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Back in the zone

We have been back for a week now and I am LOVING being back. After a week of getting over jet lag and not doing very much physical stuff and a month of being in the UK when I didn’t have time to think let alone exercise it is so good to be getting back into the swing of things again.

I am writing this sitting in the fresh air by the lake in my favourite spot having just completed my little exercise routine. Nothing too strenuous as I need to ease myself back in gently and don’t want to overdo it but just enough to get my heart pumping a bit, give my cheeks a rosy glow (that could also be due to the wind mind you – not my wind I should add, no¬†the wind); and wake my underused little muscles up a bit. Read more…


Australian Grand Prix

Living in such close proximity to Albert Park, for the last few days all we have been able to hear is the unmistakable roar of the F1 cars speeding around the track at Albert Park. Actually it is pretty difficult to be anywhere in Melbourne and not hear it.

I am not really into cars and husb is certainly no petrolhead but we got swept up in the whole thing, gave in to our curiosity and went down to the Australian GP for a bit of a nosey. Read more…

Photo a run challenge

As you may know by now, I am a (relatively) regular parkrunner and I have previously regaled you with my highly embarrassing entertaining! running stories about my weekly 5Ks around Albert Park in Melbourne. What was that? You would like to read those stories again? But of course. As you can see when I run, it is never plain sailing!

Today’s park run was a bit different to the usual because as well as getting father-in-law in on it too. (I am like a one woman recruitment machine). The Melbourne Grand Prix also takes place in Albert Park so there is currently a flurry of activity going on Read more…

What a tit!

I’ve mentioned before that Thursday is my busy day, and everything has to be timed to perfection to make sure that I can get to my usual gym class on time to then run to swimming straight afterwards so I am always on a pretty tight schedule to ensure that I get out of the door on time to rush over to the gym to get the Bear into creche, ensure that there are no tears or tantrums then rush up to my Body Pump class with enough time to get all my equipment so that I am ready to go when the class starts; before then running straight out of BP back down to retrieve the Bear from creche then rushing off down to the changing rooms to chuck on our swimming stuff to rush to the pool. So you see, everything, absolutely everything hangs on the success of me getting out of the house on time so that the rest can run smoothly.
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parkrun Aussie Style

The family have been here for 3 weeks now and things seem to be settling down quite nicely. Sis and mother are now well and truly over their jetlag which is good (although not for sis who now has no excuse to stay in bed in the morning or go for an afternoon nap – lack of excuse doesn’t seem to stop her though!)
Sister appears to be treating her holiday as some form of self imposed boot camp and when she is not dragging me to gym classes, or doing parkrun, she is nagging me to do my kettlebell DVD at home. Now don’t get me wrong I think it is great to be so motivated but I wish she would stop making me feel bad by being so crazy enthusiastic all the time. So far we’ve done parkrun, Jennifer Ellison’s (ex UK soap star) DVD, Kettlebells, Zumba, swimming and BodyPump. I am shattered just listing those. In all honesty it is good though to be out and about doing things and making the most of the Great Aussie Summer while the UK freezes in the snow. Don’t get me wrong I love the snow, but the snow has its place, like when I am at the top of an Alp about to ski down, not so much when I have to commute to work (or anywhere) when all public transport has ground to a halt and there is a general ‘snowmaggedan’.

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