Are you ready for a quick Spring Clean of your Health?

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There is less than a month until Christmas and it appears that the party season is in full swing!  By now I imagine that you would have been spending a bit of time catching up with family, friends and work colleagues.  Not to mention the kids end of year celebrations!

I'm also wondering if anyone is starting to feel a little worse for wear?  You know, starting to feel run down,  sluggish or just plain exhausted.

Maybe it's time to change some habits before the New Year rolls around.  I know, you're thinking 'as if that's going to happen with Christmas only a month away! ' but it is possible to do a quick clean up of your health so that you are feeling great and full of energy by Christmas. 

Kathleen Alleaume (MSc), who is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and author of What's Eating You has developed a new lifestyle plan.  10 Days to a Healthier You is an easy to follow, all in one guide that helps people get back on track and create long lasting healthy habits that will stay with you.  Supported by Equal Stevia, the plan focuses on low GI, high protein and low sugar, yet still offers great tasting meal options.

"This is not a typical fad diet that promises 'quick fixes' or that you ditch after ten days," said Kathleen.  "It is a sensible eating plan designed to be flexible, nutritionally balanced, health enhancing and can be adopted permanently."
"Incorporating low calorie sweeteners, such as Equal Stevia, into a healthy eating routine also means you can still enjoy sweetness in your meals and hot drinks, without the calories of sugar."

10 Days to a Healthier You includes
·           Clinically tested weight loss principles
·         Nutritionally balanced and health enhancing meal plans
·         Delicious recipes based on everyday seasonal whole foods
·         Exercise guidelines
·         Essential pantry / fridge and shopping list
·         Healthy snacking suggestions
·         Eating out tips
·         Advice on how to maintain weight loss post 10 days
·         Suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets

I have been given the opportunity to have a look through the 10 day plan and I think it is a great option for anyone who would like a little extra guidance on how to incorporate a healthy, balanced eating plan and exercise into their lives.

For those of you who prefer to have a more detailed guide on what to eat Kathleen's plan gives you a weekly menu so that you know what you are eating, when .. great for when you need to plan your shopping list and some extra inspiration!  And check out this recipe .. quick and easy!

Sweet Soy & Ginger Chicken
Preparation time: 10 mins (+ 2 hours marinating)
Cooking time: 10 mins Serves 2 (as a main)
·   2 tbsps Equal Stevia Spoon for Spoon
·   2 tsps crushed garlic or 2 cloves garlic crushed
·   3cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely grated
·   1 tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce
·   Juice of half a lemon
·   2 x 125g skinless chicken breast fillet, trimmed of fat
·   125g 98% fat-free long-life instant noodles
·    Olive oil cooking spray
·   1 tsp olive oil
·   400g mixed sliced stir-fry vegetables

1. Put Equal Stevia, garlic, ginger, soy sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl. Stir well to combine. Put half of the marinade in a small shallow dish. Add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and put in fridge for 2 hours to marinate. Reserve remaining marinade.

2. Preheat a chargrill pan to medium. Drain chicken from marinade. Spray each side fillets with cooking spray. Add to chargrill pan and cook on each side for 3 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.

3. Meanwhile, cook noodles in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes or until tender. Drain well and set aside.

4. Heat oil in a wok over a high heat. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until just tender. Add noodles and toss to heat through. Add reserved marinade and toss until well combined and heated through.

PER SERVE: 1973kJ, protein 39g, total fat 10.8g (sat. fat 2.6g), cholesterol 79.2mg, carbs 50.9g, fibre 8g, sodium 458.2mg. Carb exchanges: 31/3. GI estimate: low.

I know that starting a healthy lifestyle change might be a bit daunting, especially at this time of year when social engagements seem to be never ending but 10 Days to a Healthier You will give you some ideas and tips on how to eat out and choose the healthier options to ensure you stay on track.  And when you finish your 10 days, there is some common sense advice on how to maintain your great work!

For more information please visit or
10 Days to a Healthier You can be purchased online for $14.95 at .
A 3 day teaser version of the plan can be accessed here ...

I've been Liebstered ...

