HEYYYYY SWEATY GYM SELFIE!

So if we were rating my new gym on selfie in the toilet capability it would get a lowwwww. The toilet is in the background and when I stand up straight my face is not visible. Awkies.

How bloody good is exercise?! Seriously. Like I knew I missed it, but I didn’t realise quite how much. 

Tonight was a lot about experimenting to see what my knee can and can not do. Happy to report my knee can do almost everything I asked it to. Squats are obviously still out and I’m not convinced that I’m up to rowing yet but otherwise me and the knee were loving it! 

Sooo I did 4 minutes on the rower but it was weird and I couldn’t work out my distance so time will have to do. Then I did 15 minutes on the elliptical (I hate it but it’s some of the best cardio I can get at the moment). Then I bench pressed (3 x 8 at 25kg, but I used the smith machine which I’m not super keen on cause that’s all that was free so I don’t know if weight is the same). Then I did weighted calf raises on some fun machine the PT showed me (weighted at 40kg). Then I did deadlifts in the olympic weightlifting rack (3 x 8 at 50kg and 1 x 5 at 60kg) could definitely go heavier but I was getting used to the movement again. Then I did 10 minutes warm down on the bike. 

I was really impressed with myself and how confident I was in the weights area of the gym. Thank you crossfit. Seriously I just busted into the weights area past the buff dudes grunting and plopped myself in the middle and started lifting. And I never used to have that confidence. But now I’ve kind of realised that we’re all at the gym to do our own thing and I have just as much right to be lifting weights as the buff bros. so that was a great revelation. 

To summarise today’s gym trip. A+ was amazing can’t wait to do it again.

HEYYYYY SWEATY GYM SELFIE!

So if we were rating my new gym on selfie in the toilet capability it would get a lowwwww. The toilet is in the background and when I stand up straight my face is not visible. Awkies.

How bloody good is exercise?! Seriously. Like I knew I missed it, but I didn’t realise quite how much.

Tonight was a lot about experimenting to see what my knee can and can not do. Happy to report my knee can do almost everything I asked it to. Squats are obviously still out and I’m not convinced that I’m up to rowing yet but otherwise me and the knee were loving it!

Sooo I did 4 minutes on the rower but it was weird and I couldn’t work out my distance so time will have to do. Then I did 15 minutes on the elliptical (I hate it but it’s some of the best cardio I can get at the moment). Then I bench pressed (3 x 8 at 25kg, but I used the smith machine which I’m not super keen on cause that’s all that was free so I don’t know if weight is the same). Then I did weighted calf raises on some fun machine the PT showed me (weighted at 40kg). Then I did deadlifts in the olympic weightlifting rack (3 x 8 at 50kg and 1 x 5 at 60kg) could definitely go heavier but I was getting used to the movement again. Then I did 10 minutes warm down on the bike.

I was really impressed with myself and how confident I was in the weights area of the gym. Thank you crossfit. Seriously I just busted into the weights area past the buff dudes grunting and plopped myself in the middle and started lifting. And I never used to have that confidence. But now I’ve kind of realised that we’re all at the gym to do our own thing and I have just as much right to be lifting weights as the buff bros. so that was a great revelation.

To summarise today’s gym trip. A+ was amazing can’t wait to do it again.

