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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Exercise is a great outlet

It has been a while since I have since I have blogged.  Sometimes things get put on the back burner whilst you concentrate on other areas.

What is important though is having an outlet, pursuing something that makes you happy.  Exercise is a great outlet, blows off steam, it improves your mood and boosts your energy to cope with everyday life.

Don't you find too when exercising you sleep better too?  I know I do.

What you decide to do is up to you, whether it is housework, walking the dog, pounding the pavements or going to the gym working up to 30 minutes of consistent exercise each day is a great way to reap the rewards.

My dog Peaches is waiting beside my shoes as we speak, off to walk we go…..

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Balance Pole

What is your motivation to run or exercise?  Sometimes our intended plans go our the window and it is hard to get back on track.    I have learn't recently that we do need to have "me time" too which sometimes gets put on the back burner when you are putting your families needs first.

"But what about your needs? Do you have a balance pole?" someone asked me the other day.  Well a balance pole is this imaginary pole that adds balance to everyday life.  Imagine walking along a pole or tightrope, with the chaos and stress of work or family dramas weighing you down and you are swaying on the verge of loosing your balance almost falling off.   Now imagine doing a class of yoga or going for a running,  feeling alive and energised, thereby pulling you back up making you stronger mentally and physically to help you continue on your journey along the pole.

Write a list of things you enjoy doing, that make you feel good and healthy and strong,  ready to cope with everyday chaos.  Start making them happen, make the time to do them.  Allocate time, write in your  diary or calendar and "just do it".  Whether is is going to yoga, walking the dog,  going for a run, gardening, cooking, catching up with friends etc, taking time out for you is incredibly important.   You are no good to anyone if you are not healthy mentally and physically when the going gets tough.   I found this quote as well and this very much applies. Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Hot cross buns and easter eggs

Whether you are getting away to see family and friends or taking the family camping, Easter is a fabulous time to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Don't feel guilty eating hot cross buns and easter eggs over Easter. Enjoy and saviour the moment.   Everything in moderation, a treat is not a bad thing.

You can always grab a bit of exercise throughout the long weekend.  Go for a walk or run, climb a hill,  play footy with the kids., run up the stairs, stretch and drink plenty of water.

A little indulgence does no one any harm,  so, enjoy and be happy.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Pursue your dream and get to write about your exercise and fitness travels

I always think it is great if you can follow your dreams, do something that makes you happy or even just try something new!  Last year my New Years resolution was to write. I came across WeekendNotes which I had already subscribed to online. WeekendNotes is an online site where writers can write about fun and interesting things to do.   I applied by submitting a short story and to my surprise WeekendNotes accepted my application. 

Over the last 9 months I have been writing about places I have been to, events coming up, even cafes, restaurants and markets that I  enjoyed and thought others would too. I've included the first article I wrote:  Shark Park River Bend Country Bush Camping plus a couple of others: Blackboard Coffee Roasters, and Camping @ Ferry Reserve, Brunswick Heads, Gold Coast.

It has become a great hobby and you do get paid for it, which can be a nice bonus.  WeekendNotes have sites all over the world, it may be an opportunity for you to write about places you have been to on your travels, explored and enjoyed. Think of the great places to run, eat and exercise!  The editors are there to help you and hey if I can do it I am sure you can too and you never know,  it may lead to a whole new writing adventure, a stepping stone to a new career even!

Click on this link select your city and start writing, I look forward to seeing your articles.

Happy writing.

Angela x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Go to food

I have not been very motivated the last week.  A result I guess of work, late nights and a cold that I cannot shake.  Motivation to get out and run or even walk has gone out the window so to speak. Sometimes I think you do need some time at home and there is nothing wrong with staying in bed, watching movies and just hibernating a bit to recover.   I  have continued to drag myself out of bed to stretch and as much as I struggled with them, I did do some planks, sit-ups, lunges and squats.  Hopefully by tomorrow I will feel more of an inclination to get out of bed and go for a much needed walk.  That is my plan for tomorrow.

At least I haven't been reaching out for biscuits, chocolate or ice-cream. My go to food lately has been yoghurt.  I keep a pot in the fridge at all times, goes perfectly with oats in the morning or just as a snack. Nothing better than grabbing a spoon or two before running out the door.

My fruit and vege stall down the road has the perfect yoghurt, almost too yummy - George's Authentic Greek Yoghurt, favourite flavour -  passionfruit!

What is your go to food?

Friday, 13 February 2015

Run, Eat Chocolate Mousse, Run - Happy Valentine's Day

I couldn't resist sharing this recipe for Valentine's Day.   The plan is run Saturday morning, eat chocolate mousse Saturday night and up Sunday for another walk run.

This chocolate mousse recipe is super easy to make and yes, guys you can make it for your special loved one!

