Friday Favourites + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How has your week been?

If I had to use 3 words to describe this week it would be cold, damp and dark. Yup Perth is definitely making the most out of those ‘Spring showers’!

Yesterday was crazy though. I did a little Instagram story rant about how dark and cold it was at 11am… honestly you would have thought it was bedtime. Thunder rolling outside and I was snuggled up with a blanket permanently attached to me all day. It’s hard to be your cheery self when you are dealing with this kind of atmosphere.

Isn’t it amazing how the weather and the change of season can affect us on such a personal level? It really intrigues me and I’m fascinated on how my whole personality can change based on this one output. Going to chat about it on the podcast next week… should be a good topic to delve into!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Public holidaychase the red grape

Monday was a public holiday here in Perth and it was great to spend an extra day with David chilling out. We went for a short stroll to one of our local coffee shops, sat, chatted, read the papers and came home to an afternoon of napping and puzzles. It was super relaxing and just what we needed!

Favourite… Feeling – Puzzle timechase the red grape

So we started this 1000 piece puzzle on Sunday and finished it yesterday! We were totally into it and this whole week when David came home from work we cracked back into it. There was lots going on which made it a really do-able puzzle and I learnt all about The Wild West along the way 😉

Favourite… Purchase – Alter Eco Salted Almond Dark Chocolatechase the red grape

I don’t usually tend to go for almonds in chocolate. 1 – because hazelnuts and chocolate will always be my true love and 2 – because you never seem to taste the nut. But in this bar the almond shines, I think because of the ‘salted’ aspect. It’s a very welcomed punch of salt which makes the bar shine. Would definitely recommend.

Favourite… Food/ Drink – Greek food at Zeus!chase the red grape

I have wanted to try Zeus Street Greek ever since I found out they did GF pita… and oh boy was it incredible. This pita had lamb souvla, baba ghanoush, caramelised onions and crunchy red cabbage and my taste buds were alive. We also split some halloumi too which they cooked very well. (I am a bit of a halloumi snob… I have been eating it since I was a toddler as my parents lived in Cyprus years ago and I know how it is meant to be cooked and taste!)chase the red grape

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 44 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastless best - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 areas of your life where less often best. Stop the more more more, go go go mentality see how less in life can be so much more rewarding.chase the red grape

Episode 44 of the podcast was a mixed bag, catching you all up with the details of our move, how we feel in our new apartment and community, the bloody long walk and taking responsibility for ourselves during training. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen right here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – Doing something different.

Can I tell you what it wasn’t? Doing Karen (150 wall balls). I have never enjoyed it but then again I don’t know who would. But today we did a lot of overhead work which was great because my legs hurt from Karen and we haven’t done a lot of overhead work recently so it was good to awaken my shoulders a bit!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – It’s that time of year again, off strawberry picking! Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill!

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Are you affected dramatically by the weather outside?

What do you like to do on a public holiday?

Do you go fruit/ berry picking during the season?

Less is often best #5TTT

Hi all,

I have often talked about the less is more approach. How backing down can actually be a good thing. How we no longer need to define our worth in life by how busy we are.

But what I see more and more often is stress becoming a major player in our life and how we live it. And we wear it like a badge of honour.

Stressor upon stressor upon stressor.

And the scary thing is folk out there believe this leads to becoming stronger and stronger as a person.

Yes stress can lead to strength (take for example certain situations during exercise) but push it too far and it leads to fatigue – burnout – shut down – injury/ sickness. I’ve seen it, you’ve seen it but we have to protect ourselves so that we cannot allow it to happen to us (or if it has, lessen the impact).

