A little peek of my new ride! I will be posting more soon. I just forget to take pictures.

One thing I’ve been enjoying a lot more since moving here to Melbourne is going out for “coffee” with friends just because there’s so much more to choose from if you don’t drink coffee. Usually it’s always the same old pot of tea I have to opt for but here they are so creative!

There’s my ever favourite matcha latte pretty much everywhere then you’ve got turmeric/golden lattes, mushroom lattes (they are delicious) and even beetroot lattes. This is the pink drink Mim ordered in the picture above. I had heard of them before but never come across one to try before. I tried some of her’s and it was lovely! Quite sweet but not as earthy as you might imagine a beetroot drink to be, which I thought was nice.  I went for my usual matcha latte because it’s just so good. This little place we went to, Syndicate Room is a one minute walk from our gym and perfect for a post-workout drink and catch up. We had so much to talk about! We even sat outside in the sunshine, although it was quite windy and for a second or two I was wondering if the froth on top of our drinks was going to blow away! Still it was quite pleasant to sit there and get some vitamin D.

I then waved goodbye to Mim as she headed to work and I cycled home. The rest of the afternoon on Tuesday I did some errands on my bike. However, it got so windy later in the day that cycling got really tough on my legs. Knowing I was going back to the gym later in the day I decided to give them a rest and hopped on the train back. Choose your battles!

Today it’s Thursday and I only woke up once last night around 4.30 and managed to get back to sleep after a while (not always possible for me). I then slept until my alarm went off which made me so happy. Success! I’ve just had my breakfast and just need to tidy up before heading to the gym. I’m going this morning because I can’t make it in later on today for the usual 5pm class. Other than that I just want to give the flat a little clean before my flat mates come back from their trip tomorrow.

I realised yesterday I’ve only got a week left in the flat now before I’m moving again. I need to start preparing. This time I’m living with Mim for a bit, which will be so much fun. Her and I have been flat hunting recently and fingers crossed we’ll find something soon! Flats in Melbourne are expensive but I’m sure we’ll figure something out.

Time to get this day started x

Sunday track

Good morning my dears! As mentioned, in my post yesterday. The sun paid us a visit yesterday for track. During the session I got so warm from the sun blasting and all the laps we were doing. I said to Em and Perry this could very much be like a summer’s day in Glasgow haha. They just looked at me like I was a bit crazy and said that it was still pretty cold. It’s all comes down to what you’re used to. After having a rest day the day before I was ready to get some serious running done.

The sprints felt really good when we were doing our 6 rounds of 50 m sprints. I felt like I could accelerate pretty fast and could maintain the same pace for all the rounds. I was really happy with that. Then we did 3 rounds of 600m, 500m, 300m and 200m runs with rest in between each distance when we walked to different starting points to always finish at the same point. Then between each round we had 2 minutes rest.

We all eventually spread out depending on abilities and how fast we wanted to run and I ended up running with Em and Perry. I was slightly ahead of them (which I was over the moon about because they’re both really good runners) and for every single distance we did I was trying to stay in front. I ended up running so fast trying to keep them away! I would not have pushed myself that much if it wasn’t for them. I was dying towards the end, in a good way. It felt amazing to be able to push yourself that much and feel like you still had something left in the tank for the remaining runs. Running I usually feel like i hit a mental barrier of not wanting to put in the extra gear when it gets tough. A bit of friendly competition makes such a difference for your performance and training when you need that extra push. That’s when stubborn Maddie comes out. I’m also very much motivated by thought of the quicker the run the faster it’s over!

I really enjoyed that track session and finished feeling like I’d definitely given it my all. A very nice surprise was that Perry had brought Taylor to track so I got to see her for a bit. I’ve missed that dog! She just stood and watched us running with a slightly puzzled face.

The rest of the day I just spent getting organised for the week. I got grocery’s, cooked some meals, did laundry and tidied up. Whilst it might not be the most exciting thing to do, it makes busy weeks so much easier!


The Vegan Shack

Hi lovelies! Happy sunny Sunday! After yesterday’s absolute downpour of rain this is amazing. Haven’t seen anything it like it in ages. I made the big mistake of not looking out properly before leaving the flat in the morning and got caught in torrential rain the minute I stepped out the door downstairs. To be fair it was dark outside but I have no idea how I didn’t hear it! I got picked up at 7am before work to go to South Melbourne Market. I’ve never seen the place so quiet before. It was a lovely way to start the day. Then finished it off with going to the cinema to watch The Incredibles 2 in Southland with a bite to eat afterwards. It was a really good film. Very funny in parts and for being the sequal I think they did a great job with it. A pretty decent Saturday!

I’m so excited to be writing this post because I’m dying to tell you about Mich’s and my visit to The Vegan Shack a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been getting around to doing it but time is not on my side these days and by the time I get a spare moment to sit down I need to go to bed. Sleep is something I’m struggling with a lot at the moment so I need to prioritise it. Sorry I feel like I bring it up all the time but the struggle is real1

Anyway, on to more exciting things. We need to talk about Vegan Shack. Once again, I found this place through the land of Instagram. I follow so many Vegan Melbourne accounts on there and one day Vegan Shack popped up on my feed and tt looked amazing! It was added to my never ending list of places in Melbourne to visit and I had been wanting to go ever since.

Eventually the day came and Mich and I decided to venture out of the Bayside bubble to Richmond to try it out. I was excited but also wondering whether it would ever taste as good as it looked on their Instagram feed. Sounds silly maybe but food can look insane in photos but when you actually try it, it just doesn’t live up to the expectations you’d built up. We got there and the place is quite small and intimate. I absolutely loved their beach shack look and the staff were the friendliest people.

