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Friday, April 25, 2014

Tip: Do not drink out of the local water fountains

FFS Friday


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So what has been giving me the shits this week?


LITERALLY

I have managed to contract Giardia twice whilst living in Darwin in just 6 months ... FFS

The first time was in January and I just put it down to plain bad luck ... FFS

It's actually my third encounter with Giardia ... FFS

I'm a lucky gal like that.

The first was in India when I was 15 weeks pregnant with Maggie, which set in just hours after we survived a horrific car crash ... FFS

To top off the night from hell, we were surrounded by police with AK47s demanding a bribe at 1 am in the morning in a desolate town in the middle of nowhere ... FFS

I had bits and pieces flowing from both ends, glass in my hair from a smashed up car and my husband whispering in my ear to hide my jewellery ... FFS

So it's safe to say I know what Giardia is and does ... FFS

This time I've narrowed it down to the one and only water fountain I drank out of on a run almost 2 weeks ago ... FFS

It was probably how I also got sick in January ... FFS

I thought it was gastro at first and soldiered on, but that didn't last too long ... FFS

Plus the antibiotics needed to get rid of Giardia always knock me for six ... FFS

I downed 2 Imodium and attempted to go out for a 8km run on Tuesday evening and 5kms into the run stomach cramps hit with a vengeance ... FFS

I was at the halfway point and had no choice but to run or walk 5kms home... FFS

I kept running and at 7kms I had to stop ... FFS

The sun was beginning to set, I knew the toilet block was 1km away and I didn't think I could make it ... FFS

I started to nervously glance at the bushes nearby but after all the recent snake photos posted on FB, I decided against it ... FFS

I'm not scared of snakes, but I really don't want one biting my arse and having to explain that scenario if I survived to tell the tale ... FFS

Plus a dozen cyclists were whizzing past ... FFS

I hobbled to the toilets ... FFS

It was the longest most painful 1km of my life ... FFS

So I thought.

The next day I was as right as rain. I'm cured! ... No FFS

On Thursday I get up early for a short run as HB didn't have to leave for work until 7am instead of his usual 5.30am ... No FFS

Stomach cramps hit again at the half way point. Mofo ... FFS

No worries, it's only 15 minutes until I'm home. I can do this ... No FFS

7 minutes later and just 800m from home I am crippled with chronic pain abdominal on the pavement ... FFS

I am breathing like I'm in the final stage of labour ... FFS

Don't push. Don't push.

I can't walk. I can't breathe. I'm squeezing my butt cheeks together so tightly ... FFS

I made a doctor's appointment first thing ... No FFS

The medical care in Darwin is atrocious ... FFS

Young junior overseas doctors who can hardly speak English and have no idea what they are talking about ... FFS

I was told to stop eating dairy, fatty foods and spices ... FFS

I have the occasional dash of milk in my morning coffee and that's the only dairy I've consumed for the last 37 years ... FFS

As for fatty foods, well I currently weigh 51kgs ... FFS

Oh and he gave me a script for Giardia treatment just in case. Mofo ... FFS

Oh and this is complete payback for teasing HB about his constant stomach troubles on his runs ... FFS

Karma really does bit you in the arse.

Cheaper than mofo therapy.

For more laughs at our expense check out last week's FFS Friday.

I would love to read about other peoples FFS Fridays. Primarily because it will make me feel better about myself. If you are a fellow blogger please grab the FFS button and add your link below and provide me with a weekend's worth of irreverent entertaining reading.


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Rusty Nails And A Cross Please

FFS Friday


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So what has been giving me the shits this week?


