Are you passionate about your health & fitness?

Have you checked out how many awesome health & fitness bloggers there are in Australia?! 

I, personally, love to read about other people's adventures .. it keeps me motivated!

I have been thinking for a little while ( ok, like a year or so .. ) that it would be great if we could create a community where all Australia's health & fitness bloggers can come together and share their hints and tips on blogging .. and of course, health & fitness!
There are similar sorts of communities in the US, but I am thinking that we could have one just for Australian members.

It doesn't matter whether you run, jump, lift weights, do yoga or zumba as long as you are passionate about living a fun, active, healthy lifestyle we can all get together and encourage each other!

So I am putting it out there to Aussie bloggers and health & fitness enthusiasts to see if would be interested in joining this sort of community in Australia?

If you are keen, please let me know.  Either comment here, send me an email or visit Fit Mum on face book .. or on Instagram .. you know I'll be around somewhere!

Monday Motivation ...

You know that feeling when you just don't feel like going for your run, or doing your workout .. or even choosing a piece of fruit over that chocolate bar that is screaming for you to eat it? Discipline ...

Yep, I feel like that sometimes too! We all do! OK, well maybe some people don't but I think they might be freaks of nature .. meant in the nicest possible way of course! Discipline ...

Give it a go .. flex that discipline muscle! You know you have it!  I bet you would be surprised at how it makes you feel!

Are you on Instagram?  So am I! 
Come and visit me @fitmum on Instagram or Face Book and let me know how you are staying healthy and active this week!

Have a great week everyone!

Vicki x

Monday Motivation ...

Phew! We made it through another week and weekend! 

What did you get up to on the weekend?  Did it involve some outdoor activity?  Here in Brisbane, Saturday was a gorgeous day but my only outdoor activity consisted of watching Miss 11's netball.  They played a great game by the way!

Sunday was my day for some fresh air ... long run day.  As you may know I've had to cut back on my training with a little overuse injury that has been plaguing me. 
On Friday I was given the all clear by the physio to start increasing my mileage again .. SLOWLY .. of course!  I was actually super keen to get out and run as I had been feeling pretty good.  Mr Fit Mum wasn't going to do his usual 25km this weekend so I advised him that he should still run a nice, easy 10km with the family .. OK so I wanted company!

The whole family headed off on our run ... kids on bikes, mum & dad tailing them as best we could! Baxter, the border collie, was beside himself to have everyone there!

I managed the first 5km, stopping and starting with Mr 7 on his bike, in just under 30 minutes! Yes, I was so happy! No niggly hamstrings!  The return trip was a little slower but not by much, so this Fit Mum is pretty happy today .. especially that I have pulled up well with no aches, pain or much stiffness!  Now to take the rest of my runs this week a little easy ...

Check me out with one of my support crew ... she didn't realise she had serious helmet hair!  And aren't I all matchy matchy .. even my shoes are hot pink!  And I don't wear pink!

My other challenge for the week will be to keep on track with Fit Mum's Healthy Eating Challenge this month.  I've prepared my menu for the week, did the fruit, veg and butcher run and ordered the groceries online.  They should be here any time now so the pantry will be stocked with everything I need to get healthy meals on the table without having to think!

Here's a little reminder ...
sometimes it will feel pretty tough to plan and get organised to get those healthy meals and snacks ready to go.  By sticking with a routine of planning your meals for the week and making sure you have everything you need, you will be in the habit in no time! 

I would love to hear what you have got planned to stay healthy & active this week!  Drop by Fit Mum's facebook page and let me know or leave a comment here.

Friday Facts ... The most important information for your week!

Have you had a fabulous week?  It's been a busy week here again ... but who isn't!

I'm still on a go slow on the training front with only a few slow runs so that I don't over strain anything and I can get back on track and hopefully finish this half marathon in August!

I managed a "long" run on Sunday .. only 8.5km but other than a little stiffness because I haven't done much running, I pulled up OK. 
I did a very short run on Tuesday and spent about 20 minutes doing lots of stretching and movement to keep my range of motion where it should be.
Yesterday's 5km didn't feel too bad either, with only a little niggle so fingers crossed the physio today tells me I've been a good girl.  And that any niggles I am feeling will miraculously disappear and I can resume normal training ... yeah, I know, I'll wake up now!

Off the training front as that's rather unexciting at present and on to the Healthy Eating episode!  I started my Healthy Eating Workshop this week and I plan on staying on track myself along with all my clients.  It's only been a few days but I am in the groove and am really not looking for anything I shouldn't be looking for!  Let's see how the weekend goes!

