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Shh, my feet so aren’t on the train seat!

Yes, yes, when I go to the gym, I’m usually getting around in last year’s runners and something I picked up on sale, but it’s nice to see what pretty and comfory things are out there!

The following is a sponsored guest post by ASOS

Sports fans are in for a real treat this year with huge events just around the corner. Spurred on by the constant bombardment of athletes in adverts now is a brilliant time to get fit and healthy. One of the silly little niggles that often stops us from heading straight to the gym is the fear that we will look just a tad out of place in a sweatband that hasn’t seen the light of day for a good few years now.
But don’t worry, “sports luxe” as the designers like to call it, is firmly back on the fashion radar so you will have no problem finding an outfit that you feel comfortable and stylish in, which will boost your confidence and most importantly spur you on to lose weight, get back in shape after having a baby or just keep fit.
The first thing we need to think about when heading back to the gym is our footwear. If trainers haven’t graced your wardrobe in a long while well now is the time to invest in a brand new pair as ill-fitting and unsupportive shoes can lead to a serious ankle injury, and that wouldn’t be the best idea to make a good impression now would it? The great news is that even our favourite sports brands are becoming more fashion forward and running trainers can now be found in gorgeous pastel colours that are a huge hit on designer catwalks everywhere. (You will probably want to wear them all the time!)

So, our feet are sorted but what about the rest of our outfit? The dilemma is do we want to wear leggings, sweatpants or shorts? If you are self-conscious of your legs sweatpants may be the ideal solution for you as they will cover you up and will skim over any lumps and bumps you would rather conceal. Leggings are great if you don’t want your legs covered but don’t want excess material flapping about on the treadmill. For leg confident ladies shorts are great as they will keep you cool and cycling shorts are particularly on trend. To really stand out from the crowd neon is bound to get you noticed.

Nearly there now, all that is left is what to wear on top? A cropped sweatshirt is great if you want to run outdoors and the weather is a little chilly, although you may need more than a little body confidence to pull it off. For a more classic look choose a simple polo shirt or a camisole and you have your fitness look sussed.

Once you have your confidence boosting get up you will be ready to hit the gym, or even just the park for a purse friendly jog (when the weather permits), so get to it and let’s start the new season in a healthy style.

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But then I had it with a huge STEAK nomnomnom.

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Lovely day today, yes, i did sleep in and miss the morning gym session, but I sweated like crazy in my make up one tonight!!! That’ll teach me to get up nice and early :)

The CP Challenge kicks off tomorrow. It’s one of those pedometer things, do 10k steps a day, raise money, have fun. I’l looking forward to fighting with the numbers on the pedometer ;) Sign up is still open til the end of the week if you want to enter a team of four. It runs for eight weeks. Have you ever counted your steps with a pedometer for weeks? How did it go?


In all my inspiration today, it looks like I’ve kicked off another Bloggest Loser challenge! What is that? Well, basically a bunch of internerds track our diet and exercise the way we know best – online – and the winner is the one who gets the closest to their goal over the challenge.

So, I’m aiming to get under 70kg. And will post about it every week, lest I get picked on by the others for not posting. Twitter will flood with crap about ‘workouts’ and measurement. And my reward? A dress from the Maiocchi summer collection. Or 2. Cos I’m likely to get one anyway!

Want to join in? Sign up for a Daily Burn account, and join the challenge group here with the code A7F6FA

Bring it on!


Birthday Celebrations

by Fiona on July 24, 2011 · 8 comments

Kicked off my birthday last Friday at the gym – I’d been awake since 4:30am, so why not get up and hit the gym at six so I could indulge later in the day? ;) This was after getting a cute cute tote bag from Rish from Honeybee in Newcastle, that I hadn’t told him I’d been eyeing off! (sorry have packed it away!)

Coffee and the Purple Pickle ANU

Met with Rish afterwards for a coffee at the Purple Pickle.

Coffee and the Purple Pickle ANU

I made it to work about nine, with a bag of mini redskins, milkos and sherbies to hype everyone also up with (because I was bouncing off the walls!) and the birthday fairy had been overnight!

