Friday, 30 April 2010

Nice things I like.........

I treated myself and my three littlies to some lovely things recently, which arrived in the post today.

Tell me that you do not love these face washers?





And as you may recall, I have a bit of an apron fetish: below are TWO aprons.....one standard cooking apron, and one peg apron. AND a matching notebook cover.

Divine.

I am so so tempted to go back and get more of these beautiful things.

All from the same clever lady: Anita at Winnie & Clem, who has a shop on MadeIt


Tell me about some nice things that you like?

Exercise........

I know it is "boring" and I know "I just don't have the time to exercise."

Buts its not boring, and I really do have the time.

And I actually love love the exercise bit of this diet bizzo.



I cannot believe I just wrote that. But I promise, it is true.

Currently I walk every morning from 6am to 7am.

I cover a lot of kilometres.

I love love love walking.

I walk some of those mornings with my gorgeous friend Adele (Badele Madele)

Adele (Badele Madele) is currently 37 weeks pregnant. Everytime my phone beeps at me I realise I am expecting it to be the "In labor, on way to hossy" text from her.

Adele is fit. Despite pregnancy, she still walks at least 6km a day and works out on strength training.

She is a goddess.

But even she cannot keep up with what I need to do over the next few months.

SO, I need to be prepared to do a large chunk of my exercise alone.

So here is my new "move more" plan for winter, for doing it alone without Adele, to include strength training:

Monday 6am - 30 minute walk, with the dog,  followed by home strength workout
Tuesday - Intervals
Wednesday - 7.15pm - Half Marathon training (distance)
Thursday 6am - Intervals with my iPod followed by home strength workout
Friday - Fit Ball Core workout (at home, using Ball & Band DVD)
Saturday - Rest Day
Sunday - 1 hr walk with steep bits with my walking buddy Marisa

Home Strength Workout (I do this after a quick walk so that I am already warmed up)
Push ups - 3 sets of 12 reps
Squats with hand weights - 3 sets of 15 reps
Crunches - 3 sets of 20 reps
Lunges with hand weights - 3 sets of 15 reps

Fark. I sound like I know what I am doing.

Oh wait, I do know what I am doing.

Oh, so I had better just do it.


Thursday, 29 April 2010

Winter time.......

Far out.

I am FREEZING

Tonight in Adelaide it is a very chilly and wintry 10`c

Winter, I tell you!

But I don't actually mind that much.

Hot baths, flannie jammies, the fire on. Herbal tea. Slippers. Bedspreads. My list is endless.........

Ooooh, there's a lot of things to love about winter...........



What about you? Tell me what you really love about winter time?


True to Type

This 20:20:20 business....it is ON.

I have dug out the details on the different metabolic eating types and I re-did the questionaire. (This is the work of Paul Chek and William Wollcott, for anyone who wants to Google.)

I am a "mixed" type. Definately.

However, I have always been advised to eat to a protein type, as this is a faster way to lose weight.

Problem is, I find it virtually impossible to stick to a protein type diet, even in the short term.

So it is only actually faster if you can actually stick to it. Which I can't.

(The thought of all those effing egg whites again and all that tuna.....no no no no no. It makes me want to run and hide in a can of Pringles.)

SO, I am going to eat as a mixed type. I am going to stay true to type.



The deal with food, for me, then, is this:

1200 Calories per day

This is made up of:

10% Fat
40% Protein
50% Carbs

Which equates to:

13.3g of fat only
120g protein
150g carbs

I have reset my Calorie King to reflect this.

(Interestingly it is the first time I have been into Calorie King for what feels like forever. I last recorded my weight on there last November: 6 months ago. I have maintained my weight since then. Phew)



I have pre-planned todays food and tracked it already.

I need to up my daily water guzzling habits.

What about you? Linky thing below. Just link to a post that shows us what you are up to diet/weightloss/exercise wise?

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Captain Starlight........I am doing a half marathon for charity........

If you read this post here you will see that I am going for a 20:20:20 challenge.