Mich and I had no idea what to order because everything looked so good. It’s amazing to go to vegan places because you have so much choice but it also makes life a lot harder for someone who is as indecisive as me. To get the most out of our experience we decided to share food and went for the Bali sandwich (it had satay tofu in it and anything that’s got peanut butter in it is a win for me pretty much) and one of the specials which was a Buddha Bowl.

The food eventually came out and wow. I’m never seen more beautiful food in my life. Not just the colour and vibrancy of it but how it was plated up to perfection. These guys sure know you eat with your eyes too. We tucked in and we were in heaven. You could just tell that the food had been cooked with such care by someone who loves vegan food and knows how good it can be. I loved how they take on a more wholesome approach to vegan cooking rather than going down to fake meat and eggs. It’s more my style of vegan food. Making it into its own rather than mimicking meat dishes.

I think we both agreed on the Bali sandwich just beating the Buddha Bowl but both dishes were out of this world. They left you feeling nourished and fuelled with all the good stuff. We didn’t stop there. I got a mushroom latte (my latest obsession, it may sound weird but it is so good) and then we shared a raw dessert. Unfortunately it was nowhere near as delicious as their savoury meals but oh well it was not the end of the world.

I can hands down say the Vegan Shack serves some of the best food I’ve ever tried and is my favourite food place in the wold. If I lived closer to it I would be broke because I would spend all my money in there. Add it to your Melbourne list because oh my god you’re in for a treat.

Before we left we got into a discussion with the staff there about good tempeh brands. Tempeh is a bit of a hit or miss. Some taste absolutely horrendous and others don’t taste of anything (which is good so you can add your own flavours to it). The owner Jansen was telling us about the tempeh they used in Vegan Shack, produced by a lady who sells it at local markets around Melbourne. Mich and I both got intrigued and wanted to get our hands on it. Jansen so kindly said we could buy it off them. So we did. It’s frozen and I haven’t had a chance to try it yet but I can’t wait to give it a go soon. I’ll let you know how it is! When tempeh tastes good I really love it. I think I might even prefer it to tofu. Supposedly it’s meant to be better for you as it is fermented and less processed than tofu.


Three months

Hi my dears! Three months ago today I landed in Australia with my two suitcases and a carry on with no clue what on earth I was doing here. I had never felt so lost in my life. I had no plan other than I wanted change and I wanted to experience Australia.The only thing I did have was some savings in my bank account. The only people I knew was Stevie, Nicola and the kids. I had no job and barely even knew where in Melbourne I was going to stay. I had no friends and the first couple of days I felt so disoriented. I wasn’t very prepared at all. Little did I know what was waiting for me around the corner.

Fast forward three months down the line I’ve met some incredible people, I have a job and the living situation is almost sorted. The people have made this stay so far. I spend most of my days in Red Bluff as you guys know and they mean so much to me. It was when I started going there where I felt Melbourne became more of a home. I love these guys so much and feel so lucky to get to see them every day. We all have such a good time together and the progress I’ve made in my training since I started is incredible too. I can’t put into words how grateful I am for them. Not only great training partners but great friends in and outside the gym. Some of these people I do everything together with.

It’s funny when I was preparing for my move to Melbourne I was thinking that in a few months time I will have (hopefully) met some amazing people and even made some good friends. I just had no idea who they were yet. I didn’t even know these people existed and not I can’t imagine a life without them. It’s so random how I ended up in Bayside as well. It’s not the most common area to settle down in as someone on a working holiday visa but I’m so happy I did. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

Yesterday I went to see the kids and Nicola in the afternoon. I haven’t seen them for a couple of weeks and I thought it was really time to spend some time with them. Oscar had also had his fourth birthday so really wanted to give him his present. I got him Spiderman lego and it went down well. What a relief! We spent a while trying to assemble it before going to Cleo’s school to pick her up. She didn’t know I was coming and the best feeling was when she saw me and her eyes lit up. It was so cute. Then she ran towards me shouting Auntie Maddie and threw herself in my arms. My heart just melts when I’m around these three kids. I was there for a bit until it was time to go to the gym and Cleo was heading to dance class. I’ve missed their smiley faces and spending time with them. It honestly makes me so happy and I’m really glad we still got such a nice relationship even though I’m not technically family anymore.

The gym was good yesterday. After a rubbish day on Monday (I was not in the right headspace at all in my life, just too much going on in my head) it went waaaay better yesterday thankfully. We were front squatting and I managed a new three rep max of 68kg for three sets. Now when I’m looking at my numbers written down that’s half a kilo better than my previous one rep max which was 67.5! That’s crazy. I can’t believe how much strength I’ve built since I started at Red Bluff.

After class Mich, Pablo, Perry, Matty and I were all practising snatches and I got a one rep max PB for my squat snatch, 43kg! It felt so good! I shrieked when I stood it up because I was so happy. I then attempted to get 100lbs (45.4kg) but I psyched myself out. I’m still so happy with my increase. Snatches are incredibly difficult so I’ll take any improvement I can get.

Maybe it’s because it’s still all so new to me being here even though it’s been three months and I’m sorry if I say it all the time but I’m just so happy to be here. Every day I wake up and I can’t believe I’m here experiencing all of these things I’m experiencing. I’m learning so much not only about life here but about myself. I feel like I’m a lot calmer than I used to be and I take things a bit more easily. Not getting as stressed about things as I used to. I think I’ve learnt the past year that things will work out eventually. Through hardship we always learn something. Of course I have days when I’m not super excited or happy haha. You can’t always be on your best mood but I feel happier and more fulfilled than I have in a while. I can’t believe there is still so much left of my stay. At the moment I wish I could stay forever.

Here’s to many more Aussie adventures!

Speak soon, M xxx