OLYMPIC CHAMPION | ENTREPRENEUR | MUM
WELCOME to my site – a place to share and reflect on the life experiences I’ve had as a professional athlete, mum, wife and business owner. A place to share my journey and the amazing people who have helped me get the best out of myself. It’s also a place for random snippets relating to food, family, travel and gear I can’t seem to do without. Enjoy!
It’s mid November and summer is on it’s way down under. I’m looking forward to spending time in the sand, sun and surf. Time with family and friends, time building a new home, concentrating on my business BodyICE, staying put for a while and enjoying the rest of my pregnancy. There’s so much in life to look forward to at the moment, but I can’t help feel a tug in a different direction.
As the snow falls in the Northern Hemisphere and my team mates and friends arrive into training locations all over the world, I can’t shake off the feeling that I’m missing out on something. I’m missing out on what has become normality for me. The athlete life: travelling, training, snow, competing, freezing temperatures, more snow, constant aching body, workouts, ice baths, more snow……
It’s crazy, but I’m having withdrawals. I’ve got that summertime sadness.
I’ve felt it before of course…. there’s been times in my career when I’ve sat seasons out due to injury and of course when I was pregnant with Kai. I’m wondering if this feeling will ever go away? When will it stop? Does it ever stop? I guess I’ll find out some day.
Good luck my winter friends and foes. Stay safe and savour each moment. Face your fears and live your dreams. xxxx
Our bub is the size of a cauliflower!
And there it was, another week passes in the blink of an eye. All in all a fairly cruisey week. Everything is under control with work and I’m expanding well into my skin. I haven’t weighed myself in a few weeks, but I’m feeling heavier in general. I’ve been spending so much time at the beach that I’ve traded my gym workouts for climbing the hills of Lorne, trail runs through the forest and yoga. It’s been wonderful, but I would like to try and get a few gym sessions in this week when I’m back in Melbourne to see where I’m at.
As my belly expands, I’ve been on the lookout for stretch marks but luckily (like in my first pregnancy) none have appeared. I’m pretty sure I have my mum to thanks for that who after having four kids, has not a blemish. Thanks Mum.
This week we finally submitted our house plans to the Surf Coast Shire! An exciting milestone towards our new home although I know it’s just the beginning of a VERY long journey. I’ve heard horror stories of plans taking over a year or more to be accepted in this area…. so I really hope that won’t be the case for us. We’ve abided to all the rules and regulations (that we know of) for the building in our plans, so I guess it’s out of our hands now and we need to wait. Being an optimist, I hope to be breaking ground by February 2015. I hope I’m right! Here’s a glimpse of what we have in mind:)
I also had the pleasure of speaking at the Leader Sportsstar Awards this week to a group of budding athletes already succeeding on the world stage and many on their way up. I get a lot out of sharing my story and especially tips of the trade with people of all ages and hopefully they were inspired to get the best out of themselves and never give up on their dreams. I didn’t have access to many sporting role models as a kid…I don’t remember ever meeting an Olympic Champion, but I sure would have loved to. I sure would have liked to hold their medal, ask them questions and be inspired by their story and journey. It feels nice to be able to give back in that way.
With Christmas around the corner, it feels strange to still be in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter athletes all over the world are gearing up for the World Cup season and have departed Aussieland to chase the snow. I can’t help to feel a little sad to be missing out on all the action. I miss it, but I’m looking forward to following the season and hope everyone stays safe and has a great season:)
Our bub is the size of a red cabbage!
I had a pretty chilled week this week. I cancelled a few things on my schedule to stay in Lorne with Kai. It was so nice and quiet and its amazing how much longer the days are when you’re out of the high paced city life. We really enjoyed each others company AND I was able to be productive with work which reinforces our decision for a sea change.
I’m feeling pretty good this week. I’m still congested and getting over an annoying cough, but energy wise, I feel fantastic and enjoyed the long walks in the fresh air this week plus a few beach days. I’m loving my read at the moment – recommended by our team sport psych, it’s called Unbroken. An amazing story of an elite runner who in his prime is sent off to World War II. Without going into too much detail (and I haven’t finished it yet), his bomber plane crashes and he is exposed to the elements of the open ocean. So far, a great read by Laura Hillenbrand. A movie has been made (directed by Angelina Jolie) set to be released this Christmas.
The baby has been very active. It’s hard to describe what it feels like when it’s got it’s move on. It kind of feels like someone has an ice-cream scoop from the inside….if that makes any sense at all. It’s strange feeling to describe, but such a beautiful feeling….to know that something is alive and growing inside you!
Until next week….hopefully the week when we officially submit our house plans!!! Yey!!
Our bub weighs as much as a swede!
I’m feeling much better this week as I get over my cold. I’m still congested, but feel like I’m getting my energy back and glad it didn’t last too long. I spent the start of the week churning through work, meetings, house plans and a catch-up with my obstetrician. All good on the baby front. He or she is a good size and everything seems to be growing normally and functioning well. I feel it kick all the time and lying down in bed is getting more uncomfortable. I find myself daydreaming and wondering what it’s personality will be like, what it will look like, boy or girl? Or weather it will carrier the Scandinavian traits (like Kai) or if the Mediterranean genes will dominate this time? So many possibilities. It’s so exciting and Kai is growing more adamant each day that ‘it’ will be a baby brother.
I made this salad up whilst entertaining over the weekend and it was quite delicious! I think it’s perfect for summer gatherings and bbq’s and it’s super easy and nutritious too.
It’s one of my no measure throw together creations (hence no quantities) so you basically just want to have a nice balance of all the beautiful colourful ingredients.
- Israeli Couscous (or Quinoa would work nicely too)
- Sweet Potato
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried Cranberries
- Flaked or slivered almonds -lightly toasted (pine nuts would also work)
- Lemon Juice
- Maple syrup (or honey)
- Olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
Preheat your oven to 180C and line a a baking tray with baking paper.
Cook the Israeli couscous as per packet instructions. I added some cumin to the water whilst cooking to give it a hint of Morocco. Drain and cool.
Wash and slice the Kale thinly. Chop a onion and garlic and sauté in a pan with the kale and some olive oil. Turn off the heat and leave to cool when the kale has wilted and the onion is translucent.
Chop the sweet potato into cubes and toss with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay it on the baking tray and roast in oven till tender and golden. Throw in your cherry tomatoes with about 10mins to go to lightly roast them too. Leave to cool.
Chop some cucumber and deseed the pomegranate. Toast some flaked almonds.
Prepare the dressing by adding olive oil, lemon juice, a dash of maple syrup, chopped herbs and season with salt and pepper.
Throw all the ingredients (once cooled) into a salad bowl and mix well. Add dried cranberries and toasted almonds as well as dressing and toss to combine.
All that’s left to do is enjoy this refreshing, crunchy and delicious salad!