Seeing 2011 in a different way…..

December 9, 2010 1 comment


At the same time every year everyone is saying “where did the year go?” or “this year went so fast” and you may not have many memories of exactly what you achieved in the last 365 days.  So I decided that this time next year, I will have at least 343 pictures to capture my experiences during the year.

Why do it?  Here are just a few reasons why I am doing it:

  • Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!) 
  • Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast. 
  • Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day. 

Tips on How I will Complete my own Project365:


  1. Take my camera everywhere Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute. 
  2. Make Posting Easy
    You can install blog software like Movable Type or WordPress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it. 
  3. Vary Your Themes
    Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too. 
  4. Tell a Story
    Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color. 
  5. Don’t Stop, No Matter What
    This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place. There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.

    Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.

    N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!

  6. Post early, post often
    Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.

So I look forward to starting my post in 22 days!  Have already been noticing a few different things out and about on my daily journey to work, gym etc and it is amazing the things you don’t really notice or pay attention to, I can see that it is going to be a great challenge and I look forward to sharing it with you all!

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Feels recharged……

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Having two days off training late last week was a good move!  Was so drained and tired on Friday afternoon after spending the morning out at the Lucas Gardens special school, helping them set up the opening of their new playground – it was such a great day, the kids were all so excited to sing songs and they all received achievement awards – some making big progress in the year with walking, talking & interacting on the new magic whiteboards.   So I was a bit drained and just wanted to go home, cook dinner and watch a movie…. felt so much better for it.   I think my good deed for the day had been done.

Saturday morning was Caroline & Kapil’s civil wedding ceremony at Blackburns Bay – a gorgeous small ceremony overlooking the bay.  Truly a magical day watching the two most happiest people, in love, exchange their vows.  After the ceremony I headed back to Newtown to the sari shop to get my sari ready for the Hindi ceremony this Wednesday.  That was so much fun, the ladies were so excited and were trying the sari on this way, then that, then this, with that skirt… all very exciting and I did a little strut down the shop, in true Bollywood style to show off my bright turquoise sari with silver bling on the edges.  So no training Saturday and ended up watching the latest couple Bond movies – got to love Daniel Craig… and his trainer Simon Waterson!  Nothing like a few Bond movies to get you wanting to train more!!

Sunday was a great day, after a couple days chilling I was ready to achieve lots!  Started the day with Bodyjam at Randwick with the crew, Jesse pumping it up on the stage on a Sunday morning, what a great way to start the day (can I get a whoot whoot)!  After a leisurely coffee with the crew I head off home to get a few jobs done and then headed to the gym in the afternoon for a chest and leg workout!  I was going to superset legs and chest with minimal breaks inbetween to really challenge the body!  What a workout….

step ups with 1okgs dumbells/chest press with 12.5kgs dumbells – 3 x 12

single leg deadlifts with 10kgs dumbells/cable flies on bench 15kgs – 4 x 12 – felt good so did four sets

squats in rack 40kgs on bar, nice and low/pushups on knees – 3 x 12

deadlifts with bar 40kgs/incline chest press – 3 x 12 (last set deadlifts, only did 8)

Felt good, the xtend pumping through my body during the training just made me feel invincible… it hurt but was sooo good!  Love that feeling.. love love love it….

Had a gorgeous roast kangaroo with lots of veggies for dinner! Yum….

Today’s training, I was still pumped from Sunday, got up and trained at Newtown FF – back and biceps!    Did the same thing as yesterday, supersetted with minimal breaks in between…

narrow grip pulldowns 45kgs/straight arm pulldowns 15kgs – 3 x 12

single arm row 12.5kgs dumbbells/bicep curl on ezy bar – 17.5kgs – 3 x 12

kneeling cable single arm row 15kgs/bicep curls on cable/with bar  15kgs – 3 x 12

bent over row with barbell 22.5kgs/hammer curl dumbells 10kgs – 3 x 12

Some lightweight deadlifts 25kgs to finish to stretch out the lower back – nice and strong… felt a great stretch in the hammies too!

