Archive for July, 2013

Fitness Log July 29 – Aug 2, 2013

July 28, 2013

Good Morning All!

The Fitness Log returns this week! I spent some time last night reflecting on past logs, thinking about my week ahead and then planning my training schedule. I will continue this week also with the daily fasting which basically creates an eight hour window during which food is consumed, the benefits of which I will discuss during the week on the log. Planning is the key to success in any venture and with the alarm set at 4:30am – I turned in just before 9pm to ensure a good night’s rest!

Monday 29 July


Training: Warm up – 5 minutes on the treadmill 5.5 km/h at 10% incline which turns a slow steady pace into a good, strong power walk.  Today’s workout was X Fit inspired incorporating plyometrics with intense heavy reps and no breaks in between except between rounds (30 second rest).  Sets: 15 reps each of barbell (loaded with 4 x 5kg plates) – squats, clean and jerk, straight leg deadlift, box jumps (up onto stage height 50cm), tricep dips, push ups, hover aka plank 30 seconds. These sets sent my heart rate straight up, particularly the clean and jerks. To improve this routine I will set up two barbells, the second with heavier load for the squats and deadlifts as they were a little on the easy side.


So this routine took me through about 20 minutes, I then moved to the treadmill and did 10 minutes HIIT (10kph / 15kph). I am slowly rebuilding my running as I’ve had some time off so I will slowly build back to my previous speeds so as to avoid injury. Finally I did some bicep work – 3 sets of 21’s (weights 4-5-6 kg). Total workout time: 45 minutes.

Nutrition: After gym (6:30am) I just take fluids – today I had green tea, dandelion tea, a piccolo and water, I also take nutrition supplements – orachel (a power packed multi-vitamin) and ming vmm which I use to boost up my immunity during the winter months. The window opened today at 12:30pm – I have installed my travel blender in the kitchen at the office and bring my prep-packed smoothie constituents in my little eGo (lunch esky).  Two tall glasses of my famous ÜberGreen.


Two organic navel oranges – I am devouring oranges at the moment – they are so delicious and sweet in season, they also hydrate you beautifully and the vitamin c boost keeps you strong! I also had some celery and capsicum ready to munch on later in the afternoon but left them for tomorrow as not feeling hungry.



Training:  Pump class tonight @ 6pm, I arrived and set up early so I could warm up for 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 km/h at 10% incline). In the cooler months warming the body up well before getting into your workout is really important.


Nutrition: Evening meal (@7:30pm) was a huge plate of sautéd veggies (brocoli stalk chopped, courgette, capsicum, snow peas, cabbage, leek and garlic) with lightly steamed brocoli and cauliflower florets and dry fried chicken (I only use a small amount ~60g) all dressed with a little Vietnamese peanut dipping sauce. Oh and another orange a little while after dinner.

Tuesday 29 July


Training: Warm up – 5 minutes on the treadmill 5.5 km/h at 10% incline. Quads – 4 sets of 12 reps (2 x 80kg and 2 x 120kg), 60 squats with 20 kg bar in intermittent sessions of 20’s broken up by 1 minute skipping.

leg press

Bench dips with 5kg plate on lap 3 sets x 10, tricep extensions 3 sets of 12 reps (3kg). Shoulder press 3 sets of 12 reps (5kg), dumbell flys – 3 sets of 12 reps (3kg). Again these sets were broken up by 1 minute skipping rounds.  Total workout time: 45 minutes.


Nutrition: After gym (6:30am) green tea, dandelion tea, a piccolo and water, nutrition supplements – orachel and ming vmm (see Monday’s post for info). The theory behind the daily fast is to enable the body to start to tuck in to any ‘reserves’ during the fasting zone. It really isn’t that hard and I’d recommend you give it a try. Warm no calorie beverages such as green tea also helps fill the gaps. 11am – two sweet organic navel oranges, celery with peanut butter and capsicum with hummus. A small handful of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews & walnuts).


Training:  Ab class tonight @ 5:30pm – it’s 25 minutes of non stop ab cracking goodness – a strong core stabilises and protects you from injury! I arrived 10 minutes early so I could warm up on the treadmill (5.5 km/h at 10% incline). I followed the class with 10 minutes high intensity interval training (HIIT) on the treadmill (10kph / 14kph/16kph). Total workout time: 45 minutes.


Nutrition: Evening meal (@7pm) was a huge plate of sautéd veggies (brocoli stalk chopped, courgette, capsicum, cabbage, leek, onion and garlic) with lightly steamed brocoli florets and ginger/soy chicken (~60g). Orange after dinner.  I also take a seaweed based calcium supplement in the evening called Cal-Sea-Um. The calcium from the plant source of calcified seaweed is highly  bio-available and added magnesium and vitamin D further supports absorption,

Wednesday 29 July


Training: Warm up – 5 minutes on the treadmill 5.5 km/h at 10% incline. Chest dumbell flat bench press – decreasing sets (12-10-8) @ 9kg-10kg-12.5kg), Hamstrings: leg curls 3 sets of 12 reps on pin #3,  Chest dumbell flys on flat bench press – 3 x 12 reps @ 4-5-6kg then hamstring swiss ball hamstring curls (3 sets of 12) which are fab for your whole core as well, finished with 4 x 1 minute skipping sets intermittent with 30 seconds hover/ 30 second squats (only body weight). Total workout time: 45 minutes.

