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Pure and Lean – Re-schooling my nutritional mindset

So as you all know I recently went plant-based but what you don’t know is that also just did a re-school pertaining to my nutrition. I didn’t have much if any weight to lose (especially as it started two weeks after my first 50km ultramarathon) but it was more of the mental re-school I needed. I went completely plant-based on the 1 April and I feel about 1000% better. Aside from my one day of being ill from eating deep fried crap; yep there are plenty of crappy vegan options out there too, I am making much better health options and I have no guilt when I eat a treat!


Okay I know I changed it to black and white but the lighting was different in both pictures and looked really bonkers. I also realise it doesn’t look like much physically has changed on my body and really it didn’t need to. That said I am so happy to see my stomach looking much flatter!
So where did I do this re-school? Online with Anthony Noud from Pure and Lean Nutrition System. What can I say!! Amazing! I didn’t come to the re-school to lose any weight. The fact that I am an endurance athlete who has a pretty damn good figure meant it wasn’t about my actual figure. I didn’t need to lose weight but I did need to adjust my thought process around food and to not feel guilty about eating.

I have struggled for a long time with feeling guilt when I would eat a pizza or lots of chocolate and other crap etc this was compounded by the fact I was wanting to move towards a plant-based diet both for my racing.

My relationship with food is now so much clearer and I have even found myself not wanting the ‘unhealthy cheat’ meals but choosing better options most of the time. I have no guilt when I’ve had a massive meal that made me happy because I consciously knew why I was eating the foods.

I can’t thank Anthony enough for the process and it was from the very first client call that I knew the process was going to be challenging but rewarding. It was in that first call that I realised a lot of why I mindlessly eat has to do with abandonment. If you have been reading my blog you will know my history with losing my father and crappy relationships has caused that feeling but what I didn’t realise is that I was eating mindlessly because of it.

It helped me to be very conscious of the choices I make at restaurants and let’s face it I am eating out nearly every meal while I am traveling as it is super cheap. So I focus on what I am eating and if it serving my goals.

I look forward to working with him in the future when I will require more nutritional planning for my next epic endurance goals! I don’t want a repeat of my GI distress from the IRONMAN on my next endurance races!

The re-school also had an interesting side affect. Like the process of decluttering it really helped me focus on my studies. I have one assessment left on my IRONMAN Coaches Course. I keep kicking goals on my Life Coaching Cert IV and have decided to read Warrior Goddess Training as my book critique and add those elements into my coaching practice! We all know how much of a warrior goddess I am so why not embrace that! Lastly in terms of courses in Jul/Aug I head to India to do my yoga teachers course. Just a little excited about that one. The business plan and structure for my coaching business is developing really well and I am feeling so balanced in pretty much all aspects of my life!

I still ebb and flow with my motivation for training some days in the heat of Penang but I found Yin and Hatha Yoga over the weekend. Bonus it is walking distance so combining that with my running is already making a huge mental difference! If only I could find a Crossfit gym that close!

If you want to rethink your nutrition then the re-school program will do just that and more! LOL and ladies, Anthony is pretty easy on the eye when you do Skype calls and is charming to listen to when on one of his webinars. I might be celibate but I still have a pulse!  Shhh don’t tell him 😉

So what are you waiting for… get in contact with Anthony and re-school your nutrition…Click here for re-school You won’t regret it.

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

P.S. I am an advocate of real food diets. I don’t take unnecessary pills, supplements or huge quantities of protein (in fact I consistently have less than is ‘recommended’ because that is what feels best for me). I place more value on education and eating real foods than taking pills and apparent short cuts that potentially in the long run won’t serve you.

P.P.S This is not a paid advertisement for Pure & Lean Nutrition System. I loved doing the process and what Anthony teachers is valuable information to ensuring your eating is a love story and not a battle ground! All opinions are my own!


Week 3 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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Week 2 is done and dusted and Week 3 is upon me.

So how was the past week. I failed to feel any love whatsoever with training this week which is ironic given I spent the week learning how to coach IRONMAN triathletes.

