In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed

…And boy have I been enjoying!

Dear my body,
 
I promise to treat you better then I ever have before. To move you, and feed you nutritious food, (and not deny you a treat now and then). I promise to love and respect you, and be proud of you.
Love,
Me.

While I was having my week (or more) of excess, indulgence and general unhealthiness, I did actually try to do some healthy options. I made my chicken basil cashew nut dish, as well as my choc fudge balls. This time, I made them, even better – the best yet!! How? Why, with the addition of some superfoods.

Now I LOVE superfoods – I buy Acai berry power powder and chia seeds from Power Superfoods, and recently was given their Cacao Crunch nibs and Goldenberrys to try. They’re certified Organic, and you can have a look at their site here. So many good things that you hear of and can be hard to find – Maqui berry powder, goji berries, Coconut palm sugar, wakame seafood. The list goes on and you can but it all from their site, plus they’re better at explaining the nutrition than I am, so check it out just for that!

I hadn’t ever tried – or to be honest heard of Goldenberries before, but am happy to report they’re ah-mazing. They’re deliciously tangy, which I absolutely love. Especially so in baking or making sweets, gives that tang that prevents them from being oversweet. I added these, as well as the Cacao nibs to my choc fudge balls and they’re a MUST now. I was happy to see they went down a treat with guests, and will definitely whizz these up again when entertaining friends and maintaining a healthy diet (in fact I already have made up some more since). The balls are a great for entertaining, serve up and enjoy a dessert and know you can participate and not feel guilty or think you’ve blown out that day. Gives your guests some nutritional benefits too. I don’t know the exact amount I added of these, about 3 heaped tablespoons, but I just poured from the pack. The balls can be really sweet, and the addition of these in particular give the flavour a bit of complexity. I very much recommend.

I also added the goldenberries to my breakfast yoghurt parfaits (more on them later) I’ve been having lately and to my trail mix. If you’re not into sour or tangy then these Aren’t for you as they’re not a super sweet berry, but I do recommend adding them to sweets you may be having to add some zing!

Cacao nibs are awesome too. If you’re expecting super sweet chocolate, again, these are not going to give you that. But, as the pack says, if you’re going to eat chocolate anyway, give these a go. They’re chocolaty-coffee crunchy and great! I mixed these into the fudge balls and as well as flavour they gave a good crunch element. Again, something I’ll definitely be adding into the mix from now. I also used these in my hot chocolate, on top, and added them to the parfaits I’ve been having, and even topped a bowl of cornflakes with them ( I know, weird craving I had, I never have Cornflakes but I NEEDED them and no I’m not pregnant).

I also soaked some chia seeds and added them to the balls, but I think I’ll skip that step from now. Just went a bit Superfood happy. It messed with the texture and consistency, maybe because I soaked them before rather then just adding in, but the balls weren’t ‘setting’ and I ended up freezing that batch and making a new one without – much better. But Chia seeds in general. I love, and use everyday. So many uses, Chia puddings, smoothies, and just adding them for bulk.

Below are some pics for making up the balls, and even my cornflakes with cacao nibs, which by the way was such a yummy breakfast!

There’s even a pic of my cornflakes with cacao nibs, haha.

Now, the parfait.

Couldn’t be easier. Just toast some oats, nuts – I used raw almonds and shredded coconut in the oven or under the grill, with some honey or agave syrup, about a teaspoon of is enough. It’s important to keep a close eye on it, as it BURNS real quick! Then mix Cacao nibs after toasting, once the mix had cooled a little. Then layer some fruit – I’ve been loving peaches, but berries are great too, and I can’t wait until Mango season, or any other Summer fruits, a tropical version with pawpaw, lychees – YUM <3. Anyways, layer the fruit of choice, then add yoghurt, I like plain greek, then the oat mix and layer again. So yum, I feel like I am having a dessert for brekkie and look forward to it each morning. The mix of nuts, oats, cacao, chia, fruit and yoghurt works so well and keeps me sustained right through to lunch, no problems, even on weekends when I work out in between breakfast and lunch. Do yourself and favour and try this for breakfast, you’ll feel like you’re having a real treat.

Berry amazing-ness!

 

20 days to go…. fresh air and lizards and a yoghurt parfait

Went for a two hour beach walk -without my camera!! I saw the biggest lizard and wish I had a phone or camera to take a pic with.

I had a yummy yoghurt parfait for breakfast today. You NEED to try this. I had some low fat greek yoghurt ( i don’t do fat-free foods, I usually just get normal greek yopghurt too, but the low fat is good, by the ingredient list, peaches, Power Superfoods Cacao nibs, Power Superfoods Goldenberries and I toasted some rolled oats and shredded coconut with some Agave Syrup on it. Layer in a glass, go and sit outside and enjoy your yoghurt parfait. Bliss.