Let’s peppy tea date!!!
- I don’t even have words for how excited I am about the fact that it is getting cold enough to make me want to have a peppy tea before bed. There is possibly nothing better in the world. 
- Two weeks of school holidays went by wayyyy too fast. Suddenly it is back to school for term two tomorrow! I am excited to see my kiddlywinks, but I know it is going to be a crazy busy day. Lucky life though that Anzac Day is on Friday so it is only a three day work week. Hoorah. 
- So operation be positive in life is going so!! well for me!! Seriously. This mindshift is revolutionary. Last week I was so excited about everything that my friends joked about making a drinking game for every time I got so excited about something great and said “this is the best thing that has ever happened to me”. Tonight my housemate tried to get sad about term 2 at school and I was all “NOPE” and she laughed about me getting all positive again. But I actually can’t recommend it enough. Sure I’m still feeling sad about things in life, but I’m just trying to see the best in everything. Woahtown. 
- 15 minutes on the bike earlier this afternoon and it doesn’t seem to have had any lasting negative effects on my knee. It isn’t any more sore than usual and it doesn’t seem to be more swollen so that is really ideal for my life. 
- I’m officially joining a gym tomorrow. I held off from doing it two weeks ago because I was away for so much of the holidays. But yes, joining a 24 hour gym tomorrow. I can’t wait to lift weights again. I will not be sad that it isn’t crossfit. 
- As I’m a big creeper I’ve already stalked the gym’s facebook page and have seen that they have an 8 week challenge starting in 3 weeks. This sounds like the perfect thing for me at the moment to keep me motivated while not being able to do all the things I love. So I’m going to talk to the gym people tomorrow and check that I will be able to modify things around my knee, but I don’t imagine that will be a problem at all. 
- Which leads me to tomorrow, which is the official beginning of challenge pre-season. basically let’s try and use the next three weeks to the best of my ability for my health and not as a “oh I can eat crap for the next three weeks until I’m on the challenge” type situation. Because let’s be real, I have eaten wayyyy too much cheese, chocolate and ice cream in the last month. 
- Which leads into my next point. Which is the fact that I have to give up dairy and not be a cheater about it. I’ve done the elimination diets and have proved to myself that dairy makes my eczema worse. So much worse. More painful than it has been since I was a child worse. So you might imagine that the diet of the past weeks has not helped me at all. So cold turkey on the dairy, self. I need to sort this out. 
- If you’re not drinking a cup of tea right now, go and make one, I had forgotten just how life changing a good cup can be. 
- Now to sleep. The horrific back to school alarm is going to go off farrrr too soon. 

Let’s peppy tea date!!!

- I don’t even have words for how excited I am about the fact that it is getting cold enough to make me want to have a peppy tea before bed. There is possibly nothing better in the world. 

- Two weeks of school holidays went by wayyyy too fast. Suddenly it is back to school for term two tomorrow! I am excited to see my kiddlywinks, but I know it is going to be a crazy busy day. Lucky life though that Anzac Day is on Friday so it is only a three day work week. Hoorah. 

- So operation be positive in life is going so!! well for me!! Seriously. This mindshift is revolutionary. Last week I was so excited about everything that my friends joked about making a drinking game for every time I got so excited about something great and said “this is the best thing that has ever happened to me”. Tonight my housemate tried to get sad about term 2 at school and I was all “NOPE” and she laughed about me getting all positive again. But I actually can’t recommend it enough. Sure I’m still feeling sad about things in life, but I’m just trying to see the best in everything. Woahtown. 

- 15 minutes on the bike earlier this afternoon and it doesn’t seem to have had any lasting negative effects on my knee. It isn’t any more sore than usual and it doesn’t seem to be more swollen so that is really ideal for my life. 

- I’m officially joining a gym tomorrow. I held off from doing it two weeks ago because I was away for so much of the holidays. But yes, joining a 24 hour gym tomorrow. I can’t wait to lift weights again. I will not be sad that it isn’t crossfit. 

- As I’m a big creeper I’ve already stalked the gym’s facebook page and have seen that they have an 8 week challenge starting in 3 weeks. This sounds like the perfect thing for me at the moment to keep me motivated while not being able to do all the things I love. So I’m going to talk to the gym people tomorrow and check that I will be able to modify things around my knee, but I don’t imagine that will be a problem at all. 

- Which leads me to tomorrow, which is the official beginning of challenge pre-season. basically let’s try and use the next three weeks to the best of my ability for my health and not as a “oh I can eat crap for the next three weeks until I’m on the challenge” type situation. Because let’s be real, I have eaten wayyyy too much cheese, chocolate and ice cream in the last month. 

