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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.

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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 seebriderun@gmail.com 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 🙂

xoxo

April 26, 2010 at 4:59 am 2 comments

Motivation

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 😀

xoxo

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

Operation Beautiful!

Today I posted and PHOTOGRAPHED! two Operation Beautiful notes 🙂

I posted them in the changing rooms of the Aquatic Center/Gym.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Operation Beautiful, be sure to check out the website. I promise you that it will make you smile! Posting these felt really good 🙂 I decided to do it because I needed the extra motivation to get my booty down to the pools. I still harbor a strong dislike for swimming, and it doesn’t seem to be easing up any time soon.

Although, I must admit that today’s 35 minute swim (2000 meters), was actually not too bad. I can feel my fitness and strength improving and I’m able to do more laps with less rests. I’m also working on increasing speed.

It really helps me get in the spirit and gain motivation when there are very few people at the pools, and today I got super lucky with only two other swimmers in the big pool at the same time, so I got my favourite and widest lane all to myself 😀

After I finished up in the pool, I got dressed for the Gym. Today I decided to give the Elliptical another shot.

Some of you may remember my last frustrating attempt on this. It hurt my knees and just upset me because I couldn’t work up a huge sweat.

Well I’m happy to report that today was fine 🙂 My knees didn’t hurt and I raised the level and workout to a higher one and it was great!!! I was very satisfied by the end. I went strong for 30 minutes and it was highly enjoyable.

On a not so positive note… I’m struggling to give up my morning coffee habit :/ I couldn’t resist, and had to have a cup this morning.

I tried to cancel it out by having Green Tea as well… but fail, lol.

Good luck to Meghann, Caitlin and Megan running the Walt Disney World Marathon tomorrow!!! You chicky’s with KICK ASS!

Have a great night 😀

xoxo

January 10, 2010 at 5:08 am Leave a comment

First ever video blog!

Something I forgot to include was HOW MUCH I’M MISSING RUNNING!!! Arrghhh, it’s killing me 😦 I really hope my knees get better soon, because I’m dying of withdrawals here!!!

Also, the swimming/strength training exercise is going well. I still loathe swimming and so as a result, am finding it increasingly difficult to stay motivated to keep it up. But it’s doing amazing things for my body and my figure, so that’s a positive.

Be sure to give me some feedback on the video blog 😉

xoxo

January 9, 2010 at 9:37 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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

YAY!

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.

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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

Awesome workout songs! :)

I ran the craziest track today. I really enjoyed it though (despite the massive amount of physical pain I was in towards the end). I’ve been looking forward to a really long, intense run for ages. I haven’t really run a big distance since my last 10k, and now that I’m training for the Taupo half-marathon AND as I’ve newly decided, the 2010 Adidas Auckland MARATHON, I gotta get my booty into gear and pound the pavement!

I ran up the Bird Walk from my house, back down the hill and then a few extra K’s after that. I’m sorry, it’s kinda slack but I don’t know the full distance. What I CAN tell you is the the bird walk is a trail track which consists of LOTS of extremely steep stairs and hills which is great because I don’t usually do hill training. Well, now I do!

It took an hour all up, and BOY HOWDY, I was in a lot of pain towards the end. Took a lot of mind and will-power not to bail and start walking. But I didn’t 🙂 I’m glad I finished. I burnt around 3000 Kilojoules which is HEAPS, and I still haven’t refueled, so I’m quite a bit hungry… ANNNYY keen for a subway sandwich??? lol

So I had my first “mock” exam today. It was Science, it started at 8.40 and there were three papers, one on Chem, one on Bio and one on Physics. The whole exam runs for three hours, but I was done after about an hour and 20 minutes. I totally flunked Physics, but that was because there was stuff in it that I hadn’t learnt. That really pisses me off when they make us sit tests we can’t answer properly because we haven’t even learnt the content!

I was ALLL good with Chemistry. I answered every question in the booklet apart from one. Though afterwards when I looked through my science book I realized I’d made a few errors which was frustrating.

Biology wasn’t as awful as I’d thought. I pretty much winged it and wrote like I actually knew what I was talking about. There was one question though that I just had absolutely no idea. So that one went unanswered lol.

