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The Anti-Balance Advocate

‘Balance’ they say – ‘balance’ is shoved in my face every second day.

It is ALL about balance… You gotta create balance..

Mate I can’t even create a decent poo let alone create balance.

But what even is balance?

I see these women who have it all together – they advocate balance – these zen masters who have an amazing husband/partner, a beautiful house, they are always being fit and active and cook impressive healthy meals and treat their body like a goddamn temple, treating themselves with a tiny bit of 90% raw chocolate.

They call this balance.

While I’m over here arguing with Matt about who’s turn it is to feed the dogs, avoiding the pile of washing that is starting to look like Everest (as are my dishes) cooking the same chicken and 90 second microwave rice almost every night and trying my absolute hardest not to eat a whole block of chocolate in one sitting…. Resulting in me eating the whole block, feeling disgusting and having my stomach feel like it is going to implode about 20 minutes later.

And these women (although pretty fucking amazing) make me feel shitty about myself.

I start to think…

‘Why don’t I have ….’

‘Maybe I should start….’

‘I need to create balance’

‘Is that what I am suppose to do?’

Then I catch myself in mid thought and react.

My life is pretty fucking ace AND pretty fucking normal, I mean I can’t be the only one with washing coming out of my ears or perhaps washing lodged in my husbands ears hence why I have to ask him 10 times to take the bins out.

We need to begin to realise we ARE NOT failing because we fed our family 90 second microwave rice for dinner rather then quinoa (I had to google how to spell that.)

In real life balance is a load of crap.

I’m sure people create it – I’m sure it probably feels good for the week they implement it but you know what gets in the way?

Life.

And what I’ve found is the more you focus on what you DON’T have and what you are NOT doing the more pressure you put on yourself, the more stressed you get, the more weight you gain, the more sleep you loose, the more motivation plummets, the more you feel like an absolute failure.

What feels truly good is knowing you are doing your best – some days you will have your shit together and other days you won’t – it IS NOT creating balance.

It is simply life.

If you aim to live ‘balanced’ on a tight rope chances are you’ll fall – headfirst and feel really down about it.

If you aim to just live life the best possible way for you – not anyone else – for you and accept that there will be ups and downs you can never fall, you can never fail.

It is simply life.

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

To Core OR Not To Core?

You’ve probably heard mixed responses on wether you should directly train your core or not right?

I mean with all these Insta Gurus it’s bloody hard to know what the actual fuck to do!!

Every second person recommending something different and for someone like yours truly who gets to train 70 badass women each week it makes me cringe some advice I see online from people who probably haven’t trained an actual client everrrrr *insert over dramatic crying face emoji

There are those saying all other lifts target this section so it isn’t needed and there is no point because doing core work won’t actually give you a flat stomach, you can’t build abs blah blah blah….

SO lets clear it up shall we?

YASSSTELLLLL

You should 110% train core.

NOW lets get it straight what your core is before I tell you why because it is a word that gets thrown around a little to loosely… that’s what she said (sorry couldn’t help myself)

Your core refers to your entire midsection – front, back AND sides – NOT just your abs (rectus abdominis) your abs make up only a part of your core.

Right’o Tell I didn’t come here for a anatomy lesson…

Your core muscles act as stabilisers – they keep your body safe during day-to-day movements such as bending over, picking things up and even getting out of bed. They also help increase full potential strength on main lifts (squat, bench, deadlift)

If you have a weak core you’ll experience back pain (a SUPER common issue!), shitty posture (especially while sitting or in that case slouching) AND you wont experience true potential strength on your main lifts not to mention your form on these lifts probably wont be so crash hot either….

BUT TELL CAN’T I WORK ON MY CORE BY LIFTING WEIGHTS?

Sure – if you have fab body awareness you’ll more then likely train a parts of your core by lifting weights no doubt about it BUT how much control do you really have and how much focus are you putting on the correct muscles?

This is why training your core directly is important – body awareness and muscle activation – just like doing a heap of body weight, bad form squats won’t give you an ass – doing a heap of ab exercises whilst not focusing OR not doing it correctly won’t increase core strength.

