Thursday, 30 September 2010

Fat to Fit Blog Hop

It's Fat to Fit time again........last week was huge, with lots of new blogs, all linking up. Thank you, to all of you who join in!







If you would like to join in my blog hop, I'd love for you to link up.

All you need to do is:


1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).

2.Get the "Fat to Fit" button/code from below by copying the code and posting via the Edit HTML tab into your diet/weight loss post: if anyone wants any help with how to do this, lemme know?








3. Add the URL to your diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list...

5. Share the love, read each others posts, get inspired, follow and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then, if you want, you can link up again with another diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Here comes the sun.....



I know this is a cover. I know the Beetles original is being heralded for being "the best".

But I love a little Colby Caillat, and I love this song and I love love love that we are finally getting into a little bit of spring in the air and some sunny sunshine rays.

And I love that I can smell the promise of summer.......

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

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Broccoli Soup...

I have been doing some Best Buy listings for Sandra over at the $120 Food Challenge. (She has scored a recipe book deal as a result of her brilliant blog, by the way. How cool is that?!)

As I may have mentioned before, I am keen to shop smart, and in season.

And healthily.

So when I saw fresh broccoli at 39c a kilo, I bought a load, and hoped I could score some good recipes......

(39c a kilo? Amazing.)

I was reminded by a fellow twittery person, when I called for recipes,  of broccoli soup.

So here is the result - some of you may recognise this recipe. (He may be famous, but he copied me. I can't even type his name. We have a past, after all............and I am damn sure he Googles himself.)



Broccoli Soup


Very easy, minimal ingredients, very healthy.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Water

Sea Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 heads of fresh broccoli


Optional –

60g grated mature cheddar or 4 slices of goats cheese

Olive oil, for garnish

Method -

Cut the florets off the heads of broccoli. Cut the stems into similarly sized pieces. Add all of the broccoli florets and stems to a pot of rapidly-boiling, salted water. Cover. Simmer for ten minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, remove all the cooked broccoli pieces and put into a blender. Keep the cooking water. Top the blender up to about halfway with cooking liquid. Blend carefully. (Go easy. Nothing worse that green boiling water splatting all over the kitchen.) Add more of the cooking water as necessary, to get the consistency of soup that you like best. Season.

If desired, add cheese (goats cheese or cheddar cheese) to the bottom of the bowls before pouring the soup in. Serve, drizzled with olive oil.

The cheese & the olive oil are optional. They do add a little something.

But, if you want a bowl of warmth, a bowl of comfort food for next to nothing calorie wise, leave them out. (Those days when you just want to be good but you also just want to eat and eat?) It is an amazingly creamy soup considering it is zero fat.........

Enjoy!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Six ways to work out at home......

My lovely friend Alice recently askedme to write out some strength training ideas for her to do at home.

She is keen to add strength training to the walks she already does.

She is, like me, over 40.

These bones of ours need strength training to increase their density, to avoid the threat of osteoporisis later on in life. (Especially me, filthy dirty ex-smoker that I am!)

So, the below is what I put together for her, around what I know I do at home, that works for me.

All of the exercises are easy standard "moves" - youtube has a million videos on technique.

But the point is, it is easy, to do at home, in 30 minutes, around kids.



When I started doing this at home, I specified to myself that I wanted a 30 minute home strength workout that required NOTHING else, apart from me. No weights, no balls, no skipping ropes, no bands, no equipment at all, just me.

(I do admit that I do this to music. So my iPod is my only accessory...)

So this relies on the body using its own weight as resistance.

1. Five minute warm up - I jog on the spot for five minutes or so. (Or the first track of my iPod playlist.) Or use steps if you have them?

2. Push Ups - against a wall, or the ground - 3 x 12 push ups. I do the first set against a wall, the second set from my knees on the ground, the third set is full push ups. Nearly kills me. But I like lovely lady arms.......

3. Squats - full Russian ones - 45 of them. If you can do them in heels, even better. (Apparently that is good for the very inner thigh as well as the arse?)

4. Lunges - deep and low - 45 of them.

5. Sit ups with core tightly sucked in - 45 of them

6. Five minute stretch to cool down

Done!

