Mimi likes to French (toast)…

Everyone has a Mimi in their life. Probably not one called Mimi, but hey.
Mim is the type of lady who is so kind and generous that you seriously can’t help but like her instantly.

I first met Mimi at my first ever 12wbt event. I was hiding in the corner, sitting down in the shadows because my feet hurt. Being a whisper under 100kg in stiletto heels will do that. And I was shy. But she spoke to me. Because she was there in the shadows too. We hid together.

Since then, Mimi’s been part of the rowdy posse I’ve partied all over the country with and I love her dearly.

She’s a much better cook than me. And a vastly better photographer. So she melded her skills together for a quick foodie review for you!

Take it away Mimi…..

I hope this is ok x

I am such a breakfast nut, it’s my favourite meal of the day.

Before starting the Michelle Bridges 12WBT program, going out for breakfast was a regular occurrence. I would always steer towards the sweet dishes, I’m talking about the calorific ones ladened a with rich sweet marscapone and adorned with some kind of sugary praline…..

Once I joined the program I was delighted with the variety of great breakfast recipes to choose from. 
The French Toast with Banana, Berries & Maple Syrup looked gorgeous so I created the dish and it definitely ticked all the boxes for me. It looked fantastic and was so delicious.

The combination of berries with banana is so delightful and the maple syrup gives this dish that sweetness I love and at only 321 calories per serve it’s an absolute winner!

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Bella here – Ermagerrrd. How good does it look??
You can find the recipe here –
https://www.12wbt.com/nutrition/recipes

And for more insanely beautiful food porn, make sure you follow stunning Mimi on instagram as @breakfastwithemjay

Have a beautiful day peeps!
Bella xx

Little plants, Big flavours!

I love cooking with fresh herbs. I’m also cheap. So paying  $5 for a half-dead bunch of basil at the supermarket has always irked me right into buying dried herbs and accepting the less flavorsome option.

Until now – Operation Herbs Gone Wild is go. They’ll live and hopefully thrive in my little balcony space and make me happier and food tastier!

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Wish us all luck!
Bella

Yes – I’m doing the 12WBT … Yes – I’m happy to talk about it.

Long time, no post. Sorry peeps. Life gets crazy. So… what the heck have I been up to lately? The answer is A LOT.

So much. But for now, this is the news:

I don’t make any secret of the fact that I followed the 12WBT program when I first started losing weight. It worked for me. It worked in baby steps to help me make better food decisions, to move a little more and and to feel more confident.

I had lost about 35kg with the program before I chose to leave some parts of the program so I could follow a ‘bodybuilder’ diet in order to compete. I kept many other parts of the program and in essence, a lot of what I learned I couldn’t forget if I tried. I’d managed to build a new network of friends all over the country who loved and supported my fitness endeavours and supported me in whatever I did.

I’m open about the fact I eat still in an IIFYM manner. IIFYM stands for If It Fits Your Macros. What that means for me is that I track and alter the levels of protein, fats and carbohydrates that my food comes from. I alter those levels depending on what I am trying to achieve. At the moment, I’m really focussing on getting stronger so that’s what I eat towards.

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I was asked to take part in the 12WBT 2015 advertising campaign and it was an honour to accept. I do still believe in the program and the way it is delivered. I feel it has improved A LOT since I first became a member in 2011. I appreciate any business that is prepared to constantly evaluate, listen to science and reason and EVOLVE not because they HAVE to (12WBT’s format has remained crazily popular) but because they WANT to keep improving. Which is exactly what they have done.

So, as part of my involvement with the program – I will be a card-carrying member of the February 4th round of the 12 Week Body Transformation. I will do the tasks that are set for all members (yes, even the ghastly running!) and am super happy to be available to chat, support and encourage other members both new and returning. And yes, the new program is so customisable that I will be staying true to my IIFYM beliefs, accommodating my food intolerances AND still training for mega heavy lifting too!

As well as blogging more, I’ve invited more current 12WBT members to come and guest-blog here so you can hear weight-loss and fitness experiences from people other than me. It’s going to be a fun trip!

If you’d like to know more about the program or even join, there are 4 days left until it all kicks-off and you can read about it here -CLICK ME-

So ask me questions. And I will answer them. Honestly.

In case you missed any of them, here are a couple of my pics from the 2015 12WBT campaign too!

Also – to make sure you aren’t missing out on any of my adventure, feel free to follow me on

Leave me a comment if you are on board too!

