As most of you know I’ve been writing my personal blog on this site for a wee while now otherwise known as Dicko’s Diary... However the time has come for me to pack up my things and move to my new home. So I’m really excited to announce and share with you my new space over at Eat Move Love. I’ve somehow found this passion to write and felt that it was no longer suitable to share my stuff on my business website. I would prefer to write freely with all of my heart without being seen as an authority or expert on the matters of health, wellness, life and love…. So if you enjoy reading my stuff then head on over to Eat Move Love.
I hope you enjoy the space!
Just a few announcements for changes over the Christmas period…
12 Days Of Christmas Workout
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday 13th December, and for the next twelve days I’m going to be sending you all a little “12 Days of Christmas” workout which will take you all the way up to Christmas Day. So if you’ve been a little too festive over this month then this will help you feel a little less guilty for enjoying the pleasures of the silly season. Each day I will send you a workout for that day and then each day you will add on to the day before… So on Day 1 you’ll do Day 1’s workout then on Day 2 you’ll do Day 1 + Day 2’s workout, then Day 3 you’ll do Day 1 + Day 2 + Day 3’s workout and so on for 12 Days… It’s gonna be a cracker!!!
For those who are still around and want to squeeze in an extra session before Christmas Day I’m going to put on a “Sunday Session” at 8am on Sunday 23rd December. We will be doing our “12 Days of Christmas” workout together.
Closed For Christmas
I’m now going back to Perth for Chrissy so I’m going to close down from there Monday 24th December to Friday 27th December and then over the New Year’s Public Holidays. Here’s a brief rundown of our Christmas hours:
Sunday 23rd Dec 8am – “Sunday Session – Xmas Workout”
Mon 24th Dec – Fri 28th Dec – CLOSED
Sat 29th Dec – 7.30am Boxing
Sun 30th Dec – Tue 2nd Jan – CLOSED
Wed 3rd Jan – 6.30pm
Thu 4th Jan – 6.15am & 6.30pm
Fri 5th Jan – 6.15am
Sat 6th Jan – 7.30am
Our New Timetable for 2013 to be up soon.
See you all tomorrow!
Well it’s that time of year when everyone wants to shed their winter coat and get all ripe for summer…
Now as much as I don’t like advocating programs purely for fat-loss I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wouldn’t mind losing a few of those winter kilos myself. BUT more importantly I am doing this for my health as the last 6 months of eating the things I know I can’t eat (yes my bad) has seen my health decline and I’m back to being in constant pain (
So… it’s time for me to get back on the REAL FOOD bandwagon and get my body back to optimum health. So if you’re up for some REAL FOOD eating and would like to join me then I’m going to start a 30 Day Challenge on the 1st October following the Paleo Style Whole30 Program.
If you click on the link here it gives you a rundown of what you can and can’t eat over the thirty days. For those of you who aren’t used to eating this ways it’s pretty full on as you will be cutting out all sugar (eeeek) so I thought that over the next couple of weeks we could ease ourselves into it instead of going cold turkey come 1 October.
If you’re not up for the full challenge then why don’t you make up your own rules and join us for the ride anyway. Maybe you could just cut out a few things for the 30 days that you know will make a difference to your health. If you need some advice with this just ask me.
Soooooo who’s up for it? Please reply and let me know. Also I’ll set up a support group via FaceBook so please send me a friend request if we are not already friends http://www.facebook.com/rachel.lee.dickman If you’re not on FaceBook don’t stress as I’ll be sending emails and texts for this too.
Thirty Days could seriously change your life – I’ve done this before with a few of my clients and all have noticed amazing results. Also check out the Testimonials Page on the Whole 30 website – this REAL FOOD eating has helped so many people with health issues such as arthritis, obesity, diabetes, celiac disease, IBS, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and most auto-immune diseases. Seriously you have to read these testimonials they are nothing short of miraculous.
We will be starting the lead up to this ASAP so let me know if you’re keen as soon as you can.
After spending too many years going to these sorts of things I decided that I’d had enough. Not because I thought I knew everything, I seriously know that I don’t. It’s just that I realised I was searching for something that I knew I could only find within. So I stopped going and I haven’t been to one for years now…
Well, that was until yesterday.
