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

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?

Knowing that you’re not alone – body image #5TTT

Hi all,

Body image. It’s not a topic I tend to focus on a lot here on Chase the Red Grape but it’s one I am ready to deal with since it has become more prominent.

So here’s the deal. I’m not going to tell you to stay positive and keep smiling. That a smile will always make you look beautiful. That doing X,Y or Z programme will make you look in the mirror and see whatever it is that you want to see. Or that chanting ‘I’m beautiful’ to yourself over and over works (although kudos to you if it does).

I’m all about health and a healthy body. Whatever you believe a healthy body looks like is up to you – they all differ but yet are all strong and capeable. But there are a few things I really do want you all to take into account when addressing the issue of body image.

So for this weeks 5 top tips, I want to remind you all that you are not alone in this. Body image issues affect us all, and I want you to keep the following in mind.body image - chase the red grape

We all have insecurities

News flash! You are not alone. We all have things about us that we wish were different. Even the most confident and happy people occasionally wish ‘that bit would sit flatter’ or ‘my toes look really odd in these shoes’. Humans are programmed to compare, not by the media, but it’s how our brains function. Never think you are alone in feeling a certain way. Often the way we feel about ourselves is something we don’t talk enough about.

We all look at others and wish we had x,y or z

Another ‘we are all the same’ news flash! It’s normal to look at pictures and want to look like that. It’s normal to look at friends and wish you were the same. But you have to realise that someone is also looking at you and feeling the same way. Sometimes what we hated about ourselves we learn to love as it makes us stand out from the crowd. I hated being tall in school. Now I love it. And I know so many folk who have been flabbergasted that I ever wished to be anything but tall. It’s perception.

Lust but don’t obsess

The media and the blame we lay on it for feeling the way we feel – oh boy where do we begin! The media will always portray unrealistic images, it’s the sad truth, but how we respond to them is a different matter. Imagine it being like having a crush on Brad Pitt. You lust after him but you don’t obess after him. You are so happy and in love with your husband… but that doesn’t mean you can’t swoon at a pic of him occasionally. Same goes for posts on social media (or in real life). Look at that persons body/ hair/ makeup. Lust after it. But don’t let it become an obsession, you already have what you need.

Learning to love your body comes from the mind

If you struggle to love who you are and the body you are in, no amount of dieting or exercise is going to change that. The markers for ‘perfection’ are always going to change and evolve. If you want change it has to start with how you feel about yourself and view yourself.

Remember your strengths

When I am feeling glum about my body I always remember my strengths. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but I’m always willing to give it a try. What can I do? What does my body do for me? What do I love about myself? Why can’t David let me past without giving my bum a little squeeze – is it because it is pretty or ugly? And so on and so forth. Being realistic about yourself doesn’t have to be negative! 

Next weeks podcast (episode 43) will be all about body image, addressing it from both the male and female perspective – yes folks men feel it too! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss it.

Do you suffer from body insecurities?

What do you love about the way you look?

What do you think could be done in the media to address this issue? Or do you think it’s the everyday comparisons that really make a dent?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 41 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Have you ever watched a TV series all the way through, from beginning to end, in one go?

I’m talking every season was available to you when you started watching and you just went for it?

That’s what I did every lunchtime for the past 4 months… I went through the entire collection of Gilmore Girls – including the ‘year in the life’ recent addition.

I never had the chance to watch Gilmore Girls originally as it wasn’t shown in the UK. But after months of seeing everyone and their left arm talking about it, I thought I would give it a go.

Now it’s over I feel this sense of loss. Crazy I know! But if I am honest I think it’s probably to do with the end leading to a disruption in my lunchtime routine… which I had down to an art. I hate disruptions but I guess they only show me where I am comfortable, leading me on to the question ‘now change has to happen, what do I want to do’? I feel like once we move in 2 weeks time to another apartment and my routine is displaced again, I will find out.

This disruption will be good. I’m not going to let that nervous niggle of change stop me. So long Gilmore Girls, you were good but now I’m choosing change!

