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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

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

Obsession with Sunsets….

It has been brought to my attention that I may have a small obsession with Sunsets.

Exhibit A:

(tonight’s “creative photos”)

And don’t even get me started on Sun RISES…. But anyway, I think you get my drift? To be honest, the reason I love them is because of the colours. Every night is different and the colours are always incredible. It’s my second favourite part of each day 🙂 (first is sunrise. nothing beats that)

Anyway, not much to talk about tonight, mainly that I’m going to a body pump class tomorrow morning, I’m very excited about it, that class always boosts my motivation!

Also, I had a fun night of snacking tonight. It was great, I ate ALL the food I was craving and didn’t feel guilty because…. I had very small amounts of each 🙂 It was awesome and I shall continue to snack in that fashion when I’m craving sweets.

Have a good night!

(btw, super excited, Siobhan on American Idol just OWNED EVERYONE with my favourite Rolling Stones song: “Paint It Black” 🙂 AWESOME performance!!)

xoxo

March 26, 2010 at 8:53 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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