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Paul T @pault040264

Competed in my first bodybuilding competition in July 2013 at the tender age of 49 LOL.
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I lift weights 5 nights / week.
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Contributorgold Paul T Hi, need some help please.. I am visiting Florida shortly for a two week business trip. I need to find a gym local to ...Residence Inn Tampa Suncoast Parkway at NorthPointe Village 2101 Northpointe Parkway Lutz Florida 33558 USA Anyone know of somewhere decent that does temp membership or pay / visit? Thanks in advance :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Finally home, unpacked and fed after the weekend....
I competed in the NPA British Finals (master over 50). I didn't place in top six but had a wonderful time competing against 9 of the top over 50's in Britain. It has been an amazing season for me. 3 trophies and an invite to the finals. Competing for a National title in only my 5th ever show is an accomplishment in itself. I cannot be disappointed in any way. I have learned loads and improved steadily with each show and was at my best on Sunday. Now comes some down time. I have a two week trip (with work) to Florida starting on 26th October so I get some sun too LOL. I'll be in the Tampa (ish) area so looking for a gym close by. I am staying at a place called Lutz, FL 33558 if any of you know of somewhere, please let me know :)

Some early pictures to follow with official show pics later this week

"Lift long and prosper" peeps

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Contributorgold Paul T And...... with that heavy leg session done and dusted, I am on the final run in to the show in 7 days time. I have given this my all, everything done to my plan. Will the plan be good enough?? All I can say is I am now the leanest I have ever been. I can do no more (this time). I have learned so much this year, some good, some not so good. But.... any lesson learned (no matter how painful) is good. Having taken and passed a nutritional qualification, I am planning my attack for next season already. This sport (bodybuilding) is less about the gym and more about what happens in the kitchen. Lifting weights is the easy part LOL. As for next weekend..... I fully intend to enjoy the experience. I have no illusions of placing so feel no pressure right now. To compete at the NPA British Finals against top class opposition is (for me) victory enough. 8 years ago I nearly died, 3 years ago I almost lost my whole left leg. In my case.. it is ALL about the journey :D

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Contributorgold Paul T 8 days to go :D Competing in the over 50's class

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Wow, should be an interesting competition.

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It's a top class field. One guy in O50's has just won his pro card lol. (Robert Rodney).

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Contributorgold Paul T Sunday lunchtime so it can only be time for my weekly update :)
Training and diet are all going well. With two weeks exactly until the NPA Finals, my condition is the best so far and improving almost daily. I'm not going to do anything fancy this time out. Just stick to what I am doing now and wait to see what happens.
Whatever the outcome in 14 days.... I KNOW I have given it my best. I have improved consistently with each show so can have no regrets whatsoever.
My goal is to enjoy the experience of competing at the British Finals. To learn from the top class athletes that I will be standing on stage with. To leave the stage knowing in my heart that I have given it 100%.
I am already planning for next season, using the lessons learned this year to (hopefully) improve even more. I don't see limits, I see challenges. The line to my goal may not take a straight path, it will twist and turn. It may even loop backwards on occasion but...... I WILL reach my destination.

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Contributorgold Paul T Errrrrrm!!! It's Sunday and so it is update time :D
All going well training and nutrition wise. I am getting lot's of positive (unsolicited) feedback so must be doing something right LOL. As of today I am exactly 3 weeks away from stepping on stage at the NPA British Finals. How do I feel??? Nervous - yes, yet confident that no matter where I place (anything above last would be an achievement), I can honestly say that I have given it my best shot. Mistakes, I have made a few, then that is how we learn. Overall, looking back on my year, there is nothing I would change. The lessons learned needed to be learned at sometime. Am i the finished article?? NO WAY!! I have many , many years left in this sport, my best is yet to come!! I had a 5 year plan, I achieved my goal in year one. I now have another goal in mind, again it will be a 5 year plan to get me there.
Have a great Sunday Peeps and no matter what, give the next week everything you have - NO REGRETS!
Lift long and prosper !!

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Contributorgold Lisa Anne G Dang Paul, you are looking fantastic! Keep it up :)

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Aww, glad I made you smile :) It is such a good feeling knowing that you are close to the best you have ever been. I was close last winter, but am now starting over. When is your show? Is there something special about this show, or just setting personal goals?

