One for those non mummy’s.

So I have a friend who recently started to read my blog.

She isn’t a mummy so when we caught up she asked me to write about other things that don’t necessarily have anything to do with being a mum! I asked her what would she like me to write about and her response was ‘Michelle Bridges it up’ hehe

Well this one is for you.

You know who you are 🙂

For those of you who are not sure who Michelle Bridges is. Michelle is a fabulous Australian personal trainer. She is a wonderful role model as she isn’t super skinny, yet has a great strong beautiful fit body.

Michelle has been a trainer for many years and has a great brand with many sub factors all relating to fitness. She has a 12 week body challenge which I know has been successful as I have had various friends follow and loose wright successfully.

She has a clothing range based on work out gear / active wear that is not just for the gym but super comfy, super affordable and easy to wear to the gym or as every day wear.

She has many published recipe books. Full of easy, healthy, affordable recipes that also taste good. Not like some low fat, calorie controlled recipes that taste like cardboard. She also is an author of an autobiography.

Michelle is one of the top trainers on Australia’s biggest looser tv series.

With all this proven success you should check out her website.

https://michellebridges.com.au

One of my favorite recipes from one of her fabulous recipe books is –

Shakshuka

4 large ripe tomatoes or 410g can chopped tomatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

¼ brown onion, diced

1 small jalapeño chilli, sliced

½ small green capsicum

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

salt and pepper, to taste

2 free-range eggs

1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

If using fresh tomatoes, blanch them for 3 minutes, then peel, seed and chop them, and set aside. Over a medium flame, heat oil in skillet, add onion and cook until transparent. Add chilli and green capsicum, and cook for 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, paprika and cumin, and cook for 5 minutes, allowing mixture to reduce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Make 2 small depressions in mixture and crack eggs into them. Cover and cook until eggs are done. Sprinkle over parsley and serve in skillet.

SERVES 2

Otherwise click on the below link for some more quick and easy recipes by Australia’s fitness guru!

http://m.dailylife.com.au/photogallery/health-and-fitness/dl-nutrition/michelle-bridges-best-healthy-recipes-20121114-29bgn.html

An easy effective quick workout Michelle recommends is Circuit training at home!

Michelle Bridges’ ultimate at-home workout in 6 easy exercises!

Gymnastic rolls
1. Lie on the floor with your arms stretched above your head, holding yourself stiff and strong.
2. Take one full roll over to the right. When you’re facing up again, keeping legs and arms stiff, lift both legs and both arms upwards and try to touch your toes.
3. Swiftly flatten out, hold strong and roll back to the left and repeat.
GOOD FORM
The more you can hold yourself stiff and strong, the smoother you’ll find the move becomes.

Basketball jumps
1. Take a low, long step sideways to the right, bending through your legs, keeping your knees aligned with your toes.
2. As you step your left foot in to meet the right, spring off both feet, taking a jump into the air and taking a basketball shot at the same time.
3. Repeat on the other side. When you step out to the side, be sure to swing your arms out wide as you go low, then scoop them up to go upwards for the shot.
GOOD FORM
The lower you go the higher you jump.

Walking push-ups
1. Start in a normal push-up position – hands slightly wider than shoulders, shoulders back, long spine and neck, chin pulled in, core drawn in.
2. Perform one repetition then “walk” or “cross” your right hand over your left, then step your left hand out to the side and perform another push-up.
3. Now “walk” yourself back and repeat. Do as many as you can on your toes then drop to your knees.

Turkish get-ups
1. Start by lying face-up on the floor, holding a dumbbell straight out in front of you.
2. Now begin to get yourself up off the floor without allowing the dumbbell to move from above your head.
3. Get all the way up to standing and then lower yourself back down to the start without allowing the dumbbell to drop.
GOOD FORM
These take practise and require technique, so take your time. If you’re doing time-based training, try doing 5 with your right arm up and then 5 with your left arm up; keep going till your time is up. To make these even harder, try holding a 1kg dumbbell in your hand.

Plyo lunges
1. Standing with feet hip-width apart, draw your core inwards and lift your chest, shoulders back and down.
2. Spring upwards, splitting your legs to land in a lunge position, with your front knee directly above your ankle, not pushing forward over your foot. Use your arms as you would when running – opposite arm to leg – to help engage this dynamic movement.
3. Land with both legs bent at 90 degree angles then push up into a jump, swap legs and land back into lunge position. This movement should be swift and powerful.
GOOD FORM
Always be sure you’re jumping upwards rather than pushing forwards when you move.

Ice skaters
1. Start with your body weight on your right leg and your left foot poised behind right leg, ready to jump across. Be sure to have the grounded foot slightly angled out with knee aligned with toes.
2. Explosively jump to the left, aiming for maximum distance. Use your arms to help propel you across by swinging them in the same direction.
3. Land softly on left foot, knee and toes aligned, sink into the leg then explode off the leg back to the right side
http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/fitness/galleries/photo/-/12703456/michelle-bridges-ultimate-at-home-workout/12703527/

 

 

 

2 ingredient yummy protein pancakes!

