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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
The winner of the botanically based Arbonne vegan Shower Pack from Be Extraordinary is:
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:
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:
The winner of the A naturopathic consultation valued at $88 at Healing from Within Naturopathy is:
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:
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:
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:
The FIVE winners of the FIVE 30 minute massage plus spa facial from Massage Miracles valued at $65 each are:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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
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
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
1 x free initial naturopathic consultation including 20% discount off any products prescribed and 10% off your follow up consultation from Euneek You Health
1 of 5 x 30 minute massage plus spa facial from Massage Miracles valued at $65 each
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
A naturopathic consultation valued at $88 at Healing from Within Naturopathy
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.
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 Extraordinary, Aussie Muscle & Physique, Healing 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
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.
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.
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!!
At the start of this year I posted a photo of a list of my resolutions for the year which came back into my awareness last night. When I looked at them I realised I had stuck to a lot of them, while some others that weren’t achieved were simply beyond my control. I remember when I made my list I was trying to be realistic and positive while still pushing myself out of my comfort zone and I feel like that mind set was part of what shaped the positive year I’ve had this year.
2013 is the year I moved to Brisbane; moved to new college campus where I knew no one; made active living a regular part of my life and lost 7kg; stopped caring so much about others opinions of me and embraced who I am; realised that I, like all the other amazing people in my life, am a total babe! ; started my blog and realised the joy I feel motivating and encouraging others; had my most successful semester at uni; got a job; ended a 6 1/2 year relationship with my best friend with the confidence to know that it was the best decision for the both of us; broke free of my depression and; gained self love, self worth, self confidence and independence.
I am currently in a stage where I know life is about to get very hard because 2014 holds a range of new situations and challenges that I’ve never come across before, but I am excited about that. I look forward to the challenge, the hardship, the growth. This year has taught me who I am and solidified my support system like never before, so I know that no matter how hard life gets I am strong enough to face it and have many avenues if I can’t face it alone.
I wish that everyone can have a year like I have had. The challenge of moving and the blessing of tough love pushed me to grow like never before, and I know that I have been changed forever because of that.
With this in mind, I encourage you to move out of your comfort zone but be kind and fair to yourself in your 2014 resolutions. In the end, you only have you, and knowing with confidence who you are, and loving that person whole-heartedly, makes all the difference.
Happy New Year!