By adding a small 5-10minute routine 2-3 times a week you will dramatically change the way you move, improve posture (especially with a sitting job) increase strength and WILL define your midsection – I truly believe core work gets giving a bad name because people throw a few sit ups in a set and call it ‘core’ my girls and I very, very rarely do sit ups – so what do we do?

WHAT CORE EXERCISES SHOULD I DO?

PLANKS AND STATIC HOLDS: I great place to start is static hold exercises like planks and hollow holds because you aren’t moving you have a chance to really squeeze (am I mean squeeze) the muscles you are trying to target. They should burn and and shake – get to know what this feels like so you know what to look out for when progressing….

ROLL UPS/TEASERS: Once you nail static hold exercise begin to add moving exercises that create body awareness and core control such as roll ups which will teach you to move your body all whilst keeping activated – you learn to control your body rather then getting momentum from other muscles like your arms and legs.

LEG EXTENSIONS: Now your body control is down pat lets focus on keeping your core tight whilst moving your legs away from the body – think leg raises, flutter kicks and scissors – all exercise commonly done – but commonly done incorrectly – as your legs extend to straight your lower back should NOT lift away from the ground – once this happens you’ve lost control so either a) complete the exercise with knees bent at 90 degrees or b) decrease range of movement – don’t take your legs raise all the way down to the floor it may only be a slight movement as long as you stay in engaged thats all that matters.

WEIGHTED/RESISTANCE: If you are nailing all of the above add a dumbbell, bands, kettle bell or weight plate to the exercise to advance it but be sure you never loose control and remember to focus on what you are doing, feel the muscles working.

VARIETY: Don’t complete the same exercises each week – change reps, angles and weights – there is so many deep muscles throughout your core by doing the same movements you will not target all of them, won’t progress and will get bored very quickly. Adding in a variety will hit the different areas and will teach the body how to keep tension throughout out each one of them.

Soon enough by adding in the above and doing it correctly I guarantee you’ll notice a HUGE difference in strength, definition and injury prevention/rehab.

#ISAIDCOREWAYTOMANYTIMESINTHISBLOG

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

HOW NOT TO BLOW OUT OVER EASTER, LONGER WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAYS EVER AGAIN!

Y’all know I love sugary foods – and for a chocoholic Easter is a dangerous time of year.

An even more dangerous situation is when it is Easter AND you are going away for the long weekend!

WHY?

Well you know when you leave the house wether it is an over night trip or a week away it is automatically holiday time and Calories don’t count.

It’s like an unwritten rule.

Like at airports – doesn’t matter what time of day it is it is totally socially acceptable to drink or in my case eat a packet of peanut M&M’s at any time of day.

So I want to give you my TOP SECRETS on how I DON’T blow out on holidays and still eat whatever the f*ck I want.

1 – FASTING: Not eating for a prolonged period of time (12-16 hours) gives your digestive system a chance to catch up on all the crap you’ve been shovelling in, will leave you feeling flatter, more energetic and you’ll actually feel hungry when you eat!

WHAT I DO:
Miss breakfast all together…. The first meal is lunch – this option will save you time, money and calories. No rushing to get up and get out to find somewhere for breakfast – no paying for breakfast – more calories to consume later in the day.

BREAKFAST LOVERS:
So if you are a huge breakfast lover this already sounds horrible and you are ready to click da faq out of this post BUT WAIT!!!!! You can STILL have breaky! Just push it back a little bit – instead of having it as soon as you wake up wait until 11-12 and have ‘Brunch’

2 – BLACK COFFEE:
Good for two reasons:
#1 give you energy without a shit tonne of calories
#2 travelling can leave you constipated (I obviously don’t have this problem) but I use to and I know many women suffer the same thing too – have a black coffee in the morning and it should ease any toilet trouble and leave you feeling a little lighter!

3 – SWEAT:
If you have access to a gym that’s awesome! Jump onto my insta (@chantelmaree) and under ‘Workouts’ in my highlisys I got you covered. If you are in the middle of bum f*ck or somewhere without a gym and all you have is your body I got you to 😉
If you know movement you know the basic body weight exercises right? Like squat, push up, lunge, sit up etc…. write a list of x10 exercises in the notes section of your phone. Each morning choose x3 exercises. With these x3 exercises complete x10 reps of each. Complete 3-5 rounds. Sweat done!

