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Bloggers vs brands by RMIT Newintstudents

Bloggers vs brands, well that is the question.

Well here at healthyintstudents blog and RMIT Newintstudents we don’t ask for brands and restaurants to invite us to dine at their place unless they really want to. They just don’t have all that money. Even if they did they might not risk it for a blogger who doesn’t do what they promised.

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That being said, we like to pay for our own stuff to trial unless its free for everyone. We are not those bloggers who just ask for the free (unless we really liked something the first around) and get that free thing. And not review them. Nor are we those bloggers who never disclose that their products were free.

Yes we don’t have a huge following on Instagram. Our following right now is 281 people.

We like going to places and try things uninvited. Eg the Good food and wine show. We paid to get in.

I have attended many places in the past and people have requested things by saying “I am a blogger” and expect to get freebies. Yes we’re poor students but we don’t expect much. I don’t mind getting invites from places and things I support such as Honey bar or Leftbank. Or Newmarket hotel which is quite good. We like Sole Motive, X50 Greentea, Herbalife, Lulemon amoung others.

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Blogging is supposed to be about sharing information and thoughts on a place or a process. Its also supposed to be a learning process where things are tested by trial and error.

Now if there was a price for your advertising on this site, it won’t be much as we are students and are learning a lot for online advertising and health. But if you want do shoot us a message at: newintstudents@gmail.com and we can talk price then.

 

Healthy habits, Uncategorized

Meat free May

This May was Meat free May meaning that I had to go without red meat for a month. As a runner this was hard but I did not give in. In fact I wanted to see how runners get on by without eating red meat. Most people sign up for the reason of losing weight and saving money.

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But some love to sign up because it help save animals lives. Everyday we eat a lot of meat. The average Aussie eats too much meat and not enough vegetables. Many supermarkets stock mock meat. I had a look at Where’s the veg’s posts for inspiration on what I can do during this month.

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Signing up for Meat Free May was easy and it was free. This was done online. During those days I had a look at people’s Instagram. I included fish and seafood in Meat free May as they have a lot of protein, good fats and iron. I also included kale in my diet.

But my period came really late as I missed out on some good fats in terms of oil. Finding vegetarian places in Melbourne was hard. Enjoying kale salad and soybeans was easy.

I was not hungry but I felt clean. I enjoyed eating eggs.

Do sign up for next years Meat Free May as you never know what you might learn. This might be your solution to weight loss.

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Week 31 of Marathon training

This week felt a little bit somber at the start. My parents and I don’t see eye to eye on the race. I see that doing the race and writing about it earns a fair few brownie points in order of new clothes and an ambassadorship.

This week I applied for Lorna Jane and other running affiliate programs. So far nothing yet. I also applied to win a trip overseas.

I saw the Medibank stall at Melbourne Central and decided to find out whether or not I had enough cover just in case I get injured. It appears that I do. I have their premium cover which includes physio should I need.

Then on Wednesday trained hard and felt good. My first few kms were at 7’12 mins each which was not too bad. Then I felt weak at the knees and the last few miles walked it.

I remembered why I wanted to do this marathon and it is to help those that are doing it tough. The One Umbrella charity outside Flinders st say that they see about 200 people per night and that they are really stretched the bone. Both financially and volunteer wise.  But all the food is donated by the vairous cafes and restaurants in Melbourne.

Rewatching some of the old Harry Potter movies gave me some hope. In my mind I can imagine the cannon starting at each race and I am starting out well.

Then at the gym I worked hard doing lots of rows with my personal trainer and friend.

Sunday’s long run of 23km was slow to begin with and then I picked up at the second half. The first half it was raining so it was a bit slow. Due to just having finished my period and not eating much in the first week I felt like I was out of energy. I started at the MCG where I was collecting money for the Salvos. This was my first shift there but I knew that the tin would be heavy. This is great strength work for me.

I just need to make sure that I eat enough in the first week of my period to have energy to do everything.

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Week 30 of marathon training

My period didn’t come at all until Saturday. This is the second time it is late and I haven’t been eating enough to fuel my runs and workouts at the gym. I am going on a No Meat May which may not have worked in my favour. I can (and do have fish and seafood) but no meat. I didn’t have enough fats for my period to come on time in the past few weeks. This week however I started to include them in my snacks and meals.

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Then I biked for about 30 mins. I was going to do yoga but again my 7km run finished late and yoga started on time. I was too busy trying to find the right meal for the balanced runner: me.

Then the long run came and I suffered throughout that. I nearly died on Friday. I only managed 20km before I called it quits. Ran around Brunswick st and St Kilda road. It showered a little bit but I didn’t mind so much. Tried the long run with chips and Onion rings from Burger Edge.

