Written by Caris
1. Firstly, if you didn’t have one already, here is your excuse to wear active wear ALL WEEKEND.Lets be honest…active wear is comfy as hell! Non-activewear wearers (real term) don’t know the true comfort and support that high waisted tights with built in support and sucker-inner-technology can bring. Consider swapping the sweat band with sparkles for the cocktail party, other than that, sports bra’s for life!
2. It’s a perfect opportunity to treat yo’ self.
Remember that time when you took a whole weekend off just for yourself and hated it? Neither do we! Maintain some sanity while also looking after your physical and mental health before you go all Britney 07 on poor Carol at the grocery check out. There will be ample opportunity to focus on just you – GUILT FREE. Plus, who would shun away from exclusive shopping experiences? Ugh, as if! …oh and Novotel is offering rooms for only $155 with buffet breakfast *yes I just said BUFFET breakfast.
3. Make friends with like-minded sweat sisters.
Get in girlfriend, we’re going twerking. All those good vibes and exercise endorphins means everyone who attends are going to be generally happy and friendly so it’s a perfect place to make some new buddies. Sisters before misters!
4. It’s motivating like…seriously motivating!
It’s basically going to be impossible not to be motivated during this weekend. Fitsquad. Fightclub. Twerkshop. Booty Expo. No these aren’t trending baby names, these one of a kind workout sessions will have you realising that you’ve got 99 problems and they all involve sweat. After you’ve expelled yourself of all bodily fluids, get some next level mojo from a huge range of speakers to inspire and motivate. You’ll basically walk out an oracle. Plus…we have Xandria Ooi flying in all the way from Malaysia to speak at our Expo…and if you haven’t checked this sister out yet…you are MISSING OUT ON LIFE.
5. The cocktail party is just too damn wonderful.
Murder that dancefloor! 2015 flashbacks include outfits that slayed, unrecognisable instructors, limbo, questionable singing and yes, lots and lots of Konga. This is your chance to walk the red carpet (could be green, blue, not sure), socialise and inhale a samosa or twenty while crushing the dance floor.
6. The world’s biggest Konga class.
Turn down for what! This is a fit squad of epic proportions. You will actually transform into Rihanna while you nail that werwerwerwerwer track. Become enchanted with the good vibes, impressive set up, the sick beats and most of all, the tonne of legends filling the room.
7. The cocktail party is just too damn wonderful.
Murder that dancefloor! 2015 flashbacks include outfits that slayed, unrecognisable instructors, limbo, questionable singing and yes, lots and lots of Konga. This is your chance to walk the red carpet (could be green, blue, not sure), socialise and inhale a samosa or twenty while crushing the dance floor
8. TJB is the program that people actually love.
Choreographers deserve a damn medal. 5 programs that all offer something different every month. And no we aren’t talking different as in I think I’ll get a soy latte today, we are talking mind blowing, crap your crop top mind blowing routines that are fierce as hell. If you need convincing, tighten your pony and get your butt to the convention to witness the fitness.
9. It’s cheaper than therapy.
This is the convention you need in your life right now. Studies have shown that exercising isn’t just good for you physically, it’s mentally beneficial as well. Last years convention has been described as “one of the most positive experiences I have ever been involved in” – @everybodyjunglebody. Now if that doesn’t convince you, maybe the raw ball samples will.
10. Thanks for the memories.
You’ll take home with you irreplaceable keepsakes. And no were not talking about your saffron infused Chilean macro goji berry nutrient paleo Aztec wellness tea. We’re talking about the cherished memories you’ll make during your time there. And the fact that you’ve just been part of a world wide phenomenon basically makes you Beyoncé.
If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you better be clicking because October 14-16 at Novotel Perth Langley is where it is at sisters – www.thejunglebodyconvention.com
Whats happening though…?
- Friday night 7pm-9pm Worlds Biggest KONGA Class
- Saturday 9am – 2:30pm Fitsquad, Fightclub & Twerkshop Workout sessions
- Saturday 7pm – Midnight Cocktail Ball
- Sunday 10am – 4pm – Mind, Body, Booty Expo including speakers on health, diet, life, happiness, reaching your goals and everything in between. Plus go shopping with over 30 retailers from Perth! $60 ticket gets you access to everything and lunch. or just come and shop with FREE ENTRY on Sunday.
Want to know what all the fuss is about? Check out Xandria here – https://www.facebook.com/xandriaooi/videos/1065122103583934/
by Ashleigh Macdonald
I read a quote today that said, “The moment you created another human is the moment you choose to spend the rest of your life putting someone else before yourself”. Of all the articles, quotes and stories I’ve read about pregnancy, this one really resonated with me and got me thinking how different my life is from this time ten years ago, this time last year, even six months ago.