4 – WALK:
Everywhere as much as you can! You are in no rush walk 2km to get your coffee and some lunch – who cares! JUST WALK!

5 – GREEN CAPS:
It is likely you wont eat as many veggies as you usually would so I find a travel friendly aka can fit in my handbag greens sup (I use the brand we stock at RF 7.2 Greens Caps) it is an easy way to get my nutrients in.

6 – BIGGER MAINS LESS SNACKING:
Pretty self-explanatory eat bigger main meals WITH entrees if you please just don’t snack between. Simples 🤷🏼‍♀️

7 – BE ADVENTUROUS:
I’m ALWAYS down for lounging by the pool and laying around (currently in bed in NYC) but it is great to mix things up and try something new – mini golf hell yeah, surfing sure, stand up paddle boarding wicked, hiking aighttt!! Whatever it is get your family, partner or who ever it is with you and take them on an adventure!

And most importantly have fun, be safe and have a good bloody time where ever you are! 

And there you are my secrect to stay lean whilst eating all the delish foods you want 😜

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

I’m stressed, your stressed – we’re all stressed….

We go through hard times, everyone does it’s just a part of life and if we never experienced hard times we would never know nor appreciate the good times…

Everyone’s stresses are different and in my career I hear a so many stories on a weekly basis whether it’s girls drowning in debt, uni, work, events or relationships – the core of these stresses usually involves us trying to juggling and deal with too many things at once or trying to keep everyone happy thus suffering emotionally.

These bricks of stress build daily stacking away, we don’t deal with them, we just keep adding to the pile and before we know it there is a wall. A big arse unstable wall that is about to crash and fall.

Sounds all familiar right?

What people forget is that they are never alone in any situation.

What people also don’t realise is that by pushing the stresses lower and deeper will not make them go away. (as much as we try!)

And what people REALLY don’t understand is that if they address their stresses it can help relieve them. (wait what?)

Some tips on how I juggle my sometimes overwhelming, hectic yet exciting life involve two simple things:

-Ask for help! Sounds simple right? That’s because it is! I’m talking anything from dishes to financial – if you need help, just ask if you’re surrounding yourself with people that love you, they will always be wanting to help take a weight off your shoulders.I know we like to think we can do and handle absolutely everything but truth be told we will be more productive if we just let go of the reins every once and a while – and hey, if the hubby washes the dishes I’m not going to complain!

-Take a break – Every 3 months Matt & I get away, yes we love our business and everyone involved and that’s why we feel it’s an important key – if we are tired, grumpy and stressed it reflects directly back onto the people around us. A week away allows our bodies & mind to re-charge. Can’t get o/s? Maybe a weekend away interstate or at a very minimum a night out with dinner, drinks and a movie…

So where I’m going with this is I get stressed (my body literally started breaking down as a sign to say you need to slow the f*ck down and calm the f*ck down!), you get stressed, the person next to you gets stressed – it’s a part of life don’t let your bricks pile up only just to crash and fall – address the issue and turn your brick wall into a pavement of success.

Stay Strong & Stretch,

Tel X

P.S – On that note I’m off to America first thing tomorrow for some well-deserved R&R but stay tuned for my next blog on how not to blow out on holidays while still eating delish foods and enjoying down time ✌🏼

‘The Pill’ what the f*ck is it doing to you?

So you’re 15 years old and told you need to start taking ‘The Pill’ – you kind of know about it – some of your friends are on it and it is supposed to a) help with your acne, b) regulate your teenage periods and most importantly c) stop you from falling accidentally pregnant.

All pro’s – wewwwww – you don’t second question it – especially if the GP see no issues.

Everything is good – your periods and pimples are well under control and you are not auditioning for MTV’s TeenMom.

You know no different and continue taking it for the next 10, 12 hell even 15 years….

That’s what I did – that’s what we all do right? If there were any effects on the body surely our GP wouldn’t just keep giving out this medication no questions asked??

RIGHT?

Before we even get into that side of the story do you even know what that tiny little pill is? Or what it is doing to your body? Or your daughters body when used long term?

