3 months, 7 days and a whole lot of life in between since I’ve last been here. And I’ve got to be a little honest, I’m nervous about writing again. What if I’ve lost it (that’s assuming I ‘had it’ in the first place), what if I’m not good anymore, again assuming I was bloody fantastic before. So enough what if’s, in the words of George Costanza ‘I’m back baby, I’m back!‘
The last 3 months and 7 days have been such an adventure. A quick summary looks a little something like this:
+ Tom and I left our jobs
+ We packed up our house and drove from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast
+ We flew to Hawaii, to Canada, to England, to Spain, to Sri Lanka and back to Melbourne, all up the best 2 month trip we’ve ever done
+ We then extended the holiday in Melbourne and spent an incredible 10 days with some of my favourite people before we tearfully packed up the car and drove back up to QLD
+ We’re now settling into country life at my parents place on the Sunshine Coast, nestled perfectly between Eumundi and Noosa
+ Where will we live next? We’re just not quite sure yet
+ I’m so excited to keep working on the business I started with my Mum: Collective Sol, and getting ready to Health Coach again
I’m sitting here listening to the hum of bees, kookaburras, rustling leaves, birds chirping. It’s a blissful spring day, I’m wearing a dress and it’s so quiet. Absolute bliss. As hard as our decision was to leave our lives in Melbourne, day 2 of rainforest living is idyllic. Here’s a snippet out the kitchen window
Enough so that I’m writing. Well…..I could say that it’s the rainforest and the serenity, but truth be told it was the run. The run occurred yesterday, in the middle of a sunny day (mistake). I decided to start something I like to call Operation Get Fit. 3 months and 7 days of no real exercise, yes we hiked, we walked lots, but I assure you, the amount I ate and drank enjoyably over the last 3 months and 7 days, far outweighs the hikes and the walking. So I’m back to square 1. I haven’t exercised, not properly anyway since late July. We promised ourselves as soon as we got back into routine living we would get fit. So yesterday I tried. I attempted a 5km run down the road.
And aside from the burn, the heat and the pain, I was so inspired to write. It’s all I could think about (over the top of my constant mantra of ‘You can do this, you can do this, you can do this’). The words poured out of me. It felt amazing, and terrible all at the same time.
Fitness update: I managed 2.5km without any breaks, the final 2.5km had lots of breaks. I then got home and attempted 30 minutes of Pilates. Which I think was the demise for day 2.
Day 2, this morning, we decided to climb [read crawl], up this mountain. Straight up, natures stair master. We’ve done it before when we were reasonably fit and it was hard, but this morning, was harrrrrrrrd. I got half way and thought, I can’t do this. I really can’t do this. Then came the mantras, I can do this, I can do this, I can do this. If you’re feeling stuck, try it. It really works, so up the mountain I crawled. Here’s the view from the top
Fitness update: Day 2 is hard. There will be yin yoga tonight to stretch out my sad and sore muscles.
I got the idea to start writing about my fitness journey yesterday mid run. I thought it might be a bit of fun and it’ll add a bit more accountability. So what’s my goals. To tone, tone, tone. My lady bumps are a little more softer than they usually are. Tom so politely put it when I was asking him to play the dangerous game ‘tell me honestly, have I put weight on?’, he replied ‘you haven’t put weight on, you’re just not as toned as you usually are’. Bless his cotton socks. Yes. I’m not what my body was pre-holiday. That’s my pre-requisite of travelling. Indulge, eat and relax. And that I did. 3 months of bliss. And I loved every second of it. But now it is time to get back into what feels good for me. I was toying with the idea of doing a before photo, but I decided against. Why? Because why does it matter. If I take a ‘before’ photo, yes it will show progress, but it doesn’t matter where we start, it matters how we feel. And I don’t feel myself, I don’t feel great about the fact this morning I could barely get myself up a mountain I have before. I don’t feel great when I see photos of myself, because I have a little more cheek in my face (I have to admit it, I actually cropped a tiny bit of my face in a photo the other day. AHHHH that’s a tough one to admit, but I did, the first and last time!). So that’s why Operation Get Fit has commenced for me. To feel great again. Not to fit into a bikini (they make them in all sizes), and not to meet anyone else’s standards. But to feel fucking fantastic. I also love how exercise makes me feel. I have some of my best ideas while running/yogaing. (although not so much today, day 2 is kicking my ass).
So my darling reader, I will be keeping you along on my fitness journey, I’ll be doing weekly updates and more insights and snippets over in my newsletter, so be sure to sign up if you haven’t already.
What else can you expect from me? A lot of truths. One topic that has been in and out of my life for a while now is drinking, and I want to go into this, because I know I’m not alone. I’ll delve into my story, where I’ve been and where I am today. I want to write about things and people that inspire me, about my new journey, working from home, hustling on the online world, and taking the leap to work for myself. So much is to come.
It feels so good to be back. See you next week darling