Why you don’t have to be like me #5TTT

Hi all,

All day, everyday, I am flooded with emails, articles, news reports and mutterings of ‘you should do this’ and ‘you should do that’. You know the ones I mean, and to be honest, I could write them too

‘I am a Health Coach, this is what you should eat’

‘Copy a CrossFitters diet to improve your muscle gain’

‘These top 3 tips to guarantee toned shoulders for the summer’….

They all imply that what is good/ right for one is good/ right for another. Yes there are many pieces of general advice that I wholly believe are applicable to everyone – the benefits of a good nights sleep being one. But as a whole, I fully stand beside the statement that what is right for me may not be right for you. Why copy what I do when you can find out for yourself what is right for you, your body and your mind? And not just for the health of your body, but with regards happiness too.

So for this weeks 5 top tips on a Tuesday, I am going to give you all the tools you need to prove to yourself that you don’t need to be me. You don’t need to be your best friend and you certainly don’t need to be that celebrity trainer/ nutritionist you are glued to on the TV. There is a reason why you are you and why something is right for you at any given time.like-me - chase the red grape

Personality

Your personality is what makes you unique. It’s why we love you! And you have to let it shine. The only thing anyone ever expects from you is to be real – at home, at work, at play. Don’t be shrouded behind what others expect you to be like or how you feel you should be. I know the ability to embrace ones personality definitely comes with age but it is so easy to slip into another persona that you ‘think’ others will like. For example, I am really cautious with new people. I take quite a while to trust someone. For a good time I thought I should force myself to be outgoing and peppy with new people but then I realised it actually makes me unhappy. And I need to take my time with new people, it’s just who I am. Others may be really outgoing and good for them. I need to be me.

Preference

Preference is what really comes to home with regards diet and exercise. I know some people who love to run. They look super healthy, can run fast and for long distances and others look up to them in high regard. I do too, but for their enthusiasm, not because they are a runner. Do you see running a marathon as the peak of health? If you enjoy running go for it, but if you don’t, find something else to bring you joy. I hate running and will always prefer rowing over it. Your body has a preference in everything – work out what it is!

Priorities

In life you need to know what your priorities are. What are you working towards right now? What do you want the most in the world? Do you read about others hiking the great wall of China or having children? Do you believe that is a priority for you?

Don’t be swayed by others priorities. Maybe for you right now your career is on top, but for others the same age as you it’s marriage and children. That’s perfectly ok, just follow your own path.

Circumstance

Our circumstances and surroundings are so different, it would be impossible to truly be like someone else. Some may be able to access organic fruits and vegetables all the time because they live next to a farm and can buy them cheap. For others in the city, weekly organic groceries are just not an option because it would cost far too much. I can stop and nap during the day because I work from home, but maybe you are in an office all day so it is out of the question. What you are reading/ watching may be the ideal but it doesn’t have to be your realitiy, nor should you feel bad if it isn’t.

Choice

So you have read an article. You have taken some good pointers from it that you think would enhance your life. What next? You have a choice. Does it sit with your personality? Would it be a preference of yours? Do you view it as a priority in your life? And finally, can your current circumstances allow for it? If all the answers to the above are positive then try them out! The only way you will know if they work for you is to do an experiment on yourself – and that’s always exciting! Just remember, if it doesn’t work out with you and your body then don’t see it as a failure or bring yourself down. It just means it’s perfect for them and not for you.

So be inspired and be motivated by others. But don’t forget, why be like them when you can be like you. Figure out what you want and need to be healthy and happy and let it be all the drive you need!

Do you feel swayed by articles you read/ programmes you watch?

Have you ever tried to change a piece of your personality?

What would you like to do but circumstances dictate otherwise?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

5 simple tips on making life easier #5TTT

Hi all,

Some days are just tough, right? Some days we just feel like the rest of the world owns us and there is nothing we can do about it. Some days we just want things to be a little easier, whether we be tired, stressed, emotional, overwhelmed or even just bored.

Making life easier on yourself isn’t up to the Gods, it really is in your control.

