I recently went to my very first yoga class. Like, the first one of my entire life. I arrived feeling nervous and pretty much like the fat kid at the pool party. Everyone seemed to know each other and be cool vegan bi-sexuals. It was awkward. So to avoid eye contact with the cool vegans, I lay on my mat and closed my eyes. I stretched my arms above my head and tried to look as cool (and thin) as a person can look lying flat on their back with their eyes closed in a room full of strangers. Continue reading
I’m having a couple of girls over for dinner tonight and I will be cooking something tasty. We are all relatively healthy and we prefer to eat meals that are made up of veggies and lean protein rather than starch and cream as much as possible, so I’m going to be cooking my new favourite meal to prepare: Grilled Lemon & Thyme Chicken Breasts with Raw Courgette Salad. This meal is light and super easy and everyone likes it. I’ve cooked it twice now so I’m positive that it’s a hit.
Unfortunately, I haven’t actually taken any pictures of it, so I had to find a picture of chicken breasts on the internet which is not actually as easy as it sounds. Not all chickens have a photographic set of breasts. For the sake of aesthetics I like to include at least one image in a post, so I stole the above one from this site. Sorry about that. Continue reading
Last night I snapped my latex cap over my hair, adjusted my goggles as I took a deep breath and pushed of the wall, my arms stretched over my head. From the first stroke, I could tell that I wasn’t comfortable in the water. Every pull felt off, my arms flailed about wildly as I tried to find a rhythm to my stroke. My chest felt too small for the oxygen I tried to gasp at with every breath. One, two, three, breathe. Kick, kick, kick. One, two, three, kick, kick, kick, breathe.
So the other day I found myself cruising down the beach road on a Vespa, girlfriend hanging on the back, in the midst of a scooter gang. Well, a self titled gang. I’m not sure what the requirements are to call yourself a gang. We hadn’t killed anyone, sold drugs, or provided muscle for a the Russians. We just rode together, and would probably have died together, if we were all taken out by a jackknifed petrol tanker that rolled over us and then exploded. Anyway, we formed the gang because we were looking for a bit of adventure, something out of the ordinary for us. During the ride we decided to come up with a bucket list. A list we could work off to ensure we actively tried new things, things that would improve our lifestyle. Our list is below. Continue reading
On the subject of motivation, let’s not allow the frantic end of year scramble to distract us from our goal: Feeling great on the beach this summer! At this time of year you might find yourself hiding from your workload under a pile of donuts. Maybe you are eating your emotions. Perhaps you’re gorging yourself on your stress.
Your calendar is probably rapidly filling up with events like “pre-Xmas dinner with the girls” and “Festive feast with the BF’s family” and of course “End of year office party”. I’ve honestly been finding it all fantastic. My bum disagrees. At this crucial pre-beach point its important not to allow yourself to slide into the category of “I’m giving up on being beach confident”. The main thing is to keep your eye on the end goal….
Eighteen glorious, sunny, hot, beach-filled days in Thailand. I’m putting the chicken pie down right now.
Stay motivated. The more you work out, the less you want to eat unhealthy stuff. Don’t give up. We are almost there.
Source: Tails Of A Mermaid
We all need a little motivation sometimes. On those days when we would rather drink 5 litres of chocolate milk and wear a grey baggy t-shirt over a pair of an old boyfriend’s rugby shorts than negotiate a healthy salad and 60 minutes of exercise into our schedule…for example.
I’m talking about those days when there cannot be enough dishes that contain cheese to satisfy your cravings. Those days when you ask your co-workers “Is running out of ideas considered actual exercise hahaha?” Days like today.
Below are some pictures of girls who clearly never have those days. Butter is not a food group they have ever delved into and a day of skipping a workout for a drink is a day lost. Feast your eyes ladies. And then dry your tears, lace up your running shoes and step away from the Nik Naks. We’re just 4 weeks away from our summer holidays.
Get healthy. Be happy.
Source: tails of a mermaid
Last weekend I bravely took part in my first Open Water swim in about 6 years. I’ve been training with Cape Seals at Virgin Active for about 3 months now and even though I think of myself of a non-competitive person, I decided it was time to enter a race of some sort. You know, just to see how hard I could push myself. And to have an excuse to eat carbs.
My mom recently gifted me with the most awesome collection of silicone bake ware. I don’t normally do much baking- mostly because up until this point I haven’t had any bake ware, but also because I’m allergic to wheat and I’m trying really hard to stay away from gluten. And obviously, baking treats without wheat and gluten just seem like such a mission. But I’ve been doing some research and as it turns out, it’s actually totally do-able and surprisingly satisfying.
I’ve baked two delicious gluten-free cakes over the past few weeks. The first was a Lemon Drizzle Cakemade with mashed potato (sounds gross, but tastes amazing) which was so delicious that we ate the whole thing before I could even snap a picture of it and the second was a gluten-free chocolate chip cake to celebrate the birth of this little guy:
Tiny baby Daniel James Fourie at 12 days old
I’m definitely not saying that you can munch on these willy nilly, but if you’re training regularly and every now and then you need a quick bite to boost your energy or fill a pre- or post-training gap, I say go for it.
These are loaded with goji berries, flax seeds, nuts, dried fruit and protein-rich sugar free peanut butter.
You will need:
2 cups raw rolled oats
3 table spoons mixed nuts/almonds
small handful of dried apricots (I love the ones from Wellness Warehouse – they contain less added sugar than most brands)
2 table spoons dried goji berries
2 table spoons dried cranberries
2 table spoons of no sugar added peanut butter
2 table spoons of honey/agave syrup/maple syrup
In a small pot, melt the peanut butter and honey/syrup on a low heat, stirring constantly, for a few minutes until it is simmering. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats and fruit and mix well. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased baking tray (small) and press it down firmly until it’s super compact. Bake at 180 for about 10 minutes until the edges start getting a little darker. As soon as you take the pan out of the oven, cut the mixture into bars. Allow to cool and enjoy.
This was my first attempt and while they were a 10/10 in the taste department, they were only about a 3/10 in the sticking together department. Next time I’ll use more glue.
I’ve been getting quite a few requests recently for healthy recipes and my diet plan. The truth is, I really don’t have any kind of set diet “plan”. I’m really just experimenting. Finding out what keeps me full, what works, what doesn’t…and I find new things to try on Pinterest every day! So here are a few pictures and recipes of what I’ve been eating. Let me know if you have any recipes that I should try!