Tuesday, 19 August 2014

HOLIDAY TIME // NIUE
































If you weren't already aware, this is actually my homeland. Okay, maybe that's not quite right. But my Grandpa is full Niuean which makes me a quarter! I'd say that was enough to claim Niue as one of my homelands.

Anyway, Rob and I are flying over tomorrow morning for a wee holiday! I'm so excited! The last time I was there, I must have only been 6 or 7 years old. It's been a while. My Dad and ESM (evil step mother though she is far from evil!) are currently living over there so we thought we'd head over for a visit and a relax. Doesn't it look beautiful? There isn't a whole lot to do there (except for explore, swim and snorkel) but that's exactly the kind of holiday Rob and I need. We've had a lot going on so it's going to be great to have some family time and just chill!

I'm sure I'll have loads of photos to share with you when I come back! See you in a week! 

Friday, 15 August 2014

365 MILES OVER DAYS // JULY UPDATE
















July wasn't great. I had such a good month in June and was definitely back on top of it, but July fell apart a little bit. To be honest, it was a bit of a rough month for me so I'm not too upset about it. Sure, I'd have loved to hit my month quota (with a bit extra) but occasionally life gets in the way and you  have to prioritise a bit. Not the end of the world though, and I'm working on making sure that August is a good one. 

I also have a plan, which I think is helpful. To try and make up for the miles I've missed (about 50 at the moment) and make sure I reach my monthly total (around 30 or 31) I'm going to run at least two miles, 3 times a week and plan a long walk every weekend. For me, having a routine definitely helps a lot. It also enforces habit which is pretty important when you are trying to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. 

Here's how I went.










So, at least my running is still on top of my walking, although at this stage, I'm not going to be fussy. Exercise is exercise and being active is my top priority. Sure, my heart is pumping and I definitely sweat a lot more when I run, but walking can sometimes be more therapeutic. Also, the end goal is 365 miles and as long as I get there, I'm happy.

One big thing that changed in July, that really helped me keep on track even without as much running, was my eating. I've always found that gluten and dairy have caused me problems so I decided to give going "gluten free" ago. I've noticed quite a big change (health wise) and it's definitely forcing me to eat a lot more real and unprocessed food. Diet is half the battle when it comes to losing and maintaining weight so I'm feeling pretty confident that I've got that part sussed.

August is half way over (yep, I do realise this is pretty late for a month update) and so far so good. I'm going away next week which will make things a bit more difficult, but I'm still going to try and get a few miles in. When I come back, it's all on. Only 3 1/2 months left and I'm not going to fail. 


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

FROM ME TO YOU // TYPOGRAPHIC PRINT

From Me To You is a feature where each Wednesday (or every second Wednesday, depending on how I feel) I will be sharing a DIY, a tutorial or a printable freebie with you. They will be super easy for you to follow (because I'm not very good with complicated things) or free to download.

As I'm sure you all know, Robin Williams passed away yesterday. I have so many fond memories of his acting and voice work, especially as a kid (I'm looking at you Genie!) and like the rest of the world, I'm shocked and saddened by his death.

I thought that this week's From Me To You would be in memory of him so I've designed a typographic print using one of my favourite quotes. 

RIP Robin Williams.









































D O W N L O A D

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Monday, 11 August 2014

A GUIDE TO RUNNING // PART TWO



I hope you're all ready for my Guide to Running Part Two! Like I said in Part One, I'm definitely no expert, merely someone who has started from the bottom and knows the struggle! This guide is purely to get you ready for your first run. Last time, I talked about how important it is to wear the right gear and how music can be a huge motivator! I guess we should get into the running side of things now.

MAP IT.

Part of a successful run is the route. Make sure you plan ahead and ensure that the route you're taking is a) long enough (time and distance wise) and b) easy to follow. There are heaps of great sites where you can "map your run" so make sure you do that before hand otherwise you could get stuck or lost!



STRETCH IT.

Stretching is pretty important and probably something that a lot of us can't be bothered doing (I'm definitely guilty.) If you haven't been active in awhile, your body isn't going to be too happy about suddenly having to push itself. You're going to be sore and it's going to be hard. Do yourself a favour and have a stretch. It doesn't have to be 30 minutes of stretching, just enough to loosen up your body a bit. Don't forget to stretch after your run as well.

