Thursday, 24 November 2011

Mind shift

So this post is going to be a little jumbled because I'm tired, sore and a wee bit frustrated!!

Let me take you back a little bit first...
For years, and years, I have been a walker. As soon as my second child was born I went and got a double pusher and just walked walked walked! Little did I know that the whole energy in, energy out was a really important point that I did not factor in. I was probably only burning 150 Cal's, but consuming 1000's. Needless to say the way I had been doing it was not working and was more of a 'get out of the house before I scream' kinda thing as opposed to 'let's lose this baby weight' thing. No wonder I eventually gave up! As my trainer said to me on those first few sessions, 'walking is just what your body does now, it's a natural, going through the motions kind of thing'. Well no wonder I didn't lose that baby weight.

This year I have learnt SO much about dieting, exercise and having a healthy mind, but I think I have hit a bit of a wall, it's a personal, in my head kind of wall but still, it's presence is palpable.

I'm finding it really difficult to manage eating well, eating enough, training well and not training too much for my intact, listening to my body food wise, listening to my body exertion wise.......urghhhh!

I have NEVER listened to my body, I have abused it for waaay too many years and for that I am not really regretful (because dam it was yummy) but I am a little sorry. You see, now I WANT to listen to my body, now I NEED to listen to my body and really, I have no idea how to do it.
I have an amazing net work of people around me and a few of them are well informed and actually trained to listen to ones body. The thing is that they are saying what I don't want to hear! I am at the stage that I want to train as hard as I can, like every day, if not twice a day but noooo apparently bodies need rest or some shit like that, and really, right now I 'know' that (because my body is literally screaming at me) but I don't want to hear it!!

As I said above I really need to get my intake right because that alone will cripple me if I don't, but even that is so hard.....I have booked into a nutritionist so fingers crossed she will give me a better understanding of this aspect but yeah, I guess I'm just frustrated...and a little obsessed, well like really obsessed!!

My vegan venture is coming along well, except for the whole cow's milk thing. I LOVE milk, I am a milk drinker, it runs in the family, I don't know who I am without it! So I have adjusted my views on the whole no animal products and to be very honest I'm okay with that. If you look up vegetarians/vegans on the net you will find that these people have come up with MANY different variations so heh, who am I to argue? So cow's milk is here to stay and I don't feel too bad considering the skim milk I drink is probably 99%water anyway HA!

I am still officially LOVING the whole uni holiday thang I got going on, I have been reading lots, resting on my bed guilt and child free and no the house is not sorted yet....I have got months ya know ;)

So this my friends is what is going through my head at the moment, thanks for stopping by to listen to my little internal rant and thank you for your kind words and support, I'd love to think I am reaching those that are going through the same sort of inner dialogue and letting them see that they are not alone, this lifestyle thing is HARD!

Alice xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Humbled (very short post)

Just want to give a shout out to the many people around the world that have come to my little corner and read my words- that's just too cool....

Alice xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Just some sentences...

Last night I ran 3 km with some new (and old) faces. We have been running as a group for a little while now and so I thought heh, why not make us official? So that's what I did- We are now known as Marathon Maidens, and some have even gone as far as calling me Mother Maiden, and they do this with no bullying or threatening- What? it's a cool name!!!

I have decided to be a vegetarian (again). I was a vegetarian in high school and really sucked at it. I was the oldest of 5 children so Mum was a little um, unsupportive of the idea to say the least. She was all like 'If you think I'm making a whoooole other meal you got another think coming' so basically I lived on mushrooms and hot chips-not such a good idea for I followed that with 12 years of obesity- anyhoo, I have decided to do it again because: a, I can actually cook without the need of a parent buying the right ingredients and b, I'm not much of a meat eater, am super fussy and heh, I wanna see what health benefits come along with it.

So this leads me into my next big announcement dum duh duh dummmmm ahem....I am going vegan-yes friends I am going to SLOWLY transition into 'veganism'. This is a HUGE move for I have a love affair with masters ice coffee light, like HUGE HUGE!!! but I am the kind of gal who if educated on animal by products will not want to consume them again, Im good like that, once I know where the heart, lungs, liver etc go then I'll be all like nope, no thanks!! (for any true all out vegans out there  I am sorry if this offends, I do want to do this for the benefits of animals but it is not my only reason, this is my weight loss/health journey first and animal lover journey second)

So as of today I am eliminating milk,cheese,eggs and butter- oh and of course meat.

Tonight I start boot camp #2 with the amazing Kim at!/pages/Ellenbrook-Group-Personal-Training-Sessions/101012173289981 . This round will be 3 nights a week for four weeks, along with that I am going to keep running with the marathon maidens and maybe add in a couple of group trainings too- I have finished uni (in case you didn't know;) so want all my spare time spent getting the best results for my body transformation that I can, I might take some measurements and do a bit of a before and after pic maybe!

So I think that is basically all for now, thanks for coming by, Oh and if you have any advice or websites to check out please post in the comments or on my face book page.

Alice xx

One last thing...
I want to give a huge shout out to Tracey from live lightly now, she has been so forth coming with an abundance of really useful information about what we put in our bodies, I will get to the whole organic thing Tracey, just one step at a time. Was lovely to meet you face to face in front of the Tim tams today (and no, neither trolley received said biscuits, even though I reeeeally wanted too). You can find her here :)!/pages/wwwlivelightlynowcom/200432237334

Wordless Weekend

Well sort of wordless, some of our adventures may require some captions (especially Saturdays visit to a museum).