I ache the next day if I have worked hard and well. It's a good ache. I like it.

Do you do any strength or resistence exercise?  Weight training?
Share with me?

If you do do this type of exercise, what works for you?

And if you're currently not strength training, do you think that you could get into the above?

Tell me?

Saturday, 25 September 2010

My new exercise plan.......

It's that time again.


School holidays.

Which is all fine and dandy and bloody busy with play dates.

I love that I get to chill with Olivia and Charlie and Lexie more.

And I love not having that seemingly constant ferrying shuttle from kindy and school and swimming and basketball and dancing.

And I love love love not having to make up bloody lunch boxes.

And I love not having to race around every morning, nagging at every juncture, to "please finish your cornflakes, can you get a wriggle on and get dressed please, where's your homework folder, don't forget to take your library book back, please, would you just get dressed, where's your drink bottle gone, don't forget to hand that form in, for the love of all things good, would you please GET DRESSED?!"

But my exercise also runs in 'terms'.

My group personal training operates along the same timings as a term.

And so I have two weeks off from any structured fitness work.

Which is nice.

But I miss it.

I have just two weeks to go until I do my half marathon. You can read about it here and here

(I am fundraising - if you would care to sponsor me, I would love you forever - just click here.)

22km. Fark.

So I need to do a final big practice go for distance tomorrow, Sunday. Then a week of steady intervals. Then taper off.........

I don't like the tapering off bit. Makes me feel nervous.

Then, once the run is run and done (literally) we will be into term four.

Lexie will be attending four kindy sessions a week, giving me a little more free time, more me time.

And my exercise will look like this:

Monday - 6.00am - weights and resistance
Tuesday - 7.15pm - 10km run
Wednesday - 9.15am group personal training session
Thursday - 6am - Intervals
Friday - Home workout
Saturday - Rest Day
Sunday - Long walk

Bring it on.

I cannot believe I get so excited just from writing down my exercise timetable.

I cannot believe I actually like this exercise bizzo.........

Friday, 24 September 2010

Bosisto's Botanicals Lavender Oil Spray Giveaway Winners!

If you look back here, you'll see that I recently ran a lovely giveaway for a whole stack of Bosisto's Botanicals

I have used a True Random Number Generator to pick the winners, and they are:

Life in a Pink Fibro
Toushka
Ah, The Possibilities
Mrs Woog
Tina Gray 

So if you winners could email me your postal details, I will send you your prizes........


Thank you!

Pancakes (English ones.)

We have debates, in our house, over pancakes.
 
I am English.
 
Pancakes, for me, are thin, crepe like, and the size of a large plate. They are served with lemon and sugar.

Always always always served on Shrove Tuesday, but also all through the year, as often as possible!
 
Fluffy little American style discs, served in a stack, with syrup, are not my thing. Well, actually, I love them, but they are more like a desert for me, to be served with maple syrup and ice cream.
 
So here is the recipe I use for my "proper" pancakes.
 
I am a bit addicted to these at the  moment. And when I ask the kids if they would like pancakes for brekky......I am a hero Mummy......which is rare, so I suck it up...


 
Ingredients
4 oz (110 g) plain flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
7 fl oz (200 ml) milk mixed with 3 fl oz (75 ml) water
2 oz (50 g) butter

To serve:

Caster sugar, lemon juice and lemon wedges

Method
  • Sift the flour and salt into a large mixing bowl 
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it.
  • Whisk the eggs in gradually
  • Add small quantities of the milk and water mixture gradually, still whisking until the batter is smooth, with the consistency of thin cream.
  • Melt the butter in the pan. Spoon 2 tablespoons of this melted butter back into the batter and whisk it in, then pour the rest of the butter into a bowl and use it when needed to grease the pan, using a ball of kitchen paper to smear it round.
  • Pour the batter into a large jug
  • Use a 18/20cm frying pan and get it hot
  • Each pancake uses about 3 tablespoons of batter: pour this into the pan and angle the pan by tipping it all around to spread the batter out over the base of the entire pan.
  • Cook for about two minutes, until the underside is laced with brown, then flip.....
  • And cook for about another minute on the other side.
  • Stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest.
  • To serve, sprinkle each pancake with freshly squeezed lemon juice and caster sugar, fold in half, then in half again to form triangles, or else simply roll them up. Serve sprinkled with a little more sugar and lemon juice and extra wedges of lemon.
You may find yourself wanting to double the recipe to make more..........