Below are 5 areas of our lives where, if we aren’t careful, the more more more approach will ultimately lead to our bodies and minds burning out. 5 top tips on where less is often best.less best - chase the red grape

At work

Taking on more or doing more equals a promotion, right? Push push push, go go go is evidence of hard work, right? Not always. Trying too hard and struggling will always lead to bad work done by a fragile and exhausted employee. Want to do a good job? Be healthy and energised (both mentally and physically) to do it! Being a workaholic once upon a time was seen as a good thing… nowadays, not so much, not for you or the employer. Do your job, do it well, but not at the sacrifice of your health.

At home

What is your role at home and within your family? Do you always take on others problems and responsibilities? Do you like how much others ‘need’ you? Your family and your home life should be your sanctuary. It should be the place you can be yourself, surrounded by those who love you and want the best for you. Remember there is only so much time in the day – you need to make time for you. Protect and care but make sure you are also doing that for yourself also.

Training/ at the gym

Your body gains its strength at rest. So when do you plan to rest? When do you factor in time to restore? Fitness is one thing. Being faster, stronger and having workout times to brag about are great. But do you want health along with your fitness? Give your body time to do what it needs to do. Work it, nourish it, rest it.

Diet

More dieting? More challenges? More punishments? Your body can’t take it. Yes changes to your diet will initially evoke a response (remember the guy who lost weight only eating MacDonald’s for 2 weeks?) but this will creep back with a vengeance when your metabolism cannot cope anymore with this stressor. Find a balance. Find a way of eating that is right for you. Treat your body like you love it, not hate it. Stop punishing yourself.

Hobbies/ interests/ going out

You have to be an interesting person. Well, that’s what we are told in this day and age. That’s why kids are sent to every after school club going, they simply have to develop a varied skill set with lots of interests and lots of friends… You can see how crazy that is can’t you? You can see how kids will eventually burn out, get tired, bored and want to (need to) stop. So why do we do that to ourselves as adults? Why do we say yes to every invitation going? Why must we always be involved?

Say no once in a while. Miss out. Take a pass. Have a schedule where barely having plans is a good thing.

Less is often best.

Are you a more more more type of person?

Can you see where your life could do with a little less activity?

General thoughts?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites!

Hi all,

How has your week been?

We are slowly starting to get into the swing of things at the new apartment. Slightly new routines but in the best possible way.

I think the area of Perth we have moved to is perfect for us. A small community, lots going on, has it’s own personality, a mix of ages, oh and a vast array of wonderful coffee shops!

Have you ever had the experience where you only realised you were missing something in your life when you actually gained it? This definitely happened to us. We never realised how much we needed a local ‘buzz’ and to feel a part of a community where we live. I can honestly say this is the first time, since my hometown, where I have felt this… and it feels good.Friday - chase the red grape

So let’s check out this weeks Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Finishing The Bloody Long WalkThe bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Everything hurt. I was so tired… but I was still smiling! We had done it! 37.5km in the bag!

Favourite… Feeling – Cider, burger and sweet potato fry time!chase the red grape

After our walk (and gelato, see below) we headed to our favourite burger restaurant (now conveniently located around the corner from our house) to refuel and recover. This cool, crisp cider was music to my lips and made all those aches disappear.

Favourite… Purchase – New Bodum Cafetierechase the red grape

Bodum make the best French presses and they are the only ones I will buy – always worth the investment. So we got a new steel and racing car green one this week and I am in love. Note our wonderful fridge in the background – we buy a magnet from everywhere we visit!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Gelatochase the red grape

Finish line. Cross the road. Gelato. My only regret? Not getting a 3rd scoop!

Updates – 5TTT

This weeks 5 top tips was how to survive a bloody long walk! Whether that be a 37km walk, a hike, beach stroll or country ramble, be prepared!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

No new podcast this week but remember we have 43 episodes ready and waiting for you on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website.

Favourite… Moment of training – Partner WOD!

Love a good partner WOD! David and I teamed up for a killer on Thursday but that’s the great thing about teaming up with your husband for a WOD – you can tell them to move their butt (to put it nicely) throughout without having to be polite.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – little bit of shopping, little bit of lunch, lots of Saturday chill. Sunday – pancakes and newspapers, coffee walk, podcasting and chill. Monday – public holiday! Wahoo!

