Currently – January 2017

Hi all,

I cant stop listening to podcasts. Seriously. Walking, working, cooking, cleaning, even in the bath I’m listening to something…

Why? I think it’s because I love to learn. And I am learning several new things every day. I also love discussion and debate and often a lot of my podcasts contradict themselves, which I find super interesting. It allows me to develop my own opinion because of it.

One of the side benefits of listening to podcasts though is that sense of community. There are podcasts I have listened to for over 3 years, naturally, I feel like I know them! And I definitely think this is something I want to have folk see as a plus of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast. Yes I want you to learn and take away something from an episode, but I also want you to feel involved, feel a part of the discussion and get to know us a little better.currently - chase the red grape

Speaking of getting to know us a little better… I bring to you January’s edition of ‘Currently’ – linking up with Amanda @RunningWithSpoons

Current… Book – Does Santa Exist? Eric Kaplansanta - chase the red grape

I have just finished this book and OMG. Ever read a book where it just has a massive impact on how you look at life? This is it for me.

The question ‘Does Santa Exist?’ is more of an example which he uses throughout to define and describe the philosophy and concept of beliefs, how and why we believe in what we do.

It’s not an easy read and it’s one that’s going to constantly make you think, but it’s also going to make you laugh and annoy your partner for hours afterwards discussing the purpose of life! Ha!

Current… Obsession – Girls Gone WOD

Podcast obsessed. My favourite right now is Girls Gone WOD. Joy and Claire are amazing hosts and keep me laughing and entertained the whole way. Lots of CrossFit, nutrition and general health talk which I love!

Current… Craving – Muffinsmuffins - chase the red grape

I borrowed some magazines from the library over the holidays and found a pretty straightforward banana muffin recipe in one so gave it a go. Guys these muffins are pure genius! Easy to make, bake, GF and technically paleo too (although I only just realised that) and light as a feather. Keep them in the fridge and they last forever too. Wish I knew where the recipe was from and I would share with you (so I could seek permission!)

Current… Food – Acai Bowlacai bowl - chase the red grape

Now I am not going to be one of those Health Coaches that tell you about the magical health benefits of acai. But what I will tell you is acai bowls are yummy and I am addicted – especially in this heat. I had this one on Saturday for lunch and it was so fresh and just what I needed.

Current… Drink – Iced Coffeecoffee - chase the red grape

Iced coffee, cold brew, cold drip… cold and coffee, that’s all I need!

Current… Procrastination – New Diary!diary - chase the red grape

Yes I finally bought a new diary! I didn’t find any last month that were perfect and I kept waiting for the more expensive ones to go on sale… but they weren’t. So I stopped struggling without one, bit the bullet and bought one. Which has equated to one happy Jen!

Current… Blessing – PodcastChase the Red Grape podcast

I love how the podcast allows me to be me. So does writing but when you write, you edit. With the podcast I say exactly how I feel, it’s such a release and I know both David and I feel so pumped after recording an episode. By the way episode 11 was just released on Wednesday… find it on iTunes and Stitcher!

Current… Excitement – Booking flights

Right now we are a couple of weeks away from booking flights back to the UK for a visit in June! It will be our first visit back since moving to Australia in August 2015 and I am so excited to see everyone and just spend some time back in the comfort of home.

Current… TV Show – Sherlock/ Seinfeld

Just finished watching the latest series of Sherlock. Good but… (for those who have watched you know what follows the but…)

And now we are on to Seinfeld… for the first time! Yup I was too young when this first came out and reruns were never shown in the UK so I didn’t get the opportunity to watch it. Two seasons in and loving it so far!

Current…Mood – Overwhelmed!

Yeah I am a little bit overwhelmed right now. I have many things I want to do but trying to figure out where to start is tricky, plus it’s pretty hot here right now which can leave you sleepy and I’m trying to get into a 2017 routine but it’s just not clicking…. but it will soon enough. And I am happy overall so no real worries! 🙂

Have you ever read a book which changed your outlook on life?

What do you like to eat/ drink when the weather gets hot?

Are you a diary person?

The BEST thing you can do right now to prep for the CrossFit Open #5TTT

Hi all,

Yes it’s that time of year again, The CrossFit Open 2017 is a mere 39 days away!

We have all been working hard over the past year – some for this precise moment in order to compete, others simply to stay fit and healthy and take part in the games with the rest of the community.

