Friday, 1 August 2014

Monthly Wishes // 2

Hey guys!! Whaddup. How was your month? Mine was pretty rad but holy unexpected. Let's jump right in and check how I did last month... Not to great. Ooops!

august goals

1. Floss once a day minimum. Twice if I have the time. It's time to grow up and just do it even though I reckon those strings are actually out to get your gums. I'm not going to gross you out with how many times I didn't floss but yeah. Definitely a fail. Flossing freaks me out!
2. Get my money's worth out of the gym. I'm pretty sure I've worked it out to be $5/regular session and $7/class. Since I pay $22/week, you do the math. Personal trainer visits don't count! Check!! I went at least 3 times every week except for when I went away, and I even went to a class! I'm going to try so much harder this month, though!
3. Raise $500 for Dry July you can donate to me here! I pinky promise not a sip of that no-no juice shall pass my lips! Ummmm so no one donated to me. At all. Not even myself. fail.
4. Have the greatest birthday my birthday is in 26 days people. What on earth am I going to do for it?! Wooo Splendour Bender baby! Had such a great time at Splendour, and even though I got sick on my actual b-day I'll just pretend the whole week was celebrations :)
5. Write for fun. I have a whole book full of ideas, it`s about time I finally got pen to paper... or fingers to keyboard Half achieved? I wrote a bunch of things down, but not a lot for fun. 

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July was still the #bestmonthever, but I have high hopes for August and my new goals!

1. Blog 3x a Week.I promised you excitement and believe you me, it's coming! I've just got to get my consistency on!
2. Start Training for a 5k run. I'm so stoked to get on this fitness train. I really really want to be able to run a 5k if not just to say yeah, I can run a 5k!
3. Accomplish 2 of my 22 before 23 goals. Very calculated, but 2/month and I should be done before next July! Plus there's a couple of fun ones on there :)
4. No-Spend Month! We are in a serious spending freeze right now and I'm so bad at saving my ca$$h. I'm going to create a reward chart as my way of allowing myself to earn points and trade points for money.. I'll post about that soon!

Linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. Have the best month/week/day ever!

The Nectar Collective

xx Bec

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

22 Before 23!

Hey friends, guess what?! While I was away I was partying away like it was my birthday because.. well.. it was my birthday! I'm 22 now, holla! I am the luckiest duck and had the greatest time at Splendour in the Grass after a super last minute volunteer opportunity and met some really exceptional people and listened to some really fantastic music. Besides missing a whole bunch of acts because I was too busy laughing and having a ball with my new BFFS and the little cold I got smacked in the face with on my birthday, I had a blasty blast and seriously, this has to be the #BESTMONTHEVER!

birthday girl

Last year I made a 21 before 22 list, and it got lost in the fluff of the internet somewhere. I'm sure I missed half the things on it, but I'm a year older and wiser and well, I'm making more goals that I may or may not finish. But I love lists so let's go for it!
  1. Learn to play a new instrument
  2. See Uluru
  3. Keep up with my eyebrows
  4. 4WD on Fraser Island
  5. See my family
  6. Go to 3 festivals
  7. Write monthly time capsule emails
  8. Keep a private journal
  9. Get a new tattoo
  10. Go to New Zealand
  11. Compete in a Tough Mudder
  12. Learn a new language
  13. Create a Mise En Place box/shop
  14. Read 52 Books
  15. Take a social-media-free week
  16. Get a drastic hair cut
  17. Solve a rubik's cube
  18. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  19. Do the Great Ocean Walk
  20. Downsize my wardrobe
  21. Eat at a 3 hat Australian restaurants
  22.  Attend a blogger conference
I'm so excited for the next year. I was born at 11:23PM (23:23!) on July 27th, 1992. I like to think that ever subsequent 11:23PM on July 27th is my own personal new year complete with a new year's kiss. I was already asleep this year, but I'll chalk this one up to being sick as a dog. 

Becky in the kitchen with a guitar, am I right?

xx Becky

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Shape Up Sunday (On Tuesday)

*Just FYI I wrote this post on Monday. Yeah, I know...*

Cheese and rice, yesterday was like the day from hell. Minus the crazy awesome dance party me and the bestie had late at night. But the past is in the past except for in this post when I inform you of the goings on  re: my health and fitness from the last week.

progress photos Again, good but not great. And you can see that I haven't exactly been on top of my game in my photos. I think my biggest problem is dinner time. I eat oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast, have a protein bar during the day as a snack, try to get a sandwich or some chicken in during the day for lunch, but then around 6pm I start getting soo hungry and start snacking on chips or dressing-soaked lettuce leaves or deep fried yuck and then at the end of work I grab whatever the extended fam has had for dinner (usually something high in carbs) or in a pinch I have McDonalds. Oops.

I totally bailed on the gym this week too and only made it twice. I didn't even go to the awesome class I wanted to! I was loving the full body sore I ended up with last week, but I just let life and laziness get in my way. I know that all I need to do is tell myself to just do it... and I will, but sometimes it's just easier to say whatevs, don't matter.

progress photos BUT, it does matter! Because not only am I paying for this shit out of my bank account, I'm paying for it with my waistline. McDonalds makes me feel like garbage. I know my habits. I know what I'm not happy with and what I need to change. I need to make small changes to break the cycle. I'm on the right track. I have breakfast every day, I made protein bars I enjoy eating and can sneak at work, but I need to deal with this midnight munchies issue.

Maaaaybe not this week though. I'm putting the gym membership on hold for a week cause THIS GIRL is going to Splendour in the Grass for her big ol 22nd birthday!! I'm going to pack some healthy snacks but almost guaranteed I'm going to drink, eat junk food, and have the world's greatest time for a week. Don't matter, it's the #bestmonthever, remember?

