Tuesday, December 31, 2013
YES! You read right > the whole of 2013 I did not put one piece of chocolate into my mouth. Including anything chocolate flavoured, no cappuccino's because of the chocolate sprinkle, no chocolate cakes, chocolate chips, nothing. The closest I got was accidentally inhaling some cocoa from Aston's chocolate flavoured milk.
It was really an interesting process, I learnt a lot about my own habits of enjoying this delicious treat. Needless to say, I am super proud of my achievement. I would never say "I can't believe that I did it" because my mind was so set, there was no way that I was not going to achieve it. This is a great way to enter into 2014 knowing that once I set my mind to something, I can achieve it.
#1 habit broken. You've had a busy day, you've been working, doing the kid thing, you pop to the service station or super market, and that oh-so convenient chocolate bar rack on the way out, well I learnt that apart from chewing gum or lollipops, your only option really is chocolate, and I used to love that little treat because it was so well earned. I stopped searching for other options about 5 months in. And don't desire 'a treat' at the cash register now. I don't even look twice now at the snacks available.
Desserts and cakes, it was nice being able to say no because it was made of or with chocolate. It was nice to have a reason to reject these things. It was nice to also explore a new world of baking without chocolate. Starting my healthy living journey in June also coincided nicely with my abstinence to the lovely chocolate treat. My mum never got used to the not-eating-chocolate thing, and only offered me one just the other day. "Maybe next year mum" was my response.
I had dreams of eating chocolate and freaking out about it. Easter was interesting and I did manage to get through it (can you believe it!!) mostly without freaking out. My monthly sugar cravings were fulfilled with jelly lollies. And eventually they have subsided too. I did also learn a lot about when I was craving chocolate and why. These regular cravings have pretty much disappeared too.
The hardest part has actually been the last couple of weeks. The joy (stress) of Christmas, and the family enjoying some chocolate lately, oh my gosh, I have felt some craving for the sweet stuff. BUT I am happy to say that I have a stash ready including some super special chocolate all the way from Belgium and the Swiss alps.
This was not a new years resolution, I made a decision to fast chocolate for a year. Fasting as part of my beliefs, to give up something as a sacrifice to build my Faith.
Right now I am not confident in myself to fully resist the regular temptation of chocolate. I was a 2 blocks in my grocery shop type of girl. I am a little scared to not have the restriction on myself and I really will have to administer self control now when it does come to the chocolate decision. With all the above said, I think I can do it! Here's to a happy new year!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I have been off the pill for a good year now, not because we were wanting another baby but because I was enjoying not putting drugs into my body. I actually really felt great! I have been balanced emotionally, no crazy downers, my libido returned (I do wonder where it goes? I reckon it gets pushed out after having babies or something) and I can't say that there were any obvious monthly dramas to deal with: pimples, pms, etc.
I started back on the pill under 2 weeks ago. I am now off the pill again and am completely frustrated about the whole situation. Man, I am learning some strange lessons in life at the moment.
Before I go on, the things I am learning about my body are obvious to me because I am in a time in life where my focus is on my health and well being. It is easy to diagnose my situation because my children are at an easy age to deal with and my partner works away giving me time to think about things and focus on self. Hence, I am not disctracted with life's general runnings. Some women wouldn't think twice about these things and just get on with it because they don't have time to think about it, etc. You get my drift. I say this because it could be happening to you and you are wondering "what the heck is wrong with me?"
Once again, being naive has it's down sides. I used my old script from earlier in the year and jumped straight back onto Yaz. Yaz has been known lately in the media for causing of blood clots and deaths in young women. It is a multi-pill, so have a few different types of hormones/drugs in it. Mum told me to get off them ASAP.
Do you want to know what happened to me when I did go back on the pill?
Within the first week of starting back on the pill I had a general uneasyness. Just feeling uneasy about life and the circumstances coming my way. It was an odd feeling and I remember commenting a couple of times to my hubby about feeling that way. I couldn't put my finger on it.