Right now, with the time we have left, I can’t help you get your first muscle up or dominate double unders. But what I can do is help you with the one thing we can do to help us prepare for the Open… NUTRITION!

Yup, looking at what you are eating over the next few weeks truly is the one thing you can do that I guarantee will help you with your Open performance. Think more energy, speed, excellent recovery, muscle repair, that extra little bit of strength you didn’t know existed… Sound good?

Well I am here to keep it simple. No plans, no counting, no rules… just small tips to help tweak your nutrition over the next few weeks to help you GAIN the most out of your performance, 5 top tips style!CrossFit Open 2017 - Chase the Red Grape

1. What foods?

You have all heard of macros right? Protein, carbohydrates and fat. Protein will build and help repair muscle, Carbohydrates are best for fuelling high intensity exercise and fat for low intensity exercise/ being at rest (Now this is all very simplistic but trying to keep it easy as possible here…). Protein is a poor fuel source so you are going to want to make sure you have enough of the other two for fuel. Where protein comes in best is recovery aka repair. As CrossFitters you will benefit from having more of your calories come from carbohydrates than as fat (but you do need both in your diet, remember that). YOU WILL NOT GET FAR WITHOUT CARBS!

  1. How much?

I cannot emphasise this enough – you need to eat… and eat well! If you want to have the energy for the Open plus regular training and the ability to recover amongst all of this you need to EAT! Now I cannot state how many macros you need specifically, everyone is different. But you need to make sure you are getting a decent amount of protein and carbohydrates during each meal plus a fat source. Here is an example of what I would eat on a training day…

Post workout – protein shake and dates

Breakfast – scrambled eggs plus bowl of oatmeal with jam and PB

Snack – apple

Lunch – leftovers from meal the night before – usually meat, with veggies and potatoes over salad

Snack – 2 rice cakes with PB and honey

Dinner – chicken, broccoli and sweet potatoes

Pre bed – small bowl of cereal.

  1. When?

We have all heard about macro timing, the ‘refuelling window’ aka ‘window of gains’ but when is best to fuel and refuel for a workout?

If you are working out first thing and feel fine doing it fasted, keep going. Don’t change this for an AM Open workout, your body wont be used to digesting whilst training. Just make sure you have a carb-y snack before bed (a small bowl of cereal works wonders for me).

If you work out during the day or later in the AM, try aiming for 40g carbs and 20g of protein about an hour before. What does this look like? An example would be a protein shake and a large banana. You want easy to digest carbs – spotted bananas or dates.

With regards to ‘the window of gains’, you don’t need to worry about immediately downing a shake and eating as soon as you have finished your workout. If you only train once a day, replacing your glycogen stores within a 24 hour window is perfectly fine aka at your next meal (providing you are eating enough). Personally, I like eating some dates and drinking a protein shake post workout… but I do train fasted in the AM.

  1. Preparation

Think ahead and be ready! Eating to fuel and refuel can be so easy if you prepare. Cook up a big batch of protein like chicken or ground beef at the weekend to make sure you have access to easy protein when you need it. Be prepared with easy carb sources by cooking batches of rice, oats, roasted veggies and potatoes (both sweet and regular). Make sure you have snacks to grab at hand and try bringing at packed lunch to work to make sure you get what you need. Focus on the QUALITY of your protein, carbs and fat. Sure you can refuel with pizza and that’s great for a one off, but will it really give your body the nutrients it needs to fully recover?

  1. The aim is performance

Do this for you. Do this for your performance. Do this because you want to feel great during the Open and not burned out. Do this to help your body recover. It is not a diet. There are no rules on what you can and cannot eat. Heck if anything I know most of you athletes (yes you are athletes) don’t eat enough! This is the time when your body really needs you.

You may even gain some more muscle in the process!

And please remember guys, it’s not about perfection, it’s just about being that little bit better, little bit sharper and knowing you are giving your body what it needs to fuel and recover before, during and after the Open. Learn from your body’s reactions, learn from when you feel great and when you don’t and move onwards and upwards. Maybe just take a couple of points and work on them if you can!

Feel free to shoot me any questions though if you have them, either below or email chasetheredgrape.com

Happy to answer any questions you may have on the who’s, what’s, where’s, whys and how’s!

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Friday Favourites + New Episode of the CTRG Podcast!

Hi all,

It’s finally Friday! How did your week go? Did you survive?

