Learning life lessons before the sun rises

So, a couple of weeks ago I discovered that I could jog 7 km (4 miles) before breakfast. This was obviously a milestone for me as it is an incredibly practical route for me and increases my number of steps in a day greatly.

However, a couple of days later I realized that my fitness abilities and joint abilities are not exactly aligned, as I in some way fucked up my ankle and had to practically limp home one day.

Fast forward to a few days ago and my ankle is feeling fine. So I warm up with some hard, but short, elliptical work-outs for a couple of days, and then with some light walking (too, in and from the mall to be perfectly honest. 9 000 steps though, so, what up?).

Then today at 4 am I set out to jog once again. Not only do I jog, but when I come to the hill leading up to the bridge, what do I do? You know, just what any other reasonable human being recovering from an ankle injury would do. Sprint up the fucking hill. Then proceed to jog across the entire bridge.

5 minutes later the pain hits me so hard, and I`m like “Omg, I have to turn”. Every step was just so painful. So, I turn.

And this whole walk-jog, I have been listening to the Julianne Hough episode on Lewis Howes podcast “The school of greatness” and she`s talking about being a young dancer and the whole perfectionist thing. Which makes me think about ballerinas, the only dancers I care about because they`re amazing, interesting and too me the embodiment of perfection. Above all I admire their insane work ethic. They don`t step down no matter what.

So I thought to myself “Zoë, a ballerina would never quit like this over some ankle problem, there is no blood, no bones sticking out, you`ll be fine”. So I figured that even if today wasn`t the day were I would jog that route again, it would at leat be the day were I would walk it.

And you know what? It took forever and honestly my leg got a little fucked up from the weird way I was walking, but I finished that walk. Pluss, I got some added steps from when I initallly turned and walked back.

And eventually my ancle didn`t even hurt as much.

The lesson that I took from this?

Sometimes the best way to get back where you were or get to were you want to be, is to take a step back. It can be insanely frustrating. But what`s even more frustrating than spending double the time on a route, is not being able to take it at all because your hybris makes you push yourself too far and puts your recovery back. Listening to your body is so important. If your feeling pain, there is a reason. Your body isn`t pranking you, it`s giving you important signals. And I feel like this applies to so much more. For example, if you`re feeling super anxious at work or you feel depressed when you reatreat to your appartment at the end of the day. Maybe take a step back in your career chain and see if you want to go with option b? Everything in life doesn`t have to be lineare. Maybe your living room is painted in a colour that`s draining your energy? Maybe you should get a dog? Whatever is going on in your life, take time to check in with yourself. And don`t just feel the feelings and move on. Make change where change is needed. You are worth investing time and energy in.

That`s all for this little rant. I am just so happy that I actually went through with this walk and managed to not jog even when my ankle started too feel more ok, and even more happy that I had a mini-awakening, haha. I hope that this resonates with some of you. I really feel like anything you can do for yourself, you should do for yourself.

Have a great day,

and love yourself!

 

 

 

Big Makeup Haul! 

About a week ago I ordered some new makeup from my absolute favorite brand, Makeup Mekka, and a couple of days ago the package finally arrived! So I thought I’d share with you what I bought and write some about it as you might be interested in the products yourself.

PS: This post is basically a picture series/review, but it’s makeup, so it’s fun, right!? So here is the content of the package.


As you can see there are quite a few collections in this. Personally, when I love a product, I just have to have the entire line. And Makeup Mekka are amazing at lip products! So obviously I need to buy every new lip gloss and lipstick line they come out with. But that’s not all I bought.

So, let’s start with the basics.


Okay, so I haven’t tried the matte lip maker yet, but I am super excited about it and will post a review as soon as I have. I love matte lips, so I am really counting on this product to elevate some of my lipsticks to the next level. The future is matte guys.

As for the Incredible Impact Lash Builder, it was amazing! I honestly don’t think my lashes have ever been so long and Bambi like before! (My only note is that you should probably wait a minute before applying mascara instead of being impatient like me and ending up having to apply multiple layers to conceal the black and white swirl mascara-situation going on).

I haven’t tried the Total Lash Effect mascara yet, since I’ve been using my old trustee, 5XL. ‘Cause it’s amazing.

The soft velvet liquid lipstick collection is great because there are a lot of elements to it. Remember when you were a kid and your lip gloss was scented. With this orange chocolate scented liquid lipstick you can put some #nostalgia in your makeup bag. I did read the reviews on the site though to see what others thought, and some said that the scent was a little overpowering (but they still loved the product overall), but I personally liked it. Just a preference thing, I suppose. Furthermore the product does truly have that soft velvet feel and when you apply it, it also stings a little for a plumping effect (the nostalgia keeps coming guys). My favorite part about this lipstick though must be that each color can provide many different shades depending on the amount of layers and can therefore be used in many different settings.


Those of you who follow me on instagram know that I am 100 % in love with the Aqua Shine glosses! There are few materialistic things I love more than lip gloss and the glossier and glitterfull, the better! And this product is bringing it! And I know I should be more objective, but that’s hard when MM has literally fulfilled my lifelong dream of looking like a Bratz doll!

Some of you might remember me posting about the Hangover shade from this line a fee months back. Well, know I finally completed the collection. This liquid lipsticks are truly great. There super matte and pigmented. regrettably the lighting situation for these selfies does not do the color justice. My only note on this product would be that you have to reapply quite frequently. And as a tip I would definitely urge you to exfoliate your lips before wear.

That’s all for today. I have something more visual planned for my next post that I’m super excited for. PS: I’m posting this from my phone, so all links will be added later, including to my instagram (@zoenoelrobertson).

Green Smoothie Recipe

Lately I`ve been super into green smoothies. And I know that there are a lot of variations of them out there, but i wanted to share my recipe with you and also write about some of the health benefits of this smoothie. You know that I`m a sucker for food (and drinks) that meet on that sweet spot in the middle of the healthy and delicious venn-diagram.

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This recipe is my adaptation of model and youtuber, Alexandria Morgan`s and you can find hers here.  So without further ado, here is my green smoothie.

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General and health based benefits:

Spinach:

  • Vitamin K and calcium for bone health
  • Vitamin A, vitamin C and iron for healthy skin and hair (aka aesthetics, jot that down)
  • Low calories, high satisfaction
  • Magnesium for cardiovascular health

Bananas:

  • slow releasing energy
  • good for rebalencing electrolytes
  • great pre workout food
  • lots of fiber
  • makes the smoothie booth sweet and extra nutritious

Ginger root:

  • Adds some great spiciness to the smoothie
  • Helps digestion
  • Reduces nausea (seriously the best cure for hangovers)
  • Reduce menstrual pain
  • Help fighting the cold or flu

And the berries will obviously depend on which you use, but in general, low in calories and high in nutrients. For optimal health I would recommend throwing in some blueberries though. You know the hype.

 

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