What a year.

My friends,

It has been awhile, and I thought I would start this Blog up again. As….why not?

This Blog has been mainly about fitness, but this post will be more about this past year and how I kept the balance.

I am in the process also of getting my YouTube channel live and running, and again – will be mainly about Fitness. I hope to have the first Vlog posted there soon, will keep you updated here. Please note I have not uploaded a video yet, so give me a little time, once I do – I will announce it here!

2020 has been a challenging, sad, trying year for SO MANY people all over the globe – and it seems it will continue on this path for now. On a more positive note we know we have been advised that there are two Companies about to rollout the vaccine in a week to the medical front line workers, and to the aged Homes…and then to the older, immune compromised and the general population after. I have been praying all year for this.

Since March, when the Company I work for closed for six months (hotels in Jamaica) I have been on a fitness quest even more than usual, and in my next post I will share some of my “at home” workouts – which by the way, I have posted on my Instagram landing page under “Highlights” – since then, I have been back to the gym, which is a small neighbourhood gym — using it at times when NO ONE in there.

The balance throughout hard times is so important. I also started a journal (finally) and meditation. It has helped me to stay positive each day no matter what.

I will have links below to the Journal I use, the diffuser for meditation, and a few other things that helped me during this time.

The Things that helped me “Balance” this year

Each morning, I take about 30 minutes to write my list of things to do each day (personal and work) yes – I love writing lists even as a content creator….there is something lovely and old fashioned about it, and I will never stop. I also meditate for ten minutes during that 30 minutes “time for me…”

I have been looking at these beautiful leather planners for years, they are a bit pricey but back in March I decided, what the heck, I need this — for balance! If you have never heard of Planner Perfect by Jenny Penton, then please go discover her! She is an Artist and teaches about how to have things you want manifested in your life. Let me tell you a little secret – it works! Jenny is a Life Coach as well as a mom to eight. She teaches about the scripting method – which means writing something like you already believe it has happened.

This is the leather planner I am using now, called the Anastasia, which I love. There are SO MANY choices however!

I would also use my Journal, and record my thoughts each day with this beautiful Journal from Amazon:

This Journal helps me with my daily gratitude and keeping the positivity despite a negative year

My At Home “Veranda” Workouts got me through this year!

I found that when I posted an “At Home Veranda Workout” on my social media, I immediately received great engagement. Everyone wanted to know about the Bands I use, the Resistance Bands, and the workouts. I have it all linked below. Some days I never felt motivated, but I let the better side of my brain click in and after the workout felt 100% better. All you need to make these workouts “work” would be a band, or dumbbells or resistance bands. If you do not have any, then just use your bodyweight. 30 minutes is the key to these workouts, not one minute longer. I still do them when I go to the Gym and there is someone there, I simply retreat back to my veranda….

Getting ready for one of Pandemic LOCKDOWN veranda workouts! With resistance bands and dumbbells

Soon my workouts will be posted on my YouTube Channel, in the meantime as stated above, they are mostly on my Instagram landing page, under HIGHLIGHTS.

The resistance bands I linked above, are not the exact type I use, but those ones sold out….but they are very similar.

My At Home Workouts are a split of upper body (2-3 per week), glutes aka “Booty” (twice per week) and a mix (once) with a rest day. For cardio, I would walk 30 minutes before or after around my neighbourhood. On leg day, as you burn a ton of calories, there is no need for cardio.

I have found that during the lockdown, I loved walking and just being able to glean the beauty of the trees, other people’s gardens etc, it really lifted my mood.

My go to Instagram Accounts that helped and continue to help cheer me up!

At the end of day, I relied upon these amazing people to put that smile on my face. A combo of celebs (who were also on lockdown and decided to cook more, share cocktail recipes etc…), as well as sheer Influencers etc. Here is rundown!

Stanley Tucci

SO FAB all throughout Lockdown and continues to be with his superb cocktail mixing! And just his amazing style.

Kate Hudson

I love that she now has a vodka Company called King St. and the King St. Instagram account is beautiful. Kate also grams about cooking, her fitness line and family.

Katie Couric

I do not need to explain why she is just a GEM. Her IGTV vids are lovely.

Trader Joe’s List

Lord have mercy, how did I miss this lady all along, she is FAB FAB FAB. And you learn FIRST about the new items in Trader Joe’s – a win win.

The Home Edit

If you are not subscribed, then please do. These two ladies have done so well in the last few years! They now have TWO books out, (I have them both) and a TV Show on Netflix. They are also SUPER hysterical, especially when on a plane and anxious.

Rachel Ashwell of Shabby Chic

Have loved this lady since her FIRST book. Love Shabby Chic, ask anyone! All throughout lockdown in the UK, Rachel recorded a journey and her pathway to shabby chic success, what an inspiration.

