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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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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!

 

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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

 


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Get likes from your intellect, not from your body.

Recently I have been beginning to see photo uploads that have bothering me, and it all has to do with women uploading pictures to public networks with minimal clothing. My issue here is that intelligence is far more beautiful than showing excess amount of your skin in a mirror as a like drive.

We want ourselves to be respected by our peers and respected by men but we allow ourselves to fall into the trap of exactly what we have fought so hard against.10417016_785785258113158_2653903517395523347_n

I am not by any means condemning women for uploading all photos of themselves wearing next to nothing, but I believe the purpose behind those uploads is what needs to be looked into further. Of course fitness professionals and models have pictures of themselves online with barely any clothes everyday. And their messages are very different from, “going to the gym to work on my abs”.the-internet-called-out-kim-kardashian-for-photoshopping-her-sexy-selfie

We all know that sex sells. It is easily the quickest way to memorably market your product. However you must remember that when the product is you, you are sending the message that you would prefer people to like you because of the way you look as opposed to your intellect.

I’ve got abs, I could upload a cheesy gym selfie in a crop top or in my bathes at the pool, but I don’t. I don’t because to me that is something that should be left for my private audience or even left off Social Media entirely. Let’s be clear, I am not hating on the private bathes shot on the isolated beach. I am simply bringing to light the amount of women who believe that public marketing their bodies is an effective way of gaining likes. I will not use my body on my public Social Media networks to drive my following.selfie-sundays-21-04-13-sweatforit1

What you decide to do on your personal Facebook with your friends is up to you, but what you do in the public sphere is completely different. Perhaps it is that coming from a background in Education, where a simple bathes shot could cause you to bring the ‘profession into disrepute’, that I believe that there is much more to a woman than her abs in a mirror.

I think of the public Social Media world as LinkedIn, you would never upload a profile photo of you in your bathes on LinkedIn. You would not do it because it is not professional and it does not send the right message. But on your public Instagram, you will upload several pictures of you just hanging out with your mid drift bare. Do you see the correlation?

Fitness professionals with fantastic weight loss stories, body building triumphs, marathons or swimming heats are more than able to upload skin revealing shots. As they create a story and send a message of becoming a powerful woman, however I still will make the statement that many of those shots will be just as powerful with fully clothed. (See example below) For obvious reasons, the swimmers should remain in bathing suits, as technically this is their professional uniform and totally acceptable.

To reiterate my point here, if you are marketing yourself through the use of your skin, be very careful about the message you are sending. Because as for me that message is much more credible if it is cultured from intelligence.

~Mango
“Send your daughter the message that she is intelligent and she will conquer all.” 

Below is an example of a great gym selfie that we should see more of, as it sends a really strong and realistic message:

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The interrelationship between obesity and depression

Here is a post that I wrote from StevenBaker.com.au:

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics 2008, National Health Survey 2007-08

61.4% of the Australian population are either overweight or obese.

  • 42.1% of adult males and 30.9% of adult females were classified as overweight (Body Mass Index between 25.0 and 30.0 kg/m2).
  • 25.6% of males and 24% of females were classified as obese (Body Mass Index > 30.0 kg/m2).

But what is more concerning is the interrelationship between obesity and depression. With more and more Australians hitting an unhealthy weight range the increase of depression is occurring.

“A well-designed study published in the July 2006 issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry supports… that mood and anxiety disorders were around 25% more common in the obese participants compared to their thinner counterparts… While the researchers found a connection, they could not determine the direction of the connection. In other words, they couldn’t tell if the excess weight led to the depression or the depression lead to excess weight. Several theories could support either direction” (1)

Closer to home, Beyond Blue is able to recognise the link between obesity and depression. So much so they were funded almost $100,000 for research. “Data from this research will also benefit the Australian population to better understand the link between stress, depression and obesity.” (2)

What is more concerning is the interrelationship between the obesity and depression. Research seems to point at the more obese you are the less likely you are to exercise, which ultimately leads to depression. Or simultaneously depression can lead to a reduction in physical activity and the turn to comfort food that are high in fat or sugar. (3)

 

For the most part excess weight has a negative impact on everyone except Sumo wrestlers, who despite their size are able to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. What is clear here that weight management is the key to happiness. The Dalai Lama says “We need to think seriously about the causes of happiness. Good result, happy result, entirely depends on good action, constructive action.” (4) “It’s an idea that’s in line with current thinking in psychology. In fact, this simple philosophy – that changing the way we think can change the way we feel – underpins the very practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), an approach widely used in clinical psychology and counselling, as well as stress management programs.” (5)

More recently the Australian Government has released a new campaign to promote a fit and healthy life style. Entitled ‘Swap It’ the campaign aims to get Australians to start making healthier choices in life. Become a swapper.

~Mango
“The choice to swap is only one percentage of the chance to live.”

References:

1. Weight Watches: http://www.weightwatchers.com.au/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=37371&sc=808
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Beyond Blue: http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=6.1207
3. TheUniversity of Adelaide: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/news/news35941.html
4. Dalai Lama: http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/218-dalai-lama-offers-words-of-wisdom-about-happiness
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ABC: http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2007/10/11/2054844.htm