I have offered this to my children this morning.

It is a delicious meal, in that we are all in the kitchen laughing and preparing together.

Do you have one of those dishes? An all fun, all delicious, an all hands on deck, all chaos family meal?

Share with me?

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Fat to Fit Blog Hop

It's Fat to Fit time again........last week was MASSIVE, with nearly 40 blogs all linking up. Thank you, to all of you who join in!






If you would like to join in my blog hop, I'd love for you to link up.

All you need to do is:


1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).

2.Get the "Fat to Fit" button/code from below by copying the code and posting via the Edit HTML tab into your diet/weight loss post: if anyone wants any help with how to do this, lemme know?











3. Add the URL to your diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list...

5. Share the love, read each others posts, get inspired, follow and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then, if you want, you can link up again with another diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Do you want the key to making any diet work?

Hey everyone

This is not a promotion.

This is not a review.

I am not being paid, or flattered, or sponsored to write this post. (Yet!)

BUT........I have been given a pile of Think Slim CD's. By Mark Stephens of Think Slim



Which I want to give away.

But I do not want to give them away to folk just for the sake of a freebie.

SO, here are some questions for you:

  • Do you want a helping hand with weight loss?
  • Do you want to try and find the "missing link" to your relationship with food?
  • Do you want a tool that can help you, that works alongside any eating plan?
  • Do you need some weight loss for the mind?
  • Are you tired of trying diets, only for your self talk to get the better of your efforts?
  • Do you want to get committed to healthy living?
  • Do you want more restful sleep?
  • Are you open to self guided relaxation and self guided hypnosis?

If you can answer yes to the above, then all you need to do is send me a stamped addressed CD mailer. It is that simple.



(If you have read my blog for a while, you'll know I do use the Think Slim program. It works, wonderfully, for me. For my thoughts on the program, please see these posts......)

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Career Girl Me...(Updated)

Someone asked me the other day, about what my life was like before children...

Before I had children, I was a career girl - and once I settled here in Australia, I worked for a leading telco, from the mid 1990's, as a sales manager, as a marketing manager and as a project manager. In Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin. I worked full time. Full full full time. it was where I met my lovely husband. And good job I did - I was working so hard, I had little time for much else!
I was never the clicky clacky heals corporate suit flicky hair type of career girl. I was not a glamour of the Sydney business world. But I did get recognised for objectives really well executed. And dare I say it, I was promoted more quickly that my better dressed, more beautiful counterparts......

I loved my work. I was lucky to work with the best talent that the telco industry had at the time.  Without a doubt, I was paid extraordinarily well for campaigns well done. I thrived. I worked really long hours and was on schedule and on budget every time. I was lucky that I found a knack of getting the best out of other people, and I repeatedly was lucky enough to experience the thrill of making things happen, seeing things evolve, through the hard work of some phenomenal teams of people.




I was lucky that I had some amazing mentors through my whole career.  Men and women that saw flickers of potential in me that I could not see in myself. I always knew I could and would work hard. Other people saw the occasional flashes of "brilliance". I put that in inverted commas because I always doubted myself. Lucky for me, they didn't.

I worked, and played, to win.

At the peak of my career, I finally fell pregnant. And whilst riding that high, I lost my baby. It was a late, late loss and the most heartbreaking thing I have ever had to deal with.

We, the lovely husband  and I, we chose to retreat for a while, to the Northern Territory.

For his career, this time; and so that I could lick some wounds and heal: we left Adelaide for the Darwin adventure.

Again, I scored. And landed an amazing role working on a huge construction and IT project. With the best in the business across government and private enterprise, I blossomed again. Crackled with the energy and vibrancy of success. And felt some peace in my heart and mind, up there, in that amazing tropical land.

And I fell pregnant again, this time with my beautiful eldest daughter Olivia.

I got huge. I got hot. I got happy. I got my project, me and my pregnant belly, in my hard hat and steel capped boots.

