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Willpower is a glorious thing

Since trying on the most perfect ball dress of all time, I’ve been really getting back on track with my diet and—when I’ve been able to squeeze it in—exercise. My progress so far has been really good and I’ve felt great about my food choices and amazingly enough, my willpower to stay on track and be fit and healthy is stronger than the cravings I have for sugary foods. These particular cravings are something in which I have battled for the most part of my teenage years… I believe it’s genetic 😉 It makes it so hard to stick to a healthy diet when all you want is to gorge yourself on all the wonders of ice cream, chocolate and biscuits. I’m not sure what’s different about this time, but it’s like as soon as I laid eyes on that ball dress something inside me clicked, and I just knew I wanted to look fabulous in it. I have barely struggled with cravings, only having trouble on Sunday when I longed for anything sweet, be it lollies, cake or plain old chocolate. I treated myself to a small chocolate sundae because hey, we all need to treat ourselves every now and then and I’d done so well. Later that evening cravings returned with a vengeance, but were nipped in the bud the following morning after a good night’s sleep.

Unfortunately, since it’s the end of the term I’ve been absolutely snowed under with homework. I’ve been 150% committed to getting all my assessments finished and this morning I had a mild panic attack when I thought I may have bitten off more than I can chew with some of them. Because my afternoons, and mornings and intervals and lunchtimes, have been dedicated to completing work I haven’t gotten in as much exercise as I otherwise would’ve liked. Not to worry though because I got heaps of work done today which has lightened up my work load. I plan to get some form of exercise done tonight after dinner, 30 minutes at least.

I’m looking forward to the increase in temperature once spring kicks in a little more and hopefully decrease in rain!! There’s too much!! Speaking of mother nature, my thoughts are totally with the people of Christchurch. For those of you outside of New Zealand (because every single New Zealander should be aware by now), Christchurch is a large city in the South Island that was hit with a 7.1 Magnitude earthquake on Saturday 4th September. It caused massive damage and destruction but fortunately there are no reports of death. It will take years and millions of dollars to rebuild Christchurch and return it to it’s former glory. So many residents have lost their homes and have damaged possessions and are also facing water contamination and power outages. I wish there was something that I could do to help!

Here are a few photos that I got off tvnz:

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It’s the biggest earthquake in New Zealand history and I really wish all the best for the people of Christchurch and I hope they find their bearings soon and that things get up and running again.

September 7, 2010 at 5:17 am Leave a comment


Last night we had SIX earthquakes here in Whakatane, varying between 3 to 4.6 on the Richter scale. Now, I don’t know about you, but earthquakes freak me out!! The worst thing is that they always seem to happen at night as well, which is scary because I have this huge fear that an enormous natural disaster will happen at night time and destroy everything and it’ll be chaos in the dark :/ Sounds lame, but honestly, it freaks me out 😦

We also had 4 earthquakes while I was at school and 2 before hand.

I’m actually really concerned about how many earthquakes we HAVE been having. We have had around TWENTY TWO earthquakes since Sunday. That’s insane! I’m a worry-wart to begin with, but this has me seriously on edge. I don’t know what to expect, I don’t know whether these are just clusters that will pass, or whether it’s a build up to “the big one”….

Who knows…?

For now I’ll just try to chill and stay relatively positive. What will be will be I guess.

Some of you may know this, but my poor little bro was admitted to hospital on Sunday night with suspected Pneumonia but then after a couple of days they changed their diagnosis to Sinusitis.
He had to stay in hospital for four days until his temperature finally settled down, it reached heights of 41.2 degrees!!! That’s insane!!

He’s out of hospital now and is feeling quite a lot better, he’s perked up and his appetite has returned 🙂

He was so brave though!!

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We’re keeping a watchful eye on him to make sure he stays well.

I went to the Bay Of Plenty Times on Tuesday for a work choice day school trip. I was so interested since I’m considering a career in Journalism. I was happy to find that it was exactly how I imagined it would be and so there were no disappointments 🙂 It’s crazy just how much work goes into producing one newspaper a week… It’s hectic! I liked that though, I like to be kept on my feet 🙂

Anyway, tonight I’m going to Jujitsu and then Body Combat and afterwards I’m babysitting! Phew! It’s going to be an exhausting night. Lets hope the Earthquakes lay off tonight so I can get some decent sleep!



May 20, 2010 at 4:11 am Leave a comment


So I was terrified today as I heard about the Tsunami warning issued to the entire south pacific :S I can’t believe how huge that Chilean earthquake was… Those poor people 😦

I was working all day today and couldn’t contact my Mum coz she was camping out in the middle of nowhere with no cellphone reception. They weren’t even aware anything had happened!

It was hard to remain happy and focused today because I was worried the entire time, I had this big knot of fear and concern in my stomach until about 1pm. I finally started to relax when they stopped mentioning it over the radio and that nothing had so far happened. Also it was relaxing to see all the customers who were unfazed by it, that helped me calm down.

February 28, 2010 at 5:52 am 6 comments


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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