Flu and Exercise? /Going to the Gym While Sick

In case you didn’t know, I got the flu.

It sucks.

I wrote about how to fix it here. (My tips don’t work, but try them anyway! It’ll be funny)

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So the day before I got sick, I went to the gym for the first time in AGES, and it was actually the best time I’ve had at the gym/exercising in such a long time that I got super excited about exercise again and was so inspired that I just wanted to go to the gym again!
Then I woke up feeling like death herself.

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So I took a day off, let my body recover a little, drank heaps of water and tea, and hoped that I would be feeling better soon.

Yesterday I went to work after having slept since 6pm the night before, and I felt like my fever had broken! My cough was still around, but everything else seemed OK! So I braved the gym again.

I am seriously not a smart cookie, OK? We’re aware of this.

I tried. I tried so hard. I got on the treadmill to do a warm up 1.5km, and after 2 minutes I was sweating buckets (guess that fever hadn’t broken like I thought), and my head was starting to spin a little, my nose started running, and my chest started to ache…. *thumbs up*

I slowed things down to a brisk walk and completed the 1.5km warm up. (Taking the time to sanitise the areas I had come in contact with  thoroughly)

Moving on, I started my upper body workout as planned.

It didn’t go as planned.

I think the phlegm induced paranoia set in at this stage, and it felt like every man (why are there still only men in weights rooms across the globe?) in the room was staring at me as I picked up my (delightfully) light dumb bells and began.

Eventually I had to just stare straight ahead of me and ignore it (good advice for all the ladies of the land), and I finished my scheduled upper body workout relatively unscathed! None of the bros in the room approached, and I skipped out of there delighted that I didn’t have to stop for a coughing fit.

I approached the StairMaster with trepidation, telling myself I would take it easy and only do 5 minutes.
I only did 5 minutes, didn’t die, and didn’t push it.

Here’s a picture of me after being at the gym. I don’t look as happy as I really should that I didn’t die.

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So there you have it. I went to the gym with the flu, possibly sweated enough to fill my comically large water bottle, had some weird paranoid delusions, and my fever broke! YAY!
I also kept a good thing going by allowing myself to take it easy, while maintaining my interest in the gym.

Do you workout when you’re sick? Have you had any bad experiences at the gym? Disaster stories?? Share them in the comments!!!

5 Crappy Tips To Help You Get Better

My crappy tips for recovering from a cold.

Waking up with a cold is crappy.
I woke up yesterday feeling amazing, then I went on to do amazing things all day, and now I feel terrible. It happens.

So here are my quick tips to a happy recovery from a cold:

1. Drink water

Yep. And lots of it. I have a handy 2L drink bottle that goes with me most places, and I aim to drink one and a half of it every day, and two when I’m sick.

2. Tea is life

Drinking tea makes it all better. I have my own killer recipe for cold recovery (actually stolen from an old colleague that used to make this for me when I was sick, but he would totally be fine with me telling you guys, I’m sure)


1 lemon and ginger tea bag
Half a lemon
Nub of ginger (cut up into pieces
Tsp honey
Quarter of fresh chilli (birds eye) / tsp cayenne chilli if you don’t have the fresh stuff
Half a clove of garlic

It is actually pretty brutal. The garlic is intense, the chilli makes your eyes water, and the honey soothes it all to make you feel like it’s going to be A-OK.

You’re welcome.

3. Rest days

I am actually the worst at taking my own advice! I am notorious for not taking rest days when I’m on a training program, because I know how little it takes to derail all of my good efforts, cut to me one week later having not moved from the couch and ordering my fourth pizza for the week….. It happens.
But let’s all stop and rest here for a second. We’re going to rest and let our bodies deal with the virus that is currently trying to slowly kill us.. k?

4. Vitamins!

Those little bastards just want to make us feel good and here we are trying to derail all their good work by drinking all the alcohol and going running in the rain.. tsk tsk.

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So let’s all just be good for a few days and try to take our vitamins, give the alcohol a rest, and stay warm and dry for a bit, give those suckers a chance to do some good.