You see my friend Jane had been trying to get me to go along to see some guy I’d never heard of called Amir Zoghi. For months she has been leaving messages on my phone and sending me emails with his event details. And to be honest I just kept ignoring her. I really meant it when I told myself no more “rah rah” workshops or seminars. I don’t need to “know” this shit I just need to “live” it.
Anyway over the last few months I’ve been going through some big changes both on a personal and business level and I’ve been fighting with myself big time. I mean lots of shit has been going down internally for me and I’ve felt really unsettled, frustrated and rather confused. Then a couple of other people, that I know & trust, also mentioned this Amir guy to me. They thought that I’d really connect with what he has to say.
Ok now I felt like the universe was trying to tell me something and I could really use a little direction right now so I snapped up my $1 ticket and went along.
However, when I woke up yesterday I seriously did not feel like going. I’d had the worst sleep and I was in the shittiest mood ever! But I knew I had to go otherwise they were gonna charge me the full price of $197 if I didn’t show. It was in Bondi, I live in Bondi, so I thought I’d rock up and register, stay for a bit then do a runner.
Anyway the guy had me at hello… Ok maybe not hello but he definitely had me at “fuck”! He likes to swear, I like to swear it was a match made in heaven really! So this dude, Amir, was pretty fucking cool! Everything he had to say was exactly what I have been going through. It is exactly where I’m at in my life. And the things he was talking about made me realise I wasn’t losing my shit, that my new way of looking at life wasn’t so crazy after all…
My New Vision For Life
No Plan is Totally a Plan!
After realising that my goals and plans were just not motivating me I decided that flying by the seat of my pants was going to be much more fun! So instead of thinking about what I should be doing with my business and my life I’ve started taking the first step and letting things evolve naturally, truthfully, honestly. But of course this has not come without stress – as soon as I decided to start doing things this way doubt crept in. I started thinking am I crazy for wanting to do things this way?! Not only that, people kept questioning me, they couldn’t get their head around the fact that I wanted to travel without a plan, or that I had no idea where my new business was headed. All I knew was that I wanted to travel and that I wanted to write so I booked my first ticket and I started my new blog and I have no fucking idea what is next.
But that’s cool because no plan is totally a plan and I’m down with that now.
It’s Ok Not To Know
I know that life is about the bigger picture and I know that I want my picture to be friggin huge and amazing and exciting. But I haven’t yet found that “thing” that makes my heart sing. I thought I had, I thought that being a personal trainer was my thing but I’ve realised it’s not me. It’s not what I want. It doesn’t ring true for me. I know that I want to help people in some way and I thought it was by helping people lose weight. But what I’ve realised is that I’m actually helping people stay stuck in their shit and I don’t want to be a part of that anymore. So I’m walking away. I’m walking into the unknown and I have no idea what is next. But I’ve found trust. A trust that I never knew I had. And I know that if I give space to that trust that is deep within the “thing” that makes my heart sing will find it’s way to me.
I completely and wholeheartedly trust myself.
Time to Stop Searching
Ok I hate to admit it but I had one of those “ah ha” moments in Amir’s seminar yesterday or as he likes to call it a “WTF?!” moment. I realised that although I’d stopped going along to those other kinds of seminars years ago I was still searching for THE ANSWER in a whole bunch of other ways. I was still looking for something to fill that empty space inside of me. And yesterday I figured out what that empty space was… I didn’t trust myself. But now I do.
My gut knows it’s shit or so to speak!
I Don’t Want To Be Normal
As you’ve probably noticed by now I fucking hate the status quo! I don’t want to “fit into society”. I want my life to be fun and exciting and fucking worthwhile. I don’t want to die thinking “was that it?!”. But every now and then I catch myself thinking maybe I should just go get a real job, find myself a boyfriend, that I should just settle down, stop questioning life and stop doing things differently. Sometimes that seems like it would be so much easier. Boring, but comfy and easy!
Then I remembered how much I hate boring. I want to give life all I’ve got!
So there you have it! Amir reminded me that I’m here to live my life the way I want to. That it’s ok to follow my bliss. That is ok to do the things that make me happy. That the whole reason I am here is to find my truth and fucking live it!
So if you’re like me and you’re seriously sick of being stuck inside your head, feeling unfulfilled or like you should be doing things differently or maybe doing different things then get your gig on and go check out Amir. He’ll rip your truth right outta ya! Oh and he does his thing in Melbourne, Brisbane, L.A. and Auckland too.
