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The Starlight Children’s Foundation – Great Adventure Challenge 

I would like to start this story off by thanking the large number of family and friends who were able to donate to my participation in the
Great Adventure Challenge. Without your generosity I would never have been able to reach my target. In fact, I managed to raise $1116.00 for Starlight.. 

It all began by one of my bosses calling me into his office. “Hey Em, you are fit”, “Argh, I’m flexibile”, “Well, we need you for the Great Adventure Challenge in November.” – At this point, I rambled a couple of Softball related excuses before agreeing to participate… If Kate does. 

And just like that, I was in. On the website it said that it was about a 35km mountain bike ride, 15km of trail running, and a 10km kayak. 60-70kms altogether and I was only planning to do the bike leg. 

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At 7am on Saturday 14th Novemeber, we arrived at the starting line in San Remo. And it was cold. I was wearing almost everything I own. It was at this point we recieved our map, and information on the challenge.  

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After half an hour of quick decision making and route planning.. We were off.  

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As the kayak leg was first, our courageous team paddled their way from San Remo to the sandy shores of Phillip Island. It was cold, and I was happy I was waiting for them on the other side, in the car. After completing a memory challenge, we waited for the kayaks to arrive so the runners could head off on their first 10km beach run. 

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After racing back to the kayaks, the next stage was to paddle back to San  Remo. Having planned a little better this time, the kayaks were off with a new tag in from Matt.

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Once we arrived on land, we were challenged with a blind tent assembly. Then it was off to the bike track. 

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It was finally my chance to jump on these incredible Scott bikes, that were so generously given to us from Scott.

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And oh did the bikes make a difference! Not only were we envied by our competitors, but we were speedy on the track. Not to mention the fact they were all matching. 

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After getting lost and losing a team member, we finally made it to the next check point. Then it was time for the coasteering. “Run along the beach and rocks, they said. It will be fun, they said.”

   
 

To say it was fun, would be a complete and utter lie. The sand was soft and the rocks were hard. I was not risking tearing a ligament. It was however a perfect time for a photoshoot on the rocks, and to pay special mention to our sponsors. 

Then it was back on the bike, for another quick dash back to the checkpoint and the runners were off.

  

All reports conclude that the trail was treacherous, and pushed the group right to the end. By the time they scurried up the cliff face, we were on our bikes and headed for heartbreak hill.

  

The last part of the ride was painful. But we managed to pull it together to become #BadBoysForLife, we scaled the highest mountains and cruised down the other side. We had finally come together as the hardest bicycle gang around. Nothing could stop us now. 

Pulling up to the last check point, it was time to assembly the team and race through the finish line –  5 hours and 42 minutes later. 

   

 

Overall we rode at least 45-50km, I managed only to capture 31km of it here. (I kept forgetting to take my iPhone with Strava). We did however track the running legs which were about 21km. The kayak ended up being 14km return. As a team we were able to raise just over $8000, which did nothing to our help our time allowance, but was a great gift for Starlight. In all we came fifth and were only an hour behind the winner. 
  

We would like to make a special thanks to Scott bikes for kindly lending us their incredible bikes, as well as KX Pilates Hampton for helping me to reach my fundraising target. 

But most of all, I’d like to thank the seven other people who were in my team and supported me on the day. I had a great time, can’t wait to do it again. 

   
There’s still time to donate: http://bit.ly/1KXhBfG

Follow me on Instagram – @MsMMango

~Mango

#GetFitOrDieTrying 

Images: provided by Starlight Children’s Foundation event photographers and a few I snapped along the way. 

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The Starlight Children’s Foundation – Great Adventure Challenge 2015

So I’m riding 35km across rugged terrain at Phillip Island for Starlight Children’s FoundationGreat Adventure Challenge on the 14th November, 2015.  [Donate]

It’s going to be tough and I’ve been trying to get some rides in beforehand. So I rode to get cat food the other day. #Meow

Alongside my 35km ride, my team is also doing:

  • 15km trail run, 
  • 10km kayaking,
  • and 2km run along the coast. 

We also have a variety of mystery tasks and navigation adventures along the way. It’s a big day.

And once I’m off the bike, who knows where I’ll end up. #SwimRunNavigate.

We desperately need donations. No amount is too big or too small. If I managed to receive $10 from everyone who reads this, I would make my personal target of $1000. I am currently at $370. 