5. Drugs

Sometime we still need to soldier on and get shit done. On those days we stock up on paracetamol, water, and maybe some fruit and we do the things.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are absolute godsends.

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These are some of my tips, but my preferred list would only include one item:

1. Stay in bed, watch Netflix & wait for it all to be over

Unfortunately we can’t do those things, and colds pop up at the most inconvenient time, so we have to do all the other stuff too.

I hope the flu season hasn’t caught you like it did me!
I realise now after writing this post that I may have brought this on myself by skinny dipping in the middle of the night at the beach over the weekend.
Such is life I guess!

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How do you make yourself feel better when you’re sick?
Do you have your own tea recipe? Let me know in the comments!

Fasted Cardio / Not Eating Before Working Out

Today I went to the gym in a fasted state.
I did 45 minutes on the treadmill alternating between jogging and sprinting.
I then did increasing squats from 8kg – 15kg, between regular squats and sumo squats.
I did a total 1 hour in the gym.

And it felt good!

…But would it have felt better if I’d eaten?

This is the eternal struggle. Is it better to eat before training?

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I know that there are some pros to doing fasted workouts, and I sometimes practice intermittent fasting (16:8), but would I reap more benefits from working harder after having sustenance?

It makes me wonder if I should begin doing multiple workouts per day: one morning cardio run in a fasted state, and one in the evening after eating for more explosive workouts like lifting weights or sprinting.

Considering one of my goals is to lose body fat, potentially this kind of commitment may be necessary to reap the maximum reward.

Here is an interested study indicating the differences between fasted and fed for weight loss. It shows that the women in the study that fasted before workouts (in conjunction with healthy diet) lost more weight than those in the study that did not fast before workouts (also with a healthy diet).


So maybe I will test this out for myself and see what happens! I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, here’s a gif of my new tights that I bought and love.


Do you practice fasted cardio for fat loss?
Do you also include weight lifting?
Let me know in a comment if you’ve seen any positive results from fasted cardio!

Keeping It Real

Last week I only ran 16km.
Sad days.

So I am currently not at my goal for the November running challenge, but I am OK with it. It will all be ok, and there is no point getting down or feeling upset about it. I will get back on the horse, and run because it feels good, not because I have to.

BUT!!!!!!!!! I am buying new runners. Super exciting because my old ones are finally giving up. I have actually worn a hole through the back of my left heel.. Which is probably trying to tell me something about the way I run.

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Just a lil sneaky peaky

Theme of today is to love ourselves, not punish ourselves for being human, and NEW RUNNERS makes everything better.

Do you self-flagilate for not being perfect? How do you overcome that




Running With Friends

While we were away over the weekend at the beach I went for a run with a friend of mine. She is one of those people that you hate. She does triathlons. TRIATHLONS! It’s crazy. She’s just so fit, and seems to have so much energy!

So we went for a run.

It was difficult. I felt so slow, and so awkward next to her, and I felt like I was slowing her down, and felt bad when we had to walk up steep hills.

But it wasn’t as bad as my mind told me it was. We were running at a beautiful beach, we kept seeing adorable baby kangaroos hanging out with their mummas, and other people with adorable pets walking around. We visited our respective partners while they played bike polo (the reason why we were there), and had enough energy left at the end to bounce on an inflatable pillow thingy!


All in all, it was not as bad as I thought it was, and it NEVER IS as bad as we think it is. I always disparage myself when I run with others, but when push comes to shove, it is nice to run with others because it makes the time go faster, the kilometers fly by, and it’s a healthier way to socialise than drinking at the pub. 😛

Do you like running with others?
Do you also struggle with comparing your fitness to others?


Why I Eat Low Carb / My Struggle With Weight

I am on a low carbohydrate diet. Not because I am some health goddess, but because I am currently trying to lose body fat. I want to lose body fat so that I can run more efficiently. Eating low carb/keto helps me to lose body fat. Win!

My History

So, here’s a quick run-down of my history with weight, and how I ended up here.

