Laneway Exploring


Findlers Street Station

Hi lovelies! Here’s a little mix of pictures from some of my days exploring the big city of Melbourne. It was pretty cool to see the famous Hosier Lane in real life. So much to look at and it changes all the time! There are plenty of laneways to explore and I was on Findlers Lane the other day for a bite to eat. It’s filled with small coffee shops and restaurants to grab a bite in. Slightly overwhelming! There’s a laneway tour fitness blogger Zanna van Dijk (I’m sure most of you guys will know who she is, if not you’re missing out!) did when she was over earlier this year and I’d LOVE to do it. I just need to figure out when would be best to go and maybe even find someone who could go with me.

There’s so much to see and do in Melbourne that I don’t even know where to start whenever I arrive in the city with the train. I feel like I need to write a list so I can start ticking things off. And that’s just Melbourne. There’s so much more to see and do all over this amazing country.

It’s almost two in the afternoon here in Melbourne. This day started off with a great class at Crossfit Red Bluff, full with snatching (I got some great tips to improve my snatching, that movement is just so difficult!) and then a sweaty deadlift and double under workout. It is slightly warmer here and wow, I sweat so much during every class haha. You can tell that my body is used to cooler temperatures!

It’s been really interesting going to a new box and I’m learning so much. Trying to find my place. It’s odd when you’ve been going to the same place for so long and then you move and start over again. There are unwritten rules and things that everyone just knows from going there for so long that you don’t really know and you try to catch onto. Slowly getting there.

The coaches are really hands on and you notice they’ve always got an eye on you whenever you’re in the gym, whether it’s during class or an open gym. You are always getting pointers on your technique to improve and be better, which I love. It’s so important to be open to feedback, there’s always room for improvement. It’s super important to not take it the wrong way and always be happy that you are given little nuggets of coaching to be the best you can be. That’s why you’re there. One thing I’ve learnt is I’d rather have loads of coaching and tips rather than non, you improve so much faster and avoid getting injured if you’re doing something seriously wrong.

Another thing that’s different is the scaling of the workouts, I realise now how used I was to Stella’s way of scaling and planning workouts and in G5 I had a rough idea of what weights and scaling would be best whilst at the new box I’ve had to ask a lot more questions and discuss what would be best to do. I think it’ll be a while until I get into the groove of things and we’ll see if I will be able to to continue to train at Red Bluff once I get a new place. I’d really like to stay because I like it loads so far but I just don’t know if it will be possible. It all depends on where I would be working and living. We’ll just have to wait and see!

I’ve started to look at accommodation but I’m not really sure what I’m looking for yet. I think I’d like to live somewhere closer to the city but perhaps not bang in the middle. I quite liked the Chapel Street area when I was there on Monday, perhaps I’ll look a bit more there.

Are any of you watching the royal wedding today? Jamie’s family and I are going out for Japanese food at five (early dinner) then Nicola and I have been invited to a girls night at her friends to watch it all together. I think it’ll be really nice. I do love weddings whether they are royal or not. I can’t wait to see the dress.

Speak soon, M xxx

Australia bound

Hi lovelies! Sorry for not being on here for the last week! It’s been a whirlwind getting ready to leave. Do you ever feel ready for a chapter to close? I’ve loved my time in Glasgow but I know need to do this.

So many tears have fallen and hugging goodbye doesn’t get easier but I know I’ll be back one day and for now I need to pursue my next dream.

Saying goodbye to Jamie hurt so much I can’t even think about it but I know we’ll make it through. We are always pushing each other to chase our dreams and I know when the time is right he’ll join me.

It’s almost time to board now but I just wanted to say hi and I’m alive. This is when the adventure begins. I’m so nervous and scared but I know it’ll be so much fun.

Speak to you Australia!

Maddie xxx

Aberdeen


We watched The Redeemed and the Dominant on the train ride up. Jamie and I were both crying when Tia won. Can’t help it, it’s too cute, even though I’ve seen it before it still gets to me. Jamie loved the documentary and said he thought it was the best one yet.


Our room Jamie booked, when we walked through the hotel I did not expect it to look like this!

It was grey everywhere!

