Yesterday I did some camera practice on a 10km hike on Fraser Island. Some of my beginners snaps here and a couple taken of me by acclaimed award winning local photographer Sandra Boles on her weapon of a camera. Thanks heaps for all the helpful tips Sandy!!
On Saturday the 6th of June I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the very inspirational Turia Pitt at the Brolga Theatre Maryborough.
Turia was burned terribly to 65% of her body in Sept 2011 by a grassfire when competing in a 100km Ultra Marathon across the Kimberley. She mentioned she passed away three times on the operating table and her amazing transformation has so far taken over three years and over two hundred surgical procedures. She wore her mask for two years and didn’t like it at all, mentioning how we all wear masks ….. something to think about!
She spoke of how people have so much more potential and are capable of so much more than they realise. If you really want to do something you will always find a way to make it happen, anything is possible if you never give up. Time is our most precious resource, make the most of every single day.
Earlier this year Turia ran the Huskisson 42km Marathon and beat her time from before her injuries! She is currently training between 8am – 11am in the morning to compete in an Ironman! 4km swim, 180km bike ride plus 42km run.
Turia mentioned that long runs can be tedious which I tend to agree with so she uses her imagination for distraction such as seeing herself as a messenger running to the Queen. Her talk was very amusing.
She mentioned one day she may get back into engineering as she missed the maths and spread sheets (I couldn’t think of anything worse hee hee) but for now is enjoying her motivational public speaking and supporting the charity Interplast plus possibly staring a family with Michael.
She has also written a book ‘Everything to Live For’, more info here! … and is currently working on her new book, ‘Life is a Gift’.
[Images via Turia’s website, Womens Weekly, News.com.au and 60 Minutes]
A huge thank you to everyone that participated in our Latin dance day! Fun times! Thank you Lupita!!! & Blue Dolphin Marine Tours!!!
LATIN DANCE WORKSHOP & PARTY CRUISE + After Party!
Sat 30th May 2015 With Lupita, Ana & Jeanette!
Just do the workshop, or the cruise, or both, the Choice is yours!
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Mt Warning 1,156 m (3,793 ft) above sea level, near the Queensland border.
9km, return walk took me 2:25mins, 1420 calories burn’t.
What a magical spiritual experience, beautiful rainforest the whole way, I’ll definitely be climbing this mountain again!
Today I climbed Mount Kosciuszko!
2,228 metres (7,310 ft) above sea level, Australia’s Highest Mountain
Distance: 22km (loop) – Charlotte Pass to Blue Lake, Main Range & Summit Walk home. 2535 calories burnt.
It was freezing at the top, you can hear the wind in the clip, magical scenery, saw one black centipede, one black crow and a finch.
I was also visited the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House in Canberra before the Mountain hike.
I even phoned the Environmental Ministers office to discuss the new QPWS ‘Do Not Run’ rule on Fraser Island, State Member Steven Miles wasn’t in today so I spoke directly to the Federal Environmental Ministers office of Greg Hunt and advised of the situation …. more info here!
Check out our awesome stretcher tents, so comfy, my portable investment home!
The night before the climb we camped at Island Bend and had 80km winds in the snowy mountains nearly lifting our tents off the ground for about seven hours!
I’m sure I got about 2 hrs sleep before my morning assault on the mountain! Failure is NOT an Option!
Some pics we took the other day when my mate Carol and I decided to explore Big Woody Island and Middle Bluff Lighthouse heritage listed in 1866. We walked about 1.5km along the rock lined tracked (with 100’s of spiders & their webs) then scaled down a cliff face to walk back to the boat via the beach.
Relive the fascinating history of Queensland’s early light keepers as you explore around the lighthouses. Follow the walking track up to the Middle Bluff Lighthouse from the Gas Shed. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures. A rock-lined track once linked the Middle Bluff Lighthouse to the North Bluff Lighthouse. The track can now only be seen in places and is not sign posted.
