Pure Elite Bodybuilding Transformation

2017 where on earth have you been hiding? It seems the new year has crept up all of a sudden and that’s another 365 days gone in the blink of an eye. This year is going to be a pretty monumental milestone for me because I’ll be turning 30 in October 2017 and I’m either due a mid-life crisis or seriously failing at life, I can’t quite decide. I’ve been a single parent for four years now as the days tick past between working out, raising my two children – Millisent 9yrs and Gabriele 4yrs – writing, modelling and shooting TV shows. But this is the year I will officially become an adult, it’s time to kiss goodbye to my tender twenties and start that uphill walk towards forty. FML!

Pure Elite 2017

My Fitness Journey To Pure Elite 2017

I always thought I’d have life sussed by thirty, married with kids, a token puppy and somewhat on my way to becoming a millionaire or at the very least contemplating early retirement from my third holiday home. Alas sometimes life doesn’t quite work out like they tell you in the movies, sometimes no matter how hard you try you don’t break ground or make the progress you deserve. Yes there have been spanners in the works – total understatement – but every mistake, obstacle and issue along the way has been a valuable lesson and life experience that has made me a far stronger, more patient and capable person which I am truly grateful of. I guess what I’m trying to say is when faced with opportunity in life we should seize the day and hold onto it with both hands.

Pure Elite is the fastest growing bikini, fitness and muscle model competition in Europe; a cross between beauty pageantry and traditional bodybuilding, the contest showcases athletes and models from across the world as they compete for prizes and the coveted titles and trophies for each category from bikini to tattoo, mum’s who lift and bodybuilding. It’s open to the public and any age and body type can enter as no experience is necessary so with it being my first time competing I hope that blogging my progress and journey will push me to transform my body and smash my fitness goals. At present I’m a size UK8 vegan, slim but not skinny and I love cardio, typically running between 5-20km 4-5 times a week at the gym as a warm up before my endurance workout of 3×15 pull-ups and 3×15 leg presses. My aim is to feel fit and have bags of energy because I lead a hectic lifestyle, am always on the go and like to play with my children, carry shopping bags and maintain my flexibility. I wouldn’t say I’m particularly muscular but I have firm thighs and my glutes are pretty peachy in leggings although I’ve got a bit of a bingo wing situation when I wave as my triceps have always hated me.

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Becoming A Young Mother Taught Me Self Discipline

Being vegan I’m on iron tablets to combat anaemia and as I never liked dairy as a child due to turning vegetarian at the age of five I’ve suffered from weak bones for which I took medication but stopped in my teens. My elbows have always felt weak but my knees are pretty resilient, yet it’s never been my aim to lift weights or be butch or muscular, so for the show I need to flip my training on its head completely and push my body to the limits to become as strong and defined as possible. Food wise I eat a lot of calories as each cardio session can burn anywhere between 200-800kcal a time before I consider weights or the rest of the day that I spend running around so I typically eat between 2,000-3,000kcal a day as it is. I love food and although I eat my seven-a-day in fruit, vegetables, rice, nuts and seeds my portion sizes are ridiculously big and I’m always eating or thinking about eating. My meals satisfy me and I’d never starve myself because I’d be the moodiest person on the planet without food, I can’t focus or function properly when I’m hungry, I just enjoy taste, texture and experimenting with flavours so much that my appetite has no off-switch and even after my evening meal I can keep on snacking all night until I go to bed without feeling sick or bloated.

Tracy Kiss Body StatsAnd speaking of sleep, or rather my lack of, I think the dark circles under my eyes sum up my sleep pattern nicely – I don’t have one! I rush around like a headless chicken all day whilst the children are at school and I’m working out, working, travelling or running errands. Yet with over 2million social media followers my phone rings constantly, my inboxes are flooded day and night, my email enquiries could easily reach China if printed off and laid end to end as there’s just one of me and no help or management so I find myself desperately playing catch up each evening when the children go to bed at 7pm yet I rarely break even by midnight before the next days enquiries and comments come through. As such I find it difficult to switch off, I’m an incredibly light sleeper with a small bladder so I’m up several times a night and that’s without checking on the children or tending to snotty noses, poorly tummies, school friends sleeping over or my elderly dog barking at 3am for yet another garden break or dog bone – I guess we all get cravings! Sometimes I wake up in the morning more tired than before I went to bed and other times I wake up like a newborn lamb. Despite what day of the week it is my schedule never lets up because nobody else can do it for me so I get on with it, put up with it and pride myself on keeping my days structured, efficient and everything in place because a clean and tidy home is the key to happy and well-behaved children.

My lack of sleep, vegan diet and busy lifestyle goes against my new fitness goals at the moment but I’m determined to work my way around it because if I’m training hard then I’m hopefully of a blissful sleep coma and muscle recovery each night when I throw myself into bed. I adore pea and hemp protein so I’m sure I can build enough muscle by upping my intake and I already take on 2litres of water a day thanks to my giant water bottle. I’m also looking into finding management which will hopefully filter out my social requests so that I can focus on working without distraction. Last year I qualified as a personal trainer completing my Level 2 and 3 exams but I’ve yet to begin instructing or taking on one-on-one clients because although I have the qualifications I don’t feel that I have enough experience yet to motivate Joe Bloggs, so in competing and enthusiastically pushing my body to its limits I’m hoping to see first hand what I’m capable of achieving for my own clients and putting into practise everything I’ve learned from books. I’m already driven, active and ready for an almighty challenge so why not be my own guinea pig to prove my worth and earn my stripes.

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I Lead A Very Active Lifestyle As A Busy Single Mum

Here I will be documenting my progress from day one in the gym to stepping on stage in the hope of taking home a trophy and then returning to my everyday diet and fitness routine after and how my body changes. I’m incredibly excited to be taking part in something so life-changing, inspirational and motivational in such a pivotal year of my life and in turn I hope that my journey may encourage others to do the same and become more active day-to-day regardless of age or weight – it’s never too late to put your health first! I’ll be including details of everything involved here from meal prepping to coaching, learning choreography, sourcing a stage bikini and heels, makeup, tanning and obviously my training plans and progress. I think it’s also important to address my emotional changes as well as the physical stats and measurements because already I feel hungry at the thought of denying myself treats, sugar and the giant portions I’m accustomed to. Add to the mix mother nature and the hormonal rollercoaster I ride once a month, life events, accidents, illness and injuries and I’m not expecting it to be plain sailing but I know that I can do anything I put my mind to in life, it just takes dedication, consistency and willpower. At present I’m not dating so I don’t have a snuggle buddy to spoon feed me (vegan) ice-cream in bed or tempt me out for a Sunday roast with all of the trimmings and a cocktail or two, but that could all very well change in the blink of an eye – stranger things have happened! I often wonder how bodybuilders maintain a healthy relationship when their diet and lifestyle is so strict and gruelling but I guess the proof shall be in the pudding – or not as the case may be!

