I Have A Strava! Do You?

logoI’ve been running twice now in the past week. Okay, well, I’m going to call it “running”. It’s a start.

If I’m going to get back into this, then I want to be able to track my progress. While I appreciate data, I don’t get quite as excited about it as Chris does.

Speaking of him, he was the one who recommended this new app to me.

It’s called Strava and I downloaded it today. It’s described as, “Designed by athletes, for athletes, Strava’s mobile app and website connect millions of runners and cyclists through the sports they love.” 

While I’m not what you’d refer to as an “athlete”, I am more interested in the tracking qualities of the app over the “connecting” features, but both might deliver motivation.

That’s it, I downloaded a different app today. Yep, nothing more, nothing less. If you’re sitting there and thinking is that it? Is that all she did differently today? Ask yourself what you did? I’d love to hear it. a

I had a full day of chores and got much accomplished and I spent much of the day keeping an eye on our boy Buzzie who’s got some health challenges, but I didn’t do anything really unique. It was a pretty ordinary day.

I hope to go for a “run” in the morning and I’ll give my new Strava app its first try. If you happen to be on it too, friend me!

I wondered what the word, “strava” meant and found this…


Strava is the Swedish word for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do: If you’re striving to improve, no matter your goals or ability, you’re one of us. Strava is the social network for athletes. We’re a global community of millions of runners, cyclists and triathletes, united by the camaraderie of sport.

When Life Gives You Lemons…


This week on MasterChef it’s “Sweet Week”. I think it’s best that I don’t watch as just seeing sweet decadent desserts gives me ridiculous sweet cravings.,

And, last night I got sucked into watching and sure enough, the cravings started.

How could I satiate the cravings AND strict to my healthier eating regime?

Hmmm… that was the question.

I thought about baking. Then I thought about ALL THAT SUGAR!

How could I bake and not sabotage my cleaner eating?  Then i spotted a bag of coconut flour in the cupboard. Then I saw the lemons and I knew these were the beginnings of a recipe. So I turned to google and found this one for Coconut flour lemon pound cake.


Coconut flour is about a third of the carbs from wheat flour and the recipe uses maple syrup, high protein from the eggs, and coconut oil as the good fat. So, that was enough for me to try my hand a Doing It Different in the kitchen.

Not only is baking a different activity, using coconut flour is different yet again.

And speaking of different, the taste was fine, it was the heaviness of the consistency that found most different with this recipe, but I may have added a little too much flour. I’ve never been a stickler when it comes to measurements when I’m cooking. This is probably why baking just isn’t my thing.

But, I now have a tasty lemon pound cake that offers me a high protein, low carb breakfast option that I made myself.  I did not ice it but have since tried it with a dollop of greek yoghurt and a tiny bit of maple syrup and it was tasty.

The end result…



A Morning Marathon

I rarely ever leave the house before having my morning coffee. And, if I do, I couldn’t be expected to accomplish anything of note.

But, today my DID was to do both.

It was the day Chris had been training for for months. It was the Sydney Half Marathon. And what a spectacular day for it.

I accompanied Chris into the city to see him off and wish him well. Once he had found his people, stretched, and lined up, I left to go on a bit of a marathon of my own. I found image after image worthy of capture (see the Race Day photo album)  and was so wrapped up in the excitement and beauty of the morning I almost forgot about not having my morning coffee.

After catching Chris stride through the starting gates, I set off in search of some java. Over in Paddington, I found my sweet, hot, strong liquid love at Sonoma BakerySonoma Bakery . I may have also found one of their famous “Morning Buns” too. This was enough to get out of bed for!

My DID for today was capturing some early morning photos, recording Chris’ 1/2 marathon milestone,  leaving the house, and even logging over 5km of my own, all before even having the first sip of my morning coffee!


Celebrating Our “Ann-if-versary”

Back about 10 years ago when Chris and I were first dating, we found this little gem in a bookstore.


It’s a collection of “If” questions that are designed to go deep into you, your personality, your beliefs and, yes, your soul.

Some random examples…

  • If you could erase one thing from your conscience, what would it be?
  • If you could give the Pope one piece of advice, what would you tell him?
  • If you could change one thing in your own life to make it more balanced, what would it be?
  • If you could name one person you know who has truly found their destiny, who would it be?

We’d ask each other questions from this insightfully written, little book, discuss our answers, and get to know each other better.  Between the discussions that it created and the amount of time we spent actually talking with each other over skype (’cause remember, back then we then lived in two different countries) we probably got to know each other better and faster than most couples.

Between these discussions and the amount of time we spent actually speaking with each other over skype (’cause remember, back then we then lived on two different continents) we probably got to know each other better and faster than most couples.

For today’s DID, I pulled this feisty little tome off the shelf (it’s literally been years since we’ve had it out), opened it up, and let it work its conversation-starting magic.

It’s good to know that knowing each other as well as we do after 10 years together and celebrating our second wedding anniversary tomorrow that we can still learn new things about each other.



Wish Woolies Was More Like Salamanca


Today’s DID was a follow on from yesterday’s.

It was grocery shopping day. Armed with my new fresh, healthy focus, I approached the shop in a whole new way.

Woolies is definitely not on par with the Salamanca Markets found in “The Foodie State”, Tasmania,  (photo) but I shopped its aisles as best as I could. I took Barb’s advice and didn’t buy anything in a package.  Okay, dishwasher tabs, but I won’t be eating those!

I checked out with a cart full of fresh produce, mostly low GI vegetables. It had some lean meats and seafood, some healthy fats, some whole grains, nuts, aand a few other protein sources.  It only had two snack-type items but even those were a change from chips, biscuits, etc… one package of plain rice crackers and a small bag of wasabi peas.  No bread, no sweets, no treats, nothing packaged – just a big healthy shopping cart/trolley full of healthy, tasty goodness.

I keep repeating over and over in my head, “You can’t eat crap that you don’t buy.” So, today was a successful shop. I did not bring anything unhealthy into the house. And, I ate sensibly as a result.

Now, I must think about what I can make for dinner – this should be fun!



A Step In The Right Direction


Today I decided that I’d get serious about learning more about nutrition.

I need to be healthier. I need to eat better. I need to lose weight. This is one of the first steps.

Between pitching for new work like a machine today, I set aside an hour to cruise the web and find helpful information, tips, and hints on healthy eating, nutrition, and weight loss.

I know an hour barely scratched the surface, but the time limit was part of my strategy. I wanted to set a goal, learn some related information, and then take an action to embed what I’ve learned.

So after about 45 minutes of reading, I put together two documents to help me as I move forward with this new found knowledge (okay, it was more like a reminder of what I already knew but just wasn’t practising) and create some new healthy habits by actually practising it.

  1. A Healthy Eating Shopping List – outlining the best foods to eat for weight loss and nutrition
  2. Tips for Losing Weight – 11 actions I can take to aid in my pursuit better health and weight loss.

I think my favourite tip is this, “Shop smart. You can’t eat what you don’t buy.”

Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, so armed with my new tools, I’m going to try and shop differently and start the actions that I hope will become new habits before long.

I am also going to read these documents every day until the information is embedded in my brain and I start to see results on the scale.