(On another note… what the hell was with that ending? Surely it has to come back…?).Friday - chase the red grape

But now time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – Book Sale!books - chase the red grape

On Saturday David and I went to a charity second hand book sale. I was in reading heaven! Every type of book you could think of, I didn’t know where to start! We spent almost 2 hours looking through them all, reading, laughing, reminiscing (I LOVED the children’s section), so much happiness!

Favourite… Feeling – Sunshine Walkchase the red grape perth

Sundays are for coffee walks in the sun and now Spring is approaching we are able to do just that. We had a walk down by the river, sun beaming on our faces… it was a lovely calm time.

Favourite… Purchase – Books of course!books - chase the red grape

I bought a few history books, Christmas books (I adore Christmas and it’s traditions), classics and even a couple of Famous Five books. I will be kept busy for sure.

Favourite… Food/Drink – Nitro Cold Brew from DiMattinanitro cold brew - chase the red grape

We had to go get our windscreen replaced (boo) so while we waited we went for a wonder to grab a coffee. Holy smokes I did not expect to find the most amazing coffee shop with the best on tap nitro cold brew. It was so smooth with the perfect head on it…. looked exactly like a Guinness – it even had the same velvety texture!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 41 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastchase the red grape podcast

All things podcast this week with my 5 top tips being 5 podcast episodes you should have listened to.chase the red grape podcast

And then when you are finished with those, check out the latest episode of the podcast all about the best and worst pieces of health advice we have heard. If you like a rant you’ll love this! Download on iTunes, Stitcher or listen on the website here. 

Favourite… Moment of training – Taking ownership

I am tired right now and my body is showing it. The beginning of the week was rough but then, the past two days, I decided to take ownership, back off on certain things and chose when and when not to push. I may still feel tired but my head feels in control and that makes a huge difference.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Massage (yes!), lunch out and then start to pack. Sunday – Pancakes, newspapers, coffee walk and podcasting!

Have a fab weekend folks!

Are you a Gilmore Girls fan?

Have any recent changes made you rethink your routine?

Do you buy second hand books?

5 Chase the Red Grape Podcast episodes you should have listened to #5TTT

Hi all,

Last week David and I released the 40th episode of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast!

40 gone and here’s to the next 40!

It may seem like there are so many podcasts out there right now vying for your attention, and don’t get me wrong, I know our competition is awesome.

So why do we still record in this ever expanding market? Because we love it. It is my favourite platform to engage with you all and I love being able to truly express how I feel. Any writer will tell you that to do the same thing in words is extremely difficult!

So discussions turn heated and passionate, ideas are thrown, rants are ranted and raves are enlightened. Our goals, hidden talents, desires, flaws and true thoughts are revealed. We tell stories, relive moments that are key to us as individuals but also as a married couple and never edit out the awkward or confused. It’s just me Jen, joined by David, trying to help us all to be healthier, happier people.

So for this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday, I thought I would share with you all the 5 Chase the Red Grape Podcast episodes you should have listened to. Come find out what you have been missing!

(Find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or here on chasetheredgrape.com where you can listen though the web!)chase the red grape podcast

Episode 40 – Realities of your personality

I had to begin with the most recent one as it was incredible to record and brought up a lot of common issues. Knowing your personality and working with both the positive and negative traits of it can be rewarding in so many ways. Don’t let said ‘realities’ of who you are dictate which path you should proceed down

Episode 24 – Being a Brit living abroad

Many of you have joined us here as we made the big move from Scotland to Perth Australia. But what is it really like being an expat living abroad? In this hilarious episode we pick out the good, bad and the ugly of British culture and apply that to life here in Aus.

Episode 21 – The Open is over, what’s next

This may originally have been recorded in response to the CrossFit Open ending but it delivers an important message for any athlete looking at setting and achieving goals for the following year. Being honest with where you are at is hard but sometimes very necessary.

Episode 12 – Mental Illness – Relationships and recovery

This was a tough one to record but so wonderful to put out into the world. Many of us will be affected by mental illness either personally or regarding a friend or family member at some point in our lives. It’s good to know how you can help the process and talk about matters that need to be addressed.

Episode 35 – Comfort Zones – Are you happy in yours?