I’m not talking about big massive changes (they do have a time and place). Today, I am talking about small, daily, even hourly changes you can make to how you are approaching your present life. Living in a moment that’s easy and fun!

Let’s make life easy and we can do it, together, right now, simply and without planning. 5 top tips on making life easier – let’s get to it!easier - chase the red grape

Prioritise

Look at the day ahead of you. Write down 5 things you MUST do. Put them in order of priority and get to it. If you finish the list then ask yourself the same thing again. If new tasks come up at work reassess your priority list but in order to make room for this, something else has to go. Remember also to add other important factors to your list like taking time out for lunch and leaving the office on time – they are always some of my priorities.

Knowing you are focussing on what needs to be done rather than a whole spiral of tasks allows you to accept your priorities. It may be hard to decipher at first but once you get into a routine it becomes easier.

Social media/ app purge

I’m not telling you to get off Facebook or Instagram, instead I am telling you to use some of that time to do a group/ friend/ like purge. Check out everyone and every business you follow. Do you really want to see all that information still? Delete those who you no longer wish to see stories/ updates from. Do the same with your apps. Do you actually use all those apps you have downloaded? Are they a bad distraction? You know what to do.

Get into nature/ move

Taking time out in nature, or simply moving may sound like another stress to add on to your day, especially if you are time poor. But just going out for a lunchtime walk or even moving about the office allows your body to relax, your brain to switch off, even if it is for 5 minutes. It allows you to come back and focus, to be clear in your mind. Chances are when you feel like a break is out of the question that is when you need it the most.

Focus on what you want

This is very similar to prioritising but this is the section where we take out the NEED and the MUST (words we often associate with work) and replace it with want. What do I want to get out of my day? Knowing you are hitting some of your wants allows you to feel more in control, more optimistic. It doesn’t have to be big, simply knowing you are coming home to a dinner that you want to eat or making time because you want to go to drawing class can make the whole day feel a little easier.

Sleep is your main goal today

You heard me. Sleep is your main goal today. Decide now when your bedtime will be and stick to it. Put an alarm on your phone 15 mins prior so you can get yourself ready for sleep. Sleep allows your body to fully rest and restore. Your body cannot thrive without it. The day you make sleep a priority in your life is the day you will instantly start to feel better and more energised. A good nights sleep really can make the rest of your day so much easier.

What do you do that helps make life easier?

Do you prioritise your day?

How often do you do a social media purge?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

A ‘5 Top Tip’ Holiday Roundup! #5TTT

Hi all,

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

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

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

How to survive a holiday party

How to gift with a twist

How to feel and spread holiday cheer

How to organise your Christmas dinner

How to make the best of leftovers

Did you miss these ones from this year?

How to prep your home for the holidays

5 gifts you need to give this Christmas

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

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

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

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

Allow yourself to be human #5TTT

Hi all,

Do you allow yourself to be human?

I know we are all individuals and should be treated as such. We have our own thoughts, ambitions, lifestyles and dreams. But deep down we are all the same. We are all human beings.

Our bodies have similar traits. Our minds have the same tendencies. Our programming, if you will, is so in line. There are many things we could connect ourselves together about.

For today’s ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ I want to break away from the details and get down to some of the deep set connections that we all have. Factors that connect us all as human beings. Sometimes seeing the bigger picture of humanity can help us hone in on what really matters and how we deal with various situations in our lives.human - chase the red grape

Humans make mistakes

We have all be there, as a transition into adulthood, learning the fundamental lesson that we will all make mistakes. Big or small, sometimes we will take the wrong path. But how we deal with the acknowledgement of the mistake is key. ‘To err is human, to forgive divine’… so why don’t we forgive ourselves for the mistakes we make? Why do we find it easier to forgive others than we do ourselves? Next time you make a mistake, own it, learn from it and move on.

Humans like to play

Like every other species out there, we have a desire within us to play. What you define as ‘play’ is up to you – it could be experimenting in the kitchen, playing with your puppy or kids, joining a club, frolicking on the beach (or in the bedroom…), or even, like I did a few weeks back, going to your local play park and having a shot on the swings and slide! Switch off your mind, release and enjoy time with others smiling and having fun.

