Tell me about you?
I'm 33 years old, wife to my supportive husband Luke, and a mum to our beautiful son Brooklyn who is ten months old.
Describe your fitness history?
I use to think that running was the only way to get fit so I use to spend most of my time running. Four years ago my husband and I rode our bikes past a Crossfit comp in the streets of Canberra and I turned around to him and said I think I might be good at that. Luke thought, here we ago, Alex is onto yet another fad..... 4 years later and not only am I hooked, but so is my husband.
What did your daily routine include relating to physical activity and food?
Twoyears ago I stepped on stage and entered a fitness modelling competition. Prior to commencing preparation I use to run and do Crossfit. Maybe about 8/9 sessions a week. When I met my coach, she reduced my training to one session a day for an hour, 6 days a week, which included 4 x Crossfit sessions and 2 x isolated weight sessions a week. So my training actually reduced. I did a 16 week comp prep and I only did a total of 11 cardio sessions in my entire prep which was right in the end in the last two weeks of training. This consisted of a 45 minute walk fasted (so prior to eating breakfast). The physique that I brought to the stage was purely built by lifting weights (Crossfit) and nourishing my body with good food.
My diet simply consisted of wholesome good food such as oats, rice, vegetables, sweet potato, fats and proteins. I would eat five meals a day and drink roughly 500mls water with each meal.
My meals were all weighed and portioned. I also did all my meal prep on a Sunday for the week which allowed me to stay on track and gave me more time during the week to do other things. I also got to eat dark chocolate and peanut butter during this time.
Weighing and meal prepping all of my food was absolutely vital to me achieving my goals.
What were your ultimate goals?
I wanted to see if I could actually do it (become a fitness model). And to be honest, I use to scroll through Instagram and always wanted to be 'that' girl who had a six pack and looked ah-mazing in a bikini.
Yes I achieved my ultimate goal and stepped on stage and am so proud of doing it, but what I learnt along the way, and on stage day was something I was never prepared for.
1) I learnt that having a six pack isn't everything it is cracked up to be. For my body aesthetics it is bloody hard work (and I love my food)
2) having balance in my life was far more important than depriving myself of good food and a social life
3) it's far more fun being strong than super skinny and not having any energy to even get to the gym
4) it's so important to nourish yourself with good wholesome food. Your body deserves it. It will repay you with energy and a clear mind to tackle the day
5) lifting weights makes you feel strong and sexy. It also burns more energy throughout the day which increases your metabolism and in return can aesthetically change your body shape
What kept you focused and determined?
I decided I wanted to do something for me and didn't want to look back and think 'what if'. I use to use excuses such as work is to busy, I can't meal prep with my job because I travel to much. But the truth is, if you want it bad enough, you will make it work.
I'm a flight attendant and I use to pack my meals and take them to work with me. If I was flying to Singapore I would not eat the food on the jet, I would eat my protein, carbs and fats I had made myself.
At first it was hard to say no to that chocolate, or politely decline the dessert I was offered. But after a while it became invigorating to be able to say no. I felt in control of my mind, of my body. My body was thankful and the longer I nourished it with good wholesome food, the quicker it would provide me with the results I could see.
Be kind to yourself: nutrition is not low fat. It is not low calorie. Its not about being hungry and feeling deprived. It's nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are constantly satisfied and energised to live life to the fullest.
Health looks different on everyone. Stop comparing your beginning to someone else's middle.