The lovely Liz for Last Chance Training nominated me for an award this week! I've not written my acceptance speech as this post will reveal lots!

Here’s what I have to do:
  1. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 interview questions you’ve been given by the person who nominated you.
  3. Create 11 new questions.
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers and mention them in your post.
  5. Go and tell the person who nominated you, along with the people you’ve nominated about your post.
So to begin .. 11 random facts about myself.

1.  My first car was a red Gemini SLX ... it was fast!

2.  I do not like bananas .. Banana cake if fine, toasted with butter if you don't mind ...

3.  I was a bank manager before studying to become a PT.   Please do not hold this against me ...

4.  I too, like Liz, love stationery.  One can never have too many pretty notebooks, or diaries, or pens ...

5.  I can cut up a roast chook like nobodies business courtesy of my teenage part time job at KFC ..

6.  I am obsessed with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills .. it could be the sparkles or the shoes
.. or both ...

7.  I keep all my shoes in their shoe boxes, except for the ones I have recently purchased in the US and had no room for the boxes.  But I bought other boxes for them ...

8.  I should make more time to read but then I spend all night awake reading and get no sleep.

9.  I may seem confident and outgoing but I am rather shy and quite happy finding quiet time to myself to recharge

10.  I would love to do an interior design course.  Mr Fit Mum has banned me from watching those shows on TV because he thinks I get too many ideas.

11.  I went to a short photography course over the last weekend and I loved it!  Note to self .. must spend more time taking photos to practice!

See, there's nothing that exciting there!

Next up, the answers to my 11 questions ...

1. If you had to go out for dinner with either Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott, who would you choose and why?
Hmmm, being into health and fitness as I am I'm rather curious to chat to Tony Abbott about his fitness regime and why he believes it is important.  I would also be interested to hear Julia Gillard's views on Australia's obesity crisis .. and her own health & fitness regime.

2.What’s the most adventurous sport you’ve ever tried?
I completed the Stampede in September and I guess one could all that a bit adventurous.  I also did the obligatory white water rafting trip down a river in a European country whilst on a Contiki tour! Photographic evidence is held for both!

3.What’s the best James Bond film you have ever seen?
I will admit I've not seen many James Bond films, however I'm rather partial to Daniel Craig ( *giggles and waves* ) ...

4.When was your last baking triumph?
Oh, even Mr Fit Mum agreed here!  I whipped up those yummy Cranberry and Coconut Muffins over the weekend.  Absolute winner!

5. And cooking disaster?
Mr Fit Mum wanted to know if I was allowed to mention the time/s that he may or may not have put out some fires in the kitchen.  Really there haven't been that many ...

6. Are you ruled by your heart or your head (as Pauline says, “please explain”)
I would love to say head but I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve a bit and have known to occasionally be not as rational as I should be ...

7. Do you have any regrets over your career choice?
Current career choice .. No, I love my job!  I love helping people and help them realise they can feel good about themselves.  Especially the changes that they go through.
Previous career choice .. No, but it's not for me now!

8. Do you like dogs?
Yes, love dogs.  My most reliable running companion is our Border Collie, Baxter .. he is just gorgeous!

9. Have you ever tried martial arts?
No .. not unless you count the Karate Kid ...

10. Have you taken any measures to improve your personal sustainability (eg recycle, use public transport)
We recycle what we can and watch our water consumption and electricity usage. 

11. What is your opinion of Global Warming?
In general I think that we all need to be a little more respectful and considerate of our surroundings and how our actions may or may not affect others.

Phew!! Here's my questions for my lucky nominees ...

1.  The sport I most love playing ( or watching ) and why?
2.  What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
3.  One bad habit I have is ...
4.  What item won't you leave the house without?
5.  When I was young I used to collect ...
6.  I'd be happy if I never had to [ .... ] again!
7.  One thing I have enjoyed today and why?
8.  One person that inspires me and why?
9.  What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
10.  What is the last thing that you do before your turn the light off at night?
11.  If you had one super power, what would it be and why?

And the lucky nominees are .. this does take a while to write so please feel free to ignore, however I would love to get you know some of you a bit more! 