UPDATE: My Stage Bikini From Allure Couture

A few months ago I had a bespoke bikini made by the very talented Lucy Ashworth of Allure Couture when I was researching into fitness fashion and now very conveniently this would be perfect to wear for my show in April! Lucy specialises in fitness bikini creations and is a strong single mother turned bodybuilder and woman after my own heart! The very first moment I met her I had goosebumps because it felt as though I’d known her all of my life, our life experiences are so similar and just like me she’s found her strength through being tested.

Tracy Kiss Allure Couture Bikini

Tracy Kiss Allure Couture Bikini

Part of getting placed at a show filled with hundreds of deserving contestants is having marketability and standing out in the fitness industry as each persons physique, stage presence and individual style is taken into consideration just as it would be in a beauty pageant so having a suitable bikini is paramount. Lucy and I came up with the concept for this bikini based upon hope and faith which is why we decided upon clear Swarovski crystals that catch the light beautifully. There is so much attention to detail involved in this bikini that I can’t help but gaze at it in awe and Lucy is a true perfectionist with hundreds of beads, pearls, studs, feathers and sequins bringing my bikini breathlessly sparkling to life at every angle.

I’ve jotted it onto my To-Do list to source some heels to wear with it and then look into posing classes to know how to walk, stand and quarter turn on stage but having my bikini ready is a big weight off of my shoulders already much like a bride sourcing the perfect wedding dress – now I can relax and get back to my barbells!

UPDATE: 08/12/16 Team Superfox Training & Nutrition Plan

I’m 13 days out of hospital recovering from my Labiaplasty surgery and as such I still have stitches but I’m allowed to do low impact exercises and have been back at the gym for the past few days taking it easy. Earlier in the week I spoke on the phone with the very talented and inspiration Lucy Walton of Team Superfox who has herself competed before and realised the need for a safe and stable training and nutrition regime for bringing athletes in and out of competitions without risking their health. We talked about my lifestyle, diet, current fitness, supplementation and ability to commit time to workouts for which I can train five days per week. At present I take iron supplements to combat anaemia and Udo’s Oil for my omegas as well as pea and hemp protein for recovery with oat milk or unsweetened almond milk. I usually cycle between plenty of brown rice, broccoli, lentils, soy, nuts and quinoa across an average week, although I could certainly switch my Sunday roasties for sweet potatoes and lower my banana addiction!

Team Superfox Training & Nutrition Plan

Team Superfox Training & Nutrition Plan

Seeing as I’m having laser eye surgery next week on 15th December it means that just as my body has recovered from my labiaplasty I’ll be back healing again and have to take another week off of training which will take me up to 22nd December and a week of overeating festive food, my family coming to me for a Christmas day feast and no doubt a few well earned hangovers so the next couple of weeks are a bit of a write-off. As a result Lucy has provided me with an interim training plan and daily macro target as opposed to a complete breakdown per meal until my calendar evens out after Christmas.

Lucy Walton Sent Me Some Vegan Goodies

Lucy Walton Sent Me Some Vegan Goodies

For now Lucy has focused heavily on weight training four days per week with one cardio and core session which will change to five days of weights and targeted macros at the start of the New Year. I’m feeling really excited about beginning my training, it’s just annoying that my surgeries and Christmas are making me stop and start and I can’t jump straight into it and hit the ground running as I’d have liked. But maybe it’s for the best that I have this one final blow-out before the hard work begins, it’ll certainly make me appreciate my willpower a whole lot more and if anything my before and after transformation photos will look all the better for it! Yes, this is me totally justifying being a lazy, greedy pig for once!

UPDATE: 08/12/16 – Testing Legs At Bodyflex Gym

My friend Tony Montalbano is the owner of Bodyflex Gym in Aylesbury which has been open for 21yrs. A two time British champion and world champion he is a homage to natural bodybuilding and welcomes men and women of all ages to the three floors of free weights and machines in his superhero haven. I’ve walked past Tony’s gym for several years now and always admired the muscle-bound hunks and babes who breeze around making huge weights seem somehow effortless as I skip past with my ponytail swinging on my way to the commercial gym across town to go run on the treadmill or cross trainer for two hours. Polar opposite in physiques yet still a part of the bigger fitness picture, I never thought that one day I’d be stepping through the doors ready to change my water bottle and banana for dumbbells and protein shakes but here I am, a little Bambi ready to learn, absorb and try everything asked of me.

Tony Montalbano Of Bodyflex Gym

Tony Montalbano Of Bodyflex Gym

A massive bonus in having the guidance of a world champion is that Tony’s already been where I’m hoping to head, he knows what needs to be done and how to achieve it and has all of the equipment and expertise necessary to bring out the very best in me. I know full well if I’d have taken Lucy’s plan on my own to my everyday gym that I wouldn’t have pushed myself so hard because this type of training is entirely new to me, I certainly wouldn’t have lasted until failure nor had a spotter standing over me shouting words of encouragement to take me to my limits. When in Rome, as they say!

Today we trained legs as a way to break me in and test the water because I have no idea of the weights I’m capable of nor the sets and reps let alone the machines I’ve never used or even heard of before. As I’ve always trained for endurance I’ve haven’t needed to push myself to hypertrophy nor test my personal best as my fitness goals were to simply maintain my post-pregnancy figure as opposed to building muscle or losing body fat. So today we began with some leg extensions for quads, leg curls for hamstrings and barbell squats, leg press and reverse hacks for compound finishing with calf raises. Seeing as I’ve always carried my children on my left hip I’m already aware that I suffer from scoliosis which was shockingly apparent from my form today in the mirror during my barbell squats. Typically I’d use the leg press after my cardio at the gym which keeps my hips and knees perfectly in line and my form considerably more tidy but it’s highlighted my bad posture and the improvements I need to make.

Front Squat At Bodyflex Gym

Reverse Hack At Bodyflex Gym

My legs were literally trembling throughout and I realised just how much noise I make huffing and puffing as I screw up my face and dig deep. Comparing it to my early days training cardio I used to get hot and sweaty and out of breath, coughing as my lungs burned and sipping water gasping to break even but now I can easily maintain two hours of cardio whilst holding a full conversation and merely feeling warm as opposed to dripping in sweat so I know that with time and patience my strength will improve too and I’ll look back and laugh at how little my weights once were. The hardest time for anything is certainly the first time and everything from now on can only be an improvement, I’m already on my way!

UPDATE: Testing Bi’s, Tri’s & Abs At Bodyflex Gym

My legs feel surprisingly good this morning, I was expecting to be walking like John Wayne and get stranded at the top of my staircase, perhaps having to surf a dinner tray down to the lounge in order to spare my quads to do the school run. But I guess because I only did a taster workout I’m only a little tender this morning and the real pain will happen on my first proper session. My arms are by far the weakest part of my body and I’ve always struggled with press-ups and pull-ups because of my weak elbows and wrists. Even scrawny is an understatement for describing my arms right now. So we focused on bi’s, tri’s and a little abs working my way through bicep handle cable curls and preacher barbell EZ curls and then tricep handle push downs and cybex tricep extensions followed by the thera crunch and hanging leg raises for abs.

