Just got nine hours sleep, which I feel good about. I have a pretty packed day though, so I need to shake the cobwebs off and get started. 

Food and exercise going well. 24/50. I went running last night at about 11pm and it was, in the end, fairly relaxing. 


Workout in the park - good. Nice weather. 

Food - equally good. 

Star Trek - excellent. 





Speaking of different body shapes. These are all basically peak human bodies. 

How come 99% of them don’t conform to what the entertainment industry tells us is the perfect body?

This is a FABULOUS set of body refs. So glad this came back across my dash so I could reblog it here :D


(via frenchandfit)


Gym - did an NTC ab workout and a shoulders/arms workout. My high rep performance is shithouse because I’ve been working only with high weight/low rep for so long. On the other hand, I feel great. 

Food - overnight oats, apple, protein shake (usual recipe), chicken and salad sandwich (it was from the university and I feel like there was probably some dairy in it, which was a big oversight on my part, fuck), and I’m now debating whether to steam myself up a chicken breast or make some kibbeh. 

Um, I’m also debating whether or not to be a little lenient on that whole “no buying a coat until I’m 57kg thing” because I discovered today that the exact coat I want has a $100 off sale for this week. So I’m thinking of laybying it and if I’m still not at my goal when the balance is paid off, I’ll leave it up at my parents’ house until I am.  

Oh and I’m seeing Star Trek tomorrow and I am KEEN as. 

morning (weigh in)

I weighed myself this morning — 61kg, That is so much better than I was expecting. Actually, I was expecting to be around 65kg, given my recent diet and exercise habits. I could still be 65kg, I guess, since my scales have never been 100% accurate, but that’s just really insecurity on my part. 

And it’s good news for me because I get to buy a friggin great winter coat when I get to 57kg - I’m not that far away from this at all!



So I’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding running and cross country. I’m so happy that a lot of you are so excited about joining your school’s XC team! I really wish I had time to answer all of your personal questions, but I just don’t. Lucky for you, I have a WHOLE ENTIRE PAGE dedicated to answering questions about running! 
Tips from the one and only…me :)

One of the things about running is that you’re ALWAYS pushing yourself to your limits, and sometimes past them. I suggest mixing up your running workouts in order to build endurance, speed and strength! Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Run hill repeats. Find a steep-ass hill and run up it..over and over again. It doesn’t really matter how fast you go, as long as you KEEP GOING. It’s important to push yourself,  because part of running is learning how to put up with tired legs and sore muscles!
  2. Fartlek training. Basically during your run, jog for 5 minutes, then sprint for 15 seconds. After your spring, go right back into jogging. Repeat this until you reach 30 minutes.
  3. Strides. These can be done before/after your run. Mark out 100meters or so and sprint it. Jog back to where you started, and do it again until you reach 4 to 5 times. (This helps with speed at the beginning of races.)
  4. Strength training. You’ll need to build up those muscles in your legs! I suggest this POP Pilates video for calves and thighs. 
  5. CORE. The fastest runners have insanely strong core muscles. This means you not only need to build muscle in your legs, but also your core, or “abs”. Check out Gain Fitness to find workouts to target this area.
  6. Arms. Strong arms also benefit runners. Start doing push-ups and use the Gain Fitness website to find upper body workouts!


This list was made by Steph, not me. Go check out her blog!

These links are pulled from everywhere: LiveJournal,, RunnersWorld and beyond. I found them useful when I was beginning running, and I hope other beginners will, too. This is not a full, comprehensive list of “everything about running ever,” but I hope to shed some light on good places to look for information for beginners.