Last weekend HB had 3 days off because his Boss demanded he did so ... No FFS

He's been doing the work of 3 people for the last few months without a hitch or a complaint ... No FFS

I'm pretty sure he's Superman ... No FFS

He works 6 days a week, 12 hours a day so it was lovely to have him home ... No FFS

A few things bothered me though ... FFS

Just some minor small details ... FFS

When we were home, every time I left the room and returned the Country Music channel was on ... FFS

Saturday afternoons I love to watch the 'Come Dine With Marathon' on Lifestyle Food. Mofo should know this ... FFS

To make it worse, Maggie pipes up 'I LOVE country music so much Mummy'. Traitor ... FFS

I would get into the car to pop out for milk wine, and bang the radio is blaring on a country music radio station ... FFS

I thought all my wishes came true when the country music radio station in Perth shut down ... FFS

Normality resumed Monday morning when he returned to work ... No FFS

I took Maggie to the local library music concert and she sang and shook her booty until the cows came home ... No FFS

Some of the other Mums asked me which dance school did I send her too ... No FFS

I'm really not sure if that was meant as a compliment?! ... FFS

I'm 100% sure HB taught her some new moves when I wasn't looking, because they are pretty freakin' hilarious ... No FFS

Yesterday, it took all my courage to go to the shop the afternoon before Good Friday ... FFS

We had run out of two essential items so I could not put it off until the shops reopened on Saturday ... FFS

Milk and Wine. Of course.

People go crazy at the thought of the shops closing for just one day ... FFS

I got in and got out as fast as I could ... FFS

During that brief point in time I have never heard so many screaming kids ... FFS

I don't blame them one bit. 

It was a freakish kind of hell ... FFS

Also, never go to a Darwin bottle shop the day before Good Friday, the chaos and stench was almost not worth the pain for that one bottle of vino ... FFS

I have 4 days of country music ahead of me ... FFS

Rusty nails and a cross, anyone? 

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Superheroes bubble wrap capes are the in thing!
I love these two partners in crime with all my heart x


Cheaper than mofo therapy.

For more laughs at our expense check out last week's FFS Friday.

I would love to read about other peoples FFS Fridays. Primarily because it will make me feel better about myself. If you are a fellow blogger please grab the FFS button and add your link below and provide me with a weekend's worth of irreverent entertaining reading.


If you are not a blogger please feel free to leave all your FFS Friday worthy rants in the comment section below.

What is FFS Friday

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tips On Powering Your Kids Toys & Electronics

Happy Kids, Happy Life

This is a sponsored post for Energizer.

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Maggie is a touch 'Dora The Explorer' mad right now.

We bought these gifts for her for Christmas to use with her Vtech InnoTab 3S device, but we completely forgot about them amidst the holiday chaos and I found them hidden in my shoe chest last week. Hola! This will be the perfect present to give her for Easter along with a few small chocolate eggs. We definitely don't believe in going all out chocolate mad at Easter time and would much rather give the kids a small gift that will last beyond a few minutes of chocolate pleasure.

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But after patting myself on the back on finding the hidden gift I realised we hadn't actually seen or used the electronic device for a few months. I remember putting it away because Maggie was becoming a little obsessed with it and well, out of sight out of mind. 

I immediately wondered if the batteries were still OK and hopefully had not exploded or leaked. 

I'm a little OCD with children's electronic toys. I bought Liam a Batman toy laptop 10 years ago for his 5th birthday and after just a few weeks it stopped working. When I opened up the battery compartment, the cheap imported batteries had leaked everywhere. This laptop cost $250! I was more than disgruntled and Liam was devastated that his treasured birthday present was broken and irreparable. 

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Solution: Energizer Max with Powerseal technology are alkaline batteries that can hold power for up to 10 years, and protect your devices from leakage. 

Who would have ever thought this could be possible? Technology is amazing. 

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As a family we buy quite a few batteries. Those Xbox controllers seem to consume power by the millisecond. We tried using the more expensive rechargeable batteries for a while, but then they started going missing or no-one could find the battery charger. As we all know, kids will never put things back where they found them.

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I've since replaced all of Maggie's toys now with the Energizer Max batteries. We have peace of mind knowing that she won't be hurt from contact with cheaper leaking batteries and that her favourite toys will always be working when she wants to play with them. 