I might disappear of the planet for a little, but don't worry, homegirl will be back in a week and do I have plans for you little blog!!

Ps - My current weight is 68.7 kgs or 151.5 lbs. Booo.
xx Becky

Monday, 14 July 2014

Shape Up Sunday

Shape Up Sunday Oh my god you guys I am sooooo fucking sore. So I went to the gym bright and early yesterday morning #likeaboss and I haven't been able to walk ever since. Well just kidding becuase I can walk, but with major difficulty. It's more like shuffling. Minus any squatting movements. I went to this really cool class and we did the craziest squat/burpee/push up/platform jump combo and oh dear. Obviously I'm going again next week.

My eating's been... iight. I've been loving me some green tea with honey lately. I'm slowly improving but I may have had McDonald's again last night. Seriously I have a weakness for those crispy apple pies and gooey pink stuff chicken nuggets! I've seen Supersize me about 5 times and it never really turns me off of that disgusting grease factory. Bring on the McGas!

Shape Up Sunday It's my "lady time" as of about 4 hours ago, which completely explains my absolute need for chocolate and deep fried seafood. What can I tell yah, I'm a freak. However, I have been pretty good about packing lunches and healthy snacks and I'm currently chowing down on a chicken, spinach, strawberry and avocado salad! I tried to take photos of all my meals, but seriously friends, I don't sit down enough to eat any of them! I'm a huge fan of the zucchini-as-pasta trend although it gets a bit soggy... gonna try roasting it on my days off!

Shape Up Sunday I've stayed away from the no-no juice since my last slip up, which hasn't done anything to change the scales. Great. So much for thinking I was drinking my calories! Looks like I'm going to have to really start focusing and being mindful about what I shove into my mouth at work.. chips, sugary poached pears, chocolate buttons... sounds like empty calories to me.

Also, it looks like I'm going to be saying goodbye to my trainer. Although I feel like he's a good investment, at $40 a session my bank account seems to disagree. I'm going to supplement with 3 classes a week and try and get myself into a bit of a routine. One thing I've learned is that I really can do anything that I full out commit to, it's just mentally committing that's the issue! I'm so good at talking myself out of things like not eating a handful of chips or not going to the gym. Let's make a change!

Shape Up Sunday Last but not least on my fitness update, I've been thinking about where my fitness goal should be. Do I want to run a marathon? Do I want to compete in one of those fitchick comps? Do I want to get my body fat percentage down to something ridiculous? And I think I've come down to competing in a Tough Mudder next March! It'll be sweet, a test of endurance and strength along with facing a couple of fears. Have I told y'all I hate putting my face underwater?

I've made a page at the top of my good ol' blog for all the Shape Up Sunday posts, It's cool to see what a difference a week (or 12!) can make in my attitude. Next week I think I'm going to post some progress photos so stay tuuuned!

xx Becky

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Bec and Teej


Bec and Teej, Troopi
Just dropping by to give you a holla about my other blog, Bec and Teej.

It's a bit of a 2 for 1, you get me and the boyfriend! We haven't blogged heaps yet, but our beloved Troopi, Veronica, is finally at the point where we can build our new home!! I'd like to have a dreamy kitchen and cutesy curtains and make it a real beauty on wheels! We also routinely chuck up "postcards" from our travels and will be posting about our entire journey building the Troopi and then driving around Australia!

By the way, the boyfriend thinks I'm ridiculous, but the about me is hilarious!

xx Becky

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Real Talk: Spin Cycle

spin cycle

Lately I feel like my life is like the spin cycle on the dryer. I'm getting thrown to and fro, my head is still filled with suds and it doesn't look like I'm coming out smelling spring time fresh anytime soon. I can't quite pinpoint exactly why I feel so topsy turvy, but I do know that I don't like it.

I feel pushed around, put down, beat up and exhausted. I'm starting to feel like running away.

Can someone please open the door and let me out?

xx Becky

Monday, 7 July 2014

Shape Up Sunday

Hey friends!

So confession time: This week I had a beer. And McDonalds. And I should probably be more upset with myself about it.

The last week has been majorly mentally and physically draining. Tuesday-Thursday I didn't get to see my lovely boyfriend for more than about 15 minutes, and every time was angry and snappy and unhappy. And then I thought I lost my wallet and the extended fam and I tore apart the house looking for it. And you know how if something is your problem and people keep helping you but you know that they're not actually helping and you get upset but can't tell them off but at the same time it's your problem? Well that's how it felt. Friday was the icing on the cake, with major fights between Trent and I over nothing ending in stress eating a Big Mac. Yesterday I worked 13 hours without a 5 minute break, pushed my hardest while all of my friends were at a local festival and out drinking and don't think I got the respect I deserved from my coworkers so at the end of the day I bought myself a beer.

BUT.
fitness stock photo

Today is Sunday and a brand new day. I will pay my $25 for my beer (which I didn't actually pay for) and I will go to the gym to work off my Maccas and try and eat healthier for the rest of the week. I went to the gym on Thursday and had another training session with my new trainer friend Matt. He's really cool but gives me grief about my eating habits. Seriously, it's hard to eat 3 square meals a day when I'm at work all day. When I run my own restaurant things will NOT be like that!

fitness stock photo

So this week I'm just going to keep pushing harder, try not to beat myself up, and try and find motivation in the little things in life. I've had a big ol chat with Trent about him pushing me harder, and I also messaged a girl I knew in college who is majorly fit and she's had great advice!

PS I had the greatest idea and next Sunday I'll be posting my Shape up Sunday along with photos from all the food I made this week! But for now enjoy a random selection of fitness stock photos, they gave me a good giggle!

xx Becky