Most birth control pills are “combination pills” containing a mix of the hormones oestrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman cannot get pregnant if she doesn’t ovulate because there is no egg to be fertilized.

AGAIN – NO EGG RELEASE!!!! It literally stops your body from doing what it was designed to do. (The thought of not letting my body naturally ovulate for 12 years made me cringe.)

The Pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that may have been released. The hormones in the Pill can also sometimes affect the lining of the uterus, making it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus.

I honestly didn’t know either of these things. I had been taking this medication for 12 years and did not know this. I didn’t even second question the pill I popped for 12 years straight – I was completely oblivious to how it worked.

It wasn’t until I become sick with my bowel disease I starting digging a little deeper into the long term effects the pill has on the body because my Naturopath had questioned how long I’d been on OC (oral contraceptives) for and if I’d ever given my body a break.

‘Break?’ I thought to myself? Why would I need a ‘break’?!

The more I read the more convinced I was it was making me sick.

The more I read the more concerned I was for what I’d been putting my body through.

The more I read the more I thought why is no one talking about this??

Fact: Women who take the pill are nearly ten times the risk of dying from pulmonary embolism (a blood clot reaching the heart) than those who aren’t taking it.

A normal dose of the pill is four times the amount of oestrogen normally present in the body. Pills are a “one size fits all”, however if no two bodies are the same, it becomes easy to recognise why so many women experience negative side effects.

Like myself.

In my next appointment with my naturopath after lots of reading and researching I questioned her about the negative impact the pill could be having on my body particularly my gut and bowel disease.

She explained – the pill is toxic – therefore it directly affects the liver.

Your liver goes into overdrive and your body does what it can to protect it.

Leaving your gut open game for all sorts of infections, diseases and issues.

This made total sense to me and made me think of how many women out there actually suffer from gut issues that could be OC related!

I stopped taking the pill that day.

It felt very weirdly liberating. I can’t explain it but I instantly felt like I had more energy, I was sleeping better and my UC improved significantly within the first month.

I felt free.

The only thing I was paranoid about was falling pregnant but after downloading the app ‘flo’ it was a real game changer it logs my periods so I’m able to see when I’m ovulating and when I’m due for my period… I learnt so much about my own body it was really cool expect when ‘flo’ reminded me my period was now 3 weeks late….

Omg I’m pregnant, what am I going to do?!? I can’t look after a child, I’m not ready – omg omg omg.

The Naturopath did inform me that my period may be a bit off as your body forgets how to produce hormones naturally due to the fact it has been given artificial hormones for 12 years.

Yup – your female body forgets how to produce hormones because of the long term use of OC.

For me this was the case – no pregnancy just a lack of hormones.

It took me 4 months to get my period – I had like phantom periods with horrible cramps like it was trying to come but never did…. everyone is different some girls come off the pill and instantly get their period others won’t see it for a good year.

Because your body is basically that fucked up from artificial hormones.

If I wanted to get pregnant I couldn’t of. All because a lack of education. We assume to take the pill (have all these side effect which we assume are normal and just our bodies) then when we want to start a family go off it, have sex and fall pregnant.

It just does not happen like that.

I’m now 12 months off the pill and am only just getting regular periods – meaning I can now begin to pin point and know my cycle.

I’m a strong believer that OC contributed to my bowel disease, moods and energy levels.

I can confidently say I’ll NEVER go back on OC again.

This post it not saying do not use Oral Contraceptives – this blog is merely saying just be mindful – do your research on different options and what they are doing to the body and be sure to give your body a break if you do choose to stay on OC, be smart and listen to your body. Hopefully this post makes you more aware and saves you any long-term grief like I know so many women have gone through just because we are not educated on the topic.

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel x

 

Why BJ’s should be a girls best friend…

The power, hard work and sense of accomplishment after BJ’s is just unbeatable!!!

BJ’s require A LOT of energy because they are highly intense. They use the WHOLE body and will activate nearly every muscle, which is why BJ’s burn a heap of calories in a single session and can help you loose weight.

The POWER and SPEED that comes from a BJ will help you increase your strength. When you follow an eccentric contraction (muscle lengthening) with a concentric contraction (muscle shortening) your muscle produces greater force and this is where the power and speed utilised in a BJ comes from.

