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Day 54 and 62 of 365 Days of Gratitude


Day 54 and 62 of 365 Days of Gratitude

Goodbye summer, summer time, warm witty wordsOooops! Do you ever have weeks that just slip by? That’s just happened to me and the reason I haven’t yet posted the latest days of gratitude. That’s eight days you’ll read about now.

Day 54 I am grateful for:

A flock of parrots flying overhead, because they are crazy raucous, but it’s wonderful to see so many happily flying in their flocks. They are like a colourful Spirograph moving across the cyan sky.

Day 55 I am grateful for:

It’s Friday, because it’s the start of the weekend (I need not say more).

Day 56 I am grateful for:

A day of reading in cool water in the shade, because this has been one hot, humid summer (not that I’m complaining because I love Summer).

Day 57 I am grateful for:

Music, because it changes moods, makes you reminisce, makes you sing and makes you smile.

Day 58 I am grateful for:

A morning of writing with my dog at my feet, because there’s nothing more comforting than the silent companionship of a dog.

Day 59 I am grateful for:

A cooler night’s sleep, because I have no hot flashes and the temperature has dropped. No fan, no aircon and a blissful dream-filled sleep.

Day 60 I am grateful for:

Boxing so hard my knuckles ache, because I know I’m hitting harder and getting stronger. (Yes, I even have bruises).

Day 61 I am grateful for:

Footy is back, because I’ve grown up with NRL and I think my team will win this year. Go the Roosters!

Day 62 I am grateful for:

The fresh smell of early morning, because it’s the start of a new day and some people don’t get to have a new day.

Have you been noting what you’re grateful for? Why not have a go at it? You can find one thing in a day, or one thing in a week, or one thing in a month.

You’ll find that you’ll discover more and more wonderful things that make you smile. You’ll feel happier, because the negativity is diminished  for positive thoughts. It’s not just a fun exercise to try it will truly change your life. Be grateful and enjoy your life more.

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Lifestyle challenge count down done


Five weeks seems like plenty of time but with three weeks left I felt like it was going as fast as Sally Pearson over hurdles. When you want time to slow down it seems to move faster and when you want it to speed up it drags on. Despite all that five weeks is just that, five weeks. And now they are done.

I lost a bit of weight, but I’ve been doing a lot more weigh resistant exercises. Remember muscle weighs more than fat. So perhaps I’m coming along okay thanks to Chelsea ‘Hammer’ Hackett at Wise Force Gym, Burleigh. At only $10 a 1 hour class it’s terrific value and I’m seeing the improvement in muscle definition. I’d recommend ladies who live close by to give it a go. There’s a nice bunch of people to encourage you too.

The Brave Project
The Brave are the best quality sports brand, specific to CrossFit but perfect for any fitness.

By the time I went to Newcastle I’d got down to 48.9kg but only because I was so nervous about Joel competing at CrossFit Regionals that I couldn’t eat. Which is not a good thing for metabolism.

I’ve been more conscious of my eating and have cut out any junk and added more protein and greens, plus trying to drink more water or coconut water (I love Cocobella).

My results so far:

  • Feeling less bloated in the stomach
  • Lost over 2kg
  • Feeling fitter
  • Hitting the boxing pads harder
  • Lifting heavier weights easier (though I don’t lift much over 18kg)
  • Having fun with my fitness (always do something you enjoy and fitness will be easier)

And, the real test. Yes the jeans fit and have a look at these great tights from The Brave (one of Joel Munro’s sponsors). Thanks The Brave I love them and the girls at bootcamp all want a pair. 

Joel Munro
Joel 100 metre handstand walk at CrossFit Pacific Regionals individual mens’ event 2016.
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Joel rowing fast at CrossFit Pacific Regionals 2016.

Hear about Joel’s CrossFit journey at this podcast.