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What I did today

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I started my day on the right foot with a piece of toast and one of these

In the glass was
- 1/2C frozen spinach
- 1C mixed frozen berries
- 1C apple juice
- 1 heaped tablespoon Greek Yogurt

Yummy, yummy! AND 1 serving of veggies and 2 servings of fruit before 8am. BAM!

Next I drove my Mama to the airport. She is off to Hawaii for 10 days. She is meeting my dad, who is there on business. It is their 30 year wedding anniversary on Wednesday. I am mega jealous! I think I would be very good at being in Hawaii, but mum disagreed and left me to feed the cats.

This delightful event followed

The blonde lady is smiling, and is therefore clearly not doing it right. If spinning correctly your face should look like this

Sweaty, dazed, confused. And like your butt REALLY hurt from sitting on that seat again. This is how I looked, anyways. I snuck out of the gym without being spotted by any students, which was a bonus. I did see a parent, but we have only met once, briefly, so I don't think she recognised me. Having a gym close to where you work is convenient, and ducking and hiding from people you know gives extra calorie burn!

The rest of the day has been filled with meeting some teacher friends for coffee and eating a healthy lunch. Who has 2 thumbs and had 2 cups of veggies with lunch? This girl

(also the appropriate way to look just after a spinning class, FYI)

And that is what I get up to on a Thursday in the holidays. I'm going to attempt to outline my planning for next term this afternoon, as well as throw together some more resources. What an exciting life I lead!

  
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CARLA-216 7/10/2012 4:11PM

    Boo to you not getting to go to Hawaii!

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WOWEETOO 7/5/2012 12:15AM

    not thrilled about spinach but yogurt people that is the thing that provides the protein so those carbs from the other stuff doesn't spike the sugar levels in the body..makes those carbs last longer and provide more energy
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LTMURPHY7 7/4/2012 10:54PM

  Leave out yogurt & spinach & I might try it


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JUDYAMK 7/4/2012 10:47PM

    I will try this drink the spinach does not sound good even though I like raw s & cooked spinach. To me it does not sound good to drink it, however I am going to try this.
Judy

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Who wants purple cauliflower?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I love my fruit and veggie shop. Really. No one should be actually excited to go to a fruit and veggie shop, but I am! They have so much fun and unusual stuff, and everyday there is something different for me to try. This week, purple cauliflower! I thought it would add a nice pop of colour to my stir fry, and I was right.



See? Pretty dinners always taste better! I also tried kale this week, and I really like it.

Previous fun foods include: Purple potatoes (a little sweeter than normal potatoes, fairly floury), peacherines, and blood red oranges. Next week I'm going to try the purple carrots!

  
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DMF2012 7/4/2012 4:35AM

    I love cauliflower, but have never had purple - does it taste the same as white?

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OPTIMIST1948 7/3/2012 8:04PM

    Not a big fan of cauliflower...unless it is deep fried or covered in cheese sauce! Needless to say, these are "Every 2 years or so" treats! However your pretty stirfry may change my mind!
But the excessive use of exclamation points... those I'll keep!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/3/2012 10:13AM

    I've wondered about the flavor of these colors in vegetables. Decades ago when purplish broccoli was on the stands (green with a purple haze), I bought some for the prettiness factor. It was a fraud! Once cooked, no more purple haze. And the flavor was more bitter than plain ol' broccoli's. Like you, I get a thrill from seeing vegetables, special colors or not, but pretty they are indeed.

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WOWEETOO 7/3/2012 8:03AM

    the green cauliflower is yummy also
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SLIMMERKIWI 7/3/2012 6:10AM

    Purple carrots were the very original colour for them - they only became the common orange ones because of some mutation.

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JSTETSER 7/3/2012 5:59AM

    Kale is great in salads if you marinade it first in vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Yum!

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HEAT7918 7/3/2012 5:00AM

    Purple is my favorite color! I'm not a big cauliflower person - it's just kinda bland for me... I probably need to learn how to spice it up and being purple might help. :)

I don't know if I've ever tried kale so I'll add that to the list. And purple carrots sound fun!

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LAUROCHKA 7/3/2012 4:32AM

    Yeah! I LOVE cauliflower. Recently a friend told me I consumed more cauliflower than anyone else she knew! I have to go find me some purple stuff now :)
Looks yummy - enjoy!
Lxx

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Spun my little heart out

Monday, July 02, 2012

Could also be named: The spinning class that almost wasn't.

I got to the spinning class with 5 minutes to spare. I jumped on a bike and started to warm up, since it had been a while. 9am came and went and no one else was there. The instructor (who is also my trainer) said sometimes the ladies are a little late, but if no one else turned up in the next 10 minutes he would have to cancel the class. 10 minutes came and went, so I got off the bike and was cleaning it down. Then 2 women walked in and said they wanted to join the class. My workout was saved! *Just as a note, attendance is usually higher, but since it is school holidays the numbers have dropped. The class is usually full of SAHM's who drop off their kids and come straight to the gym*

The class was fast and fun, with heaps of jumps and sprints to break things up. I was sweating like a pig, though. The other 2 ladies looked great, and I looked like I was dying. The 45 minutes went quickly enough, and I thought I could probably do it again, so I have signed up for the Thursday morning class.

