A massive risk to take

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It dawned on me over the weekend that I’d “done it.”

Taken a huge risk and it’s now paying off.

9 months ago I remember thinking to myself…

What if no one thinks it’s a good idea? What if it’s a flop and I just get rejected?”

Everyone hates rejection right?

But sometimes you just got to have a crack and back yourself.

And sometimes, like this time, it pays off and in a big way!

The risk I took was reaching out and seeing if 5 other women (who didn’t know each other) wanted to join me on a crazy adventure in New Zealand.

5 days of trekking carrying our own packs and food whilst dealing with the elements.

I knew a few women would be interested, but getting a total of 5 committed was a little daunting.

Fast forward to today and different personalities, stages of life, work commitments and lifestyles have all blended into an eclectic mix of women, that seems to be working for us!

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Fear can be such a strong emotion and the more I’ve felt it in my life, the more I’ve grown to respect it.

And the older I get, the more I realise fear will never go away – it will always be there especially when I want to try something new, or do something again, that I couldn’t do the first time.

It’s a real thing.

But you can’t let it stop you – life is way too short.

Feel the fear and do things anyway, I say.

You never know where it will take you.

Jods x

Are you a cherry picker?

 

 

Cherry picking.

The term used to describe the picking and choosing of workouts, based on what you are good at or feel like doing.

You hate lifting heavy, and you know it’s a heavy lifting day.  You tell yourself it is sooooo boring and you don’t feel like you get a lot out of it, so you choose to leave it today.

*cherry picking*.

You are tired, and find out that today’s workout is a 40 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) and you decide, it’s best to maybe just rest instead. Forty minutes might be too long for me today, right?

*cherry picking*.

You wake up and it’s raining…and the run you planned with a mate is debated over via text message starting with, “Hey, it’s raining, should we leave it today…?

*cherry picking*

We’ve all been there and that “we” includes me.

But it leaves us missing the whole point of this fitness game.

Little bits done regularly add up over time, to give you strong muscles to chew through fat, a fit heart so you can bound up stairs and vitality to combat stress and have you glide through your day.

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And here’s what cherry picking gets you (from my own personal experience)…

…it gets you de-motivation and the guilt trips – that sucks for sure.

… sore muscles, stiff joints and aches & pains from lack of consistency with your training.

…lazy friends who support your *cherry picking* who help justify your x, y, z reason.

…getting on and off the bloody bandwagon, which is downright exhausting.

I’ve test and measured just showing up vs cherry picking. Showing up has helped me in so many ways that I could not have imagined.

I show up to my training when I tell myself I’m too busy, and it transfers over to the paperwork that I’ve avoided since Nella was born. Filed. Done.

I show up to my training when I’m tired, and it lifts my mood and motivation so that I do more in the workout than what I first expected. Bonus work means more results.

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I show up to my training in the windy rain and walk for 2 hours with soaking wet clothes, blisters on my toes and end it with the deepest feeling of satisfaction from experiencing the power of discipline. Doing something when it was the last thing I want to do.

Self-esteem boosted. This girl is on fire!

And here’s how you show up.

Stop over-thinking.analysis

Stop over-analysing.

Stop any conversation from starting in your head and just start moving out of bed, to the car, before your brain has any idea of what you are doing. I dare you to show up and see where it takes you.

Jods xx

I didn’t see it coming.

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It’s taken me a solid few months to want to talk about this.

The words embarrassed and even humiliation come to my mind when I think about what happened.

And the last word that comes to my mind is feedback.

Feedback can be a bitch sometimes.  But it’s worth its weight in gold, if you take it on board as an opportunity for growth.

The feedback I received was back in January some time and was silent, indisputable and shocking.  The kind of feedback that’s often confronted with a whole lot of excuses and laying blame elsewhere.

I rocked up to a CrossFit workout and amongst the group, Mum and Dad turned up as well.

They’ll often train in the same class as me so it wasn’t out of the ordinary. The workout was explained, warm up was performed and the group was ready. The workout started with a 1.3km run and I was feeling good that day. Actually, I was feeling fast.The timer counted down, 3, 2, 1 and GO.Game on.We set off and I hit the lead quickly with a solid pace.

I could hear the thumps of feet behind me and between you and me, it felt right that my 65 year old Mother & Father were behind me.

Of course they should be – did I already mention they are 65 and I’m 36!

We turned the corner and started approaching the hill.  It’s a slight rise over about 300 meters, so a steady solid climb.