The only disadvantage with BJ’s is the high risk of injury. I have never personally seen anyone hurt himself or herself during a BJ but because of the intensity and impact on the body it is quite common, so it is very important your BJ’s technique is on point. If you are a beginner it is important to start with low volume and gradually progress once you have built up strength.

It is safe to do BJ’s 2-3 times a week but make sure you begin with a light 10 minute warm up to increase blood flow to help your muscles function properly and to prevent injury.

So make sure you add box jumps to your workouts – an exercise I LOVE!

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel x

Injuries, setbacks, sabotage & speed humps….

How frustrating is it when you’re on – you know when you’re feeling really fucking good wether it be training consistently & hard or eating well – you’re feeling strong, lean and confident then the unexpected shit storm happens.

You injure yourself.
or/&
You binge eat.

leading to…

You can’t train.
or/&
You feel like shit.

What do you do? How do you react?

I know you’re thinking of a certain time where this has happened to you – it may even be right now….

It’s just crap.

Do you ‘push through’ your injury only resulting in hurting yourself more and having even more time off training?

Do you take the all or nothing approach and continue binge eating – I mean you’ve broken your good habits now you might as well make the most of it?

What are you suppose to do???

You don’t want to have time off training – it makes you feel good and you don’t want to fall behind.

You don’t know where to start with eating well again because you’ve just lost all control and get into the groove of saying ‘I’ll start Monday’

So seriously what the fuck are you suppose to do?

Step 1 – frantically panic and start hysterically crying about your injury worrying you’ll never train again continue onto Coles to buy a block of chocolate.

Okay just kidding there….

Well sort of…

I think it’s perfectly normal to have a little cry if you hit a setback – I mean you’re fucking upset and frustrated at yourself – you don’t need this shit right now of course you’re going to be upset.

I did when I tore my quad last week.

a) It bloody hurt.
b) I was on fire with my training this is NOT what I wanted.

Result – sook like a little baby and think about how fat and weak I’m going to get because of it.

Tel, you’re literally not helping the situation at all please give me your magical advice before I either punch someone in the face or reach for another snickers.

Okay, okay lets go…

SO YOU ARE INJURED

-You instantly need to take it seriously – just pretending it’s a little niggle or pushing through will NOT make it go away – you need to address it ASAP.

-If it is just a little niggle/tweak believe it or not this is actually a good thing – it means you can look after it before it becomes a real big issue.

-If you legit know you have hurt yourself (e.g my quad) because of the intense pain, followed by even more intense throbbing and aching please stop whatever the fuck it is you’re doing and just sit down – don’t continue walking, running, lifting whatever it is you are doing.

-Don’t panic – lolz jokes panic will probably happen – the cloud of doubt will 100% loom on you so I’m not even going to try and tell you to remain calm – lets use my examples from above of some thoughts that may cross your mind… ‘I’m going to get fat’ ‘I won’t be able to train ever again’ ‘I’m going to loose all my strength’ ‘Why me?’ ‘It hurts’ ‘I’m dying’ etc, etc.. followed by some tears it is all pretty normal and standard but try and pull yourself together.

DO NOT book into a bloody GP – your local bulk billing doc is great when you need some anti baby pills, sleeping pills and a med cert to get the day off work – not for training injuries, they will give you some anti-inflams which yes will make the area feel good but it will simply mask the problem not resolve it – see a Dr that specialises in the body which leads me to my next point…

-Book into an Osteo like right now – don’t ‘Oh I’ll see how it feels tomorrow’ like right now do it. Here is a link to my Osteo …

BACCHUS MARSH OSTEO

-Until your appointment don’t do shit that hurts – if it hurts to squat don’t squat. As a trainer I know there is ALWAYS alternatives to an exercise – so please, PLEASE ask and tell us when something doesn’t feel right – I know trainers are good but we aren’t mind readers!

– Listen to the Osteo – sounds simple right – but I know what y’all training crazed junkies are like!!! If he says no lower body weights for a week then NO LOWER BODY WEIGHTS FOR A WEEK!!! This is the most important point on this blog. You will not recover if you do not let the area rest, I know it sucks, I KNOW!!! But what sucks even more is not resting and re-hurting the area resulting in another 2 weeks off training.

