Monday, April 30, 2012

More free stuff!

I just read a news article that informed me that Melbourne's morning peak "hour" now actually lasts for THREE HOURS. Which explains why I can never get to work on time. Well, that plus the fact that I spend way too much time reading blogs and tweeting, etc every morning and am always running out the door about twenty minutes later than I should be.

Anyway, that's my grumble for this freezing and miserable lovely Monday morning. On the positive side, you have a VERY good chance of winning a super-awesome prize if you hop over to Sara's blog and leave a comment. She's giving away a fitness pack full of unbelievably good stuff. Not only does it include a selection of fantastic Sana Direct products, but there's also a six-week online program from FitBodies (that would be ME), a super-dooper gym bag and if that's not enough to tempt you, there is the added bribe of SWISS CHOCOLATE.

Hop to it and get your entry in here!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shouldering the burden


I've had a niggling shoulder issue for.... I don't know....weeks? ...months? I haven't exactly been ignoring it, I've just had other more important problems to deal with. Right elbow/forearm/wrist, left side of my neck, wonky hips, broken toe. Hey, some bits are still functional - my belly button works just fine. It sits there, perfectly belly button-like.

Over the past few weeks the shoulder's worsened though, with pain hampering certain movements. I've never had good range of motion in my shoulders, but I knew I was in trouble this week when doing my bra up became a contortionist exercise.

I had the physio take a look today and after a painful game of Do this... Now move it this way... Now that way.... Does that hurt? he diagnosed shoulder impingement. Oh yay. Just what I needed; another part that doesn't work properly.

It would appear to be caused by my cruddy sedentary desk job - like most of my other problems. Sitting at a desk for prolonged periods? Worst. Idea. Ever.

It won't be slowing me down though. Some intensive physio, ice, rest and then a rehab program should sort out the shoulder. Meanwhile, I'll be getting on with things regardless. I might not be doing any boxing or overhead presses for a while, but there are plenty of other options. Yesterdays weights workout has my glutes and hamstrings sitting up and taking notice, and this morning I banged out a nice sweaty gym cardio session. RPM is definitely a goer, and with a little modification, some yoga and Pilates will be fine too.

Injuries make me cranky, but I'm not letting my inner Eeyore take control of my thoughts.


Commenting issues

I've just uninstalled the Intense Debate commenting system from this blog. Although it's a good system, it isn't workable when Blogger keep messing around with their interface and causing glitches with my comments.

Once again today, I've had comments somehow being allowed through from Blogger's own comments system, even though I have those comments switched off. If I change my settings in order to display those wayward comments, I lose any other comments left via Intense debate. *sigh*

The thing I really liked about Intense Debate was that it used Akismet, so spam was completely a non-issue. Now I'll be back to deleting numerous spam posts daily. Bleurgh. And no, I will not be switching on word verification. If I have to jump through hoops in order to leave a comment on someone's blog, I'm unlikely to bother, and I know many people feel the same.

Unfortunately, I've now lost every single comment that was left over the past few months, using Intense Debate.  :(  Also? Wordpress users - from now on you're going to have to use a Google account to comment, or log in via OpenID.

Fingers crossed this works smoothly from now on.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sh*t healthy living bloggers buy

Like the majority of households in Australia this week, we received our new Flybuys cards in the mail. If you're unaware that Coles has rolled out a revamped loyalty program, you must be one of the few households with no TV. Honestly, Dawn French has been cavorting all over our TV screens, frantically promoting the wonders of the new improved program; you must have noticed...

We haven't exactly been thrilled with the existing rewards program. We usually get a couple of gift cards worth a total of about $40 most years, even though we spend a billion dollars at Coles, Target, K Mart, Liquorland and the like. The new deal did sound better - double the points for dollars spent, for a start - hallelujah!

So Bike Boy dutifully logged onto the Flybuys website to register our cards, and found something interesting:

There's Dawn again, waving maniacally.

You can nominate 5 products to get 10% off every time you spend $50 in total between now and October. We thought that sounded like an OK deal, so we clicked through to choose our five products - and here's where it gets interesting.