- Which leads into my next point. Which is the fact that I have to give up dairy and not be a cheater about it. I’ve done the elimination diets and have proved to myself that dairy makes my eczema worse. So much worse. More painful than it has been since I was a child worse. So you might imagine that the diet of the past weeks has not helped me at all. So cold turkey on the dairy, self. I need to sort this out. 

- If you’re not drinking a cup of tea right now, go and make one, I had forgotten just how life changing a good cup can be. 

- Now to sleep. The horrific back to school alarm is going to go off farrrr too soon. 

This girl just did fifteen straight minutes of cycling on the bike trainer. Seriously the knee rotation I was achieving was out of this world. 

I’m five weeks post surgery and am starting to see some significant gains. My physio said to me that at this point you can suddenly turn a corner and everything gets easier. Sadly easier does not equate to running, but onwards and upwards towards the ultimate goal. 

So at about 13 minutes my knee started to get a bit achey, but when we compare that to three weeks ago when my knee couldn’t do a full rotation on the bike I couldn’t be more excited.

This girl just did fifteen straight minutes of cycling on the bike trainer. Seriously the knee rotation I was achieving was out of this world.

I’m five weeks post surgery and am starting to see some significant gains. My physio said to me that at this point you can suddenly turn a corner and everything gets easier. Sadly easier does not equate to running, but onwards and upwards towards the ultimate goal.

So at about 13 minutes my knee started to get a bit achey, but when we compare that to three weeks ago when my knee couldn’t do a full rotation on the bike I couldn’t be more excited.

500m freestyle with arms only at sunset. Big plans for my exercising future. It’s hard to be positive when I’m missing what I love the most. I’m not going to let this knee surgery let me down.

500m freestyle with arms only at sunset. Big plans for my exercising future. It’s hard to be positive when I’m missing what I love the most. I’m not going to let this knee surgery let me down.

Accurate summary of the last week of my life. Amazing food, beautiful views, ice cream, more amazing food, more beautiful views, ice cream, more amazing food, ice cream. I’ve been down in Victoria with my friend from Canada and my roommate visiting my sister and two of my very best friends while taking in the gorgeous sights. We have (clearly) eaten far too much food, visited not one, but TWO chocolate factories, travelled the Great Ocean Road and sampled delicious wine in the Yarra Valley. Holidays are amazing, but I am so happy to be home. Normal eating habits resume tomorrow. 

Today. Life is pretty great when you’re cruising the Great Barrier Reef!

Today. Life is pretty great when you’re cruising the Great Barrier Reef!

And today in bad knee rehab related news.

My physio estimates it is going to be 3-6 months before I can run again. She said it might be 2-3, but she doesn’t want to say that and give me false hope for when it doesn’t happen. Boo.

At 5.15 yesterday morning my housemate woke me up and told me to get dressed and get ready to go. She put a blindfold on me, took me to the top of the mountain that overlooks the city and we started a day of birthday bingo with the most beautiful sunrise. She had organised it so I did 25 activities over the course of the day to celebrate my 25 years including bacon for breakfast at (7)am, having a nerf war with (5) of my friends, triple (3) scoop icecream cones, getting my nails done (10 fingers!) just to name a few. Every time I did an activity I crossed the corresponding number off the list. The day concluded with (more than a few) drinks at a local bar with some of my bestest friends, strangers wishing me a happy (24)the birthday (tricked them!) and so much fun. I am the luckiest girl in the whole entire world to have a roommate who took the time out to do this for me. I can quite easily say this was my best birthday ever and it will be pretty hard to beat.

Accurate face to convey my excitement about the combination of two weeks of school holidays, picking up my best friend from Canada tonight and the thought of wine. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!

Accurate face to convey my excitement about the combination of two weeks of school holidays, picking up my best friend from Canada tonight and the thought of wine. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!

OOTD feat. the most comfortable pants I have ever worn that aren’t pyjamas.

OOTD feat. the most comfortable pants I have ever worn that aren’t pyjamas.