Food is going well, I am eating my calories and feeling the difference already, loving my oats for breakfast with berries or banana with my psyllium husks and soy milk, rice cakes with almond butter for morning tea, left over kangaroo and veggies for lunch, apple, almonds and some naughty licorice for afternoon tea…. will have a protein shake soon as won’t be having dinner until later (out to Pennant Hills for Mehendi).

The theme that I have been noticing in the gym is that I am the only girl training weights, and if another girl comes she lasts about 5mins trying to do some tricep dumbell things with3kgs dumbbells!  I was so excited this morning to see another girl in the squat rack, doing the same weight as I did yesterday, girlpower!!    She had good form, was so good to see…   I did feel sorry for the young guy next to me this morning, young skinny ish guy, we were both doing bicep curls with the bar, he looked at my weight and then just did a polite grin, I checked out his bar and it was 10kgs… I said, you can do heavier than that.. here have my bar, I am finished with it.. and you know what, he nailed it, and he was pretty chuffed with himself…   just shows you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

Training for the rest of the week will be moved around due to christmas events, weddings and visitors –  but I will still get my training in, I am so focused at the moment, I haven’t been like this for months.  It is a great feeling, I love feeling productive, motivated and strong.  As my ASN shirt said this morning ” only the strong shall survive”!

Categories: The journey

On track….

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Feeling great after an awesome session at the gym last night… after a horrendous day at work with some news that just shocked the team, I knew the only thing that could lift me out of my flat mood was a huge mother of a training session at the gym.

Fuelled with pre weight carb/protein mix and also drinking dfine8 on the way to the gym – I was ready to go.  Back and biceps had my name on them and they were going to get smashed.  The gym was busy, I wasn’t phased, I worked out my routine and got myself ready to go –  close grip latpull down – 3 x 12 with 50kgs on the machine… felt good, nice and slow into the lats… good control… supersetted with some straight arm pulldowns, 3 x 12 and 15kgs, which will be moved to 20kgs next session.  Moved onto some deadlifts 3 x 10 with 40kgs and supersetted with some bent over barbell rows 3 x 12 with 25kgs bar, great control and could feel it… mixing it up with some single arm curls 3 x 12 with 10kgs barbells and some barbell bicep curls with the ez bar @17.5kgs…  then finally got to the cables to do some single arm pulldowns and mixing it up with some single arm rows on the bench 3 x 12 with 15kg dumbells… oh yeah…  then finished off with some pull/push exercises….

I did bodyjam afterwards and boy did I feel good, am taking xtend during my workouts and I find this helps me recover, I felt great, had lots of energy when I got home (normally I would be a vegetable after that workout) had a good post workout meal and shake and slept so well… the great things is I felt awesome this morning, no training hangover.  Bliss.

Today is cardio day – looking forward to it…. nutrition has been great today too….  aiming to eat between 1700-1800 every day to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle…

Living the dream.. cannot wait until the body matches!

So far – 1621 out of your net daily budget of 1800 calories and have 179 calories remaining. 27% of the calories are from fat, 36% from protein, 37% from carbs and 0% from alcohol.

Categories: The journey

Training is going well….

November 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Wednesday is a  big training day for me… I start the morning with outdoor bootcamp, so lots of running and bodyweight training foir 45mins!  I then do chest/shoulders/triceps in the evening, and yesterday fuelled with dfine8 I was so fired up and ready to go.    3 sets of each 10-12 reps… I started with incline chest press….. 25kgs only.. I miss my spotter … then moved onto some flat bench chest press where again I only did 30kgs… need some assistance in this area to help me get the weight up… slowly but surely, building up strength in my anterior deltoid biceps & triceps too to assist the chest major muscles …. then supersetted dumbbell chest press (12.5kg dbs) with skullcrushers (17.5kg bar), then dumbbell flies (8kg db) and cable tricep pulldowns (15kgs)… love fatiguing the triceps when training chest.. felt that pump on the last two sets of the press and flies…  mixed up some lateral raises (7.5kg db), with shoulder press (10kg db) and some upright rows (12k5kgs db)… waited for ever for the cables but someone was hogging them, love, love training shoulders on the cables.  So went down stairs and supersetted tricep pushups and chest pushups  🙂   Felt good… 

Trained with Sera this morning, a couple quick round easy boxing, then slow run on the treadmill for about 12mins before doing some abs and some goooood stretches….