Have you ever lost a child's toy from a leaking battery?




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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Vitasoy Review + Win a $150 Hamper

Vitasoy Review + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post for Vitasoy.


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I have chosen to live a mostly dairy free existence for as long as I can remember for simple reasons:

  • Consuming dairy products gives me stomach cramps and pain as I have a  general intolerance to these foods. 
My Mum tells me I refused to eat most dairy products when I was a toddler. And yes this means I don't eat cheese, yoghurt, ice cream or drink plain milk. I can tolerate a dash of milk in my coffee but that's about it. I did however always cook and bake with cow's milk until I started experimenting with alternatives a couple of years ago.

I have never looked back, and now the majority of my recipes are dairy free

The Vitasoy Flagship range produces soymilks that are a fantastic alternative to traditional dairy products. 

Vitasoy soymilk has a range of benefits including:

  • It is GM free
  • The Vitasoy Organic range uses 100% Australian grown organic soybeans
  • It contains no soy isolate protein powder
  • It contains essential nutrients, amino acids and is high in protein
  • It is low GI
  • Proven to lower cholesterol
  • It is gluten free
  • It is suitable for vegetarians

Why should you avoid Soy Isolate Protein (SPI)?


SPI is derived from chemically stripping soybeans, which are also usually genetically modified. Be careful when buying cheaper protein powders and always check the ingredients to ensure that the product does not contain SPI. It is basically a more artificial product and I don't believe that it is the most ideal thing to put into your body. On the other hand, another great reason why you should choose Vitasoy's organic range in your daily diet, is that it is organic, and only uses whole soybeans instead of SPI.

It is incredibly simple and easy to introduce soymilk to your everyday lifestyle and cooking. I've even switched to soymilk in my morning coffee and discovered it makes a pretty delicious Soy Latte.

The latest overnight (literally) breakfast sensation is Overnight Oats. These are a delicious way to start your day and will keep you full and satisfied until lunch time. 

What's even better is that no baking is required!

Easy Overnight Oats Recipes

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Base Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Vitasoy soymilk
  • 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup of yoghurt*
* I don't add the yoghurt to mine, but HB and Maggie love it in theirs. 

Method

  1. Add these base ingredients to a container or mason jar.
  2. Add your favourite flavour combinations.
  3. Stir or shake well.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Top with fruit, nuts the next morning and EAT.
These are a few of our favourite flavour combinations ...

Honey & Cinnamon Crunch
  • Add 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon to base ingredients.
  • Top with sliced banana and some chopped pecans in the morning.
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Indulgence
  • Add 1 tablespoon each of organic cacao powder and peanut butter to base ingredients.
  • Top with blueberries and sprinkle with some raw cacao nibs or grated dark chocolate in the morning
Raspberry Delight
  • Add 1 tablespoon of raspberry jam to base ingredients.
  • Top with fresh or frozen raspberries the next morning. 

As you can imagine the possibilities are endless, and the kids will love being involved with this too.

You can also try this delicious no bake dairy free dessert which has fast become one of our favourites ...

Chocolate Chia Pudding


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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Vitasoy soymilk
  • 6 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons organic cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries for topping
  • Grated dark chocolate for garnish

Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
  2. If you have a thermomix, mix for 1 minute on Speed 9.
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover and pop into the fridge to chill for 3-4 hours.
  4. Top with raspberries and grated chocolate.

Click here for some more Vitasoy recipes.

The Giveaway

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Want to try some Vitasoy products for yourself?

