Friday, February 24, 2017

Day 2689 - Sheet Pan Vegetables

Looking for a quick healthy meal?

I'm on the hunt for ways to make vegetables more appealing.  I have two "growing boys" in my house (although one is in his 50s) who require tasty food.  The first thing they do when they wake up is ask what's for dinner. Apparently my answer sets the course for their entire day (no pressure).

Given we've also got a vegetarian in the house who likes to eat "clean", and I'm back on track for optimum health, I've got to find a good balance of taste versus healthy.  They don't always go hand in hand.

So here's my sheet pan vegetables recipe which was a big hit for all concerned.  Please keep in mind this comes to you from a non-chef non-foodie.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Day 2688 - The Lovin' Life Linky - The "focus on fitness" edition

How focussed are you on your health and fitness?

Let's focus on FOCUS
I've talked a lot about FOCUS on my blog.  FOCUS was my word for the year back in 2012. It served me well.

The truth is that FOCUS always serves me well.  When I FOCUS, I achieve amazing results.

Right now, with the word typed in capitals, I'm forcing you to FOCUS on it. You have no choice.  FOCUS is now becoming seared into your brain.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Day 2687 - Let the health and fitness begin #Wellnesswednesday

Week one and I've begun 

Yesterday I declared to the world (the "world" being you guys) that I'm back on the road to being fit and fabulous in my 40s.  

So here I am again sharing what I'm doing, not only to help inspire others to get their health and fitness on track, but to keep myself accountable. If there's one thing I've learned, it's easier to create new habits when you're having to report in.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Day 2686 - Back to looking after my health

It's time to get back to being fit, fabulous and only slightly fatigued.

According to my tagline I'm supposed to be this fit person who looks amazing and is only slightly worn out by life.

Back when I started this blog (7.5 years ago) I was that chick that went to boot camp and was on a constant hunt for a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.

Fast forward 7 years and that MO has gone right out the window.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Day 2685 - Apparently pets are good for our health

Did you grow up with pets?

According to Animal Planet, the benefits of pet ownership include "physical, mental and emotional improvements from enhancing social skills to decreasing a person's risk of heart attack".

A study at the University of New York in Buffalo found that when performing a stressful task, people experienced less stress when their pet was present than when a family member, spouse or or close friend was nearby.

According to the Center for Disease Control in the USA having a dog around lowers blood pressure.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Day 2684 - Happy Sunday

What do you do when your day gets cancelled?

A ham and brie panini at the Star Fish Deli in Bateman's Bay
The model daughter and I were due to drive from the south coast to Sydney today for a gig at sunset.  Unfortunately due to a less than favourable weather forecast the shoot was cancelled which had us wandering around Bateman's Bay at a loose end.  All dressed up with nowhere to go.

So we did the only thing we could think of.  We went out for lunch.

Happy Sunday! 

What are you up to today?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Day 2683 - What to eat from the midnight food van

Got the after bar munchies?

How good does this look?
It may not be the best choice for your midnight snack though.
If you're conscious about your weight then according to Women's Health Magazine Australia it's still OK to grab a midnight snack after your big night out, but it's best not to go for the hamburger with cheese.  Packing around 2050 KJ with 25g fat and 10g sugar, on an "about to go to bed" stomach, is definitely not ideal.

If you've got the munchies then try a chicken shish kebab instead (chicken wrapped in a low GI pita bread).  It's got around 1536 KJ with only 3g of fat and about 1g of sugar.  Ditch the creamy sauce and go for a chili sauce instead. The bonus is that chili speeds up the metabolism which means your body will process it quicker, which is better if you're heading straight to bed.

Happy Saturday! 

Are you heading out tonight?

Do you get the midnight I-need-a-food-van-now munchies? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Day 2682 - My Lovin Life Reading List for this week

Ready for a cuppa and a read?

Thursday is a big bloggy day for me with the Lovin' Life Linky.  It's usually a pretty big day from the home office perspective too as it's a day I try to score a few extra goals.

By the time Friday comes I'm bloggy exhausted and don't have a lot left to say.  Which is why I thought I might use Friday's to give a shout out about the bloggy reading I've enjoyed during the week.

So grab your cuppa and come scrolling with me.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Day 2681 - The Lovin' Life Linky - The checklists edition

Who else gets excited by a check box? 

You know it, I know it, we all know it.  I get incredibly excited by checklists.  The idea of creating a process and checking each step off completely blows my hair back.

The simplest of checklists is of course the good old fashioned to-do list.  There is nothing more satisfying than ticking off my actions and turning those to-dos into ta-das.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Day 2680 - Today I give you flowers

Today I give you flowers.

Actually, they're not for you. They're for me.

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