If you read these posts here and here, you will see that my son Charlie was recently hospitalised, and that one of the few bright spots of his long stay at the Woman and Children's hospital was indeed the very cool Captain Starlights.

So, I am going to add to my 20:20:20 challenge by trying to raise $500 for the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Each year there are over 600,000 child admissions made to hospitals across Australia. Today, Starlight can only reach ‘1 in 3’ of these children. Their ultimate goal is to enable each and every child to have access to Starlight programs.

$500 gets Captain Starlight out to visit about 60 kids. I am trying to do my bit by raising $500, by completing the McLaren Vale Half Marathon on October 10th.

So, if you would like to help me by donating, please, I would love it if you could.

Thank you!

20:20:20

Okay. Deep breath.

Here is my plan.

20:20:20

20 kilograms
20 weeks
20 kilometres

Between now and October

I am going for it.



Obviously, I am going to blog about it in here.

I will be posting once a week, probably on a Thursday, with weigh ins. (These will be in kilos, as well as muscle, hydration and body fat %). Maybe even photos.

My focus will be this:

  • Tracking all my intake in Calorie King (sticking to my plan)
  • Exercising 6 days a week. Without fail
  • 2 litres of water a day
  • Some form of non-food nurturing for myself every day
I will report back to you all on how I am tracking.

I would really like it if you were all in it with me,  to make me feel a little lot accountable?




Once I have done this, come the 10th October, I will do the half marathon down at the beautiful Maclaren Vale. For charity. So if anyone has a paricular charity they would like me to sponsor, please let me know?

And beyond October, when I achieve this, there will be a massive reward for myself................

If anyone wants to join me, and share a specific weight loss post once a week, with weights and progress, please let me know? (I am thinking a McLinky type of sharing?)

What do you think?

Monday, 26 April 2010

At My House - De-cluttering....

I am playing At My House again, thanks to Buttons by Lou Lou

I posted earlier about how fragile I am feeling, and how I have a need to declutter my mind and my body.

And what better way to start that process by some actual de-cluttering.

When I need to feel in control, I clean. I organise my space. And then I clean some more.

So whilst lovely husband entertained various children, I de-cluttered our upstairs retreat.

It is a gorgeous big room, which I work in a lot.

But it accumlates a lot of crap.

But it is done. All squeaky clean and lovely, and organised. I shifted furniture, and got rid of three bags of junk.

It is now the haven that I need it to be.

And I feel a bit better. And that is good.


All this labour gave me the opportunity to chew over in my head what I need to do in order to take this diminishing lark to the next stage.

My weight loss ticker is back, up the top there.

I have reset some goals.

More on that tomorrow..........

De-Clutter (of brain and body)

Thank you, everyone, for all of your birthday wishes.

I have felt a bit like a bloke in a cave about my birthday. I avoided the 'phone and Facebook and the postman. I wanted to avoid the birthday and all the well wishers.

And then I realise that it probably wasn't just my birthday I was avoiding, it was just life in general that made me want to avoid the 'phone and the people.



It has been a tricky start to the year for us, and I am feeling more than a little fragile.

Charlie is now really on the mend: he is now finally out of the cast, and it only took him a week to take his first unaided wobbly steps by himself. I cried. Enough said.

It has made me realise that I feel like I have been stuck on hold for a good few months.

So, this week coming up I am determined to make it a bit more about me me me me me.

I need to de-clutter this house of ours and de-clutter this brain of mine.

I need to de-junk the fridge and the pantry.

I need some new weight and fitness goals. I need some new plans.

I need to just push past all the crappolo that has been the past few months and get on with the diminishing.

Will you watch this space for my plans, and share this next stage with me?

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Luxury?

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

 Weekend. Love them. Luxury.




We have two days stretching ahead of us with no plans, no particular place to be. No schedule to rush to.

We may have friends for dinner, but they are type of close friends that I do not have to clean for, nor do I need to fret about "entertaining" them. They appear, we chill, the kids play together, we eat, we laugh, they potter off home again.

I have a lot of nice things I would LIKE to do today. But nothing I HAVE to do.

