Fancy a New Year’s Eve tipple..

Me too!  New Years Eve has always had a magical air about it for me.  For as long I can remember my parents and their friends used to hire the club rooms at a local tennis club and have a massive party for everyone they knew.    My family would spend hours doing our hair, a little bit of make-up and putting on our party dresses.  It was lot’s of fun.

When I was 18 my Dad died suddenly, he just stopped one saturday morning at 11am and the age of 47.   We didn’t have the tennis club parties after that, it just wasn’t right without him.  Those parties however set the scene for New Years Eve for me, magical parties surrounded by family and true friends.  This year just our small wee family are going to do what most Sydney siders do and watch the fireworks from a nearby park, with a 5 year old and a 19 month old it’s easier to run home if the kids crack and we need to leave.  The fireworks are always spectacular and this may be our last New Years Eve in Sydney so it seems only right to pay our respects to the huge firework effort.  Next year when we are back with our family and friends the magical parties I’m used too will happen once again.  I’m pretty sure Dad will be there, he never missed a good party!

Stay safe.
Lou.x

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Christmas

I love Christmas!  I love everything about it, the build up, putting up the tree, Santa photos, the planning, eating, drinking, hanging out with family and true friends, drinking.  It’s lots of fun.   Diet and excercise haven’t gone completely out the window over this silly season, I have been “trying” to be sensible.   Sometimes I have succeeded, sometimes I haven’t.  My weak spot is definitely alcohol it always has been, champagne is fun and flows freely this time of year.  I’m not bothered, it’s only for a week or two and it’s worth it.  We have had an amazing Christmas and the new year part of the holidays is shaping up the same way. 

We did go for a big walk this morning and I even ran a bit.  It was lovely to get back out there and excercise, it was actually very satisfying.  I might do the same tomorrow.

Lou.x

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Day 9: keep it real

I was looking through Instagram this morning and looking at pictures of Sophie Sheppard and Katie Wilcox, supposed ‘plus size’ models.  Seriously? These women are beautiful, natural, stunning and HEALTHY!  I just don’t understand how they can be labeled plus size.  To me the term plus size is almost a derogatory term, as though plus size is a second class model.  These girls represent the body shape of more women than the likes of Kate Moss etc, so why are they not on the covers of all our magazines?  The bodies they have are far more achievable than super skinny photoshopped models and they look so healthy.  I just don’t get it, I don’t understand why we have such unachievable images all around us as though they are something to aspire to.  I’m pretty sure I’m not just saying this because I am in my 30’s and have given birth to 2 kids, I have struggled with body issues for most of my life, courtesy of a dieting fanatic mother who didn’t teach us healthy nutrition but taught us to drink water when were hungry and do the Jane Fonda workout daily (my legwarmers were super cool though!).

It worries me that with tools like photoshop it will only get worse, so goodness knows what body image issues my children will aquire.  Why can’t we keep it real, keep it healthy while giving us something to aspire to that is actually achievable!

Brekky: 2 pieces of GF toast with organic honey.  Lunch: poached eggs on toast with mushrooms.  Dinner: parmesan and pistachio crumbed chicken salad (home made).

Lou.x

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Day 8:

I love the not being on a diet diet!  I feel amazing, have so much more energy and my slight hunger is an invigorating hunger.  I feel prettier too, prettier with perky boobs!   I haven’t gone full force into excercise this time, but will start introducing swimming, walking and maybe pilates at home soon.

I had an awesome hair day today, albeit only for the shops but it looked good.   I love making more of an effort, I think it suits me.

That’s all from me today, having an early one.  Night night.
Lou.x

Brekky: toast, yep toast.  Lunch: egg salad sandwich.  Dinner: parmesan and pistachio crumbed chicken salad.  All made at home.  xo

Day 6: 5th year old birthday party

Today we had a cruisy saturday involving coffee, park, walking, relaxing in our garden and swimming in the (little) pool.   It was lovely.  I felt exhausted today and had to push myself that little bit harder.  At 3pm we went to a friends 5 year old birthday party, my friends like to drink so it would have been rude not to have a glass or two of bubbles (and wine).   We decided to pick up some Indian food for dinner, being a coeliac indian is a fairly safe choice.  We don’t order take away that often and ordering it tonight was the best thing for us as it was absolutely terrible!  After living in the north of England for a few years, we arrived back over this side of the world and could not find a decent curry anywhere, so we got into the habit of making indian food ourselves and roasting and grinding our own spices etc.  For convenience ordering take away is easy but it is always so gross, as was the case tonight.   I ate some (still a normal portion size) but I really didnt like it and hated putting that crap into my body, I don’t think we will order take away again.  I love cooking and would rather put the effort into making it myself with quality ingredients and a little splash of love!  

Brekky: can you guess…. bircher muesli! Lunch: egg, chive and lettuce (grown from our garden), Dinner: god awful indian takeaway!! 

Lou.x

Day 5: wine and whinging

I knew this day would come, I woke up feeling awful.  I had a terrible sleep, I was hot then cold and wide awake stressing about all sorts of things for most of the night.  It didn’t help that last night I had 3 glasses of wine, which totally floored me.  Gah!  I need to learn how to stop at just one glass, but for me one leads to two, to three…  I think my rules for now on will be no drinking Sunday – Thursday, I will only drink on Fridays and Saturdays.  There are exceptions (of course), if the kids go feral I will have one glass (or perhaps two).

Otherwise my day has been great, cruising around home being a mum and wife.  It’s pretty lovely.

Brekky: bircher muesli, lunch: egg salad sandwich, dinner: home made corn fed chicken schnitzel salad. Yumbo!

Happy friday,
Lou.x

Day 4:

I woke up earlier than usual today, and for the first time in a long time I had a spring in my step.  I’m still feeling great however I spent more time at home today with my sick bubba and did catch myself thinking about snacking.  I didnt, but I need to maintain momentum so I don’t fall into (hopefully) old habits.  This blog is my way of helping with commitment.  I’m loving my new underwear can’t help but showing it off to my other half.

I’ve seen some jeans I want, Embody Denim white jeans.  I might wait until I’ve lost some weight, but I really want them.  Gah!  What to do…?

Breakfast: bircher muesli, lunch: chicken chipolata cut in half with lettuce on a sandwich, dinner: haloumi and lentil salad.  2x glassea of wine (much needed!!!).

Anyway, thats today.  So far, so good!
Night night everyone.
Lou.x