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October Ab Challenge 2009!

Hey guys!

Well I was reading through Caitlin’s old blog posts on (she’s got a new site to, it’s look awesome! check it out :]), and I came across her December Challenge. For this, she decided to make Ab Workouts fun!

Coz nobody likes ab workouts, they’re painful, hard and boring. So she made it her mission to work on her abs every other day with exercises that were easy to do in the comfort of your own home, which would only take 5 or 10 minutes out of your day.

After reading all her workouts day after day, I felt inspired to do the same because I never do ab-work, and it’s true that doing ab-work and strengthening your abs helps improve running. So bring on the Planks baby!

I’ve decided to make mine “October Challenge” because tomorrow’s the first of October and the sooner I get started, the better. I’m going to the gym tomorrow for a 60 minute strength-training class so that will be my ab work-out for that day πŸ™‚ Then every 2nd day I’ll post an update with which exercise I chose to do. I have 6 different ones that I borrowed from Healthy Tipping Point, so I’ll send the link to her blog posts for each so you can see in full what I’m doing πŸ™‚

Wish me luck!

And get ready for me to get ripped abs πŸ˜€

September 30, 2009 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

Positive anything is better than Negative nothing.

The title of this post is a quote by Albert Einstein. I’ve had a really stink and stressful day, I decided to cheer myself by looking up and writing down positive mantras, affirmations and quotes.

It really did help to be honest πŸ™‚
Here is a list of some of my favourites:

-I understand that no one is more important than I am, and that no one else is less important.

-I am strong, calm and confident.

-Everyday is a fresh start

-“When everything seems to be going against you, remember an airplane takes off against the wind, not with it” – Henry Ford.

– “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right” – Henry Ford

-“If you want to live a happy life, tie to to a goal, not to people or things” – Albert Einstein.

(One of my all time favourites:) -“If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves” – Thomas Edison.

-“There is only one personal who could ever make you happy, and that person is you” – David Burns.

-Every chance taken is another chance to win.

Aren’t they great? I found they really inspired me and picked up my mood. Some people are just so darn philosophical lol. What would we do without them? πŸ™‚

Anyway, I’ll start from the beginning of my day so you can get an idea as to why it turned out so bad…

Well, I woke up at 7.30am, reeealllyyyy tired, but I got up anyway because I knew I had a busy day, I had to go for a run and then I had a friend coming over sometime after 10am, so I needed to shower, have a snack and clean my room before they got here.

Well, I had two cups of coffee and two slices of toast with peanut butter on them as pre-run fuel, then a glass of water, checked my emails, read some of the blogs I follow, then off I went at around 9am.

Well BOY HOWDY did I run like the wind this time! I’m not sure what it was, but that’s the fastest I have ever run 5k’s. I think my time was around 28-30 Minutes. That’s a new PR! But I didn’t time it so I don’t know for sure.

I’m surprised I ran so well because I woke up feeling quite sick and when I was running I was starting to feel worse and worse, and at times, thought I was going to vomit (I blame it on the disgusting fried food that I ate last night at the quiz night at Spot 81. It was the only food available and my post-run hunger was kicking in and I was absolutely RAVENOUS). I just stared up ahead, zoned out and thought about anything BUT running whilst my feet pounded the pavement. It was really good that I managed to distract myself, because otherwise I would’ve focused on the negative things like sore legs, feeling tired and sick.

Also, I ran without my Ipod this time, just so I could focus on other things, and I actually think it was a really good idea. I was able to concentrate my focus away from running and think of things unrelated that made me happy.
It worked a charm πŸ™‚

Anyway, I was VERY relieved to get home and stretch and drink up my glass of Powerade, then, I received a phone call from Mum who was at work…..

She told me there had been a Tsunami warning issued to us in New Zealand because of the MASSIVE 8.2 on the richter scale earthquake in Samoa. I had in fact heard the alarm go off, but was so puffed from running so hard that I didn’t really process it.

At first, I wasn’t worried, I was just like “Ok, sweet as”, and went back to stretching. But then I went on twitter, and there were News Reports about it and I was home alone and started to freak out. Everyone was evacuating and moving to high ground and I had no way of getting there.

Then mum rang again, and this time she REAALLY scared me. She rang and said “I just asked Mark to come back and get you and take you to high ground… I care about you very much and I want you to be safe. Or I thought it would be a good idea for you and [insert name of particular friend here (sorry, I can’t disclose who it is)] to go up to Kohi point right now… I’d hate for anything to happen to you” or something along those lines. I really starting freaking out after that because she made it sound like I might drown. I was extra frightened because I have a tendency to have really really awful, vivid and horrific dreams, and once I had one that a Tsunami hit my town and caused massive damage.

