Welcome to my new personal blog!
I guess the first thing to address is why I've started this... here goes.
While fashion and illustration are no less a passion of mine than they have been over the last couple of years, there are sooo many other things I'm doing, and probably equally passionate about that have come into play recently (though they've always had a place), and I've had a sudden urge to record them.
I haven't had the same time to put towards my art - regretful in one view - though I'm pretty proud of the other things I've been working on, which wouldn't have happened if my priorities hadn't shuffled a bit.
Health and fitness/training are the main ones, and I feel that they're going to feature strongly, along with life events, uni, work, challenges, thoughts and whatever else I feel like putting in...
I'll still post on my fashion / illustration blog, but I wanted somewhere where I could record anything and everything I wanted to write about.
This blog may not be everyone's (or anyone's) cup of tea, but really, it's for me. To record this stage of my life, to have a new creative outlet - and something to keep me away from Netflix and my phone - and to share that with whoever wants to know. If you're interested, please read on, if not, get back to looking at the art! :)
2016 was a big one, though maybe not in the ways I expected. I accomplished a fair bit and I'm proud of what I achieved, as well as grateful for all the experiences and opportunities (both good and rather bad) that I gained and learned from.
I completed two trimesters of university, travelled (only interstate, though it was quite an eye-opener), made some incredible new, like-minded friends - like Jo in the cocktail pic, who I'm not sure what I did without before - got my motorcycle licence, saved for and bought a motorcycle, got my bike Ps, my first fine, juggled three jobs, uni, a training program AND an internship, and realised that was a bit much!
My friends and family supported me through a whole lot of big and often inconvenient decisions (going Paleo for 30 days) and helped make 2016 such a valuable year.
I got a new job at Fitness First, and finally made a gradual exit out of the hospitality industry and bar scene (which I will always love, respect and value immensely). This job was a bigger blessing than I could have expected, I was offered a management position, where I've been able to develop incredibly valuable skills, make my own hours and experience the many challenges of coordinating a team.
With the now regular 4:30am starts I've been able to realise my immense passion for fitness, training and health. I'm surrounded everyday by like-minded people who value their physical being and welfare, who want to strengthen and nourish and develop their bodies and help others do the same. This is the environment that has pushed me to try and be my best self, and take the best care possible of the only body I'll ever have.
The Christmas/New Year period messed everything up a little bit, but after eating to much, battling fatigue and a few too many desserts I'm coming out of a tough week on a really high note.
I've pretty much cut out alcohol since doing the Whole30 back in November, as I find I react quite badly to it now... my stomach saying 'No, thank you! What have you done?' So the few drinks and extra sugar and calories etc over the last couple of weeks hit home this week, in combination with the changes in schedule.
I had a great training session on Monday - awesome deadlifting session followed by some high intensity, bodyweight leg circuits, but found myself incredibly drained and run down on Tuesday and Wednesday... resulting in 11 hours of sleep on Wednesday night! Rather than feeling guilty for not training I've forced myself to accept that my body needed the rest and to use it as a reset for the rest of the week.
An awesome chiro appointment saw a my back being stuck with a few dry-needles, helping relieve pain from a silly trampolining injury a few months ago - I can't actually do backflips, don't let me try!
Feeling much more myself today (Friday) and I've made great use of my first day off.
I started the morning with a sleep in - 6:15!! Nearly two whole hours :O and a lie in 'til seven, feeling very spoilt!
Back to the gym (they really can't keep me away) to do my first training session with a new Personal Trainer. I'd been looking forward to this session since I booked it in over a week ago, and Ross didn't disappoint!
After taking a few measurements and a warm up we got into a killer upper body program.
Band assisted pull-ups paired with bench press, followed by incline dumbbell presses and bent-over rows. I was feeling muscles I didn't know I had and my forearms have never been so pumped up! Finished off with some rowing intervals. Ouch.
It was fantastic to be pushed to my limits and great to train with someone who understood my goals and I can definitely see getting me there! We've talked programs, both training and nutrition, worked out macros and calorie counts and will keep planning... next week Jo and I are going to get DEXA scans - full body scans that analyse body fat %, muscle %, metabolic rate and so much more. Beyond excited to find out my stats and set some more precise goals.
After training Jo and I headed to Sprout Wholefoods up in Naremburn which is owned by one of our favourite Fitness First members, Joe. Black coffee, eggs, bacon, haloumi, avocado, tomato and a bit of Sourdough definitely hit the spot!
Then a quick stop at Exagym to pick up a rubber band to do some more of those assisted pull-ups.
The rain cleared up in time for me to ride home and finish off a big painting for my step-mum that was meant to be finished for Christmas... then a swim and a bit of sun-baking and reading Game of Thrones (book 2, again) topped off a pretty perfect day.
To improve it even further I've hit all my macros and am just under my calories for the day, pretty proud of that!
Looking forward, here's what I've got in mind for 2017. Not so much resolutions as goals...
The goal I'm most passionate about is health. I want to create a healthy and sustainable training and nutrition program. To train 5 times a week (weights, cardio, yoga etc), hit macros/calories (currently at 1700cal, 150g protein, 70g fats, 130g carbs - though this is tailored for my weight and height and level of training, just included for interests sake). Decrease body fat % while maintaining muscle (this will get more precise after my DEXA) - basically get a lot more lean and toned. Currently at about 69kg but I've been told 62 is an achievable and still healthy weight, so while I care about the fat% let's see how I go!
I want to maintain a healthy, mostly paleo/GF/dairy free diet as I find that works well for me and how I feel best.
A big goal is to watch less TV and use my phone less. I've actually noticed that since upping my training I find it quite hard to sit still for more than one episode (if that) of any show so it's probably more the phone that needs work.
This will free up more time for creativity. I'm aiming to blog once a week, whether it's art or health or lifestyle, I want to be writing and expressing myself. Also get back into creating more art.
Read more books.
When uni starts I want to be fully present and engaged, with a goal to maintain a distinction average and continue to develop my design skills and personal brand.
I'm planning on doing a course or two on advanced motorcycle riding, I think it's important to keep developing my skills and believe you can never be to practiced or informed.
2017 will be the year I turn 21, and the year I finally travel. After working hard since leaving school, and watching so many friends go on incredible adventures overseas I'm desperate for a part of it. USA is the plan, and possibly a bit of South America and Europe depending on time and funds!
Finally, I want to be a better sister and daughter. More helpful and available. More considerate and less selfish.
I want to be available for my mum and sister, while I can't always be with them I want to be as present and supportive of everything they go through in the coming months. They mean the world to me.
That's about it for now. Tonight holds a quiet evening at home, perhaps some drawing and maybe I'll make an inspiration board...
If you've read this far, thank you. I reckon future posts will be shorter (though no promises). Here's to 2017, and the 359 remaining opportunities to improve, grow and create.
If there is only one thing I can achieve in 2017 it is this: do only things that I am passionate about. Be it work, health, relationships, study, travel or anything else. I want to love what I do, and I want to live by that.