2 ingredient – Super quick n easy protein pancakes!

These are so easy and yummy!

Simply double the ingredients to make more.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons Protein Powder –

(I use vanilla or flavor free)

1 large egg

Whisk together into a pancake batter consistency with milk or water.

Add cinnamon, stevia, nutmeg or cocoa if desired for flavor.

Directions

Spoon with a ladle into a hot, lightly greased, skillet Or non stick pan.

Serve by themselves or with a side of fruit. My favorite is with blueberry, banana or strawberry. You could even serve with yogurt!

These can be served as a healthy snack, breakfast or desert!

Make 4 pancakes

These will also keep well if stored in an air tight container.

Want a healthy, easy rice salad?

Easy! Healthy! Rice Salad

Say no more – when you just want something easy – and relatively healthy but most importantly delicious!!

This is one of my favorite recipes, tried and tested!

3 x cups brown rice cooked n cooled – I also use the packet stuff that microwaves for 90 seconds
3 x shallots chopped finely
1 x half red capsicum chopped finely
1 x half green capsicum chopped finely
1 x half cup pine nuts
1 x quarter cup sunflower seeds
1 1/2 x cup unsalted cashew nuts
1 x tablespoon sesame seeds
1/2 x cup currents
1/2 cup sultanas
Toss all together!
Dressing
1/2 x cup oil
1 x quarter cup soy sauce
1 x large lemon – using the juice only
1 teaspoon garlic
Salt n pepper to taste 🙂
Mix dressing and pour over then toss before serving.
This will store in fridge for approx 5 days – if it’s not devoured!

Teething toddlers!

Well I’m sure most of you have experienced this, those of you who are mummy’s that is – the others – if you are planning on becoming a mummy – I hope this helps!

We are currently going through getting our molar teeth. My little cherub is almost 16 months old and for the most part the  days are wonderful but on the odd occasion we have had terrible ones where the days never seem to end and the wakes during the nights seem longer!

Getting teeth is tough and very painful, I understand so I’ve been trying to find alternates to pain relief that are not pharmaceutical.

Im not so much an organic mummy so to speak however the thought of giving my little one nurofen or panadol every 4 hours as the back of the box prescribes worries me a little as I am an over thinker and wonder what repercussions it may have on his health?

I understand that most are harmless but they do contain sugar and other things that I don’t necessarily want to give him daily – but then again – when nothing seems to relive his screaming pain – I do pull out the medicine box.

I have however tried and had success with the following so here are my tips to you:

Brauer Calm -I love this product. Its kind of like a natural panadol and it works for many things including teething, restlessness, sleeping and general irritability. Its all natural ingredients also ease my mind and I have used it for sleeplessness, teething and when little one is having a very shocking day! Being herbal I don’t feel like I’m drugging’ him but also helping him when he is almost pulling  his ears off from thedeferred  pain that occurs with teething.

https://www.brauer.com.au/products/baby-child-calm-100ml/

Amber necklaces / bracelets. – My hubby isn’t a fan as he doesn’t quite like the thought of his ‘little guy’ wearing a gemstone necklace, or any form of female accessory, so I actually have 2 and wrap one each around my little boys ankles, a little controversial but these I do feel help. Amber apparently has healing powers, and if you are anything like me – you are willing to try anything. Here is a link to help explain these ‘healing powers.

http://www.amberartisans.com/amtene15.html

Crushed Cloves – Now this I am still unsure – I appreciate that its a pungent flavour and my little one certainly doesn’t appreciate it but again – the cloves have some aesthetic values and it did in-fact work for us! Cloves are naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Simply crush the cloves with a mortar and pestle and add a small amount of cooking oil to create a paste – use your clean finger and rub along the swollen red gums.

http://voices.yahoo.com/using-clove-tooth-pain-gum-issues-herbal-health-6723676.html

Cold Cheese Sticks – Again not everyone’s cup of tea, however my little one loves cheese and when he is teething he tends to go off his food a little so having really cold cheese sticks available means he is still eating and providing you choose a good cheese rather than those that I believe taste like plastic, they are still getting calcium, proteins, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin B12. I prefer Bega Cheddar Sticks – I purchase these from the cheese section at our local Coles supermarket.

Cold wet face washer – This again is really good – tried and tested. Get a clean face washer, wet it with cold water and place in the freezer for approx. 30mins. Once its really cold take out and let your little one bite on it. Its cold on their gums which relieves the inflammation and helps sooth. An added bonus is that its free and if your little one bites like mine does, this is a great deterrent!

Otherwise there are always great products Bonjela, Nelsons Teetha Gel, SM33 and other gel like solutions that I have also used and found helped.