[More info here]
Some interesting images here. (Pictured below)
“A call for tenders for the construction of lighthouses and a lightkeeper’s cottage on Woody Island was advertised in the Maryborough Chronicle on 26 May 1866. ….. John Simpson was appointed as the first lightkeeper of Woody Island and the lighthouses became operational on 1 October 1867. Simpson, remained at Woody Island until 1870, when he was transferred to the Sandy Cape Lightstation. Simpson’s replacement was Peter Hardie, lightkeeper, who remained on Woody Island until 1897. In 1883, Hardie’s daughter, Sarah May Hardie, died of lung congestion and was buried south of North Bluff. It is thought that a number of other unmarked graves are located in the area.“
Woody Island Lighthouses & Ancillary Building Site – Interesting History here.
Hervey Bay ParkRun is a fun day for everyone and is organised by Jeanette Grigoris, more details contact via Facebookpage HERE!
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all.
Using the events page, select the event you are most interested in and review all the information about the course, local news items, the photo gallery and information about volunteering. Also, take a look at the extensive results page where you will find an incredible amount of information about your past performance.
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45km charity bike ride this morning with my mate Carol, took us 2:12mins with lots of wind!
Plus we ran the ’10km Community Challenge’ I organise the day before hand! Get involved everyone!
A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who supported the Tour de Bay! We couldn’t have done it without your help! On the day, we had 239 registered adult riders and about 100 children riding in the Amazing Family Ride. The speed demons on the 100kms finished in under three hours. And we raised over $25,000 to support the Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program! It was a great morning, full of community spirit! Thanks to our partner in Rotary, our naming sponsors at Wilson HTM, all of the sponsors of the event, our riders, young and old, and our volunteers. We are so very grateful! Mark September 20th, 2015 in Calender! We’ll take a week off before starting work on Wilson HTM Tour de Bay 2015! Watch for our professional photos coming up on the page! – Tour De Bay
Over the past weekend I had the amazing opportunity of attending the Hay House Writers Seminar in Sydney as I had been fortunate due to the help and support of many voting for me and had WON a free ticket to the event.
Talk about Awesome, I learnt so much and had many questions and thoughts answered in relation to my self-published soon to be BEST SELLING ‘4 Week Program!’ plus my marketing plan, my platforms, my websites and the way I am implementing my goals and book / program within the community.
The energy and vibration in the room was electric and I met so many wonderful friendly like minded people. I hung out with a lovely lady and made a new friend also a ticket winner being Melissa Gibson a psychic, we got along fabulously – the Butterfly Whisperer.
Now to finalise my Synopsis to present to Hay House!
Someone (or maybe more than one person) who attended the seminar will WIN a publishing package with them; I could be the next best selling author accelerating my passion to “Get Australia Motivated!”. I hope so as I can feel it within my whole being!!
I had the pleasure of meeting and having a photo with the authors in order (the 1st four even before the seminar started!) as per my Law of Attraction photo print out (pretty powerful – reminds me of my Law of Attraction Donald Trump picture here) and the rest throughout the two days. I was also on the print out as a featured author as I will be speaking at the seminar in the future (L.O.A. at work). I even had a photo taken on stage with my book to assist my Law of Attraction processes! All the authors had such inspiring stories and were great at public speaking.
The images in the gallery include:
– REID TRACY President and CEO of Hay House Publishing the largest publisher of self empowerment books, cds, dvds and empowering live events in the world.
– LEON NACSON Managing Director of Hay House Australia, and the author of nine books. His current International Best Seller ‘A Stream of Dreams’ has been translated into four languages.
– PAM GROUT author of ‘E Squared’ #1 New York Times best-selling author – (who signed my book I bought from home and told her about my bean experiment lol I learnt to look at things from a different perspective – story here.)