Preacher Curl At Bodyflex Gym

Preacher Curl At Bodyflex Gym

If only I’d have taped paintbrushes to my elbows I think I could have created the most amazing piece of abstract art today because my arms were all over the place and just as shockingly weak as I expected. It wasn’t long before I reached failure and the drop sets has me laughing as I trembled through the burn. I think I always see the worst in my own performance because I’m self critical when training and as soon as I start to lose form no amount of determination can bring me back which is frustrating because I want to progress but I have to have patience.

I’ve never attempted to progress my arms for my current fitness goals because I feel strong enough day-to-day from working out but I’m now starting to register on the scale of exactly where I am and where I have to be by April and it’s the polar opposite of my body right now. I’d say I’m a 2/10 on arms at the moment which will be my biggest area for improvement with my legs at about a 4/10 and my abs most unnoticeable at a 1/10. Being on my period with surgery stitches still in my private parts I wasn’t feeling my best during abs but I never allow it to stop me from working out. I suffer from very heavy periods, constant stomach cramps and lower backache which I grin and bare else I’d never do anything during my cycle if I let it get the better of me. Although I don’t devote specific time to ab work at present my active lifestyle means that I have pretty good core strength and flexibility as standard it’s just hiding under several layers of lentil curry, frozen bananas and peanut butter at the moment! Finishing with hanging leg raises it wasn’t my abs that burnt me out but the circulation in my arms as they tingled and burned and I hand to jump down and flop into a jellyfish on the floor and admit defeat!

Tracy Kiss & Tony Montalbano Bodyflex Gym

Tracy Kiss & Tony Montalbano Bodyflex Gym

I’m loving this challenge so far and know that if I can complete this then I can do anything. Filming my workouts with Facebook live each day as Tony puts me through my paces is so much fun, no only do we laugh our way through the mornings but I also get to play with his rottweiler Rocky in-between sets  being on camera is a really good way to keep track of my visual progress and stay striving because I know that with my friends and family watching I want to give it my all because the banter is unreal!

UPDATE: 12/12/16 Training Back At Bodyflex

After being a tender tulip over the weekend following leg day I enjoyed a nice rest and recovery along with a Himalayan salt bath which made my muscles feel blissful along with a nice massage. It’s a total pleasure/pain moment when the quads and calves burn but a sensational feeling to notice my muscles firming up and my body tightening.

Tracy Kiss Bent Over Rows At Bodyflex Gym

Tracy Kiss Bent Over Rows At Bodyflex Gym

So today we trained back which felt like a super quick workout doing 3×10 for lat pull downs, machine handle bent over rows and hammer strength deadlifts. My form was a bit tidier today during deadlifts but my biceps were still burning from the other day when doing my lat pull downs. Overall I’m still feeling really positive about training, I have my eye surgery in three days time which means I have tomorrow and Wednesday left to train before taking a week off again but it’s been a pretty cool introduction into weight training and I’m confident that I’ll be able to progress when I’m healed and hit my goals. I just have to be conscious of not stuffing myself like a Christmas turkey with food over the next few weeks – let’s see how that goes! I finished up todays workout with 5km of cardio on the cross trainer just to stop myself from twitching because I love it so much, I’m going to keep it low though and stick to 30mins max.

UPDATE: 13/12/16 Training Chest & Shoulders At Bodyflex

Today we trained chest and shoulders and my biceps were still aching slightly from the other day. We started with some chest work on the pec deck at high reps followed by a triple drop then machine chest press for two normal sets, dumbbell incline press with a triple drop and then onto shoulders with high reps side lateral raises and a triple drop, dumbbell shoulder press and dumbbell rear deltoid raises and I was literally shaking like a leaf before, during and after.

Tracy Kiss Pec Deck Bodyflex Gym

Tracy Kiss Pec Deck Bodyflex Gym

My arms are naturally so scrawny and thin and I’m getting floppy bingo wings with every year that creeps past in my twenties, but already since I’ve been training I’m feeling much firmer and my biceps are actually noticeable. I know that I’ll get some pretty instant results from my arms but solid muscle and size will come with time and continued effort. Each time that I leave the gym I feel so pumped and motivated even though it kills me it’s true what they say – no pain no gain! I’m totally addicted, loving pushing my limits and laughing my way through the ache and burn; I have a feeling I’ll be using my feet to open my bedroom door in the morning!

UPDATE: 14/12/16 Training Legs At Bodyflex

Leg day again and today I got a 40kg squat which I’m super hyped about. I have a 20kg barbell at home that I usually squat with for endurance and have never upped my weight nor taken it to failure so to hit a personal best of 40 made me feel super proud today. As my legs burnt I began to lost form with my knees wanting to circle all over the place but already I’ve come on leaps and bounds since my first session and I kept the barbell straight with much better posture.

Tracy Kiss Glute Blaster At Bodyflex Gym

Tracy Kiss Glute Blaster At Bodyflex Gym

Starting out with squats to failure I moved onto the reverse hack, glute blaster, leg extensions and then standing and seated calf raises and couldn’t stop shaking like Bambi as I stood after catching my breath. Training legs makes me feel so hot and out of breath as I grit my teeth, hold on tight and really go for it and my quads are rock solid already. I’m starting to gradually up my weights and have more control but I know that I have a massive way to go and I’m still early days, it’s totally addictive to see my progress so far and I can’t imagine how good it will feel a month or two down the line.

I’m finding holding stretches and digging my knuckles into my legs helps to ease up the tenderness directly after a set and I’m going to use my muscle roller when I get home tonight in the hope that I’ll be able to walk down my stairs in the morning. I’m having laser eye surgery tomorrow which means I’ve now got a week out of training but I may just need that as recovery before I can walk again after smashing my legs today! Ouch!!

UPDATE: 15/12/16 My Laser Eye Surgery

I’m pleased to say that my laser eye surgery went spiffingly to plan this morning and I’m now an indoor-sunglasses wearer for the next two weeks as my eyes heal. As this is my second laser eye surgery my surgeon has advised my recovery will be longer and more painful than before – wonderful! As such I’m light sensitive and can’t lift anything for risk of putting pressure on my eyes which means that I’m two weeks out of action at the gym taking me up to the 29th December before I can have another session with Tony and I’m assuming around that time the gym will probably be closed or on half hours because of the holidays.

Recovering After Laser Eye Surgery

Recovering After Laser Eye Surgery

So aside from hiding away in the darkness like a hermit crab and doing precisely zero activities I’m trying my hardest not to overeat and my mother is tempting me with Christmas treats and delicious smells from the kitchen as she’s staying at mine to use her eyes to tend to my children whilst I rest mine. I’m seeing my optician again on Monday 19th to have the temporary lenses removed from my eyes so fingers crossed I’ll be able to see better and get the all clear for driving again.

