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Making Adventure Beautiful

I have so much gratitude to all

When I decided I wanted to create adventure wear because I felt I looked like a tom boy in all my adventure photos and believed I could create a product that was functional and beautiful, I never knew how amazing it would feel seeing people all over making adventure beautiful in MAB Adventure Wear.

I want to personally Thank every person that has supported my vision and purchased MAB Adventure Wear, my heart is so full of gratitude that so many of you appreciate making adventure beautiful as much as me.

Feedback is what I love most from happy customers like Justin Jaxon

I have to share how much I love my adventure wear. So comfortable and the colours actually contribute to feeling happy. I love the pockets on the side for my key and phone. Great length so no riding up when I run. Hardest thing about this awesome product was choosing which colour and style to buy first. Cant wait to purchase more

Justine Jaxon

And what brings me most joy of all, is to see so many beautiful ladies getting outdoors, connecting with nature and totally rocking their MAB adventure wear over the Sunshine Coast, Australia, right where it is manufactured.

Much Love

Mel x

Justine Jaxon Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Ngungun

Justine Jaxon Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Ngungun

Shelagh Brennand Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Cooroora

Shelagh Brennand Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Cooroora

 

Jesseca Paans & Meah Whelan Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Ngungun

Jesseca Paans & Meah Whelan Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Ngungun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Tibgrogargan

Jane Robinson Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Tibgrogargan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sussi Eriksson Making Adventure Beautiful on "Mels Escape Island" also know as Bribie Island

Sussi Eriksson Making Adventure Beautiful on “Mels Escape Island” also know as Bribie Island

Lisa Harrison Making Adventure Beautiful

Lisa Harrison Making Adventure Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Murphy Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Coolum

Andrea Murphy Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Coolum

Karen Dickinson Making Adventure Beautiful

Karen Dickinson Making Adventure Beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Hopkinson Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Natalie Hopkinson Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Debbie Heirdsfield Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Debbie Heirdsfield Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Woods Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Amy Woods Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Debbie Bingley Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Debbie Bingley Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Dive Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Cooroora

Megan Dive Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Cooroora

Tanya Bradshaw Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

Tanya Bradshaw Making Adventure Beautiful at MAB Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofie Formica Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Cootha

Sofie Formica Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Cootha

Gorgeous Porche Making Adventure Beautiful at Currimundi Lake

Gorgeous Porche Making Adventure Beautiful at Currimundi Lake

 

Melinda Bingley Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Tibrogargan

Melinda Bingley Making Adventure Beautiful on Mount Tibrogargan

FIVE (not-so-secret) weapons to a healthier, fitter body

Everywhere we look there seems to be some kind of promise, a secret weapon if you please, to get an amazing body in no time at all and with little effort as possible… Weight loss organisations promise the loss of 10kg for JUST $10!! They claim you just need to follow their ‘easy’ weight loss program including calorie counting and the consumption of up to 25 ingredients (including chemicals) in simple foods. Other diets claim to have you looking like a supermodel in just two weeks! Don’t forget the ab machines… these will transform you from overweight to having 8-pack abs in just a month! All the while working out in front of the TV with a huge smile on your face, gliding from side to side with the greatest of ease, your mascara staying perfectly in tack with not a drop of sweat to be seen! Exercise isn’t for you? Perhaps a weight loss tea will appeal to you more? Just drink five times daily and vola!

Shakes, wraps, teas, diets, machines… promise after promise of quick and easy weight loss or super abs. Gimmicks! At the end of the day, this is all these things are. Sure you may lose some weight with some, maybe all of these weight-loss approaches but for how long? And how healthy are they for your body?

When I began my study in fitness, deep down I was kind of hoping they would give us the ‘secret weapon’ for a better body… A special set/rep you could perform or a magic diet you could follow. Unfortunately this didn’t happen. What I did learn however, were five REAL not-so-secret weapons that you can use to create a healthier you. I’d like to share them with you.

  1. Determination.

    Yes, you need this! This is what keeps you powering up Moffat Hill, holding a weight above your head, when all you want to do is throw it at your trainer and tell her where to go. This is what keeps you doing the minute of push-up rows when burpees are the penalty for stopping.

How determined are you to get to your goal whatever it may be? Ask yourself, do I have the determination? What is getting in my way of achieving my goal? Am I just half determined? Do I give 100% at training or could I give a bit more?

  1. Dedication.

    You’ve probably heard time and time again that summer bodies are made in winter. I hate to be blunt but, unless you have been gifted with the genes of a supermodel (and I can guarantee you that they too must work hard to maintain their figure) and can down a burger without gaining a single inch of fat, then you need to work on your ‘summer’ body all year round. Don’t wake up one sunny summer day, having not got up on those cold winter mornings to train, and expect to be beach ready. Sorry but it just won’t happen! Don’t expect to run a marathon without prior dedication to training. Don’t expect to win a INBA competition without the dedication to training, all year round. Anyone in professional sport will tell you that training does not stop in the off season. It requires dedication all year round, every month of the year. Dedicate yourself to your training (and your trainer) and you will achieve your desired goals.

