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6 May 2016

Trim fit bodies : month one

rooftop yoga / feeling happy / getting active

Last month I introduced you all to Trimfit bodies a lifestyle programme aimed at helping busy people reach their goals. If you missed the post you can catch it here Trimfit bodies - initial impressions . I've now been following their meal plans and workout plans for just over a month so thought it was about time to give you the run down on how it's going....


I chose to go on the women's 1500 calorie meal plan, which is the lowest meal plan available, I should also point out that I'm a life long vegetarian so I obviously chose the vegetarian meal plan over the regular one.

I start each morning with a big glass of water or a mug of tea and one of the options for breakfast, my favourite recipe so far is the oats- they're super yummy, definitely don't taste like a 'diet' option and they keep me full of energy. My mornings at work are a mix of super active running around the hospital and sitting in yawn worthy meetings, during morning tea I'll usually snack on some veggie sticks and hummus or if I'm in a rush I'll have a quick protein shake (both options on the 1500 plan).

Lunch is normally a wrap or salad, but I've also been adapting the chicken and rice noodle dish and using meat substitute. I like something quick and easy to grab but also full of flavour- all the meals on the trimfit bodies meal planner are perfect!

Most days I'll be full up from lunch right until I get home and start making dinner, but there's options still included in the 1500 plan for afternoon tea, options include things like veggies and hummus, yoghurt and even beans on toast.

The dinner options are my favourite, there's so much to chose from and most are versions of comfort foods like spaghetti bolognese and noodles and stir fry. Again, there's more options for meat eaters but it's pretty easy to just substitute the meat for a vegetarian replacement.

After dinner I'll get some chores done around the house, check my emails and see if I've got any new videos on mental wellbeing from Fiona and then I'll get on with my 10 minute workout. I pop my favourite songs on an before I know it my workout is done. Knowing that I'm getting 10 minutes a day, plus a little walk with pup, makes me feel so much better about not fitting in the gym as much as I should. I'll also mix things up on the weekend with a yoga class, day of SUP or swimming or going for a hike in the bush. I try to fit in a protein shake after every workout so I use my trimfit bodies supplements to help my body repair itself.

If I get a little pang of hunger before bedtime I'll reach for a piece of fruit, a small handful of almonds or a hot chocolate- all of which stick within my 1500 plan. Or for a treat I'll make up a bowl of banana ice cream, which whilst it isn't strictly on my plan it's so yummy and much healthier than reaching for a tub of ben & jerrys.


Like I mentioned in my initial impressions post, I'm still blown away by how much food I get to eat and how little exercise I have to do. I also love that none of the meals are complicated to make, they're all super easy and quick to make (all under 20 minutes!)- Perfect for the busy, working woman!

So have I lost any weight? Yes, from eating all that food (way more than before may I add) and working out for just 10 minutes a day I've lost 2.5kg in around a month, its not masses but it's so easy to do and I definitely don't feel like I'm trying to lose weight! I've even started to notice my jeans becoming looser around my hips. The best thing about Trimfit bodies so far is that I feel so much more full of energy and so motivated to continue with the plan.

You can find out more information about Trimfit bodies at their website : http://www.trimfitbodies.com.au
or on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/trimfitbodies


xo

5 May 2016

Taste of Perth 2016 #electroluxlovesfood


Last year we wrapped up in coats, hid under ponchos and fought our way through the tents at Taste of Perth, this year was a little bit different....


The awesome team behind Electrolux Chefs' Secrets invited us to a cooking masterclass with Robert Murphy of Bistro Guillaume- learning to cook from one of the head chef's at an awesome Perth restaurant...count us in!  

Luckily the weather held up for us this year, but it was still pretty chilly, so wrapped up in shirts and scarves we head down to Perth just before lunch to see what we could learn.




 

This year is the first time Perth has been able to experience Chefs' secrets, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. We were greeted into the tent with a glass of aperol and given aprons and menu cards. 

After a quick brief and hand wash we were split into teams and set to work preparing our meal- Lamb with Zucchini Flowers, Smoky Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Mushroom and Brussel Sprouts....

















Before we knew it everything was ready to be plated up, it was great to learn some tips and tricks on food presentation...



Everyone tucked in to their meals, accompanied with a glass of wine paired to the meal. Once we were done we were surprised with a plethora of dessert and a quick Q&A session with Robert Murphy...





