Archive | November, 2010

I R Model Now!

30 Nov

I’ve got about a week and a half until my next measurements and I’m feeling apprehensive.  These last couple of kilos are being a real pain in my fat ass.  It’s going to take extra discipline to get rid off them so I’ve gone back to keeping a food diary and I’ve really started to up my workouts.

I’ve started playing touch football again for the first time in 11 years and it is so much fun!  I was so worried I would be a fumbling mess but at the risk of sounding like a corny Celine Dion song, I have to say it’s all coming back to me now.  We train twice a week in fitness and ball drills and we have our games on Mondays.  I scored a try last week and that was fricken awesome!

Seeing that I have picked up touch I have decided to drop indoor soccer for the time being.  Not that I don’t love it, because I really do, but Thursdays have become the only day that I can have a rest day and boy, I need that day.

So the old training schedule looks like this now:

Monday: Touch Football
Tuesday: Group Personal Training
Wednesday: Personal Training + Touch Training
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Personal Training
Saturday: Group Personal Training
Sunday: Touch Training

Intense, yeah?  Pro athlete, right?  Oh I know.  You don’t have to tell me!

Food-wise I’ve still been sticking to minimal wheat / starch products and lots of lean protein, legumes, quinoa, fruit and vegetables.  I just need to be careful of this sweet tooth that seems to be taking a large bite out of me lately.  I’m blaming hormones.  Yep, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.  But no more will I be a slave to hormonal changes!  I’ll allow a few pieces of dark chocolate once a week and THAT’S IT.  No ifs, ands or buts! (cries)

In one of my last posts I mentioned I did a fashion shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine.  Well, that’s because I’m pursuing a lucrative career in modeling!  I’m going to be the next Jennifer Hawkins y’all!  Ha! Insert your own laughter here.  No, actually Cosmo like to use “real girls” in some of their shoots so I tentatively put down my name.  To my surprise they actually called me in!  It was such a good experience because it was almost like a little reward for myself for all my hard work this year.


I was incredibly nervous and some of the photos look like I’m a deer caught in headlights!  Luckily they let me pick me my favourite photos so they will use one of the ones I picked for the issue.  I will be in the March issue of Cosmopolitan Australia so make sure you grab a copy!  For a small fee I will sign your copy.  Yes, that’s right!  You’ll have MY signature!  Get in while you can.  This offer is very limited (so limited it doesn’t actually exist…).

I think that’s about all I needed to update you on.  Oh, yeah, my obsession with chai lattes… I think I’ll tie that in to the tea post I’ve got coming up.  A word of warning – you may become addicted to tea after reading.  I take no responsibility.


Chicken Tenderloins with Creamy, Herby Sauce

27 Nov

ZOMG!  Nom nom nom.  I loved this recipe and so did my husband!  The sauce is just delicious!  You could have it on pork or beef or even stir it through a pasta or rice dish.

This dish weighs in at 383 calories and 13g of fat.  Pretty darn good in my opinion!

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 12 chicken tenderloins
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons plain flour
  • 1/4 cup light thickened cream
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped tarragon leaves (or herb of your choice – I used parsley)
  • Steamed baby chat potatoes
  • Steamed or grilled asparagus
  • Olive oil cooking spray

Spray a little olive oil cooking spray in a non stick pan and heat over a medium heat.  Cook chicken for 3 minutes a side or until golden and cooked through.  Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.

Add mustard and flour to pan and stir until combined.  Slowly add cream and 1/2 a cup of water, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat.  Add herbs.  Simmer for one minute.

Arrange chicken on plates and spoon over sauce.  Serve with potatoes and asparagus and DIG IN!

Morrocan Lamb Steaks

26 Nov

This is an easy dish to throw together during summer!  Just remember your portion sizes as it’s quite easy to go overboard with meat serving sizes.  Aim for 120g – 150g or a piece that is the same size and thickness of your palm.  And if that doesn’t stop you from eating a massive piece of meat maybe this will – 150g of lean lamb steaks is 210 calories.  That is more than enough especially if you want to make room for tasty sides!

This meal comes to a total of 470 calories (130g of lean lamb was used).

Ingredients (serves 4 dependent on lamb steak sizes)

  • Moroccan seasoning
  • Fresh or dried rosemary
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 8 x 60g – 70g lean lamb steaks (visible fat trimmed)
  • 400g chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 a lebanese cucumber (diced)
  • Punnet of cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • 1/2 a green capsicum (diced)
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley (roughly chopped)
  • 4 corn cobettes (steamed)
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Light tzatziki dip

Sprinkle the lamb with a little moroccan seasoning, cayenne pepper (careful!  It can be spicy!) and rosemary.  Set aside whilst you prepare your salad.

In a bowl combine the chick peas, tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum and flat leaf parsley.  Squeeze over the juice of half a lemon and drizzle a little (and I mean a LITTLE!) extra virgin olive oil.

