Sunday, November 10, 2013

Too hot to handle?

Cayenne Pepper - I thought it was a good idea this morning to add a bit of cayenne pepper seasoning on my eggs this morning.

30 mins later and my mouth is still burning!

Cayenne Pepper is a natural thermogenic and helps to increase your body temperature and speed up your metabolism. It's not a magical diet supplement, just a seasoning that adds flavour (and spice) to food.

I think I'll be taking it a little easier on the seasoning next time.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Great Ocean Road adventure

So I'm off for my second major holiday in a year.

It felt so good to set up my 'out of office' message at work this afternoon. After a stressful few days I think I am ready to get on the plane out of Mackay and arrive in Melbourne for a full-on two days of training for Attack.

Shaun is meeting me in Melbourne Sunday afternoon and we are starting the Great Ocean Road adventure! I can't wait, it's going to be epic.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Hello 2013

Well well well... hasn't January come around quickly?

I'm very disappointed in myself that I am yet to make any 2013 Resolutions. I don't know whether it's because I haven't had time to really think about it or I'm just being lazy. Ok I've definitely been lazy, I received an e-reader for Christmas and I haven't done anything but read since then!

Well I've been going into work but most of the time has been spent wishing I was home with my e-reader.

2013 - they say you should try to find one word for each year.
All I can think of is 'challenging' but I'm not sure if that will give me good karma.

2012 was definitely 'New Experiences' although really that's two words so I'm cheating.

I think I would like this year to be 'Capitalise' as in make more money, invest and spend wisely and set myself up because I'm pretty sure the next 4 years of my life will be crucial.

I'll be 26 in a month.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Change of plans

Well the last month didn't exactly go to plan...

I hurt my ankle - I was on crutches for a week and a half and still can't walk on it properly. That will teach me for even thinking that I might start training for a marathon next year! I felt a sharp pain on the inside of my ankle on my way home from a 6km trail run and slowed to a walk but by the time I got home and took off my shoes, I could no longer walk :-(

Attack training, preparation, time and money down the drain!

But in true Mel-style - I am looking at the positives. I have had a lot more time to myself to relax which I really forgot how to do. I've been cooking more, reading more and getting through my work like a trooper!

On the downside - no exercise, more baking and more time to eat has taken my fitness levels right down, I feel sluggish and 'fat' and I think I'm addicted to sugar :-(

So starts Day 1 of my NO SUGAR diet and my return to the fitness industry. I know I'm being dramatic, it seriously has only been 2 and 1/2 weeks since I hurt myself but if I don't move it I might lose it.

Of course the no sugar diet had to start after I had 4 mini croissants and two gorgeously creamy caramel and chocolate biscuits at work today. But I didn't have any sugar in my tea - that counts right?

I'd have liked to be at my prime by Christmas but that's only 29 days away.

It takes 21 days to break a habit and 30 days to retrain new ones

Bring on Christmas!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

6 months in a leaky boat...

The title of this post has nothing to do with what I've been doing over the past 6 months.

But thought I should provide an update on some of the major things to have happened.

1. New job - Media & Communications Officer

(that's not me and I actually don't sit on an exercise ball - instead I use my office chair)

2. Bought a house - check

3. Became a single lady (note single, not desperate)

4. Became an aunty for the third time... baby Leon is adorable and I was very honoured to become his godparent.

5. Went on a business trip to Melbourne - here I am sporting my new power suit and being very excited to be staying in a high rise apartment courtesy of work. I also experienced my first earthquake in that building.

6. Planted a herb garden. Thanks for the herbs mum!

7. Became an amateur Masterchef using said herbs.

8. Played with Ava

9. Created an Instagram account - it magically makes crappy photos not look as crappy! How fun are selfies??

10. Visited Eimeo Pub

11. Booked a holiday to Europe!!! More to come on that later.

12. Became an aunty for the fourth time to beautiful little Kaley Isobel... such a sweet little thing.

I did it!!!

Well I didn't think it would ever happen but I'm alive and here to tell the story. In April this year (coincidentally it was International Women's Day) I signed the contract on my first house... a cute little 3 bedder in West Mackay. Selling... selling...
Sold!! But of course buying a house means you have regular repayments to make and a little pot of money called 'travel funds' disappears. Anyway keeping in mind that my main goal was to go travelling this year, I decided I would sacrifice a few little extras and go on a budget 4 week holiday to Europe and London :-) More to come on that later....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

i love reading

I have fallen in love with reading again.

One of the best gifts I was ever given was a book light.

I love to lie in bed under the covers in the dark, with just my book light on. It's even better if it is raining lightly.