23 Aug 2014

Blue Poole, Wareham



Last weekend my mum drove over to see us and we decided to head to the blue pool near wareham, to make sure of a token she had for free entry and a cream tea (she won it at a village fete a few weeks back). 
I excitedly jumped in the car and we started nattering about our week, the heavens opened during the drive but we risked it anyway...

At the end of a long drive way is a field style carpark, at one side there's a gate and a man sat in a shed. We giggled slightly at the innocence of the entrance but excitedly walked on through, past the Wareham bears (no photos allowed) and straight on to one of the many walking trails around the blue pool. Sadly, it wasn't very blue at all and the grey sky made taking nice photos quite tricky which was a shame as when Emma from The Style box went they took some beautiful pictures. 

We also made sure to grab our free cream tea, which was more than underwhelming. Tiny scones and a very modest portion of jam and cream served on a polystyrene plate...not the twee british affair that one would expect.

It was a lovely walk, and a lovely day out...but very underwhelming and rather overpriced - adults are £5.50 each! 

Have you been to the blue pool at wareham before?





21 Aug 2014

being selfish

I've been debating whether I should write this post, in fear of someone reading it and interpreting it wrong...but realistically the people who should probably read it don't read my blog or have no idea that it exists and i'll probably find it therapuetic to put pen to paper...well fingers to keyboard.



It is just over a month until we leave for Australia. 
I need to read that a few times before I continue because it's still not quite sinking in..

And with this only having a month left comes 101 things to do, like change insurance policies, get copies of my university transcripts, get references from every relative job I've ever had (just in case), we need rental references, we need to sell stuff, sort stuff, pack stuff, tick off the last of our England bucket list, attend leaving parties.....the list goes on....all whilst working full time....

and that's all fine, I love being busy. What isn't fine is that we both have friends and family, who've known about the move for months and months, who aren't even making the effort to drop us a text to ask how it's going, to invite us out for a drink / night out / coffee etc. 



And you know what? I've made the concious decision to not to make the effort to do it myself. I've always been the person to chase around making plans....but actually that doesn't sit well with me now. I guess this whole process is proving who our true friends are, the ones who are asking everytime they see us how the move is going, how much we've got left to do, inviting us out places and actually just checking to see how the stress levels are doing..because FYI : moving to the other side of the world is frikkin' stressful.

I've called this post being selfish, but really I just think it's being grown up and it sucks...I've had friends for years who live within a 30 minute drive who aren't saying 'oh my god Han lets make the most of our last few weeks together' they're instead saying...well nothing at all. And I don't have the time to be chasing friends around making plans, yes it would only take me 30 seconds to drop someone a text...but the same the other way around. You've only got one friend moving abroad....I've got a whole heap who are staying behind.

I guess I always knew this would happen, and in a way I'm glad that it's happened before we've left because now I know who I can whatsapp in the middle of the night when we've landed in Perth and I have no friends, I'm homesick and just want to chat nonsense, and weirdly they aren't the friends I'd have expected.



Has anything similar happened to you? Do you think it's being selfish?
x

19 Aug 2014

An introduction to crossfit

This post has been a long time coming, but I finally feel qualified in some right to talk about crossfit. Crossfit has become a huge part of my life, I spend most of my spare time at crossfit, when I'm not at crossfit I'm thinking about crossfit or buying new gym kit, I fluently speak crossfit and I now have a circle of friends from crossfit who I hang out with away from crossfit.

So, what the hell is crossfit?


Crossfit was founded by Gregg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in the early 00s in California. At first crossfit attracted the likes of milatary personell, police and general fit people, but over the year's it's progressed to a worldwide phenomina famed for it's completely scaleable workouts, meaning crossfit is suitable for everyone.

But I guess that still doesn't tell you much about crossfit, it's basically a very specialised gym programme which gets you incredible results, because it's really not at all specialised. Crossfit workouts are a mix of high intensity interval training, olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, gymnastics, calisthenetics and strongman...amongst other things. Crossfit encourages fitness across the board, and produces some of the fittest people in the world, as evidenced in the yearly crossfit games....


