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Me and ” the challenge”

Well, you may wonder, why should you read this Blog?

I guess I’m searching to do something a little different with my Blog, but Is’nt everyone?

Me: Emma, Personal Trainer, 10 amature boxing fights, Need a new challenge

The challenge: Enter and win a body figure competition using CrossFit training and Paleo/Primal eating

I shall put old training methods for figure competitions on the floor and stamp on them with my pink chucks, lets see if this challenge brings out the best in me!!

Follow my progress with eating and workouts. HELP me, I am new to this and need all the encouraging advice I can get!

You may wonder why I’m doing this? well, I wanna win the competition, and I cant think of anything worse than traditional training. eg. back one day, legs the next, hours and hours of training a each day, spliting up cardio and weights…. I’m looking for efficiency and results. And most of all I want to feel healthy and fit and be bursting with energy! I think CrossFit training is gonna be the most efficient way of training. If you don’t believe me then I guess you will have to follow my blog. Sweet.

Pink Chucks

Pink Chucks to stamp on old work out routines


13 responses

  1. Nick C

    kia ora

    July 4, 2010 at 9:41 am

  2. Maku

    Site’s looking good Emz! Good luck!

    July 7, 2010 at 3:01 am

  3. vanndizon

    And the challenge begins! I got your Back Soul Sister!

    July 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

  4. Shannon Balzat

    Hay Hun,

    Im 15 days out from comp and Im exhausted, tired, grumpy, irrational at times and I really want chocolate, at the moment im walking 70km per week thats about 10 hours.. I do 5 weight sessions and eat chicken and beans 4x a day..

    For me boxing was an emotional journey of strength, body sculpting is a test of determination when your body is at an extreme.. Geez I cant even think straight and I’m freezing ahah

    I’m happy to talk with you about anything but I’m not sure everyone on your sight wants to hear my experience of Body Sculpting haha

    Advice.. Warn people when you start stripping down that your no fun to be around! Prep all meals,you will be great good luck..

    Me.. Im hanging in there.. I have come so far now lol Blisters on all my toes.. Protein and vitimins need a handbag alone..

    Off to the sex shop now to buy my stripper shoes for the show.. Posing practice and routine tomorrow.. Wedgie bikini here I come..

    Ohhh and Ive booked Lone Star for straight after the comp.. Wahoo..

    Love and Laughter and 8% body fat xx
    To you
    Love Shan

    July 9, 2010 at 5:10 am

    • Shannon Balzat

      Oh Im entered in Counties Manukau 24th July NABBA Novice Tall Body Sculpting xx

      July 9, 2010 at 5:14 am

      • Wow! That is full on girl. I cant believe how much walking you are doing!! Can’t wait to see some photos of you and you funny bikini..haha wedgie here you come 🙂
        Stick at it girl you are so close now. Sending you good vibes and look forward to catching up real soon.
        That Lone star is gonna taste real good x

        July 13, 2010 at 9:20 am

  5. Zana

    Hey Emma,

    Looks like your doing well with your training! Just a bit of advice on your background studying. Stay away from believing wikipedia it is not by any means a source of information with any clout, as in someone who got told a story could have just written that Ketone article and it kinda sounds like they did.

    Low CHO high fat diet is not the way to go! It doesn’t make you burn fat faster, it is just a fancy way of saying your starving yourself.
    Your body needs Glucose it is what your body runs on. Basicly if you were stuck in the desert with nothing but water your body would use up its CHO stores first then go on to using your tissues and fat stores to survive ultimately all your going to do if you don’t eat the right fuels is put yourself in a Ketogenic state.

    So get ready for ….
    a decrease in your performance ability as you body can’t utilise fat as a fuel at high intensity! (it must have glucose for exercise above 70% of submaximal intensity)
    Ketogenic breath – smells like paint thinner and your body kinda smells weird also.
    Lethargic feelings as your brain runs on Ketone bodies (not it’s preffered choice glucose).

    Your Primal diet is good that is basicly the way we should live

    No processed foods
    good meat loads of fresh vegies and whole grains plenty of water and activity cause once upon a time we had to hunt that animal before we ate it!

    Also who ever told you coconut milk is good lied. It is predominently saturated fat!!!!
    A fat that you do not need at all in your body.
    You do need fat but in the form of
    Monounsaturated and deffinitly
    That article about the coconut milk is also pretty redicuclous as well.
    Saturated fat is bad we should have maximum 10 % of our total diet from that which would not be hard to get just from coconut milk before you look at the factors in your diet that its in.

