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Getting my mo-jo back !!

Hiya blog readers….  It’s been a little while I know, but after my exciting trip to Adelaide with my sis, my lovely DH shared the flu with me…. and yes, it was actually the flu..not just a bad cold.  It’s a pet peeve of mine when people have a slight runny nose and tell everyone they have the flu…. um, no you don’t, suck it up cupcake and put some vicks on it.  :0)  When you’ve had the full blown flu, you know about it.  :0(

Anyway, so I’m nearly 100% better… maybe I’m at 98%, still a lingering cough happening, but I’ve been able to knock out 3 half decent PT sessions, so I feel ok about it.

However, last week, when I was trying to get back into my fitness routine, it was a hard slog…..  low on energy etc. It was a complete head game I’m telling you…. I seriously had to fight the feelings of having completely fallen off the healthy lifestyle wagon, having to resort to midday naps, and the occasional naughty comfort food.  (darn those fundraising Freddo frogs for Miss 15’s dance comps).  While I knew I’d only missed 3 PT sessions all up and a few nightly walks, I honestly felt like I had stepped back 6mths when it came to my fitness level.

I had to constantly remind myself that it was just a blip in the timeline and I was well on the way to being 100% back on track.  As I improved physically, I was able to better grab hold of those negative thoughts and toss them to the kerb.

Perhaps it’s perfect timing that my lovely PT is beginning a 6wk challenge t’row.  Other clients of hers are going to ban together to achieve great things in the next 6wks.  To say “I can’t wait!” is an understatement.  To add to my forward momentum, I’ve also committed to running/walking/cycling/elliptical’ing 5kms per day for the entire month of July.  It’s a cause in aid of a Local Pastor’s wife who is battling brain cancer at present.  I’ve done the 5kms locally yesterday and today, but I’m sure I’ll have to resort to trustie Ellie the Elliptical on days when I just don’t have the 40mins to get out and walk it.  Here is the gorgeous view from yesterday and today on my walk.

I must say, when I was out on my walk today, joined by Master 11, I was in awe of the beauty in my local suburb.  It was mid afternoon, maybe 22degrees, a thousand and one Lorikeets in the many trees… and I couldn’t help but thank God for this wonderful blessing, to be able to not only have this beauty to walk amongst, but to actually live in this area. 

It brought to mind some of the lyrics from Hillsongs ‘Transfiguration’….

Holy is the Lord revealed before my eyes

And my burning heart can scarcely take it in
As I behold your beauty with unworthy eyes
The only song my soul can find to sing
Is Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah my KingWhile marvelling at my surrounds, God reminded me that I’M beautiful too.  Genesis 1:27 says So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.   Ephesian 2:10 tells us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  When thinking on this, it really did remind me that even when things seem very difficult (it’s election day today here in Australia), God has it all in hand.  When we know He can create gorgeous sunsets and settings like those two I took on my walks, it’s really not much to trust that He has a little thing like the political situation in hand.     :0)
Back to fitness (aka Respecting the temple), I also made a purchase on Thursday of two new fitness friends (actually they’re identical twins)….   2 x 4kg kettle bells.  I’ve got a 6kg slam ball, a 6kg kettle bell and loads of dumb-bells, but I didn’t have two weight of equal weight to squat with etc, so I was excited to get these two new workout buddies.  They don’t talk much, but hey… you gotta take what you can get, right.  LOL.

Ok peeps….  it’s off to bed for me…. well, after I check out the latest poling numbers for today’s federal election.  It’s really similar to when a disaster happens around the world…..  the twin towers, the lindt cafe etc …. you want to turn it off and go do something constructive with your time (like sleeping), but you just can’t turn away.

Blessings Peeps !!!!

xox

 

Life is continuing….

Oh my goodness, if I’d left it another two days, it would have been an entire month between blogs…that’s downright SLACK !!!

So much has been going on.. which does help to explain my slackness in the blogging department.

