Back to Business…and Bulking…

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front in the last few months as everything else seems to have taken over. We’ve been busy fixing up the house, I’ve got a couple of new fun side projects taking up a LOT of my free time, and training/eating has somewhat fallen to the wayside a…

What hurts isn’t always what’s hurt!

Probably since I started writing on here, I’ve been whinging about my back. I don’t suffer well with injury and probably threw more than one strop in the gym when I’d get frustrated at being limited in what I could do. After rest, stretching and stepping back on the weight it still hadn’t eased up….

It’s Show Time! First Strength Comp

When we signed up to our first strength competition in January I don’t think either of us had a clue what we were really doing. We’d done a handful of PT sessions and were enjoying ourselves far too much, so naturally when the chance to compete came up I was all over it. I’m a…

Competition Countdown: Goals & Expectations

Three years ago on a gorgeous Saturday morning in May I competed in the doubles category of Miss Pole Dance UK Semi-Pro with my bestie. We’d mostly entered for a challenge and a bit of a laugh (I think she saw less of the amusing side than me…). There were only 6 couples entering and…

Competition Countdown: Mind Over Matter

There’s 3 sleeps to go until my first strength comp. We’ve done our last legs day and tonight is our final training session with Doug before epic food and rest time. In short, there’s not a whole lot else I can do to prepare my body…physically anyway. I wrote a few weeks ago about the…

Competition Countdown: My Foodie Life

I’ll be taking part in my first strength competition on May 14th and it’s something so far removed from anything I’ve ever done that I have NO idea how it’s going to go! With less than 2 weeks to go I thought it might be interesting to chart how 2016 has gone so far, and…

Derailed.

I have an hour to go until I need to head to the final day of the conference I’ve been involved in this week, and with a start time a little later than my usual day, I’m supposed to be taking this hour to get some words down for my yoga essay due next week,…

Revelling in the Little Victories

We’re always in such a rush to be the best at everything. We want to be the bendiest in yoga, the strongest in the gym, the most senior in the office, the favourite in the family. In our lives we have a horrible habit of ranking ourselves in everything we do, whether we’re measuring our popularity by…

No-Carb Breakfast Wrap

It’s probably fairly obvious by now that I love breakfast. Like really really love. As I’ve said before, the one thing that sees me through a low-carb day is the thought of the humongous bowl of steaming fruity porridge I can demolish the following morning. The age of sweet meals to kick off the day…

Lifting More Than Just the Bar: Fear After Injury

Feet grounded. Knees stable and facing toes. Straight back. Breathe in. Brace the core. Focus. Shoulders down. Lats tight. Engage everything. And lift. I go through the motions and it’s all there…my deadlift PB is 20% heavier than the weight at my feet, yet I can’t follow through. Those damn plates are stuck to the…

Protein Mug Cake

One of the things I love about carb cycling is the lack of restriction. On low-carb days I might be more limited by what I can eat and how much there is, but I can cope with 24 hours of that a couple of days a week if it means that the next day I…

Letter to a Pole Dance Beginner

Dear Pole Dancer Maybe you’ve just taken your first class, completed a beginners course or have just heard whispers that there might be more to this slightly sketchy sounding past time than society gives it credit for. How hard can it be, you thought? It’s just prancing around a bit…if strippers can do it without breaking…