If all these are of interest to you, great or perhaps read the links below for other ideas.

If you have any tips – please let me know 🙂

Happy Teething!

http://mommymay.hubpages.com/hub/Helping-A-Teething-Baby-Naturally

http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=201

http://www.healthymuslim.com/articles/cmnlo-cloves-provide-natural-pain-relief.cfm

 

 

 

 

Dirty dishwasher woes…

Dishwashers need a good clean now and again – it helps them run more efficiently and also keeps give your dishes a better clean.

As soon as your dishwasher gets ‘bad breath‘ – you know that horrible oder that you sometimes get when you open the fisher washer draw, time for a good clean!

Filters especially should be cleaned every few runs. Here is a quick and easy way to clean your dishwasher without the harsh chemicals.

You will need:

2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon essential oil (eg Eucalyptus Oil or Tea tree Oil)
1/2 cup white vinegar

Make sure you empty the dishwasher first and give the filters a good scrub with an old toothbrush and washing up detergent.

Add the bicarbonate of soda and essential oils into where you would usually put the cleaning tablet or powder.

Fill the rinse aid compartment with white vinegar until over flowing.

Run the dishwasher on the hottest setting (or the pots and pans setting which is usually the hottest).

Every few months or so it is a good idea to remove the spray arms and give them a good scrub with a toothbrush and washing up liquid. Built up scum and dried food can also create smells and grow nasties!

Most spray arms are very easy to remove (check with your owners manual if concerned) cleaning these gives your dishwasher greater ‘spraying’ power.

If your dishwasher continues to smell in the days afterwards, you are going to need something a bit more heavy duty (could mean you have scum and grease in your pipes) and this is when you will need to resort to the a professional dishwasher cleaner?

Shopping with a social toddler.

So this morning I popped my little one in the pram and we went for our usual walk.

It’s approx 9:30am and already 25 degrees but feels like 40, with high humidity! Walking and pushing the pram I can feel the sweat dripping down my back. I’m painting such a wonderful picture for you aren’t I?

So walking along my little one is very social, chatting away to not only himself but also to anyone we pass. Waving and saying ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to everyone with a big smile gleaming across his face. I don’t mind him being social as I think it’s polite, however this morning something very weird happened.

We went into a shop – one of my favorites actually, and all the staff know us as we are regularly in there so they make conversation. As we are chatting my little boy – 15 months old – starts chatting to a stranger in the shop. An older woman approx 60yo, well dressed and with another woman of approx same age. Just light chat, simply saying hi and waving but not just once he spoke to her approx 4 times. Again I don’t see any issue with this however the woman he was chatting to did.

She looked at me sternly and asked ‘does he ever be quiet?’ I must say I was shocked by her comment and the shop assistances both looked at me awaiting my response. It took me a couple of seconds to not snap at her, then my response was ‘actually I don’t mind that he communicates and is social, id rather that than have him ignore people and be rude’. Needless to say she shot me a ‘look’ and walked out.

The shop assistance’ both congratulated me on my response, one saying the she had to bite her tongue and probably wouldn’t have been so polite.

Was I wrong to stand up for my social toddler?

Tell me do you think a chatty toddler is too much?

Should I try to contain my toddlers social skills?

With this incident aside, here are some yummy photos from this gorgeous shop!imageimageimageimage

Keeping summer ready in the cooler seasons.

So summer is almost over and the cooler weather is settling in.

This means multiple things to gals like me.

1. Warm comfy baggy clothing
2. Yummy delicious comfort food
3. Stay inside and snuggle on the couch
4. Being fairly inactive and watching lots of movies / TV

So what am I going to change?

Firstly I’m going to play around with some new meal ideas that are not only yummy but better for me. Comfort food does not have to be unhealthy nor greasy nor hard!

I love a chili con carne just as much as anyone else so below is my easy, low fat but extremely delicious recipe.

Chili Con Carne

1kg lean beef mince
2 x medium eggs
1 x 400g tin kidney beans
1 x 400g tin chick peas
1 x 400g tin white beans
1 x 400g tin black beans
1/2 x cup tomato paste
1 x teaspoon minced garlic
1 x red chili finely sliced
Salt n pepper to taste

Lightly brown the mince on a medium heat adding the 2 raw eggs – the eggs add extra protein but also keep the mince fluffy and less dense.
Drain all the beans and give a rinse before adding into mince.
Add tomato paste mix well.
Add chili, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

Serve by itself, with some flat bread or with couscous.

Enjoy!

My next change is to be / stay active!

Even when the weather permits nice walks outside. There are still many indoor activities that can be done to get moving and stay active.

These can include :

Lunges – side and front.
Side lunge –

This is easy simply stand with legs apart – approx. a little wider than shoulder width.

Keeping your body upright and shoulders back slightly bend your knees.