I finally waddled away at 8 months pregnant.

It is now over seven years since I worked on my career. I have always managed to work part time, usually from home, around the kids. As a method of keeping my marketing skills and my brain ticking over. But such part time work has been secondary to my main "job" as Mummy to my three kids.



I miss the passion, and the cut and thrust of being really good at something, something external to my personal world.

I miss the thrill of the negotiations, the thrill of the wins. The completions. I miss the life cycles of projects. I miss that secret internal feeling I get: "They think I can't do that,but I know I can and will, and I cannot wait to prove it."

Lexie starts at school in term four of 2011.

Time to start investigating what to do next...



Updated - a year later!

Term four of 2011 is nearly upon us. I am revelling in my last few weeks of having my youngest at home with me.

This past year, I have managed to work from home, doing some freelance writing work. I also stuck my toe in the water and secured some part time work for a local real estate company, working on their database, their marketing and their social media. It has stretched me and been a lot of fun.

So much so, that the minute Lexie goes to school, I am signed up to study for two terms to complete my Certificate IV in Property Services: Real Estate. (This is the qualification required to become a real estate agent in South Australia.)



I will undertake the study part time, around the kids, and around my existing work in the real estate office. By April I will be fully qualified, and able to secure a career role as a real estate agent. It is an industry I have always been attracted to, and I have always wanted to "get into real estate".

It is also an industry that is notoriously hard work, and, in the current property climate, I am anticipating some tough challenges.

That said, it's also an industry that I realise can be very flexible. With my lovely husband supporting my choice, and some carefully planned team work over who drops kids off at school, and who picks them up, around BOTH of our careers, I think know we will manage.

He and I have talked it over long and hard. We realise we will give up some weekend times together. Real estate work means working weekends. But this also means I have the flexibility in the week to pick kids up after school without the need for after school care. I intend to still help with the school canteen and school reading support regularly, as I shall plan my days around clients, and around school hours.

I am looking forward to studying again. I am really looking forward to working with lots of different people again, in a team environment. I am really looking forward to the day when I start earning a decent salary again, so that the pressure on my lovely husband can be eased.

I am looking forward to giving my children, particularly my girls, the knowledge that you can have a career and be a brilliant and present Mum as well. You can. "They think I can't do that,but I know I can and will, and I cannot wait to prove it!"

Monday, 20 September 2010

Gok Wan - How To Look Good Naked

I am not sure if this show is ever on free to air TV here in Australia. But it is on the Lifestyle Channel.


LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

Gok Wan presents the inspirational fashion series that shows women how to look fantastic
with their clothes on or off no matter what their body shape

I am not sure if I have ever cried with so much joy and empathy at a TV show, ever.

(His articles are also superb - so simple, such simple tricks to ease us into more confidence.)





For me, a healthy lifestyle, well fitting knickers and a vaguely consistent beauty routine keep my confidence high when it comes to stripping off. Regardless of my weight or size. Shaved legs and exfoliated skin just make me feel better.

If I am feeling crap, I drink some water, have an apple, and make a mental note to make time soon, to have a long pamper of a shower to exfoliate, de-fuzz and moisturise. Maybe it is even the time alone, sans kids, that re-energises me?

At the moment, thankfully, I am feeling good. My nails are OK. My weight is stable. My skin is coming out of that grey winter stage. Hair colour is a little grey but I have a date to fix that. I am feeling like I am getting enough sleep. I am practising how to relax. I quite like myself. I'd even go as far as to say I feel a little bit goddess like!

But tell me, what do YOU do, for yourself, to look good naked?

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Shine

There are some songs that I just find motivating.

Songs that make you feel like facing the sunshine and holding your head up high?

Regardless of lyrics, some songs just stay in your head and make you walk to a good beat?

This is one of them. Enjoy.

Friday, 17 September 2010

You tell me........

I have noticed that over the past week or two, there has been a number of brand new followers to this here blog of mine........I'm not sure where from, but I am glad you are here!

If you are a regular, g'day......hello!

And if you are a new follower - welcome!




And now you are here, can you I ask you all something? Please?

What is it that makes you read this blog?

What is it you like?

