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Personal Spring Health Challenge 2010

As you know I’ve had this little unofficial “lose weight, get in shape before December” sort of a challenge going for myself, but it’s been pretty difficult to keep it together and so I’ve decided to make it a little different. However, I do not want to put too much pressure on myself in case I struggle with it but basically this is how it’s going to work:

I’ve a had a particularly bad Winter in terms of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and it’s not something you can just snap out of overnight, after all- old habits die hard. Instead, I’m going to make a list of goals and steps to achieve them. They’ll consist of smaller steps to reach the bigger picture because I’m really struggling to get my eating habits in shape. Everyday I’m going to set a mini-goal like “go one day without any junk food whatsoever” and just aim to achieve that particular goal, as opposed to setting a MASSIVE goal like “no more junk food at ALL” because that’s simply unattainable for me. I set these enormous goals and then fail because they’re unrealistic and feel really stink and my self-esteem and self-confidence just plummets… It’s not helpful at all.
Here’s a list of some of the goal I’m setting myself for day to day use:

  • (As above) Go one full day without any junk food, such as ice cream, chocolate, confectionary etc.
  • Be active for at least 30 minutes
  • Do something nice for myself such as a muscle soak bubble bath
  • Get at least 30 minutes of fresh air
  • (For weekends and holidays) Learn how to garden and do it for 1 hour
  • Learn how to cook a new, healthy recipe
  • Try a new form of exercise
  • Take the dog for a 1 hour walk
  • Teach a friend a new form of exercise
  • Attend a yoga class (although they are hard to come by in this small town)
  • Do 1 hour of strength training
  • Go one full day without any beverages other than water (although aside from water the only thing I drink is cranberry juice or Inka [a caffeine free coffee substitute])
  • Implement a proper skin care routine
  • Go one full day without bread (not because I’m against carbs, but because it presents the opportunity to be more creative with my food choices)
  • Try a new healthy breakfast that I’ve never had before

Those are a few of the ideas I’ve come up with and I’ll add to my own personal list when I think of something else. I think these are far more attainable goals that I’ll be able to achieve and as I succeed in these, the bigger picture and the bigger goals will become far more attainable. I’ll also have rewards for success which aren’t food related, things like treating myself to a new bikini or a movie etc.

Oh! Something else I wanted to add to this post is a little nutrition/health tip which was pretty much my FUEL last year/beginning of this year when I was at my fittest and healthiest… GREEN TEA!!! I’m serious, that stuff is like liquid GOLD! It might not taste that great but you honestly get used to it and even start to enjoy it after a while. I love it and usually drink it like it’s crack but lately we haven’t had any and tonight we just bought some new tea bags. I’ve already had two cups in the space of like an hour. It’s so good for you, it’s antioxidant rich, it boosts your energy levels, I found it helped me maintain my weight and I truly believes it even helps with sugar cravings. I’ve also bought White Tea to try and I had a cup and I can’t even tell the difference between it and green tea, but I’ll chug it back until it’s all gone.

Anyways, that’s all from me for tonight folks! Tomorrow I’m spending the day GARDENING and getting our vege garden up to scratch 😀 Very exciting.

September 10, 2010 at 8:41 am 4 comments

I don’t know why I’m messing around… I know I’m responsible for my own happiness.

I have been so depressed lately and I keep whinging and moaning about wanting to find happiness and I’m really starting to annoy myself.

I KNOW how to find happiness for myself, I know EXACTLY where to find it. I need to start taking CARE of my body. When I eat right, exercise regularly and get enough sleep I am the happiest girl in the world. I don’t know why I’m mucking around and complaining here on my blog, offloading my issues to people who I’ve never met. Time to get my act together and get it right.

I’m going to visit my father in 2 weeks and I’m so embarrassed about the habits I’ve adopted and my self-esteem is just in the dirt… I’m going to set myself a very public challenge. Since I’ve already shared half my personal life with the people of the interwebs, why not?

I’m going to set a challenge to regain happiness and find that space where I’m content and happy with who I am. I’m not quite comfortable enough to blog about personal AS stuff like weight and waist measurements… But I’ll be keeping that to myself as an incentive.

I need to makeover my life and start making my way back to the person I used to be. I was so so happy and so confident, those days were the happiest I can remember. I know I’m capable of change, I’ve already proven to myself before that I can make a positive change, so now it’s time to do it again. It’s winter and I hate the cold so that makes it more challenging than ever, but I need to prove it to myself that I can do it.


