Earlier this year I ran Round The Bays (ye-yah! Go me!), I wanted to keep that motivation going, not only to do a single achievement like run a race, but create healthy habits that fit in with a real lifestyle of being a busy, full time working mum with (what feels like) a million side projects.
I’m a gal who enjoys food and wine (or a G&T) with friends, sometimes I eat just toast for dinner, occasionally (ok, maybe more than that) love a take out of Thai or KFC and microwaveable popcorn is sometimes a realistic meal option once the small person is taken care of. Don’t judge me. But I digress… Between all that, I eat pretty well with a balanced diet. I’m naturally a slim person (which has it’s downsides) but I’ve managed to keep some good stuff going for longer than a few weeks. I want to be fit and healthy, not skinny!
With Spring about to kick in, the days are lighter for longer and the temperature isn’t as cold, so you might be thinking of getting out and about more. Before I ran Round The Bays, I hadn’t done any exercise and was pretty much starting from scratch, and I think the starting part is the hardest. So how did I start, well I’m glad you asked!
- GET SOME GEARS: I am in no way saying exercise needs to be fashionable, but you want to be comfortable and part of that is feeling like you don’t look silly or out of place. DO get proper shoes for what you’ll be doing (this link is handy). Having shoes that fit right makes the whole process more enjoyable.
Get some clothing that is just for exercising; think of it like a uniform, it helps you get in the right headspace. I have these Under Armour compression capris and LOVE them. I don’t feel jiggly (legitimate problem), there is a handy little zipped pocket for my house key and they are super comfy. Keep the girls in a supportive bra and chuck on a t-shirt.
If like me, all your music is on your phone, an armband is really useful as it also doubles as a place to tuck coins or your house key.
- TUNES! You know I love my music. Put together a playlist that is up-tempo and keeps you motivated. I’ve added mine to Spotify if you want to give that a try.
- APPS: I’ve tried a few apps for tracking my fitness, I personally really like the Nike+ app as it links to playlists on your phone, it pauses your run when you stop (to cross the road for example) and keeps you posted on distance/speed. Apps are a a good way to map your progress. I’ve used Runkeeper and Couch 2 5K, but still prefer Nike+.
- SLOW & STEADY: Don’t compare yourself to other people, just compare yourself to what you did last time. It’s a one person race y’all. Start slow with long walks to ease into it, then maybe do a run/jog/walk after a few weeks. I started doing 3km at a time with brisk walking a bit, then running, then more brisk walking. I’m still doing that and managing about 3-5km each time.
- CHOOSE A ROUTE: I like to mix up where I go each time, I live in a beautiful neighbourhood with beaches everywhere. Jump on Google Maps and map out a route that is the distance you want. Try and keep it flat, it can be a loop or back the same way, maybe on the other side of the road.
- STAY SAFE: be aware of driveways, people are oblivious of pavements/sidewalks when they leave their houses. Be aware crossing the road when you have headphones on. You’re a smart person with common sense I’m sure.
- WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS? If like me, you are a single parent and can’t leave the little ones at home alone – take them with you! G will come along on her scooter and race me between markers like power poles or street corners. She’s a lot of fun to go with (and is like a miniature slave driver).
I’m one of those people now that really enjoys getting out for a run, and when I can’t, I get antsy so have to do something. There are of course times when I can’t get out and you have to get a bit more creative! More on that another time.
So, do you think you might get out and about soon?
Images are from my Instagram: @foxesblog TOP: pause mid-run at Takapuna Boat Ramp, shots of the Nike+ app etc.
I absolutely love Mademoiselle M jewellery! Made by the delightful Emma Politzer, she is originally from France but has called Auckland, New Zealand her home for a few years now. Her style is constantly evolving and I’m absolutely in love with these necklaces and bracelets she has begun making. She makes all kind of beautiful accessories, including these knot bracelets.
Of course, I think they go with absolutely everything so have styled four unique looks for different occasions as a little inspiration, and to show you how versatile they really are! Black and gold, it really does almost go with everything. You lucky ducks can win the set pictured for yourselves!
Would you like to win your very own Mademoiselle M necklace and bracelet set?
Simply like the Mademoiselle M facebook page, then enter your details below and you will be in the draw! If you follow me on Instagram (@FoxesBlog) keep an eye out today for my giveaway post for another chance to win.
