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Blog idea + Guest post from Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point!

Hey everyone! I know that just this morning I said that I wouldn’t be posting any blogs until I get back on track, but I was just reading Gena’s blog, Choosing Raw, and somehow I was hit with this idea to get my blog going whilst I’m, technically, “absent” as it were.

From now on until I resume full-time, regular blogging, I’ll post some random health/fitness related videos to my blog or articles regarding to starting and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That way my readers can still gain useful information 🙂

To get the ball rolling, I’ve got a “Guest Post” from Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point! 🙂

…Well, it’s technically not a “guest post”, but I did email her and she sent me the link to a post she’d written that I could reblog. It’s about Body Image and Body Confidence and it’ll help inform you guys of Operation Beautiful, because as some of you may know, Caitlin is actually the founder/creator of Operation Beautiful 🙂

So, without further adieu, enjoy!

One of my biggest personal crusades is ending Fat Talk.  I began the Operation Beautiful website to help women and girls realize how truly toxic fat talk is  — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Operation Beautiful is simple: all you need is a pen and a piece of paper.


Women all over the world leave Operation Beautiful notes in public places — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store.  We scribble down whatever comes to mind — “You are beautiful!” or “You are amazing just the way you are!”  Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.  To learn more, visit Operation Beautiful.

If you want to join the mission, send me an e-mail at with a photograph of your Operation Beautiful note or a description of your experience, and I’ll post it on Operation Beautiful!

Thanks Caitlin! 🙂

I hope you guys check out Operation Beautiful because it really is an amazing thing. When I first found the OB website, it truly changed my outlook on life and my body. It really really helped me gain more confidence and appreciation for my body and the things it can do.

I’m off to watch Ellen now and then I’m going to squeeze in a great workout at the gym. Stay tuned for more videos, articles and guest posts! Have a great Monday night 🙂


April 26, 2010 at 4:59 am 2 comments

The “Back On Track” challenge.

I haven’t really said anything about this, but my “healthy” lifestyle habits are severely lacking at the moment and I’m starting to notice the consequences both physically and mentally.

It’s really getting me down and I’m making excuses for myself like “oh, I can’t, I don’t have time to exercise today, I’m too busy” and “It doesn’t matter if I eat 3 pieces of cake, I do enough exercise to compensate (which currently I do NOT!)“.

My mind-frame is terrible at the moment and it is TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE!

So from now on, March 14th until further notice, I am declaring this the “Back On Track” challenge for myself.

I can’t stand the way things are right now and so I’m going to make a few changes…

Current Habits:

  • Severe lack of exercise.
  • Excessive amounts of high fat/high sugar, foods.
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough sleep
  • Excuse making

Tangible Goals:

  • Substitute ice cream/chocolate/baking etc, for fruit or Green Tea
  • Aim for a minimum of 6 hours exercise each week
  • Exercise in the evenings to help aid sleep
  • Cut out any foods/beverages/habits that may be encouraging sleep loss.

Other things I plan to do are to work on my time management skills so I can find the time to exercise for at least 1 hour each day.

Now that daylight savings are very fast approaching, it’s dark until late in the morning and dark very early on in the evenings and it will only get worse.

The only positive thing about winter is that it is cool enough to exercise later on in the day, so my plan is to continue getting up at 6am but instead of exercising (I hate running in the dark), I’ll complete whatever homework there is to do, as opposed to doing it in the evenings like I’ve been doing at the moment.

If I can get homework out of the way in the mornings then that will leave the evenings free for exercise! 🙂

My self-discipline has been terrible recently too… Secretly, I think it may have to do with stress. Eating chocolate takes me to my “happy place”, which in the long run is the polar opposite…

I’m going to try and exercise a different mind set to help me eat better. It’s not like me to binge on junk food everyday… :S

Anyway, I shall keep you well updated with my progress. I’ll try to do a report at the end of each week to reflect on how I’ve done.

I’m also going to start keeping a food diary. I’ve heard that this has helped many many others in the quest to eat better, I’ve never really kept a food diary before so I’m open to trying it!

