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What being healthy means to me.

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

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October 9, 2010 at 2:06 am 1 comment

ONE YEAR BLOGSVERSARY!!!

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.

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

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

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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!

xoxo

September 3, 2010 at 8:58 am 2 comments

Find a way to make exercise fun

Exercise is so often viewed in a negative light. You think “oh I’m too lazy”, “oh it’s too hard”, “oh I can’t be bothered” and it’s really no surprise if you go out there, try to run when you hate running and then come home with a bad attitude. The best way to try and incorporate exercise into your life so it’s a regular part of your lifestyle is to find something you love. Find a sport or a hobby that’s physical and do that. You don’t necessarily need to go to the gym everyday and pump out 10k’s on the treadmill or on the stationary bike to stay fit and healthy and see results, and believe me you won’t stick with it with that cycle either. There are loads of fun things you can do for exercise and most of the time you don’t even realise you’re working out! One of my favourites is to go bush walking on a beautiful sunny day with my family or a close friend, I’m very nature-orientated as well as family-orientated so it ends up being a perfect combo for me. I get to see some beautiful sights (especially living in Whakatane, there are SO many beautiful places to check out), catch up with a friend or bond with a family member and get my heart rate pumping at the same time.

Bush walking isn’t the only option though, there’s Zumba if you’re into dancing and I’m pretty sure there are loads of classes in every town/city (I know for a fact that there’s a Zumba class every night somewhere in Whakatane), there’s Pilates which is more relaxed but still a CRAZY INTENSE workout if you’re not so keen on the overly physical side of exercise, take a friend or family member and go for a nice long walk (bring a dog if you have one too, you’ll both benefit) and loads more. You could even go on a leisurely bike ride with a friend and bring a picnic with you, with Summer fast approaching that one would be a really lovely idea. Just be creative and think of ways you can enjoy yourself outdoors rather than inside watching the tv or staring at the computer screen.

Today I stepped outside my comfort zone and tried something I’m not used to and have not done since I was a small child….

ROLLERBLADING!!!!

There are a few key components that are important for rollerblading:

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Drink Bottle

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A Snack (that’s a Herbalife protein bar) 

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The actual roller blades (I borrowed mine from a friend)

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A beautiful sunny day

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And a dorky attitude to prepare you for indeed, looking like a dork for a little bit

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I rollerbladed along the riverbank and was freaking out because I suck and haven’t roller bladed since I was a little kid so I was basically a beginner all over again. I must’ve looked so ridiculous initially and I nearly fell over while people were watching about three times. I was laughed at but oh well, I wasn’t embarrassed because everyone has to start somewhere, right? No one is perfect at anything first time round and I just thought to myself, hey, at least I’m out here DOING something instead of sitting on my backside at home doing nothing. I ended up really enjoying myself and it was great to see the noticeable difference in my skill level from when I first started to when I finished. I went for just under an hour but got bored pretty quickly. That’s an issue I have… serious boredom :/ I was starting to wish I’d packed my running shoes in my bag so I could’ve gone for a decent run after but I had no where to put my roller blades anyway and I wasn’t wearing running-appropriate gear.

Oh well, you live and you learn. I’ll carry on with rollerblading especially with summer approaching, but for future reference I’ll know to bring my running shoes and clothes along with me 😉

I have Jiu Jitsu tomorrow night which should be good and then Zumba on Friday night which should be super intense. Weather permitting I might go for a 10k run on Saturday, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Goodnight!

xoxo

August 25, 2010 at 4:01 am 1 comment

The glue that holds everything together.

I had an interesting conversation with Kristine at lunchtime today.

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We were talking about New Zealand food and how much it differs from Norwegian food and that it’s got waaaay more fat and sugar. I said I was feeling really stink at the way my eating habits have completely gone down the drain this winter and that I wanted to make a real effort to improve my diet as best I can. This led us to discuss the things that sort of complete us. We both agreed on one thing: exercise and a healthy diet is the one thing we both need in order to function as regular human beings. For me I struggle to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy anything if one, the other or both of those two things are out of whack.

Because this has been such a particularly bad winter for me in terms of diet, it’s really important for me to remember what makes me tick and how I’m in control and can make a change any time I want, starting from the next meal. As the title says, having a healthy body is the glue that holds everything together. If I’m not healthy my mind feels cluttered and blocked, I feel gross and depressed. I cannot focus on anything and even the things that I enjoy heaps like writing is dissatisfying, I need to de-clutter my mind before I can do anything else. I literally cannot generate useful thoughts if I’m unhealthy.