The highlights are –

  • Baby Boy Lucas is now HOME and powering on like the little warrior he has proven himself to be.  He’s settling in at home, putting on weight, getting to know his big brother, and is having his first immunisations today.

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  • I scored myself a not very pleasant intercostal injury about a month ago and am actually still suffering from that.  However, it IS improving (PRAISE GOD !!) so things ARE on the up & up.  I think I did it because I did either too many sit ups, or did sit ups incorrectly.  I had both an ultrasound and an X-ray on my right side chest/ribs etc but it didn’t show anything.  As a result, I’ve had to change my exercise routine …  for the first two weeks, I couldn’t do ANYTHING.  I am pleased to say though that I must have been doing just enough to keep the weight loss train going as the number has continued to drop slowly each Tuesday morning for my weigh-in.
  • We are now down to only two weeks and two days until we sail far far away across the sea !!!  Our renewed passports finally arrived so this is a relief.  I cannot even tell you how excited & humbled I am to know that I get to enjoy two weeks ‘off the job’.  No cleaning, cooking, washing….  Thank you Jesus !!!
  • Sadly there is ups and downs (more downs)  in family over the last few weeks that look to be continuing for a while.  However, God is teaching me a lot throughout.  It’s so easy to see someone’s actions as selfishness on the surface, but when looking deeper, you can expose emotional issues that deserve additional care.  Also, sadly, it is human nature to ‘arc up’ when someone does something to upset you, when in fact, we’ve been commissioned to Love thy neighbour, repay bad with GOOD, do all we can to expand God’s Kingdom, and most importantly, be the LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS !!!
  • DH is really enjoying having his aeroplane and being able to go up to the airfield whenever he can and go for a fly IN HIS OWN PLANE.  He’s been waiting a very long time for this and is LOVING IT !!  He’s also made a nice group of friends up there, which is just as much a part of the whole ‘scene’ he’s been wanting to be apart of for so long. They sit around with their drinks and discuss all things ‘planes’.  I’m really really happy for him.  & as you can see, the kids are enjoying it too.

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  • The biggest homeschool excursion (78 people) I have ever organised went off without a hitch (or any drownings)… Woot Woot !!

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  • Miss 14’s dance comps all went very well.  Now to enjoy the break before it all starts again in Feb 2016.
  • The 2016 homeschool journey has been decided on which is also a weight off my shoulders.  The older two kiddos are currently working through diagnostic testing for next year and are doing very well with them.

So there you go, that basically brings you up to speed, to a degree, on our lives.

Even amongst the ups and downs of ‘life’ I love how God makes ‘lessons’ out of all situations, good & bad.  I’ve also been reading Jefferson Bethke’s Jesus>Religion which is really opening up my view on things.

Blessings xox

Eat clean.. train dirty… trust God

Eat clean… train dirty… Trust God !! So… after an up & down kinda day. . I’ve decided this is going to be this season’s hashtag.
I have had 2 opportunities in recent days to be pretty naughty with my clean eating plan. .. and I am so happy to say that on both occasions,  I was able to either stick with my clean eating. . Or in the one instance I didn’t,  it was such a minor ‘slip up’ that I didn’t even feel the need to beat myself up over it.
I am actually really pleased with my resolution on this.  I just know that I know that God is providing me with the strength and perseverance I’m asking for,  as I normally wouldn’t be able to resist these ‘treats’. As I said on a previous blog entry. . My bodies likes & dislikes are changing.
I’m also loving having my 17yr niece to bounce ideas off. She is a vegetarian recently having gone completely vegan, so she is full of fab healthy ideas.  She seriously makes the best healthy snacks… that you wouldn’t even think are healthy.

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(Ps.. She didn’t actually make THESE exact ones. . But hers do look just as yummy)
I’m also experimenting with my new Nutri-infusion which has been amazing !! I am really so happy with it. . It actually DOES do everything they say it does, which can be rare for things bought off the tv.  A friend  and I did a shop at the local fruit & veg market yest,  so I’m well & truly stocked up for some yummy nutritious goodness in smoothy form.