It was such a fantastic session and we both left feeling so inspired to be more creative in the kitchen. 
Sessions are only $12 per person inclusive of all food and drink, which is a total bargain!



Once we were done we set out to explore the rest of Taste of Perth, ws we'd gone on the Sunday the judging for  'Best in Taste' dishes had already been done-  Wood Fired Chicken from Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, Chocolate Fondant from The Shorehouse and Roasted Fremantle Octopus from Bib & Tucker. Challenge accepted....

 

Wood fired chicken


Chocolate Fondant 


Roasted Fremantle Octopus


 I also couldn't resist joining the (very long) line for a curried pumpkin Bao from Perth foodie favourite Lucky Chan's, it was worth every second I queud for. 



Adequately full up we decided it was time to sit down and soak up the atmosphere, a little birdy had told me the magnificent folk from Custard & co (arguably Australia's best cider) had made up a batch of mulled cider- perfect to warm us up...






We had a fantastic afternoon learning new cooking skills, tasting amazing new food and drink and enjoying the winter sunshine. Thank you so much for the invite Electrolux- we can't wait to come back next year!


Did you get to Taste of Perth this year? What was your favourite dish?

xo



1 May 2016

a birthday weekend away

Expat life definitely comes with it's perks, a new way of life, new places to explore and 10 months of almost solid sunshine....but there's the odd day when you realise just how far from home you are. For me, that's my birthday and as this was only my second I didn't want to even have the chance to feel homesick, so we packed our bags and head off on a drive north from Perth.

We pulled down a bumpy track, switched into 4 wheel drive and found ourselves our own little beach and set up camp...no phones, no internet, no home luxuries, just each other and the bare essentials, heaven!















Breakfast with a view!














Someone enjoyed herself a little bit too much, and slept the whole way home! 






Days spent reading, paddling, exploring, jumping waves, chasing pup and cooking crumpets on the grill, evenings listening to Jack Johnston, lighting campfires and boiling hot chocolate with loving earth and nights spend cuddled up under a big fluffy doona watching the stars and drinking the best WA makers have to offer....absolute bliss.

What's your idea of a perfect weekend away?

xo

6 May 2016

Trim fit bodies : month one

rooftop yoga / feeling happy / getting active

Last month I introduced you all to Trimfit bodies a lifestyle programme aimed at helping busy people reach their goals. If you missed the post you can catch it here Trimfit bodies - initial impressions . I've now been following their meal plans and workout plans for just over a month so thought it was about time to give you the run down on how it's going....


I chose to go on the women's 1500 calorie meal plan, which is the lowest meal plan available, I should also point out that I'm a life long vegetarian so I obviously chose the vegetarian meal plan over the regular one.

I start each morning with a big glass of water or a mug of tea and one of the options for breakfast, my favourite recipe so far is the oats- they're super yummy, definitely don't taste like a 'diet' option and they keep me full of energy. My mornings at work are a mix of super active running around the hospital and sitting in yawn worthy meetings, during morning tea I'll usually snack on some veggie sticks and hummus or if I'm in a rush I'll have a quick protein shake (both options on the 1500 plan).

Lunch is normally a wrap or salad, but I've also been adapting the chicken and rice noodle dish and using meat substitute. I like something quick and easy to grab but also full of flavour- all the meals on the trimfit bodies meal planner are perfect!

Most days I'll be full up from lunch right until I get home and start making dinner, but there's options still included in the 1500 plan for afternoon tea, options include things like veggies and hummus, yoghurt and even beans on toast.

The dinner options are my favourite, there's so much to chose from and most are versions of comfort foods like spaghetti bolognese and noodles and stir fry. Again, there's more options for meat eaters but it's pretty easy to just substitute the meat for a vegetarian replacement.

After dinner I'll get some chores done around the house, check my emails and see if I've got any new videos on mental wellbeing from Fiona and then I'll get on with my 10 minute workout. I pop my favourite songs on an before I know it my workout is done. Knowing that I'm getting 10 minutes a day, plus a little walk with pup, makes me feel so much better about not fitting in the gym as much as I should. I'll also mix things up on the weekend with a yoga class, day of SUP or swimming or going for a hike in the bush. I try to fit in a protein shake after every workout so I use my trimfit bodies supplements to help my body repair itself.

