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Hi to one and all, I have been missing in action, I have been really lost of late, I am sure we all get like that at times. For 3 years I have studied, for 5 years I have worked with my son, I have done a lot of researching I have been busy and full on for such a long time and lots have come to an end. No more study, I have things in place for my son, I have good plans in place for the running of he house. I have balance. But I felt lost, I have come to peace that life does not have to be full on. I am allowed to rest take nana naps and all be ok. I am still the same size I was this time last year, and I have gone back to using myfitnesspal. very easy way to log food and keep track. I can see how far I have come in knowing the importance of writing your food all food every morsel that goes into you is written down.

I am looking forward to Tough Guy Girl again that is in June, I am now bench pressing 26kg, my shoulder is better and I am aiming for 50kg, I have clocked out the bike at the gym, I did 100mins 135ocals 33 km.. was stoked, as I have been feeling bit blah and only been managing grade 5 on the bike and somehow from some where I pulled that out of the bag.. I am back .. full force like a steam roller, feel great to find that spark,

We all have time in our lives where we wonder what we are doing, it is good to rest reflect and refocus on who we are and what we are doing, we can get so caught up in life and it passes you by before we even realise. This has been to true for me of late.

The age-old go and smell some flowers, go for a walk, kick ball with the kids or read them a story, make a picnic and go find a field.. these moments in life are really important,

The children and I went for a walk to get an ice cream, we set out and 11km later we found a shop we walked long the river walk way across town. We were all tired at the end, but I have made a memory, go forth and start making memories.

Oh by the way my vegetable garden is producing well again this year, and list is longer than it was last year,  Have you started your garden yet and hows it going??



Meal Planner,

Hi all, well what a busy week it has been, my children had Home and Country show in the weekend so we had lots of activities to prepare. It has been an emotional week, with things happening in my life, I have been reading other people’s comments on different pages saying they are having a bad week, not eating well, not going to the gym, having real emotional time. I am putting it to the change of seasons, daylight saving and then of course anything in their lives that are assisting to what is in the air.

I have had a real emotional time to the point I have not been doing my food journal, I have lost my mojo, I am sure I will find it again. As I know I have done in the past we all go through imbalances. We all go emotional moments that throw us out, for we are only human and we all take on life in our own way. We are all special to our own unique way in how we handle life, some people get stressed and eat, (that is me) some people get stressed and can go and relax, paint, go for walks, work through what is happening. But what happens when you are stressed but all you can see is that life is great, that there isn’t at this point in time anything that should be stressing you, or making you feel really unbalanced in life. This is really hard position to be in cause there is not one specific thing that you can see that you can fix. Now I am sure there are ways that councilors or psychologist can tell you why you are feeling like this. But I am not one to go and pour my heart out to some stranger. I for I just have to keep going, and every day gets better than the one before and before I know it I am back to where I was.  I can see tonight things that are triggering my unbalancing when you find them you can learn to move forward.

Well I have cooked meals last week but have been slack in doing the photos.  Here is this weeks meal planner,  hope you try one of them. I am looking forward to doing the spinach cannelloni. I am using spinach from out of my garden. Remember if I put something up look and see if you can make it healthier, that is your challenge do you need that butter or oil it asks for, can you add more vegetables what about salt can you replace with herbs for more flavour.

Enjoy your food appreciate what it is doing for you.,,10000001063311,00.html chicken cacciatore  Apple and Pork chop bake.

and don’t forget a nice bowl of your favourite Vegetable or other kind of soup that you like.


Once I used to measure all the time, just like the scales but not as bad.. more weekly than every day.  I have not measured myself for at least a couple of months. I woke up the other morning and noticed that I had lost weight around my neck. Others have probably noticed it cause as we all know we are the last to notice changes to our body. I wanted to know what my measurements were but not in a way that I used. Before it was weight then feel horrible cause my body was not moving, or it had moved but was never happy with the measurements. I can see that I have lost weight I know the tape measure is going to say that I have. So it was more putting a number to what I have already lost opposed to finding out what I have lost. So changing the measuring around so to speak.

Well this is what I was a few months ago

Arm – 37.5cm  Chest- 113cm  Waist- 102cm  Hip butt -119cm  Thighs -57.5cm Neck -37cm

and I am happy with the new measurements

Arm – 37cm   Chest – 110cm  Waist –  101.5cm  Hip butt – 117 cm  Thighs – 51.5cm Neck- 36cm

but I also knew that I would be, because I can see what  I have lost so there was never going to be any disappointment. I will measure myself again when I can see that I have lost enough to warrant being measured.

