no regretsMost people on diets will eat food that they shouldn’t. It’s near impossible to stick to a healthy eating plan and the occasional inability to resist temptation is inevitable at some point. This is traditionally followed by a brief period of self-flagellation and guilt over the consumption of a forbidden food item, followed by a renewal of vows to stick to the plan and only eat celery for the rest of the week.

If, like me, you’ve signed up to any kind of online fitness plan or are somehow holding yourself accountable to someone, this can be extended to posting a confession in the forums or on social media or a blog. Usually along the lines of “I slipped up, my emotions got the better of me, and today I ate a chocolate bar.” The audience is usually sympathetic to the plight of the sinner and they offer up words of encouragement and support, often with a pledge to help the guilty one get back on track with their healthy eating.

Well. I’m not one of those people. Continue reading


Supermarket challenges

supermarket challengesToday I started preparation – in earnest – for the 12 Week Body Transformation, which kicks off on Monday in two days time. This meant organising and doing grocery shopping for my week’s meals, as well as finishing off the fitness test to measure my fitness levels before starting the program.

Grocery shopping is stressful.

Woolworths was packed. We were constantly jostling for room amongst the trolleys and the prams and the people staring blankly at all the different options for museli (that last category may or may not have included us). Slowly the trolley was piled high with fruits and vegetables, lean meats and extra-light dairy products, and the occasional Weird Ingredient like a bottle of fish sauce or a can of red kidney beans.

However, what left us dumbstruck with incomprehension was the peanuts. Continue reading

Reading, writing, rest and relaxation retreat

reading writing rest port macquarie holiday

I went away for five days to Port Macquarie, and it was glorious. My goal was to get started writing a few pieces to later submit to various publications, to get through reading some books, and to just relax as much as possible. To this end, I did a lot of beachgoing, went for walks, and sat in various cafes with my laptop to partake in coffee and/or delicious food while writing. Continue reading