The Highway to Health

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Good evening everyone. I have a new obsession to share with you all tonight. I have found a new love, quite unbelievably to anyone who knows me, in the form of the gym. Les Mills gym in fact. I have been meaning to get rid of my asian holiday weight for a while and things came to a head when my clothes from home arrived and I couldn’t fit into any of my jeans. Nothing like a mental picture of how much skinnier you must have been a year ago to get your motivation flowing. My goal is to lose 5 to 7 kgs, gain core strength and a wee bit of muscle mass.

In order to achieve this I have joined this wonderful gym and become addicted with it. I adore it. I mean, with a whole floor dedicated to only women, a cardio workout area in a cinema room with banging tunes, and as many free group workout classes as my poor unfit body can manage to attend, what’s not to love?

The classes are amazing, so far I have attended two different types…..CX or core extreme for those not familiar is a 30 intense core workout that makes you feel like you’re going to pass out and just when you can’t do it anymore it’s magically over, you’ve struggled through and actually managed to complete it. And how sore my body is the day after must be a good sign.

Body Balance is a mix between pilates, yoga and tai chi, full of moves and workouts that increase your flexibility and strength such as    downward dog, pyramid something and possibly child’s pose? As a complete novice please forgive me for making the names up, I’m sure they will come to me in time, probably sooner rather than later considering I will be attending every possible session I can. Yes people it really is that awesome!!

So far this is nearly the end of week two. I have so far lost 1.5kgs, been going 4/5days a week and thanks to a fitness instructor have a new workout regime and class to attend next week. This next one’s called Body Attack, I’ll let you know if I survive.

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Summer Loving!

Summer has finally started to show its beautiful face and I’ve had a great few weeks enjoying the albeit changeable but glorious weather. Two weeks ago we hit Toast Martinborough hard and had an amazing day. All expectations where exceeded! The sun shone all day, we sampled some delicious bouquets and got merry with friends. I even managed to avoid sunburn this time….after getting very very burnt skiing a few months ago factor 30 is my new best friend.

For the first time in my life I have come to understand the term living for the weekend, and we always try to make the most of it. Last weekend was spent planning our summer holiday, skulling quad vods and tequila at Sav’s early birthday party, doing a spot of sunbathing on our mates balcony and spoiling ourselves with a wee shopping spree and haircuts. This weekend we have enjoyed our first beach day and the official start of the NZ summer.

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All the lads at Sav’s party

Speaking of summer, our summer holiday is going to be EPIC! Myself and Will are going road tripping again! This time the South Island of beautiful New Zealand. We’ve just finished booking most of our ferries, hostels, cabins and lodges, we’ve got the car sorted and are literally counting down the days.

So far we have planned to hop on the Interislander on the 26th Dec and go from Picton to Motueka to see what the Abel Tasman region has to offer and maybe a sneaky scuba dive or two. From there we will be making our way down the west coast to the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef and partake in Glacier hiking. Next on our travels we are going to make our way to Queenstown for New Years, possibly passing through Wanaka on our way. Will’s determined to bungy jump which is going to be a…..interesting….if I actually manage to take the plunge! After bringing in the New Year in a typical messy style we plan to spend the first few days of the new year in the beautiful Milford Sounds. We have a beautiful scenic boat tour booked and I’m looking forward to having my breath taken away!

That’s as far as we have got with proper planning so if anyone has any ideas of what to do on the east coast on our way back up I’m open to suggestions. Please get in touch! 😀

Til next time, keep ‘er lit!

Inspired week!

This past week has been a good one,verging on great actually! We had a lovely weekend, enjoyed some beautiful weather, went cycling along the Wellington coastline, watched an awesome Guy Fawkes fireworks display and got more than a little merry with Linda, Bear, Alana, Paul, Bo and Claire. On top of this, I have FINALLY started working full-time hours and I’m now in a position to put some of my graduate skills into action. I work in a food and beverage retail outlet called Wishbone. There are 13 in the CBD (central business district) of Wellington alone. Myself and my colleague Nanami are basically running our own store and this gives me a chance to put a few plans together and do a bit of brainstorming on how to make our store better, promote the products and give management a few PR ideas that previously haven’t been thought of. This is literally me in my element. I am motivated, determined and passionate to make a difference, stand out and get myself noticed……

Which is why I am currently putting together a PR brief to show my supervisors what I’m made of and how they have an opportunity to make use of my skills! Thursday is the deadline and hopefully this time next week I’ll be able to tell you all how the ideas are being put into action.

In other news Will and I are counting down the days and saving all our pennies for this weekend. We are going to our first wine festival Toast Martinborough. Anyone who knows how much I like to indulge in a good glass of red can imagine the anticipation I’m feeling. Friends and colleagues have been raving about it for months as well which adds to the excitement!! It’s coming into summer, the weather is set to be fine and we are off to explore wine country! Happy days!

And with summer so close and having had all my clothes shipped all the way from home to find some, or rather most of my jeans a wee bit snug I have taken drastic action and joined Les Mills gym. Exercise and me are not friends and this is going to be a big challenge but my love for and want to wear all my beautiful clothes is going to get me down a dress size no matter what. After my first gym session today I feel an enormous sense of achievement that I made it out without having a heart attack! Here’s hoping it gets easier and I can keep it up. All I’m thinking is god help my poor muscles tomorrow. I may need a few motivational Skype speeches in the coming weeks. Be Warned.