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With the Entertainment book discount it was $7.50 all together. These were nicely salted, although I have to admit that the service is a tad bit slow. There was only one other couple which came before me.

Tried the Cliff Bars- 2 for $5 at the Cruelty shop. They were sweet but nice. And they also fuelled me for a part of my long run.

At least I am trying to put more good fats into my diet. I have been pooing a lot. In fact I think I have the trots. My poos are big and very soft, sometimes smelly.
Update my period came on Saturday nine days late and it wasn’t too bad. But it was 39 days after the last one.

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Week 29 of Melbourne Marathon

 

This week was my second week of yoga and it was quite fun. There was a lot of stretching going on in this but am almost getting the hang of it. One lady came late to class about 15 mins and the instructor didn’t let her in. The gym has a rule of not letting people into the class five to ten minutes after it starts due to not being able to warm up properly.

I was only five minutes late due to the run finishing a little late. I was supposed to be there by 7:20pm for the 7:30pm class. Got into class at 7:35pm.  This was due to the fireworks being set off halfway through my run so I had to stop. And wait for them to end before heading back.

Just a heads up to the very rich walker blonde who told me off whilst peeing outside, this is actually allowed on race day and I was practicing race day techniques. Yes I know the toilet was near, so what? There aren’t a lot of toilets and very long queues on race day. YOU ARE VERY RUDE to tell this runner off. It is done in training all the time.

I really don’t know how to deal with that odd rude person so if someone can tell me that will be great! Whether it be cat calls or them telling a runner off for peeing behind the tree!

As for the scales at the gym they don’t work. They weighed me in at 53.5kg where as at home I was 51.7kg. Got my bioage on Friday and they said that I have the body of a 38 year old when I am only 28. I have to work on my balance and my cardio as well as the planking. I can barely hold my own for 20 seconds and I need to be able to hold for a minute. I can also barely row 500 meters for under 3 mins.

But my health and lifestyle is good. I do not smoke and eat healthily.

Wednesday night’s run was not too bad.

For my long run this week I did 23 km. It was at 11:30am after the Mother’s day fun run for breast cancer which happens yearly. This was so much fun and I got a free tuna melt. The lines though were waay too long for the free coffee so I went to Charlie Lovett on the way.

Oh and there were balloons too for the kids. I didn’t walk away empty handed. I got a goody bag full of great runner goodies such as snacks and multivitamins.

There were a lot of people for the 8km run and walk.

Oh well hope you have had a good week and if so please leave a comment. How do you deal with the non runners by the way?

 

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Coles Toothpaste

Coles homebrand toothpaste is always cheaper. But does it work? We put it to the test!

I needed a new toothpaste really badly and as a student am trying to save money.

I got this on special for $2 at Coles when it was Easter. It was also the time that they advertised that all the checkouts would be open. At Melbourne Central the line was not too bad and they have a lot more checkouts now. Some of them have card payment which can be a pain for those which do not have card. But it is much faster to pay that way.

Does the toothpaste work the same way as the other Colgate and generic brand ones? The answer is yes! Even better they have a really strong mint aftertaste and the teeth is a lot whiter and brighter.

And they protected my teeth for twelve hours against coffee stains and plague.

Verdict: Give the homebrand toothpaste a go if you have no money!

fitness, Uncategorized

Week 28 of Marathon training by Akira

I got some itchy lumps on my leg. It might be chafing. It is so annoying.

Ran 7km in a little over an hour and it was dark. Nearly slipped on a piece of uneven road.

Went to yoga for the first time. Found it really hard to balance at first but after a while I will get this. I find that I learn most exercises in a class environment with the teacher there.

Did my first boxing session in months and gosh it is bad.

Did my first actual competitive spin and boy was that bad at 19.9-23.9km per hour. Imagine doing my race this slow.

Conquered my fear of the balloons. It took me many tries to do this but this is the week that I conquered them.

Then on Friday I ran an easy run of 10kms in the dark. It wasn’t too bad this time since there was no uneven ground. But at the start there were people to contend with as it was in the city.

Sunday’s long run was at Gardiners trail where it consisted of some slow parts. Here it was a lovely place to pat the dogs and enjoy the scenery.  I still kept to my pace of 8-9min miles but it rained a little bit in the middle and I had to walk to not lose my balance. Also I got lost along the way due to incorrect signage and nearly ended up in Balwyn. Luckily I took the train to Camberwell and went from there.

Right now it is Autumn. I’m not sure why my flatmate loves to have the heater on when it is not that cold outside. Our nights are between 5-11C and our days are not too bad. I don’t feel  cold though. As a runner we move and we warm up easily.

