Cooking, Renovations and Fun Stuff

Sunday, April 22, 2012

B-day!

Weight loss over the last 12 weeks
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
2 weeks: 60.4kg
1 week: 60.3kg
Today: 59.8kg
Yay!

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Pics from today
(It's Rob's birthday today too)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday’s Inspiration

I’ve always been interested in design. I studied technical drawing, art and photography at high school, and wanted to be an architect when I was growing up. While I didn’t end up going down that path, I still enjoy reading house and garden magazines and looking at pics on the internet for inspiration for our house. Here are a few things that caught my eye today.

Open plan living (designer Jason Landau)

designer jason landau

Bathroom (via The Diversion Project)

via the diversion project

Dining area (photographer Paul Barbera)

photographer paul barbera

Kitchen (via House of Turquoise)

via house of turquoise

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Liquid Polymeal

I was at the library a couple of weeks ago and picked up a copy of Jonny Bowden's The Healthiest Meals on Earth. In it he talks about 'polymeals' (ideal meals that maximize intake of anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, fibre, good fats, protein, vitamins and minerals). The book has a range of recipes, including a template for creating a liquid polymeal (smoothie).

Liquid Polymeal Formula

1 cup (235 ml) milk, such as cow, almond, or rice

1 scoop protein powder (whey, egg protein, hemp, rice); 1/3 cup (75 g) silken tofu; or 1/3 cup (80 ml) pasteurized egg whites

1 cup (140-170 g) fruit or vegetable, such as fresh or frozen berries, melon, kiwifruit, cherries, papaya, guava, mango, or peaches, or 1 to 2 tablespoons (13 g) cranberries (with a sweetener), or 1/3 cup (75 g) cooked pumpkin or skinned baked sweet potato

1 to 2 tablespoons (15-30ml) great fats, such as avocado, flaxseed oil, coconut milk, coconut oil, almonds, pecans, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or nut butters, or 1 teaspoon fish oil

1 to 2 tablespoons (7-14 g) extra fibre, such as ground flaxseed or flax meal, raw whole oats, wheat germ or bran, or a fibre supplement

Optional extras, to taste, such as dried coconut, dried goji berries, prunes, maca powder, fresh bee pollen, raw cacao, cinnamon, cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, nutritional yeast, powdered ginger, ginger juice, 1/3 banana, 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon (20 g) agave nectar or raw honey, sprinking xylitol, or 1 packet or 2 drops stevia

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Yield: 1 generous or 2 small servings

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This morning I made a smoothie for my breakfast based on the polymeal template. I put in rice milk, rice protein, blueberries, almond butter, chia seeds, maca powder, cinnamon and banana


It was tasty and filling - a good combo!

One Week

...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

2 weeks: 60.4kg

1 week: 60.3kg

Only 100g less than last week, but I'm taking it, especially since I've been busy with work and haven't had a chance to do any exercise apart from walking with Rob and TJ in the mornings.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Powered by Hot Cross Buns

Last night I prepared some gluten-free hot cross buns. When I got up this morning I just had to preheat the oven, pop them in, then make coffee when they were nearly ready.

hot cross bun

I ended up having two hot-cross buns and two cups of coffee. I very rarely have coffee these days (usually one cup with Rob on a Sunday morning), so, fueled up with carbs and caffeine, I decided to tackle the area down the side of our house. It was a mess when we moved in nearly two years ago, and has barely been touched since, apart from Rob occasionally going in with a weed eater.

8 April before

I pulled out bricks, roof tiles, sticks and weeds, and a few hours later it looked much tidier

8 April after

There’s still a pile of broken bricks near the ducted heating unit, but I think I’ll need a wheelbarrow to do any justice to it.

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Thought I’d throw in a few pics of some other food I’ve enjoyed eating this week…

Leftover roasted veges with hummus

roasted veges with hummus

 

Green Goddess Smoothie

green goddess smoothie

 

Spanish eggs with tomatoes and chorizo sausage. (Our friend Luke stayed on Friday night and made us all breakfast on Saturday morning.)

spanish eggs

Enjoy the rest of your Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Two 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

2 weeks: 60.4kg

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Treadmill Fails

Got to thank my Dad for sending me this. Has sound so you may want to mute if you are watching at work.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

New Shoes

I had to go to a podiatrist recently because I was developing a lump near the ball of my foot. It was uncomfortable to walk about the house in bare feet. And I was starting to feel it towards the end of long runs.

In addition to needing new shoes, I was told that I needed some with more cushioning in the forefoot, and that I would also need switch to non-weight bearing cardio (cycling or swimming) for a while to give my foot a chance to recover. Just after seeing the podiatrist I got a bad cold, so was unable to train. That gave my foot a bit of a break, and this weekend I felt well enough to venture into town to get some new shoes.

I've worn Brooks runners for a few years now, but after trying on some Brooks and some Asics at Athletes Foot, I decided on a pair of Asics Gel Nimbus. My first reaction on trying them on was that it was like wearing a pair of slippers - very soft!