Cherry Ripe Balls from Libby Wescombe

Tis the season.

This is the time of the year that is most challenging to eat well.  I have been struggling myself with functions and parties going on.  I believe in ballance, and not being OCD … everyone has different opinions on this.

Libby Wescombe has shared this yummy recipe of Cherry Ripe Balls which is delicious and also fits in with the macros we follow in her eating plan.  This plan has worked so well for me, I was so excited she passed this on.

Enjoy giving them a try and have a great festive season.cheeryripeballs
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Enjoy!

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Panpacs 2016 Fitness Challenge

In 2014 my first individual CrossFit competition was the Pan Pacific Masters Games Fitness Challenge.  My training buddy Robyn had signed up to do it and talked me into doing it with her.

The Pan Pacs are every 2 years, so this year it was time to re-visit it.  I have been training for the past 6 months building up to it as an individual competition.  It scared me and made me excited at the same time.  Its scary to comit to something, because it pushes you outside of your comfort zone … it would be much easier to not do it.  It is a 3 day event, with 9 workouts over the this time.  As much as it scared me to think about it, I am a goal orientated person, so having a goal makes me focus and keep my training on point. I did this over the year.

Coming into this years competition, I felt much more ready.  It was timely that my sister gave me a book called the Kindness Pack.  It talks about not comparing yourself to others, and about doing your best … because it is about your journey.  This is the outlook I have had coming into this competition.  It helped me settle my nerves, as last time I was so nervous I felt sick the whole week before.  This made me not enjoy the process so much, so this time it has been alot more fun.  I was still nervous – however I have learnt how important it is to have nerves as they are part of the process of getting your body ready to compete.done

Day 1 started with a 1RM Snatch.  I will be honest and say I have done a lot of work on my lifting, and have been a little frustrated that my numbers especially with Snatch have not moved very much.  I know there are some reasons for this, however when you work hard it is still frustrating.  Gary told me the night before I was going to get a PB, and he was right.  I lifted 57kg for my snatch … I was elated about this.  So it was a good start to the competition.  We had 4 workouts the first day, so it was a heavy duty day.  They were tough workouts too.  Luckily Movement   were at the event.  So I was lucky enough to see them each day for massages … this was such a blessing.ppmg1Day 2 we had 2 workouts, both pretty tough workouts – however, it was so nice having the afternoon off and being able to have extra recovery time

What is so cool about doing something like this is the people you get to meet, new friends you make.  Its about the people.  I am lucky to have made so many cool friends in this sport, and this weekend I get to see lots of them and have a good laugh.

Going into Day 3 the body is always tired.  3 workouts to go and the first of the day is a tough one.

Eating well and hydration is super important throughout the event, so you can recover for the next workout.  I have been following Libby Wescombe’s eating plan for the past 10 weeks, and it has helped me get prepared.  It has worked really well for my energy and performance, so I prepared all of my food before I came.  This was so perfect as I didn’t have to think about what I was doing.cleanladder

Day 3 I had a pretty substantial lead, which really took the pressure off.  Although I was nervous about the clean ladder, as I knew I could not clean 85 kg, so I knew i was not going to finish it.  Therefore I decided to go as hard as I could early on, and suffer the consequences with my heart rate.  This plan worked … and even though I did not finish the ladder, I was still able to win the event.

I was thrilled to finish the 3 day event with another Gold Medal.  Back to back gold medals in my age group … was a great feeling.  It was a super fun 3 days, with awesome people, great workouts that tested us and beautiful weather.  The location was spectator friendly.  gold

I really love what I do  … so being able to set a goal, then head along and enjoy the process was really great.  Competiting definitely is a different dimension to training, and you have to enjoy the process of competitng as it pushes you out of your comfort zone.  This is where I learn the most about myself though.  So now its time to re-group, re-focus … as I know I am much more motivated if I have a goal in mind.  The CrossFit Open will be starting the end of Feb … time to get back into it.

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if you have someone who needs a little bit of motivation to keep their goals on track, a perfect Christmas gift may be something from www.enjoyjewellery.com.au    pick something that is meaningful to what they are working towards, or create something specific for them.  Surrounding ourselves with positivity and motivation is super important … this is a great way to do so

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Homemade Body Butter using Essential Oils

I’m always keen to share a cool recipe when I find one, this time it is for body butter.  I personally love using RXD Repair’s Thermo Magnesium body butter for my aches and pains after training, and for recovery … however, it is nice to make your own also.

Here is a recipe from Young Living where I get my essential oils from.

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this gives you the option of adding whichever oils you particularly love.  If you wanted to make a sports blend to help with muscles and aches, i would add peppermint, pan away, lavender.  If you wanted to make a blend that is for relaxing you could add lavender, stress away and/or joy.  Its actually pretty cool, you can make so many different versions depending on which type of oil you add.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favourite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
3. Stir in essential oils.
4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
6. Massage into dry skin!

enjoy trying your own out.

 

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Pan Pacs Masters Games Round 2 – Lets do this!

I competed in my first individual CrossFit event in 2014, it was the Pan Pacs Masters Games – a 3 day event at the Gold Coast.  It was a great experience and I got to meet lots of great people and test myself. allstarsDoing individual events is nerve racking.  It pushes me outside of my comfort zone … there is no where to hide in an individual comp.  Its just YOU … and last time I did get very nervous beforehand.  The week before was especially stressful.  This time, I feel like I have trained hard, and consistently.  I have been involved in some great team comps this year … which has been great preparation.  I have also had some great advice that has been helpful in the lead up.

ropesWith one week to go until game time I feel alot more relaxed and confident.  I have a plan in place to follow for the following week, and I am starting to get myself organised.