So to measure yourself after you can see that you have lost weight and putting a number to what you can see you have lost is a different way of seeing your changes.

Now some are wondering why measure at all if we know we have lost. I have been pondering that also what is it going to achieve. Well we are human and we like numbers when it comes to losing weight and getting healthy. So putting a number to your visible shrinking body will fill that hole for a number and but will decrease your disappointment.

Try it wait to see a loss on your body and then measure it what have you got to lose.


Doin The Meatball Twist

Meatballs was our meal tonight, now usually it would be meatballs and spaghetti with a mound of cheese on top, tonight I made home-made pasta sauce the meatballs came from the organic butcher, I also added carrots cauliflower and silver beat/Swiss chard to the mixture. Nice way to get more vegetables into you. Take the old and make it more healthier is the way to go.


I would usually make my own whole meal pasta but tonight it was plain packet spaghetti.

Tried Something New.

Tonight I tried making a bread bowl to put the soup in, now this is not exactly a healthy soup, but something that caught my eye and wanted to try it. I have decided that I now want to see if I can make it wholemeal and put a nicer soup in, like homegrown vege soup or something similar, This soup is nice, but quite salty, and high in fat cause of the cheese bacon and milk. But nice if you are wanting to spoil your partner on a romantic meal or dinner party.  This is my first attempt.

Cheddar Ale Soup in Soft Pretzel Bowls

Yield: 2 pretzel bowls; soup serves 4 – 6


For the soft pretzel bowls:

  • 2¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 envelope quick-rising yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (about) hot water (125F to 130F)
  • Cornmeal
  • 8 cups water
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten to blend (glaze)
  • Coarse salt


To make the pretzel bowls:

  • Combine bread flour, 1 envelope yeast, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, and water in large bowl (or stand mixer) and stir until dough comes together in a ball. Put on floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes or until the dough is elastic and smooth. Grease medium bowl. Add dough to bowl, turning to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, then towel; let dough rise in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 35 minutes.
  • Flour baking sheet. Punch dough down and knead on lightly floured surface until smooth. Divide into 2 pieces. Form each dough piece into ball. Place dough balls on prepared sheet; cover with towel and let dough balls rise until almost doubled in volume, about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375F. Grease another baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Bring 8 cups water to boil in large saucepan. Add baking soda and 2 tablespoons sugar (water will foam up). Add 1 bowl and cook 30 seconds before flipping over and cooking for another 30 seconds. Using slotted spoon, transfer bowl to prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining bowl.
  • Brush bowl with egg white glaze. Sprinkle rolls generously with coarse salt. Bake rolls until brown, about 25-30 minutes. Transfer to racks and cool until you can handle them. Use a sharp serrated knife to remove the tops of the bowls and hollow them out.

Taken from this website   

Today I See!!!!

Well today I woke up; found myself doing the first of the month try my trousers and Top on.  When I first started I couldn’t even do the shirt up and let alone get the trousers over my bottom, I still can’t do the trousers up that is the next goal. So it got me thinking

about how far I have come and I found an old pair of shorts I wore last summer.

These are size 18 and I should have been in a size 20 but no way was I going there. 



After talking at PT with few different people I have realised my mind-set has changed again after seeing my photos today. I have first come to realise I am coming to the end of a life long concern for me. I was scared for a while to get there, that I would eat food and put on weight so I wouldn’t get to the end. Today I have come to the realisation that this is the last part of the weight lose journey but that it is not then end. I know that I will still need to keep my fitness up so that I don’t go flabby, but also maintenance is going to be a whole new ball game. In all my years of dieting this is going to be the first time ever I get to maintenance. So I need to prep myself so that when I get to there I have goals in place so that I do not keep losing or put on. I have come way to far to give up now, I have not much left to go and I know I said December 25th but have said to get trousers being done up on the 25th November. So I will try trousers on again at the 1 November then again on the 25th November and then again on 25th December.  Today was a really good check on where I was and how far I have come and that it is ok be near the end of one journey and know that there is still plenty of journeys left to be had. This is life long so I just like you will have lots of journeys. One thing I do recommend and really wish I had done at the start was to take photos.. Start recording your journey, there will be times that you can not see differences but taking photos will show you where you are losing. Often people will see where you have lost where you can’t and the photos will give you this opportunity to see.  Also find the size clothing and an outfit in that size and start photographing it.. It is a great way to see where you’re at. I can’t recommend this enough. This outfit has been with me a long time when I first was wearing it I was in the mental state of I am fat.. Oh how wrong I was. The Trousers are size 12 and the top is about a 14.. and I thought I was fat. This time round I know I am not fat I have the right frame of mind to know what being fat is. I look forward to the next part of my journey the last part of losing weight and getting into these trousers so watch this space. I will be putting photos up as I go along.

