Perth;

Mid February, just as it hit 91 days since I moved to Melbourne, I flew back to Perth for a few days. It was a short trip but in true Anna style, jam packed as always.

The giant walking around Perth

The sleeping diver

In four days, I fitted in four walks, two meals with my parents, one coffee date, one lunch date, one city hangout, one beach hangout, one airport hangout and a road trip down south for an engagement party.

Valentines themed Engagement Party < 3

With the gorgeous couple, M & J < 3

Four days in Perth/ Western Australia was definitely not long enough but it was the best I could do at this time of year.

My fave secluded beach in the South West

Until next time WA!

South Perth evening river walks with KM

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Nutritional Cleansing: my 6 month review;

In February this year, my big sis came back to Perth for the first time in 3 months (she’s currently living in Dubai). When I first saw her, I kinda felt like pushing a pause button if there ever was such a thing. I thought to myself, am I really seeing this? She looked incredible! After talking over dinner, we went along to a wellness talk presented by her friend, the amazing Peta (someone I was actually already following on twitter and instagram because I’m a creep I love following healthy Perth people).

I walked out of that room thinking, “I’ve found my missing link”. I’ve made some massive changes in my life in the past few years. I’ve spent a lot of time walking/running/swimming over the years, going through months of excessive pump classes, personal training sessions, bootcamp, boxing sessions, yoga, pilates (name it, I’ve probably tried it). I’ve gone months with no alcohol, no sugar and now living the gluten free life to keep my gut happy. I’ve tried a liver cleanse & become best friends with my naturopath, getting bottles of gross herbals to sort out this crazy body of mine.

I meditate often, have regular mindfulness sessions & have luckily found that one person I can pay to listen to all my problems (and never ashamed to admit it either). But still, it wasn’t enough. So in February, with my final year of university ahead of me, I thought, “why not?” because what is life other than one big learning experiment about what works & what does not.

& here I am 6 months later, satisfied I found the missing piece to my puzzle.

Photo taken beginning of February & end of August 2013

goodbye butt!

But I think the back is the most impressive for me!

What have I achieved in the past 6 months? 11 kgs of weight loss, noticeable fat loss around the problem area (stomach), 2-3 dress sizes and counting, energy to juggle everything like a crazy woman (and not burn out), feeling fuller for longer, less cravings and most importantly, stabilised moods. I feel like one of those infomercials listing all the positive changes because I’m just not used to so much going right!

So measurements & weight have been noted. Wonder where I’ll be in 6 months time! & the best thing? anyone can do this!

Is it time for a change in your life?

Eating for the sake of it;

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It was 11:50am today & I stood up to go get my lunch heated up. Was I hungry? No. So why did I stand up? It was a combination of eating at a set time (I love my routines) and boredom. You see, I have a terrible habit of eating the same food every day, at the same time.  But since I’ve cut sugar out of my diet this month & fruit this week, I’ve been struggling a little snack wise. I’ve loaded myself up with almonds, boiled eggs & the rye bread + avocado combination but that sugar loving monster inside just isn’t satisfied!

If you’re on this sugar free journey with me or if you may have your own little sugar monster, I have the picture for you! See below what foods/minerals you should consider each time you have a craving:

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ll be pinning this little gem to everything in sight! & if you want some further reading about listening to your guts intuition, Jess the Wellness Warrior wrote a great piece about letting your gut tell you what to eat. It helped delay my lunch until 12:30pm today just by me tuning into what my body was telling me.

How often do you stop to think before you eat? 

New routines;

A few changes have occurred in the past few weeks. Diet wise, I’m 11 days into quitting sugar. Surprisingly, I haven’t reached for a chocolate bar OR any biscuits but I have allowed myself a treat this morning that was gluten & sugar free (it was a raw chocolate/caramel/banana tart and it was WAY too sweet for even my sweet tooth!). I officially started the sugar free challenge on Monday 5th August so I’ve spent the past week researching alternative snacks & biting into my homemade raw balls while I can. The following week will be all about adding more protein and fats into my diet, which I think I’ve got covered with boiled eggs & the rice cake + avocado combo!

