Summer lists & weekend breaks

My brothers

Last weekend I went away to the beach with my family. Just the five of us, my mum, dad and two brothers.

One of my brothers is headed off to South America for seven months in a few weeks so this was our last chance of getting together as a family given he’ll be away for Christmas and the summer holidays.

Anyway..I love the beach- it’s beautiful, relaxing as well as a wonderful place to exercise.

South Australia has so many beautiful beaches. You can reach the beach within 20 minutes of the CBD. But we travelled about 2 hours away to Port Elliot and it was stunning.

Each day I was able to walk down to the beach and go for a long walk or run- not only was it a work out but it was therapudic. I felt like I didn’t have a care in the world.

Sunset at the beach

Gorgeous sunset on the beach

We’re only a few weeks into Spring at the moment, but I’ve realised I have to make the most of what I have right here on my door step. And this Summer I want to make it to the beach more. I want to make more time for that.

Call me crazy but I love lists, they help me stay organised, focused and give me something to work towards. They just work.

So I’ve written a list of the top five things I want to do, or do more of this Summer.

1. More beach walks
2. Cook something new each week
3. Take more photos and capture the moments
4. Go snorkelling
5. Have picnics

I have no doubt that the list will grow, but this is a starting point- and I can’t wait.

Soph x

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Run run run as fast as you can!

Yesterday I competed in my first running race. Hooray!!

It may have only been a fun run but for me this was a huge goal in 2013.

Lets back track a little….

About seven months ago I wouldn’t and couldn’t run. I was fit enough physically- but my mind just couldn’t do it. I would jog around the block and be mentally exhausted.

I couldn’t be bothered going further than 1km, and because I wasn’t mentally prepared my body didn’t function.

But one sunny day in March 2013 I decided, out of the blue, to run from A to B. About 6kms…

And I ran. 

The feeling was amazing. I had achieved something I didn’t think possible. It was a huge boost of confidence for me.

I don’t know about you but I work best when I have goals to aim for. I have goals for all aspects of my life, fitness, food, work (and the list goes on…)

So I set myself the goal of running The City Bay,the entire 12kms.  I figured if I could run 6km then I could run 12km!

I had just under 6 months to prepare.

By June I was running 8kms comfortably. I knew then I had to step up my training though.

Unfortunately I had to have an operation in mid-June which set me back several weeks of training, but still I continued.

The hardest bit was in the last few weeks- wanting to push myself but not tire my body out! The whole thing was a learning experience.

And I’m proud to say I achieved my goal. I ran the entire 12km 🙂

And my goal for next year? Well I have two. I’m going to up the anti and train for a half marathon! And I’m excited. I can’t wait to push my body and mind and feel that overwhelming sense of achievement at the end of each run.

The other goal? Well to run The City Bay faster of course!!

What goals have you set for yourself?

Soph x

Cacao, cranberries and almond balls

balls

For the past few months I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some raw cacao powder and the endless recipes that I continued to find spurred me on. I love chocolate, so what could be better than a chocolate that is good for you?!

Yesterday I finally go around to buying some cacao power. And today I made some balls.

O.M.G.  I think I’m in love.

This stuff is amazing. I compiled a whole lot of recipes I found and created these from the ingredients I had and love.

They are perfect- I thought I made enough to last a week but now I’m hoping they will last the day after one of my brothers was salivating in the kitchen while I was making them.

I love the dried cranberries in them- they add the sweetness and you don’t have to use any honey or other sweetener! Plus they make the balls taste a bit like a cherry ripe!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw organic cacao powder
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 shredded coconut

Soak the dates in hot water for 5-10mins
In a food processor combine all the other ingredients, then add the dates.
Leave the mix for a few minutes.
Form the balls and roll in extra coconut.
Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes + to set!!

Soph xx