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This actually was my daughter’s first smoothy attempt, but I used her pic seeing as my smoothy had spinach in it so therfore wasn’t this pretty colour.

I read some interesting information last night about drinking berry based drinks with your food as it assists with digestion due to the acidic content.
Here’s some healthy info for you all on this and other healthy gut foods. …

What is the key to good gut health? The answer is bacteria, millions of which inhabit the digestive tract breaking down food, helping to propel food through the digestive tract and providing protection against harmful invading organisms.

Foods that are high in fibre, rich in nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, or that contain live probiotics, will encourage the growth of health-promoting bacteria colonies and support overall equilibrium balance in the digestive tract. Eating foods that are overly refined, processed or low in fibre will meanwhile place additional strain on the digestive system, potentially disrupting the important balance of health-promoting bacteria.

Berries are an excellent food for digestive health. They provide a good source of fibre, antioxidants, and polyphenols, which can selectively favour beneficial colonies of bacteria in the digestive tract.

Recent research on polyphenols has shown they interact with beneficial species of bacteria (similar to pre-biotics, which “feed” the good bacteria). The interactions encourage healthy bacteria growth. All types of berries, whether fresh or frozen, contain polyphenols.

Seaweed & chia seeds, as well as cruciferous vegetables (kale, cabbage, broccoli and silverbeet, to name just a few) are excellent foods for gut health; they provide various phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, as well as a good source of fibre. Phytonutrients can benefit the gut by increasing the balance of good bacteria and also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

The fibre content of cruciferous vegetables is particularly important as it can help move food through the digestive tract. The fibre in leafy greens in particular also promotes the growth of good bacteria. Pre-biotics are food sources for healthy bacteria; without them the healthy bacteria (probiotics) are unable to grow. Hence, the growth of beneficial colonies of bacteria is largely depending on the intake of both probiotic and pre-biotic foods.
Yoghurt is also fantastic but it should always taste sour, not sweet. The sourness is a reflection of the lactic-acid bacteria that have developed during the fermentation process in the milk.

Regular consumption of yoghurt can positively influence the balance of microflora in the gut, creating more of the “good guys”, such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium probiotics. These types of probiotics can help manufacture B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A and K, which are great for overall health as well as playing a role in a well-functioning digestive tract. They also help boost the immune system and inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria.

Sadly (coz I don’t really like it) oily fish – such as salmon, sardines and mackerel are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, such as EPA, and DOHA. These fatty acids can play a vital role in healthy bowel function. They can work to lubricate the digestive tract and keep digestion flowing smoothly. They can also help to reduce inflammation and strengthen the intestinal lining, which can help to protect against gastrointestinal diseases.

& lastly in my disgestion lesson for tonight (lol)… Ginger is a traditional spice, revered throughout Asia for its ability to relieve gas and reduce abdominal bloating. In herbal medicine, it is considered to be an “intestinal spasmolytic” – in other words, a substance that can relax and sooth the digestive tract.

The active component of fresh ginger, known as gingerol contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which can alleviate symptoms associated with gastrointestinal discomfort.

Aren’t you all glad I’ve educated in this fascinating topic?  Well, if it doesn’t interest you,  try to get interested coz I can tell you that my body is a whole lot happier on a clean eating diet.
It does seem ‘un-fun’ at times,  but that usually only happens when your 1. Using boring ingredients,  or 2. Not thinking outside the box.
When it comes down to it,  it’s really all quite interesting and worth educating yourself on.
Ok peeps… that’s enough from me for tonight.
Blessings xox

Respecting the temple…. the continuing story :0)

Hi all…  Well, I’m just finishing up week 3 of my new healthy lifestyle.  So, how am I going?