I thought “Oh god, my nightmare is about to come true….”

Thankfully, I went on facebook and had a few friends reassure me that we were pretty much safe and that even if it did hit, it would be really small so we have nothing to worry about.
I was so relieved!!!!!!!

I flicked on the news and they also reassured us that it wouldn’t be very big and wouldn’t cause much damage because it coincides with low-tide.

I felt heaps better and finally got to shower after my run haha. Best shower of my life. Though I wasn’t feeling very friendly with water at the time.

After that scare (the whole palaver Β lasted about 2 hours), I went into my room, relaxed on my bed and read my book “Deliciously Natural” for about an hour while I waited for my friend to show up. Which was a lost cause, because they never did.

That just added to my bad mood. I felt really hurt and as a result, angry! That’s when I started looking up positive affirmations and quotes and now I feel a lot more relaxed.

All that was topped off by me feeling disgustingly sick all day. I could barely eat lunch, which I had at 12pm, (pan cooked carrot, spinach, silverbeet and parsley with two eggs and a small tub of yoghurt), it is now 4pm and I’ve only been hungry for a cracker.

I really need to eat because I need to refuel after my run. But I just don’t think I can stomach anything atm… I was guttered because I was going to hang out with Emma and Robert and I started walking to town but just felt so sick that I had to turn around, come home and cancel 😦 I was really really guttered.

I had an afternoon nap to try and chill out, but I didn’t sleep very well.

Anyway, here I am writing all of this. It’s been an emotional day all round and I’m glad it ending.

I’ll update more later πŸ™‚

Have a lovely night everyone.

Have you ever lived in an area that was issued with a Tsunami warning? How did you react?

September 30, 2009 at 3:03 am 1 comment

Hardest 10k I’ll probably ever have done.

Ugh, well, this morning’s 10k was not very enjoyable at ALL. The only way I managed to complete it was by pushing myself mentally, and using good, positive mantras. Also, I was contemplating finishing at 5k instead because I was so worn out and run down, but when I got to the 5k point I said I’d do 7, what’s two more k’s? Then once I got to seven I said I’d go on to do 10 coz it was only 3 more k’s. And thank god I looked at it like that, or else I don’t think i’d have made it.

I took a water bottle with me today for the first time, I filled it up with Powerade instead though for fast hydration when I needed it. It was good to have drinks there, but it was annoying to have to hold it the whole way. I’ll use a camelbak next time.

I ran very very slow today because I was not feeling well and I was lacking motivation, I completed the 10k in 1hr, 20mins. That’s not to crash hot… But I’m not bothered because at least I managed to finish. That’s all that matters is that I motivated myself enough to run the full distance.

I HATED the new running shorts I bought the other day. God they were terrible and I plan to take them back tonight. I shouldn’t have run in them, it added to my bad mood and lack of motivation because they were uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Bloody awful to be honest and I will never use them again.

I was so relieved to get back home and I couldn’t really believe I had managed to finish the full 10 Kilometers. I had a fantastic stretch and then an AMAZING shower that I didn’t want to get out of. Felt so good to relax, wash off the sweat and just chill.

After that, I cooked myself the yummiest lunch and I’m so proud of it! I’m starting to just improvise with recipes these days, and today I decided I wanted vegetables because I never have cooked veges for lunch. I chopped up some carrots and fried them in a pan with a splash of Canola oil, some Moroccan Seasoning and Lemon Pepper seasoning. GOD it was good! It was so yum, I’m cooking it for everyone tonight for dinner πŸ™‚
Aswell as the carrots, I made an omelette with cheese and milk and had a small tub of yoghurt.

Was definitely a good lunch and has kept me sufficiently full till now πŸ™‚ it’s 10 past two in the afternoon and I had lunch at 11.30am, so that’s pretty good!

I just had one of those amazing, melt-in-your-mouth Banana and Peanut Butter smoothies. I’m so addicted to those right now. Who new Peanut Butter could be used for so many things??

After lunch I had my Dentist appointment 😦 I hate going to the dentist. I walked into town and posted two Operation Beautiful notes on the way πŸ™‚ A little pick-me-up for me and whoever reads them.

It was so dumb, my dentist appointment lasted a full total of like 2 minutes. No kidding. There was absolutely nothing wrong with my teeth and she sent me along on my way with a tube of toothpaste and a tooth Β brush lol. YAY.

