Getting ready for the sun…

IMG_4877Spring is upon us, and summer is just around the corner!

Now I do love a Melbourne winter, but I am pretty excited to see a run of sunny 24 and 25 degree days ahead. In preparation I am embarking on a few challenges.

1. 200 by Summer
Inspired by a post I saw on the Tone It Up! community I am aiming to complete 200km by December 1. In an effort to make this not quite so daunting I worked out that starting on September 1 that’s about 2.2km a day, now that’s not nearly as intimidating! A few days in (I started on August 29) and I have already clocked up 12.45km- not a bad start.

2. Move + NourishIMG_4885Lee over at Fitness in the City has launched a September clean eating and exercise challenge and I was quick to sign up. The idea is simple focus on eating real, whole foods and making an effort to move everyday. She’s even provided a handy e-book with recipes, shopping lists and workout ideas to set you up for success. I’m already looking forward to feeling lighter and more energised for trips to the beach.

3. Drop it like a SQUAT!IMG_4883

Because who doesn’t want a strong booty?

What are you doing to get ready for summer?

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Workin’ it: swimming!

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I read a lot of blogs. While perusing one last week, The Londoner, I was inspired to go swimming. I decided that as of this week swimming would wiggle itself into my weekly workout routine. So I got myself ready, breakfast, check, lunch, check, snacks, check. I packed up all of my things ready to go. I do not need excuses to not get up at 5.30am, it’s always better to be prepared.

And the result of all my preparation? Well I can proudly say that this morning I went swimming. I’ll admit that this does not sound like a particularly exciting thing, however, the last time I went to the pool was over 12 months ago and it wasn’t altogether successful.

So when I jumped in today and started freestyling down my lane- aqua play in the 25m pool, just in case things went bad- I was pleasantly surprised that I did not drown mid lap and stayed in the water for a good 45 minutes! Granted I was not swimming the entire 45 minutes, but it was so much better than I was expecting. And when a fellow jumped into the aqua play lane 30 minutes in I even felt comfortable enough to move over to the “medium” lane.

Feeling ridiculously pleased with myself and already cannot wait for Thursday.