Monday, August 31, 2009

August Challenge, September Goal and Christmas :)

So August is nearly over and I am pleased with how my new monthly challenge went.

I love to get outside and jog/run but due to being pregnant I have had to pull back on that and decided that I would still take advantage of being here in Australia and enjoy the beautiful outdoors but Powerwalk instead (I have put a few bouts of jogging in when I feel good!).

So I started this half way through August and decided on a goal of 45km in the half month, I'm pleased to say I walked the last 8km today which saw me hit my goal KM's.
Here's how my KM's /Days looked -

So bearing in mind
1) I am nearing 16 weeks preggers, will be nearly 21 by the time September is complete,
2) I am still teaching 9 Group Fitness class a week,
3) I did get a little behind in the half month goal
so, I am not going to just double the half month to get my month goal, plus September has a day less.
I am setting my goal for the whole month of September at 80km.
Other stuff - It was my birthday on Wednesday and I was totally spoilt!! I had the best day ever thanks to Paul and my two bestest things.
Les Mills - I have just had it confirmed I will present for Les Mills at the next Quarterly workshop!! I will present Bodyvive, on my own! at 26 weeks preggers. I am actually looking forward to it already, I aim to be in the best pregnant shape I can be, I don't need a reason or motivation but its good for me to have an extra push to stay focused and on track with exercise and food.
September already!! Have a great one, time flies........Christmas is only 116 days away!

Friday, August 28, 2009

What type of bottle are you drinking from?

As a family we drink from ECO-TANKA's, Paul and I , as part of our business we are stockists of Eco-Tanka's.

With the amount of water figure girls drink or even just people that exercise regularly which we all pretty much do, I wanted to let all you bloggers know this so if you haven't already converted away from plastic, if and when you do, you can just shoot me an e mail and before you know it you can be ECO-TANKA'd up.
Here's some reasons why you should drink from Stainless Steel and not be drinking from plastic -
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Stainless Steel?
 Stainless steel is one of the most hygienic materials available. Its unique surface has no
pores or cracks to harbour dirt, grime or bacteria. This is why it is so commonly used in
cookware, food preparation and commercial kitchens.
 It is corrosion resistant, non-leaching and safe!
 You can switch between water, juice or milk drinks and there will be no taste or smell of any
of them after the bottle has been washed!
 With proper care, stainless steel has a useful life expectancy of over 100 years and it is 100%
recyclable! This makes ECOtanka both long lasting and environmentally friendly.

What grade stainless steel are the bottles made from?
The ECOtanka stainless steel bottles are made from 304 grade stainless steel (also referred to as
This is a high grade stainless steel used extensively for equipment in both domestic and
commercial kitchens. It is the grade most commonly used in the food industry due to its superior
corrosion resistance and ease of cleaning.

Why not Aluminum?
It has been found that foods cooked in aluminum can react with the metal to form aluminum salts.
There is a high likelihood that prolonged exposure to these can lead to toxic effects, which means
that drink bottles made from aluminum need to be lined with something to make them safe for us
to use. The most common substance used for lining these bottles is an epoxy resin, which in itself
may contain harmful chemicals. It may also retain odours.

Why not Polycarbonate? (Form of plastic).
The basic unit that makes up polycarbonate is Bisphenol A, originally synthesized in the 1930's
as an oestrogen for pharmacological use. The fragility of the structure of these bonded units
results in significant leaching of Bisphenol A into a variety of substances. Bisphenol A has been
shown to be an endocrine disruptor and to simulate the action of oestrogenic compounds. There
is also evidence that Bisphenol A enhances growth of human breast cancer cells. Bisphenol
leaching is considerably greater in polycarbonate that is scratched, cloudy, or exhibits wear of
any sort. Heating also accelerates the leaching process.

Will ECOtanka Stainless Steel Bottles keep drinks cold?
ECOtanka stainless steel bottles are not insulated, so they will not keep drinks cold. If you wish to
keep your drinks cold, fit an insulating jacket/holder to your bottle. These are available from a
number of outlets.

Where are ECOtanka Stainless Steel Bottles manufactured?
ECOtanka Stainless Steel Bottles are machine manufactured in China to a very high standard,
complying with all general manufacturing regulations

Here's a picture of the Eco-Tanka with the custom coolers on.

Paul and the kids have them on all the time, I will put mine on coming into summer.
The openings are big enough to be able to fit Ice cubes in, that and a Kooler and they stay soooooo cold.

Here's our price list -

ECOTANKA - Description - Price
teeny TANKA - 350ml with sports (pop-up) cap - $21
mini TANKA - 600ml with sports (pop-up) cap - $23
sports TANKA - 800ml with sports (pop-up) cap - $25
supa TANKA - 1.2L with sports (pop-up) cap - $30

Additional Caps - Stainless Steel Loop Cap - $5.50

teeny TANKA - KOOLER - $8
mini TANKA - KOOLER - $9
sports TANKA - KOOLER - $10
supa TANKA - KOOLER - $11

SUPA Tanka 1.2l

I had to put this picture in, how cute are the TEENY Tankas!!! (350ml)

If you are interested in getting your family and friends drinking from Eco-Tanka's and want more info or postage costs please feel free to e mail me on my business e mail,
Have a great Friday all,
Shar x

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What has pregnanacy done?

For me it has changed my way of thinking. It is a whole new experience, a whole new stage in your life, EVEN IF YOU HAVE DONE IT BEFORE and what it has done for me is sent me back into the mindset of assessing what is important.

