Blog, Healthy Life, Motivational Monday

Motivational Monday Wk.1

Any physical activity is better than none.

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Blog, Main Meal, Recipes, Snacks / Entertaining

Cheesy Garlic Bread

An easy and yummy side dish for any meal. I will do this recipe in two parts, the garlic butter which is enough for 4 x the amount of bread. I roll the remaining Garlic butter in baking paper and freeze then just cut off sections as needed. And then i will do the Cheesy Garlic Bread.

Garlic Butter

200gms Butter Softened

1 Tbls Dried Parsley Flakes

1 tsp Dried Thyme

1 tsp Dried Chives

5 Cloves Garlic Crushed

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

I use 2 Vienna Rolls cut in half length ways but you can use any rolls or bread of your choice

1 Cup Grated Mozzarella Cheese

  1. Preheat oven or grill to 140°C fan forced
  2. Place bread in oven upside down on baking paper and toast until crispy then remove from oven
  3. Spread the untoasted side generously with garlic butter and sprinkle mozzarella evenly on top
  4. Place back in oven and toast until cheese is browning.

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Mummy Tummy Be Gone!

To those of you who have been waiting for my weight loss/ healthier mumma plans i do apologise for the delay, DD and Mr Wonderful have both been sick throwing my whole week off.

Mummy Tummy Be Gone is now back on track. I have weighed, measured and taken photos today and i will be logging everything i eat with the app My Fitness Pal so that i can monitor my sugars and fats. I have a cheap fitness tracker/ watch that i picked up on Wish that will monitor my steps. I will chart everything and update every Friday with the odd Tweet of my achievements or failures.

I have been wearing the fitness tracker for a couple of months and can tell you that over a 10 week period the average steps for a week is 18781 making the daily average 2683 steps. My goal is to eventually have the number of steps up to 15000 per day and to improve my include tummy tightening exercises into my routine.

Here is what you have been waiting for, my measurements

Mummy Tummy Be Gone

And photo

Feel free to join me and share your measurements and photos, i am happy to help motivate and encourage anyone.

This is my previous blog, where this begins-

https://latebabyblooma.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/mummy-tummy-celebrities-dieting/

Blog, Main Meal, Recipes

Potato, Ham & Cheese Bake

A delicious twist on the traditional potato bake and very simple.

Serves 6

3 Potatoes Peeled & Sliced Evenly

8 Slices Ham

2 Cups Grated Mozzarella Cheese

3 Short Cut Bacon Rashers Diced

1 Tbls Dried Parsley

3/4 Cup Cream

2 Eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced
  2. Whisk cream and eggs and set aside20180509_1615357121208132773751556.jpg
  3. Fry bacon and set aside
  4. In a casserole dish layer 1/3 potato, 4 ham slices & 1/2 cup of cheese and repeat20180509_1549373943024742928759300.jpg
  5. Place fried bacon on top of cheese and sprinkle parsley over, layer final 1/3 of potato and top with remaining cup of cheese20180509_160513423270509010277997.jpg
  6. Pour cream mix evenly over the top20180509_1641166945507802725149202.jpg
  7. Cover and place in oven, bake for 1 hr then remove cover and bake for a further 30mins
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Mummy Tummy, Celebrities & Dieting

I have never been a skinny person but for the majority of my life i held my weight well, it was distributed evenly all over and i would of described myself as ‘curvy’ or ‘built for comfort’. Now it is different i am definitely just plain fat and although the weight is still held everywhere, in my thighs, boobs and bum the majority of it is around my belly. I now have a full fledged mummy tummy with the horrible overhang, technical term Panniculus but also known as a Gunt.

We often compare ourselves to celebrities and think we should look like them, especially when you see people like Kylie Jenner one month after she gave birth.

Or when we see celebrities like Toni Collette or Renee Zellweger who put weight on for movies and then lose the weight again straight after filming ends.

