Should I Workout Today?

I don’t look forward to today. Today is Tuesday. Tuesday means I have a Les Mills Body Attack class to attend before I can proceed to Wednesday. For those of you unfamiliar with Body Attack I shall write out it’s description as per Fitness First’s timetable.

“Simple, athletic and electric. A high energy program combining hi & lo impact moves and combinations, organised action and strength phases.” 

When they say “high energy” they really mean high energy. I have a love/hate relationship with Body Attack. I love the feeling when the hour is up and I go home tired, sore and sweaty. I hate the effort I have to put in to get to that point. Before I started attending, I use to watch other people do the class and tell myself I would not make it past the warm-up. I did almost die in the warm-up of the first session. I think I forgot to breathe due to the intensity of it. And by the end of the class I couldn’t feel my arms or legs. But somehow I went back the following week and twelve classes later, I’m still going.

However every Tuesday about an hour before the class, almost without fail my mind would start making excuses as to why I shouldn’t go to the class.

“It’s too hot.” or “It’s too cold.”

“I’m too tired.”

“There’s too much traffic on the roads. I won’t get there in time.”

“I should just workout on the cross trainer.” 

“I’ll probably die in Body Attack.”

“I already went last week.”

“I just ate.”

“My body hurts.”

And the list goes on. And on. And on.

Yes I wish I had as many bright ideas as I have excuses not to workout! Excuses flood my head in seconds! So while pinning things on Pinterest I found this little diagram:

Go workout!

It’s a pretty funny diagram but I’ve actually printed this out and stuck it on my pinboard on top of my gym timetable. I think it guilt trips me if I don’t go because of laziness! Sometimes it’s just too hard to find that motivation to workout and too easy to make excuses and talk yourself out of it. I found with me that the moment I talk myself out of training for a day, it will lead to a few days and then a whole week of not going to the gym. And the next thing I know it’s been six months since I last had a proper workout. And getting back into it is a pain! There’s something that the instructor once said that has stuck in my head:

“Don’t think of exercise as torturing yourself, think of it as loving your body.”  

I’ve had to change my mindset and think of exercise as a lifestyle rather than a chore. It’s not easy but it can be done. I’ve stuck to my regime of training 4-6 days a week for nearly three months now which is quite an achievement for me. In the past it usually only lasted one or two months before I let the excuses win. I’ve also conquered my fear of Body Attack, and as much as it pains me, I secretly love it and will continue on with it. You just need to find something to motivate you and keep you going, even if it’s a silly little diagram you found on Pinterest. 🙂

Good luck and Happy Body Attacking!

I won lotto!

Unfortunately for me the lotto ticket actually cost more than what I won 😦 But winning something is better than nothing, right?

My "payout" of $13.75 from winning lotto

A Bit Ambitious, Perhaps?

I’ve been back in Perth for about two and a half months now and as much as I’m loving all this time I have with my friends and family, I know I’ve left my heart in Melbourne. I’ve always wanted to live there and now that I have experienced living there, I want to stay there. So I’ve set out a goal plan to relocate to Melbourne before I turn 30. So that probably means saving like mad, working as many jobs as I can, crossing my fingers for every lottery ticket and giving up Oroton bags.

The main thing I want to do is save up enough money to buy a property. I really, really, REALLY hate paying rent. I can’t express it enough. It’s like paying for someone else’s mortgage when you could be paying for your own. I’ve paid almost half my salary for the past two and a half years to someone I don’t even know, just so I could have a roof over my head. Next time I’m back in Melbourne though, I won’t be paying someone else’s mortgage – they can pay their own!

A few days ago I read a quote that went something along the lines of “Don’t just follow your dreams, chase them”. Well my dreams are pretty ambitious and far fetched. Yes I am talking about wanting that NY style three storey, three bedroom, three bathroom, four balcony riverside Southbank apartment I’ve been looking at every night. I like to go to the real-estate page and know that no-one else has bought it yet. There’s no price on it, so I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and say it’s probably over $2 million. I’m sure if I work really hard and have an extraordinary win from lotto in the next few years, I could get the deposit on that. And then spend the rest of my life paying it off. Sorry there will be no entertainment or dinner parties, as I won’t be able to afford food or furniture. But hey, at least I’ll have a cool place to come home to.

(Pictures from realestate.com.au)

I think dreams are meant to be unrealistic. Why bother chasing something if you can access it easily? Then it won’t be a dream. There’s no challenge and no goal to look forward to. There probably is a fine line between chasing your dreams and being stupid though. So I most probably will not end up in this apartment but I do hope to own some sort of property in Melbourne and I will be content with that. But someone once said “Nothing is impossible”. I sure hope that someone didn’t lie because damn it, I really want this apartment.

Love is Violent

There is no love without passion and no passion without violence.

Sibby x

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Chinese New Year in Newman '92

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

It’s that time of the year to celebrate with friends and family and to get rid of all the negativity and have a new start.

Chinese New Year was always fun when we were children. Adults would give us lots of red packets and food. Mmm yummy food like cookies, pastries, dumplings and sweet oranges! New year parties in Newman meant all the kids got to hang out together in the living room whilst our parents were in the backyard having a barbecue. My (Cassie) mum would dress me up in red and decorate our house with lots of red banners, lanterns, fake fire crackers and red tree decorations. There was so much going on. Good times!