– BRONNIE WARE –author of “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying”
– MEGAN DALLA-CAMINA author of “Getting Real About Having It All”
– MARTINA SHEEHAN & SUSAN PEARSE authors of “Wired for Life”
– JESS AINSCOUGH author of “Make Peace With Your Plate”
– JULIEANNE CAIRNS author of ‘The Seven Money Myths’ being released by Hay House in September 2015
Some of the Awesome quotes from the weekend:
– “A blog is an important place to start. Show up every day and write a blog post with no agenda other than to be of service.” – Jess Ainscough
– “Write every day, even if no-one is going to read it. Practice your voice.” – Jess Ainscough
– “Whenever we’re rejected, it’s always because the universe is holding something better for us.” – Jess Ainscough
– “There’s an entire world of natural healing out there. We can love food that loves us back.” – Jess Ainscough author of Make Peace With Your Plate
– “Teach what you need to learn.” – Reid Tracy
– “If it’s worth writing, it’s worth writing. Write because there is a market, because you have a muse. Write for yourself and write regardless. Just show up.” – Megan Dalla-Camina
– “The more narrow your niche is, the less followers you need to be successful.” – Reid Tracy
– “The point of a platform is for you to connect with people who care about what you have to say. This takes time, there are no shortcuts.” – Reid Tracy
– “Focus in on one core audience that you’re trying to build. Know who you’re trying to reach. Ask people why they’re being referred to you to try to figure out who this is. Build an avatar for your audience based on gender, age, interests.” – Reid Tracy
– “Books are intimate things. They’re one of the only things apart from your
husband/wife/partner that you take to bed with you.” – Reid Tracy (or if you are me it’s your Laptop to listen to Reid and Louise Hay lol)
– “Ask yourself, what makes my book so different? So interesting? Don’t write to be a best seller. Write for and from your heart, not your wallet. Write something you want to be remembered by.” – Leon Nacson
– “The hard part about writing a book is getting people to read it.” – Reid Tracy
After the seminar I ran 11.5km around Sydney for some exercise and even managed to get my weekly stair runs in at the ‘Oprah’ House.
I received quite a few looks and comments, it appears fluro yellow socks and runners are not very common in Sydney!
[some info & images via the legendary Hay House Auditions & Hay House Australia & Something Social! Thank you for one of the best seminars ever, so well organised and a fantastic venue being SMC Conference & Function Centre, Sydney!]
Yesterday I entered the Pomona King of the Mountain Race and I’m feeling it today!
A good sore all over – legs, arms, shoulders, back; talk about the Ultimate Workout and Awesome Fun!
I went with a friend who participated in the Zinc 96.1FM Mountain Dash 2.8km before the main race. I also got chatting to Sarah Mycroft who is the first woman to run continuously around Australia, and went in the race at the last minute too! It’s Excellent to be among and meet so many friendly and like minded people!
The main race at 3pm, The Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge, is a steep, almost vertical climb up the mountain, 4.2km race to the top of the 439 metres high mountain and back.
I came 88th out of 100 competitors in 52:20mins = 650 calories ✔
Looking at the Splits on Runkeeper I took 34:57 mins to pretty much crawl to the top and 17:23mins to get back down to the finish line.
On the way down one of the volunteers asked me if I had ‘Jelly Legs’ yet?
I thought hardly, I’d been up and down the mountain about seven times before without ‘Jelly Legs’ but certainly not at this pace!
Opps spoke to soon, as I hit the the base of the mountain to run home ‘Jelly Legs’ totally kicked in, now I knew what he meant.
I had to really concentrate as I didn’t have control of my legs like I normally did, they went abit numb also, quite an unusual feeling!
Bendigo Bank International Mountain Challenge Winners:
1st Ben Duffus – 23.47
2nd Lance Downie 26.16
3rd Aaron Knight 26.26
1st Kim Beckinsale 31.11
2nd Leslie Saunders 31.39
3rd Shona Stephenson 33.37
Check out the results here !
What an Awesome Event! So well organised! Sensational Volunteers & Supporters!!!
Just loving my calf burn today!
See you next year!
Keep up the good work Barry!
Talk about Livin’ the Dream, couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather do on that Sunday arvie!
[Some of the image are by Simon Green, Michael Leadbetter and the Sunshine Coast Daily]
This has made me so passionate about helping others be happy! Since New years Day 2006 I have researched and been reprogramming my thoughts, behaviours, self talk and beliefs plus implemented new and exciting fitness, eating and lifestyle habits……. read more here – https://
“Until I decided to walk 180km from Langi Kal Kal Prison to Melbourne in my Jail 2 Justice campaign the longest I had walked in years was in Hervey Bay – from the caravan park to the pier and back.