Spring is fast approaching and I want to sort myself out now so that come summer I’m already in shape and happy so I don’t need to worry or stress about anything, I’ll be able to walk straight onto the beach in my bikini without a second thought. It puzzles me as to why I seem to hit this wall every winter and lose motivation to exercise. I know it’s one of the things I’m most passionate about and I feel amazing while I’m doing it and even better afterward, but like clockwork I get lazy each time. Next winter I will make it my main focus to try and maintain my routine as best I can without being phased by the cold. There are ways around everything!

Because spring is nearly here, I’m looking forward to having exciting spring blog posts! My blog posts from spring through to summer are some of my favourite, and as the exciting events that follow with those seasons there should be some good blogging to follow 🙂

In other news, I have muesli bars in the fridge that I spent an hour working on, using a recipe that I concocted out of thin air. I really hope they’re successful and don’t just fall apart straight out of the tin!

Is there something that is your “glue”? That really completes you and helps you maintain good overall well-being?

Ciao!

xoxo

August 17, 2010 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

Exciting Holidays!!!

Apologies for being absent over the last couple of weeks, but I’ve been seriously preoccupied with my AMAZING holidays that I’ve been having 😀 I came down to Hamilton on Monday (one week ago) and spent three days with my Nana and Poppa, and a glorious three days it was…

When I arrived in Hamilton I was really reaaallly sick with some sort of Flu. I was having horrid symptoms and the bus trip over was tedious and I felt really nauseas from the flu, it was so so nice to go to Nana’s and have a nice, delicious hot meal waiting for me and have someone to take care of me. I loved the relaxing and quiet environment, it was a really great was to relax and de-stress after one incredibly hectic term.

On Thursday I went up to Auckland with Mum, Mark and my friend Lily to go to Rainbows End (theme park) and Ice Skating! Here are some photos of the highlights:

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The Arcade.

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Lily and I waiting in line for the Bumper Cars.

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Lily and I waiting in line at the Motor Boat rides.

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A super excited me to be going to the Log Flume after not having gone on it since I was a small child.

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Sam and his ENORMOUS candyfloss.

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Then I decide to face my crazy-intense fear of heights and do the unthinkable…. Ride the FEAR FALL!

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That’s at the top. 18 STOREYS!!

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A photo I took that I love of the Roller Coaster.

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We saw some AMAZINGLY talented Asian acrobats.

After Rainbows End we headed off to our hotel to relax and decide what we were going to do for the rest of the day and what we were going to have for dinner. We ended up walking about 3 Kilometers from our Hotel to the supermarket to get heaps of eats. I won’t recall what they were because they weren’t overly healthy… Haha.

Here’s the view from my room in the Hotel:

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We went ICE SKATING too which was an all new experience for me, I’ve never ever been before. It was freeezing inside, much colder than I expected, and it was an amazing environment to be in with professional skaters skating around and small children who’d had a lot of practice and were really really good.

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We were pretty excited to get on the Ice 😀

 

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I wasn’t very good… Lol. Mum said I needed to work on my “Gracefulness”

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We all enjoyed ourselves, and we were offered a free lesson…

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It was quite helpful and I learnt a lot. We also got an awesome demonstration from the Coach who’s a New Zealand Ice Skating Representative!! 😀 I was happy to leave though, I’d had enough of it.

We returned back to our Hotel room for lunch and then Mum, Lily and I went to Queen Street to go shopping. I experienced the incredibleness of my new favourite shop… Real Groovy. It is AMAZING!!!! It sells books, DVDs, Clothing and a whole bunch of other random stuff that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. The books, CDs and DVDS that they sell are things that nowhere else stock, so they have really rare items. Within the store there’s a vintage clothing shop called “Peachy Keen” and they sell absolutely incredible vintage clothing. Once we left we headed to another Road to find the other Peachy Keen store to shop for more clothing. I bought the cutest little vintage sweater I’ve ever seen. Later that afternoon we went to see Shrek Forever After in 3D and it was really good! I highly recommend it 🙂

 

I came back to Hamilton on Saturday morning and stayed the night with Nana again, then I went to Dad’s on Sunday and we went to go see Hamilton Operatic’s Miss Saigon and it was AMAZING!! My friend was in it and I was so happy to be able to go and watch him perform.

Today I went shopping and bought a great pair high-waisted shorts which I’m very very happy with and a nice warm jersey/jacket which I haven’t removed all day. I have so many awesome jackets, I think I may be obsessed lol.

Anyway, that’s the basic catch up of what I’ve been up to these holidays. I’ve recovered from the Flu happily enough and I plan to spend the next few days with my head down, studying for exams and completing two huge research projects that are due back at the start of term 2. I hope the rest of you are enjoying your holidays!

