I did City2Surf last Sunday :)

Hello dear readers,

I finally ran the city2surf event on Sunday and I must say I enjoyed it. Even better with suprising myself with completing the run under 2 hours (well 96 minutes to be exact). 96 mins off green group but since I will be doing another run (Blackmores), I may have a chance in qualifying for a faster group fo next year ūüôā

What the day looked like in a snapshot:

Beautiful sunny day. Slighly cold in the morning but as you ran, it started to warm up.  My group was yellow and being a first time runner, I originally thought the people wer slow. I seriously underestmated how slow the people in this group were! Too many slow walkers in my group and was suprised some of the blue group were walking it.  Along the way of the course it was taking advantage of free space for those walkers and dodging them like no tommorow.

I ran the majority 90% of the course with 5-10% walking when i needed to catch my breath. I took it at an easy pace and then it was Heartbreak Hill. It wasnt that bad in my hoenst opinion despite many people fearing that hill. It wasn’t as steep as I anticipated it to be and my own hill training definetly paid off and of course freeletics as well.

After Heartbreak Hill, it was 5-6 kim to go and I continued on. As i could see the beach ahead, I thought it was over but nope, need to do the loop around the main road and once I saw 13KM mark, I dashed towards the finish line and made in within 96 minutes! I definelty felt a true runners high because not only did I set a good time but for me running the whole thing.

After that, I met a friend who ran earlier and was waiting for his colleagues to finish and grabbed food, walked around and then headed home. Along the way I got a massage.

I would like to do it again but need to be in a faster group (green next year!).

This race reaffirmed that I can run and have the potential to be in a faster group and gave me new confidence to participate in runs like this.

For those who are considering city2surf, here are some tips:

*Train for it, regardless of what group you select. You will be in for a long run if you are not mentally and physically prepared for it. Honestly, the amount of walkers that I dodged in order to run the whole thing….

*Do an easy paced run befrre the day and or active walking (not long distance though). Deifently do taper your training before that as well.

*Having a decent sized meal of homemade pasta the night before, plus lots of water. Tinned tomatoes, protein of choice and pasta does the trick.

*Take advantage over the walkers and whatever free space you find, just take it. That was my strategy to get a time like mine.

*DO NOT take the portaloos and/or take free treats that the neighbours on the side street! You will most likely crash and hit an energy slump later on in the race. The queues to the portaloos is unbelievable. Even halfway througout the race I was surprised honestly that they would offer this. That’s why you go before the race people. I avoided those like the plague.

*Be wary with waterstations as you will only have a short amount of time to drink those and the risk of slipping on concrete is increased with unfinished water. I’ve seen runners trip and slip because of this which leads to…

*Stay flat on the ground wherever you can.

*Do not neglect strength training. Legs, abs and even upper body. Having a strong upper body means you wont waste your energy, being able to see where your going, oxygen flow and minimising arm swing. Plus having good posture plus having strong legs and steady core means you can run well and reduce injury.

*Addtiion of conditioning will aid in stamina and cardio levels durng your run.

*No need for a heavy breakfast. I ate a toasted sandwich with strawberries and a shot of coffee. Water needed too!

*Big one: Invest in a good pair of running shoes and socks (running specific socks)! Your feet will thank you for it. Saves you from having to finish early.

*Get plenty of rest before the event!

Anyways, that’s all that I can think of and will see you in the next post.

 

Welcome August and it’s time…

This is the week and month where everything is happening. This past weekend had me behind the books as I have 2 pre class tasks due before my first day of the class. Then it was onto biostatistics readings (halfway done though ūüė¶ ¬†). Half of the required content is what I done in undergrad but the other half, all new. ¬†Taking on an extra subject will require me to use my time wisely…

This week also marks my final week at my current role, after being with the company for over three years. I will commence my new role after my university class the following week :).

Also I am participating in my first ever city2surf and have been training for that. Two (three if neccessary) varied runs since mid-June. Hill runs over the past 2 weeks and today was short intervals (up to 5km in total). This week I aim to ease my training (maybe fit an easy run) before Sunday.  Hoping to finish my biostats reading then (wish me luck..)

