Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Embracing Change

Asos Camo Shirt || Asos Leggings || Topshop Crop 

Changes happen every day in life and usually unexpectedly.

But I've decided to take a new approach and rather than sitting back and going along with whatever life has in store, it's now my aim to implement changes that will help me achieve my goals.
From lusting after a walk in wardrobe that Carrie Bradshaw would envy through to building my personal businesses, no longer waiting to see if little old life will give me what i desire.

Rather than adding more to the daily 'to do' list some times it's better to actually taking aspects away.
Which is already proving tough as I'm famous for sleeping 5 hours max a night,  running around like a crazed person doing 101 things as 101 miles per hour. But that just ends up leaving you dissatisfied no matter how well you do, because you're too busy focusing on what else you could achieve rather than appreciating what you have accomplished.

The changes i'm making might not please everyone around me and in that lies my 1st challenge. Changing that habit i have of being a people pleaser. Because we all know that no matter what there will always a negative Nancy lurking round the next corner ready to caste judgement.

Work hard to get what you want out of life & make those changes that will help you live a life you can be proud of, because at the end of it you only ever really answer to yourself.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

The Cut – Week 15: PEAK WEEK Episode 1.

Peak week. The week. The week where everything happens. It may be scary that it’s getting that close you can smell the tan, but this isn’t a time to stress and worry about making changes. That’s it. You’ve done all you can. Now time to relax… This is all the bullshit my boss Adam tells me. Don’t stress? Don’t worry? ARE YOU SERIOUS BRO? Well I’m sorry. But not only am I a girl (emosh n all that), I’ve worked my tits off (literally. They’re gone) and now this is it. I’m very aware having competed before that there’s nothing I can do to change my physique this close. And I’m also aware that there isn’t any need for that. I was always planning to be ready early so peak week was easy. Cruise to the finish line like the tortoise who gives zero fucks.

The week started as normal. Legs. But it was my last. Sigh. And it was also a light legs session. Double sigh. But, I enjoyed it all the same. These wheels love to be worked, and I certainly made the most of every last leg press. We’ll be reunited again soon my friends.

By Wednesday, I was ready. Ready for what I hear you ask? Well. It was CARB LOADING TIME. Most competitors wait until 2 days before to start the loading phase. But the boss has a plan. And I must trust the process. And hey, I’m not gona complain… Epic oat portions? Sweet potato by the gallon? White rice and honey?! NEW POTATOES and ORANGE JUICE?! Yehhhh I suppose I can cope with that. #NOM. I ran a train on those carbs like nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nommmm (I hope you all know the reference. What a movie. #jokes).

Finally, with work done, it was time to focus on beautifying myself ready for Saturday. Yesterday was spent having my hair done by the incredible Tammy Better Than Natural (we had a flex off. The Klingon took victory) then nails by the talented work of Sophie Nailed It, making the first steps to looking fabulous, a giggle and completely effortless. Love my #glamsquad. Thank you ladies.

Now I sit here tapping away in my room at the official athlete’s hotel, The Marriott, feeling much like a pumped up Carrie Bradshaw (I mean, she’s pretty ripped, but she ain’t got delts, guns, abs and a peach like me. #justsayin). Beautiful room (swung an upgrade. Sassy Stage Slut can’t contain herself) with a stunning view of the quay, all dolled up fresh from registration and the athletes meeting. Such a pleasure to walk amongst some people I really aspire to, including the gorgeous Diva Pros and the judges. I was even asked to sit and have a laugh with Paul Dillett (President of WBFF) and the legend that is Nathan Harewood in the bar. Perfect gentlemen and cracking banter… although I did have to remind myself to calm the laugh (it’s not subtle that’s for sure).

All that tonight has done is cemented my desire to smash this competition. Not just for me and the last 15 weeks, but for my coach, my friends, my family, my clients, my supporters and my man. Becoming the next Pro Diva Fitness Model is all I have my eyes on tomorrow. So, it’s goodbye water, hello wine and hit the pillow ready to feel fresh to show everyone why I deserve this trophy.

I’ll update you on everything ‘Show Day’ related on Sunday… Wish me luck!


Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Cut – Week 14: The Penultimate.

No other word can really do as good as this to describe last week. 

Penultimate. Defined by Collins Dictionary:

Adjective: 1) Next to the last.

And by the Urban Dictionary:

Literally means "next to last". In street speak it takes on the meaning "second to none"
 or simply used to describe something utterly appeasing. It is easy to get away with 
using this word because of it's confusion with "ultimate" by those who don't know 
any better.
“Yiee yiee, this be da penultimate shiee here.”

Last week was a lot of next to lasts. Last check in with the boss before show day, last heavy legs session, last big carb meal. But ULTIMATELY, these lasts aren’t to be feared. Reflect but move on and focus on the goal. The dream. It’s that close.

Check in with the boss was incredible. I was surprised at his reaction to my physique. I know I’ve grown, and progressed, but it’s just priceless when your boss won’t stop smiling because he’s so happy with your condition. If the boss is happy, then I’m happy.

A bit more reflection on Tuesday. Making a comparison to my condition 2 weeks out of my last comp to 2 weeks out from the big day. You can see the changes clearly. I’ve more muscle, more definition and I don’t look skinny. I look full and ready. No wonder the boss is happy.

Mamma and I... Peachy.