That’s why it is somehow fitting that there is a Hervey Bay connection this weekend with my campaign through your Enzo’s to the Pier and return. I am honoured that Jeanette Maynes suggested to me that her free community walk should be a 10km Queensland celebration of ours.
The goal of Jail 2 Justice is twofold. To honour the families of the victims of crime. To ‘walk a mile in their shoes’. And to draw attention to my petition for a national public register of convicted sex offenders. When I was released from jail in March we had 43,000 signatures. That figure has grown by more than 80,000 to 115,000.
The campaign, and the walk, have a strong Queensland connection. On the final day, next Monday, we walk from Brunswick – where Jill Meagher was killed – to Parliament House in Melbourne to present the petition to Victorian Premier Denis Napthine.
Joining me on that final stage will be Daniel Morcombe’s mum and dad, Denise and Bruce Morcombe. This amazing couple have endorsed my campaign.
Thanks for taking part this weekend. I believe Australian parents are angry, frustrated and scared about their children’s futures. A new national law, outlined in my petition, is a start.”
May 20, 2014
THIS IS AN APPEAL to police, to the courts, to the child welfare authorities, to the so-called protectors of this community. It is an appeal to sanity. And if I don’t do this, I will never be able to forgive myself if something awful happens to another child. And, believe me, it will.” – Derryn Hinch
Sweet and Sour – Saturday, 17 May 2014
THERE WERE MIXED FEELINGS on a chilly May dawn today when we started our ten-day Jail 2 Justice walk from Langi Kal Kal Prison to Melbourne.
Positive vibes that we were trying to do something for a community wracked with anger, frustration and fear over what’s been going on in our courts and parole system.
But also the underlying truth that many of our supporters, including most of those walking today, have personal stories to tell and all of them sad ones.
They are the people we walked for today. A symbolic ‘walk a mile in their shoes’ event to show that Australians do care and want to do something about it.
About 45 of us started out from Langi Kal Kal this morning. At the end of the first ten kilometres I stole a quote from a baseball movie: ‘Build it and they will come’. – Derryn Hinch
Please keep up to date with the ‘Jail 2 Justice Walk’ daily updates here!
I Jeanette Maynes am dedicating this weekend’s Fraser Coast FREE 10km Challenge – Community Walk / Run to support, honour and promote Derryn’s inspirational ‘Jail 2 Justice Walk’ and acknowledge the victims, survivors and their families in our region / nationwide as is paramount we all do our bit to raise awareness, protect all children, change the laws and BREAK THE SILENCE! Children deserve and are entitled to love, happiness, honour, protection and security.
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION HERE!!! –
….In Australia, the rights of convicted sex offenders seem to take precedence over victims’ rights. Especially with paedophiles. Serial sex offenders have their names, photos and addresses, suppressed by the courts on release…… We, the undersigned, insist, that by the end of 2014, the Australian governments, state and federal, through their attorneys-general, unite to publish an ongoing national public register of all convicted sex offenders similar to Megan’s Law in the United States.
Johnathan Thurston (http://www.johnathanthurston.com.au/ ) told me today at Brisbane Airport (he was on the same flight out of Townsville) that he does Castle Hill in 11 mins!!! I did it yesterday but didn’t take much notice of my time (though I just checked and it looks like I took about 25mins to get to the top on runkeeper!!!). I was out exploring Townsville on foot starting at Castle Hill, returning to the Casino via The strand. Give it a go next time you are in Townsville, Awesome Workout & Magnificent View!!! –http://www.explore-townsville.com/castle-hill.html
I also spent two days on Magnetic Island prior doing two big trail runs to check out the beautiful scenery and the Forts walk which leads to historic WWII fortifications and infrastructure.
More info here, a must do if you are visiting the island!
NOW THIS IS LIVING!
