ITS BEEN A BUSY AND LAZY NEW YEAR.

SORRY, that I’ve been MIA for the last couple of weeks.
The new year has been a crazy time.
I really need to get over this “holiday” mode and get back into it.

2013 is going to be the best year ever.
BRING IT.

Thanks for reading and happy training.

misspiggie

ROAD BLOCK

I’ve hit a road-block recently (the last week or so). For some unknown reason, I’ve lost all motivation to exercise. It felt like, I was so motivated for ages that I used it all up and it’s not longer there.
Now when I exercise, I have to really push myself to do it, which I’m not enjoying.
I hope that it may be because of the “silly season” and that my mind thinks that I’d rather be having festivities than sweating it out at the gym.
Fingers crossed I get my motivation back. Because I don’t want to give up on my dream!

Thanks for reading and happy training

Piggie x

CROW POSE

In yoga class yesterday I attempted to do the crow pose, which only resulted in me falling face forward towards the mat. Epic fail I tell you.
But you know what that means. I MUST TRY HARDER! Just because I failed at something, doesn’t mean I will be give up. I see it as an opportunity for me to try harder and be better.
Wish me luck!

Have you tried the crow pose before? How did you go? Let me know your tips and hints.

Thanks for reading and happy training

Piggie

PUSH YOURSELF

Let me tell you a story.
Yesterday I was in a bit of a funk. I was tired, the weather was crap and I just didn’t wanna do anything.
The whole day I kept trying to make up excuses to not exercise, but the more excuses I made (I’m too tired, it’s raining, I CBF, etc…) the sillier I felt. I realised that I’m not cheating anyone but myself.
No one is going to discipline me for not training or exercising. But I know that I would have let myself down because of laziness.
So I thought, fuck it. I’m already tired and drained, I’ll just go to boxing class and be done with it.
And you know what? I didn’t die or faint, yes I was extremely tired and sore and exhausted but class made me so pumped and motivated, I absolutely loved it.
So what I’m trying to say is, you can make up as many excuses as you want for not training, but you’re only lying to yourself.
So just do it, you’re never going to regret a workout!

Thanks for reading and happy training

Piggie

Never compare

I’m a newbie at the gym and I get a little shy and nervous when I’m doing my training. (It’s something that I need to work on)
It could be anything from running, doings weights to jump rope, I always try to find a little corner where I could possible hide and not be seen by others.
Today was a little difficult, there were a lot of people at the gym, so finding my little corner was impossible.
But I didn’t want to let my fear ruin my work out, so I just got on with it.
I took out my jump rope and skipped in the middle of the gym. A little nervous because I felt like people were judging me and thinking to themselves, ‘oh that girl looks silly, she can’t skip’
BUT what happened next, took me by surprise, one of the guys training near by said to his trainer ‘I wish I could skip like that…’
OMFG
I guess in a way, it made me feel more confident and realised that I should never try to compare myself with others.
I should just do my own thing and go by my own pace. I don’t need to be the fastest or strongest, as long as I’m doing it!

Thanks for reading and happy training!

Piggie

boxing, who knew…

Who knew that boxing can be so fkn fantastic…???

I just got back from my first ever boxing class and I AM PUMPED!

Don’t get me wrong, it was so hard, I thought I might not make it but I guess the pain motivated me (oddly enough!)

And I’m super happy that I didn’t get bashed in the face! WOOOOO!

 

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

I know that I will be in pain for the next couple of days, but it will be worth it.

If you’ve never tried boxing before, I recommend it!

Piggie

It’s not worth it

You know what I hate…?
I HATE CRAVINGS. I always get these cravings for bad food. I’m lucky I’m not addicted to soft drink, or that would just be another thing I need to overcome.

My vices are: chocolate; lollies; fried food; crisp; tim tams and cake x 10000000 (I really like cake).

I’ve been finding it hard to control these cravings and going cold turkey on them. I’ve found that when I do quit suddenly, I end up bingeing more down the track.

A way that works for me is that I don’t cut these food out completely, however I can’t just eat as much as I want, whenever I want anymore.
I have set a limit for myself with how much I can have and that way, I find I don’t go crazy and binge.

I’ve noticed that because I don’t eat as much of these food as I used to, the cravings have started to died down a bit. It’s still haunting me, but I find that I don’t crave as much as I used to!
So it is true, the less of these food you eat, the less likely you’ll crave for them.

I just hope that one day I will no longer crave for them at all!

Also, if you slip up and binge, don’t give up. Get back on the wagon the following day. One bad day should not stop you from achieving your goals. Get back on it!

Thanks for reading and happy training!

Piggie

Finding the perfect shoe

I’m not talking about your everyday shoes or your killer heels, I’m talking about your running/training shoes. It’s so important to have the right support for your feet.

I used to think ‘why would I spend hundreds of dollars on trainers when my sneakers can do just fine…’ Oh my, the horror in my stupidity. Looking back, I’m lucky that I didn’t tip, or badly injure myself.

Feet are so important, yet they never really get the recognition that they deserve. But that aside, what I’m trying to say is, shoes are important.

Finding the right shoe to wear whilst training can make all the difference and minimise injuries (which is something I’m prone to!)

I came across this infographic recently and thought it was a good start on how to pick your running shoes.

Let me know what you think and if you’ve had any horror shoe stories.

Thanks for reading and happy training!

Piggie

That’s not how you do it.

Image source: fitsugar.com

So, I’ve discovered that I’ve been doing most of my weight-training incorrectly. What a way to a quick and nasty injury!!
All this time, no-one at the gym has said anything to me, maybe it was them minding their own business or they didn’t know how to correctly train either.

In the short time that I’ve started training, I’ve come to realise that there are some tips on how to minimise injury during a weight-training work-out. I wished that someone would had told me before I started.

How are my tips:

ALWAYS WARM UP
You can not go straight to the barbells when you hit the gym, you need to warm up first. 5 – 10 mins on the treadmill will warm up your muscles nicely before you get into weight-training.

DON’T TAKE ON MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE
I’m sure everyone has done this before, you think you can handle a lot, when in fact you can only handle a little. You need to work your way up. Start small (but not too small that it’s easy), it still needs to be challenging for you. I tend to go by the rule: 8 reps x 3 sets, if I’m able to do this without struggle then I need to add more weight. Keep adding more weight every time you find that it gets too ‘easy’.

STAND IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR
I used to think ‘OMG – only vain people stand in front of mirrors whilst working out’ but in theory, it’s a great way to see if you’re actually doing it correctly. It’s also a great way to monitor your progress.

MAKE SURE YOU ALWAYS HAVE YOUR BACK STRAIGHT
If you’re starting a new work-out, read up on it and watch youtube videos on how to correctly do the exercise. There’s no benefit in doing it incorrectly and it will only lead to injury.

That’s all the tips that I can think of at the moment. Hit me up if you can think of others.

Also, please note that these tips work for me and but may not work for others.

Thanks for reading and happy training!

Piggie