My emotional struggles and battle with depression, anxiety and disordered eating had become apart of my identity, and although I have worked so hard to be proud of my struggle and embrace who it has made me today, I only recently realized how easy it was for me to accept that as a public front of who I am.
I was always a survivor, as low as my days got, I eventually found a way to get through. My coping techniques varied and improved over the years and got to a point at some time last year that I really could say I was genuinely happy and for the most part “recovered”…but I still identified with having a mental illness that affected my life at times.
So what about the above-mentioned quote affected me so much? Of all the things I dreamed of as a little girl, being a mum was the biggest of those dreams. I was around babies my whole life and pregnancy and motherhood fascinated me so much so, that it became the most exciting part of my university degree. When I graduated from my first degree and went on to further studies; pregnancy, human development and human evolution are what drove me and excited me above all else. There was only one problem behind this, the paradox between my need and greatest wish to be a mum; and my struggles with eating that could very well prevent me from ever living this dream.
In the U.S, around 20 percent of women patients who seek help for infertility have had an eating disorder, and the way I was living and treating my body, there is no doubt in my mind I would have ended up one of these statistics.
One of the biggest issues in women suffering with eating disorders is irregularity or complete loss of their menstrual cycle – a vital component in conceiving and incubating a child. For years I lived with the irregularity that was month-by-month moving toward a complete loss. I was suffering daily with not only the normal teenage anguish, but also a mental illness that had me hating myself and at some points just wanting to die. I knew in the back of my mind that as much as this dream of becoming a mother was vital for me, that it was becoming just that; a dream and if by some miracle I did fall pregnant, the danger my baby would be in is extreme with infants of those mothers (suffering with an eating disorder) experiencing a 35% higher rate of coronary death later in life IF they reach that point and also carrying a genetic burden of mental illness; not something I would ever want to pass on to a child. The destructive thought cycle continued, I would get excited about being a mum and then feel guilty for the things I was putting my body through that would prevent me being a mum. This would make me feel so low that I would then punish myself and feel even worse about myself…see the problem?
The first time my husband and I tried to conceive a child, I had started my recovery process and I had a whole new chapter to look forward to. I gave up competing in a sport I had dedicated my life to because I was so convinced that I was going to be pregnant straight away.
I had a lot of “spare time” that I was not used to at all, which quickly turned into symptom spotting and torture every month that I got that negative result. Why wasn’t this happening like I planned? I was living healthily, my relapses were nowhere near as severe as what they were and I was following all the “rules” and “guidelines” that I was supposed to. It became a chore, and I quickly turned on myself again, believing it was 100% my fault and I had destroyed my body beyond repair. So what was the point of continuing this way? It didn’t take long for old patterns to creep back in, and now with no creative outlet, the negative was soon outweighing the positive.
Soon into the new year of 2015, I was introduced to a boxing class as a way of getting some exercise in, I needed to do something without my old training schedule being there to keep me active, and this seemed like a good start. Did I love it? NO! I loved the social interaction, and I eventually loved the way my body was responding to the exercise and better eating habits; but the best thing that came out of that was a friendship that introduced me to The Jungle Body®. Those who know me, know how quickly I fell in love with the program and I have written before about how this program helped me to save my life (https://northsidejunglebody.wordpress.com/2015/08/03/learning-to-love-me/).
For the first time in a long time I found something that made me genuinely happy, and I found role models who inspired me to change my patterns and work on a healthier, happier me. It wasn’t an easy journey, I am still human and I still relapsed, nowhere near as often and nowhere near as severe. I was surrounded by people who knew my problems, accepted me the way I was, and genuinely supported me in a way that was not only acceptable to me, but was able to help me get through it and move forward.
We decided to put our family plans on hold for a while I worked towards a new goal and was building a business, I used this time to really focus on me, through writing, drawing, singing, dancing, different therapies and surrounding myself with uplifting and likeminded people. At the end of last year I became apart of the choreography and head office team, as well as working towards my personal goals, and building a business, which meant I was surrounded by the best people and energy I could have been, but as I pointed out before, I still identified as having a mental illness and eating disorder, it just didn’t surface every often. I was genuinely happy and healthy for the first time in a long time.
Over the Christmas holidays we decided again that we would start trying for a family and 4 weeks later, I got the 2 pink lines on the test stick that I had wished and hoped for my entire life. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening, I was excited obviously, but the fear of losing this miracle was almost crippling. 1 in 4 women lose a baby, some of these women are healthy, have treated their bodies with respect their whole lives and have no reason at all not to have a healthy pregnancy. So how could I not be one of those 1 in 4? I didn’t treat my body with respect; I treated it like hell for years and medically had every reason to never have a healthy pregnancy or child. I was very lucky to have a support team that helped me to see that not only did I deserve this miracle, but my body was proving it to me everyday that my dreams were coming true, and that the child within me was everything I ever wished for…so I began to enjoy it.
