Thursday, 23 April 2009


It's been school holidays here and I haven't had the opportunity to run up my mountain or to get to karate as often as I wanted but I have done heaps of incidental exercise with the kids.
We have taken Heidi for walks and runs, I have played on the playgrounds with the kids, we have gardened together and not to mention the extra housework involved with them being home from school.
So while I haven't been able to do the exercise that I wanted to do, I've still been active and spent time with the kids while doing it.

Thursday, 16 April 2009



#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half the world population)

#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.

#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.

#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers

#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a ! printed page.

#8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?


#1. In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous China .

#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.

#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your


#1. the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?
or Coke?

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

No running for me this morning, we had a wild windy, rainy night, way to wet to be running around mountains I'm afraid.
As I said in an earlier post, I do karate. The style I do is Kyokushin which is a full contact style. Yes, I get punched and kicked and end up with a lot of bruises but that is because I bruise easily. I also punch and kick pretty hard so you get what you give out really.
It's not all about fighting, it's about technique, defence and disipline and it's one hell of a workout, I get a real high from a sweaty 2 hour workout, I know that's not for everyone but boy is it satisfying!
Anyway I went for my 2 hour workout tonight and I am now hot and sweaty just the way I like it. LOL
Time for a shower,


This is my reward that I bought myself for a few reasons. The first is getting rid of 5 pesky kgs that had crept on last year while I wasn't looking and keeping them off, the second is taking up my study and really focusing on what I want to do with it and the third reason is because I deserve it.
Rewards are a great incentive to work at your goals, I don't reward myself often but when I decide to it's great incouragement to reach my goals.
I have been eyeing off this handmade necklace since Christmas and I am so excited to finally be getting one. Canela from Cinnamon Sticks makes the most gorgeous jewelry I've seen in a while, I don't usually wear jewelry but I wanted this as soon as I saw it. So do yourself a favour and take a look at her shop here


I personally don't believe in taking lots of different suppliments because if you are eating a fresh, healthy, balanced diet then your body should be getting most of the nutrients it needs.
That being said, I do take a few carefully sourced suppliments that help me in certain ways.
Suppliments I take:
Celery and juniper is a natural anti-inflamatory that I take for my back issues, these are not taken on a regular basis, only when needed.

Glycine is a non-essential amino acid that helps detoxify the liver, encourages muscle tissue growth and converts glucose into energy. Your body does produce it's own glycine but I do find extra to be helpful to me.

Once a day multi-vitamin can assist in areas you may be lacking through diet and environmental issues, I find these are helpful for me for a couple of reasons one being that I don't eat red meat and sometimes don't get enough iron from what I eat.

There is definately a place for well chosen suppliments to suit your own body but there is also a lot of rubbish out there that you can waste your money on and have no benefits to you.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009


After having 2 weeks off of any exercise due to a chest cold, I finally got to run/walk around my mountain. My time was a little slower than usual but that was expected I guess.

DISTANCE: 4.2kms
TIME: 42 minutes

Not a bad way to burn off those Easter treats.

I am a bit sore today, due to no running while being sick, so I'm not going to kickboxing tonight, but will run again tomorrow.
This blog has been on my mind for a while, the decision to start it was a little scary to be truthful, I am about to be accountable for any bad eating decisions and lack of motivation.
What I hope to accomplish is to be able to keep on track to reach my goals and to hopefully inspire and motivate others.

So, let the journey begin......


As a kid I was always average weight and average height, we lived on a dairy farm and ate fresh, healthy food and ran around a lot.
As a teenager, I put on a bit of weight, I never thought I was overweight and it didn't seem to matter what I ate or didn't eat, I stayed around the same weight and a size 12-14 in clothes.
I always played sport throughout school, after I left school it took a couple of years to get back into sports, it wasn't that high on my list of things to do nor was eating healthy foods.
Through my late teens and early twenties I partied way too hard, I drank way to much and I was a social smoker (usually when I drank). I ate crap food but still did sports like netball, basketball and volleyball and went to the gym in fads. I stayed the same size in clothes but felt really bad on the inside.
When I hit my mid twenties I started to take a real interest in my health, I became a vegetarian, I went to meditation and healing classes, I did my Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 certificates and started exercising more. I cut back on partying, drinking etc and started to take control of my health.
When pregnant with my second child Lachie, I put on a lot of weight, I found it difficult to move around from 5 months into the pregnancy and was sick and in pain for the most part. 3 months after I had Lachie I had lost 28kg since he was born, not the ideal way to lose weight I can assure you! I wasn't trying, it just happened and I was very sick because of it. I was way too skinny and looked terrible.
Very slowly I put on enough weight to look healthy again and that is where I stayed at a size 10.
After I had Sophie, I decided it was time to tone up and get fit so I joined a gym, within 1 day of joining I had a job there in the creche and was hooked. 3 months later I was teaching kids fitness and training to become a personal trainer and Body Balance instructor. My dream job (or so I thought)
After a year of working days, nights and weekends it was taking it's toll on me. I had gone back to really bad eating habits, I exercised so much that I could eat whatever I wanted and it didn't effect my weight. Then one day I limped into see my boss and quit just like that, I had hurt myself badly while taking a class yet was expected to do 2 more classes that night. Enough was enough.
So that experience left me with a nearly finished personal training certificate and me not wanting to work in a gym ever again.
Two years ago, I decided to start doing weights again down at my son's karate club, soon I was going to kickboxing as well and then I tried karate. I loved it all and was hooked, I felt back on track for the first time in a while.
I am always striving eat the best quality and fresh foods I can afford, I used to eat organically when we had a shop down here that sold organic produce, unfortunately they closed, so apart from the fruit and veges I grow, I buy really good quality and wash everything.
I run up and around mountains 3 times a week and still do karate and I ride my bike. I am studying Sports Nutrition at the moment and will also be taking on the rest of my personal training certificate as soon as I can afford it.

I'm sure there is heaps more I could add but I think that is enough for today.