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Jillian Michaels “Mini-Workouts”

Kia Ora guys!!! 🙂

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic day. My day was a bit of a drag 😦 I felt sick as for the first part of it but had a blast in P.E doing Vollyball 🙂 I suck so bad at it haha.
I went to see my physiotherapist again about my hip pain which has come back worse and we discovered the source of the pain! I’ll fill you in about that in a bigger post though.

Until then, as promised I will post to you some awesome videos/articles etc. related to health and fitness. Today’s special are a few videos from Jillian Michaels, they’re her “mini-workouts”. These bad-boys are HARD!! I promise you that they’ll have you working up a sweat in no time. I strongly guarantee these for major toning up.

Enjoy!! 🙂


April 27, 2010 at 5:01 am 1 comment

Blog idea + Guest post from Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point!

Hey everyone! I know that just this morning I said that I wouldn’t be posting any blogs until I get back on track, but I was just reading Gena’s blog, Choosing Raw, and somehow I was hit with this idea to get my blog going whilst I’m, technically, “absent” as it were.

From now on until I resume full-time, regular blogging, I’ll post some random health/fitness related videos to my blog or articles regarding to starting and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That way my readers can still gain useful information 🙂

To get the ball rolling, I’ve got a “Guest Post” from Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point! 🙂

…Well, it’s technically not a “guest post”, but I did email her and she sent me the link to a post she’d written that I could reblog. It’s about Body Image and Body Confidence and it’ll help inform you guys of Operation Beautiful, because as some of you may know, Caitlin is actually the founder/creator of Operation Beautiful 🙂

So, without further adieu, enjoy!

One of my biggest personal crusades is ending Fat Talk.  I began the Operation Beautiful website to help women and girls realize how truly toxic fat talk is  — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Operation Beautiful is simple: all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.


Women all over the world leave Operation Beautiful notes in public places — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store.  We scribble down whatever comes to mind — “You are beautiful!” or “You are amazing just the way you are!”  Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.  To learn more, visit Operation Beautiful.

If you want to join the mission, send me an e-mail at with a photograph of your Operation Beautiful note or a description of your experience, and I’ll post it on Operation Beautiful!

Thanks Caitlin! 🙂

I hope you guys check out Operation Beautiful because it really is an amazing thing. When I first found the OB website, it truly changed my outlook on life and my body. It really really helped me gain more confidence and appreciation for my body and the things it can do.

I’m off to watch Ellen now and then I’m going to squeeze in a great workout at the gym. Stay tuned for more videos, articles and guest posts! Have a great Monday night 🙂


April 26, 2010 at 4:59 am 2 comments

Taking a blogging break.

As you all will have noticed, my posts have been few and far between lately… This is because I’ve been under a lot of pressure with a lot of things lately and “the healthy teenager” hasn’t been so healthy!

I’ve decided to take a break from blogging for a while just until I can get back on track and get sorted, then I actually have something to blog about. Once I feel confident that that has been achieved, I’ll start blogging regularly again. I’ll give you a full recap on why my habits have slipped and how I got back on track.

Until then, here are some cute videos and photos to keep you occupied 🙂

Have a great day guys 🙂

April 25, 2010 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

Body Image and Self-Esteem.

I am embarrassed to admit that recently I have been battling with issues surrounding my body image my my self-esteem. I spend a lot of time browsing the internet and passing by photos of beautiful models, and I guess it begun to get to me that I didn’t look like that.

Last night though, after going hard at the gym for an hour in an attempt to make myself feel better, I had a sort of realization… Here’s a short paragraph that I wrote on Tumblr:

“Today I was having a “bad body image” day…

I felt so stink, I see all these insanely beautiful models on here and I struggle to understand why I’m not one of them… I’m never been the girl that people constantly discuss about how beautiful they are, people never do a double-take when they look at me…

But, after my workout at the gym today I realised something.

I’m not tall and thin, but I’m well-toned, curvaceous and healthy.
There’s no need to feel jealous of those women because just because I don’t look that way, doesn’t mean I’m less of a person.
It doesn’t matter that I don’t have legs that go on forever, because I’m smart, intelligent and hard-working. One day, I’m going to seriously make something of myself.
I’m interesting, and people usually enjoy being around me.
I’m extremely determined, and rise to any challenge presented to me.
I’m a loyal friend and a loving member of society.
I’m non-judgemental and open to multiple different ideas, themes and such.
I have the confidence to do something drastic because I want to, and not stress about the consequences.

So you see, I realized that it doesn’t matter that I don’t look like them, because I’m just as good of a person with who I am, myself.”

Even just after writing that I felt better 🙂 But I know that for some people, it’s not that easy to feel better about themselves.
It actually took me many years before I started to develop and healthy body image. In fact, it was really only towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year that it happened.