Rather than push you to break free from your comfort zone, we instead discuss how comfort zones can be bloody wonderful in this day and age. Going on the theory, if it makes you happy then do it, we show you how they can actually represent all what you want in life. On the other hand, if it doesn’t make you happy, we show you how you can break free from your zone to experience something new.

So head on over and give the podcast a listen! Please also share and tell your friends. And a big thank you to those who have been with us since the beginning – it makes us very happy!

The latest episode of the podcast will be released on Wednesday – Episode 41 – The best and worst pieces of advice we have been given – don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss it.

Enjoy!

Have you listened to the podcast yet?

What do you like to hear people talking about on podcasts – more personal or professional?

Has a podcast ever made an impact on your life?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 40 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

How has your week been?Friday - chase the red grape

Mine has been one tough cookie. Nothing big or annoying happened, it just rained a lot and I felt a bit pants. Hopefully I’m not coming down with something.

But enough of being on a downer. I can tell you what was one of the highlights of my week – meeting this little lady over Skype.

My Mum fosters guide dog puppies when their trainers need a break or go on holiday (so she can, therefore, continue their training). As a result I end up having many awesome skype dates with my beautiful mum and some adorable poochies!chase the red grape podcast

This is Kiki. She is a year old, loves mud and eating slippers. Look at those ears!

And on that note let’s kick off Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Bed time

Yup my favourite moment this week has been bed time. No shame in that. Lights out by 9pm always in order to achieve my needed 8 hours!

Favourite… Feeling – Satisfaction from my puzzlepuzzle - chase the red grape

Nope we haven’t finished it yet… this puzzle (no shame) is going to cost me to lose many hairs. But we did finish the outer rim which brought much satisfaction considering how hard it is going to be! (Note, David picked this puzzle… not me…)

Favourite… Purchase – The perfect flat white…coffee - chase the red grape

Yes I like coffee, you all know that. But I adore the flavours and textures of coffee so so much. Enter this beauty from Wednesday. A 2 shot flat white gives the perfect milk to coffee ratio. I literally savoured every sip!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Roll’dRolld - chase the red grape

Roll’d is a Vietnamese food chain here in Perth and it’s bloody brilliant. It never disappoints me whether I’m in the mood for pho or this tasty Vietnamese salad I had above. Love me some crunchy veg and pork!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 30 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcasthealth and wellness BS - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was an epic look at how to navigate through all the health and wellness BS out there -hint… not everything works for everyone.chase the red grape podcast

The podcast this week looked at the realities of your personality – how to take another look at those negative traits we all see within ourselves and how knowing your personality better can help you be happier. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – I survived…

I guess that says it all! Ha! It wasn’t all bad… just maybe not what I was expecting (or hoping) from deload week.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Heading to get our windscreen replaced (damn chip), podcasting in between food prep and then out for drinks for a friends birthday. Sunday – Pancakes and papers, a walk with coffee and chill.

Have a fab weekend everyone!

Would you have a dog if you could?

How do you know when you are coming down with a bug/cold/flu?

Do you enjoy a puzzle?

How to navigate through all the health and wellness BS #5TTT

Hi all,

On a daily basis, I receive newsletters and update emails from many health and wellness websites and publications. For most of them, I simply hit ‘delete’. Why you may ask? Because of headlines such as these…

‘How to trick your body into feeling full’

‘One exercise for a perfect beach body’

‘Fruit is not your friend’

‘Eat this to look like X’.

Urgh… and some of these headlines come from HUGE publications… 

No wonder people out there are confused, scared, stumped, critical and so on and so forth. Everything seems to point to one way of thinking and then another… and then another.

So what do we do? We learn to navigate through all the BS. For this weeks 5 top tips I want to help you all break down the advice and tips we are all bombarded with on a daily basis, enabling you to truly figure out what works for you in terms of your health and wellness.health and wellness BS - chase the red grape

You are you

You are you, the only you, no one else is like you. What is right for one will always be wrong for another and vice versa. Your body is unique and you must treat it as much. Be inspired by tips and advice, let them get you thinking. But as for what is right for you? Only you know that.