Back to blocking weekends out for tasks and nights (if neccessary).

Guess you’ll know where I’ll be if I havent updated this blog in a while….

Until next post

x

 

Change is coming..

Hello everyone, just a little update with life.

As you may not know, ¬†I have been successful in one of the positions i interviewed last month! I recieved my letter offer and handed in my resignation notice today! It’s official now!

Now I need to slog it out for the next fortnight and finish my secondment and then it’s uni, then straight to my new job. I couldn’t start earlier due to clashing with university and finishing with my secondment too.

It’s all happening now and also city2suf is around the corner too ;). Training well underway.

Anyways over and out!

Sukin skincare range

Hello there,

Today’s post will be on product reviews on the skin care range Sukin. In my past blogging experience, product reviews were a main topic but as of late, I haven’t written a product review in a long time and so decided to do one and bring product reviews into my blog! ūüôā

Over the years, I’ve used a wide range of skincare products and the majority of them were either overpriced for their quality or the product/s were too strong. ¬†Last year I came across sukin products at a local chemist warehouse and have been using their products ever since.

Note: This is a general review hence writing a detailed review will take too much space and reading time. These products that I’ve reviewed is from the signature skincare range.

Sukin Australian Natural Skincare

Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2007, there was a gap skincare that was sustainable, affordable and vegan. Sukin is a brand that is committed to sustainability and affordability of skincare products and is naturally dervied, cruelty free and vegan. ¬†This is what stood out compared to the previous products I’ve used in the past. My skin has been normal to dry with a few pimples in between. ¬†After using sukin products, my face looks and feels better. Here are the products that I currently use:

1)Foaming facial cleanser / Cream cleanser

I’ve used both of these products and been satisfied with both. As most foam cleansers dry out my skin, I found that Sukin one doesn’t do that. The ingredients of chamomile, aloe vera with wheatgerm, green tea and witch hazel along with rose hip oil and primrose delivers this non-drying foam cleanser.

The cream cleanser helps retains moisture and is gentle on the skin. A mitxutre of Rosehip, Avocado, Sesame and Wheat Germ Oils , Aloe Vera, Cocoa Butter, Nettle and Horsetail help smoothe, cleanse, hydrate this skin.

The pump bottle design is easy to use and you can control the amount you use.

2) Hydrating facial mist

The best toner that doesn’t have alcohol, comes in a spray bottle design and actually hydrates! The combination of chamomile and rosewater helps to soothe, purify and cool skin. It also serves as a facial mist or a makeup spray (didn’t think about that use).

No need to use cotton balls.

3) Facial scrub

Gentle scrub combination of bamboo extract and walnut shell powder that exfolifates and removes dirt and impurities. It contains Aloe Vera and Chamomile to soothe te skin while Jojoba, Sesame and Rosehip Oils to lightly hydrate and leave the skin clean and smooth. Also it doesnt scratch the face.

4) Mositure rich Body cream

Thick moisturising creme with shea butter and cocoa moisturise your skin. This luxurious Moisture Rich Body Cr√®me provides intense hydration. ¬†Rosehip, Sesame and Borage Oils helps with skin revitalisation. Aloe Vera and Evening Primrose Oil help to soothe and calm, leaving a smooth, hydrated appearance. This creme doens’t leave a sticky feeling.

5) Facial Daily cream / Night time cream:

Both of these cremes contain gentle ingredients that soothe and moiturise the skin. The daily creme provides enough for a hot summer day but with winter, it doesn’t provide enoug moisture. The best is to combine rose-hip oil with the daily moisturiser. The night cream serves it’s purpose at night but can be used during those cold winter days.

6) Micellar cleansing water (makeup removal):

The best make-up remover to date. Obviously it’s alcohol free, contains cucumber, chamomile and rosewater to soothe calm and remove makeup. Skin feel clean, calm and refreshed.

7) Rose hip oil:

Multipurpose oil and can be mixed with moisturisers to give creams an ultimate boost. Can also be used in hair as well.

There are also other ranges of sukin such as baby skincare, sensitive, supergreens, oil balancing, aging skin and dermaskin as well. Haven’t tried those ranges yet so can’t comment.

