New Year 2015 Wish for all my friends
Monday, December 29, 2014      13 comments

Well, I borrowed it as I can't say it more eloquently... “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, c... Read more
"It Ain't over ... Till It's Over" by Marlo Thomas
Saturday, November 08, 2014      10 comments

I love the word "mature" when I am talking about cheese, but not so much when I talk to experienced people. The above mentioned title is really a must read for all who are getting on in life and wonder if they should try a new venture or not. I ... Read more
D'oh! Unintentional Maintenance
Sunday, October 05, 2014      9 comments

I did not mean to but it just happened. At least now I know what to do to maintain. I always thought it is painful to watch every bite but I came to realize that is not true. The way I have organised my life and eating habits is such that I am m... Read more
Rest of 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014      9 comments

My plan is simple: Walk 5 out of 7 days Do HIIT on Elliptical 3 x per week, 20 min sessions Eat clean staying within the principals of clean eating Kick chaos, clutter etc. do a bit every day, week etc. Reading one book every 2 weeks ... Read more
Sunday, September 07, 2014      13 comments

Yes, it is all about me...five days normal eating and two fast days with limited calories, 500 cal per day, skipping lunch. I have done the two intermittent fasts last Monday and Thursday. On Saturday mornings Mr Roelf is going for a long r... Read more
Dr Mosley and the second fast
Thursday, August 28, 2014      9 comments

It went really well today. I am amazed that I don't get hungry. Sometimes I do feel a pang in my tum but it is not uncomfortable or painful. I had a light breakfast and dinner under 500 cal and at dinner I felt it was a lot of food. With th... Read more
Live longer says Dr Michael Mosley
Monday, August 25, 2014      12 comments

I have finished reading Dr. Mosley's book "The Fast Diet" on Sunday and I have decided to follow his concept of eating "normal" for 5 days and then fast for two days. My "normal" is clean eating anyway and I will carry on with that. ... Read more
Fat is my friend
Wednesday, July 02, 2014      14 comments

I am talking about dietary fat, the good stuff. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain". I have learned so much and I understand so much more about the function and health not only of my brain but also my whole body. As it is, I e... Read more
My 2014 wish for you
Wednesday, January 01, 2014      17 comments

It is not original, but it is still heart felt... May the Angels protect you, troubles neglect you and Heaven accept you when it's time to go home. May you always have plenty, your glass never empty, and know in your belly that you're never... Read more
What have I in common with Britney Spears , Kristin Davis, Emma Thompson, Britt Eckland etc?
Saturday, July 20, 2013      22 comments

We usually get it from our parents, yet few people are willing to reveal anything about it as there is a stigma attached to it. Yet, at least 40% of the population have this condition. People treated are from 12 years and many under 20 people al... Read more
Photo tour of the day at Maggie’s
Monday, April 22, 2013      21 comments

so you all showed up my doorstep at 6 am! this is were we are living: it is a terrible photo but you do get the idea... welcome, come in and mr. roelf has the fresh brew of coffee. we have one hour before we need to be at our first destination. our first destination is our local sport store where they will fit each of us out with a wet suit. it took all my negotiation skills to pull this off, so we have to make the best of it. you will be allowed to take your wetsuits with you back home as i got a sponsor for it. there is a bit of a quid pro quo but we can discuss that later. we all bonded instantly, even the boys, mr. roelf and brian. o my, the fitting of the wet suits… i was last and there was only one on the hanger and it was a bit too small for me. i wiggled and shaked some skin wobbles into the suit but i got stuck. mandi had to put one foot against each side of the doorway while i was lying on my tummy so that she could zip me up. tania had to hold mandi in place so that she won’t fall down. dee pulled my legs while we giggled our heads off. the shop assistant was most concerned but eventually we got the zip in place. with lots of laughter we all then piled into bus by 8:30 am and we were on our way. we had a classical bacon and egg pie for breakfast (yes with veg’s in it!!!), all packed into picnic baskets with juice, coffee and tea. we were on our way to hot water beach. it is a well known fact that new zealand is located within the “ring of fire”. view: “some volcanos develop huge underground reservoirs of superheated water. over time, this water will escape to the surface — cooling on the way. there are two fissures at hot water beach issuing water as hot as 64ºc (147ºf) at a rate as high as 15 litres/minute. this water contains large amounts of salt (not salt water), calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluorine, bromine and silica. there are other hot water springs nearby but the location of these two springs on the beach make them unique. two hours before low tide is the ideal time to stake-out a place for digging your 'spa' and to allow for some relaxation in your 'spa' before the tide rises and reclaims the beach, 'spas' and all. we can rent spades on the beach, dig a hole and sit and relax in the scalding hot water until the tide comes in. this link will take you to a photo that would give you and idea of the steam coming from the water and people enjoying being so close to the beach and ‘bumming” in a hot water spa. there are not many places in the world where one could to this on the beach. we are having a salad lunch with bbq meat at the resort and then we all tumble into kayaks to take us to a yacht that will take us onto our afternoon destination. we are all now into our wetsuits as we need to swim the last bit to palm beach. here we split in two groups, lizzie, brain and roelf will wait until we are all gone and then they will visit the secluded part of palm beach to be “au natural”. a link to palm beach for the not so pc (political correct) story of waiheke follow this link: for those who are not too keen on going to the other site, here is the introduction: “there have been people on waiheke island for a thousand years; but today the old traditions are dying out. the historic habit of eating each other no longer meets with general approval although the original settlers considered it pleasant and frugal. today most of the inhabitants wear boots and despite the nearness of auckland city the aborigines profess to discern definite signs of civilization. the history of the island is sketchy and imaginative. the first settlers were the maruiwi who arrived from the western pacific in 950 a.d. they were followed by the maori two hundred years later…” after our swim and a dry out, the “natural group” joined us and we all took tuk-tuks to take us to the ferry that will bring us to auckland harbor. follow this link to look at your transport girls and boys… in auckland we trooped up queen street, and now it is time for the quid pro quo. i took you to a studio where we all posed as calendar girls for the wetsuit company. thank goodness it is with the wetsuits on! here is a clip of what was expected from us: that was easy! back in queen street, i showed you greenstone.
So you all showed up my doorstep at 6 am! This is were we are living:
ad/106a/ It is a terrible photo but you do get the idea... Welcome, come in and Mr. Roel... Read more
Just a sprinkle of rain
Saturday, March 30, 2013      16 comments

... and see the difference. This was last week... Today we have been to Point View Reserve and I took a photo more or less on the same spot after our sprinkling of r... Read more
We have been on this road before… (photos)
Monday, March 25, 2013      26 comments

Right behind the suburb where we live is Point View Reserve. I took this picture to the houses so you can’t really see the valleys and all the trees in the photo. I just wanted to show you how close it is. In this photo you can see how dry it is... Read more
Hiking in Auckland, New Zealand (photo's)
Monday, March 18, 2013      33 comments

It is raining today (Tuesday 19 th) and I am really so glad. It is hard to see the land so brown and dry. As far as I am concerned it can rain for the next two weeks. Mr. Roelf and I had a really great walk in the Waitakare Ranges. This is... Read more
Lunch time (photo)
Tuesday, March 12, 2013      28 comments

What can I say? I love veggies? I think that is quite obvious. This is a "normal" plate of food for me at lunch time. At night time I eat more or less the same ... sometimes with a bit of meat (very limited). ... Read more

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