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“And then the wheels fell off…”

This is kinda gross and I don’t really know why I’m blogging about this, but the other night at around MIDNIGHT I went to see the Doctor in E.D at the hospital who told me I have Shingles. It’s pretty much the “grown-ups” version of Chickenpox, only worse. It’s spread across my chest and down my left arm/armpit. I’ll be popping pills like it’s my job for the next week, I’m on anti-viral antibiotics which I take 5 times a day for 5 days as well as pain relief which I take every 4-5 hours or so as needed.

I’m so annoyed that this had to happen now because I’ve just started being proactive about my health and fitness, and instead of moping around at home complaining about how unfit and unhappy I am I took action to change. I bought a 10 concession card for the local outdoor swimming pool so I can start swimming since everything else hurts and I bought a soccer ball to play soccer with my friends. I also just got Annabel Langbein’s beautiful cookbook which is full to bursting with amazing healthy and delicious recipes, as well as dragging out mum’s old “deliciously natural” cookbook so I could put together a two-week meal plan for mum and I.

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However… It will take anywhere between 2-5 weeks for the Shingles to go away completely, and it’s extremely contagious. I can’t swim because, well… just, EW and I can’t cook because the movement hurts too much. So it’s like Karma just slapped this in my face, sort of reminding me that this is what I get for faffing around with my health for months. It’s as if it’s saying “Hi there! Remember me? Karma? Yeah well I’m back again! Just a friendly reminder that you should’ve maintained your health instead of falling into an emotional and physical rut. I’m just going to give you a hideous virus to deal with for a few weeks while you think about your actions. Bye now!”

Not to mention the fact that we’re in the middle of Mock exams right now 😦 I have my drama and biology exams tomorrow and it really does not look like I’ll be able to sit them. I think the reason I got this in the first place is from all the stress I’ve been dealing with lately… You only need to look at my poor, torn nail beds to see that…
The last thing I feel like doing is sitting in an exam hall for a collective 6 hours, making a noise every few hours by taking my medication and pain relief. Not to mention the contagious aspect…

Yesterday I begrudgingly and very painfully cooked a Pumpkin Pie for my dear ole’ sis. My sister, her partner and my gorgeous little nephew are staying with us for a few days. She arrived before I was diagnosed so I was feeling good (itchy though- the first sign) and promised I’d bake her a pumpkin pie since she’d never tried one. True to my word, I pump my veins full of pain killers and took to the kitchen. The result was a delicious, perfectly cooked pumpkin pie, with a slightly over-worked crust unfortunately, but hey, it still tasted good. I decided not to cook dinner last night and wound up sleeping for 2 and a half hours in the afternoon.

I’ve really lost my appetite these last couple of days and I’ve been really REALLY tired. I have grasped the opportunity of my lack of appetite to sort of correct my eating habits. I’m trying to lessen the amount of sweet foods I have.

Anyway, that’s what up these days… Who knows how I’ll feel in a few days. Since I caught the virus early with anti-biotics it might now get any worse… hopefully.


October 16, 2010 at 10:09 pm 2 comments

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae

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Oh. My. GOD! If you haven’t already figured out what this shining beauty is, it’s Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae and it’s AMAZING!

I told mum I was going to make her dinner with a dessert that would blow her mind, and I did it! After seeing Nigella cook up a storm with this recipe on youtube the other day I’ve been hanging out to give it a go. It’s really easy too, just 200mls Condensed Milk, 100g Dark Chocolate Chips and 100g Smooth Peanut Butter all melted in a saucepan. Nom nom nom! If you want an easy and delicious dessert option, I highly recommend this!

For dinner I made pizza bread with rosemary, olive oil, garlic and salt.

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It was YUMMY too! Took forever though because there was a bit of drama concerning the dough… I’ve never made dough like that before and I was home alone all day today with no parents to assist me. The dough I made first was great! I kneeded it and it became gorgeously smooth and elastic, just the way it should, so I put it outside in the sun to rise without knowing that UV Rays kill yeast… Epic fail…

So my perfect dough didn’t rise 😦 SO I decided to try again with some new dough, but the second batch was disastrous, it was flaky and tough and wouldn’t go smooth and elastic the way it needed to. I got so frustrated I just wanted to throw it out the window.. To top that off, the second batch wouldn’t rise either even though I didn’t expose it to sun!!! Oh well, I used the first dough and the pizza bread actually turned out very nice 🙂 It was crisp and tasty and soft on the inside. Success!

