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2013 - A Year in Review

Wow! I can’t believe that 2013 has come and gone so quickly.  Time escapes me!  How I wish we could bottle up moments in time and hang them up on a hundred year old tree to pull them down occasionally, to jump back into that moment and relive it once again.  Oh if only!

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I’ve decided to go back to blogging, as it has always been a form of escape and release.  The year that has gone has definitely been a time of realisation.  As I sat on my reading chair yesterday afternoon, I went through every month on my schedule diary and every blog entry from 2013. There is definitely SO MUCH to be thankful for!

I also surprised myself, I’ve accomplished everything that I have set out to do on my goal list.  When I first wrote them down, I always thought that there was no way I was going to get through that very long list.  But low and behold, without even thinking of it - here I am, surprising myself. 

January and February were months of health and fitness, I joined a bootcamp in the hope of kicking my derriere back into gear!  An ex professional ballerina turned fitness goddess helped me gain my confidence back!  For that, I am forever thankful!  My husband and I also trialed the Paleo lifestyle.  We can now firmly say that this stuff works!  It may not be for everyone, but it most certainly is for us! This has given me the knowledge to be more aware about the quality of food that goes into my body.  For the first time in this lifetime, my fridge is empty at the end of every week, with close to zero wastage; and we feel great!

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Happy Mothers Day to my GORGEOUS mum @mariepazg and lola. Thank you mom for being awesome in every way possible. Missing you on this special day. Love you xoxo 😘

Happy Mothers Day to my GORGEOUS mum @mariepazg and lola. Thank you mom for being awesome in every way possible. Missing you on this special day. Love you xoxo 😘

May Feature: Jojo Carmody of CrossFit Barrier Reef

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Mario Novak hit the nail on its head when he uttered those words.  Like a lot of women, I was wanting to do something different, something challenging, and something to be proud of.  Then I thought, the best investment to make is an investment on myself. 

When I first heard of CrossFit, it was from several different Facebook status updates, YouTube videos and countless online articles.  One word came to mind - intimidating.  It took me over a year to finally take the leap and send an email to CrossFit Barrier Reef, inquiring about how to get started and if any of my past injuries would hinder me from doing so.  I got a reply, and all systems were a go!  It was there that I met Coach Jojo Carmody.  She, and her partner Coach Tim Holdsworth are the founders of CrossFit Barrier Reef.

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about CrossFit, especially for women.  Numerous interviews and articles have been published online on how to improve an individual’s range of motion, flexibility, and whatnot’s.  Not enough has been said about how to get started, and how Crossfit is really suitable for anyone, at any age, or fitness level.  Coach Jojo takes us on a bit of a journey on how it all began and how you can take that leap - and try to do something remarkable…

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A Perfect Life?

I  came across a beautiful quote by Aristotle today that resonated with me….

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The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of both highs and lows.  I haven’t had much of an opportunity to blog, as my inspiration and motivation took a blow.  In saying that however, last weekend has reopened my eyes to be thankful for today, and relinquish my negative thought process.  Just like you, I’m still learning (everyday) to be stronger, braver and smarter.  Instead of putting the things that I love to a halt, I am committed to embracing them even tighter in times of uncertainty.  Life in general is a constant strive to be better than what we were yesterday.  In my eyes, there is no such thing as a “perfect life,” because the day you settle for what you may think is “perfect,” is the day you stop trying to be better than what you were yesterday.  So in times of uncertainty, worry, stress, or heartache I have always stood by….

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Dedicated to All of You in Boston

Today’s blog post is dedicated to those of you that live in Boston.  Whether you were a race goer, spectator, bystander, or even a local… my heart and thoughts go out to each and everyone of you. 

The heinous act of these bombings do not make any sense. I’d still like to believe that we live in a world wherein all of us can live together in peace and harmony.  Nobody deserves to walk down their neighborhood in fear of what might be. 

I may receive some flack for saying this but, for those that were responsible for this, may you find the courage to look at yourself in the mirror and find it somewhere in your heart to come to terms with the reality of what you have done and find it in you to seek repentance and forgive yourself. 

I’m a firm believer that the world can change - one person at a time.  On this somber night, share a hug with those around you and reignite their belief in the good of humanity.

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Music video by John Mayer performing Waiting On The World To Change. (C) 2006 AWARE RECORDS LLC

Paleo on The Road

I’m BACK!!  And it’s great to be home!

I do apologise for the lack of posts whilst on the road.  Work was quite busy and by the time I got back to my hotel room, my bed was pretty much all I could reach for.  Rest assured, we have a lot to tell you ;o)

From the time I took off from Cairns, it has been a whirlwind of airports, food, meetings, audits, reports, and whatnot.  It was difficult to stay Paleo when I was having dinner with colleagues and friends.  However when I was alone, the food choices were simple and easy.  My typical day looked like this:

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