Love Dicko x
PS – this writing thing def makes my heart sing but I feel like I have room in there for a whole lot more
Ok so I usually write pretty awesome blog posts (so I’ve been told) as I love to entertain, be a bit different and stand out from the crowd while at the same time telling it how it is…… Well not this time!! This post is purely fact driven and to be honest I can’t be arsed putting the bells and whistles round it just to entertain you :-p Although I will be telling you exactly how it is cause that’s just how I roll.
BUT if you are keen to hear about the amazing results I have achieved over the past 30 days then please read on – just try not to fall asleep…
Ok so just to recap from earlier posts I have recently just completed the Whole30 nutrition program which basically meant cutting out sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and to state the obvious no processed foods. So what could I eat? Well plenty of lean meats, fish and seafood, lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, fats & oils and some nuts. Basically I ate just real, whole foods that if out in the wild I could hunt down and prepare myself just like those good old cave chicks.
So why did I do this? Well my goal was to get rid of my period pain and to get my cycle back to the normal 28 days (was at about 23). I reached my first goal easy peasy but still no good on the cycle time actually it has got worse but I think it is more related to stress at the moment as I’m going through some emotional stuff on a personal and business level.
Just to let you know before I started the Whole30 I rarely ate grains and dairy as I gave these up years ago for other health reasons and I never eat legumes anyway so the biggest thing for me for this 30 days was cutting out sugar (I was having about 4-6tsp a day purely in my coffees).
Ok so I wasn’t quite perfect for the entire 30 but close to it. I found the first week the hardest purely from the sugar withdrawals (I know it wasn’t from the caffeine as I was still drinking coffee). I had a complete lack of energy and day 3 saw me fall into an absolute heap and I couldn’t even get out of bed actually I could barley lift my head off the pillow but by the end of Day 4 I was full of beans again and firing on all cylinders. I felt so shit on day 3 & 4 I even considered going out and buying my coffee with 2 sugars but I’m so glad I pushed through the pain as it was so worth it.
The biggest benefits I have noticed have been my increased energy levels, my skin/hair/nails are all in amazing condition and my hair and nails are growing so friggin fast which kinda sucks because I have a full head of grey hair (thanks Dad and sssshhhhhhh don’t tell anyone or I’ll never get a date again) and my 2 weekly touch up routine has now stepped up a notch to a 1.5 weekly occurrence. Boo to that!
I have more focus & clarity, better quality of sleep, better digestion although I wasn’t actually absorbing the fats properly so got some digestive enzymes from my naturopath which seem to be doing the trick, I have zero cravings not even for sweet things, don’t seem to need to eat as often, really only need 2-3 meals a day and barely need to snack, lost a couple of kilos even though I didn’t really need to, ummmmm what else – well as I said I wasn’t perfect and the days that I wasn’t I really noticed the difference in my energy levels and focus/clarity and shit sleep…. Oh and dating and Whole30 just don’t mix….. hahahaha!!!
Oh yeah – the hardest part of all was the need to be fully prepared and organised…. because you’re pretty fucked when you start work at 6am and finish at 8.30pm and you’re not organised with your brekky ready to go so you can eat it on the way to work and by the time I get home at 8.30 I really can’t be arsed cooking. I work outside and I’m on the road so I don’t have the luxuries of a kitchen, fridge or microwave… SO if I can do this anyone can. I must admit I get so sick of people telling me they don’t have time to prepare their own meals and there’s nothing healthy to eat when at work – what a load of bollocks!! Yes it’s a pain in the arse. Yes it’s hard work. Yes I get lazy too but sometimes you just gotta do the things you can’t be arsed doing because there are bigger reasons for doing it!
A year ago I couldn’t fathom eating meat at all for breakfast and now I couldn’t imagine eating anything else apart from eggs of course.
And oh the funny looks I get from people when I tell them I don’t eat grains, sugar or dairy – they think I’m all types of weird. I was even called an extremest from someone – all this just from eating real food. I got questions like – how do I get my calcium, fibre, glucose for my brain??? How can you not eat sugar it’s in everything??? OMFG!!!!!!! People will say the strangest of things. Maybe I’m the strange one – who knows! Don’t care if I am )
So now that I’ve finished the Whole30 I intend to keep eating this way. I’ll never be perfect, I don’t consider myself an extremist as I like to enjoy my wine and beer and the odd food treat. My body seems to cope really well without all those heavy carbs from grains, breads, pasta and rice. At the end of the day I just listen to my body and if there comes a time when I need to be a little extreme due to health reasons then I’ll assess it when that time comes. As for now it’ll probably be around 80-90%.