Humans want to be liked

We all inherently want to be liked, admired, trusted, looked up to. And that is perfectly ok. It is natural to wanted to be liked by the others around you, and you will adapt to others when spending a lot of time together. Just don’t let another’s opinion of you reflect how you feel about yourself. You are going to be a lot of folks cup of tea, but some, you wont be. It doesn’t make you a bad person – believe in you and keep your chin up.

Humans make noises, sounds, actions…

Breaking news! Every single one of us farts, burps, belches, makes weird funny noises, have phlegm and bogeys. Phew, now we have gotten over that we can move on! Take away etiquette from the matter, we all have these things that we find ‘gross’. Life is sometimes too short to pretend that you never ever have to do a number 2 at work.

Humans need to rest

We work, we play, we rest. No matter if you have a high flying corporate career or if you are Mr ‘stone age’ Caveman, it’s the same principal. The difference is Mr Caveman actually allowed himself to rest. Make time for ‘you’. Don’t feel bad about chilling out on the sofa instead of being a social butterfly. Use your annual leave entitlements (I know for folks in Europe and Australia this seems like craziness but I cannot believe the stories I hear of folks in the US feeling bad about taking their leave). Remember that we are not programmed to be in ‘fight or flight’ stress mode 100% of the time.

What makes you feel ‘human’?

Do you forgive yourself when you make a mistake?

Do you have trouble allowing yourself to take your annual leave?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Currently – August 16

Hi all,

Phew. Sorry for going M.I.A on you all this past week – that cold I told you about on Friday? Yeah that just got worse and worse.

I will spare you all the snot filled details, but suffice to say that by Tuesday I was spending the day with my duvet on the sofa, sleeping and feeling truly sorry for myself…

But the great news is that I am finally feeling better! Some good nights sleep paired with lots of hot drinks and TLC and I am, fingers crossed, on the mend.currently - chase the red grape

I was pretty pleased when I checked in with my diary this morning and found that today’s post is this months edition of ‘Currently‘ – a fun read for all you guys and a fun write for me to get back into the swing of things!

Linking up with Amanda over @RunningWithSpoons for Thinking Out Loud!

Current…

Book – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Soon to be Deathly Hallows… Don’t know what I will do when I finish reading the series (again). Ok will probably go on to read the new one, but I need a new series in my life. Any suggestions?

Obsession – Wildlife Spottingducks - chase the red grape

It’s the time of year again when animals and birds start popping out from the wood works (spiders and snakes you can stay put!). I’m loving seeing them all, whether it be the bandicoot we spotted the other week or the ducklings I found on my walk yesterday. So cute!

Food – Balsamic Vinegarbalsamic vinegar - chase the red grape

A good balsamic is a cupboard staple! I marinade chicken in it, add it to my shepherds pie mix, use it in stir fries – you name it, it can pack a major flavour punch to it!

Drink – Hot Chocolatehot chocolate - chase the red grape

Nothing beats a good hot choc when it’s cold but it is hard to find an easy mix in that’s good to go and not full of nasties. This fairtrade one by Oxfam is outstanding. Organic raw cane sugar, cocoa and a bit of salt and that is it. Believe it or not, it even tastes great mixed into hot water if you can’t be bothered to heat up some milk.

(I never would have even tried that but when I sampled it at the store I was super shocked when she said it was made with water over milk!)

Procrastination – Social Media

Snap Chat, Facebook, Instagram oh my! These past few days of being sick have meant that when I wasn’t sleeping I was usually on my phone ‘scrolling’. Not good. But I like to think I do, as a whole, have a good relationship with my phone. Not picking it up after 6pm (apart from turning my alarm on) as an example.

Blessing – Living in Perthperth - chase the red grape

Had another one of those ‘oh my goodness I live here’ moments yesterday when I took myself out for a walk. The sky was clear blue, the river a beautiful turquoise, palm trees are springing into life again and around every corner was something to smile about. Life is good.

Excitement – Springspring - chase the red grape

How can anyone not be excited when Spring is around the corner!? Temperatures are creeping up, flowers are blooming all over and plans are starting to be made for the next few months. In fact if this time next month I am complaining again about the heat you have my permission to call me up on it!

