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What being healthy means to me.

I thought I’d do a video blog for this:

October 9, 2010 at 2:06 am 1 comment


Can you believe that today is the 1 year anniversary for my blog??!? How insane is that??! I can’t believe that I’ve made it this far with blogging, when I first started I barely expected to keep it up for a month, and now it’s been a whole year! I have come so far since I started JennyLikesToRun that it’s mind-boggling. Time flies so fast… To celebrate I think it’s time to take a look over the past year.

In the past year amongst the documentation on this blog I have (check out the “Top Posts” page for the links):

1. STARTED this blog (obviously)

2. Run cross-country with the intention of doing well for the first time ever (the 2010 one is coming up soon as well)

3. Run my first race EVER!

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4. Walked the 18.5k Toi’s Challenge race with Mum

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6. I had my first successful relationship… But I won’t post a photo

7. I tried a Green Monster for the first time.. And liked it.


8. I injured my hip and knees really badly and had to stop running


9. I had an AMAZING Christmas in Auckland with my incredible family.

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steam-craters 11. Turned 16

12. Went camping at the most beautiful campsite in the world and got flooded out.

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14. I lived in the Army for a week on an Army Careers Experience

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15. I took up Jiu Jitsu

16. I won a Just Write writing scholarship and travelled down to Wellington to meet with the group (my first time ever on a plane!!)

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19. I went ice skating for the first time and faced my intense fear of heights on the Fear Fall at Rainbows End in Auckland

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20. I was published in the New Zealand Herald twice and in Girlfriend Magazine once.

And you have all followed me on my blog! It’s been a seriously exciting year and of course there was so much more too it than what I’ve stated here. I never actually even realised just what a great year I’ve had until now reflecting back over it. I’ve done some really cool things and I’m really blessed to have been given such amazing opportunities. I have a huge project underway right now which will make or break 2010 in my opinion, it’s something that is so close to my heart and if I pull it off will impact hundreds of people… I’ll reveal all eventually 😉

I’ve learnt a lot after one year of blogging. Amongst the lessons, one thing stands out from all the rest: You have one body and one body only, treat it with the love and respect it deserves through proper nutrition, drinking plenty of water, getting adequate sleep and physical activity. It sounds like a massive cliché but it is so so true. If you treat your body with respect then all other aspects of your life will fall in to place.

I’m really excited to enter my second year of blogging, kicking it off with a bush walk with Kristine tomorrow. I’ve got a personal little challenge going at the moment to get in shape before the school ball in December. I’ve had a particularly bad winter in terms of my health and fitness and now I want to whip my butt back into shape so I look and feel amazing on the night. So far so good 🙂

I hope you’ve all enjoyed one year of healthy living blogging with me! This is a really significant moment for me to have made it this far and I couldn’t have done it without the readers. Thank you all so much and I hope you continue to follow me on my journey!


September 3, 2010 at 8:58 am 2 comments

Work hard, reap the rewards.

I have had one of the best days of my life today. Well, best afternoon to be more precise! Today I found out something so exciting that made me jump up and down and smile non-stop for hours. My friend told me he’d seen another piece of my writing published in the New Zealand Herald College Herald!!! At first I was really confused and thought he just meant the last piece I had published, but then he was like “the one about your Grandma” and instantly I knew he wasn’t joking because how would he have known? After our year 11 and 12 class plays (which were great by the way) I stopped by the supermarket with mum on the way home and bought a copy of today’s Herald and this months issue of Girlfriend magazine which I’d been told I was going to be in (exciting coz I actually got to write my own story). I told mum that if I become successful in Journalism it’ll probably become quite costly for her haha.

Sure enough, I opened the herald and found this:

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This has been particularly exciting for me as Breast Cancer is something so close to me as I’ve lost my Grandmother and currently have a very close (and young) relative battling it. I’m trying to help raise awareness and for that to be in the New Zealand Herald just meant so much.

Secondly, I was super stoked to firstly just be in the same issues as Katy Perry! hahaha, that sounds ridiculous, but I think she’s amazing.


I opened it up and saw my piece and it looks so beautiful and so bright and colourful 🙂 I couldn’t have been more pleased.

I also got some part-time work in the holidays at the local Newspaper!!!! EXCITEMENT!!

Not bad for a days work, eh? 😉

In other news…

My mother bought the most incredible… amazing… beautiful contraption I’ve ever seen in my life.

