Five Achievable Goals This Week

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Happy Monday!
It's a new week full of so many opportunities and a chance to make it better than the last. I started compiling a list in my head of goals I wanted to set myself. Not the take over the world and build an empire type ones, but little things that help me conquer the day. 

I would feel lost without a notebook full of goals written down, even if I only complete a few of them. Sometimes you have to start small. 

Keep up with that never-ending pile of washing

I'll admit it. I've gone to work on Friday morning with wet trousers on because I hadn't been bothered to put the washing out in time. Why do I do it to myself? I tend to be awesome at the start of the week then get lazy once busy days take over. Not this time! 

Smash 18.5 and have the most fun I can

I can't believe the CrossFit Open has already reached it's final week! Four workouts have been posted for the worldwide CF community and it's the fifth and final one. The first three were awesome and I felt so good conquering them. We won't talk about 18.4. It beat me but I got it back. I am excited/anxious for Friday night to see what the final workout is!

Have a Thai food date night with Steve

There's the cutest container/food truck that's started a few streets over and every time I drive past I say to myself "I NEED to try that soon!" And since Steve and I try to take advantage of any date-night we can, it's a perfect match. I'm ready to eat my weight in pad-thai once again. 

Post three times this week

Blogging while you're working full-time, taking care of a puppy, and keeping a healthy relationship is hard yo. I need to be more focused, better organized, and have more fun with what I'm posting. 

Meal Prep: Make a Chickpea and Potato Curry 

Some days I struggle to figure out what to make for my meals, but this week I have a major craving for a nice hot veggie stew! I'm already planning how to slow cook everything and hopefully it's gonna taste as good as I imagine it will. 

What are some goals you're gonna set yourself this week?
Steph x. 

What's In My Gym Bag: CrossFit Style

Sunday, 11 March 2018

This was actually a Christmas present from Steve back in 2016 and it's definitely a Big Girl item. Our gym only has three of these for us to use, and sometimes we have to all juggle them around as we lift. So it's just easier to have mine with me when I come to class. It's like a confidence boost when you hit a heavy lift with this on, plus it prevents injuries. I've also worn this if my back is feeling tender in a workout.

These babies make my life so much easier. Whenever any lifts come up that require squats (back squat, front squat, snatch, clean, over-head squat, clean and jerk) I always need my pink shoes there ready. And when I put them on I know I'm about to have some fun.

This was one of the first pieces of gear I bought for CrossFit. I realized how weak my wrists were and how useful wrist straps became. The only problem was sharing sweaty straps with the rest of the gym, so obviously I had to get my own. They help a lot with hand stand push-ups, front squats, and bench press.

Especially in the summer heat, you're sweating for half an hour after the workout has completely finished. You never know when you need to wipe the sweat off your face, so having one of these available helps so much.

One thing CrossFitters are famous for is ripped hands, and we display them proudly. They show our hard work and conditioning we do. There are some high-rep pull-up workouts that just rip your hands, especially for someone like me that has shamelessly sweaty hands. Not a great combo, trust me. So I try use these if I know I could end up with bloody palms after.

Self-explanatory really. Some days I really need it, some days it's just there for sips between lifts or on the car ride home.

Another life-saver on lifting days! Snatches and over-head squats are particularly bad for wrecking your thumbs. I noticed a lot of other, more experienced people in class were using tape for these kinds of workouts and it's smart to copy them.

It sounds gross, but there are some workouts that just leave you drenched and carrying a spare shirt to leave in after isn't the worst idea in the world. And keeping leggings with me (if I haven't checked the workout yet) is a strategic move. My usual outfit involves shorts because I normally get so hot. But if there is any kind of hang lift like a snatch or clean, then I always do better in leggings. My thunder thighs cause too much friction with the bar, so I gotta keep them handy just in case. Fashion helps girls!

And that's everything I take to class! 

You could get me to talk about CrossFit all day long (I fit right into that stereotype) but it's fitness so I love it! Some days I'm terrible and forget to bring some of this stuff with me, or it's just been flung through my car. I also have a jump rope that I keep at my box ready to go for double under practice. 

It does pay to be prepared for any kind of exercise, especially if you wanna be lifting some heavy weights. I'm more than happy to chat about any these items and how they help me perform. 

I really want to know what your gym bag must-haves are! Leave me some comments below :)

Steph x. 

The Easiest Protein-Packed Banana Bread Ever!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

A high-protein banana bread packed full of goodness, no flour needed, no bowls needed, ready to add any delicious toppings, and it makes the perfect, easy breakfast for your workday. 