Bane of my existence – Feeling sick

An easy one there. Specifically, not being able to breathe through your nose…. yuck!

TV Show – Modern Family

We cancelled Netflix and Stan and have signed up with Presto here in Australia (don’t know what the US equivalent is but it has all the HBO stuff…). Anyhoo we realised we were 2 seasons behind catching up with Modern Family. It’s good to be back with Phil Dunphy again… I swear we have the same humour…

Mood – Tired

As you can imagine, recovering is tiring. But I’m sure I will be back to 100% soon!

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday folks and a fun fab weekend when it comes!

What are you reading right now?

Apart from a salad dressing what do you use balsamic vinegar for?

Are the seasons starting to change with you?

Curiouser and Curiouser – Have we lost the art of being curious? #5TTT

Hi all,

On Sunday I watched a classic Disney movie that I haven’t seen for a long time – Alice in Wonderland. I loved this movie when I was growing up – did I understand what was going on and what things meant? No. Do I understand it now? Nope!

It was the perfect story, whether in book or film form that just doesn’t make sense. Nor does it have to. Instead, we let each adventure unfold in front of our eyes and we watch with bated breath. We adopt Alice’s major trait of curiosity.

Things don’t often make sense if you are curious, that’s why we are drawn to them. It’s different, new, unusual, odd, unknown…

I then started to wonder where the art of curiosity has gone. Would you describe yourself as a curious person? I don’t think I naturally would. But then, without curiosity, how would we have discovered all those amazing things that exist in the world?

Are our warning bells simply too loud in this day and age to be curious anymore? And are these bells protecting us or stopping us from seeking out something new? Do we simply leave the art of being curious to ‘others’ and watch from the protection of our screens?

Maybe we should all make time to be curious. Realise that the feeling of curiosity, although sometimes unnerving, doesn’t always mean it is wrong. This weeks ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ delves into your inner Alice – be curious!curious - chase the red grape

Reason your curiosity

We have all heard of the phrase ‘curiosity killed the cat’, right? So ask yourself why are you feeling curious about something? Reason with that feeling – does it make sense? What is at stake if I follow this? Maybe if Alice had reasoned with her curiosity she would have never followed a rabbit into a hole… but then if she hadn’t what would she have missed out on?

Believe in your ability

Most of the time the reason you are curious about something is because you know you can. Feeling like applying for that job opening…. taking a peak at the job spec… just about think that you may be able to do it…. and then suddenly with one fail swoop you have managed to talk yourself out of it. You have to believe in your ability, believe that you can do anything you set your mind to. If you truly believe in yourself then the art of being curious may not seem so scary after all.

Open your eyes

There is a massive world out there. Where do you see yourself in it? Curiosity is all about putting one step in front of the other and keeping your eyes open. You don’t have to leap, heck you can just dip your toe into the pool but keep asking, searching, exploring and soon you will be on your adventure.

Know your own personal limits

Deep down we all know how far we can push. Am I curious to know how it feels to jump out of a plane and soar through the clouds? Yes. Do I know that my personal limit will stop me from even getting on that plane? Yes. So I don’t dwell on it and move on. If you know that your personal limit will stop you from doing something then don’t let it bring you down. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Find another curiosity. Or find a different path to your goal.

If you never try, ask or explore you will never know…

If Alice had never tried the biscuit, she would never have shrunk. Then again if she had never tried that biscuit she would never have heard the flowers sing. Sometimes our curiosities lead us to our triumphs and achieving our dreams. Sometimes they lead us to our mistakes and failures. But if we had never experienced the downs would we ever experience the ups? Let your mistakes and failures lead you to your triumphs. Learn, grow and allow that to inspire you to keep being curious in life. You never try and you will never know.

Are you a curious person?

Do you tend to live your curiosities through others?

