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Gym adventures in Split: the prequel!

I’m sitting in a really hot common room in a hostel in Split writing this!

I’m about to embark on my mission to find a gym and get some lifting in. I think it’ll make me feel good. I had a great nights sleep and I’m ready to go!

I just spent a week in Paris which was amazing! I walked for hours and hours and hours every single day. My diet strategy has just been to eat when I’m hungry and have whatever I like in a reasonable portion. Walking for so many hours each day burns an extraordinary amount of calories so it almost doesn’t matter what I eat as long as I don’t get too crazy with it!

So I had tarts and macarons and terrines and croissants and crepes… just not big portions and I probably only averaged 2 meals a day. We also had a steady supply of boiled eggs we carried around with us and those are really filling! I ate bananas, but not much other fruit because it was so outrageously expensive! Peaches and nectarines averaged about 5 – 7 euros a kilo, and I was just going to flip out if I spent that much on a bunch of tasteless nectarines, so I didn’t risk it.

As an example, I bought 3 peaches here in Croatia when I arrived yesterday and paid about 1 euro and they were absolutely spectacular and sweet!

It was also smart to deload while in Paris because I walked all over that city and I didn’t even see a HINT of a gym anywhere! However, Parisians seem very active. They all walk everywhere and ride bicycles, so they are hardly sloppy and sedentary.

Here are my tips for eating while on holiday:

1. Eat whatever you like, however have only ONE reasonable portion (i.e: not large and out-of-control portions).

2. If it isn’t an active holiday, meaning you aren’t walking for hours, swimming or hiking, and it’s longer than 5 days, then you definitely need to make time to work out and move your body. There is always something you can do. Almost all hotels and resorts have gyms, and you can use dumb bells to get a really solid freeweight workout in. You can go for a walk or a jog. You can do bodyweight exercises. Move your body. Your body loves to move! Being on holiday isn’t an excuse to neglect yourself.

3. Items like nuts and boiled eggs and fresh fruit can offer you tasty, filling and healthy snacks.

4. Of course you have to live life and have fun, but part of maintaining a balanced approach is also maintaining the healthy part of that balance. It doesn’t all just go out the window because you’re on holiday. So if you’ve been drinking and eating crap for the last 2 days, for the next day or two you should be ordering salads and lean protein and veges and drinking a much water as possible.

I’ll definitely be back to let you know how my gym adventures in Split went! I plan to lift today and then in about 2 days time. I left on my holiday with a 105kg deadlift and a 95kg squat, so as long as I can maintain within 90% of that, I’ll be happy (I return to Australia in mid September).

ETA: I guess lifting in Split is just not going to happen. Bummer.

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Goal Setting & Motivation – Making a Vision Board!

Last night, I sat down and created a new vision board.

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I looked back over the one I made at the end of 2011, it was covered in pictures of fitness models, pictures of Rome and Spain and affirmations about being happy, healthy, fit and loving life. Some vague stuff about being a fitness role model. Something else rather vague about finding joy in my work. Blah, blah, blah!

What was awesome is that I pretty much got everything I put on there. I’ve traveled a lot in the last year and a half. I’m happy. I’m fitter than ever. I’m blessed with good health. People in my every day life certainly do look up to me as a fitness role model. I had a job for the last year that in and of itself was quite humdrum, but I worked with a great group of people and we laughed every single day, there was a great energy there. I never dreaded going to work, nor was I ever overworked! It was pretty great.

What was less than awesome is that I realized I didn’t get what I really, really wanted because I didn’t ask for it! I wasn’t specific enough! Doh!!!

So my goal with this new vision board was to be specific. Clear goals that will make me happy and help me create the life I want. Gratitude. Positivity. I put my new vision board up on my dresser and I have to say, it makes me giddy with excitement and deeply content every time I look at it.

Here are my tips in creating your own vision board:

1. Put thought into it. Curate images, words and affirmations that mean a lot to you. The emotion behind it is important. Your vision board should stir positive and heartfelt emotion in you when you look at it.

2. Only use POSITIVE words and images. Don’t write things you don’t want. Don’t write stuff that begins with “I will not…”, “I don’t…”. Frame everything in the present tense and make it positive. Make it an image or statement that expresses the best version of you, your ideal. For example, don’t say “I will lose 10kg”… instead write, I am my ideal bodyweight. Then you might want to find a picture of your ideal body… and maybe even stick your head on top of it! Haha!

3. Make sure you put your finished vision board somewhere you can see it every day. Take time to look over it quietly and imagine, meditate and BELIEVE that all those words and images are true. 

4. Be specific! You’ll be amazed at how what you ask for comes true. Often, we’re too afraid to ask for what we really, really want. We think it can’t come true, or that it’s too much, or that we’re unworthy of that, so we’ll ask for something sort of like it, but lesser instead. I personally struggle with all these things. But be specific. However you believe that affirmations and vision boards and positive thinking actually work, whether you believe that they’re somehow “magical” and make things happen, or you think it helps us set in motion the actions to achieve the things we want (I think it’s mostly the latter and a little of the former personally), the thing is, IT WORKS. So be specific. Believe. And then take action towards your goals.

One step at a time. Every day you get a little closer. 

Have you ever made a vision board before? And did you get the things you wanted?