When you use a loyalty card every time you shop, retailers can keep track of exactly what you buy...and then they can figure out what you like and how to target their advertising and specials so that you're more likely to come back and spend more money. Clever. So when we clicked over to the "my5" page, they were able to tell us what we buy most often and what we spend the most $$ on.

So what does a fitness/healthy lifestyle blogger's family buy most often?

1. Milk
2. Bread
3. Bagged salad mix

Yep, all good so far....

4. Schweppes mixers

*ahem* I blame Bike Boy and his Scotch habit.

5. Schweppes soft drink

This one is NOT me, I swear. I don't even like soft drink. It is a little disturbing though - even though we mostly buy Pepsi Max, I'm not thrilled that this stuff features in our "frequent five".

The results are skewed because we buy our meat, some dairy and bread products and most of our fruit and veggies elsewhere. But still...

Has anyone else checked out their Top 5 items? And if so, are you feeling smug or shamed by the results?


Monday, April 23, 2012


....the winners of the Blackmore's giveaway!

I had my barrel monkey draw the winners tonight under carefully controlled conditions (i.e. I made him close his eyes).

And the lucky two are:

Congratulations to KatieP and Melanie W. Please email me by Friday 27th April to claim your prizes.

Well, that was fun! Stick around - I may have something else to give away soonish.


Monday moods

I'm practising positivity today, after a couple of particularly blah weeks. It's not that anything awful has happened, I've just had a lot on my plate. Too much stuff to do and not enough time left over for me makes my head feel as though it's going to explode.

A few busy days are generally OK, but when that's extended into a week ...or two... or three... then everything begins to seem like just one more demand on my time and attention. I get to the point where I'd give anything just to sit on the couch and read a magazine, or browse online shopping sites, or watch TV. And that's when I find myself resenting "having to" do things that I normally do quite happily.

The result is that I've been having an inner rebellion about training and food preparation (among other things), as they begin to seem like enormous impositions on my time. And naturally, I start to find excuses to avoid the things that make me cross and resentful - when actually, the root cause of my crankiness is a whole other set of "things".

Enter the positive mindset! If I tell myself that something isn't fair, that it's a chore, then it becomes exactly that. If I look at it differently; realise that it's my choice to do it or not, and consider the consequences of doing/not doing it, I end up with a whole different outlook.

For example: I can choose to skip training and stay in bed. If I do, I may feel as though I'm indulging myself, but in reality I'm not going back to sleep, and will lie there feeling grumpy. Then I'll be annoyed at myself all day for not sticking to my commitment. Whereas if I get up and hit the gym, I'll feel amazing afterwards and will start my day feeling energised and alert. And perhaps a little bit smug. ;o)

So I'm on the alert for any negative, self-sabotaging thoughts today. I'm lying in wait for those suckers and will pounce on them and beat them to death as soon as they appear.


Changing the subject, I got fed up with being blonde - after eight years or so... I'm useless at taking selfies, so this photo, shot in the bathroom mirror, is a bit crap, but you get the idea. Excuse the vacant stare. What was I thinking?

Brunette again!


Sunday, April 22, 2012


Vitamin D deficiency is rife in Melbourne at the moment. Half the people I know seem to have it, including me.

If you’re wondering why we need Vitamin D, it’s required for calcium and phosphorous absorption, among other things. Deficiency leads to rickets in childhood (bone malformations) and to osteoporosis in adults. There’s also an associated reduction in breast cancer risk with higher levels of Vit D.

Sunsmart campaigns are copping criticism lately as the cause of the steep increase, with high SPF sunscreens getting most of the blame. I don’t think that’s it at all.  How many people do you know who religiously slather on sunscreen daily, reapplying every few hours? If you’re anything like the folks I know, you slip, slop, slap when you’re at the beach or the pool, and maybe if you’re doing an extended stint of outdoor work. But when you go for a walk? When you pop out into the back yard to hang out the washing, take out the bins, or pull out a few weeds?  Sitting at an outdoor table having a coffee? I bet you don’t.

Nope, most of us are not overdoing the sunscreen. I get annoyed when news reports focus on sunscreen use as the cause of the problem, without delving any deeper. Yes, UV-B exposure is the easiest way to get adequate Vitamin D, but scaring people into throwing away their sunscreen is just irresponsible. Nasty sunburn and future skin cancers aren't things I want to risk happening.

