Wednesday, 7 November 2012

How to make your arse smaller...

How to make your arse smaller...


I have posted before about the way that interval training is horrible and how it hurts, but how very effective it is for me and operation diminish...

Quite simply, and call me vain, but running intervals makes my arse shrink.

If I don't run intervals, my arse spreads.

Simple as that.

And no matter how much I want to deny being shallow, the smaller my bum is, the higher up it sits, the better I feel about myself. Perky is as perky does.

So, I've invested in a treadmill for at home.




It means that on all the mornings and evenings that I am at home with the kids I can still run, without having to worry about them. First thing in the morning, when they are still asleep. Or last thing at night, when I've finally done all the chores, and they are snuggled down.

It's not the same as running up and down the steep hills in my neighbourhood; but once the treadmill is set on a decent incline and ramped up to about 10.5 km per hour, it does do the job OK to get my heart rate up.

So, I've been running intervals - three minute sprints, 90 second recovery, three minute sprint, rinse, repeat...for 40 minutes.

And because I have to get myself and the kids ready to get to work and school in the mornings - those recovery times? Those little bits of relief before the next vomit inducing sprint? That's when I do all the little jobs....

Did you know you can do all these things in 90 seconds?!
  • Stuff a load of laundry in the machine, slap the detergent in and set the washing machine off?
  • Lay the table for breakfast and pour the juice
  • Empty the top level of the dishwasher
  • Empty the second level in the dishwasher
  • Screech at the kids to get out of bed
  • Spread three rounds of toast with Vegemite
  • Make three kids beds
  • Clean the toilet
Warm up for 5 mins. Run your arse off for three minutes. Do a domestic chore in 90 seconds. Repeat the sprint/domestic chore bits another 5 times. 37 minute workout. Arse is smaller. Skin is glowing. 

Done.

Too hard to exercise around the kids? Err, Lucy, you slack tart, no it's not.

No time to exercise? Errr....yes, I think I just found some time.

Am I mad? To run around like this in the pursuit of feeling good?


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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Easy Lemon Cake...(No Fat and Low Calorie!)


If you need a fool proof, easy, low calorie, low fat desert, this lemon cake is perfect! (And if you ever have the need, like I always do, to use up a glut of lemons, this lemon cake also fits the bill...)

I am in a very healthy place at the moment - I am managing six exercise sessions a week and I feel quite wonderful.

I am not depriving myself of any particular foods...but I AM being careful not to blow my hard work on crap.

So, as always, a recipe which promises me a treat but also promises low fat and low calorie always appeals to me to be tried and tested!

Easy Lemon Cake...(No Fat and Low Calorie!)


Kitchenware Direct Sunbeam Mixmaster Easy Low Calorie Lemon Cake
Easy Lemon Cake - low calorie, low fat, low effort!


Ingredients:

Serves 12

For the cake:

4 large eggs, separated
50g caster sugar
5 tablespoons artificial sweetener (I use Stevia)
150g self raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Juice and finely grated zest of 2 large lemons

For the gooey syrup:

Juice and strands of zest from 2 large lemons
1 tablespoon cornflour
4 tablespoons artificial sweetener (again, I used Stevia)
1 tablespoon water

1. Preheat the oven to 190`c
2. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin.
3. Using an electric stand mixer, combine the egg yolks, caster sugar, sweetener  flour, baking powder and lemon juice and zest. Using a whisk attachment beat on high for about 4 minutes - you need to make sure everything is beautifully beaten until it's changed to a paler colour, and has thickened.
4. In a separate bowl, again using an electric stand mixer, beat the egg whites until they form firm peaks (so that you can tip the bowl up without anything dripping out!)
5. Fold the egg whites into the cake mixture gently
6. Tip the whole lot into the cake tin, and bake for 30 mins.

7. Whilst your cake is baking, place all the syrup ingredients into a small saucepan, and over a medium to high heat, whisking with a silicone, whisk the whole time, until the syrup thickens and becomes transparent and clear. As soon as it thickens, carry on whisking and remove from the heat.

8. Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool slightly.
9. Place a large plate under the wire rack to catch the syrupy drips!
10. Pour the warm syrup all over the cake.

Serve with low fat vanilla yogurt and perhaps some blueberries?

GUILT FREE! ( I calculated this out - per serving - only 110 calories, and only 1.9g of fat.)

The Sunbeam Mixmaster that you can see in my snaps? This was sent to me to trial by the lovely Brad at Kitchenware Direct. He knew that, sadly, my old mixer has died a slow death after 43 years of service. The Sunbeam Mixmaster is set to replace my battered old stand mixer.  So far I have used it to make cakes, and biscuits, and pizza dough, and it has a very sturdy powerful motor, which I am impressed with. It's dough hook function is BETTER than my old work horse. (I was pleasantly surprised ) It has two bowls, large and small - such a convenient approach when making cakes and icing! Plus, it's quieter than my old mixer, and a whole lot sexier looking.

So, thanks to Kitchenware Direct - I am now a Sunbeam Mixmaster convert!

This recipe is an absolute winner - the kids and I all thoroughly enjoyed it - sticky, gooey, lemony lusciousness!


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