My Cycling Essentials

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Ever since my awesome mate Dean fixed my bike (everyone say thank you to Dean!), I have been cycling all over this gorgeous city I live in, Brisbane!

There is a fantastic feeling of freedom and independence that comes with having a bike. While it can’t carry too much (I don’t yet have a basket) my bike certainly gets me places easier and faster than walking. Since getting my gorgeous bike back (originally called ‘Audrey’, I’ve dubbed her the name ‘Blanche’ - much more appropriate with a whole lotta sass!) I have been able to see Brisbane from incredible new vantage points, get further than ever before and save money while getting plenty of exercise! On my bicycle I get to ride through bushland, parks and special bikeways, as well as the city and the riverside. I can even take it on the CityCat to explore the other side of the river.

Having a bicycle has certainly made me happier, so I thought I would take the time to share with you some tips I’ve come across along the way. They aren’t anything particularly special, but they are essential to the way I get from A to B. Continue reading

A Sweeping Declaration and My Daily Routine

I started writing this post on Thursday, and most of what is below is from that day of writing. But since then a few things have made me realise that this week is the perfect week to do a No Social Media Challenge. Now, obviously with my blog I use Facebook and Instagram to keep you all updated, and its certainly essential to getting my blog out there in the big wide world; but I also use it a lot in my social life. In fact, over the last few months the “tag a friend who is always on Facebook/on their phone/taking selfies” has been on the increase and I’m not ashamed to admit, I’m starting to worry a little bit. Continue reading

Apps for Health & Wellness

If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time on your phone. Between texting, calling, emailing, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Google Maps, TransLink Journey Planner and apps for managing both my Facebook page and my blog, there is a lot that I get done on my phone every day. But, as you know, one of the best things about having a smart phone is that there is an app for everything, however, this doesn’t always mean that every app is awesome, so in no particular order, I thought I’d list a few of my favourite health and wellness apps to help make your life a little easier. Continue reading

What I’ve Learnt from not Having a Car

It’s been about six months now that I’ve been living without a car. I mean, I do own one, its just sitting in a paddock somewhere in Wodonga quietly rusting until I save up enough to get it running again. Anyway, here in Brisbane I don’t have a car, so I’ve had to figure out how to get by without one.

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It may seem like a completely daunting task for some (especially here in Brisbane, where most people I’ve spoken to would rather not use public transport), but honestly, it hasn’t been too bad. While I can’t just jump in a car and go to a shop, friend’s houses or restaurants on a whim, I’ve had to rely on public transport and my own two feet, and for the majority of the time its been a positive experience, so I’d like to share with you some of the things I’ve learned from it. Continue reading

Move With Miranda: Competition WINNERS

What a month it’s been this April! Not only was it a big month for me personally (I turned 27 and went for a bit of a holiday down South in my home town) but my fantastic Active April team, Move with Miranda, logged over 228 hours of exercise throughout the month – well done guys, you are absolute super stars!

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But now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the WINNERS of my Move with Miranda Competition. These winners were drawn using the random number generator available at http://www.random.org.

WINNERS

The winner of the botanically based Arbonne vegan Shower Pack from Be Extraordinary is:

Petra Landsell

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The winner of the Miranda’s Wellness Goodie Bag, including an Endeavour College of Natural Health Wellnation Clinic Voucher, Ecotan Organic Deodorant, ‘Elixir’ by Janella Purcell, 2 x Pana Chocolate bars (Sour Cherry & Vanilla and Fig & Wild Orange) and more is:

Ellie Goodacre

MELBOURNE

The winner of the nutritional plan and training program designed specifically for your goals, including 24 hour/7 day email and text message support and 1 personal training session from Aussie Muscle & Physique is:

Adam Gerolemou

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The winner of the A naturopathic consultation valued at $88 at Healing from Within Naturopathy is:

Caitlin Maddelena

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BRISBANE

The winner of the 3-day gym pass at Goodlife Chermside including 1 x 30 minute personal training session from Renee McKeague Fitness and Nutrition valued at $100 is:

Heather Stewart

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The winner of the 2 x free 30 minute personal training sessions (your choice of one-on-one training, training with a friend or group training AND free health food goodies, including coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, psyllium husks and whey protein isolate powder all valued at $100 from Brisbane North Barbell is:

Alicia Dent

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The winner of 1 x free initial naturopathic consultation including 20% discount off any products prescribed and 10% off your follow up consultation from Euneek You Health is:

Petra Landsell

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The FIVE winners of the FIVE 30 minute massage plus spa facial from Massage Miracles valued at $65 each are:

Matt Fisher

Renee McKeague

Sarah Fowler

Sabrina Evans-Bain

Lara Busch

CONGRATULATIONS GUYS!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and thank you to everyone who donated the fantastic prizes, you are all incredibly generous!