My theory is that too many people simply don’t get outdoors much at all any more, therefore their sun exposure is extremely low. Nobody walks anywhere; they jump in the car just to grab a bottle of milk from the local shop. We’re not out in the back yard kicking the footy with the kids, because the kids are inside, glued to the TV or computer screen. Even municipal swimming pools around Melbourne have mostly been turned into indoor venues, I assume because it’s economically more viable to have a pool that’s usable year-round.

None of that really explains my own low levels of Vit D, since I regularly walk around my neighbourhood or to the milk bar, and I make a point of getting out of the office every day at lunch and wandering around the nearby shopping strip.  I would easily be getting more than the recommended amount of exposure to sunlight, which is something like 20 minutes a day in winter.

There is this though (I read this somewhere and now can’t find the link. Oops): Kidney or liver disease can impair the body’s ability to produce Vit D. Perhaps my not-quite-right liver is having an impact?

There’s also this, which is probably more relevant to most, and which I found here: Those living with chronic inflammation or disorders of the intestinal tract that affect nutrient absorption are also at risk of deficiency

Now that’s interesting. There’s mounting evidence that inflammation is a huge problem in developed countries, and is responsible for many of the major health issues we face. And much of it can be traced back to the crappy diets people in developed nations generally follow.  Basically, most people need to eat more fruit & veg, more Omega-3s, more antioxidants and less refined grains & sugars, caffeine and alcohol.

The gut disorders? Hmm. Some of that can undoubtedly be ascribed to diet too. I know that my IBS flares up if I overdo processed starches, alcohol or skimp on fresh fruit and veggies.

So perhaps if we all just lived generally healthier lifestyles – walked more, participated in some outdoor activities instead of spending so much time on the couch, and ate more fruit and veg, less grains, more good fats (particularly Omega-3s) and less crap overall, the incidence of vitamin D deficiency might seriously decrease. 

Meanwhile, I’ll be swallowing my little capsules daily plus still staying out of the sun between 10:00am and 2:00pm (or 11:00 and 3:00 in summer) and slip-slop-slapping when I’m outdoors for prolonged periods. My family history of skin cancer is something I take pretty seriously.

Have you had your Vitamin D levels tested? How did you rate?

Friday, April 20, 2012

The one with no substance, but at least there are pretty shoes

One of the biggest warning signals that my life is a little out of control is a steep decrease in blogging. When I'm struggling to get one lousy post up per week, it's usually because:

a) I'm pressed for time
b) My brain is going Aargh! Aargh! AARGH!! due to total overload, and thinking of ideas for blog posts is just Way. Too. Much. Effort.
c) I know that things generally aren't going well, and I really don't want to blog about it, because...ugh. Whiney posts are soooo boring.

So, apologies for the lack of meaty, fluffy or any other content lately. But hey, at least I have FREE STUFF to give away. (What do you mean, you haven't entered? Hop to it!) Also: shoes!

Purple crocodile! Would I have bought these a month ago? Nuh-uh!
Having a shoe manufacturer's factory outlet just down the street from my office is very dangerous. $130 shoes are regularly $80. And then they have these 40% off sales...which they kindly email me to tell me about. I swear I wasn't going in there at lunch time yesterday, so I have no idea how I ended up with these.

Anyhoo, today I'm out for lunch, so I shall be sporting my purple shoes with jeans, my blue Guess t-shirt with the crystal buttons (super sale item!!), a blazer and something mauve and shiny from the depths of my jewellery collection. Still trying to decide on just the right bag....

Jeans with purple accents

I shall endeavour to organise my time a bit better on the weekend and post something a little more interesting. Right now I need to go hunt through my handbags...


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blackmores giveaway

Blackmores have very kindly provided me with some great products from their new sports range for another giveaway. Two lucky readers will grab a fantastic prize pack, consisting of:

• Blackmores Sports Bag
• Blackmores Sports Towel
• Protein Shaker
• a 1 month subscription to My Blackmores online sport program and the new book Getting the Edge.

