Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A lifestyle of healthy habits!

Something I always dreamed about was changing my lifestyle. The last few years has seen me live quite a sedentry life where I got to know my couch far too well. I would often choose not to go out, mainly because I was embarrassed but also because I was lazy and would prefer just to eat.

Well that has changed now and we are including the great outdoors, movement and healthy eating into everyday life.

Sunday saw our family take a trip to one of the world's most famous zoos.

Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.

It is situated on the gorgeous Sydney Harbour with views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. These animals live at some of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Australia!

It was a stunningly warm Winter's day with the sun beaming down giving us a great day to let Miss Twinkle Toes explore the world of animals that she has seen in her books come to life at the zoo.

Let me tell you, exercise was not forgotten on this day. We covered a lot of kilometers walking around the zoo, lots of hills, often carrying a backpack or a child weighing 10kg. I even walked around with her on my shoulders just to get a bit more of a workout!

If I wasn't carrying something, I was chasing someone around who keeps me on my toes! We were at the zoo for about 6hours which I thought was a massive effort with an 18mth old!

We had a fantastic day.

I managed to stay healthy with my eating by being prepared and packed a picnic lunch for our family as well as some snacks I had made for us. Some fresh sandwiches of breast chicken and tomato on wholemeal bread and lots of fruit and plenty of water. Normally at places like this I would have bought hot chips and the like but not this time! :-)

I am looking forward to blogging more over the next few days. I have so much that I want to tell you all about but have not had the time with work being so busy.

Here is a photo of my gorgeous girl and I after a very long day!
Please excuse her messy shirt. this was after dinner (which always ends in a mess especially when dessert is juicy strawberries)!

I can now see how much weight I have lost off my arms, face and although its a bad photo of my legs as I am all scruched up, I have lost heaps of weight of them as well.


  1. You look great! I am sure many would envy you seeing a picture of yourself and being able to recognize how much you have lost.

  2. Thanks hun. I often look at that picture of me in February on my side bar and cant even believe that was me. So embarrassing

  3. Yeah for you!! Carrying a toddler certainly makes for an excellent workout. Good Job!

    I remember the first time we took our oldest daughter to the zoo - every animal she saw was proclaimed to be a "Cow"! We laughed all day at the various assortment of cows.

  4. That looks like so much fun! Way to get in the exercise.

  5. You are looking great! I took your advice and did measure my self. Waiting to see results now. LOL.

    Keep up the amazing work! You can do it!