End of the beginning

Haha I swear, this blog is turning more to a food blog than a health and fitness blog. I’m sorry about that! This weekend has been all about food (plus I’ve had a cold so and haven’t really been doing a lot of fitnessy stuff and all the health has been me trying to boost my immune system with all the vitamins and rest).

Yesterday I didn’t do much at all other than sit around the house and go to the grocery store with Nicola (because I was desperate to get out). I hate sitting still and love moving so this has been very trialling for me! The issue for me is to know when to stop pushing and let my body rest. I just love it too much. I was still considering going to track yesterday morning and last minute I decided against it due to it being outside and I have a cough at the moment… Not the best combo and I know that but stubborn Maddie is always about still finding ways to do things. She can be a bad influence at times but is good for motivation for most of it. I’m glad she’s there.

Anyway, back to food, I had a really fun vegan dinner with a group of girls from the gym on Saturday night. Everyone brought their own delicious creations (everything was insanely good ) and there was loads of kombucha (I tired a raspberry one and it was delcious!). I was a bit worried about what my food was going to taste like because of my cold and not being able to taste things as usual but everyone seemed to really enjoy it so that was good. We ate like it was Christmas and afterwards I got a massive food coma. It was bad haha, but so good. We had a lot of laughs and I’m just so happy to already feel part of the crew and being invited to things like these.

Then on Sunday night I wanted to take out Stevie, Nicola and the kids for dinner as a thank you for letting me stay for as long as I have so we went out for Thai food down on Hampton Street and it was yummy (well what I could taste of it anyway!). Not that a dinner could ever repay the way they’ve welcomed me with open arms and really made me feel at home under their roof.

I’ve loved every second of staying with them and to come from the other side of the world knowing that someone is there expecting you and you have a place to stay makes the move so much easier. I’ve loved spending time with the kids and really getting to know them better. I love them all so much and know we’ll still be seeing each other from time to time. They’re great friends of mine and still feel like family. Actually when I’m house sitting, it’ll only be like a 20 minute walk between the houses! I’d love for the kids to meet Taylor (the dog) too. I think the kids would love her.

Tomorrow it’s time to leave this house, the end of the beginning of my Aussie adventures and it couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. Until Saturday my friend and gym buddy Mich has offered me to stay and her and her boyfriend’s in an area called Black Rock. I’m super excited to be spending some time there and looking forward to hanging out a bit extra with that lady and her dog Moosie. Mich is so lovely and Moosie is such a cutie. I can’t believe how kind, helpful and welcoming everyone I’ve met has been so far. Opening up their homes and offering their help in any way they can. I’m incredibly grateful for it, thank you!

I woke up this morning still undecided whether I should attempt going to the gym or not but I’m being a smart grown up and decided against it once again. Stubborn Maddie (maybe I should give her a name like Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce? Any suggestions?) will take over I think and push too hard even when she shouldn’t in the workout. I don’t know how many times I’ve justified going to the gym when ill by saying I won’t go all in, I’ve realised it’s all or nothing for me. There is no in between haha. When I’ve woken up a bit more and been up doing things I can get a better feel for what my status is and I’ll see if I might go and do something this evening. That’s how I’ve reasoned with Stubborn Maddie anyway. I already feel like I might start climbing the walls and it’s not even nine… Bodes well!

To keep myself relatively happy I’m going to venture out of the house with Nicola and the kids to go to a nearby shopping centre Sotuhland. They’re getting their car serviced and it will give me a reason to leave the house and do something other than just lie on the sofa. Fingers crossed this cold gets better soon but I know, I know you can’t force getting better. I’m trying my best to nourish my body and rest. The sleep part hasn’t been the best for a long time and I think that might be why I caught this cold… I’m trying but I haven’t struggled this much with my sleep ever I think. I’m not sure why. Any tips for better sleep send them my way guys.

Okay, I’m going to get dressed and get this day going. Please cross your fingers for me this cold will soon be a distant memory!

Speak soon, M xxx

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