Cook your lamb on the BBQ or in a pan over medium heat for about 4 minutes a side or until cooked to your liking.

Serve with a dollop of light tzatziki, the chickpea salad and corn cobettes.

THAT Dress.

25 Nov

I’m still alive! Sorry about the lack of posts over the last few of days. I usually bang them out on my WordPress iPhone app but it has been playing up a little bit for me lately! Technology! Bah!

I’ve also had a bit of a cold, formed an addiction to skim chai lattes, scored my first try in touch football, did a fashion shoot for Cosmpolitan magazine… you know the usual… I’ll update you more in coming posts! I also have some good recipes coming up over the next couple of days too so keep your eyes peeled! No, literally, I’d like you to peel your eyes, k? Thanks.

Over the weekend my husband and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. We booked a table on Sunday for lunch at a great little restaurant called Sauce at Coogee Beach but dilemma! What to wear?! Nothing in my wardrobe spelt “romantic beach-side lunch” to me and then I remembered… the leopard print dress! The one that a few of my lovely readers suggested I wear again! Well, I wouldn’t want to let you guys down, right? So I pulled it on and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was loose and flowy! I even considered belting it! Belting it!? The dress that used to be skin tight!? Yes! But I didn’t because it would have been most uncomfortable after consuming my own body weight in ribs. So I chucked on a pair of tan sandals and called it a success.

Husband thought I looked like a winner but then again he always has, god bless him.

I might add that I get all funny and red-faced about putting these photos up for the world to see! But I’m getting more confident and I really think it’s good for me to do this, especially on the days where I feel a bit flat and blah, woe is me, I feel like a piece of lard… You know what I mean? I’m owning my success! You should try it. It feels awesome.

When you feel blah what do you do to make yourself feel awesome again?

Amanda’s Top 5 Tips to Survive the Party Season

18 Nov

I love the Christmas holiday season! For me Christmas has always been synonymous with food. And lots of it. Similarly, New Years Eve has always been synonymous with getting shit faced.

That being said, I thought I would share with you the tactics that I am going to use this year to avoid putting on the usual 5kg I do every other holiday season! If you are anything like me and put on weight by just LOOKING at a delicious Christmas spread then read on.

Portion Control!


I don’t know what it is about me and food but all I know is that if you put a spread in front of me then I will endeavour to demolish it all in a matter of sheer minutes. I will pile my plate high with spoonfuls of everything on offer, smash it down my throat and then generally go for seconds. Do not ever take me to an all you can eat buffet – I will own that shit and it will frighten the pants off you.

Scary huh? That’s the hold food has over me. But this Christmas I will not give in to that little gremlin voice in my head that prompts me to turn into an Amanda tornado, a flurry of arms and tiny teeth (I have a little mouth – don’t hate!), consuming every food item in sight. Oh no, that will not happen this Christmas at all!

Here’s my plan of action:

  • Remember to fill up on healthy breakfasts and do not skip meals
  • Have a taste of everything but stick to a small spoonful not a large serving spoon sized serving of everything
  • At parties, steer clear of pastries and fried party snacks and instead choose the healthier options like vegetables crudités, dip and sushi
  • Say no to seconds – yes, Christmas pudding with custard and brandy cream is delicious but I only need it once!
  • Be sensible – I don’t know about you but I have a tendency to just ‘glaze over’ when I am around lots of food and become a thoughtless, salivating mess! The aim is to only eat enough to be satisfied not to have to undo pant buttons!

Don’t Get Lazy!


It’s important to stick to your regular routine as much as possible. It’s very easy to fall into the mantra, “Hey stuff it! I’m on holidays!” but those thoughts will come back and bite you on the ass. And by bite you on the ass I mean your ass will get fat. Just sayin’. Plus it will be extra hard to get back into the swing of things once your holiday period is over. Really not worth it!

  • Stick to your regular training schedule
  • If you can’t stick to your regular training schedule make a new one that will fit within your holiday plans
  • Go to bed and wake up at your usual times so that you don’t fall out of your sleeping pattern
  • Do anything you can to just stay active – even if it means just a walk with the family or a trip to the park to run around with your dogs

Low Alcohol Drinks Are Your FRIEND!


Listen. Yes, social drinking can be fun and it feels great to lose inhibitions and feel like you are the life of the party for the night. But the fact of the matter is that the consumption of alcohol often has a detrimental effect to weight loss. Not to mention the bloating and sluggish metabolism that comes after a big drinking session! Oh and need I add that there is also substantial evidence that alcohol is linked to depression (hello hangover blues!)? And what about all those empty calories – yikes!

So if you tend to drink a lot during party season try to remember that it’s not important how drunk you get, it’s just important that you have a good time and you don’t have to be drunk to have fun (yeah yeah, I know, cliché)! And think of how good you will feel the next day when you are not hung-over? Awesome.