Feel free to join me in this mission! 😀

In other news…

I’m just going to talk about this here and now. Last night Dallas and I made a mutual decision to end our relationship.

It wasn’t messy or dramatic, we just agreed that right now we’re both so committed in other areas that we can’t give each other 100%.

We’ve agreed to stay the best of friends which I am delighted about 🙂 He’s a stellar guy.

Anyway, it’s been a huge weekend and I still have so much work to get done…

Hope you’ve all had a fabulous Sunday.

Goodnight, xoxo

March 14, 2010 at 5:02 am 4 comments

Life is about to get CRAZY busy.

Well I’m very excited, because today I had my first ever job interview!!! I applied at Rebel Sport. I dropped in my CV and got an interview all at the same time. I was happy 🙂 Good thing I was already prepared for the interview since it wasn’t planned!

I was also happy to see that the woman in charge of employment happened to be somebody I already knew 😀 She was the one who has sold me the majority of my running gear, so that was an added bonus. Aside from all the business talk, we were able to have a little chat about life and the universe which was pleasant and relaxed 🙂 all in all, I believe it went well and I eagerly await the phone call to find out whether or not I got the job.

In other news…

Today was the “voice check” day for the school production we’ll be doing next year. I know it’s supposed to be on the down low, but pretty much everyone knows that they’re looking at doing Fame.

I was really happy when I found out. I love that musical. It’s so lively, high energy and full of life. It combines acting, singing AND dancing so it’s very demanding. Sounds like my kinda show! 😀

As you know, last night I babysat (and got paid $30 for it!), and aside from doing TWO HOURS OF STRAIGHT MATH HOMEWORK, I found out that auditions for Santa’s Hangover Cure are this friday!!!! That’s the day after tomorrow!!!!!!!

I participated in this show last year and I really enjoyed it. I got to play Columbia from the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the Time Warp 😀 Both my favourite musical, my favourite character from the musical and my favourite SONG from the show. I was one happy camper.

This year however, I had no idea that it was so soon. I think I might skip it this year because I’m already starting to get suuuper busy, and sometimes you just have to say “no”. Sometimes you just have to let something go.

I’m going to be fairly bogged down with exams, revision, studying, possibility of a part-time job, running 5-6 days a week and the school production. Will I really be able to fit in another show? :/ I know the rehearsals are only on Sunday afternoons, but what if I’m working?

Also, the show and the dress rehearsals leading up to it may coincide with any days I’m rostered on.

I guess I will have to wait and see whether I got the job or not before I decide to be in the show.

Something exciting that’s happening tomorrow is that I’m FINALLY getting my booty down to the AA to book a test time for my learner license! Mothers, LOCK UP YOUR CHILDREN! I’m gonna be dominating the roads! 😀

Nah but forealzies, I’m pretty happy about this. It’s about bloody time I stopped procrastinating and actually set a date. Wow, this week has been a real kind of “realization” of sudden independence… I mean, I’ve applied for my first proper job, I’m about to complete my third to last year of high school, meaning I have two whole years of school left before I’m outties, I’m about to apply to be able to drive.. That’s a huge step for me.

I feel proud to be able to make it happen all at once 🙂

Anyway, I just got back from a 7K run, followed by ten minutes of strength training and I haven’t eaten since 5 hours ago, so I’m gonna get me some eats!

This is what I plan to have for dinner:



This is what I had last night. It’s like mini pizza’s made on wholemeal bread. It’s got tomato, capsicum, leak, carrot, shredded chicken and cheese. NOM NOM NOM!

I’m going to go re-create this for tonights dinner 🙂

I’m thinking of doing something crazy and getting up at 5 am tomorrow morning to go to a 6 am BodyPump class to fit in exercise before school… Tomorrow night I’m going to see Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” and I won’t have time to run.

Have a great night!

October 28, 2009 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

My first race EVER, 10k recap!

Well today was a really really exciting day for me, because…. I took part in my FIRST EVER RACE!
It was also the BEST run I’ve ever had in my life and I was so happy and satisfied with my efforts at the end 🙂

But let’s go back to the beginning…

I was really nervous when I woke up this morning at 7, but I just tried to mentally relax, I made a yum breakfast of Egg in the hole and toast with peanut butter and sliced strawberries. Was gooood.