And when I hit the start of that hill, something happened.

My legs started slowing and the thumps behind me grew louder and closer.

I pushed on more, and then the thumps were on my tail, and in real-life slow motion….the thumps passed me.

I had to do a double-take when I saw that the thumps were from my Father.

He strode up the bloody hill and left me behind.

Bloody hell – how does that happen?!

I pushed on more, but no matter how hard I pushed I was beaten fair and square.

Is this really happening right now?!

I thought I was fit – and YES, of course I thought I was fitter than my Father.  I could list the excuses that popped up in my mind as I processed the feedback that day, but really excuses are irrelevant and counterproductive for growth.

I swallowed the feedback and took it on the chin.

And I started running more.

Quit any excuses leaving your mouth and own up to it and take yourself forward.

That’s the best way to take that sort of feedback.

And remember, it doesn’t define who you are, it’s just an opportunity for growth.

Jods x

The one thing to stop worrying about

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I could see she was in the hurt box when I walked past and then heard her quick remark to Tony…. “You know we started early, don’t you?

The woman was training with my beloved – God help her.

And she has done so for years, so she’s not new to Tony, and Tony’s not new to her.

Coming back to Training after a good hurrah over New Years is always hard, but coming back to Training with Tony is harder.

I knew she was stalling him and letting him know loud and clear she was happy to finish the session then and there.

And then Tony responded. “What…. Are you worried that you’ll get too fit?”

Case in point.

In that instant I chuckled.

Don’t you hate it when “they” are right? “They” being your Trainer.

We all do it.

Focus on the hurt.

Wishing it would stop.

Thinking…. I’ve done enough for today… Surely?!

 

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But you know what? There’s always that little bit more inside.

That extra effort, rep, minute, round or lap around the block.

That extra effort is where real change – real results are.

Getting fitter, faster, leaner and stronger only happens with overload – not comfort zone load.

Don’t let that little voice inside of you tell you any lies.

And next time you are in the hurt box, don’t worry…..

You won’t get too fit – so push on soldier!

Jods x

The Key to Greatness!

greatnessI was invited to a Women’s Business Christmas Lunch last week and took the opportunity to step out of my sweat clothes, wipe off any Vegemite from the kids and step into my serious pants.

They had a speaker, Jen Harwood, who was a bundle of energy and she spoke passionately about Greatness – and how you can create greatness in your life.

She shared her personal story of breakdown to break-through and her own quest for greatness.

Greatness is such a personal “thing” and there is no right or wrong way to define it. What makes me feel great and super awesome, might be boring as hell for you and vice versa.

My own take on it is; do stuff that you love, do it well and do it passionately – and you are well on your way to greatness and feeling fulfilled in life.

The clincher in her Presentation was on the “HOW-To” bit.

How do you set out and achieve greatness – in x, y, or z part of your life?

And her answer: Get your support system plugged into your goal and with other people’s help – you can create and achieve greatness.

I totally agree and totally squirmed (just a little) when she mentioned this and 3 little words.

“Asking for help….” (and god forbid – accepting help when it’s given!)

If you are anything like me asking for help is un-natural – but something that I have learned ask for helpis highly valuable.

Our egos think we can (and should) do it all on our own, but the reality is Human Beings (that is you and me!) are designed for interaction.

We do not survive as a species without it.

Jen spoke about having different people in your life that fulfil different “Roles” that you can lean on for help when it’s needed.

I’m not going to list all of the “Roles” she spoke about (you can read more here), but here’s the Jodie run-down on who you should have in your support system.

You need critics to challenge your commitment and play the devils-advocate – sometimes the glass does end up half-full.

You need experts to short-cut your learning curve and fast-track your results and save you time, energy and money.

You need BFFs to pick you up, dust you on and send you on your way.  You need hugs, we all need more hugs.

You need role models to instil hope – if it’s possible for me, it’s possible for you kinda thing.

And you need to have the courage and wisdom to open your mouth and repeat after me, “Hey, I need a little help here please?”

If that made you squirm, then you know what you need to do 😉

Jods x

Is it really all worth it?

I was reminded yesterday of a basic fundamental in the fitness formula of getting results.

I was flat, feeling tired and sore going into the workout and nothing much changed throughout the workout   except more tiredness and soreness.

Workout done, protein recovery done, shower and refreshed and then struggling in front of my computer to  get myself into action.

I was hitting a wall big-time, feeling fatigued mentally and physically.

