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The perfect Saturday

Today has been an EXCELLENT day! I’m so pleased because nothing makes Sunday’s when I’m working during beautiful weather worse than knowing I wasted my Saturday (especially if there was great weather). We’ve finally had a weekend with sunshine and it’s so nice, I really wanted to make sure that I didn’t waste the opportunity and instead get outside and make the most of the sunshine and fresh air. I made plans with Kristine for the afternoon so the morning was spent with Mum. I took her with me to look at a ball dress I’ve had my eye on and I tried it on for her. I loved it even more than the first time so we decided to put it on lay-by… So exciting!! After that we went to the business and leisure show and got a few freebies. All in all though this years was a bit of a disappointment compared to last years :/ Mostly coz I didn’t get any free exercise class vouchers haha.  Day 3 of my mission to get in shape and get healthy before the ball has gone swimmingly! I’m so pleased and surprised at my overnight diet transformation. I haven’t had any issues with resisting temptation to gorge myself on high-sugar, high-fat foods like baking, chocolate and ice cream. It’s fantastic!!! At this rate I should be seeing some good results pretty quickly.

After returning from the Business and Leisure show I ate lunch quickly and then once Kristine had come over we head off to do the Bird Walk together. I’m so glad to have a friend who is just as passionate about healthy eating and exercise as I am. I’ve finally found my long-awaited exercise buddy! 😀 Maybe she’ll help me stay out of the exercise rut next winter? 😉

It was a great walk but my legs were really sore from a 5k run I did yesterday afternoon because I haven’t run in a while and so the stairs were rather unforgiving… Nevertheless we manage to have an excellent time, take some photos and get a good work out!

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Yes, I wear overalls with a Veronicas tshirt and a backpack whilst hiking…

Kristine insisted on drinking the water lol. I did not encourage it haha.
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We walked to town from there and then to the video shop where we rented “Boy” to watch when we got home.

I made us delicious smoothies with soy milk, cranberry juice, cinnamon, banana, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. It. Was. AMAZING!!! We watched Boy while we drank our smoothies and it was the best way to relax and rest our legs after walking for 3 hours. I’d been getting pretty hungry too!

I’m working tomorrow but that’s ok because today was awesome ^.^

I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday as much as I did!


September 4, 2010 at 7:34 am Leave a comment

The glue that holds everything together.

I had an interesting conversation with Kristine at lunchtime today.


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?



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

Food for thought.

Morning all! Hope you’re all excited and have some amazing plans for this beautiful Saturday morning 🙂

I love Saturdays. They’re by far my favourite day of the week, and as of this year the only day I have completely off! :O That’s because of school and that I work on Sunday’s now.

Anyway, last night I had an excellent gym session.

I was very excited to go! 🙂 (btw, do you like the new hairdo? dyed it black and got it cut)

I hadn’t been in THREE DAYS and so it had to be good. I had a fabulous cross-training workout which consisted of:

  • 2 minute walk warmup on the treadmill
  • 10 minute run on the treadmill
  • 5 minutes interval training on the spin bike (10 seconds of high resistance followed by 20 seconds recovery with low resistance)
  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike
  • 10 minutes on the rowing machine
  • 10 minutes on the Elliptical
  • 5 minutes spin bike interval training

I then did about a minute of skipping, a few press-ups and some hip strengthening exercises before coming home. The whole thing took about an hour and 20 minutes or so.

Today I reeeeaaallly need to go for a swim :/ Swimming sports is on Thursday and I’m no where near prepared for it. I’ll either try to fit one in before 10am (because we’re hosting a Japanese exchange student for 12 days and they have some activities planned at the beach at this time) or this afternoon.

I didn’t do the triathlon that I had planned for the 12th if anybody noticed. I came to the conclusion that I was simply ill-prepared.

ANYWAY! Moving on, as the subject line reads, here’s some food for thought..

I’ve discovered that with my body, when I have a more stabilizing, solid breakfast that somehow incorporates 2 eggs and 2 pieces of bread or toast, it sets me up for the whole day and I snack less on sugary foods and junk.

My usual morning breakfast is either French Toast with a dribble of maple syrup and a handful of frozen blueberries on each slice, or scrambled eggs on toast with the same toppings. I also try to fit in a piece of fruit somewhere along the line.

I have found that this breakfast is the only thing that keeps me full. Come interval and I’m still not hungry! it’s fantastic because then my interval snacks are enough to carry me happily over to lunch time.