When I stopped worrying about all the things that could go wrong, I realized that this life inside me was healing me from the inside out, so without any conscious effort, my life was dedicated to ensuring I gave this baby the best start in life possible.
I haven’t once binged or purged, I haven’t once looked in the mirror and hated every part of my image, I haven’t once hated myself so much that I wanted to end my life. I realized somewhere along the line, that my life and health is not just about me anymore, that the minute this baby was created, my mind and body aligned to always put the life and needs of this child ahead of my own, the exact sentiment of the quote I stumbled across. When I worked this out, I realized that by living and working for my dream, I no longer identify as having a mental illness or eating disorder. I have a past that was a constant battle, but I have a present and a future where the threat of relapse doesn’t even register on the radar. So no matter what people continually tell you, there is a way through it that doesn’t involve “just existing”, you CAN leave it in the past.
Mental health is a continuous journey, for some a long fought battle. When you stop telling yourself that when you do this, or when you get to this point you will be happy, and instead focus on finding peace and happiness where you are, it is amazing how quickly the battle can dwindle. Practice gratitude, find the good in every situation, lean on those who genuinely support and want you to succeed, and never give up on your dreams. It’s never too late to start again, whatever is thrown at you, you just have to remember your purpose and what you are working toward. I am extremely thankful to my little miracle for proving that to me every day.
If you think you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness or you would like more information, please seek advice from the following organizations:
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 http://www.beyondblue.org.au
- The Butterfly Foundation – 1800 33 4673 http://www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au
BY GILLIAN DE GRAAF
When life throws you lemons only you can decide what to do with it, I’m choosing to make that lemonade, kind of like Beyoncé’s new album lol.
Don’t worry about Becky with the good hair, or how others are hurting you or affecting your life. Take charge, because life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. Our reaction to a situation literally has the power to change the situation itself. Focus on you, don’t focus on being better than anyone else just focus on being the best version of YOU. Because when you are truly happy within yourself, you won’t need to try and tear others down to make yourself feel better, you won’t be a negative thinker, or see the glass half empty. Instead you will be so happy and appreciate so much in life and how precious it is that you will radiate happiness wherever you go, you will want to help others more because you see that you rise as you do and when you are happy within yourself you won’t tolerate being around people who make you feel anything else.
In the last few years life has thrown me some HUGE lemons, there were times I didn’t know how I was going to make that lemonade. I had another HUGE lemon this year and my life completely changed. But I’ve kept going and what helps me every single day is knowing how blessed I am. I’m blessed for my health, I’m blessed to have a healthy beautiful little boy, I’m blessed that my body can move the way it can and I get to do something I LOVE for work every day, I’m blessed.
There are way bigger things in this world then Becky with that good hair, or someone who hurt you or jealousy and nastiness. Life is short, wake up every day with a grateful heart for everything that you have and live life the way you want, whatever it is that makes your heart smile.
Chase your dreams, work for your goals, help others when you can and keep making that lemonade because you can do anything you set your mind too and live the life you want.
I was nineteen years old sitting in an Economics lecture at Curtin University scribbling away in my notebook. I should have been listening to the beauty of non-cooperative game theory and social choice but instead I was fixated on something else. I was consumed by the idea that no one was offering a workout for the everyday Australian. For the woman who was uncoordinated as anything but felt alive when the music turned up. For the girl who wanted to lose weight but couldn’t stand the treadmill . For the Mum who needed to keep fit but would never dare enter a gym. For the busy woman who didn’t have time to workout but needed it. My economic ears pricked because I knew there was demand but no one was filling it the right way.
I called my Mum and said “I think I can make this work….what do you think me about cutting back to part time uni?”
The response was everything I imagined from my Mother. In her bubbly, overly supportive and totally infectious tone she replied “yes…do it!”. That is how The Jungle Body was officially born.
In 2007 I graduated high school with dreams of being the next big economist and potentially a future Politician. I was Head Girl of my High School, “that girl” that started a Speech Club at lunch time and I entered every single extracurricular educational program and competition possible. I met my idol John Howard when I won The Hasluck Leadership Award and Richard Goyder presented me with the Business Icon award at only seventeen years old. I landed the John Curtin Scholarship when I finished High School and I began studying a Bachelor of Economics and Management. I scored my dream job in Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers straight out of School and everything was falling into place. I was clear where I was heading and no one could stop me.