Exercise wise, the plan was to walk/run to work this month while my car is getting repairs but with all the rainfall & my ankle STILL strapped up, that hasn’t been possible. However, I am on the mend! With 13 days to go until the Perth City2Surf, I’ve got some serious training to do!

& being carless this month has actually been pretty fun so far. I’ve got a car I can borrow for uni and I’ve been a bit more smarter with my travelling by getting friends to drive me somewhere & then finding my own way back (life isn’t so bad when you can catch a ferry home from the city!) I can’t say being semi-carless is any cheaper when going home via the city turns into a mini shopping spree but I’m hoping this doesn’t happen every weekend!

Now being so close to work, uni & the city, I’m thinking of getting a bike. Too many changes at once?

The year the world didn’t end aka 2012;

Martinborough

I welcomed in 2012 in a small little town called Martinborough, one hour North-East of Wellington. We got more rain than sun that week but it turned out to be a little blessing in disguise. The house we were staying in had dozens of books & I picked up, “Don’t sweat the small stuff” (more about it here) and it changed a lot of my brain wiring that week (call it a light bulb moment if you wish).

I came back to Perth with a completely different attitude and I think it showed with the new friendships I attracted and the new opportunities I was presented. This involved three work trips & a new position at work where I get to do even more field work (and looking at bigger mansions).

I put a lot of focus into my studies this year & the results speak for themselves. Now I’m able to go into 2013 as a 3rd year & hopefully finish in 13 months time (fingers crossed!)

Left side T to B: Piha, NZ; Australia Day @ Cottesloe Beach; 2012 reading material Right side: Bestie’s visit in April; Exmouth work trip

Friend/travel wise, I had my best friend come over end of April and we farewelled big sis together (who was also my housemate at the time). Then in July, with the help of bestie, I surprised two other friends in Melbourne and in November, all our planets aligned & I got to spend a few nights with my four friends from high school. I even managed to sneak in a little 3 day getaway in the last few days of 2012 but more about that later.

Left T to B: Melb in July with Z, bestie & Mase; helicopter ride with Kel; Right: Bondi in November w/ my best friends; Picnic in Perth in Dec; weekend away end of Dec

 

My hopes for 2013? That I’m surrounded by loving people. I’m not asking for much. Happy new year everyone! x

 

Sketches of Frank Gehry;

IAC Building, New York by Frank Gehry

Back in April this year, I posted about my love for Frank Gehry’s buildings, especially the new residential one in Manhattan. So when I was browsing the summer list of rooftop movies starting end of this month, you wouldn’t believe how excited I got when I saw there’s a documentary about Frank Gehry and four of his buildings, as well as a look inside his house.

Starting next week, Artrage are starting up their second summer of Rooftop Movies which will run until the end of April 2013. There will be movies classics like Drive and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; you can check out the rest of the program here & like their facebook page here.

Now, any Architect loving people out there who want to come check out this documentary with me? It is going to be played on Wednesday 7th November @ 8pm, tickets can be purchased here.

Mulled goodness;

Click photo for a delicious mulled wine recipe

It’s taken me a while to get round to trying mulled wine. You see, I’m not a red wine drinker (I can see my friend Anna dropping her jaw in horror right now) because I’m a sweet tooth and struggle to find a red wine that is enjoyable (other than Dolce and a select few I’ve sampled over the years).

While I was in Melbourne, my friend Paris took me to this cute little bar called Ponyfish which is located under the Yarra Pedestrian Bridge in the city. I was a little reluctant to try some of their mulled wine but because I randomly decided to go to Melbourne a few days prior I thought, “why not?”

Why had I not tried this sooner?? When I got back to Perth, I sent a mention to Tweet Perth to see if there’s some nice little places in Perth that do mulled wine and got plenty of responses. If you’re from Perth or visiting, here’s some places to check out:

The Aviary– Perth City

The Garden– Leederville

The Inglewood Hotel– Inglewood

Bar 399– Highgate

You can bet I’ll be trying all four places this winter!