Emma Mackie: An Introduction to Me


My name is Emma Mackie, I am a Scot’s girl adopted by New Zealand. I work to live and I work to live well. Life is too short so when I eventually slow down in my 70’s or 80’s I want to embrace every grey hair, remember why every wrinkle occurred and laugh at every scar. Ultimately I want to say I lived.

Unfortunately I wasn’t always so annoyingly positive. In fact for 6 years of my life, it sucked. I was a tad silly and became a 32 kg anorexic mess. Not my proudest moment I can tell you, but oddly it made me! I didn’t die, thanks to my parents, I am still here and that is why I am determined to be the best version of me I can be because I have seen the worst version of me and I didn’t like it!

So because of this slight stumbling block I have busied myself with life. I am a physiotherapist with a master degree in sports, a New Zealand triathlon accredited coach (level 1 & 2), a ridiculously enthusiastic age group triathlete and now a blogger.

In 2015 I was incredibly lucky to win an all expenses paid trip to Thanyapura Sports Hotel. It was the best holiday ever! I lived like a professional athlete for 10 days; I think I may have eaten like one too! I also got to hang out with some professional triathletes and meet a wonderful bunch of like-minded athletes. Everything is set up at Thanyapura to all you to improve yourself and maximize your potential in many aspects of life.

So now having had this wonderful experience and seeing first hand the facilities’ available at Thanyapura for athletes, families, groups, and having the health and fitness back ground every week I will be posting a blog on a different subject related to the awesome Thanyapura. Be it information on diet, injury prevention or training the aim is to not only to help you become the best version of your self but also how Thanyapura can help you achieve it.

So with the theme around ‘being your best you’ and how we get to that point we have to establish goals to help us get there.

Goal setting involves the development of an action plan designed to motivate and guide a person towards a goal (Grant, 2012). Goal setting can be guided by goal-setting criteria (or rules) which you can decide apon (be it independantly or otherwise) and impliment. The goals we set ourslef should be SMART:



  • Specific – target a specific area for improvement. An example would be improving your 5km run time or losing a set amount of weight in a set amount of time.
  • Measurable – quantify or at least suggest an indicator for progress. For example weight, body fat, VO2 max, Functional Threshold Power.
  • Attainable – assuring that an end can be achieved. Don’t make goals that are unrelastic. I know I am never going to run 32 minutes for 10km but I think that if I impliment the SMART rules then I could achieve 37 minutes, which would be a three minute improvement!
  • Realistic – state what results can realistically be achieved, given available resources.
  • Time-related – specify when the result(s) can be achieved. Don’t draw out the process too long! For example not many people pay the mortage off in a year, I think it might take me 20 years! However I can set smaller goals to pay x- amount off every year in order for me to pay my mortage off in 20 years.

Goal setting is a major component of development and growth.  Studies by Edwin A. Locke have shown that more specific and ambitious goals lead to more performance improvement than easy or general goals. As long as you accept the goal, have the ability to attain the goal, and do not have conflicting goals then your sorted!

As we head into 2016 and with many blogs to come I think the important thing is that we acknowledge we can’t make a change over night but we can start the process. It took me 6 years to get over anorexia, that’s a long time! But that is how broken my mind and body was. Now I am not saying it takes 6 years to be your best version of yourself but is more an ongoing process and if we set little goals along the way then we will eventually get there, we just can’t guarantee exactly when!





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