How do you make your coffee?

Last time you got ice cream – what did you get?

Do you like training/ working out with your partner?

How to survive a bloody long walk! #5TTT

Hi all,

On Sunday David and I participated in The Bloody Long Walk – Perth. Oh boy was it something!

Our 35km challenge (which in reality was 37.5km (23 miles) due to the nature of the course) took us a little over 8 hours to complete. Starting with a loop around the city and following the river through to the ocean, we saw so many sights Perth had to offer. It was a glorious day!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

But what a challenge it was! By the end our legs were toast, our feet throbbed, our minds were fried and we just wanted to sleep! But I feel so proud for achieving what we did.

For this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday I want to bring you 5 tips on how to survive a bloody long walk. Whether this be the 37km walk I did, trekking, hiking or just a days ramble in the countryside, be prepared for your walk!The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Don’t underestimate the challenge of a walk

I knew it was going to be a long walk. But I don’t think I fully understood just how long and how it would impact me. I walk all the time, everywhere, everyday and I have done lots of hikes in my time. But 8 hours straight walking? Up and down hills. From pavements to grass to roads to sand. This challenge takes it’s toll physically but also mentally. You have to want to go on. You have to want to finish. But this is what makes this challenge all the more rewarding at the end.

Do it with someone you actually like

A physical and mental challenge. Folks you are going to go through all the emotions and strains. Because of this you must do the challenge with folk you like and can be honest with. You have to be on the same page pacing wise and when you want to take breaks. You need to talk about how you feel throughout – both the highs and the lows. 8 hours is a long time.The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Be prepared for the elements

37km is a long distance and you are going to hit various types of weather. For us it stayed dry the whole time (but I still brought my waterproof just in case). The menace for us was the sun. The temperature said one thing but having the sun beating down on you directly for 8 hours kept us very hot. We drank water during and at every checkpoint we met. We reapplied sun cream and wore the very stylish hats they provided us with. Actually I think my hat was my saviour of the day – a wide brim protects your face and eyes from direct and harsh sunlight.

Know your shoes – can you trust them?

You may think you have the comfiest pair of trainers, but are they 37km comfortable? I’m not suggesting you do a test run to find out! No, simply be prepared for the worst. Plasters, thicker socks, padding, even a spare pair of shoes might be handy. I took my Birkenstocks with me to change into at the finish line – best decision ever.The bloody long walk - chase the red grape

Hand sanitizer

One I had to end on! This was the one thing I wish I had with me on the day. Port-a-loos, public toilets, lots of drinking water… yup you get the idea. Hand sanitizer will be your best friend, trust me.

And on that bum note (ha!) I will end by saying a massive well done to everyone who has completed the walk and a big good luck to those in the other Australian cites who are yet to walk!

What was the longest walk you have ever done?

Do you like to walk or do you prefer a run or cycle?

Have you ever underestimated a challenge before?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

We’re in! Updates on the move and more

Hi all,

How are you getting on?

What an eventful couple of weeks I have had! But I am so pleased to finally catch up with you all and say we are officially settled in our new home.

Last Thursday I picked up the keys and from then all the way through the weekend it was non stop packing, moving and cleaning.moving chase the red grape

Most of our things were moved over on Saturday morning which left the afternoon plus Sunday to fully clean our old apartment from top to bottom. You think you live in a clean home but that ‘deep clean so we get our rental deposit back’ is always a killer.

But we got there and Sunday night was the first night in our new home, nicknamed ‘The Treehouse’ because when you’re inside it feels like a house up in the trees. Can I just say how much I love being surrounded by trees? Brings such a comfort and cosiness – especially the massive lemon tree we have growing outside our kitchen window. Simply stunning.chase the red grape lemons

Most of our boxes are unpacked and everything is finding its place. I will show you pictures soon once we have sorted everything out fully. It’s such a lovely apartment though and simply perfect for the two of us. Definitely feels like home.