Also the other thing I am going to be doing is I have spent this year and last year looking at lots of techniques for producing lovely baking and I know there is lots more to learn. So I have now decided to change and look at techniques for cooking. As I know I get bored with food and want new Ideas. So I will post the odd meal I make and if it comes with the calories I will add that information too. Life is changing for me, in so many ways, my study is nearly finished, the 7 puzzles are done that my son mixed up, I have learned so much about me health, food and fitness along the way, I have learnt to knit new things, I see me in a holistic way, everything that I once was and that I am now, and it is lovely to see me progress into the wonderful person. I feel like a Caterpillar changing into a butterfly.

Injuries we all get them

Well, yes after a year and some what I have an injury, I have shoulder bursitis, I had to wait a month to get my cortisone injection and have been told i have 3 months of waiting for it to heal properly so no heavy lifting or pulling but as long as i keep shoulder locked i can do bicep curls. In the month to the lead up to the injection I did mainly bike, also a bit of treadmill as I got closer and was feeling not so much pain I started doing legs and tummy work out and left arm work outs. I was on prednazone and Tramdol pain relief but decided I did not want to be doped up to the eyeballs and took myself off the pain relief. I wanted to know what my arm was going I wanted to know what I was doing was hurting it. If i needed to rest it even more. being on pain relief I could not tell this. I have no permanent damage. and cause I could feel pain I relaxed it more. I did my first proper work out yesterday where I used a barbel I did not do too much though and went on to hand weight and used  5 kg for my left hand and 2 kg for my right arm. and we will build it back up. Listening to my body and stopping when I am feeling discomfort. As I see it if other people who have injuries from light to severe can recover and do wonderful things why can’t I . I am taking my time and building up slowly this way I have a good chance of getting to Tough Guy Girl again next year. Well as you could imagine it has been very trying for me to go from active to life is falling apart. I did a SWOT analyse this got me thinking about my strengths weaknesses external threats and opportunities. I was able to see that the only weaknesses were my thoughts and my shoulder.. my strengths were my good thoughts and the fact I still have 2 legs and 1 arm and a core to work out. After talking with Richard my personal trainer we came up with a plan to keep me going but to protect my shoulder this is where being in tune with your body comes into play any discomfort and to stop straight away. When I did my SWOT analyse and talked to Richard I was able to get a clear idea on what I was still able to do and this is where I used SMART analyse. SMART means Specific Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time. So I know for now my original goals are out. but I can still do some of them so I can see what needs to do there, but I decided I need to refocus my thoughts on achievable goals and getting into my trousers and tops that I have been saying I will for a long top sounds a good goal. It was my birthday this month and I tried my clothes on and I can nearly fit them. So I decided that is it come Christmas I will be wearing them. (photo of me in clothes will follow shortly). So I sat down and worked out what I needed to do using this SMART analyse. It took me a bit to get my head around what I needed to change I have tried so many things over the years but was not till I talked to Richard the other day about food and how I am not working out as intense as I have been that I really need to focus on my food. This is where the new idea came up from. Instead of writing calories and to me for a long time I have had issues over this as I feel i don’t get too much food cause saying 1200 calories or even 2000 calories just does not sounds too much food to me so my brain goes into instant starvation mode and I do it for a few days then lose interest due to the fact I think I am starving myself. So for me Calories our OUT.. Kilojoules are int.. and to maintain weight i need to have 11000 kj. to lose weight I have decided to do 9000kj. I am going to try that for a couple of weeks and see how I go with that. 9000 sounds way more food than 2000.. So it is mind over matter and a matter of tricking the brain for a while any way.. it might be long enough for me to use the last kg I am needing to. So I have once again hit a depressive place and pulled myself out of it again. I know I say it all the time but goal setting is the way to go. So what have we learned today.. Goals are important SWOT analyse SMART analyse and injuries can be worked around Believe in yourself you are worth it.