We have 1 x Vitasoy Hamper to giveaway valued at $150. The prize pack includes:

  • 3 x Vitasoy milk cartons 
  • 4 x Vitasoy recipe cards
  • 1 x Healthy Every Day cookbook by Pete Evans
  • 1 x T2 coffee mug
  • 1 x KeepCup
  • 1 x Global Cafe Direct Organic coffee
  • 1 x $65 Coles gift card

How to Enter


  • 'Like' the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.
  • Pop on over and check out the Vitasoy website and leave a comment under this blog post on 'Which Vitasoy product would you love to try?'. 
  • Please share this blog post once via social media eg. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and use the hashtag #spillthebeans

Terms and Conditions


Giveaway is open to Australian residents only. This competition ends on April 29th, 5pm 2014 AEST. You can view a full copy of the terms & conditions of this competition here. 

The team at Nuffnang will choose their favourite response, and I will announce the winner on the blog and Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.


Good Luck!!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

HB's 5km First Sub 20 min Race Recap

 Fitness Week #14 of 52

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HB Writes

Competition does something to old men.

It makes us get all Alpha and punch out a big effort in order to let the young bucks know that they aren't ready to take over yet. Joining the running club has opened up something in my brain that had been lying in a pool of oestrogen. Two weeks in a row I've gone for a hit out on the 5km distance. This week's run was on pure path but on a handicap system so as to spread the runners out. The slower runners started with 35 minutes on the clock and we all waited until told to go based on previous recorded times for the distance.

I left on the 21.30 minute mark with a young buck. He left me for dead, but I figured that based on my PR of 21.11 that I wouldn't be too embarrassed. After mowing down the group that left on 22 mins and chasing people down one by one, I caught the young buck with 2km to go and pulled a sub four minute final km to end up with a new unofficial PR of 19.52 mins.

At 40.5 years of age I just ran a sub 20 minute 5km for the first time in my life.

Now I check the club website three times a day waiting for the official time to be posted.

Overall not a lot of running this week. The intent was a few fast runs. They take longer to recover from and create a little more stress on the body. At the end of the week, I had a new PR for a 5km, and a fastest training run time for a 14km and for the 21.1 km Half Marathon distance.

Not bad for an old fart.

If you get a chance to join a running club or running group then just do it!

Oh and Mr Injini my toes are in desperate need of my replacement toe socks. Hurry up please before my next foot photo really grosses someone out!!



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

On The Merry Go Round: Our Fitness Week #13 of 52

HB Writes

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Holy Toledo Batman, what happened to the last fortnight?

I'm typing this whilst having a rest day and Watching the Housemoles of Melbooooourrrrrnnneee.  I wish it was Game of Thrones, but if it was, this wouldn't get typed.

It has been a tough few weeks watching the agony that Sarah has been in with her hips.  Totally unfair that after weeks of setting the challenge for me when it comes to distance and my inner competitive self not wanting to fall behind to see her having to cut back in order to be able to enjoy life.  It's like what I imagine tapering to be for those people who are following a pre race schedule.

I have to also confess that I started watching Season 3 of The Killing and I've found any excuse I can to watch another episode rather than run at night. That problem will be finished by the time you read this.

The limited exercise I have completed this fortnight has included some awesome fun with four great challenges. First was running 30km for the first time since September 2013 which happened after 12 hours at work and having been awake for 15 hours. Second was doing 100 consecutive push ups for the first time in my life in the 2014 Push Up Challenge. Third was running with the Darwin Runners and Walkers Club for the first time ever and pulling a respectable sixth in a 5km trail run. Finally was a 32km run which included running to the most wonderful part of Darwin (Lee Point) and back along the coastal route home with an amazing sunrise.


HB's Fitness Fortnight:

  • Monday - Push Up Challenge 
  • Tuesday - PUC
  • Wednesday - 10km run and PUC 
  • Thursday - PUC
  • Friday - 31km and PUC
  • Saturday - PUC
  • Sunday - PUC 
  • Monday - 100 Push Ups in the PUC 
  • Tuesday - 9km and PUC
  • Wednesday - Timed 5km run with Running Club and PUC 
  • Thursday - 12km run and PUC
  • Friday - PUC
  • Saturday - PUC
  • Sunday - 32km run and 106 Push Ups in the PUC
Total: 99 kms 


Sarah Writes

I'm struggling with hip pain this fortnight and I've had to decrease my runs from 4 to 3 per week. I've dropped from my one of 50 km mileage week back to 30-35 kms.