Lisa at Bake Bike Blog

Natasha at Natasha In Oz

Deb at Diet Schmiet

Me at My Journey - Am I There Yet?

Carrie at Pure Health Guide

Lisa at Here I Am Loulou

Rebecca at Complex Mom

I look forward to virtually meeting you!

Cranberry & Coconut Muffins ...

I know, I know .. it's another muffin recipe!

Last week I received a supply of yoghurt from Chobani Australia.  Now in our house yoghurt has a up and down relationship.  I don't mind certain yoghurts and Miss 10 is a bit the same as me.  Mr 6 .. no chance and Mr Fit Mum ... a bit the same as Mr 6 .. are you seeing a pattern?

But when this supply turned up on the doorstep Mr Fit Mum stepped up to the plate ( well, the tub anyway ) to give this new yoghurt a go.  He tried the individual tubs of flavoured Greek yoghurt.  I can't remember which flavour he tried first ( there's a few! ) but it appears he is now rather fond of it and is more than happy to sit down to a tub for dessert.

For a low fat ( or no fat ) Greek yoghurt it's still quite creamy.  Not as rich and creamy as a full fat Greek yoghurt, but when you are keeping an eye on what you are eating, this is certainly a satisfying taste option! 

Along with our supply of individual tubs, we received a bulk tub of plain Greek yoghurt.  I admit I have purchased this one before as Miss 10 and I regularly have a few spoonfuls for our afternoon snack.  I usually add a few berries or trail mix, but Miss 10 is happy for it to be naked.

This time, this tub was going to be used for some baking!  So on Saturday I rummaged through my recipe files for a muffin recipe that used yoghurt.  I wasn't loving the sound of the ones I saw until I found a raspberry cake / muffin recipe.  It had nothing to do with yoghurt but that wasn't stopping me .. I had a creative moment* and needed to run with it.
*I have creative moments at least once every 6 12 months so I was not stopping!

Here's what I came up with after checking the pantry and playing around a bit ...

Cranberry and Coconut Muffins ..

Here's what you need ... 

1 cup Almond Meal
1 cup Wholemeal Flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain low fat yoghurt
1 egg
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup coconut

Here's what you do ...

Sift flour and baking powder together.  Add remaining dry ingredients.
Combine all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix to just combine.
Fill muffin cases ( I use the patty cake ones so not too big ) to 3/4 full.
Bake at 160 degrees ( fan forced ) for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.

Don't eat them right out of the oven as you may burn your mouth .. wait about 5 minutes or so!


Not too bad for a make it up on a rainy Saturday recipe.  There are none left now ... my father in law decided that they were quite yum so had a few with his cup of tea on Saturday night!
I'll be making another batch today and see how long these ones last!
Let me know if you try them how they go .. or head over to the Chobani Australia website and check out some of their recipes. 

Move it Monday ...

How was your weekend?  If it was anything like mine, things are starting to get a little busy with Christmas parties and general socialising!  Which means you may have had a few too many drinks or a few too many yummy nibbles.

After having dinner out 3 nights in a row I knew that I was going to need a super sweaty session to balance a few things out!  On Saturday morning when Miss 10 was at swimming training I used the opportunity to again use the school oval to do my own little workout. 

This workout did not require any equipment and could be done anywhere ...

Do 20 reps of each exercise.  Remember to do the exercise at your own ability level.
Sprints .. you don't have to knock yourself out, just run a bit faster than normal for about 20 metres.  A quick rest then turn around and come back.  Because there were stairs where I was, I alternated and ran stairs instead of sprints on my second round. 

Repeat 2 or 3 times depending on how much time you have!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me or check out Fit Mum's facebook page!

Stay healthy & active!

Let's talk turkey ...

Last week the fabulous people at Steggles sent me some of their new Turkey Shortcut Range. I was more than happy with this as turkey makes a showing on our table quite regularly. We usually have it made up into burgers or the kids love turkey mince tacos.
This week is a busy one in the Fit Mum household so when I planned the menu this week I was leaning towards those recipes that are quick, easy, healthy and of course, everyone will eat without fuss!

