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Saturday, November 1, 2014

30-Day Fitness Challenge - Week 1 + Giveaway

Let's Do This!

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Catch up: You can read the details and the initial launch post here.

Thank You


To everyone that has registered their interest in this challenge, thank you! I have read all your comments on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and there is one clear message - we are all feeling a bit the same way.

Lethargic, Sluggish, Jiggly, Wobbly. Tired. Unmotivated. Flat.

You're not alone.

Let's do something about it.

The Challenge

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It is simple, all you have to do is exercise for 30 minutes every day for the entire month of November. You can walk, swim, run, cycle, dance, yoga, pilates, weights, crossfit, spend some time chasing the kids or do some gardening.

So many different options and possibilities.

Baby Steps


For those of you who are new to exercise or just getting back into it, I want you to stick to just 30 minutes a day. For the most part, I will be doing this also. Currently, I am only used to exercising 3-4 times a week so this will be a step up for me.

Now you will feel amazing the first few days but hold back and don't go all out because you will just burn out and the momentum will be lost.

30 minutes only. 

Why No Rest Day?


Moving every day for 30 minutes is not unreasonable. If you're feeling tired then make one day a week an 'active rest day'. This could be a casual walk to the cafe for a coffee and back, walking the kids to the park or a relaxing swim in the backyard pool.

Accountability


There will be a daily post on the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page where you can check in and log your exercise. This will be a great source of motivation and inspiration not only for yourself but for others too.

I will be uploading my daily exercise pic to Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #30DayChallengeMFL.

If you don't have Instagram or Twitter please feel free to post your pics to the Move Fuel Love Facebook wall. I would love to see them!

What are hashtags?

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It took me months to figure them out and they're really quite useful. You can search a hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and even Facebook and all relevant posts will show up.

Search the #30DayChallengeMFL hashtag when you want to see what others are doing and remember to use it when you post a pic.

Weekly Blog Post


I will post a recap each week and we can discuss the challenge there. I will also announce the winner of the weekly prize and provide the details of the next week's giveaway.

Let's get moving!

The Giveaway

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1 x Garmin Forerunner 10 in Black/Red RRP $159.

Features:
  • GPS.
  • Tracks distance, calorie and pace.
  •  Logs personal records. ie fastest 5km
  • Starts with a press of a button
  • Access to Garmin Connect

For more info on this Garmin click here

Super easy to enter, just upload a pic, use the #30DayChallengeMFL hashtag and be a fan of the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page - see more details below.


How To Enter


  1. Upload a photo or video of you taking part in the 30-Day Challenge to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The photo doesn't necessarily have to have you in it, so get creative and have some fun.
  2. Remember to use the hashtag #30DayChallengeMFL and tag me (@movefuellove on Instagram and Twitter) or tag the MFL Facebook page if uploading to Facebook.
  3. 'Like' the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.
  4. I will choose my favourite entry from the week and announce the lucky winner on the MFL Facebook page. 
  5. Optional - Share the giveaway on social media. 

Terms & Conditions

  1. Above requirements must be met.
  2. This competition is open to both Australian and International participants.
  3. The competition starts on Nov 1st 6am AEDST and finishes at 9pm AEDST on Nov 7th. 


We've got this!



#30DayChallengeMFL #justkeepmoving



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Friday, October 31, 2014

Welcome - Fridays Decanted

Fridays Decanted





1. HB had a work function last weekend that started at 7pm. So I was a bit surprised when he went into the bathroom and started to get ready at 4pm. This is the man that takes 10 mins max to get ready even if we're going somewhere special. I couldn't help but be a little suspicious?! Upon questioning him, all I got was vaguebook answers.

I cracked the sads and the silent treatment ensued.



We went out to a Missy Higgins concert during the week and he didn't even bother ironing his shirt for that one.

2. He always puts Maggie to bed at her insistence and she was unamused that it was me doing the job that night. HB reads her a story and then lays in there until she falls asleep. I was totally prepared to do the same but after reading one story she told me to go do some washing and to please shut the door.

Third wheel much?

3. Ten minutes later and she's screaming for the $5 bunny night light I bought her in Kmart the day before. I spent 30 mins looking for that blasted bunny with her in tears the entire time.I gave in and texted HB to ask where he had put it after lunch. He took an hour to reply and then it was, 'I don't know. Check her bed'.

SO freakin' helpful.