    The fact that it says it takes stress off the pancreas because it is high in saturated fat is beyond a joke, it’s 95% saturated fat!!
    I would cut the coconut cream business asap

    1 g 0f Fat gives you 37.8Kj
    1 g of CHO gives you 16.8KJ

    so you can eat double the amount of CHO based foods for the same amount of fat.

    And fat is the least satisfying macronutrient. It is more palatible yes, but the reason people over eat fatty foods is it takes so long to digest people over eat it and then end up feeling full and bloated.

    It’s the easiet equation under the sun

    Energy in = energy out, to maintain weight, negative or positive on either side will give you loss or gain.

    You need to work out the amount of energy you expend a day the amount of training and then get guidelines as to the amount of CHO and protein you need for that. If you want I have them just email me.

    Once you have done that stick with your Primal foods in the correct amounts your on the right track but be careful to really look at the source of where your information comes from and how reputable it is before you believe it, the internet is a wonderful world of make beleive.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    • thanks Zana, please read my latest post for the response to this 🙂 thanks heaps

      August 6, 2010 at 4:36 am

  6. Zana

    Thats excellent your getting more info Emm!! and good to see you on your toes. Makes sense you didn’t put it all up on the main page in that case. Thats kinda what I was thinking when I was writing I was like crap how do I cut this all down.

    I think I was just more worried about the fact that your promoting foods (namely coconut oil) which most people who are not like you at all, don’t watch their food intakes or go as hard with their training as you to think it is ok to eat, because although you have said that it means you are not stressing your pancreas by releasing insulin in the presence of glucose, you have not addressed the issues that saturated fat causes in our body, remembering our bodies release of insulin into the blood is a natural response to take glucose into the muscles and liver to be stored as glycogen for fuel, If you aren’t eating processed refined sugars and rather complex carbs that are low glycaemix index then there going to digest slowly and not cause surges in insulin release anyway .

    What I have learnt at uni is all based on current research carried out by highly reputable academics (it’s not like AUT that almost seems like a joke as I am sure you agree that nutrition paper was the worst thing ever!).

    That is great that you have managed to sort out the skin issues, sometimes it can be the smallest thing to change which can work for you but it is a very individual circumstance we all have such different genetic disposition. Anyway I’m sure we could have some fantastic conversations about all our ideas haha but it looks like you have what is sorted for your training style anyway. I am so glad you have done loads of your own research more than what it looked like on the front page.
    Seemed a bit like you were just grabbing the first thing you read but your a smart chicken and i’m sure set to win!!!! If you do need anything I have tones of info and access to a lot more. I did a Lecture on Paleolithic nutrition not long ago your right sorry I worte that in a rush and didn’t think about the fact it was the pre agriculture diet that ad grains in emergencies Paleolithic – primate their diet was 95% fruit, leaves, gums and stalks 5% insects (mmmm tasty), eggs and small animals. But one thing is that there total fat intake was way lower than obviously today but more focused on omega 3 and 6 not saturated.

    anyway looking forward to the continued blogging it’s about the only blog I find interesting to read, ekk don’t tell my best friend that!

    August 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

  7. Zana

    oh one last thing, I would absolutely love to know the health benefits of saturated fat, cause i definitely wasn’t meaning don’t eat it because you”ll store it and not use it as a fuel.

    August 6, 2010 at 10:16 am

    • Hi Zana

      I think you may be interested in doing some research of your own. Check out


      Also, I am not eating much saturated fat as I don’t see the benefits in eating too much either, as I said in my reply, coconut oil has a different structure in its make up to other saturated fats. I trim all my meat still. You have to look at your whole diet, not just parts of it.

      Thanks, good luck on the research!

      August 9, 2010 at 4:20 am

  8. Jenn James

    Hey Emma,

    how are you? Hows your challenge? Have you competed yet?
    I think we did crossfit cert level 1 together last year in Auckland. Anyway, I did some body sculpting comps last year just training my usual no pattern crossfit/crosstraining styles and eating real foods, didn’t even go near protein powder. It was a great challenge but all the posing and barbie styles def not for me.

    Feel free to ask any questions, I am interested in how you get on.



    January 19, 2011 at 2:15 am

    • hi Jenn!

      Yeah, did the CrossFit cert last year. And you are working in the new Crossfit Mana in Palmy??? Awesome!! How is it going?
      I’m working in KiaKaha CrossFit in the city now. Love it!
      I have been really slack at updating this blog in ages…soooo bad. But so much on over xmas and that. Still training hard!
      Def keen to ask a few questions on the comp you did. How did you go in the results?
      The eating clean with paleo/primal is so the way to go…

      Ill be in touch for sure 🙂

      Thanks heaps Jenn

      January 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

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