That’s how I feel about this week… I survived. Our hob broke followed by our washing machine a few days later. My sleep has been a bit all over the place and half of the week has been so hot that I didn’t know what to do with myself!

But I did survive. I ate yummy seasonal food and kept training. I did 4 yoga sessions to keep my body and mind in check (aka relaxed). I worked on my pause journal that David gave me for Christmas to take some time out. I wrote, which always makes me happy. Basically I took my own advice for once… and it worked!

So now I head into the weekend with my head held high and looking forward to what it brings!Friday - chase the red grape

Let’s check out the first Friday Favourites of the year!

Favourite… Moment – Recording episode 10 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastpodcast - chase the red grape

It was awesome getting back into the swing of things this week with recording the podcast. I really missed it! I know we are getting better each week and bringing more and more questions and thoughts to you all. If you haven’t checked it out yet then please do! It’s where the cool kids hang!

Favourite… Feeling – Relaxed and Calm

I remember a time when I used to hate the shavasana part of yoga. Lying there, still, thoughts running through my head, waiting for it to be over. Now I relish it, I crave it. I love the feeling it brings after stretching and moving. I no longer have thoughts. Just stillness. Perfect.

Favourite… Purchase – Coffee…coffee - chase the red grape

Can that count? See above for the reason. Hey at least it was coffee and not anything stronger!

Favourite…Food/Drink – Doughnut/ Flat Peachespeaches - chase the red grape

This is my favourite time in Australia for fruit. Right now peaches, nectarines, cherries and grapes are all in season. These flat peaches are just beautiful, I could eat many in one go. Cherries also deserve a big mention as they are my favourite fruit and I cannot get enough right now!

Updates – How to be true to yourself in 2017 + Episode 10 of the CTRG podcast – How to set goals.true-2017 - chase the red grape

I loved writing this weeks #5TTT post and it seemed to really hit home with a lot of you. Maybe this year could be the year you focus on you, on the inside, being 100% true to who you are.

Episode 10 focuses on how to set goals this year. But not necessarily the way you may think. We break it down, offer some sound advice and get you thinking about what you really want. Even do you want it at all? Find on iTunes and Stitcher now.

Favourite… Workout – Yoga

As I mentioned above, in addition to training this week I have been doing Yoga. I’m actually doing the 30 day Fightmaster Yoga challenge on You Tube and it’s amazing. Yes it helps my muscles and stretching, but to be honest, it’s what it is doing for my mind and breathing that really makes me go back for more.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Movement class, weekly shop, then off to lunch. The afternoon will be spent chilling, watching the recent series of Sherlock and sitting in front of our fan on full blast. Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee and a walk to our favourite bulk store to stock up on oats, ghee and green tea!

Have a great weekend folks!

Have you ever given something a second chance and found that you now love it? (aka me and Yoga)

Did you survive this week?

What was your favourite purchase?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

How to be true to yourself in 2017 #5TTT

Hi all,

How is your week going so far?

For most of you, this will be your first full week back after the holidays and for me this is no exception. It’s always tough to get back into the swing of things but that is exactly why I am here! Each week I want to bring you 5 top tips on a Tuesday. It might sometimes be advice, action steps or questions to ask yourself. But the main motivation behind it is to make you think differently about how you approach health, mindset and lifestyle in general.

I want to begin the New Year by brining to you an idea for a goal that you may not have thought of pursuing – How to be true to yourself in 2017.true-2017 - chase the red grape

True. Is it corny to look into the meaning of that word? Who cares, lets take a look. It means actual, real, genuine or truthful – do you see those characteristics within yourself?

I would like to think I do, but if I am honest, maybe I do sometimes lack the ability to be able to be true to who I am, what I think and what I do, 100% of the time.

So how can we achieve this in 2017 and for life? Let’s get stuck into my 5 top tips!

Be fair

Go into 2017 with your head held high – the world is your oyster! But remember also to be fair to yourself. Don’t put immense pressure on your own shoulders to perform and achieve huge and daunting tasks and goals. Break them down into smaller chunks and go step by step. Ask yourself, ‘would you expect another to perform to such a high standard, the way you are asking yourself to’?

Be kind

Kindness is one of the best qualities a person can bestow. I love seeing kindness in others and feeling the effects of their kindness. But are you kind to yourself? Do you give yourself credit where it is due and compassion when needed? Try being as kind to yourself as you are to others – even this one small change can affect your world and how you view yourself in it.