Seeing I didn’t own a working set of scales when I started,  I can’t actually say what I have actually lost kg-wise, but I would guesstimate about 3kg.  However, what I’m learning is that it’s not all about the number on the scales.  My body is going through a process of changing it’s likes and dislikes too.  I do remember this from last time, but it does seem to be happening quicker this time, which can only be a good thing !!

Not that I have a known diary intolerance, but I have noticed over the years that if I had a milk drink out (more often than not it would be a skinny iced mocha… my ‘coffee’ of choice) for morning tea after having had a bowl of cereal & milk in the morning, my tummy wouldn’t like it so much.  So, with this in mind, I decided to cut down on my dairy intake (mostly milk).  All that’s been required to do this  is changing my cereal breakfast into a cup of green tea (so gross it’s not even funny) and a couple of cooked eggs with some avocado.  If I’m out of avocado, then I have a banana or kiwi fruit with my eggs.  The green tea is for assisting the weight loss, but the cutting down on the milk was more for added comfort in my tummy.  I do add a little honey to my green tea which does make it bearable.  I also just purchased some green tea with peppermint and while it doesn’t particularly had anything flavour wise, it does seem to be more refreshing.

I found this decrease of dairy to have been a very good decision when DH and I went out for a quick ‘coffee date’ this week and I decided to ‘treat’ myself to a skinny iced mocha.  Well, I didn’t even get a quarter way through it and couldn’t drink anymore.  I just couldn’t take in any more milk, as well as the overall sweetness of the drink.  My body has clearly changed in how much it likes sweet things.  How cool, right !!!

My excerises of choice have been sit-ups (I’m now doing 80 per day and upping it by ten each week), skipping, weights, walking and leg lifts (to get a nice butt..LOL).  I do have a x-trainer and a rower but actually haven’t got to using them as yet as it requires me finding a good half hour to get in there and get on them.  I do really enjoy using them though, so I’ll just need to improve my time management.

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Having ‘coffee’ out was a little boring in the first two weeks as I’d sit there with nothing while the person I was with might have a big ‘ole slice of mud cake or something equally scrumptious, but I seem to be getting quite ok with it all.  I take my water bottle along and just think of all the money I’m saving.  LOL.  Also, what I’ve found to be a great idea is instead of going out for ‘coffee’ where the food choices aren’t that healthy at all….  Going out for an actual meal is far better, as there are usually semi-healthy options available  For example, I went out for lunch today and ordered a chicken, spinach & quinoa salad.  It was soooooo yummy and coming in at only 2449kjs… not too bad for lunch.  I did plan to have water with it, but actually forgot to get any.. whoops.  My sister let me have half a glass of her diet coke, so all was good in the world of good eating/drinking.

Speaking of water intake though… I have hugely upped my water intake on a daily basis.  I try to achieve 3lts, but realistically I’m only getting in 2ltrs per day.  I was drinking one can of coke zero per day, but have now gotten it down to one can per week, if that.  Not a bad achievement me thinks.

I’m also being a lot more disciplined with my vitamin intake, making sure I take my women’s multivitamin each day, as well as fish oil (to assist in me continuing to be a super clever homeschool Mum.. ha ha), as well as Olive Leaf Extract.  My vitamin & minerals would also be increased since I began this journey simply because of the wide rang of fruit & veg I’m taking onboard.

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I’m also wanting to start having a detox drink prior to going to bed which is supposed to be super fab at combatting tummy fat.  Normally I’m not a fan of these detox drinks but seeing as this one only has a cucumber, grated ginger, half a lemon, some parsley and 1/3 cup of water, it seems pretty good to me.  Nothing weird in that lot.  My sit-ups are certainly helping with this problem area of mine, but anything to help along the way would be great.

The sit-ups issue has been a surprise to me as it started out as a little challenge to myself as I find sit-ups so hard to do.  Well, it’s a gross understatement to say that I underestimated my own ability.  My original plan was to start at 20 per day and increase it by 10 each week, with the long term plan that by summer, I’d be doing 170 sits per day (sounds crazy right). Surprisingly I’ve been able to up that number quicker than I was anticipating, with my daily rate at the already stated above amount of 80 per day.   When I first worked out I’d be doing that kind of number per day by summer, I was like… yeah right.. like that’s gonna happen.. LOL… but now that I’m pumping out 80 per day, I can easily see myself achieving those big numbers.