So what the hell do I actually eat in terms of breakfast, lunch and dinner? Well that makes for an even more boring blog post. I NEED SIMPLE!! when it comes to meal time. Will start writing boring blog post no.2 now so stay tuned.
Love Dicko x
WOW!!! For the first time in my life I had my period without pain… The first time ever I haven’t had to take pain killers or get the hot water bottle out! AMAZING! I honestly can’t believe it… This is one massive achievement for me! And I can’t believe I reached my goal within the first 3 weeks of going Paleo. I really didn’t expect it to happen so soon. I had at least 6 months in my head. I guess the fact that I already eat a close to paleo diet probably meant I was almost there anyway. It’s now been a little over 2 months since going Paleo and both times I’ve been without pain…. Whoo Hoo!!!
That photo there is me with Wheat Belly – this is what happens to me when I eat wheat… Nope I’m not pregnant and I’m not sticking it out either…
Anyway, so if you remember from my previous blog post I decided to go Paleo to reach my health goals – my main one being to get rid of my endometriosis. I was already eating a close to Paleo diet without all the wheat & grains and stuff but just hadn’t upped my fat intake. So the biggest changes I have made have been the increase in saturated fats by introducing coconut oil, macadamia oil, more olive oil, nut butter, more eggs and a slight increase in my meat intake. I don’t have a strict 100% paleo rule as I still like to enjoy the odd drink or 5, and a bacon & egg roll on the weekend doesn’t go astray either! So even with not being “Paleo Perfect” it has obviously been enough to make a difference as not only have I reached a massive milestone I have also noticed a bunch of other stuff with this way of eating too, like…
I feel fuller for longer
I don’t need to eat as much at mealtimes
I don’t get cravings during the day
I don’t need or want for processed and refined carbs or sugars
I only need to eat 3 – 3.5 times a day (breakfast seems to fill me up forever)
I never feel like snacking
I have more energy (didn’t think this was possible for me)
I have more mental focus/clarity
I’ve even dropped a dress size
So as you can imagine I’m pretty impressed with these results and I’m now on a mission to reach my next goal which is to get my cycle to 28 days. At the moment I think it’s at about 20-23 days. So sucky!! I’m on such a mission to get rid of this endometriosis once and for all. I really want to have kids one day and having had miscarriages in the past I really don’t want to go through the heartache of all that ever again. I was told I lost the babies because my womb wasn’t strong & healthy enough to hold onto the pregnancies because of my “out of whack” hormones but who knows right?! It could’ve been anything. Either way I’m not taking any chances I just want my body to be super healthy. Babies or no babies.
So to get to my next goal I’m going to give the Whole30 Program a go. It’s going to be 100% Paleo for 30 days. No 80/20 rules this time *YIKES!!* Yep, 30 days of no processed or refined carbs or sugars at all. No grains. No dairy. No legumes. No alcohol. No white potatoes. Nothing processed whatsoever. Bring on that 28 day cycle and all the other changes I’m sure I’ll see along the way. The Whole30 starts for me in early Jan so will keep you posted on the results.
Ciao for now!
I really only have one major goal in life and that is to get to the ripe old age of “whatever” with a smile on my face, love in my heart and rip snorting health!! Cheesy I know but it’s a true story. Pain, un-happiness and un-health REALLY SUCK and I just don’t want to EVER go back there. So this is the shit that’s really important to me. As they say out of your greatest struggles come your greatest of strengths. All that bad shit happens for a reason right?!
Def: Rip Snorter…. One that is remarkable for strength, intensity, or excellence.
Yep, RIP SNORTING HEALTH! That is what I want…
You see, I don’t care for things and stuff because at the end of the day it’s all just dead stuff! The older I get the happier I become, and the less stuff I have in my life… I mean the only reason we want the things and the stuff is because of the way we think it will make us feel but we can actually have that feeling without all the meaningless stuff…. Another true story!
Anyway the last couple of years have been all about my business.
I’ve worked so friggin hard.