SIDE NOTE: YOU CAN STILL TRAIN WITH AN INJURY – as I said above do not do anything that hurts and leave that area of the body alone eg. I haven’t trained lower body in 2 weeks but I have been going for light walks because the movement feels good and have also been doing upper body sessions. Listen to your body. It isn’t the end of the world you can work around it!

-Go to your follow up appointment with the Osteo – depending on what you’ve done 2 Osteo sessions minimum is what I would recommend – the second one you might not feel as necessary because you’re feeling good but that is exactly why you should go.

-Re-introduce training that area LIGHTLY just because you’ve been given the all clear don’t go and smash you body – take it light, and increase on it next session.

LASTLY…

-Think about what you did that resulted in this injury? If you train like an athlete do you recover like one? Do you have rest days? Do you eat enough food? Do you take stretching seriously? Do you do mobility exercises? Do you use correct form when at the gym? Do you need to strengthen certain muscles? These little things can prevent another injury from happening so are some good points to think about and improve on so you don’t go back to square one.

SO YOU ARE EATING LIKE AN UNSUPERVISED CHILD AT A BIRTHDAY PARTY

You were eating so well what happened?!?!

You fell off the chicken and veggies train straight into the dirty burger with chips and gravy ocean…

I know, I get it, it happens *raises hand like the unsupervised child I am…

so how do you get back the motivation to get your eating back under control?

Stay tuned for part 2 tomorrow 😉 In the mean time step away from the goddam packet of starburst. 

First comes love, second comes marriage, third comes a European trip in the business class carriage…

We have all heard the saying…..

‘First comes love, second comes marriage, and third comes a baby in the carriage’….

Well, according to these set in stone guidelines and as people keep reminding me I’m up to a ‘baby in a carriage’….

But before we get to that lets rewind a little bit say when you’re in high school.

You image what the rest of your life will be like – ya’ know the usual – go to uni until you’re 18- 24 years old – meet the man of your dreams somewhere in that time– stop following your dreams – fall in love – settle down – get married at 25 – have a baby straight away – be a mum….

That’s what destiny has for us.

This is what we are brought up to know.

That’s what society says we should do.

And that’s where we run into a problem.

It’s all a crock of crap.

We need to stop feeding this stereotype because as soon as we don’t follow this order we instantly get judged.

OMG – they are having a baby before marriage – it MUST have been an accident.

OMG – I can’t believe she’s already back at work after giving birth. She obviously doesn’t love her family enough.

OMG – they only have one child? Why haven’t they had another one? Must be having marriage issues.

OR what I have been copping recently and straight after the wedding ‘So when are you going to have a baby?’

Like, because I’m married now my vagina is open game for conversation.

Sorry I didn’t realised my sex life was on the table for discussion…

Luckily I’m an open book so while we are at it would you also like to know when I’m ovulating and wether I’m on top while having sex?

What if I’m actually trying to conceive and I’m having problems like so many women are?

What if I’ve fallen pregnant and I lost the baby in the early days like so many women have?

What if every time you ask I cringe inside because I don’t want kids like so many women do?

YOU JUST DON’T KNOW!

We live in a modern day society where females are now working just as hard as the men, they are now encouraged to follow their dreams and live their own life not just used as a baby-making machine.

Which I think is fan-fucking-tastic.

And that’s the way I live by – I want to live MY life to the fullest. If I had of had a baby straight after getting married I wouldn’t have been able to finish the renovations to my house, I wouldn’t have been able to go business class, I wouldn’t have been able to go o/s whenever I wanted, I wouldn’t have been able to work on my business. I’m not saying I’ll never have a baby I’m saying I’ll do it when I’M ready not when society thinks I’m of age and ready to.

Some people may call this selfish but I don’t give AF. You get one life and I will live it how I want to – as should you….

Want to have a baby pre marriage? Good for you GF – hell never get married – they are expensive AND stressful.

Want to get married and settle down with a baby straight away? Fuck yeah go ahead, you’ll be a great mum!