What else has been happening?

Well for the past 6 weeks I have been a part of a community choir learning how to sing! It has been so much fun and dare I say I have found a hidden hobby? Monday was the last lesson though and we had a concert to follow in which our friends and family were invited. It was great to sing with everyone and show our loved ones the 7 songs we had learned throughout our time. Did I also mention it was in our local library? The acoustics were incredible! I couldn’t stop smiling and the champagne reception afterwards certainly continued those smiles.chase the red grape

Other highlights included getting an obscene amount of Lindt chocolate from our newly opened Lindt store (we needed a moving treat) and also finding that they stocked my favourite Lindt bar! chase the red grape lindt

Getting these gorgeous flowers from my parents and brother.chase the red grape flowers

Trying new coffee shops in our area – such a lovely little community.chase the red grape coffee

Recording and sharing with you all one of my favourite podcast episodes to record – body image. Download on iTunes and Stitcher or listen via the website here.body image - chase the red grape podcast

And only training twice this week. We took a few days off after moving as our bodies needed it and we decided to go for a coffee and walk this morning instead of training – was definitely the better option for my health that’s for sure.

My weekend plans this week – Saturday – Walking (!) to our local farmers market, Ikea and food prepping. Sunday – The Bloody Long Walk! Yes David and I will be walking 35km (22 miles) on Sunday starting in central Perth and winding round the city and suburbs ending at the beach. I am totally looking forward to it – catch me on my insta-stories!

But time is precious on a Friday/ weekend so will let you go! Hope you have a fun fab weekend!

Tell me what you have been up to recently.

Do you like to sing?

Any tips on what to do with all those lemons, apart from the lemon hot water we have each morning?

The mental challenges of moving home #5TTT

Hi all,

This weekend I am moving apartments. Phew.

It’s such a demanding time, stressful and everything just seems like it’s never going to come together.

We all know how physically demanding moving can be. Packing, lifting, sorting, up and down stairs, cleaning, lack of sleep etc. But have you ever thought about the mental challenges of moving home?

For this weeks 5 top tips I want to share 5 ways in which moving can affect your mental game. Take care and don’t let it stress you out. (I am telling myself this right now!).moving home - chase the red grape

Letting go of a safe space

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s where you feel safe and calm. Moving, no matter what the circumstances, means that you have to break free from this space – it’s why most of us take so long to make the big leap of moving in the first place. Embrace what this space has given you – a home, cosiness, memories and let go. Holding on makes it very difficult for your new home to provide this sense of comfort.

Reviewing your belongings

Moving means packing. Packing means arranging and sorting, viewing and making decisions on all the belongings you have of old and new. Do I need this? Do I want this? What memory does this evoke? So many questions for what is already a stressful time. My go to question is ‘would someone else get more use out of this?’ – donating always makes me feel good. For more sentimental belongings I ask myself ‘would future Jen potentially regret letting go of this?’ If the answer is yes or there is a doubt I keep it.

Overwhelm of cost

For some of us, like me, moving becomes a source of anxiety because of the financial cost. Never mind the general cost of paying different rents, deposits, transferring letting agencies and the like, it’s the hidden/ forgetful costs that pile up for me. Transferring utilities and internet, van hire, cost of packing materials, mail redirection, even down to the endless coffees and take out meals that are inevitable over moving days. Big deep breath. For most of us, this is not a frequent occurrence. Sure your savings are going to take a hit, but make the best choices, source out the best deals and be happy in the notion that although inevitable, you did the best you could money wise.

Creating a new home

You’re in a blank space. Your whole world surrounds you in boxes and bags. What do you do now? How do you create that safe space? Oh, did you notice that when we first took a look around? I don’t know if I like that. Why didn’t I notice that? Sound familiar?