That, for me, is luxury.

Forget your fancy cars and your diamond rings, luxury, for me, is clean sheets on the bed and no stressy demands on my time.

Forget palatial mansions and ritzy restaurants, I am happy, now, for luxury to take its form in healthy kids and my peace of mind.

Forget designer labels and highly priced handbags...give me the groove of a happy family smiling: my happy family smiling, and I will use an enviro sack forever.

Are we all fed and watered and warm and smiling? All safe, under the one roof?



[Image is by Olivia. Yesterday. "Scammed" in.]

Yep?

Then that I all I need. That is the ultimate in luxury for me right now.

What is YOUR ultimate luxury?




Saturday, 24 April 2010

Will you count me in?



This is all from me today. 'Tis my birthday. I am gonna spend with the fab five.

Friday, 23 April 2010

The Sweet Blog Award

I am gradually catching up with this award bizzo.

And I was lucky to get a new one from The adorable Thea at Do I really Wanna Blog?




When I open my Google Reader and see posts from Thea, I save them till last. Because they are always so interesting and leave me wishing I could meet her in real life. Go and pay her a visit. She is a very cool chick. Thank you Thea......blogging with you is lovely.

I am not sure if there are any rules to this award, or where it originates from.

Apparently it is for blogs which you think are friendly and make you want to visit often.

Most of the blogs I follow fall into this category.

So this is a HELP YOURSELF blog award.

If you are in my blog list over here to the right, help yourself, you sweet things, to this award.

Seriously funny..........

For anyone who hasn't seen this site, it is seriously a good spoof/piss take of Mommy Blogs

It makes me laugh, mostly at myself.

Mommy Blogging

Seriously Blessed



Enjoy!




mummytime

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Happy 101

I have been lucky enough to score a new award from the lovely Claire Marie over at Spontaneous Delight: Happy Days!

I like her blog, a lot. It is simple and unselfconscious and.........well..........happy. It is a happy blog. Go have a look-see.



The deal with this award is:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog. Check

2. Tell who gave you the award and link to their blog. Check

3. List 10 things that make you happy. Check. See below.

4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and let them know that they have won. Check. See below.

 
So, the things that make me happy? Loads of things. Mostly superficial. In random order, in pictures:
 
Blogging
 

Nice smelly candles
 
 
Fresh cut flowers
 

Swimming


Good quotes


Funky Aprons


Good coffee


Rainbows


Fresh cut grass




But most of all: most of all, this little five make me happy.


And now to tag some other happy blogs:

Lulu @ Unperfect Life, because she is happily unperfect and I know she wants to use images.
Life With Kaishon because I love her style
DarNonymous because I miss her when she doesn't post
Hot Cross Mum because she is cool
Brenda at Mummy Time because she is happy. All the time!

Small actions, by lots of people, means big change...

It is ANZAC Day this Sunday.



It is a long weekend, of rememberence, and biscuits.

My Grandpa Len was a Lieutenant in the Australian Navy during World War II. He was captured as prisoner of war and held in Japan. He eventually returned home to Adelaide and fought from within himself to save his mental health, for the sake of his wife and four small children. He ended up contributing to family and to civil life in so many incredible and positive ways. I am proud to be his grand-daughter, not just because of his war efforts.




So around ANZAC day, I remember him even more than usual.

I do also, of course, also bake biscuits.

The Anzac Biscuit recipe that I favor this year is one that I found in this book:



This book is cool. It is a part of the We Are What We Do organisation - and the concept that small actions, by lots of people, means big change.

Kind of like the ANZACS really.

The sentiment and action behind the recipe is:

Bake something for a friend: Cook up a great relationship.






Enjoy, from me to you. A virtual basket of biccies.

Tell me, share with me what ANZAC Day means for you?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The (Kind Of) Healthy Bran Slice

How very Diminishing to see you all,

Howdy! This week it's another three way with Lucy, Sarah and myself, Lori of Random Ramblings of a SAHM,  and it's Lucy's blog providing the bandwidth. The theme is...

Your healthiest recipe *dum dum de dum*.