I did all my sessions except for the swim yet I hated almost ever bloody moment of it. It has been hot and humid and downright bloody horrible conditions to train in. Running on the roads/footpaths here is just horrendous!

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I miss my trails around Noosa National Park, the forestry around my parents old house and mostly I miss running with my Skinny Dog.


Skinny didn’t always come running with me, she was 12 after all. But I loved taking her for little runs. I have felt very sad about her dying just before I left to come traveling and have even had a few nights where I just wanted to cry myself to sleep. Living in a dorm has made that one less likely. She was my best mate!

I did wonder this week if my emotional state and almost hatred of training had to do with anything else. Quite frankly it probably does. I have now been away from home 137 days or 4 months and 15 days. Not the longest I have been away for but still it is a long time.


I miss my Mumma! I miss my family, I miss cups of tea on the back porch and I miss home… As I have chosen to be traveling and away from home I guess I need to feel the feelings and then get on with it!

So what does Week 3 have install for me:

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Can’t say I am excited about this week either but specificity is key (the coach loves that).

I do think the fact that I am missing crossfit and yoga are more the issues than just the running. I love the idea that I am going to be running 100km but it is through the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland and I am training in very different circumstance.

Okay okay I know I am whining and having a downright sob story but there is no use me coming on here and saying ‘yippy training is going bloody amazing’ when it is not. I am nothing if not authentic and I refuse to sugar coat that I am struggling to get up and train.

I do have some good news! I found a Yin Yoga studio not far from here… A much deeper internet search revealed a lot more yoga on Penang Island. Most of it is not accessible for the transport-less but Sunalini Yoga Studio is close by. So I will be hitting them up on Wednesday night!

So coach in all likelihood the chances of me swimming are slim, I will try and work on that! But I will get the rest done however messy it is.

Do you go through periods of the ‘I can’t be f**ked’ when your training? What do you do to overcome those feelings? I’d love to hear from you.

Tell then I am going to study, eat, train, sleep and repeat!

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

Week 1 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to ‘Ring the Bell’

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.38 pmThe challenge if you choose to accept – run 100km along the Sunshine Coast Great Walk and other sections of the Mapleton National Park covering the Blackall Range to ring a cowbell!

You would be mad to accept it… good thing I am mad!!! Challenge accepted!

While this challenge is not the longest total distance race I have done (IRONMAN is 226km) it will be the longest and most difficult running event I have set out to complete.

My dedication to training after the Davao 50km Ultramarathon was in a word WOEFUL!!! While I was having a great time doing yoga and laying on beaches in the Philippines I was also pretty much actively avoiding running. Deep down I knew that I was in a pretty bad emotional spot in regards to training.

So did my coach! He emailed me with a loving arse kicking with the right amount of challenge, arse kicking and motivation!

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Coach’s Motivation

So today is 29 weeks till race! Monday’s will hereon in be known for updates and progress reports for Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell. Each Monday morning I will post my weekly training program and for subsequent weeks (after this post) my training completion rate along with any challenges the week presented!

Follow my ups and downs on what is going to be an emotional roller-coaster training for a massive race! This is no 5km walk in the park… this is 100km of some of the hardest trails around! Stairs and more stairs plus water crossings and hills, lots of bloody hills! Hell just look at the Blackall 100 Race Profile

Being a traveling plant-based endurance athlete has its challenges but this is part of my amazing life. Part of creating my free-range lifestyle is because I wanted to be able to travel, eat plant-based and race in crazy races so this is the time I prove to myself that I can do that and do it bloody well.

The real reason I am going to post each week is simple: accountability! I am making myself publicly accountable to my training because publicly stating my goals and requirements works for me. I am more motivated to train when I have people watching my journey. While you might not even give a flying shit that I am doing this but I will give a shit if I post a week where I have all red on my training program (red means I missed the session!).

Are you ready? It is going to be a long 29 weeks but some goals require big commitments of time and dedication! I’m ready to make this training my bitch! Blackall 100 it’s me and you baby!! Let’s do this thing!!!

Week 1:

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Time to get fucking serious about this thing!

Blessed Be
Robyn xox