I’m going to have to push my luck as always and see what exercise I can get away with, perhaps a little low impact cardio as of next week or some hanging ab crunches? Surely I’ll be allowed to do more than lay in bed with my eyes closed. Whilst i don’t want to risk damaging my eyes I do want to keep active and return to normal life because I can’t steal my mother away to do everything for me forever! We shall see…!

UPDATE: 29/12/16 Post Christmas, Labiaplasty, Eye Surgery & New Leg Tattoo

So Christmas was an absolute blow-out as expected. I had far too much food, naughty treats and alcohol but it’s the time of year to celebrate and be indulgent as my final cheat day for the next 4-5months now. As a teenager when I was a page 3 model I used to starve myself to lose weight because nobody ever really spoke about the importance of fitness a decade ago and the shift in health and nutrition is far more positive these days.

Naturally with my mother knowing how skinny and frail I was as a teen she still panics that I’ll regress as I frequently fainted, was anaemic, skeletal and very pale and weak. My periods stopped and my hip bones were always bruised from getting bumped or sitting down because there was very little body fat to protect me. When I became a mother at the age of 19 I very quickly realised that in order to have good health and energy you have to eat well and take exercise and I’d rather be strong than skinny. I’m around a stone to a stone and a half heavier than I was before children but I’ve never felt more better for it! Yet saying to my mum in the build up to Christmas “Please don’t cook too much, I just want a little of everything because I have to watch my diet” sets off alarm bells. I NEVER diet, I never deny myself food or say no to a second or even third helping of dinner but cleaning up a diet and managing portion control is just as important as educating friends and family on what to expect when prepping for a show.

I Had Far Too Much Alcohol & Treats At Christmas With The Family

I Had Far Too Much Alcohol & Treats At Christmas With The Family

I can’t be the glutton I was before, I can’t eat to bursting point and I can’t stuff my face with treats on the premise that I’ll up my cardio the next day. Abs are made in the kitchen and I need to be conscious of my diet in a healthy and positive way for the first time in my life, no starving, no bingeing just sensible consistent nutrition to suit my training plan and that’s by far the biggest mind game ever. I can work my myself, push my physical limits and laugh my way down the stairs after leg day but the thought of quashing my appetite and eating repetitively actually scares me. I have such a happy love affair with food, I eat whatever I like in huge portions and workout in order to break even but now I need to shift body fat and get lean – possibly the hardest challenge I’ve ever been faced with which is why I know that I’ll overcome it because there’s no such thing as failure so long as you never stop trying.

I had my seasonal inner-binger tell me there’s so much Christmas junk food left over in the cupboards, I may as well eat it all and then start a fresh in the new year rather than let it all go to waste. Although I didn’t eat it all I did have a binge and then I stopped myself and thought what on earth am I do? How will I ever get to where I’m going if I start off running in the opposite direction? Literally having two surgeries within a month, a Christmas blowout and a new leg tattoo has left me unmotivated and dare I say it lazy for the first time in years. Whilst the bed rest and treats started off as a nice break from the norm I soon felt tired, sluggish and bloated and realised how such an inactive unhealthy lifestyle had taken hold of me within 30days. I never want to feel that way again, the excess pounds have made my clothes feel tight, I make eye contact with my sofa and refuse to sit down and vegetate, I’ve finally got my mobility back now and it’s time to get out of my recovery rut!

Getting the all-clear to begin weight training again today was such a wonderful feeling. I’ve been craving the gym almost as much as I craved sugar in my Christmas food coma with the family but I believe you have to experience the lows to appreciate the highs and you can’t properly evaluate, judge or assess a situation unless you’re aware of both sides of the scales. I haven’t weighed myself over Christmas and still don’t know what my bodyweight is, I don’t actually want to know because it’s irrelevant to body composition – am I carry excess fat or extra water day to day to cause a weight change? Undigested food or pure muscle? The only time I shall chart my progress is with my before and after pictures and perhaps a body composition test when I reach my goal.

I'm Finally Back Training After 2 Surgeries & A New Leg Tattoo

I’m Finally Back Training After 2 Surgeries & A New Leg Tattoo

Getting back to the gym with Tony today was incredible. I’ve had two weeks out since my eye surgery and was so out of breath after doing 30kg barbell squats. I’ve done zero cardio, haven’t been allowed to lift my children or see daylight and it’s really shown on my body. I feel squishy, bloated and my arms and legs have turned to jelly from bedrest. Add to the fact that I had a leg tattoo two days ago I think I did pretty well to dig in and give my all in todays session to get me back on track. We began with barbell squats, pull downs, bench press, shoulder press, Thera crunch, cable curls, tricep push downs and side laterals and I feel ontop of the world. I can hear my heartbeat in my ear, my whole body is shaking and I’m hotter than a volcano with the craziest screw face and grunts with every rep but it was just what I needed. As it’s still the Christmas holidays I have no childcare for my two children which limits my availability to get back to the gym for the next week but I’ll be sharpening up my diet and doing what I can from home with my free weights as I focus on my core.

UPDATE: 30/12/16 Leg Day At Bodyflex

Tony absolutely kicked my butt for leg day! We started with 40kg barbell squats followed by reverse hacks, kick backs, leg extensions, leg curls and ended on calf raises. I’m so hyped to have hit 40kg for my squat and I’m looking to reach about 60kg at max in order to squat my bodyweight which is a goal I’ve set myself and it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes me. Already my legs feel like concrete after the lex extensions and using the same machine for kickbacks really set my glutes on fire.

Leg Curls At Bodyflex Gym

Leg Curls At Bodyflex Gym

I love how fast my legs respond to training and continue to go to failure before upping my weights and pushing for the final few extra reps that count in those dropsets. My children have less than a week left of the Christmas holidays which will free me back up for childcare again in the new year so that I can train daily but for now I’ll be getting early nights, avoiding alcohol and staying hydrated as I start the New Year as I mean to go on – I can party in the summer to make up for my fitness achievements once I’ve hit the stage of Pure Elite!

UPDATE: 01/01/17 Cardio & Core At Anytime Fitness (90 Days To Go)

Tony was closed today with it being the bank holiday so I utilised my gym membership at Anytime Fitness to go for a cardio and core session in a totally empty gym. I guess all of the members were still hungover from New Years and yet to begin their New-Year-New-Me resolutions which meant that I could enjoy a very peaceful and undisturbed 5km on the cross trainer, a few squats, situps and bit of bar work before rushing over to my parents for some vegan pasta and broccoli.

Hanging Out At Anytime Fitness

Cardio & Core At Anytime Fitness

I keep telling myself that I’ll start ab rolling from home to work on tightening my stomach but I’ve yet to begin because all of my gym equipment is currently buried under bags of Christmas decorations, boxes and shopping in my cupboard but once I’ve taken the decorations down tomorrow I’ll be able to bring it all out again and get cracking. I’m doing my weekly food shop tomorrow too so I’ll stock up on lots of nutritious veggies, brown rice and pulses and meal prep a weeks worth of food to see me through which will make filming a documentary with a film crew for the next three days more healthy that eating processed or frozen convenience foods. My days fly by at a million miles an hour but if you fail to prepare then you’re preparing to fail! I’m here to make results not excuses!