Erm...

Those of you read my blog will know I'm not really the foodie type. Nor am I really the healthy type. So this one was a bit of challenge for me.

Therefore, after much deliberation, I'm (kind of) happy to bring you My Friend Kimmy Ann's Bran Slice. It's (kind of) healthy.

Healthy, in that two square contains a whole day's worth of bran- a big sweepy broom for the insides.

Unhealthy, in that heaven only knows how many calories are in a cup of brown sugar and a stick of butter.

Eat at your own risk.

I'll also confess, I couldn't be arsed actually making this slice to take a photo for this post. Lazy, you say? Oh my, yes!

So I thought I'd just slink around Google Images till I found one that looks remotely like the slice I'm talking about.

Nada. Zilch. Fail.

So please enjoy this picture of a cute cat instead.





Cooking A Cat

See more funny pictures and videos at Fugly.


My Friend Kimmy Ann's (kind of) Healthy Bran Slice

1 cup brown sugar.

1 cup coconut.

1 cup wholemeal self raising flour.

1 cup unprocessed bran.

113 gms Marg or Butter.

1 tablespoon golden syrup or honey.

2 teaspoons water.

Melt marg, syrup and water. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Press into a 7" x1" tray and bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes. Cut into 24 slices when cool.

Mixed fruit and other ingredients may be added to the recipe.

2 slices per day is equal to one heaped tablespoon of unprocessed bran- very, very good for you!!

Time Out

I need some time out today.




But don't stress. Because Lori is coming to play later........

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Secret To Weight Loss ? Pick a plan and stick to it.......

The Secret To Weight Loss ? Pick a plan and stick to it.......

OK, so if you believe you can lose weight and get fit, and if you have decided that you are committed to losing weight (and not just interested) what next?

You need to eat less. And to do that, you need a plan.

A food plan.

Because, lets face it, whether you are "dieting" or "choosing slimness" or "releasing body clutter" or whatever you wanna call it, food is gonna be an issue that you'll need to address. You will need to EAT LESS than you are eating now, in terms of calories.



There are literally thousands and thousands of diet plans out there.

I wouldn't want endorse one food plan over another.

All diets work.

Yep, you read that right.

Contary to current popular & trendy thought at the moment which shouts "Stop dieting and lose weight" and "diets do not work", I am absolutely a firm believer that all diets work.

ALL DIETS WORK IF YOU FOLLOW THEM.

There is the cruicial bit. You must follow a plan. And stick to it. And as long as you continue to eat according to the plan, you WILL lose weight.

(It is the "sticking to it" bit that most people fall down on.)

Pick a diet plan.

Any diet plan.

Weight Watchers is brilliant
Shakes of any brand are good if you want to kick start and a prescriptive approach
Low GI is very good
Atkins works as long as you can stick to it. I am not a fan myself, but it sure works IF you can stick with it.


Can you see what I am getting at here?

Any diet plan is only any good if you can STICK TO IT



Not just for a week or a month. If you are serious about losing weight and gaining fitness and keeping the weight off and maintaining health, then whichever plan you pick needs to be one you can stick with to lose weight, and then adapt to maintain your weight once you get to your goal weight.

If you read back over my blog right back to the beginning, you'll know I started on a shakes based diet.

This worked, for me.

It worked because it was strict, and minimised it choice, which is what I needed at the time.

It worked because I was committed

It worked because I believed.

It worked because I stuck to it.

I did shakes for 5 months. And lost loads of weight.

I then embarked on addressing my overall fitness, in a group personal training environment, and the trainer, with all her expertise, suggested "real food" and exercise.

This has worked for me ever since.

If I am aiming to lose weight, I eat 1200 calories per day. (If I am just making sure I maintain, I go for 2000 calories per day.)

I track this through Calorie King

Every day.

Tracking food is VITAL, I reckon.


It feels dumb and laborious.

But it keeps you focused. It keeps you in the present. It keeps you caring.

Tracking your food intake makes you accountable. It makes you realise how "costly" some foods are.

