Tag Archives: exercise

Sites of Interest: ‘Fat Girl Living Low Carb’, ‘Linda’s Low Carb Menus & Recipes’ & ‘Mark’s Daily Apple’

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou

So, my second ‘Sites of Interest’ post! Exciting. I’m going to try and do one of these every month so that you’ve all got fresh information to look at instead of getting stuck with my rambling words every day.

This month we’re taking a look at my new favourite blog for motivation and recipes: Fat Girl Living Low Carb. I stumbled across this blog quite by accident only to find a wealth of information pertaining to LC recipes, foods, ideas, and just general fun. Those of you who are stuck for something to eat really need to hop over there and have a look! Her writing style is fresh and entertaining, and her articles are always honest and tend to be accompanied by fantastic pictures. There’s nothing like some serious visual aids to help the imagination along. The recipes she provides are very simple, but provide beautiful complex flavours, and on top of that, they’re divided into categories for easy access!

If you need even more recipes, why not jump over to Linda’s Low Carb Menus & Recipes, another great resource for a diverse amount of recipes. Linda’s got a great variety, classifying all her recipes into courses and including some scrumptious snack and dessert recipes. This site also has a page dedicated to ‘Odds and Ends’ which contains all sorts of useful tools for anyone’s weight loss journey,  such as tips and notes on sugar-free syrups, exercise tapes and dvds, and a hidden carb calculator. I like using this site for ideas and its resources, the links Linda provides are very useful and should be part of an LCers arsenal.

Finally, you’ve got to look at Mark’s Daily Apple. Focusing on a ‘Primal’ diet, this site is chock full of awesome information, tips, links, and resources. If you’re looking for a place to start a Primal LC diet, this is the place to go. The only ‘downside’, if you can call it that, is that is a sponsored site; I don’t really care about that, but someone else might so I thought I’d put it up there. But hey, keep in mind that sometimes you’ve got to consult expert advice to temper all the great grassroots information we’re building here! 🙂

And that’s it from me for today! Happy browsing and happy Low-carbing!

Clear Skies,


Sites of Interest: ‘I Breathe…I’m Hungry’ & ‘Holistic Squid’

“The problem with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Terry Pratchett, Diggers

One of the most important things about doing anything new is to know what it is that you’re doing, and why. At least, that’s my opinion. That means you’ve got to keep an open mind and make sure that you’re putting the right information into it. Let’s face it, there is a lot of data out there about low-carb eating; and never mind all the conflicting facts we get blasted with if we dare look up other diets. I’ve put in that quote from Pratchett to make you think about what you read, hear, see… not all the information out there – and, hey, that includes this blog! – will be 100% accurate or suit your needs. There’s a reason why I keep telling you to check with your GP – not just covering my ass! 😉

So where should you look to get accurate information? How should you go about researching this? Well, honestly, I can’t speak for everyone here, but I just go to Google, type in a few keywords and use that as a jumping platform. I dive into a whole load of information and read, read, read. I take notes too, you’d think I was back at university – but what can I say, that’s just the way I work: find, read, notetake, digest, write. My IB English teachers would likely be upset with my waffling on in a lot of places – I am sorry, Mr. D, Ms. R – but I figure some of my uni professors won’t mind the new tone. But I digress…

Finding information. Where to start? Well, rather embarrassingly I tend to start my searches at Wikipedia – don’t freak out. Aside from the fact that Wikipedia isn’t exactly the most reliable source on the net – and indeed, those of you at uni will lose marks if you start citing it! – but I like to use it like a shotgun: it provides me with some terminology I can then look up, and, in addition, most of its articles come provided with a tidy little bibliography that allows for further research.

Which brings me to some key blogs that I like using – these are in no particular order, and they’re just a small sample, but they’re among the best ones I’ve found – for inspiration, motivation and information:

I breathe…I’m hungry is a fantastic blog run by Mellissa Sevigny, complete with a vast range of recipes – a large selection of which are low-carb – and a great collection of tips, guides, and eating plans. Mellissa writes in a witty, quick-flowing way that makes it enjoyable and easy to read her articles. She’s got a wide variety of recipes, ranging from sweet to savoury, which makes it a one stop shop for cooking inspirations. The menu/eating plans she publishes are extremely easy to follow and accessible to even the most rookie dieters amongst us. Take for example her entry on the Egg Fast Diet; a quick read will tell give you the cliff notes and all the information you need, all backed up by her own experiences with the plan itself. To be honest, I’ve yet to come across a better description of eggs and why they’re such awesome superfood for a LC diet.

