Archive for November, 2009

“Sunny” first day of Summer

Well, today’s December 1st, which means it’s the first day of Summer! Shall we see how summery the world is looking on this awesome day?

Ain’t that beautiful??

How seasonal! Not.

These were taken about ten minutes ago at 10.25am, lets hope the weather improves soon! It was ok on my run this morning, in fact the sun was beginning to poke through. I don’t know what happened between then and now..

I was supposed to go in to school this morning for Music revision, I chose not to. I’m not really that interested in the music exam to be honest, I don’t really care how I do. I’m not taking music next year and the subject is not going to help me achieve my goal of becoming a personal trainer, I have more important things to busy myself with than Music class. Also, the Biggest Loser was a good one today hahaha.

I discovered something a short time ago, and that is that the 5k route I’ve been running for the last year, is actually WAY LONGER THAN FIVE K’S!!!!! I was always wondering why I could never break the 30 minute mark, and now I know why! I might change my route so it’s a little bit shorter. I really wanna crack the 30 minute mark and get a new PR, which I WILL if I map out an actual 5k route lol.

All I want for christmas is you πŸ™‚

They’re so cute. I’d be content with getting nothing but kitty cuddles all day on Xmas πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


November 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Christmas In The Park!

Hey guys!

I have a few photos from EDK Christmas In The Park. I’m in such a good mood today.. After I post this I’m going in to town to go christmas “browsing” haha, browsing because I’m broke and can’t afford to actually buy anything.

There were quite a few people there, but it was really small and I was a little surprised that EDK could afford to have a Christmas In The Park and WHK can’t hahaha. Shame on our names..

Joy and I spent a few hours sitting around and talking and walking around, exploring different areas. I’d never really been in EDK before. We found Dallas and pretty much hung out with him for the rest of the night. No complaints from me!

I love this photo of Dal and I πŸ™‚ It’s probably my favourite. It’s the cutest couple shot we’ve got haha. He gave me his jersey to wear coz I was cold πŸ˜›

He’s so much taller than me! :O I love it though πŸ™‚

This is insanely cute. We were mucking around, taking photos before he went on stage with A New Era.

Some action shots. Needless to say, I was extremely proud πŸ™‚

In fact, Leonie and I both were. Here we are, smiling as the very proud girlfriends in their boyfriends jerseys haha, (the lead singer is Leonie’s boyf).

Feetsies, left to right: Joy, Myself and Leonie.

Beautiful Joy πŸ™‚

A good time was had by all and I went home with a smile on my face and some great memories.

Hope you’ve all had a great day! I’m off into town now πŸ™‚



p.s- If you wanna read about an insanely awesome running effort, check out Caitlin’s blog. She ran a crazy 20 MILES this morning! That’s about 32 Kilometers!

Congratulations Caitlin! πŸ˜€

November 29, 2009 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

10k’s, not so much fun…

I had a 10k run today, I felt like I’d lost my mojo and I was severely lacking enthusiasm. I did it anyway, obviously, because I’m not one to back out of a planned run.

I was trying different ways to get me excited about the distance, biggest one being to read 10k Race Recaps of Caitlin, Danica and Meghann’s blogs, but I still wasn’t feelin’ it.

I got up later than usual at 7am as opposed to 6 like I have been, only because the weather isn’t good so it wasn’t so hot that the morning was my only option. I was glad I did. I felt better for it.

I decided to take inspiration from Caitlin with her positive mantras, and so I wrote “Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever” on my left forearm so every time I felt like giving up and walking home, I could look at it and feel motivated to keep going.

However, it was looking a little worse for wear by the end…

Once I got out there and got started, even though physically, it was incredibly challenging, I was grateful to have something so exhausting to take my mind off a few things that I was feeling upset about.

I just put my head down and RAN! I pounded out those 10k’s/6 Miles, staring at the pavement for the whole time. I was completely zoned out, I just wanted it to be over. And thankfully, time seemed to go by really fast.

