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..
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!
So as promised, I started training yesterday. Got up at 6:30, chucked on my excessively branded sports gear and went to Albert Park Lake for a run. I felt like a zombie but knew I needed to stick to my word otherwise I might never run again! So despite being slow, I managed to push out the 5km without stopping and keeping a fairly steady pace throughout. Afterward I walked an extra couple of km and made use of the free outdoor gym equipment beside the lake.
Unfortunately during the run my ankle started hurting again (it’s been playing up a lot lately) and by the end of the run it was really bad. Throughout the rest of the day I could barely walk and then my back started hurting too! I woke up this morning feeling utterly crap so I’ve ALREADY fallen off the bandwagon on Day 2 of my training. HOWEVER, to make up for it, I’m going to give “Bed-ilates” a go. Yes, you read that right, pilates that you can do from the comfort of your bed. My friend is always looking up health and fitness guru’s on the internet that do “fun” and effective home exercise routines and the like and she came across this one, although I googled it and couldn’t find it so I’ll shoot her a message to get the link for that one.
I haven’t tried it yet but hopefully it’ll be good, will let you know. Or have a go yourself and comment below how it went. Alternatively I do enjoy a bit of Cassey Ho, youtuber and blogwriter of http://www.blogilates.com
She’s very upbeat and one of those people that seem so happy all the time that you assume that they must be on something, either that or they’re an alien cause that level of energy and happiness is just not normal! Hahaha… no but seriously. Anyway, give her a go and tell me what you think. She also has some fantastic delicious & healthy recipes! She even has her own app!