Today I am sooooo excited to go to the gym and deadlift and squat myself stupid!! Tight butt and six pack you’re mine baby!!

I also started on my new Maxine’s burn protein yesterday. Choc Latte flavour and flavour wise it’s got to be the yummiest protein drink I’ve ever tried. I’ll ave to wait and keep with it to see effects and results, but yum, this stuff is good. I used it as a meal replacement after a workout and it satisfied me, and did it’s job well. Back on track, feeling so good, sooooo excited to go away. I was getting nervousthat I’d blow out into a big fat blob in fluro (i love fluro bikini’s – and clothing for that matter, if you’re tanned and at the beach it’s all good I reckon!), but now I think i’ll be ok. I’ll put up some pics soon too. Very soon, just getting up the nerve.

Back on track – 21 day countdown, where I’m at and a little fitspo

All my loved ones, friends and family, that were visiting have now gone back, and it’s time to get back on track with training and nutrition. I decided I’ll weigh in next Saturday, rather then set myself in a state of despair by doing it earlier, like today. I know I’ve done damage, and set myself back, making reaching my holiday goal unrealistic now. I ate whatever, drank a fair bit, and didn’t go to the gym.

Back to the gym this morning, squats and deadlifts here I come! Actually, that could be tomorrow because I’ll do chest today.

Normal breakfast routine for me today, I had warm water with lemon, my quinoa oats with blueberries, and cacao crunch nibs, and a green tea. Gosh it’s good to be back to normal eating my foods I love and make me feel good.

I do have a ‘secret weapon’ that I hope (please please please let this work) can help me get results before I go, in the form of Maxine’s Burn protein powder, which I’ll review. Oh my goodness I was soooo excited to get this. Exactly what I need at the moment with 21 days to go, I really hope this will give me that edge. Burn baby burn! A protein that helps lose fat AND tone muscle?? Yes!! Stops you feeling hungry so you don’t just go for the nearest thing – which more often then not is not a nutritious choice, especially if you’re out and about. But this protein powder has added benefits, helping promote healthy skin hair and nails, and supports your immune system, and generally is a supplement designed to promote your health. It can be used as a meal supplement – added boost, as well as post-workout, has carb blockers, and suppresses appetite. L-Carnitine, green tea, Choline and Inositol and zinc, all work in different ways to help your body burn the fat, and I think I’ll use it as both meal replacement and post workout. You can probably read more here, the describe much more scientifically how it works, however as mentioned I will review it.

Weight gain, a small setback but I got this!!!

Over the past week I have gained a kilo!!! Sure, I’ve indulged in alcohol and lot’s of eating out, pizza, ice cream, chocolate, fish and chips even, but I’d been active and the meals that we ate in – I was careful with. Shows how fine a line it is. Also makes me feel so moody and down, because I had reached a mini-goal, and was set to get to where I want to be before our holiday. Now, I’m pretty stressed as I don’t think I’ll get there, or if I do, I’ll have to be ULTRA strict, like shakes for dinner strict, and I prefer to be healthy and nourish my body.

Eat to nourish, Move my body, and Achieve beyond my wildest dreams.

This has also made me nervous about the holiday. Clearly, I am more easily led then I knew, and my determination and will is not what I thought, when I’m tested. What am I going to do while we’re away for a month?? If it was just the two of us I’d be fine, of that I’m sure. But, it’s not. Staying active I feel good about, that isn’t my issue. I love it. My aunty that was visiting was telling me about a yoga app that she said is divine, she is totally in love with, so I may give that a go, I’ll have to double check what it was called, I’ve forgotten. She looks amazing (hi if you’re reading this J ), so if she swears by it I have faith. I know there’ll be long hikes, I can go for runs and we are taking a resistance band set, plus lot’s of swimming and boogie boarding, beach sports etc.

My area of concern is the all bbq’s (usually means wine), convenience food (grabbing something on-the-go) and me not being in control of cooking. When you do it yourself you tailor what you eat to your needs and taste.

I did give the food diary a rest for a week, I don’t think I’ll do that while away. I have eating at home, work etc down pat, but entertaining and holidays I think I need to still be very mindful, and the diary is such a must for me. Which reminds me, it’s winner time… I’ll generate a random number and announce the giveaway winner, and link it to the original post so everyone who entered is notified. Good Luck!!!

DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Image, DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Really easy to make – if I can do it, you can too! Recycle your old, excuse me vintage, t-shirt’s, or your man’s! I like guy’s tees for this. All you need is a Tee and some scissors, I also use a texta to mark where I want to cut. And of course a mirror and camera/phone to take selfies after. There are variations of this all over, so have a look around. Oh, and send me your links to your versions!