You can find more information on their website: https://sukinorganics.com/.  In terms of stockists stores like priceline and chemist warehouse sells these products. The stockist range can be found on the website as well.

Anyways until next time,

Lydia

I’ve been MIA.

Reason being is I haven’t had anything much to write about. I’ve had a hectic month in June hence not really blogging much :). ¬†Mainy from going to several interviews but in the end of being knocked back, especially one that was related to my study field :(. Recently, a secondement came up and have already completed one week there. ¬†The good thing is that the setting is related to what I am currently studying :). A potential position will be adverstied where I am seconded to right now in the upcoming weeks so I am keeping an eye out. ¬†Of course, i’ll also keep an eye out of other opportunities as they arise ūüôā

It’s now July and it’s the homestretch of the second half of the year! Currently I sit on university break and the semester offically begins in two weeks but my first class doesn’t start until August. I will be taking two subjects form this point on but still maintaining part time status.

I also have my fun runs around the corner with city2surf in August and Blackmores in September. I’ve increased my runs to twice a week which means adusting my schedule (more likely bodyweight coach on rotation) and still keeping gym coach as it provides the neccessary strength.

Anways, time to survive the coldest winter in years!

See you in the next post

June Favourites!

Hello readers. Now that class is over until August, I have spare time for this blog.

Today’s post will be on the above title. This won’t be limited to just one but various things. ¬†Here’s to below:

  1. Freddy wr up pants. The ultimate butt lifting pants. Hailing from ?Italy?, these one of a kind pants has a silicone waistband and strategically placed seams. These pants are unlike any other pants / jeans you’ve ever worn. ¬†These pants have become increasily popular since 2016. From denim, fashion to even leggings and skirts, you’ll definetly want to buy another pair Only downsides are the cost but totally worth it and the sizing is small.
  2. ¬†Public health research & practice website. As a public health students who aims to tranisition a career into the area, I thought it would be good to start reading out of interest and perhaps gain insights from researchers and current health issues and it’s effect of health policy.
  3. Figs. I love figs and over the past month, I have been eating it most days. ¬†Known for it’s high fibre content, I can only eat a few pieces.
  4. Kombucha. The fermented pro-biotic drink. I havent even bought prebiotic tablets in a long time.

That’s all I can think off at this point in time ūüôā

 

Where have I been?

Hello to all my fellow readers! I’m back.

Havent completely dissapeared from this blog. May was a busy month for me from Game of Zones fitness, Laser Tag, foodie outing and university. The last weekend was spent writing my last, shall I say challenging paper for the term. Never done a policy brief before and I found that it challenged me intellectually :).  Now class is done until August!

Really enjoyed my last class for univeristy as it was based on health policy, one of the fields I aspire to work in.

Aside from that, I’ve recently seen jobs pop up that are of interest and in the process of applying for a few more.

Update with my work hours (part time): Not approved :(. ¬†The only way is part time job applications. I’ll still go for full time as well. I did have an interview earlier this week and have applied for more positions. ¬†Having both options opens up the opportunity for more to come. My turn will come…

Mood wise I’m feeling a little better but am still motivated to move on hence the above. I have my days but it passes.

BTW, I am officially doing city2surf in August and Blackmores in September! Something that I have never done or considered out of my comfort zone! In the past month, been doing twice a week runs (one treadmil) and one outdoors. May ramp this up from this month or next..

Anyways, over and out!

The Fitness Show.

Hello fellow readers,

Today’s post will be on the above mentioned, the fitness show. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s an expo that runs during the entire weekend showcasing the latest fitness classes, products and shows. The show was on the last week of April. I only attended one day due to a prior committment on Saturday. Anyways, here’s what happened:

I arrived at ICC Sydney 9.30am and had to walk over to the area on the other side of the building whic took 10 minutes. Doors didn’t open till 9.50am and then it was straight to the commando fit workout which I paid when I purchased the ticket at the same time. ¬†It was straight to the workout in the prana arena after filling in waiver forms. The workout itself started with emphasis on form, technique and warm up with mobililty exercises and the straight into the workout. The workout was circuit based using a tube equivalent barbell with weights. Power clean and press, front squat and then it was burpees hopover. Can’t exactly remember the precise details as it happened so fast and I was in the moment. Sweaty and pumped after and ready to explore the fitness show!