Within the first week and up until lately, I notice my heart get a bit racy in the evening while I was relaxing watching tv. Just starts pumping a bit more harder for a short period of time. I am not concernced because I have dealt with palpitations in the past. But still, I do put it down to the pill.
Within the first week I started getting pimples all over my chest and neck. And no, not just a few but lots, and big and red and just everywhere. My sister actually commented that it was acne rather than just pimples. Gross. By this stage I was unimpressed.
After the first week I was bloated and chubbier than I have been for a couple of weeks. Because I have been clean eating and working out, I have noticed my clothes loosen and I had been feeling nice and slim. But to all of a sudden I got pudgey I was thinking "what the heck is going on?"
I have also been unenergised to hit the gym and feeling awefully lazy at work.
And dealing with more moodiness than I have had to deal with for a long time.
If you are on the pill I think that it would be a great thing for you to go online and just get a really good understanding of what the drugs are doing to your body. Sometimes the hormones drive us crazy and sadly we would blame ourselves for issues but really it could be largely due to the hormones you are feeding yourself every day.
Fancy me putting all that effort into eating well and working out hard, to have some little pill come along and make me feel crap. Grrrr....
My conclussion is that I cannot deal with the drugs in this little wonder thing called the pill. I much much much prefer a cleaner body without this stuff. I will go and see what my options are. Considering a mini-pill, which is a single drug of progestogen (spelling?). I am aware of the many options and have read up on alot of the different types of pills. Also considering Mirena. Which I also believe is a single dose of the progestogen. Any feedback welcome?
Thanks for reading anyway, maybe a bit boring but I was annoyed enough to write about it.
Happy posts now. Recipes and pics to come!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
So far, the bad of clean eating has outweighed the good, unfortunately. The last 2 days I've been struggling with stomach cramps/spasms which I believe are to an imbalance in my diet. Lots of good food was going in but maybe too much of a good thing can do damage without the right balance. The doctor said my pain was "most likely due to diet".
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Fitness and healthy living is certainly become more trendy now, well more now than ever in my adulthood. I remember when mum would don the lovely aerobic gear of the 80's, doing sessions on her mini trampoline. Jane Fonda was huge and Aerobics Oz-Style (Bring that one back!). I believe there was a nice fluffy blonde perm and toweling headband included. hehe.
I LOVE the fact that working out is the trend now! And if you are part of it, I know that you know, IT FEELS GOOD!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
It's not fun having a cold. I hate being held back from living life full of energy. But I'm being forced to put my feet up today or I'm never kick this nastiness.
I'm definitely enjoying this healthy lifestyle living and don't find it hard to be inspired.
Today I've checked out the Lorna Jane MNB website. I've tucked into some of my health and fitness mags. And there's something inspiring about getting around the house in my snazzy new runners.
Monday, July 22, 2013
When it comes to my body type I have a 'tank loaf' style mid section, nothing like a french stick, long and lean. My mid section is short, thicker than I'd like and with minimal shape. I have never achieved a super tight tummy and never actually thought this would be possible for my body type until now. Core strengthening might just be what I need, why did it take me 15 years to work that one out?
What am I sussing out right now: Core Strengthening
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
And I know I'm ready for it. Clean eating.
1 body, 1 life. Why not treat it well and get the most out of it? I can't wait to explore a new world of recipes. And continue to see if this lifestyle change can become my family's reality.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
1. Dont Listen to your driver
2. Don't Assume your driver knows where you want to go
3. Dont Ask your driver to take you to a nice restaurant
4. Don't Ask your driver to take you anywhere nice
5. Dont Tell your driver unnecessary information, it confuses them (can you tell we had fun with drivers)
6. Don't pick up those information phamplets at the airport, rip off
7. If anyone wants to carry your bags or help you jump the queue at the airport or offer you time share - say no thanks.
7. Oh and if they act like they want their wife to get a photo with you for 'happy memories', do assume he is carrying a printer in his bag and he'll want you to buy the photo.