June 21, 2010 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

30 Day Challenge + A solution to my problem

Right now I’m sitting at home in front of the fire watching Julie and Julia by myself and it’s brilliant 🙂


It sparked my mind about my own blog and I wondered how I could create some fun, new and exciting posts to keep things fresh… Then I discovered this" “30 Day Challenge” which I felt was the perrrrfect way to achieve all that.

Here’s how it works/what it is:

Day 01 — Your favourite song
Day 02 — Your favourite movie
Day 03 — Your favourite television program
Day 04 — Your favourite book
Day 05 — Your favourite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

So this challenge is actually for tumblr using short posts, but I thought I could also use this as a way to further my skills in article writing and analysis, and in turn, make them more interesting for you to read 🙂
I’m really excited about this challenge and I MUST finish it! I seem to have a terrible habit of starting “challenges” on my blog and never finishing them… Consider this a challenge within a challenge, a challenge to finish.

Of course I’ll also post these days in conjunction with my regular writing on fitness and health, it may even add up to two to three posts a day which I would prefer 🙂

Let me know your thoughts on this!

In other news…

Remember this morning’s post on my motivation issues for exercise during Winter? (which actually officially starts in 2 days). Well I think I’ve found my solution… Trail walking!! Today my family and I went on a trip to the beach to search for Moko the dolphin, and instead ended up walking half of the Toi’s track. (I completed the Toi’s Challenge last year, an 18.5 Kilometre trail run/walk. I walked it with Mum) In our travels I expressed my issue to Mum and she suggested that I start Bush walking instead because I love nature, I love being outside all day and it’s low-impact which would lower my chances of gaining injuries since we all know how injury prone I am. I welcomed the suggestion with MORE than open arms as you can imagine. It’s perfect! It’s makes absolute sense and I’m definitely going to give it a go. I no longer enjoy running because of the pain and I’ve grown sick and tired of exercising at the gym in an enclosed, confined space. I’ve begun to feel as though exercising at the gym almost defeats the purpose of exercise. Now when I think of exercise I consider it to be something you do as a means of getting closer to nature and sucking fresh air into your lungs. Working out in a gym is boring and restricting, making it impossible to get any of that.

I considered today my first trial day for bush walking. I had an absolute BLAST! I felt happier and livelier than I have in weeks, it was refreshing and rejuvenating.

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Some of you may know that I haven’t been feeling very happy lately, but I’ve come to realize that you sort of have to make your own happiness. FIND your own happiness. You can’t just sit and wait for good things to happen to you, you have to be proactive and help them happen. I’ve taken a new and improved approach to things and have been productive with myself, which has, in turn, boosted my happiness 🙂

I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday as much as I did. I’ll now resume to being engrossed in this film and mentally plan my post for Day One of my 30 day challenge which you can expect to see tomorrow morning.



May 29, 2010 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

3rd Instalment, Army Careers Experience 2010 recap!

Day 3

It was a 6am start as usual and I woke from a good sleep. Straight into the days activities- bed making, fatigues, showers, getting dressed, tidying bedrooms etc. We had to lay out our clothes for the assault course we’d be doing later that day so Sergeant could tell us if it was appropriate or not. I planned to wear my old running shoes, track pants and an old rugby jersey (I also wore a thermal, which ended up being not such a bright decision.. but we’ll get to that later). We were all feeling pretty groggy but by now at least we’d all overcome the culture shock and were just generally happy and thankful to be there.
We reported in the corridor at the usual time of half past 6 and we given a brief of what the day would hold and what we were to do from there. I can’t really remember whether it was this day or not, but one of the mornings we got punished because the Barracks weren’t perfectly tidy. That came to us in the form of 17 diamond press-ups 😦

By 0650 hours we were downstairs, formed up on the road in our Platoon to go to Breakfast. I made sure my breakfast was a hearty one as I knew I’d be needing that energy later on in the day during the assault course.