Which kind of posts appeal to you most?

What do you wish I would post more of? Less of?

Tell me, what you want, what you like?

Be honest......I am really keen to find out what goes down well.

Either comment here, or send me an email?

I cannot wait to hear what you have to say...........

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Fat to Fit Blog Hop

It's Fat to Fit time again........last week was another big one, again with over 25 blogs all linking up. Thank you, to all of you who join in!





If you would like to join in my blog hop, I'd love for you to link up.

All you need to do is:


1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).

2.Get the "Fat to Fit" button/code from below by copying the code and posting via the Edit HTML tab into your diet/weight loss post: if anyone wants any help with how to do this, lemme know?









3. Add the URL to your diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list...

5. Follow at least one other blogger.....share the love, and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then, if you want, you can link up again with another diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

On target, On time and On budget.

Thank you to everyone that commented on my post yesterday.

I was a little suprised and touched, I guess, that some of you were wary, on my behalf, of my decision to weigh in again, after all these months.

As a result of those comments, I guess I should explain why I have chosen to weigh in again?

I am a project manager by profession. Before children, I was a talent at getting major projects completed, on target, on time and on budget.



Finishing stuff is what I do.

I start things, I finish them.

And I see that weight loss ticker of mine up there showing me that I still am not finished.

I have more to prove, to myself.

So, I am aware that I am not going to get all obsessed, or put myself under negative pressure.

But I do need to forge ahead and make some number orientated progress, so that I feel like I am closer to the end goal.

So, I weighed in.

My muscle weight has gone UP
My water % has gone UP
My body fat % has gone DOWN
My overall weight has stayed exactly the same.

I am happy with that.

Very happy.

So, maybe next week I can weigh in again, and it'd just be really nice if I have lost a little bit?

I am just going to do a little more planning. A little less processed carbs at night. A few less lattes. A bit more water. A bit more exercise. That is all.

Wish me luck?

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

A new dawn......?




Well, it has been a few months now, since I actually weighed myself.

The scales have been in the shed.

So I have had no idea of whether I am up, down or what.

My clothes have felt the same, I think? I have not been aware of anything getting particularly tighter or loser.

I have been active. Steadily training for my 22km half marathon, as well as a lot of walking, and some weights too.

I have been eating well. I have been eating whatever I want, whenever I want, as long as I am actually hungry.

I have been really trying to battle the emotional eating issues. I feel like I have won a lot of battles, if not the entire war.

I have not been calorie counting or obsessing over protein versus carbs. I have been mindful of fat content, do a degree.

I have been sleeping well. Getting to bed early at least three nights a week, which has been bliss, and a habit I plan on continuing forever. I love it. And I love that I am no longer exhausted or cranky.

So, life, and my diet, and my journey to lose weight has been relaxed. Very chilled.

No pressure on myself at all.

And the result?

I feel happy.

I feel balanced.

I do not feel deprived.

I do not feel like I have dropped the reigns or fallen off the wagon, or slid off the tracks.

I do not feel guilty.

It is a good feeling.


But I AM going to weigh myself tomorrow.

I feel the need to get back into it a little.

Shed some more weight.

I'd like to drop a few more kilos, maybe a dress size.

So I will weigh in tomorrow. And then again next week.

And hope that I lose.

But stay chilled about it.

D'you reckon that'll work?

Monday, 13 September 2010

Sleep & a Giveaway.....

My regular readers will recall how I am fairly passionate about the importance of sleep.

Both for my children, my friends, and for myself.



My kids, thankfully, are good sleepers.

They are all in bed by about 7.30pm, and sleep all the way through until about 6am. Bliss.

If you read back here, you'll see that I have adopted a habit of at least 3 early nights a week. Also bliss.

I was in the habit of lighting a scented candle before bed, but one problem with that is the thought that an open flame is burning as I am asleep, and obviously we couldn't have candles in the kids rooms.

SO, when I saw that you can now get a pure lavender oil in a spray, I realised I could give the kids rooms and our bedroom a spray, before sleep, and it would have the same gorgeous impact as a scented candle. I am so sold.

Bosisto have since sent me a stash of their Lavender Spray to giveaway.