Goodnight!

xoxo

July 12, 2010 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

Life Is So Precious

Every once in a Blue Moon there is something that shocks us, makes us realize just how mortal we are and how precious life is. It could be a near-death experience, a natural disaster, a diagnosis of a deadly disease or something else. They don’t even necessarily have to happen to us, just witnessing or being involved with something like that is enough to shock us back to reality.

Personally, the feeling I get when something like that happens is one of desperation and frustration. Frustration for not appreciating how short life is and enjoying it as much as I can, and desperation to try and grab hold of as much beauty and love as I can to help fulfil myself once again.
Often when this happens I get ideas of how I can symbolize the importance of life or something I’ve experienced… Usually I want a small but significant tattoo to mark the impact. I haven’t gotten one though (yet).

I’ve had a few of these reality-checks lately… I’m not going to share what they were but they were/are pretty emotionally harrowing. Each time it’s made me want to buck up my ideas and appreciate what I have more, complete tasks I’ve been procrastinating doing, face the fears I haven’t been able to and come face to face with frightening truths. It’s all in an effort to make life more worthwhile, get the most out of it that I can.

You don’t need a tattoo to help mark the significance. You do what feels right for YOU.

Something highly upsetting has just been brought to my attention and I am very, very sad about it at the moment… Eventually I’ll see the silver lining and make a change, but for now, I just need to deal with this.

June 3, 2010 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Article: The Pressures of Media and Society on Body Image

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It has become hugely evident over the years the change and shift in the way women view themselves and their bodies. We’ve become a totally media dominated world and whether we’d like to admit it or not, we’re all influenced by the things we see and hear.
Body Image is something that is constantly causing a stir and creating controversy. No matter how we try to avoid it, we are surrounded by magazines bearing covers with beautiful, stick-thin models wearing the latest “trends”, with stand out headlines on how we can “Burn Fat Faster Now!” or “Lose 5kg’s by Friday!”. Television shows such as “The Hills” and “Vanity Lair” show us the only way to be beautiful, memorable and successful is to look a certain way. It seems that we’re never ever good enough.

The pressure has just been constantly increasing, whether it’s a conscious act or subconscious. There have been magazines that have tried to create more publicity for themselves by advertising that they’re starting a “body love” movement to give us the idea they’re changing and advertising “real” women. There was one magazine that advertised on their front cover that the cover-girl was untouched and realistic. Well, how realistic was it really? The cover girl happened to be the former Miss Universe, so of course she would look absolutely beautiful just as she is! What kind of message is this sending out to all of their readers? That even untouched we should look absolutely perfect?

Looks like that magazine took two steps back as opposed to one step forward.

It seems ironic to me that through all this publicity of employing a healthy body image, the media are presenting us with photos of perfectly healthy looking celebrities, and making a huge issue out of calling them “fat” or saying they’ve “let themselves go” just because they gained a few extra kilograms. How is that supposed to make us feel? Take for example, Mischa Barton. This A-lister has a love-hate relationship with the media for the different lights in which they show her. One minute they say she’s looking “frail and gaunt” and the next they claim she’s “bloated and barely recognizable”, what about those women out there who are naturally that size? How would they react to reading such things? It sounds like like the media need to make a decision about which angle they’re going to come from- healthy body image? Or over-analysing weight fluctuation and size?

My own experience with the pressures of media and society on body image has not been a pleasant one. I’ve battled with disordered eating due to hating my body shape because i’m of the curvier end of the spectrum, not one to be highly praised and sought after. I would starve myself for days on end and then become miserable and so depressed because I was hungry, tired and obviously seeing no results that I’d give up and binge on unhealthy foods that would give me instant satisfaction, but make me feel worse in the long run. It took a very long time before I was able to separate myself from the media and societal pressures to learn to love myself in the skin I’m in, and I was only able to achieve that after adopting a healthy eating and regular exercise routine. Because of the way our views of body image have been manipulated and warped, what should come so easy to us- a healthy frame of mind- now requires extensive work to achieve.

It’s hugely disheartening to see the changes that have been made to the way women view themselves over the years, it’s tragic that beautiful women are unable to recognize their amazing qualities because they’re too caught up in stressing over what they ate for lunch or whether they’ll fit into a size 8 pair of jeans.
We shouldn’t be focusing on the “ideal” body shape or weight, which is simply unattainable for the vast majority of females. How long can we sit around and allow this brain-washing to happen? When is someone truly going to take a stand and start transforming the way we view ourselves? Let’s hope it’s soon because sooner or later the damage will be irreversible.

May 31, 2010 at 9:44 am 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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