Monday Motivation – My favourite lunch right now

Happy Monday.

Hope all the mum’s out there had a lovely Mother’s Day and were treated by their families.  I was surprised with beautiful sunflowers from my girls.  They are so gorgoeus, and this morning they made me smile.sunflowersThe high school had a Mother’s Day litergy and morning tea this morning, which was so lovely … so the warm fuzzies have continued on today.

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I thought I would share one of my favourite lunches at the moment.  My friend Robyn made me a version of this a couple of months back, and now I find it an easy and yummy lunch to have an hand.

You can do a fast version or a budget version.  I will give you both options.

I use Tuna, but you can use salmon, chicken, beef .. any type of protein really.lunch1

Fast Version

  • 1 x brown rice cup
  • 1 x can of tuna (flavour of your choice)
  • kale slaw (supermarket mix – in the salad section)

layer the cooked brown rice in bottom of the bowl, then tuna and top with kale slaw.  You have an instant bowl of goodness.lunch2

Budget version (lasts for 3 days)

  • cook 1 1/2 cups brown rice in the rice cooker
  • 1 large can plain tuna
  • make kale slaw

I add pesto to the drained can of tuna, to create the flavoured tuna.

to make the slaw I use kale either finely chopped or put through the food processor.  Then a couple of carrots grated, a beetroot – grated, 1 green apple – grated, brocolli stem also grated (you can add anything else you wish) I usually do these veges in the food processor with grater part inserted.  I like to put some mixed seeds and nuts in mine also.  The store bought version has a yoghurt style dressing, so you can add this if you wish – or olive oil and lemon juice works well too.

I find this will make 3 portions for lunch … so means I do not have to think about lunches for a couple of days :-)

enjoy!EAT REAL FOOD

I want to share a new bracelet style I added … The Inspirational Quote Tassel Bracelet.  Choose your colour, and the charm that speaks to you … for 24-7 motivation and inspiration, but looks funky too – find out more here 

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Fitness Friday – Your Kids Are Watching

With Mother’s Day this weekend, I thought it appopriate to talk about how being a Fit Mum impacts your family.sandbagrun

It doesn’t really matter if you are new to fitness, or have always been fit – it really makes a difference to your children if they see you exercising or not.  I was fortunate enough to grow up in a house where both my parents were active.  I did not realise it at the time, but now I see this impacted how I turned out as a person.  Now I am a mother myself I see it playing out with my own children.FALL-INLOVE

Both Gary and I are fit (if you are new to my blog I have always been active since I was a kid) we both are involved in CrossFit now, and our kids see this in our daily/weekly schedules.  Now our kids are growing up, our eldest daughter takes herself off to the gym and is very motivated when she is exercising.  The two younger ones are still involved heavily in dancing, so this is their exercise for now.  I see how important it is for them to see what we do, and how we live.  This is sub-conciously teaching them what is important and giving them lessons.  It also shows them that we value our health and our bodies to make the time to look after ourselves.

So, if you are on and off the bandwagon with your fitness … maybe the fact it is benefitting your kids will be a motivating factor on those days where you are struggling.  Happy Mother’s Day to all mum’s out there.  purplefitinspo

If you are still to buy mum a gift, why not grab her a Gift Voucher she can spend of something inspirational and motivational from Fit & Style

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Fitness Friday – Managing Your Body

Part of being fit and heathy is managing the niggles and injuries occur.  It is part of exercising to get aches and pains, sometimes you may overwork a muscle or wake up with something tight or sore.

shouldersI am learning more and more about my body and its strengths and weaknesses.  Stretching, mobilising and yoga are all part of my daily ritual and are very important in the role of managing your body.

I also use a couple of great essential oil blends to sore or tight spots.  Deep Relief and Panaway are blends specific for muscles and I find they work really well.  If you would like to know more about these oils contact me here deeprelief

Using balls, bands, rollers is a great way of manage tight and sore muscles.  There is alot of great help online – i especially love Kelly Starret and his Mobility WOD.

If you have a spot that is more than a tight muscle – maybe you have injured it in training or doing something. Usually you know when it is more serious – one thing I have definitely learnt is do not let it go.  Your body is not supposed to be painful … pain is telling you that something is wrong.  It has taken me some time to get onto this … which is so dumb, but now when I have an injury I try and get onto it.  It happened just a couple of weeks ago doing the Fittest 3 comp, I fell off the rings and I pulled something.  After the comp it was sore – so I went to my physio to find out what was happening.  I hate modifying my workouts, but if it is to let my body heal so i can get back on track … then i know now that is what I have to do.  Definitely getting older this is one area that makes a huge difference.  I want to keep doing what I’m doing for the long term, which means I need to have a strong body that is not in pain.  That is my goal!

Just a reminder that Mother’s Day is next weekend, so jump in and either treat yourself and/or mum and go in the draw to win this great prize pack – jump in here

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Fitness Friday – Happy CrossFit Open Day

If this is your first time to my blog, I am a CrossFitter … I have been CrossFitting for 2 1/2 years.  In CrossFit there is a worldwide competition that everyone can compete in.  You can register, they announce the workout for the week live worldwide with 2 elite athletes doing the workout live and then you do the workout at your own gym.  The scores are posted to the worldwide leaderboard where you can see how you rank in the world, your country and your category.  froning

From there those that qualify go forward to the Regionals, or do to extra workouts for the Masters Qualifiers … from here the top athletes go to the CrossFit Games – which are like the world champs of CrossFit!

So today the 2016 CrossFit Open is released and thousands of people will be tuning in to find out what the first workout will be.  Screenshot (103)Here are some tips …

Tips to use for the CrossFit Open

  • Once the workout has been announced, I highly recommend watching the professionals do it to see how they go and what they do to get through it. You may not be a professional athlete, but this is still helpful in creating a game plan for yourself when it is your turn.  Having a firm plan in your head of how you are going to tackle the workout takes the guess work out of it, and also shuts down the negative brain that can kick in and tell you to stop because you are hurting.  Reality is, that a lot of the workouts will hurt and you need to be able to shut the brain down.
  • What are your goals for the Open? Is it to hit a certain number in your category, is it to better yourself from the year before, is it to use a new movement or improve on a movement … its good to have goals for the Open that are relevant to you.
  • Be mindful of your brain talking to you … make sure that it is positive and not negative. You want to be giving yourself positive affirmations – even if you are telling yourself the same thing over and over, that is better than negative chatter taking over.  Staying positive and telling yourself “you have got this” or “only one more rep” is a powerful tool.  A big part of the workout is in your brain, the body will always go on longer than the brain will.
  • I always like to talk to my coach, or a trainer that you connect with. They know you and can give you advice on the best way to tackle the workout.  I find having a good game plan is really crucial.
  • Enjoy it! We do CrossFit because we love it … make sure you enjoy the Open – get in and have fun.

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