Check out the highlights from the 2014 games, incredible!


So what does it mean to be a crossfit athlete (I use athlete when reffering to myself in the absolute loosest sense of the word). It means I run, I jump, I pull, I push, I climb, I lift. Sometimes I want to give up, but when I do, someone cheers me on and gets me through that last rep. A typical day at crossfit goes something like this :

Warm up, 10 minutes... lunges, caterpillar walk, shoulder mobility work etc.
Skill / Olympic lift : Power snatch
Strength : Front squat working up to a 5 rep max
WOD: "ANGIE" 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 squats. For time, Finish each 100 before moving on to the next.
Cool down.

What you do changes every single day, each box (gym) does a different workout and each workout can be scaled to meet the needs of the person doing it. So say box jumps (jumping on to a box with a two footed take off and landing), can start at 20 inches and go up to 30 inches. But if 20 inches is too much you can find something smaller, not a problem.

There's been a lot of talk about how bad for you crossfit can be, obviously any intense exercise programme can come with dangers but those dangers only arise when you stop thinking about form, and any good athlete will know and understand the important of good form. Crossfit workouts are timed (more on that later) and yes it is nice to get the fastest time on the board, but there's no point trying to beat the girl next to you if you lose your braced body and injure yourself. Finding a good crossfit coach is so important, so if you're thinking of taking up crossfit make sure you attend a taster session, which are free at most boxes, and really get to know the people who'll be guiding you through the movements. You'll probably find that most coaches have a background in personal training which is awesome, but make sure they know their stuff about lifting too, because lifting weight is where having bad form is going to bite you in the butt.


Crossfit is quite hard to understand either as an outsider or as a begginer, workouts are written in a funny new language so let's go through a couple of the common abbreviations...
MET CON = metabolic conditionning
WOD = Workout of the day
AMRAP = as many rounds as possible
10! = 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 4 reps.....10reps
BUY IN / OUT = you must do this before moving on/ finishing the workout
FOR TIME = As quickly as possible with good form (nb. bad form = no rep)
HSPU = Hand stand push up
SDHP = Sumo deadlift high pull (deadlift with wide stance then pull the bar up to shoulders)
OHS = Over head squat (squat with barbell over head)
DOUBLE UNDER = skipping, but for every jump the rope passes under your feet twice

Here's a full guide to crossfit lingo  although it still leaves out tonnes, you're better off just asking really...


Think crossfit is for you? GO FOR IT. You will never ever work out so hard, but you'll be cheered on and supported every step of the way, you'll see your body change in ways you never even thought possible, you'll make brilliant supportive friends and you'll learn to think and move in a whole new way.



3 Aug 2014

A day at the beach

One of the things we love most about where we live is the sea and we take every opportunity we can to be on or in it, especially when the sun's out, so I thought I'd invite you along with us for some fun....

You'll need to bring your beach bag with all the essentials, for me that's a good book, a pair of sunglasses, waterproof mascara and CC cream (evens out redness and has SPF, woohoo!), and very importantly for any beach babe tangle spray and a tangle teezer. 
I made sure to pack the waterproof camera too, for some fun water action shots. You can see it nicely here in the reflection of my raybans. It's not the best camera in the world 1)I'm not that blond 2)I'm also not that orange, but it is waterproof, drop proof, shock proof....hannah proof...

A pretty beach dress is a must also, teamed with a pair of flip flops.  I live in a coupe of pairs of havianas I picked up in brasil last year.

Ready? Let's get in the water then!

If it's not too cold you can have a little swim...
or  a little sit
or even a little lie down.

But really we're here to paddle board, so up we go...

I brought Dan too...
Here he's rocking his new boardshorts and proving that bigger waves are much easier to balance on than the little choppy ones I had earlier. 


When the sun starts to go down it gets a little chillier, but that's okay because there's a well known way to warm up on the beach, come back to shore and wrap up in a big fluffy towel I've bought you a treat...




