Saturday, March 31, 2012

Three Weeks

...until my birthday

Progress so far

12 weeks: 64.5kg

11 weeks: 63.2kg

10 weeks: 63.1kg

7 weeks: 62.7kg

5 weeks: 62.2kg

4 weeks: 61.7kg

3 weeks: 61.3kg

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blue/Purple

In addition to red fruit and vegetables, and yellow/orange fruit and vegetables, I'm also trying to include blue/purple fruit and vegetables in my daily diet.

Some of the purple carrots I've been eating recently

According to this source, blue and purple fruits and vegetables
contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. These nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells

Some examples:
Black currants
Blackberries
Blueberries
Eggplant
Plums
Pomegranates
Prunes
Purple cabbage
Purple carrots
Purple figs
Purple grapes
Raisins

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Yellow/Orange

In addition to eating one cup of red fruit and vegetables each day, I'm also trying to include one cup of yellow/orange fruit and vegetables each day.

According to this source, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables
contain beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macula degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.

Some examples:
Apricots
Cantaloupe (rockmelon)
Carrots
Golden kiwifruit
Grapefruit
Lemon
Mangoes
Nectarines
Oranges
Papayas
Peaches
Persimmons
Pineapples
Pumpkin
Rutabagas (swedes)
Sweet corn
Sweet potatoes
Tangerines
Yellow apples
Yellow pears
Yellow peppers
Yellow potatoes
Yellow squash
Yellow tomatoes

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Red

At the moment I'm trying to include one cup of red fruit or vegetables in my diet each day.

According to this source, red fruits and vegetables contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support join tissue in arthritis cases.

Some examples:
Beets
Blood oranges
Cherries
Cranberries
Guava
Papaya
Pink grapefruit
Pomegranates
Radicchio
Radishes
Raspberries
Red apples
Red capsicums
Red chilli peppers
Red grapes
Red onions
Red pears
Red peppers
Red potatoes
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Watermelon

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

4 Weeks

...until my birthday

Progress so far

12 weeks: 64.5kg

11 weeks: 63.2kg

10 weeks: 63.1kg

7 weeks: 62.7kg

5 weeks: 62.2kg

4 weeks: 61.7kg

Am quite happy with the drop in weight this week, considering I've had a bad cold and haven't been able to train. I had plans to meet a friend in the city last Saturday but had to cancel because my tonsils were on fire, and it's been a downhill ride of sore sinuses, congestion, nose blowing and coughing since then. My energy levels are almost back to normal today, thank goodness!

We've had a run of cold and wet weather here recently and that seems to have encouraged pests inside - I noticed some mouse droppings in the kitchen at the start of the week. Normally mice don't bother me (I kept them as pets as a kid) but when they get into the kitchen and start making a mess I get a bit stressed out. By Friday I'd had enough and decided to set a trap under the stove. The instructions on the box recommended peanut butter. We don't have peanut butter (as Rob is a bit sensitive to peanuts, along with gluten and dairy), so I used almond butter. The mice seemed to like it. I got three in quick succession!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

5 Weeks

...until my birthday.

Progress so far

12 weeks: 64.5kg

11 weeks: 63.2kg

10 weeks: 63.1kg

9 weeks: 63.3kg (sore neck - 2 workouts missed)

8 weeks: not measured

7 weeks: 62.7kg

6 weeks: not measured

5 weeks: 62.2kg

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hacked email

Hi,
 
Apologies if you received a spam email from me over the weeked. Please delete it. It appears my address book was hacked. I've changed my password so hopefully you won't receive any more.
 
Thanks,
 
Charlotte

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Architectural Draftsman

When we moved into our house about 18 months ago we had a tiny little kitchen with a prehistoric stove and non-functioning rangehood. The sink was jammed up against the stove, and there was no dishwasher (and no room to put one in).

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The only way to access the back yard was through the narrow laundry

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After six months I couldn’t stand it any longer and ripped out the old kitchen cabinets, reconfigured the kitchen and put in a new sink, dishwasher, oven and rangehood.

Nearly a year later and I’m finally getting around to having the wall taken out between the kitchen and laundry (so we can have better indoor-outdoor flow). I also want to take out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, so we can have an island bench (and more light in the kitchen-dining area). Because our house is two storeys, this is going to involve an architectural draftsman, structural engineer and building surveyor (to get a building permit).

Today we had the architectural draftsman come out to measure up the house and confirm my brief. He had a neat infra-red device that electronically measured the distances between the walls – no tape measure! From here he will draw up the existing conditions and proposed design for me to sign off on. Am looking forward to seeing it!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

More Lounge Inspiration Pics

by Adelaide Bragg




Like the ottomans in front of the fireplaces!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dining Area or Lounge?

This is how the area around our fireplace looks at the moment. It’s basically a dining area.

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I did some work on our fireplace a while back, changing the surround from brown to white

fireplace brown

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Lately I’ve been thinking about making into more of a lounge area, with some seating and books (must be the thought of the cold weather coming on). Here are some photos I’ve seen that I’ve liked

1. Kristen Panich

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2. The Design Files – Sally Richardson

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3. Design Sponge – Karen Barlow

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4. Design Sponge – Supermarket Sarah

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What do you think?

 

 

 

Saturday, March 3, 2012

7 weeks

...until my birthday.

Progress so far

12 weeks: 64.5kg

11 weeks: 63.2kg

10 weeks: 63.1kg

9 weeks: 63.3kg (sore neck - 2 workouts missed)

8 weeks: not measured

7 weeks: 62.7kg