We left at 8.30am and arrived about 15 minutes later. We registered ourselves and then the dog and then we waited around for a bit.

It was all new and exciting to me since I’ve never raced before. I stood around taking lots of photos 🙂


Running conditions were absolutely PERRRFECT today. It wasn’t too hot and wasn’t too cold. It was a little bit cloudy which was good because it meant we didn’t have the sun beating down on us during our runs.

Last night I decided to run the 10k instead of the 5k as I had originally planned. I decided that I would because I know I’m capable, I’ve done it plenty of times before, 5k is too easy and I might as well make the most of the beautiful weather and awesome opportunity to race!

The race was along the beach, and I actually really enjoyed it. Though the scenery was mostly the same from 3k’s onwards, I found it really relaxing and I felt like I could really concentrate and focus.

Here’s me just before the race began.



It was sooo crowded at the start. People were backed up for ages. I kept thinking to myself “God, you’re planning to run a marathon in a year, imagine this amount of people times 100… damn…”



I was able to break the race up into separate distances which really helped time tick by and kept me motivated. Because the race was broken up into 3k, 5k and 10k, there were the 3 and 5k marks to turn around and go back to finish, and each time I reached one of these, I felt good knowing I only had X amount of K’s left.

They had a water station during this race which was AMAZING. Seriously, I never run with water, so being able to grab a cup and chug it back made such a huge difference. Truly. I have totally been underestimating the importance of staying hydrated whilst running. I’m not going to start thinking of ways I can carry water with me efficiently to help me go further and faster.

Mum caught a snap of me coming past after the 3k mark:


I had a great playlist going too. Spring and Summer are the seasons for Rock N’ Roll for me. It’s when I become truly reconnected with my Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Slash’s Snakepit etc. So lately I’ve been running with what I’ve named my “Rock N Run” playlist. I had that blaring the whole way and it really helped me stay motivated. It also helped take my mind off the distance.

I felt great all throughout this run. No hip pain. No leg pain. I was well-hydrated and properly fueled. It was just a bloody decent run.

My feet got so wet though. Each time I had to run through a small body of water, my shoes would totally fill up and it would feel like I had weights attached to my ankles… damn.

I was so happy to reach the 10k turn point. It was easy from there. I totally picked up the pace and thrived on passing others and knowing I’d smashed my PR (personal record). I knocked a crazy FIFTEEN MINUTES off my usual PR!!! I finished in about 1hr, 5mins. I couldn’t believe it!!

I was about a kilometer from the finish line, and there was Mum with the camera 🙂


Once I crossed the finish line, the volunteers handed me a cup of water and a huge banana, then I plonked myself on the ground in relief and stretched as best I could. I was exhausted because not only had I run faster with that distance than I ever have before, but it was on SAND. Sand sucks to run on when it’s soft. Thankfully, most of the way it was hard, but in the last little stretch it was soft which made it very difficult.

After stretching, I met up with Mum, Mark, Sam and the dog and we stuck around for the prizegiving.

Taking some nice lil’ photographs while we waited. We were waiting for two hours!


I love this one because the dog looks like he’s smiling 😀 Looks like he’s in absolute heaven.


As they drew the names for the spot prizes, which were actually really really good prizes, we grew more and more doubtful that we’d win anything. Then it got to the last prize, and the BIGGEST. It was a tent donated by Whakatane Outdoors that fits 7 people, the value of $750, they read out the name and who should win it? None other than OUR family! 😀 We were all happy campers, I’ll tell you that (lol, pun not intended).

It was an impressive thing too!

Here’s a photo when they were halfway through dismantling it for us to take home. I thought to take a picture just a little too late.


We headed on home, making a stop at Rebel Sport first so I could buy some sole inserts for my running shoes for better arch support, some running socks and a couple of other things Mum wanted. I saw a running skirt and almost went mental! I’ve read all about them on blogs and I want one so bad. I was really happy to see that Rebel Stock them 🙂

They’re also hiring for Xmas at the moment, so I’m going to fix up my CV and apply 🙂 Sounds like the most perfect part-time job for me.