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In my first show (of 3) this year I was invited to compete in the British Finals in October (19th). I will be up against some of the best Natural bodybuilders in the country. Including current British and World champions. I don't expect to place in the trophies but the experience will be amazing. This is my first real year of competing so very happy with my progress :)

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Contributorgold Paul T And with that session I end another great week of training / dieting. I am (as of today) exactly 4 weeks away from competing at the NPA British Finals. I am determined to be the best version of me that I can possibly be. This has been a fantastic year for me. I competed in three shows (so far) and (in my opinion) have improved at each outing. Sure there are things that could have been better but each show is a learning experience. I am not afraid of failure, it is our failings that we learn and grow. Indeed I prefer to say that I have successfully found a method that doesn't work rather than to say I have failed. The next 4 weeks are going to be very hard, I am now in very new territory for me, never been leaner nor have I dieted so hard before. At the end of the day, when all is done - I will KNOW that I have given 100%. And that is what really matters, looking at the man in the mirror and liking who you see looking back.
This week sees the start of a new chapter for me. I started a Nutrition Adviser course and on Saturday I will start my Level 3 Personal Trainer course. I am really excited by the prospect of what the future holds for me. I am intending to specialize in the rehabilitation of people that have suffered illness / traumatic injury such as I have in the past. This is an area sadly lacking at present. I had to rehab myself when recovering from my PE and my leg trauma.
Life is very good right now :D

Have a great weekend peeps.
" Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Hello my friends :) Time for my weekly update. Been a difficult week in the gym this week. I think the traveling / competing last weekend took more out of me than I thought it would. The competition went well, and I placed better than I expected. I tried a new tan (for me) it worked quite well though I think I will need to be just a little darker for the finals. My next (and last ) competition for this year is the NPA British finals on October 19th. I have 5 weeks to dial in my conditioning. I have made steady progress this year, coming in a little leaner at each show. Dieting for me is made more "interesting" as I have to manage my anti coagulant meds too. Changes to diet / routine etc all affect my clotting ratio's so I need to be very structured and controlled in what I do. This week I got some advice regarding my posing, this will help me enormously. :) All in all I am very happy with where I am right now, and with my progress this year.
"Lift long and prosper" my friends :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Finally home and unpacked from the weekends show.
I placed 4th in a very high standard of competition (including a current World Champion). Overall I am very happy with my progress thus far this year. I have areas to improve on (lot's of them tbh lol) and will be working on my plan for next year in the very near future.

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Contributorgold Paul T Early update this week peeps!. It's show weekend. My third of the season and by far the furthest to travel. Looking at a 6 hr drive (minimum). All is good however. Trained well right up to today. Diet is on song, though for this six weeks I have increased carbs a little just to see what happens. Feeling good and positive. No matter what, it's all a learning experience and practice for the British Finals in October. I am up against some stiff competition this weekend so not expecting too much. I will (as always) give it my best shot and will beat my greatest rival - ME from last time.
I have a different tan from previous shows, hopefully I will look less patchy than my last outing ;)
Have a great weekend everyone, play nicely LOL.
"Lift long and prosper"

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Good luck Paul ! Have a great competition and enjoy your weekend :)

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Contributorgold Paul T Here we go again peeps!! Weekly update time ! I have to say that the last few weeks have been a real struggle mentally for me. It started with a virus / bug thing and continued with a negative mindset. I managed to get my training done, I stayed on track with my nutritional plan and kept up with the cardio, but...... boy was it hard work!!! Today, I am just about 1 week from my next show. I am leaner than my last outing (without doubt). I have just completed my leg (quad focus) leg session and now feel better than I did before the session. This game is hard.... not so much physically but mentally. Once the doubts start it becomes very hard to shake and get back to a positive mindset. Outside influences compound the problem too. However..... Come Sunday 7th I will be strutting my stuff, loving every second and all this will be forgotten. Have a great weekend everyone.
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Weekly progress report. Finally shrugged off the bug / virus thing :) My head has been playing those "you're skinny, you're fat" games this week. This dieting game is hard work mentally more than physically for me. I have spent most of my life trying to lose the "skinny" tag so actively dieting to lose weight plays havoc with the mind LOL. Any way... training is going well, I weighed this morning (at home) @ 2kg lighter than my profile picture. I have two weeks remaining until my next show (7th September) at the NPA SouthEast qualifier in Kent, UK. I have just trained legs and found a way to perform laying leg curls in my home gym :D this adds another option to my hamstring training. My hamstrings / glutes are an area for improvement for next year (too late to do too much this season). All in all, after a three tough weeks mentally, I am now feeling more positive and more like my old self lol, making plans already for next year. Have a great weekend peeps :)
"Lift long and prosper"

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Contributorgold Paul T Time for my weekly progress report :). Mixed bag this week. I have been struggling against some sort of virus / bug that's been doing the rounds. Not been too bad but not able to do my usual morning cardio as I felt worse first thing in the morning. Got my weight sessions in though :) Needed to increase carbs a little as feeling run down, not by much just a few extra rice cakes and some dried fruit. Today I finally feel more like my old self and got a really good leg session behind me. As of tomorrow I will be 3 weeks away from my third show of the year. I feel that I am approaching being in my best condition so far. I haven't used the scales but I am certainly losing BF. As of Monday (maybe tomorrow) I will be hitting the cardio again, maybe slightly longer session to get me back on track. All things considered, I am quite happy with where I am right now. Have a great weekend peeps :)

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Sounds like you have had a tough week. I hate being not fully match fit! Good to hear that you are feeling better. Good luck with your training in the run up to your comp :)

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