Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 8

Well, I’m officially a third of the way through the program! It doesn’t feel like I’ve been doing this for four weeks yet (how quickly a month goes!) and I think I’m going to be sad when it’s over. I like working with my girls. I like challenging myself. I like being to able see improvement in my capability (each session we record weight  / reps / speed etc).

This week has been a bit of a struggle, again. On Wednesday morning, I woke up and I just felt…blah. I thought about not going in for my session. Same thing on Friday. Other girls in my group had missed sessions, and I thought ‘what can one hurt, right?’. And then I saw the contract I made at the start of all this. I had committed to training 3 times a week. One of the ways my depression manifests itself is that I stop turning up to things – even things that are important and non-negotiable. So both days I pushed myself to get up and go and I’m so glad I did because I felt great at the end of each session! Continue reading


Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 7

This week has been crazy busy (as I thought it would be), which is why this update is coming to you two days late. Oops.

What have I been doing this week, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve traveled to Sydney 3 times! Last Saturday to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday; on Wednesday to go to a preview of The Imitation Game (which you should all go and see when it comes out in January); and on Friday to see Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein (which is also amazing). I got to hang out with lovely friends and eat great food and see my sister’s finished house!

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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 6

I’m not going to lie: training this week was god damn hard. It was a real struggle on both Monday and Wednesday to complete my regime. Today wasn’t so bad (despite being 40*C) – maybe because I had gotten used to having our new (regular) trainer? (Hi Alex!) Maybe it’s because I felt good about my cardio warm up? I don’t know.

OH! The lovely Nena (who’s also of Dutch descent) has joined us! So our group is up to four now 🙂
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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 5


I’m actually quite a bit better than not dead. I mean, this week has by no means been easy – it has been hard work to make myself go to training every second day, even though I like my trainer and the two girls I train with (hey there Heather & Jess!). Wednesday (second training day) and Thursday have probably been my hardest days this week. My arms were in acute pain on Tuesday / Wednesday and so all the arm weight exercises were a struggle. By Thursday, the pain was more of a dull ache, but it was continuous – it hurt no matter what! Miraculously, this morning all the pain was gone and I was able to complete my whole workout! We’ve done two workouts in the afternoon, and one in the morning and I think I prefer mornings better. It got me up out of bed and actually doing things today (I’ve done my washing! Did my Quiet Time! Studying! Reading!) Continue reading

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 4

I had my first Personal Training session today!

Now, before you start worry that there are going to 36 mundane, horrible entries about workouts and how much I can lift etc, I can promise you that it won’t be the case. At the end of each week, I’ll be doing a weekly round up, and if something particularly significant happens, I’ll write about that too. On we go… Continue reading

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: Part 3

So, when I last left you, I didn’t know if I would be in the intervention group (immediate start) or the control group (wait 3 months). Last Wednesday, I met with the study coordinator and opened the “Secret Envelope of Secrets”  which announced that I was to be in group A – the intervention group. Huzzah! Continue reading

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind : Part 2

So I had my appointment with the exercise physiologists this morning to get some baseline data for the study.  I was quite apprehensive before I went (and a little irritated that I couldn’t have any caffeine in the 48 hours before the test). Exercise and me are not the best of friends, and I was worried about being judged (as has happened to me before). So, the thing that struck me the most was how absolutely incredibly lovely and supportive  they were! Continue reading