I love that with running, you’re able to give everything you have, so that if you’re feeling upset or hurt, you have nothing left to give, so you can’t be bothered feeling down in the dumps and it kinda just goes away..

Regarding Xmas In The Park last night, for the most part, I had a fantastic time. There were a few things which upset me, and was the cause of my massive downer this morning, but in general I had heaps of fun. It was good to hang out with Joy and Leonie. I’ll post a full recap once Joy uploads all her photos. She has the best ones πŸ™‚

Anyway, all for now champs.

Have a good one.


November 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm 1 comment

I have all I need :)

I am going to have the best christmas I have had in a very long time πŸ™‚ As I’ve gotten older, christmas is no longer about the presents I get, but the people I spend it with.

On christmas, all I want is to be with my family. Truly, I’m a really family orientated girl, and christmas is such a happy time for me. My family are spread far and wide throughout the world (Scotland, China, Australia, England, Auckland, Canada) and Christmas is the one occasion where I might get to see some of those family members.

I am so happy and satisfied with my life at the moment, I really couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m so so SO grateful for everything I have, I am seriously so blessed and so lucky to have what I have.

I’m healthy, I run, I look and feel great, (and might I just mention that I have lost SEVEN Kg’s since the beginning of the year?!) I think that once mum gets back from her holiday, her and I should go to Bayfair for a day and go shopping. BARELY any of my clothes fit me anymore, they’re all too big.

– I get the crazy, awesome endorphin kick from exercise.

– I have a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced diet. I can eat chocolate and ice cream whenever I want and not feel guilty about it.

– I have THE MOST AWESOME boyfriend a girl could ask for! πŸ™‚ I am so so happy with him and I have the best time whenever I’m with him. We have the strongest, happiest relationship and I’ve never met anyone that I am more compatible with. He has been one of the best things to ever happen to me.

– I have a loving family. I have great relationships with ALL my family members now and it feels so good. All my life, I’ve had conflicts with at least one important family member, but now as we’ve all grown and learnt from the past, we’ve moved forward and worked past that. Now we are stronger than ever πŸ™‚

– I have a roof over my head, food on the table and clean water. These are the little things we often take for granted. So many teens my age don’t have these simple things.

– I have THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS EVER! And they are ALWAYS willing to show me love πŸ˜€

– I’m strong and confident enough as a person to be able to make better decisions and not get so worked up over little things. I’m able to let things simply roll off my back and not stress me out so much.

See! I have all the components to make for one HAPPY holiday πŸ™‚ I’ve been on cloud nine for ages as I’ve been thinking over everything I’m lucky enough to have. I’m so happy with my life and things really don’t get any better than this.

I hope you all have amazing things to be grateful for. Leave a comment with some things that you feel lucky to have πŸ™‚

I’m off to Edgecumb Xmas in the Park with Joy today! I’ll take loads of photos and post them on here tomorrow. I also have a 10K run in the morning.

Have a FABULOUS day πŸ˜€


November 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm 3 comments

Omg, I need a life.

Seriously… Today has been quite possibly the most depressing day of my life. I’ve never felt like more of a loser and to be honest, I’ve never felt so LONELY!

It’s so tragic, I haven’t really left the house except to run for the last two weeks. It’s the saddest thing ever. I’m starting to get cabin fever and I’m keen for some excitement in my life.

I don’t even have mum to hang out with coz she’s on vacation… That’s reaching all new levels of retard.

Tomorrow will be the first day of my all new will to be social once again. I’m going to Edgecumb Christmas In The Park with Joy. (Gonna go watch Dallas play :]) I really like Joy, she’s one of my really really good friends. She’s the type of friend you really, truly can trust.

Those kinds of friends don’t come around very often.

I’ve decided to make a list of goals that I must achieve these holidays.

