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December 31, 2009 at 5:59 am Leave a comment

Christmas Day Recap!

Happy New Year! It’s New Years eve and I can hardly believe it… This year has just flown past, and to tell you the truth, I could not be HAPPIER about it!!! I hope the next two years pass as quickly.

Anyway, here’s some photos from Christmas Day. I’d type out a whole blog about it but that’ll take ages lol, and I’m feeling lazy.

It started in Hamilton at Dad’s house. All of us got up early to go open presents, Daniel had TONS of gifts including a PSP, which is something he’s been wishing for for ages now, and here’s a pic of him in the middle of his victory dance when he opened it hahaha.

This is so cute πŸ™‚

After that, we all piled into the car to travel up to Auckland to meet up with more family.

It took us TWO AND A HALF HOURS to get there, instead of the usual 1 and a half hours because traffic was so bad!!

Aside from that, it was a beautiful day and I enjoyed taking photos of scenery and such.

One we got there, we greeted everybody, then headed into the family room to open more presents.

After presents, it was FOOD TIME! πŸ˜€

And time to take photos of Aunty Debbie’s glass of bubbles πŸ™‚

Here’s a photo of us all at lunch.

After lunch, there was pudding, tea, chocolate and swimming πŸ™‚

Then it was time for the compulsory walk along the beach, where we stopped to take family photos:

The scenery was great and so it gave me the perfect opportunity to test my camera out as best I could.

I was in photography HEAVEN!

We had some good fun on the beach, it was so packed! Like an Australian beach! haha. We took some more good family photos and Dad and I barely put our cameras down the whole time.

On the way back we took some more family shots.

I love these three photos that I took of Lee, Daniel and Holly. The lighting is so so good and I think these three shots are my three favorites of the entire day.

Once we got home, Lee, Holly and I grabbed a chilled lemon lime and bitters and chillaxed on the trampoline. There was lots of lazing around and enjoying the tremendous sun and heat.

The rest of the evening was really low-key. We had small dinners coz we were all still stuffed from lunch.

The evening basically consisted of television, ice cream, chocolate and playing with new presents πŸ™‚

Perfect way to end an evening.

I passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow because I was so tired from such a busy day.

I hope you enjoyed this post! It took me all day to write it up and all week to gain the motivation to do it lol.

Next post will be 2010 resolutions πŸ™‚ Have a very very Happy New Year everybody!


December 31, 2009 at 3:03 am Leave a comment

A very merry christmas from my family to yours :)

I hope you all had a magical christmas, filled with love, family, friends, presents, great food and fun πŸ™‚

due to restricted access to a computer, and needing to sort through hundreds of photos first, I won’t have a proper recount of my beautiful Christmas for a couple more days. Until then, I leave you with this, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from my lovely Whanau πŸ™‚

(that’s me and dad)

Have a fabulous day!


December 26, 2009 at 4:17 am 2 comments

I could be a food photographer!

MAN I had some good breakfast eats yesterday πŸ˜€

It was Berry and Hazelnut Granola with Greek Yoghurt. Nom nom nom!! Frequent readers will know that I LOVE Granola, and I haven’t actually had any in a couple of months now.

I was going to do a post blogging all my eats for the day, but by snack time I’d forgotten to take pictures lol.

I did get some funky shots of my brothers hot chocolate:

As the title states: I could be a food photographer! haha. I love photographing food, honestly. I don’t know why and what it is about it but of all things, food is my favourite to take pictures of.

I had my second physio appointment yesterday.

It went well. I got a sweet massage on my sore hip and he gave me a few extra stretch moves and strength exercises for me to do. I’ll be going back next week for another appointment to loosen up my quad muscles.

I may have to take up to 4 weeks off running 😦 I’m sad about it, but I don’t mind because if I ran now I’d just worsen my injury and prolong recovery. After those 4 weeks, the hip will be better and will never bother me again and my knees should be better as well.

Until then, I must stick to strength exercises, swimming and stretching. Nothing else.

I hate swimming, but for the good of my health (literally) I’m going to stick it out. I’m going for another swim today just because I’ve only spent 3 days exercising out of the 8 that I’ve been here.

It’s more conveniant now too coz I can ride dad’s scooter there and back (and pray to sweet jesus that I don’t die at the big intersections :S)

Anyway, that’s that.

OH! I have a new tumblr account. Check it out here.

It’s strictly for my photography and to be honest, probably not a lot more than you see here, but it just looks a little fancier πŸ™‚

I’ll be back later on with a 2010 Resolutions post so stay tuned for that!