What I have failed to add so far is that apart from all the studying, I had a passion for dance and fitness. My brother and I began ballroom dancing together when we were kids. We were always teased for giggling and smiling. The Franzinelli’s were always known as the “smileys” (my maiden name was Franzinelli).Naturally, as my brother grew up and realized ballroom dancing with your sister was not cool I began competing without him.
My mother was always very into staying fit and eating healthy. I was the child that was never allowed MSG or added sugar (long before it became cool) and I have countless memories doing Denise Austin workouts with my Mum for “fun”. I always struggled with knee problems from dancing so I was given a special membership at fifteen for my local gym (usually you had to be over eighteen) to do rehab. I hated doing sport at school in fear I would injure my knee which would hurt my dancing. Gym classes on the other hand I fell completely in love with. Before school my Mum would drop me at the gym for a Step class with a bunch of 40 year old woman. It was my outlet, the other dimension to me & something that I completely fell in love with.
It was late 2009 and it was time to depart to the US for my semester abroad which was part of my University Scholarship. I had a stopover in Los Angeles for a few days so I was left to venture out myself. I didn’t know anyone, I was underage and I was completely alone. This actually excited me because I absolutely love being alone and this was the first time I could truly live by myself. Interestingly, and potentially fateful I randomly decided the very first thing I would do would be go to the gym. The gym next to my hotel happened to the be the hottest gym in LA called Equinox on Sunset. It was Sunday at seven in the morning and not a person was in sight except the poor Manager who had to be there. I started chatting to him only to find out that he was the former Manager of the famous Gold’s Gym Venice Beach who had dreams of one day having his own Fitness Centre. Our conversation flowed as my legs chased after the treadmill and something sort of magical happened. I said to him that I would be happy to help out wherever I could in helping him create his fitness empire. Business plans, feasibility studies and numbers were what made me tick. So I exchanged my email and headed to New York to begin my studies.
New York University life is exactly like the movies. Fraternities, campus parties, dorm rooms and an obsession with American history. I was placed in a shoebox dormitory with a beautiful girl named Junehan from China. Jun was studying Musical Therapy which meant countless hours every day practicing her guitar skills. I think I heard John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” more than a thousand times. The tiny room would fill up with Chinese international students most nights and we would just giggle hardly understanding what each other was saying. In between learning about the American Civil War, listening to her learn guitar and assimilating to this new way of life; I was determined to impress this gym Manager from Los Angeles. I created the ultimate business plan for the opening of a gym in Los Angeles. With no expectations or payment, I just for some unknown reason felt the need to throw myself into this opportunity. This is how I always was. If there was a competition, a networking event, an opportunity to learn more or a person to meet; my hand was always up first.
I always felt the more I threw myself into life, the more I could gain. Every time I put myself in a challenging or uncomfortable position that was where I gained the most knowledge & satisfaction.
I spent the little money I had buying stockart to make this Business Plan look professional, filled the pages with financial estimates I found researching on Google and I showered the pages with my summaries, thoughts and notes. After about a week I had created a Business Plan that maybe PwC would have been proud of. I emailed it off…not knowing why or what it would lead to. But a sense of satisfaction that I had given it a go & potentially helped someone fulfill their dream. He returned my email totally overwhelmed and basically engaging me to help him & his Business partner Wladimir Klitschko open America’s greatest gym.
What followed this one fateful event was a year of travelling around the US trying the latest fitness classes, trademarking & meeting with Lawyers, creating branding with a high level Marketing company from Germany, checking out potential sites in New York & LA, producing startup costs with their accountant, recruiting the top fitness stars in the country and researching what it takes to be successful in the fitness market.
Plus, the fun stuff…like watching Wladimir fight at the Staples Centre and trying out endless classes that I loved like Piloxing, Zumba & Spin. I started to become addicted to group fitness classes so much so that I joined New York Health & Racquet Club because they had clubs on every block in Manhatten. Every night I would look at the Group Fitness schedule of all classes across the city! I’d finish a 6am aerobics class downtown and then race up to midtown for Pilates at 9am. Probably the most memorable class was one where the treadmill had no sides & you were to jump from one to another. Not sure where that one is today!
New York has an energy about it when you live there that is hard to describe. I stayed in Chelsea around the corner from the Meatpacking District which meant I could workout till late into the night and safely walk home absorbing the people, the sounds, the families, the celebrities …and everything in between.
You would think I would have lost weight, but I actually gained 5 kilos from post-workout caramel protein shakes, Ben & Jerry’s at every corner store, loaded chopped salads & cookie dough covered frozen yoghurt.
