Philip Island and Penguin Parade

Spot the wallabies

Pyramid Rock

Penguin Parade
A couple of weeks ago my friend PC from the gym and I went on a mini road trip. I had no idea where we were going as he had planned it all. I was just excited to see a bit more of Australia. We got in the car and we drove and we drove. The music was blasting out of the speakers and the sun was shining.

At one point PC got me to drive on the left side of the road for the first time ever. I was really stressed but he talked me through it. It was almost like taking driving lessons again with him pointing out where the indicators were and what to think about when driving haha. I’m glad I had him talk me through it because I’ll tell you, it feels weird driving on the other side of the road when you’re not used to it. I’m glad his car was automatic because I’m not sure how changing gear with my left hand would go. I was only behind the wheel for 10/15 minutes or so but it was really fun and I realised how much I’d missed driving.

We eventually reached the bridge that led over to Philip Island, so yes that’s where PC had planned for us to go. He said we had some time but we had to be somewhere for around six I think it was. Over on the island we were driving to place called Pyramid Rock when we saw something hop in the bushes at the side of the road. PC stopped the car and reversed back. We got out of the car and there in the field were two wallabies staring right back at us. They were so close to us and were incredibly cute. I stood there for ages, so fascinated by how Australia has this amazing and unique wildlife. It’s crazy!

The area around Pyramid Rock (which coincidentally is a rock shaped like a pyramid, who would’ve thought?!) was stunning! A bit windy and grey by the time we got there but that didn’t make the place any less scenic. It was now time for the next part of the trip. As we got closer I eventually guessed we were going to see another animal, penguins. We were going to Penguin Parade, which is where you can see the penguins come out of the ocean at night to go up to there nests on land. So we joined the tourist crowds and grabbed a seat. We sat there for quite a while chatting and waiting for the penguins.

Just as it went dark you could see little groups of penguins running from the water up onto the beach. It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You could see how they were working in groups to make sure everyone got across safely. It was kind of an odd experience sitting there in a massive sea of people watching these little guys do there thing. I’m glad it’s all natural and they’re in their habitat but still, you wonder if it doesn’t stress the little guys out. We weren’t allowed to take photos, which was good as I could only imagine what a shock it would be for the penguins if a flash went off. Still some idiots were insisting on getting their phones out for a photo.

It got even worse when we were walking back and you could get real close to the penguins. People literally stuck a phone in the little penguins’ faces and the flash even went off. It made me so sad to see how inconsiderate and selfish people can be. All in all, it was really cool to see real life penguins in the wild. If you can really call it in the wild with this set up but pretty much in the wild.

Overall such a fun day! I would have to say the highlight was probably the wallabies and now when I think of it we also I think saw some kangaroos hopping by Pyramid Rock. PC couldn’t quite make up his mind when I asked if they were wallabies or kangaroos as they were quite far away. There’s something so special about spotting animals in their natural habitat with no one around. Just crossing pathways with them and seeing them do their thing. I can’t wait to go back to Philip Island and see more of it.

Right time to get going with this day! I’ll speak to you soon,

M xxx

World Vegan Day // Melbourne Showgrounds

The crew minus Mich who didn’t want to be in the photo

If there’s something I’ve learnt about Melbourne is that there is always someting happening. If you wanted to be busy every day of the week I’m convinced you’d find something different to do every day. The vegan scene here is pretty amazing. There are vegan events happening all the time. Some of them we’ve been to and been a bit disappointed and others have been fun. At the majority of it’s mainly all about the food, which I’m all down for.

World Vegan Day was a couple of weeks ago and for this day a massive event is held in Melbourne at the showgrounds. Em has been talking about this non-stop for months as she went last year and absolutely loved it. I knew about it from watching Youtuber Bonnie Rebecca’s vlog from her trip to it last year. Little did I know when I was watching it that I would be experiencing it for myself the next year. How times change!