Red Packets

Here’s a few fun facts about Chinese New Year:

  • Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days with various traditions occurring on each day.
  • Each year is marked by an animal of the Chinese Zodiac. 2012 is the year of the Dragon. People born under the same animal year are thought to share similar traits.
  • There is a traditional Lion and Dragon dance which is believed to bring wealth, strength, luck and success when performed. It is usually accompanied by loud drums and gongs. The dance is also to clear out negativity and bring success in the new year.
  • Ang pao is the red packet that contains “lucky money” given to close relatives, children and unmarried adults.

New Year Cookies

Traditional foods for good luck (from About.com. Link to the article): 

  • Bamboo shoots – wealth
  • Black moss seaweed – wealth
  • Dried Bean Curd – happiness (note: fresh tofu is not served because the color white symbolizes death and misfortune in Chinese culture).
  • Chicken – happiness and marriage (especially when served with “dragon foods,” such as lobster. Family reunion (if served whole)
  • Eggs – fertility
  • Egg Rolls – wealth
  • Fish served whole – prosperity
  • Chinese garlic chives – everlasting, a long life
  • Lychee nuts – close family ties
  • Noodles – A long life
  • Oranges – wealth
  • Peanuts – a long life
  • Pomelo – abundance, prosperity, having children
  • Seeds – lotus seeds, watermelon seeds, etc. – having a large number of children
  • Tangerines – luck

Chinese Lanterns

Wishing you all a happy, successful and prosperous New Year!

Cassie and Sibby x

Saturday Morning Adventures

This sunny Saturday morning my friend and I wandered down the mini lanes and streets of Fremantle armed with cameras and a mission to shoot unique objects that define the character of the town. We had heaps of fun getting lost in the forgotten spaces and “accidentally” going into the courtyard of private residences (our defence is that they left their driveways open). We did have one guy come out of his house and ask us what we were doing. We said we were photography students (didn’t make much sense as it’s the middle of the school summer break). But he was friendly and let us take photos of his awesome courtyard anyways. As we were leaving, his lady friend came back with their coffees. She must’ve been wondering why two girls were thanking him and leaving the house just as she got home…fun times!

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We also stopped at a cafe/gallery called Moore & Moore for breakfast. We shared a plate of sweet French toast with marscapone, fresh strawberries and kiwifruit. Delish!! The food there is great and very fresh! What a great find, can’t wait to go back there!

Sweet French Toast @ Moore & Moore, Fremantle

Some Ecards

 

http://www.someecards.com/

Some of these are so funny 🙂

Enjoying summer way too much!

Pipsqueak Pear Cider

Memories…Are Overrated Anyway

Memories. Oh I absolutely love how they pop up in the most inconvenient times and places. It’s a shame that bad memories always stick around longer than the good memories. Maybe that’s why we need photographs, to constantly remind us of the good times we’ve had. On my Facebook news feed I always see people post photos of their happy drunken Saturday night escapades or cheerful food-filled celebrations with friends and family. Rarely do I see photos of people crying or in the midst of food-less fights and break-ups. Not saying that it doesn’t happen as I remember back to my emo-scene inspired days when each person had to have at least one MySpace bathroom shot of them looking sad or crying tears of black (or blood-red for the extra-scene kids).

What about those memories that you want to forget but are already archived in the bookshelf of your mind? (My emo-scene inspired phase is one of them, oh the woes of teenage angst). There are many things I want to forgive and forget in my past but it’s tough, especially when the emotion attached to some of these memories is still so intense. They say time can heal all things but it also leaves a scar that only covers the pain beneath. And every time you are reminded of the memory, it hurts just that little bit more.

Sometimes I wish I could Photoshop my life. The eraser tool would be on the list of the top three tools I would use. I would also use the crop tool and the clone stamp tool – that one is just for fun. If I had a photo for every memory I have in my life, I would erase or crop out the bad and clone the good. How’s that for a life of no regrets. I would also make a beautiful montage spread of my life and live a happy glossy ever after. I would even add spot varnish on the extra fantastic parts of my life.

But unfortunately for me Adobe haven’t made a Photoshop for reality yet so until then I will have to embrace my imperfect life, suck it up and deal with it. How would life live up to its title of being a bitch if there were no lessons to be learnt or mistakes to be made?

Greenhouse Perth

You know those restaurants that you read about, look at pictures of and tell yourself you want to try? Greenhouse in the Perth CBD was one of them. I met up with Sibby today and we both had Greenhouse on our restaurant wish list so we decided to give it a go. The concept was fantastic and the overall appearance of the place was very cool. It had rows and rows of pot plants covering the exterior and wooden crates for furniture. I think we were already sold from it’s appearance.

Of course with our great timing, we arrived there too late for breakfast and a bit too early for lunch. So we went upstairs to their bar and ordered a latte and juice while we waited till noon. The top area was quite nice and was surrounded by a lot of raised garden beds with lots of fresh herbs and vegetables growing. It was an airy open area and there were perfect views of the concrete jungle.

For lunch Sibby feasted on the pasta which had squid, chillies, tomatoes and herbs whilst I had the chicken and ginger broth with sweet corn and broken rice. I asked Sibby what broken rice was and she said it’s probably mushed up rice. I laughed at her response but ultimately she was right. The food was fresh and delicious but it was rather pricey. We haven’t decided whether we like it or not yet but we do intend to go back and try out their breakfast menu. It’s definitely worth going to experience dining in an unconventional setting. Oh and the staff are friendly which helps.

Check it out @: http://www.greenhouseperth.com/