I remember one day coming up with the idea of Virtual Fitness classes. We thought we were going to be millionaires as the idea of being able to run Group Fitness classes all day with no instructor seemed like the ultimate lucrative idea. After a few hours we were in tears laughing on the floor at how ridiculous the idea was. Who would want to walk in a room alone and listen to a screen? Fast forward six years and it is actually happening. In the end we came up with the name 220 and the tag line ‘Second to None’. Today the gym reigns supreme in Santa Monica, Los Angeles and was voted “#2 Gym in the Nation,” by The Huffington Post and Self Magazine.
When I arrived back in Perth for Christmas in 2009 the first thing I did was head to the gym with my best friend; my Mum! I was hoping to see the Protein Shake bar, Cardio Theatre, Personal Trainers that were almost celebrity like, endless dance fitness classes & Pilates reformer rooms.
Unfortunately, the experience was quite the opposite. Staff that couldn’t crack a smile, the same techno beat aerobics with the same moves from 1994, bored Personal Trainers sitting on their Blackberries and a small fridge with Powerade. Something clicked in my mind and I knew I had to bring some of the energy from the US to Australia.
I was obsessed with Zumba so I began teaching it while at University. In the US there is a strong connection to South America and Latin music, food & culture is so natural. But in Australia I was finding the Bachata, Samba, Salsa, Merengue were not connecting. All I wanted to do was put on my own Hip Hop music, do some simple moves & throw in some other styles like Boxing & Cardio because half of my class could not dance. So, I just did it. I created my own program I called KONGA® and the classes were at max capacity each week.
The very first Instructor Training in Perth. So many of these faces are still teaching or part of my life. Including Shereice!
To this very day I still teach at the same Sporting Club I began teaching at in 2010. The same time, the same place, the same numbers, the same stage and a lot of the same people.
Photo at my Class at the Italian Club from 2010. I still teach here, same time, same place, same people!
It has been six years now. So much has happened I could write a very long book. Maybe the next DVD I can continue this story. But in short, I have had six unbelievable years. Yes it has been an uphill battle getting gyms & instructors to believe in the programs. It has been a struggle starting at nineteen with a few hundred dollars to my name. It has been difficult when everyone chose the global competitor over the underdog. But each week I kept going.
I kept going because I saw so many lives transform. Mindsets have been altered, relationships created & careers formed. Plus, i am a big believer that the best way to find happiness is to earn it. I thrive off a journey of hard work & it’s the challenges that have made me who I am today not so much the wins. I love being able to problem solve & become a better version of myself.
The company has grown up in the last six years. The sort of change you see in an infant from birth to six years of age. That is why now felt like the right time to do a DVD. The programs are now exactly what I imagined them to be, the instructors represent all that I could ever have dreamed of & the brand is exactly what I sought out to achieve.
In London with Shereice, who has been part of this journey with me…through the thick and the thin!
The power & spirit of The Jungle Body is not just in the movements & the music…it’s in the people. It’s the energy & culture we have created that make the workouts addictive, uplifting & empowering. It’s the friendly smiles you get from our instructors, their easy-going attitude that you fall in love with, their screams of joy for that 80s track you love, their determination you see at the end of that arm track or that hilarious look as we all attempt to twerk. It’s the feeling of inclusion, the feeling of acceptance & the mutual goal to be a better version of ourselves that makes it amazing.
I truly hope that The Jungle Body injects some light into your life & that my story inspires you to go out and achieve what you want! The Jungle Body is only what it is today because of every participant, instructor and supporter….the people I will forever be grateful for!
Don’t wait for the right time or the perfect circumstance for every challenge only makes you better. There will be struggles, there will be problems – but if your heart is in the right place and you are determined to work hard every single day – it will be worth it no matter what the end result.
I look forward to re-blogging this story in another 5 years with hopefully more amazing Jungle Body memories with you!
Most of us know what we need to do to lose weight. We know when we open up that Ben & Jerrys Icecream we aren’t going to stop after a few spoons. We know when we devour that tantalizing pack of salt & vinegar chips we will regret it. We know picking up that ‘oh so chunky’ Kit Kat chunky at the Petrol station, it is going straight to the hips. We know cancelling on your Personal trainer again is setting you back another month of pain.
Why can’t we have supermodel discipline & only finish half the plate?
Why can’t we be satisfied eating a salad for lunch like that friend of yours?
Why can’t we just leave the fridge door closed for a day…I mean hour?
Why can’t we always have the time to workout?
It all comes down to “motivation”.
Some of us think its “discipline”… You focus all your energy on suppressing what you really want to eat, restricting what you used to enjoy & forcing yourself to workout more. The problem with this is that it isn’t enjoyable, it certainly isn’t realistic long-term and it doesn’t make you happy. How do I know this? Because you wouldn’t be saying you had to be disciplined if you enjoyed it.
