Fridge adventures

Life doesn’t always pan out the way you expect. Sunday was a prime example of this. I woke up to make my breakfast and opened the freezer to get blueberries out. The first thing that caught my eye was how our frozen bananas were looking very brown and then I felt how the freezer was awfully warm. I had another look at the rest of the food in there and realised it was all defrosting. No wonder the flat sounded quiet, the compressor wasn’t running. I opened the fridge part and yup, same there. It was lukewarm.

As soon as Mim got up I told her what had happened. I started Googling how you figure out whether a fridge is repairable or not. Adulting stuff that I have no idea about yet. After some discussions, Mim and I figured there is not point in investing money into an old fridge and thought we were better at looking into where we could get a new one from. I frantically messaged people on Facebook market place. Hoping someone would reply as soon as possible. We knew at that stage in the morning it was out of our hands so we decided to still go to yoga, which we had planned on doing the night before. Perhaps needed after the less than ideal start to our day.

I cycled down to lululemon Brighton and Mim drove. I was planning on going to the track session after with the gym crew and needed my bike. Mim’s boyfriend Tom joined us for yoga too, which was such a nice surprise. It was really fun to have their company because usually I go alone.

Yoga has once again fallen off my radar for a while. I’ve been wanting to start again but just haven’t found the time with everything else going on. Therefore I was really looking forward to getting back on the mat and boy did it feel good! I felt quite stiff and the feeling of the body slowly getting rid of the stiffness with every movement was amazing. Lying down in savasana at the end of class was the cherry on top. I hadn’t felt that chilled for a while. God I’ve missed yoga and I hadn’t even realised how much I had missed it until I was there doing it. That’s the tough part, when you aren’t aware of what you’re missing until you are there doing it. It’s difficult to get back into something when you’ve forgotten about if there’s not much reminding you of it. I have noticed a bit more stiffness in my body than usual but that’s about it. That’s when you need to just get up, put on those gym clothes and go, force yourself to remember.

Having been back on the mat now I was once again reminded of the many reasons why yoga needs to be in my life. I’m now looking at studios in the area to see if there is somewhere I can try out. Mim was recommending Warrior One Yoga, which is quite nearby. I’m tempted!

After the class I turned to my phone to see if we’d received any replies about the fridges and bingo we had. There was a girl in Elwood who said we could pick it up in the next hour. Only small problem we had was, we had no way of transporting a fridge! Mim had the great idea of asking our friend Eric at the gym. The amazing guy he is he said he would help us out and he even had a trailer. What a guy! I decided to skip track, as much as I like going, having a functioning fridge was a bit more of a priority this day. We headed back to the flat and waited for Eric to arrive.

He picked us up and off we went to Elwood, which is not far from where we stay. We got to the building, and it looked alright from the outside. We went inside and walked up the stairs and that’s when things got a bit weird. There was a massive mattress in the stairwell outside the flat, there were cables going across from the flat across the hall to the one where the fridge was, that flat didn’t even have a door! It all seemed a bit odd. I knocked on the door, no answer. I knocked about three times until a young scrawny looking guy answered the door (he was clearly on something) and he barely even looked at me or spoke to me when he opened the door (Mim and Eric were standing at safety distance away from it haha). There was a lot of loud noises coming out from the flat and when I peaked inside there was just piles of stuff and writing scribbled all over the walls. My gut instinct was to leave and I mumbled this to Mim and Eric who agreed and we ran off. We couldn’t stop laughing on our way out, that had been stressful.

Still fridge-less we drove off far away from that place. I had received another reply from a guy in Beaumauris from good old Gumtree who was selling his fridge. I messaged him back asking if we could pick it up in half an hour and that wasn’t a problem. We were just hoping this place would be a bit more normal.

Luckily it was, they even had a rottweiler puppy there called Marley that we got to play with. Now that’s what I call a good turn out! She was incredibly cute. We strapped up our new fridge onto the trailer and then Eric helped us get it up into our flat. What a relief it was when we plugged it in and you could hear it working. It was now two in the afternoon. A pretty long start to the day but we were so happy that it all worked out in the end. Eric had to then leave to pick up his cute dog Kendrick at the groomers and Mim and I ran out to grab something to eat because we hadn’t eaten since breakfast. I’ll write more about that meal in a different post because wow. It was so goood.

