I Want to Ride My Bicycle

I want to ride my bike. (You just sung that a little, didn’t you?)
Just as I was last night, in anticipation of my weekly ride into work.

I’m growing to absolutely love these rides into work, even if they’re not the most strenuous or exhilarating.
It’s a perfect way to slide into the second half of the week, and changes up my routine of catching the bus every damn day.

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With the weather getting warmer the sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers blooming and all similar clichés. But it’s so lovely!

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I ride through the burbs, past the white picket fences and gorgeous red bricked houses. I pass cafes smelling of bacon and freshly made bread.

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I love riding through Northbridge at 6:30am; when there are barely any cars on the road, the hipsters are just opening their coffee shops and the air is so clean. The Vietnamese bakeries have been busy, I get a huge waft of their sugary baked goods.

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From there it’s an easy coast into the office, where I’m one of the first few to get in and can start the day fresh and revived.

Happy Thursday, you crazy kids.

Hanbel.
x

Why You So Obsessed with Me?

My latest obsessions and addictions are of the health variety (I know, I’m sorry!).

Lately, my aim has been to get healthier and fitter. Which has probably been my aim for about 10 years now…
In the past few months though, I’ve shifted my focus towards living a healthier life in general, as opposed to trying to lose weight, and it seems to be working!

So, without further adieu, here are my current faves:

1. Deliciously Ella
www.deliciouslyella.com @deliciouslyella
This London gal is a great source of dinner inspiration. I’m constantly stalking her instagram for salad and roasted vegie ideas. I can’t to try out this Warm Sweet Potato, Mushroom and Spinach Salad.

2. Netball
Even though it can be quite brutal, I love this game. A few of my favourite girls and I started a casual team years ago, and after a little break, we’re back at it. The Sweaty Betty’s tend to, uh… not win a lot of our games, but we try so hard and have a lot of fun. I’ve recently begun playing in GD, which means more running than I’m used to – but I am loving it!

3. BodyWise App
www.bodywiseapp.com
BodyWise iPhone AppI literally downloaded this yesterday, so this recommendation may be completely false. However, I like all the aspects – being able to log workouts, rating how happy you are everyday and the way you can track what you’re eating.
Instead of counting calories, which can be an excruciating activity, it tracks your vegetable/fruit/meat/grains intake, as well as caffeine/junk food/alcohol/soft drink intake. This is such a healthier way to look at what you’re eating!

4. Tone It Up
www.toneitup.com @toneitup Tone It Up – YouTube
tone-it-up-runningOkay, so these two are super perky. There… I’ve warned you.
HOWEVER – take a look at their bodies and you can see why I put up with the perkiness. The workouts they upload to their youtube channel are serious business. Give the HIIT a try and you won’t know what hiit you 😉
I love these workouts for rainy days, or post-run when I want to work a little harder. One day I’ll have abs like them!

5. MY NEW BIKE
IMG_5479Yep, I did it. I’ve committed to this mountain biking thing and gotten my very own bike. She’s so beautiful and all I can think about is taking her out on the weekend! Wish me luck…

Have a happy and healthy weekend everybody!
Hanbel.
x

Confidence is Key

Hello hello, welcome to my brain. There’s a lot of craziness up in here, and a lot I can’t control.
Are you sure you want to keep reading?

….

I’m glad you did because today I’d like to talk about something very important.
C O N F I D E N C E
Or my lack there of.

You see, this is something I’ve been struggling with lately, and I thought – maybe I’m not the only one.
There are plenty of articles that I read daily that include “being confident” as a step towards a bigger goal, such as being a happier person or performing better at work. However, none of them go into detail about how to actually be confident. It seems like unless you were born with this particular trait, then it’s just bad luck for you and come again soon please.

There are plenty of people who have natural confidence; the extroverts of the world. My boyfriend being one of them. Nothing seems to phase them, they give anything a go and more often than not, excel at whatever they’re trying out [I am generalisng here, bear with me]. This is the view from the introvert’s perspective. In reality confident people still suffer from fear and anxiety, just on a smaller scale, and manage to overcome these feelings in order to achieve what they set out to do.

