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Inspirational women – Paula Penfold

Five quick-fire questions with inspirational women …

A few weeks back I was thinking about my friends, the women I’ve met and and some of the other fabulous women you see and read about in the media.  It struck me then how inspirational many of them have been to me in one way or another, and so I decided to do a little series on my blog, acknowledging some of these gorgeous women.

When thinking about the questions I wanted to ask, I decided I needed to put a couple of rules in place – only so as to ensure I got diverse answers!  You’ll see what I mean when you see the rules!

The rules:
1) You can’t choose your children as your greatest achievement – even though they are!
2) You can’t choose your Mum or Dad as your most inspirational person, even though they may well be! 

So … I am very honoured to introduce, as the very first inspirational woman in my series, the fabulous Paula Penfold.

MumptyStyle.com Paula Penfold

Paula is an award-winning producer and journalist for TV3 – you’ll probably recognise her from TV3’s current affairs programme, 3rd Degree (8.30pm, Wednesdays, TV3.)

Q1.  In 10 words or less, what are you most proud of?
A. Being able to speak for people who don’t have a voice.  

Q2.  Can you give me two habits that make you successful at what you do?
A. I’d like to be able to say “have lots of self-belief”, but unfortunately I think it’s the opposite: continual self-doubt makes me keep trying hard!  But I do also still care deeply and believe in the job that I do and the stories I tell.

Q3. What do you do for yourself that helps keep you going?
A. They’re completely paradoxical – exercise and chardonnay!

Q4.  What’s the first name that pops into your head when I ask who inspires you?
A. Mike McRoberts, my husband.

Q5. Why?
A. Because he’s the best journalist I know.  He’s a brilliant writer and a fearless reporter who is genuinely concerned about the people in the stories he does.  I’ve learnt so much from him. 

Why I find Paula so inspiring …
I went to intermediate school with Paula and back then, admired her perfect blend of “cool kid” and “brainiest kid in the class.”  Plus, when all the other girls wore pants as their school uniform, Paula wore a skirt, and I thought that was sassy!  I’ve so enjoyed watching this gorgeous ex-Hamilton girl forge a formidable career over the years.  To me, and to many other women, she is inspirational.

Thanks so much for your answers Paula – they made me tear up a bit!

Follow Paula on Twitter … @paulapenfold

Enjoy …

Mumpty

Inspirational Women: Carissa Ludlow

Inspirational Women: Carissa Ludlow

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As part of my Inspirational Women series, I have been lucky enough to have Carissa Ludlow, an ex-work friend, consent to come on my blog and share her passion and knowledge about the sport of women’s body building.

As you can appreciate from the photo above, Carissa works EXTREMELY hard to get her body in extreme shape like this and I, for one, am in awe of the dedication and determination that goes into achieving this level of body building perfection.

Like many women, I was pretty much completely ignorant about body building and what it involved, but I found it really interesting – particularly as I’d known Carissa before she took up body building and was interested to hear her story and what drives her to succeed.  And succeed she does … at the end of this article I have listed Carissa’s awesome achievements in her sporting arena – read it and weep!

But now, onto the Q&A …

Q1.  Have you always been fit? What had been your fitness regime prior to becoming a body builder?
I’ve been a member of a gym for as long as I can remember but was never shown how to train properly or educated about building muscle … I was your typical “no clue what I’m doing” gym goer!

I was also a middle distance runner and have completed a fair few ½ marathons. I was more cardio-orientated, falsely believing that cardio alone would give me a super tight lean body.

Q2.  How did you decide to become a body builder? Was it just a decision you made one day and you just went from there, or was it a natural progression of the fitness work you were already doing?
I decided to enter my first competition in 2012, after I had been through a bit of a game-changer in my personal life.  I was back to working full-time and needed a new direction in life … it was either pubs or the gym!  The gym won and after placing 3rd in my first bikini competition with the NZIFBB (New Zealand International Federation of Body Building) I was hooked!

Q3.  How long does it take to get from “off-season Carissa” to “competition-ready Carissa?”
I prefer to lose my weight slowly and in the healthiest way possible, so I usually start my pre-competition dieting 18 weeks out.  

I have a seven year-old daughter so I have to make sure I go about getting competition-ready in the healthiest and least extreme way … kids are very impressionable and I can’t take any chances of her seeing bad/extreme behaviour around food and exercise.

