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Learning to take it “chill”: A new approach to health & fitness

When I got to Australia, I had no idea what direction my health & fitness journey was going to take. For the 6 months prior, I was following a strict weightlifting regimen, with 5 intensive heavy lifting sessions a week, coupled with a 2, 000 cal diet. I tracked absolutely everything; from how much I lifted each and every session, to how many grams of protein, fat and carbs I’d eat daily.

I knew once I got to Australia things were going to change. Was I gonna get a gym membership? I dunno. Was I gonna discover my hidden surfing talent and sacrifice the rest of my life to catching waves? Probs. Was I going to become a mango-avo-tarian and only live off the two best foods in the world for the next 6 months? Most definitely.  Continue Reading

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My 8 healthy habits

It’s human nature to always look for a simple yes or no answer. “Is bread good?”, “Should I eat carbs?”, “If I run 30 mins each day, will I look like Alessandra Ambrosio?”. But answers aren’t yes or no, black or white, everything’s kinda grey. And that’s at best. Most of the time it’s actually more brown, or beige or kaki or taupe or just one of those colours where you don’t really know what’s going on. There’s no quick one-way solution to living a healthy life. Your general wellbeing is simply an average of your habits. It’s what you do most of the time that matters, not once.

(Lives off fried food forever, eats an apple once = health. Yeah no, not so much, sorry.)

So if you’re looking for a clear-cut answer for how to lead a fit and healthy life, here it is: Cut out your unhealthy habits and replace them by healthy ones. Here are my 8 healthy habits;  try fit at least a few of them into your daily routine and before you know it, they’ll become routine. Consistency is key kids!

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How to get your ass out of bed for a morning workout

So you’ve made a decision, a decision to make a change. Whether the decision is to get fit, get stronger, build some muscle, lose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle: you’ve already taken the first step which is to know what you want. Now step #2 comes along. How are you gonna achieve that? Maybe you’ve found a workout guide online or got some advice from a friend or Personal Trainer. It’s now time for the hard part: getting started. That’s really the hardest of them all, cuz once you’ve started, once the ball is rolling, keeping it going is easy.

So let’s say you’re goal is to get fit, you made the decision, found the workout plan you’re gonna follow, all that’s left is the execution. You go to bed with the best intentions of waking up early to do your first workout before work. Your alarm rings at 6am and there it is; that decisive moment. To snooze or not to snooze? That is the question. We’ve all been there. Even though I’ve gotten myself into such a routine I hardly even question my morning workouts anymore, there are always days where I tell myself “hmmm maybe I could snooze it just this once?” But when those thoughts come creeping in, I do certain things which give me the motivation to get the F up. Here are my top tips on how to get your ass out of bed when you just freakin don’t want to. Continue Reading

Lifestyle Sunshine Coast Travel

What Am I Doing in Australia?

Alright, it’s time for a personal blog post. I don’t really like blabbing on about myself that much (okay that’s a lie I totally love talking about myself) but I feel like my blog should be more about inspiring others, giving tips, advice etc. That being said, I guess I motivate others by (hopefully) giving a healthy example of how to live an active, fit and balanced life. Oh and many of you have been asking me about it so here goes: What the hell am I doing in Australia anyways?! Continue Reading

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10 day digital detox: 3 things I learned

I didn’t do a 10 day digital detox for fun. I didn’t do it to to clear my head, to have some “me time”, to distance myself from social media nor to give myself a challenge. In fact, I didn’t really do it at all: it just happened, mainly cuz I’m a huge scatterbrain, forgetful and a lot of time just plain ol’ dumb. So yes, I forgot my phone on the passenger seat of the car rental and only realized when Stef was half way to the airport…. and with my luck, the 1-day express postal service somehow took 10… So there ya go. Combine that with the fact that we still hadn’t managed to get WiFi or TV set up in our new house; there’s your impromptu, non-planned, nor desired digital detox. Continue Reading

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#vicandstef hit the Sunshine Coast