Don’t compromise

Are you a passionate person? Do you feel motivated, strong willed and determined about something in particular? Then don’t compromise. This is your life. These are your goals, dreams and ambitions. In order to be true you have to allow yourself to be important. You are your own number one! Don’t compromise on life. Maybe you have to change direction or make a side step along the way, but if you know what you want, go for it!

Don’t be a bully

Treat yourself the way you would like to be treated in life. Don’t beat yourself down, pick yourself up. Brush yourself off and walk tall. Bullies struggle with confident people with confident thoughts and your own inner bully is no exception. Try not to entertain those thoughts, the ones that make you feel like you are useless and not worthy. The bully never wins. Remember that.

Be honest

This stems from being fair to yourself. Be honest with yourself about everything. Know your strengths and acknowledge them. Know your weaknesses and limitations so that you can work on them (if you so desire). Be honest about your time – maybe you can fit x,y,z into your schedule. Maybe, if you are honest, you can’t. Build a stable route for yourself with honesty at the core.

How do you feel you can be true to yourself this year?

Can you stand up to your inner bully?

What is something you would not compromise on in your life?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Week In Review – All the festivities!

Hi all,

Happy 2017 everyone!

How have your holidays been so far? Hopefully full of fun, joy and most importantly relaxing!

I just wanted to have a quick check in with you all today and link up with Meghan for ‘Week In Review’ to give you a snap shot of the last week or so, Christmas and all.

I know my experience of Christmas and December in general is so different to what you are all used to, heck even for me it’s still mind boggling. But I thought you would all like to see the holidays – Aussie Fotheringham style!

We celebrated Christmas Daybubbles - chase the red grape

Went on a beach walk Christmas Day and New Years daybeach-us - chase the red grape

Started some new traditions and kept some old ones going strong

Ate lots of yummy food including a whole turkey… 5.6kg to be precise… just two people… in 5 days…turkey - chase the red grapebreakfast - chase the red grape

Had many skype and facetime calls with family

Kept training and moving throughout – because we wanted to.

Did Murph murph - chase the red grape

Went to the zoogiraffe - chase the red grapetiger - chase the red grape

Explored Subiaco – an area of Perth we lovesubi street art - chase the red grape

Dined out many times – which we don’t do very oftenpoke - chase the red grapecafe - chase the red grape

Bought new clothes and shoes in the sales – something else I don’t do very often!

Cooked and baked!sweet potato - chase the red grape

Went swimming in our apartment pool – first thing in the morning, so peaceful and quietpool - chase the red grape

Went hiking #explorewhatsonyourdoorhiking - chase the red grape

Saw in 2017 in style!dining out - chase the red grape

And now today we are off to see Moana at the cinema… it’s too hot today to be outdoors!

How was your Christmas?

Tell me something you did over the holidays?

What was the favourite thing you ate?

 

Thinking out loud for Christmas…

Hi all,

Well here we are – 3 days until Christmas and only just over a week away from the end of 2016.

This year has certainly been full of its ups and downs. On the personal level, I am thankful for a year of ups – making Perth our home, going on adventures, developing my skills and feeling more confident as a Health Coach and Writer. Oh and starting a podcast – a big leap that we are glad we took. On the wider level, the world has proved it is one crazy, fast developing and changing place, whether we like it or not.

I am always excited for a New Year and what it brings. Not because of any set goals or resolutions, more that it is simply a chance for us to grow. If we start to focus too much on what might happen in the future, it can bring a sense of fear and a hesitance to try new things. Instead if we look at 2017 as an opportunity and just the next chapter of our lives, that makes me feel excited and driven.

But Jen, don’t look to 2017 just yet, we still have Christmas! Hooray! (Hooray? Could I get more British?!)christmas-david-and-jen - chase the red grape

So for today, I am bringing back the classic ‘Thinking Out Loud’ – a random selection of bits and bobs as a light read before the big day. After all we all want things to make us smile at this time of year!

Speaking of things that make you smile…podcast - chase the red grape

This weeks episode of the podcast (episode nine) has been released and ready to download on iTunes, Stitcher or you can listen via the website on the podcast tab. It is a cracker of episode and it made us both laugh so much – a good old Christmas Q&A, with stories and other bits of advice thrown in for good measure. Got a road trip coming up or fancy chilling out for a little while with a hot (or cold) drink, listening to some friendly folks chatting away? This would be perfect!