If I get a little pang of hunger before bedtime I'll reach for a piece of fruit, a small handful of almonds or a hot chocolate- all of which stick within my 1500 plan. Or for a treat I'll make up a bowl of banana ice cream, which whilst it isn't strictly on my plan it's so yummy and much healthier than reaching for a tub of ben & jerrys.


Like I mentioned in my initial impressions post, I'm still blown away by how much food I get to eat and how little exercise I have to do. I also love that none of the meals are complicated to make, they're all super easy and quick to make (all under 20 minutes!)- Perfect for the busy, working woman!

So have I lost any weight? Yes, from eating all that food (way more than before may I add) and working out for just 10 minutes a day I've lost 2.5kg in around a month, its not masses but it's so easy to do and I definitely don't feel like I'm trying to lose weight! I've even started to notice my jeans becoming looser around my hips. The best thing about Trimfit bodies so far is that I feel so much more full of energy and so motivated to continue with the plan.

You can find out more information about Trimfit bodies at their website : http://www.trimfitbodies.com.au
or on facebook  https://www.facebook.com/trimfitbodies


xo

5 May 2016

Taste of Perth 2016 #electroluxlovesfood


Last year we wrapped up in coats, hid under ponchos and fought our way through the tents at Taste of Perth, this year was a little bit different....


The awesome team behind Electrolux Chefs' Secrets invited us to a cooking masterclass with Robert Murphy of Bistro Guillaume- learning to cook from one of the head chef's at an awesome Perth restaurant...count us in!  

Luckily the weather held up for us this year, but it was still pretty chilly, so wrapped up in shirts and scarves we head down to Perth just before lunch to see what we could learn.




 

This year is the first time Perth has been able to experience Chefs' secrets, so I wasn't too sure what to expect. We were greeted into the tent with a glass of aperol and given aprons and menu cards. 

After a quick brief and hand wash we were split into teams and set to work preparing our meal- Lamb with Zucchini Flowers, Smoky Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Mushroom and Brussel Sprouts....

















Before we knew it everything was ready to be plated up, it was great to learn some tips and tricks on food presentation...



Everyone tucked in to their meals, accompanied with a glass of wine paired to the meal. Once we were done we were surprised with a plethora of dessert and a quick Q&A session with Robert Murphy...





It was such a fantastic session and we both left feeling so inspired to be more creative in the kitchen. 
Sessions are only $12 per person inclusive of all food and drink, which is a total bargain!



Once we were done we set out to explore the rest of Taste of Perth, ws we'd gone on the Sunday the judging for  'Best in Taste' dishes had already been done-  Wood Fired Chicken from Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, Chocolate Fondant from The Shorehouse and Roasted Fremantle Octopus from Bib & Tucker. Challenge accepted....

 

Wood fired chicken


Chocolate Fondant 


Roasted Fremantle Octopus


 I also couldn't resist joining the (very long) line for a curried pumpkin Bao from Perth foodie favourite Lucky Chan's, it was worth every second I queud for. 



Adequately full up we decided it was time to sit down and soak up the atmosphere, a little birdy had told me the magnificent folk from Custard & co (arguably Australia's best cider) had made up a batch of mulled cider- perfect to warm us up...






We had a fantastic afternoon learning new cooking skills, tasting amazing new food and drink and enjoying the winter sunshine. Thank you so much for the invite Electrolux- we can't wait to come back next year!


Did you get to Taste of Perth this year? What was your favourite dish?

xo



1 May 2016

a birthday weekend away

Expat life definitely comes with it's perks, a new way of life, new places to explore and 10 months of almost solid sunshine....but there's the odd day when you realise just how far from home you are. For me, that's my birthday and as this was only my second I didn't want to even have the chance to feel homesick, so we packed our bags and head off on a drive north from Perth.

We pulled down a bumpy track, switched into 4 wheel drive and found ourselves our own little beach and set up camp...no phones, no internet, no home luxuries, just each other and the bare essentials, heaven!















Breakfast with a view!














Someone enjoyed herself a little bit too much, and slept the whole way home! 






Days spent reading, paddling, exploring, jumping waves, chasing pup and cooking crumpets on the grill, evenings listening to Jack Johnston, lighting campfires and boiling hot chocolate with loving earth and nights spend cuddled up under a big fluffy doona watching the stars and drinking the best WA makers have to offer....absolute bliss.

What's your idea of a perfect weekend away?

xo

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