Image   Image These photos were taking 13th September, This was my Birthday hench the odd date of not the 1st of the month,

Stuck in a Rut

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So lately I have been eating the same things.. all healthy nutritional.. have had the odd bit of chocolate that is not within my new eating regime, but then I am only human and a life time of habits I am breaking. So I also have a budget but kept going over so I wondered what I could do to achieve a new way of making the most getting good flavours in my food. Really just making yummy tasting food.. Different food or same foods different taste or look.. So then I thought meal plan.. If I sit down once a week and plan what we are going to have in discussion with the children too, that is very important to get the kids involved and even maybe getting them to cook something also.

So I was looking at meal planners online my PT had shown me one on the Ipad (don’t have that luxury) but I found this one on the internet.. have found this to be quite a good site, there are many out there and is important to find one that suites you.. now you wonder how is this going to help me.

Well. I have found I am looking at recipes more, looking at different websites for new recipes, plus adding my old ones in. For this website I keep all my stuff private I am not into showing the world all my recipes, I am just doing the website for me to get a good handle on what we are buying. Now I do get my eggs from mum and some fruit. the odd vegetable from my dad and some from the garden.. I am now using a variety of foods and tastes. It is getting us to think outside the square more.  One great thing about this is when you print out your shopping list it tells you how many of each thing you need. So if you only need 1 medium carrot that is what is on your list so your are not buying a whole bag of them.. I usually spend $20 in the fruit and vegetable shop today I spent $7.99 so I am already seeing the benefits which meant when I went into the whole foods store i was able to buy not only the mixed nuts and mango dried but was also able to get the dried strawberries.. I am trying to keep my food bill near the $100 mark.. as this is what my budget says I know I have been blowing out so time to take a stand.. Also by doing a food plan I will get all I need for the week and thus means only going to the shop once a week, which will also mean I will be saving petrol and wear and tear on my car. I also only have to think once a week on what I am going to have for tea and if I decided to change nights I can as all the food is in the house. I can see this being beneficial for so many reasons.

Decided that I am eating healthy, I am working out, I am doing all the right things, I was feeling like something has been missing.. control, control on not portions sizes of what I eat but what I am buying… I would buy 7 tins of sardines a week and same for tuna i would buy 4 loaves of bread… now that I am planning my food better I am only buying what we actually need to live off.. I actually feel good that I have found the thing that has been bugging me and I am able to improve my life another step.

  • Meal Planners
  • Think outside the square
  • Good guidance for buying food
  • Roll on effect
  • Can save you money

What To Eat..

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That is a good question, we think healthy we have to change our food.. besides the junk food I eat some new things but I still eat a lot of what I have been eating. Portion control and taking your favourite recipe and seeing how you can make it healthier..I am not going to give you a food plan I know what I like and what you like will differ in some ways.. what I am going to do is give you a list of foods that I make, for my children and I. It is to give you an idea to help you think out side the square a bit. So I am not going to say breakfast lunch etc.. as I want you to use your imagination. What I will do though is give you my favourite website I often use to find recipes.

My Food,

Homemade Soups, Fish pie,Totillas, Kumura chips(sweet potato chips), Porridge, Toast ,Butter, Nuts, all sorts, Seeds, all sorts, Fruit, Vegetables, Ham, Organic meat, Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Raw Milk, Eggs, Green Tea, Yoghurt,

These make up the main of my eating,

Porridge, I add 1T flax seed, raw milk, about 1tsp raw/comb honey

Tortillas, I make myself and add what ever organic meat I have with veges, sometimes cooked veges like yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, sour cream, or salsa I also do a summer one with tomatos lettuce, etc

Pita bread. whole meal, we use these for soups, we also stuff with cottage cheese spinach and chicken,

Soups, homemade is really good and really easy to make, This way you can watch the stock/salt intake, There are millions of soups out there go and find the ones you like.

Poached eggs, just love poached eggs, scrambled eggs, just make sure you dont over cook them as the yellow needs to be bit runny so you want soft scrambled eggs. omletes add veges to it.. or do a frittata,

Stir fry veges think outside the square investigate your fruit and vege shop. try new veges,use with and or without meat, also with or with out noodles.

Cous Cous… hot water or low salt stock and some veges yummy,,

Tinned tuna, endless ideas on pita in tortilla. on salad, as main meat for tea,

I love tinned sardines, i can just eat them, or on toast, in pita, bread,

I make my own pasta i make 50/50 white and whole meal.. comes out a lighter pasta and does not bloat me,

I make spaghetti Bolognaise with homemade pasta sauce organic mince,

Fish I steam add some salsa to it.