As I sat at my desk I started to procrastinate – getting up filling my water, going to the bathroom, checking on things that didn’t need checking.

The whole time I was telling myself how tired I was and how flat I felt.

The basic fundamental was – if you train hard then expect to feel tired.

Not uber motivating I know, but it’s the truth.Tired

Getting results takes work – hard work, and hard work will feel hard.

There’s no sugar-coating it or wrapping it up in cotton wool.

I let myself slump into a pity-ball which wasn’t helping me and when I reminded myself that what I was feeling was normal it helped me snap out of it.

There will be times when you’ll question whether it’s worth it…

And I’d recommend that you don’t answer this question when you are feeling tired and flat after a workout.

When you’ve nailed a workout, high from a P.B. (personal best) or sitting smugly in new threads, that’s when you should ask yourself….”Is it worth it?”

A day later and a better mood and less tired body….

Yes.

It’s worth it.

Jods x

5 Simple Weight Loss Tips

I try hard sometimes to bite my tongue but my brain-to-mouth filter doesn’t always work. :)

weight-loss-pink-sherbert-photography“That is stupid – utterly stupid.” I said shaking my head in disbelief and frustration.

“Why would someone tell her that?!” I continued.

Rewind the conversation and I was chatting with our Trainer, Lyndsay about a new member who just jumped on board and experienced some questionable advice that I clearly disagreed with.

Said Advice, “To lose weight you should eat 900 calories per day.

900 calories is nothing.

900 calories is dangerous.

900 calories is the start of poor brain function, screwing up your metabolic rate and is not sustainable long-term.

The poor woman who did follow this advice experienced extreme lethargy and poor workout performance and of course did not stick to it. She’s now frustrated and confused with “How the hell do I lose this weight?!”

Last week I wrote about listening to the “Experts” around you and now I’m going to challenge that and you.

Just because someone has a Title does not mean they are an Expert!

Listen to the advice you are given and if you are unsure – challenge it, question it and get a 2nd opinion.

Have they done it before?

How did it work for them?

Could there be a better, smarter way?

Who else could I ask about this?

If I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with that woman and was asked for my Advice, this is what I would have said.images-16

  1. Eat small meals of unprocessed foods often (every 3-4hrs).  Unprocessed means out of the ground, not out of a packet.   Your metabolism (the rate at which you burn energy), is like a fire, and a fire that is fed regularly burns long and strong.  A fire that is starved and then dumped on, struggles and can sometimes burnout.   And you need a strong fire to burn through your fat stores efficiently.
  2. Do not cut out fat.  Fat is not your enemy – overeating is.  Unnecessary and unhealthy fats should be eliminated (trans-saturated) but healthy fats should remain. (Think nuts, avocados, eggs and meats.)
  3. WEIGHT TRAIN – lift heavy and I mean heavy.  You should get sore – expect it and recover well with appropriate rest so that your next training session is still performed at a high intensity.
  4. You should feel hungry when you are aiming to “lose weight”.  Learn to deal with it and get excited when your tummy rumbles – it means the plan is working!  (Note – you should feel slight hunger, not dizziness or hunger that affects your normal brain function.)
  5. Keep your treats in! My personal philosophy is not to take away the things that you love as chances are you’ll over-do them when you do eat them which is counter-productive to your goals.   So…keep them in, but reduce them.  Remember food is not “bad” it’s the quantity that is consumed that is questionable. 

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That’s it!

5 simple tips that work.

Now get to work and check in with me in 3-4 weeks time.

Jods

P.S. And yes that means YOU as well! :)

The Devil is in the Details

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In 4 ½ months time 5 ladies and I will be hitting New Zealand for an amazing 5 Day Trekking Adventure and I can’t wait!

It came about from me wanting another challenge and something to strive for and after a few phone call and emails, the group is now locked in!

The funny thing is since I’ve got the last ladies on board, I’ve started telling more people about it and then I’ve had questions which I have no bloody idea about.

Questions like…

How many kilometers are you trekking?”

“How long are you trekking for each day?”

“16kg doesn’t sound like a lot to carry when it includes food, clothes, cooking equipment….are you sure that’s right?”

I’ve had the same answer for each question.

“I don’t know.”

The people that know me laugh and the people that don’t know me have a puzzled look on their face that says, “Why wouldn’t you know this?!”

Sometimes knowing too much about something is not always a good thing.