BUT HOW?! is the question I have been asking myself, pretty much since the day I met Andrew. How can he be so calm, chilled out, but ready for anything? How does he not stress out and overthink everything to the point of giving up?
Well, for starters, he is male. I’m generalising again, and there are always exceptions, but it seems that women tend to think about things a lot more than men. We’re the stressers, the worriers, the over-thinkers and over-analysers. Which can make things a little difficult.

The goal I’m having a hard time with at the moment is riding. I have ridden my bike a couple of times a week for as long as I can remember. I love it, and always have. As I’m getting fitter and my skills are improving I want to push myself. So, I started riding to work. I began on the bike path, and worked my way up to back streets, and finally main roads. I was on fire, and nothing could touch me.
Until one very chilly, frosty morning when I took a short cut through a park, cut around the “slow down” barriers, slid on the frozen grass and came off the bike. I didn’t get hurt – I had a couple of grazes and some very cold legs, but it shook my confidence.
Andrew has been taking me out Mountain biking, which begun really well – until it didn’t anymore. I get in my head too much, over think and let the fear of coming off the bike control the whole ride. Which has been horrible for both of us, what was meant to be something Andrew could share with me has turned into this stressful outing where I feel bad for not performing and he feels guilty for pushing me.

So, how do you get out of this vicious cycle? [pardon the pun]
For me, the following things have really helped:

  1. Yoga [in particular yogi breathing]
  2. Remembering why I started
  3. Asking myself if I really enjoy this
  4. Having solo time [I got out on my bike in the bush last week, alone. Changed my whole perspective]
  5. Making goals [even if it’s simple things, like ‘I’m going to really enjoy myself this time’]
  6. Admitting mistakes [this is HUGE, and so powerful]
  7. Accepting compliments [because then you start to believe them]

I think this is what life’s really all about. There’s no big mystery, it’s pretty simple; do what you enjoy doing, with the people you love spending time with.
Push your comfort zone, but understand where your boundaries are.
Confidence will build over time, as long as you are doing what you love and having FUN.

I hope you all find things that scare you, excite you, calm you down, build you up and leave you with a smile on your face!

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Hanbel.
x

Hanbel, the Weekend Edition

Spring is settling in, and it’s making me a very happy girl. I got to pull my bike out again, enjoy the sun setting a little later and make the most carefree days.

This was my weekend.

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I bought this bad boy on friday, the Canon S120. A lot of time was spent playing around with it.

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Lowdown put a shout on facebook to come and check out their new space on Friday night, share a bevvy and some banter.

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On Saturday I watched my amazing girls Brooke and Lucy (from Luce’s Eternal Sunshine) play in their Grand Final for netball. Sadly, they didn’t win, but played as best they could. I still feel like a proud mamma!

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I treated myself to some flowers, at $8 … how could you not?

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Andrew and I rode our bikes to Maylands for a drink at Swallow Bar

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Followed by dinner and the most amazing Quinoa Chocolate cake at Chapels on Whatley.

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Sunday brekky with the girls, at The Ladder in Mt Hawthorn. Good, not great. I wouldn’t rush back if I’m honest.

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Lucy and I hopped on our bikes in the afternooon, and rode to Brooke’s place for balcony wine time, plenty of snacks and so many laughs with the rest of the girls.

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I rode home solo (Lucy hung around for pizza) so I could spend a little time with Andrew before kick-starting a new week!
I went to sleep early, feeling exhausted but very, very happy.

What did you get up to? x

 

Sunny Side Up

I love Sundays.
I love breakfast.
I love sunshine.
I love coffee.
I love eggs.
As much as a try to deny it, I love bacon.

What I don’t love is riding my bike up steep hills after I demolished this plate of awesomeness.

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We rode to a mate’s house for a late brunch to celebrate his birthday. I say late, because we didn’t eat until midday because of two very hungover “friends” struggling to get out of bed. I got hangry, they are lucky to be alive.

The ride there was quick and easy, the company was amazing and the food even better. The ride home, however, was a huge shock to the system and a massive reminder that I am not as fit as I’d like to be.
Time to get back into gear!