Good Places for Beginning Runner Q&A

Beginners Running Q&A Blog

Forum for Beginning Runners (RW)

Runners Community on LiveJournal

General Advice

“Newbie” Advice (by supermanz)

Breathing Tips for New Runners

Basic Gear for Beginning Runners

27 Ways to Run Better Every Day

Running Basics Explained

Base Training Explained

Stride Rate and Length, Explained

How to Find Good Form (Midfoot striking)

Training Plans

Couch-to-5k Plan

Free RW Training Guides

Hal Higdon’s Training Plans

Coaching by Pfitzinger

“The Healthy Runners Marathon Training Plan” by LiveStrong

Injury Prevention

How to Avoid Injury (RW)

Injury Diagnosis

How Injury Happens/How to Avoid It

Barefoot Running

General Discussion on Barefoot Running - What and Why?

Article on Barefoot Running (Science Daily)

Finding “Barefoot Shoes”

Barefoot Running University

Minimalist Running

Fun/Useful Stuff

What to Wear for Runners


Free Workout Mixes by Podrunner


Additional tips from Vivian :)

Step 1: Put on some shoes.

Step 2: Open the door.

Step 3: Go!

Some other steps that might be useful…

  • Run for a reason. Whether it’s distance or time or to clear your mind of all the crap that happened during the day. Do it for a purpose, and don’t forget that purpose.
  • Push yourself. Do a little better every day. This doesn’t mean you have to increase time or distance every day. Just improve your mindset a little day by day and you will the PR’s will come.
  • Save a little energy. There is absolutely no point in hurting yourself so much that you can’t drag yourself out of bed tomorrow to do it all over again. Toe the line between possible and impossible; keep your sights on the incredible, and some day it’ll be here.
  • Wear the right thing. Running makes you sweat, and sweat, although sexy, can also hinder your progress. You want wicking material (ie spandex, polyester). You also want good shoes. Not $200 shoes, but not $10 Target shoes either.
  • Write down your progress. It’s so much more motivating if you have a record of how far, literally, you’ve come. Anything you to do help you reach your goals is upward trend.

You’re out the door, what now?

  • Focus on your breathing. Every living thing is breathing. Your lungs are breathing, the trees around you are breathing, even houses breathe. Breathing is natural. Focus your energy on inhaling and exhaling to fuel your muscles with oxygen.
  • Plan beforehand. One of the worst feelings in the world is to be partway through a planned run and feel (1) like you have to poop, (2) like you have to pee, or (3) like you’re breathing sandpaper. Avoid this problem by pooping, peeing, and drinking water before going on the run. Trust me, just do it.
  • Take a break if you need it. I do it. Marathoners do it. Everyone does it.