Please help us to do something amazing by helping us to help grant wishes to the Starlight kids.

Donate via this link: click here

A big shout out to Ainslee at Scott Bikes for the generous donation of Mountain Bikes for the challenge. Pics to come. 

Still not convinced. Check out the video of last year – here

Read more here: the course.

 


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I survived an Acupuncture Facial.

When we think about beauty, Acupuncture is not the first thing that comes to mind.

MsMMango - Cosmetic Acupuncture 2If you begin looking into beauty therapies there are loads of choices; from chemical peels to exfoliations and extractions. You can do and put just about anything on your face these days, including the not so popular – snail facial.

As I am getting older, I am noticing and fixating on various things – all age related. I am looking for wrinkles, smile lines, sagging skin, dark circles and assessing my skin like a microbiologist.

Fine lines is not something you are particularly concerned about in your early 20s, as you’re probably more worried about being tanned and having a plethora of outfits for the weekend. Other struggles for me included getting out bed from a long weekend on a Monday and being able  to teach a bunch of smelly year 9 boys.

Just when you think you have it all sorted, you reach your late 20s. Then the reality sets in. #You’reGettingOld. And there is nothing that you can do, but grin and bear it. (But don’t grin too hard or you’ll get smile lines).

MsMMango - Cosmetic Acupuncture 1I once had a Cosmetic Nurse tell me that I seriously should consider injecting Dermal Fillers in my cheeks, because the future is looking ‘grin‘. I politely rejected this idea on the basis that at 25, smile lines weren’t high on my to-do list.

Personally I find it difficult to trust a lot of the beauty therapies these days, especially treatments for my face. I am concerned that too many cleansers, toners, creams, peels and exfoliaters will upset the natural pH level of my skin. I keep coming back to ‘the olden days’ where a variety facial applications were not available and you most likely just washed your face with a bit of soap and water. (I still do).

If I look into the mirror right now, I can see imperfections. But mostly I can see perfectly balanced natural skin. I know that if I use anything oily or chemical based, my skin will break out. It must be genetic, because my mum has the same result.

So here is the conundrum: what happens when you feel like you should look after your face, but you are worried about every single product, that you choose to use nothing instead?

About a year ago, I looked into the mirror and for the first time in my life I was scared shitless by the lines on my face. I knew it was time to do something but I didn’t know what.

Since then I have looked into natural treatments for my skin that won’t upset my pH level and will not cause unnecessary breakouts. It was this time that I stumbled onto a Cosmetic Acupuncture.

MsMMango - Cosmetic Acupuncture 3Having had sat down with Tory from The Acupuncture Company in Brighton, we discussed the benefits of this therapy for your face. Cosmetic Acuptuncture:

  • stimulates collagen production
  • increases skin elasticity
  • improves blood circulation

All of which should really be able to help with my fine lines and dark circles that have appeared over the years. Cosmetic Acupuncture has several other benefits outside of these including; scaring, acne, tone and discolouration, dehydration and skin texture. Of course with anything like this – individual results will vary.

A few days after my first treatment, my skin was absolutely glowing. It most certainly refreshed and revived my skin and my face felt amazing. I could not have been happier with the results. So much so that I am recommending that you go and give it a try.

All in all, I will continue to do Cosmetic Acupuncture for the rest of my life. I can not recommend it more highly for all of those niggly skin problems.  However if you want the right results, you need to choose a great Chinese Medicine Practitioner that will be able to tailor the facial for your individual needs.

If you would love to see Tory – please head to The Acupuncture Company  in Brighton, and they don’t just do Cosmetic Acupuncture.

~MsMMango
“Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but a little help goes a long way.”

 


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Northvale Softball Club is back for 2014! #Softball

This year all of us from Northvale Softball Club are looking forward to Season 2014-2015. Last year we experienced a Grand Final upset after having been almost undefeated for the entire season.

This year we have an exciting new addition to the team, a new coach – Dene. Although sadly we have lost our old faithful Johnny, we hope he will still come to the games and share his expertise on occasion. We also have many new players and are looking to enter a junior team for the first time in years.
On the whole we are really excited to take the field.

Training is currently being held each Saturday at Jells Park, Waverley.