I really hate Dentists. It so icky to have someone you barely know, all up in your personal space, their face ten centimeters away from yours with their hands all in your mouth with their creepy tools, scraping away at your teeth with that weird hook thing. YUCK YUCK YUCK. I don’t like it at all.

Good thing I don’t have to go again for another year unless my teeth start having problems! (Which they won’t, I have brilliant dental hygiene).

After Β my yucky encounter with the dentist, I moseyed on over to Kope. Had a wander through the video shop and decided to come back later to rent some since it’s $2 Tuesday.
Then I went to visit Mum at work because the hospital is seriously like 400 meters from the video shop. She gave me a banana and a nice cold glass of water (banana which I used for my KILLER smoothie), we had a little chat for a bit and then I decided to head off.

It’s been such a beautiful day thankfully and I feel like I’ve been good and productive πŸ™‚ Yesterday was amazing too and I’m looking forward to tomorrow because I’m hanging out with Robert and Emma again. My family have decided to go to Hamilton NEXT thursday because this one wasn’t working for all parties involved in the little excursion. I can’t wait. I have a friend coming and I’m counting my lucky stars that he’ll be able to make it.

Tomorrow I’m going to run an easy 5k. I don’t wanna push myself too hard, especially not after today. Gotta take it easy on my poor little leggies. Tomorrow expect a blog post on Body Confidence. I’ve been inspired by a few other healthy bloggers πŸ™‚

Right now I have to go study, clean my room and read tonnes of books I have piled up :/

As for you? Have a great day.

September 29, 2009 at 1:28 am Leave a comment

AMAZING day :)

Ok, so I’ve pretty much had an AWESOME day. It couldn’t have started and finished better. The only downer was the weather 😦 It’s pretty much been pouring on and off all day, which is unfortunate since we walked everywhere today.

But anyway, back to the beginning…

My day started fantastic with a wonderful run this AM. I broke my PR which left me feeling elated! (and sore! lol). I was so happy, and I had a great shower once I got back, a nice stretch and a yummy lunch of Granola and yoghurt. I was nicely refueled thanks to Powerade Isotonic, which really helped me feel energetic and lively.

Oh, and earlier this morning I forgot to mention my totally KICK ASS work out playlist!
I had put it together last night, and seriously? It was so good. I made sure it had lots of really powerful songs to keep me going and inspire me.

the songs I had were these:
1. All I Ever Wanted- Basshunter
2. Don’t Phunk With My Heart- Black Eyed Peas
3. Bombs Over Baghdad- Outkast
4. Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen (personal favourite)
5. I Gotta Feeling- Black Eyed Peas
6. My Humps- Black Eyed Peas
7. F.I.N.E- Aerosmith
8. Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)- Beyonce

My favourites were definitely “Bombs Over Baghdad” by Outkast and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. They gave me such a kick! I felt so inspired to run as fast as I could to prove to myself that I could do it. Just goes to show how influential my Ipod is on me πŸ™‚

Anyway, once all that was done I got a text from Robert saying he was free today after all and he and Emma (walker) were just chillaxin’ and I was free to join them πŸ™‚ So he phoned me and we organised to meet at Ground Zero in town. I got my ass into gear and boosted as fast as I could (I was walking which was slightly painful due to stiff muscles from the run, but the fast walk was actually helpful to loosen me up a bit). I got there about 20 minutes later and ordered a “Health Smoothie” which was Mixed berries with Bee Pollen and a shot of Vanilla protein shake. I was pretty average to be honest. I had high expectations and this just didn’t cut it I’m afraid.

Our time there was great though, we spent two hours sitting on the couches and talking. I love that I can talk about literally ANYTHING to Emma and Robert. I feel so comfortable and relaxed with them, it’s such a great feeling. After two hours there (and NO waitresses clearing away our dishes, thanks guys! awesome customer service!), we decided we were actually hungry so we walked to the Sushi Bar, I ordered three pieces, I got Teriyaki Tofu, Inari and just a regular Sushi Roll. God it was good. I LOVE sushi, truly! Emma ordered a huge plate for her and Robert and then got some free Green Tea for me and her which looked like it had brown rice floating in the top…

We spent about another half hour chatting there and then decided we were going to check out Hair Dye for Emma in the Warehouse which was directly next door to the sushi shop. After that we went to Robert’s Doctor Appointment and Emma and I roamed Kope for a bit. Then we all headed back to her place where we sat and discussed our plans for the rest of the afternoon. The original plan was to go to the hot pools, but they were both sick and didn’t wanna go and have the scody water make them sicker, so instead we got a ride back in to town and went to a restaurant called Roquette and ordered “Orgasm Chips”, which are actually called French fries with Aioli sauce lol. Robert and Emma nicknamed them orgasm chips because they’re so damn good! Very salty, but oh well. Once again we stayed for about an hour and talked. After there we went on hunt for a cafe that was still open to get some coffee and tea, but nothing was open 😦 Instead we opted for the Supermarket to buy a massive block of chocolate. I had about one row which is around 10-15 squares.

