Lifestyle

My Hypoxi Experience – Day 1, Week 1

It’s 6:30am and I’m onto my second programmed session at my local Hypoxi studio. I came for my trial last Thursday and decided to purchase a package. Hypoxi is a low-impact exercise and has been developed to burn stubborn fat and reduce cellulite. It was developed by an Austrian sports scientist, Dr Norbert Egger in 1997 and was established in Australia in 2005. Multiple independent studies have been performed into the benefits of Hypoxi and the results are there, with those undertaking Hypoxi achieving an average of 3 times higher loss in circumference in the area around the lower body,

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I’ve heard about Hypoxi for years now and have always wanted to try it. I’ve been mindful of the cost as it is not cheap. However with every failed diet, gym program and every other supplement, app, training session and boot camp which I’ve also forked money out for, it seems like this is worth the investment. Here is an article put together by Sasha Melnik (August, 2017) 9 Reasons why Hypoxi is right for you!

I’ve tried most forms of exercise, pretty much every eating program and even though I may experience small results, they are often short-lived. I retain water like a camel and whilst I used to be considered to be a “pear” shape, that’s pretty much morphed into a butternut pumpkin.

For years I thought maybe it was a hormonal thing. It didn’t make sense to not lose weight and/or cm’s whilst eating well and exercising, off the booze, sugar free etc. Yet I would be lucky to shift 5kg in as many months. I am not a small person. This is not the last 5kg I was thing to move. This was the first. I stand at 5″9 and am 100kg+. At my happiest and healthiest I was mid-80’s with really good muscle tone. That was five years ago.

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I’ve had my food tolerances tested, my thyroid tested, all of my hormones. I’ve seen nutritionists and Doctors, Exercise Physicians, Psychologists, PT’s, holistic practitioners – the lot. Everyone offers more or less the same advice. Don’t eat sugar. Don’t have soft drink. No more take away. It seems to be the easiest go-to, looking at me. Then when I explain I eat really well and have very good portion control and dietary understanding they assume I’m not trying hard enough at the gym.

It’s confusing. It’s hard to think that this size is my body’s new “normal”. I don’t want it to be. I’m not comfortable and I am not healthy.I set about eating completely clean, drinking only water and taking the diuretics – I dropped 10kg pretty quickly. That was without exercise. So it became glaringly obvious that I hike a hell of a lot of water (I really am like a human cucumber but with anxiety).The science is there. It is backed by science, there are real results.

As I’ve written this, I’ve reached half-way on my L250 session (30 minutes in total). My wonderful consultant Bec has recommended both the Hypoxidermology and the L250 for my program, to assist not only with uneven skin tone, water retention and cellulite but also with the fat deposits around my stomach, thighs and backside. I am really hopeful that I too will have positive results.I plan on sticking to my usual cardio during the week, my healthy eating and the occasional wine and treat meal. It’s too hard for me to go all-in, I end up binging or taking weeks off and really, this has been too big of an investment to be giving up!

My Husband and I are heading off on a 5 week adventure at the end of September. So that’s in less than three months. I would really love to have noticeable results by then. I will try to have 2 or 3 other cardio/toning sessions during the week in addition to my three Hypoxi sessions and at the end of my purchased program (8 weeks), I hope to have noticeable results!

You can grab your free session with Hypoxi on the following link:

https://www.hypoxi.com.au/free-trial/

What training and or eating plan do you swear by?

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Aria Brisbane – Our favourite Restaurant

“it’s the whole experience and what it makes you feel. food is one aspect and primarily what people are there to enjoy but it’s equally as much about the service, wine list, interiors, location, atmosphere and an ingrained sense of hospitality.”

/  MATT MORAN /

This week Grant and I celebrated a pretty special Anniversary. Not our wedding anniversary, but our first anniversary. Five years! Five years ago we had our first dinner-date at Aria and we have never forgotten how amazing it was.

Aria is located at Eagle St Pier, has a stunning view of our stunning Brisbane river, the city and the Story Bridge and is manned by an absolutely lovely team. The General Manager, Daniel was able to find our reservation from five years ago and also let us now he had been working that night, out the back. So that was super nostalgic for the both of us!