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It is funky and awesome and retro and rides like a dream! I took it for a 40 minute bike ride the day mum got it and it was amazing. It was the best exercise I’d had in ages because I was so content and happy and relaxed. I was just taking my time, enjoying the sunshine, watching people garden, walk the dogs, little kids play hide and seek as well as enjoying the beautiful smells of spring and fresh flowers blooming. Nothing could ever compare to the happiness I felt during that ride. In my previous blog I talked about ways to make exercise fun and I think this new bike may just be my spring and summertime love. I’m selling my scooter (because I never use it) and will by my own vintage bicycle for myself. If you think biking is lame, then quite frankly YOU’RE the lame one. It is a great form of exercise, fast-paced and extremely invigorating. Be thankful for helmets as well because those things could save your life. NEVER cycle without one. Just read this post on Kelly’s blog to hear exactly WHY wearing helmets is so important.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll probably take it for a bike ride after school, a long one and I’ll just cruise along and enjoy myself 🙂

August 31, 2010 at 9:08 am 4 comments


Last night I went to Zumba, a different class from the one I’ve gone to in the past (I usually go to zumba at my gym but I don’t really enjoy it. It lacks that “party” atmosphere), but it was the first class I ever went to for zumba. Remember this post? The first time I went I didn’t really enjoy it because it wasn’t intense enough. I like exercise that really gets my heart rate up and pumping and until last night, I’d never achieved that with Zumba. ‘

Last nights class was awesome! I actually had so much fun and loved (almost) every second. Within the very first song my heart rate was up and I was having a good time, I enjoyed the full hour length first session, and nearly enjoyed all of the second session. I stayed for both sessions with my friend Lily and I think it was a bit much. During the second session my knees began to really really hurt and it made it extremely difficult to give everything my all. I also started to get super hungry and when I get hungry it’s impossible to exercise so I began to drag my feet a little.

Never fear though, there are ways to combat those two problems, firstly: Come prepared with Ibuprofen and Panadol to take either before the first session or halfway through so that my knees don’t hurt and secondly: Eat a better meal beforehand and come prepared with snacks to stay fuelled.

I brought my camera to take photos but I forgot amongst the fun and hype 😦 I’m going again on Monday night (for both sessions) so I’ll try and get a photo then 🙂 I came home from Zumba last night and INHALED my dinner. I could barely wait the 5 minutes it took to heat it up in the microwave, I was so hungry I was about to chew off my arm. I would’ve showered first because I was super sweaty but my stomach just could not wait that long! haha.

I slept like a log last night and was happy to find that when I woke this morning I didn’t have any sore muscles. I was worried I pulled a muscle or something but all was fine 🙂

I would definitely recommend this Zumba class for anyone looking for a fun way to workout. It was the most fun I’ve had working out in a long time. Today I plan to either go to the gym or just take it easy with some Pilates. Maybe I’ll walk the dog and do Pilates? I’d really like to get some fresh air.

Anyway, check out this cool new website. I read about it on Caitlin’s blog and thought it was so cool! It’s called Healthy Living Blogs and it’s a place where different healthy living blogs from all over the world can be listed.

You can sign up to have your blog listed by clicking on the “members” tab and following the instructions.

Anyway, I’m exhausted and it’s only 9am! Aside from Pilates and dog-walking I’ll probably just take it easy.

Here’s a photo of Kristine and I on Mufti Day at school on Thursday. See you guys later! 🙂


August 20, 2010 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

Inexperience + Pride= Shame

The Ski Trip at Mount Ruapehu was filled with funny stories of embarrassing crashes, battle scars and wet clothing. My own particular Tale Of Humiliation was quite a funny one that cracked a smile on even the most humourless of people.

Being the inexperienced skier that I am, I stupidly wound up in the “Next Step” group for my ski lesson. There were three groups: Beginners (self-explanatory), Next Step (for those who have skied before and are ready to take things further) and Explorers (experienced skiers and snowboarders). Because I’ve skied before- once before, five years ago- I was put into the Next Step group. Right away I knew I was out of my league, firstly I couldn’t remember how to even get my skis on, and then once I had that sorted I lost control of my skis (because I couldn’t remember how to stop) on flat snow and took out some poor innocent snowboarder in the line for the chair lifts. I apologised profusely, and, bless his heart, he offered me a hand up and once I was upright I quickly proceeded to slide forward and fall over again. I sat there feeling disheartened and in despair because I knew I should be back in the beginners class, but stupid me, I had too much pride to turn around and head back down to Happy Valley. After another bout of profuse apologies, the nice snowboarder offered me a hand a second time and I took it but at the same time grumbled “thanks, I’ll probably just fall over again though…”