Sometimes the more you ask the more you 2nd guess yourself, become unsure and then continue to sit on the fence.NZ_ArthursPass01

It’s not that the detail is unimportant or that I don’t have access to the information, it’s just the detail is not important to me – especially right now.

Knowing WHY I want to do it, is way more important than crossing my i’s and dotting my t’s before I go. (For the detail people, I may have ruffled your feathers here ;))

There’s a syndrome that you can sometimes experience: Analysis Paralysis.

A place where you are frozen and unable to make a decision.

A place that takes you nowhere other than around and around in circles.

You’ll find yourself saying things like, “I’d like too…I want too, but, jeez I’m not too sure now!”

All I know about my adventure is it’s a 5 Day Trek across Arthur’s Pass in the South Island of NZ, and we’ll be sleeping in huts, carrying our own 16kg Packs of clothes, food and cooking equipment – and there will be no showers.

I also know I need to get fitter and the most important thing – I need to listen to the expert here – our Trek Guide.

It’s his job to know everything, know all the details and be across any questions that come his way.

It’s his job to tell me what to do…and it’s my job to do what I’m told!

He’s the expert – I’m not.

Kinda, sort-of, just maybe relates to listening to any expert that you are getting help from.

Kinda like…your Trainer. :)

Learn to use your Experts around you.

Learn to focus on simply following the plan that they give you.

If you need the detail – get down and dirty with your WHY, why you want to do it and why it’s so important to you.

imagesYou’ve heard the saying, “The devil is in the details” and that can work for and against you.

True or not true?

Jods :)

The Deep-Fried Truth

fishchips001We were diving into our ice creams head first when I heard the lady’s voice loud and clear.

I paused for a moment to digest what I’d just overheard and had to bite my tongue.

The girls and I were enjoying a treat of yummy chocolate ice cream, sitting quietly engrossed in our sticky mess after a morning of running a muck on the beach

The cafe we’d chosen was a typical beachside cafe.

Fish and chips.

Soft Drinks and juices.

And yes…ice cream!

The lady behind me was diving into her own treat which she had loudly declared, “Sweet potato chips…these are way better than normal chips.”

I sighed…

Not a peaceful sigh, but a sigh of disbelief.

How has the world reached this point?!

That might be a little dramatic, but let’s cut to the chase.

Deep-fried products are deep-fried products. sweet_potato_fries

Please enjoy them guilt-free without rationalising their nutritional or health value.

Whether it’s sweet potato, White Potatoes or whatever Potatoes, deep frying something is submerging and cooking the chosen food in 100% fat.

Fat adds flavour and is popular in my kitchen with a mix of Full-Fat Butter, Coconut Oil and Olive Oil being my top 3.

Consuming excessive fat also adds fat to my fat cells, deepening my beautiful curves  – so enjoy the yummy crunch guilt-free of your next deep-fried treat knowing they are a calorie dense food to be consumed “sometimes”.

Do not confuse “food choice” and “cooking method” when you are eating.

Steamed Mars Bar anyone?

Or what about Deep-Fried Broccoli?

Case in point.

Jx

Everything in Moderation

This whole weight loss and fitness journey thing that we thrust upon ourselves can be an evil beast – if you let it.

All consuming, self-depriving and even worse… self-shaming.

I see it happen in real life and a lot on Facebook.

“Eating clean.”

Personally, I didn’t know food could be dirty?

“Cheat days.”

The last I knew cheating happened in school – when you wrote formulas on the back of wooden rulers for Advanced Maths. (Sorry Mum & Dad!)

And even worse, “No [insert banned substance] for 30 days”.

Now you and I both know that abstaining often increases the urge to be an all consuming need, which then results in greater excess consumed than what would have been consumed under “normal” life conditions.

Sometimes I feel like grabbing people and shaking them whilst screaming, “It doesn’t have to be this way!  Have you ever heard of balance?!”

But I guess being balanced doesn’t have the same sexy ring to it…and this whole weight loss thing should be more complicated – right? 7e7596ddacf64449e636c0e5833637c0

Not really…

Not. At. All.

Take the pressure of yourself to change everything overnight and just tweak one small thing.

Commit to always having your “treat” (not cheat) food in small doses – whenever you feel like it. I dare you!

Start moving your body in ways that you love and that feel good for you.

If you’ve been stuck in a place where you’ve adopted the feast or famine mindset than why not take a moment to question how exhausting that can be…

Do you really want to keep going down that path?

I think it’s time for you to blaze a new trail, don’t you think?

Always here to help!

Jods x