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From the category archives: Rena Phillips

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Smoothies and Detox

the last few months I have really been enjoying my morning smoothies. In the interests of keeping my liver happy and giving it a little detox, I have been staying away from cow’s milk and other dairy products and have embraced the many other varieties of ‘milk’ that we have readily available. Long-life packaged Rice, Almond and Oat milks are all available from Coles and Woolworths. Oat milk lasts longer than the others so I choose to use this one for my cereals and smoothies, but I like the taste of all of them.
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“Our highest potential lies in the realm of no ego.”

“Our highest potential lies in the realm of no ego.”

My Namaste Yoga this evening finished off with this cryptic quote. I had been hearing the word ‘ego’ quite a lot in the past few weeks, and you know when you hear something repeatedly in a short period of time, you start to think, maybe the universe is trying to tell me something?

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Down, But Not Out!

My introduction blog left off on a really positive note…it’s funny how quickly things can change.

I had been feeling lethargic and had lost my appetite for a few weeks and I put it down to my new training program, which was very challenging and testing my limits. My energy was low because I was missing meals – not having an appetite or taste for food.

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Welcome to Rena Phillips another amazing ANB Blogger


Obstacles You have overcome:

Well, who hasn’t had some sort of obstacle in their life to overcome? For me, there have been 10 years of relationship dramas, which also affected my health and physical well-being, as well as self-esteem issues that I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. All these factors contributed to leading me away from the path where I wanted my life to go. But in saying that, I have become stronger in many ways because of these experiences, as they have lead me to the place I am now, back on my journey to health, fitness and my first ever competition. This time around, I have the support of a wonderful husband who loves and supports me completely, and as always, my family who is there for me no matter what, and some wonderful friends – new and old, who are supporting me on this journey. It feels good now…maybe life does begin at 40! This is the best time of my life, right now, and it’s only going to get better! 
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Rena & Coach

Rena Phillips (Left)

Vicki Arief (Posing Coach)





  1. Re: “Our highest potential lies in the realm of no ego.”

    Hey thanks Lauryn! :-)It's all a learning experience and I'm so glad I have people like Maria, Lindy...

    -- Rena Phillips

  2. Re: “Our highest potential lies in the realm of no ego.”

    That was really refreshing to read!! :)I love my yoga too, but I can really relate to pushing yourself...

    -- Lauryn Dina Meredith

  3. Re: Down, But Not Out!

    Thank you Liz! :-) I went on my Pilates Reformer today, the first time in three weeks that I have done...

    -- Rena Phillips

  4. Re: Down, But Not Out!

    Take care of yourself Rena! You are absolutely right 'health first, training second.' It's great that...

    -- Liz Hynd

  5. Re: Down, But Not Out!

    Thanks Maria! :-) I'm on the mend and still have my sights set on competing. You have a great week also...

    -- Rena Phillips

  6. Re: Down, But Not Out!

    Hope you are starting to feel better Rena... Have a great rest of the week...

    -- Maria McCarter