Dream Team Challenge – Day 8

.. and I’ve already had to play catch up…

Let’s pretend we are on Day 8..

Today our challenge was visualize what we wanted to achieve in this challenge and beyond.  If you don’t have dreams and aspirations, you will struggle to move forward in life.  It’s that simple. Everyone has dreams.  Whether it’s to have the perfect job, perfect husband or perfect abs.

Today it was all about the abs for me. The rest of my body is shaping up real nice! (Even if I do say so myself)  I want them and I know how to achieve them.  However, I currently am not committed enough in my eating to get them.  It’s as simple as that.  Abs are made in the kitchen and my kitchen ain’t making abs at the moment.

I’ve got to get my brain into some serious “game face” mode and think about food as fuel for my body and not just something for me to indulge in.  I love food as much as the next person; I’m just not nourishing my body with the right food in order to achieve my goal.  I’m working my ass off (literally!) and then I come home and destroy it by eating the wrong foods.

There aren’t no maybes, because maybes always mean no.  There is no “I’ll try” because that’s indecisive and not committed.  There is only “YES” and “I WILL”.

#conquer
C. xx

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Dream Team Challenge – Day 7

Today is the end of the first week of our new 30 Day Dream Team. 

I’ll be honest, I could have been more committed to eating better today.  I didn’t have a good day.  However, because I didn’t have a good day, doesn’t mean I can’t finish off the week good. 

I went to the gym and trained legs tonight which was good.  I pb’d my deadlift @ 65.4kg tonight. SO HAPPY! It’s slowly inching up in weight which is awesome.  I’ve also finished work for the week until Monday. YAY! 

Jade hosted a live feed today on Facebook where she spoke about a lot of things, but one in particular drew her attention and she set us our daily task as the following:

WHAT IS INTERMITTENT FASTING?

We were required to post one fact or comment so others can learn its benefits.  In our little team, we like to call them “Cleanse Days”.  Literally doing a cut and paste from the thread there are some benefits of including fasting days in your regime.  (Please consult a health care professional before just jumping into not eating for 2 days straight)

  • Proteins start to be broken down and old cells get cleared out. All the junk goes. 
  • Help with sparing and preserving muscle tissue (lean mass)
  • While weight loss or weight maintenance is seen as a primary benefit from intermittent fasting, the practice has demonstrated efficacy for reducing abdominal fat (visceral fat) and, as a result, an improvement in insulin sensitivity and overall cardiovascular health.

These are only a couple of benefits.  I cleanse to restart my system.  Sometimes is easy, some times it’s not but all the time, it’s worth it.

I’d you want to find out more, hit me up with comment or send me an email at enquiries@candiceashley.com.au

I almost fell asleep again so I am going to leave it here.  Goodnight eveyone.

#conquer
C. xx

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Image by Jade Lee Mind Body Transformations

Dream Team Challenge – Day 1

Today, we as a team, #teamjlmbt or #jadesdreamteam started our 30 day challenge.  It’s not just about fitness or just about eating healthy, it’s abour a full body transformation and cleanse.

To keep me accountable, I did say I would post up what I ate.. The good with the bad..

Breakfast – Pro-Oats (oats, milk, water, protein powder)
Mid morning snack – Cashew caramel protein bar
Lunch – Rye sandwich with chicken, avocado, lettuce and beetroot
Afternoon snack – 2 pieces 70% dark chocolate, chocolate protein shake and 1/2 mug of coffee
Before gym – Pre-work Power and Eshot
Post-workout – Post-work Recover and 1 scoop protein powder
Dinner – Steak and salad with orange & balsamic dressing
After dinner – Lemon Chobani yoghurt

That seems like a lot of food however, I am actually still hungry.  I absolutely demolished my workout tonight.  I was feeling alright going into it besides the ongoing headache.  It did take me a while to get into the right mindset during my fitness test but I got there.

Today’s daily task for the dream team was to go for a run and post a selfie photo and/or your time.  There was a great response from those dedicated to the 30 day challenge.  There was no set limits on how long you had to run for or how far you travelled – criteria just said run. In my fitness test tonight I had a 1km run as quickly as I could manage. My previous effort was 5.13 which isn’t too shabby for me.  I’ve been training pretty hard this last month so I definitely knew I could beat that time.  I did come in at 4.46 this time round.  Couldn’t be more happy to cut almost half a minute off my time.  Sub 4.30 is looking great for the end of 30 days.

After the fitness test, I had a Chest, Triceps & Shoulders PT session with Jade. Got some pretty decent PB’s.  Bench pressed with 15kg dumbbells for multiple sets  which I was really happy about.

I am absolutely knackered now and I’m almost falling asleep typing this.  Tomorrow brings another day, another task, another challenge and more opportunities to get better.

#Conquer
C. xx

Pre 30 Day Challenge Post.

Tomorrow brings around a 30 Day Spring challenge I will be completing with Jade Lee Mind Body Transformations.

Let’s back track a couple of steps.  I’m posting again.  For how long? Who knows… Hopefully this full 30 day challenge to start with.  I always say it… I miss posting and writing and I miss leaving all my worries on this virtual diary. I miss you guys. Life just gets in the way and sometimes it takes a while for you to find your way back.

ANYHOO!

30 Day Fitness & Health Challenge

I’m only 1 week off finishing my 16 week challenge and that has been a struggle over the last 6 weeks.  I’ve had a number of things go on and I’m almost off the wagon but I’m much more in front that behind, which is a positive.  Tomorrow will help jump start me for the next 16 week challenge.

Why am I posting a pre-challenge post? Jade was asking all the participants in the challenge tonight, what are our goals and what are we putting in place right now that will help achieve our first 7 day goal?

My goals for this 30 days are:
Build more lean muscle in my upper body and maintain my lower body
Execute 5 unassisted pullups
Execute 20 knuckle/toe pushups in a row

What am I doing to make sure I achieve my first 7 day goal? What is my first mini goal? Do I have a 7 day goal? Not yet but I have until tomorrow to work it out.  I have the long term ones worked out. To make sure I’m on track for all my goals is get my nutrition right.  No deviating off the meal plan. Stick to the meal plan! REPEAT; stick to the meal plan! That is going to be my struggle but I will do it.  It’s only 30 days.  That can be my 7 day goal.  The last thing I am going to do is make myself accountable by posting on here with my daily task that Jade has assigned for the day and what I ate all day.  I don’t want to let myself down but I think I get more disappointed when I let others down.

Tomorrow is my fitness test and weigh/measure/photos.  Those will be a little scary but numbers are just numbers.  They don’t always take into account muscle or beauty or strength.

Don’t forget to follow me on instagram @candicelancaster for more challenge updates, fitness posts and every day life fun!

La Love,
C.

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