Let’s Talk Compliments.

I’ve followed Kate’s The Small Things Blog for a long time. I originally followed it for her great hair tutorials, but as her family has grown I find myself gravitating towards her lifestyle posts more and more, and one that grabbed my attention specifically was this one.

I’d really love to see a dramatic decrease in the amount of compliments towards women that involve the word “skinny”

I could not agree more!

I post my fitness pictures on Instagram and will check out tags related to fitness when I have a couple of spare minutes. 95% of the time, when someone posts a progress picture or a lifestyle picture, someone will inevitably say, “oh my gosh – you look so skinny!” or “wow – you tiny thing!”

Whilst I’m sure these people are well intentioned, I can’t help but think there are better ways to congratulate someone for their hard work, rather than using the word skinny, or tiny, or words like this, because our focus on congratulating and complimenting others should not just be weight related.

When I see amazing, incredible photos and progress made by awesome people, I say words like, ‘confident, healthy, strong, glowing, toned, lean, empowered,’ – all complimentary words that do not solely revolve around weight or size. I think by complimenting people solely on their weight, we’re perpetuating to younger generations that you can’t be happy, or healthy, or confident, without being ‘tiny,’ or ‘skinny.’

I think it is SO important that we start to promote self love and body confidence, no matter what shape of size, because there are far too many people in this world who are trapped in a world of self loathing.

Imagine a world where we’re not seen as ‘stuck up,’ for being proud of our bodies and our achievements. Imagine a world where young girls build each other up, rather than tear each other down. Imagine a world where people compliment each other for their focus, their determination, their strength, and their mental progress, rather than just their weight or size.

THAT’S the kind of world and people I want to surround myself with, and those are the kind of compliments I want to pay forward to others. There is time to start change in this world for our younger generations who are caught up in a world of self hate, and that time is now.

Kayla Itsines // BBG 1.0 Restart

I finished my first round of BBG 1.0 5 weeks ago, and had intended to restart the same guide straight away. I ended up falling sick (again!!) 2 days before I was due to restart, so I took a week’s break to give my body a chance to recover.

On a side note – if you’ve been following my BBG journey, you might’ve noticed I’ve been sick a fair bit in the last 16 weeks or so. I’ve started taking a immune booster multivitamin, which seems to be really helping – there was a lurgy on the plane when we flew home from Japan and Mr A has been struck down, but miraculously, I have not!

Anyhow, once I recovered from my cold, I restarted BBG 1.0 and got through a week and a half before realising my head wasn’t in the game – I wasn’t committed to working out, I’d already started to skip a few workouts, and when I was completing them, I wasn’t giving them my all. I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t motivated, and I started to dread the workouts.

I decided to stop doing the workouts until we got home from Japan, to give myself a break. I was still doing my regular outdoor bootcamps twice a week, just no BBG workouts. I can’t really explain why I was so unmotivated during that week a half, but the break and our holiday has done me the world of good.

I restarted on Monday and am feeling very motivated! :) I did legs resistance on Monday, and abs and arms resistance yesterday. I’ll be tracking my progress just like I did with my first round with 4 weekly progress photos and taking measurements. Getting back into routine already feels awesome, and I’m really looking forward to challenging myself this round!

Home Time

Mr A & I arrived home last Thursday after an amazing trip to Japan. Quite honestly, amazing doesn’t adequately describe it – there aren’t really any words to write that will explain our time and experiences well enough. All I can say is, if you ever get the opportunity to go, please do!

The food, the people, the scenery, the culture .. it is all so so amazing, especially compared to back home.

I love that you can be in metropolis Tokyo surrounded by neon signs and the hustle and bustle of people, and then in on a few hours (or less!) be surrounded by zen gardens, gorgeous autumn leave colours, and submersed in the history and awe of huge temples and shrines – it really is a total package when you go over there.

There was so much walking on our trip – at one stage we clocked 31,000 steps in just a day! (I had to go soak my feet in the bath this night, as they were so sore!). On average, we walked 24,450 steps each day which is just insane. It probably explains why, even though we basically lived in bakeries, tempura, green tea ice cream, and white rice for 2 weeks, we didn’t put any weight on – we burnt it all off with that walking I think!

We took a trip to Universal Studios when we went to Osaka as they have a Harry Potter world, and as you can tell from here, I’m a huge Potterhead. We got to walk through Diagon Alley and go into Zonks. We went through Hogwarts Castle and tried butterbeer, and OH. MY. LORD – IT IS THE BEST THING EVER! Imagine pancakes with maple syrup in a cup, topped with melted marshmellow .. Heaven in a glass.

I’m tempted to go through absolutely everything, but I think it might be boring for most people, so I’ll just say, we had a truly incredible time. I’m so happy that we went, and that Mr A & I got to spend so much time together exploring a whole other world. We are really lucky and blessed to be able to do such a thing.

That being said, I wasn’t sad to come home. It was a mentally and physically exhausting trip and we couldn’t have maintained that pace for much longer. 2 weeks was just perfect, and gave us both an opportunity to have a mental break from work and everyday stresses.

Now that we’re home, I’m getting back into my BBG workouts (I’m doing a restart – more on that later!), and I’m starting my next commission, which is for another Harry Potter cushion! Thankfully the timeframe isn’t a tight, so I’m really enjoying stitching this one up.

Here’s a couple of photos of our travels! :)