So these are just a few idea. Have a look at what you already make and see what you can add or take out …

Fish pie,  white sauce, boiled egg, steamed fish, veges, mashed kumura with poppy seeds on top or seseme seeds or crushed peanuts etc..

Use your imagination.. you have formed habits so replacing them instead of stopping them is important.

oh and lasagne.. I love lasagne.. 😉 ..

Chocolate I hear you say.. yummy… I now eat 72% dark chocolate, which means I have a couple of pieces and I have had enough,

You will find over time your taste buds will change.. I know mine have..

Food labels.

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This is one area you do need to learn to read, if you have not started this would be a good time. I am going to explain it the best I can with out getting too technical.

First thing is you need to know how many calories a day you need.. you can also work out how much good fat you need salt.. anything that is on a label find out how much you need a day.. now as in previous posts don’t get obsessed with numbers use them more as a guide.

First thing you want to know is, are you eating something natural or something that looks like a NASA science experiment. You can find this under the ingredients list, The first item on the list shows the ingredients that is in the product. So a bag of pasta it will have wheat of or flour water salt etc, the list continues to the product that has the least ingredient.  So when you are looking at ingredients you want to know that the main product you are eating is at the beginning. Also some products have numbers and be aware and get clued on what the different names of sugar some products may list 3-4 different types of sugar. Those foods you really want to stay way from. So really read your ingredients list. If you are not sure of a product that you are eating go and research it. Do you really want to be putting something into your body that you don’t know what it is.

Serving size: This tells you how many grams or pieces you should have in a portion. That was nice and simple wasn’t it.

Serving per packet: This is even more simpler this tell you how many portions you will get out of your packet.. so if you buy a packet of something, it will say how many portions. Now this is the great thing you can now work out how many meals you can get out of this one packet. Before where you would just sit and eat the whole packet and cost groceries were through roof now you have portion control food will start to last a lot longer.

Calories/ kilojoules they mean the same thing.. just in a different measurement like grams to pounds or kilometers to miles. So this is important if you are eating 2000 calories per day and you find a product that says 250cal ie chocolate bar that is taken off the 2000 so then you left with 1750 calories for the rest of the day. Lets say your getting clued up on all of this and you realise that an apple is about 60cals that means you can have 4.1 apples a day v’s the 1 chocolate bar. so now you have 4 snacks for the same calories instead of the one snack So you can see how important it is to see what the calories are in products, over time you will be able to look at a product and not even have to look at the label and know if your eating regime can fit higher calorie foods in it or not. I eat lots of smaller calorie food during the day.. so I get to eat lots..

Fats good fats and bad fats get to know your fats and know that your body needs some fats to work properly. In the fat section it gets broken down to a few types of fats.. please go and read this website this is very informative and please go and look at other sites to.

Cholesterol: please have a look at this website and please research more your self

Sodium: is a preservative so is found in many products on the shelves. So reading the labels is important. Start comparing food start knowing that processed food will have salt in it including bread. So find products with the less salt. Find out how much salt you actually need and remember don’t get obsessed just remember this is so you can get clued up on what you are putting into your body. You will notice how quickly your salt intake runs out for the day if you are having a lot of processed foods.

Total Carbohydrates is the next on the list it gets broken down into the whole amount fibre and sugar. The sugar needs to be low here as it spikes your insulin. Gives you the sugar rushes we want our bodies not to have the spikes but to keep at a good balance. High fiber is also good as this helps our bodies maintain good functions. We want to get high fiber soul able carbohydrates into us.

Protein: this is important for losing weight, after workouts for muscle regrowth. so look for high protein products especially if you are going crazy with the weights.


Look at the product and see if it is natural or added where possible have it natural your body will like you better for it.

Fat free, we see it every where. The more I look into this the more I do not like this term. We are “eating healthy” but we are still not able to lose the weight. Experts are now looking at fat free in a different light and are now starting to thing that this is one reason why we can not lose the weight.. Also if you look at a product that says fat free go and have a look at the sugar under carbohydrates I bet they are quite high. In life if you take something out you usually have to replace it. So they are replacing fat with sugar. The one man made product that is highly addictive. Experts recon it is as addictive as heroin.

This is where I want you to go to your cupboard get out a tin of something a package of something and read the label. See how much salt, calories, or any of the above you have just read about. See what products have the most and have less.

You will find that the more natural the product the less it looks like a NASA science experiment. I know what food I would rather be eating.

  • Read your labels
  • Get clued up on what you are putting into your body.
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