WARM IT. 

Warming up is another pretty vital part of running. This can be a walk, or a light jog. If this is your first run in awhile (or ever) I'd say that a walk is all you need. Just start by walking at a brisk pace for about five minutes, or until you feel ready to run. If you push straight into running you'll probably end up injuring yourself or not being able to last as long. Slow and steady is the name of this game.


RUN IT.
Here comes the fun part (or the not so fun part.) Alright, so you've stretched and you are five minutes into your warm up. You're feeling pretty good and reckon that it could be time to start running. You've upped your pace when suddenly your chest gets tight, your calves are aching and sweat is everywhere. Look. Don't feel bad. I couldn't even run 100 metres when I first started. Running is pretty hard, and it can take awhile to build up the fitness to be able to go for awhile.

I've got a couple of ways that really helped me to improve my fitness and increase my running time.

1. Run Lamp Posts - This is something that I did to help me get into running. Even though the distance between lamp posts isn't very big, it's still enough to get you used to a faster pace. I'd plan a 30 minute walking route (about 3km) and I just started by walking to the third lampost, and then running to the next one. I'd spend my whole walk/run doing this at first, and then I'll build up each week and run a little bit further. You'll slowly find that you can just keep running, without needing as many breaks, and eventually you'll be running the whole way!

2. Make Mini Goals - This is similar to running lamposts, but you can make your distances a bit shorter (or longer.) As you're walking or jogging, keep note of what's around you. A stop sign? How about making that you're next goal. A street sign? Reckon you can keep running until you reach that? It's easy to get overwhelmed when you know how much further you have to go, but it helps to have small goals along the way. Look for something ahead of you, and keep pushing until you get there. Who knows, you might be able to keep running passed that point. If not, no worries! You made it. 

3. Hills - Okay, hills suck. And they always will. But they are such a good way of getting your heart pumping and improving your fitness. When you map out your route, make sure you have a couple of hills in there. Running up hill is pretty hard, but if you use the lamp post or mini goal ideas, you'll definitely be able to make it! 

4. Couch to 5K - If you're a bit more technologically inclined, this program could be for you. It's perfect for the non runner, and will have you running 5km in no time. You can download the app onto your phone and it does all the work for you! It's a similar idea to running lamp posts, but is time based so you'll be running and walking for allotted times.

KEEP TRACK.

This one is totally up to you. I found it good to keep track of my distances when I first started, but that was because I was trying to run a mile everyday. It is good though, to be able to track your times/distances and see how you are progressing. I like to use them for different things as well. Runkeeper is awesome for tracking my run but I prefer to log my workouts on Cody as is easier to compare past runs. There are so many awesome apps out there so have a look and see which ones suit you best.




So there we have it. I reckon you're ready for your first run! It's all about being prepared and confident. I won't lie to you, your first run is going to be hard. But you're going to do it and feel great after. Our bodies are pretty clever, and you'll be surprised at how fast you can progress. You've gotta stick with it though. There are no shortcuts, but the results are totally worth it.

Let me know how you get on, and what else you guys like to do to make sure you have the best run! 

Friday, 8 August 2014

TWENTY THREE


Well guys. I'm officially 23 years old. Yesterday was my birthday and it turned out to be such a lovely day. The wonderful Zenica from Make Like Zen popped in with lunch and the most delicious gluten free birthday cake ever. I'm a huge fan of carrot cake but I've been gluten free for about a month now and was a bit unsure where to get a cake. Can you believe that this is the first birthday cake I've had in ages? For some reason I always forget about it. But not this year! And man was it worth it. Zeni is such a gem, and she's just so talented as well. 

For dinner, we headed out to one of my favourite places and had Peking Duck! It's not the fanciest of restaurants (which is why all my colours are in black and white, the yellow walls and table cloths are not ideal for photos) but it was so yummy. Great company! Great food. What else could you possibly want?

Thank you to everyone for making this birthday a good one! Here's to another great year *clink*