Sound too good to be true right?

Nope! I found the answer guys, and it's better than I imagined. 

Sundays afternoons have always been a baking day in my family. I had some bananas going bad and really wanted to find a simple recipe for bread that wasn't packed full of sugar for once. So like always, I hit up Pinterest.

I came across this recipe and almost jumped for joy. The ingredients alone are awesome (good for you and budget-friendly.) And then I read that you just have to put it all in a blender and all I thought was no mess/dishes! Credit goes to the Baker Mama for changing my life!


3 ripe bananas
2 large eggs
2 cups rolled oats 
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup maple syrup

Bonus: Tip with chocolate or nuts for added texture and taste. 

(I didn't have any maple syrup so I just used black molasses left over from Christmas and a little vanilla essence.)

How to put it all together:

Preheat oven to 175*c or 350*F
Line a loaf tin with baking paper
Put all of the ingredients in a blender and mix well. 
Pour mix into baking tin.
Top with chocolate, nuts, or fruit if you desire.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a probe comes out clean.
Leave to cool for 10 minutes then take out of the tin and enjoy! 

It honestly tastes so good, especially with the dark chocolate on top. I will be making this every Sunday from now on so I have a healthy breakfast ready to go, or even just a protein packed snack for the afternoon. A perfect meal prep option. 

Definitely give this a go if you're a fellow lover of banana bread like me. Or you are just looking for healthier options with less ingredients. 

Do you love to bake on a Sunday too?
Steph x. 

Super-Simple Ways I'm Trying To Save The Planet

Friday, 2 March 2018

My mother, bless her, always raised us with an awareness for Mother Nature and taking care of the environment around us. She always reminded us of the little ways we could leave as little impact on the earth as possible. Especially with so much damage already done, any little effort will help heaps. 

It became apparent when I moved out of home, just how many daily habits could be made eco-friendly. It feels so good to know that you're making less of an impact. Plus, it's not as hard as you think! 

Growing a garden

One of my Mum's greatest joys in life is her garden, and it's been a project ever since me and my brother were big enough to give her a break. She has definitely installed in me how lovely and peaceful being around plants can be. When we moved into our flat in October I finally got the chance to love growing a garden. It's so satisfying seeing flowers you planted bloom or your vegetable plants flourishing. 

Using cold & eco wash on my machine

My clothes are perfectly clean, smell great, and I saved money on power. It's a win-win scenario. 

Avoiding food waste

Not just good for the environment, but for your pocket as well. It's a good idea to keep a close eye on what's expiring in your fridge and what vegetables are in there. I try getting creative and make meals with what needs to be use, so it helps with those cooking skills too! Also using old bread and turning it into breadcrumbs and storing them in the freezer is a game-changer.

Reusable shopping bags

When I actually remember to take them with me, I feel like I'm winning at life. When I have to get a plastic bag I always have this image of dolphins and turtles suffering and it's enough to remind myself to remember next time. 

Saving power/water where I can

Another win-win scenario. I've been trying to unplug appliances I'm not using, have movie nights with the lights, and short showers (I'm normally in a hurry anyway.) Any little bit counts. 

Buying biodegradable rubbish bags

I bought these right before we moved into our flat and I was surprised that they were only $1 more than normal ones. That little to make less of an impact on the environment? I will buy them every time. 

Line dry my clothes 

Another life-lesson from my mother that I'm grateful for. She absolutely despises dryers and hates when she has to use it on rainy days. We don't even have a dryer in our flat and I'm glad. We have a line outside, or clothes horses inside. 

Checking out charity shops instead of buying new

These days you can find some amazing items tucked away at your local store. You all know it has become a major hobby to find new wardrobe items, kitchen/home-wares, and even old Disney books to collect. It's 100 times more thrilling than going into a store that has 10 of the same item. It's recycling and giving back to those in need, so everyone wins!

How are you doing your part to save the planet? Is it important to you too?

Steph x.

Sunday Reflections For A Better Week

Sunday, 25 February 2018

What's better than waking up on a Sunday morning? 

It's calm. You've successfully navigated through another week. Maybe no one else is awake, so you can make yourself a cup of coffee and watch whatever you want on TV. 

It's bliss. 

I started thinking today just how much I love and appreciate the freedom and happiness that occurs on a Sunday. It always clears my mind and puts me in the best mood. So what not take advantage of the best day of the week? 