So we headed back there and we ate all of the following delicious meals…

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Sydney rock oysters, shallot, aged red wine vinegar & mussels
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Amazing sliced fig with other tasty treats
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Tuna, honey bug, wasabi, black radish
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Gold beetroot, sesame cheese, pear, witlof
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Smoked pork, turnip, mustard
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Spanner crab, black rice, avocado, wasabi leaf
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Wagyu bresaola, parmesan, fried bread

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Strawberry, gingerbread, yoghurt

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Not Pictured: Veal, celeriac, native thyme with beef cheek

Our first date was pretty special and it’s been one of my favourite memories these past five years. So being so warmly welcomed with genuine hospitality and excitement around our anniversary was really lovely.

The team at Aria are second to none and their food is just amazing. Plus those views, hard to beat!

Tell me, where is your favourite place to dine in Brisbane?

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My go-to movies to make my heart happy <3

I absolutely LOVE throwing myself into a movie, tv series, book, music – you name it, if it offers me some form of escapism, or if I am hungover, or if I just do not want to leave the house – then I am in! I have 100’s of favourite movies, but here are ten which, without fail, are the movie version of chicken-soup-for-my-soul.

In no particular order, here is my list of my favourites – enjoy! P.S These are normally enjoyed with tea and or wine ;).

Overboard (1987)

This is a movie which I watched with my sister and my mother so many times, we have lost count. It’s hilarious. Goldie Hawn a snooty heiress who ends up with amnesia and becomes the ‘Wife’ of the Carpenter (Kurt Russell) she mocked? Amazing. If you re-watch it now, I guess you could say ‘kidnapping’ and ‘criminal’ and ‘immoral’ but I just think it is 1987 at its finest. Also seeing as I am constantly being asked when I am having a baby I like to quote this exact movie ‘if I have a baby, I won’t be the baby’ ;).

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Steve Martin’s epic journey to get home to his family for Thanksgiving, trailing along with the ever-annoying, but loveable John Candy. It is another movie that reminds you that kindness costs nothing. It is a comedy, and I remember laughing with my entire family watching this one, but it also gives me all the feels. Despite its age, the core of the story remains ever-relevant.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

Hellooooo! I watched this movie probably 4 or 5 times every year when I was a kid. It was my first exposure to divorce, Robin Wiliams’ extraordinary talent, San Francisco, cross-dressing and Pierce Brosnan playing a skeazy d*ckwad. I love this movie, I still watch this movie and I cry every time I think about poor Robin and the pain such an amazing man experienced throughout his life. Also the sentence ‘the whole time!?’ is a staple in our household.

Practical Magic (1998)

I definitely seem to love the movies with lost love, not sure why! Is that morbid? I don’t know. I love Practical Magic, it came out when I was about 15 and excuse the pun, but it was completely bewitching. It was also scary when I first watched it – it did however remind me that love is real and one day I would have it <3. I love Sandra Bullock and I cannot help but love ‘our’ Nic. It also reminds you to stand up for yourself, not to give into bullying and to have your families back x

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Heath Ledger. Kat’s Teen angst. A powerful female character who was not the most popular chick in school and who was well-read. Heath Ledger. That scene with Joey doing the exact same pose for underwear and swimsuits at Bogey Lowenstein’s party. Oh my god. The poem, the end scene, the kiss at the paintball. Just stop. 14 year old me could barely handle the excitement of this movie (and 31 year old me is still the same level of excited). This movie always makes me feeling ‘just whelmed’ :).

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

This movie has won no particular accolades, many people have not even seen it. I remember borrowing it from Video Ezy in one of my manic Friday afternoon 10 for $10. However, from the first time I saw it – I loved it and I still love it to this day. Diane Lane is Frances, a writer who goes through a marriage break-down and impulsively buys and restores a tuscan villa on a holiday. Uplifting, inspiring, girl-power, you can do it on your own. I absolutely Love it. If anything, this movie taught me that I had to love myself before I could love someone else.

Love Actually (2003)

Liam Neeson, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth? A little boy finding love and chasing after it with conviction even just after his Mum has died? Billy-Bob Thornton playing a sleazy American President? An entire village in Portugal thinking Jamie is there to kill Aurelia? What isn’t to love? It is a staple Christmas-time movie and to be honest, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Love Actually, because, love, actually is all around ❤

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

Who doesn’t love Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey as Benjamin Barry and Andie Anderson in this movie? All of the feelings! Special mention to Kathryn Hahn for being her usual hilarious self in this one as love-clueless Michelle. I like this movie because it embarrasses men and women – shows us how ridiculous we both can be! Also, Princess Sophia, making men curl their toes in embarrassment for years! Which couple hasn’t had the love-fern fight?