8. Don't start bartering unless you really do want it
9. Don't stop bartering and don't forget your Aussie dollars, they really do love it, they make jewelry for their children.
10. If the shop front has a door or fixed price tags you are best not to barter, but you can ask with a smile 'Ada discount'
11. Research your restaurants, we really were let down by the food
12. If you see something you really like, buy it! You won't see it again even if they appear everywhere on that day
13. Being worried about Bali belly and tummy bugs is overrated. Not once in our 2 weeks did we refuse ice in drinks.
14. The mozzie issue is also overrated, they have mozzie spray everywhere, that's all you need
15. We paid $30 000 for a beach umbrella and 2 chairs. $50 000 for body board hire. Sarongs are good at $30 000/$40 000, We got the bintang singlets for under $30 000 each.
16. Jimbaran Bay - don't ask a driver to take you to "Jimbaran Bay", we were taken to the crap hole end and didn't get the real experience until we went with our instincts and got a driver to take us to the resort end where all the NICE restaurants were. Know where you want to go.
17. Ubud - we stayed about 10 minutes out in a local village. A great experience if you want to live amongst the locals. This suited us fine, just make sure you have a driver at hand.
18. Seminyak - we booked all of our accommodation via Trip Advisor. We were able to book an awesome villa as we were travelling with another couple and could pool our money together. This is a great way to really enjoy living Bali life. It feels like a home away from home.
19. Bali, away from the resorts, is very different to the impression you get of Bali from the resort, so make sure you get out and explore.
20. Lastly, All day tours sound great, but are super tiring especially with kids. And no, they are not a big tour bus with air con and a tour guide telling you lots of information. We got a local driver taking us around with little to no information. Then almost refusing to take us and the kids home because we were tired and didn't want to eat at the tacky Jimbaran Bay restaurant that was the last stop on the 'tour'.
Please note, these are simply the thoughts and advice based on the trip we had travelling with 4 adults and 2 young children in September 2012.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
I love my food processor. I do.
Most people will have their toaster and kettle living on their kitchen bench but my food processor owns top spot on my kitchen bench. I use my food processor (with all its fantastic attachments) pretty much everyday.
I was bought up with the conception that these 'things' (food processors) were annoying to use. Because, 1) you have to pull the big bulky thing out of a cupboard from a really awkward spot. 2) Then all the clunky attachments, which seem to be annoying. 3) And then the hassle of hand washing all the pieces because that's the way it should be done.
Ah Fooey! All lies. Lies I tell you!
How great to have all my things.... diced, chopped, mixed, grated, sliced, whisked, juiced, blended.... within seconds! And I put it all (except the rubber of the blender) into the dishwasher... no hassle at all!
Jamie Oliver's show 30 Minute Meals specializes in fast meals made specifically using the help of our friend The Beloved Food Processor. I love this cook book and have enjoyed many meals out of it so far... with the help of my trusty friend Mr Kenwood, of course.
375g (or 2 medium) Zucchinis
1 Cup Grated Cheese
1 chopped Onion
5 Rash diced Bacon
1 clove Garlic
1 Cup SR Flour
Season with Salt & Pepper
Combine all ingredients, stir to combine well.
Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle top with sesame seeds.
Bake for 30-35 mins on 180 degrees C.
OTHER THINGS I use my food processor for:
Onions - to chop or slice onions any time I need too. I have a Tupperware one but I find this so much faster and easier.
Spaghetti bolognaise - to chop onion and capsicum. To grate carrot and zucchini. And finally grate cheese. No need to rinse between processes.
Banana cake - to purée the banana. Works a treat.
Pesto - the whole lot is made here.
Potato bake - in minutes it's in the oven! To finely slice whole potatoes and onions. And once again grating the cheese.
Cakes - some cakes are made partially or completely with the use of my food processor.
Sugar - to make my own castor sugar or icing sugar if I am desperate.
Please let me know if I have inspired you to pull your food processor out and give it a go for a week! They become such a handy tool to have in the kitchen.