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Today I went shopping! For a young city-dwelling female I really don’t go shopping all that often. In fact the last time I went properly shopping was when I was at the end of my europe trip on December 6, 2013. I came back to europe with literally 26 cents in my bank account. I proceeded to inhabit my mothers couch for the following month until I moved into my cosy apartment on January 6, 2014. Since then I’ve been barely getting by to pay my rent, bills and buy oh-so-delicious food, but little by little I’ve put my pennies aside and today made a small trek to DFO South Warf with my bestie heading straight for the line-up of sporting gear outlet stores.
I have 3 favourite brands when it comes to sport gear. 2XU, Nike and Asics. Nike used to be my sole favourite, but that was back in the days before serious exercise when I was just flouncing about in the gym aimlessly. I love Nike runners purely for their aesthetics, I’ve happily owned several pairs over the years but once I started getting a bit more serious at the gym last year I realised how unsupportive Nikes were and switched to Asics. I always found Asics are somewhat, but in recent years they’ve picked up on the colour fad and are now producing fantastically supportive runners that don’t look half bad either. Last, but definitely not least is 2XU, the clothes (or should I say apparel) that makes any Joe Blow feel like an elite athlete, admittedly they have prices to match but hey, what ever makes you happy right? Suffice to say I ended up buying a couple of items from 2XU and spent a decent time browsing in the Asics and Nike stores too. Even with stock to clear discounts my 2-item hall set me back $230, but I have no regrets.
They really weren’t kidding when they said those little grey strips are reflective!
Compression Tights $140 Cycle Vest $90 (discounted from $150)
I also intend on being a complete noob tomorrow and wearing both items with my noosa multi-coloured asics to uni tomorrow and join the Thursday running group. My only hesitation is that people might think I’m a pro runner when I turn up in that gear, but they’ll soon find out I’m just a beginner who likes to dress over enthusiastically. I don’t even know what distance they’re doing, but I guess I’ll find out.
These are my Asic Noosa’s by the way..
Until next time..
Thank-god today’s question is an easy one! I’ve had this photo from a fitspiration board on pinterest that I saved ages ago and look at frequently to remind me what I’m working towards. I’ve even showed it to quite a few people to get them to hold me to it if I start being lazy or pig-like in front of them. I know I am a long way off but “Nothing happens unless first a dream” right? So here it is:
Well 3 days into the New Year and I’ve already technically failed this challenge because I didn’t post it yesterday! In my defence though, I planned to do it last night after I got home from work, so I went to work yesterday at 9am and my boss asked me to stay until 12 midnight (I’m working as a nanny, PA and cleaner for the one lady) and then because I was starting at 7am the next day she just offered for me to stay over instead of driving home and back. So I did that, which explains why I didn’t have access to my laptop. Anyway, I doubt anyone is too distressed that I didn’t post. Here’s my response to this challenge question though….
On Day 1 I said that one of my New Years Resolutions is to train for a triathlon this year and to actually participate in one for the 2014-15 season. So as part of that plan I need to change up my exercise routine. And to start with I actually need to have an exercise routine. I was going to the gym 5-7 times a week before I went on holiday and since I quit the gym (cause I’m broke) I barely do any exercise. But as I’ve also said, I’m moving into my new place on Monday and as soon as I get settled with a new job and all I’ll be joining the gym round the corner (well 10-15 mins walk but that’s practically around the corner). They have lots of Lesmills gym classes and I also saw on their website that they have a triathlon training program, but as the season is almost over for this year, it’s probably not very economical to join it this year. However I do need to ease myself back into exercise so my first habit to work on is this: Go to the gym or do some form of exercise for a minimum of 5 x 60 minutes per week, preferably more.
Don’t yell at me for being pessimistic but I’m just being honest when I say that I will initially fail at this because I know myself and until I can afford the gym membership I find it very hard to do “outdoor exercise” like running etc. Cycling I’d happily do if I had a bike and swimming too if the weather wasn’t so bloody freezing, what happened to the face-melting Aussie summer that I remember, I miss global warming. I’m going to get throttled for that last comment. Please don’t kill me, I am joking.