Have a great Christmas Eve πŸ™‚


December 23, 2009 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

Don’t crash Dad’s scooter

Coz this is what happens:


So yeah, I’ve been learning how to ride a scooter. It’s quite fun actually πŸ™‚ And a lot easier than I expected (apart from my unfortunate loss of control with the throttle… lol). It’s going to be my main source of transport I think from now on, although I’m weary about riding in the city…

I went to a physio therapist and a Sports Med GP yesterday, the physiotherapist was Mike Lovell and he reeally knows his stuff. He’s worked with olympians, Sarah Ulma, Rugby players, NZ triathletes. I’m very excited to have his help with my knee and hip pain.

The doctor thought I have “Patellafemoral Syndrome”, click on the link to read more about it. I was ok with that because Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point has the same thing and she says it’s very easy to manage. Check out her blog post about it here.

The doctor thought my hip pain was actually a lower back problem as opposed to being in the hip itself, however the physiotherapist thought differently. He said it was because I have weak muscles in the lower back/Glutes which is causing my hip to have to compensate for lack of work.

I’m also very weak in my core and need to be doing some sit ups to help build strength.

I went to the physiotherapist, and after much discussion he taped my knees to release the pressure off my inner quads and to get some different muscles to work.

He also gave me some glute strengthening moves to do at home.

So the million dollar question is, will I have to quit running?

NO! πŸ™‚ I have a lot to work on with strength training, but I don’t need to give up running- thank GOD. I won’t get back into it until my awesome new shoes arrive, just to be safe. I’ll swim until then, I went swimming today which was a good start.

I also tried aqua jogging hahahahaha- GEEEEEEEEEEEK.

Anyway, hope you’re sufficiently updated now πŸ™‚

Have a great night!

December 22, 2009 at 6:05 am 2 comments

I am terrified

And as a result, really really upset and grumpy.

This sounds ridiculous, but I feel like I’m on a rollercoaster with running. I’ve taken a few days rest from running, opting for the stationary bike instead, but my knees and hip are still in extreme pain. I’ve been living off pain killers just so I can WALK comfortably… My knees are so much more painful now than they were even before I took this break!

I have noticed my walking style sucks and causes my knees and hip to hurt. I’ve chosen to do minimal physical activity today that could possibly agitate my knees and hip any further.

I just feel like breaking down and crying!! WHY me? 😦 WHY do I have to keep getting injured? WHY can’t this have happened to someone really nasty who deserves it? πŸ˜₯ It’s so unfair and I wish I could just be healthy and a happy runner. ALL I want is to be able to run. If I have to stop…. I don’t know how I’d survive, honestly. MENTALLY, I would suffer the most.

I’m so scared that I’ll have ongoing problems with my knees and I’ll have to stop running. That is my greatest fear right now, I’d do ANYTHING to stop that from happening!!!

I’m trying to remain positive, and it helps each time I speak to Gaz and he reassures me, but my hip pain should’ve gone by now and it hasn’t… that’s an unusually long time for it to be hurting. And I’ve never had knee pain this long-lasting before, it hurts to even WALK.

So as you can see, my positivity is rapidly decreasing and fear, concern and huge sadness is starting to settle in…

I’m getting new shoes which will hopefully help… I’m going to start wearing them everywhere when I get them and not just for running. Maybe they’ll help ease my knee pain..

God, I’m so scared, I don’t know what to do… I’m miserable all the time because I’m so terrified that I won’t get better. I don’t know what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to talk to Gaz on Monday and hopefully things will be a little better by then. If not, I’ll make a point to go up to Auckland to visit him as soon as possibleΒ to get assessed. Then we’ll decide whether I’ll need physiotheraphy or not.

I don’t think people understand just how important running is to me. I’m so passionate about it and it has saved my life. I feel so good about myself, it’s a great way to release stress and tension, I’m sleeping better, I have an awesome body now, I’m strong and more muscular, I can eat whatever I want without feeling guilty, my skin is clearer, I’m more tanned, I feel like I’ve finally found “my thing”.

If I have to lose all that… I honestly don’t know if I could do that.

please please keep your fingers crossed, or pray for me or whatever in the hopes that I will get better and overcome this and come out the other side as a stronger, more capable runner. I’d appreciate any support or advice you have to offer.

Lots of love, Jenny


p.s- might be getting a new camera for christmas, I took it for some test shots yesterday, see some of them here on Flickr.

December 19, 2009 at 3:26 am 4 comments

Christmas Wishlist

I just thought that since next week is christmas, I’d do a short post about the things I’d like to have πŸ™‚

1. An Iphone

2. A Camera

3. New running shoes (which I can happily cross off πŸ™‚ I just wanted to put them on here so you understand the importance of them to me)

4. Another knee sleeve (so I have one for both knees)

5. 30 day shred

6. New workout clothes

7. Compression Gear

8. Tea Tree oil face wash

Anyways, that’s all for now πŸ™‚ I’m hoping for some good ol’ boxing day sales!

What’s on your christmas wishlist?


December 18, 2009 at 2:25 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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