Tell me about a curiosity in your life that has lead to a triumph? (My blog was one for sure!)5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

5 traits I am drawn to in others #5TTT

Hi all,

When you move somewhere new and don’t know anyone, you suddenly become very aware of the personality traits you omit out. You want to seem friendly, but not overly. Interested but not obsessive. Engaging but not over the top. After a while you simply realise that trying to make a good impression with everyone you meet is really hard. Rather quickly I worked out that all I could be was myself and that took no additional effort at all. It was important for me to be me.

Instead I found that I gravitated towards others and their certain personalities – as we all do. The kind of traits that make us who we are as individuals. They say that you tend to engage with others of similar traits to yourself and I rather hope that to be the case. For what I respond to in others are traits that I truly hope I am blessed with myself.

What traits do you look for in others? Whether you like to think so or not, these traits, combined with experiences of course, are what turn acquaintances into friends and partners. The traits may even differ, depending on the type of person you were when you met them.

For this weeks ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ I am sharing with you the 5 traits that I am drawn to in others. Let it make you think about the people in your life and the traits they all share. In doing so, it will allow you to understand yourself a little better and explain why certain people appear in your life.traits - chase the red grape

Honesty and truth

I always look for honesty and truth in all my friends and family. If I ask a question I expect truthful answers – ranging from big issues right down to me asking my coach if my rep was solid, to use an example. Some people automatically trust until proven otherwise (like David), others, like myself, take a long time to trust someone. I truly believe this is the reason why my friendship group is so small but so precious to me. If I know you are always honest with me, I am more likely to trust you.

Motivation

I don’t need anyone to be my cheerleader but I do love when people can motivate me to try new things, break away from my comfort zone or inspire me. For example, I love the folk who I do CrossFit with at 6am. Their motivation to be up at the crack of dawn training with me speaks wonders in my book.

Realism

As with honesty and truth, I need my friends to be real with me. Support is great but I am not a fan of ‘sugar coating’ situations or making things seem bigger or smaller than they actually are. Sometimes I may come across as brash or abrupt but I have a hard time being anything but real with someone. I see it as a positive though, you will always know where you are with me!

Kindness and Compassion

My heart melts when I see others being kind to one and other. Kindness and compassion takes nothing, we can all give it freely and we have an endless supply of it. There is no excuse for being devoid of either. I find that simply by listening to others, letting them speak, truly hearing the words they are saying and not responding with opinions unless asked is the greatest form of kindness anyone can give. It allows others to feel they are being heard – this is so powerful and so lost in this day and age.

Humour

I love when you can make me laugh! I would like to think I am a funny person but I know most of the time I am funny when I try not to be! I am always specifically drawn to people with a dry wit (I think it’s the Brit in me), add in a dose of clever sarcasm and you have me sold. Then again I am also a sucker for simple humour. Those ‘Christmas Cracker’ jokes have me laughing for days.

So, what springs into your mind after reading this?

Do all your friends share similar or different traits?

What traits shine out to you? Do you have them too?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

How to get out of your head #5TTT

Hi all,

Do you ever sit quiet, gaze into space or hide yourself away? You tell everyone that ‘you’re fine’ or just away with the fairies/ daydreaming… when the reality is that you are anything but?

Instead, you are ‘in your head’, mulling something over, worrying, predicting working out different scenarios or reviewing something that has just happened. You can’t stop thinking, you can’t seem to escape it. It has all of your attention. And the worst thing is you can slip right into it without realising.

I spend more time that I should ‘in my head’. Yes I am more susceptible to it due to the mental side of my ED (no it doesn’t always have to be about food) but I also think my personality drives and encourages it – always seeking to be better, always trying to figure out where I went wrong or right etc. Working out a way of dealing with it has been my solution. More often than not living in our head takes up so much time and energy, leaving us exhausted with very little progress to show for it.How to get out of your head - chase the red grape

Below are my tips on how to tackle this head on, if you excuse the pun! These are tactics that I still use in my everyday life.

Acknowledge it

If you are ‘in your head’ then you have to admit to yourself that you are. There is no use hiding the fact that you have something buzzing around your head that just wont go anywhere. Acknowledge those emotions, feel it and work out exactly what is going on/ worrying you. Only then will you see how big/ small the issue is and potentially move onwards.