Another site I like to visit is Holistic Squid. With a funky name like that you can’t really go wrong, but for further detail: this site is written by Emily, who believes in real food, healthy living and how those things go hand in hand. She’s got food plans, new ideas, and a great writing style. In addition, HS is also a great source for those of you with children or thinking about getting pregnant. It’s not strictly a ‘LC’ page or anything, but it’s a great source nonetheless.

And I’ll leave you with those two sites to look over. I’ll try to point out some other good ones as we go.

Clear Skies,


The Thing about Exercising…

There’s something to say about all these people getting up at the break of dawn on a Sunday morning in the Dandenong Ranges of Melbourne and going cycling. Every weekend like clockwork there’s several dozen that bike through the winding streets of the Hills, holding up traffic and suffering through the weather. I’m of several minds about cyclists, but my first and foremost thought is always:

Why are you people up this early? If I didn’t have to be, I wouldn’t be! Go back to bed!

I hate mornings. And yes, I know, I work in a Cafe that opens at 9am so I have to be up at 7am. It’s awful but I do it because I believe in a strong work ethic and sucking it up when I have to. But golly, it’d be nice to stay in bed. Together with my morning-hating I also hate exercising. I don’t like going to the gym because I’m self conscious about the fact that I don’t know how to use the equipment and that I don’t actually know what I’m doing – and gyms, for some reason, all have those large windows that scream “Look at me, I’m fat! I don’t know what I’m doing! I’m a klutz! Come and make fun of me!”. (I know they’re not actually for that, but they feel like that to me: a shy little girl who’s trying to make the best of the world around her.) Then there’s the gym membership fees… Yeah, let’s not even discuss those. I’ve tried to guilt trip myself into going to the gym by paying for a membership card, but honestly, it doesn’t work for me because I lack the motivation to get out there and just exercise. A one minute walk from the Cafe, on the Main street still, Upwey has the Pinnacle Health Club. We get many of their clients coming into the Cafe for lunch or breakfast before or after their workouts and there’s nothing but good to be said of the place; apparently their prices are reasonable, their equipment is great, and they’ve got interesting and engaging programs. Awesome! And yet, I still can’t make myself go, but that’s me not the place.

Now, I know a lot of people who love exercising. I’ve got a friend who goes running every morning at 5:00am. I admire his tenacity, but you couldn’t pay me to do that.  It’s like these cyclists stopping outside the Emerald Bakery every morning as we drive passed on the way to work. Again, admirable, but what the heck, people, it’s Sunday morning, go back to bed! They won’t of course; this is what they love. I often wonder if you could grow to love exercising. I’ve always been of a mind that short of a few things, you could grow to love just about anything, you just need to make those first few steps.

“But, Vee,” you start, “you’ve been banging on about how important it is to exercise…”

I know, I know. And it is! So since I hate exercising in public, I walk. I get a lot of walking in at the Cafe and when I get home I’ll take often the dog for a walk if he hasn’t been walked already. I also weight lift in the comfort of my own home. I’ve got a versatile pair of 2kg weights that I use to exercise my arms and legs and a latex resistance strap that helps me get a full body workout in. It’s actually very satisfying. I try to get in two rounds of 20mins in every day – once in the morning and once in the evening. These include a couple of sets for my arms and legs, and then some simple jumping jacks, sit ups and stretches afterwards. I’m not sure how much it’s helping, but in my book it’s better than doing nothing. I imagine if you work a desk job you’re going to want to be stricter and do more, but if it’s all you can do, it’s all you can do. Look for things you can do that you might not think of as exercise: physical activity of any kind can help burn fat. My mother-in-law turns gardening into a sport, one of my best friends uses the Wii Fit, and someone else I know uses books as weights while she watches her favourite show. There’s plenty to do, you just have to work it into your day!

Obviously, if you love exercising then you’re not going to have a problem with this, just be careful to not overdo it, especially if you’re new to the LC diet. Remember that you’ve drastically changed your diet, your body and your metabolism are going to have to make some adjustments to your exercise regime. Too much exercise might stall your weight loss – so make sure to balance your exercise and your kilojoule intake!

Clear Skies,