So what does Christmas hold in store for the Fotheringham’s in Perth?

Christmas Eve we will be going to our 7am CrossFit WOD where we will be doing our box’s variation of ’12 days of Christmas’ WOD. Anyone who has done this will know the suck… but it’s the suck with good friends the day before Christmas so what could be better?

Then we are heading out to Fremantle for the day – a walk around the wee boutique shops and market. My first poke bowl for lunch (hopefully) and just a general chill out. Then off for a nice meal out for dinner to Long Chim – where we went for our anniversary and the best Asian food I have ever had!beach - chase the red grape

Christmas Day will consist of opening stockings first thing on our bed. Then a delicious breakfast followed by a long beach walk. Home for some Christmas cooking where we will make a small feast that would probably feed 6 or 8… for the two of us. #Leftovers. And of course bubbly!

Then pressies, Christmas Pud and an evening of Skype calls to home… just as they wake to start their day. I am smiling so much as I type this.

Movie Updatemovies - chase the red grape

You may recall at the beginning of the month I mentioned that David and I were partaking in our yearly tradition of seeing how many Christmas movies we could watch between December 1st and December 25th. Our count so far? 18! That means we have beaten our previous PB of 17. What an achievement. I expect more to come… One more for certain as we are 30 mins away from finishing Bad Santa.

(Btw, for those who read my post on Monday, still no luck with Scrooged…)

Baking up a storm!almonds - chase the red grape

On Tuesday I was baking up a storm in the kitchen! I made mince pies (it’s a British dish – individual pastry cups with spiced, boozy mixed dried fruit in the middle), a mocha cake and Meg’s candied roasted almonds! These almonds, combined with my crafting skills, made the cutest individual gifts for David’s co-workers. He handed them out today and said they went down a treat! Oh and sadly no pic of the mocha cake but it was delicious, GF and the middle of the loaf rose to a peak! It was a sight to be seen!

The Blog and Podcast – Now and in 2017

So this will be my last post of 2016. I am taking some time off to enjoy the holidays with David and to rest and restore. I will be back early January with a quick update with how the holidays went before resuming usual schedule. The same goes with the podcast – back early January.

With both the blog and the podcast I am excited for the year ahead. Most of all I want the content to be shaped by you so if you have any questions, topics or issues that you would like me to discuss please either comment below or send me a question at chasetheredgrape@outlook.com.

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Say hello to Aussie Santa… who, yes, is holding a giant flip flop…

And to end, I want to thank all my readers and listeners for allowing me to be a part of your life this year. I hope you have the most amazing festive season and take the time out to relax, eat, drink and be merry with those you love.

Bye for now folks!

How are you spending Christmas this year?

How would you review your 2016?

What is the best Christmas Movie you have watched so far this year?

Week in Review – Back to paradise…

Hi all,

Happy Monday – the last one before Christmas – eeeeee!

Are you excited? Did you spend your last weekend before the big day shopping or chilling out? Maybe taking in a movie or having celebrations with friends?

The weekend feels like a blur to me. A fun blur but still a blur. We didn’t have much shopping to do but still ended up going to the mall on Sunday after out beach walk. Why you ask? To find Scrooged on DVD. It’s one of my favourite Christmas movies and I was convinced our streaming service here had it listed. But when we went to watch it on Saturday night, no trace of it. I was pretty bummed out but we decided to hit the mall for a quick look to find a copy. The store had 5 copies but could either of us (or the staff) find one? Nope. Sigh. But I am determined to find one before the big day! Ha!week in review - chase the red grape

As promised, I am here today with a ‘Week In Review’ – linking up with lovely Meg over at CleanEatsFastFeets – with a recap of the week just gone and my break away with David to ‘paradise‘ aka South West Australia.

My achievements last week –

From Paradise…

I explored caves, beaches, vineyards and bushland….beach - chase the red grapecave -chase the red grapedavid and jen - chase the red grape

I ate amazing food from local suppliers with amazing produce…acai bowl - chase the red grapeice cream - chase the red grapechoc - chase the red grapewine - chase the red grape

I felt a sense of calm, resting, relaxing and focussing on the present moment. It was very much needed…beach - chase the red grape

Out with our holiday, my achievements were –

Got us all up to speed with our banking

Did the weekly shop at the supermarket and famers market (cherries are back in season, woop!)