  2. Diet.

    No, I’m not talking about the banana diet or the starvation diet or the shake diet or even the diet where you consume only 1000 calories per day. I’m talking about your everyday diet, that is, the real food you eat from day-to-day, 365 days per year, every year, for the rest of your life. The food you put in your mouth is what fuels your body. Ask yourself what fuel your body deserves. Eat clean people!! That is the secret to a great diet, nothing else but clean, raw, as close to nature as we can. Stay away from food that contains copious amounts of ingredients and ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Stay away from foods that have high sugar and sodium content. Stay away from preservatives and avoid being trick by manufacturers that label foods ‘natural’. Fresh is the way to go. Organic is even better. Ask your local grocer where your fruit and veges come from. Ask your butcher where he gets his meat. Don’t be afraid to ask questions even if they seem silly at the time. I once had a 45 minute discussion with my egg lady about the pros and cons of feeding chickens protein. I now know what she feeds them, when the eggs are laid, and I can even go and pick them out from the farm if I want. It’s your body and you have every right to know exactly what you are fuelling it with.

  3. Stop sabotaging yourself!!

    This is a very important point. When I started training with Mel (about 6-7 years ago) I was training 3-4 times a week. On the floor I was putting everything in, lifting the weight, using great technique, etc. I would physically vomit after some sessions from the amount of effort I was putting in. I was achieving results but not what I should have been achieving… Was this Mel’s fault? Every inch of me wanted to blame her, tell her that she wasn’t giving me the ‘secret weapon’ I was looking for, the short cut that I thought she knew. At the time I remember thinking that she obviously wasn’t doing her job right, she was keeping something from me, not training me right. In reality, I was in denial.

There was no denying I was training hard but… I was also consuming half a carton of full-strength beers a day – yes, that’s right, 12 beers a day! I’d go days without eating and smoke copious amounts of cigarettes. I was really destroying my every chance of obtaining maximum results, not Mel. I was sabotaging myself!! I was not giving myself the respect and health my body deserved. I can guarantee you that if you are not receiving your desired results then you are sabotaging yourself in one way or another. This could include but is not limited to poor diet, alcohol, cigarettes, stress, bad relationships, little water consumption, over-training, under-training, making excuses, not giving 100% in your training session, negative headspace… anything that is working against you in achieving your desired results.

  1. Listen to your trainer.

    If your trainer says to rest up, do it. If your trainer says to stop smoking, just do it. If your trainer says to stop eating shit, for the love of God, do it! As a trainer I want to see my clients achieve ultimate results. So does Kim and Mel. We tell you things for a reason, not because we like to hear the sound of our own voices. Every session you do has been tailor made to your specific goals. There’s a reason behind every set, every rep, a method to what sometimes seems like madness. We want to see you succeed, we want you to achieve your goals.

So there you have it. Five ‘not-so-secret’ weapons to a healthier you. If you are not achieving your goals, ask yourself these five things:

  • Have I got the determination to achieve my goals?
  • Am I dedicated? Do I put in the hard yards?
  • Am I fuelling my body with healthy premium foods?
  • Am I sabotaging myself? If it’s yes, then how?
  • Am I listening to and hearing what my trainer is telling me?

Remember… there is no single secret weapon, no magic pill, no special diet, no fairy dust, no easy way. It’s just one foot in front of the other. One step at a time. Remember that you are all awesome and you deserve awesomeness in your life.

Amy x

MAB Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Merry Christmas all, what a year 2015 backing up 2014, time flies when your having fun right? well certainly did in my case, I had intention to blog so much and that didn’t go to plan.  It’s life really, it doesn’t always go to plan, its about adapting to changes, embracing the challenges which makes the ride so much more fun, speaking of ride, let me share the ride of 2015 that included so many awesome moments with so many awesome people.

I personally started the year in Canada & San Francisco, I felt I didnt’t get back into the swing of things till February. I knew I had a big year ahead though writing this I am still over whelmed at how big it was, once again the power of intention, be clear and you can manifest what you desire, also this year I did adjust and adapt by cancelling events that I just didn’t have the energy to do after Africa as that was the most  amazing experience ever and also it took loads of energy out of me, more so when I got back I just wanted to process all the gifts of the trip.