I was quite an athletic kid up until I hit puberty when it became unladylike to be sporty, (plus I’m not a super co-ordinated person with a very co-ordinated sister that I could never beat) and I was deemed the smart and effeminate one in my family, so I stopped doing any kind of activity that wasn’t walking or reading (I know, right?).
Plus, my mum isn’t athletic, so I thought it was ok to take after her (even though she was a notorious dieter and terrible at exercising, and she always struggled with her weight).

So then I was 18, I had just returned from my student exchange program where I’d gained about 15kg and I weighed about 82-85kg. I had gained it so gradually while overseas that I didn’t realise how much weight I’d put on until I saw my family for the first time in 10 months. Their reactions said it all.

Fat me

When I got home I began eating healthier and going for long walks, and I ended up losing around 15kg’s of the weight I’d gained within a year.


This happened repeatedly after that. I gained weight, then lost some weight, then I would end up in a relationship, and I would gain weight again. Repeat.

This has kept going until about a year ago when I decided to start focusing a bit more on being healthy not skinny. I had been a vegan for about 4 years, vego for 7 years, and it had STILL been a struggle for me to control my eating habits. I ate so many of the bad things, as well as the good things, it turned out I actually just had a bad relationship with food! No magical new way of eating was going to fix my terrible relationship with food until I started to acknowledge it.

I started eating everything again. I ate everything that I had restricted for years. But once I got over the excitement of eating everything again, I started to focus on balance, finally.


A little while ago, my boyfriend and I decided to try out the ketogenic diet (info here and here). It seems to be pretty controversial in the health world, but it does work. We both decided to try it to lose some weight, and to our surprise, we did!
He lost nearly 10kg by eating a diet of 60% fat 30% protein and 10% carbs. I lost 4kg by eating around the same macros and by running sporadically (in one month).
Then came his birthday, and we indulged slightly too much on the sweets and the carbs, which meant that we both stalled slightly, but we are back at it.

It’s pretty basic, and I know it’s not the most exciting, but we both seem to thrive off it. So we will keep going until we don’t feel as good eating this way anymore, and if that happens, we’ll stop.

So I obviously still weigh a lot more than I think is optimal for my own performance, but I am not uncomfortable in my body anymore, and I feel a lot more confident than I have before. I’m also a hell of a lot happier than I have been with myself before! I am also more aware of my relationship with food, and how I use it to treat my own emotional struggles.

We shall see!


Review: The Bright Sessions Podcast

Do you love podcasts as much as I do?

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I’ve been listening to them for years now, progressing from one to the other quite quickly. I listen to them all the time: while running, driving, riding my bike to work, or when I’m cleaning the house. It’s a great way to keep entertained while doing something else, to keep your mind occupied, learn something, or to satisfy that fiction craving for when you don’t have the time to read.

I started The Bright Sessions a few months ago after a horror podcast binge I was on led me down some weird paths. I’d gone through so many podcasts and came across this one, which is a mix of some of my favourite kinds of podcasts: fiction, good production quality, Sci-fi/fantasy themes, and weirdness. It definitely checked a few boxes for me!

The Bright Sessions is a science fiction podcast based on the lives of a group of patients of Dr Bright, a therapist with an unusual choice of patients.
The show focuses mainly on the lives of a few “A-typicals” that all have different abilities, and how they manage everyday life.  Each of Dr Brights’ patients has regular life issues that are complicated by having telekinesis or the inability to stay in one dimension when anxious.

This show is strange. But in a good, I-don’t-know-what’s-going-on-anymore kind of way, not in the Tanis I-seriously-have-no-idea-where-this-could-possibly-be-going kind of way.

The character development has been well done, and each of the characters has their own normal issues, not just their a-typical ones. The voice-acting is superb (Dr Bright has the most soothing voice ever), the production quality is amazing, and I feel like the writers know where they’re going with the storyline… Unlike some podcasts I’ve listened to recently.
There are a few plot issues and some characters need a little more fleshing out (especially the bad ones), but overall it’s super easy to listen to. It’s exactly what you want from a fiction podcast. This is why it is one of my favourite podcasts at the moment.
I can definitely see why they’re optioning it for TV right now, it would totally make for a binge-worthy tv series!!!

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favourites?