Birthday/last day at work

My desk was so clean, only because that was my last day! There was 2pm cake – one of the girls made me a cake using a gluten free Rowsie’s Cakes cakemix she’d picked up a supabarn, with some raspberries on top. Nom nom.

I picked up my bamboo and left at about 3:30pm… off to tidy the house ahead of having workmates over to help me work through some of the wine – a social way of having less to pack!

On Saturday night, Rish took me to My’s Vietnamese in Weston so that he could FINALLY try their laksa that I’d been going on about.

My;s Vietnamese Weston

We took a bottle of champagne that I’d been given for my birthday/farewell. It was wonderful!

My;s Vietnamese Weston

Started with the fresh rice paper rolls.

My;s Vietnamese Weston

I had my usual – Rice noodles with tofu and veges

My;s Vietnamese Weston

Rish was happy with his Laksa :)

My;s Vietnamese Weston

But still had room for deep fried ice cream with caramel topping!

A lovely night, topped off by being watched over by His Noodliness

My;s Vietnamese Weston

(after being given a wonderful drawing of the deity by my nephew!)



In the Dark

by Fiona on April 5, 2011 · 4 comments

Well, glad to see I’m not the only one with a morbid curiousity/need to read the Sweet Valley Confidential book! If you get it, let me know how terrible it truly is! (and lend it to me, hey? :p)


Stayed back tonight to get my March stats in, not QUITE at the last minute (due COB tomorrow!) but getting close! Unfortunately, the end of daylight savings meant walking home in the dark :( At least it wasn’t too cold, yet!

Has your day changed since the end of daylight savings? I can see I’m going to have to make the most of the light mornings while we’ve still got them! Gym session or a run I think!


Protein-eriffic Curry (and legs of steel)

by Fiona on February 27, 2011 · 8 comments

After a much needed run, and a short but tough gym session with Rish (Bench Presses and Leg Presses *dies*) went past the supermarket to gather the ingredient to make Lisa’s 6 Cs Curry… except I made it with chicken for extra protein-y goodness, and no cauliflower because there was only one which looked a little sad :(

Meddled slightly with the quantities also – upped the spices and coconut milk, along with the amount of chickpeas and an extra carrot. Just to get it to last longer.

6 Cs curry

Gotta keep this up – it was a good run today, my pace was much better than a week ago. The cool weather and relaxing day before it helped a fair bit, as did having lots of nervous energy to burn ;) In training so I can make it round the loop twice for the Mothers Day Classic 10km in May. 2 months to go – I can do it!! (Wanna Sponsor Me?)

6 Cs curry

What are your ideal running conditions?

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Unconscious Mutterings Week 422:

  1. Leaning :: online
  2. Projects :: completed
  3. 404 :: not found
  4. Page :: paging
  5. Twitter :: rati
  6. Renaissance :: dress
  7. Webinar :: learning
  8. Community :: blog
  9. Illustrate :: my point
  10. Clean slate :: starting over


Post-gym Breakfast

by Fiona on November 19, 2010 · 5 comments


From the Purple Pickle.



October 14, 2010

After Rish actually dragging me to get out of bed (after I tried to sleep past my alarm) I got to the gym this morning, and feel good after that start to the day. A sweaty hour on the cross trainer/stepper thing… The heart rate monitor wasn’t picked up on this one. Disappointing! I’ve stolen […]

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An Out

September 6, 2010

Got the very tempting reminders that the Uni census date for this semester is this Friday, and if I withdraw from a subject before then I won’t have to pay, nor will they record the withdrawal on my record. *tempted* ‘Rapp’ from Ali Baba In better news, bootcamp this morning was awesome. 5 rounds of […]

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31 Photos in 31 Days (Day 19) Back at Work

August 19, 2010

Back at work today. Fortunately I have 2 days of PD – feeding. Which means I don’t have to see clients. It does mean I have all my workmates who I haven’t seen in awhile for various reasons just checking that I’m well and telling me I look terrible. Thanks :p I went for a […]

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Step Up

July 15, 2010

I’m sure we all have things that are just that much trickier than others, for me, when it comes to the gym, it’s the stepper. Something about the stepper than makes my heart race (score one for the heart rate monitor!) and make me want to quit. (not as soon as the treadmills though – […]

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