Talk/ write it down

It might not make sense to you, and therefore may be tricky to explain to someone else but talking can be a big sense of release, helping you to let go of the emotions. Find someone you know and trust who will listen to you – often their questions in clarifying what you mean will provide you with a solution. If you can’t find someone to talk to, write down what you are thinking in a journal. You don’t have to keep what you wrote but once again, the sense of release often provides clarity.

Stress

Being ‘in your head’ is very stressful. Anyone who has experienced it on the long or short term will understand the pressure it can put on you. It can make you irritable and fatigued and your body will struggle. Try and take some time to acknowledge your issues by resting and relaxing. Take a bath and talk it through with yourself. Tackle the issue head on in meditation or partake in some gentle exercise like a walk.

Avoid alcohol, food, high intensity exercise or work as a means to curb it.

Change direction

Once you have acknowledged what is circling your mind, talked it through and calmed your body down, then we can look at moving on. Sometimes we have an answer or a clear action and that is how we will proceed to move on. Other times we just have to get on with life and leave the issue where it is. Find something new to occupy your mind that makes you laugh and smile. Play some games with your friends, go dancing, make a nice dinner for you and your partner.

And remember…

Life isn’t complicated. It can be simple and easy if we allow it to be. We cannot control the actions and emotions of others but we are in control of our own. Sometimes I have to admit to myself that the past is the past and cannot be changed nor can I control the future. The only thing I can do is be alive and free in the present.

If you feel that you are not in control of the thoughts in your head very frequently, please seek out professional medical help. You are not alone and do not have to struggle on a daily basis. Talking not suffering is the answer.

Do you have moments where you feel stuck ‘in your head’?

How do you deal with them?

What is your favourite way to de-stress your mind?5 top tips on a tuesday - chase the red grape

Week In Review – July 4

Hi all,

Happy Monday! Hope you are all having a good day, especially those lucky dudes who have today off as a holiday. Oh how I would love for today to be a public holiday. I had one of those Sunday ‘moment’s yesterday where I just thought on how brilliant it would be to just have ‘one more day’ off. If I am being honest, it’s not because I’m tired or feeling glum, it’s simply because I have 4 more episodes left of The West Wing to watch and I am freaking out. I am so fully immersed in this programme right now that I am even dreaming about the characters. I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the original viewers at this point, seven years in the waiting, only being able to view one episode each week…

Come to think of it, how did we used to do that? Everyone is so used to the ability to ‘binge’ watch a show now that I think back to the days of watching one episode per week in fear. And then came that feeling, of knowing something you loved was going to end… and waiting for it. No wonder we all cry at final episodes. I remember when ER ended… I had been watching it for over twelve years, it was a part of me in some way. And then there was the year of hell when Friends, Will and Grace, Fraiser and Sex and the City all ended. Don’t even get me started.week in review - chase the red grape

However I promise that I have done more this week than just binge watch The West Wing! Time to get listing, ‘Week In Review’ style, linking up with Meghan @CleanEatsFastFeets for all the horn tooting love!

On the home front

Banking all complete

Washing and ironing – check!

Meal planned and food prepped for the weekbreakfast - chase the red grape

Cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for David and I each day.

Brewed a new batch of Kombucha and bottled the old batch (averaging one batch every 2 weeks now due to it being winter).kombucha - chase the red grape

Emptied the shredder and started on the monster shredding pile… until it overheated!

Did the weekly shop along with a trip to my favourite place, the farmers market

On the work front

I wrote 2 blog posts including this beauty on exploring your talentsExploring your talents - chase the red grape

Completed 2 modules of my level 2 Eat to Perform course plus I passed the accompanying tests.

I replied to emails and comments on my articles

Caught up on my podcasts, including many which have inspired future blog posts

Worked 3 days this week from the library – feeling much happier as a result

library- chase the red grape

My happy place…

Had an amazing chat with David regarding ‘my path’, making me wonder why I didn’t talk to him sooner about my work! He was full of brilliant ideas and inspiration of new and exciting things to do – I hadn’t realised just how quiet I had been about things. A wonderful chat over coffee has got me all raring to go though!