UPDATE: 04/01/17 Training Arms At Bodyflex Gym (87 Days To Go)

Today is the final day of the Christmas holidays and I managed to sneak in a cheeky arm session with Tony by dropping my hyperactive son off to his grandparents and bringing my 9yr old daughter along. When the children go back to school tomorrow I have a full final day of filming for a Swedish documentary their doing about my lifestyle as a social influencer and then come Friday I’ll be back to a proper gym routine – no more surgeries or tattoos just clean eating and heavy lifting!

Training Arms On The Smith Press At Bodyflex Gym

Training Arms On The Smith Press At Bodyflex Gym

Today we trained arms and I was shocked at how weak I felt. We started with bicep cable curls, tricep push downs, preacher barbell curls, close grip Smith press and hanging leg raises which really tested me because I’m having the period from hell at the moment and my stomach is swollen and cramping but I never let it deter me from my workout. My triceps were literally shuddering and I pulled the craziest faces throughout but I feel so pumped and strong right now so it was well worth the blood sweat and tears. Moving forward Tony and I discussed my training regime for which we’ll be doing four weight sessions a week rotating between upper and lower body, push and pull techniques to allow each muscles group to be worked to maximum potential and recover after. So I’ll be weight training on a Monday and Tuesday and then Thursday and Friday after taking my children to school. I’ll still be doing my cardio at the gym down the road which I can do after each session or on my days off but Tony advised I wait around three hours after doing my weights before hitting cardio intervals in order to give my metabolism a kick which would mean working out from home on my exercise bike because by then my children would be home from school. I’m super hyped to be finally getting into a routine and building consistent results, the only way is up!

UPDATE: 06/01/17 Leg Day At Bodyflex Gym (85 Days To Go)

Today Tony decided we’d shake up leg day by doing 100 Smith squats for my workout because my hips and knees always fail me too soon when I’m doing barbell squats from my twisted posture (scoliosis) after years of always carrying my two children on my left hip. The Smith machine works by using a weighted barbell on runners which worked great for my arms the other day. 100 reps is the most I’ll have ever done and I wasn’t sure what I’d be capable of but I went into it with an open mind and determination and as always promised Tony my 100% commitment.

Smith Squats At Bodyflex Gym

Today I also started using my training diary to keep a record of my reps, sets and weights to start charting my progress rather than randomly chatting throughout everything and only logging the exercises at the end. Shit just got serious! As always I found the barbell grinding on the back of my neck and shoulders which failed me far before my legs so Tony gave me a neck pad to put over the bar which made a massive difference and allowed me to hit my golden hundred reps. It wiped out my quads but I felt amazing for it and rather than ending my workout and taking my new personal best I realised I still had a little something left within me – whether it was the adrenaline of completing my first 100 reps or pure addiction to pain I accepted Tony’s challenge of hitting 100 leg curls too.

Leg Session 85 Days To Go

Aside from grunting, gritting my teeth, swearing and wailing I smashed my 100 leg curls and literally crawled across the floor to log my stats in my dairy with my hands shaking and handwriting resembling that of my delightful five year old son. Ever one to accept a challenge I just couldn’t stop my lips from answering “yes” when Tony raised his eyebrows and said “100 calf raises!?” I don’t know what came over me but my competitive streak totally set on fire and I felt on top of the world smashing out set after set of raises. In total I smashed my 100 squats out of the park with my 300+ reps (whilst half way through my period from hell) and my legs are as solid as concrete right now. Out of all of the training in all of my life today was the session that actually made me realise what I’m capable of, I hit the wall, felt the burn, shook off the blood sweat and tears and told myself that I could go hard and somehow my body listened to me, agreed with me and supported me through it. The mind is such a crazy powerful machine and I’m beyond ecstatic with todays session, even more so that it was all captured on my Facebook Live so that I can remember this moment forever as the turning point in my training. Today I grew from a kitten to a lioness.

My Quads Are On Fire After 300 Reps

I’ve just confirmed to film away for 2 weeks for a TV show at the end of January which means that my training regime will once again take a battering just as I’m finally getting into a good flow. Grr! But it shows that I live in the real world too and my life isn’t just about fitness, I work and raise my children like everybody else competing at Pure Elite – doctors, teachers, factory workers, single parents and store assistants, every walk of life and every age, weight and background. Yes I train 4-6 days per week but only because I make time in my busy schedule to put the effort in rather than lame arse excuses. So whilst I’m away I’m going to continue to train, unfortunately without Tony but I’ll be back when I’m done and ready to go harder than ever! I’ve got two weeks before I have to leave so I’m going to give it my all and find my stride. Again my diet will once again change because I don’t know what control I’ll have over how I’m catered for but my stipulations are to have access to a gym daily and I’m discussing the final details – a vegan meal prep would be ideal and 100% clean up my diet because I won’t have access to any other food or shops and restaurants as I’m locked away from the world. Watch this space! And please find me a skateboard to get around on tomorrow when I can no longer walk, drive or get down my stairs 🙂

UPDATE: 07/01/17 Cardio At Anytime Fitness (84 Days To Go)

Today was my day off of weight training so I took a cardio session and jumped on the cross trainer. It’s been a while since I’ve worked my lungs and I love keeping up a pace whilst maintaining my breathing. I covered 11.55km in 88mins burning 566calories at a pace of 7:36 whilst on Facebook Live answering questions from my fans and working up a sweat. I’ve had a hemp protein shake with oat milk for breakfast today, pea protein shake for post workout recovery and quinoa and vegetables for dinner as I await my meal plan.

After My 11.55km Cardio Session

I’m feeling so good in myself right now, less bloated, more toned and absolutely full of energy as my period subsides and I’m looking to improve on my cardio stats week by week. I walk to and from the gym as well as taking my children to school daily which amounts to about an hour of cardio a day which I use as my weight training warmup cardio. Naturally I’m also running about like a headless chicken all day working, cooking, cleaning and tending to the children so I’m very active but on my non weight training days I’ll be looking at doing between 5-20km per workout whilst playing about with the pace, incline and resistance so watch this space!

UPDATE: 08/01/17 Cardio At Anytime Fitness (83 Days To Go)

Today was going to be my dying-fly crying-over-legs day of rest but I woke up surprisingly nimble and not sore. I have no idea how I’m so mobile so I thought I’d take the opportunity to shake out my limbs and hit another day of cardio – albeit a lot shorter.

After My 7.08km Cardio Session

I took to Facebook Live for 7.08km on the cross trainer which I completed in 39mins whilst talking burning 275 calories and felt absolutely buzzing with energy and enthusiasm as I dripped in sweat. When I went for lunch at my parents after I cooked a Sunday roast with soya sausages, potatoes, carrots, broccoli and gravy and I weighed myself for the first time in forever coming in at 9st7lbs at 5ft8″ tall. I was guessing I’d be somewhere between 9-10 stone and am pretty happy with my body size and shape which makes my weight a bit irrelevant because I don’t know my body composition but I’ll keep track of my progress based on muscle size and definition. I already feel slimmer this week from eating more clean and when my meal plan comes through I can be even tighter on it. My naughty cravings are reducing with each day that passes and I’m excited each time I look in the mirror and see my stomach area reducing in size – there are abs under there somewhere!