So yes, you never know what’s going to happen when you wake up in the morning really, this was not at all what I had in mind. But, that’s what makes life interesting and we had a good laugh about it all along the way. The people at the first place I don’t think even realised we’d left because they never messaged us after we left. I’m so glad we left when we did!

First dip

Sometimes when you’re all caught up in your training bubble you forget to take some time out to let the body recover. It’s like a hamster wheel that keeps on going and you are in autopilot, going through the motions. I love to train and have most of social life there, therefore I don’t think much about it. I just do it.

After Battle of the Bluff last Sunday (I will be writing about it soon!), a rest day on Monday was definitely needed. The day couldn’t have been timed better as it was 30 degrees here in Melbourne that day. So the afternoon was of course spent on the beach and it was amazing. I even dared to have my first dip in the ocean since I got here. It was pretty cold but on a day like that, very refreshing and cooling. I was there for a good couple of hours and my lovely Mim came down to join me for a bit as well. Melbourne would not be the same without that girl in my life. Always have the best time with her. Living with her is so much fun.

I’m so glad we did make the most of the beach weather because it has been pretty awful here since. One day it was 14 degrees and raining. If I thought the weather changed drastically in Glasgow, I think Melbourne weather probably beats it. Never thought I’d say it. However, Melbourne is considerably warmer, sunnier and drier than Glasgow overall!

What I wanted to say with this post is, yes the gym is important, your fitness is important but take time to live as well. It’s okay to skip the gym once in a while to do other things. Don’t feel guilty about it, enjoy what you’re doing instead to the fullest and know that it’s not going affect your health and fitness goals. There’s more to life than training.

Now a week on I’m feeling recovered and ready to work on some new goals. There is so much I want to improve on for Battle of the Bluff next year and I’m excited to get to work. Especially now when my chest is almost entirely back to normal and my shins have recovered. I’m doing my rehab exercises to improve the stability in my legs and I want to focus even more on my upper body strength and gymnastics. I’ll go more into detail about all of this in a separate post.

Today when I walked into the gym and saw one of the workouts I got nervous. In total we were going to do 70 push ups. I had slight flashbacks to a workout we did a while back which had an obscene amount of push ups where I was struggling big time. I was the last one left and my coach Pete was next to me talking me through the final reps as I seriously did not think I was going to finish the workout. My arms felt like jelly and I was so grateful for Pete’s support, I couldn’t have finished the workout without his help.

This time around was a different story and I didn’t expect it at all. I managed all the push ups and wan’t last! Not that it really matters when you finish but that is a considerable improvement since the last time and I managed to stick to the same amount of reps in each set before taking a break. I was over the moon with that. One of the guys at the gym Svick who works as a trainer came up to me after and said my push ups looked really good and I kept my form to the end. His comment made my day because my struggle with my push ups has been really tough and to hear they looked good, wow. It’s all I want, to move well and keep my technique on point because that’s how you get better and stronger. You can’t cut corners.

Now it’s time for me to sleep! Sleep well my dears, M xxx

Cocomamas // 1C Staniland Grove // Elsternwick

How many photos can you take of an acai bowl?

Since moving to Elsternwick I’ve slowly started to tick off some of the local joints. Being a massive foodie it’s simply a must when you’re new to an area to see what the food scene is about. Of course being in Australia, we have a smoothie joint just a block away, Cocomamas. I had heard loads about it even before moving to Elsty and only realised after over a week of living here how close it was to our flat. Only a block or so away. How amazing is that?

Recently after a sunny day on the beach I was really craving something cold and refreshing. What better than an acai bowl? I thought it was time to check what all the hype was about. There are plenty of smoothie bowls to choose from but I went for the classic acai bowl and added cacao nibs and peanut butter because life without peanut butter is a sad life and cacao nibs needs to be on all my smoothie bowls. When I got my bowl they had already won me over with the generous dollop of peanut butter. The more the merrier. The apple topping I had to leave because they make my stomach sore.