After Breakfast we marched back to the Barracks to change into clothing for the mornings presentations. It was verrryyyy cold this day and we were all bundled up in several layers. The morning seemed to go pretty quick and by midday we were back at the Barracks for a cut lunch and to prepare for the assault course. Our cut lunch was mean! It had a pear, 2 sandwiches, a le snack, a moro bar, an apple juice and one other thing which I forget…

We were all feeling less than enthusiastic at the prospect of doing the assault course that afternoon… We knew it involved mud and water and given the current temperature, there was not a lot to get excited about that. We had to remove every single bit of jewellery that we had on for safety purposes, that was quite hard for me because the necklace I had on is a bone carving I made two years ago that is very very special to me and I hadn’t taken it off at all since the day I put it on. But, you gotta do what you gotta do, so the necklace came off. (I have actually decided to leave it off. When I made it, it was during a pretty nasty time in my life and by holding onto the necklace I was holding on to those memories. Taking it off sort of symbolised that I’m genuinely a changed person since then and I lead a completely different life.)
I also had to remove my glasses, which made me nervous because I wasn’t sure how I’d go on the course with impaired vision. All earrings were removed too, so we were totally bare apart from the clothing we’d be running in.

We jogged to the gymnasium in our Platoons and then proceeded to stretch and loosen up our muscles a little bit. We then were briefed by the two P.T.I’s that would be in charge of taking us through the assault course and teaching us the safe ways of overcoming each obstacle.
From there, we marched as one big Platoon until we left the military base and then broke into a double march (jogging to the cadence being called, e.g. “left! Right! Left! Right!”).

Once we arrived at the course, we were split up into the teams we were in for the Physical Training session on Tuesday and the P.T.I’s were split up so there was one to each half of our group, just so there was less congestion whilst trying to explain the course. We were walked (or rather, RUN) through the course and the P.T.I explained the safest way to complete each obstacle with our Platoon Sergeant doing a demonstration.

I was beginning to get a little nervous when I saw how big some of the jumps we had to make were, and even more so when I saw the mud and water we’d have to wade through. But, before I came on the ACE, I made a promise to myself and my mother. I would not back out of any challenges I would be faced with throughout the week. I would rise to the challenge and prove myself to anyone and get stuck in and give everything 100%. So that meant no quitting, it was pretty good motivation for me.

Being walked through the course took quite a while, and we’d kept our heart rates up because we had to jog or run the whole way. Once we were taken back to the starting point to get ready, we stretched as a group, but then, because some people had kept their hands on their hips or their arms folded, we had to do some press-ups as punishment. That was ok though, it was good to keep our bodies warm.

Our team was the first to go, and the floor commander of my floor in the Barracks was our staff member to assist. I ended up being very very grateful to have her there. One of the biggest differences about Waiouru compared to Whakatane, is the difference in Altitude. Waiouru is about 700 meters above sea level, whereas Whakatane is AT sea level. This means that the air in Waiouru is thinner with less oxygen, so when you’re exercising it’s harder to breath because there’s less oxygen in the air. This makes all physical activity MUCH harder than usual. (Also why top athletes travel to high altitudes to train, it means they’ll be fitter lower down). Because of this altitude difference, I started to get puffed pretty quick and it wasn’t long before I realized that completing the assault course would be no mean feat.

I twisted my ankle on the first big jump because it was about 2 meters distance and the place to land was not big and was on a lean, so it was hard to jump fast and land safely. After that, that’s when things got REALLY hard. That’s when we encountered the first of the MUD. The mud was pretty much the equivalent of sinking sand, but mud style. We were half way up our shins in mud and it got hard to drag our mud-filled sneakers out. Little did I know that was was nothing compared to what was to follow almost immediately…..

That’s when we met the water.

It. was. FREEZING. It was a freezing cold combination of mud and water and we were up to our armpits in it. It was so so cold that I went into shock. I started crying because I was panicking and I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t breathe for two main reasons, first being that IT WAS FREAKING COLD!!!!! My chest had closed up from the cold and breathing was almost impossible. Also, I was exhausted and was already struggling to breathe from that.

I would’ve quit right there and then, but the only way of getting out of that ditch was to just get through it. Above us was barbed wire so there was no getting out there.

Oh, not to mention the fact that we were being BLASTED IN THE FACE AT CLOSE RANGE BY A FIRE HOSE.

Yeah, that wasn’t so much fun.

The rest of the course was of similar levels of enjoyment, and so physically challenging I was crying the whole way. I just had no energy, I was so fatigued and the tasks were so hard… My team were amazing though and super encouraging. We eventually finished and a wave of relief washed over me. Sergeant Te Kani was absolutely amazing. She stuck by my side the whole time and hauled me up banks when I needed it and held my hand when I was going to slip and fall. I couldn’t have finished without her.

