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12wbt 1st round launched!!!

Today was great. Not perfect, not exactly as planned but great.

First things first. I learned a lesson about my exercise routine today. I need to be a morning exerciser. Leaving it until later offers too many possibilities of derailment! I walked and worked around the house but tomorrow I have a different plan….one involving a friend and a long stretch of beach…..and the next day too. That way, I get the pleasure of my friends’ company AND a good long walk as well, leaving me the afternoon to do more, or not as I please, without guilt. Yay for figuring that out 🙂

I was careful with calories today…too careful as it turns out because even after breakfast (porridge), lunch (tuna salad) dinner (fish, homemade vegetable sauce, broccoli and green beans) and snacks (almonds, peach and a plum), by bedtime I’ve still only racked up 907.3 calories. Part of me, the part that’s still working on the ‘let’s see if starving myself will work’ premise, is doing a happy dance. The other, more sensible part of me knows that it’s more sustainable to actually eat the 1200 calories allotted to me.

Dinner should have been lovely and to be fair, it tasted delicious. Just the right savouriness, veges cooked to perfection….the problem was the spinach in the sauce I think. To make it, I put tinned tomatoes, lots of garlic, thai basil, a little veg stock powder, baby spinach, a carrot and two zucchini. It was a bright, gorgeous green colour……until I cooked the fish in it and it went a sort of indeterminate brown colour, which the kids eyed very suspiciously. To be fair, it wasn’t my finest cooking moment…

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Tomorrow is the day my first round of Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation starts. I’ve completed every pre-season task and I’m ready. I have to work on getting more sleep….

We were going out today, to do more fun things but opted to stay at home and get stuff done instead. Partly that was because we all slept in and partly because it just felt like that sort of day. A reasonable amount of lying around was done but somehow, in between, things happened…organically…easily. We had brunch on the verandah together and that was a good start to the day. Andy, always the most active member of our household, rushed about, doing jobs, going to Bunnings for hooks, drilling holes, calling out. Until finally, we have this, the house Command Centre!

20140202_191802 Because part of this descent into uncontrolled eating is to do with just not being organised I think. One of the tasks in this 12 week program is to get a diary and then use it. Being hopelessly addicted to Pinterest and having moved into a new house, it was a perfect time to get really….uncharacteristically…organised. So we did. There’s one basket for each child’s school notes, which would otherwise float aimlessly around the house until the moment we needed them, at which point, they’d dive under a cushion or something.

Hooks for bags and one in the middle for incidentals…hats, library bags etc.. and then the calendar, which is really a page from a desk planner because the boxes for writing things are bigger. The whiteboard is for writing shopping lists or reminders and soon, above the lightswitch on the left, there’ll be a roster. I’ve noticed that the kids do things much more quickly and with more purpose when they have their own list, rather than us telling them what to do as they go along. I feel a surge of satisfaction everytime I walk past this little bastion of order, a sort of ‘Yay’ sensation.

Lunch today was a salad of julienned zucchini and carrot, cherry tomatoes from the garden and tuna with chilli and apple cider vinegar dressing….yumptious!

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I attempted to make air-popped popcorn in the microwave today but since I couldn’t find my brown paper lunchbags, doubtless lost in the move, I opted for the less well known ‘bowl-with-a-plate-on-top’ method. It wasn’t hugely successful. Only about a third of the kernels popped. They tasted nice though..


Lastly, our youngest son and I planted carrots in a bucket and herbs in a long pot, which was gentle and fun.


Fresh, colourful foods. Foods that feel good to make and even better to eat. Foods full of all the good, vitamin enriched, healthy, life-giving things. Crunchy, alive wonderful and……

The more I think about it, the more I wonder why on earth I eat anything but this stuff? Certainly not the wheat-laden, sugar-heavy, dairy-rich foods I’ve habitually fed myself….and that’s just it I think. It’s habit as much as anything. Doing what seems to be easy. Grabbing whatever’s closest instead of really thinking about it.

Sometimes I actually crave salads and hot chilli soups and have eaten meat and veg instead, followed by….well, let’s draw a veil over that shall we? 

Sometimes in fact, I find myself fondly remembering ‘salads-I-have-eaten’ and have to shake myself from my reverie in order to eat those cheese and crackers on my plate.

One of my favourite salads was eaten on Murano, Venice while we were travelling, pre-children. In a pizza place, we were served a simple chopped salad of the crunchiest, deliciousest (yes I know it isn’t a word but say it out loud and you’ll see why I kept it) salad veg, dressed with vinegar and olive oil

Today, to go with our Baked Barramundi in Tomato Sauce, I made my version of it and it was everything I remembered.

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mid-chopping chopped salad

Now if anyone can help me with a recipe for a salad that includes grated carrots and fresh beetroot, sultanas and….other yummy things I can’t remember….I’d be really grateful. I had it at a Mind Body Spirit Festival in London and it’s lingered in the corners of my taste buds’ memory ever since. 

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