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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/04/30 16:26:45 (permalink)
Today I realised I'd not had a wee for 4 hours, which is very unusual for me - then I had a think and realised I was a litre down on my usual intake at this time of day. Got some water in and back to normal.
 
Knee appears to be sorting itself out, whilst I use only low weights for squats, and I'm slowly introducing bench press to my upper body training again.
 
I'm currently performing cardio most days, if you can call 12 minutes of hiiit yesterday cardio, and a 30 minute powerwalk the day before. This is different to how I've usually approached competition preparation, and it's fine because I currently have different priorities, and am not averse to trying something different.
 
I've a 10 mile night walk to prepare for, and I want to get half a stone shifted first so I'm not going to hold back. I also like doing cardio at this level of conditioning and prefer it to the days when everything is aching. Nothing crazy going on, just keeping active and improving fitness.

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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/06/12 08:22:56 (permalink)
New training plan pull/push/legs x 2 this time, and I'm taking on a diet coach very soon.
 
Why?
 
Because I need a better way than having to do cardio and take out certain things from my diet. Because of my ED history this is very scary, last time I tried macro style dieting it made everything worse. This time I'm ready to give it a go.
 
I've just been away finishing the taught part of the Eating disorders and obesity practitioner award. I now have the ongoing home study and coursework (which is more or less the same thing), to complete. I am hoping I'll have the qual by the end of 2017. It's taught me a lot, much of which is useful for anyone, issues or not! As part of my coursework and to prove I'm ready to work with EDs, I have to write an argument for me staying in bodybuilding despite my history, and subsequent health risks. That's going to be fun.

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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/06/16 17:41:58 (permalink)
Diet coach started, tracking started. Some old anxieties reappeared however I've learned a lot(and I don't mean knowledge of food etc)  so able to just get on with it much better. Reducing veg intake has been difficult, however something which will help me long term. 
 
Did have a gourmet, multi course meal out this week. It was tough and I started to think about having some chocolate when we got home, then I slapped myself and said "Don't be daft". Watching the others do the wine matching menu was interesting. At first I did feel I was missing something, however several hours later I was far brighter, alert and could obviously drive home. 
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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/06/20 20:43:33 (permalink)
Well done for controlling yourself at your meal out :) also your essay sounds fun. Lots of reflecting and analysing :) keep is informed on how you get on x

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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/06/28 21:10:29 (permalink)
I have a bikini sponsor she is the person responsible for making the bikini I wore for my first competitions in 2012 and also most of the ones I wore last year including repairing one made by a different manufacturer. 
 
All my wins have been in her creations. 
 
To say I'm over moon is an understatement. 

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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/07/21 18:13:19 (permalink)
Dieting is going well, I'm actually eating butter and full fat cottage cheese which is yum. It's not a high fat diet, it's mostly carb and protein based and I'm weighing everything including veg. The difference is amazing, I'm not doing much cardio and am at the lowest weight I've been this far out. Previous preps I'd have been on double cardio 5 data a week,  not 4 x ten minutes hiit total for the week. 
 
I am more active at the moment because of Denis' op, he can't lift or strain so I'm doing quite a bit around the house. We are dismantling our bedroom ready for new furniture, so I'm carrying a lot of clothing around. 
 
Currently got a music problem, the track I'm using won't play despite using same cd burning method. Never had this before, and I also need a remix doing to get everything into 1 minute, so hoping to engage a specialist to get it all sorted. 
 
Talking of specialists, had some very good results with an osteopath who has fixed my leg and back pain. I'm now having my shoulder manipulated to try sort that out. Foot remains painful. Had a good squat and deadlift session with a PT this week, hoping I can start putting some decent weight on the bar, instead of constantly struggling with the same low weight for years on end then I can build more muscle to go into physique class. 
 

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Re:Gingernut's journey to NABBA Northwest 2012 2017/08/02 12:46:31 (permalink)
All sounding positive!
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Re: 2017/08/02 14:20:22 (permalink)
Thank you, it is.

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Re: 2017/08/30 14:32:24 (permalink)
I've had a few challenges in the last few weeks, one of which has been coming to a head for a while. 
 
Basically the gym I train at lets members do whatever they want. I've been aware of a wall of disrespect from a hard-core of male members for a while. At first I put it down to getting used to me, but it's gone on and staff do not stop it they only shrug and tell me it's the way it is. Over the weekend someone has vandalised the photo of me which the owner has displayed, and covered their handiwork up by placing an adult dvd they found lying around over the frame. I noticed the dvd, staff didn't. Then I noticed the damage which required the photo to be taken out of it's frame, doctored, then replaced in the frame. 
 
The gym can't be bothered to plea for help or approach me with an apology, they managed to post a plea for the culprit behind a broken off skipping rope handle the day before. 
 
I've brought up the attitude issue to be told there's nothing they can do, it's the men who don't like women training in their domain. Not sure how that excuses the dirty shakers, glasses left out, weights not put away, and rude parking right up to the front door ignoring pavement and double yellow lines. On top of this the building is extremely cold most of the year, and has a leaking roof. 
 
I know I've been finding training there difficult for a while, and when I train in other gyms where away from home, there's a significant difference in my level of focus and I come away feeling relaxed and satisfied.
 
For now I'm training payg, will float around and also look at joining a local 24 hr access gym as fall back. 
 
It's been really upsetting that in this century men and women can't share the same training space, plus of course lack of action on behalf of the management. 
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Re: 2017/09/05 12:50:14 (permalink)
What gym is that???
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Re: 2017/09/05 13:09:33 (permalink)
A small independent gym in Ulverston. Happy to supply name by PM.