Yatai Izakaya for dinner

Looking back on our trip to Aberdeen I didn’t really take any pictures of the city whilst we were there. I wasn’t thinking about it when we were walking about. It’s mainly pictures of food to be honest! Aberdeen, what did I think? We weren’t there for very long so I didn’t get much of a chance to see a lot of it. The first impression was that it was, like everyone warned me, very grey! Grey everywhere. Every single building pretty much was grey. Jamie and I laughed when walked past Café Nero, which always has bright blue sign over their shops, even had their logo straight on the grey building they were in, without the blue. At least it was a sunny day when we arrived in the afternoon so it wasn’t all grey. I was told everything looks even  more grey on an overcast day. So yeah the grey part was no exaggeration.

We stayed at the The Station hotel just opposite the train station and when we walked into it looked like a typical old slightly rundown hotel. Jamie had booked it all so I had no idea where were staying. We walked through the many corridors of the hotel and eventually found our room. When we stepped in through the door it looked like a different hotel! It was a lovely room and massive. Everything looked newly redone and fresh. I was really surprised and Jamie grinned a bit mischievously when he saw my reaction. That was one of the biggest contrast I’d ever seen.

The only thing we really did in Aberdeen was to eat and walk around. As you should do on holidays! We started off with a snack at Foodstory, which I’d been dreaming about going to because we were starving when we arrived and dinner wan’t until 8.30. Foodstory needs its own separate blog post so I’ll save what I thought for then. Then for dinner we went to Yatai which is meant to have incredible sushi and other Japanese food. They do Japanese small plates. We couldn’t believe how much value you got for the price that we paid because the food was incredible. All the fish for the sushi is chosen by the head chef himself at the fish market in Aberdeen every morning and you could taste how fresh it was. The salmon just melted in your mouth. They had plenty of lovely vegetarian and some vegan options as well. I just had to have some fish and seafood, when it’s that fresh off the boat I just need to have some. The mushrooms on skewers were insane by the way of you’re ever there!

Afterwards Jamie of course wanted to check out some of the bars in Aberdeen because he’d never been up before. Funnily enough loads of his friends from Glasgow were up doing an event at The Orchid (it won Scottish cocktail bar of the year last year) so we ended up spending the evening with them going to Tippling House and 99 as well and then heading back to Orchid again. I was knackered at this point and eventually we went home. I’m not made for late nights out anymore! At least when I don’t drink I can function as a human being the next day despite the lack of sleep. Hangovers are the worst things ever. It was fun to spend some time with Jamie’s friends, it doesn’t happen very often as they’re all night owls!

The next day we just went for breakfast before getting on the train and then the bus to St Andrews. It was a short but sweet trip to Aberdeen. Perhaps not a place I would be rushing to back to if it wasn’t for the incredible food we had. That’s worth the trip just that. It would’ve been nice to have had a little bit more time to see more than just the very centre and stroll around a bit more but I’m so glad we managed to squeeze even this short visit in.

Now it’s time for the gym guys! My ankle felt fine during the workout yesterday it’s still a bit swollen so I’ll take it easy today on it but there’s no pain, just a bit stiff. I’m glad it wasn’t anything more serious! I’ve got another busy day of seeing Emma afterwards and then my sister and Kajsa. After that my second last weekend in Glasgow is pretty much over. Tomorrow I need to get myself into gear and get organised. I’ve got so much to do but it’ll be easier to get it done when everyone is at work. During the weekends I just have to make sure that I see as many people as I can before I go.

Have a lovely day!

What a trip

Hello lovelies! I’m back from the most amazing trip with Jamie. I was planning on posting while I was away but it was so nice to just relax and be in the moment and experience Scotland with my man. I did try and put a bit on my Instagram story at least so hopefully it wasn’t all too bad that the blog had a mini break.

I don’t really have time right now to write about everything we got up to right now but I just wanted to stick my head in and say hi! We got back yesterday afternoon to a sunny Glasgow and in the evening I was back in G5 again. The workout we did absolutely killed your legs and I managed to jump down funnily from the box onto my ankle, not ideal and it’s a bit sore today. Hopefully it’ll be okay.

Time for another busy day! I need to get to bed early this evening because I’m knackered! We didn’t get that much sleep whilst we were away due to being out late in Aberdeen and then another relatively late evening in St Andrews and getting up early to get back to Glasgow. It was all worth it but you know when you haven’t had a good night’s rest in a while? It’s really all you can think about is to have a good sleep.

Guys, I’m leaving a week on Monday and I’ve got so much to do. It’s so much that I don’t even know where to start and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. I really need to put another gear in and just do everything and get it out of the way. Time for another day! The countdown is really on now. Help! Exciting but so scary.

Speak soon, M xxx