My point is, if I ever get to it, if I even have one, I think I have one, well I’m not really sure. But basically I will initially fail but as soon as I get a gym membership and another job to pay for it I promise you, I promise everybody and mostly I promise to myself that I will use it and I will succeed at my first goal of doing minimum 5 hours exercise a week, probably and preferably more!
As I briefly described in yesterdays post I want to start following the 80:20 rule which my friend recently introduced to me and said that it worked for her. Basically all you do is eat super strict healthy 80% of the time, but allow yourself to be a little naughty 20% of the time. Why? Because eating super strict healthy all the time is boring and impractical and secondly eating pretty healthy all the time is ineffective and always sets yourself to feel guilty when you do treat yourself. If you go into it with a set rule to allow yourself to have indulgent food occasionally then you remove the guilt factor and still get to enjoy life while looking and feeling better!
As I also said yesterday, I’m taking this a step further by adopting a paleo-style diet for the 80% of the time. The reason I say paleo-style and not just paleo is because I am not doing the diet because I necessarily believe the whole paleo-diet reasoning. From what I’ve read so far, strict paleo dieters do it because they believe reverting to the food that ancient humans ate is better for us because that’s what we would’ve eaten in our “natural habitat”, however there are now lots of people saying that actually our bodies have changed and adapted since then to suit our current eating habits and that it is still healthy for us to foods that weren’t originally found in our cavemen days. I’m not quite sure where I stand on this debate however I have noticed that I feel better when I eat less processed food, therefore when I say paleo-style food, what I really mean is cutting out processed foods and focusing on natural products that are fresh and essentially unaltered. This, to me, means fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, eggs and meat (fish, red meat poultry etc). You could argue that to some extent all these items are “processed” too, but where I can I will try to buy the most natural form of the product. So fresh fruit, not canned or dried, natural nuts that haven’t been salted or roasted etc. I will try buy organic produce where I can afford it and opt for products that have been less genetically altered and manipulated, good thing I like purple carrots eh?
I will allow myself to do some “processing” at home (e.g. cooking) but at least then when I make a pasta sauce and eat it on my boiled zucchini strips I will know exactly everything that is in the food on my plate rather than reading the ingredients on the jar label and wondering what the hell MSG and ascorbic acid is and whether or not it’s good for me.
However during the 20% I will probably go nuts, and no I don’t mean eat natural unsalted and unroasted nuts, I mean I will eat heavily processed foods like cake and hot chips and gingerbread spread on chocolate covered cookies! But at least I will enjoy it, I will not feel guilty and at the end of my rampage I will go back to my paleo-style diet again and my liver will cry with relief…. until next time.
Firstly, HAPPY NEW YEARS EVERYONE!! I hope everyone had a fantastic night whether they were out parting or just had a quiet night alone or with loved ones. I reckon 2014 will be epic (I can feel it in my bones)!!! I had a great night at a gathering with some good friends, lots of alcohol and a delicious BBQ, what more could you want? This morning, to start the year off 5 of us who slept over went for a run. Two of us turned back half way and the fitness freaks continued to run about 8 or 9km. Perfect way to start the year! We chilled most of the afternoon just mucking about, cleaning up and having fun in general. Now here I am living up to my first resolution of posting every day this month and hopefully even after this blog challenge is finished.
So to answer the first question: What are my New Years resolutions… the health related ones only otherwise I’ll be here for hours (I always have a lot of resolutions)!
1. Follow the 80:20 balanced diet rule. I’ll explain in detail about this in tomorrows question but just briefly, I want to try maintain a paleo-style diet (basically no processed foods, primarily veggies fruit and meat) for 80% of my week, but allow myself to be naughty 20% of the time so I don’t feel like I’m completely giving up things I love like oreos and ice-cream.
2. Train for a triathlon. I don’t think I’ll can train enough to feel comfortable doing a triathlon this season (2013-14), especially with how much other stuff is going on at the moment (moving house, new jobs, new relationship, financially broke etc). Plus the season finishes in less than two months so I think I’ll aim to train and do one towards the end of the year for the 2014-15 season instead.