I really don’t worry about Kilojoule counting because my exercise basically erases any extra food I eat.

After that we walked back to Robert’s house where we sat and talked for ANOTHER half hour, eating more chocolate (I didn’t have anymore). Then we decided to go watch some FUNNY ASS SHIT on Youtube πŸ˜€ Here are just a few of the HILARIOUS videos we watched:

GOD It’s brilliant πŸ˜€
Especially the Family Guy one lol. I laughed for ages at that.

So yeah, after our video watching, Emma’s dad came and picked us up and took me home. I had the nicest toasted sandwich for dinner which had cheese, salami, spaghetti and tomato,Β and now here I am! πŸ™‚

I have had a rather splendid day. Have a fantastic night everybody and I’ll be back here tomorrow with an update on my 10k I have planned.Β Pray for good weather!!!

Do you like to run in the rain? Or do you prefer sunshine and clear skies? πŸ™‚

September 28, 2009 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

New 5k PR! :)

I’m really excited because today I broke my 5k PR (Personal Record)! Only by a minute, but everything counts. I don’t believe in minimizing achievements. My old PR was 34 minutes, something, and my new one was 33:10:7 (I timed it properly this time). I was pretty darn happy to get back. I was SO exhausted by the end because I made the mistake of starting out too fast because I was so enthusiastic about breaking my PR, and so as a result I started to burn out around the 3rd K. Seriously, all I wanted to do was stop and walk, but I HATE stopping to walk. I feel like I’ve let myself down and completely failed if I start to walk when I’m out running, so I just pushed through as best I could. I was red faced, sweaty, stiff and sore by time I got back. I’ve never been so grateful to get home and be able to stretch it out!

Next time when I do it I’ll start out slower and then completely let loose about 2K’s in, that way hopefully I should be able to cut another minute off my time.

Today I tried out Powerade Isotonic powder for the first time. Before my run I mixed one scoop of the powder with 250ml of water (as advised). I wanted to try it so I could feel reassured that I was adequately hydrated. I am SO glad I did this. I don’t think I would have been able to push through the last 2Ks of my run if I hadn’t had this before I left. I definitely think it gave me an energy boost, and for the first time EVER when I’ve been out running, I didn’t feel like I was starting to get dehydrated. I had another glass when I got back for quick rehydration because I have a bad habit of forgetting to rehydrate properly. It’s awesome stuff! I feel heaps better now after my run than I usually do. It truly is incredibly important to make sure you stay well-hydrated. I’ve also stopped drinking two cups of coffee a day. That stuff just wasn’t working for me :/

Tomorrow I think I’ll run a 10k again. The weather really is not on my side these days! This last WEEK when I have been running, it’s been pouring, but I went anyway. I don’t actually mind running in the rain, I think it tends to make me run faster for some reason and I don’t get overheated, so it’s alright. My biggest concern is actually my Ipod, I don’t want it to get damaged. But Caitlin at gave me a suggestion to put it in a Ziploc bag to keep it dry, so I think I’ll give that a shot. Yesterday the weather was beautiful!! But go figure it was on my REST day 😦 Today it rained again. Just my luck. Oh well, a little rain never hurt anyone I guess.

Last night we had an awesome BBQ up at Granddad’s, because we had some Scottish relatives fly over to visit. I hadn’t met them before so it was cool to have a catch up. Mum made this AMAZING Asian Salad which I filled half my plate with. I made some Kumara and Potato fries with an improvised recipe. I was quite proud because they turned out really good πŸ™‚

I had Salad, my Fries and some Venison, but I only had two bites of the meat, I just ate the salad and chips πŸ˜€

I’m going to go ring Karla now and see if she wants to watch some movies. I swear she has a bigger DVD collection than the DVD shop lol. It seems like the kinda day for DVD’s πŸ™‚

Have a wonderful Monday!

September 27, 2009 at 10:12 pm 1 comment

Conformist Society.

I’m going to warn you in advance, in this particular blog post there is content that may offend some readers.
Please take that into consideration before continuing to read.

