Morning Workouts and Being Overbooked

This morning at the gym I did legs. I ran for about 10 minutes to warm up, did some sprints, then worked out my legs and butt. It was pretty short and sweet, but I got nice and sweaty.

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Me at the gym. In one of my many pairs of the same tights.

After my workout I quickly drove to the shop that sells my favourite flavoured almond milk, bought all three flavours, then I had to go to work.

Being keto has been a lot harder recently than it has ever been before, but mostly due to my lack of time more than anything else.
It is the most ridiculous time of year, and everyone is having parties or gatherings, so this weekend we are traveling a couple of hours away to go to my partners family Christmas. Before that, I will have worked for my 11th day in a row, including a party this evening that he and I are working behind the bar at (student life……….).

So after this weekend I will be more than excited for a relax! I have actually booked myself to nearing the point of not sleeping at all between jobs.
(Constantly repeating the mantra “one more week til holidays, one more week til holidays”)

Running has been OK lately. I have been so busy that I’ve been opting for treadmill sprints over longer runs because it saves time.

That’s about it so far! I’ve been pretty good at getting up and going to the gym every morning, and bought some BCAA’s this week (they’re pretty delicious actually, but we will see if they work, stay tuned), I also started listening to a new (to me) podcast: Dan Carlon’s Hardcore History. It’s epic and dense, but he makes it super interesting! So give it a try if you feel like listening to a man talk about history in an interesting way.

I hope everyone is enjoying the season of being busy and trying to get everything done before Christmas, and I hope everyone in the southern hemisphere is staying cool in this heat!!!

Here’s a gif of John Travolta exercising to make you happy:


More Cardio, Less Hardio (+my workout schedule)

This week has been a light-switch-week for me. My workouts have been more intense and for some reason running has become so much more natural and easy!

I know that last week I complained about using the treadmill, but I think with the strange beginning to summer that we’ve been having in Australia, and the many many Vlogmas videos being posted to YouTube, I am actually coming to appreciate the Treadmill.

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My new theory is that I can do things in ten minute increments. I run for ten minutes as a warm up then see how I’m feeling,  if I’m feeling limber and  (which I usually am after a nice ten minute warm up) I continue for another ten minutes. This then goes on until I’ve done around 3-5km.

It’s magic!!

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Sooooo anyway, that’s been working, so here’s my current workout schedule:

Monday: Arms & Shoulders

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Shoulder press
  • Row
  • Alternating bicep curl
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Alternating lateral raise
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Tuesday: Legs & Butt

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Squats
  • Goblet squats
  • Static lunges
  • Leg extension
  • Glute bridge
  • Extra 10 min StairMaster
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Wednesday: Chest

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Chest press
  • Incline chest press
  • Fly
  • Pushups
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Thursday: Cardio

  • So much treadmill
  • As much StairMaster as I can
  • Heaps of rowing
  • More treadmill

Friday: Arms & Shoulders

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Shoulder press
  • Row
  • Alternating bicep curl
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Alternating lateral raise
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Saturday: Legs & Butt

  • 10-30 min treadmill
  • 10-20 min StairMaster
  • Squats
  • Goblet squats
  • Static lunges
  • Leg extension
  • Glute bridge
  • Extra 10 min StairMaster
  • 10 min cool down on the Treadmill

Sunday: Blissful rest / LISS

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What does your schedule look like?



Gym vs. Outside (Nature’s Gym)

I have been thoroughly enjoying my new schedule at the gym lately. I have allocated days, body parts, exercises and weights, and have been going quite consistently for strength training.
I decided that to truly attempt to condition my body and make it more useful for running, I needed to incorporate a more holistic method of training.

Welcome back into the rotation strength training 😉

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So yeah, that part has been a blast, but how the hell do you get a good amount of running in while at the gym??!

Why is running on a treadmill so much more tedious than running outside??

It is easier to run on a treadmill, it’s smoother, there are less things to dodge on the ground, and yet running on a treadmill is just so boring!

I get that outside has stimulation, there is an ever changing scenery that keeps your brain occupied etc etc. But seriously, when it’s muggy and raining outside(Damn tropical summers), don’t tell me to suck it up, I’m going to run on a treadmill.

There was a girl at the gym yesterday who ran consistently for 45 minutes on the treadmill, and she is my new hero.

To sum up, both the gym and working out outside are amazing in their own ways! I still prefer being outside (nature, sunshine, vitamin d, trees, you get it), but in a pinch (and for strength training) gyms have a lot to offer! Climate control being my favourite.

How do you get past the tedium of treadmills when trying to up the mileage for the week?! Meditation? TV? Sheer willpower and dedication????

I am actually so curious. Please teach me your ways.

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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