Much love and let the adventure begin!!

Bella

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Whose afraid of the big bad scales?

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Okay, for most of my readers,  it’s now the day after Christmas and home of the epic food ( and maybe booze ) hangover.

Whether you have gone into full tummy shock and had black coffee and guilt for every meal since or if you’re choosing the ‘bury my head in the cheesecake’ route  – there’s something I need you to know.

It’s okay.

Christmas with family, friends and people we love is important. There is a good chance in ten years time you’ll remember something special about this holiday. It probably won’t have anything to do with the protein/fat/carb/calorie content of what you ate. Life is important. Celebrate it.

If you’ve dared venture onto the scales today, you might be a little horrified, but this post from PauloSportz (if you don’t follow him on facebook you should) sums up my thoughts on it pretty precisely :)

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So, when you choose to bring yourself back to your normal shape or return to your health adventure, what can you do?

Step One;
Stop eating. I’m not being silly, of course I still want you to eat – but maybe pack away the ‘Christmas foods’. Freeze, toss away or feed to others any leftovers, onward gift sealed items and make a resolve that holiday eating is marvellous but done.

Step Two;
To help with the extra water your body accumulated in dealing with more carbs than normal – get stuck into drinking water. At least 2.5 litres each day, more if you are larger/overweight, if it is hot or if you are training.  This will help regulate your fluid levels and fight the fluid retention.

Step Three;
Move it! Chances are that either you, your kids, your partner, your dog or your neighbour received a gift that involves the outdoors and/or moving. These public holidays are a GREAT time to get out there using them. Moving will help get over that sluggish feeling we get when we eat more or differently than  normal. Aim for an hour minimum of active movement each day. Plus it’s awesome. This is where our memories are made!

Step Four;
Get snoozing! Did you know that much of our recovery, weight loss, muscle repair and growth all happen while we are sleeping? Between midnight gift-wrapping and 5am gift-wrap-tearings we are all a bit sleep deprived. Getting at least 8 hours sleep will speed up your journey back to the pre-Christmas body.

Step Five;
Breathe. The holidays were worth it. Celebrating with your loved ones was worth it.
Joy is worth it.

We have a whole year of kicking ass ahead of us. I really look forward to having you along for the ride with me.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Sailor Vee

Fight Hate with Love

Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of life in the Sydney Siege in the early hours of the morning. Now is a time to show our strengths, our true Australian character and come together to help and heal. So proud and appreciative of the very difficult task the police and services were faced with.

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Love in a time of Terror

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In a time of terrorism so close to home, all I can think of is the people I love.

Hold your people close. Every day. Let them know how much you love them. Every day. Act with kindness and integrity always because it becomes your legacy.  Every day. Just love.

It reminds me of my favourite quote from ‘Love Actually’ (2003 film):

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

Gone Fruitcake!

Kids in the kitchen!  Making a healthy fruitcake for a family get-together tomorrow and kid#1 LOVES to cook! I’m not militant about how my family eat but this no fat, no refined sugars fruitcake just happens to be delicious!
RECIPE:

Ingredients

1 Teaspoon (Metric) bicarbonate soda
500 Gram dried fruit
1 1⁄2 Cup flour (self raising)
1 Teaspoon (Metric) Mixed Spice
2 Teaspoon (Metric) honey/golden syrup
1 Cup orange juice
1 Cup pumpkin or sweet potato (kumara) (mashed)
600 Gram dried apricots (chopped)
75 Gram fresh ginger (finely chopped)

Notes
This is an excellent recipe idea for vegans and vegetarians as it contains no animal fat or eggs.

If you want to increase the fibre content, think of substituting half of the white flour for wholemeal, and remember sweet potato is a good low GI option.  Simple changes, big differences!

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 160oC.
Grease a 20cm square or 22cm x 12cm cake tin with a little spray oil, and line base with baking paper.
Remove skin from pumpkin or sweet potato. Steam until soft (about 10 minutes depending on the size of pieces). Allow to cool.
Place dried mixed fruit, chopped apricots and honey/golden syrup in a saucepan together with orange juice. Bring to boil and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
Add mashed pumpkin or sweet potato and mix well.
Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and mix spice together and add to fruit mixture. Add ginger and mix well to combine.
Place in cake tin and bake in oven for 1 ¼ hours.

Enjoy and remember to tag me in your results!

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