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Q4.  How many hours a day do you spend in the gym?
The time I spend in the gym varies depending on if I’m “off season” or getting ready for a competition.

If I’m “off season” I’ll be in and out in just over an hour. If I’m in pre-comp mode I can be there just over two hours, but that’s including my cardio requirement.  I don’t believe in spending long amounts of time in the gym … I’d rather be at home with my daughter!

Q5. Is it an expensive sport?
Aaaah yes – extremely expensive!  When you take into account all your supplement needs (protein powder, glutamine etc,) gym membership, kilos of chicken breasts (!) competition figure suits as well as hair, make-up, shoes and jewellery!  You just need to make wise decisions as to what you spend your money on.

Q6.  Where do you learn your posing techniques from?
I was taught by an instructor for my first figure competition, but over the years I have researched and tweaked my posing to show off my figure in the best way possible while keeping to the guidelines of the IFBB.

I also use YouTube to keep myself up-to-date with how the Pro Figure girls are posing in the overseas competitions.  Posing is something that can make or break your stage appearance so you have to practice, practice, practice!  It can be pretty scary being up in front of 500+ people wearing not much at all, but this is your only 2.5 minutes to show off your year of hard work!

Q7.  What is the most common misconception about your sport?
That women who lift weights end up looking like a man.

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Q8.  What is the hardest thing about your sport?
The hardest thing for me is the time it takes me away from my daughter, which would be the same if I was involved in any other sport.  I also miss chocolate!

Q9.  What is the best thing about your sport?
I love changing the way my body looks; if I have a weak point I work hard to make it a strength.  It’s such a satisfying feeling seeing the changes you make from one competition to the next. On a completely different level, I love it when people come up to me and say they’ve been motivated by my journey.

Q10.  Without giving away too many secrets, what would you typically eat the day before a big competition?
The day before competition is all about the carbohydrates!! Kumara, potatoes … that kind of thing.

Q11.  There’s a commonly-held belief that women who do bodybuilding have to maintain that level of fitness forever or their muscles will turn to fat – what are your thoughts on this?
No – muscle is muscle and fat is fat – muscle doesn’t turn in to fat and fat doesn’t turn in to muscle.  The only way you’ll put on fat is if you put in more calories than your body needs.  That goes for everyone regardless if you’re a runner, tennis player, yoga addict or body builder.

Q12.  You said you have an “off-season” – do you relax completely, food-wise, during that time or are you still super-careful?
I don’t completely relax; I don’t think I ever will now that I know more about food and what is in certain things.

I have my treats but also make sure my protein intake is high.  My off season time is spent trying to grow, so I make sure I have excess calories and the protein intake to support that.  During my off season my weight goes up to roughly 10kg above my competing weight.  It’s important for me to show my daughter that her Mum is happy off season with extra weight and also happy being lean come competition time.

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Q13.  How hard is it to gain that much muscle definition?   Women seem to worry about “bulking up” but is it really that easy?
It’s hard enough for men to build muscle and they have a lot more testosterone than us females!   It takes years of hard work and heavy training to build muscle, whether you’re female or male.  Women lifting weights is a good thing – the more muscle we have the faster our metabolism is, our bone density increases and the chances of osteoarthritis gets lower … AND we don’t need to make two trips to bring the groceries in! 


ABOUT CARISSA
Carissa is a Figure competitor in the sport of bodybuilding and has competed at a national and international level since 2012 with the New Zealand International Federation of Body Building (NZIFBB).

Carissa is a Mum and works full-time, but manages to squeeze in her training needs around the busy timetable of school drop-offs, work commitments, swimming lessons and playground adventures!

Carissa’s competition results:
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2012: 2nd Place, Novice Figure Short, Waikato
 2012: 1st Place, Novice Figure Short, Nationals
♥ 2013: 1st Place, Open Figure Short, Wellington and Overall Figure
 2013: 3rd Place, Open Figure Short, Nationals
 2014: 1st Place, Open Figure Short, Wellington
2014: 3rd Place, Open Figure Short, Nationals
 2015: 4th Place, Open Figure Short, Arnold Amateur, Melbourne
 2015: 2nd Place, Open Figure Short, Pro-Am, Auckland


Thank you Carissa for giving us such a candid peek into the world of a highly successful female body builder.  I think what you do is awesome – all power to you and I really appreciate you adding a different dimension to MumptyStyle’s normal pinup-style girls!  Great women come in all shapes and sizes don’t they?!