Things to achieve:

1. Make good friends with someone entirely new, that I’ve never met/spoken to before.

2. Find a running buddy, run with them 3 times or more.

3. Have a celebratory lunch with my friends to celebrate the end of exams/school year.

4. Have a picnic with Dallas (he doesn’t know about this one yet lol)

5. Get out of the house and spend a day taking photographs of anything and everything that strikes me as beautiful or interesting.

6. Go to Mount Maunganui and run around it, then get waffle cones, then swim at the beach πŸ˜€

7. Go up to Auckland and go for a walk with Kerre Woodham.

8. Have a picnic with somebody at the Heads.

9. Have a girly sleepover.

10. Rope more people in to playing Tennis on my tennis court.

11. Go christmas BROWSING (eg, go to shops, but since I’m broke, look at things and decide what I’ll buy/make for everyone).

12. Get something interesting done to my body. e.g belly button piercing again.

13. Volunteer at the SPCA

14. Go to the movies with Dallas.

15. Go to Hamilton and catch up with old friends.

16. Find a way of making money.

17. Try and organize a nice family dinner.

18. Have a heart to heart with someone unexpected.

19. Have a few of my best friends over for a BBQ.

20. Go surfing (once all the jellyfish have fled the area :S)

21. Rope a friend into making a hilarious song on Garageband.

22. Hang out with Kelsi heaps before she leaves.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I will definitely keep updating this with details on how I’m going πŸ™‚

Fingers crossed I complete it!

Consider this my “holiday Challenge” πŸ˜‰

Happy thanksgiving to all the American readers!! I’m thankful for blogging! πŸ˜€


November 27, 2009 at 2:44 am 3 comments

What I’ve been listening to

November 25, 2009 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

I have officially been converted to a morning runner.

This morning I did something I have only ever done once before in my life… I GOT UP AT 6AM TO GO EXERCISE!!!! :O

This is big news! haha, I’ve always been an afternoon runner, but now that summer is fast approaching, it’s just TOO DAMN HOT to run in the afternoons. So what do I do? Get up early and get it out of the way then. Seems logical enough to me.

Unfortunately, even though I was doing 800m sprints at 7am, Β it was still stinking hot, and it would appear that if Β I want to avoid the heat I shall have to get up even earlier so I’m DOING IT at 6.. I’m thinking 5am?

Sounds scary, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

It was surprisingly easy to get up at 6 this morning. I haven’t since I went up to Auckland to meet Gaz, but I practically bounded out of bed. I was excited for the change in habit.

The workout itself however, was NOT easy. I did 4 sets of 800 meter sprints, and since I very very rarely do speed work, I found it extremely difficult. Even though I had 2 minute intervals between each, I was stuffed. I guess that it will get easier with time as my speed increases. I’ll be doing it every week for the next 3 weeks, so it’ll be cool to see what changes I’ll start to see there.

I’ve turned my training schedule into a star chart πŸ™‚ I’ve always liked star charts but I always thought they were too childish. This time, I decided SCREW IT, I want a star chart. It’s so so satisfying to be able to put a gold star in the “training completed” box πŸ™‚ I feel like I’ve really accomplished something. It’s also cool to look at it and see the little ROW of Gold Stars, and I feel really proud for sticking to my training plan 100%.

When I did that awful 5k two days ago, I have never ever felt more proud to say I accomplished something. It was so physically challenging, and when I filled the box with a gold star, I felt like I’d won the battle. I’d beat the heat and I was strong and capable.

I guess to most that sounds really childish, but it works for me.

I’m having some technical difficulties regarding the camera. The batteries have died and this one is non-rechargeable. It requires “special” batteries that I’m yet to go out and buy. It’s a real shame because it was beautiful this morning, and I’m going to the beach later, AND, making waffles for the first time!!! :O

So I may or may not have photos of that. Most likely not..

Anyway, that’s all for now πŸ™‚


November 25, 2009 at 9:21 pm 2 comments

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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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