Finally at 9.30pm she's asleep, I decided to have a shower and jump into bed and watch TV.

4. At 9.47pm, the apartment block fire alarm goes off. There are sensors in every room and the noise is deafening to say the least. Maggie wakes up and starts screaming, I'm naked and searching for clothes, my phone and the apartment keys.

Last time it happened it was a false alarm, but I am incredibly conscious of how much time I am taking and OMG what if there is a real fire?! I can hear the neighbours exiting their apartments and heading down the fire escape stairs. I go into Maggie's room and she's ripped off all her clothes and is completely naked.

Of course!

I get her dressed and search for the apartment keys. Meanwhile, I'm fairly certain the fire alarm has perforated both my eardrums. Can't find the keys and text HB asking where the spare set is but there is no time to wait for a response and I grab Maggie and head down the stairs. I call him to let him know I've had to leave the apartment unlocked and it goes straight to voicemail.

5. We have to sit out on the road and wait for the fire department to turn up. All I can say is the mozzies showed up in seconds. I only had time to pull on a pair of shorts and a top, no underwear.

The mozzies discovered my butt.

HB sends a text saying he is in a cab. Thank God. The firemen show up and declare it another false alarm thanks to a faulty sensor and turn the alarm off. Maggie is thrilled her Dad is home to put her back to bed.

A croc on your head and a snake around your waist ...
What else do you have to do to win a prize these days?

If only that croc didn't have a piece of tape wrapped around its snout.

6. The next day I get the full story on why he spent hours grooming himself, it was because it was a fancy dress theme with a prize for the winner. He spent an hour shaving his head shiny bald and had wanted me to draw hibiscus flowers on top of it. WTF?!  The shockingly awful Hawaiian shirt he bought in Bali got him in at third place anyway.

I know exactly where I would like to stick a hibiscus.

7. Maggie was unbearably cranky for the entire Sunday. She also pretended to be a fire alarm for 3 days straight. That was until HB headed to Brisbane for 3 days on Tuesday for a work trip and then the tears started again.


Maybe he was hoping to pick up?

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Destination Dubai

Pinch Me

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This Bloggerati getaway is proudly sponsored by Dubai Tourism.

I have some exciting news to share. I have been offered the opportunity of an all expenses paid luxurious trip to visit Dubai thanks to Dubai Tourism and the ever awesome team at Nuffnang.

How long did I take to consider this invitation?

Approx -0.000023 milliseconds.

My Answer: Hell YES. 

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I have never visited the Emirate region and I've always wanted to see Dubai, so this is my chance and I am unbelievably excited at the prospect.

Excited is an understatement but I'm keeping a lid on it because when I told HB there was more than a glint of envy in his eye. He has been to Dubai twice for work and has a hint of what I might be in for. He soon piped up to let me know that Dubai holds an annual marathon.

Thank goodness I won't be there for that one. This trip will be one to be remembered and not because of physical endurance and pain.

I will be travelling with twenty other Nuffnang Bloggerati so not only do I get to go to one of the most amazing destinations on the planet but I get to do it in the company of some of the most talented bloggers in Australia.

On top of this, I will finally meet the Nuffnang team who are fast making all my blogging dreams a reality.

How lucky am I?


When I think of Dubai a few things immediately come to mind ...


  • Culture - Old Dubai, souqs, mosques, festivals and events
  • Adventure - Desert safari, waterslide through an underwater aquarium and a visit to the indoor snow world.
  • Architecture - Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. Can you imagine the views from the top? The Dubai Fountain, Emirate Towers. 
  • Shopping - The world's largest shopping complex, Dubai Mall. 
  • Food - A gastronomer's heaven with over 5400 cafes and restaurants.
  • Opulence -  The only 7-star hotel in the world 

Oh and kaftans, who can forget the kaftans?

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I AM GOING TO DUBAI!!


I am a teensy bit sad that HB and Maggie are not coming along with me on this trip,

But I will survive.

And I will be surviving in 5-star luxury.

Pinch me again.

Guess what movie I am watching again this week?

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You betcha - Sex And The City 2


Dreams do come true.

Want to come too?

Giveaway




The excitement doesn't stop there because you have the chance to win a trip to Dubai and join us on our magical adventure. 

One lucky person and their +1 will win flights and accommodation to Dubai and share the fun by joining in on our some of our activities.

How to Enter


Just answer this question ...

'What do you dream of in Dubai?' 