I am constantly reminded the I’m only doing so well on my journey because I’m being carried by the grace of God.  I am surprised over and over when I can so easily have my water over a fancy drink, or eat nothing when others enjoy something super yummy.  Or when I can pump out those last 20 sit-ups late at night when it was so hard even walking up the stairs to get to my room to do them.   When I am weak, HE is strong !!!!!!  Not just physical strength when I’m tired, but emotional strength when it comes to self-control over right choices.

On the tiredness issue, man I’ve been feeling it.  There were a couple of days this week where I actually didn’t like being in my own skin I felt so tired and achy.  But I was once again blown away by the strength God gave me in those times to still stick to my exercise plan.  It is beyond comforting going forward to know that He is there for me ALL THE TIME!!

OK… so there’s my update for now.  I’ll keep you posted along the journey….  which will be a long process seeing as it won’t end until I get rid of this frustrating earthly body and gain my new heavenly body… the way the world is going, it seems like maybe it could be sooner rather than later, by hey… that’s another blog entirely. :0)

Blessings Peeps  xox

Juice it up baby !!!

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So, I scored a bargain the other day when, after deciding to buy a juicer.. I found one on Gumtree (like an online trading post) for $25… Yes, I said $25. It is currently on special at Harris Scarfe for $178. LOL. SCORE MUCH !!!!!

Anyway… so I googled some healthy juicing recipes and came up with the my first concoction.. as seen above. I loved it.. although I must say a little more sweetness would not have gone astray.. James loved it… Jaz wasn’t too fussed.. Jordan spat it out in the sink in a dramatic fashion.. and Terry did a similar thing.
Oh well… they’re loss… more for me & James.

As this recipe made two big glasses worth, plus a small plastic cup for James… I had one glass for arv tea yest, and then the second with breakfast this morning. I must say, I feel a bit gross knowing that I have eaten/drunk that amount of fruit/veg in the last 18hrs. I hope I don’t start to turn orange from all those carrots. LOL.

On another exciting note though.. my fruit & veg efforts are paying off though as I have already dropped 3kgs. woot woot !!! I haven’t even super ramped up the exercise yet.. which I plan to. I’ve just dropped the high carb items like white potato, bread & pasta.

However, I am not doing any diet or ‘light’ options. I’ve been reading quite a lot about how our body needs the fat in full cream milk & cheese etc.. as well as butter and other things. So, except for the odd Coke Zero.. I’m sticking to full fat options in most staple items. When it comes down to it.. it’s the sugar that is worse for your body to process.. not the fat in things.

OK… toodles for now.
Blessings
xox

HS Day 127 – Trying to be more active in our school day

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Sooooo…. (& yes, I do realise that the image is incorrect…. I have two sons and a daughter, not the other way around. LOL)…  I am determined to bring more physical activity into our school day, simply because all of my children are staying awake until so late at night, which results in sleep-ins needed in the morning.. not ridiculous ones.. but maybe 8am.

So today marks the first day of adding a walk into a school curriculum day… LOL.  We’ll learn about heart rate, calories burnt, respecting the temple that houses the Holy Spirit, and all sorts of other healthy info.

The only downside to this is that we only have certain walks we can do in our area, so it may get boring… we may need to get creative and get a train somewhere in order to do a walk…. like going to the City and walking over to Southbank.  Only thing is that doing that almost turns out to be a way TOO tiring day. LOL.  Not so much for the walk itself… it’s always lovely, walking over the bridge etc, but the time sitting on the train seems to be tiring.

We may need to look at investigating other areas that maybe aren’t quite so far away.  No doubt I will keep you in the loop with our adventures.

Blessings Peeps !!

xox

 

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