My kind of Summer

Would love the theme of ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ to be relevant to me here in Sydney…
Peas and Crayons

But it is not. However, since today was a beautiful sunny Winter Wednesday my pics may just fool you into thinking it was Summer..

Breakfast in the sun; an egg on toast with some spinach, tomato and mushroom on the side. I did the veggies in a pan with a touch of olive oil spray and some cracked black pepper. Check out how I made my egg in the microwave.. completely fuss free!

I had the day off work today, so spent it with my sister who has just returned from her travels. We decided to have a relaxing day at home, then took a nice brisk 3 km walk to get lunch.

Lunch was enjoyed at our favourite sushi joint, Tenka. I had my normal tuna and avocado roll (With ginger, wasabi and soy sauce on the side).

We picked up some delicious dried mango from the fruit shop to energise our walk back home. Can not get enough of this stuff! Would have preferred fresh, but at $5 a mango, I’ll settle for this!

Dinner was salmon, greek salad and roast veggies.  Standard, once-a-week fish dinner, and always a hit at my house!

Deliciously sweet oranges and bananas, peppermint tea and Olympics on the couch to finish off the evening..

Bliss 🙂

Have you been watching the Olympics?

Whats a once-a-week standard dinner @ your place?

Thanks Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW… Can’t wait to check out what everyone else has enjoy today!

Check out some of these dinner ideas:
How to Throw Together Dinner in 3 Easy Steps
Simple and Fresh Dinner
Healthy Spin on Mexican Burritos
Pad Thai
Delicious Thai Green Curry
Wholemeal Pizza

Run, coffee and cruise through Sunday

Sunday winter morning… Chilly 7 degrees celsius and a crisp blue sky. What better way to get the day started then a beautiful 6km run from Bondi Beach to Bronte?

Being able to enjoy my surroundings on foot and in my own time is just one of the reasons Why I fell in love with running!

The half way mark always calls for a good stretch..

And the end mark,  calls for a good coffee 🙂

This whole-in-the-wall coffee shop ‘Birichino’ makes great coffee in eco-friendly take-away cups. If you are in the area, check it out.  The decor is defs my style and the staff were nice and friendly!

We were then lucky enough to spend the rest of the day enjoying Sydney in the best way possible.. On the water with Josh’s family.

Josh’s mum always throws together a delicious lunch. Today was Tuna Niçoise salad, with bagels, olive dip, humous and triple-cream brie cheese. Delish! Thanks Cheryl 🙂

We had the most wonderful day and enjoyed soaking up the sun.
Who would have thought  it was winter??

Well that was my Sunday and I definitely feel reengerised for the week ahead 😀

How did you spend your Sunday? 

Don’t forget to leave me a comment, and check out my Training plan for City2Surf – Only 7 weeks to go!

How to make a date with exercise and stick to it

Especially during the colder months (as it is, here in Australia at the moment), I often struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed early or brave the dark, cold night after work, and exercise.  I do however love to be active, so when I do push beyond the barriers it is always worth it.

Here are some of my tips for staying motivated and sticking to your workout schedule:

1) Imagine how you will feel after your workout. The chances are, you will feel good. Use this to boost your motivation.

2) Just GO. Put your sneakers on, and get out the door!

3) Plan your workout around your interests. If you usually workout on a treadmill or at the gym, schedule your workout to coincide with your favourite T.V. show. If you prefer to workout outdoors, find out about local bushwalking or coastal tracks, that offer an extra level of stimulation and excitement to your workout.

4) Mix it up! Sometimes I find that I lose motivation when my workout routine becomes too predictable and boring. So why not change something about your routine. For example, if your training mainly consists of high intensity, cardio work add some yoga or pilates; exchange a run for resistance training or for the runners, change your focus from distance to speed (or vice versa).

5) Set yourself attainable goals, both short term and longterm.  I like to set my goals using one of the methods I learnt in my Psychology studies. This involves making sure your goals are SMART:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound

 And if all else fails.. get new workout gear. Because who doesn’t love working out in new gym gear?

For me, running outdoors is just the best!

This view is my Sunday morning motivation

I am always looking for new ways to motivate myself. So please share with me your secrets!

What motivates you to stick to your workout routine?

And for the workout-gear lovers, where is your favourite place to shop for gym gear? 

*Please note I am not a personal trainer; these views are based on my own personal experience.