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January Blog Challenge – Day 4 – Post a picture of your dream body

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:

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January Blog Challenge – Day 3 – Name and explain an exercise habit you will change this month

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!

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January Blog Challenge – Day 2 – Name and explain a diet habit you will change this month

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.

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January Blog Challenge – Day 1 – What are your health-related New Year’s Resolutions?

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!

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Blog Challenge – Day 30 – Favourite Song

Clearly I failed the challenge because I didn’t post everyday! But how do I do people manage to post EVERYday, like I just get busy and then all of a sudden it’s bed time and a new day is dawning! 

Anyway, I’ll answer the question and then write a separate post about what I’ve been up to! This question is kind of annoying because I never have just one favourite song, I always have a bunch of songs and it really really depends on my mood at that given moment. So as usual I’ll overdo it and give you three songs that I like at the moment:

Change Your Life – Little Mix
Hall of Fame – The Script
Royals – Lorde

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Blog Challenge – Day 29 – In this past month, what have you learnt

I know I know I know! Don’t kill me! I’ve been a bit slack during the past week with keeping up with my blog. It’s been an extremely busy week. This week was the official start of the 12 Week Body Transformation, so I was really making an effort to follow all the recipes to the letter and get in some exercise each day as well as just keeping up with work and such. 

Unfortunately I’m a bit new to all these gym workouts and so my technique isn’t really up to scratch yet meaning that I keep accidentally hurting joints instead of muscle. And then to top off my week I was knocked-down Friday with a come back of my pain condition: Neuralgia. For those who don’t know it’s kind of like epilepsy of the nerves because they spasm uncontrollably with pain in the right side of my face. There are different types, mine affects the glossopharigeal nerve. Anyway so I was pretty drugged out, dizzy and nauseas and as a result didn’t get a chance to really workout. but I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

I’m hopefully meeting in person tomorrow some of the girls I’ve been talking to over the 12WBT online forums. We’re planning to go for a jog and then have a coffee. Speaking of meeting new people. My American friend Michael, who I met over a penpal website a couple years ago has finally come to visit Australia so I met him in person today for the first time which was a bit exciting. We didn’t do much, I just showed him my favourite spots around Melbourne, we’ll organise some more “touristic” (as my swiss family like to say) activities for the upcoming weeks, but he’s here for two months so at least we have a bit of time!

Anyway, I’ll stop procrastinating now and get into the actual question…. Hmmm, what have I actually learnt? They say you learn something every day. And that’s probably true. In fact you probably learn more than one thing most days. So I should technically be able to write down at least thirty dot points of what I’ve learnt. But I’m guessing what you learn on an everyday basis isn’t always significant enough to stick out in your mind so I’ll guess I’ll just have to go with a few bigger things. 

I learnt that:
1. Publishing posts when you’re highly emotional is a really really REALLY bad idea. 
2. Some people actually enjoy reading my drivel on here, which is pleasantly surprising! 🙂
3. I learnt a quicker way to get home from the CBD, it requires an extra changeover but I’d rather do that and get home quicker than sit on a boring tram for a million years. 
4. I would’ve made an alright detective in another life …. I’m not going to elaborate on that one though cause I don’t want to giveaway my secret skills. 
5. Protein shakes aren’t just for body builders and gym junkies, they’re actually also good to help you repair quicker and they aren’t so bad tasting as my imagination let me think, nor do they overhaul all your diet efforts because they’re actually surprisingly low in calories. 

That’s about all I got for now, toodle-oo.

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Blog Challenge – Day 28 – A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed?


Fortunately Facebook date-stamps the photos you upload so I could easily find a photo almost exactly a year ago today. 
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This was taken at a boy’s school formal I was invited to. Lots of my friends were also invited as formal dates. From the left me, Em and Sophie. 

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This photo was taken last weekend at a friends birthday gathering. I’m on the left, Nessie on the right. 

I think physically (which I assume is the point of showing the photos), I haven’t changed much except for putting on a few kilos, which I’m currently in the process of trying to lose again! However, mentally I think I’ve changes a lot! Your mindset completely changes when you go from school-kid to the real-world. And as I’ve also said in previous posts I’m doing so much this year that I never expected I’d be doing and in the process I’ve learnt so much. I hope one year from now I will again be able to say that I’ve continued learning new things everyday, but that also I’ll look much fitter and healthier than now. 

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