I received one of these packs myself a few days ago, and I’m pretty impressed. In fact, the sports bag was so appealing that Bike Boy snaffled it for himself (how rude!). He attempted to claim the gym towel too, until I hid it from him. If he’s lucky I may allow him to use some of the whey…

The protein powders have a good nutritional balance, high in protein and low in fat and carbohydrate. ProDefinition contains a blend of whey concentrate, soy isolate, whey isolate and casein. There’s the usual amino acid profile, and both products have CoQ10 antioxidant blend added. The ProDefinition is marketed towards women, but there’s no reason why men can’t use it (I’ve never really got the whole gender-specific protein thing, but I guess it’s just one of those advertising things). It’s berry flavoured and tastes pretty good.

ProPower contains only whey concentrate and is vanilla flavoured. It comes in a box of 10 single serve sachets, which would be really handy to throw into a sports bag with a shaker if you wanted to have a protein shake immediately after training. This product is marketed towards sports people, but that doesn't mean you have to be a serious athlete to use it.

I’ve yet to trial the My Blackmores system, as there’s been a bit of a communication hiccup there and I can’t log in as yet. So I’ll have to review it at a later stage, once I’ve had a play around with it. I like the concept though – it features speciality programs, including 5km, 10km and half marathon running programs, Bike Fit, Racquet Fit, Hike Fit, Ball Fit and Golf Fit. And the e-book contains workouts and recipes to help you achieve your goals.

If you’d like the chance to win one of these prize packs, just hop over to my Facebook page and “like” it if you’re not already a fan, then leave a comment on this post, telling me what your health, exercise or sports goal is. Easy!

The competition is open to Australian residents only and closes at 6:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Monday 23rd April. Only one entry per person is permitted. The winner will be chosen at random and announced here on this blog on Tuesday 24th April. If the winner’s postal address is not received by Friday 27th April, their prize will be forfeited and a re-draw will take place.

There are two prizes to be awarded, with an approximate value of $125 each. Postage within Australia is also included.

This is not a sponsored post, and no cash payment was received to promote these products, however I did receive free goods from Blackmores.

I'm linking up with the Aussie Giveaway Linkup once again, hosted by Three L'il Princesses. Go see what else is up for grabs!

Aussie Giveaway Linky
Hosted by Three Lil Princesses


Sunday, April 15, 2012

What do you suck at?

It turns out that I am much, much less flexible than I imagined. In fact, if there was a worldwide competition for the title of least flexible human, I bet I'd win, hands-down.

Chaturanga? Yep, I can manage that, more or less. But Cobra...? Uh ...I feel as though someone spread superglue all over the floor and I'm stuck there. With modified hand placement, I can get my chest about 1cm off the mat. Impressive, no?

So I totally suck at yoga. Big deal. The only way I'm going to get better is to do as the image suggests and Just. Do. It. Improvement is imminent.

What's your exercise nemesis? Do you avoid it like mad, or are you consciously working to improve?


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Product review - Sirena Tonno e Riso

Yesterday I was walking past our front door when I noticed a whopping great box on the front porch. Damn postie - that lazy #@&*! never rings the doorbell. He just either dumps and runs, or leaves a card and then I have to wait till the next day, then trek to the post office to pick up my parcel. It really makes me cross. Hmmph.

Anyway, I had no idea what it could be, so I was a bit excited to open it up - it was like a mystery birthday present. Inside was this basket, all done up with cellophane and a yellow ribbon:

I was still none the wiser, and ripped off the cellophane to find this:

Ha! I'd completely forgotten that the lovely folks at Sirena had emailed me a couple of weeks back to ask if I was interested in some samples of their Tuna & Rice instant meals, Tonno e Riso. The picnic basket, tablecloth, champagne & glasses and set of cutlery was a really nice touch.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting all that much from the product. As it happens, Sirena is actually my preferred tuna brand and I get all stabby when my local Coles doesn't have it on the shelves, forcing me to buy some lesser quality fish. But you know...this is a packaged meal thingie, and I'm not a huge fan of those.

I figured I'd give one a test-run for lunch though, so I grabbed the Puttanesca flavour and (of course!) flipped the package over to the nutrition panel. The stats looked good:

Calories 261
Protein 17.5g
Carbohydrate 18.1g
Fat 13.3g (only 1.5 saturated and zero trans-fats)

So far, it was ticking all the boxes. Next I hunted down the ingredients list, and here was a pleasant surprise: There is nothing but real food in this package! There's no artificial flavours and the only colouring added is natural - from paprika. The rest is tuna, rice, veggies, stock, spices and some extra virgin olive oil plus sunflower seed oil.