Now just for the fun of it, I found some interesting facts that I just know you will be able to use as you are going about your day ... either that or you will be able to sleep much better tonight for knowing this information ...

They have square watermelons in Japan ... they grown them like that to fit in their fridges and stack easier ...

There are over 1000 types of apples ... so plenty to choose from for a pick me up snack or they might even boost your exercise endurance!

 Lemons have more sugar than strawberries .. so next time the kids ask for a sugary lolly offer them a lemon ...

If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water.  When the human body is dehydrated, it's thirst mechanism shuts down ... off you go now, grab a glass of water .. I did!

If you are right handed you tend to chew on the right side of your mouth .. if you are left handed, the left side ...

The world's most expensive coffee is made of civet poop ... a cat size mammal excretes the partially digested berries it has eaten and this is then harvested.  Hmmm must check where my morning coffee comes from ...

You lose your taste buds as you age ...

It takes the body around 12 hours to completely digest eaten food ...

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV ... excuse me while I head off for a nap now!    

It is impossible to lick your elbow ... go on, no one's looking, give it a go!

I know, thank me later for all this terribly important information!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Head over to Fit Mum on Facebook and Instagram and share with me what you are up to!

Healthy Eating July Challenge ...

Do you eat a few too many comfort foods in winter? I have been known to be guilty of having an extra piece of bread or an extra chocolaty hot chocolate for a "treat" after dinner ... Not much I know but it all adds up over the few months of winter. When spring comes and we want to wear less clothes we wonder where our extra "comfort layer" came from!

What can you do? I'm glad you asked!

Starting today I will be focusing on healthy eating and I know you would love to join me! This coincides with the Healthy Eating Workshop that I am doing with my clients for the next 4 weeks ... Check out the details here if you would like to come along and hang out with us!

If you can't I would still love for you to join us "virtually" and set yourself some healthy eating goals for the next 4 weeks. They don't have to be ground breaking and I don't expect you to reach any weight loss goals ... All I'm asking is that you adopt a few healthy habits that you can maintain as part of your new healthy eating lifestyle!

How do you get started? Check out my personal guidelines for some ideas on a healthy eating routine ... Remember, you don't need to make all the changes at once. Start off with one or two and add gradually and this will help you stick to your new routine. I've also listed below as checklist that you can follow each day to make sure you are sticking to some basics ...

Check in with Fit Mum on Facebook or Instagram and let me know how you are going! 
Please share your tips to staying on track as we can all use a little extra motivation sometimes!

Monday Motivation ...



                                                                                              Source: via Vicki on Pinterest
What are you going to do everyday?
Vicki x

What I'm Eating Wednesday ... Quinoa Pizza Bites

Can you believe that it is almost the end of the school holidays!  I know we only have 2 weeks but they seem to have flown by so quickly!

On school holidays in our house I usually let the kids pick what they would like to bake each week.  They usually choose chocolate chip biscuits which of course I will make and taste test several times before they are even in the oven!  Once they are baked I find the temptation not quite so high ... cookie dough is a weakness, that's why I try not to bake treats too often. 

Last week I made the chocolate chip cookies for the kids and being school holidays I had a bit of extra time on my hands I thought I would test a recipe that I had been eyeing off on Pinterest for ages!  It is a healthy option for snacks and seeing as I have the kids home and they are eternally hungry I gave it a go ... success!  Mr Fit Mum was quite fond of them too and with his appetite increased with his current marathon training they didn't last too long at all!

Quinoa Pizza Bites

What you need ...

2 cups cooked quinoa
2 large eggs
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup shredded mozzarella ** I probably wouldn't add quite as much next time
2 tsp garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup pepperoni slices, chopped
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp oregano

What you do ...

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Divide mixture into greased mini muffin tin, pressing down gently and filling each to the top.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until browned.

Best served warm!

The original recipe suggests serving them with pizza sauce, however I didn't serve them like this and everyone loved them anyway!  The original recipe can be found here .

The only thing I would probably do differently to serve them as a snack for my kids is to make them into the muffins tins a bit bigger than the mini muffin tins.  This means I would not have to have a dozen of them if I'm out and about, I could just grab a couple.

They taste seriously yum and are great for a quick, healthy, nutritious snack.


Fit Mum x

Fit Mum x

Monday Motivation ...

Keeping your body healthy is not the only thing you need to do to maintain your healthy, balanced lifestyle ...

Remember to keep your mind healthy too ...

Have a wonderful week!

Fit Mum