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I used the recipe out of my currently favourite recipe book:

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It doesn’t look like much but WOW! I discovered this tucked away at the back of my mother’s cookbook cupboard and it’s so full of easy, delectable recipes that I haven’t seen before. I can’t wait to try out more!

Anyway, I’m full so I’m going to go and read more of my insanely addictive book, “Needful Things” by Stephen King. Night!


October 3, 2010 at 5:48 am Leave a comment

Homemade Larabars

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Tonight I made homemade Larabars using my own recipe, based off one I got off Oh She Glows.

larabar I used the basic proportions although I made a double mix (which ended up being 4 very small bars) and I just changed the ingredients to suit what I had. What I love about Larabars is that they are both raw AND vegan. Each Larabar in the store has a maximum of 3 ingredients, usually just things like Dates and nuts etc, it’s really great to know that what you’re eating isn’t processed crap. Unfortunately however they cost almost $5 per bar and therefore they’re not something I can afford to have on a regular basis. This in mind I jumped at the chance to have a go at making my own!

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The ingredients I used were:

  • 1/2 cup of chopped dates (I chopped them myself)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil

It was so simple, I added 1.5 teaspoons of oil to the coconut and dates in the food processor and then once I’d processed the nuts and added them to the dates and coconut I added a further 1/2 teaspoon.

I was a little disappointed at how little they were despite having made a double-mixture :/ oh well, they should be good for four school lunches. I’m trying to be more creative with my lunches to avoid processed things like spreads, muesli bars etc. I would like to keep it as raw and vegan as I can while I experiment with vegan food. Keep in mind that I am NOT a vegan, I’m still eating meat and dairy products, I just have an interest in veganism and am investigating the foods and how to do veganism properly because I am interested in slowly transitioning to veganism over time.

I haven’t tasted the bars yet, but I don’t think they’ll be very sweet, but that’s ok. Adding sugar and salt to foods that I deem unnecessary additives is something I profusely detest and therefore I shall not be adding any 🙂

Anyway, I had a shocking nights sleep last night which I blame on the coffee cupcakes :/ I had A LOT of the mixture and it was quite highly caffeinated.  I was wide awake staring at the roof until 3am to which I had a 6am wake up 😦

Tonight I will hopefully sleep better and wake up early to do some early morning Sun Salutations.

I’m off to bed with some “light” reading 😉 Goodnight!
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September 20, 2010 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

Training Your Body and Mind.

So you guys know I’m reading “50 Marathons, 50 Days” at the moment, and there is some seriously valuable information in amongst the marathon recaps. For example, one chapter was specifically dedicated to nutrition and the most effective way to fuel your body. Dean Karnazes talks about how his diet consists of mostly natural and organic foods. His logic is that if it wasn’t around in “caveman times” then it’s not worth eating.

I truly appreciate this way of thinking. It made me think of my time in the Army and how I ate nothing but fruit, vegetables and lean meats the whole week, I have never ever had as much energy as I did then. I felt amazing every day and I needed it too to accommodate the hectic schedule we had to follow.

I would love to maintain a natural, organic and low-sugar diet. But as we all know, my sweet tooth is my greatest weakness. I’m trying to “ween” myself off sugar… with little success at this point. I’m trying to train my mind into eating foods that I know will make me feel good, instead of caving into sugar cravings for satisfaction that lasts ten minutes. I wish there was a way I could truly kick my sugar addiction! Sounds lame as, but this is something really important to me.

After reading so much from him, I find this man such an inspiration. I’m so glad to read his chapter about nutrition, I really think this was the little kick to help improve my motivation.

So as my title says, the true challenge in this endeavour is to train my body and mind to eating purely foods that are good for me. I know I can do it, I can do it because I started a savings account a few weeks ago, I’ve always struggled to save, I’ve been forever dipping into past savings accounts so as a result, accumulate ZERO savings. This time, I made the decision to save and I have stuck by it. I have no desire to spend any of that money and I’m EXCITED about saving and the benefits and rewards I’ll receive from that in the long term.

I view this nutritional change in the same light. It’s the same logic, but one’s food and one’s money. I KNOW I can make a lifestyle change, I’ve already proven it to myself. It’s just about enforcing discipline and maintaining it.