I have done the work, now its time to enjoy the comp and see what I can do.  comfort-zone1

So, even though it can feel uncomfortable – its a good idea to push outside of your comfort zone.  It gives your training purpose, and gives you something to work for. I look forward to blogging about this event … I better remember to take some pics :-)

 

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Kristy wins Survivor – Be Yourself, Back Yourself

Our family watched the Australian Survivor which had its final episode last week.  It is an interesting experiment of having many different personalities together, doing challenges and making aliances.  It came down to Lee and Kristy in the final, and I will be honest … I didn’t think that Kristy was going to be the winner.  However, she was the Sole Survivor and stayed true to her convictions.  I will give it to her, she was consistant and stayed true to who she is and stood by her word.

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This month I have put Kristy’s quote onto a charm.  It is a charm I believe is fairly universal and applies to everyone.  For the month of November you can grab the white marble silver bracelet with Be Yourself Back Yourself charm.

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Find out more here

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Brisbane Fitness and Health Expo 2016

Loved heading to the Brisbane Fitness & Health Expo 2016 yesterday.  One of my friends was lifting in a weightlifting competition, so I was excited to watch her.  She did a great job and lifted really well getting 2 PB’s.  Weightlifting is a hard sport, it has alot of pressure and there were many people there, which increases the nerves.

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It is always interesting seeing what is at the show.  So many different things to check out … fashion, supplements, equipment, people.  There were lifting compeitions, body building competitions, weightlifting, workouts, personalities ….   well worth going and checking it all out.inba

I met up with Stephanie, who I follow and have been in touch with on instagram @stephfitmum  She has one of the Fit & Style bracelets – a fit mum bracelet, as she has two little ones.

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you can find the fit mum bracelets here

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F45 Strong Bracelet

New today on the website for all our F45 friends, a F45 bracelet just for F45.  Now you can “Wear Your Passion” even when you have done your work for the day … or maybe it will give you motivation to make sure you get to your F45 class after work.

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choose your colour leather

and the charms that speak to you

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find out more here

 

 

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Breast Cancer Bracelet for October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to get on board the Fitness Infinity Bracelet will be available this month in PINK leather.  $5 from each bracelet will go towards Breast Cancer to help fight the battle.

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I was 16 when my aunty died from breast cancer, and back then I did not know of anyone else who had it … now I could probably name 6 or 8 people who I actually know personally who have battled this illness. The more we remind each other to do constant checks and help spread awareness hopefully we will be able to get on top of it.  breastcancer

I have added a Breast Cancer bracelet for this month also … it has the breast cancer ribbon charm and Believe In Yourself or Never Give Up charm … some wrist inspo for someone who is/has battled this illness. Find out more here 

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Eating Plan Update

I had every intention of blogging weekly my journey with my eating plan, sometimes being a mum of 3, running a business, training CrossFit and running a house I do not keep on top of everything.  I guess this is one of those times.  School holidays especially tip me over, as I try to balance enjoying having my kids home and my normal responsibilities.

So school is back, I am trying to catch up with getting my newsletter out (which is a week late) … and finally a blog about what is happening – I can hardly believe it’s the 5th week … seems to have gone fast.

The first week on the program was new and exciting, and I got into it with gusto … what I have learnt is that the more organised I am, the better the eating goes.  The plan Libby made for me is based on macros and I’ll be honest, I don’t understand how all that works, which is why following the plan is even easier – as I don’t have to worry about that part of it.

I have noticed quite a difference in my energy, and my performance with training.  I have had a few times of hunger – mainly at night. I guess I usually don’t allow myself to be hungry.  I found it quite easy to stay on track, until this week.  The weekend before last we had functions on every night, so I fell off the wagon – I got back on track this week, although … I am not sure if its hormones at play, or just having a hiccup in the program that has thrown me off. I have stuck to the program this week, it has been more challenging –  I have found my motivation to be testing me.  I guess we have to stay realistic that it will not always be easy …

here are the comparisons from day 1 until this morning – which will be 6 weeks  (still find it confronting posting these) hair out are the photos taken today, hair up are day 1

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I have just competed at Allstars this past weekend (I actually started writing this post last week and didn’t get it finished) so I will need to sit and plan the week out and get organised as I couldn’t on the weekend.

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remember to grab some wrist inspo here, like Robyn … a great way to keep goals on track.  Find out more here

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Time to get on with this Monday … so much to do this week.  Eldest daughter turns 18, so its going to be a busy week.  Hope your Oct is off to a good start …. and have an awesome Monday. xxx

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Libby Wescombe’s Raw Protein Choc Bars

As I have shared, I am doing an eating plan with the lovely Libby Wescombe.  She has kindly shared her Raw Protein Choc Bars so you can all give them a try too.  I am learning alot about food following this plan.  Mainly serving sizes and the difference in choices I make.raw

This is a sweet treat.  It is a treat though, so you have to be aware of the serving sizes.

Raw Protein Chocolate Bars

  • 2/3 cup almond meal
  • 2/3 cup finely desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup dates chopped finely
  • 2 scoops natural chocolate flavour protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk

Process dates in food processor (or finely chop) Combine the almond meal, coconut, dates, cocao and protien powder in a medium bowl and mix together.  Add coconut oil and almond milk and mix until well combined.  Pat down firmly into baking tray and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until slice is firm.  Cut into pieces – Makes 14

Macro breakdown:

Protein 6g, Carbs 9g, Fat 8g

If you want to find out more about Libby’s Eatercise program I am following, find out more here

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