I am not usually a fan of spray "air fresheners" as they generally smell fake. But this is an entirely different product - just pure essential lavender oil, in a spray.

So it can be used in place of a scented candle for soothing and relaxation before bed.

Or as a cleaning and freshening agent.

Or on insect bites. (My kids often complain of mozzie bites at bedtime. I am thinking this spray will solve the itch and the sleeplessness?! Result!)

The spray is available at Coles,in the medicinal aisle, and I also noticed that my local pharmacy sells it too, which is handy. It's around $12  for the spray, but I am realising that it is lasting a really long while, so pretty good value. (We've been using it every night in all our bedrooms.)

For more details on the spray, and also the other essential oil products that Bosisto's specialise in, their website is here:


So, if anyone would like a free Lavender Spray, all you need to do is become a follower of my blog, and let me know in a comment to this post what you would use the Lavender Spray for........easy! I have five spray's to give away.


Open to readers located in Australia only.  I will use Random.org to pick the five winners.
The closing date will be Monday 20th September.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

More Crazy Amazing

And if it is more crazy amazing you want, go here:




AMB blog carnival button



It is the very best of the best, from Aussie Mummy Bloggers.





 
Get a coffee. Click back. Enjoy.

Crazy Amazing......

This song, it reminds me so much of a time, a few years ago, when I was in a bad place.

It reminds me of how far I have come. Of the depths from which I came. And of how far I still have left to go.

It is a remarkable song with remarkably simple lyrics and interestingly, it was the first song to hit the number one spot in the music record charts via download sales alone.

Plus, the video clip is amazing....

Enjoy.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Flowers For Friday - au naturel...

My Mum has had her other eye done this week: dense cataracts removed, so I am a bit overwhelmed at not having enough time for anything much at all, let alone flowers.

I did go to her local florist to buy her a very beautiful scented candle though. I wish you could smell it. (I bought myself one too. Utterly divine and much needed by me. Jasmine. The scent of angels.)

And I notice that spring  is sprung in our garden, with some bulbs naturalizing in our lawn.

So let us enjoy them whilst we can, before they get whipper snippered by the lovely husband.......


Have a lovely Friday and I hope the weekend is
a sunny and relaxed one...

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Fat to Fit Blog Hop

It's Fat to Fit time again........last week was HUGE , with over 25 blogs all linking up. Thank you, to all of you who join in!





If you would like to join in my blog hop, I'd love for you to link up.

All you need to do is:


1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).

2.Get the "Fat to Fit" button/code from below by copying the code and posting via the Edit HTML tab into your diet/weight loss post: if anyone wants any help with how to do this, lemme know?











3. Add the URL to your diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list...

5. Follow at least one other blogger.....share the love, and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then, if you want, you can link up again with another diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The F-word

I have been lucky enough to guest post over at the lovely Good Golly Miss Holly's over the past few weeks.

I have asked Holly to treat us to some of her words, here, on my blog, by guest posting for me.

About a topic close to my heart - how we feel about our bodies.......

Thank you Holly, for sharing so candidly:

I have spoken openly about my body before.
What I like about myself, and what I don't.

Body image and self appreciation was never an issue. Even as a teenage.

I loved myself. Probably a bit too much.

Motherhood, however, changed that and now I am torn.

The F-word. Fat. I wasn't always.

The patches of vitiligo that have broken out on my hands and chest. Stress induced. Doesn't my body realise how self conscious it makes me?

The no-so-perkiness of my breasts.
The stubborn belly bulge that refuses to budge.

Tuck shop lady arms. Just call me Lunch Lady Doris. Shudder.
 
The stretchmarks.
The chinny chin chins.
Too big for 'average sizing, not big enough for 'plus' sizing.
How I love the pretty, feminine fashion at the moment. It frustrates me to walk past the clothes on display, knowing that I can not wear it.

The lack of discipline to remain faithful to my desire to eat clean.
To exercise more. To be good to my body.
When did I become confident with only putting in half the effort?

Then I stop.

Breathe.

Evaluate.


My beauty is still there. The f-word can't take that away.

Think some more.

And what about the amazing abilities of my body?

I am always so quick to forget about the positives.