Here’s the breakfast I had this morning:

As usual, eggs and carbs 🙂 I hate people who claim that carbohydrates are bad.. That’s such crap in my opinion. I eat a ton of carbs because that’s what my body craves and I’ve LOST weight! You need carbohydrates to help keep you full and give you more energy, if you’re eating the right sort of carbs (wholegrains etc) then it’s not a problem!

Another thing is that I’ve decided to switch to a different Physiotherapist. And not just within the business, I mean an entirely different clinic. I have some serious issues with the very rude and unintelligent receptionist who has caused me more problems than I care to deal with, and I just can’t stand that revolting tongue bar she flashes around when she grins when she realized she completely screwed something up.

I have my first physio appointment with my new physio on Monday afternoon. Here’s hoping it works out!

I’m reading “Scar Tissue” by Anthony Kiedis again. It’s an incredible and inspiring autobiography, I think I’m more in love with it this time round than I was the first.

the Red Hot Chili Peppers are just so darn talented. They keep producing incredible music, over and over again. I heard rumours that there’s a new album on it’s way out this year, and I reeaallly hope that’s true! They’re my favourite band and I would die to see them live.

They’re also really really funny 🙂 That’s something you’ll notice if you read AK’s book.

Check out this video clip for “Hump De Bump”, I love it! It cracks me up 😀 and seeing AK with grills… lol, no words….

What sort of foods do you eat to keep to full and sustained longer?


February 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm Leave a comment


I get asked a lot about how I manage to stay motivated to exercise daily and eat well, I thought I’d address this now in a blog post 🙂

When I started running, it wasn’t a decision that I mulled over for a long time, it was practically a random, instantaneous decision when I was having a bad day months and months ago. I was feeling really bad about myself with my self-esteem in the dirt, and suddenly something in me clicked and I decided to stop whining and do something about it, so right there and then I went for a run.

This should’ve set me up for failure really, because normally decisions like that don’t last. However, from that day forth I made a promise to myself that I would get in shape and STAY in shape. There were many times when I’d gone a health kick and it would have lasted a maximum of one month and then I’d go back to my old habits.
Motivation had been the only thing standing in my way, there would always be a point where I’d lose my motivation and the point of going for an evening walk would seem less and less important.

To be perfectly honest with you, and this is something I don’t think I’ve actually ever told anybody, in the beginning something that kept me going more than anything was to get back at an ex-boyfriend for making me feel so worthless. I wanted to prove to him that I was fit and able and I WOULD lose the excess weight he’d so carelessly pointed out to me. Anybody close to me knows that once I set my sights on something, I’m practically unstoppable.

That was the motivation in the beginning, but after about a month I started to feel better about myself, it wasn’t about the ex-boyfriend anymore, in fact I’d forgotten about him completely. It was just about me and my health. Running was the only thing I’d ever been able to find that truly helped me relieve stress, I’ve always had issues with stress and running helped me manage and deal with it in a healthy, productive way.  I was reaching that ever-famous “hump” I guess you could call it… It’s the time in a new change you’ve made where you either get bored, give up and go back to your old habits, or reach the “tipping point”, in which the want for change and new habits becomes unstoppable, you overcome the barrier and are set into a new routine.

It got to that point, and I totally surprised myself by continuing on with my routines. They say it takes 15 times to start a new habit and 20 times to break one.

I loved the feeling of being healthy and in control of my body, I was beginning to see physical changes and that was the best motivator of all.

Fast forward a few months and here I am, still working up a sweat at least 4 times a week. Although I’m currently not running, I do other forms of exercise such as biking, swimming, rowing (on the rowing machine), elliptical, strength training and anything else new, fresh, and exciting that I’m capable of.

The truth is this: it’s simply become a routine to me, a habit, it’s programmed into me now to exercise and I’m one of those weirdos that love it. I love routine’s also, and I tend to find that when I don’t exercise (unless it’s a rest day), I feel lazy, “blobbish”, unhealthy and guilty for not doing something good for my body. Also, I don’t know what to do with myself! On a regular day, exercise can take up to 2 and a half hours for me, that’s a lot! When I’m not doing that when I should be, I wander around like a zombie, bored stiff, wondering what to do with myself.

A good tip for maintaining motivation is to set a challenge for yourself. A proper race or event is a good one because if you enter and pay the entry fee, you’re less likely to drop out. Knowing that you have a race hanging over your head is an excellent was to get out there and get your booty moving. The possible embarrassment of coming last is sure enough to get me out the door!