Want to travel the world and follow your dreams? Yassss girl I feel you!!!

Whichever way you want to live your life is totally fine – do not let ignorant people make you feel shitty for your life decisions AND don’t judge others how they choose to live THEIR life because you don’t know their circumstances. 

Now excuse me while I go book another European adventure and enjoy my sleep in tomorrow….

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

2017 The Year Dedicated To Not Shitting Myself…

2017

Another year is almost over.

Can you really believe that?? HOW?!?!

Matt had us in our staff meeting write down everything we have achieved this year.

I honestly felt like I had done nothing….

Don’t you feel the same?? What a wasted year – I started thinking to myself – If I had of started this I could be here, or if I had of done that I could be here….

“Tel – Are you writing or daydreaming?” Matt catches me off guard – totally daydreaming….

Any who back to writing – where do I start?!?! I’ve done NOTHING!!!!

For a moment I feel kind of down – I NEVER do nothing I guess the best place to start is Jan…

(JAN) All I remember is starting the year a newly wed and extremely sick…. My bowel disease Ulcerative Colitis was at its worse – I wasn’t sleeping, I had no energy and I was not my self. I was running to the loo 15-20 times a day. It was affecting my life dramatically – coaching was hard, training was harder. Social life became limited because I didn’t want to risk being toiletless. The relationship I had with Matt suffered I was depressing – never wanted to go anywhere or do anything just sleep.

I really didn’t know how bad it was until I look back now…. I don’t know how I coped at all.

(Dr Relf and his laser acupuncture have worked wonders for my UC – I now live a somewhat normal life – don’t get me wrong I’m far from ‘fixed’ but god I’m happy to say I’m finishing the year finally feeling like my motivated self again.)

This was the first thing I thought of when he told us to write about our year.

(JAN-APRIL) Dot point number two was Royale Wellness Studio. Yup between naps and shitting 24/7 Matt & I managed to set up a new sister business to Royale Fitness – it was hard work – but we love a challenge – Royale Wellness Studio has x2 Infrared Saunas and a Floatation Therapy Pod, we also have an Osteo in the front room plus two absolutely beautiful receptionist/PA’s Malree & Steph which have made our lives so much easier! The studio compliments the gym and follows everything we believe in. I LOVE that whenever Matt and I get an idea we just follow through and bloody do it! (Always with a ridic deadline and a lot of redbull!)

(APRIL) Did a refresher in my Pilates mat series course and also did my Pilates reformer qualifications. Lots of people have asked me about reformers and I LOVE them – but I don’t LOVE teaching them, mat series is my jam and I absolutely LOVE it. Floor work pilates is for EVERYONE and can be done anywhere. Doing these courses is the best way to learn what you do and do not like – it keeps my programs fresh and keeps the old brain ticking! Knowledge is key and if you are the smartest person in the room – you are in the wrong room!

(APRIL) Decided last minute to go to LA with Matt – he was already heading over on the Saturday I decided on the Tuesday I was also going to go with him!! Venice Beach, the stars home tours, the Hollywood sign, cruising up to Malibu, watching the NBA play offs and shitting myself after breakfast burritos in white jeans – was defs a trip to remember!

(JUNE) I bought my first car – I know 27 years old and has never had to buy a car, DW I defs made up for it with my new wheels. I’m not a car person but I tell you I feel pretty damn cool driving around in my benz!

(JULY) By this point I was starting to feel energized again. Slowly getting my mojo back – I started training with Ashby. We work together but we never really trained together – she trains early morning and I just wasn’t doing early mornings, as I’d usually be up a lot of the night with an upset stomach. So as my tummy settled I got to become more consistent and found a new training partner and a bloody good friend! Training from December 2016-July 2017 was not a priority at this point – I was lucky to train once a week if that – the energy I had went into the Studio and my Tribe at RF.

(JULY) Held a Mid Year Party for Royale Fitness – it was 80’s workout theme and man was it fun!!!! Had such a good night dancing in my active wear. Just when you think you couldn’t love your second home any more you hold an event like this and it just bring you all closer.