3. Be more strict on my sleeping habits. This may sound a bit unrelated, but people sometimes forget how important sleep is for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and I’ve noticed in the past that when I’m sleeping well I’m much more likely to exercise more and be motivated to eat better, plus I just feel generally happier because it’s no fun feeling tired and exhausted all the time!
4. Save alcohol for special significant occasions only. And special doesn’t mean every weekend at parties. To qualify, it has to be a pretty important event. Like the night I move in to my first own place, or when I first complete a triathlon, birthdays can count too but only if they’re birthdays of very close family members or friends like my parents, boyfriend or best friend. Other than that, no drinking! I’m sure my insides will be happy with this decision and I’m hoping it shines through. I’m a firm believer that you can definitely still have fun without alcohol and have banned myself for drinking for a number of weeks in the past, not only have I succeeded in not drinking for my goal amount of time but I also end up feeling really good for doing so and have found that I don’t really miss it, so I don’t think it’ll be a particularly hard resolution to stick to!
That’s it for now, talk to you all tomorrow! Hope you all have a great 2014 and may you all succeed in sticking to your resolutions!
Sorry again… although this time it’s not my fault! My laptop has been infected with a terrible virus! It has a high fever and has been in bed covered in itchy red spots for two weeks! Just kidding, well, kind of. It has got a really bad virus, but not that kind. It just crashes a lot and has a gazillion popups every time you go on the internet. My mother, who sadly knows more about computers than I do despite her generally techno-phobic generation, has been trying to sort it out for me, to no avail. I’ll have to take it in to a true nerd once my bank account has more than 2 cents in it. (That’s not even a joke, don’t laugh at me!)
Anyway, I’m borrowing my mums work computer at the moment, which is happily virus-free. My training schedule hasn’t exactly gone to plan so instead I have just been trying not to eat as badly or as much. In my defense though, I have been incredibly busy with my new PA job, signing a lease for my very first and very own rental property, trying to find another job so I can afford it and also gained a beautiful boyfriend (yay me). Not to mention it’s 2 days before Christmas so I’ve been planning gifts and trying to figure out how to afford it. My pay still hasn’t come through so I had to borrow money from my mum to buy her present, and everyone elses! Promise I’ll pay you back mum!
This post so far hasn’t really lived up to my promises of topic purity (if you have no idea what that means read previous posts), but I’ll get to it eventually. I’m very excited to be moving into my first own place. It’s a 1 bedroom unit with a little bathroom, kitchen and lounge-room in a block of units with a shared laundry, which I actually worked out is more cost effective for my needs anyway. The entire place is painted a deep yellow, which I’m tipping most people would hate but I surprisingly like it… maybe that’s why I got it, maybe I was the only one who applied.. ha ha probably. But who cares? Suits me! It has a huge window in the lounge area that lets in heaps of light which I love and a gas stove-top and oven, I can’t stand electric stoves! It’s not big, it’s not fancy, but it’s all functional and clean and in an awesome location. It’s literally across the road from a shopping with everything you need, 5 mins walk from a tram that takes me to the door step of my uni, or if I stay on it, it will take me to the door step of my parents house or in the other direction, my best friends house. It’s walking distance from Melbourne’s CBD and the famous MCG so I better get myself a footy membership. And 5 mins walk from a street that has a farmers market every Saturday morning! Probably best of all I can walk (or run) tp my old gym/recreation centre which I’ll be rejoining as soon as I have the funds, 6-pack abs here I come!
In other news, I decided that the best way to stay faithful to my promise of posting everyday would be to do another 30-day blog challenge… but this time with a twist! To uphold my other promise of topic purity all the questions for the blog challenge with be health, fitness, diet and exercise related! I’ll start it on Jan 1st because I know I’d just be lying to you if I said I was going to start now cause I doubt I’ll have the time to post on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day with the list of family parties I have lined up. My first blog challenge post on Jan 1st will be a struggle for sure as I will most definitely be hungover. Not a great way to start the year from a health perspective, buy hey, I’m Aussie, it’s tradition and YOLO.
Merry Christmas everybody!!!!