Veronique and I at the La Diva Design Workshop

Moving forward to Thursday. What a day; one final posing session with the wonderfully sassy Mamma Audrey (which was of course sexy, fun and incredibly inspirational) followed by a train journey to have a fitting with the beautiful Veronique from La Diva Design. This is the second bikini that Veronique has made for me and this time, let me tell you… It’s something to watch out for. No. Actually. Not just watch out for. To SCREAM ABOUT. The big reveal will be in just 3 days time. And I can’t wait to do her and Mamma proud wearing such a beautiful masterpiece!

 Myself, Johanna Hess and Caitlin Silcox at the Mock Show.

Then the weekend was upon me. Shopping for my shoot I have the day after comp was bossed and all that was left to do was glam up for Mamma’s filming and mock show day on Sunday. And what a blast was had. We all gave it EVERYTHING. And ‘Stage Slut’ did me proud. I won round one and snapped second in round two. #BOSH. 
With the rehearsal done, and peak week begun, practice and trusting the process was all that’s left to do. Focus. Grind. And make my dream a reality.

This week I plan to update you on my week on Friday and then my show experience on Sunday. Stay tuned people. The penultimate week done. This is it. Positivity and determination all the way.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Cut – Week 13: When stress strikes.

 Yep, that’s my peach.

Srsly. The last thing I need right now is a whole loada stress. But this weeks been full of it. Apart from bossing the gym and getting leaner by the day, my life was HECTIC last week. Very busy with clients, a to do list growing by the minute, plus food prep and training and life. Pfft. How can I be 2 weeks out with a life this hectic!

Me bossing 320kg (not including the sled at 53kg)

Unfortunately for anyone, stress can cause a number of nasty side effects. Coming from an imbalance of hormones (yep, everything relates back to these bad boys), stress is something we all deal with differently. Some live off it, others crumble. Well I’d like to say I sit comfortably in the “GIVE IT TO ME BITCH, I GOT THIS” category… until prep and stress ganged up on me (ahh. I’m scared.)

Now most people relate overeating to stress. But I actually fall the other way. I don’t want to eat at all. Which if you know me, well, you know something’s up when Meisha ain’t pining for her next meal. But let’s look at the overeating issue initially. Here’s some examples of what I hear:

“I’ve had such a stressful day, I deserve this [insert appropriate diet cheat here]”
“I just couldn’t stop myself, I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment”
… annndddddd so on.

Firstly. BOLLOCKS. You know what I hear? Blah blah blah blah blah blah… Excuses. There’s always something else you can have. But also, and most importantly, why are we not addressing WHY we are stressed and how to minimise it going forward. That should be the goal. 

Moving on to what happens to me. Loss of appetite. Whilst prepping? That must be good, right? You’ll lose more weight? ERRRRR WRONG! I haven’t worked this hard, for this long, to just lose weight willy nilly. I want to lose body fat, and by not or under eating, I’ll be burning all types of tissue, and not always the bits you want.


So, what’s a girl to do who’s prepping with no appetite? Stuff it down. Force it. Yep. Weigh it, cook it, maybe weigh it again. But then GET IT DOWN YA GIRL. No choice. Food is fuel. Whether I’m hungry or not, that’s always what it comes back to whilst I’m prepping. Remembering I’m eating for a purpose, not for enjoyment. 

I’m aware that for the average person, this concept is difficult to actually implement. Whether you have children, work in a sedentary office or have a partner who’s just ‘lucky’ and can eat what they like, life will throw spanners all over the place… sometimes in your face. So resisting temptation is tough. But let me tell you, whether you over eat or not at all when something’s out of your control, doing what you should ALWAYS puts you in a good place. Plus, you’ll get an epic spud from me. How good does it feel to know you’ve said, “No, I don’t actually need a biscuit. Put. The lid. Back on.” and not feel guilty the next day. Pretty epic if you ask me.

So even when I’m sitting here now, thinking about how I can’t STAND the thought of eating one last meal. I know, whatever happens… I’ll get shit done.

As my week climaxed, I had the pleasure of going to Shaun Stafford’s WBFF posing camp, hosted by the man himself and some of the pro’s to help us get our pose on. It was so good to meet some of the best in the business and get some pointers and advice. And of course, show them what Mamma’s taught me… Well, not what Mamma’s taught me, coz they’d want to do it too… Coz it’s AWESOME. But, I showed them “Stage Slut’ in her finest, and oh boy did she love it. 

Myself with the stunning WBFF pros, Sandra Radav and Lisa Welham

With some good feedback (even though I have an obscenely poorly gut… Okay so maybe too much information? Ahhh deal with it. You’re all my pals now.) I started my week so positively, feeling motivated to get on stage and present Meisha to the WBFF world with pride. But first, its check in Monday… Boss is back!!! (TBC….)

Monday, 2 November 2015

Alter the journey not the destination

Boohoo Coat || Primark Dress || Select Fashion Boots

Goals. We all have them, we all set them and most of us will admit that we don't always reach them.
I for one will freely admit that i stumble over the last hurdle when trying to smash that final leap at times,  but hey that's life. We won't learn or better ourselves if everything we want is just dished out on a china plate....right? 

As that moment of realisation sets in that the one thing you've been working towards seems to be running away from you just at the deadline it is normal to wallow a bit and believe me i have my moments! But then it's time to reasses, re-evaluate and reset that target. So what you may not have go to where you wanted to be in 3 months but if you get there in 6 , 12, 18 months who's to say the journey won't make that goal seem even more special when accomplished.  

Never stop working towards what you hope to achieve, but just remember you may have to alter the path to success. 

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