Now, we all know it's about the stats but I'm not going to bore you with lots of impressive numbers and words.  ( Aren't I nice? )  What I will share is a little bit of information from a recent Food & Nutrition Australia report, commissioned by Steggles.

Being high in protein, turkey is a valuable food to include in the diets of all Australians with a 100g serving providing more than a third of an adults daily protein requirements (more for children).
Turkey mince was found to be lower in kilojoules, total fat, and saturated fatty acids than other mince products compared in the report. Products analysed included lamb mince, extra lean beef mince and lean veal mince. 
All cuts of turkey are relatively low in saturated fat ranging from 0.3-2.3g saturated fat per 100g. In all cuts of turkey, the healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat types make up the majority of the total fat content.

Tonight is swimming squad and I have to duck out later for a meeting so quick and easy dinner tonight is Turkey Burgers.

Here's what you need ...

1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs
1 tbspoon Dijon Mustard
1 tbspoon Horseradish cream
1 tsp Paprika
salt & pepper if you like to season
500g turkey mince

Here's what you do ...

Put everything all in together in a bowl and mix it up until well combined.
Shape 1/3 cup ( or 1/2 cup if you want a bigger pattie ) of the mixture into patties ( dampen your hands a little so it doesn't stick ). Repeat with remaining mixture.

Place in fridge for a little while to settle and come together ( you don't need to do this but I have found the patties stay together while cooking if I do this ).
Cook patties to your preference .. BBQ, under the grill, pan fry .. you know the drill.
Serve with some toasted bread, bread rolls and salad and whatever condiments you love! Or if you aren't having bread these days .. skip the bread and have with salad!


Have you tried turkey before?  A yes or a no on your menu?

Moving it Monday ...

As a Personal Trainer I most certainly advocate including exercise as part of your regular health and fitness routine.  I'm even going to suggest that maybe you look at employing the services of a Personal Trainer! Well, duh!

So it should really come as no surprise when I tell my clients and my potential clients that I, myself have a personal trainer also.  But it does.  The most common response would be "Oh really? Why would YOU need a PT .. you can do it all yourself. "

Why, yes, yes I can plan my program and train myself.  But there are days when I just don't feel the urge to push myself as hard as I could ... or should.

Like today's training session for example.  Because of the "issue" I have with my arm at the moment I am limited in what I can do, so leg strength has been a focus in our last few sessions.  Today we thought we would shake it up and did a more cardio focused session.  And no, I probably would not have put myself through that session today by myself .. I was sucking in the big ones after the warm up! 
Now, I'm feeling pretty happy that I got out there and worked hard!  Maybe just to make up for some treats over the weekend a little bit ...

Rehydration required!!
The reasons I have a PT are just the same as why anyone else would benefit from having a PT ...

Someone to push me and challenge me ...
Someone I need to be accountable to and make sure I turn up to my appointment
Someone to think for me ... I just do what they tell me to do and I don't have to think about what is next
Someone to make sure my technique is spot on!

What do I love most about having a PT ... I know that I have worked hard, put in a decent effort and have definitely had a quality session!  Oh and I feel pretty darn good after a kick arse session!

Do you have a PT? 
What do you expect from your PT?
What do you love the most about training with a PT?

Your need to know Friday Facts ..

I have had an interesting week this week and I felt that I would like to lighten the mood, so I researched some fun and interesting fitness and food facts.

Here are 10 that I just knew you needed to know so that you can go into the weekend satisfied your knowledge is up to date ...

Bodies are creatures of habit.  The more you exercise, the more your body learns to burn fat rather than storing it.

Your body has more than 650 muscles.

Blood can do an entire circuit of your body in about 23 seconds. *Pity I can't move that fast ...

Being skinny does not automatically mean you have low body fat.

You should look to replace sports bras every 6 - 9 months.  Any longer than this and the girls may not be getting the support they need! 

A fear of vegetables is called " Lachanophobia ".  *Hmmm not really sure if this is an excuse ...

Almonds are a member of the peach family. *Do they have to be activated?

A peanut is one of the most concentrated form of nourishment. *But not if it's peanut butter with heaps of added sugar and salt!