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Week 27 of Marathon training by Akira

This week is all about the food and trying to cut out that sugar. I have about 6-8 meals a day, some small and some large. I am a very active person, walk most days and run most days. And I also do gym about 1-2 times a week.

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Read about the cheating that happens in Boston and think its not fair for those that worked really hard for their reward. Hopefully though this does not happen at this years marathon. I’m worried.

I have a little bit of runner anxiety and don’t know what to do about this so I am reaching out to you for a bit of help. I am currently doing 18-20km over the weekend sometimes a little bit slower than the usual 3.5 hours. I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for the race.

This week on a Wednesday there was a bit of a strong wind which helped me reach 10 km in about 1.5 hours. But it didn’t help much that the ground was a bit slippery. I nearly fell down at one point. There was only light hail.

Discovered a new sporting shop in Melbourne Central and it hosted a few big brands. These shoes were so expensive but fashionable.

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On Thursday, lost my myki and had runners anxiety over the money. No good. So of course the run was not great. Lost concentration over this.

Then on Sunday I conquered the hills well. Here I ran about 14 km of hills and it was not too bad thanks to all the gym work I am doing so far. Went to Lentils as Anything and had a fair bit of food for $10.

And then at the end there was more free food at the Sikh festival in Federation Square. They love to share the love rather than put a cost price on food. There was rice and kidney beans. Am keen to try them out one night.

 

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Week 26 of Marathon training

Am thinking about doing Boston in 2019. To do Boston I would need to do a marathon or a half under 3 hours and 30 mins to qualify and I haven’t got there yet.

Why I want to do Boston might you ask? Its exciting and something different to everyday running.  Boston marathon is the most talked about marathon in the southern hemisphere other than Melbourne Marathon.

Watched the Sisterhood of the Travelling pants and they made me feel powerful. The one thing I learned is don’t judge a book by its cover. No one is perfect and there is happiness. But you just have to find your happy place.

Have started going back to the gym again this time for strength exercises and to learn about how they operate. Am thinking about teaching some of you guys. Do you have any people who are desperate to lose weight? Do you have any exercise that you recommend I do?

After a few strength exercises started performing much better on Friday and with less sore legs and less out of breath.

Went to the Colour Run on Saturday and it was a madhouse in there. You had to line up for a lot of things such as the bathroom. Therefore would need to work out a strategy for Melbourne Marathon as to going to the bathroom. There arent many bathrooms on course and there are long lines.  About 3000 people came to Flemington Racecourse.

Also saw that they let people off in waves which that was cool of them. The vibe at the start line was heaps of fun. Also all the glow lights were just as fun. If Melbourne marathon were to happen at night then it would be heaps more fun.

I have some sort of runner anxiety and this impacted on Sunday’s long run. Sunday’s long run was a slow 19km. This anxiety is about not being able to finish a 42.2km which I know that I promised you guys that I can do.

Also the diet of having all junk food on Saturday (two meals out to be exact) played a huge impact. When we do long runs it tests our nutrition for the week. If it is not good then neither is the run.

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Week 24 of Marathon Training by Akira

This week I feel like I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole. This hole is dark and hollow. My sister hasn’t contacted me much and never replies me. She hardly ever sends messages. I always send her stuff when I can but she never replies me.

Running this week helped me to fill that black hole to a certain extent. But I still miss her.

Am trying to include more potassium in my diet but its hard.

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Did my first strength training session and was just ok. It takes a while of getting used to and it was for Premiers Active April. And then on Thursday I was slow due to the lines at Burnley station where everyone was waiting for the bus. There were hundreds of people all waiting and it was hard to get out. And then there were hills.

It was hard getting back from a strength session and then I was hungry. What is wrong with me?

On Friday night I trained at night and forgot the light. So ran slower to avoid falling over. Next time I’ll have to remember to bring the light as I have one at home. Luckily I ran in well lit places but got lost along the way.

On Sunday it was a long run and it was cold. Here the Run for the kids was on and there were many participants. One thing I learned was that many participants did not wear their ponchos to run. Rather they wore moisture wicking things such as hoodies, caps and beanies. So will have to visit Kathmandu for them as well as other sport stores.

I run slower in the rain as I don’t like slipping a lot. My shoes can be really slippery. When I run in the rain I put the poncho on over my bag. I was a little bit low on iron this week have been coughing a little bit.

But then I had eggs for breakfast at Botanical and whilst it was from Cape Schnack it was a really small serve for $11. This was where all the Run for the Kids congregated afterwards.