Why not use Sunday to reflect on the week that was and use that to make the next one awesome. 

How was my eating this week? Good, not great. I need to be more prepared for dinners for sure, that's usually where I go wrong. I feel responsible for Steve's meals and so I tend to put him before myself. Not a bad trait to have, but I'm a smart girl and need to have a plan. I'm currently preparing a lentil satay to go with brown rice, so it's a good start to week already. 

My daily routine went out the window this week as my cold came back in full force. I was in and out of the rain and cold on Tuesday, which made me feel awful all week. And seeing as it was the start of the CrossFit Games Open (world-wide workouts done by the whole CF community each week through Feb/March) I wanted to take it easy and save my strength for the first workout. 

I've got that Open fever going into the week, so I'm feeling super-motivated. I want to get a good weeks training done, but take a rest day if that's what my body needs. 

I was disappointed with falling off the wagon with my blog this week, although looking back it wasn't the easiest week for me. Definitely cried myself to sleep one night as things got on top of me. But I'm human and storms don't last forever. 

To go into the new week, I'm gonna get my blog board back up and running where I write what posts I want to publish and my goals. I'm gonna continue to write what feels good to me and what makes me passionate. Whether it's food, my puppy, or a revelation I had in the shower. I love my blog and it deserves more attention. 

There's other areas I wanna concentrate on each Sunday too, and they're pretty important ones. For example: how I handle work stress, my relationships, self-care, and ways to challenge myself. Life gets so busy sometimes and I think we all forget to just take a deep breath every once and a while. 

What are some of your Sunday reflections? 
Steph x. 

Our First Week With Enzo

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Day 1: Welcome Home!

After an emotional goodbye from the family that took such good care of little Enzo, there was a scary care ride where he cling on to Mum (me) quite hard. It was actually good bonding for us because he seemed to feel safe chilling on my lap when he met the rest of the family.

He loves playing on the couch with us and all of his toys have been a big hit.  Loves all the stuff toys I got him from charity shops, especially Mr. Hedgehog. We played on the couch all night, tested potty training on newspaper, and he napped about 6 times in two hours.

People always tell you that the first night sleeping will be horrible, but Enzo was an absolute champ. We are crate training him for sleeping, so we put him in and after about a minute of soft crying he made himself comfortable and we didn't hear a peep out of him all night. That's my boy.

Day 2: Meeting the Fam

His breeder told us they typically wake up around 6am and sure enough I woke up at 6.30am to him stirring in his crate. I'm a morning person, so getting up early for him really doesn't bother me. It was a morning of playing fetch (he brings the ball back to me and everything!) improving his potty training, and so many moments of, "OMG I can't believe you are ours forever." So far he is cheeky and super sweet. He loves following me around and isn't so timid to explore the house today.

We took him to my family home so my Dad could meet him and Enzo could get used to being there from time to time. He and my Mum's dog Bond were getting closer to playing together but Bond has never known how to play. Taking it a day at a time.

Day 3: Positive Progress

He made two wake up calls for us to take him out to the toilet during the night, but other than that Enzo slept like a baby. We both played with him early morning and he was so happy to see us. When I took him into the lounge he ran around like he owned the place. I was so happy to see it, like he feels right at home! He's also finding his little voice this morning, barking at me when his toy fell off the couch and he wants it, or grizzling as he plays.

Now that it has stopped raining, Enzo can finally explore our backyard. After a few visits and ball throws, he was running around like a little maniac! He was so happy with how much space he had to explore and wanted to go out and tear through the grass throughout the day.

Much to my broken-heart, we had to leave him alone in his crate for an hour or so. Both Steve and I had to go out, but I did everything possible to make him comfy: treat ball, water, comfy bed, newspaper, soft toys, chew toys, my hoodie for a familiar scent, and I even put the TV on so he heard voices. Steve reassured me that he was happy chilling when he got home. My brave boy!

Day 4: Finding his stride 

We are getting more and more into a routine now. I'm getting used to how much he eats, how to keep him entertained, and he has gotten used to spending time in his crate (he goes in there on his own free will.) I've learned how much time he loves spending outside. I honestly can't wait until he's big enough to take to parks because I know he will have so much fun. I'm trying to keep him from chewing up the grass and sticks that might splinter, but we have definitely spent more time outside today.