I published 2 posts (5TTT and Friday Favourites)5 TOP TIP - CHASE THE RED GRAPE

Episode 8 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast on the life of an expat was uploaded and ready to listen. Plus we recorded episode 9 – if you want a good laugh you will love this one!podcast - chase the red grape

We sent our holiday e-cards

We trained twice and went to movement class – oi that one was a burner!

I took a 2 hour nap on Saturday and proceeded to sleep a further 9 hours that night. Proof I needed the sleep!

I made a final choice with regards one of David’s Christmas presents – was either a silly or practical gift… I went for the practical!

It was quite a week! But I loved it and it was full of amazing memories. Sure my weeks aren’t always like this but it is always good to have the chance to sneak one in every now and again!

Have a good week guys! No 5 Top Tips tomorrow (catch last weeks round up if you missed it) – but I will be back on Thursday with a ‘Thinking Out Loud’ post to end the year!

When you go on a beach holiday do you go hiking, sunbathing or swimming?

Would you/ have you toured a cave?

How far would you go to score a copy of your favourite holiday movie?

 

Friday Favourites + Episode 8 of the CTRG Podcast!

Hi all,

Well that’s me back from my wee break away and it was so much fun!

We explored, we relaxed, we went on an adventure, we ate amazing food and had a few wee tipples of local wine… it was perfect.

If you can ever manage it, I would definitely recommend having a break away at this time of year. Yes it can be hectic, manic and you have to be here, there and everywhere but that’s exactly what makes it so special. You can break free from the madness, be with the one you love and just focus on you.

Being down by the sea, breathing in the fresh air and getting some sunshine made me glow inside and out.

But the best part? Even though our break is over, we only have 9 more days until Christmas! It may not have been a very festive holiday but it certainly made me feel so lucky and thankful for all that I have in my life… and that seems very inspirational to me as we head into Christmas and the New Year.

(Come back on Monday for more info on my holiday in ‘Week In Review’)Friday - chase the red grape

For now, we can bring in the weekend with some Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Breathing in the sea airDavid beach - chase the red grape

Stopping, watching, listening to the waves crashing, feeling the sunshine on your face and breathing in the sea air… the perfect moment.

Favourite…Feeling – Being happy, calm and immersed in the presentbeach - chase the red grape

I love that feeling when everything else in your mind seems to disappear… and all you can feel are the feelings of the present moment. Moments of happiness and calm, like everything just a lines. These feelings are so precious – cherish them when you have them.

Favourite…Purchase – Coffee from Albert and Nikola every morningalbert and nikola - chase the red grape

Apart from the purchase of the holiday itself, my next favourite purchase was treating ourselves to coffee every morning from a local coffee shop Albert and Nikola. Their blends are just wonderful – and I drink it black so I can taste every note. Ideal way to start the day!

Favourite…Food/Drink – The Wave Acai Bowl from Kona Joesacai bowl - chase the red grape

Kona Jones is an amazing little food truck serving up brekkie on the Dunsborough beach foreshore. Their special? Their acai bowls. I had never had one before now, I actually held off having one until I could try one from Kona Joes… and it did not disappoint! This one was blended with cacao and banana and topped with fresh crunchy granola, coco whip, blueberries, honey and coco nibs. Perfection!

Weekly Update – 5 Top Tips Roundup and Episode 8 of the CTRG Podcast5 TOP TIP - CHASE THE RED GRAPE

A great holiday roundup post this week for 5 Top Tips on a Tuesday – everything you need to know or would want to know for over the holidays.

Episode 8 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast is now ready to download! This week we are discussing the life of an expat, the good, the bad and the different. One for those who are thinking about moving abroad or are just interested on what it might be like! Find it on iTunes, Stitcher or the podcast tab!podcast - chase the red grape

Favourite…Workout – Walking, hiking, movingcave - chase the red grape

Yes I trained twice this week… but my favourite ‘workout’ if you want to word it that way would be all the exploring I did when down south. We walked and hiked through various terrain – sand, grass, rocks, dirt tracks, sea… and I loved every minute of it.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market, mobility class, a trip to Aldi (woop!) and a chilled out afternoon with Christmas movies and firing up the grill! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, beach walk with coffee, record the podcast, quick tidy up and maybe another sneaky Christmas movie!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Have you ever been on a break away in December?