I managed to get to the chair lifts somehow and head on up the mountain to our group lesson. The further the chair lift went, the more I regretted not heading back down to Happy Valley because I realised just how far away I was at that point. The chair lift ride took quite a while, four or five minutes probably and it began to dawn on me that I’d managed to successfully get ON the chair lift, now the next problem was getting OFF it. The fear in my chest rose and I started to formulate a game plan as the little foot-high slope that you slide off the chair lift and down came into view. I managed to get off it without hurting anyone and slid over to the rest of the group and after that I felt my confidence start to come back. It was a short lived feeling though.

The ski instructor came over to us and introduced himself, he asked us to all introduce ourselves as well and then said we were going to ski to the top of quite a small slope that was just behind us so he could get us to show him how good we were. That’s when the next problem presented itself- I couldn’t move. It was quite funny going from being unable to stop on a flat slope to being unable to get moving. The rest of the group trudged onwards whilst I was left there flailing around unsuccessfully until the instructor grabbed my arm and dragged me over to the rope tow. I was pulled up to the top of the slope along with the rest of the group and the instructor followed. He said he wanted us to zig-zag down the slope, and he went first to demonstrate. The familiar feeling of horror returned because I had no idea how to do that and it only got worse as I watched my group do it with ease, one by one. I waited until the end because I wanted to put off my turn for as long as possible, but then my turn came and I knew I was going to embarrass myself.

I set off, obviously with the best of intentions, and wound up HOONING down the mountain at high speed in a straight line and was horrified when I skied straight past the rest of the group and remembered I didn’t know how to stop. In an effort to “zig-zag” I fell over on my side and did a somersault for a few metres before coming to a grinding halt. I felt my face go red with embarrassment and I looked up back at the group to see them all staring at me, “not exactly the most graceful landing!” I said whole-heartedly in an effort to regain some of my dignity. No such luck. I can’t remember how but I ended up back with the group (they may have skied over to me), and then the ski instructor introduced me to another ski instructor whose name I couldn’t pronounce or remember, and insisted on how great she was and said he thought I’d be better off with her. I gratefully accepted a position in her ski class as I couldn’t bear anymore shame in front of my current group.

I went off with the new instructor and watched my old group ski off to the distance to take on Rocky Garden and I was instantly grateful that I didn’t continue on with them.
It was then that I realised that I was now in a beginner’s class with seven and eight year olds… Great. I felt even MORE embarrassed at the drills we were made to do, but it did feel good being the best in the group and I managed to pick everything up quite quickly. Through the embarrassment of being in a group with such a young general age, I actually learnt a lot and when it came time to catch up with my initial group, I was able to do most of what they could! So thank you, ski-instructor whose name I can’t remember or pronounce, despite the humiliation it was very worthwhile.

Needless to say, I still wiped out at every corner of Rocky Garden on the way down to Happy Valley, but I’m sure my wipe-outs would’ve been far worse without the lesson I participated in, no matter how shameful it was 🙂

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August 14, 2010 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

It’s all happening this week.

I have had possibly one of the most exciting weeks of my life. Remember that College Herald competition that I’ve been harping on about for weeks? Yeah well one of my stories was chosen to be published 😀 I was so so ecstatic when I found out! I also won a $100 JB-Hi-Fi gift voucher!! For anyone who knows this store and who knows me, they’ll completely understand what a HUGE deal that is. I see a new Ipod in my future!! 😀

I found a copy of the paper it was in and photocopied the page. Nothing will ever compare to the elation I felt when I read my name in bold lettering under the title and above the body of a story I’d written, published in a national paper that is read by upwards of half a million people every day. It only proceeded to further solidify that this is what I want to be doing with my life, it’s the career path I’m going to follow.

Guess which story was chosen? THIS one. I’m so happy! It’s the first submission I made and I am quite proud of it so I’m very glad to see that in the Herald. This couldn’t have come at a more convenient time as I will be applying for Wintec at the end of the week. Also, this Friday I am flying down to Wellington to embark on my training weekend for the Just Write project!!! 😀 The time has finally come, and the combination of being published in the Herald and getting the opportunity to be involved in this training weekend should dramatically increase my chances of being accepted.

In other news… Here are some photos I’ve taken recently. Winter is good for one thing and one thing only… Interesting pictures.

