Thursday, December 30, 2010
As the situation is so very bad and I am only about 60miles from some of the worst of it - I thought I would post an update to the situation.
We are quite safe, though we were cut off from town for a couple of days!!
More than 200,000 people have been affected by relentless flooding in northeast Australia, with the flood zone now stretching over an area bigger than France and Germany combined, officials said Friday 31st Dec 2010.
Germany is about 137,000 sq miles.
France is about 212,000 sq miles.
Total 349,000 sq miles.
Or for the Aussies - the area of NSW and Victoria combined - is now flooded!!
Heavy rains and flooding in northeast Australia is common during the southern hemisphere summer, but the scope of the damage from the recent downpours is extremely unusual, Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh said
"This is without a doubt a tragedy on an unprecedented scale," Anna Bligh told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "We now have 22 towns or cities that are either substantially flooded or isolated because the roads have been cut off to them. That represents some 200,000 people spanning an area that's bigger than the size of France and Germany combined."
As we go towards 2011 - please spare a thought for the thousands who are celebrating New Year with nothing left - who have been evacuated and have nothing left to return to!!
And also spare a thought for all the wildlife that is fighting for survival in this, Queenslands toughest hour!!.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I noticed that very few members have joined Christmas Calorie Control Challenges - I have to assume tis is because they either have no intention of keeping within their calorie range or they really aren't thinking that far ahead!!
Either way they will blow all the hard work they have gone to before - losing weight.!! Is it honestly worth while throwing all the hard work away for a day of self indulgance??
The key is planning in advance - a heavier calorie main meal to allow you to have a Christmasmeal with lower calorie meals and snacks for the rest of the day!! You should NOT skip any meals or snacks!!
I have my Christmas Day planned - and the whole day has come in at 1570 cal - at the top of my range but still within it!!
You may not like my idea ofmenu planning - but I am eating it - not you - so here is my menu for Christmas Day!!
Milk, 2%, 0.3 cup
Oats Raw (30g = 1/4 cup), 45 gram
Banana, fresh, 0.5 small (6" to 6-7/8" long)
Optimum Gold Protein Supp - 30.4g, 1 serving
Total - 373 cal
Lunch (our main meal)
S/C Roast Turkey leg with cranberry and apple stuffing, 1 serving (slow cooker)
recipe - recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
Cauli-tata , 1 serving
Broccoli, cooked, 0.25 stalk, large (11"-12" long)
Mousse - Lemon - Easy-yo - 6 serves per pkt - 1 serve = 167g, 1 serving Mango - 1 cheek medium, 1 serving
Total - 578 cal
Cheese - Bega so extra light tasty, 25 gram(s)
Cabbage Apple Casserole, 1 serving
Hard Boiled Egg,
1 large Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average, 1 small whole (2-2/5" dia)
Sweet Potato - orange - boiled, 50 gram
Total - 244 cal
Snack bar - Aussie Bodies - Mini FX Lo Carb bar, 1 serving
Bread Tasty Brown - Gold Max - serving 2 slices, 0.5 serving
Vegimite, 0.5 tsp
Total - 194 cal
Snack bar - Be Natural Trail Bars - Berry, 1 serving
1 cup Milk (through day in tea), 0.25 cup
Total - 181 cal
The balance of the days meals is - 24.2% protein, 27.9% fat and 47.9 carbs
I agree its high on fats for the day - but not daturated fat!! As its only the one day - I am letting it be!! Normally I try to get the protein higher than the fat %!!
I hope this has given some of you some ideas - and from my point of view I am certainly not starving that day!!
Have a Happy, Healthy Well planned Christmas Day - make it a Day you can enjoy without a guilty concience and without stepping on that hunk of steel and glass that will tell you you have put weight on!! With careful planning - you will still enjoy the day - but you might evern lose weight too - or if not at least hold your weight!!
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