Jen, you’re a loser #5TTT

Hi all,

This has been a post that I have wanted to write for a while now. It may sound really abrupt, hard on myself, actually it’s downright bullying (me on me).

I’m a loser.

In my core I’m a very competitive person. I want to win. I want to be the best. I want to come out on top. I take pride and value on working hard and winning. I thrive from it.

But to tell you the truth, I very rarely win. I did well in school and university, but was by no means the best and never got the top grades. I moved into a job where I strived a lot more than I should have just to feel the sense of doing more and being more… but it never led to more. I created this blog and I fell into an even bigger hole of feeling like I was constantly losing.

Then I started CrossFit.

I realised that I was never going to win at this sport. I was never going to come first in the class, I was never going to lift the heaviest or pull a skilled move out of the bag that others couldn’t. I can’t ever win at this one – my body just isn’t able. But I love the sport. Something had to change. I needed to quit or really look at how I view myself in terms of winning, losing and competing. Otherwise I was never going to be happy. And I ain’t no quitter.

So what has happened in the past four years since I placed that ultimatum upon myself? I’m still doing the sport, but I am a lot happier in how I view myself – both inside and outside of the gym. I worked out ways on how to change my mind set around feeling like a loser if I didn’t win. And today I want to share them all with you. No one should feel this way.chase the red grape

Defining what a winner is

This was the biggest question for me – what is the definition of a winner? Coming first/ on top every time? Really?

Winning is so much more than getting that gold star. Winning means learning lessons. Winning means trying something new. Winning means doing what you can when you can. Winning sometimes means having a shower and getting dressed when you feel like all you want to do is curl back into bed and hide from the world. We win every day, we just don’t always have to compete against others to do so.

Defining what a loser is.

Someone who didn’t win right? But as discussed above, you probably already have won at being you today. So where is the loss? I understand, maybe you went for a job and didn’t get it. You feel like a massive loser. But often we feel the loss for something we never had to begin with. Mourning for that is one thing. Tying your personal worth into the loss however is not. You may have lost but you are not a loser. They are two different things.

My best has to be enough.

As I mentioned above, winning is doing what you can and doing your best. I give my all to everything in life, I can’t help but do otherwise. My relationships, my writing, CrossFit… So how can I ask anymore of myself? Your best (and that can vary dependant on days and circumstance) is all you can and should ask of yourself. Sometimes that may mean you come out on top but when you don’t it simply means that another persons best was enough for the prize that day. Don’t ask any more of yourself when you know you can’t give it.

Winning doesn’t make me a good person.

Getting the role, winning the trophy, getting an A plus… these things are great. But it doesn’t make you a good person. Yes you may get the glory, but people don’t want to be around you because you win, they are around you because you are a good person. A good person is kind, generous, friendly, welcoming. You don’t define a good person as a winner. They win in life because they are good.

Remembering what your priorities in life are.

One massive question I asked myself at the beginning was, why do you do CrossFit Jen? The answer, for my health. Health is my priority. Four years ago I was weak, I had lost all muscle on my body, I was skin and bone. I wanted to be healthy again. I wanted to feel strong. I wanted to feel human again. That was my why. Did I do that? YES 100%. Am I still doing that? YES 100%

I’ll never see my name at the top of the leader board at my box. But I truly believe that I am finally at the top of my own leader board now. So call me a winner, call me a loser, who cares. I’m doing a great job at being me right now and that’s all that matters.

Do you ever feel like you are a loser?

Do you place a lot of merit on winning?

Have you ever had to place an ultimatum on yourself?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Friday Favourites + Episode 45 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

Oh I am so excited because next week we are off to ‘PARADISE’!

Yep we are heading down south to Dunsborogh (aka paradise) for some sea air, wineries, coffee, cheese and just one great big massive chill out.beach - chase the red grape

It’s been a long time coming, heck we needed a holiday as soon as we got back from the UK! But we are going to make this most of this break away in our favourite place, doing the things we love to do… aka eat and drink!

In particular I cannot wait to do another wine tour, the last one was a blast! As will the road trip down in general, you guys know I love a road trip! Will keep you all posted on Instagram though 🙂Friday - chase the red grape

But now it’s time for some Friday Favourites!

Favourite… Moment – Strawberry Pickingchase the red grape

We missed out last year and I was determined not to miss the season this year! What better way to spend an hour than picking (and eating!) loads of strawberries in the sun. So relaxing!

Favourite… Feeling – Drinking a chilled glass of Bee Meadchase the red grape

I have found my drink for the summer! I have been wanting to try mead again (having not had it in years) and this bee mead with manuka honey is amazing. We also tried the honey and ginger one and oh boy was that good too.