I was a very proud dog Mum this afternoon when it came to driving to my Mum's house. The last two times someone would hold him in the car, but I was by myself today. I put him in his bed with a harness on so he would be safe and not try climb over to me. Once we were down the road he calmed down and just chilled until we got to my Mum's house. On the ride home after he was so tired from playing that he slept the whole way! So proud.

Day 5: Play Date With Granddad

After I got back from an early CrossFit class, I mulled around and wondered why Enzo was so quiet. When I checked on him in our bedroom his crate was open and I saw that he was all tucked up snoozing next to Steve. It was the cutest sight ever! I have a feeling it will become their new routine now.

My Dad looked after him for me when my Mum and I had to go out to the mall. It's still been a work in progress to get our family dog warmed up to the little puppy. But Enzo has been learning good habits from him and where he stands. He gets so excited to see us when we get home!

Day 6: The Best Companion 

Very chilled Friday with the lil man. Not a peep from him all night and he goes straight outside for a potty trip in the morning. It's a hot day today, but he has found his new favorite nap spot between our arm chair and curtains that keeps him cool.

We did a pizza run to Dominoes and he happily chilled on Steve's lap the whole time. We have a plastic bed for him filled with comfy blankets that he travels in and he's very use to it now. He didn't cry much either when we were eating at the table, so I'm hoping this good behavior will continue.

Day 7: Forever Home 

Enzo has pretty much stopped using newspaper for his toilet breaks. He's gotten so good at just going outside himself or following me when I take him out. Still a few accidents but they are getting few and far between.

It's amazing how fast our little man settled into his new home. We were so worried he would miss his family, but I think he has loved not having to share anymore. And he gets ALLLLL the attention from us. He does test us and see what he can get away with, but at the moment the only problem we have is him is jumping on the coffee table or chewing what he isn't supposed to. Just being persistent with our discipline and our smart little boy should pick it up.

We are so in love and Enzo honestly completes our home now. We have our own cute family and it's been fun so far. I'll be sure to keep you updated and Enzo has his own Instagram page if you wanna see how he grows up! 


Steph x. 

10 Lessons About Puppies I Couldn't Learn From Pinterest

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

 I can't believe we have had Enzo for almost a week already. It felt like forever in the three weeks we had to wait for him to be old enough to come home. Neither of us had taken care of a puppy before so we had no idea of what to expect. Being part-Poodle, he is so smart and is learning so quickly. He settled in better than we imagined, so it's happy days!

Before getting Enzo, I spent A LOT of time on Pinterest reading blogs and getting the best advice for puppies that I could. I already loved this little fella so much and didn't want to do anything wrong. It was always going to be a learning experience, but it's reassuring to get some tips before you dive in.

And BTW, you'll be seeing a lot of his little face around here. 

They will alternate between playing and sleeping every half hour or so. Be ready for bursts of energy at any time. 

Have toys at the ready in case they start chewing something they're not supposed to. Enzo seems to have a fondness for climbing on my back when I'm lying down and chewing my hair and ears. They're easily distracted, so teach them what's okay right from the start. 

They're like toddlers; be ready to not get anything done when they're awake because you'll have to watch their every move. I'm still terrified of Enzo choking or getting stuck somewhere, so I learned on the first night to get things done while he was napping. 

This is why they make the perfect practice if you are thinking about having kids. You'll learn about sacrificing your own time and having a big responsibility on your hands. I'm learning a lot about how Steve and I would operate as parents. So far it's giving me a lot of confidence. 

Every puppy is different and you can't predict how they will be once they arrive home. It's good to do your research and have some knowledge behind you, but take it all with a fresh mind and see what your puppy needs. 

Get your loved ones involved, because help is always needed. Steve had to be a his friend's wrestling match the night we got Enzo and that's when I learned I wouldn't be getting much done. Having someone there so you can shower with the peace of knowing your pup is safe, especially in the first week while you gain confidence, can be a big comfort. 

Have a plan, but go with the flow.

No matter how much you puppy-proof the house, they will ALWAYS find anything that you missed. 

Not all puppy myths are true. He hasn't peed everywhere or destroyed his bed. Chewing everything yes, but he catches on quick when we say no. Obviously it will differ depending on what breed you choose, but not all puppies will be nightmares.

Learn what habits your breeder/previous owner had with them. Night routine, potty training methods, what toys they loved, and any bad habits they have picked up. Consistency is everyone's friend when puppies come home. 

I hope this was helpful to any other pet owners out there, or to anything thinking of getting a puppy. It's definitely been life-changing so far, but in the best ways.

What was the best pet advice you ever received?
Steph x.