Africa - archaeology, not safari animals.


2 days ago with 9 notes

Today:

I got a 42.5kg OHS!
Exciting because before today I’d never got over 40 above my head. My CrossFit coaches are wonderful and I will love them forever.

I loaded the bar wrong and instead of doing 5x3 @ 35kg c&j’s, I did 40kg!
This is exciting because before today, 40 was my absolute 1RM (my third lift for the comp this weekend).
Turns out most of my inability comes from mental games and by tricking myself into things, I’m capable of much more.

I got B to film my clean and jerk. The length of my limbs is comical and I’ve come to realise I’ll never be ~great~ at the sport because of it. Won’t stop me from trying.
Also, when I’m doing the lift it feels a lot better than it looks. This is something to work on.


3 days ago with 6 notes

Ridiculous ~health~ thoughts I’m trying to fix feat. feelings of inadequacy, fear of failure, and conflicting messages.

You are not obliged to read this.

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3 days ago with 8 notes

Reasons my week was awesome and I should stop feeling like my life is sub-par;

  • Cute selfies
  • Cute selfies with arm pump (my biceps are beginning to catch up to my delts which is exciting. triceps still have a long way to go but I can deal [you can’t see them in selfies so I’m lulling myself into a false sense of security])
  • BROCCOLI WAS ONLY $1.40/KILO. I BOUGHT NEARLY 2 KILOS. BROCCOLI IS THE BEST FOOD EVER. It’s been ~$10/kg since I got back from Africa so this is the first time I’ve had it. This alone makes this week the best week in existence.*
  • I found this photo in my phone and it’s helped my ~inadequate-noodle~ feelings.
  • My bottom is A+*

*I shattered my phone in Africa so the photos taken with my back camera are blurry a. f. #deal


4 days ago with 15 notes

Fern will be home soon and I am excited.

Living with your best friend is an exciting thing because it means even when you’re eating dinner or doing assignments you’re doing it with lovely company. If she isn’t doing anything tonight (bitch better not be) I’m going to force her face into a facemask and make her cups of tea and maybe supply tim tams and we’re going to do our assignments together and if that doesn’t sound like the best night you’re wrong.


4 days ago with 9 notes

  • Dietary deficiencies really show in my face. I’m quite certain my anemia has worsened/refurfaced since Africa so I need to get that sorted out… the bags under my eyes are deeper, I’m getting purple spots outside my eyes, and for the first time in a long time, I’m getting black/purple discolouration along the bridge of my nose. I’m also very pale and am getting pimples which never happens.
  • 10/10 need to get a blood test/ sort my diet out pronto.
  • This weirdness is effecting my self confidence. I feel overwhelmingly ugly (and not even concealer can hide these black spots).
  • I did heavy cleans last night so my neck is bruised and has little red dots everywhere.  I’m afraid to dump the bar (don’t like drawing attention to myself) so my legs have bruised up worse than last time, too.
  • Looks like I’m into kink.
  • On the plus side, I think I’ve got a bodyweight clean in me!
  • I need new blogs to follow.

5 days ago with 15 notes

TODAY I DID THE THINGS AND IT WAS AWESOME
10KG BACK SQUAT PR!Might have perhaps had another 2.5 in me but there was an impatient PT waiting for le rack. Full of excitement though! 1.23x body weight aw yeah.I remember when body weight was the ultimate unachievable goal, and now I’m shooting for 1.5x! :’)
5KG DEADLIFT PRNext month I’m 10/10 going for 100kg. SO FULL OF STRENGTH AW YEAH! Very excited because I haven’t done a single deadlift in about 3 months. We don’t do them at weightlifting so I was expecting a dramatic drop here. I guess those shrugs, pulls, RDL’s, and core work really make a difference.HAIRCUTI went to a new salon and they gave me FREE CHAMPAGNE and a martini glass full of MNM’s! BEST. HAIRDRESSER. EVER.
LULU PURCHASESNew navy tights,  white headband, thanks to the lovely Fern and her generous birthday gift voucher.
TODAY HAS BEEN A GOOD DAY.