On the chill front

Went to ‘Nostalgia Box’ with David and spent well over an hour playing old computer games… until we had to stop as our eyes hurt! Ha!nostalgia box - chase the red grape

I had a bath Tuesday morning after CrossFit as my shoulders and legs were very sore – listening to my body and properly resting (even though I HATE baths!)

Trained 4x this week (as per usual) and actively tried to recover in between each session.

Stopped and ordered some delicious, warming, much needed mulled wine – definitely a first for me in Julymulled wine - chase the red grape

Got some needed ‘sea air’ with a beach walk and coffee – bliss!

Have you ever been upset at a TV show ending?

Are you good at keeping up with your shredding?

Do you talk to your partner/ friends/ parents about your work?

Friday Favourites – July 1

Hi all,

Can you believe it’s Friday? And not just any Friday, the 1st of July!?

I know I talk about time flying A LOT but it really did feel like yesterday we were in Melbourne. Now the sun is coming up a little later, the light lasting a little longer in the evening and I see new flowers and leaves popping up everywhere. It’s like no season I have ever experienced!

Does it feel like July? Nope. Do I need to redefine what July is? Oh yeah. Living in a back to front world isn’t getting any easier. Maybe once I start to revisit the same months I have already experienced my body and mind will get in sync with the seasons. I really do hope so…

Until then, I have a good excuse for wanting to hibernate, drink mulled wine and eat mounds of sweet potato under a duvet. All while I look outside at the crystal clear blue skies…. Australia, you confuse me!Friday - chase the red grape

What I know for sure though are my Friday Favourites for this week! Let’s get on it!

Favourite… Moment – Finding Monopoly on salemonopoly - chase the red grape

Having a wonder around the toy department at K Mart on Saturday (as you do) and I came across my favourite board game, on sale, and it’s never on sale! Heck yes! I love a good board game and we are stocking up on them again now we are in Australia. I do get a wee bit competitive though…cough cough… massive understatement…

Favourite… Feeling – Right nowFriday - chase the red grape

Sometimes that ‘Friday Feeling’ just can’t be beaten. Got a weekend of fun ahead of me, some good coffee by my side and the sun is out – what more could you want!? (Ok maybe some wine…)

Favourite…Purchase – Mayvers Dark Roasted PBPB- Chase the Red Grape

This. Is. Amazing! I always want my PB to have a really strong taste of peanuts and due to the dark roasting process in making this PB, the flavour is on point. It really reminds me of the freshly ground PB I got in Melbourne. Thank you Kristy for recommending it to me, you were right!

Favourite…Food/Drink – La Zuppa Soupssoup - chase the red grape

Finding a range of ready made soups that a) are enough food and b) have an ingredients list that you would use yourself to make soup, is really difficult. That’s why finding these soups by La Zuppa was such a great find! They are ideal on a Saturday when we want something warm in our tummy, quickly after doing the weekly shop. I just add some leftover cooked chicken to it and serve it along side some corn chips and winner winner!

Favourite…Link – Buzzfeed – 22 Tweets About Families That Are Hilariously Real

This article is brilliant! And so true…!

Favourite…Workout – Accessory workcrossfit - chase the red grape

After every WOD we do some form of accessory work – building muscle, stretching, toning etc. I always really look forward to this because I can slow my body down after a tough WOD by keeping it moving whilst also focusing on set muscle groups and making them stronger. I enjoy it just as much as the WOD sometimes, especially when it includes some kettle bell work like farmers carries, stiff legged/ single leg deadlifts or high pulls.

Weekend Plans – Saturday – Farmers market and weekly shop, then off to ‘Nostalgia Box’ – a video game museum that has all the consoles from the past… that you can play with! As long as they have a game boy (with pokemon) and a playstation (with Crash Bandicoot 4) I will be happy… no pressure! Sunday – Pancakes and newspapers, beach walk, coffee, food prep and chill!

Have a great weekend, and a happy 4th of July to all my American friends – eat something red, white and blue for me!

What is your favourite board game?

On the flip side – what is your favourite video game?

If you could have a big bowl of soup what kind would it be?

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