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Re: 2017/10/14 12:21:32 (permalink)
I'm now at my lowest pre-contest weight ever, and by quite a long way.
 
There's nothing to me, condition is well, scary..............competition is next weekend.

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Re: 2017/10/14 13:14:57 (permalink)
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I've had a few challenges in the last few weeks, one of which has been coming to a head for a while. 
 
Basically the gym I train at lets members do whatever they want. I've been aware of a wall of disrespect from a hard-core of male members for a while. At first I put it down to getting used to me, but it's gone on and staff do not stop it they only shrug and tell me it's the way it is. Over the weekend someone has vandalised the photo of me which the owner has displayed, and covered their handiwork up by placing an adult dvd they found lying around over the frame. I noticed the dvd, staff didn't. Then I noticed the damage which required the photo to be taken out of it's frame, doctored, then replaced in the frame. 
 
The gym can't be bothered to plea for help or approach me with an apology, they managed to post a plea for the culprit behind a broken off skipping rope handle the day before. 
 
I've brought up the attitude issue to be told there's nothing they can do, it's the men who don't like women training in their domain. Not sure how that excuses the dirty shakers, glasses left out, weights not put away, and rude parking right up to the front door ignoring pavement and double yellow lines. On top of this the building is extremely cold most of the year, and has a leaking roof. 
 
I know I've been finding training there difficult for a while, and when I train in other gyms where away from home, there's a significant difference in my level of focus and I come away feeling relaxed and satisfied.
 
For now I'm training payg, will float around and also look at joining a local 24 hr access gym as fall back. 
 
It's been really upsetting that in this century men and women can't share the same training space, plus of course lack of action on behalf of the management. 




I don't get this; how is this allowed to happen? Often glad I train at home to be honest. And I'm a bloke [just]. Feel for you.
Good luck for competition. Get some pics up.

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Re: 2017/10/14 13:18:24 (permalink)
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I've had a few challenges in the last few weeks, one of which has been coming to a head for a while. 
 
Basically the gym I train at lets members do whatever they want. I've been aware of a wall of disrespect from a hard-core of male members for a while. At first I put it down to getting used to me, but it's gone on and staff do not stop it they only shrug and tell me it's the way it is. Over the weekend someone has vandalised the photo of me which the owner has displayed, and covered their handiwork up by placing an adult dvd they found lying around over the frame. I noticed the dvd, staff didn't. Then I noticed the damage which required the photo to be taken out of it's frame, doctored, then replaced in the frame. 
 
The gym can't be bothered to plea for help or approach me with an apology, they managed to post a plea for the culprit behind a broken off skipping rope handle the day before. 
 
I've brought up the attitude issue to be told there's nothing they can do, it's the men who don't like women training in their domain. Not sure how that excuses the dirty shakers, glasses left out, weights not put away, and rude parking right up to the front door ignoring pavement and double yellow lines. On top of this the building is extremely cold most of the year, and has a leaking roof. 
 
I know I've been finding training there difficult for a while, and when I train in other gyms where away from home, there's a significant difference in my level of focus and I come away feeling relaxed and satisfied.
 
For now I'm training payg, will float around and also look at joining a local 24 hr access gym as fall back. 
 
It's been really upsetting that in this century men and women can't share the same training space, plus of course lack of action on behalf of the management. 




I don't get this; how is this allowed to happen? Often glad I train at home to be honest. And I'm a bloke [just]. Feel for you.
Good luck for competition. Get some pics up.




Thanks I'll get some pics up when I'm ready, my coach isn't in this country, so seem to spend half my life taking photos to send and put on facebook over the course of my prep, which is enough for now. There'll also be plenty floating around when I compete.
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Re: 2017/10/25 13:40:15 (permalink)
Did the first show, came in lightest and leanest ever no usual vit c / herbal diuretics just sensible carb up. I'm so lean it's painful to press my knees together on side 1/4 turn, never had that before.
 
The line up on Athletic was phenomenal, winner of the Arnold's 5 weeks ago won, and it was a line of of who's who nationally. I placed outside top 5, so no placing. 
 
Enjoyed the stage, tan we put on worked brilliantly, bikini provided by my sponsor Anabelle Edgar fitted beautifully. There'll be official pics on my Facebook page when they arrive. 
 
Felt terrible Monday morning, had first rebound in ages both mentally and physically and hated it. Yes I ate stuff Sunday night, not as much as could have and 1/3 of it was clean stuff like fruit, carrots, cottage cheese, oat cakes etc. Am looking in arranging photos day after the next competition, and asked coach for guidance on what to eat that night to hold me for the next day. If I loose if after the shoot so be it, just want to prove I can hold it when I get off stage. 
 
Next show in 11 days. 

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Re: 2017/11/08 13:45:35 (permalink)
OK so I went forward to the NAC Open British, and I'm now 2017 Miss Figure o/40 champion. This qualifies me for the British team heading to Hamburg at the end of November.
 
I've also had a fabulous day after photoshoot with a local photographer.
 
Back on it 2 weeks, 3 days and counting.
 
Plenty of photos floating around on social media folks.

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Re: 2017/11/15 13:01:25 (permalink)
I'm now being reversed into the competition which is wierd, in the past it's always been about pushing condition. This time I've achieved it and we need to 'fill out'. Very strange not to be hammering it, part of me wants to eat everything, the other part of me doesn't want to eat more for fear of gaining fat.
 
Coach tells me to trust him I can also see it will, after a short lag reduce the danger of binging post show. All ready I'm starting to 'recover'.

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