I whacked it in the microwave for 30 seconds, gave it a stir and tucked in. My tastebuds were happy. This one had an authentic puttanesca flavour - I'd have added more chilli personally, but I guess not everyone's a fan. The tomato, olives and capers were pretty well balanced with the tuna and it was a serving that would satisfy me for lunch, probably with a piece of fruit afterwards.

The verdict? It gets the thumbs-up from me. I'll be sticking the other three varieties in my desk drawer at work for emergency meals. I reckon they'd even be fine eaten cold, so if you were out on the road for the day, you could chuck a fork and one of these in your bag and you'd have a decent meal.

Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I did not receive payment or other remuneration for writing this post, although I did receive a free sample of the product. The opinions expressed here are my own and are given frankly and honestly


Friday, April 13, 2012

Iron Sky

OK, this has me intrigued... I've just watched the trailer for Iron Sky, which is due to be released in cinemas here on 10th May. It looks a little...uh...kooky. This is the promotional blurb from Hoyts distribution: 

As World War II came to a close, several German scientists deployed Nazi spaceships to the dark side of the moon to establish a military base from which they could once again strike out at the countries of Earth. Now, in 2018, they’re coming back.

Yeah.... Check it out for yourself:

You'll be able to see Iron Sky for yourself  at your nearest Hoyts from May 10th.  Mine's at Greensborough, but if you want something fancy-schmancy, check out their Xtremescreen, Director’s Suite and the Bean Bag Cinema. 


Being bendier


I've always had problems with stiff muscles and joints, and if you've been reading this blog for a long time, you'd know that every so often, I vow to change that. Usually what happens is I spend a day or two doing some extra stretching and vaguely mumble something about looking into doing some yoga.

And then I fall back into my old habits of training like mad and pushing my muscles to their limits, followed by stretching for about a minute and a half before rushing off home to get on with my day.

I know I need to work on my flexibility. I know I need to be kinder to my body. But of course, knowing and doing are not the same thing at all.

It seems that crunch time has now come. The evil Lizilla has sent me a new program, which involves YOGA. Eek! That sh*t is so far outside my comfort zone that I'm practically having a panic attack about it. OK, I might be exaggerating just a little, but man, I hate doing stuff that I'm not good at. Which is probably why I've never got very far with my "get bendier" resolutions before.

As we all know though, everything you've ever wanted is waiting for you, right over there --> outside your comfort zone. Guess where I'm heading?


Thursday, April 12, 2012

What does your style say about you?

Before I had my fabulous wardrobe makeover and style consultation, I never thought all that much about how the way we dress reflects our self-image. But really, every time we get dressed, we're saying something about the way we see ourselves. I shudder to think what my slightly-too-big track pants, faded t-shirt and rubber thongs were saying all those times when I ducked out to the shopping centre without bothering to change out of my housework/gardening outfit.

Part of Meaghan's pre-session research involved my completing a questionnaire about my lifestyle and the way I like to dress, among other things. I was a bit stumped when it came to describing my style, or selecting from multiple choice responses regarding my ideal outfit. I even struggled to think of a single celebrity whose fashion style I admired. That was not a question I had ever, EVER pondered. I began to think that I was handing Meaghan an impossible task.

As it turned out, I needn't have worried. Meaghan summed me up perfectly. My style is mainly classic, although I do lean a little towards the Bohemian. That explained the collection of frilled, flounced and full skirts I owned, even though they did nothing to enhance my figure. No matter - I can allow my inner hippie to influence some of my choices of jewellery or handbags or the odd top. But she shall henceforth be gently but firmly restrained.

I've been having a lot of fun shopping over the Easter break, picking up a few classic pieces that my wardrobe was sadly lacking, amongst them a lovely white fitted shirt, a classic black blazer, a pair of burgundy jeans, some gorgeous black pants and a trench coat. And shoes. Lots of shoes. I'm approaching shopping with a whole new outlook now that I have an understanding of what suits my shape and how I want to look. Not only am I considering whether I like a piece of clothing before buying it, but I'm assessing whether it's flattering and also whether it fits my style. No more returning stuff the day after I buy it or having it hang unworn in the wardrobe!

