Giving it a chance 

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Hi all,
As you know I’ve been applying for the police force for some time. Last year I was accepted and it’s been the best and most challenging time of my life. I graduate in May and the time is flying.

The one thing it has pushed the most is my relationship. My partner has worked very hard in supporting me, and I would like to give back to him.
I started a gofundme in hopes of getting him a passport. I’m hoping someone can help. I want to show him how grateful I am for his love and support but unfortunately I can’t afford to pay for it all myself.

He works long hours and big days, he is still an apprentice, and even though he is very good with his money, saving for a holiday is near impossible.

I want to provide him his goal of travelling. The academy life has been demanding and a lot of focus has been on me. It’s his turn now to feel looked after.
The link for my gofundme is:

http://www.gofundme.com/praise-for-my-partner-holiday

seeing the small gains and running with short legs

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Its been about 6 months since I started my physical journey for my police application. My journey has taken me in circles and squiggles up and down the eventful path of what is now my new normal. GOSH it has gone fast.

I have lifted many weights and ran more kilometers than I care to think about. If I told myself 6 months ago that I would be lifting or squatting or pressing what I am today I probably would have laughed, very hard!  I can’t say that I am where I want to be, that will still be some time away but I am damn proud of what I can do. I have never felt better or stronger and when I look back and reflect on how I was feeling I didn’t realize how sluggish I was or if *touch wood* someone was to attack me I wouldn’t have been able to defend myself, but now, I think I could give most people a run for their money if it came to protecting myself.

When I first started my blog I outlined my weekly routine, I’ve pretty much doubled what I started off with and it’s not easy but very rewarding, especially now that I am at the point where I am noticing physical changes. I am happy to admit that in the six months I have lost 6 kg and am half way to being back to my goal weight; its amazing how hard it is to shift the kilos once you’ve eaten too much chocolate and drank too much coffee.

I haven’t completed a beep test in a while but my last test I did do was one of the best I have ever done, in saying this I can’t stop myself from having a rant about being short and running.

WHY can’t my legs grow just for the time that I am running…I just want to make it that little bit easier to cover more distance. I watch my partner run and one of his steps is at least two of mine so by the time he is running comfortably I am sprinting. It’s not fair! I maintain the theory that, yes it requires more energy to use larger muscles BUT energy can be replenished, whereas little legs stay the same. (I know it’s more complicated than that) Has anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

Anyway, being the end of the year I am feeling reflective on all that I have achieved and not achieved. I hope that the new year brings new challenges and more fitness gains, but most of all I wish all of word-press and beyond much luck and prosperity.

Feeling Healthy

Turn Around

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I wasn’t sure how to start this post and I pondered it for most yesterday afternoon and today, I was on my way to the gym when I found myself skipping through all the songs on my I Pod, I realized I was looking for something but I didn’t really know what. I knew that I wanted a song that made me feel that little zing of enjoyment, but why? I think that I hadn’t really woken up from my sleep, It was like I was just going through the motions of what I needed to do but not really paying much attention to anything in particular, I knew when I had woken up that I had to have a shower, wash my hair, do my make-up, get dressed, get food for dinner, cook dinner, get hydrated, go to gym, drive home, heat dinner, serve dinner, clean up and get ready for bed again. but while I was driving to gym I just felt like these motions and tasks that I was doing where just happening, don’t get me wrong my day wasn’t bad but those tasks where simply things to do before the next day could happen. I finally found the song which happened to be Pompeii ( Normally it drives me a little bonkers due to the fact it was played so much on the radio), I feel like the song ‘woke’ me up, the motions where no longer just motions and the day grew into something that needed to be accomplished not just completed. I arrived at the gym and I had listened to Pompeii abut 4 times before arriving, I did my usual warm up with a slight spring in my step since I was now aware of my day and that I wanted it to be a little more fun than just doing what had to be done, It made gym a little more enjoyable than anticipated and I had more energy to finish of the day instead of just going home and doing the rest of the tasks, I also made gnocchi to freeze for a later dinner and I made a mug pudding, the best I’ve ever made…I immediately felt the guilt set in once I ate it, but that’s besides the point, it was yummy! I am always amazed at what music can do not only for myself but for the others whom enjoy it just as much as I do, It seems to be able to make people rise and do things that normally might not be considered, I would be lying if I said that my running wasn’t improved by my favorite soundtracks. Sometimes I don’t listen to music for a wile because I’ve heard it all many times and then one day I find a new song or CD that I haven’t heard or heard in long time and it makes me feel excited and giddy, its always a good day when you find a piece of music that lifts the spirit no matter how happy you are already, it can take you to a whole new dimension of living. If you haven’t figured it out already I am one of those people that If I get a song stuck in my head or it fits for the occasion I listen to it over and over again, until I am well and truly sick of it, “I was born this way”. I realize not everyone has this same connection with music but I am certain they have those kinds of bonds with other things such as art or cooking or even the people who love adrenaline activities. 