Having run and completed the Noosa Half Marathon (21km), strolled around Noosa National Park and climbed Mt Cooroora at Pomona the weekend prior – myself, Susie & Carol decided we needed an even bigger challenge to celebrate our success!
Travelling on the dawn Barge from River Heads we set of at 8am with our overnight gear, food & 3L of water for Eurong – hiking across the width of Fraser Island.
The diversity of the terrain is magnificent, breath taking and so naturally beautiful always changing from bush tracks leaving Kingfisher resort to soft sandy tracks, steep slopes and hills the whole way (Sleeper Hill!), refreshing tropical rainforest, back to scrub and bush, then a surf beach at Eurong!
We had meal breaks at Lake Mckenzie and Central Station, pulled in at Basin Lake for a look. and thoroughly enjoyed a hot shower, buffet dinner, beers and warm sleep at Eurong!
On day two we were up at 5am, after coffee with headlamps attached we set off at 5:45am. Carol was bravely first up front on spider patrol with my walking pole positioned vertical ready for any frontal assault. We all took turns to lead and set the pace.
Check out the spider web I ran into and took out with my head 5cm from the spider on day one when leading!!! Specsavers Anyone? (images below)
Time taken was 5:50mins on the 1st day not including breaks (time with breaks 7hrs) and 5:18mins (time with breaks 6hrs) on the way back the next day! We Smashed it, even though legs and shoulders were alittle stiff on day two for the return. We probably ran about 12km of our overall total distance, being easy runs on the downhills.
56+ km’s = 5,400 calories ✔
We are definitely going again to Eurong, so stay tuned for the date everyone to come along!
…. I’m also currently planning 90km Challenge on the Great Walk!
…. and will be doing another 20km Challenge to Lake McKenzie within the next two months.
Keep up to date for the latest adventures on facebook!
Some images from Noosa Half (21km) & Mt Cooroora Weekend!
The Noosa Half was a hideous run the whole way but we finished and that’s always good – I was 16 minutes slower than I wanted to be! … and had six big power spews when I got home afterwards! Then I tucked into a nice steak burger and beer!
On the way home the following day after a stroll around the Noosa National Park Carol, Susie & I decided to climb Mt Cooroora at Pomona!
Well done everyone, another awesome weekend of fun and adventure!
What an Awesome Adventure Day at Mt Walsh in Biggenden, A big thanks to the Maryborough guys, especially Florian and Jenny for letting me tag along. Was so much FUN and a sensational workout with cool people!!
Mt Walsh 2hrs 38 mins, 460m high = 930 calories ✔
+ 2.4km stroll to Utopia Falls = 240 calories ✔
Get outside everyone and start enjoying nature!
Mount Walsh day use area
Turn off the Maryborough-Biggenden Road 2km east of Biggenden or 80km west of Maryborough. Travel a further 5.3km along the signposted National Park Road to the picnic area.
See Mount Walsh National Park map [Info via Qld Parks]
Utopia Rock falls from From Biggenden
From Biggenden travel along the Maryborough-Biggenden Road for 22km, turning right at Innooroolabar Road. Follow this road for about 2.5km and then take the first right at Utopia Road (no street sign). Follow Utopia Road until you reach the car park.
But Hervey Bay’s Jeanette Maynes believes health and fitness should be a part of everyday life, not just as a new year resolution.
The personal trainer says every day was a perfect time for setting goals or starting fresh.
“Keep planning and keep achieving, it keeps the motivation flowing.
“Every day is a new exciting beginning, a change to change.”
Ms Maynes said there was “no excuse” for recent statistics that ranks Queensland at the top of the obesity scales.
“When you talk about obesity everyone goes off their nut trying to justify it,” she said.
“I think it time to start addressing the topic… people need to become accountable for their behaviours.”
Ms Maynes said the key to achieving a healthier lifestyle was having a strong mind and 100% focus.
“Write it down,” she said.
“You must clearly visualise in your mind that you have achieved the goal before you even start.
“Break it down into small steps that you can achieve each day.
“Exercise does change your life so make time for it in your routine – it really is worth it.”
