Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spam Sandwich

Here's another recipe for all you food lovers out there.

So, I was at home bored and hungry, but there was very little in the house to eat (we all know how that feels), so I started to experiment with what we had: bread, avocado, and spam. So I decided to make a sandwich for lunch.

- 2 slices Wholemeal bread
- Avocado (do not use avocado dip)
- 2 thin slices of 50% less fat spam
- Margarine

1. Lightly toast the bread
2. Spread margarine onto toast
3. Scoop a bit of avocado onto each slice of toast, spreading it
4. Place your two slices of spam onto one slice of toast and place the other slice of toast on top to make a sandwich
5. (this is the best part) EAT it!

You can add or replace anything in this recipe, for e.g. tomatoes, slices or ham, beef, chicken, melt cheese - whatever you want! Just be sure to keep it healthy :)

Hope you enjoy my lunch idea XD

Dance Aerobics


Yesterday I tried out a dance aerobics DVD I bought from ALDI a while ago, and it was so much fun! It was nowhere near as intense as I though it would be (which was a bit disappointing because I love to work up a sweat) BUT this DVD would be great for people who are new to dance, or exercise in general. Dance and aerobics are great for increasing stamina, flexibility, and strength, and this DVD infuses both together. So here it is:

Health Wellbeing, Mind Body Spirit, Your New Body (A low-impact cardio workout) PLUS Dance Aerobics (a funky dance based workout).

So, there's actually two parts to this DVD. 1. is a low-impact cardio workout (with the use of light handweights) and 2. is the dance aerobics.

I haven't tried out the 1st workout yet (however, I did take a sneak peak of it and it looks terrific!), but the dance aerobics was great. It was a fun 40 minute workout and a little bit challenging at times. I highly recommend this workout to anybody, especially if you're new to exercise.

Now, I'm not saying you must get this particular DVD. There are heaps of exercise DVDs out there for you to try. So shop around till you find something you like. I have a couple other DVDs from this series which I will try out soon and let you guys know what I think about them.

If you're interested in this particular DVD, or interested in the series go to: mind-body-spirit.com.au for more information.

Before, After

Before, After

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fitness in the Holidays

Hey guys,

Usually, exercising in the holidays is easier to manage because you have more time + (if you're a parent) the kids are home and they are there to keep you active and almost always on the go. But I personally find it hard to keep up my fitness during the holidays because I never have much physical activity on AND dance is never on in the holidays. So in a way, I think I'm worse off than those who don't regularly exercise 5 hours a week, because by holiday time I'm doing very little physical activity and then when I start dance again at the beginning of the new term I'm absolutely ACHING. Not to mention, disappointed because I can't kick my leg as high, or I've lost my turnout, or I feel heavy when I jump.

So this holiday I did something different to my usual holiday routine. I kept myself busy. My goal was to do something everyday. I decided to spend more time with friends, I helped my dad paint a room (which is a great workout for your back by the way) as well as do some gardening with my dad (also great for your back), took my son to the beach, went to prayer night and bible study, AND I also went to gym for 5 hours (for at least 3 hours each day). This holiday has been AWESOME!

Okay, so I don't have a gym membership, but Fitness First do a fitness program for teens in school called FFIT Holidays (which I did) and another program called FFIT Schools. This program has helped me keep fit during this school holiday and I even got to try out new stuff like:

- Zumba
- Body Combat
- Pilates
- leg press, chest press
- cycling
- and some strange yet exciting vibrating construction designed to tone, build, and relax muscles. It looks something like this:

So if you're still in school and find it hard to get motivated to exercise in the school holidays I highly recommend this program for you. I know that it has helped me a lot. Although I love dance, it's nice to learn how to work your muscles in other ways.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mission Update

Hey guys,

Just thought I'd add a statement to my 'Mission' page. I was talking to two of my youth group and bible study friends about this blog and asked them to pray for it. And during this conversation with them (just through reflection and added input) I want to add a new mission statement, that being:

I'm not trying to be healthy for myself - that's what the world wants me to do - but because I am Christian, I live for Christ, not the world. So, who am I trying to be healthy for? Well that's easy, God. 

I personally believe that as a Christian, everything we do should be for God (well, the good things) and to glorify Him. But, yes, I know, we are all far from perfect so we're not always going to please Him; we are going to fail sometimes. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. We can please God by taking care of the body He gave us. As my friends pointed out to me, by taking care of our bodies we will (hopefully) live longer, which means more time to spread the gospel. By taking care of our bodies we will be more energetic and in a better mood to spread the gospel, which means more listeners and more connection between people.

So there it is world. My new mission statement. If you're interested in joining the mission and/or have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.