Tracking  your food means you are more likely to STICK TO YOUR PLAN

Tracking means that, regardless of which diet or food plan you pick, that you will be EATING LESS.

And you will lose weight.



Simple, hey..............................

Hi, it's Just Me coming for a visit!

Hi everyone, I'm Sarah from over at Just Me

Now Lucy has asked me to guest post a recipe for all of her lovely followers today.

Something healthy. To be exact she asked for "The one that you make when you are feeling all virtuous about being healthy?". My biggest problem with this challenge is that I don't really have a virtuously healthy recipe. Isn't that bad?!

Generally if I'm being virtuous, I'll have a piece of grilled chicken or some prawns & a big salad, but that's hardly exciting. So with that in mind I have picked out a salad recipe that my Godfather gave me, I have no idea where he got it from though. Plus sweet potato is my all time favourite vegetable, so win win!

Brown Rice & Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

















Ingredients:
1 cup of brown rice
1 cup of white rice
1.4kg sweet potato, peeled & cut into 2cm chunks
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbs brown sugar
½ cup pine nuts
½ red onion, finely sliced
½ cup chopped coriander leaves

Dressing:
2 tbs balsamic vinegar
1 ½ tbs soy sauce
1tbs olive oil

Directions:
  1. Cook rice until tender, set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 220 degrees.
  3. Combine sweet potato, oil, cumin & sugar. Toss well.
  4. Spread sweet potato on baking tray, spread pine nuts on a separate tray.
  5. Place both trays in the oven & bake until nuts are toasted.
  6. Remove nuts & bake potato for a further 20-25 minutes or until tender. Cool completely.
  7. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar & shake well. Season to taste.
  8. Combine rice, sweet potato, pine nuts, onion, coriander & dressing. Toss gently to combine.
  9. Can be served hot or cold.

You can just as easily make this with only brown rice, but I found it was more likely to be eaten with the combination of white & brown. I'd happily have just brown, but I have some fussy family members!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Threesome, anyone?

Anyone into threesomes?

Me, Sarah and Lori........we are.

Big time.

Last week we played at Sarah's place.

This week it is my turn.

And I proposed the theme too........a healthy recipe please...........the one you dish up when you are feeling like a virtuous goddess.

The smug smuggedy smug smug low fat low carb one, in my case.

The recipe below also has the advantages of being BBQ'd, so lovely husband actually cooks it, not me.

Also, the kids like it. Less nagging.

So here it it. (It is scarily circa 1970's........like so much of my life........)

BBQ'd Prawn and BBQ'd fruit Warm Salad




Get this:


24 uncooked large king prawns, peeled
½ pineapple, cored & cut into circles, or 300g sliced pineapple rings from a tin (in juice not syrup, drained)
1 large mango cut into cheeks
1 large banana, cut into chunks

¼ cup fresh mint, chopped finely
Juice and zest of a lime

Then do this:
  • Cook the prawns on a lightly oiled BBQ flat plate
  • Caramelise all the fruit on the BBQ as well
  • Combine the mint and the lime juice
  • Mix everything together in  bowl and serve

I don't eat much processed carbs these days, but lovely husband and the children would have some plain steamed rice with it perhaps......or just crusty bread?

Either way, this is only about 350 cals per serve, and very low fat and high in protein. Perfect. My body is a temple and all that.........

Let me know what you think? And watch out for more threesome activity tomorrow......

Back to school, Back to Shoes

Back to school today.

And so back to shoes for my Charlie boy, who is finally getting his cast off today. (For any new followers, my son had an accident a while back....we are now, 2 months on, finally on the home stretch!)

Plus we have wiped the dust off some more autumnal footwear......and I for one am very glad of the chillier weather so that I can get my boots back on. I am tired of slides and slappy sandals.

As such, lovely husband did his usual task of getting the shoe cleaning kit out and gathering up shoes from all around the house and polishing them all up.


This snap makes me realise how my childrens feets are growing so fast.  And how much I love them.

(This is my Point &Shoot for the adorable Chantelle over at Fat Mum Slim.)