Mim, Em, Mich and I have to been talking about going to this day for ages and the expectations were quite high considering how Em had been singing its praises.

We had the best day for it, the sun was shining and it was a really warm. We got on the “Vegan Express” to the venue, as the train driver called it, and arrived at the Showgrounds around midday. The event was in a massive tent and as soon as you stepped foot in it you were in vegan food heaven. Food stalls were everywhere and vendors were handing out free samples of their products to try. It was a bit overwhelming!

Usually when eating vegan you are limited by what food you can eat. This usually is in my favour as I can never make up my mind. Okay I can, it just takes forever. Here, everything you could eat was vegan. I didn’t even know where to start looking but I was starving and was in desperate need of a refuel. The group split up and Mim and I ended up at a Thai food stall (always drawn to the Thai food) and got a platter with a mix of Pad Thai, satay and spring rolls. It was delicious! Then we couldn’t not have some food from Vegilicious (based in St Kilda), we’ve had their food before and it is insanely good. Their vegan Japanese pancake and stir fry is out of this world.

The cherry on top was meant to be an Acai bowl from Acai Brothers but it was boring and uninspired. t didn’t really taste of anything, which was a shame.

Once we had been fed we walked around all the other stalls for ages. I got my first ever Coconut Bowl, I’ve been wanting one for ages and I’ve used it every day since I got it. I don’t know why but it’s much more fun eating out of a coconut than a bowl.

I also took the plunge and got my first In the Soulshine top. I love it so much and have used it loads since! We were there for the entire afternoon with some breaks outside in the sun. There was so much to look at and we didn’t even get a chance to go to any of the talks or workshops, yet when we left we felt like we’d still managed to squeeze in loads.

It was such a fun day with my girls and we are really excited to go back next year!

Crossfit 2018 Partner Comp // Part 1

On our way to Altona!

The squad are incoming

Athlete briefing

Done with our deadlift workout
It’s been a long time coming but here it goes. Let’s chat about last week’s competition. This week has ben quite hectic but now’s the time!

So, the Crossfit 3018 Partner Comp. Leading up to it I was actually not that nervous. I remember my first beginners comp last year in Stirling I was terrified. I had never really experienced a competitive environment in that way before and I felt like a fish out of water. I absolutely loved it once I was in it, even though I was panicking and did the wrong movements for a couple of reps haha. I completely blanked. We came last in every workout but we had a blast my partner Kirsty and I.

Then earlier this year I did my first individual comp at Rainhill. Again I was terrified. It was a scary thought facing all the madness alone. At least when you’re in a pair you’re in it together. This time it was only me. I was dying the weeks before and the nerves just got worse and worse. Once I was there and the first workout started I felt so much better and I loved every moment of it but I remember just before how nervous I was. Therefore, I was a bit confused when I felt pretty chilled leading up to this comp.

It was only really the day before when our coach Adam sat us down to give us a few pointers when I realised we were actually doing it. I guess up until that point I’d avoided thinking about it too much. It was my first intermediate competition after all and I didn’t expect any wonders on the leaderboard. We were going to do our absolute best but we had no idea how it would go. We just wanted to do it for and fun see how it would go. There were movements in the workouts both Mich and I have struggles with. I guess with not having an expectation of where we should place we immediately relieved some pressure you could put on yourself and gave room to focus on just getting through the workouts the best way possible.

The day of the comp had an early start. We got up around five to have breakfast and get ready. We had spent the night before packing our bags and prepping food for the day so that was all good to go. Around 6.20am Mich and Em swung by Mim’s and my place to pick us up and off we went to Altona. It was a pretty gloomy day and in the car ride I was starting to feel the butterflies in my stomach. It had been a while since I got those comp butterflies and a little small voice in my head was thinking, why are we doing this to ourselves?! I knew it was going to be so much fun, but one of the workouts was really playing on my head. We had tried it after a class in the gym once (silly really to try and do it properly after having done a one hour class first, of course it wasn’t going to be my best attempt) and it hadn’t gone very well. I died. The movement which killed me was the 15 kg dumbbell thrusters and I knew it was going to hurt.

