Motivation, Food, Fitness and Olympics!

 Food Favourites

This week Josh and I made Mexican for dinner! Definitely the best meal I had all week…

Healthy Spin on Mexican Burritos


Chilli Con Carne (Josh’s recipe, thanks 🙂 )
-Mince meat
-Kidney Beans (tin)
-Diced tomatoes (tin)
-Diced onion
-Sachet of Chilli spice mix (In Mexican area of supermarket)
-Dash of salt and sugar (To balance out the tomatoes, so I am told)
-Olive oil

Burritos and filling (My department)
-Lettuce (nice long leaves, which can later be used to scoop the chili con carne!)
-Multigrain Tortillas (Check my post on Low GI carbohydrates, for some health info)


Chilli Con Carne
1. In a large saucepan brown the onion and mince in oil
2. Add tomatoes, chilli spice mix (mixed with a bit of hot water to dissolve), beans, sugar and salt.
3. Stir, cover and allow to simmer and reduce for about half an hour (we got impatient, but the longer the better)
4. Stir frequently and when you are happy with it take it off the heat!

Hands-on burrito making
1. Warm tortillas in the microwave according to pack instructions
2. Fill the the tortillas with plenty of the good stuff and ENJOY!

*Please note – When you are full, but still want a bit more to taste, use the lettuce leaf as the tortilla and fill with the toppings.. 🙂

Fitness favourites

Love this!  Perfect Friday motivation thanks to Lorna Jane.. motivated me all the way to a Body Attack class.

Fun favourites

Olympics are starting! I am so excited that Lauren Jackson will be the Aussie flag bearer.
Lauren’s motto is… ‘Dream, Believe, Create, Succeed’  and I LOVE this!I See the link for tips on setting your fitness goals.
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What are your current fitness goals?
How are you working towards achieving them?

Friday Favourites

1) Food favourite

Tomato, Basil and Bocconcini Pizza on wholemeal pita
Great for lunch or dinner idea!

-Wholemeal pita
-Tomato paste
-Bocconcini cheese
-Fresh tomato
-Red onion

-Cut pita into it’s halves
-Grill one side of the pita until nicely golden
-Spread tomato paste and add toppings
-Place under grill for approximately 5 minutes
-Enjoy (with salivating eyes staring at you!)

2) Fitness favourite

My blogging friend, Gina from Fitnessista introduced me to a great high-intensity interval training workout called ‘Tabata’ that takes a minimum of 4 minutes to get the heart racing and the whole body working.

What I love about this type of training is that you don’t need any equipment, it can be done in the comfort of your own home and it is not time-heavy, making it easy to squeeze into a busy schedule.

Tabata works on intervals where there is 20 seconds of high intensity work followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated 8 times, which makes for a total of 4 minutes. Check out the videos bellow for a guided workout.

Gina’s Tabata video
(she also has a lot more detailed information about the workout)

Mindy Mylrea’s videos on YouTube are great resource 

3) Family favourite

My grandpa ‘kissing’ a photograph of my brother who is currently overseas working on a cruise ship.  We all miss him terribly, but no one more than these 2!

Happy Friday friends!

Be sure to let me know what you think of Tabata training if you give it a try.

What are your favourites in food, fitness of family this Friday?

What I Ate Wednesday #2 – Food, Fitness and Fun!

Thanks again to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW, a great blogging initiative to share ideas on food, fitness and fun!

My day began bright and early with a chilly, but sunny breakfast on the balcony.  On the menu was my special oats with banana, peanut butter and honey. Rich and satisfying. Always hits the spot.

Next I was off to the podiatrist for orthotic scans. Apparently, I am extremely flat footed and the fact I don’t suffer from sever foot pains is a mystery..  Have you ever worn orthotics? Have they helped you?

My commute to work was very pleasant. Blue sky and just-rained-on greenery.  My best.

Early to work again! I enjoyed a coffee while I watched the passing traffic.

Lunch was a toasted tuna and salad sandwich on multigrain bread, with an English breakfast tea.

Afternoon snack @ home… banana smothered in crunchy peanut butter. Perfect combo!

Afternoon tea with my aunty Norma. I love spending time with Norms and what I may even love more is her beautiful tray 🙂

Next on the agenda was Body Step. I hadn’t done this class in ages.  The coordination element to it really challenges me, but our instructor Leisl was great as usual. I always enjoy her classes when I get a chance to go to them.

Here Anna (who happens to be one of my awesome Body Attack instructors) and I pose oblivious to the chaos surrounding us… in the same shoes of course 😉

After gym I popped by Liv who greeted me with THE most delicious homemade orange juice.

And soon after we headed off to dinner @ Tenka, a Japanese restaurant in our hood.  I had the Udon noodles with salmon and vegetables.  Was yum, but I prefer the Udon noodle soup. There is always next time!

What a full and busy day. Just how I like it. Not long until school holidays are over and life returns to being more structured…

On another note, for those Sydney siders interested I have just released my Breast Cancer social walk/run and breakfast next month and here is YOUR personal invite.

Grab a few friends, RSVP by commenting on the blog or Contact Me page and come along! All fitness levels and ages welcome! It is for a great cause and a great excuse to get outdoors and enjoy good company, a sponsored breakfast and fresh air.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

What food has fuelled your Wednesday? and…
How have you been active today?  


Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you Dashing Diva’s for nominating me for ‘The Versatile Blogger’ Award!

Here are 5 random facts about me, one of the criteria I need to share in order to receive the award.

1. I have a large family and have been a Bridesmaid 5 times – I have 16 first cousins (including all their wonderful partners that takes us to 25!) I love each one of them dearly, and am blessed to share a special relationship with them all individually.

I wish I had a photo that included everyone! This is the closest I have.

2. I spent an awesome month of my life in the Amazon rainforest working on a sustainability project. There is no place more tranquil and more beautiful than the rainforest.  Working with the gorgeous animals, fellow volunteers and the wonderful Peruvian people made this experience unforgettable.

Morning monkey duty


3. I have Coffee Au Lait birthmarks (sounds delicious) on my neck, arm, tummy and back. It is something that I am learning to accept and I try to love about myself – We are all unique in our own way, right?

4. My favourite fruit is bananas. I love them in my oats, dipped in peanut butter, mixed with yoghurt, on their own, in a fruit salad, served with curry, sliced thinly in a chocolate crepe…

Banana makes every breakfast complete

5. I love to paint!

The beach is the perfect subject matter

Other bloggers I would like to nominate for this award:

1.Go Bake Yourself
2.Gluten Free Happy Tummy
3. Live Passionately Tonight
4. The Healthy Diva
5. Carrots ‘n’ Cake
6. Fannetastic Food 
7. Eat, Live, Run
8. Peace, Love and Oats
9. Change of Pace
10. The Fitnessista
11. Fitness and Frozen Grapes
12. The Daily Dish
13. One Healthy Munchkin
14. Mommy Run Fast
15. The Run Within

Well done and thank you!  You have all inspired me in some way.

To the readers out there…
Please comment bellow with a random fact about yourself.

Have an awesome day!