There’s nothing worse when you’re waving goodbye and your arms decide to wave with you. Hate upper body work? Don’t worry, I was once in that same boat too, until I discovered Pilates! I was never a fan of weights, but always a fan of spontaneous exercise. I wanted exercises that I could perform anywhere at anytime, that were easy and didn’t require any props. These exercises do just that. They use your own body weight and the only prop you need is yourself! Theres only six exercises too, so no excuses either. Perform these exercises a couple of times a week to notice a huge improvement, not only your upper body strength but you’ll start to develop definition in your arms. Woo-hoo!
It’s kind of funny. I’m one of those really organised people. I have list’s about list’s and I always start my to-do lists with ‘make a list’. Only so I can tick it off and feel like the queen of productivity. The funny thing with super organised people? There is always one area that lacks and is more disorganised than a house on hoarders. For me it’s remembering to grocery shop and forgetting that I am going there for two things – lunch and dinner.
I can’t believe this is the first time that I am getting to sit down from Gwinganna to write it all out and tell you all about it! I felt that my trip away deserved a bit of a post as I can’t believe how much I got out of one week away. The lessons, the change in my mindset and the experiences that I will always hold close to my heart and never forget. It’s funny how the universe just sort of threw it at me and everything worked out completely. Especially since I didn’t actually have the money to go in the first place. Though I strongly believe that if it’s meant to happen it will and fortunately for me, I can proudly say I am a graduate of the intense Gwinganna 7 night detox retreat!
Just a super quick blog post to say that I am HOME!!! At first I wasn’t pleased as I felt that I had discovered heaven on earth aka Gwinganna (and I’ve already put down my second deposit for another trip there this year!). But then I super fucking excited. Why you ask? So many amazing things have come into fruition and I am so excited to share them with you all.
You can look forward to hearing about how to become a morning person. And yes, If I can do it you have absolutely no excuse. Protein combining for Vegans to create a complete protein source and partner stretching among so many other things that I can tell you will all take a huge benefit from!
Going to Gwinganna really cemented the beliefs about nutrition, lifestyle and exercise in my head. Ideas that I felt I were too busy to practice. It seems that Gwinganna and I have similar philosophies and now that I am back at work, working 12-16 hour days this week mind you I can still get everything in that I need so it’s completely do-able.
Also a super huge thank you to everyone that has purchased my DVD, the Peta Serras Stretching Series. I am elated to announce that we were featured in body+soul supplement in the Sunday Telegraph on the weekend and sales have sky-rocketed since. I am so excited to hear that many of you have made the decision to improve your health by stretching!!!!
Today I am sitting at Newcastle Airport writing to you before I board a plane to the Gold Coast. What for you ask? Gwinganna Health Retreat!!! It seems that all signs kept pushing me to Gwinganna and in my shitty-crap city state I felt I was in, I booked a holiday. For some impulsive, others not really. For me? I’m right now sitting asking the staff for closure that the plane won’t crash and I will die. Huge fear.
Im going to be optimistic of my return and say no blogging for a week and I will probably be vacant from most of my social media too. Apparently Internet connection is poor. Most people jump for joy. Me being Instagrams biggest addict? I’m probably gonna have withdrawals worse than any Fortune 500 company’s CEO from caffeine and swearing at their staff. But it will be okay, apparently we meditate and shit to calm down. So who knows, I could come back zen and hating on social media. Haha I know, you laughed too as the possibility of that happening is slim to none.
What an exciting weekend this has been that I can tell I will remember for a long time. As a huge lover of the ballet, I’m fortunate enough to be a subscriber for the Australian Ballet. I sigh and almost want to cry at the beauty of the dancers and sometimes wishing that was me. Sure you need to be disciplined and probably expect your feet to look a little awful. But I’m willing to take that for a tutu.
Thankfully though, my love for social media (Instagram is my poison) and my love for the Australian Ballet, I connected with the beautiful Brooke Lockett who met me after their performance of Don Quixote. To make the situation more sweet she signed a pair of pointe shoes for me after the show!!!!! Squeal! Yes. I know, dirty shoes to some, but to others these sweet little babies are as valuable as a ball kicked at a winning game. I think? I’m totes not into sports but I figure if even paint for their face in the name of sport then they would probably lose their shit over the ball that won a game.
Haha correct me if I’m wrong. So here we go. A weekend to remember. One where memories will be made that I am sure I will be holding on to for a very long time.
Ta ta readers! Have fun without me and make sure you are chasing your dreams while I’m gone
So where to start? Basically, these last few weeks have been a bit of a mongrel that I have wanted to escape from. At the time, it felt like I was in a shit storm. Literally a storm of crap, crapping all over me. It’s funny how when you are in said shit storm it seems like nothing will ever change or get better. Fights with friends and family were breaking out left right and centre. I had people questioning my authenticity. People saying I wasn’t real and bringing up emotional issues relating my body. Stuff that happened MONTHS ago, that seemed to be relevant to bring up now? Friends of many years and I completely disconnecting and a whole heap of passive aggressive crap being thrown my way.
I must be one of the few people that’s never hit with chocolate guilt. Meaning that when I eat it, I don’t feel that I ‘have’ to go on the treadmill and run like a demon for at least an hour. It’s probably for the fact that I have convinced myself that I am going to be sick so running is a bad idea, so I prefer to do lighter exercise just so I feel like I have moved that day. Think simple – walking, stretching or Pilates. Something where I feel great afterwards and not completely wrecked.