And then share it by uploading a picture, video or text to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #NNDubaiDream and #mydubai 

For more information regarding the competition please click here. A full copy of the terms & conditions can be read here


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

November 30 Day Fitness Challenge - Let's do this!

MFL 30 Day Fitness Challenge

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November - 30 days of moving for 30 minutes a day.

Join in on my 30 Day Challenge - exercise for 30 minutes every day for the entire month of November and have the chance to win some pretty cool prizes. You will also improve your fitness, health and general well-being.

30 minutes out of your day is all I'm asking.

You can walk, run, swim, cycle, chase the kids around the park, workout to a fitness DVD or dance around your living room. The possibilities are endless.

This isn't about weight loss, although I'm sure for some that will be a positive side effect. This is about moving more every single day.

My reasons for this challenge


1. I have been feeling so lethargic and just plain blah since running the Sydney Marathon. I know the reason why - I don't have a current goal to work towards and my brain is begging me to eat all the things and sit on the couch all the day long.

Not happening and impossible with a three year old anyway.

2. Bits and pieces of me are starting to wobble and jiggle again and that's no way to head into a glorious Aussie Summer.

3. Marathon training did not leave me feeling fit and fantastic. In fact, the fittest I have ever felt was during my first two rounds of 12WBT - exercising six days a week.


How to participate

  • Exercise for 30 mins a day starting November 1st.
  • Feel free to share your pics on FB, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #30daychallengeMFL 

So what do you think? Can you do it? 

Of course you can.


Get motivated to find a healthier you and at the same time you will also be an inspiration to others around you.

Don't believe me? Just wait and see.

What do you need?

Absolutely nothing. Just a positive can do attitude. 

You don't need to go buy expensive shoes or workout gear. Most of us have a comfy pair of shorts and tee in our wardrobes and last year's sneakers will be more than fine to walk in. 

I will announce the first giveaway on November 1st and it's a good one.

Share it


It has been proven that if you share your fitness goals then you're more likely to succeed and smash them. So tell the world what you're doing this November!

Leave a comment below or on the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page and let me know that you're ready join in on the fun.

#30DayChallengeMFL




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Monday, October 27, 2014

10 Things I Learnt From My First Week Of Swimming

Beginner Swimming Tips


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When I was in primary school I loved to swim, I passed a swimming stage every year and got my certificate. Highschool was a completely different story - no more swimming classes, just laps and lots of laps.

I hated it with a passion.

I embraced my blooming womanhood and faked my period to get out of every swimming session and the dreaded swimming carnival at the end of Summer. I was not alone, there was a gaggle of us girls on the bench doing the exact same thing. I felt incredibly sorry for the boys who forced to wear speedos and had to fake something much more serious to get out of it.

Ever since then swimming has only been for fun. I cannot stand cold water and during the dry season in Darwin the water was freezing. The build up to the wet season has arrived with a vengeance and the high temps and humidity have raised the temp of the pool water to something quite delightful.

I would love to swim at the beach, but the thought of being croc bait deters me and we also have stinger season here from October to May.

Last week we headed to our local pool to swim some laps. My first laps I've swum  since I was about 13 years old, it has certainly been awhile. Loved it! And I managed to swim a total of 2kms over the week.

It became quite clear that there were a few lessons to be learnt if I was to survive and not ditch my new found form of training.

I've been to the pool 3 times = expert in all matters pertaining to swimming etiquette.



1. Gear - You can't just put on your swimmers and go for it. As with every new sport, it always involves a trip to the local sports store for essentials - goggles and a swimming cap.

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Ok! but what if there is no lane slow enough?

2. Etiquette - You need to keep to the left of your lane at all times. My first attempt I thought everyone just went up and down in the middle of the lane, not so. On my second attempt, I was headbutted deliberately by a 70 yr old man coming in the opposite direction. Passive aggressive much?

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3. Cock Jocks - aka speedos. Most men wear them swimming. It's probably the first time you will see your husband wear them which is not so bad, but the 70 yr old men ... look away, you cannot unsee things like that.

4. UNSEE - Your new goggles will allow you have to have perfect vision underwater. Most men feel the need to adjust their junk and cock jocks at the end of the lane. Again, UNSEE, UNSEE.  I did see a faint tinge of orange suspiciously floating around the headbutter too.

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5. Spit - don't swallow the water. For the above reasons and you will spend all night peeing. You never see anyone get out and use the bathroom and return.