I have carried two gorgeous babies to full term, 39 weeks and 41 weeks respectively. 21 months apart.

I have nursed and nourished those two babies. My second is 13 months, and still going.

I have chased, giggled, rolled about, rocked and cradled my two babies.

I have endured not one, but two bouts of Post Natal Depression, yet it never gets the better of me.
I always come through smiling.

Minimal sleep and yet, my body pushes on. Happy to see another day.
My Cesarean scar, I adore. A proud battle scar. A loving reminder.

My body is amazing.
How can one have much appreciation for their body, yet dislike it so?

The answer to that riddle? The key to the secret? Will I ever find it?

Will I ever be happy with my body again?

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Away Day

I am on a away day today.

I have not gone far.

Just over to Randomly Ramble for the day.




Monday, 6 September 2010

Hey!

I am over at Holly's, guest posting again.


Her blog has had a makeover - it looks sensational

Good Golly Miss Holly!


Action shot

I am not sure I can think of anything more liberating or more joyful than rolling down a grassy hill in the spring sunshine?

Makes me wish I was a kid again.

Or maybe next time I will just have a go and join in too?




Saturday, 4 September 2010

When you say nothing at all....about breasts.

On Twitter yesterday, and across blogland, there was a lot of talk surrounding breast cancer awareness.

X Factor is now on the TV, with Ronan Keating as a judge. I love it. Love it.

I loved Boyzone, I love Ronan, I am sad his mother died at only aged 54, from breast cancer.

I am glad that Ronan does so much work for charity, specifically for cancer research, in addition to the Marie Keating Foundation

I am also very glad that songs like this one just make my Saturday mornings a little bit chilled, and a little bit loving, and so appreciative of my healthy little family.

Friday, 3 September 2010

The Odd Bunch

My local fruit and veggie shop does the odd bunch of flowers, in a random way. They are a bit hit and miss, but this weeks are lovely.

Spring has meant that the kids are devouring more fruit even than usual, so I have been into the fruit and veg shop twice this week, which makes me feel happy for some reason.





Have a lovely Friday..........and tell me
what you have planned for this weekend?


Thursday, 2 September 2010

Fat to Fit

It's Fat to Fit time again........last week was wonderful, with over 20 blogs all linking up. Thank you, to all of you who join in!






If you would like to join in my blog hop, I'd love for you to link up.

All you need to do is:


1.Follow my blog (if you haven't already done so).

2.Get the "Fat to Fit" button/code from below by copying the code and posting via the Edit HTML tab into your diet/weight loss post: if anyone wants any help with how to do this, lemme know?








3. Add the URL to your diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post POST in the Linky below (not your homepage: the actual post)

4. Copy the blog hop code from below into your post too.....then you are also hosting the exact same blog hop link list...

5. Follow at least one other blogger.....share the love, and comment!

6. The blog hop list will open every Thursday and will be open all week.

7. A new and fresh link list will open every Thursday. (And then, if you want, you can link up again with another diet/weight loss/healthy eating/exercise/fitness post.)

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Slow Cooker Marmalade

Slow Cooker Marmalade

I promise you, this is THE easist, and most satisfyingly simple way to cook marmalade.

It is sweet, and bitter as marmalade should be, and sets beautifully.




Ingredients


6 oranges or 6 grapefruits or 6 lemons ( or any combination of citrus fruit- I used pink grapefruit because I scored a bagful from a lovely old lady neighbour who grows them, bless her.)

1 kg sugar




Directions

1. Take the  fruits and wash well, removing any blemishes and stalks.

2. Cut into quarters, and place in a food processor.

3. Pulse until finely ground, skin and pips and all.

4. Place fruit and sugar into the slow cooker and cook on high for about 4 hours

5. Stir occasionally, keeping an eye on the colour.

6. This quantity fills about 5 x 340g jars

8. It never goes dark and lasts for up to 6 months in the fridge without the need to sterilize the jars. (I'll be honest though, I generally do sterilise the jars. I stash the preserves at the back of the pantry. Lasts for years........)

For more brilliant slow cooker, electric cooker and pressure cooker recipes, just go here - it's a great pressure cooker recipe site!