Visit Carissa’s Facebook page here.

Muscles and curves …

Mumpty

 

 

 

 

Inspirational women – Annah Stretton

Five quick-fire questions with inspirational women … Annah Stretton

MumptyStyle Annah StrettonLast year I ran three instalments of my “inspirational women” series; these mini-interviews allow me the opportunity to acknowledge some of the incredible women who have been, and are, inspirational to me in one way or another.

When I first started to redefine my style, the styling session I had at one of Annah Stretton’s stores will forever stick in my mind as something that set me on the path to feeling good about my style and about how I dress and present myself to the world.  (You can read about it here – obviously I HIGHLY recommend having a personal styling session with one of Annah Stretton’s stylists.)  I now own four Annah Stretton dresses, and aside from loving them for their quality and timeless style, I love them because they make me feel feminine and “put together.”

So … I am extremely honoured to introduce the next fabulous woman in my series of inspirational women, the outrageously successful and dynamic fashion designer, business woman and philanthropist, Annah Stretton.

As usual, the following “rules” apply …

The rules:
1) You can’t choose your children as your greatest achievement – even though they probably are!
2) You can’t choose your Mum or Dad as your most inspirational person, even though they may well be! 

A little bit about Annah …
Annah Stretton is a woman of MANY talents; she runs a highly successful fashion business empire that she built from scratch; she’s written three books and has a regularly-updated blog; in 2008 she was awarded an Order of Merit for Services to Business, Fashion and the Community; she was Verve Clicquot’s Business Woman of the Year in 2009 – the list goes on and on!  (To learn more, you can read Annah’s impressive CV here.)  

Annah’s life motto is “Live and Love Fearlessly.”  Fabulous.  

Annah Stretton

Annah is also a philanthropist and is involved with many trusts and charities, in particular the True Colours Charitable Trust, Waikato Breast Cancer Trust and Waikato Women’s Refuge.  In 2014, she introduced RAW (Reclaim Another Woman) – a mentoring service for female victims of abuse – visit the website here.  

Anyway … on to the questions!

Q1.  In 10 words or less, what are you most proud of?
A.  My leadership, creativity, longevity in business and strong philanthropic contribution.

Annah in Wonderland
I was lucky enough to attend Annah’s NZ Fashion Week 2013 runway show “Annah in Wonderland” and it was amazing – these images are by Qiane Photography.

Q2.  What habits would you say make you successful at what you do?
♥ The discipline I bring to each and every day.
♥ The timeliness in which I get things done.
♥ My ability to prioritise.
♥ Never sweating the small stuff.
♥ Always believing in myself – focusing on what I CAN do and not what I can’t.
♥ Never running from the challenges and always being prepared to have the tough conversations.
♥ Leading with a calm, considered but focused approach.
♥ Less is more – keep the conversation short and get on with getting things done.

Q3. What do you do for yourself that helps keep you going? (I read on your blog you were trying for a better work:life balance, so I am really interested in this answer!)
A. I invest in my relationship, my children and my extended family, they are the people I love and enjoy being with more than anyone else, so I ensure that my life ( albeit busy ) is never too busy to include large dollops of them. 

Paying it forward … the philanthropy I’m actively involved in adds the balance to my life; my new initiative,  RAW (www.raw.org.nz) will enable me to make huge inroads and to change the outcomes for a disadvantaged demographic of young Maori women.  This is the stuff that ensures I get up each day, 
knowing I will leave a very real legacy to women in this country that will be far bigger than the frocks.

I never let any of the bad stuff define me – when the going gets tough, a great night sleep does wonders for me.

I have a huge focus on my health; from the food I eat, my body weight and my exercise regime – they are daily considerations for me.  If I don’t have my health, I don’t have this life that I love.

Know that as long as you love what you do, it’s not work.  This is my passion and I can never be great at anything I don’t love.

Q4.  What’s the first name that pops into your head when I ask who inspires you?
A.   Sir William Gallagher
http://www.gallagher.co/about-us/our-people/board-of-directors/sir-william-gallagher-knzm-mbe-hon-d/

Q5.
Why?
A.  I have a a huge respect for this man, who remains incredibly humble in his contribution to his external environment; a business superstar and a serial philanthropist across so many platforms,  yet he remains likeable and approachable to all. 