I’ll leave you this evening with some phenomenal firework photos taken from Victoria University by a friend of Will’s. Puts our Iphone photos to shame and really captures the moment.

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Til next time….Love and hugs!

Better late than never….New Zealand so far!

Hello again….again….I am actually back this time and I’m going to start updating you all regularly on what’s going on in my life. Once a week at least, I promise. It’s been four months since we set foot in this beautiful country and a lot has happened in that time. We have met some amazing people, both have jobs and a lovely flat in the capital city Wellington. Will has found his dream job and I’m making the best coffee the world has ever seen while I figure out what to do and how to get a graduate job……turns out it’s a wee bit harder than I thought it would be.

Employers want this magical thing called experience, which is something I don’t have a wealth of yet. What I do have though is passion, drive and determination and when I do get the opportunity I am going to give my all to moving forward in my career, but for now I’m working 8-6 and making enough money to go out and enjoy New Zealand with.

And boy is there an incredible amount to enjoy….in four months we have done quite a bit. I literally don’t know where to start. I feel disappointed in myself for not keeping this and you updated with up to the minute adventures, but I’ve been having to much fun, along with a few tears and tantrums to find the time. However today this changes and procrastination over I’ll leave you with a few pics and descriptions of the last few months, because we all know a photo says a thousand words……

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Day 1 of a seven day road trip around the North Island in our second week in New Zealand……the sun was shining and we were feeling fine!

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Our first New Zealand sunrise from Paihia 😀

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Wai-o-tapo Thermal Wonderland between Rotorua and Taupo, it was literally out of this world…….Geezer or Guyser you decide!

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Weta Cave. Unreal.

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Wellington airport from Mount Victoria! The walk up nearly killed me but what a view. Worth it!

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Our most recent adventure to Mount. Ruapehu, the mountain we skied down somewhat successfully and the place that left us with the worst sunburn of our lives.

Hello Again

I’m back, finally, after a long sabbatical from blogging which I overlooked whilst getting myself set up in NZ and all the madness that comes with it….which is ALOT!

My first 6 weeks in NZ has been amazing, stressful and absolutely mental! I have to say I love it. And in the next few days I’ll give you all a summary of what we have been upto so far!

 

Goats cheese, Spinach and Mushroom Pizza with Balsamic reduction.

The days are counting down until I FINALLY have a chance to cook again and my mouth is watering reading these recipes! I’m a big foodie so you can pretty much guarantee that I will be trying everything in this blog!!

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For the love of Pizza, this is a good one. A base that doesn’t need to rise but is still tastes really authentic, thin and crispy. And topped with lots of fresh flavours you could almost kid yourself in to thinking its good for you. Things that taste this good must be good for you, right?

All my favourite toppings goats cheese, spinach, mushrooms and a simple balsamic glaze to serve, delicious.

Ingredients – one 12″ pizza

180 ml warm water
1/4 teaspoon honey (or sugar)
2 1/4 teaspoon of active dry yeast
220g plain flour
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

5 tablespoon goats cheese
4 button mushrooms sliced
1 hand full of spinach, washed
1 hand full of baby tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
150ml balsamic vinegar

Start by mixing together the water, honey and yeast and leave to become frothy for about ten minutes. meanwhile…

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Nau Mai Haere Mai- Welcome to NZ!

New Zealand Now is one of the reasons I choose NZ in the first place and I wanted to share it with all of you. Check out their website in the blogroll in the sidebar!

Watching this video is getting me excited about all there is to experience beautiful country! It literally has everything! Can’t wait to get there!! 🙂

My Asian Adventure- Why you should travel the world!!

New Zealand is my next adventure, but this blog post I want to dedicate to our current and soon to be over ( 😦 ) travels through S.E Asia. An incredible, exciting and beguiling mix of countries that each bring something different, unique and unforgettable to the table.

I decided that, after university I was going to travel, see the world and do something that I would only be able to do once in my life, as its not very often you can say that you have absolute, total freedom to go where your heart and the wind takes you. I choose this time to do this as I want to be able to commit to work without the feeling that I am tied down without wanting to be. I feel now that I can be totally committed and driven in my work, having done what I’ve wanted to do all my life.

Passionately, I believe that you should always follow your heart, and there you will find your dreams. Work hard, do what you want to do and drive yourself to succeed.

I can honestly say that the last six and a half months of my life have been incredible and I would highly recommend it to everyone. Everywhere Will and I travelled, we saw and did things that blew my mind, from riding on an elephants back to scuba diving  with turtles and sharks, while breathing underwater.

If you want to see more of what we did, check out our Asian Blog- Il post the link in my blogroll and check out the map below on some the places we went to! The fact this adventure is nearly over makes me sad, but as I read on the wall of a café called Mikes Place in Penang last week…..

“DON’T CRY BECAUSE IT’S OVER, SMILE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED”

….and of course, as one chapter ends another one begins and I cannot wait to see what NZ has to offer!!

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