Guest blog 5: Sarah Boettcher

I met Sarah whilst living up in Brisbane around 6 years ago. I was overweight, pretty inactive, and only just starting to realise what was going on. Sarah was one of a few of my friends who I admired for their active lifestyles. She has always been so upbeat and effortlessly active and has been one of my many inspiring women. Sarah is also crazy, and she’ll admit that herself! She happily signs up for any sort of physical challenge and achieves it. This inspires me to keep pushing myself and try new things. Recently, she completed a 50km coastal trail run, and was kind enough to share her thoughts on the event. It has, and hasn’t, inspired me to do some of the same!  Continue reading

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Race 9: Evocities 6hr, Wagga Wagga OR why I like the back of the pack

The Wagga 6 hour was the last of the evocities mountain bike series, and after my reccie lap, I had a feeling it’d be the best. The weather was perfect, the sun failed to dry up the course completely after all the rain, but mud only makes for a whole lot of fun. I hit up a reccie lap at a casual 1 hour 10, and with the sneaky bits of climbing, I figured I’d be doing laps at around 1 hour for the race. The race setup was a little different, instead of being able to start your last lap within the 6 hours, you had to finish your last lap within the 6 hours! For me, that meant cutting it super close to the teeth if my laps were at 1 hour, and a final lap that didn’t count may not be worth the effort. In the end, I planned on 5.

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Guest blog 4: Gentle Paws

When I ask someone to share their views on my blog, I always offer that they can do so under a pseudonym. For me, using your own name is quite empowering and liberating, putting your thoughts out into the world and owning them. It makes you think about exactly what you want to say and how, because it’s the internet, it’s like a tattoo,permanent (perhaps). But, in the same breath, it’s a big ask at times to shun the safety of anonymity, especially when you talk about some controversial topics, which feminism and views on women’s strength seem to be at times (though it shouldn’t be). It’s disappointing that there is still a concern that what you say in a motivational and inspirational post, such as the one below, could somehow impact negatively on your professional career. Regardless of this, the following words from a dear friend from my university days who knew me at 120kgs, are so relevant to our everyday lives, and perhaps thinking about ourselves in a more positive mindset will open amazing doors for our experiences.  Continue reading

Rethinking the ink

At 22 years old, I got a tattoo.

I spent a very long time thinking about it, exactly what I wanted, where I wanted it, what it meant to me. I spent around 5 years thinking about it before I eventually got it done, and I loved it, it meant so much to me.

Close to 10 years on, and I could take it or leave it. It’s still a meaningful tattoo to me, it carries a lot of memories, but it doesn’t have the same meaning. I hadn’t really thought about removing the tattoo, but I came across an ad for tattoo removals. It intrigued me. I booked in for a consultation just to get a better idea of what it’s all about.

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The value of a coach

Historically I’ve never placed much faith or interest in a coach. When I lost all that weight, I did it alone. I didn’t need someone telling me how to work out or what to eat, I was capable of losing the weight on my own. There was a lot that I learnt that I maybe couldn’t have with a coach. I was capable of this alone, I had the strength to do it alone, I was resilient, resourceful, committed, and driven. I learnt that I didn’t need anyone else to achieve my goals, that I was strong enough from within to get where I wanted to be. But, I probably didn’t make the wisest choices getting there. As I mentioned in my weight post, I became paranoid about food, about taking a day off, about weighing myself twice a day. These are not healthy things to learn. This is where the guidance of a coach would have been valuable. Looking back, there was a lot I could have learnt that I didn’t.

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Maintaining an Active/Athletic Lifestyle – Tips by Real, Relatable People.


I was part of a survey on changing to an active lifestyle and some of the thoughts of the women surveyed are gems that I believe are worthwhile to share. The underlying theme, do what you love when it comes to fitness, and do it for you! 

Originally posted on Body Positive Athletes:

Have you ever (like me) sat there reading advice about how to really make ‘that’ change to an active lifestyle, and found yourself thinking ‘there is no possible way I can relate to these suggestions because there is no possible way I can relate to this person‘?

Recently I have undertaken research to explore if there are common traits and experiences amongst people who have been consistently active for a period of over twelve months (this was the ONLY criteria). Within the questions was one asking for any advice these people may have for those of us find themselves in the same position I was many years ago – having what felt like my MILLIONTH go at losing weight and ‘getting healthy’ because I still believed the two concepts were completely intertwined. For me personally, it was a shift of mental focus from weight loss to just doing an…

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