Posts tagged ‘life’

What being healthy means to me.

I thought I’d do a video blog for this:

October 9, 2010 at 2:06 am 1 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

Life Is So Precious

Every once in a Blue Moon there is something that shocks us, makes us realize just how mortal we are and how precious life is. It could be a near-death experience, a natural disaster, a diagnosis of a deadly disease or something else. They don’t even necessarily have to happen to us, just witnessing or being involved with something like that is enough to shock us back to reality.

Personally, the feeling I get when something like that happens is one of desperation and frustration. Frustration for not appreciating how short life is and enjoying it as much as I can, and desperation to try and grab hold of as much beauty and love as I can to help fulfil myself once again.
Often when this happens I get ideas of how I can symbolize the importance of life or something I’ve experienced… Usually I want a small but significant tattoo to mark the impact. I haven’t gotten one though (yet).

I’ve had a few of these reality-checks lately… I’m not going to share what they were but they were/are pretty emotionally harrowing. Each time it’s made me want to buck up my ideas and appreciate what I have more, complete tasks I’ve been procrastinating doing, face the fears I haven’t been able to and come face to face with frightening truths. It’s all in an effort to make life more worthwhile, get the most out of it that I can.

You don’t need a tattoo to help mark the significance. You do what feels right for YOU.

Something highly upsetting has just been brought to my attention and I am very, very sad about it at the moment… Eventually I’ll see the silver lining and make a change, but for now, I just need to deal with this.

June 3, 2010 at 7:51 am Leave a comment

Video Blog! Update on recent events.

Hey guys, here’s a video blog to let you know what’s happening in my life atm. Sorry to be a bit distant and stuff, might spill the beans eventually 🙂



April 18, 2010 at 6:12 am 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

Project Glow update

hey guys 🙂

Have you all been enjoying this beautiful sun?!?! I know I have. I’m sorry to say, but my blog updates will probably be less frequent. The sun calls to me and I’m far more interested in enjoying the beautiful sunshine outside than anything to do with the computer.

Right, now onto what’s important:

Project Glow update!

I’m happy to say that after 6 days, I am seeing some fabulous results. the skin on my face seems to have so much more of a natural “glow” to it. Also, after chucking out that awful Clearasil, I’ve had far less breakouts. I’m so pleased!!

I never expected this to work like I had wanted it to, and after drinking a Green Monster everyday, exfoliating with an exfoliation glove + face wash every couple of days, washing my face twice daily and making sure to use correct face moisturizer, I’ve seen FABULOUS results.

I’d definitely recommend this plan to anybody wishing to try a more organic/natural approach to acne management. I’m not saying it’ll work for everyone, but it’s worked for me.

UNFORTUNATELY, and I’m not too happy about this… But I’ve decided to take Doxy again until after Christmas.

This is because my christmas plans have changed and instead of staying in Whakatane with Mum and the rest of them, I’ve chosen to go to Auckland with Dad and my brother and sister to meet up with more of our family. I’m so so SO excited about this because last time we did this, it wound up being the best christmas I’ve ever had 🙂

Anyway, I haven’t seen these family members in a very long time and the last time they saw me, I was considerably fatter with really nasty skin. This time, I want them to see me and be amazed at how different I look and how much healthier I look and feel.

This means I want beautiful, clear skin, and the only way I’m guaranteed to get that is by going on Doxy. It’s because when I go away I always break out. Sounds weird, but it’s inevitable. Doxy can help stop that.

I’ll still be continuing on with all the natural steps of Project Glow, I’ll just be taking Doxy as well until just after Xmas.

Sad thing about going away to Aucks for christmas is that I will miss this:

😦 I will miss him. A LOT!

Rewinding back a bit to Green Monsters, I am LOVING them and I’m so so impressed by how much they’ve helped me and increased my energy and general well-being, tomorrow I’ll do a special blog post about it to go into more depth.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I got a really nice trim today and I coloured my hair dark brown again. I had scody regrowth.

All part of the big transformation for my cousins and aunties, uncles and grandparents to be shocked by! 😀

Hope you’re all enjoying summer.


December 8, 2009 at 4:47 am Leave a comment

Omg, I need a life.

Seriously… Today has been quite possibly the most depressing day of my life. I’ve never felt like more of a loser and to be honest, I’ve never felt so LONELY!

It’s so tragic, I haven’t really left the house except to run for the last two weeks. It’s the saddest thing ever. I’m starting to get cabin fever and I’m keen for some excitement in my life.

I don’t even have mum to hang out with coz she’s on vacation… That’s reaching all new levels of retard.

Tomorrow will be the first day of my all new will to be social once again. I’m going to Edgecumb Christmas In The Park with Joy. (Gonna go watch Dallas play :]) I really like Joy, she’s one of my really really good friends. She’s the type of friend you really, truly can trust.

Those kinds of friends don’t come around very often.

I’ve decided to make a list of goals that I must achieve these holidays.

Things to achieve:

1. Make good friends with someone entirely new, that I’ve never met/spoken to before.

2. Find a running buddy, run with them 3 times or more.

3. Have a celebratory lunch with my friends to celebrate the end of exams/school year.

4. Have a picnic with Dallas (he doesn’t know about this one yet lol)

5. Get out of the house and spend a day taking photographs of anything and everything that strikes me as beautiful or interesting.

6. Go to Mount Maunganui and run around it, then get waffle cones, then swim at the beach 😀

7. Go up to Auckland and go for a walk with Kerre Woodham.

8. Have a picnic with somebody at the Heads.

9. Have a girly sleepover.

10. Rope more people in to playing Tennis on my tennis court.

11. Go christmas BROWSING (eg, go to shops, but since I’m broke, look at things and decide what I’ll buy/make for everyone).

12. Get something interesting done to my body. e.g belly button piercing again.

13. Volunteer at the SPCA

14. Go to the movies with Dallas.

15. Go to Hamilton and catch up with old friends.

16. Find a way of making money.

17. Try and organize a nice family dinner.

18. Have a heart to heart with someone unexpected.

19. Have a few of my best friends over for a BBQ.

20. Go surfing (once all the jellyfish have fled the area :S)

21. Rope a friend into making a hilarious song on Garageband.

22. Hang out with Kelsi heaps before she leaves.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I will definitely keep updating this with details on how I’m going 🙂

Fingers crossed I complete it!

Consider this my “holiday Challenge” 😉

Happy thanksgiving to all the American readers!! I’m thankful for blogging! 😀


November 27, 2009 at 2:44 am 3 comments

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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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