The Upside of Anger (2005)

Joan Allen is a woman whom I absolutely adore, and in this movie my love affair with her only grew. When Terry’s husband leaves her and her four daughters, her life is flipped on its head. Terry needs to draw strength to support her family and each one of their unique lives. It is gritty, it has some dark moments but it is feel-good. I do think its an adequate portrayal of a family filled with head-strong and very different women. Kevin Costner is brilliant in this as well and even though the movie is hardly all sparkles and sunflowers, it is a feel-good movie that I just keeping come back to.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Again – empowering! Also Meryl Streep (there is no Meryl Streep I do not love!) Emily Blunt (the most adorable English rose in Hollywood if you ask me). Stanley Tucci, the thought of being exposed to all of that fashion! Ruthless behaviour, demanding Boss. Sign me up! It’s glossy and not a true portrayal of probably any real-life situation but I don’t care. I love it and it makes me happy.

P.S I Love You (2007)

Ireland, Gerard Butler, the ultimate acts of love – even beyond the grave, a family rallying together to support a woman who has lost the love of her life. I love this movie. It makes me bawl my eyes out, it makes me remember why I love who I love and to let them know. Every, damned, time. The book is amazing and although I am not the biggest fan of Ms Swank’s, I absolutely adored the movie.

Tell me, what is your go-to movie, to perk yourself back up?

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Lifestyle

How I stay motivated to keep fit in winter

“Summer bodies are made in the winter” – EVERY GYM AROUND THE WORLD…*gross*

Okay, that’s great but how do I get myself to exercise when it is cold and dark? I want to become one with my bed and stay there for three months. I want to crawl out of bed at the last minute possible to make my bus and when I get home at night after work, I have high expectations of being in front of my t.v, with a red wine and my mermaid blanket wrapped around me.

pexels-photo-287240.jpegSo, it comes as quite a shock, where I go from waking with the birds at 5am, sweating and with the sunshine beaming through my window during Brisbane Summer – to hearing what I assume is a raid-siren going off at 4:20am. In the dark. Panicked. To realise that it is my Husband’s phone alarm. We are going to the gym.

Um. No, we are not.

It is freezing, it is dark. If I turn the bedroom lights on, I will absolutely experience what can only be described as a lens-flare, no doubt resulting in permanent vision loss! Disclaimer: my emotional over-exaggeration when I am tired is #extra. I am NOT sorry for this.

I get to gym at 4.45am. I’ve convinced myself that I am a fit goddess, this gym will be mine for the taking, who else could have possible achieved such a feat on a Monday?Turns out many, many people. The gym is obscurely packed, my brain can’t really make sense of it. I don’t understand, these people are social and awake?!

So before this post turns into the anti-gym motivational kind, here are five tips which I have found are working for me. After all as of tomorrow we head into week 4 of this new healthy lifestyle and with only 83 days to go until our big trip, I need to keep it up!

  • Food Prep

You may think it is easier to tackle either the food or exercise part independent to the other, however – you will find that your motivation is through the roof when committing to both at the same time. I find that I am more committed to healthy eating and exercise when I wake up on Monday and know that all of my food is prepared and ready to go.IMG_8291

  • Prepare your gear the night before

When I am feeling particularly committal, I make sure I have my clothes set out the night before. I am not even a little bit ashamed to admit that I have gone to bed in my exercise gear the night before, that way you just need to roll out of bed, put your shoes on, brush your teeth and head out. Also – please don’t be that person at the gym who has not brushed their teeth. Gross.body sock

  • Go at your own pace

I have learnt through my last 15 years of yo-yo fitness (and non-committal attitude) with a splash of quitters mentality, that I need to go at my own pace. I do not need to reach a certain fitness standard within a certain time period. Some days I will do 60 minutes of cardio and 40 minutes of weights. Sometimes I run. Sometimes I sit on the exercise bike and pretend my tears are sweat. It’s the little things.

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  • Music

Make sure your playlist is something that is going to motivate you and get you going. Trust me on this one, without your music it is just a room full of grunting and heavy breathing (no thanks). Also, I don’t know about you, but gym versions of music are some of the most disappointing things I have ever heard. Have you ever done a spin class to the gym version of Bangarang or Since You’ve Been Gone? It will make your soul cry.

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  • Create a Routine

I do this not only with my exercise (wake up and leave the house at the same time), but also with the end of my workout. Rather than heading straight home and getting ready for work, my Husband and I now finish at the gym and then go and get our morning coffee together. It seems like something small, but that little routine has helped get up in the morning. If knowing there is a delicious coffee at the end of it, is what gets me out of bed then I am all for it.IMG_9890 (1)Ultimately I make it 70% of the time my Husband goes. Some days it just is not happening and I refuse to feel bad about this. We tried the gym after work, but we both frequently work late, so that ends up with a lot of canned exercise attempts. The morning’s suck. There is nothing pleasurable about them, but in saying that, despite falling asleep at my desk around 2pm, the gym is done. I have worked out for the day and no longer have to feel guilty when I get home.