  • Choose low alcohol drinks – my personal favs:
    • Lindemans Early Harvest variety wines
    • Moscato wines
    • Yellowglen Jewel sparkling wine
    • Coopers Light beer
    • Hahn Premium Light beer
  • Have a water or soda water with fresh lime in between drinks
  • Slow down your drinking by playing pool or having a boogie
  • Consume some carbs before drinking to slow the absorption of alcohol
  • Don’t go into ‘shouts’ with friends or allow your glass to be topped up – be responsible for your own intake

Make Healthy Contributions!


If your Christmas spread looks like something out of a scene from The Nutty Professor then you need to start rethinking what you are going to bring to the table! Why not show your family that you don’t have to have high fat and high calorie food for it to be tasty? Be a good influence and bring the following to your next Christmas party!

  • Carrot / celery sticks with hummus
  • Rice paper rolls with fresh prawns, coriander, lettuce and grated carrot
  • Home made salsa and pita bread ‘chips’
  • Sushi
  • Mezze platter with olives, marinated mushrooms and marinated artichokes
  • Capsicum strips / cucumber strips with beetroot dip
  • Fresh salads with lots of vibrant vegetables
  • Baked sweet potato instead of baked potato
  • Fresh prawns and oysters

Google is also useful for looking for healthy recipes and not just pictures of funny cats! Make this Christmas your healthiest Christmas ever!

It’s All About Attitude!


It’s so easy to forget about your health commitments during holidays but it’s really important that you stay on track so that you don’t reverse all of your hard work! If you think you can just eat everything in sight and then deal with it in January then you have another thing coming! Trust me – you will regret that decision IMMENSELY.

  • Try not to forget your goals during the holiday period – keep a reminder where you can see it (it may be a picture of a bikini you want to buy or a photo of you when you looked your best)
  • Don’t get too stressed – as stress levels rise we are prone to overeating so just remember that you don’t have to make Christmas perfect for everyone!
  • Stay strong and focused – don’t give into the temptation of overeating and know when enough is enough

Remember, the Christmas holiday season only lasts a few days. Are you willing to let go of months of hard work for just a few days? It is possible to still have fun, enjoy the holidays with your family and friends, eat the foods you love and still maintain your healthy lifestyle!

How do you endeavour to stay healthy for the holidays?

One Year Ago…

17 Nov

Sometimes it’s nice to put things in perspective.  It’s good for the soul to reflect and look at your achievements.  It’s healthy to acknowledge how far you’ve come and celebrate.  So without further adieu I present you with:

One Year Ago

FYI – in case you are wondering that is a SKIN TIGHT leopard print dress.  Yes, that’s my belly…


This post is dedicated to PoP. 🙂

Protein Shake Trial & Measurement Time

15 Nov

I started taking Define Women’s High Protein Powder by Vitalstrength approximately 4 weeks ago now and I have to say I’m really reaping the benefits! I was sceptical at first but the results speak for themselves.

I’m recovering quicker from training sessions and I have decreased muscle soreness (which was becoming a big problem for me!). Teaming the shakes with my already jam packed training schedule and my protein-rich diet seems to be just the thing I was looking for!

I can really notice my body changing and even my husband has been commenting on how my muscles seem to look leaner and more defined. And I can feel abs people! ABS! They are coming back with a vengeance. I can’t seem them just yet but they are coming. Oh, believe me, they ARE coming.

Also, once Chanel is finished her bottle of Hydroxy Liquid Lean I’ll ask her to provide a full report.

With that said, here are my latest measurements results! They aren’t as great as I would have hoped but I did have a week off from training this month and was a little more ‘free’ shall we say with my food intake… And let’s face it – you can’t have killer results EVERY month so that just means next month I’m going to smash it, yeah?

I was really pleased about my knee results though! They are my most loathed part… Damn you knees! I WILL demolish you! But my poor lady lumps… well I guess you can’t have it all! Or can I? Maybe a quick trip to Thailand is in order to get this situation sorted if you know what I’m sayin’!

I’d also like to inform you that it has been 4 days since I last weighed myself (“Hi, my name is Amanda and I’m a scales addict”) and my feet are itching to jump on the scales. This just further confirms that my morning weighing habit was becoming far too obsessive.

Some people commented on my last post that weighing themselves daily is something that keeps them on track and I think that is great! It’s really all about what works for you however for me I knew that my emotions were being affected by the number displayed and I was getting increasingly frantic with bringing that number down. I don’t need that stress in my life and plus I will be doing myself such a service by seeing my results week to week rather than day to day. Besides, the only numbers that should really matter to me are my measurement results and I just have to keep reminding myself of that!

How do you track your weight loss success? Do you track your measurements and weigh and if so, how often?