(SEPTEMBER) One year married – time is going so quick. We spent our one year wedding anniversary in EGYPT!!! I know!!! How amazing – it was truly breathtaking. I HIGHLY recommend people to go – it isn’t scary like portrayed at all. Memphis Tours is whom we did ours with. – again I highly recommend them. After Egypt we spent a week on the Greek islands – Santorini and Mykonos. Sun. Cocktails. Food. BIG Bucket list goal ticked off!!!!

(OCT) We got a quote to renovate our kitchen (YAY!!!) walls are removed for where it has to go and the ball is finallllly rolling – should be in Australia Day! Reno’s are slowly getting there not much left to do on the inside then the outside will start!! We also decided to become apart of a mentorship program to learn more about property investing and add to our property portfolio. Now realestate.com is homework – no complaints here!

(DEC) My training is consistent. Hitting 4-5 sessions a week. I’m finding the more consistent and motivated I am the more my girls are. Man are they strong. I’m so SO proud of the effort each one of them is putting in. I look forward to going into RF every night and I leave feeling so blessed for my life. #telstribe SOOOO pumped for the new year helping each of the strive towards new goals.

Shit.

-Setting up a new business.
-Travelling overseas twice.
-Creating lean, STRONG, badasses.
-Buying my first car.
-Overcoming/managing a bowel disease.
-Renovating a house.

Maybe I did do a bit….

If I hadn’t of done this exercise I would have honestly continued to think that 2017 was a year dedicated to trying not to shit myself in public.

Our brains for some silly reason are attracted to the negatives in life – I guess because these are the things that hurt you and stand out the most.

WE are ALWAYS our own worse enemy.

So are you feeling like 2017 wasn’t your year? Feeling like you didn’t hit targets you wanted to? Did you go through pain? Was it all just a load of shit?

I bet you answered YES to at least one of those questions.

If you did I want you to sit down and write out what you achieved this year.

Yes, all the shitty things you might of had to of gone through (that’s life baby!) but also focus in on those parts that made you feeling really fucking good.

Those little wins.

You may have cut bad relationships but I bet you also made even better ones.

Celebrate the wins – acknowledge your successes and be proud of the person you are.

Let it motivate you to aim high in 2018.

Fucking OATH!!!!! Cheers to 2017 thanks for the experiences, the lessons and the relationships I’ve gained – 2018 watch out because I’m ready to fuck you up.

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

Fit Gal’s Ultimate Christmas List…

Dry Shampoo – We like you all think our hair is clean, when we really haven’t washed it in almost 4 days – we don’t see the point when we know its only going to get sweaty again.

ActiveWear – You may think we have enough activewear….. but we don’t! If it starts with ‘L’ you get brownie points…. ** cough ** Lululemon ** cough, cough ** Lorna Jane.

Runners – These are a tough personal selection so why not leave the selecting up to us and opt for a foot locker or rebel voucher so we don’t end up with god knows what, which we’ll be forced to wear only because we love you to much to tell you.

Bobby pins and Hair Ties – There is nothing worse then feeling your rats tail hanging in the breeze with no bobby pin to secure that sh*t up – and if we break a hair tie – it’ll be our last hair tie and it’ll be mid training session, sure other girls will have spares but we are better off asking for their blood.

Laser Hair Removal Voucher – Shaving is so pre-training days & we are sick of getting caught with our arms up and a 5 o’clock shadow, plus knowing you are hairless give you one less thing to worry about while doing yoga in little shorties.

Socks – as ridiculous as this sounds socks are a necessity – Why? a) You don’t realise how expensive they are until you move out of home and mum stops buying them and b) One always seems to go missing?!

If you think you are being cute by buying us a 5kg kettlebell we are more then likely going to knock you over the head with it, b*tch please.

Peanut Butter – I don’t know there is something about peanut butter and fitness that just go hand in hand. Actually there is something about peanut butter and EVERYTHING that go hand in hand.

Massage Voucher – If you aren’t willing to massage our sore, aching, tired muscles that’s fine leave it to a professional – 1 hour full body please & thank you!

And if none of those tickle your fancy we are ALWAYS keen for a puppy.

Girls, share this & save your partner from buying you a crap present this year.

Stay Strong & Stretch,
Tel X

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