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Day 2 at the Gym

…was great!

I went straight after work, did the couple of circuits and stretches and left feeling strong and good.

The best thing about that is that exercise really gets me in the right frame of mind for eating well and doing more exercise. Added to which, it has knock on effects for the way I feel about myself in general, the way I feel in my clothes. My breathing feels better, I shopped for gorgeous fresh foods, I just feel better and more positive.

Just two days of proper exercise has made the world of difference. Pretty amazing really.

So last week I put on a little weight, this week I took off 600g. Overall, I’m still down from where I left off in the last round and really, until now in this round, they’re just numbers. This is where it properly begins and hooray for that. 🙂

After work, my workout and some shopping, I took my lunch down to the beach and ate, watching the waves come in. It was sunshiny and lovely. When I’d finished eating, I took out the art kit my mother gave me last night. It’s a pink pencil case with a tiny set of watercolour paints, a fine point black felt-tip pen, a water brush and a small hardcover book with blank art pages inside. It’s ridiculously cute and as it turns out, very fun to play with.

This isn't mine, it's from www.lifeneedsart.com but I haven't taken a pic of mine yet :-)

This isn’t mine, it’s from http://www.lifeneedsart.com but I haven’t taken a pic of mine yet and this is about the right size 🙂


I’d already done two drawings in the book, one last night just after Mum gave me the kit and one this morning, while I was waiting to begin work. I got myself comfy and sketched what I was looking at out of my window, then coloured it with water colours. It wasn’t spectacular, or even very good but it was relaxing. 🙂


Zoodles and The 9km Walk

Such a beautiful day today. Another one.

I had a meeting this morning at 8.30am but from 10am I was free to walk, so after collecting water and an ipod from home, I went down to the Marina and started the waterfront walk.

Some days were just made for gratitude and this was one of them. A proliferation of birds of all kinds called to each other, in languages I don’t speak. I smiled at a hundred people along the way, dressed in so many different ways, with so many different destinations and conversations.

The undulating blue-silver of the sea threw up wavelets along the breakwall and for a moment I saw two dolphins, swimming lazily together, lifting themselves out of the water in a sudden fluid leap and it made my heart lift with them so that I stood for a moment, looking around for someone to share it with. An old man and his wife had seen it too and we smiled hugely at each other, then walked by.

Trying to get a photo of the dolphins as they rose from the water. Not quite quick enough :-)

Trying to get a photo of the dolphins as they rose from the water. Not quite quick enough 🙂

I meant to do the same 6km walk I’d done with my family on the weekend but as I approached that halfway mark, I suddenly wanted to do more. Knew I could do more.

In retrospect, perhaps I should have changed out of my long black pants and long-sleeved top, worn for the morning’s meeting. It was hot out there today. I was carrying two bottles of water though and there are water bubblers along the way, so all was well.

My legs felt elastic, moving, moving, moving, along the undulating paths. Weaving in and out of trees, never losing sight of the sea. It was joyous and I laughed.

When I described it to Andy later, he remarked that I might have looked a bit crazed but I prefer to think that anyone seeing me would have recognised the pure light of joy in my eyes. 🙂

It’s weigh-in day tomorrow but whatever the results, this week I have triumphed. I’ve pushed myself to walk further than before and I’ve eaten beautiful, fresh, wholesome foods. My body feels as though it belongs to me again, perhaps for the first time since I had children.

It’s hard to explain, because I’m really just at the beginning of this journey still but there’s been a fundamental shift this week. Something has changed. There’s no doubt that there’ll be more times of self-doubt or hormonal despond but for right now, I know that success is inevitable. I heard that phrase on one of the 12WBT videos and it hit me squarely. I’ll use it often.

So I walked and by the time I returned to my car, I’d done 9km. Both hands shot into the air in a silent air-punch of achievement. I stretched, got back into the car and drove home for lunch

Left over crunchy salad with tuna and a dollop of cottage cheese, followed by a cup of fruit salad. Then tonight’s dinner was oodles of zoodles, cooked with bacon and mushrooms, onion, garlic, chilli, zucchini, egg and a tablespoon of greek yoghurt. Just. So. Good!

Pancake Lunch

Still in the comfort food theme, I made pancakes for lunch but not full-fat, flour-filled pancakes. Oh no. These were soft, moist, sweet and oh so good.

Simplest pancakes I’ve ever made.


  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tblspn honey
  • mint (optional)

Mash the banana, add egg and cinnamon. Mix.

Melt coconut oil in pan, pour mix in to make approximately 3 pancakes and wait until cooked on one side (try lifting after a minute or so) then flip and cook on other side.

Arrange on plate, drizzle honey and tear mint if using. I used a type I grow called chocolate mint, which is awesome if you can get it.

See? Easy peasy and perfect when only something sweet and comforting will do.

It comes to approximately 320 Calories.

Big Lunch

I had a bit of a soup craving today. I put it all together and it was delish but the rice noodles were higher in calories than I realised, which bumped up the calorific value of the whole lunch.

It was worth it though 🙂


cooked prawns, broccolini, red capsicum, tuna, rice noodles, sauce

veg and noodles cooking briefly together

veg and noodles cooking briefly together

hot, comforting, yummy soup with coriander fresh from the plant...mmmm

hot, comforting, yummy soup with coriander fresh from the plant…mmmm

Calorie count is 569, for those who care 🙂

Sauce ingredients:

  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 tblspns soy sauce
  • 1 tsp chinese wine
  • 1/4 tsp veg stock powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed ginger
  • splash fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chilli flakes or to taste

PS: This would have been just as good with either the prawns OR the tuna. I was just feeling greedy today.

Edit: If I’d used zucchini noodles ‘zoodles’ instead of rice noodles, the calorie count would have plummeted to about 250 calories. I’ll try that next time.

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