2015 moments – a different kind of resolution

This is a cool little twist on ‘New Year resolutions’ that I made as a present for my sister this year for Christmas.

This was one of my favourite gifts that I gave this Christmas (and probably the cheapest!) – there’s something to be said about making a really thoughtful gift. I was so excited giving it to her; I am a bit of a geek like that!

When I have the time I can be quite creative, but usually the time is the thing I am lacking – not at the moment, yay for huge holidays!

Anyway, it’s such a simple concept that you might like to do for yourself.

I have known a couple of friends who have done this for the past few years and always thought it was super cute (Kristin, Amanda and Shosh!).

“2015 Moments Jar”

I brought this cute little jar from Typo, it was about $6 and came in a little holder that you can hang anywhere. I then brought these blackboard labels and stuck one on each side of the jar.

Then in white pen I wrote ‘2015’  on one side and lots of bits and pieces on the other (see below).


Fill me with lovely and exciting things that happen this year. Or just anything that gives you a smile that day 🙂


Some of the things that may go inside….

Inside the jar I included a handwritten note explaining what the ‘Moments jar’ is all about and how to use it.


This was inside the jar explaining what to do…


2015 moments

The idea being you write in little bits and pieces over the year that make you smile, they don’t have to be huge life changing things, just the moments that can make a day a bit special or cute.

Then at the end of the year you take some time to sit down and go through the year full of lovely things.  So cute!!!!

I also included a little notepad and pen so it was set up ready to add cute little moments to!

Are you someone that has done this before?  Or is this something you may try this year?  If so let us know how you get on!

The year that was….

So I’ve been umming and ahhing whether to post this pic for a while now. But if it can inspire or motivate someone to take a step towards achieving their health and fitness goals, then that is my goal achieved.

Let’s say this is a bit of a reflection on the year that was.

First off, no filter, sorry not the best lighting. And the difference in weight in these pics is a 2kg weight loss.

1 year difference....

1 year difference….

Few reasons I was hesitant to post this:

🔷 My goals are not aesthetic related (but hey, that’s a nice side effect), if they were I believe I could have a much greater transformation. I have been eating mostly for performance.

🔷 In this time I put on about 5-6kg before it came off and I was leaner. That’s what strength training and lifting heavy does. It’s called adding muscle mass.

🔷 I am far from ‘done’. I have SO much more to achieve that a photo cannot even start to represent.

When I look at these 2 photos, what I see beyond that of looking ‘better’, is:

✅ My strength numbers have gone up, something like this:
⬆️ 22kg back squat (102kg)
⬆️ 17kg front squat (87kg)
⬆️ 20kg overhead squat (70kg)
⬆️ 10kg deadlift (140kg)

✅ My Olympic lifts have gone up:
⬆️ 14.5kg snatch (62kg)
⬆️ 12.5kg clean and jerk (75kg)

✅ My gymnastics has improved:
⬆️ handstand walking & handstands
⬆️ first bar and ring muscle ups. Then linking bar and ring muscle ups.
⬆️ I can do pistols!
⬆️ I am waaaaay better at double unders.

✅ The early mornings, late nights and long weekend days spent working on all these things.

✅ The blood, sweat, frustration and…. tantrums throwing a barbell around. No tears as yet, but definitely been close (no cry board yet!).

✅ The amazing opportunities I have had to train with and compete against the best in this sport.

✅ The inspirational and knowledgeable people I get to train with and learn from every single day that motivate me to push that much harder and challenge myself beyond what I think is possible.

✅ What I have learnt about myself, strength training, nutrition, Olympic lifting, mobility, gymnastics and mental toughness. And you will be surprised how much of that correlates to every part of your life.

✅ All of this while working a very busy and not too flexible ‘day job’. Yea, you need to challenge yourself with your excuses. I always find time to train.

And a few other awesome things that have happened this year:

  • Starting ‘kettlebells and cookies’!!  Laura and I always talk about how amazing this is and the great people we have met from this,
  • Achieving some huge milestones on projects at work that will forever be career defining moments,
  • Getting my Level 1 Crossfit trainer certification,
  • My little sister opening a Crossfit gym,
  • Starting my personal training qualification, and
  • Being offered a new job that I start week after next.

There are many more, but these are the things that have made a significant impact on me in the last year and have started to define some of what I am looking to achieve in this year.

Yea, I see a lot more than some ‘transformation picture’.

So what I want from this is when you are setting your ‘new years resolutions’ or goals, think about exactly what it is you want to achieve. Is it really some number on the scale? If so, great, that’s totally up to you. Or is it more than that, think about how you want to ‘feel’ and what you really need to do to achieve that. If you had asked me a year ago what my goals were a year ago I would’ve told you some measurable, time bound, achievable goals (smart goals) and I agree that everyone needs to have them, but on reflection, I have achieved those and so much more.

And like I said, I am FAR from done yet, I always want more and I can’t wait to see what this year brings!

Don’t limit yourself by static goals that stem from a ‘New Year, New You’ type philosophy.  If the New Year is the thing you need to trigger your journey to a better you, then I am all for that. But let life take you in the way it does, as you may be surprised as to how your goals change as you start to achieve them.

Here’s a quick wee thing to think about when setting and working towards goals:


This will ensure you are always chasing the outcome you truly want at any particular time.

Happy New Year all!!

Have you set any New Year resolutions or goals?  We would love to hear about them below.


My mother was right about everything…

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f82/65100436/files/2015/01/img_4821.jpgA couple of weeks before my 27th birthday I’ve finally realised how much my mum was right about everything!
– One day I will be friends with my brother
– You won’t always hate being the tallest girl in your class, and
– My taste buds will change.
14 year old me thought my mum was from another planet at the best of times and these promises were just more crazy talk (along with ‘one day you’ll thank me for not letting you hangout at the mall after its closed’ but that’s for another blog post).

This post focuses on how much my tastebuds/palate has changed in the last 10 years.
10 (or even 7 years ago) I would have avoided salmon, avocado, olives, tomato, mushrooms and more like the plague (but I put tomato sauce on everything…what a weirdo). Today, I eat these foods pretty much daily and cannot get enough of their fresh tastes, unique textures and glorious colours.
/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/f82/65100436/files/2015/01/img_4814.jpgI’m not sure when/if my tastebuds changed or I just became a little more open minded about trying new things or giving them another go as I got older. Making new friends, traveling, the explosion of new cuisines and restaurants in New Zealand in the last 10 years and my ever growing passion for cooking have all contributed to my expanding palate. If you took salmon, avo, mushrooms and tomatoes out of my diet today, I would be so sad and stumped about what to have for my next meal!
So dearest mum, Muma, Barb, Babushka, Topp of the household…you were right and I was wrong. I’m also very very very glad you didn’t let me hang out at queensgate after it had closed. And I guess my brother is a bit of an acquaintance now too.

Are there any foods you hated as a child but cannot get enough of now?!