To claim your prizes please email me with the subject “Move with Miranda Winner” to mirandaswellness@outlook.com

Move with Miranda: Active April Competition

Have you joined my Active April team ‘Move with Miranda’ yet? It’s a nice incentive to get yourself moving each and every day for 30 minutes a day, and it’s easy to accomplish to boot! If that’s not enough to get your cute butt a movin’, here is something to sweeten the deal.

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Be a part of my Active April team to be in the running to win some fabulous freebies from some of the best health and wellness people I know, including a hand-picked bundle from yours truly.

You could win:

Anyone:

My prize pack: Endeavour College of Natural Health Wellnation Clinic Voucher, Ecotan Organic Deodorant, ‘Elixir’ by Janella Purcell, 2 x Pana Chocolate bars (Sour Cherry & Vanilla and Fig & Wild Orange) and a few more health and wellness goodies that I haven’t decided on just yet

1 x Arbonne botanically based, vegan shower set from Be Extraordinary

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Brisbane folk:

1 x 3-day gym pass at Goodlife Chermside including 1 x 30 minute personal training session from Renee McKeague Fitness and Nutrition valued at $100

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2 x free 30 minute personal training sessions (your choice of one-on-one training, training with a friend or group training AND free health food goodies, including coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, psyllium husks and whey protein isolate powder) all valued at $100 from Brisbane North Barbell

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1 x free initial naturopathic consultation including 20% discount off any products prescribed and 10% off your follow up consultation from Euneek You Health

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1 of 5 x 30 minute massage plus spa facial from Massage Miracles valued at $65 each

Melbourne folk:

A nutritional plan and training program designed specifically for your goals, including 24 hour/7 day email and text message support and 1 personal training session from Aussie Muscle & Physique

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A naturopathic consultation valued at $88 at Healing from Within Naturopathy

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How can I win?

To be in the running, you will need to

Like my Facebook page www.facebook.com/MirandasWellness

Register to Active April at https://www.activeapril.vic.gov.au/ and join my team Move with Miranda (team ID ‘move-with-miranda’) and track your 30 minutes a day of exercise before the end of April 2014

You must live in Australia. If you would like to win one of the Melbourne or Brisbane prizes, please comment on my facebook page the city you wish to enter for, otherwise, you will just be in the running for the ‘Everyone’ prizes.

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For bonus entries you can:

One bonus entry for each Facebook like of the business who have kindly donated these fantastic prizes (Brisbane North Barbell, Euneek You Health, Massage Miracles, Be ExtraordinaryAussie Muscle & PhysiqueHealing From Within Naturopathy and let me know which ones you have followed on my facebook page (so I can check up on you)

Share any Active April post from my facebook page

One bonus entry for each friend you tag on any Active April post on my facebook page

One bonus entry for each photo you post of you being active on Instagram and tag @mirandaswellness #movewithmiranda

The competition closes at midnight, Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday 30th April 2014 and WILL BE DRAWN AND ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING DAY

Good luck!

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Move with Miranda: Active April

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There’s nothing like a month-long challenge to remotivate you, especially when it comes to exercise! This month, the Victorian government have created the Active April Challenge to encourage you to move for 30 minutes every day.

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You don’t need to live in Victoria to join, so I have created a team that I want you to join so we can stay active in April together. All you need to do is go to https:/www.activeapril.vic.gov.au and register yourself, then tell me your username in the comments below or on my Facebook and you will receive an invitation to join my team “Move with Miranda”. Then, each day, move for 30 minutes and log your activity on your account. You can walk, play a sport, swim, run, go to the gym, yoga, Pilates, rollerblade, surf, skip, jump, cartwheel, trampoline – whatever it is, just get MOVING!

Don’t forget to Instagram your activity by tagging me @mirandaswellness and #movewithmiranda so we can motivate each other. I can’t wait to see your motivating photos, and will repost the best ones all throughout the month to inspire everyone along with my own photos.

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There are plenty of prizes up for grabs as part of the campaign and you can join and create as many teams as you like! In addition, in Victoria there will be plenty of active incentives to take advantage of. Best of all, you will not only prevent weight gain and gain strength, but reduce stress, improve your sleep and reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, anxiety and stroke, among many many other disorders.

Special thanks to Simone who originally invited me to join the challenge.

I know you can do this guys!!

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