Whats important -
Simply put .... Paul, the kids and my Family, a few good friends I have and Myself.
If I didn't have the above I don't feel I could function or even live.
When I look at everything else I have or have wanted......... I don't need it, I could manage without it.
So why is it I have spent soooooo much time wanting, wondering, worrying about everything else that sometimes I lose sight of whats important.

More now than ever before I feel at the right time to embrace this and work at trying to change it, it will be hard, I have gotten into the habit of worrying, wanting and wondering about basically put, SHIT.
Paul has been educating himself not only professionally but personally and been focusing on being in the now as that is the only moment we really have, RIGHT NOW.
I'm trying to do that and it does help, I'm a planner and like things to run just right but the moment something 'ruins' the plan, I throw in the towel.

So recently rather than sitting down and planning the next 22 weeks (not quite that excessive but close enough!) exercise, classes, work, family stuff, I sitting the night before and looking at what I can realistically do tomorrow? Planning but on a smaller scale.

What tasks/work do I need to complete today?
What classes do I have to teach?
What other exercise can I do physically and with what time I have ?
What are my nutritional goals?
What do I need to do for my family?

Because you know what, what I have learnt is that unless you can actually see your plan through, unless you actually put your plan into action, unless you can actually complete the smaller daily tasks you set yourself, day in and day out consistently......... YOU WILL NOT BE ANY CLOSER TO YOUR 'PLANNED' DESTINATION, you will feel that you are constantly trying, constantly fighting to get there.
Working one day at a time ensures you do the best you can each day, then the days clock up, become a week, that becomes two and so on, that becomes your routine to wake up and do the best you can with what you have to do each day.

Have a goal, have a destination, know where you are going but remember what you are doing NOW, today, is important to making there. Don't feel a success when you achieve the one big goal you have set, be successful EVERY DAY.

Have a great day doing what you need to do today to feel great tonight!!
Shar x

Friday, August 21, 2009

1 more day until I can ............

Its the Les Mills Perth Quarterly Workshops Saturday and Sunday and as usual I am in a highly stressed state and need to RELAX.
I will be able to chill out tomorrow from about 3.30pm and I can't wait!! I put so much on myself and end up as I am tonight, very tired, stress and worrying like hell.
I do love that I've worked hard to get where I am and I do enjoy it once I'm presenting but the lead up is very nerve racking for me, need to look into some ways to control that.
Am waiting to here if I'm in the line up for the next one in November, will be 26 weeks preggers then and perhaps don't wanna be stressing?
If there's any Les Mills class that I can do all the way through its Bodyvive and Bodybalance, so will wait and see if they want to use me, leaving it in the bosses hands.
Gonna teach all the way through on my normal classes, just maybe stop the presenting for LM for 2 quarters.
- Exercise been good all week started on clocking up and loggin my walking Km's, need to play catch up a bit next week me thinks, so I hit my target for August.
- Food been great, eating well & logging everything, I love being fully aware of what I'm eating, how I feel after certain foods and also knowing I am feeding bubba a full range of food types.
I do have a calorie range I am trying to stay between and this is working, as I set it realistically for my activity level, allowing I may be a little hungrier now I'm into 2nd trimester and bubs is about to start a growth phase.
- Only thing not great is my sleep and rest and relaxation, this will come automatically tomorrow!! :)
Anyways, have a great weekend all
See ya on the flip side :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Update time - LIFE'S GOOD!!

Oh lots to say, lots happened so I'm gonna cut the fluff and do it in list form.

  • I'm now over 13 weeks preggers, sickness has stopped, just a bit tired but other than that feeling great, belly growing, here's a pic from 2 weeks ago at 11 weeks! popped out a bit sooner than number 1 & 2 but they say that's normally what happens.

  • Had my scan on Friday, baby growing well and turning all over the place. Here's another pic
This is the baby turned away from shot so back of head and back with arm and hand at top.

  • I have found out the gender of both previous pregnancies and will do for this one, I have a 3D gender scan booked for 4 weeks time so will know what we are having soon!!! YAY!

  • I am still teaching all my classes and loving them. Got a few changes coming up due to out 3 monthly roster change happening week commencing Monday 31st August.

  • I have spent some time assessing my beliefs and habits with regards to food and exercise and made some changes now I have assessed what works and what doesn't.

  • I have decided on a new focus with regards to exercise other than my classes and it is linked to the fact I love to jog outdoors and although I still could (I'm Bodyattack'ing I can definitely still jog!) I have decided I will focus on power walking outdoors during pregnancy, setting an amount of KM's I want to cover each month.

  • We have had 2 new additions to the family by way of two guinea pigs, Cloud and Spike, the kids have one each but I am very taken with them.

  • I have my 1/4ly Les Mills Bodyvive Presentation on Saturday, trying to decide whether to do the next 1/4 in November, I'll be 26 weeks by then and wondering if I want the pressure I put on myself to present to the instructors of Perth, um, decisions, decisions.

  • Boyhead's footy team has made finals!! I love it sooooo much, I cannot explain what I feel when I watch him play, it is truly the highlight of my week.

  • Also love to hear about my girls achievements at gymnastics, she is now somersaulting and casting of bars to go right round, those things at 5!! that's what training with the Australian Institute of Sport gets you.
  • Oh yes, so other self development work, I am really trying to live in the now, whilst we have to learn from the past, it can be harmful to dwell. Whilst we may need to look to the future and plan (which I have done compulsively before) we need to have leniency and be adaptable. The past has gone and the future isn't here yet so why not just enjoy what we have right now?
  • Anyway, must go and get tea

  • Have been reading everyone Else's blogs even whilst absent from posting myself

  • Until next time, I'll be clocking up the miles, logging my food and enjoying life, IN THE NOW!! See ya. x

Tuesday, August 4, 2009