Anyway, that’s all for now lovelies. Hope you enjoyed reading about my kick ass day!

I’ll leave you with some photos of beautiful Ohope just before we left the race site.




October 25, 2009 at 2:49 am 1 comment

Gorgeous afternoon, yummy eats + my gorgeous kitten!

I’ve had a really really great day 😀 I’ve made as best use of the available sunshine as I can, spending the majority of my time outside. Gotta love it.

I got really sore and grazed fingers from weeding the tennis court though 😦 Took me an hour to do half of it and that was only getting the worst of it. Tomorrow I’ll go back and do the other half.

I have my race tomorrow! Heaps as excited 😀 I went for a 45 minute bike ride this afternoon. I was meant to swim but it was such beautiful weather, I wanted to be outside doing something rather than inside in a pool. Monday perhaps?

We went out to Julians Berry Farm at about 2.50 for some afternoon eats. It was goooood.


(that’s the view from the cruddy bit lol). It was pretty crowded, but I didn’t mind. We got a good table.
I ordered a small mixed berry ice cream in a waffle cone.


And an Oat and Sultana cookie. I also had a Gluten free “Health Treat” biscuit which I forgot to take a photo of. It was pretty average to be honest.


It was alllrriiiight. Better than the gluten free thing. But it was a bit chewy and crumbly for my taste. I was really only eating these biscuits coz they were the cheapest available option to help feed me up since I was huuunngrryy!

Dinner was Meatloaf, potatoes and salad by Mumma. It was so yum. In the photo I had already started digging into my meatloaf and then halfway through remembered to take photos…. oops 😉


I went back for seconds after this, it was that good.

Cutest kitten alive: JAZZ!

Time to meet my baby! Our beautiful kitty-cat Jazz, who we adopted from the SPCA about two months ago.

She is cute and funny and clutzy and good-natured and looks like a possum 🙂

Today was my day to obsess over her and take loads of photos and videos to introduce her to the blogging world! And also just to kill some time… Lol.

Check it outttt:






That’s all for now guys! I’m going to settle in and watch “I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry” 😀

Have a wonderful evening!

October 24, 2009 at 7:28 am 1 comment

Busy Saturday! With PHOTOS!

Man, today is one seriously busy day. It started out VERY early. Go figure that on the one day I’m allowed to sleep in for as long as I like, I wake up an HOUR AND 20 MINUTES EARLIER THAN USUAL. Yup, I woke up at 5am. Ready for the day.

Seriously. What is up with that??

Anyway, so I got up at like 7.30 after lying there trying to sleep again. I had a YUMMY breakfast of egg in the hole which I’ve been wanting to try for ages after reading about it on Healthy Tipping Point and Beneath It All.

I loved it, and it did a great job of keeping me full for a couple of hours. I had one slice and a banana.

After breakky, Mum, Sam and I went to the Craft Market in Ohope. It was a beautiful day for it today and it was so crowded!


At about 11 I started to get a bit hungry. I ate a very small tester of an oatmeal cookie which was yummy and helped curb my hunger for a little bit longer. Then at 11.20 I couldn’t resist and Mum bought me a small bag of fresh walnuts to snack on.


I was really excited because I’ve been looking for the Stephen King book “Christine” for a long time now and I was kinda hoping I’d find it here since that’s where I found my last Stephen King book– “Rose Madder”. And sure enough, I found it!!

I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m excited to start reading it. Mum spotted it straight away and we scored it for 2 bucks!


Oh, and aren’t you glad I finally have photos? 🙂 Expect LOTS more from now on. I finally sorted out mum’s camera so it takes great photos now.


We went into town and took my brother to the $2 shop and then came home. I was starving by then and it was 12pm, so I made myself a tasty Sandwich on wholegrain bread with Tomato, Carrot, Lettuce and lite mayonnaise. It was gooood.


Right now I’m switching between watching Transfomers 2 and updating this.