I did discover that some of my students go to the school holiday program run by the gym. I was walking out of my class and heard "Hi Miss Bubble!" Spotted!

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 7/3/2012 2:44PM

    Glad you got your workout!

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CARLA-216 7/3/2012 9:38AM

    Better late than never I suppose. I'm glad you got your spin on!

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JSTETSER 7/3/2012 6:00AM

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ROSINVN 7/2/2012 9:29PM

    Hey bubble that's awesome. I've heard of spinning classes but never seen or done one. I would be with you on the sweating thing as it just pours off me. As for the kids, think of the amazing example you are setting for them.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/2/2012 9:13PM

    Way to go! Glad your class didn't get cancelled! I always laugh that I couldn't work within 10 miles of where I live...all too often I get off my treadmill or finish a workout and then go out to get gas for the car. Wouldn't want to run into a parent all sweaty and gross.... funny that your students saw you.

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/2/2012 9:09PM

    I'm guilty of not going to the gym as much since school was let out. I'm the "drop off at school and head to the gym" sort.

That, and summer's just stupidly busy for me.

But yay for the new class! I wish we had a spinning class at my gym. Not enough bikes. :( It would be my style, though... I love biking.

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My new strength program

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I have done this program 3 times now, and I really like it.

Swiss ball chest press - 9kg dumbbells

I like this one because it works my arms, shoulders AND my legs and core, because I have to stabilise myself on the ball.

I super set the SB chest press with these Swiss ball roll outs


Dumbbell head to toe - 3kg

These suck. I have no co-ordination, no balance. I am getting better, but they are tough!

Smith machine pull ups


Dumbbell curls and overheads - 5kg



Bench barbell butt blaster - 10kg

I think my trainer made this up, because I couldn't find a picture. Basically I have my shoulders on a bench, and I hold myself in a bridge position with a barbell resting on my hips. Then I lower my butt to the floor, and then back again. I look so stupid, but I can feel it working.

Deadlifts - 25kg


Swiss ball lying leg lift


So, that is my new program! I like that I only need a bench for one move, so I don't have to wait for benches when the gym is busy.

  
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CARLA-216 7/3/2012 9:35AM

    That's a good looking program! Work it, girl!

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    You are my hero! I need to start some strength training...
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WOWEETOO 7/1/2012 9:45PM

    9kg??? maybe when i was younger but i can barely make 3/30 at 2 pounds right now lol emoticon

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/1/2012 9:11PM

    That LAST one with the Swiss Ball I REALLY like - it works the muscles like nothing else.

Kris

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JSTETSER 7/1/2012 7:16PM

    Great program. Go for it!!!

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BUBBLEJ1 7/1/2012 6:32PM

    Yep, my butt is pulled in and parallel :)

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/1/2012 6:19PM

    Suggestion on that first one: When you balance, be sure and lift your butt up so that it's as parallel to the floor as you can. I do this exercise in my group classes a lot, and when you do this, not only does it engage your abs, but your butt, too! I've gotten some serious soreness off of it before doing that. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/1/2012 5:41PM

    Looks great! Love that it works all the major muscle groups. I know you'll OWN IT!

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Look, knees! (pic)

Friday, June 29, 2012



Last night, despite the freezing cold (about 5C) I wore a dress that came ABOVE MY KNEES, without tights, for the first time in... ummm? Ever? Maybe? I actually can't recall the last time I felt confident enough to show that much of my legs.

I'm sexy and I know it.... emoticon

Also, I ate way too much (duck is amazing, and a very under rated meat. The chocolate tart was huge and I ate it all. Etc)

*Sorry about the blurry photo. My boyfriend is on medication that makes him shake, and this was the best he could do*

  
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COLETTEISGREAT 7/2/2012 12:18PM

    Gorgeous!!

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WANNABESKINNYME 6/30/2012 11:57AM

    Woo Hoo! Little victories are some of the best. Be proud, you look fantastic.

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CARLA-216 6/30/2012 8:06AM

    Beee-yoooo-teeee-fulll!

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JSTETSER 6/30/2012 6:36AM

    Congratulations! You look GREAT! The photo came out great. You should be so happy with the new you~
You go girl!

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OPALMOON 6/30/2012 5:19AM

    Looking great!!! Lovely dress and you look just gorgeous!

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    Stunning! Beautiful dress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUECHRIS50 6/29/2012 7:50PM

    YOU LOOK FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!!!! emoticon

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BARCLE 6/29/2012 7:45PM

    emoticon G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!! emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 6/29/2012 7:43PM

    You look fantastic

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WOWEETOO 6/29/2012 7:02PM

    you are looking quit awesome my friend for sure emoticon the lady mary

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 6/29/2012 6:49PM

    Cute dress, you look great! I too can relate.... always USED TO cover my legs and not wear skirts. This is the first summer in over 10 years that I wore shorts (they are to the knee, but short for what I was used to!) and am enjoying dresses too. Way to go!

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JENNY160 6/29/2012 6:45PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!!! I know the leg/knee issue. Lost a lot of weight once and was amazed that I could see it in my knees LOL But the fat reduction on the inner side of the knee makes all the diff in the world, eh? I can't wait to get there again! BTW, the pic was probably blurry cuz fabulous YOU were making your boyfriend shake!

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