  1. Cut      away the neck, the sleeves and the bottom of the hem. For the neck, just cut the hem off, as you’ll change the shape after. For the sleeves I fold the tee in half, then cut straight down, curving around the armpit at the end. This is quite important, remember to cut straight then curve as otherwise the shape is wrong. See the pics. For the bottom hem, cut at least 1&1/2 centimetres above the hem, more even. Try on the top, neaten up your cutting, edges, symmetry…
  2. Whilst it’s on, decide how low cut you want it in front. These tanks look great with gym crops, so don’t be afraid to go low! This ain’t office wear after all!
  3. At the back of the shirt, cut the outside of the sleeves to make that racerback style, and cut a deep V at the back. Go deep with it, don’t be scared.
  4. Take the hem of the t-shirt and cut the actual seam part off, so you are left with fabric. Stretch it until it’s curly.
  5. Tie a double knot at 2-3cm above the end of your V back. Wind your curly fabric around and around, and tie off with another double knot.
  6. I like to teak my top after. Lay in half and make sure it’s even, stretch it so edges curl, cut it lower at the front, and while it’s laying in half cut it first straight then diagonally down so the front of your tank ends up shorter a little then the back. A mullet for my Aussie readers.
  7. Bang, you’re good to go! Go rock your tank at the gym – work it!!!

Here’s some I prepared earlier…..

Alcohol and exercise… no go!

I drank last nig ht, not a lot as it’s been ages since I last had any booze, but I had about 6 drinks (to me that’s not a lot – but I am Polish, hahaha). I also smoked – terrible, but I can be a bad, bad person when drinking. Much worse then I was last night which was the tamest, but since I’ve been on my health kick also the most rotten. I did no exercise and and ate, but it was bbq – shaslicks, steak and salad so far from tragic. And a prawn cocktail for lunch, I know the sauce on it isn’t great.

I’ve got a visitor here, so am going to ‘rest’ the food diary for a week, and try to be mindful of what I eat. Wish me luck! I’m scared, as it’s been my saviour/obsession. I had reached a mini-goal on Saturday morning before this all went down, and I don’t want to be hating it come next Saturday. Eye on the prize baby, I only got one mini-goal to go before I reach my goal. I will post progess pics …. as soon as I get the courage to.

I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway… fitness diary and calorie counter

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To score this awesome fitness journal all you need to do is follow my blog, add a link to mine in yours (if you have one) and leave a comment saying why you’d like it

For me, it was the key thing that helped break through my plateau/rut i was in. I had the training down pat, but was letting myself down food wise, and it’s not until I started writing everything down that I had results. I found that having a physical diary helped moreso then myfitness pal or other online tools, as I just wouldn’t be strict about updating them until the end of the day, and that’s not how it works. It helps it’s a nice looking journal, that I carry around. And I love that it’s a TRAINING and nutrition journal, has inspirational quotes, and a calories and notes section in the beack. Basically I love it! And best of all the lovely people at Peter Pauper have allowed me to give one away to help you with your own fitness and health journal.

Added to http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/ check it out for more great giveaways.

Slim secrets pack, and amping up the workouts! (& Lorna Jane discount codes)

I’m realising that time is going past soooo fast! I need to amp up my workouts, especially this week. As a motivator I’m usuing the upcoming visit of a good friend, on the 8th. I’m going to to two muscle groups a day, with the expection of shoulders and legs. Speaking of legs – ouch! My legs were so sore the day after the 2hr hike I did with a couple of friends for Lorna Jane Active Day! And I did an hour and 20 beach walk the next day, which was yesterday. A whole world of pain, and it’s times like this that I miss having a bath! I’ve got two bathrooms, both with showers only and all I want to do is soak in a tub! Yesterday I also did back and bi’s at the gym. I want to work more on my bi’s and shoulders. I usually also do some squats and other leg stuff between sets as that’s my problem area, but as I was too sore yesterday to even go down stairs, yet along squats!

Today I received a bag of goodies from the good people at Slim Secrets (thanks Sharon!) to review. I’ll try it all over the course of the next week or so, and then post a review of everything, i think. I was so excited, as it’s stuff I don’t see at the supermarkets (c’mon Coles and Wooolies! – stock the full range all over Aus please!!), plus I just love getting parcels – all the more so if I’m lucky enough to be at home when the courier comes. The probably gives you an insight into another, um, shall we say, passion (err problem, no I’ll stick with passion) of mine – shopping! Speaking of which, I received an email from Lorna Jane with a $30 off code – KEEPMOVING. Happy shopping anyone who chooses to use it! I also have a $20 off code SISTERHOOD3 in case the $30 expires.

 

I saw this and laughed! Isn’t it perfect?