I’m not sure why recently I’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps, but I found a link on the Operation Beautiful website which I found really inspiring and I wanted to share with you guys.

Click here to view the page.

It’s called “20 ways to love your body” and it is FULL of fantastic ideas to get the positivity flowing! There are a few other useful links on the previous page that some of you may find helpful, such as the post about learning to stop “fat-talking”.

I liked the idea of Number Four because I’ve realized that something that tends to get me down is bad hair days with my short hair. I feel more masculine some days and really unattractive. So I’ve decided to create a list of powerful and inspirational woman with short hair, to make myself feel better 🙂

1. Ellen Degeneres. Obviously, she is amazing! She’s a huge inspiration of mine and I love her attitude.


2. Ruby Rose. My second greatest inspiration. She is beautiful, talented, has incredible style and seems like someone I would get along famously with. Also, where she is now, is where I want to be in 6 years time.


3. Winona Ryder. She is insanely talented, an incredible actress and she’s beautiful.


4. K.D. Lang. She’s a brilliant musician with one hell of a voice. I love her individuality and style.


5. Pink. Does this even require an explanation?! SHE’S BADASS!!


I love those 5 woman, and seeing how strong and powerful they are gives me a feel confidence kick 🙂

I hope this post can help at least one person struggling with body image issues!

Feel free to email me for more details, or leave me an anonymous comment on Formspring for me to answer if you wish 🙂

I’m off to Body Combat tonight!!!! Super excited 😀 I haven’t been in 2 weeks and I love that class.

Have a good night!

April 22, 2010 at 4:22 am Leave a comment

Review of 2009


Hey everyone. I apologized once again for lack of posting, I’ve been pretty busy. I thought I’d fill some gaps by reviewing 2009 which I’m quite sure I haven’t already done. Firstly, I’m going to Hamilton for a day trip on Saturday 🙂 I’m so excited!! I haven’t seen my Dad since December last year and this Saturday is my only opportunity to see him before next holidays, which are ELEVEN weeks away :O My biggest concern is that once I get there, I might not come back lol.


1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
I went to my first “proper” concert, The Veronicas 🙂 It was awesome!!

2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I can’t remember what my 2009 resolutions were… But I know that when I went into the year I had goals I wanted to achieve and changes I wanted to make, and I know I achieved the majority of them.

This years resolutions are something like this:

Be less self-absorbed
Maintain my health and fitness
Stop taking things so personally
Learnt to be more tolerant
Find a way to earn money
Try to incorporate more strength training
Swim more
Continue to run once I gain the all clear from the physiotherapist.
So far I think I have done well to achieve the majority of them. Particularly the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. I’m going to add a new one right now- Take Action. That means that if I have a goal I want to achieve, to actually take productive steps to achieve them.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not last year, but recently one of my best friends gave birth to her 3rd child 🙂

4. Did anyone close to you die?
A lot of people died last year 😦 Michael Jackson’s death really hit home because I’ve grown up listening to his music.

5. What countries did you visit?
None 😦 Most exotic place I travelled to was Auckland…

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
SUCCESS! I want to actually achieve some of my major goals. Also, I want to be more self-reliant and confident. I don’t want to spend time caring what others think of me.

7. What dates from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hmmm… There are a few. Definitely the Veronicas concert. That was an awesome night. Christmas was amazing. Drinks at Roberts back in May… That was awesome. Sending Tom back to Italy 😦 I cried for 5 hours straight!! Going on a day trip to Roto-Vegas with family and Tom. The night Dallas and I started our relationship.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Maintaining a successful and happy relationship.

9. What was your biggest failure?
The start of the year was pretty bad… In retrospect, I didn’t make very good decisions.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Yes 😦 My hip and both knees

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
My camera for christmas!

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Not a whole lot to be honest

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
They shall go unnamed.

14. Where did most of your money go?
LOL, money! HA! What money??

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
There are a few 🙂

1. Starlight-Muse
2. Untouched- The Veronicas
3. Lemon- Katy Rose
4. Don’t Damn Me- Guns N’ Roses
5. Sir Psycho Sexy- Red Hot Chili Peppers
6. Nude- Radiohead
7. Slither- Velvet Revolver

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Definitely happier!!
b) fatter or skinner? Skinnier
c) richer or poorer? RICHER 🙂

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How do you plan to spend Christmas?
Same way I spent it last year 🙂 With my family.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes, it was great while it lasted.

22. How many one night stands?

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Was, is, and always will be, Sex & The City.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not really. I’ve realized how strong the word “hate” is, and there really isn’t many people who fall into that category for me.