I’ve created something out of nothing.
I’ve made sacrifices in many areas of my life, I’ve gone days without eating or sleeping, I’ve taken chances, I’ve neglected my friends & family, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve failed, I’ve felt completely lost, alienated & alone, I’ve been completely stressed out, there have been times when I just wanted to run away, hide under rock and wished that all of my problems would go away. I’ve been on the verge of losing it all – financially & emotionally. But at the end of the day I’ve won. I’m still here and my business is alive and filled with people that I love. And I have become stronger because of it all. And I know that for as long as I’m in business that I’m going to continue to go through challenge after challenge because if I’m not it means that my business isn’t growing and if my business isn’t growing it is dying. And I never intend on giving up on my business. If I fail I fail. So be it. I am willing to lose it all! But I will never give up! A few years ago I set a goal to never work for someone else ever again and I intend on doing whatever I can to keep that goal.
In saying all that you can see that the last couple of years haven’t really aligned with my “Life Goal”. I admit that I have totally neglected my self, health and sanity!! Quite the hypocrite right?!
Yep telling people to put themselves first when I’m not even doing it myself. So 2012 is going to be different. It is going to be all about me. I am making a promise to myself to put all that is ME before my business and my clients. Sorry gorgeous girls & guys!
I must admit though I’m kinda freaked out by this goal. I mean I’ve spent so long building my business I feel like I’m going to be neglecting it. But in reality if I keep neglecting myself, my business will die in the arse anyway because it’s not something I can sustain long term. I WILL burn out. And deep down I know that if I put myself first I will be able to deal with all those challenges I mentioned above a whole lot better.
So my goal for 2012 is to get out of my head and into my heart and do all the things that will really connect me to my soul…. SO I’ve made a list. Don’t ya just love a list?! Check it out….
Feel the Love!
Find my inner silence
Keep a journal
Get dancing… lots! (Dancing makes me so friggin happy!)
Explore my surroundings more – smell the roses Dicko!
Go camping every 4-6 weeks (diarising NOW!)
Watch the sunrise & sunset more often
Be by the water more often than not (water is a big soul soother for me)
Beach Walks (earth me)
Bush Walks (earth me)
Give MORE – I already give back to the community but I want to give even more and I believe in giving without telling a soul… so you won’t hear any more about this one…
Travelling – this used to be a given before I worked for myself but now it has fallen by the way side so need to get back into it.
Taking photos of things that make me happy (keeps me present)
So this is just some of the stuff that really makes me happy, present and connected to my soul. I’m not going to share EVERYTHING with you!
Now since setting this nice fluffy fu-fu goal I have since read a little book call “The Flinch” and I’ve realised I can’t truly reach LOVE without facing my FEARS! Arrrrrrgh so 2012 is also about facing my big fat fears so I’ve made another list. Fuck I love a list….
In Your Face Fear!
Public Speaking (hope I don’t pee my pants)
Sky Diving (hope I don’t poo my pants)
Bungee Jumping (“)
Run a marathon (hope I don’t fall flat on my face)
Do a big arse triathlon (“)
Learn to ocean swim (hope I don’t drown or get eaten by shark)
Holiday on my own
Shooting videos for my business (I friggin hate being the centre of attention)
Starting another business or 2 (ideas are brewing)
Climb a mountain (shite)
Write a book (WTF)
Now I’m sure I’ll continue to add to this list as time goes by and will update you when I do. I don’t know if I’ll get through all of them this year but I thought I’d just put it out there – the things that I love and the things that either scare the shit out of me or I’ve just never got around to doing.
So what would you really love to achieve in 2012? What would make you REALLY HAPPY? Forget about everyone else. Forget about work. Forget about pleasing everyone else. What do you want for you?
Put yourself first for once in your life… I am!
Love Dicko xxx
It’s that time of the year when everyone starts to think about their New Year’s Resolutions. Every year we write out a list of things we’d like to achieve, have or do and every year some of us seem to have the same thing appear on said list… Lose 5kg, run 5km, save $5k…. Thats a lot of K’s!! Sound familiar? Do you get to the end of the year and wonder why you haven’t achieved all those things you set out to do at the beginning of the year. I know I have been guilty of setting the same goals time and time again.