6. Hydrate - Swimming is certainly a refreshing change from running a marathon and it certainly doesn't burn as many calories but you must remember to drink plenty of water afterwards even if you have swallowed half the pool. Cue monster headache if you don't.

7. Money - after a few sessions you will talk yourself into needing more gear, like a pair of fins. And what are those silicone mitts people are wearing? Will that make me swim faster?

8. Care Factor Zero - no-one cares what you look like or your swimming form. If you want to do freestyle that looks like a combination of all four strokes go for it. Your head is face down in the water 90% of the time, unlike running when you have hours on end to judge, compare and indulge in sightseeing.

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9. Timing - avoid junior swimming club sessions like the plague. If you're not a strong swimmer it may damage your pride to see a 10 yr old smash out 50 metres in the lane next to you in the time it takes you to do 10m.

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10. Lane Ropes - Back in my day they were made of foam or light plastic, not the case now. I swam under one and came up a touch too soon and smashed my head, I saw stars for 10 minutes. Hitting your hand on these ropes as you swim could also cause serious injury or foul language. Thankfully swearing underwater is acceptable.


So grab your swimmers and go if my slight concussion, near death drowning experience, migraine and visual disturbances don't put you off.

All I can say is I will be going back for more and my goal is to swim at least twice a week for the next few months.

Just keep moving.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

These Are My People

FFS Friday



I have a guest poster for today's FFS Friday. CTT, some of you may know of him already (apologies) but if you don't he introduces himself further down.

This was his last FFS attempt.

The idea for this post came about when we were in Bali a couple of weeks ago. The conversation went a little like this ...

CTT: So have you started writing the book yet?

Me: What book?

CTT: The FFS book.

Me: How can I write a book about FFS Fridays? They're one off sentences and random observations from my week.

CTT: I could do it.

Me: Well you can guest post for me next week then, it has been awhile.

He failed to send it through to me last week and I was genuinely disappointed. I was in Sydney on my own and needed a good laugh. Yes, I will admit it he occasionally is quite funny. Luckily he came through with the goods and I got an email this week from him.

But it didn't make me laugh, instead it just made me cry. Mofo.

We love this family to the moon and back, they are our peeps. 

CTT


Hi Guys,

It’s  CTT here. Regular readers of Move Fuel Love and it’s predecessor, Dear Baby G will already know me. CTT stands for Cyril The Tosser. Sarah named me, I don’t know why. She’s just mean sometimes. Some of the new readers won’t know me, but Sarah wrote a very nice piece about my wife a couple of weeks ago, and about what she’s about to go through.

In her blog, she wrote, “she would do anything for anyone, and I love her to pieces”

This pretty much sums up everything about my wife Nicole in one sentence.  She is always putting other people’s needs in front of her own, which sometimes drives me crazy. But I absolutely love her to bits. We’ve been married for more than 15 years, and I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without her.

Now she has cancer and is about to start her treatment of chemo and radiation.

The outpouring of support that we have had from everybody we know has been great. So many people have offered to help out with taking her places and doing things for her, that I know she’s going to get through this. Before she starts chemo, she wanted to go on a quick holiday because I was on holidays for that week anyway, so we decided to pop up to Bali for a week of relaxation. 

For Sarah and Brad to organise to have time off and come up and see us at the drop of a hat, was the best thing that could have happened for Nicole.

Since they moved to Darwin, she has missed Sarah like crazy and missed Maggie too. I’ve missed Brad, but apparently my feelings don’t get a look in here anyway.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank them for coming up to Bali, and spending the week with us doing mostly nothing, but eating, drinking and catching up, plus getting a couple of tattoos.

The FFS Friday is all about the Bali trip because there were still plenty of FFS moments. 

Take care, peeps. 

Fuck cancer.

 CTT.

 CTT FFS Friday


We’ve recently become grandparents…No FFS

At the ripe old age of 38...FFS

This means we can spoil our granddaughter when we go on holidays...No FFS

This also requires hours of walking around markets and shopping centres…FFS

And spending lots of money…FFS

How do women just instinctively know their way around a shopping centre the first time they go there ???????