I hope you enjoyed your little trip to the beach with us. 
We'll be here every day until we go, so feel free to pop back whenever you like.


xo



23 Aug 2014

Blue Poole, Wareham



Last weekend my mum drove over to see us and we decided to head to the blue pool near wareham, to make sure of a token she had for free entry and a cream tea (she won it at a village fete a few weeks back). 
I excitedly jumped in the car and we started nattering about our week, the heavens opened during the drive but we risked it anyway...

At the end of a long drive way is a field style carpark, at one side there's a gate and a man sat in a shed. We giggled slightly at the innocence of the entrance but excitedly walked on through, past the Wareham bears (no photos allowed) and straight on to one of the many walking trails around the blue pool. Sadly, it wasn't very blue at all and the grey sky made taking nice photos quite tricky which was a shame as when Emma from The Style box went they took some beautiful pictures. 

We also made sure to grab our free cream tea, which was more than underwhelming. Tiny scones and a very modest portion of jam and cream served on a polystyrene plate...not the twee british affair that one would expect.

It was a lovely walk, and a lovely day out...but very underwhelming and rather overpriced - adults are £5.50 each! 

Have you been to the blue pool at wareham before?





21 Aug 2014

being selfish

I've been debating whether I should write this post, in fear of someone reading it and interpreting it wrong...but realistically the people who should probably read it don't read my blog or have no idea that it exists and i'll probably find it therapuetic to put pen to paper...well fingers to keyboard.



It is just over a month until we leave for Australia. 
I need to read that a few times before I continue because it's still not quite sinking in..

And with this only having a month left comes 101 things to do, like change insurance policies, get copies of my university transcripts, get references from every relative job I've ever had (just in case), we need rental references, we need to sell stuff, sort stuff, pack stuff, tick off the last of our England bucket list, attend leaving parties.....the list goes on....all whilst working full time....

and that's all fine, I love being busy. What isn't fine is that we both have friends and family, who've known about the move for months and months, who aren't even making the effort to drop us a text to ask how it's going, to invite us out for a drink / night out / coffee etc. 



And you know what? I've made the concious decision to not to make the effort to do it myself. I've always been the person to chase around making plans....but actually that doesn't sit well with me now. I guess this whole process is proving who our true friends are, the ones who are asking everytime they see us how the move is going, how much we've got left to do, inviting us out places and actually just checking to see how the stress levels are doing..because FYI : moving to the other side of the world is frikkin' stressful.

I've called this post being selfish, but really I just think it's being grown up and it sucks...I've had friends for years who live within a 30 minute drive who aren't saying 'oh my god Han lets make the most of our last few weeks together' they're instead saying...well nothing at all. And I don't have the time to be chasing friends around making plans, yes it would only take me 30 seconds to drop someone a text...but the same the other way around. You've only got one friend moving abroad....I've got a whole heap who are staying behind.

I guess I always knew this would happen, and in a way I'm glad that it's happened before we've left because now I know who I can whatsapp in the middle of the night when we've landed in Perth and I have no friends, I'm homesick and just want to chat nonsense, and weirdly they aren't the friends I'd have expected.



Has anything similar happened to you? Do you think it's being selfish?
x

19 Aug 2014

An introduction to crossfit

This post has been a long time coming, but I finally feel qualified in some right to talk about crossfit. Crossfit has become a huge part of my life, I spend most of my spare time at crossfit, when I'm not at crossfit I'm thinking about crossfit or buying new gym kit, I fluently speak crossfit and I now have a circle of friends from crossfit who I hang out with away from crossfit.

So, what the hell is crossfit?


Crossfit was founded by Gregg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in the early 00s in California. At first crossfit attracted the likes of milatary personell, police and general fit people, but over the year's it's progressed to a worldwide phenomina famed for it's completely scaleable workouts, meaning crossfit is suitable for everyone.

But I guess that still doesn't tell you much about crossfit, it's basically a very specialised gym programme which gets you incredible results, because it's really not at all specialised. Crossfit workouts are a mix of high intensity interval training, olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, gymnastics, calisthenetics and strongman...amongst other things. Crossfit encourages fitness across the board, and produces some of the fittest people in the world, as evidenced in the yearly crossfit games....