Anyone who wants to start fresh has the opportunity to take part in Ms Maynes’ free 10km community challenge on Saturday, January 18, leaving from Enzo’s to the Urangan Pier and back again.
“I support people to get out of their comfort zone and walk a little further than they usually would.
“It’s all in the mind, anyone can walk 10km, the body does what the mind tells it.
“Once people realise that with a strong focused mind they can do anything, the possibilities in life are endless.”
Ms Maynes has also written a four-week healthy eating and exercise program e-book, which is available HERE
Jeanette’s top tips
• Do not let anyone distract you. Do not eat rubbish because someone tells you to. Explain to others you have a goal and will not stray from it. Remove or avoid anyone or anything that does not completely support and encourage your goal.
• Feel proud each day that each small step is a positive change to achieving your goal and inner happiness.
• Have a strong mind. The first three weeks of starting a healthy lifestyle and fitness regime will be the toughest. Forming a new habit takes about 21 days. If that habit is clean eating and exercise you have just created a habit that your body will be thanking you for the rest of your life.
[Editorial by Kerrie Alexander and image by Valerie Horton via FRASER COAST CHRONICLE]
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What a Fun Weekend with an Awesome Group of People!!
PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST EVENT ON THE PLANET – Tough Mudder events are hardcore 20 km-long obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses and half a million inspiring participants, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.
If you’d like to do the event you can find out more here!
This event was held in Queensland at Caloundra on Saturday the 17th of August and was my 2nd Tough Mudder!
Tough Mudder #1 review here!
A huge thank you to everyone that was up at 6:30am and came on the 10km Challenge run / walk this morning!
We had magical weather in Hervey Bay and it was so gorgeous outdoors on the bike track.
I had a 72 year old, a 68 year old, 7 and an 8 year old, a diabetic, our Fraser Coast Mayor, walkers from Maryborough, my regular exercise friends and lots of fit and fun Hervey Bay Locals!
One walker accidently forgot to turn at the Pier and ended up at the Boat Club adding an additional 3km to his walk plus is 67 and a diabetic … well done and very keen I must say!
I ran backwards and forwards during the walk chatting and checking on everyone to make sure they were all doing ok, and met some really nice and interesting people, all ages, and like minded!
WIN news even turned up to film the start.
A big thank you to Enzo for giving participants 20% OFF their Coffee!
Well done everyone, you should be very proud of yourselves and thank you so much for your support of the Fun and Fitness I’m trying to create on the Fraser Coast.
I think as per your suggestions we may have to make this a more regular event!
For those that enquired about shirts for the walk they are available here!
Hmmmmm perhaps 15km next time? 😀
“Great way to start the day. Congratulations and thanks Jeanette , this is a terrific initiative. Thanks to everyone for joining in.” – Gerard O’Connell | Fraser Coast Mayor
“Thanks Again Jeanette little miss (8 year old daughter) hasn’t stopped talking about our walk can’t wait to do it again cheers” – Samantha Moore
“It was fun. I look forward to the next one. Thank you all for your efforts in organizing it.” – Roger Duncan
“Thanks Jeanette, for inspiring us all once again. It was wonderful to have my teenagers join in and run!” – Cheryl Virgo
“What a great event. Keep an eye out as Jeanette Maynes has said that there will be more to come.” – Kim Parnell
Jeanette has teamed up with Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell to challenge Fraser Coast residents to a fun 10km walk on our beautiful Esplanade in Hervey Bay.
Fraser Coast Chronicle Story Here.
It’s FREE and anyone is welcome.
“Jeanette wants to support people to get out of their comfort zone and walk alittle further than they usually would. It’s all in the mind, anyone can walk 10km, the body does what the mind tells it. Once people realise that with a strong focused mind they can do anything, the possibilities in life are endless!”
The walk starts at Enzo’s in Scarness Park to the Pier and back – Sat 20th of April, 6:30am Sharp.
There is 20% OFF Coffee for Participants at Enzo’s!
Participants should have a moderate level of fitness … if not, turn half way & do 5km!