Do you like acai bowls?

What do you order from a coffee shop?

Linking up with Heather @LifeInLeggings

A ‘5 Top Tip’ Holiday Roundup! #5TTT

Hi all,

As most of you will probably know, I am currently on holiday for a week! Hopefully sunning it up in beautiful South West Australia – enjoying some fine wine, beach walks and general all round calm.

So for this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I thought I would bring to you some posts you may not have seen before and hopefully will enjoy! Previous 5 top tips that still hold true one year on!

Click away at the links and enjoy! Will be back on Friday to let you all know how our little holiday went.5 TOP TIP - CHASE THE RED GRAPE

How to survive a holiday party

How to gift with a twist

How to feel and spread holiday cheer

How to organise your Christmas dinner

How to make the best of leftovers

Did you miss these ones from this year?

How to prep your home for the holidays

5 gifts you need to give this Christmas

Oh and don’t forget to check out the podcast! 7 episodes now ready to download and listen to via iTunes, Stitcher or via the web. We even have a healthy holidays episode that strips the concept of a healthy holiday down to its core – a core of fun!

What are you looking forward to the most this holiday season?

Are you a holiday planner or more go with the flow?

Leftovers – what do you like to do with them?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 7 of the CTRG Podcast!

Hi all,

I feel like one lucky lady right now. Not only are we mere weeks away from Christmas but in a couple of days David and I are heading back down south for another few days in paradise!

Sun, sea, beach walks, wineries, good food and coffee… what more could you want!?Friday - chase the red grape

Ok so it couldn’t be more further from the ‘run up to Christmas’ that I am used to but let’s bring on the different! As I mentioned on Tuesday, different doesn’t have to mean bad.

Next time you are faced with something that is out of your routine, tradition or just not what you are used to ask yourself – ‘does different have to mean bad?’ I guarantee you will surprise yourself if you go into it with a different mind set.

But back to today’s joys – time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Christmas PartyDavid and Jen - Chase the Red Grape

On Saturday we had David’s works Christmas Party. It was great fun to get dressed up, have a few cocktails (Tennessee Apple Coolers) and have a good dance with this lovely man!

Favourite… Feeling – Putting up the treetree - chase the red grape

On Tuesday we put up our Christmas tree whilst watching Muppet Christmas Carol (tradition). It gave me all the feels, it always does! Especially due to the fact that each of our decorations has a story about it, half of them from our travels around the world. So many good memories. (The picture deliberately cut short so you can see some of the decorations!)

Favourite… Purchase – Sending gifts and cards

Today I sent my last gift/ card abroad. It feels good to get them all sent and fingers crossed they will arrive in time! I just love sending gifts… even if I wish I could be there in person to see their face when they open them #thebestpartofChristmas

Favourite… Food/Drink – Matso’s Lime Cider with Wild Gingercider - chase the red grape

We picked up this local Western Australian cider at the festival we went to a few weeks back. Served chilled, it is perfection – so refreshing! Especially with the temps being so high this week!

Weekly Update – Episode 7 of the Chase the Red Grape podcast and a new 5 top tips on a Tuesdaypodcast - chase the red grape

This weeks episode of the podcast is all about why we CrossFit. One for both lovers and non lovers of CrossFit for sure. Also putting a call out for questions for a Q&A podcast to be released before Christmas. As us anything – health, fitness, food, Christmas, expat life… anything! The questions can be for us both, or either David or I. Just comment below with your questions!

This weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday looked at what to do when you are away from your friends and family at Christmas. It can be a tough time but there is a lot we can do to make it still a very special time of year.christmas - chase the red grape

Favourite… Workout – Double Unders

I liked a lot of our training this week and saw a lot of progress. But one of my favourite achievements of the week was getting 40 double unders (where the rope passes round twice in one jump) unbroken! A massive PB for me and I look forward to the next milestone… 50!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market then off to our CrossFit box’s Christmas celebration… at a winery! Sunday – Recovery… then packing and prepping for our holidays, recording a podcast and off to a local producers market.

Have a wonderful weekend folks! Got a great ‘5 top tips’ scheduled for you on Tuesday and then will be back to share my favourites next Friday!

So what do you want to know? Ask David or I anything for the next recording of our podcast.

Have you been to a Christmas party yet?

Tell me one of your favourites from this week!