If you are continually “motivated” to lose weight & get fit nothing can stop you. The issue is that our motivation levels fluctuate…so the goal is to manage your determination so that so you are always motivated to some degree.
So how do you get motivated?
- Motivated people focus on how they feel rather than how they look or measure up. They do workouts that make them feel amazing which is a way to motivate them to do it more often.
- Motivated people don’t beat themselves up if they aren’t perfect. They just problem solve & use it to motivate them to do better the next day or the next week.
- Motivated people reward themselves because they know that when motivation starts to drop that will be the perfect remedy to almost throwing in the towel.
- Motivated people do not wait to drop a few kilos before they start or wait for a friend to do it with them. Motivated people throw themselves into situations as soon as possible because that will give them more opportunities to achieve their goals.
- Motivated people are positive & they believe in themselves. They don’t say “I’m tired, fat & lazy”, they say “I’m well rested, getting fit & healthy”. They use their love for themselves to motivate them.
- Motivated people show initiative & problem solve. Motivated people will find a way to eat right, to make a healthy choice, to fit in time to workout, to balance their week. When there is a will there is a way.
- Motivated people set subconscious goals all the time. A motivated person doesn’t give up when it gets tough or just go with the flow. They have a strategy, a plan & little goals every day to keep them motivated.
It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about starting Monday. It’s not about anyone else. It’s about YOU becoming a happy & motivated person in this precious & amazing life we are blessed to live. It’s about finding ways to enjoy your journey.
Happy Weekend everyone!
For some reason Christmas seems to be the time that you let everything go & get nothing done! You fill your body with gooey cheese platters, rolls of nitrate filled salami, cream laced Pavlova and your workout timetable flys out the window. Before you know it you are back at work & everything feels JUST THE SAME.
NOT THIS YEAR. OK Jungle Bodies?
There are 2-3 weeks ahead of you now which you will turn into the best ones of your LIFE! Turn this festive period into the best possible holiday for you & your body! Your mind & body wants beautiful nutritious food balanced with some delectable indulgences … It wants rest & relaxation balanced with movement, connection & laughter!
So what is the plan?
- Schedule it in – Get your Diary and plan 3-4 workouts or active dates with you, your friends & family each week! This may be a new workout at a cool gym you haven’t been to before, a PT Session with a new Trainer you find online, a run through Kings Park, a random Bootcamp or KONGA Class you find online, a day playing golf or trampolining, a day at the beach with the family or a twilight walk along the river. Either way…plan NOW an active holiday season so you can keep your body moving & improving!
- Stock the fridge – Head to the shops and fill your fridge with glorious fruit & fascinating veggies! Chop them up into bite size pieces in containers so all week long over the next 2-3 weeks you have quick, fresh, healthy & body-loving food in your house. You will have plenty of events to go to where you will be indulging, so make sure at HOME you balance that out by eating what your body wants. Try swap some meals for squeezed juices, have fresh clean summer salads with protein for dinner & then indulge when you head out of the house. If you eat a clean & wholesome diet for 80% of the holiday season I promise you will feel more amazing than ever before!
- Spend precious time not money– Life is way to short to waste your time on this Earth being moody, closed off & not exploring what the world has to offer. Its time NOW to book in some amazing experiences that you will never forget such as
- A small reunion – Get your old friends or distant relatives together for a short Brunch, walk around the river or a Cocktail hour. Doesn’t have to be long! Even invite friends on Facebook you never actually see in real life! Connect with people and feel the happiness it brings! Don’t wait for others to ask YOU – you be the first one to reach out!
- Cook – My Sister-in-Law, her sister & my best friend get together every year & cook Christmas things which we then give our family as presents. Its a fun day where we chat, laugh & just be together! The food doesn’t always turn out to Nigella’s standards or pretty …but the experience is priceless.
- Read – Find a good book at your local Library or book store that will inspire you or provide you with some knowledge! Find a sunny spot somewhere, or sit in the bath, or maybe go to a local pool & just read. You will feel so accomplished finishing a book by the end of the Holiday season!
- Organise your life – Find a day to sort your life out! Write out a list today of what needs to be done to give you more clarity in your life. Maybe you need to sort your wardrobe, finally clean out your kitchen, find a new job or organise your finances & bills. Maybe you want to finally sign up to be a Jungle Body Instructor or create a Budget in 2016 so you can start to have some savings! Whatever it is…NOW is the time.
When you work hard, achieve a goal (even an every day goal like cleaning your wardrobe or walking around the river), be present & get involved in life you will feel a sense of happiness like no other gift or material present will give you! Don’t worry about what you did or said in the past, it’s about who you are now & where you want to be tomorrow.
