Come on, eat up all those exercise calories!

Come on, eat up those exercise calories! Did you ever get that statement at the dinner table? I think not. It was more likely one of these… you are not leaving the table until that plate is empty….there are starving children in Africa…. if you eat all your dinner you can have some ice cream….and on and on we could go! Do you say these words, or similar, to your kids now? When kids say they are not hungry, generally they are not hungry(unless you are trying to make them eat tripe). Even now as an informed adult when I am not hungry,and I really want to eat something,  I still will. Bad huh.  I am from the above dinner time generation. Shame. Guilt. Eat. Recently my friend posted this video of herself talking about her weight loss journey. It is her personal  honesty that I resonate with here, and I am sure we can all relate in some way. Our relationship with eating food coupled with our lack of knowledge of what is required to burn it off  has had a devastating effect on many of us today. My Fitness Pal has been a great tool for Alison(I know there are other similar sites too)and as she explains about the food diary and exercise for calories you can perhaps understand what and why we have been doing wrong all these years. So the moral of this story? Exercise for calories, then only eat  the calories you got from the exercise. For me….simple plan, slow learner!


Bariatric Surgery – Yes or No?

Bariatric surgery is the generic term for the weight loss surgery. It does not mean a specific option that you can choose, for example, gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. Bariatric surgery seems to be continually evolving and there are probably even more options than these.

Before going ahead with any operation there is a lot of  information to wade through, weeks and months pass before taking the plunge, plus interviews and tests and pre-op diets and all that pyschological torment to deal with. Plus, if all that is not  bad enough, you have the well meaning opinions of your family, friends, workmates and maybe your personal trainer to consider! Oh god help me!! Give me a sign, hit me on the head with a coconut or something!!

I have myself over the years considered ‘going under the knife’ as they say, but at the end of the day, bottom line, to coin a few well worn cliches….I am a chicken!  I have always had the opportunity to keep myself reasonably physically fit, and although I will  always be a big girl, this is my decision. However, I have met many many people who have had a weight-loss operation, and I am happy to report all of them have not regretted the decision. But, I know there are people who have not had such a happy time, it’s weird that I haven’t actually met anyone who has had a bad experience, just heard from others.

If you have taken the bariatric way, and are losing weight steadily and find yourself looking for some great exercise wear, I cannot recommend highly enough the Power Legs that are available here. Either in the shorts or full leg, these are  tight fitting pants with a high lycra content that forces  blood to circulate, removes perspiration away from your skin and keeps your muscles warm, all while you exercise! Dare I mention the taboo subject of “loose skin??”, oops too late, Ive said it! These are the ultimate friend to this little problem xx

If you’ve done it, I am in awe. I hope it has been everything you wanted. I believe you must still exercise and diet to help the kilos  come off….two words…POWER LEGS!

Real Womens 2012 Series is underway!

The Real Womens 2012 series is underway and I had a great day last Sunday(Feb 12th). My friend Alison and I decided to participate in the first of the Real Womens Duathlon series at Ambury Park, last minute entry of course, no foward planning here!

It rained. Just a little at first. Then it bucketed down right at the end. Nice.

We had a terrific time. Really.This is such a great event. It is not designed for athletes. It is designed for real women. First you run/walk, then you ride your bike, then you do another little run/walk. No winners, no losers, just participants. You are well supported by the organisers and the volunteers who line the routes.

You can enter as an individual,or as a team of 2 or 3. Thanks Jane Patterson. I like the philosophy of this series. I liked hearing the  heart warming stories of the real women who had overcome huge obstacles to participate for the first time, and to hear of one lady who has participated in every event since the series started, we’re talking 6 years here!

It was wonderful to see kids running out at the end to support their Mum/Sister/Cousin and run the last 100 metres with them, smiles all round! You got a goody bag, a flash new shirt, a yummy breakfast and a fair chance to win one of many great spot prizes, including a really cool bike.

It was well worth the drenching.

Don’t put it off, grab a friend and love the experience!  Real Women’s Duathlon Series

Happy Frivolous New Year!

 I say ‘frivolous’ quite a lot and  prefer the definition from the merrian-webster  dictionary a : of little weight or importance b : having no sound basis (as in fact or law) <a frivolouslawsuit>. 2. a : lacking in seriousness.

It probably sums up what I have to say most of the time, and I’m happy with that. I like the word.