Experiment

If in doubt, experiment! Don’t know if it will work for you? Give it a try. Allow at least 3 months for any experiment on yourself and know that if you don’t or can’t go in with a scientific mind set (all methods executed correctly and a ‘let’s just see what the results read’ attitude) then it probably isn’t healthy for you to experiment just yet. Aka if you ‘need’ the results to be one way or the other. Experiment, learn, move on, adapt.

Trust yourself

Don’t know if you should experiment or confused by something? Trust your gut. You know when something feels or sounds right or wrong for you. Don’t allow yourself to be swayed by fancy titles or qualifications – unless they have met or spoken to you, how do they know it is the right advice for you? And one major tip on how to trust your gut? If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Listen to the signs

Learn to read your body. What are your hunger signals telling you? What do your hair, skin and nails tell you about your health? How well do you sleep? Take time to pay attention to what your body is already telling you that you need. If you do decide to experiment with some of the advice you have read/ heard then make sure you track your progress. What does my body tell me? How am I feeling both physically and mentally? Know when your body is craving more or asking you to stop/ slow down.

Educate yourself

Read the small print, look at sample sizes, look at who was funding the studies whose results are laid before you. Find out the aftermath of those who partook in the study – was there any follow up? If you really want to know how much you can trust the information you are being given or whether or not it even applies to you, you have to dig. Will eating sweet potatoes like the Okinawans really lead to a longer healthier life for you when the rest of your diet and lifestyle doesn’t resemble theirs at all? Question. Educate. Experiment. Learn. 

Take responsibility for finding out what is right for your health and wellbeing. After all, you know you best.

Do you tend to follow the health advice you read/ listen to/ watch?

What is one thing you do for your health that is deemed to be ‘wrong’?

Does your body give you warning signs of what it needs/ wants?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 39 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

I’m coming to the end of the book I’m reading right now…. and it’s making me sad.

Not that the book is making me sad, no, the fact that I am coming to the end of it. It doesn’t happen very often, I normally love the sense of satisfaction I get from completing a book, but sometimes I just want to eeek out every last drop.

But tonight I know will be the night it is all over. I have 2 books waiting to be read but I just don’t know if they are really what I want to dive into next.

So my key question today is – anyone got any good book recommendations? Apart from maybe horror (I hate being spooked) I literally read and enjoy pretty much everything, fact and fiction, so would love to know if you have any must reads. It doesn’t have to be recent either, I love a good old classic too!Friday - chase the red grape

But for now, here are my Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Roo time!kangaroo - chase the red grape

We went for a crazy walk on Saturday (listen to the podcast below for more details) but on our (mis)travels we came across at least a dozen kangaroos! This one with its joey in its pouch was so cute!

Favourite… Feeling – Fresh airchase the red grape

Walking in the Perth hills, surrounded by trees, just priceless. It makes me miss the mountains and forest walks at home! The surroundings may be different but the air is just as pure.

Favourite… Purchase – Cheese!cheese - chase the red grape

David and I headed to our favourite deli on Saturday to pull together an epic picnic. Some musts for me are serrano ham (freshly sliced), olives and of course cheese! They have an excellent selection here and it was easy to pick an English blue, baked ricotta and my favourite the Campagnier!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Cruel Mistress Pinot Noirwine - chase the red grape

Gosh I love a Pinot Noir and this local one from Western Australia was simply divine. You could never want for good wine around here that’s for sure!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 39 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastabroad - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips centred around 2 years of living abroad – lessons, tips and advice.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 39 of the podcast looked at mastering the basics. In the crazy world of social media, have we all forgotten that in order to achieve we have to master the basics first? From sport to your career, where has the patience for hard work gone and why do we forget to acknowledge that in others? Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – you know what?

…it’s been a tough end to the week. I really didn’t enjoy my training today and it really affected me emotionally. It’s so draining when that happens. But that’s training sometimes. Will be back at it Monday morning and fingers crossed, after a nice relaxing weekend, I wont feel quite so beaten up, physically and mentally.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Brekkie, off for coffee and to buy the weekend newspaper. Then out for lunch, an afternoon of cooking, wine drinking, puzzle making and chilling out! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee and podcasting!

Have a fab weekend folks!

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