The fact is that music can make a day go from boring or just another day to exciting, I’m glad that I found a song that woke me up yesterday so I could enjoy how beautiful the rest of the day was. 

 

 

To re-cap on the focus on this blog, I also spent some time doing more aptitude quizzes, they really hurt my brain. I’ve been aiming for perfect scores and I have been improving, so to anyone who says that they can’t do something, I would urge them to re consider because humans can do the most amazing things when we break down those boundaries and try. I also tried doing some fartlek on a bike yesterday and my god it hurt my legs, Its safe to say this will be something I will try to do more often so it’s not so damn hard when I do try to do it! Does anyone have any tips for bike workouts? Please share in the comments if you do. I would really like to hear from some people 🙂 

Image is from here

My Running Socks

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Yesterday didn’t work out so well, I tried to do a beep test but I think my legs were fatigued so I didn’t get as higher score as I would have liked. I sat on my bed and was feeling a little sorry for myself and then I thought to myself what is good about today? At the moment I have a friend doing the 100 days of happiness posts on Facebook, she told me about a week ago to give it a go. I have hummed and hared about it but haven’t really wanted to start it because I thought this blog would be a better medium for me to try. Anyway, I sat on my bed and had that thought and then I realized that even though the beep test didn’t go so well I really felt comfortable, comfortable?!- you might be thinking to yourself… Yes I was comfortable because the socks I wear when I run are so damn comfy. These aren’t just any socks, these are socks by Asics (I might point out I am not one for brand names),so one day I was shopping for some workout gear( this was a wile ago now) I bought some socks, not thinking anything of it other than the fact that they were pink and looked like the kind of socks you should wear when you exercise. I tried them once and I was instantly hooked, they have a nifty pattern sewn into particular parts of the sock so they are tight in the right spots and breath really well.

Your next thought is probably ” why am I reading about socks” but your reading about socks because I am going to explain to you that I now own 10 pairs of the things on top of my work socks, fluffy winter socks, socks I brought when I was on holiday so I could participate in bowling, the socks that just cover your toes when you don’t want to show that your wearing any socks, stocking socks and some that I don’t think are mine. I think now as I am writing this that it is a lot of socks. but they all kind of have their own purpose, do you have that many? or am I the strange one here?

I find it amazing how the media and retail stores have convinced people so subliminally that we need all these different kinds of things to survive or have a functioning life; speaking from experience I am an owner of many socks as you have just found out but I also have things like, A mobile phone, a watch that connects to my phone, an alarm clock that connects to both of those things and a computer that connects to all three. WHY do I have so many things that can do almost the same job but in 4 different sized devices, I don’t really need these things, but having them makes me believe that at any point of the day I am connected to where I need to be connected to. Good job media and advertising you’ve won me over..as much as I dislike to admit that!

Anyway back to the socks, as much as I like technology and what it can do for me I have just come to the realization that my socks are an unsung hero. I never notice they are on..again just to recap they are so damn comfy, they haven’t stretched (surprisingly, because nothing seems to last anymore), they don’t dig into my skin, the colour hasn’t faded which is fantastic because I own every colour I can! and they feel like wearing clouds on my feet when I run. They are perfect.

I think I felt it was noteworthy to mention these socks because they are a truly good product out of the many thousands that I and I assume many other people have in their lives. I think it is rare in modern society to buy ‘things’ that last and do their job efficiently. My picture today is my socks just to prove that I really do have all the colours 🙂

Yesterday may not have started how I was hoping but, I started thinking about the good things that where going to happen in the day. It wasn’t just my socks- I swear 😛 I’m not that much of a wierdo. The rest of the day was looking pretty good because I also went to the gym with the boyfriend and later that night I was basking in some culture watching the Australian Dance Theater perform their new choreography called Multiverse. It was overall a good night and the performance was quite good however not as good as their last one that I saw which was called G, that was phenomenal! I also at dinner at my favorite restaurant, the dessert was amazing it was a Orange, Allspice, dark-rum panna cotta, with salted caramel and a macadamia nut crumb. Delish!

I thank my friend who has told me to pick out the good things in the day, It helps you forget the bad things and changes your whole thinking in just a matter of time. I dare you to give it a go. I also thank my partner for the words of encouragement to try harder and do better next Saturday (another beep test).

Have  a great day everyone, I hope you enjoyed reading about my socks.