Nutrition: After gym (6:30am) green tea, English breakfast tea, a piccolo and water, nutrition supplements (orachel and ming vmm). I am finding that the less I eat, the better I actually feel – I think the calorie restricted optimum nutrition (CRON) lifestyle has alot going for it and that we need to move away from this overemphasis on mass food consumption in our society. 12pm – green smoothie – two sweet organic navel oranges – small handful of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews & walnuts), celery & peanut butter.


Recovery (no training this evening) –


Nutrition: Ripe banana. Evening meal (@7pm) sautéd veggies (brocoli stalk chopped, courgette, capsicum, cabbage, onion and garlic) with lightly steamed brocoli florets and ginger fried chicken (~60g). Orange.  Cal-Sea-Um (and the tabs even taste good!).

Thursday August 1


clean and jerk

Training:  Today’s workout was a X Fit session as per Monday morning – wow those clean and jerks and box jumps are serious heart rate boosters. Total workout time: 25 minutes – a shorter session this morning as I’m going to a boxing and pilates class tonight.

Nutrition:  Massive temptation this morning, other half toasted crumpets and popped a crunchy one smothered in rapsberry jam in front of me. It was a tug-o-war but I resisted. Green tea, Earl Grey, a piccolo and heaps of water this morning, nutrition supplements (orachel and ming vmm).  Feeling awesome! Orange @ 12:30pm followed by a huge green smoothie – wow – delicious and nutritious! Everyday is different – today I added in raw lucuma powder which I bought online from Loving Earth. Lucuma is an exotic Peruvian fruit also known as the “Gold of the Incas”. I find it adds a nice sweetness to my smoothies! This weekend I am planning on trying a cacao mudshake – I found the recipe at Loving Earth. I love these guys – beautiful products, fab recipes, easy online ordering and they buy direct from the farmers in developing countries, hence supporting indigenous communities.

cacao mudshake



Training: Back to back Boxing and Pilates classes. I started doing Pilates a few months ago and have been doing on average two classes per week. The slow and controlled movements create deep poise and tension in the muscles hence strengthening and toning them whilst also elongating the spine and building a strong core. I never realised how beautiful for the body classical pilates can be.  Total training time this evening: 1 hour, 45 minutes.


Nutrition: Ripe banana (yum) – sautéd veggies (brocoli stalk chopped, courgette, capsicum, cabbage, onion and garlic) with lightly steamed brocoli florets and fried chicken (~60g). Orange.  Cal-Sea-Um. Earl Grey.

Friday 2 August


I slept in this morning until 6:25am… delicious! I think today will be a well earned rest day!

Nutrition:  Noon – two oranges and four passionfruits – this week my secretary brought me a bag of these beautiful fruits of the vine and I have been devouring them. A huge green smoothie around 2pm and today I thought I’d share why I love kiwis in my green smoothies: nutritionally dense, full of antioxidants, vitamin E, and lutein, a true SuperFood, two pieces have twice the vitamin C of an orange and as much potassium as a banana, as much fiber as one serving of bran flakes, 100 calories, great source of magnesium, low-fat, sodium-free, prevents cancer prevention, benefits the heart and tastes great!



La Belle au bois dormant…

July 17, 2013

My inspiration for ‘once upon a time….” themed charity event this Spring – La Belle au bois dormant (“The beauty sleeping in the wood”) by Charles Perrault, 1697


Frock Swap

July 11, 2013

frock swap m

Five things to change your life…

July 9, 2013

Operating from a platform of gratitude is so empowering. It is intrinsically linked with an abundance mentality and is one of my foundational principles. I firmly believe that gratitude expressed opens doors of opportunity and attracts even more wonderful things into the realm of our experience.

For some time now we have been practicing the habit of writing five things that we are thankful for each morning on a little whiteboard near the back door.  A simple concept, I call it my “5 Things”. It’s such a wonderful way to begin each day, focusing on the positive gifts and experiences that we have been blessed with. It’s really interesting to see what pops up each day as it reveals to me the true sources of joy in my life. One of the things has to be about the other half too, which is sometimes interesting in the midst of a quarrel, but does help us to remember the bigger picture and does help to build a strong and loving relationship.

I also like to write a personal note to a friend each week (you know that old fashioned app called a letter). Letting others know we appreciate and love them can sometimes be overlooked. Take a moment this week to think of someone, grab a pen and some lovely writing paper or beautiful card and write a few words of heartfelt appreciation. You will feel wonderful and it will be treasured by the receiver. While you are at it, why not grab a journal or whiteboard and give “5 Things” a try, I think you will love it!