Tomorrow is LEG day… oucha.

Categories: The journey

Monday Nutrition…. need more calories…

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Need to eat more!!

 1208 out of your net daily budget of 2000 calories and have 792 calories remaining. 24% of the calories are from fat, 47% from protein, 30% from carbs

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Five weeks until Christmas!

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

You know what that means for me.. five weeks of training hard and eating clean – I am looking forward to Christmas Day being a free day with no training and not food restrictions, until then, it is all train hard and eat clean healthy foods.  I have invested in some great supplements from ASN and going to kick some great fitness goals in the next five weeks. 

I am strong, motivated and determined to achieve MY GOALS.  I am going to be strict with alcohol and limit myself  – there will be fun times but I don’t need to get hammered to have fun, I love socializing with friends without having the need to feel like I must give in to the temptation of bubbles and unhealthy foods!   I am looking forward to so many social occasions coming – work christmas parties, gym christmas parties plus a few other events.  Bring on the challenge… when most people are wishing they hadn’t eaten and drunk so much on new years day, I will be kick starting the next section of my fitness plan…  yeah…  Have two weeks off over christmas and looking forward to getting in some beach training – with sand work and some swims!

Trained this morning at Park Street – I prepared all my stuff  last night and was ready to go with my pre training dfine8 and alcalean (L-Carnitine)- I had my watermelon xtend ready to drink during my session and man I pumped it hard… back and biceps.  Lat pull-down, reverse grip, straight-arm pull-downs, bicep curls, bent over rows, cable squat w/row, single arm rows, barbell bicep curls & upright rows!! Felt  felt invincible!

Food today includes: oats with protein powder with blueberries, almonds, non wheat wrap/protein & salad, protein shake, kangaroo with sweet potato and steamed veggies, protein shake and ZMA before bedfordshire.

Tuesday – is cardio day.

Categories: The journey

The fitness journey continues…

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Just love that feeling when you get up from your desk at work and your quads are screaming!  Yes, first big leg session yesterday after a couple weeks off weight training… oh DOMS has set in early and my ZMA supplements are at home.  I felt good, strong and had good form yesterday doing squats & deadlifts… I need to work on my range of motion and get lower in the squats… will work on core strength and stability! 

To challenge myself I have started bootcamp sessions twice a week, mixing the training up with outdoor training – it was a great session full of kettlebell swings, 200m sprints, boxing & more sprints – I was quite suprised at how quickly I recovered from the running intervals, but definitely need to work on my breathing and vo2 max… cardio fitness.    The legs were oh so heavy running… that will teach me for doing my first leg day, one day before I do my first outdoor bootcamp! 

Whilst I am in the stages of losing body fat, and before I concentrate 100% on putting on muscle I will be doing interval training alongside with the weights – I find cross training gives best results, keeping the body balanced and gives me enough variety to make it fun and not routine (most of you know how mad I am and love love to exercise…)! 

So my goals for the next part of my journey, is  to

* increase cardio fitness (mmm fartlek training comes to mind)

* improve endurance/stamina (developing some of those slow twitch muscles)

* improve core stability & flexibility

* decrease bodyfat & increase muscle

The goal for cardio is the FIT method – frequency, intensity & time.  Ensuring I am regularly getting my heart rate up between 60 – 80% of MHR 2-3 times a week, with good intensity, not too high to reduce risk of injury and to gradually increase the time .  Making sure I challenge myself with cross training to effectively increase my overall fitness.

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