UPDATE: 09/01/17 Back & Biceps At Bodyflex Gym (82 Days To Go)

Back and biceps today and Tony challenged me to do 100 FT handle pull downs which I instantly knew had to fall in line with my leg day smasher of 300 reps. I hit my 100 rep target in five sets before doing 100 bent over rows in another five sets and finished with 100 FT handle bicep curls in a rather embarrassing nine sets! Eek!

Back & Biceps At Bodyflex Gym

But like the story of the tortoise and the hare it doesn’t matter so much about how long it takes to run the race but the fact that you make it to the finish line and never give up. My final sets left my arms shaking and I’m utterly shocked at how weak my biceps are. I always thought my arms were pretty strong but I guess when it comes to lifting higher weights for more repetitions then it’s a case of softly softly catching a monkey and with each day that passes I’ll get better and stronger.

Todays Back & Bi Session

I’m over the moon to have completed 300 reps, my new personal best and something to rise above and improve on with time. My arms and legs both feel fine, I was expecting to feel sore or ache by now but I’m literally untouched. I know that I’ve pushed myself to my limits and done the absolute best I could possibly do today, I’m looking forward to seeing how far i can take it.

UPDATE: 10/01/17 Chest, Triceps & Abs At Bodyflex Gym (81 Days To Go)

Chest, tris and abs today and I’m well and truly getting my teeth into this whole 100 reps thing! I’m addicted to numbers and goals which makes it near on impossible for me to allow myself to even consider doing under 100 reps when I know that I’ve achieved it before, if anything I want to make it my minimum and continue to push the numbers higher week by week now.

Thera Crunch At Bodyflex Gym

So todays workout consisted of 100 dumbbell chest press, 100 handle tricep push downs and 100 Thera ab crunches and I feel amazingly human without so much as a hint of soreness or pain. I know that I’m pushing my body to my limits because I turn bright red, end up shaking and breathless with bags of funny faces, grunting and squealing as I force out the final rep yet as soon as I stop I feel absolutely fine and I wake up every morning feeling incredible rather than tender. Perhaps my body has adapted and my muscles will never ache again? Or maybe I need to get further into my training to make the weight even heavier in order to tear my muscles and get those golden gains.

Todays Chest, Triceps & Abs

So far I feel much stronger, tighter, firmer and full of energy. I feel as though I’ve lost some body fat from my hips and stomach but as I haven’t had a body composition test it’s hard to say how much. I’ll weigh myself again at the weekend in five days time and see if my weight has changed from 9st7lbs but naturally muscle weighs more than body fat – at least that’s what I’ll repeat to myself if my weight increases when I step onto the scales!

UPDATE: 12/01/17 Leg Day At Bodyflex Gym (79 Days To Go)

Yesterday was a total naughty cheat day – my first moment of weakness but something I was entitled to. I’ve been really strict on my diet and I’m expecting to lose weight from when I stepped on the scales four days ago. I wasn’t planning on having a cheat day nor drinking but yesterday I spent the day with a friend getting drunk on vodka and orange and eating chips and mushy peas! It’s a rarity and certainly not something I’ll be repeating, but I’ll recover, pay back the calories and continue on the straight and narrow with no more cheat days because the countdown to the show is rolling on at such a rapid pace now.

Booty Blaster At Bodyflex Gym

I usually really love legday because my leg muscles respond so well to weights and I feel so alive when I’m working my lower body but today I really felt the burn. My quads and calves felt like hot tight sausages ready to burst at any moment because they haven’t been pricked before going in the oven. It’s the feeling of lifting my maximum weight and pushing my body to its physical limits in every way possible. During my Smith squats today I felt a little pang in the muscle in my groin which made it a little tender to go low and not something that’s ever happened before. I wouldn’t say it was an injury but more a soreness that I was conscious not to make any worse, but despite this I still managed to lift my first full stack of 150 and I’m hyped on how we’re already driving the weights up towards my goal of squatting my body – today we hit 40kg when my most has been 30kg so far.

Leg Day Progress At Bodyflex

I’ve had a totally rubbish week for sleep getting about 5-6hrs per night because I’ve been working all evening, rushing around and starting early mornings because of my hectic diary. It’s never an option for me to skip the gym because it’s essential to my training but it means that my work gets pushed into the later hours of the day so that I can still keep my plates spinning and complete my commitments – the joys of being a single working parent! I’m feeling good on my hydration taking on at least 2litres of water a day and I’m getting prepped for my meal plan to start weighing out my food for my on and off training days.

I guess now it’s a case of remaining consistent, shedding some pounds of body fat which I’ll measure again in three days time and continue to monitor once each week for progress and building muscle and definition. My workout pictures will be my progress marker but as I’m leaving for filming in two weeks time and won’t have access to a gym I’ll have to be inventive with my workouts and try my best to maintain my gains even if I can’t progress.

UPDATE: 13/01/17 Filming Arm & Abs Day With Chris Robinson For Pure Elite At Bodyflex Gym (78 Days To Go)

Today was arm and abs day and I was joined by the very talented Chris Robinson who is a personal trainer and videographer for Pure Elite helping to document my journey to my first bikini contest. Today he shot a video of my training session as Tony totally destroyed me and left my scrawny chicken wings shaking like a leaf. It’s also the first injury I’ve had when I bent my nail back as I was picking up a dumbbell which caused my nail bed to bleed and finger to throb. Of all the things in all the world I never expected to have such a lame injury but very fortunately I didn’t need an ambulance!

Filming Arms At Bodyflex Gym With Chris Robinson For Pure Elite

We upped my abs session by adding a 5kg and 10kg weight to my hanging ab crunch and 20kg to my Thera crunch which really burnt me out and left me huffing and puffing. I tried my best not to pull crazy faces knowing my workout was being filmed but lets face it when you push yourself you’re going to be in pain and look like a puffer fish! I’m looking forward to seeing the final video when it’s ready and sharing my experience and progress with the world in the hope of inspiring others to enjoy the health and physical benefits of fitness. Speaking to Chris after our session it was lovely to hear how he and his wife Fiona have won so many bodybuilding trophies as a fitness couple and motivate one another to compete. Sometimes men prefer to be trained by a man and women by a woman for which it helps to build a database of local personal trainers and support so I’ll pop their details into the section at the bottom of this post if you want to get in touch with either of them!

Todays Arm Session (And First Injury) At Bodyflex Gym

UPDATE: 14/01/17 Cardio At Anytime Fitness (77 Days To Go)

I went to Anytime Fitness this morning for a 5km cross trainer cardio session today and ended up leaving with 20.29km and 995 calories in the bank! As I was on Facebook Live talking to my followers throughout I didn’t notice the machine beep and end my workout after an hour so I had to start over as I continued from scratch for stats but fortunately I took a photo at the end of each session to add up my total from my 2hr20min cardio workout.