Tomorrow I have my maths exam and I’m feeling ok about it… another exam down I guess.
I’m studying for it tonight, hopefully with my all new study partner. But we’ll have to wait and see what his plans are.

Now as the title suggests, I felt like writing a blog about my favourite songs to move my booty to! For a chick who thrives on 80s rock n’ roll, this entire list basically consists of POP haha. It’s ok though, I need those powerful and upbeat songs to help keep me going.

My Favourite Workout Songs:

1. 3- Britney Spears. (As suggested to me by Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point and Angela from Oh She Glows. Thanks guys! I love it :D)
2. Bombs Over Baghdad- Outkast
3. Everything- The Veronicas
4. U + Ur Hand- Pink
5. The Potential Break-Up Song- Aly & Aj
6. Paper Gangsta- Lady GaGa
7. Dynamite- Christina Aguilera
8. Untouched- The Veronicas
9. Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen
10. Beat It- Michael Jackson
11. All I Ever Wanted- Basshunter
12. Bad Boy- Cascada
13. Tony The Beat- The Sounds

Those are my favourite workout songs, what are yours? 🙂

October 14, 2009 at 3:26 am 1 comment

Studying? HAHAHAHAHA.

Yeah, that’s exactly what I should be doing right now, but instead here I am writing my blog and listening to Kora 🙂 FAR more exciting than studying for a ridiculous science exam which I shall sit unwillingly for 3 HOURS tomorrow morning… Jesus, wish me luck… I’ll definitely need it. Especially since I paid NO attention whatsoever this year because I wanted to prove a point to my teacher because I hated her so much, I didn’t want to give her the satisfaction of holding my attention… yeah that backfired HARD. Now I don’t know anything about anything lol. I have to say though, she was by far the crappiest teacher I have ever had in my life and I was so glad when she left.

Yesterday I attempted the ridiculous… I ran up and down the rock pit steps. The aim was to go for half an hour straight, well, I ran three sets and felt like vomiting, so I gave up lol. I had been running for 10 minutes and I was stuffed. I’d brought mum along too for moral support and she held my drinks and timed me 😀 but after a while I just couldn’t carry on. So instead we took the dog for a walk down the riverbank and I ran from the end all the way home. Only a pathetic 2.8k... but I did heaps of sit-ups and stuff once I got home. So it wasn’t toooo bad.

I still hadn’t felt like I hadn’t done enough exercise, so I ran around the block with Mum which was AWESOME!! Awesome because she’s finally getting back in to running again!! I am so happy for her. It’s so great, and I’ll have the ultimate running partner 😀

For those of you who want to, check out Caitlin’s blogpost on HealthyTippingPoint.com. She talks about all the reasons why she loves running, and I agree with every single thing about it. So if you wanna know why I’m all crazy in love with running, check it out!

anyway, I’m going to start running the rock pit steps like 3 days a week to build stronger muscles and fitness.

I HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!

I have decided that next year I am going to take part in the Taupo Half-Marathon!
For those of you that don’t know how long a half-marathon is, it’s 21.1 kilometers. That means a Marathon is 42.2.

I’m really really excited about this new challenge because it gives me a solid goal to work towards. Now I can formulate a proper half-marathon training schedule for it. AND, I won’t lose motivation! I love having a goal to work towards. I work so much better with them, and this is the perfect one 🙂 I’m so so excited about it!!

I’ve been really inspired by Kerre Woodham‘s book “Short Fat Chick To Marathon Runner”. She went from ZERO to marathon runner in something like 7 months. That’s impressive! She’s also really really funny 😀

1869506707I highly recommend it 🙂 It is a fantastic read, and I guarantee that you will feel inspired to get off your booty and go running. And you’ll enjoy it too!

I’m so gutted. I have like 5 exams over the next 4 days 😦 BOO HOOOOO 😦 I’m so depressed, but It must be done.

It’s a shame I don’t take it more seriously… anyway folks, it’s just a short one tonight. I’m distracted… lol

Have a great night, and to fellow trident students, good luck with mocks!

October 13, 2009 at 9:01 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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