I must admit I get a bit confused about this whole Goal Setting business. On one hand I’ve been told that my goals must be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timed) and then on the other I’ve been told to dream big and think the impossible. WTF?! So which one is it – nice & conservative or big & hairy?? Who friggin knows…
Well I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s both… or neither.
When it comes down to it there’s really only one thing that matters when it comes to setting goals which is summed up quite nicely in this little quote I once heard…
“The difference between the goals that we achieve and the ones that we don’t is that they weren’t our true hearts desires in the first place”.
So I’ve decided to kick S.M.A.R.T’s arse and come up with a few goal setting rules of my own. These will not only help you to set “Real Goals” but will also help you achieve them. Something S.M.A.R.T. forgot to mention.
Set Goals From The Heart
Someone once said that real success is to spend your life in your own way. When you follow your heart and do the things that you want to do you get to live a life of purpose aligned with who you really are, being true to your own values and beliefs. So many of us set our goals driven from our egos! Especially when it comes to health & fitness. Most people set weight loss goals right? BUT they’re not actually doing it for themselves. I was following a particular weight loss group on FaceBook recently and noticed how many of these women whinge & moan because their friend, collegues, partner, whoever hadn’t commented on their progress. I mean I even hear people complaining that their friends didn’t comment on their new house, car, shoes blah blah blah!! Get a friggin life PLEASE! Do stuff because it’s important to you, not to seek approval from others. This will never make you happy. If you’re not really doing it for you, you will never make it and if you do you won’t stay there. Stop! Let go of your ego. Put your hand on your heart and ask yourself “Is this really what I want?” And when you achieve your goal will you be so happy on the inside you won’t even think about seeking approval from others. Look into yourself and know the difference between looking for support and looking for approval.
Get Busy Planning & Organising
I know you’ve heard it before but it’s true when they say it’s all in the planning and preparation. When you plan for success it makes all of the other steps so much easier. So write out your goals, put together an action plan and get yourself organised. Yes this stuff takes time and yes there will be times when you just can’t be arsed doing things like cooking your meals the night before but if you don’t you’ll be caught out and stressed out!
I’m going to blunt here (ha! not like me at all right ) but if there is something you really want to achieve you need to toughen up and just do it! As Napolean Hill put it – don’t give in to negative influences, without doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people. So suck it up and don’t expect people to take on your goals just to make it easier for you. These are YOUR GOALS. No one elses. End of story!
Discipline really is one of the greatest strengths you could ever master.
Or as I like to say create momentum and keep on moving forward. Someone once told me that momentum is like trying to push a boulder up a hill. If you take small steps and never stop you begin to create momentum, yeah it’s really hard to begin with but once you get it up that hill it’s all downhill from there. But if you stop even for a second that big arse boulder is going to send you right back to the bottom of the hill where you have to start all over again. This metaphor just made so much sense to me so I hope it works for you too. Just remember small steps people!
We all rush around with our busy lifestyles, stuck in our heads and doing most things on auto pilot these days. I mean when was the last time you stopped and really “felt” your way through a situation? Lets take eating for example – do you smell your food before you put it in your mouth, feel the texture on your tongue, actually chew your food properly and savour all the flavours from that one mouthful? Or are you so focused on just shoving that next spoonful into your mouth you completely missed the whole event? When you start living in the present moment you get to enjoy life a whole lot more and you may even find a few things that you actually don’t enjoy that you do on a regular basis purely because it’s now just a habit… This one is pretty powerful and may just help you get rid of your vices.
Surround Yourself with Love & Support
Unfortunately we don’t always get the love and support we need from the people closest to us. A lot of the time they are the ones who say we’ll never make it. Sad but true! So get out and find yourself an amazing support network. Find a bunch of people who will cheer you on and be there for you no matter what. This is so easy now with the internet – we can connect with people anywhere and everywhere. When I first started my business I had no one – even those closest to me beat me down and told me to go get a real job! So I surrounded myself with like minded people – I got myself a business coach, I had a life coach and I conntected with other personal trainers, mentors and fitness professionals and I found most of these people on FaceBook. I owe FaceBook big time because without these people I would never have made it.
Make 2012 the year that you make shit happen because you decided to live your life on your terms. Enjoy & good luck!
Lots of love
I have put together a list of fun & challenging things for us to do next year so here is a quick look at what you have to look forward to for 2012. Please pencil these dates into your diary, invite your friends and family of choice – the more the merrier!! But please note these may change due to weather conditions or any other unforeseen circumstances. Full information for each event will be provided at least 3-4 weeks prior to the event.