I finally booked myself into my very first sports massage on Monday and the pain was relieved immediately. Unfortunately it returned after a short 5 km run last night but I'll work through it. The massage therapist insists if you going to do the kind of mileage that we are attempting that we need to be foam rolling every night.

I think I've used my foam roller about 5 times since we've been in Darwin.

I'm committed to doing this now, my goal is to be able to run injury free and I will be including more core workouts and cycling into my training.

My official marathon training does not start until next month so I will work on rest, recovery and shorter runs in the meantime.

Man does that suck!



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Stay On Track With One App

Windows 8.1 Apps

This post has been written as part of my involvement with the Microsoft Connections Program.


Windows 8.1 comes with some fantastic built in apps:

  • Health & Fitness
  • Food & Drink
  • Travel
  • Reading List
  • News
  • Sport 
  • Finance
Plus there are over 150,000 apps to choose from the Windows App store which is more than enough to keep you busy and entertained. Some are free and some you do have to pay for.

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Windows 8.1 Health & Fitness App

I know many of you are fitness orientated and if you're like me then you probably use a few apps and programs to keep track of where you are at and how you are doing. 

With Windows 8.1 you can sync everything into the free Bing Health & Fitness app.

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To start off you personalise the app to set it to your own health & fitness goals.

You can then add other users (family members) once you connect the app to 'HealthVault'.

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Exercise, Diet and Health Trackers

The Health & Fitness app includes several trackers that are an efficient and streamlined way to monitor your exercise and diet. What's even better is you can sync most of your devices to this app. I have just connected my Fitbit and Garmin devices so I can keep track of all my training in the one place.

Think of it as your own little fitness cloud if you like. 

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You can search through many articles written by professionals on a variety of topics such as fitness, medical, news and nutrition. I personally love the running ones, they are full of helpful tips and ways to keep me motivated as I work towards my marathon goal. 

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Also, the diet tracker holds a food database which you can enter just about any food or drink known to mankind. It will give you the calories per serving, and you can add it to your diet tracker if you are keeping a daily record of your food intake. It also gives you the nutritional value of the food you have entered and what percentage it will consume of your daily calorie allowance. This is certainly handy if you have daily target macros to maintain for your training. 

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Click + Compare and literally a split screen will show you the difference
between apples and oranges. Or riesling and champagne!

Dear Windows 8.1: One complaint, wine really should contain zero calories in my perfect world. 

Another fantastic feature of the app are the workout videos.

Let's face it everyone is busy, gym memberships are rising, so why not exercise at home? These workouts range in intensity levels and start from just 10 minutes. I really need to use my foam roller more to iron out those knots and strains from running long distances, but I get a little lazy with it. Now I just turn the video on and in 15 minutes I've completed my foam rolling.

Easy, Simple, and I didn't have to search the Web for hours to find the one I wanted. 

There are other super cool features too like the Symptom Checker and 3D Body tool. I wish I had access to this when I was doing my Nursing degree, it would have made Human Biology so much more interesting then leafing through my huge anatomy and physiology bible. 

For those who are interested in losing a few kilos the app includes a breakdown of all the top diets and their pros and cons. You can also keep track of your weight loss progress via the My Health Tracker option. This tracker also allows you to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol and even keeps you on track with your vaccinations. 

If you have a Windows phone you will be able to add your data into there too. This makes it even easier to read an article on the go and update your food and exercise trackers. 

Upgrade to Windows 8.1 today and you will have instant access to this free health & fitness app.  

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Act Belong Commit

FFS Friday

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So what has been giving me the shits this week?