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day & some Do it yourself – make it! Criss-cross headbands, sandals/thongs and twist headbands.

Today I did a two hour hike for Lorna Jane active day. I was scared of being the slowest/least fit, but was fine. It was a beautiful walk – quite hilly so great butt and thigh work out. Can wait until I feel it tomorrow, haha, I love that feeling! The feeling of accomplishment.

The other day I was feeling all crafty so found these on pinterest, which I’ll try in the coming days – we have a long weekend here.

 

Want to make your own?

First, find some old t-shirts.  Or buy some jersey knit.  Either way works.

Then, cut your fabric into long strips.  I made my strips about twice as long as the measurement around my (or my daughter’s) head.  The thick headband strips are about 2 inches wide and the narrow headband strips are about a 1/3 inch wide.  You’ll need 5 long strips for one headband.

Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end.  (Or hand stitch them or glue them.)

Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges.

Then lay your strips with the sewn edge up at the top (tape this down if that will help you while braiding) and then split up the strips into 3 on the left side and 2 strips on the right.

Now, to create this 5 strand braid……..you’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right.  And then back and forth until you’re done.

But let me explain a little better.

First, you’ll work on the left side. So grab the strip all the way on the left (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the right(pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the right of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the left (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the right side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the right side.  Now you have your strips separated into 2 strips on the left and 3 strips on the right…….but opposite from the beginning.

Now, you’re going to do the same thing on the right side………just mirrored from what we did the first time.  So grab the strip all the way on the right (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the left (pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the left of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the right (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the left side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the left side again.

**Something to remember: When you’re working on the left side or on the right side……..you’ll always start with the strip on the outside.  So if you’re working on the left side……grab the strip all the way on the outside on the left.  If you’re working on braiding on the right side…….start with the strip all the way on the outside on the right.

So, start again from the very beginning and work on the left side again (pics #1-5) and then on the right side again (pics #6-10).

You’ll need to adjust the tightness as you go and may have to tighten individual strips here or there.

Keep on braiding and braiding……keeping the tension about the same all the way down.

When you get to the end (or as long as you need it)……..sew (or hand-stitch or glue) the ends in place.

Then overlap the ends together and sew (or glue) in place.

**Before attaching, remember that knit will stretch and the woven design allows for stretch.  So you want to make this headband smaller than your head so that it hugs your head and stays in place.

To finish it off (and cover up the ends), cut a rectangular piece of fabric that’s wider than the ends that you’ll need to cover.  Fold the side edges in…….

And then stitch (or glue) one end on the inside of the headband.

Then wrap this piece of fabric around the headband, tuck the ends up……

And then stitch (or glue) this end down too.

And that’s it.

A nice and stretchy headband for you or a little girl you know.

FROM this site.

And this from here

And another headband from here

DIY Criss-cross headband

My addiction to insanely simple DIYs continues.
I threw this together today and thought I’d share:)

1. Take a long strip of fabric (preferably some type of stretchy fabric) 2. Position the middle of the fabric strip at the base of your neck 3. Cross once! 4. Cross twice! 5. Tie ends together at the back!

I wanted mine to be an easy throw-on every time, so I also just hand-stitched a few stiched through the criss-cross and the knot to keep it from coming undone.

SO easy, right?

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day events

I was too lazy to get up for cardio this morning. I was up at 5:30am but it was raining and soooo nice to lay in bed and I thought that as there’s a public holiday Monday I’ll do extra then! Not sound logic I know!

Add to that last night – two glasses of wine, then nibbles – chips! Bad 18 hours I’ve had. I remember reading somewhere that you should think of every three hours as a new ‘day’, so that if you stuff up (wine, chips, other snacks, skip the gym etc) you don’t write that day off as a blow out and basically go for it. Think what the hell – I’ve stuffed up so I may as well have that extra square, row, block of chocolate now. Really good in theory. Can be hard to apply in reality, to adjust your mind to thinking that way. I haven’t managed it yet.

Lorna Jane

This Sunday is Lorna Jane Active Nation Day, with a whole bunch of events all over Australia – including free bootcamp sessions.

There are details here, for events in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and NT. I LOVE Lorna Jane and will probably go to one of the events & wear that cute little pink bracelet. And my ‘training’ tanktop, don’t know which tights or trainers yet. I know it’s not about the outfit, but it is Lorna Jane, so sort of is!

 

Oh, and a couple of night ago I made the Lemon Bars from the recipe I posted… hmmmm. terrible! What a disaster! Some of the complete disasters that I’ve had recently with healthy recipes are starting to make me doubt my kitchen prowess! A few protein pancake fails, the lemon bar episode. Seriously  I can’t even describe how bad they were. I wish I took a photo of the awfulness that was! If anyone ever attempts this and succeeds I would LOVE to hear from you!