Have an amazing Christmas & remember to always be the first to smile!
By Gillian De Graaf
Some days we wake up feeling not so great about what we see in the mirror. Over the years I’ve looked in the mirror and seen many different versions of myself, some that I’ve liked and others that I’ve disliked. Getting to a place where you love and accept yourself as you are is really hard work. Here are some techniques that help if you ever start to feel negative about your body:
APPRECIATE WHAT YOUR BODY DOES
Become aware of what your body can do each day. My body grew my healthy little boy for 9 months, I then carried on to feed and nourish my baby with my body. I have pushed it to limits I never thought possible, my body is everything. Consider this: your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months. Your body is extraordinary—begin to respect and appreciate it. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it. “Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way.”
RESPECT YOUR BODY
In the past 2 years I have lost over 30kg. I get asked all the time, how did you do it, do you calorie count, what diet are you on? I don’t calorie count and I am not on any crazy diet. I was unhappy about how I felt, I had no motivation to chase my little boy around the house, I was sick a lot, I felt depressed about the way I looked I wanted to feel myself again and I wanted the best for my family. One day I was reading “The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz and it was like a switch went on:
“If the red light on your dashboard lit up to warn you that your car was running low on gas, you wouldn’t buy a gallon of tomato juice and pour it into the engine, would you? Of course you wouldn’t — that would be ridiculous. Cars don’t run on tomato juice. They run on gasoline, diesel, and electricity. Your cells also run on fuel, and just like your car, it’s important to give your cells proper fuel for optimal performance.” – Cameron Diaz in The Body Book
Making yourself feel good physically is one of the ultimate ways to respect yourself. Treat your body as you would the body of someone you love dearly. Healthy food, exercise, low stress. The more kindness you show yourself physically, the more internal love you’ll feel.
EXERCISE AND INSPIRE YOUR MIND
Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Mine is The Jungle Body!!!!!! It’s my passion, I LOVE it. I teach 4x classes a week and I am totally PUMPED for EVERY class. Don’t exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good. Exercise for the Three F’s: Fun, Fitness, and Friendship.
Just as you need to respect your body, you also need to respect your mind. Challenge yourself with new experiences and information. Step out of the thinking you’re comfortable with and try to find new perspectives. The more you know, the more you can grow. And all that growth will empower you, making it much easier to respect yourself.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
When we surround ourselves with positive people, we clear away the negativity that exists around us and create more room to welcome nurturing and renewed energy. Choose your friends with care – they create the environment in which you will either thrive or wilt. Give everyone the opportunity to be a friend, but share your dreams and goals only with those who value them as much as you do. – “By People with Potential”
Don’t beat yourself up, we are all human. If you indulge a little too much in something, it’s ok. Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got a flat. – In other words, keep going. If I feel like I’ve been treating my body poorly and am not feeling good in my own skin, I recommit to being kind to my body. I make a list of all the things I can do to help myself do that: dance, eat food that makes me feel good, laugh more, etc. Having a plan and making a commitment immediately makes me feel better about myself, which in turn makes me less focused on my flaws, including the physical ones.
Whatever journey you are on, you can achieve whatever the mind believes.
Appreciate yourself X
BY AMBER JONES, Jungle Body Instructor
I have been suffering from Anxiety for 15 years. I was “diagnosed” with Depression and Anxiety in my third term of year 12, I was 17. The more I learn about Anxiety though, I believe I have suffered from a very young age. Some memories that pop up in my mind show a lot of anxious characteristics.
When I was diagnosed, it was a very terrible time for me. Continuous crying, all I wanted to do was sleep so, I didn’t want to think about things, I didn’t want to see my friends and I didn’t want to go to school. All I wanted to do to was hide away from everyone. I was very frightened of what was happening. I am very lucky to have such a wonderful family who supported me. My Dr advised I have 24 hour monitoring by a family member to protect me from harming myself.
There have been many “bad” times over the past 15 years. The first was when in 2000 when we discovered I suffered with Anxiety and Depression. It was terrifying and hard to understand why I was going through it. The second time that stands out for me was while I stayed in Kununurra in 2002, I had weaned myself off of my medication safely but, I relapsed badly. I had to be Emergency driven back to Perth by friend of mine because I was not in the right mind frame to get on a plane alone or be alone. We were in a brand new Monaro so, that was good for me as the drive home was quick (ha ha).
When I arrived home, I was put back on medication to help cope with my Anxiety. Since then there have been many lows. Anxiety is not a condition that comes and goes like a headache, it is a condition you have to deal with every day. I struggle to do the simplest of things like, getting out of bed to start my day, going to bed to get rest, food shopping, going to work and exercising. It is not that I’m lazy, I sometimes just don’t want to face the day, even though there is nothing of significance I should be afraid or anxious about.
