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Keto OS – the best product I’ve tried

I called into see Amanda Allen at CrossFit Byron Bay and she was telling meabout a new product she had started taking called Keto OS.  Amanda openly shares about her journey with Depression and was explaining how it was helping her feel better.  I was sceptical.  I don’t usually get involved with products like this, however her testimony intrigued me and I decided to try a 10 day trial pack.  The price threw me off, it was more expensive than I would have liked.  So, I took my 10 sachets and started taking one right then and thereketo

I got to the end of the following and week and was asking myself if this product was helping me … I had had the busiest week – doing the Masters Qualifiers, my daughters 16th birthday and birthday party, working 3 days for my husband, and getting all my training done (2 hours a day)  I realised I had coped really well, wasn’t tired, hadn’t had a nervous breakdown … I started thinking that maybe there was something going on.  As I paid more attention, I realised I was sleeping less … and better.  Actually waking by myself in the morning … can’t remember the last time an alarm clock hadn’t woken me up (I’m usually so tired from training) my recovery was really good … I was squatting heavy and feeling fine the next day.  I had heaps moketopoints (2)re energy throughout the day … where normally I am the queen of napping, most days I am so tired from training I have to nap after lunch (because I can)  I feel like I have gained hours in my day because I do not need to nap … and am just a lot more productive.  I also feel a lot clearer in my head … and therefore focused and stay on task.

I have learnt so much about this product since starting to use it, and see how many benefits in using it.  I definitely would recommend everyone try it to see how it works for them … if you are interested in trying a trial pack contact me chanelstuck@enjoyjewellery.com.au and I can organise this for you or call me 0412649009

Weightlifter Keyring – Weightlifter Keychain

NEW this week we have added the Weightlifter Keyring or Weightlifter Keychain.  Your choice of either plain or leather keyrings, with a barbell and weightlifter charm.  Perfect for anyone who loves a barbell or lifting heavy.

WILL NOT TARNISH like alot of the cheap crap out on the internet. Unfortunately the cheap crappy charms will tarnish and not wear well.  You will not have this problem here.  Made from good quality stainless steel and/or pewter for longevity.

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Use Your Fitness – Life of Chanel

I was intending on writing this post once we returned from holidays … now it is February and I am trying to find my feet with school back, and routine having kicked back in.familyski

I’ll be honest I was a little concerned about having 2 1/2 weeks off training when I went on holiday.  I love my life and what I do, I love my training … so although I was excited to go on holidays, I knew I would miss it too.  It is really good for your body to have a break from what you do all the time.  And even though I wasn’t lifting weights, I was out behind the boat every day waterskiing, wakeboarding, wake skating and trying new things out.  It was super fun, and I think it is important to “Use Your Fitness”.  chanelwakeHaving a strong, healthy body is awesome, but putting it to use doing fun things is what life is all about.  I think the Christmas break is the perfect time for me to have a refresh and a change of routine.  We were staying on the Murry River and the little town only had a corner store and pub, which was perfect, as I am not very good at relaxing, so it made it easier for me to really enjoy my holiday.chaneski

so … my message is, enjoy your training and exercise … but use it to live and be happy too.  Try new things and enjoy life!  One of my goals this year is to make sure I do more fun things throughout the year that “Use Your Fitness”

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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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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 :-)

 

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

follow my journey on snapchat // fitandstyle

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8 week meal plan with Libby Wescombe

Happy Monday in blogland.

I am excited to start my 8 week eating plan with the fabulous Libby Wescombe today.  I have followed Libby for some time, she is a great crossfitter, and sets a great example to other women.  I follow her on snapchat, and often see her doing her meal preps …  I’ve decided to get on board and give it a crack for 8 weeks.

Everyone has different goals, mine is more energy and build muscle.  I got my youngest to take my before photos this morning (i could have done my hair at least) It is quite confronting having photos taken and then posting them for everyone to see … but I am interested to see the difference after this time.

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even after only the first few meals, I see how important it is to actually measure our food.  I fall into the category and having something to eat and maybe putting my hand back in for another handful, or another cookie … when you actually stick to a program that is set, it is alot easier to be more conscious about the portions.

I am snapchatting my journey every day, so follow along if you are on snap chat … it might help others get motivated to give it a go too.  You can find Libby here   libby

I’ll be honest, I’m hoping my abs decide to show themselves … Libby is my ab motivation :-)

I started the day with a new recipe from Libby I had not tried before – Quinoa and Berries … off to a good start.

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The DO IT – dont quit bracelet is going to be my companion through this journey, as i know how important it is going to be to stay on task.

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find out more about this one here 

 

Fitness Friday – Flossing for Recovery

Regardless of the type of exercise you do, it is unevitable that you will get aches and pains, maybe pull a muscle.  As I am getting older I definitely have to manage the aches and pains, I feel like it is a constant maintenance program.

floss3One of the tools which is really helpful for managing this yourself at home I first head of through Kelly Starret.  It is called “Flossing”.   Basically it uses a band, wrapped around the area creating compression.  floss1Move the area to create blood flow after 90 secs take the band off and the blood flow to the area is increased.  You can find out more about it on Kelly’s website here Mobility WOD   You can floss all areas of your body.  Ankles, knees, calves, quads, forearms, elbows, shoulders …  its really helpful to do before you squat, to get the blood flow to the knees before you get going.  Or if you run, and your calves get a hammering, or your archillies and ankles.floss2

give it a try if you haven’t already, or if you are like me … remember to do it more regularly!

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Fitness Friday – Food Preparation

How often do you hear that it is not so much about the exercise more about the food.  They say it is 80% about the kitchen, which leaves 20% to exercise.http://When I was younger I used to go for a run so I could eat what I wanted.  To a point I could, however … it doesn’t really work that way.  It is a false sense of security.  Thinking, you have exercised for the day therefore you can have that piece of cake …  is not sustainable.   The reason is that as we get older, we need to eat less and the quality and quantity of what we eat becomes more and more important.

I know personally that the food I consume translates to my energy levels also.  If I eat crap, then I will feel crap.  So if I put good food in my body, I operate at a better level. food

To eat well through the week takes some organisation.  It makes the most amount of sense to do your meal preparation on the weekend, when you have time to organise yourself.  By preparing your meals for the week means you are planning out a good road of eating.  It is much easier staying to a plan when you have one set in place.  So start with working out what you are going to eat.  Shop and get the ingredients needed, then get to preparing.  It saves time through the week, takes the guess work out of it, and keeps you on track.foodprep

So if you don’t already, give it a try and see how your week goes.  Make sure to check the blog for recipes.

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