Our group double marched in a small Platoon back into the Military base where the Fire Fighters had set up a decontamination shower. That was also painfully freezing and super high pressure. I was frozen solid (if it was possible to be anymore frozen than I already was) once I came out. The girls jogged back to the Barracks, we ran upstairs and stopped at the lino landing where we stripped off down to bra and undies and left all our wet stuff there whilst we all had hot showers. The shower actually burnt my skin because I was so freezing and the temperature change was so dramatic.

It did feel great to be in warm, dry clothing with clean hair 🙂 I just lay on my bed for a while and relished in the satisfaction that I completed the assault course from hell and didn’t quit even though I really wanted to.

It was only about 3.30 in the afternoon but we were all ready to hit the hay and sleep. We couldn’t though, we still had a huge afternoon planned- Dinner, further presentations and visiting the Army Museum.

We got to have about one hour of downtime to stretch, relax and get ready for dinner. During this time I wrote up some more blogs for the Army website.

Around 1725 hours we started getting dressed into warm clothing for Dinner at the Mess, followed by a visit to the Army Museum. I found it hard to get excited about the evenings events because all I wanted to do was curl up in a little ball and go to sleep. Also my ankle was really starting to aggravate me and it was constantly throbbing. I had no pain relief either which made it hard to deal with.

We were split into 2 groups to go to the Museum. The first group would go first and the second group would go to an Officer presentation while we were away and then we’d swap round.

The Army museum was incredible. It was beautiful and detailed and all the set-ups were incredible. We had a question sheet to answer to make sure we were actually reading the information instead of just walking around talking. Each group we were in had four people and my group wasn’t really a “group” as such. Hannah was the only one really serious about it, I was just keen to wander around and take it all in. I could’ve looked at everything for hours… It gave me a whole new appreciation for the Anzacs and all other soldiers who have fought in the New Zealand Army who died accidently.

Once we returned, group two headed off and we headed to a presentation by two Officers (one who happens to be a WHK local! Captain Copeland- some of you may know him). It was really interesting, we were given the opportunity to ask any questions at all that we had about anything to do with the Army, and it was the first presentation when I was totally hooked and genuinely interested in everything they were saying.

We were all exhausted by the end and ready for bed. We headed back to the Barracks, completed our fatigues and got ready for bed.

I wrote some more blog before switching off the light to go to sleep. I couldn’t help but smile as I lay there, the day had been very very successful and I was very proud of myself for what I had accomplished.

Unfortunately, I didn’t sleep so well, but it was a great day and I had such a good time, I couldn’t wait to see what the next day would hold! 🙂


April 12, 2010 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

2nd Instalment, ACE 2010 Recap!

Ok, so last night I gave you a blow-by-blow recount of Day 1 of the Army Careers Experience, so here’s the next instalment!

Day 2.

We started the day at 6am, it was straight into it from there. We began fatigues, making our beds, tidying our rooms, showering and getting ready for the day. Once again, my room was on Ablutions, so we just polished up everything and made sure the sinks were sparkling and the floors were mopped.
We had to report in the corridor at 0630 hours for a briefing and further instructions. By 0650 hours we were all downstairs, formed up on the road in our Platoons ready to go to the Mess for breakfast.

We did some Drill (as you do every time before Marching) and then we Marched to the Mess. We filed inside and ate a speedy meal, because as I said last night, everything is done with a sense of urgency and everything is rushed, including meals. I still hadn’t gained an appetite so I just picked at my food. I tried to eat protein because I knew I’d be needing the fuel throughout the day, but I just couldn’t eat much.

About ten or twenty minutes later we cleaned off our plates and sprinted outside to line up in our Platoons. Once we got out there, Sergeant came out and did some Drill with us, but then, and I’m not sure what provoked this punishment, but he told us to line up in order from tallest to shortest and we were to do this without talking. So we did it as quickly as we possibly could. He then told us to stand so we were shoulder-to-shoulder. After that he asked us to extend our arms out in front of us and connect our hands in the shape of a diamond with the tips of our forefingers touching and the tips of our thumbs touching. Obviously, oblivious to what this was for we did it instantly. Then he told us to assume the press-up position keeping that diamond shape of our hands and have them under our chest.

Then he proceeded to introduce us to the world of pain that is diamond press-ups on hard gravel whilst it’s raining. Yay.

It went something like this: “Lower….. Raise. Lower…. Raise. Lower…. Raise. Lower…. Raise” for about 20 or so times. Then some of this: “Geez, you guys must love being punished!! KNEES OFF THE GROUND!!!!! Lower…. Raise”.