Why I find Annah inspiring …
As you can tell, I’m a big fan of Annah’s clothing and her stores.  I believe the way she runs her stores means customers are dealt with on an extremely personal level and encouraged to try new things that ultimately, will make them look great.  I know when I did my styling session, if left to my own devices, I wouldn’t have picked ANY of the dresses Sabine bought me to try on.  However, after doing so, I would have bought nearly all of them!  In my experience, that level of service is hard to find in retail these days, and that sort of passion and commitment to customers comes from the top.

Annah is also a rule-breaker and someone who “walks the talk” – she admits to making the odd mistake now and then, but owns those mistakes and learns from them.

I loved Annah’s New Years Resolutions for 2015 – check them out here – this one is my favourite: “TIME will be the key gift to give to those closest to me.”  You can read Annah’s blog, AnnahStrettonUnlimited here.

Annah Stretton Wedding
Annah hosted one of New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings to celebrate the passing of the same-sex marriage bill and to encourage Australia to follow suit. You can read about it here: http://paperandlace.com/2013/09/come-on-oz-say-i-do-an-annah-stretton-wedding-extravaganza-by-qiane-photography/ Image by Qiane Photography.

Thanks so much for your answers Annah – I’m so proud to have an amazing business woman and philanthropist like you here on my little blog!

Follow Annah on Twitter … @annahstretton
Schmooze with Annah on Instagram … @annahstretton 
Read her blog here … www.annahstrettonunlimited.com
Visit her website here … http://www.annahstretton.co.nz
Like her Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/AnnahStrettonFashion

To visit Qiane Photography’s website, click here.

Extra for experts:  e-mail admin@strettonclothing.co.nz to book a one-hour styling session with one of Annah’s stylists (and don’t worry – Annah has 27 stores Australasia-wide, so you’ll find one close!)  Also … click here to learn how to identify your body shape and dress for it!

Enjoy …

Mumpty

Inspirational women – Teer Wayde

Five quick-fire questions with inspirational women … Teer Wayde

MumptyStyle Teer Wayde
Photo of Teer in Wheels & Dollbaby “Mantrap” dress by Brooke Orchard Photography.

A few weeks back I was thinking about my friends, the women I’ve met and and some of the other fabulous women you see and read about in the media.  It struck me then how inspirational many of them have been to me in one way or another, and so I decided to do a little series on my blog, acknowledging some of these gorgeous women.

When thinking about the questions I wanted to ask, I decided I needed to put a couple of rules in place – only so as to ensure I got diverse answers!  You’ll see what I mean when you see the rules.

The rules:
1) You can’t choose your children as your greatest achievement – even though they are!
2) You can’t choose your Mum or Dad as your most inspirational person, even though they may well be! 

MumptyStyle Teer Wayde
Photo by Brad Blake Photography.

So … I am very honoured to introduce the third fabulous woman in my series of inspirational women, the outrageously beautiful Teer Wayde.MumtpyStyle Teer

Teer is a sassy and beautiful plus-size pinup model with attitude and style by the bucketload!  She has a highly successful and visually stunning blog Curves to Kill, where she showcases her finely-honed style and demonstrates her passion for pinup.

Q1.  In 10 words or less, what are you most proud of?
A. Currently my fiancé – he’s just released his first solo album.  (Check out Teer’s fiance on Facebook – Jaywarsau

Q2.  What habits would you say make you successful at what you do?
A. I’m a perfectionist – the model vs the blogger!  When I shoot for my reviews I plan everything – styling, location, the right photographer and every little detail in order to make the end result perfect.  In regards to my modelling – practice and patience! 

MumptyStyle Teer 2

Q3. What do you do for yourself that helps keep you going?
A. I’m very true to myself – be it the styles, the brands and the companies I represent.  I could not keep my blog going if I was not.

Q4.  What’s the first name that pops into your head when I ask who inspires you?
A. An endless list of plus size models!  I can’t name just one as I’m inspired by them daily.

Q5. Why?
A. These women are pushing boundaries, changing perceptions and making women around the world proud of what they’ve got. 

MumptyStyle Teer
Photo by Shauna Phoon Photography

Why I find Teer inspiring …
Curves to Kill is the name of Teer’s blog and she certainly knows how to rock those curves like no one else!  I love her style, her attention to detail and the practical, engaging content of her blog.