Day 77 Cardio In 2 Sessions

I’m feeling really good in myself and noticing my stomach getting trimmer as my arms and legs firm up and my muscles grow. I weighed myself at my parents last Sunday which was 6 days ago and I was 9st7lbs but when I used the BMI scales at the gym after my cardio session I weighed in at 9st9lbs so I’ve either gained 2lbs of bodyfat/muscle this week, drank more water today not emptied my bowels or worn my trainers when I was bare foot before because that seems pretty extreme to gain 2lbs when I feel slimmer and firmer in myself. But I guess it’s not so much the numbers on the scale but the way that I look and feel that counts the most.

My Body Stats 77 Days Before Pure Elite

I just wanted to have an idea of where I’m at so that I can chart my progress weeks and months down the line in the lead up to my first time stepping on stage. Whilst the machine measures body fat it doesn’t show hydration or muscle mass so it’s not as accurate as it could be but it’s better than a standard weighing scales. I’m weighing in at 22.2% body fat for which my ideal is between 21.0%-29.3%, my BMI is 20.8 which I can be 18.5-25.0 and my ideal weight should be between 8st8lbs-11st9lbs but that doesn’t take into account the fact that I’m bodybuilding and my weight actually increases as I workout to firm up and build muscle as opposed to losing weight and looking skinny.

Pea & Hemp Protein Fuel My Vegan Natural Bodybuilding

I’m hoping to get down to around 10-15% body fat by April but really it’s all down to how my body looks and responds to training. I’m also hearing a lot about stage presence and posing and how vital it is to have the entire package not to just be the most lean. I’m finding pea and hemp protein with oat milk between meals keeps me going and brown rice, chickpeas and vegetables is basically the staple of my meals along with plenty of broccoli, beansprouts, water and soy.

UPDATE: 15/01/17 Cardio At Anytime Fitness (76 Days To Go)

Today I ran my first marathon. I was due to be on a photoshoot all day but my photographer fell ill so instead I decided to go to the gym to smash out some cardio. I’ve only ever ran a half marathon before so this was by far the biggest and most physically demanding cardio session of my life. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me nor if I would actually get to the end of the 42km/26mile run but I gave it my best shot and Facebook Live’d the entire thing because I knew if the world was watching then I’d keep pushing myself forwards.

Today I Ran My First Marathon At Anytime Fitness Gym

Thankfully I achieved my fitness goal and can very proudly tick ‘run a marathon’ off of my bucket list now which I’m really attacking this year seeing as I’m turning 30 in October. My marathon wasn’t without hiccups though as I had to combat the cross trainer with my dying phone battery and the fact that the gym machines only allow a maximum of 2hrs of cardio per session before forcing it to end.

My First Marathon Stats

I also had to stop for the toilet and to refill my water bottle but as you can see from the three consecutive sessions that I ran back-to-back my total time came in at 296.87 minutes which is about 5hrs, I ran a total of 42.34km and burned a whopping 1,937 calories! I’m certainly feeling the burn now, my legs are buzzing and I feel as though I could float off into the clouds. I set my pace between 6-7.5 so kept it steady, taking breaths between speaking and focusing my mind on not thinking about the distance or discomfort. It was lovely speaking to my Facebook fans to pass the time and keep me motivated and when I flopped onto the floor when I was done I had such a sense of achievement and self-belief that I wish I could bottle and share with everyone! So now I’ve had a nice salt bath soak to relax my muscles I’m taking a day off tomorrow because I was booked on another photoshoot which has also cancelled because the photographer has a sickness bug! Thank goodness it hasn’t hit my family yet because everybody around me seems to be dropping like flies – high five for a kickass immune system!

UPDATE: 17/01/17 Shoulders, Chest & Triceps At Bodyflex Gym (74 Days To Go)

Upper body grr! What a difference some old skool garage makes to a workout! Today we kicked my arms into the stratosphere and I’m feeling so pumped and alive. Yesterday was rest day and despite still running around after my children, doing housework and working I didn’t do any exercise just chores. I’m feeling really tight, hard and trim right now and loving my results which seem to grow by the day and I’m thankful for such a bubble of positivity that I’m floating around in – ask me if the bubble has burst in another 2 months of kicking butt and I may change my mind!

Shoulders, Chest & Triceps At Bodyflex Gym

We took our workout into the basement today, or Tony’s torture chamber as I like to call it, and I tried out some machines I’ve never used before which was great fun as I could really feel the difference compared to free weights. It highlighted how much stronger my right arm is over my left as I’m right-handed and always expected there to be a difference but when you’re on a fixed machine you can see how quickly form drops the further you go which isn’t as easy to monitor on free weights because everything jiggles and wiggles a lot more. My triceps have always been my weak point but I’m happy with how we smashed them today and I’m very pleased with progress, I went on to do my weekly shop at the supermarket after my session and carried a sack of potatoes, tins of chick peas and a bag of dog food and vegetables home which really made me wince but was a nice way to finish off arms as I’m used to flexing and extending rather than maintaining a grip and keeping my muscles under constant tension.

Todays Shoulders, Chest & Triceps At Bodyflex Gym

We missed out close grip press because we added a few different sets in and changed machines as we went for the equipment that was available at the time, but with a few hundred reps I’m pretty confident we achieved a good amount for today and I’m looking forward to seeing what Tony has in store for me tomorrow.

UPDATE: 18/01/17 Legs At Bodyflex Gym & Pilates At Anytime Fitness (73 Days To Go)

Today was a glorious double-session leg day starting off with Tony at Bodyflex in the morning and finishing up with Paul at Anytime Fitness for lunch. This time we went for higher weights and lower reps across several machines to a tune of couple hundred reps and I smashed my personal best out of the park and twice around the Milky Way! I’m so buzzing right now I wish I could bottle this feeling and share it with the whole world because everyone deserves to feel their best!

Smashing My Leg Day Personal Best At Bodyflex Gym

First up we began with Smith squats and I was gutted to have a tenderness in the right side of my groin again. Although it’s not an injury it certainly affected my form and I felt that I put more weight onto the left hand side of my body because of it. I can take a lot of pain and pressure without giving in but I was conscious to not push myself too hard and cause an injury or jeopardise my training so I went slow and low and fortunately the tenderness didn’t increase, it’s just so annoying that I have no idea where, when or why it cropped up! But despite my cautiousness I managed to squat 55kg which is 15kg more than my personal best and it put me on such a high for the rest of my workout.