I’ll also have to train myself out of expecting a sugary sweet after each meal. It’s a habit now which I think is a large reason why I do it. A change I can make there is to follow a meal with a piece of fruit or other healthy food item. In time, I think it will be entirely successful 🙂

Wish me luck! I’ll have more updates on this in the future. Have a great Sunday night.


May 23, 2010 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

New habits + an unusual problem….

Hey guys!! I’m baaackk 🙂

Did you miss me? 😉
I’ve decided to resume regular blogging since I think I’ve successfully made it “back on track”. I’m very happy with my lifestyle at the moment, and let me tell you.. There have been some major changes!!

Where to begin…!?!

Well firstly, I have taken up JuJitsu. This may be a surprise for some of you, but throughout my entire life I’ve had something of a fascination with Martial Arts and I’ve always wanted to try it, but somehow have never found the courage to be proactive about it. Body Combat was a start for me but I still wanted to take things further. So when I discovered that they now hold JuJitsu classes twice a week at my gym, I was ecstatic and came along to the next class to check it out.


It was a whole new world of exercise and empowerment. There is something so uplifting about knowing you have the ability to flip someone on their back no matter how big or small they are.

I’ve been to 2 classes so far and I’m already hooked. I’m bruised everywhere in places I’ve never been bruised before, but it’s worth it 🙂

Last night I went the extra mile and at 5pm I went to JuJitsu for an hour, then at 6 I headed to Body Combat from 6.15-7.15pm! I was sooo stuffed! It felt great though 🙂 and it’s very satisfying to know that I gave it %100.

I’m definitely going to keep JuJitsu up, it helped me to be so calm and relaxed after a particularly bad day at school. I think that if I keep this up I’ll be able to get through the year maintaining a calm, relaxed mindset 🙂

There are 2 classes a week that I can attend and I plan to go to both, but obviously one of the classes are on the same night as Body Combat. I can make it to both classes if I skip the conditioning for Jujitsu. I’ll be super stuffed by the time I come home from it all but hey, I think it’ll be worth it 🙂 If it’s too much then I’ll drop body combat. I have to pay for that class each week, whereas I can go to Jujitsu whenever for free with my gym membership.

I also went to Zumba on Monday night again! hahaha. I’m sorry, but that class just does not do it for me eh. I tried to like it but it’s just not happening. Think I’ll stick to my usual cardio training on Monday nights 🙂

After the first JuJitsu class I attended my knee’s felt really REALLY bad. I had to take extremely strong pain killers and use a ton of anti-flamme, just to be able to sit down and stand back up again. I concentrated on my technique last night to see if I could alter it slightly in a way that meant less pressure on my knees and I think it worked. They felt heaps better after class last night.

Anyway, in other news…

I have an unusual problem at the moment…

My problem is that in the last 1-2 weeks, I’ve developed a horrible tendency to be insanely fussy with my food. It’s crazy, for example, Feijoas I have loved all my life, and then now I hate them. I can’t stand the smell or the taste, even looking at them turns my stomach! This is so weird!! I can’t understand how I can go from loving something, to hating it virtually overnight!

Other examples are things like waking up in the morning, starving and usually I’ll be craving something and know exactly what I want. But now when I wake up, nothing appeals to me. I’m hungry but I don’t want anything to eat.

I’ve been having this same problem coming home from the gym. I’ll want something to eat but there’s nothing appealing so I won’t eat at all.

I’ve been skipping meals due to this problem and it’s BAD!

Does anyone have any advice on how to counter this? Or help me love food again?!?


That’s all for now folks 🙂 If you have any advice, please feel free to leave a comment in the comments section. I welcome ALL (positive) comments 🙂

I shall leave you with some photos. I’m off to the gym soon for an easy 40 minute cardio sesh before kicking back tonight, watching the new season of America’s Next Top Model and pulling my Bass guitar out of retirement to see if I can remember any old favourites. Have a fabulous Friday night!

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May 7, 2010 at 4:10 am 3 comments

Home sick blues :(

I came home sick from work today 😦 I have a stomach ache which is painkiller resistant and pretty much dibilitating. Came on last night and was ok this morning but proceeded to worsen at a rapid rate. I slept for a total of THIRTEEN HOURS yesterday! I had a four hour nap (because I always sleep when I feel crook) in the afternoon and then slept solidly through the night. I was glad that I wasn’t kept awake by my stomach. However…
Biggest reason I’m pissed off?