Highlights of 2015

January

  • MAB 30 Adventure Lifestyle Challenge
  • Canada & San Fransico Adventure
  • Magic Mindset Weekend

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February

  • Painted my house (now that was a moment to remember)
  • MAB Mount Kili Team started training
  • MAB 10 week Challenge round 7 kicked off

March

  • MAB 10 week Challenge round 7, We did wake boarding, outrigged, Aerial Silk/Lyra Training
  • MAB guest trainer for Annette Sym Wellness Retreat

April

  • MAB Studio 4th Year BIrthday  (MAB Olympics)
  • MAB 10 week Challenge round 7, we entertained caloundra with the Amazing Race, we climbed 6 mountains in one day
  • Pretty in pink bra walkathon, we sent Dimity and her family to Disney Land, had over 500 people attend

May

  • Amy Woods Joined our team
  • MAB started Big Boing Sessions
  • MAB Skydive Adventure for Kims Birthday
  • Caloundra Netball Team Bootcamp
  • Challenge Dinner Celebration

June

  •  Mount Warning Mindfit Weekend Adventure with an awesome crew
  • Give me 5 for kids charity golf day

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July

  • MAB won Westfund Hero Award
  • New Zealand Adventure, Bungy Swing Jump, Horse Ride through NZ, Helicopter over Milford Sound, Paraglided, Hiked, Snow Boarded
  • 30 adventures, 30 days, 30 dollars, we did so many mountains and adventures

August

  • Lip Sync Competition for Beautiful You Charity
  • Sunshine Coast Womens Lifestyle Expo
  • MAB Adventure Wear Released
  • Miss Muddy
  • Mega bootcamp fun

September

  • MAB Africa Adventure Mount Kilimanjaro, myself & the team, Pippa, Chris, Julie, Tegan, Russ, Ben 1, Ben 2 and Robyn  – AMAZING
  • Trekking with the Gorillas – AMAZING

 

October

  • Charity Golf Day for CHARGE Syndrome
  • Pole Festival
  • Myself, Amy & Kim did 500 burpees each
  • Full Moon Night Climb
  • MAB Adventure Wear nominated in Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival Awards
  • Amy & Kim Fun day at Caloundra Christian College

November

  • MAB Pt & Adventures finalist Sunshine Coast Business Awards
  • Monday Mad Mission
  • 6 multi mountain adventure for the challenge

December

  • All stock in for MAB Adventure Wear
  • MAB 12 days till Christmas, workouts, adventures & recipes
  • Weeks of awesomness left

Overall

  • Many awesome bootcamps
  • Many awesome personal training sessions
  • Many awesome moments
  • Many awesome kayak, mountain & hiking adventures
  • Many awesome adventures

Paige, Geri, Cassie & Kate have all had babies, and so many people achieved so much, Shelagh launched her book, Debbie launched her business,  Bay did the Blackall 100, Jen graduated as Dr Jen, Leanne Travelled the world, Sue, Mandy, & Anne travelled US, Janene did South America, Renee, Shelagh, Geri, Janene, Michelle, & Amy did Miss Muddy, Justine & Laura did the Camino De Santiago, Justine, Jess, Natalie, Meah & Lisa did Mount Tibro for the first time, Bruce & Jeanette did Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, Tania, Melissa, Toni & Jules did the great ocean road, Ray & Sharyn went on a bike Adventure through Switzerland, Austria, Germany & Lichtenstein, Michelle travelled Dubai, Joanne & Mark travelled Europe, Jane has been on many overseas adventures and off again for christmas, Vicki & Kim retired, OMG so much happened, everyone did have an amazing awesome fun adventurous year.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to making 2015 an awesome year for MAB. You all rock and you all matter. A massive thank you goes to Kim Bowmaker & Amy Woods for playing such a huge part in making the MAB team so awesome.

I would like to say thank you to all of my amazing clients for giving me the privilege of helping you this year. I love each and every one of you. A special mention goes to my long term clients who have been around for many years. I am truly touched and thankful for your loyalty, love, respect and friendship. I look forward to creating more awesomeness in 2015.

A huge thank you also goes to the many local businesses for their support and sponsorships in both the challenges and fundraising events. It is uplifting to see the community come together to create positive change and I am grateful to be part of such a giving community.

And finally… I would like to thank my family and friends for their ongoing love and support. You all put up with my crazy ideas and then support me with them even when they seem impossible. I love you all xox

My gift to you for 2016 be open to adjust your sail, be open to adapt to change, and most of all is to set some time aside for you, just you, sit in nature, feel inside what your heart wants, feel inside what makes you feel alive and do that, be clear of your intention. I will blog in detail about some big moments like Mount Kilimanjaro as I feel I have more to share with you all as sharing is caring. Right now though let’s all set a MAB group intention to live an adventurous, happy, healthy, active, fun life with awesome people, and of course, do lots of starjumps as life is totally worth celebrating

Have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

 

Love Mel x

AMY’S CHOCOLATE PROTEIN BALLS

Ingredients:
* 1 cup almond meal
* 1 tbls maple syrup
* 1/3 cup coconut oil
* 1/3 cup cacao powder
* 1/2 cup shredded coconut
* 1 serve protein powder (usually around 30g)

Method:
1. Mix everything in a bowl until mixture is sticky. Roll into balls and roll in coconut.
2. Place in fridge until cool.
3. Enjoy

Fell free to add mashed banana, goji berries, hey even rum for some sneaky Christmas rum balls

Amys Chocolate Protein Balls

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