior to competing, my goals were often to lift heavier in the weights room.
After Vegas...who knows! I like to set myself challenges, whether they are fitness-related or just to improve my knowledge in the industry through learning/study.
My win in Denmark is something I am extremely proud of. My mum and dad print out my photos from Facebook and stick them around the house. That makes me smile!
Nothing other than minor injuries. Nothing that has set me back thankfully.
I use Skinfold measurements as a guide to my body fat levels. And take regular photos when competing. Other than that, my sleep, mood and energy levels are a good indicator of how I'm doing.
There are so many...Andreia Brazier, Jen Jewell, Rachel Guy, Stephen Box, my WBFF Diva Sisters Juliana Conci-Mitchell and Susie Woffenden, Gordon Greenhorn, Shaun Stafford, Luke Haslett, Andrea Smith…
Magnesium, fish oil, multi-vitamin and vitamin D.
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