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

Ingredients

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

Method

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?
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Wholemeal Pizza recipe and Weekend Motivation

Last night I decide to make my own pizza dough. I looked up a few different recipes and combined them to form this.. a simple yeast-free wholemeal pizza dough.

Pizza Dough Ingredients
2.5 cups Wholemeal flour
2.5 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Water
1 tbsp Olive Oil

It literally took 2 minutes to combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead it into a nice soft ball of loveliness. I then covered it and let it sit for a while, as I waited for Josh to get home from training.

About 30 minutes before serving, I used my hands to flatten the dough into a nice circular shape and placed in onto a greased baking tray. I baked this in a 200 degree celcius oven for 10 minutes (with no toppings!).

Once the base came out the oven it was nicely golden and held it’s shape well. Then onto the toppings. I covered it in tomato paste, fresh tomatoes (my best on a pizza), red onion, kalamata olives and mozzarella cheese.

Then baked it for approximately 20 minutes.

Served with a fresh green salad topped with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

It was delish! The recipe does need some refining, as it was quite dense. Any tips on making it lighter and less dense? Perhaps I needed to roll it thinner? But I will call it a success as we got through it with great ease 🙂

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This morning was my beautiful cousin Lauren’s 30th birthday surprise breakfast. Breakfast was very yum… I started with fruit salad, yoghurt and muesli. Look familiar?? Check out the recipe!

After the party my mum and I headed to a park to catch some sunshine. There were so many people out and about doing just the same thing.

We took our towels, got take-away coffees and enjoyed a good does of Vitamin D for a couple of hours.

I found a great quote on the Nike She Runs facebook page… and SO true!

Photo: Keep focused. Train mean. Eat clean. X
On that note, I am off to do just that… Body Attack time!
Happy Friday friends!
What are your  ‘staying active’ weekend plans?

Need some extra motivation to get moving? Check out these posts

Twilight walk gets the heart racing

After a lazy day of studying a twilight walk was the perfect way to wrap it up.

My sister and I headed out on one of our regular loops, which is affectionately known to us as ‘The Cliff Walk’.

The story goes like this.  About 7 years ago my animal-loving dad arrived home with an injured blue and white love bird. Whilst, on his walk he had spotted larger birds attacking this little helpless love bird.  He rescued it and brought it home in his jacket.  We put up posters up for a missing bird, but he was never claimed.

 Today, ‘Cliff’ is very much alive and well, happily chirping away! 

It is such a beautiful walk. The cliff itself,  is quite a climb and really gets the heart rate up!

Lesson of the day: When you are feeling cosy and rugged up, and have not moved from your seat all day – a sister like mine is what you need to motivate you to brave the cold and get outside!

Thanks Umz it was well worth it 🙂

What or who motivates you to get moving?
Please share your comments below and….

 …don’t forget to smile,  it’s Wednesday!
Happy hump day 🙂

My Training Plan for Running a Race

Good Morning, friends!

Entering and running in races are a great way to up your training regime, set goals and test your determination and motivation.

For us Sydney siders, the Annual City2 Surf race is just around the corner (August 12th).  It is a beautiful 14km course from City CBD to Bondi Beach, and it is open to all who enter!

Start in the CBD
End at Bondi Beach

It is one of those races where people from all walks of life, with differing abilities (and even disabilities) join together to run and enjoy Sydney. It welcomes the most elite of athletes to walkers, joggers and mums with prams.   Last year my Dad and I ran it and we both loved it (this year we welcome Josh to our team 🙂 ).

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So, if you live in Sydney or intend to holiday here in the coming months be sure to enter!

I thought today would be a good day to set some training goals for the race. Last year I completed the race in in 74 minutes. So this year I would love to see myself break  70 minutes (5 mins/km). This means I need to push myself and work on my speed.

My training regime is usually very flexible but I always try to include the same components:

1) Leisurely Runs – Usually about 30 minutes or 5/6 kms
2) Cross Training – Some sort of group fitness class; Body Attack, Step, Cycle or Dance
3) Long Run –  I try to  include 1 long run a week, and this is usually on a Sunday (I increase the distance as I approach the race, and then taper in the week leading up to the race).
4) Resistance Training – Either I do this in weight section at the gym or I take a Body Pump class.
5) Rest days– On these days I ideally like to focus on stretching, meditation and relaxation.

If you have trouble sticking to your exercise goals, check out this post on ‘How to make a date with exercise and stick with it’.

Well that’s all from me today.  Enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to leave me a comment to let me know:

What race is happening in your city and how do you go about training?
Or
Will you be joining me in running (or walking) the City2Surf?

Happy moving peeps!

** Please note I am not a personal trainer; this is my training regime based on my own experiences and training preferences.

How to make a date with exercise and stick to it

Especially during the colder months (as it is, here in Australia at the moment), I often struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed early or brave the dark, cold night after work, and exercise.  I do however love to be active, so when I do push beyond the barriers it is always worth it.

Here are some of my tips for staying motivated and sticking to your workout schedule:

1) Imagine how you will feel after your workout. The chances are, you will feel good. Use this to boost your motivation.

2) Just GO. Put your sneakers on, and get out the door!

3) Plan your workout around your interests. If you usually workout on a treadmill or at the gym, schedule your workout to coincide with your favourite T.V. show. If you prefer to workout outdoors, find out about local bushwalking or coastal tracks, that offer an extra level of stimulation and excitement to your workout.

4) Mix it up! Sometimes I find that I lose motivation when my workout routine becomes too predictable and boring. So why not change something about your routine. For example, if your training mainly consists of high intensity, cardio work add some yoga or pilates; exchange a run for resistance training or for the runners, change your focus from distance to speed (or vice versa).

5) Set yourself attainable goals, both short term and longterm.  I like to set my goals using one of the methods I learnt in my Psychology studies. This involves making sure your goals are SMART:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound

 And if all else fails.. get new workout gear. Because who doesn’t love working out in new gym gear?

For me, running outdoors is just the best!

This view is my Sunday morning motivation

I am always looking for new ways to motivate myself. So please share with me your secrets!

What motivates you to stick to your workout routine?

And for the workout-gear lovers, where is your favourite place to shop for gym gear? 

*Please note I am not a personal trainer; these views are based on my own personal experience.  

Hump-day Motivation

After school today, I stepped out for a run. The knee felt a bit tingly so I resorted to walk most the way.  But, anywho I still got to enjoy the crispness of the beautiful Autumn afternoon it was.

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I thought maybe I should give running on grass a go- it did feel a lot easier on my knee, so I did a few laps around the oval.
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Tonight I am meeting my sister for dinner at our favourite Sushi place, Tenka.
It is a small, unassuming restaurant with by far the best sushi in town 🙂
Before hit the shower, I will leave you with some Wednesday motivation which was shared by none other than the runner woman herself- Oprah.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”

Oprah Winfrey

 Isn’t it just so true? I find the harder I train, the more work I put in, the more satisfying the process it.
Hope that motivates you to get outdoors – if not for the running than for the scenery 🙂
Ciao for now
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