Why did you start training?
I started training seriously in December 2012 when I decided I wanted to compete at the ANB Asia Pacific Championships. Prior to that I just did a lot of bootcamp style workouts and some weights. I needed something to work toward because I was getting bored, so I decided to step it up and start training toward a comp. I started training because I wanted to focus on being healthy, I was a bit overweight and lazy and I was feeling like crap every day of my life. I was kick starting my day with a Redbull and a coffee everyday! I felt trapped, I felt sick and I knew something needed to change.
What things have you noticed change since you started training?
I have more energy, I have more confidence and I have far more opportunities. I believe in myself a lot more and know I can achieve anything I set my mind to.
What does your current training split look like?
Well I just finished competing at INBA QLD in the Bikini Model Division so I have had a couple of weeks off just doing yoga and pilates barre.
My new split looks like this:
- Monday: Pilates Barre
- Tuesday: Legs – morning / Yoga – evening
- Wednesday: Power walk & Arms
- Thursday: Power walk & Legs
- Friday: Power walk & Arms
- Saturday: Yoga
- Sunday: Yoga
What are your three favourite exercises in your workout routine?
- I love yoga – it is amazing and really helps with stopping my muscles from shortening.
- I love leg press, it is challenging but great
- I also love chin ups – I will master them… I’m pretty poor at them but they really challenge me and I want to get great at them.
What is your favourite form of cardio? How often do you do cardio?
Pilates Barre is a great cardio workout that uses a bit of muscle resistance as well. I certainly work up a sweat in a barre class! I also love walking… it’s nice to get out and about in nature and my Alaskan Malamute, Turbo certainly enjoys it too!
You follow a vegan diet. Do you find it difficult to eat enough of certain macronutrients such as protein? How do you ensure that you’re able to eat enough of these things?
I don’t find it difficult to get enough protein. I have only just started trying to track my macros using myfitnesspal as I really want to do fitness model for season B and I know I will need to be a lot stricter. There are many plant based sources of protein and one major one I am experimenting with at the moment is Seitan which contains 75% protein!
What does a typical day of eating look like for you?
First I start off with Oats and protein powder (either Vega or BSC Naturals).
For a morning snack I will usually have some cashews and walnuts.
Then at lunch I have been having soups to warm me up as it is winter. I don’t just have watery soups though I make sure I include a vegan protein source. So lately I have been having carrot and chickpea, green lentil and zucchini.
Afternoon snack usually consists of some celery and hummus.
Dinner is rice, green veg and seitan or tempeh.
Do you have cheat meals?
Yes I do… I need to keep my sanity. They still are relatively healthy and wholefoods based though. I make my own chocolate or banana icecream. Sometimes I will have a vegan pizza or Govinda’s (which is lentil dahls with rice, koftas and pakoras). Oh and I make my own home made potato chips from time to time too.
Do you use any supplements?
Yes I use either Vega or BSC Naturals protein powder, but that’s it.
What is your greatest achievement in the health and fitness industry?
In my childhood I won a Bronze medal at State level swimming and a silver at Surf Life Saving.
Recently my greatest achievements so far have been actually getting out there on stage with a whole bunch of amazing looking fit girls!
I also completed the 7km Spartan Race… which was a big deal for me because I hate running.
What would you most like to achieve in the fitness industry?
Firstly, I would like to help as many as people as possible realise that health and fitness can be fun and being healthy isn’t boring or hard. Being sick, in a rut and overweight is hard! I want to help people change their lives.
Personally, I want to compete more and step up to fitness model level and really get that bit leaner. I would love to place in a comp! I am also going to do the 14km and 21km Spartan Races this year so that will be a pretty big achievement too.
You’re a fitness competitor – Why did choose to compete?
I was getting bored and needed something to work toward. I felt like I didn’t have a goal so I wasn’t working as hard as I should. I needed something to make me really focus and to make me push myself further and there really is nothing more motivating than having to hop up on stage with a bunch of gorgeous girls to keep you working hard!
Does your competition prep diet vary from your off-season diet?
I am trying to make it vary as little as possible, which is why I am trying to build on from doing Bikini in this past season to fitness in season B. I want to get it to a stage where I can comp prep in minimal time and look fantastic. My comp prep is a work in progress and I want to do it on my terms. I don’t want to compromise health and vitality just to compete.
How do you balance your diet, training and workouts with everyday life?
I recently quit my day job to focus on health and fitness and my health and fitness business full time. My partner is a PT and I am currently studying my PT and yoga teacher certification.
What is the biggest mistake you made when first starting out in health and fitness?
Thinking it was going to happen overnight. We really need to drop the expectation that change happens overnight. Yes, some people are lucky and see major changes quickly. I am not one of those people and I have had to work hard for years to get into the shape I am. I have accepted that I am on a journey and if I want to do it on my terms, it will take time.
What are three tips you would share with a beginner?
- Be patient.
- Be consistent.
- Be persistent.
Your results will come, you just need to keep working toward it. Don’t give up at the first set back, just keep challenging yourself and pushing yourself. It is worth it.
Where does your motivation come from?
My motivation comes from many places, but the main reason is that I want to break down the stereotype that vegans cannot be fit. There are some amazing fit vegans out there that are beautiful and strong.