A couple of weeks ago I started seeing a Chiro for my sore right hip ... FFS

We never use our private health cover and every time I see him I only have to pay a $7 gap ... No FFS

Even better it's literally a 2 minute walk from our apartment block ... No FFS

Since Maggie is attached to my hip she comes along to see the 'back doctor' ... FFS

The receptionist has fallen in love with her ... No FFS

Maggie decided to put on a ballet show for the waiting room this week ... No FFS

'Welcome to Maggie's Ballet Show Boys & Girls' 

Where does she get this from?! ... FFS

Then it was 10 minutes of full ballet poses and singing 'Pirouette left, pirouette right' ... No FFS

I'm wracking my brain to think what TV show she picked it up from ... FFS

A good mother would teach her daughter these things?!

No, she hasn't watched Angelina Ballerina for quite some time either ... FFS

I've never wanted to be a dance Mum and say goodbye to my weekends, money and learn to sew costumes ... FFS

It looks like joining a ballet dance school is in my near future ... FFS

The chiro is dressed the same each day except he always wears a different colour shirt much to Maggie's delight ... No FFS

Hello Red Doctor

Hello Yellow Doctor

Hello Blue Doctor

Then yesterday it's 'You're not a DOCTOR, you're a WIGGLE' ... FFS

Send wine.

The thing is I started seeing Dr Wiggle for a sore right hip which has disappeared ...No FFS

But now I can't move my neck to the right and my left hip is trying to leave my body like a dirty piercing ... FFS

HB and I have been thinking of joining the local running club for a couple of months now ... No FFS

We managed to align the stars, organise a babysitter and sign up ... No FFS

There are not many official runs in Darwin, maybe four a year, so joining the club was our only chance to learn to run with other people in a race like environment ... No FFS

I was fine, until HB started losing his shit and letting me know how nervous he was ... FFS

This man runs sub 4min/kms ... FFS

I am the turtle ... FFS

We nervously pulled up, and I discovered to my delight that it thankfully it was only a 5km event ... No FFS

We put on our timing chips and stood with everyone else ... No FFS

The race director starts speaking and all of a sudden HB is gone and so is everyone else ... FFS

I realise the race has started and I am left breathing everyone's dust along with a few other stragglers .. FFS

Stragglers may have been old enough to be wearing and adjusting their hearing aids ... FFS

I started my Garmin and off I went ... No FFS

I didn't realise it was a cross country trail race, no paths, only dirt tracks, crossing creeks and finished up with the final 1km on a beach of soft sand ... FFS

A beach where crocs have been sighted ... FFS

But it was fun, so much fun ... No FFS

And I didn't come last ... No FFS

HB was waiting for me at the finish line. Of course. Mofo ... No FFS

Cheaper than mofo therapy.

For more laughs at our expense check out last week's FFS Friday.

I would love to read about other peoples FFS Fridays. Primarily because it will make me feel better about myself. If you are a fellow blogger please grab the FFS button and add your link below and provide me with a weekend's worth of irreverent entertaining reading.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tomato Dahl Recipe

Tomato Lentil Dahl Recipe



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When I was in India I ate dahl almost every day, it's cheap and delicious. It's also super easy to make at home and it is definitely a healthier alternative to traditional comfort foods.

Well that last statement may just depend on how much yummy garlic naan bread you decide to consume with it.

I found two tins of lentils in the pantry yesterday and decided to put them to good use. Normally I would use soaked and rinsed red lentils.

Note: Recipe below is for tinned lentils.

Ingredients:


  • 2cm ginger peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion peeled and quartered
  • 1 small chilli (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 red capsicum deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot roughly chopped
  • 2 x 400ml tins of lentils rinsed and drained
  • 1 x 400ml tin of diced tomatoes
  • 220 gms water
  • 200 gms coconut cream
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf
  • 1 tablespoon of tamarind puree
  • fresh coriander for garnish
  • Salt for seasoning.