I haven’t exercised in THREE DAYS and I had plans to go for a big run and a big cycle this weekend! argh, just my dumb luck. Guess it’ll have to wait until tomorrow.  might get up early (as in REAL early, 5-5.30am) and either run or go to the gym for a swim or something… A run would be most likely because I hate cycling in the dark.

In the meantime, I am craving these DESPERATELY!!

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Good thing I don’t have any or else I’d devour them in about five seconds flat.  I’m a shocker when it comes to sweet foods, I’m really going to make a conscious effort to have healthier substitutes for sweet treats. I’m a big fan of Banana Soft Serve from Choosing Raw.
She has some EXCELLENT recipes for dessert substitutes, I’m fascinated by them! I never would’ve thought to try any of them, and when I tried the soft serve I almost died of happiness. It tasted even better than my favourite ice cream 😀 now that’s saying something because all it is is food processed banana! Genius!

Damn, if I was that creative, good at cooking, had better self-discipline and self-control and if we had no chocolate or ice cream currently in our house… things would be A LOT different around these parts…. Lol.

Have I ever mentioned my interest in becoming a Nutritionist? But that’s more of a back-up plan for if becoming a personal trainer doesn’t work out. I don’t think I’m a good enough cook though, I’m seriously no natural. I can follow a recipe though, it just requires A LOT of concentration.

Anyway, I’m currently watching Gossip Girl for the first time in ages, I have the opportunity today because I’m off sick from work.

By the way, a little heads up that big change is in the air… I won’t say anymore on the matter, but I just thought I’d warn you 😉

Have a good night everybody!


March 28, 2010 at 2:55 am Leave a comment

A review of my week of having a food diary.

So as you guys probably know, 1 week ago I decided to start keeping a food diary to monitor what I was eating so I could properly identify areas that I needed to improve one ( in conjunction with the “Back On Track” challenge).

I actually found it really really interesting! It was interesting to put things in perspective. I have this crazy mentality that I eat way too much all the time but at the end of each day when I reflected over my eats for the day, I always got a shock at how little I ate. It was a bit of a wake up call, I definitely need to be eating more vegetables and more protein.

I must say though that initially, I WAS eating a LOT. I’m not sure what happened over that week but by the last Sunday (yesterday), I had basically cut my daily food intake in half. It was a seriously dramatic change and I’m not entirely sure why because I did A LOT of high intensity exercise towards the end of the week… Could be down to the protein shakes I’ve been drinking every morning? Who knows.

I’ll give you an example:

Monday 15th: Pre-workout- Half a banana + One slice of bread with Hummus
Breakfast: 2 pieces of toast w/ tomato, Half a banana, protein shake w/ rice milk.
Interval: 1 Banana, Caramel Slice, Walnuts.
Lunch: Half a can of baked beans.
Afternoon Snack: Small bowl of ice cream, 3 pieces of Caramel Slice, 2 Date Crunch Balls.
Dinner: Noodles, tofu + Veggies, Salad.
Supper: Golden Queen Peach, 1 Caramel Slice.

Compared to…

Monday 22nd: Breakfast: Toasted Bagel w/ Peanut Butter and Banana, Protein Shake.
Interval: A few Grapes, Broken Bunken.
Lunch: Marmite Sandwich.
Afterschool: Mint Cookie Smash Ice Cream.
Pre-Workout: Toasted Bagel w/ Peanut Butter and Banana.
Dinner: Fish, Salad. Milo,
Snack: 2 Weetbix + Milk.

Can’t explain my loss of appetite over the week, but I’m happy about it. Not because I want to eat less but because generally my food choices are smarter and healthier which is what is most important to me.
I think I’ll keep up the food diary, it’s great to put things in perspective and I’ll be able to clearly see the areas of my diet that need improving on.

I had an excellent workout today by the way. I fully broke the rules though 😦 On my training plan I was meant to run 7 minutes with a 2 minute walking break, 3 times… Well, I ended up running for 40 minutes straight… BAD decision. I didn’t feel any pain (just stiffness in my knees), but that’s not the point. If I don’t follow the plan, I’ll wind up injuring myself again which is NOT what I want! I just get so caught up in the “zone” of running and I enjoy it so much I don’t want to stop… The running bug is brutal!

After my 40 minute run I cycled for 20 minutes on the stationary bike followed by a nice long stretch.

Anyway, I’m kicking back, watching Desperate Housewives atm 🙂 It finishes soon and I’m going to bed! I’m tired and haven’t been sleeping well lately.

Fingers crossed I sleep well tonight :S


March 22, 2010 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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