Favourite… Purchase – Diffuserchase the red grape

We have been looking around for a diffuser for a while and when we spotted this one on sale we knew we had to buy it! It’s perfect, small and fills the whole room with gorgeous essential oils. It also changes colour if we fancy. (It’s buy Oil Garden Aromatherapy)

Favourite… Food/Drink – Frittata and salad from the Swan Valley Caféchase the red grape

After picking strawberries in the valley we headed to our favourite little café. The frittata just jumped out at me that day and I’m so glad I did. Full of roasted veggies and served with 4, yes 4 different salads… so good! And it has inspired me to getting cooking frittatas again.

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 45 of the Chase the Red Grape PodcastBe a pineapple - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips was inspired by my big yellow pineapple. The news this week has been sad, shocking and led to so much frustration – but my advice, be a pineapple. Did you know of it’s symbolic nature?chase the red grape

Episode 45 of the podcast looked at how we emotionally and physically respond to the changing climate. The world is changing faster than we are evolving… and it’s taking it’s toll on us too. Download now on iTunes and Stitcher or listen here on the website

Favourite… Moment of training – Scaling right

This week I focused on scaling right. What was the aim of the workout? How could I complete it whilst keeping intensity high? Where could I push myself but not to the extreme? And I am glad to say that it worked… which has inspired me to continue. Taking responsibility for my training… check!

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Weekly shop, clean the car, food prep and chill. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, off for the opening of a new store Growers Lane (has a Whole Foods kinda vibe but all local) and podcasting!

Have a fab weekend folks!

Where are you going on your next holiday?

Do you like to go fruit picking?

How does the weather right now take it’s toll on you? (If we have a cold day here I feel rough!)

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?

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?

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?

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?

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!

So tell me, what should I read?

What is your go to wine region/ country?

What native wild animal do you see most often?

Friday Favourites + Episode 38 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcast

Hi all,

I am really really excited for the CrossFit Games!

It started on Thursday in the US… which was early morning in Australia… and finishes on Sunday… which is early Monday morning. Not exactly ideal for watching live.

Will be doing the best we can though watching replays, recaps and analysis videos… yup I completely geek out over this type of thing. (Check out episode 37 of the podcast for more thoughts!) One thing is for sure though, I will find out who wins before I can watch the final WODs. Damn time zones… why do they always make life complicated!Friday - chase the red grape

But that’s another rant for another day! Ha! Time for Friday Favourites!

Favourite…Moment – My 8th wedding anniversaryanniversary - chase the red grape

David and I met from drinks after work and then headed to our favourite restaurant in Perth, Long Chim. Food was amazing, as always but the company is my favourite part. No matter where I am with this dude I am able to smile, laugh and be completely relaxed.

Favourite… Feeling – Intense!

On Saturday I went to see Dunkirk. I know the story, I know the outcome but boy oh boy did it keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The hype for this movie is real folks, go and see it!

Favourite… Purchase – Vasevase - chase the red grape

The store that produces my favourite planner of all time, Kikki K, sent me a $10 off voucher for my birthday! So I bought this cute little hygge inspired vase and I can’t wait to use it in my new apartment. I love simple and very rarely buy homegoods but this just caught my eye!

Favourite… Food/Drink – Whisky and Bacon Flightwhisky bacon - chase the red grape

You guys the whisky and bacon flight that I had on my birthday last Friday was absolute perfection. Four fantastic whiskies paired perfectly with various styles of bacon. I was literally in birthday heaven!

Updates – 5TTT + Episode 38 of the Chase the Red Grape Podcastmarriage - chase the red grape

This weeks 5 top tips looked at 5 things I have learned about marriage. It was fun to take a different look at what, deep down, I have really taken from marriage.chase the red grape podcast

Episode 38 of the podcast was a fun update episode – looking at my birthday week, moving apartments, our favourite things and so much more! Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or here on the website. 

Favourite… Moment of training – Quiet classes

Is it bad that I always prefer when our CrossFit classes are no more than 8-10 of us? Ok we have a cap at 16 but I much prefer a smaller class. More room to move, breath, be able to speak to the coaches and I just feel more relaxed. We had a couple of them this week and it was lovely,

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Getting my nails done (OMG 3 times in a row, who am I!?), picking up a picnic lunch and then off to the hills for a walk. Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, coffee, podcasting and cleaning… boo! But lots of CrossFit… yay!

Have a great weekend folks!

How do you pronounce it – vase like bra’s or vase like rays? (Always always vase like bras’!)

Do you like quiet vibes or a buzz when doing classes?

Where did you go the last time you went for a long walk?