  • 300g quality dark chocolate roughly chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 300ml thickened cream plus extra whipped cream to serve
  • Grated chocolate to serve

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water  Stir chocolate until melted. Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Place eggs and sugar in a large bowl and beat with electric beaters for  approximately 5 minutes, or until mixture is pale, thick and doubled in volume. With spatula fold in cooled chocolate and cocoa powder until combined.

In a separate bowl, whip cream until thickened (be careful not to over-beat). Use a large metal spoon to carefully fold the cream into the chocolate mixture, keeping the mixture as light as possible. Spoon into 6 serving glasses and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before serving,  top with extra whipped cream (optional - you may not need extra cream as this recipe is super rich) and grated chocolate to serve. Happy Valentine's Day everyone xx

Friday, 6 February 2015

Happy Friday

Don't we all love Friday.

Feeling good today.   Same walk/run but feeling more confident, not huffing and puffing as much, still a hard slog but you do feel better for it.

Breaking it up with a yoga class tomorrow.

Happy weekend everyone.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

There goes my diet out the window

This is not what I had planned today.  Out the window goes my healthy diet but hey everything in moderation and  Monday is another day….

Back by popular request after making finger buns for Australia Day!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Saturday Exercise

Yes still running although this week hasn't been great, had  more than a few days off this week.  My back still giving me grief but I am feeling better today.

Had planned to go to yoga this morning but instead went for a walk/run.  Up at 6.30,  still starting on with 5 minute walk, run one minute, walk and finishing with 5 minute walk.  I did run up hill to finish today, 30 minutes total.

Think idea of running with a buddy would be good.  What do you think?  I do think though possibly I need to feel a bit more comfortable running first.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Stretch stretch and more stretch

It has continued to rain with yesterday just non-stop heavy rain.  My day off work and it is wet wet wet.  A good day for relaxing and  movies.  Have you ever watched The Walking Dead TV series?  I have just got  into that. Not normally my cup of tea.    It is an addictive thing.  Up to series 4.

I over did it the other day not by exercising but by doing too much housework!  My lower back has been giving me grief so it has been a bit of a blessing with the rain. I also know that I need to stretch everyday  and if you are anything like me, if everything is okay and working I tend to forget about it.  Now I am paying the price.   Well, back on the bandwagon so to speak and back running tomorrow.

Here are a couple of my stretch exercises for the lower back that work for me.  Any exercises you have I would love to hear from you.

Photo Courtesy of buzzle.com

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Rain rain go away

It was raining cats and dogs this morning.  No run today but I did run up and down the stairs 10 times at home.   Hoping the weather will clear and will get out there late afternoon. I'm not complaining though as it is so much cooler than yesterday.  Hate the humidity.

My inspiration for today!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Still at it and I'm pooped

Hey, I'm still at it and I'm pooped.

Today my goal was still to get out there for 30 minutes. Warming up with a brisk walk for 5 minutes, then run 1 minute, walk 1 minute to a total of 20 minutes finishing with a 5 minute walk back to home.

It is hot and humid here today and I continue to huff and puff.  Today is was more like a 1 minute run (if that at times) and 2 minute walk.  I never thought I was so unfit having done a bit of walking, yoga and sometimes gym.  I do feel good though, and  I'm sure it will get better.

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

I'm all out of puff

This running is tough business. I am however pleased to say I walked and I ran for 30 minutes, more walking than running but at least I ran some.  Each time running for about a minute at a time before I ran out of puff, then trying to gain my breathe walking before running again. I'm sure people could hear my laboured breath as I lumbered along.  I can't believe how unfit I am. My legs are way too heavy and my shoes as well, I have decided.

But, I am proud to say I'm on the way and tomorrow's another day!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Geared up

It is 10.30 p.m. at night.  I have set my alarm for 5.30 a.m. (a good time as it is a bit cooler at this time of the morning). Note I place my alarm on a table far away from the bed.  No excuses, as I have to drag myself out of bed to turn the jolly noisy thing off.

I'm as organised as much as I can be having laid out  my clothes (someone did suggest sleeping in them), with my running shoes beside the front door in preparation to start exercising tomorrow.  My poor old dog thinks is now time to go for a walk.

My aim tomorrow is to walk/run for 30 minutes, a good start I think. Start by walking to warm up and when feel comfortable run for a minute or two, continue walking at a brisk pace and the same again.

Take a look at this site:   Running Tips for Beginners , some great tips here. 

My advice:  Just get out there and do what you can, take it at your own pace.  If you just feel like walking then walk, just don't dawdle along.

Funny enough I am looking forward to starting, so here we go. 

I'm up ready to run, are you?

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My goal to run

This year my New Year's resolution was to get fit, and my goal is to enter in the 5.7 or possibly the 10 km event in the Gold Coast Marathon in July. 

As I love to research, write and create I have created a blog  "Wistful Runner" with the idea of keeping me motivated with tips and pointers as well as inspiring others to do the same. 

I would love to hear from you too, so please comment here or email me at reynoldslot@gmail.com.

Happy running.