Well here we are people, one week in to the New Year(what?? already??) how about those resolutions aye? Holding up still? Or were they just Frivolous Resolutions spoken with the utmost sincerity from a generally clear thinking brain that has been infused with a couple of glasses of chardonnay? I know some of my best intentions have happened while I have been in this state, and one(he had many!) of my father’s most favourite sayings to me was….”Lu, The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

I have decided not to go to hell this year, I have decided to go to a place where I am happy, I will have a healthy weight, I will have a  place where I can grow things for us to eat, and I will go to places on my bike, everyday. These are not resolutions.

I will continue to say mostly frivolous stuff this year, like I said, I am happy with that. But I sincerely wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

And here is something that is right up there in frivolousness…

What is the single best thing we can do for our health?








What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

Warning: This video is more than 9 minutes long, please ensure that you have 9 minutes of uninterrupted time to spare, I would not want you to miss a word that is being said plus this guy talks flat out too….


Hello blender…had any good low fat smoothie ideas lately?


I located the blender at the back of cupboard on the weekend. Wow! Hello blender…had any good low fat smoothie ideas lately?? I don’t know why I don’t use it more, just like I don’t know when I have had enough to eat….or drink for that matter….anyhoo, I digress.

I love love love smoothies, and this is a great time to be making them as all the summer fruits are coming on. I made myself a big cold creamy blend of low-fat yogurt, soy milk(because I dont like the taste of cows milk, that is all, I am not trying to be flash!) and a banana that was going to last another hour in the fruit bowl, a fresh kiwifruit and some frozen berries. It was yummy too. I am going to have more of these I pledged to myself. Today I saw this simple recipe, I had never thought of putting grapes in a smoothie before, but I shall give it a go. It looks rather refreshing. Low cal and all that too.

‘Try’ time, you may like it!

I have a story to share with you. My husband would only ever eat white bread.

If he bought the bread it would always be white, and when he got the ‘look’, he would say that was all they had….

With the bread wars at the supermarkets now you can get good deals like 2 for whatever price… Molenburg has been doing this, so I have been buying mostly molenburg bread.

What do you know, out of the blue, after 17 years, he announces, I love this Molenburg bread, its the best bread Ive ever eaten!

Lesson for the day: Try something new, you just might like it!

P.S He also eats brown rice now too….loves it, hide the mung beans we are on a roll here!!


Consistency with exercise is key….good information is GOLD

1. Consistency with exercise is key. Don’t stress about staying motivated because motivation comes and goes. (Yes! It is so true!!) Just be consistent in your training and clean eating.

2. Check in with all the stories that you use to avoid exercising and eating well. When you see them for what they are , you’ll be able to make positive life changes.

3. Dont negotiate with your self about exercising and dont make deals with yourself to give yourself a reason not to train. It’s not complicated- simply get your runners on and get out the door. Dont think about it just do it!

4. Dont over-intellectualise your training. It’s not rocket science, its just exercise. The key is not what you do, but how much effort you put into doing it, so go hard in your workouts.

5. Become a habit creator. Replace your bad habits – buying chocolate every time you buy petrol, never exercising on the weekends – with good ones. Always keep an apple in the car, ready for when you need petrol, or meet a friend for a Saturday morning power walk.

Taken from AWW(August 2011). The story is called Michelle Inc. She is, Michelle Bridges, personal trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia. These are her tips from that story. Brilliant just Brilliant!


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Living in Resistance is Futile

Living in Resistance is Futile!

OK people, yesterday we talked a little about what motivates me and how I suggested you need to get started on some kind of fitness plan and walking, to me, seemed like a great place to start.

My approach to some things I do, I think, is not always appropriate. I am a bit of a bull in a china shop kind of person, a bit tactless, I acknowledge this and I am doing a lot of work on myself trying to tone down my delivery. It has taken me a long time to write this message this morning, I know what I want to say, but that delivery issue keeps coming up!!

So here is my simple message people. Give it up. Stop with the BS and excuse sheet. I know every excuse under the sun, and I know, that you know, that it is all just rubbish. If I could assure you that a 15 minute, then a 30 minute, then working up to a 60 minute daily walk is achievable and will be the best thing that you could ever do for yourself and your future, would you believe me? You should!!

You can see by my photo that I am not a size 10, (and never have been)and I dont know why I had such a big smile on my face as I was about to start my leg of a 150km cycle event! But the thing is I am smiling because I am doing something I love, exercising and out in the fresh air, it makes me feel alive and very grateful.

So, there is no time like the present as they say,start your daily walk with whoever, a neighbour or your kids, by yourself(for peace), with the dog or your husband(mine was not always a willing participant, that’s why he got mentioned after the dog!!).

Resistance is futile people, give it up, get healthy, get moving and get a big smile on your face too!

written with (big)love on this stunning sun shining day xxxcycle blog