It was quite intimidating… But you learn quickly in the Army.

Once we were finished there we were instructed to head back up to the Barracks, complete fatigues and prepare Barracks for Barrack inspection. We also had to change into some clothes that would be appropriate for presentations that day.

We rushed around frantically trying to prepare for Barrack inspection. When the Sergeant came through to inspect our rooms, unfortunately some girls didn’t clean their Barracks properly and so the Sergeant racked up 17 points, which meant…. 17 Diamond press-ups. Ouch. By now my abs were starting to feel it.

After that we headed back downstairs to form up in our Platoons and head to Presentations. That day we head presentations from a range of trades including Officer Cadet school, Medics, Firefighters and more. We broke for lunch at about 1200 hours and then it was back into it. Later that evening once we had finished the presentations for the day it was back up to the Barracks to change into our Number Ones then back downstairs to our Platoons to March to the Mess for dinner. Dinner was speedy as usual and afterwards we had to go back to the Barracks and change into our P.T (physical training) gear. Over top of that we had to have our school tracksuits to keep us warm. We jogged to the gymnasium in our Platoons and did some Drill as a whole group once we arrived.

That’s when the bomb (not literally) dropped….

They called out all students who have an injury, asthma or are on any form of medication. I’m currently taking medication for my acne, so I went with the group because even though it wasn’t serious, I didn’t want them to find anything and get angry.
After a while of waiting, a Staff member came to talk to us and said: “Unfortunately guys I have some bad news…” and we were all like whhaat?! Then he told us that if we had any of those things, regardless of how harmless the medication is, we weren’t allowed to be on the ACE. For the 3 people in the group on Acne medication (including myself), we were shocked, upset and angry. We protested and eventually he went away to speak with the other staff about it. About 5 minutes later he came back in an told us that the people on Acne meds were allowed to carry on as usual and participate in P.T, so we were released back into the gym for P.T.

It was a close call and I was very nearly in tears at the thought of being sent home for being on ACNE meds! At least this time I know what the deal is.

Thankfully the P.T session was so awesome it immediately took my mind off the stink issue with meds. The Staff Sergeant from my region was the Staff in charge of this P.T session, we started out by jogging slowly around the gym, sticking to the outskirts. Every now and then or as frequently as he’d like he’d say “Direction, CHANGE!” and obviously, we’d have to change direction. Whenever someone spoke whilst he was speaking or failed to follow instructions, we all were punished. The punishments for this were Bridges (or planks) and Press-Ups. It took a while for those people to learn… so there was a lot of punishments that evening…

During the jogging around the gym, he’d also call out a number, either 1,2,3 or 4. 1 was to crouch down and slap the floor with your right hand, 2 with your left, 3 with both and 4 was to jump in the air. These activities were just an easy warm-up.

From there we got put into ten different teams and were asked to come up with a team name, our team settled on “Zulu”. We then participated in a bunch of different relays which were INTENSE! Very hard out but so, so much fun! Our team worked amazingly together and the support was incredible. We did very well in all the relays which was great 🙂

Once the P.T session was over we headed back to the Barracks to shower and get ready for bed.

It was an awesome day and the P.T session just topped the whole thing off perfectly 🙂 I slept like a charm that night thankfully, and it was good because I was going to need it for Wednesday!!

Stay tuned for the 3rd instalment!


P.S- In other news, I’m considering registering for the Huntly Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd May. Thoughts?

April 11, 2010 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

Staying on track throughout the holidays

Ok, so I’m going away for christmas to spend time with some family that I don’t often get to see. Some of which I haven’t seen since christmas in 2007!

And let me tell you, I am VERY excited 😀 I can’t wait! Although, part of me is a little nervous about how I’m going to go with exercising away from home. I’ve decided to take this on board as a challenge and think of it positively and learn from this, rather than freaking out about falling off the exercise bandwagon.

I read a really really useful post yesterday on Oh She Glows about staying on track during the holidays, and I’m so glad I did because there were some really helpful tips that I will be using.