Another big breath. Safe, cosy, calm spaces come over time. They come when you find a home for all your little nick naks. Don’t rush it, let it develop.

Big changes and how they affect the rest of your world

Moving home is a big deal, whether it be moving down the road, to another city or to the other side of the world. When one big change happens you start to look at other aspects of your life in a different way. One big change spurs another. We become more confident, more pensive, more ambitious. Now whether or not other changes come to fruition or these thoughts just come and go, that’s up to you. But if you can move house, what else can you do if you want to?

And for me, all that is left is to move!

Due to this I will be taking some time off and will be back to let you know how we got on with a Friday Favourites on the 15th! Keep up to date with the move etc over on Instagram – yep I will be that person who insta-stories rather than packing!

And don’t forget to check out this weeks podcast which is released tomorrow (Wed 6th). The topic is body image and it’s one heck of a podcast episode. We both speak open and honestly about our experience and it’s definitely worth a listen if you want to feel great about who you are and how you can control how you view yourself. Or subscribe over on iTunes or Stitcher and you definitely won’t miss it!

When was the last time you moved home?

Do you find it easy to create a new safe space?

Have you ever made a change in another area of your life after moving home?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 42 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Happy first day of Spring to those in my hemisphere!

This past week I have just felt something in the air. A little more warmth, start of some balmy nights, the flowers starting to peak out from their hiding places… and I definitely think it’s time. I have had enough of winter!

Spring always brings a sense of new beginnings. I guess for David and I this will be in the form of moving to a new apartment – we get the keys on Thursday!

I’m not going to lie, I do feel a slight sense of anxiety that always comes with change. However we have been so lucky to get the apartment we have, in the area of town that we want, so I am thinking it was meant to be. Also we have nicknamed it ‘The Treehouse’ – small, but cosy and surrounded by trees and greens. And a lovely wooden balcony to sit on. Mmmm I can already feel myself relaxing.Friday - chase the red grape

But enough of Spring as I’m sure the majority of you are actually going the opposite way and I’m probably not your favourite person right now! Time for Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Puppies and Coffeepuppy - chase the red grape

This is Rufus. We met him on Sunday whilst having coffee. I have no words. He is as cute, as small and as well behaved as you can imagine. Heaven.

Favourite… Feeling – Beach air. Deep breath.beach - chase the red grape

We went for lunch near the beach on Saturday and the clouds in the sky were doing amazing things. It was so peaceful, the air felt so clear and fresh… it was just a lovely sensation.

Favourite… Purchase – Nothing.

Yup that’s right, nothing. Moving house is one big money hole, even more so here in Aus (the amount of ‘hidden fees’ companies charge you is insane), so we ain’t buying anything other than the necessities right now. Casing point – last thing I bought? Packing tape.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Pizzapizza - chase the red grape

So our lunch on Saturday was at our favourite stone baked pizza joint right by the beach. They do a fab GF pizza which we split along with a rocket and pear salad. Just what I needed.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 42 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastbody image - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at body image. Not a topic I hit here often but one that I have so many things that I want you to know. More on this subject on next weeks podcast! (And no, I don’t blame the media)burnout - chase the red grape

Episode 42 of the podcast looked at burnout. Both David and I feel so exhausted right now but how do we know it’s burnout? And more importantly, what are we doing about it. Download on iTunes and Stitcher or here on the website. 

Favourite… Moment of training – DU’s

After a really bad double under week (and we did a lot of them), I got 30 in a row today. After the week I had this felt really good.

Weekend Plans -Saturday – Back to get our windscreen replaced again (they installed one that was scratched), then pack, pack, clean, pack. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers for the last time in this apartment (!), podcasting and more cleaning/ packing. Urgh the thought… but I know it will be worth it.

Have a fab weekend guys!

Do you feel the change of season in the air?

Pizza time – what you having on yours?

Do you like it when cafes and coffee shops allow dogs in?