Okay, back from the run, riding the high…

  • Stretch. Your muscles are warm now, and it’s a good time to stretch. Calves, hammies, quads.
  • Chocolate milk is the best recovery drink. So everyone says, and I haven’t done any research on this, but it’s worked for me.
  • Smile! Exercise makes people happy. Other people see it on your face, and they’ll be happier too.
Running (Training Plans) from Ela!
  • The 5K ☞ Prepare to race this classic distance with a training program that carefully balances both mileage and speedwork. 
  • The 10K ☞ Most runners considering the 10K already have the miles under their belts to compete adequately in the distance. The Cool Running training program enhances that endurance while sharpening the pace through speedwork. 
  • The Half Marathon ☞ The 21K distance provides a challenge beyond the popular 10K while allowing for more flexibility than marathon preparation. Our 12-week training program will get you ready. 
  • The Marathon ☞ As more and more runners turn to the marathon to prove their running mettle, a sensible training program is more important than ever for building safely to peak performance. 
  • Speedwork for Beginners ☞ A speedwork program for beginning runners.
  • Speedwork for Intermediate Runners ☞ A speedwork program for beginning runners.
  • Speedwork for Advanced Runners ☞ A speedwork program for advanced runners. 
  • Speedwork for Competitive Runners ☞  A speedwork program for competitive runners.
  • Get a running app. Every smart phone has at least one available for free. Guessing your pace is isn’t going to cut it if you’re counting calories or training for a marathon.
  • If you’re running marathon length races, a break during the first mile or two is the most important.
  • Pace yourself. It doesn’t matter if there are 50 people ahead of you or 50 people behind you. Don’t judge yourself by their standards. You have your own pace and it works for you.
  • Pay attention to your breath. Inhale left foot, exhale left foot.
  • Forget yogic breathing. It doesn’t apply here. In and out through your mouth.
  • No matter how much you think you sound like Vader, you breathing aren’t nearly as loud as you think you are. Don’t hold back. If you don’t get enough oxygen, your muscles fail.
  • Don’t slam your feet on the pavement. Keep it as light as possible. If you’re on a treadmill, the entire gym shouldn’t be able to hear it.
  • If you can’t figure out if you’re a mid-foot striker, heel striker or toe striker, it doesn’t really matter. Unless your legs are killing you, just keep going. If you focus too much on your legs, you’re probably going to eat it.
  • Run against the traffic.
  • Only put a headphone in one ear, you want to hear a car before it makes you roadkill.
  • Ladies, loop your headphones through your sports bra. Fellas, run it under your shirt. If you’re going shirtless, hook the extra cord up in the armband so it doesn’t bounce around and hit you in the face.
  • Make a playlist before you go. Don’t rely on shuffle. Get a good selection of high bpm songs, or something that will make you angry/excited. You don’t want to pause and let your heart rate/stride falter while you try to skip all your Death Cab for Cutie songs.
  • Take rest days.
  • Mind over matter. Your legs don’t really hurt that badly. Yes, you can breathe. Keep going.
  • But listen to your body. If you legs are honestly giving out, head home.
  • Hydrate but don’t water log.
  • If your endurance is terrible, work it up with stationary bikes or cardio classes. Get your aerobic ability and actual fitness level up.
  • Stretch your calves with toe raises. Rock back on your heels and bring your toes up a few times before you run to reduce shin splints.
  • Strength train. You’ll get less shin splints as you build up the muscles in your legs.
  • Find good sneakers and pay good money for them. You can get all your other gear for cheap, but go name brand and take time to find a shoe that works for you. Some podiatrists will even fit you for what type of shoe you should wear.
  • Stick reflective tape to your heels if you run at night and bring a flashlight so you don’t turn an ankle.
  • Pay attention. Be alert. Don’t get hit by the train that runs through traffic near the Fens. Run as if no one sees you. Make it your responsibility to keep yourself safe.

What an awesome compilation of tips!

(via get-healthy-feel-awesome)

08 May 2013

So it’s 2:00am and I’ve done one of the two papers I was supposed to have done for classes today, and I think I’ll be skipping the class I haven’t written a paper for. It isn’t really worth marks and the class will be useless to me given that I haven’t done the readings. So I’ll take the sleep in, thanks. 

I spent most of the night working out how I can go travelling next year with my brother (estimated cost: $6000), go on exchange to Germany in 2015 (estimated cost: $10,000) and still graduate uni with $30,000 in savings (which is at least getting me part way to having a deposit for a first home). It’s doable but it’ll be tight, and when I come back from Germany I will have only around $2000 in savings I can actually access (the FHSA is a wonderful thing but very restrictive), so I will need to get a job ASAP. But at least I feel like I’m on track to have at least something before I’m 30.

Meanwhile, the gym this morning mainly sucked because I’m not used to cardio these days, but I pushed through and it felt good. I’ll be continuing on that. I did a NTC leg workout and a NTC abs workout and then some treadmill. Tomorrow I’ll do two more plus more treadmill. Oh and just for my own records, today is $16/50.

Can report I have neither self harmed nor seriously wanted to self harm since late last week - serious plus. 

Food is also good. I am CONSTANTLY hungry but objectively I know that I am eating enough. 

  • Overnight banana oats with coconut milk
  • Banana, spinach, peanut butter, coconut milk and protein shake
  • A pot of really strong black tea that left me super jittery … will not be doing that again
  • 2 macarons from Laduree in the CBD (two friends and I had been planning to go there for ages so there was no way I wasn’t getting anything)
  • My usual Greek yoghurt magic recipe plus about half a pear
  • Some bread and camenbert
  • Another one of those protein shakes
  • At about midnight, so I could keep writing without losing my mind, some smoked salmon and camenbert

I want to weigh myself but also I really, really don’t. 