25. What was the best book you read?
Hands down, “Scar Tissue” by Anthony Kiedis

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

27. What did you want and get?
A camera! 😀

28. What did you want and not get?
more time with my family 😦

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Of 2009? Hmmm…. I don’t think I watched that many movies. Probably Girl, Interrupted. I know it wasn’t made in 2009 but it’s the first time I saw it and I loved it.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 15 and I spent it with my family.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Better stress management and less anger.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
I’m not really that fashionably :/

33. What kept you sane?
Music and Exercise.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmm… That’s hard. Maybe Jess from the Veronicas.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
None really.

36. Who do you miss?
Right now? I miss Sam and Robert 😦

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Wow, I met loads of awesome people last year, I can’t pinpoint just one.

38. What was the best thing you ate?
Lol, there is absolutely no way that a foodie like me can answer a question like that covering the entire year.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009?
Appreciate your friends and family, genuine friends come few and far between and never take the love of your family for granted.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I don’t need other people’s words!

April 21, 2010 at 4:03 am 1 comment

Video Blog! Update on recent events.

Hey guys, here’s a video blog to let you know what’s happening in my life atm. Sorry to be a bit distant and stuff, might spill the beans eventually 🙂



April 18, 2010 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

A little bit of creative writing for you.

As you guys know, I’m a budding writer. And if you didn’t, well that should’ve been made pretty clear by my regularly updated blog haha. Some of you may not know that I’m actually capable of writing more than an internet blog report. Before I got into blogging I used to be a creative writing sort of person. I have many, many journals and notebooks overflowing with lyrics, poems and stories that have gathered over the years. Today it kind of dawned on me how long it’s been since I wrote anything like that, so I’ve decided to start a bit of a segment, where I’ll just come here and write whatever words flow to my head. It might not necessarily make sense to you, you don’t even have to read it if you’re not interested. It’s more of a creative outlet for me as opposed to anyone else. Some of it may be fiction, but some may be based off true-life experiences. I’ll leave you to decide which you think they are 😉

I hope you enjoy my writing, and I’d appreciate any (KIND) comments or suggestions you have. Or if you have questions about the content, don’t hesitate to ask.

I felt completely alone, completely isolated from anybody or anything. The air was cool, but my skin prickled and felt hot and sweaty from nerves. I had no idea what would happen, I had no idea what would happen to ME.

From that point onwards, everything changed. Forever.

It would be hard for another to understand. As the quote goes, and I remember thinking this: “The only ones who can really, accurately describe the edge, are the ones who’ve gone over it”. I had just gone over the edge.

The change was inevitable and I was feeling it already. I was scared.. I was vaguely aware of the car I climbed into, but all I knew was that life as I knew it, was forever altered. All the sounds around me became amplified, and although I was removed, I couldn’t slow my racing heart. The windscreen wipers on the car that were rhythmically clearing the windshield of the pounding rain began to give me a headache… The creak of my seat each time we turned a corner vibrated through my scull. I felt as though I would throw up, but I hadn’t been able to eat anything, so there would be nothing.

Nothing… That’s what it felt like. I was in a world of nothing, except for that moment which kept repeating through my head… every mille-second replaying over and over again. I couldn’t believe what had happened. It hadn’t felt real, but it was, it was and it terrified me.

I was aware that someone was speaking to me, but it made no sense. I was dazed and separate from the world around me. It took a few seconds before I registered who the voice belonged to and why we were there. He wanted to talk, I felt shy though. I didn’t feel like speaking to anybody about anything… Yet, my cellphone wouldn’t stop buzzing with curious friends, wondering how I was, how I felt, what had happened.

I wished they’d all go away. I wanted to dive into the vast ocean displayed ahead of us, beyond the windscreen, the hood of the car, the brick wall… I wanted to dive in deep to the black water and indulge in the peace that would come only from hearing the sounds of the waves than anything else.

I felt unsure of my decision. Had it been the right one? Remembering made me sick to my stomach, and a brand new wave of nausea washed over me and sent me reeling. I had no idea what to do next or where to go. Gradually, I began to regain my sense of awareness. I looked into his eyes and cried. I cried about everything, all the pent-up emotion I had wished I could release over the last 3 years, all the confusion, the guilt, the anger, the fear… The reality of what would happen now.

I cried until I felt that my body might collapse from exhaustion if I carried on. I was already mentally exhausted though, it had been a long day. Or long week to be more accurate.

Once I had finished, we talked a little bit. It was difficult to find the right words though… To properly convey what I wanted without saying the wrong thing.

All of a sudden, I wanted to leave. Go to my safe haven which had been arranged in advance. Climb under the covers of the bed I’d sleep in, curl up into a ball, close my eyes and escape… It would be better in the morning. Or so I thought.

April 14, 2010 at 4:15 am 4 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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