Entries close on Saturday 2nd of August at 5pm. Giveaway is open to New Zealand only.
Items pictured above: 1. White linen shirt from Old Navy 2. Casual denim look 3. Kitty Shades from Nasty Gal 4. Black felt hat from Everything Golden 5. Leather skirt by Pinko from Far Fetch 6. Great look from Always Judging 7. Metallic leather clutch by Marie Turnor from Bluefly.com 8. Gold jumpsuit 9. Lace Sequin dress by Dolce & Gabbana from Far Fetch 10. Long sleeve beige waterfall jacket 11. Love the neutrals of this put together and polished look 12. Shoes from Shoemint
I really do! I just reached the 10k followers mark! Not quite sure how that happened, but it’s very flattering to know all those people are into what I like. I hope I’ve introduced people to some cool stuff. You can follow me here if you fancy.
Now, to go and spend some of my Sunday scrolling through some pins… it’s all for you guys, honest.
I downloaded this track a few weeks ago after hearing it on my way out in the car one night, heading out to meet someone for dinner. It’s been on high rotation and reminds me of someone every time I hear it, which I can never decide is a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to music!
It’s so damn good. That percussion *nice*.
Ooh, yes. Love these. Almost too good to sharpen. These beauties are from Mod Cloth.
I’ve fallen in love with these paintings from English artists, Amy Judd. See more of her work here.
With all the rainy weather we have been having for the last few weeks, the first sign of a dry day I just had to wrap up the small person and get out of the house and into some fresh air. We live relatively close to Devonport, I guess you could call it a naval town? I grew up in Devonport on and off and have spent a lot of time there over the years. It’s a pretty place to visit, albeit a bit out of the way.
We visited the Devonport Craft Market, played at the playground, had fish and chips on Cheltenham Beach then went for a mission up and around North Head before an amble back down the mountain through the quiet, wide streets filled with Victorian villas. Needless to say, we were all very tired from masses of walking.
Top: Gun turret along the south side of North Head, walking along the waterfront with Lil G, looking across to the city from the bottom of North Head, Rangitoto Island from Cheltenham Beach, looking down along Cheltenham from the top of North Head, Lil G stopping for a swing on our walk home.
Another Auckland Art & Craft Fair is completed (the 9th one!) here are some of my favourite photo’s from the day. Until November…
Top: Hydrangea Ranger bracelets, Crowd shot of the market in full swing, Sewer Powers screen printed cushions, Felt.co.nz table, Workshop concrete mounted light, Plastic Fairy brooches, hanging plant holder from Native Creative, earrings from Crushes.
All photography by Jessica Whiting.
Blak Twang is from South East London, thought it was a nice chance to showcase some hip-hop that isn’t all out of the US (or NZ for that matter) this is an oldie, but I still think it’s a goodie. He is a rad guy as well, working with the youth of London. Nothing like a rapper with a social conscience.
Blak Twang, So Rotton
Annie (the musical) has hit New Zealand’s shores with much fanfare! I sent along my guest writer, Britta Sisam, to check it out on opening night this past Friday 13th and here is what she had to say…
When a musical fanatic like myself is given the opportunity to go and see a broadway classic set in stunning NYC and starring a real life dog, needless to say, expectations are high.
Seated in the Civic surrounded by 10 year olds, Annie exceeded my expectations. The glitz and glamour of New York in the 30′s was brought out through the ever-changing set, mixed with a fantastic ensemble who oozed American enthusiasm with both their songs and fab dance routines.
But, I have to say the highlight was the incredible young actresses playing the girls of Municipal Girls Orphanage. The cutest I swear was only two feet tall and managed to belt out a song and back it up with some slapstick comedy – hilarious. “It’s a hard-knock life” was a crowd favourite.
Zoe Fifield playing Annie was such a joy to watch, especially on stage with the dog, great chemistry (drip feeding treats probably helped there). I couldn’t look away from her rendition of ‘Tomorrow’.
All in all a great night, maybe a bit long for the little ones in the crowd (some of whom were fading at intermission) but definitely worth it for the Disney-esque feel-good factor.
- Britta Sisam
For more information you can visit the official website. Click here to purchase tickets.