Thursday, 13 March 2014

SMILE at your reflection!

How many of you have frowned at your reflection in front of your kids?  How many of you have complained about your body to them?  What sort of message is this sending to your kids?  What do you think it is telling them about their own body image?

A couple of Christmases ago, what with one thing and another, I didn't get to the gym over the holidays.  By the end of two weeks, I was climbing the walls, convinced I'd lost all my muscles and put on loads of fat.

After my first session back at the gym, I came home triumphant and showed my husband how I'd got my muscles back!

He told me it just wasn't possible.  It just wasn't possible that I'd lost all my muscle in 2 weeks and it also wasn't possible that in one session I could have got back what I thought I'd lost.

The moral of this story is this:  it really isn't about what you actually look like, it's about how you feel about yourself when you look in the mirror.

If you look in the mirror on a day when you feel have accomplished things, you will always see something better than what you see on a day when you feel you have achieved little.

We don't exercise to look good.  We exercise to feel good - mentally and physically.

Regular exercise boosts immunity, self-esteem, metabolism and mood - it also radically improves what you see in the mirror, simply because exercise makes you like yourself more.

When you like yourself more, it's easy to smile at your reflection!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Junior Hero Academy and battling ropes

Junior Hero Academy kids work so hard!  Here they are with  the battling ropes and climbing ropes, jump squats and pull ups and practising overhead squats with a 7.5kg weighted bar instead of the PVC pipe they have been used to.  Onwards and upwards!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

2 paleo pancake recipes

Recipe 1

250g creamed coconut - melted
6-8 eggs - if you want to make crepes add a bit of water to thin

Recipe 2

200g ground almonds
6 - 8 eggs - these don't make great crepes

top with whatever paleo topping you like -

honey and lemon,
dark chocolate sauce (melted dark chocolate and coconut cream)
caramel sauce (salted butter and honey boiled for a while)
berry compote (frozen berries and honey boiled for a while)