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We had to rush out of the arena due to another fitness session F45 starting straight after we finished.  Bumped into two gym friends who were about to commence the session. I managed to get the photo with him :). He was taller in person though. Next it was a mission to head into the bathroom to change clothes and then I proceeded to see a fitness model / bodybuilding show running the whole day: ICN bodybuilding.  All these competitiors on stage with heaps of fake tan and ripped muscles. I just wanted to see what is was all about and then I walked around for 2.5 hours to the booths and testing samples. I  went shopping and came out with this (some of the below items were free):IMG_6984

I also took a photo with a fitness model by the name of Lauren Simpson. There were others there like Jeff Said and Calum Van Mogen but their lines were insane for their photos. Next time.

More food samples below:

Mind you I purchased a 6pack fitness backpack which carries 3 meals on the go and having to lug this pink bag was fun the whole day:

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I stayed for the afternoon ICN  show and managed to meet Olivia, one of the competitors there and follower on Instagram.

There was powerlifting and decided to watch for a bit and bumped into another gym buddy.

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After that I was super hungry and purchsed a Muscle Direct meal. It was standard to be honest. I then purchased a tuna roll and a cider, which I prefered eating :).

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Anyways, it was a blast but I needed to go both days as one wasn’t enough to see everything. In fact there were a few workouts on Saturday only that I wanted to go to but as I mentioned. I had something on.

After splurging some major $$$, it was time to head home.

That is all I have to say about the fitness show. Will I ever go again? A definite must but I will make sure to have the weekend booked out :).

x Lydia

When you’re feeling stuck, lost and in a slump :(

Hey all,

Have you ever go through those times where you just feel rather uninspired, blah, overwhelmed and become lost in your thoughts when things just go (that’s life) and that time hasn’t come to you yet? I’m feeling that way right now ūüė¶ .

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Let’s face it, we have those moments where we hit mental slumps and wall at work. There are other influences that can affect such as family or other commitments. Even though a little break helps, it all comes back to me. ¬†It’s a saying that whenever you’re at work to focus. ¬†However, it can be hard at times especially when you’re studying to career change in your desired field, plus the current job no longer aligns with your career values / goals and are dissastified. Or you’ve simply had enough. Anyways, this is me and going to my job feels like a drag most days. I’m sure that others feel the same way too.

The way for me to cope atm is just take it a day at a time, seeking a better opportunity and ways to get my foot into public health. Or exposure to things outside my role. Lucky I have a friend who did the same degree, working in the area I want to get into and she too is seeking change to global health.

What I’ve done to this date to cope with this (and maybe help you too?):

-Applied for a new job (can’t guarantee it) and I will keep hunting until I get one. It will happen eventually.

-Enrolled in another subject next semester as I’ve decided that I want to finish my degree in 2-3 years instead of the intended 6 years.

-Meditating and taking an extra rest day if needed. Yoga for me now is for mobility purposes with the added relaxation.

-A simple text to check in time to time again helps.

-Hanging out with people.

-Connecting with my current class-mates in terms of assignments and sharing my information on previous subjects. They too are looking for career change too so am not alone.

Anyways, this week aside from not feeling well, I’ve taken some time off work and still have a lot of sick leave though. Been feeling down as mentioned in the above paragraph. There are other skills / experience that I can / prefer and are more suited to but l feel like I can;t be released at all. Project/ Research experience is what I’m seeking next or stick to another admin job just for the time being until I finish degree, Side-stepping away from my current job is also another consideration. I did enjoy my time during a secretariat for a committee though. As of late it’s because I haven’t had an opportunity to explore my strengths is why I am feeling this way and no longer enjoy the work.

With a colleague going soon and another going on maternity leave in 2 months, who knows what will happen..

I’m glad to have let it out and this is one of the reasons why I set up this blog since last year to vent out my thoughts.

Anways, until next time!

x Lyd

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