For example, today I needed to go for a swim because I have a triathlon on the 12th and because school swimming sports is fast-approaching. I HATE swimming, no kidding, it’s probably my least favourite form of exercise, and I’m sure everyone understands how hard it is to muster up some motivation to do exercise you don’t enjoy. I did go for my swim and it was actually a great swim and I’m thankful I did. It took a lot to convince myself to go though, I knew I had to go because I haven’t swum in a couple of weeks. I started by getting myself ready, even though I didn’t want to, and I ate my high-calorie pre-workout meal because I hate eating it and then not having the chance to use the protein/carb/fat stores it gives me.

Then, I just left. I didn’t want to, but I did because simply, YOU GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO! And this is what I needed to do.

(I’d just like to clarify exactly what it is about swimming that I dislike so much: I need to wear earplugs because otherwise the water hurts my ears and I get bad ear ache. When I’m swimming I constantly need to stop to readjust them to prevent the water getting through, which is real annoying 😦 Also, I put oil on my skin before hand because the chlorine dries out my skin horribly, it’s very very time consuming and feels disgusting. My goggles always fog up and then when I take them off to clear them, from that point onwards water always manages to get through. That’s pretty much it.)

But I’m just going to repeat this, it’s purely a matter of getting yourself into a routine. If you can do that, then it always get easier. It just becomes a part of who you are. Healthy eating seems to go hand in hand with exercise too. I found that when I started exercising regularly, the food sorta just fell into place.

Getting over the tipping point is hard too, for help with that I suggest you read these blogs: Healthy Tipping Point, Graduate Meghann, Chic Runner, MegaNerd Runs, Oh She Glows.

These girls know what is up with healthy living! Reading their blogs (particularly race recaps) are great motivation and hugely inspiring.

Hope that helps! 🙂

Have a great night 😀


February 6, 2010 at 5:33 am Leave a comment

I hate diets. Diets suck.

I’m sure 98% of you will know who Holly Madison is. She’s beautiful, she’s smart, famous and lives a luxury celebrity lifestyle. She’s famous for her role in the show Girls Of The Playboy Mansion.

Perhaps this will refresh your memory?

Yup, that outta do it.

Well anyway, as you can very clearly see from these two pictures, she’s a beautiful woman and I actually looked up to her quite a lot for managing to be a girl next door, have attended university, finished high school and become very successful without having gone off the rails. Also I liked how she handled the publicity of her split with Hugh Hefner (puke), she kept her cool and never lost her temper with the paparazzi.

HOWEVER, I guess, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end… and my admiration for her DID after reading one of her tweets ( the other day: – My “last supper” b4 massive diet starting 2morrow! I want my dancing w/the stars body back!”
8:27 PM Dec 31st, 2009 from TwitPic

I was really shocked and disappointed after reading this. But my disappointment continued to grow after reading following tweets:

“entering day 2 of my fruit diet . . . yesterday was successful . . one day down, two to go!”
9:48 AM Jan 2nd from web

“help me with my diet: who makes the best salad in Vegas?”
about 21 hours ago from mobile web

I know most of you probably don’t understand why this bothers me, but it bothers me particularly for three reasons.

Firstly: Holly Madison does most definitely NOT need to be dieting so drastically. She doesn’t need to be dieting at ALL! Especially not on an all-fruit diet, that is unhealthy and she will not be receiving all the nutrients and minerals she needs.

Secondly: If she wants her “dancing with the stars body” back, then maybe instead of fasting/dieting, she should… oh, i dunno…. DANCE?!?!

and Thirdly: There are so many girls and teenagers who admire and look up to her. She is a beautiful woman and by saying that she needs to diet so drastically when really the public can see no problem with her, she’s putting pressure on her fans. Some girls may look at themselves in the mirror and compare themselves to her, and by her saying that she has weight to lose when she is TINY, her fans may follow her example and start fad dieting as well.

As the title clearly states, I am not a fan of dieting. This is because I’ve tried out a billion and one diets myself (stupidly, before I took up running and learnt how to eat properly), including fasting and it never worked long term or made me happy. I ended up hungry, miserable and feeling no better about myself than I was 3 kg’s heavier.

Dieting is not rewarding in the long run, and the thing that people seem to disregard, is the fact that with diets, you’re eating differently to normal, so once you go off the diet and resume regular day to day eating habits, YOU WILL PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON!

I know you’ve probably all heard this a million and one times, but truly the best way to ensure a healthy body with a healthy weight is to eat healthy food with a balanced diet and regular exercise.

It sounds like a cliche, but that’s because it’s true!

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so much easier than dieting aswell, and you feel so happy and satisfied from it.

It’s not a quick fix, it’s a long-term life decision.

I’m sorry Holly, but you’ve let me down here. I thought you were smarter than that.

I hope this gives all you readers something to think about. Have an excellent day!


January 4, 2010 at 2:31 am 1 comment

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

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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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