Method:

  1. Add spices, garlic, onion, and ginger to TM and chop Speed 7/5 secs.
  2. Add capsicum and carrot and chop Speed 5/5secs.
  3. Add lentils, water, tomatoes, coconut cream, tamarind, kaffir lime leaf and cook 100C/20mins/Speed 2. 
  4. Season with salt to your desired taste.
  5. Add a drizzle of coconut cream and some chopped fresh coriander to serve.

Enjoy x
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Long Run

Long Run Preparation

HB writes.

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Are you ready to RUN?


Anyone who has transitioned from jogger to runner will have entered into that weekly phase of 'doing the long run'.  The long run is many things. For someone preparing for an event such as a 10k, half marathon or a marathon it is a weekly session for self testing and building endurance. For someone who doesn't race it is personal journey to build endurance and prove a point to ones self.

In 2012 and 2013 I went through a phase of running a half marathon distance every week as a form of proof that I could run this distance any time I wanted. The result was that my competitive half marathon time (race) decreased from 2 hours 26 minutes in 2011 to 1 hour 38 minutes in 2013.

The long run works. 

It builds muscle, builds glycogen storage, teaches your body to cope with a rising temperature and elevated heart rate and teaches your mind to control your body.

What a long run also teaches you is that a thirsty runner gets a headache. A hungry runner will get angry or RANGRY. A fatigued runner loses form. A cooked runner slips, trips and falls. But most importantly the long run teaches you that you can run 8km next week if you ran 8km this week. 15, 21, 35 etc. Your brain and body systems recognise that you will not die from running your long run distance event if you have taught them through long run training.


What I do to prepare for my long run is this:

  • Carry water or mark out a route that passes bubblers/fountains/clean water sources
  • Carry fuel (on anything more than 16km) 
  • Carry money (taxi!!)
  • Carry phone (emergency calls and selfies!)
  • Tape up my nipples (they bleed from a rubbing shirt)
  • Make sure that my toenails are short and any soft spots on toes are taped (blisters pop bleed and hurt)
  • Pre prepare your post run refueling so that you don't eat crap!
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Stuffed Roasted Peppers with Quinoa

Water can be carried in three ways:

  • A backpack (I use a Nathan hydration 2lt pack)
  • A handheld water bottle (you can get a glove arrangement that holds it for you in an open palm)
  • A waist pack with up to four water bottles sitting around your hips.

Backpacks will slow you down but give you great freedom to explore and carry everything in one pack. The handheld bottle is around 500ml which is fine if you have bubblers to top up. Waist packs or fuel belts allow up to a litre but spread the load and allow you to have a mix of sports drinks and plain water.

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My wife is not so cheap. 

Fuels can be categorised into the following:


  • Those with no nutritional value but induce a chemical response such as caffeine.
  • Those that have a nutritional value but are dirty fuel such as jelly beans.
  • Those that are long burning fuels that are repairing and providing fuel for an hour later, not right now.  

I'm a simple cheap bastard so I use a powder that contains a mix of salts and sugars in my water. I don't use caffeine currently, but I expect that I will add this into my routine later. I do eat children's snack bars with very simple ingredients like sugar and more sugar wrapped in wheat. I'm now starting to introduce fruit in the form of apples and cranberries. Easy to eat, hard to damage and apples contain sugar and pectin so you get a chemical response and actual energy. Sarah has developed a love for Clif Shot Bloks, which are about $6 a bar.

Feel free to spend lots of money on various products out there but if you do make sure you know what you are putting into your body.

Of course if Pocketfuel Naturals or Vega are reading this then hit me up with a few samples to try.

Post run refueling is vital.

Water and Protein are paramount. Fruit juice and icecream are not water and protein. Get a high quality protein source into you as soon as possible and plenty of water and then rest, rest, rest.  Of course feel free to shower, update Instagram and complain to your other half about your sore legs first.

How do you prepare and fuel for your long run?






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