Undressed Skeleton: An Easy Plan to Conquer A New Lifestyle: Baby Steps Before The Huge Jump.



Healthy does not always mean eating right and exercising regularly. Those are two key components to being healthy, but I believe healthy reflects all aspects of your life.

I feel healthy when I am confident in my body and surroundings. I feel healthy when I show love towards something or…

06 May 2013

Food has been okay; think I could have done with more protein. Am currently starving but it’s after midnight so I’ll just try to sleep. 

  • Yoghurt + oats
  • Tea
  • More tea
  • Egg and salad wholemeal roll
  • A lot of water
  • A tonne of celery
  • A banana and a plum
  • Homemade peri peri chicken with sweet potato pieces and vegetables
  • More tea

it’s been a while (also t.w.)

  • I’ve been to Thailand
  • I am doing my Honours year for Arts and writing a thesis
  • I am taking private German classes twice a week
  • I am working at a law firm and I LOVE it
  • I am still tutoring
  • I have a boyfriend who is also my best friend
  • I won an academic scholarship to support my honours study
  • I roadtripped to Brisbane
  • I ran a half marathon
  • I have been eating kosher(ish) for the entire year
  • I ended up on the phone to a depression hotline last week because apparently no matter how well my life is objectively going, I can’t stop thinking about self harming, and even after spending an hour on the phone with a counsellor I ended up driving a pair of nail scissors into the webbing of my shoulder over and over, which I guess isn’t good*
  • I think the solution to that is to get back into caring about my health in a proper way, not the half-on-half-off way I have been going about it since uni went back

So I’m back on tumblr. First step was to unfollow all the blogs that made me want to avoid tumblr in the first place (models in their underwear = unfollow). I’m going to be making a lot more personal posts. 

* My shoulder is fine. And I should add, I guess, that I don’t think I have depression at this stage, but I do think that I am at risk again for some fucked up reason (because objectively, yes, my life is actually going really well right now), and the solution last time was to focus a lot on health etc, so I am going to make that the pre-emptive solution this time. 

So hi, again. 






Amy Poehler’s life advice. 
Really trying to follow this. 

this is exactly how i live my life. nice to know amy also has hordes of ex-friends too, hahah



following this advice, and its making me feel better about everything. 

(Source: amypoehler, via englishbeijinhos-deactivated201)

in other news (VSFS and just shutting the fuck up)

In other news, there’s a fuckton of skinny-bashing going on in the wake of the VS show and I’m getting shit for saying that I don’t mind at all that VS models are posting photos of their show-ready bodies because they’re also posting all of the sweat and hard damn work that goes into making it happen. Somehow, acknowledging their hard work becomes “judging” women whose “schedules don’t allow” for that kind of exercise. 

You know what? Fuck that. I’m perfectly aware that VS models take it to the next level in terms of preparation and fitness. I’m also perfectly aware that finding time in the day is hard. But it’s about priorities and if you’re going to bash someone (e.g. “NO ONE LOOKS LIKE THAT” and “she obviously hasn’t eaten in days”) for being an impossible ideal when they’re quite visibly putting in effort you freely admit you’re not, you need to reevaluate your position. Do I like the objectification apparent in the VSFS? Not really. Do I like the industry’s airbrushing and rigid adherence to a single body type? Also no. But no one can deny they’re working fucking hard, and bashing them for actually putting in effort when you can’t be bothered? That’s just not on. 

I used to think caring nutrition and fitness was shallow and obsessive and was proud that I didn’t think about either because I thought it demonstrated I wasn’t buying into body image pressure. I was wrong. Dedication only looks like obsession to people who can’t be fucked trying. 

Hard work gets you places.

(Source: happily---healthy, via boubgetshealthy)