I got a massage from a tranny...FFS

I also got pooped on by a bird and stuck a chicken satay skewer in the back of my throat on the same day as the tranny massage...FFS

Catching up with Sarah was exactly what Nicole needed after all the shit she’s been through in the last few months...No FFS

My wife has cancer…BIGGEST FFS EVER

I saw a cockroach in Starbucks at Discovery Mall in Kuta….FFS

It was on our last day, and we had a coffee there nearly every morning ...FFS

Bali wi-fi internet. WTF ?! So slow, can’t connect, password wrong. MofoFFS

That new lemon Bintang is pretty good though…No FFS



Cheaper than mofo therapy.

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

Please feel free to leave all your FFS Friday worthy rants in the comment section below.


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quinoa Chilli Con Carne

Recipe


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This one will knock your socks off and feed an army at the same time. It is absolutely delicious! You can serve it up on its own or with steamed rice. If you have leftovers then it is perfect in wraps or toasted sandwiches for lunch the next day.

A dish of this makes a terrific dip served with corn chips and guacamole on the side.

Hungry yet? 


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Oh yeah, it's also a healthy protein packed vegetarian dish!


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Did I mention the heat? 
But don't worry you can tone it down a little :)

Ingredients


  • 1 cup of organic white quinoa (rinse and soak - optional)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes ( 2 x 400gms)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 red chilli (optional - if you don't like it too spicy leave this out)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsps chilli powder
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 2 tsps ground coriander
  • 2 tsps pink salt flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Toppings (see below)

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Method

  1. Rinse quinoa 3-4 times and soak for 30 minutes prior to cooking. 
  2. Cook quinoa as per packet instructions.
  3. Heat olive oil in large cooking pot over medium heat. 
  4. Add chopped onions, capsicum, garlic and chilli, and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add spices, coconut sugar, salt and cacao powder and saute for a further minute.
  6. Add tomatoes, water and cooked quinoa, and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Simmer for longer if sauce needs to thicken.
  8. Add rinsed and drained beans and cook for several minutes until beans are heated through.
  9. Serve with your favourite toppings.

Topping Ideas

  • Sour cream
  • Diced or mashed avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Grated cheese

Thermomix instructions are coming :)


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Healthy Day

Detox Time

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Detox?! Spoil Sport

After two weeks of being away on and off, eating out and not enough sleep I returned home from Sydney at 11pm on Friday night utterly exhausted. 

Saturday I spent the day nursing a terrible headache and no matter how much I water I drank I just could not rehydrate my body. 

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Just not enough time to sleep in that gorgeous bed!

Sunday I went to have a nana nap at lunchtime when Maggie had a sleep and passed out for three hours. Add all of this to running two marathons in three weeks the month before and my body was just saying ...

Let's get back to basics Sarah.

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Oh and this was THE BATH
Again, not enough time ....

I wrote out a meal plan for the week and ordered the groceries. I decided to go back to being alcohol-free during the week and cutting out the treats that were fast becoming too much crap rather than a rare treat.

Yesterday I again woke up chronically fatigued, but I stuck to my planned nutrition goals rather than reach for the quick fix.

Every meal and snack was a healthy choice.

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Swimming essentials - at least they match

When HB came home from work at 6pm we headed to our local swimming pool and took turns at swimming laps. I managed to get 500m in and HB 800m.

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The Crazies - post swim high

At the end of yesterday, I felt on top of the world and full of energy.

This took me by complete surprise! I know how fabulous weeks of good  nutrition feels, and wasn't expecting to feel any benefits after just one day.


Good clean food and exercise really is the best medicine. 

Do you need a kickstart?


Giveaway


I have one Energetiks blue horizon short and crop top set valued at $82.90 to giveaway. Because we all know new gorgeous workout gear is the perfect motivator to help get us out the door. 

How to Enter


  • 'Like' the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.
  • Leave a comment under this blog post and answer, 'What's your number one  fitness goal for this Summer?
  • Please share this blog post once via social media eg. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Terms and Conditions


Giveaway is open to Australian residents only. This competition ends on October 28th, 8pm 2014 AEDST.  Click here a full copy of the terms & conditions.

I will announce the winner on the blog and Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.


Good Luck!!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored, or gifted and it is not a product review. 


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Win a $300 Lululemon Gift Voucher with All-Bran

Giveaway Time

This is not a sponsored post. Products were gifted to me for taking part in the All-Bran 7 Day Challenge. 

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I'm currently in Sydney for a couple of days working on a new exciting project for the blog which I can't wait to share with you all!

I've managed to sneak away to the Lululemon store here to buy a new running outfit or two and to justify my splurge I also bought HB a running singlet. They have the best exercise gear and I can even wear their running shorts without chaffing. I don't even have to slather myself in bodyglide beforehand either. That's a win in my book.

