Monday, 2 March 2015

The Gift Of Giving

Over the last week, I've been experiencing some challenges, not in the maintaining weight area, but emotionally.  Usually this results in a period of comfort eating.

I'm very grateful to say, this has not occurred.  Yes, it probably helps that the quality of the food I can reach for is not junk, resulting in comfort eating being very difficult to do!  But, for me, it's also been about reaching out and finding something else to fill the hole in the heart.

Today, I discovered what that something else can be.  I had a spare ticket to an event I am attending this coming weekend, it's worth at least $250 (that's what I paid for it anyway).  Today, I experienced the joy of giving that away to someone else who is in need.

Now, THAT is better than FOOD!!


I'm feeling pretty damned good at the moment........................

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Getting A Shocking Early Morning Wake Up Call!

My apologies to my followers for not posting anything this week.

We had some storms arrive in our area this last week, and we've been busy sorting out the results of these storms! 

It was a surprise to be woken by the house shaking at 5.15am on Friday morning.  Yes, you guessed it, a tree had fallen onto our house!






We were very blessed to have the carport in the way of this tree (not that the carport survived!!).



The carport saved our car and the rooms at the back of our house.

This, coupled with the few days of rain, did keep us housebound for a few days.  It's now been cleared off and made safe, so no harm done.  Over the next few weeks, we will return to normal no doubt!

Luckily, there was time on Sunday to go for a pleasant walk, to remember that the rain has a lot of positives too - check out this picture of the local waterfall!


I trust your alarm clock is not quite so shocking in your current Life Journey!  Enjoy your walks in nature.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Happy Chinese New Year

This Chinese New Year is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat or Ram)

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I trust you have some exciting plans for the New Year.

I'll be trying out my new tea set with friends, celebrating the Year of the Sheep/Goat.

Happy New Year friends!!

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Just as an aside, I am having Green tea (with Jasmine) in the tea pot, apart from enjoying the taste, it also serves to stimulate the digestive system!  Great fun!!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Delicious Snacks For Your Lifestyle

I've been thinking about snacking lately.  Admit it, we all do it, we are all tempted to snack.

But, do you have a plan in place to have healthy, easy to go to snacks?

Here are some protein balls I made today.  Overall, they are high in fibre (giving sustained energy release), and are also balanced with protein and fats for overall satiety levels.  The calorie count, for you counters, is 152 calories (636 kilojoules). Making this a tasty, sweet, yet slow releasing energy and satisfying snack.  Enjoy


Isagenix Chocolate Protein Balls
  • 2 cups rolled oats (uncooked)
  • 2 tablespoons honey, raw
  • 2 scoops Isagenix Isalean Creamy Dutch Chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, raw, organic
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup craisins

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Make into 11 balls, using your hands to roll them.
Refrigerate.
Enjoy!!

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If you wish, you can roll these in 1/2 a cup of coconut. Or, add coconut water (2/3 cup) instead of the filtered water and coconut oil (reduces calories).  There are a variety of ways  you can change these, so have fun experimenting!



Saturday, 14 February 2015

Drinking And Dieting

Do you sometimes find yourself in a situation where there is alcohol? And you're on a DIET??

What do you do about this?

For me, I have a couple of solutions that I follow:

  1. Make every second drink a glass of sodawater (with a slice of lemon, then I look posh!)
  2. Ask for my wine to be a spritzer (1/2 wine, 1/2 sodawater)
  3. Know how much I have to work out tomorrow to burn off these empty calories!!


So how do I know how much exercise I have to do tomorrow to negate the effects of those no-nutrient, high calorie drinks, while potentially nursing a hangover?

Here's a quick guide to help you remain true to your resolve of not drinking at all

Note: jogging is at 9km/h and walking is at 6km/h
  • 1 bottle of cider (345ml) = 39 minutes walking, OR 17 minutes jogging
  • 1 nip/shot of vodka (30ml) + cranberry juice = 36 minutes walking, OR 16 minutes jogging
  • 1 glass of wine (150ml) = 21 minutes walking, OR 9 minutes jogging
  • 1 nip/shot of vodka (30ml) + diet softdrink = 14 minutes walking, OR 6 minutes jogging 
As you can see, any of these would  not be fun with a hangover.  Best policy is to avoid the alcoholic drinks, but if you do weaken, make sure you're prepared to do the exercise tomorrow (extra to what you'd normally do), to negate the 'fun' you had tonight!!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Quick & Easy Healthy Snacks

I'm loving some of the quick and easy ideas that my friends tell me about when it comes to healthy snacking.

One such idea is vege muffins.

Such a simple idea and one to have for a snack on the run that combines protein, fibre and carbohydrates.

Into muffin tins, cut up your choice of veges to fill each individual tin by about 2/3.  Use veges such as broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes/zucchinis, onions, tomatoes, corn, peas, baked sweet potato, spinach, kale, peppers/bell peppers, asparagus, beans.  You can also add tofu for added protein, or some fetta cheese.

Once you are happy with the combinations, beat up eggs to pour over the top of the veges. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Easy snacks to keep in the fridge for the week ahead.  Cuts down on your trips to the vending machines!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

30 Second Workout!

I'm sure that got your attention!  We all want to do anything today in less time. Time is our most valuable commodity it seems, and everyone seems to be running out of it - yet there are still 24 hours in a day!

Okay, what I mean by the 30 second workout

I usually do my weights exercises with at least a 1 minute rest period between lifting.  I read recently, that a way to increase your performance, and gain maximum benefit from your training, is to reduce your rest time between exercises.

So, if you reduce the rest time between your exercises and sets of weights to 30seconds, you maximise your outcomes.  Hence my 30 second workout!

Interesting - give it a go, see how  you feel.

I tried it this morning, and I will admit to it being a much harder workout for me! 

Let me know how you go with this and what your thoughts are