Check out the highlights from the 2014 games, incredible!


So what does it mean to be a crossfit athlete (I use athlete when reffering to myself in the absolute loosest sense of the word). It means I run, I jump, I pull, I push, I climb, I lift. Sometimes I want to give up, but when I do, someone cheers me on and gets me through that last rep. A typical day at crossfit goes something like this :

Warm up, 10 minutes... lunges, caterpillar walk, shoulder mobility work etc.
Skill / Olympic lift : Power snatch
Strength : Front squat working up to a 5 rep max
WOD: "ANGIE" 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 squats. For time, Finish each 100 before moving on to the next.
Cool down.

What you do changes every single day, each box (gym) does a different workout and each workout can be scaled to meet the needs of the person doing it. So say box jumps (jumping on to a box with a two footed take off and landing), can start at 20 inches and go up to 30 inches. But if 20 inches is too much you can find something smaller, not a problem.

There's been a lot of talk about how bad for you crossfit can be, obviously any intense exercise programme can come with dangers but those dangers only arise when you stop thinking about form, and any good athlete will know and understand the important of good form. Crossfit workouts are timed (more on that later) and yes it is nice to get the fastest time on the board, but there's no point trying to beat the girl next to you if you lose your braced body and injure yourself. Finding a good crossfit coach is so important, so if you're thinking of taking up crossfit make sure you attend a taster session, which are free at most boxes, and really get to know the people who'll be guiding you through the movements. You'll probably find that most coaches have a background in personal training which is awesome, but make sure they know their stuff about lifting too, because lifting weight is where having bad form is going to bite you in the butt.


Crossfit is quite hard to understand either as an outsider or as a begginer, workouts are written in a funny new language so let's go through a couple of the common abbreviations...
MET CON = metabolic conditionning
WOD = Workout of the day
AMRAP = as many rounds as possible
10! = 1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 4 reps.....10reps
BUY IN / OUT = you must do this before moving on/ finishing the workout
FOR TIME = As quickly as possible with good form (nb. bad form = no rep)
HSPU = Hand stand push up
SDHP = Sumo deadlift high pull (deadlift with wide stance then pull the bar up to shoulders)
OHS = Over head squat (squat with barbell over head)
DOUBLE UNDER = skipping, but for every jump the rope passes under your feet twice

Here's a full guide to crossfit lingo  although it still leaves out tonnes, you're better off just asking really...


Think crossfit is for you? GO FOR IT. You will never ever work out so hard, but you'll be cheered on and supported every step of the way, you'll see your body change in ways you never even thought possible, you'll make brilliant supportive friends and you'll learn to think and move in a whole new way.



3 Aug 2014

A day at the beach

One of the things we love most about where we live is the sea and we take every opportunity we can to be on or in it, especially when the sun's out, so I thought I'd invite you along with us for some fun....

You'll need to bring your beach bag with all the essentials, for me that's a good book, a pair of sunglasses, waterproof mascara and CC cream (evens out redness and has SPF, woohoo!), and very importantly for any beach babe tangle spray and a tangle teezer. 
I made sure to pack the waterproof camera too, for some fun water action shots. You can see it nicely here in the reflection of my raybans. It's not the best camera in the world 1)I'm not that blond 2)I'm also not that orange, but it is waterproof, drop proof, shock proof....hannah proof...

A pretty beach dress is a must also, teamed with a pair of flip flops.  I live in a coupe of pairs of havianas I picked up in brasil last year.

Ready? Let's get in the water then!

If it's not too cold you can have a little swim...
or  a little sit
or even a little lie down.

But really we're here to paddle board, so up we go...

I brought Dan too...
Here he's rocking his new boardshorts and proving that bigger waves are much easier to balance on than the little choppy ones I had earlier. 


When the sun starts to go down it gets a little chillier, but that's okay because there's a well known way to warm up on the beach, come back to shore and wrap up in a big fluffy towel I've bought you a treat...




I hope you enjoyed your little trip to the beach with us. 
We'll be here every day until we go, so feel free to pop back whenever you like.


xo



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