Firstly, I’ve written out a gear list specifically for exercise, so that I’ll have everything I need to go out for a run or a swim or anything else. So far I have this:

  • Running gear, e.g: shoes, socks, shorts (multiple pairs), sports bra, multiple pairs of sports tops, knee sleeve.
  • Ipod + Ipod case
  • Skipping rope
  • Togs
  • Weights
  • Hydration Pack
  • Mesh Hat
  • Goggles
  • Sports Watch

I know that seems like a lot, and it IS! But it’s all really important to making sure I stay successful and consistant with my exercise during the holiday season. I may shorten the list, or I may not. I know that two areas will definitely be staying and that is gear required for running and swimming.

My cousins house has a swimming pool, so if ever I’m unable to head out for a run during the three days I’ll be at their place, I can just swim laps in their pool for a while.

I’m really excited about this and can’t wait! I’ll be tackling Hamiltons hills when I’m there, my running schedule I hope will stay as consistant as possible. I’ll use MapMyRun to work out routes and speed won’t be an issue as there is a huge park right behind Dad’s house.

I’ll keep you posted!

Anyway, this morning I got up at 20 past 6 and did some speedwork.

it was a truly beautiful morning and the perfect temperature.

I was very tired and it was a little bit chilly at first. I did a warm up by jogging around the track then stretching. After that, it was time to haul ass around that track 8 times as fast as I could go.


My hip now hurts so badly I can’t walk. This is BAD. I won’t be doing this kind of speed work again until I speak to Gaz, my trainer. I think it’s because of my running style. Obviously, if you read this post, you know that I visited Gaz and we discovered that there’s a lot I need to improve on in my running technique and that’s why I’ve been getting hip pain.

With speed work, for me, I find it extremely difficult to maintain proper running form. Firstly, you’re sprinting, so it just throws everything out of whack anyway when you’re used to endurance and secondly, you get tired much, much faster, and when I’m tired, whether it be on a long run or in sprints, it’s really difficult to keep my technique together instead of just letting go and slipping back into old habits.

So today I struggled with proper form, and so as a result, badly hurt my hip 😦

I iced it for a solid hour and I think it helped, but I still can’t walk.


Anyway, that’s all for now. I’m going to go email Gaz now and see what he has to say.


Do you have any suggestions on how to stay on track during the holidays?

December 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm 1 comment

Project Glow update

hey guys 🙂

Have you all been enjoying this beautiful sun?!?! I know I have. I’m sorry to say, but my blog updates will probably be less frequent. The sun calls to me and I’m far more interested in enjoying the beautiful sunshine outside than anything to do with the computer.

Right, now onto what’s important:

Project Glow update!

I’m happy to say that after 6 days, I am seeing some fabulous results. the skin on my face seems to have so much more of a natural “glow” to it. Also, after chucking out that awful Clearasil, I’ve had far less breakouts. I’m so pleased!!

I never expected this to work like I had wanted it to, and after drinking a Green Monster everyday, exfoliating with an exfoliation glove + face wash every couple of days, washing my face twice daily and making sure to use correct face moisturizer, I’ve seen FABULOUS results.

I’d definitely recommend this plan to anybody wishing to try a more organic/natural approach to acne management. I’m not saying it’ll work for everyone, but it’s worked for me.

UNFORTUNATELY, and I’m not too happy about this… But I’ve decided to take Doxy again until after Christmas.

This is because my christmas plans have changed and instead of staying in Whakatane with Mum and the rest of them, I’ve chosen to go to Auckland with Dad and my brother and sister to meet up with more of our family. I’m so so SO excited about this because last time we did this, it wound up being the best christmas I’ve ever had 🙂

Anyway, I haven’t seen these family members in a very long time and the last time they saw me, I was considerably fatter with really nasty skin. This time, I want them to see me and be amazed at how different I look and how much healthier I look and feel.

This means I want beautiful, clear skin, and the only way I’m guaranteed to get that is by going on Doxy. It’s because when I go away I always break out. Sounds weird, but it’s inevitable. Doxy can help stop that.

I’ll still be continuing on with all the natural steps of Project Glow, I’ll just be taking Doxy as well until just after Xmas.

Sad thing about going away to Aucks for christmas is that I will miss this:

😦 I will miss him. A LOT!

Rewinding back a bit to Green Monsters, I am LOVING them and I’m so so impressed by how much they’ve helped me and increased my energy and general well-being, tomorrow I’ll do a special blog post about it to go into more depth.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I got a really nice trim today and I coloured my hair dark brown again. I had scody regrowth.

All part of the big transformation for my cousins and aunties, uncles and grandparents to be shocked by! 😀

Hope you’re all enjoying summer.


December 8, 2009 at 4:47 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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