God, there’s something that’s always kinda bothered me, and every now and then I’ll speak out on it, but usually it’s something I just kinda take on the chin and shut up about.

But today it’s really starting to piss me off.

It’s how much of a “Conformist Society” we live in today. It’s so tragic. I’ve never been one to conform to the “ways of society”, and as a result I’ve felt very isolated which has been a huge contributing factor to my massive dislike of High School, but as I’ve always said, I would rather be a complete loner and be staying true to myself than following the latest trend just so I can “fit in”.

I’m writing a blog post about this because there’s a new trend arising in the small town I live in, and I’m not going to say what that trend is, but the saddest thing I’ve heard in ages was this, I was reading about it and one girl I know had literally written: “Well it seems like everyone else is doing it so now I’m doing it too”.

That’s so shit on so many levels.

I actually wanted to throw something at her, but being the internet an’ all that would’ve been a bit hard lol.

Whatever happened to embracing your own interests and hobbies rather than having Society decide what they are for you??
Jeez people! Have a little originality!

A prime example of how I’m isolated as Β result of refusing to conform, is that every weekend + holidays or whatever, the girls my age go out and get totally wasted. Hit the booze… and then the floor. Seriously, that’s what some of them do every single weekend.

Now I’m sorry, but that type of lifestyle just isn’t going to work for me, whichever way you slice it.
For me, instead of going out and getting pissed, I go out and run for an hour or so. I plan meals, I blog about it, I hang out with my friends WITHOUT booze. I am perfectly capable of having a fantastic time without getting drunk.

It’s pathetic how many people truly can’t understand how I’m able to enjoy myself without booze.

It’s also pathetic how many people are reliant on alcohol to have a good time.

I’m grateful to have found a group of amazing individuals that have become really good friends of mine. We share common interests and values and we have the best of times without alcohol.

It drives me crazy how freaking MAINSTREAM high school is. Grr, and it’s EVERYWHERE you go too! It’s not like you can move cities and you’ll be free of it. This disgusting conformist attitude exists everywhere on the planet. You just have to learn how to put up with it and avoid giving in.
That’s what I do.

Anyway, after that little rant, onto more positive things πŸ™‚

Such as the fact that Robert is coming to WHK today! I haven’t seen him in months so I’m really excited to go for coffee and a catch up with him. Also I plan to ring Karla today and make some plans. I think I’ll wait till around 11 though… Not sure what time she’ll surface hahaha.

Man, today is supposed to be my running “rest day”, but I’m finding it really difficult not to lace up my shoes and get out there, because I’ve been reading all these wonderful and motivating Race Recaps on other healthy living blogs and because it’s such a beautiful day!! It’s been a long time coming, it’s been pouring for the last WEEK.

I just have to remember that if I rest properly like I should, then on Tuesday I’ll be able to totally SMASH my 5k PR πŸ™‚ I can’t wait!

We’re going to Hamilton on Thursday which I’m really excited about. I love traveling.
I really need to focus on getting some study done though…

Anyways, that’s enough from me for now. Have a LOVELY Sunday, dear readers πŸ™‚

September 26, 2009 at 8:37 pm Leave a comment

10k run recap.

Well I did it! Ran the first 10k’s of my entire life. and now, I’m completely stuffed haha.

My time was something like 1 hour, 15 minutes, which wasn’t far off my estimation. I enjoyed this run, I took it really really slow which was good because it meant that I could speed right up in the last K.

I’m quite sore now from it and have a bit of a head ache, but that might just be because I haven’t properly rehydrated yet. I’m so tired, it’s 12.11pm and I could go to bed now and sleep soundly ’till tomorrow lol.

The good news is, neither of my previous concerns were of an issue! My knees didn’t hurt and I only started to get hungry in the very last few minutes of my run. My knees began to hurt a little around the 8th Kilometer, but the pain went away naturally. I was sooo relieved!!

I’m wondering how I’ll make use of my time for the rest of the day? Robert’s coming tomorrow I think and tomorrow’s my rest day, so I think I’ll go out for coffee and a catch up with him which will be heaps and heaps of fun πŸ™‚

My eats so far today have been:

– A bowl of Homemade Granola, a Banana and a Spirilina smoothie for breakfast
– a Post run refuel feed of two pieces of Wholegrain Toast with sweet thai chilli tuna on top.

Now I’m going to make a peanut butter, banana and milk smoothie for my snack πŸ™‚ Later I’ll have Yoghurt and Granola.

Have a wonderful saturday.

September 26, 2009 at 12:19 am Leave a comment

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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