Gradually turn your toes outward.

Leaning your weight over your right knew first then back to your centre standing upright then repeat 10 times.

After you have done 10 on the right leg swap to your left leg and again repeat 10 times.

Do this until you have done 3 sets on each leg.

Front lunges –

Stand with legs again a little over shoulder width apart. Twist your body and feet to face the left side.

Keeping your balance bend left knee to a little above 90 degree angle.

Keep back leg straight.

Gently lower your body placing the weight on your back toe bending the front knee.

Keep your body upright at all times and don’t add too much pressure on your bent knee.

Place your hands on your hips for stability.

Lower yourself 10 times counting 3 seconds down then 3 seconds back up to upright position. Repeat 3 times then swap legs.

Do the same on the other leg again 3 x 10 front lunges.

Marching on the spot

Remember to breathe

Keeping your feet facing forward

Back straight and tummy in

Lift each knee to a 90 degree angle pointing your toe as you lift the knee as to march on the spot

Do for 10mins rest for 60 seconds then repeat another 10 mins twice so that you have done 30mins marching

Although these exercises are pretty simple, they are effective and will keep your energy levels up during the cooler season and keeps your legs and bottom firm for summer.

Adding a light weight whilst marching on the spot – this can be as simple as holding 2 x tins of food. Just make sure the tins are the same weight.

Whilst marching hold the weight / tin at your thigh facing your palm towards your body.

As you lift your knee slightly turn your opposite palm outwards and curl at the elbow – instant bicep curl.

Repeat with other arm remembering to keep your tummy in and alternate arms raising left leg with right arm then right leg with left arm.

This will keep those arms tight and singlet ready!

If your feeling a little more active you can try  skipping.

Skipping –

Providing you have high ceilings.

Get a skipping rope from your local toy store – most will still sell them or even buy approx. 2 meters of any type of rope from the hardware store – with the hardware store bought rope – tie a knot in each end to use as handles – this will help steady the grip.

Skipping takes me back to the school yard at lunch times playing with my friends. Skipping is high intensity and you will see results in your fitness and energy levels.

You can do any of the above exercises in the comfort of your baggy clothes and in front if your movie / TV…

Just remember moving burns calories – assisted weight will burn more calories – DO NOT PUSH YOURSELF THOUGH – IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PAIN OR DISCOMFORT STOP STRAIGHT AWAY AND CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.

Keeping summer ready all year round is easy. Give it a try.

More exercise tips can be found at the below link. Shape magazine is awesome for easy effective workouts that are far from boring!

http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/eyes-thighs-5-moves-sexy-stems

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Inspiration from Tone it Up & What Courtney Wore!

So I’ve just started following a few new blogs. When I say ‘new’ I mean, new to me.

I like to think of myself as a little stylish, others may beg to differ  – so this new blog that’s kinda inspired me to think a little more about ‘outfits’ that I put together is ‘What Courtney Wore’.

Courtney is a ‘southern bell’  so to speak. She has great style – but most of all what I like about her is that she is ‘real’. When I say ‘ real’ I’m not meaning it as a throw away line, I mean it as she speaks her mind and is not shy with what she wears. Not that she is wearing super revealing outfits, but that she is happy to clash colors, be bold and mix it up a bit! Be brave – take a chance. Be inspired by Courtney!

http://thecourtneykerr.com

Another blog that I’ve recently started to follow is Tone it Up.

These girls I also appreciated. Again they are real, as far as I can see 🙂 they are into their fitness, but not scrawny nor too muscular. They are toned, fit and healthy women.

This blog takes me back to the beginning of my career. Yes I was once upon a time ago a personal trainer / fitness instructor.

Don’t get me wrong, I still like to work out and keep fit, however working full time and being a full time wife and mummy, I don’t always get time to go to the gym.

Ok let’s be honest here – I have not stepped into a gym since I was 3 months pregnant and my little man is now 15 months old. You do the math. I have however tried to keep fit in other ways including walking with the pram – ESP up hills 🙂 thigh and butt killer! And also by generally playing with my little one.

Let’s face it – we would all rather play with our family than hit the gym right?

Why not incorporate them / our families in our work outs whilst in the comfort of our homes.

Karena and Katrina from Tone it Up have made so many easy simple work outs that you can do whilst your little one is sleeping or if they are awake – use them as your added weight. 🙂

When squatting or lunging hold your little one across your front – almost like they are bear hugging you! Extra weight equals harder workout equals more calories burned!

Or

When laying down on your back use your little one as a weight and play flying games with them – fun for them to zoom up and down but also a great workout for you. Just remember to keep that tummy in, butt and legs tight and don’t strain!

See more exercises on Tone it up blog / website –

http://toneitup.com

Just remember – be creative with your workouts! Don’t be boring, keep it fun – include your little ones and ENJOY!