3 months isn’t really all that long, I mean… it’s the length of summer holidays which lets be honest, just flashes by, but let me tell ya something: 3 months without my other half Stef felt daaaaamn long. Even though we kept each other up to date on EVERY minute of our lives for those 3 months (no joke the entire memory of my 55GB iPhone is taken up by the 25 thousand voice messages we send back and forth daily), it’s still not the same as having my girl with me, running around hopelessly lost, late, with a million things to do, lugging around enough stuff to house and dress a family of 13 for the next year…That’s how the #vicandstef adventures go and gah-damn I love every minute. So there you have it, after Stef left me in Switzerland to run off to Australia, I decided to run after her and only 3 weeks after my move to Australia (still no WiFi or furniture) she came to visit me for a reunion weekend on the Sunshine Coast. Continue Reading

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Bella Kinesis: empowering women, 1 sports bra at a time

Alright guys I’m way over-due on this exciting news, but it’s super exciting never-the-less so GUESS WHAT?! I’m now an official ambassador for Bella Kinesis; an activewear start-up based in London. A while ago I saw this new brand pop-up on the Health Bloggers Community page and decided to check them out. I pretty much instantly decided I loved the concept, and here’s why:

  1. The clothes are cute and I’m forever a sucker for cute gym clothes
  2. The founders Roshni and Shaleena have an awesome story I totally respect
  3. With every sale, they donate to a charity in India that funds business education for women

That was enough to get me like k… I need to collaborate with these guys. Well, turns out they were looking for brand ambassadors so VOILA!  Continue Reading

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Update: 13 weeks into the bulk

I am now on week 13 of my “new” weight lifting gym plan. Damn time has gone by so fast, but I swear i’m still not bored of it. I’m still excited every single day to hit the gym, make some gains, lift heavy things, squint in pain, waddle around the following day etc. This is my idea of fun, is that weird? In any case I’ve been pairing this workout plan with goal diet of 2, 100 cals with 50% carbs, 20% fat, 30% protein macros. However I usually end up eating about 1, 900 calories with a 45% carbs, 27% fat, 28% protein. I’ve been pretty lenient with my diet, so as long as I hit a minimum of 1, 900 cal and 25% protein, I’m good. The ultimate goal of this plan was to really gain some muscle and finally get STRONG (no matter how much I’ve worked out in the past I seemed to stay a weak lil shrimp). So 13 weeks later, here’s my full update. Continue Reading

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A little word on YOGA

It feels like the fitness world is divided in two. There’s planet kale, which has lots of magical superfood powders cultivated from the depths of the Amazonian forest, lots of meditation, deep breathing, probably an obscene amount of bananas, oh and the inhabitants of Planet Kale swear by their daily yoga sesh. Then there’s planet barbell. Only foods that “fit the macros” are allowed, people live in GymShark leggings and never go anywhere without a protein shake in hand. Oh and these guys don’t do yoga. I’m somewhere in between. My morning green smoothie fuels my weight lifting session, and I blend kale into my protein shake. I track my macros, yet as much as it makes me cringe to say this,  I just have to start every day with a yoga session. Yeah I know, I’m one of those. I don’t have a carpet in my room, I have a yoga mat constantly lying on the floor in case… I dunno, I get the need to break out into an impromptu sun salutation or something…  Continue Reading

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Weekly Groceries / Local vs. Organic

So a friend of mine actually suggested I make a “what I buy in a week” vid where I basically bring you all grocery shopping with me. All fun and games til the woman at the grocery store told me if I wanted to film I’d have to fill in a request form… like loool eeefff dat. So I continued filming sneakily anyway cuz ain’t no one gonna stand in the way of my hopes and dreams. Not even you Franny. (shout out to Franny she’s just doing her job and probs bitter cuz working in a grocery store isn’t fun :/ #prayforfranny). Anyway, I made a whole video and even rambled on at the end about choosing local verses organic, but I’m still new to this vlog stuff so I feel like it hasn’t been truly covered til I actually type it out and write in on my blog (you feel me?). So here’s a quick mini blog post about it and you’ll find the full vid at the bottom 🙂  Continue Reading