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I think I’m going to start going back to Jujitsu as well. I have a new friend who’s interested in going with me so that’s new motivation and potential fun 🙂 I’ll keep you updated.

Hope you’ve all had a good start to August!



August 2, 2010 at 5:24 am 2 comments

Thankful for Great Opportunities

I know I haven’t updated for a while but I’ve been super busy! I’ve been doing all I can to make things happen for myself and that has kept me SERIOUSLY busy. But, after all my efforts, I am proud to say that I have scored some FANTASTIC opportunities for myself! 😀

There are two major things that have happened and I’m very very proud to say that I went out and made them happen for myself by being productive and proactive, it’s helpful to know that I’m working actively towards becoming the person I want to be, which is a self-sufficient, productive and efficient worker.

Firstly, I received some excellent news today…

I’m sure the vast majority of you will know of this magazine…?


Well about 3 months ago I emailed 9 different New Zealand run Magazines to ask if they’d ever consider allowing me to write a piece for their magazine. I had ONE reply from one of them to tell me that “sorry, can’t help, this magazine is finishing, good luck in your endeavours”. I was hugely disappointed because that magazine was by far the most important one to me and shall remain unnamed. I was extra disappointed to find that 3 months later they have NOT finished and are continuing to publish copies with no signs of finishing.

Thanks guys.

Anyway, today I received a very special email from the Editor of Girlfriend Magazine 🙂 They offered to let me write a piece in their “Real Girl” section about my blog! I won’t say too much more because I’ll scan the article once it’s printed and you can read more, but I am VERY excited about this opportunity! AND they’re letting me write it myself!

Yay for getting my name out there!

The other HUGEEE opportunity I have been totally BLESSED to have come upon is to earn my place as a team member on the Just Write Project. It is a scholarship that is only available to 10 students throughout the whole of New Zealand. It involves training in media and journalism, all expenses paid trips to Wellington and Auckland for training, a chance to have my work published in New Zealand Media, a chance to learn how to create different forms of media and work with a bunch of experienced and talented journalists.

How exciting is that?!?

There’s a bit of a story behind how I scored my place actually…

When I heard about the Just Write project, I was amped as and thought it sounded write up my alley, but then I discovered that the application closing date was three days prior 😦 However, undefeated, I emailed the woman in charge of applications and asked her if she’d consider a late one and she said that I was in luck because her email wasn’t working properly and she was having applications coming in late anyway. She’d consider my application if I could have it to her by the next morning at the latest. So that gave me less than a day to pull it all together.

The application required a character reference, fill in the application form and complete 2 pieces of writing between 200-500 words long on 2 of the topics they give you. The choices were:

  1. Who’s your all time favourite person in the world and why?
  2. What’s your earliest memory?
  3. What do you think is wrong with the world?
  4. What do you think is right with it?
  5. What global issue do you think most affects your local community?

I chose “What do you think is wrong with the world?” and “What global issue do you think most affects your local community?”, I wrote about obesity for the global issue and manipulated my “Body Image and the Media” article to fit the criteria for what I think is wrong with the world.
It was nothing but sweet relief when I sent my application in, although I felt disappointed that I hadn’t done the best I could. If I had been given more time I would’ve made it fantastic.

HOWEVER! A few days later I received a congratulatory email, saying I’d gotten a place on the team!! I was so so happy 😀 I responded immediately to secure my place, and now I just wait to hear back about when we begin!

So you see, it pays to ask 😉

There is loads more happening in the world of my aspirations in journalism and I’m actually having a go at a new angle of writing right now.. I’m trying my hand at writing a novel. I won’t tell you about it because it’s rather personal, but it sort of started out as a zone for me to write whatever I felt like and surprisingly enough the words just seemed to flow with no problems. I’ve never been able to easily write a fiction piece before. It’s quite an exciting project for me but it’s just that, a project for ME. I don’t have any plans to share it with anyone other than those immediately close to me. It’s a chance for me to creatively express myself and where I am in my life at the moment.

I have a few new articles to start researching from once I get passed some serious school work I’m loaded with right now. I have assessments galore and they take precedents over leisure writing, but I am writing a small piece to send into the beacon and for the school newsletter about the Just Write Project, so I’ll scan those hopefully and publish them on here for all of you to see 🙂

I hope you’re all well, and expect to see some exciting new topics and articles coming your way soon! I have inspiration brewing… Expect good things soon.



June 14, 2010 at 7:51 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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