Making time to work out.

I've made it to the gym three days in a row & I feel awesome. I’m finding that consistent gym time is helping my mental health as well as physical health. You may not know that I signed up for the last round of 12wbt. While I didn't get to follow it as much as I wanted because the lack of sleep from Zelda (seriously, who’s getting up to workout at 5:30am when you’ve been awake at 11pm, 1am and 3am?) & working full time made it untenable. I had time away with work, Lulu started her after school activities and it all meant that it wasn’t the right time for me to commit to doing the 12wbt. Making time for workouts has been so hard. 

Short Workouts

What changed my mindset in regards to fitting in a workout, was the 'quick' workouts that were part of the post-pregnancy 12wbt program. Keeping the workout to half hour is far more doable than an hour, which had previously been the set workout on the other 12wbt program that I did. You can get to the gym & back home again within that hour. You feel like you’ve had a workout & some time to yourself but it hasn’t taken up the entire evening. 

So this is the first time in a long time that I have clocked three days in a row, but you have to start somewhere, hey?! I’m normally two or three times a week, but it hasn’t been three times in a row in a while and it feels good. Maybe it is all just starting to settle down and get into more of a routine post-newborn baby too. So anyway, my tip to you if you are struggling to fit in workouts is to cut the time down, oh and mix up the workout. Try something different and find the passion again. 

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Winter Mood board

Winter is fast approaching. Our Alice Springs winters tend to be mild, with freezing (below zero!) nights but warmish (above 20!) days. While winter brings on images of wet, grey days, our days are sunny so yellow came to mind when I thought of our days. I love wearing all the cozy clothes - ugg boots and chunky cardigans are my thing, with warm scarfs for the outdoors. Cuddling in bed, hot coffee and fires. Do you love winter? I love it in Alice, because it only lasts for the blink of an eye and then it's back to summer! Bring it on.

Photos here

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Memories of 2016

2016 has been quite the year.

It started with a family holiday in Palm Springs (the best place & not just for adults) and we continued to take short trips out of town throughout the year, something we haven't really done in 2015.

Our beautiful Zelda arrived early and surprised us all. Lulu started pre-school. Our renovation finished. Nick built his first bike.

I collaborated with local business owners to host a Maternity Leave Lunch  and I organised a sold out charity movie night.

And as the year draws to a close I thought I'd share a few of the highlights from the past year on Girl in the Pjs:

Home Decor highlights - our Before and After - Open Plan Kitchen and the best backyard swimming pools

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Pregnancy style

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highlights - Autumn Colours and Black Dress with Furry Vest

2016 has come to a busy, busy end and I am looking forward to taking it a little easier in the new year. So many people are wanting this year to be over, but I for one, I am so thankful for all the things we have been able to do and experience this year. I achieved the goals I set for myself. I have a renewed focus on my day job and this blog.

Stay tuned in 2017 for more collaborative work and more of our everyday life in Central Australia.  Wishing you all a very happy new year, thank you so much for reading  xx

New Podcasts to Love

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My most favourite podcast, Something Wonky, has ended. They said they would only do 200 episodes and they have done just that, 200. Podcasts are my jam when I work out, I can't do it without them, so I have been on the lookout for something else to listen to. Scrolling through the top 100 podcasts on iTunes, I came across the Mamamia Podcast Network. Mamamia is not normally a website that I go to. The site just isn't for me, but I greatly admire Mia Freedman, the woman behind Mamamia. She has been a force for good in the magazine world and she has achieved so much. It also turns out that the podcasts produced by the Mamamia network are for me. The 

No Filter

podcast and the

I Don't Know How She Does It

podcast are both fantastic.

On

No Filter

Mia interviews interesting people about their lives, no filter. I started with the Caroline Overington interview and found it fascinating. From her time in New York working as a correspondent with 18 mth old twins, to her mantra 'Fake it until you make it', to her helping Oprah live her best life.

I Don't Know How She Does It

 podcast has an interview with busy women about how the fit everything into their day. Women who you've wondered 'how the hell does she do it all?' It's a fascinating incite into the lives of women we admire and women we may not have heard of, who have busy, busy lives. I started with the Michelle Bridges podcast, eager to hear how she's going with her fitness empire and new bubba. Interestingly enough she does not have a full-time nanny, she co shares the 'babysitting' with her partner.

Both podcasts have the feeling that you are just out for coffee with friends. The women chat easily, it's fun and it makes you think. It's very different to Something Wonky, I am going to have to find a new political podcast, but I do like how

No Filter

and

I Don't Know How She Does It

have opened my listening horizons.

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Podcasts I'm Loving