For those of you who are keen to join me in the SMH Half Marathon in May I will be training for this pretty much every Sunday from end Jan/early Feb. I will provide you with full information of when & where I’ll be training so be sure to come and join me as we progressively increase our distance & intensity from week to week. I will also be looking at swimming training for the Triathlon in October so will let you know as soon as I’ve figured something out.
It is going to be a FUN year ahead and I look forward to sharing it with you all!!
Fun Stuff for 2012
Sun 22nd Jan – Lawn Bowls
Sat 4th Feb – Real Life Fitness “Resolution Party”
Sat 11th Feb – Warrior Dash, Glenworth Valley, Peats Ridge
Sun 4th Mar – Kayaking, Spit Bridge
Sat 31st Mar – Surprise Social Event
Sun 29th Apr – Blue Mountains Walk
Sun 20th May – SMH Half Marathon (21.1km)
Sat 7th Jul – Surprise Social Event
Sat 28th Jul – Indoor Rock Climbing
Sun 12th Aug – City To Surf
Sun 16th Sep – Sydney Running Festival
Oct – Team Pinkie Women’s Triathlon
Tues 6th Nov – Melbourne Cup Luncheon
24th Nov – Real Life Fitness “Christmas Party”
Ok so I’ve been hearing heaps about this Paleo way of eating for about 6 months or so now but wasn’t quite ready for it when I first found out about it. Although I don’t eat a lot of refined or processed carbs I just couldn’t quite get my head around eating meat & fats for brekky…. eeewww!!
Anyway… since then I’ve been following a group on FaceBook called The Fat Files who have inspired me to give it a go with all their recipes and great information about the Paleo way of life. Basically the Paleo Diet or Caveman Diet is all about eating real, natural foods like meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts and cutting out things like dairy, sugar, grains and legumes. Check out this article for the full run down The 15 Rules of The Paleo Diet.
Now I don’t intend on being a full-on square bear and eating only Paleo 7 days a week. Where’s the fun in that right! So I’m allowing myself to eat and drink whatever the hell I like when I go out for dinner or have a night out. Besides it’s party season and I’m a big believer in the 80/20 rule! If I don’t see the results I’m looking for then I will tighten things up.
Speaking of results my number one reason for doing this is purely for my health. My big fat goal is to completely eradicate my Endometriosis as I know it’s still hanging around a bit and also get rid of my period pains. I used to have horrible pain for about 3 weeks of my cycle before I cut out wheat, dairy and most other grains but now I’ve got it down to about 24 hours. I’m not doing this to lose weight or change my body shape. I’m actually extremely comfortable in my own skin and feel very sexy with the way I look. In saying that though I know that my body fat percentage will drop considerably and I’ll really tone up so I’m going to take before and after shots so that you can see my progress. Now I’m not one for posting near naked shots of myself on the interwebs so I’m really stepping out side of my comfort zone with this one…. Eeeeeeekkk!! I’m even posting my before shots before I get to the otherside…. aaaarrrrgh!! Be brave Dicko – ok here goes…
I don’t intend on taking measurements or weighing myself that’s just not who I am. And I don’t need big guns or six-pack abs. For me it’s all about how I feel, my energy levels and how healthy I am (as in lack of colds, flu, viruses, pain etc). There’s nothing quite like feeling strong, confident in my body and so freakin energised that half the time I can’t keep up with myself
Now in terms of my exercise I usually workout 3 times a week with a one hour PT Session with my trainer and then I do two 20-30 minute training sessions a week on my own. I try and get a 5km run in too. Although I don’t do a scheduled workout every day I am moving around heaps during the day with my clients. I don’t believe you need to “workout” every day, 3-4 times a week is more than enough. But you do need to be exercising every day which can be stuff like walking, dancing, swimming, getting out in the surf, gardening, SEX! You know just MOVING!! Just make sure you’re moving for at least an hour a day which is only like 4% of the day.
Anyway I’m off to a dance class now but stay tuned as I’ll be making a Video Blog (if I ever figure out how to use this damn iMovie) of my Workouts and Diet so you can see just how simple it is to incorporate healthy living into a busy lifestyle.
Over & Out!