So welcome to our Super Special Sunny Saturday and Sunday adventures!!

We found this amazing museum of taxidermy in Guildford

needless to say I had alot of explaining to do, what a fantastic learning opportunity-highly recommend checking this place out.

Second hand book shops

House of honey-Swan Valley

Tea and scones

Chocolate factory? Um YES!!

Vintage furniture shopping

Yanchep Lagoon

Our first run as the Marathon Maidens-the running group I created on Face book :)

It is safe to say that my first weekend after the finishing of uni was a roaring success-Summer holidays here we come ;)

Alice xx

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Thank you

Today my dear friends, was THE last day of uni for the year, it's safe to say that this smile will be staying around for awhile I think-YAY!!

The decision to study was an easy one for me, I knew I wanted to but it was just a 'waiting for the right time' kinda thing. Well this year I have learnt that there never is a right time for putting your life on hold, you just need to jump right in with your fingers crossed, and that is what I did.....well sort of...

I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best but without my beautiful support group around me I would have failed-like on the first day, when I sat in the car crying after sitting in on the wrong lecture and it was 42 degrees? Yeah with out my friends and knowing they were all like 'yeah, wooo go girl, you can do it' I would have TOTALLY driven home in a slobbering mess!

So this is shout out to my peeps (you know who you are) thank you for asking me and showing interest in my day, for being a shoulder to cry on or whinge too, I'm sure half of you were too scared to bring up the subject because you knew it was going to end badly for you ;) you need to know I value your presence in my life like, alot!

An extra big special thanks go to Lauren,Nat,Kim and Janie-these girls were always there with their hands up offering to help with after school pick ups etc-I'm honoured to have friends that care for my children (and I'm assuming me as well) without you girls uni would be an impossibility- I LOVE YA LADIES like alot!!!

So I'M FREE, which means that for the rest of the week I'll be sorting out my bomb site of a house, and starting next week, I have a 4 week boot camp to sink my teeth into...I'm looking forward to devoting as much of my day to fitness and eating correctly without the constant dark cloud of assignments and readings and stress- it's Alice time and I'm going to make the most of it and make sure that I get into those short shorts by Christmas HA!

* and please forgive me if I did not mention your name but should have...I had an exam today and came home to a few celebratory drinks so I'm a little (happily) fuzzy right now xx

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Bucket list......

My BFF emailed me the other day to say she had decided to write up a  'bucket list' for her 30th. Well I thought that was such an awesome thing to do so naturally I swiped her idea!

This year has been a pretty good practice run in terms of getting my goals achieved, I have successfully survived my first year of university, I am well on the way to becoming a lean mean short short's wearing fighting machine Mumma of three, I did not however see Missy Higgins in concert bloody Missy, but I did add a few goals through the year like learning to run and walking the Bib track so I guess they made up for the lack of Missy viewing bloody Missy.

So now I need to compile a list of 30 goals I want to achieve in the year 2012 (gahhh that feels weird writing that date).....


1. Watch Missy Higgins in concert
2. Run the 12km city to surf
3. Survive another year of uni sigh*
4. (stolen idea but love it) A girls only weekend away to a spa retreat
5. 7 day trek on the Bib track-down south
6. First aid cert. (I mean I really should have that)
7. Go to Melbourne and buy some super funky vintage jewellery
8. Get a super vintage push bike....
9. Ride my bike everywhere (like some weird bike lady)
10. Learn more patience...I'm not very patient
11. Be more open to new friends-I am a little closed off, for no good reason at all.
12. Maybe go blond....just a little?
13. Sing karaoke to Missy Higgins

Okay okay I only got to 13 but that's good, my goal for this year can be to find 17 new goals for next year.....sheesh!

Ill update as I go and please don't judge, I mean being a better Mumma,cook,neighbour,shopper etc is not really a bucket list goal, it's more of a you know, working progress I'm allowed to be selfish and materialistic, it is MY bucket list....and I could totally pull blonde off if I tried.......maybe! HA!

Alice xx

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Save the Date....

Next year I have decided to run the 12km City to Surf which will be held on Sunday 26th August 2012.

Right now I can just run 3km so it's safe to say I need to um, train a little more. So that my friends is my goal for the remainder of the year and of course, well into next year.

So here's my question....Who's in?

I would love to get a group running together, training together and motivating each other. We don't need to 'meet' every week to do it, you can take it at your own pace and come here or to my face book page to share your results, tips and hurdles. I know it's a loooong way away until August but for me, I feel like I need that amount of time.

For those of you that want to meet and train can come on down to our little 'running' group. We are aiming to run at least once a week together and will leave from Arbor Grove. We are going to master 3.5km then extend our distances until we hit our goals, every goal is different but for me it will be 12km (or half a marathon??).

Now what happens if I start training and all of a sudden realise that 12km is not quite long enough (HA) well then, the option to do a half marathon or even 42km is there.....(please note I said IF, I doubt very much that 12km is going to be too 'short').

I'm thinking it would be cool to get 'guest' bloggers to write about their experiences too.

So what do you think? Will you save the date?

For all the extra information please check out their website.

Alice xx