We had a great little road trip over to Altona, just across the bridge in the Western part of Melbourne. That was an experience going over the bridge, haha. The furthest West I’ve been so far! After getting lost the final bit of the journey we made eventually it to the box just in time for registration. We went straight to Athlete registration area to get signed in and pick up our comp tops. Then we joined forces with the guys from the gym who had already arrived. The entire CFRB (Crossfit Red Bluff) comp team were there and ready to go. The box was really nice!

The anticipation of starting a comp day I think is the worst. You just want to get started! I did so many nervous pees I lost count even before the athlete briefing. Then the time came and it was time to get started. The owner of Crossfit 3018 Tristan (awesome guy!) welcomed us all to the comp and we went through how the day would run and the movement standards. The final thing announced was the surprise for the intermediate heats, everyone was going to be in the final. So we had a surprise round waiting to finish the day off. Intriguing! I was just praying it wouldn’t be muscle ups or handstand walking haha. I cannot do one to save my life. It probably wouldn’t be considering it was an intermediate competition but you never know.

Once the briefing was done we were told we had to sign up for a time slot to do one of the workouts, the deadlift one. 40 synchronised deadlifts at 70kg for girls and the remaining time calories on the bike, you had four minutes to do it. Mich and I were quite late to sign up and ended up being the first ones to do it. Not what we were hoping for but at least we would get a workout out of the way straight away. I was not nervous for this one as I love deadlifts!! It’s my best movement and I love heavy deadlifts. Mich has been working so hard on her deadlifts and I knew this was a workout that had been playing on her mind. She did so well and we got through the deadlifts in the time cap, she fought hard! I was so insanely proud of her. And then for the remaining time I got on the assault bike and tried to cram as many calories in as possible in the 25 seconds we had left. I think I got about 11, which isn’t too bad.

One thing that messed us up on the deadlift workout was the movement standard and what was considered a rep. During the briefing we were told as long as you met at the top of the lift it didn’t matter how fast or slow the rest of the movement was, however when the judge was counting our reps she no repped us for a couple of them even though according to the standards we should’ve gotten the reps. In hindsight we should’ve gone through the movements with the judge beforehand to make sure we were on the same page. This is what I did at Rainhill and I forgot about it this time around. I definitely won’t next time! You always learn something. Either way, we were happy we had completed the workout and then went to get prepared for our first heat.

Funnily enough, we were put in a heat with all guys. That was a first, not very common I think. So Mich and I were in the same heat as Perry and Sean and Tim and Matty from our gym. Mich and I said to each other we could just pretend it was like any other workout back at our gym. It was a bit of a shame because it would’ve been fun to see the guys compete but it was also fun to be in it together.

I think I’ll round this post off now because it’s getting quite long! To be continued.

M xxx


Food inspo

This week has been very hectic! I haven’t had a chance to properly sit down and write about the competition yet but don’t worry it’s coming my friends.

Something I am glad I’ve done is meal prep. It has saved me! Lunch and dinner has been been prepped and ready in the fridge for when I’ve come home starving and it’s saved me from a lot of stress knowing I’ve already got food prepared. I don’t have to worry about food shopping or having to cook. The only thing is heating it up and maybe chopping up some veg.

I come across so many incredible recipes on Instagram and other social media platforms. I love pinning them to my Pinterest board so I have them all in one place for when I’m in need of some inspiration. I’m a Pinterest addict. It’s funny to look back on my recipe board and see how my preferences have changed! I think it’s due a tidy. Some recipes I know I’ll probably not ever make (meat) so at some point it’ll get a tidy!

Anyway, if you’re needing a bit of food inspiration, head over to my board here. Maybe even give it a follow. I add new recipes all the time! Also comment with links to your favourite. I’m always looking for new tasty dishes to try. Help a girl out!

M xxx