Oprah

Love her, and love her wisdom and outlook on life, don’t we all?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this latest post, and promise to be much more active here especially as my blogging will go hand in hand with my vlogging on YouTube soon.

Promised to mention about the diffuser from Amazon which I have in my bedroom and really helps me to relax. I use the lavender oils mixed with rose. Very cost effective amazing little diffuser!

It is light, and cost effective, I have a few in my house and it is very effective.

I do hope you all will continue to get the balance, and here is to better times in 2021 peeps.

One love,

Neenie



Keeping it real, and an update!

Hi Friends!

It has certainly been awhile since I have written here – and all I can say is that I have to blame it on my busy busy life (career) since I last posted.

I want to keep it real and always prefer to have great content to share, and sometimes the busy days turn into busy months and then voila, six months later, you are wondering where did the time go?  While I was waiting for this “great content” to share, all of this time just went by! So from hereon, there will be regular posts – snippets of my life, etc!

It is coming up to that wonderful time of year with the weather changing and the festive season approaching and I thought I would update on what I have been doing in my Fit life and otherwise.

In terms of fitness, in 2019 I continued to focus on my “fit life” and have been working out 4-6 times per week on average. I started training for a national competition in Jamaica in June, for September with my fabulous trainer Maya (who is based in Canada and a former Bikini competitor herself) – we were able to build my frame with some good muscle growth which was my goal this year. I went from 102 pounds to 112, and then shredded to 102 again for the Show. Unfortunately, the morning of the Show I realised the spray tan went very wrong and I had splotches all over my core and large spots all over my arms and legs. I was unable to enter as I knew I would be marked down for this.

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The morning of the Competition, September 7th – when I went to the Hotel Gym to “pump up” before stage. I realised the spray tan was splotched and I had brown spots all over me. I then decided NOT to enter.

In the picture above I was very happy with my final presentation. I was coming in at a great “S curve” and sufficient muscle growth for Masters Bikini of an Amateur National Show.  However the spray tan was not dark enough and there were splotches! A HUGE NO NO! This final look was the result of one year of dedicated workouts, 80% clean eating each week and a real focus on the final look my Trainer and I wanted to present on stage for my Masters category. In fact the week before the Show, I went to the “rehearsals and posing session” and the Head Judge was there – asked if I would enter the “general bikini open category” – which is of course all ages. That is from like 20’s up! However I thought to myself there is no way I am going on stage with 20 somethings :-))

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The day after the Competition, I went to the beach and my hubby took these to show me the results of my hard work – but clearly you can see the splotches and dark spots!

I think 2019 has taught me that you sometimes just have to “go with the flow” of life and not get too caught up in certain standards. I realised after not entering the Show that life can dish out some unfair perspectives, and really it is all about going with it. So I did not enter the Jamaica National Bodybuilding Show. Well, maybe in 2020 I will be able to build more muscle and enter an international competition – who knows?  One day at a time!

Many of my friends question me about my nutrition and ask me about my “macros.” It is so hard to explain to anyone not in the fitness/health world as macros are solely dependent on goals. However to put it simply macros mean “macronutrients” which broken down again, is the ratio of protein:carbohydrates:fats we consume each day. Protein is the “building block” of muscle in our bodies. So if we are trying to “build lean muscle” then we are going to need not just enough protein, but more than enough. Carbs help to “bring it” and fats are crucial in this process too! My macros will be different during my “prep” for a Show to a woman of my age just maintaining her weight. So sharing my breakdown would be fruitless to anyone reading this, as it is all dependent on goals // weight right now // where I want to be // bulking OR // Cutting. Also how many times I am working out each week. Right now I am again on a building muscle period, so my cardio is low and my macros are higher than before. I can safely say I am now on an average of 130- 140 grams of protein / over 200 grams carbs and about 40-50 grams of fat average per day per week depending on my workout split.  I will post again on this soon. Also I would love to talk about building muscle at my age, and how hard/easy it is to shred. It is all such an interesting world when it comes to this fitness/competition life!

I still get up in the mornings and do fasted cardio as I personally love it. That is about four days per week for 15-20 minutes NO longer, as that is a way I can stay on top of any extra body fat gain – meaning to balance it. I do weight training about 4-5 times per week with a split of upper-lower-upper-lower-cardio and abs. Training ABS is not that crucial to me as I know maintaining a six pack is hard to do all year if you are trying to build muscle. My core comes back when I am shredding. However I do fit in abs about twice per week.

See more posts on my Fit Life here here and here.

Here is a post on Jamaica, if you are thinking of visiting!

Other than my fit life – all else is good. Soon I will be posting pictures of my beautiful dogs, which includes my year old “pup” named Pinot Noir after my fave wine.

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Pinot Noir and Bono – on the chair in the room that seems to be “theirs” and Pinot Noir has already chewed up the bottom of the chair as you can see!

Well until the next time, I do hope you enjoyed this update!

xo