After a big shopping trip on Sunday, I was describing my purchases to Bike Boy, and expressing how ridiculous it seemed that I hadn't previously grasped what suited me and what I felt comfortable in. And he floored me with this comment: Huh. You knew more about your style when you were 18 or 19. I looked at him, puzzled. He smiled, and pointed out that when we first met, I used to wear blazers, nice shirts, boots, shirt dresses, things with fitted waists... He was spot-on. So what happened?

Most women who gain a lot of weight try to hide themselves in loose, flowing clothes and I was no different. I spent years trying to cover up the hated bulges with baggy tops over pants, flowing skirts or in tent-like dresses. Then when I lost the excess weight, I went a bit nuts buying new clothes to fit my much smaller body - hence the previously overflowing wardrobe. But somehow, I'd lost sight of what my style was and ended up with a mish-mash of clothing, a lot of it not particularly flattering. Some of my outfits were winners, sure. But many did nothing at all for me, making me look shapeless, frumpy, or much older than I am.

No more. Having an impartial third party assess you and show you what looks good on you (and why) is something I'd recommend to every woman. It's no good asking your husband, your mum or your best friend - their view is coloured by their relationship with you and they just see you, no matter what you wear. But a fresh pair of eyes can see your great legs, or narrow waist, or whatever other assets you may have. And an expert pair of eyes can show you which clothes will make you look your absolute best all the time, no matter what the occasion.

Because whether you're going to work, shopping, doing the school run, or going out for drinks or dinner, you should always feel fantastic about whatever you're wearing. If you know it's flattering, it feels comfortable and it reflects your authentic self, how can you not feel great?

Whether you've lost weight, are just beginning a weight loss journey, or you're part way there but not yet at the point you'd like to be, making an effort with your appearance can give you a real mental boost. Wearing clothes that you know look good, fit well and project an image you're happy with will give you confidence and put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. And that's attractive. :)

I had planned to take photos of a few outfits for this post, but time got the better of me. So here's just one that I wore to work yesterday, and received a lot of compliments on:

White shirt from Saba, bandage skirt from Katies, cardigan from Target, shoes from Diana Ferrari. A pair of opaque black tights, a wide belt and a few black and silver bracelets completed the look. And because we've had a sudden cold snap, I needed my trench coat from Portmans and a pretty red scarf.

Sorry about the cruddy photos - it was way too late to be mucking around getting them just right. I promise to do better next time.

Are you confident about your personal style?  Do you throw together an outfit every day with no dramas at all? Or are you like I was, changing clothes up to five or six times and still not feeling right about what you're wearing? Please, someone tell me I'm not the only one....


If you've made it all the way to the bottom of this post, you deserve a medal. But I have something even better for you. I've teamed up with Meaghan Smith to offer my readers and Facebook fans a discount deal. For one week only, you can book Meaghan for either a style consultation and wardrobe review at a $50 discount off the normal price OR for an online consultation at $20 off the usual price.

You'd be mad to pass this up. If you'd like to take advantage of either of these deals, contact Meaghan via her website or her Facebook page and tell her I sent you. Remember, you only have until next Wednesday, 18th April to take advantage of this offer though, so don't muck around.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And the winner is....

Thanks to everyone who entered the Fit and Fabulous Sana Direct giveaway. It seems lots of people wanted to win the lovely prize pack - and why wouldn't you? The winner was drawn last night using the high-tech method of printing and cutting up numbers and drawing one from a Tupperware bowl.

I'd love to give you all a prize, but unfortunately, there can be only one winner. So without further ado, the lucky commenter is.....

......Drum roll..........

......Suspenseful music.......

.....The envelope, please!

You know that saying "Lucky last"? Well, in this case, last really was lucky, because the winner is the lovely A-M who dropped by to enter at the eleventh hour last night.

Congratulations, A-M. I'll be in touch to organise delivery of your prize. :)

Huge thanks to Sana Direct for providing the products for this competition. For those of you not lucky enough to win, head on over to their website and see if something takes your fancy. Online ordering and delivery is super-easy. (And just quietly, the Aussie dollar gets you extra-good value when buying from our cousins across the ditch.)