As you can see from the photos, Teer herself looks like one of those beautifully-curated women you see on Pinterest inspiration boards for Pinups – we can but aspire!MumptyStyle Teer 3

Thanks so much for your answers Teer – I’m so proud to have an amazing pinup role model like you here on my little blog.


Follow Teer on Twitter … @teerwayde
Schmooze with Teer on Instagram @teerwayde
Read her website/blog … www.curvestokill.com
Like her Facebook page … www.facebook.com/TeerWayde

If you’d like to see more photos of the stunning Teer, check out her portfolio on teerwayde.com

Extra for experts: click here to see Teer’s photos in Adore Pinup Magazine.  You’ll also see our very own Miss Victory Violet!

Enjoy …

Mumpty

Inspirational women – Kirsty Leigh

Five quick-fire questions with inspirational women … Kirsty Leigh

A few weeks back I was thinking about my friends, the women I’ve met and and some of the other fabulous women you see and read about in the media.  It struck me then how inspirational many of them have been to me in one way or another, and so I decided to do a little series on my blog, acknowledging some of these gorgeous women.

MumptyStyle Kirsty Leigh

When thinking about the questions I wanted to ask, I decided I needed to put a couple of rules in place – only so as to ensure I got diverse answers!  You’ll see what I mean when you see the rules.

The rules:
1) You can’t choose your children as your greatest achievement – even though they are!
2) You can’t choose your Mum or Dad as your most inspirational person, even though they may well be! 

So … I am very honoured to introduce the second fabulous woman in my series of inspirational women, the gorgeous and cheeky Kirsty Leigh.

MumptyStyle Kirsty Leigh

Kirsty, affectionately known as Kirk,  is the stunning founder of Makeup Obsessives; a 29,000 strong (and growing daily) group of makeup lovers.  The Facebook group is complemented by the Makeup Obsessives website and blog, which won Beauty Review’s Best Beauty Blog in 2013.  While Kirsty necessarily has a team of admins to help her oversee the group (of which I am very proud to say, I am one!) Makeup Obsessives is still very much her baby; she writes all the fabulous articles and reviews and is largely responsible for the positive culture for which Makeup Obsessives is known.

MumptyStyle Kirsty

Q1.  In 10 words or less, what are you most proud of?
A. Creating a “ahurutanga” – a safe environment where nobody feels judged. 

Q2.  Can you give me two habits that make you successful at what you do?
A. I guess I’m fairly tenacious … if I want something, I’m pretty determined to get it.  Like a dog with a bone, really.  Awful simile, but apt.  I also genuinely love humans – as a rule.  I love being in touch with and meeting new people every day, and I’m not shy.  If I was meeting Beyonce, mind you, I would be a mess. 

Q3. What do you do for yourself that helps keep you going?
A. I rely on my friends!  They are SO good to me, and keep me grounded.  None of them are scared to tell me when I’m being a dick, and I both appreciate and need that. 

Q4.  What’s the first name that pops into your head when I ask who inspires you?
A. Barnaby Jack!

Q5. Why?
A. This article here says it all, but in my own words: Barnes was one of the first friends I made in Auckland, and I was always in awe of him.  Not only was he a total super star at what he did, but he was the coolest, nicest, most humble person ever.  He’s an inspiration to many, and missed by all. xxx

Why I find Kirsty so inspiring …
Kirsty is funny, clever, irreverant and savvy.  She also unknowingly gave me the boot I needed to start my own blog when she asked for contributing writers for her website.  I jumped at the opportunity and enjoyed it so much I decided to finally get off my butt (!) and give my own blog a go (albeit on a different topic to Makeup Obsessives of course!)  There are many, many more reasons to admire Kirsty and what she’s achieved with Makeup Obsessives so far  (**cough – one of the winners of the Westpac Millennial Women of Influence competition – cough**) – I’m so proud to be a small part of her team.

Thanks so much for your answers Kirsty – I love the concept of ahurutanga – it’s perfect for Makeup Obsessives.


Follow Kirsty on Twitter … http://www.twitter.com @Kirsty_MUO
Schmooze with Kirsty on Instagram … http://www.instagram.com/makeupobsessives
Read her website/blog … http://www.makeupobsessives.com
Join her Facebook group … www.facebook.com/MakeupObsessives

Enjoy …

Mumpty