There are ways you can help yourself control your Anxiety instead of letting Anxiety control you. This is includes, support groups, counselling, yoga, mediation and exercise. For me, this is where Konga as I believe has “saved me”.
Like I said it is hard for me to sometimes get out of bed in the morning, so getting the motivation to exercise was not an option 5-6 years ago. It all changed for me one Thursday night, I bit the bullet and went along to one of Tara’s classes she was covering in Willetton.
The feeling I had after her class was so wonderful. I was sweating but smiling from cheek to cheek. I felt motivated, happy and NOT ANXIOUS! For the hour of the class, my worries and anxious feelings disappeared.
I had finally found something that made me feel great and control my anxiety. From that day on, I attended 3 classes a week of Taras classes and then decided to become an instructor myself.
The best decision I could have made for myself.
Yes, I have had many bad days at work or at home and the thought of instructing a class, being motivating, happy and smiley was just too much but, I always tell myself “remember the feeling you get during and after your class. That feeling of happiness and invigoration? You need that and you have other people relying on you to also feel that”. Once the music starts and I’m up there ready to go. I realise, everything is going to be OK. I finish my class thinking “what bad day?”
Without Konga I really don’t know if I could have found something else to be so passionate about and make me feel this way. It truly is a form of therapy for me.
Konga has helped me immensely. Not only with the health of my body but most of all my mind. The Jungle Body team has also helped me as they offer so much support and you meet amazing people who have also had similar experiences to you and you can offer support to each other. Konga gives me something to look forward to each week. Instructing makes me feel important and looked up to which, is a great feeling.
2015, 32 years old and I am feeling great. Everyday is a challenge but most days are a good challenge. Anxiety is a condition I will live with for the rest of my life but I will not let it control me, I will control my anxiety and not let it defeat me.
Never in my dreams would I have thought of becoming a Group Fitness Instructor where I actually motivate people to become the best version of themselves and at the same time be working on becoming the best version of myself.
- Anxiety is the most common mental condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety.
- At least seven Australians take their own lives every day.
- The good news – there are a range of treatments provided by health professionals as well as yourself who can help you.
Want to try Amber’s Konga classes? Do you live in Perth? Support Amber by checking out https://www.facebook.com/junglebodyamber/
Lynwood – Wandarrah Hall – Edgeware Street
6PM – Konga (55 min)
7PM – Burn (30 min)
Cost – $12 for Konga only or $15 for Konga and Burn
Shelley – Corinthian Hall – Cnr Beatrice Ave & Leach Hwy, Shelley
6PM – Konga Express (50 min)
Cost – $12 per class
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Shelley – Corinthian Hall – Cnr Beatrice Ave & Leach Hwy, Shelley
6PM – Konga Express (50 min)
Cost – $12 per class
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9:30AM – Konga
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BY GILLIAN DE GRAAF
“You are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life, you can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead.” Some may read this and say “it’s not that easy”, I was one of those people a few years ago. I let everything get to me, I worried constantly and I never lived in the now and appreciated the things that were happening as I was too worried and stressed. Then life happened, things I could not control or fix happened.
In the past few years the way I have dealt with these things happening is by counting my blessings. I believe the secret of happiness is to count your blessings every single day. Nothing is promised to any of us and we honestly never know what is going to happen, it’s so important to appreciate what you have, a healthy body, healthy children, a loving family, and friends.
I am not saying it’s easy, we all need to release our feelings, and get upset. But don’t stay there. Look at what you are blessed with for motivation to keep going. Use that feeling to motivate you to work harder. When you feel sorry for yourself, think, so what am I going to do about this? Use the negativity as fuel to transform yourself into a better YOU!
The more you try control something or a situation, the more it controls you. Learn to live in the now and be happy where you are at. We are so often caught up in our destination that we forget to appreciate the journey, appreciation is a wonderful feeling don’t overlook it. In life there will always be haters, doubters, people who will not be happy for you. Forget it, don’t give it one more second of thought. It has absolutely nothing to do with you, it’s a reflection of how they feel about themselves, if anything help them. Help them become a happier and more positive person, help them see the blessing in their lives and happiness, because that’s what life is about.
Live in the NOW and put your energy into the people who love you and want the best for you. When you think life is throwing you lemons (which it will) try and find the positives, make the most of it and appreciate everything you are blessed with. The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.
Never allow waiting to become a habit, live your dreams and take risks, life is happening NOW. It is so easy to forget how precious it is to be alive.