My Leg Day Results – 73 Days Until Pure Elite

A new move we tried today was the hammer strength lunges which really made a difference to my workout by working each leg individually and my quads and glutes were on fire because of it, we worked up to 20kg for 10 reps and it’s a case of softly softly catch a monkey as my muscles progress. Switching prone leg curls for seated really upped my game and I was hyped to hit 110 for 10 reps and lifting a full 150 stack on the butt blaster somehow became a breeze so Tony took me a step further by adding on a 20kg free weight and getting me to hold my squeeze for two seconds at the top which literally left me growling with a smile on my face from ear to ear!

I Rounded Off Leg Day With A Pilates Session With Paul At Anytime Fitness

Lifting weights gets me so out of breath it’s insane, I did 5hrs straight of cardio just a couple of days ago when I completed my first marathon yet pacing myself meant that I could talk and breath my way through it, but when I lift heavy it knocks the wind out of me and leaves me gasping for breath between words on my Facebook Live – it’s mad how winded it gets me!

My legs always tremble after leg day as Tony pushes me to my limit and beyond and I love it, so today I took a stroll back to Anytime Fitness for a post-legday Pilates session with Paul Jennings and boy did he stretch me out, I feel as though I’ve been through a mangle in the nicest way possible, it was just what I needed to bliss me out and pull my body back together after going ape. We started off with some hip and hamstring stretches with some bands as I laid on my back, building up to core with alternate leg extensions, ab rolls, plank, downward dog and side reaches and I shuddered, sweated and huffed and puffed my way through every last minute until walking home feeling lighter than air. How beautiful it feels to work my muscles and get in tune with my body.

Paul Jennings Performed A Body Composition Test On Me Today

Seeing as I wanted to understand my muscle mass Paul also performed a body composition test on me which involved being measured for height and weight whilst gripping a handle to test my water, fat and muscle content which traditional scales don’t measure. My stats are pretty similar to the gym scales that I used the other day and I was secretly hoping that I’d drop some body fat after my marathon but my weight remains at a steady 9st7lbs with my body fat at 22.1% and 46kg of muscle mass. I’m 57.7% hydrated which is good, have a visceral fat level of 1 which is the lowest, an astonishing metabolic age of just 16yrs -oh how I’d love to be a teenager again- and I’m clocking in at DCI 2,250 (daily calorie intake) which I know I’m under at the moment by a few hundred as I’m tightening up my diet but it’s good to know that I’m on the right path and will continue to cut body fat as my training progresses and I keep my kitchen on lockdown. All in all an awesome day and I feel pumped and on top of the world, roll on tomorrow and my morning karaoke on the way to the gym 🙂

UPDATE: 19/01/17 Back & Biceps At Bodyflex Gym (72 Days To Go)

Back and biceps have come around again so quickly this week as Tony devilishly introduced me to some awesome new machines. We started with Cyber pull downs, seated rows, rope pull downs, preacher curls and then finished on Smith drag curls. We’re still going high weight low reps and I was pretty stoked to reach my new personal best of 110 for a set of 8 pull downs.

40kg Seated Row At Bodyflex Gym

I found the rope pull downs the most unnatural today as my shoulders always have this weird way of feeling very alien as soon as I draw them backwards and Tony had to correct my elbows quite a few times as I dropped them too much but the more I got into it the better my posture and form became. I realised my grip on the ropes is pretty weak and even though my muscles supported me my hand strength was really lacking. And speaking of hand strength the callouses on my palms are pretty tough right now to the point that my children complain that it’s rough when I hold their delicate little hands. Mummy’s becoming a machine!!!

Back & Biceps 72 Days Until Pure Elite

I had a moment of weakness last night when a friend tempted me into eating eight popadoms from the Indian takeaway -yes eight!- and I literally savoured every last greasy bite with drool running down my chin it was so good. I used to have boiled rice and a vegetable curry from the Indian with garlic naan bread and onion bhaji’s but since becoming vegan I just have haji’s, popadoms and salad so just having popadoms last night was my most well behaved version of a cheat meal. Aside from accidentally having vodka for breakfast last week -again I was tempted by a friend- I actually haven’t had any other cheat days or wobbly-wagon moments. Even when I’m training I’m allowed a cheat day a week which I don’t always take, and with my daily calorie intake being set at 2250kcal I’m still below it with my 500kcal popadom binge! Hoorah!

My goal is still to get lean, drop body fat and build muscle so I’ll be resisting the urge for another cheat day anytime soon yet won’t dwell on it if it happens because fitness isn’t about punishing yourself and being miserable it’s all about setting goals, enjoying the journey and getting the results which involves finding a balance and being consistent. Obviously I want to be in the best shape of my life for my first bikini contest but I’m going away for two weeks of work this weekend and it’s going to throw me once again so I’ll try my best to break even and then go hard on my diet the second week of February until show time!

UPDATE: 20/01/17 Abs At Bodyflex Gym & Cardio At Anytime Fitness (71 Days To Go)

It’s my final day of training before I go away for work for two weeks and I have no idea what food or equipment I’ll have access to, I just know I that I won’t have my phone, my laptop, my Rocky (the Rottweiler) or Tony! This is going to be a massively testing two weeks away from my children and cut off from the world but in the grand scheme of things I hope the time passes quickly and I’ll do my best to stay on track with my diet and focus on trimming up my abs with the sacrifice of losing muscle mass a loss I’ll have to take on the chin because I’ll thankfully have a few weeks once I’m back to carry on with progress.

Training Abs At Bodyflex Gym

Today Tony and I worked on my abs starting with the Thera crunch, hanging leg raises, boxing ball twists and decline then flat leg raises. My stomach is feeling rock solid at the moment it’s just annoyingly wrapped in a layer of fat which is hiding my abs away but I can certainly feel them under there somewhere! I’ve got to be seriously strict now and trim trim trim.

My Progress 71 Days Until Pure Elite

I then headed across to Anytime Fitness where I went for my 5km cardio but ended up doing 10km as I get so into it and know that I can go further. Now I can’t update my blog for the next two weeks as I’ll be cut off from the world working but I’m hoping I’ll be allowed to keep hold of my gym diary and train bodyweight exercises which I’ll update once I’m back but it’ll be more of a stats review than picture and post update. Fingers crossed the next couple of weeks fly by and I can get back to earning the burn at Bodyflex! I wish you all luck with your training and hope you’ll enjoy the gym on my behalf until I’m back on the 7th of February! I’m taking bets on whether I’ll gain weight and come back totally soft and squishy!!!!

Remember to check back soon to see how I’m getting on! If you have any feedback, questions or thoughts for me then please feel free to leave them in the comments box below!

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Watch me compete: April 23rd 2017, Winter Gardens, Margate, Kent
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Tony Montalbano: 2 x British Champion & World Champion
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Lucy Walton: Team Superfox Online Coach & Personal Trainer
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Lucy Ashworth: Allure Couture Bespoke Bikini Boutique
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Chris Robinson: Online Fitness Coach & Videography
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Fiona Robinson: Online Fitness Coach
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Paul Jennings: Lifestyle Intervention Coach
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Tracy Kiss

Hello and welcome! I'm a 29yr old PR Friendly blogger, model and TV personality from London England, vegan and a single parent to my two wonderful children.

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