The verdict? So far I think Cocomamas makes the best acai bowl I’ve had in Melbourne. Super tasty and refreshing on a hot day. I’m so happy and kind of worried by how close they are to where we live. I feel like now I’ve broken the seal there’s no going back and I will be going back for more very soon. I’m excited to try their other smoothie bowls, raw desserts and more lunchie food.

When I was in I overheard one of the girls working there saying they are moving onto Glen Huntly Road in the next couple of months. I’m crossing my fingers it’s a bigger unit with more seating and more delicious healthy things on the menu. It’s so easy to eating healthily when you’re out here in Melbourne with places like these readily available and I absolutely love it.


Warm up!

Time to lift

Getting my PB!!

Part 2 of the event
 It was time for Mich’s and my heat! I was actually quite looking forward to this workout. 4 minutes to build up to a rep max snatch and then when the time ran out the next part of the workout started which was: 700m row, 45 wall balls, 450 m row, 25 wall balls, 250m row and 70 wall balls.

At the café between our workouts Mich and I were speaking to Pete about how to to best divide it up. We knew Mich was going to do the majority of the row because she’s a better rower than me and I’m a stronger wall baller. The goal was to do as few swaps between us as possible.

I was going to start and do about 300m on the rower. Then Pete suggested I would do all of the 45 wall balls. Mich and I were originally going to break them up. I don’t think I’ve ever done that many wall balls unbroken before. I said I’d give it my best go and we did have a plan b if I felt like I couldn’t do all the wall balls. Then Mich would do the full 450 row in that case, I’d do the 25 wall balls, then she’d row again and then I’d do as many wall balls as I could. Then Mich would jump in and do 10 or 15 of them and I’d finish them off.

The one rep max snatch I wasn’t too nervous about. I knew there wasn’t going to be any massive lifts but I was excited to see where the comp nerves and adrenaline would push me. In the warm up area I  managed to PB my snatch already when I put on about 45kg. I was in shock 40kg for me has been a struggle for I don’t even know how long and I was 5kg over that. Together with Pete we decided I would start at that weight and then aim for a heavier snatch during the event.

Mich and I got onto the competition floor. We set up our starting weight on the barbell. I stood there, waiting for the timer to beep. Then it was time to lift. I got set up and went for it. I caught it and I was so happy. Mich went afterwards and smashed hers too. Pete took me aside to coach me on my technique and told Mich to go again at a heavier weight. I was so appreciative of the feedback. I then attempted my heaviest snatch yet, 48kg. A weight I couldn’t even dream of trying before and there it was right in front of me. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go at all. I took a deep breath, gave my arms a shake, set myself up and lifted. The feeling when I caught the snatch and stood it up was indescribable. I was incredibly happy. Mich then went on and snatched 50kg, which was insanely good! We then got ready for part two of the event.

I got on the rower, it was time to see whether my wall balls would hold up or not. I had no idea and was just hoping for the best. The timer beeped and off I went. The row went by very quickly. I got off and Mich threw herself on. In the mean time I had time to catch my breath. The metres ticked down and then I ran up to the wall and started. This is when you just need to zone out. It’s great went the judge counts the reps out loud for you but when you’re only at about 17 out of 45 wall balls, it can get to your head. How on earth are you meant to hold on for that long? You reach a stage in the middle somewhere where you don’t think you can do anymore but somehow you push through, keep going and eventually you don’t feel that worse pain as much. I managed to get through all 45 of them unbroken and I was over the moon. Mich then smashed the rower and I then went back on the wall balls. 25 felt considerably more manageable than the previous lot.

Mich then did her final row, she did so well and then I started chipping through the last but biggest chunk of wall balls. My arms at this point felt like they were going to fall off. I stopped somewhere halfway and Mich stepped in and did some reps before I then got the ball back and pushed through the final ones. I think I got to about three reps left or something and I dropped the ball. I just couldn’t do anymore. I left it for a second or to then picked it up and finished them off. Wow, the pain was real but I was thrilled we had finished and we stuck to our game plan. I then walked over to collapse outside the competition floor. I was dead.

What an event! It was probably my favourite of the day and if I remember correctly. I think it was the one we did the best in as well. Now we had done all the workouts we knew about in advance. The fianl was next and we had no idea what to expect. I was just hoping they weren’t going to sneak in muscle ups or something. I was excited to see what they had up their sleeve.