This afternoon is busy, I have to weed the tennis court which should take about an hour, maybe more. We’re going out to Julians Berry Farm for some eats in the afternoon, I have to fit in either a gentle bike ride or a swim, just something low-key and low-intensity. Gotta conserve that energy for my run tomorrow!

I also have to go through my Mock exams and highlight the questions I need help with.

I shall be a busy bee!

Have a great afternoon! 🙂

October 23, 2009 at 11:49 pm 1 comment

School has officially consumed my life.

Yes, as the title states, my life has been taken over by school and studying. After seeing how badly I did on my math and science exams, I am HAULING ASS to do whatever I can to improve those marks. Also in english, I almost got excellence and I know exactly what I need to work on to be able to get there.

I’ve set myself specific targets to study and aim for. I know I can get there, and that’s why I’m putting in the hard yards.

I’ve started getting up half an hour earlier at 6.20 am so I have time to study in the morning, and I’ve given up my lunchtimes for lunchtime math tutorials and soon to be science tutorials if I can fit them in. I’m going to start staying behind for an hour or so after school for Maths as well, plus an hour of study once I get home.

I have never ever been so committed and motivated to achieving well in any kind of exam. I’m proud of myself because I know that if I keep this up, I WILL achieve and I WILL pass those exams with merit or hopefully higher. It’s all about how much you’re willing to put in. As the saying goes: You get out what you put in.

I’ve almost passed level one anyway. I was a little offended today in deans assembly at school when they growled us for only 12 out of the 250 odd students having already gained level one. You need 80 credits to get level one and I have 56, BUT, I have only been offered 60 so even if I had passed everything, I wouldn’t have level one yet!

I was a bit irked for being told off for something I have no control over.

Anyway, my life outside of school?

Running has taken a bit of a break for now… I’m taking a rest day in between runs because my hip isn’t 100% better yet. I think it’s really helping. I’m also doing lots of stretches as the doctor suggested and I’m only doing very slow 5k runs.

I pushed the boundaries today though and decided to do a very intense 35 minute interval training workout.

I had 10 songs on my ipod playlist, the first and last are about 5 minutes long and the first one is for a warm up, the last for a warm down. My warm ups and warm downs are just a slow jog for the duration for the song.

For the rest of the 8 songs, I did something different for each one. Switching between sprints, strength training (lunges and squats whilst holding weights), skipping with a skipping rope, knee-to-chest skipping and jogging.

I love this kind of workout because it’s fun and interesting and makes time go by SO much quicker which is good. Also it targets multiple muscle groups and has a variety of demands which is really good if you want to see quick results and an increase in fitness.

I feel good now, my hips not too bad. I stretched it really well after. My calf muscles are a bit stiff from the skipping rope, but it was a sweet workout and I’ll probably do it again on Monday.

I have a race on Sunday! As mentioned in previous posts. And that’s if you can count a fun run/walk a race lol. Oh well, i’m going just to have fun and get a good workout. Also so I’ll be running with OTHER PEOPLE for once! I always run by myself and it gets lonely after a while.

I’d love to meet people with common interest.

Interval training was a particularly good choice today because lately I have found that with long runs, my legs have been getting extremely sore and tired about 3k’s in, which is NOT good. I’m not sure why but it’s freaking me out. A little interval training is good to strengthen my legs and increase fitness which will hopefully help stop that problem.

If you have any suggestions on that, please leave a comment 🙂

I did something today that I have forgotten to do before all my last few runs…. I put on sunblock!!!! 😀 Yes that’s right, I slathered my arms, face and chest with SPF 45 sunblock.

I was urged to after seeing how quickly I’m tanning up. I never usually tan this early into the season, but baby I am BROWN! I realized that given how often and how long I’m exposed to the sun, I really need to start being more careful with skin care. So from now on, sunblock it is!

I was really grateful too because the sun was beating down on me so hard for the full 35 minutes and for once, I didn’t have to worry and kick myself for not wearing sunblock 🙂 I felt safe and protected.

Anyway, that’s pretty much what’s up in my life as of right now. I have more to say but I’ll post it all in separate posts so they’re not so long.

Have a fabulous and beautiful, sunny spring evening!

October 23, 2009 at 6:34 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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