Thanks again to all participants. Stay tuned for my next giveaway - there'll be one coming up very soon.


Wednesday, April 04, 2012


There seems to a small glitch in the comments system on this mornings giveaway post. A couple of comments have somehow shown up on the old Blogger commenting system. I don't even know how that's possible, since that option is switched off. O_o Never fear, all commenters will be included in the draw, and I'll figure out a way to publish the missing comments without making all the others go "Poof".

Gawd. It had to be today, of all days.....

Edit: All sorted now. The two lovely ladies whose comments went walkabout are in now. Thanks Steph and Sue for your patience.


Grab some goodies - blog giveaway

The competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered or who shared the link! The winner will be announced Tuesday 11th April at 6:00am.

Today I have a fabulous giveaway for you. If you could use a little help getting your fitness on, this package of goodies is just what you need.

First up, Sara has kindly donated a pack of Sana Direct supplements to make you all fit and healthy on the inside. In case you don't know, Sana Direct produces a range of top quality supplements and foods which they sell direct from their facility in Christchurch, NZ. It's good stuff.

The prize pack includes:

- A 500g pack of whey concentrate - your choice of vanilla or natural unflavoured
- A pack of 180 Omega 3 capsules (1000g each) - good for your brain and body
- 90 L-Glutamine capsules (750mg) - for muscle maintenance and immune function
- A 50g pack of pure Stevia leaf extract - this stuff is 250 times sweeter than sugar!

This lot will have you raring to go. You'll have the strength of Schwarzenegger, the speed of Superman and the intelligence of Stephen Hawking. (I might have made that last bit up....)

But wait, there's more.....

I'm also throwing in two pairs of Nike FITDRY sports socks. These are medium size (24-27cm), so should fit most women. They're made of Dri-Fit fabric, have arch support built in and are Left-Right specific, so this is some high-tech attire for your tootsies!

Plus there's a pack of FitDeck exercise playing cards, to freshen up your training routine. This one is a 26-card booster deck, for resistance tube exercises - so even if you're not a gym-goer, you can use these at home with a band, which you should be able to pick up pretty much anywhere. Each card demonstrates an exercise using resistance tube. You can shuffle the cards to create hundreds of unique routines with surprise sequences and intensity levels. Each deck can be used alone, or in combination with any of the other decks in the series.

OK, here's the easy part: All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post and then share a link to the post on either Facebook, Twitter or your own blog. Simple. If you're usually a lurking non-commenter, come out from wherever you're hiding and say hi - you never know, you might win. :)

Now for the boring fine print:

The competition is open until 6:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 10th April. Only one entry per person is permitted. The winner will be chosen at random and announced here on this blog on Wednesday 11th April. Entry is open to Australian residents only (sorry international readers!)

There is one prize to be awarded, with an approximate value of $135. Postage within Australia is also included.

This is not a sponsored post, and no payment was received to promote any of the brands represented in the prize pack, although I did receive free stuff from Sana Direct for the prize pack. All other items included in the prize were paid for by little old me.

I declare this giveaway OPEN! *cuts imaginary ribbon*

I'm linking up with the Great Aussie Giveaway this week, hosted by Three L'il Princesses. Click on the button below and see what else is up for grabs... I'm having a go at a couple myself.  :)

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Monday, April 02, 2012

5 reasons to love Monday

It's Monday morning, but I don't have my usual Blah, *sigh* Mondayitis. That's because:

1. I un-taped my toe last night (it's been more than four weeks since I broke it) and whilst it looks a bit odd, it actually feels OK. Still tender if I knock it, but mostly working just fine.

2. I bought seven pairs of shoes yesterday and they only cost me $160 all up. Bargain!

3. I'm back into my normal training routine - well, I'm still having to make one or two modifications because of the toe (no running and split squats are problematic), but it feels good to be just doing it once again.

4. Daylight saving ended on the weekend. I was sad to be closing the blinds an hour earlier last night, but very happy to wake up easily at 5:30am and to see bright daylight when I left the gym at 7:00am.

5. There's a short week ahead - Easter coming up means I only have four days till the next weekend. Yippee!

How's your Monday looking?