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously. *Shall we keep this one quiet for future use?

Now, see, I knew you wanted to know these things!

Have a wonderful weekend Fit People!  Stay healthy and active!

It's getting hot out there ...

This morning I decided that I needed beauty sleep more than I needed a run.
Ha! I bet you thought that I blew off my training run.
Miss 10 had swimming training this afternoon and I knew that I would be able to run laps of the school oval while Mr 6 kicked the football instead of sitting on my butt.

It was warm out there this afternoon  but I will admit that I'm much more fond of the heat than the cold so I'm not complaining.  It's only going to get warmer as summer rolls around and things really start to heat up and  I will now admit that sometimes the heat does get a little oppressive and it definitely does dampen the motivation to work up a serious sweat ( even if you are exercising in the comfort of an air conditioned gym! ).

Even if you are hard core and refuse to miss your training session because it's a bit warm why should you be careful training in the heat?  It is possible that you can suffer from heat related problems such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  And don't you be telling me that it will never happen to you because you really just never know, it's not a pleasant feeling to come home from a run and feel dizzy, nauseous, have cramps and headaches and not really know why.  Yes, that would be me speaking from experience after completing a triathlon in the middle of summer.

So, how do you keep cool during exercise, especially when it's hot.

* Stay hydrated, stay hydrated, stay hydrated .. sorry did I repeat myself ...
* Wear light coloured, loose clothing .. I'm not talking kaftans here
* Don't exercise in the middle of the day .. duh! First thing in the morning is usually the best as everything gets the chance to cool down overnight.  Sometimes the evenings are nearly as bad as the heat of the day.
* Cool your head and neck .. stop at a bubbler and splash cool water on your face, head and neck.

Here's you guide to staying hydrated while exercising

* Be hydrated before you start exercise.  Drink up to half a litre about half an hour before exercise.
* If you can, have smaller amounts of fluid during exercise.  My general rule, don't go longer than 30 minutes without having something to drink.  Plan your walk / run so that you go past a bubbler if you will be out longer than 30 minutes.
* Drink enough to replace lost fluids.  Another general rule, rehydrate until your urine runs clear.  Well, this should be an everyday rule anyway ...

I'll finish off by saying LISTEN TO YOUR BODY .. if you don't feel right ( and I don't mean motivation! ) get yourself home, cooled down, rehydrated and avoid exercise for the rest of the day.

On another note, I would love to have you visit me on Facebook where I share a bit more about myself with some motivation thrown in!  Come on over and "like" Fit Mum. 
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While I'm at it .. off you go and have a glass of water now .. go on!

Stay healthy and active!



Move it Monday ...

Did you have a great weekend?  Things are certainly starting to get busy in our house with Christmas only 7 ( !! ) weeks away. 
And speaking of Christmas, what about all the parties coming up!  Are you ready to bare you limbs in a fabulous party frock?  Or even just feel fabulous on Christmas Day, knowing that you have worked hard to look and feel great?

I know with everything getting a little busy sometimes my exercise time gets neglected so I've decided to some shorter, higher intensity type workouts so that I can keep up a bit of routine.

Here's the workout I did today.  It's more of a leg workout as I'm still not able to load much on my right arm.   

My Flirty Thirty Workout of the Day ...

100 skips ( pretend to skip if you don't have a skipping rope )
30   squats
30   sec side plank ( one each side .. don't be cheating! )
30   side lunges ( 15 each side )
30   bicycle crunches
30   glute bridges ( 15 each side if doing single leg )
30   sec plank on elbows and toes ( or knees if you need )
30   sec wall sit
30   ab knee raises ( both knees together )

And .. let's do it again!

If you feel you need more of a warm up then do what works for you.  I had done a warm up run early this morning with Miss 10.  So by the time I had fed the kids and myself, got them packed for school and done the drop off I had cooled off quite a bit but didn't need much to warm up again.
Also, don't forget to do a stretch when you finish up!

OK .. off you go, this workout won't take you too long.  If you like you can even break it up and do one round in the morning and one round in the evening.

Stay healthy & active .. and feel great!