What tips do you have? What keeps you motivated? I would love to know!

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Dear Captain Planet Generation…we are failing

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Captain Planet….if you grew up in the 90’s you would remember him and the Planeteers (Kwame, Wheeler, Linka, Gi & Ma-Ti anybody?). These guys were the reason six year old me understood environmental disasters & devastating destruction long before I ever learnt it in school! We were the generation they were after, they were talking to us – we were going to be the ones to turn it all around.

Except…Did you know that since 1993, we have lost an area of ‘unspoilt’ places twice the size of Alaska? Or that humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years?

With ecosystems being lost there is no ability to reverse the damage and although there is still approximately 30m sq. km of wilderness across the globe, that only equates to 23% of the world’s land mass. In saying that a large portion of this is Australia’s deserts and western woodlands.

For those of us in Australia, our environmental movement really hit its peak in the eighties and the Australian Labor Party began capitalising on national conservation and soil conservation.

We are incredibly fortunate in that Australia has over 6000 Landcare and Coastcare groups nationwide. We are respectful of climate change, sustainability, animal protection and of course environmental care as a whole.

As we continue to experience the effects of the damage we have caused to our beautiful planet, a sustainable economy is more important than ever. We need to live within our means and try to use natural assets rather than depleting them and work to bring pollution to a level that our environment can actually handle, rather than damage it beyond repair.

Sadly, Australia is surprisingly one of the lease sustainable countries in the world. The AEGN confirmed that we as a nation have an ecological footprint which is 2.8 times the work average & our carbon emissions are four times the world average.

So how do we, as Generation Y try to give back to the environment which is home? How do we respect and care for all of the beautiful places which has given us land, rain, clean water, incredible ecosystems, animals, fresh air and healthy oceans (AEGN, 2018)?

Our oceans have the highest marine biodiversity in the world and our native plants and animals are found only here, in Australia. Along without carbon footprint and carbon emissions we have the highest rate of animal extinction and our extreme and dangerous weather events are increasing each year. Whilst there is natural attrition, we humans are responsible for almost all of the damage.

The AEGN is working hard to provide marine sanctuaries, to stop large-scale land clearing, to set up wind and solar farms and provide education around climate change, to protect biodiversity and restore land and to advocate for the proper use and protection of our fresh water supplies. We rely on grants and groups to get this done. So how can you help? Well, have a look at the following tips which I either follow or will begin following and see how you go. I would also love to hear what you do, let’s be the generation Captain Planet thought we would be and step up to the challenge of protecting Earth for the next generation.

  • Walk & bike to local destinations, rather than taking your car
  • Use a refillable water bottle and avoid buying/using plastic water bottles. Did you know that there are 370 million bottles going to waste every year & that these will take over 400 years to break down (ProAcqua, 2014). Australia’s use of bottled water generates 60,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year!
  • Dry your clothes using a clothes-horse or clothesline instead of using your dryer (these bad boys are one of the biggest energy-sucking appliances in your home).
  • Use a keep-cup for your coffee (it is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year. That’s 2.7 million paper cups thrown out every day! (University of Melbourne, 2018).
  • Use reusable bags when you do your groceries (Greenpeace found that Australians use over 9.7 billion single-use plastic bags annually) (Greenpeace, 2017).
  • Use cold water for your washing machine
  • Unplug your electronics at night to stop them using electricity
  • Use digital documents and avoid print-outs
  • RECYCLE, recycle, recycle (the average Australian produces 1.5 tonnes of waste per year and much of this is avoidable!) (Greenpeace, 2014).
  • Buy products with the Energy Rating which is high, this is a mandatory scheme for most appliances and the higher the star-rating the better the appliance (Australian Government, 2013).
  • Adopt a water conservation strategy (fix your taps, use a water-saving shower head, keep your tap water in a bottle in the fridge, use your washing machine when you have a full load and on cold, install a water tank, don’t overwater your lawn etc.,) (Nature Australia, 2018).

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please ‘like’ or share the post so I can see! Please note, I have not been paid any sponsorships at all for this post. I only ever talk about my own personal experiences and adventures, places and locations which I love and think you will too!

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