We are still looking for new players all the details can be found on our website –
Northvale Softball Club – Jells Park, Waverley

And if you just want to follow our progress, you can do so on Facebook  Google+ or Twitter 

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Love My Body – #Bali Health Retreat

 

Love My Body

 LOVE MY BODY HEALTH AND TRAINING RETREATS

Love My Body specialises in health retreats and runs 6 retreats per year in Bali, Byron Bay and out of Melbourne. Our health retreats are 6-7 days long or 3 days and leave everyone feeling amazing- with a focus on raw food, green food, lots of training and physical challenges, sunshine, massages, reading, thinking and healing.

BALI- 

Places are also already filling up for our Bali retreat!
The cost is $1950 per person and includes the following:

  • We stay in a beautiful village nestled in the hills of Ubud which has the most beautiful surroundings and natural noises.
  • The food is fresh locally grown and totally free of any nasties, most of which is grown in the village itself and we sip on fresh lemongrass and ginger tea all day long the is constantly re-filled at your bungalow door.
  • We train 2-3 times per day, plus treks up and around the mountain including a trek up the volcano at 3am to see the sunrise.
  • Also included in your package is a full body massage and pampering session at one of Ubud’s best day spa’s, dinner out one night to an organic vegetarian restaurant, a half day at the hot springs after our trek up the volcano and a bike tour.
  • This retreat will leave you feeling clean, light and physically challenged- and with a noticeable change in your body shape!

Your package also includes your transfer to the village on the day of the retreat and to your next destination afterward. you can arrive any time on the afternoon on day 1 and leave around 9-10am on the last day. Flights are excluded but if booked early you can get return flights under $700. Airasia/Jetstar  currently has flights for under $500 return. We recommend booking flights as early as possible to keep the cost down.
*Deposits (50%) for both Bali retreats are due for August retreat by July 15. 

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BYRON-

Our next Byron retreat is running September 15th – September 21st 2014. Places are already filling up!
The cost is $2200 which includes the following:

  • On average we train for 3-4 hours per day (it sounds intense but because it is so varied and spread out over mornings and evenings and there is a group of us, you will find it challenging but achievable as a group).
  • The food is from the organic byron bay kitchen- organic raw style food, lots of green! It is delivered to the house each day.
  • We stay in a beautiful modern large house near the beach and town.
  • Days are spent mostly beach/shopping/pool but also in the itinerary, you have 1 hour massage/healing session. 30 minute card reading. 1/2 day of surfing.
  • Restorative yoga every second evening and your bike for the week which we get around on a lot.
  • Please note that we have group discounts on all activities and if you were to go off and do this holiday on your own you couldn’t do it at this cost. There are cheap flights with Jetstar (around $300 return).
  • You are expected at the house by 2pm the day of the retreats and we finish up around 9am on the last day.
  • We use the shuttle bus service from Byron airport excede.com.au which is $20.

*Please reserve your spot in this retreat ASAP. Payment due July 15th. In our last Byron retreat most of lost 2-3 kilograms (including me!) But the main difference was how clean light and energetic we felt afterward- most of the girls have since completely changed their lifestyles. this is one retreat not to be missed!

 

Mornington Peninsula-

These retreats will run based on attendance so express your interest now! They are 2 nights and 3 days long (Friday-Sunday).
You will be expected at the house by lunch time on the Friday and will leave late Sunday afternoon. They are $850 (excluding travel).
In these retreats we really make the most of 3 days!
They are very detox style and educational- with loads of training, green smoothies and vegetables and educational programs with me each night- on nutrition, weight loss and changing your lifestyles to support a healthy weight and happy outlook.
There will also be a day spa pampering session included at one of Daylesford’s spas and the large house we stay in is simply beautiful!
I promise to leave you bewildered at what we can achieve in just 3 days!
Full payment for our Easter retreat is required for our Christmas retreat October 1st.

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Health Retreat Dates 2014
Bali:  August 3rd – 8th price $1950 (excluding flights)
Byron Bay: September 15th-21st  $2200 (excluding travel)
Mornington Peninsula: December 19th – 21st $850 (excluding travel)

Check out the testimonials section to read how effective the Love My Body Health Retreats really are!
Or go to our blog www.lovemybodyblog.com to read my post on both a Bali and Byron retreat.

NB: This post was written by Hayley Roper for Mangoesworld.com