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Love Lululemon

As you may know, we were in Sydney just a few weeks ago running the Sydney marathon which now seems like a lifetime ago. I have to say all those months of training and hard work was well worth the effort and the end result was achieving a lifetime goal.

The week before the marathon I took part in the Kellogg's All-Bran 7 Day Challenge. My nutrition that last week was vital and such an important part of my training. The challenge certainly helped me stay focused and keep on track with my nutrition goals.

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You can find out more about the #7DayChallengeAllBran here.


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I am not a milk and cereal for breakfast gal so I made my own breakfast muffins using All-Bran and they are now my go to breaky muffins. They are delicious, light, moist and of course high in fibre. I was thrilled to discover other recipes on the All-Bran web page - cheesecake, macaroni and cheese, fish cakes, burritos and so much more.

I won't go into too many details but at the end of my challenge I certainly felt lighter and brighter!

So go out and buy a box of All-Bran this weekend, get creative and be inspired to move more, eat healthier and join in the fun. And don't forget to post your photos on Instagram (see entry details below) for a chance to win a $300 Lululemon gift voucher.

The #7DayChallengeAllBran competition will start on Monday 20th October and finish on Sunday evening (26th).

How to enter


  1. There is 1 x $300 Lulumeon gift voucher to giveaway to one of my Instagram followers.
  2. Follow me on Instagram @movefuellove
  3. Post your pics on Instagram using the #7DayChallengeAllBran hashtag and also tag me @movefuellove
  4. The challenge will finish on Sunday evening 9pm AEDST.
  5. The lovely people at All-Bran will choose their favourite photo from the week and I will announce the lucky winner on the MoveFuelLove Facebook Page so make sure you're following along there too.
  6. For Australian residents only. 


Please feel free to post your photos on the MFL FB page too, I would love to see them :)

Sign up and take the #7DayChallengeAllBran and see the benefits for yourself. 



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Reasons To Continue Babywearing With An Older Child

Babywearing Benefits


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Oh the places you will go


Babywearing - It's not just for babies. It can take you everywhere and anywhere with no limitations.

Last Sunday, we're madly doing our usual last minute packing and constantly asking each other, 'did you pack this or that?'.

We always debate the same question before every trip - Should we pack the ergo?

After a brief discussion the answer is always unanimous, yes.

Maggie is almost 3.5 years old, weighs approx 18kgs and has more energy than the two of us put together.

So why keep packing the damn ergo that takes up so much space?


1. Beyond the toddler - You cannot expect them to walk for miles and miles without needing a break or having a total meltdown. Maggie is happy to walk or run for hours but when she reaches that point when enough is enough you will soon know all about it. Babywearing puts an end to the tantrums in minutes. Older children enjoy seeing the world from our level, it is much more interesting.

2. Space - Whilst our Ergo takes up a little bit of space in our backpack it's much easier than taking a pram or stroller on a trip. Plus Maggie has refused sit in a pram for just over 6 months now.

3. Comfort - We have been babywearing Maggie since birth and to her it's a source of comfort and nurture. It is also super handy at airports where queues are hours long and to get from one security point to the other can sometimes take an eternity. Most small children lose the plot at this point, but we just get the Ergo out and literally within minutes Maggie has snuggled in and is fast asleep. I think because we have used babywearing from birth a little trigger switches in her brain when she's in the Ergo and she's instantly relaxed.

 4. Strangers - if you have a little kid with blonde hair and blue eyes and you travel frequently around Asia you will quickly learn that everyone wants to touch her or take her photo. Maggie's an extrovert and most of the time she's up for any attention but sometimes she's had enough and just wants some down time. Babywearing keeps her close, safe and away from unwanted attention.

5. Napping On The Go - Maggie still has a daytime sleep which can be somewhat inconvenient when you travel and have day trips planned. Babywearing allows you to make the most of your day without your child missing out on that all important daytime sleep.

It still amazes me that a simple piece of fabric can provide so much bonding time, comfort and nurture.

Our trusty ergo is well travelled - Bali x 4, Melbourne x 2, Queensland, Broome, Darwin, Perth, Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Phu Quoc and Kuala Lumpur.

And I don't see an end in sight for our babywearing journey anytime soon.

You can read my earlier babywearing posts from a few years ago here.


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