We need to remember these celebrities have the means and resources to do this. They often start out extremely fit and healthy making it a lot easier to return to that state. They also have careers, contracts or the ever looming paparazzi as motivation to drop the weight quickly. They have trainers, nutritionists & chefs to help them along with nannies and cleaners that will take care of things while they spend hours at the gym or working out. It is not realistic for us to compare ourselves with the rich or famous but there is no reason why we can’t use them for inspiration.

I am far from rich or famous but i know what i need to do to drop my weight and get my body back to a reasonable shape and size. I am not a health professional of any kind but after 20 years of trying fad diets and watching all Oprah’s yoyo’ing i know that most diets do not work and are not sustainable. Diet is important but in the sense that we need to cut out bad fats, minimalise sugars and have everything else in moderation. I already only drink water, cook reasonably balanced meals most nights and keep the bad foods to sometimes foods. My problems are i eat too much and i don’t exercise so i need to watch my portion sizes and i need to start exercising. Sounds easy but nothing is ever that simple.

I am 40, overweight and until recently i was only averaging 4hrs sleep a night which all adds up to a very tired and lazy mumma.

Now that i get 6-7 hours sleep i have set myself a cleaning roster to make myself more organised, i meal plan so all i need is the motivation, so guess what you are it. I am going to use my blog and my wonderful followers to keep me motivated. I will post my starting numbers and i will update as i go and then finish with a positive blog on successfully losing weight and hopefully losing the overhang.

This will be a long journey, i need to make a lifestyle change and that takes time. I do not like exercise but i have my beautiful and very active DD to push me. I will set myself weekly excersice goals and i will reduce my portion sizes. There will be elements from lots of diets i have tried over the years like reducing processed foods and carbs but still making sure to make my menu sustainable.

Wish me luck, i would love you to join me on this journey 😀

Here is where my journey begins-

https://latebabyblooma.wordpress.com/2018/05/18/mummy-tummy-be-gone/

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Getting Your Bubbas Outdoors – The Benefits

Sunshine/ Vitamin D plays a very important part in our lives without it we can suffer from brittle bones, dementia, depression, heart disease, increased blood pressure and mental illness but what you may not know is how good it is for bubbas, here is some great reasons to get you and your bubbas outdoors-

  • Stress relief
  • Strengthens immunity
  • Sharpens focus
  • Increases short term memory
  • Improve health & fitness

The benefits to bubbas is even greater. Nature can provide us with an awesome classroom, teaching about growing plants, fruits and veggies, native animals and insects, seasons, the environment and how to look after it and a greater range of pysical activities can be taught outdoors. All these along with the fresh air will impove your bubbas general health and wellbeing but will also improve –

  • Creative thinking through imaginative play
  • Coordination
  • Gross motor skills
  • Their knowledge of their own abilities e.g how high they can climb
  • Physical abilities and strength
  • Connection with nature

It can also decrease the chance of becoming nearsighted.

When bubbas spend all their time indoors and particularly infront of technology it can set them up for diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and depression which are all symptoms of a sedentary indoor lifestyle.

There are so many things we can do with bubbas outside –

  • Walking/ hiking
  • Going to the playground
  • Running around the yard or a park
  • Playing ball games
  • Bike riding
  • Water activities- water tables, water guns, wading pools, playing under a sprinkler, going to the beach, water balloon fights, playing with coloured water
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Gardening
  • Painting/ chalk drawings
  • Chasey/tag
  • Hide & Seek
  • Building sand castles
  • Making mud pies
  • Collecting insects
  • Rolling down a hill
  • Sliding down a hill on cardboard
  • Snow activities

So lets all get outside and make ourselves and our bubbas happier and healthier.

Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen 😀

Blog, breakfast, Healthy Recipes, Recipes

Cheese & Onion Omelette

This is a very simple omelette that is surprisingly yummy.

2 Eggs Whisked

1/2 Cup Tasty Cheese Grated

1/4 Red Onion Sliced Finely

2 tsp Chives Chopped

Knob of Butter

  1. Cook onion until soft and browning in a small frypan
  2. Remove onion from pan
  3. Melt knob of butter in pan then add egg and spread evenly over base
  4. Sprinkle cheese, onion and chives evenly over egg
  5. Cook until egg is cooked through then fold in half