TODAY I DID THE THINGS AND IT WAS AWESOME

10KG BACK SQUAT PR!
Might have perhaps had another 2.5 in me but there was an impatient PT waiting for le rack. Full of excitement though! 1.23x body weight aw yeah.
I remember when body weight was the ultimate unachievable goal, and now I’m shooting for 1.5x! :’)

5KG DEADLIFT PR
Next month I’m 10/10 going for 100kg. SO FULL OF STRENGTH AW YEAH! Very excited because I haven’t done a single deadlift in about 3 months. We don’t do them at weightlifting so I was expecting a dramatic drop here. I guess those shrugs, pulls, RDL’s, and core work really make a difference.

HAIRCUT
I went to a new salon and they gave me FREE CHAMPAGNE and a martini glass full of MNM’s! BEST. HAIRDRESSER. EVER.

LULU PURCHASES
New navy tights,  white headband, thanks to the lovely Fern and her generous birthday gift voucher.

TODAY HAS BEEN A GOOD DAY.


1 week ago with 18 notes

Coach is giving me my personalized program tonight so I’m both extremely pleased and very nervous!

I’m incapable of upper body motion though (thanks, muscle soreness), and my grip strength is suffering from these damn rips so that will be interesting.

Fingers crossed tonight involves no overhead work! Shrugs, rack pulls, and squats please!!


2 weeks ago with 5 notes

August!

Five days late, but I’ve got a lovely break in Uni for a few hours and I’m feeling organised.

Goals:

  • Sleep for 8+ hours a night. No more than 10. Wake up before 9am consistently.
  • Educate yourself on something outside of Uni every day. Find a sweet article, watch a TED talk, read a book. Become knowledgeable about all around you. Maintain and nourish your curiosity (it’s your greatest asset).
  • Work your way up to 4 meals a day. Eat a lot of food. Fuel your body for the huge load of work you’re demanding it.
  • Do more mobility. Touch your toes, release your calves, get stretchy.

Exercise/ Week:
Interested to see how my body hold ups with all of this exercise. Making a point of sleeping more, eating more, and stretching more to compensate for the amount of work I’ll be doing, but I think it’ll be okay.
My gym sessions are extremely relaxed- I go with a friend and do her weights so she feels comfortable with her strength, so it isn’t too strenuous. Tempted to make the gym sessions cardio-based as I need to get that up to scratch, also because weight bearing exercises are not the best idea due to how much time I’m spending on a barbell throughout the week already.
If it gets too difficult to maintain, the gym sessions will be the first to go.

MON: Crossfit (1hr) + Gym (1hr)
TUE:
Weightlifting - Strength. (1.5hr)
WED: Crossfit (1hr) + Gym (1hr)
THUR: Weightlifting - Strength. (1.5hr)
FRI: Crossfit (1hr) + Gym (1hr)
SAT: Weightlifting - Technique (2hr)
SUN: Relaxation time!


2 weeks ago with 2 notes

I don’t feel like my life is blog-worthy at the moment…

  • My hair had a growth spurt in Africa and I don’t know who I am anymore.
  • I’m exercising a lot and am interested to see how my body copes after a month+ of inactivity. So far just some very sore muscles.
  • First weightlifting comp is in 19 days and it’s safe to say I’m packing it. Do not want. My body is not ready.

  • I can’t be bothered with social media anymore. If people want to see me in real life they’re just going to have to hunt me down.
  • Decided a few nights ago that I can’t have high-maintenance friends. If somebody needs to see me regularly and chat constantly to consider me a friend, I don’t think I can commit to that. I wish I could go about my life completely alone and just see people when it’s convenient for me. Somehow I don’t think that would work.
  • Thankful I live with my best friend because otherwise I would never see anybody ever (and be totally okay with that).

  • Going to the gym with a Malawi friend after Crossfit tonight which will be nice!
  • Friendship is entirely possible if the meetings occur in a place I’d like to be anyway. This is a good plan.

  • This got longer than I expected it to.

#more selfies  #me  #m  
2 weeks ago with 20 notes

Africa portrayed through the most innovative medium of our generation: The Selfie.

Pictured (not at all in chronological order):
1) my sunglasses broke
2) end of a long day
3) relaxing at Lake Malawi
4) arrived in Lilongwe!
5) safari animals at a petrol station
6) coldest morning of my life
7) elephant photobomb
8) ~mirror selfayyyy~
9) not a selfie
10) TOURIST!


3 weeks ago with 12 notes

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