You ate WHAT????

This:

Red Velvet Cupcake x 1? Oh yes please.

To be exact, I ate one. That one in the middle on the bottom row. And I loved and enjoyed every bite.

I hear the squeaking, the squeals of horror. But what about your goals? Your 12wbt? Your date with size 10 jeans?

And I answer them all with the same confident answer. I make decisions everyday. Today I chose a cupcake.

I also chose to:

  • complete a TOUGH workout at the gym
  • eat a light but delicious breakfast
  • drink 2.5 litres of water
  • eat a light lunch
  • while at a friends for dinner picked a mostly salad plate from the buffet

So when I saw these amazing cupcakes that a friend made, I made the choice to have one. And felt super happy with that.

I sat down, with my friends, and enjoyed that cupcake.

Life is a lot about living. And balance. And a little bit about cupcakes with friends.

But what if we could have our cake and eat it too?? Thank me now 🙂

Sailor Vee’s Skinny Red Velvet Cupcakes

Servings: 26 Serving Size: 1 cupcake Calories: 141

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour (sifted twice)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cup light buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp red food coloring

Preheat oven to 180 celsius.

Line cupcake tins with liners. In a large mixing bowl,

Stir together flours, salt, cocoa, and baking powder.

In another large bowl beat sugar, applesauce and butter.

Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix baking soda and vinegar.Add half of the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, mix well. Add buttermilk, red food coloring and mix well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and fold in vinegar and baking soda. Pour in prepared cupcake liners 3/4 of the way. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool, then frost with low fat cream cheese frosting.

Makes 26 cupcakes.

Low Fat Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 220 grams Extra Light Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.

 

Om nom nom.

Sailor Vee

What’s on the horizon?

On one of my recent weekends away. I found myself drawn to endlessly staring at this horizon.

beach horizon Tasmania

Sister’s Beach, Tasmania

Seriously, why wouldn’t you? Even more amazing than my photography skillz (yes, when I’m being sarcastic, skills end with a z) this view is actually completely dead-on to the horizon meaning a 180 degree view of the sea.

What kept striking me about the view is that even though I KNOW that the ocean and the world continues beyond that clear flat line where the water meets the sky – it doesn’t look or feel that way. It’s like staring at the very edge of the world, not knowing what could be on the other side.

Insert mental lightbulb metaphor moment. 

This year has been like that. Sailing into the horizon. Except this time there is no ‘but I made it out on the other side’. I’m still pretty much adrift. Like Tom Hanks in Castaway, but without the terrible hair extensions and scary basketball BFF.

I’d love to know what’s beyond the horizon for me. Whether it’s a new business or a new job or finding a way to not work again but be an AWESOME parent and wife. 

Until then I keep paddling forward. I’ve learned to embrace the fear of the unknown and move toward it anyway.

Adieu for now,

Sailor Vee

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. 
Rabindranath Tagore 

School Pick-up Mum!

I have this thing about not looking like a dag when I pick my son up from school. Dropping him off, I am almost always in gym gear because it suits me to go straight to the gym – but in the afternoon I like to at least try to make an effort. I’m not sure why, but it makes me happy.

By make an effort, not a lot of thought goes into it. It’s mostly jeans in a season appropriate way. Skinny jeans with long boots was my autumn and winter staple. I’m still finding my way this spring, but am leaning heavily on closed toe wedges for comfort but a little bit of pretty.

Also important is that I am still on a super tight clothing budget while we sort out what to do with the finances post-business-apocalypse (refer: the rest of my blog) so the below outfit is a good example.
School Pick-up Mum!
From memory the top was $20 from Big W. It’s a cotton slub fabric and has a good weight so sits nicely. Also has some subtle details on the wrists and joey pouch which make it less sweatshirt and more light sweater.

The jeans are from Coles spin-off line called Mix Apparel. I got them when they opened and they were an impressive $8. They were also 2 sizes too small so I just ADORE slinking around in them now 🙂

The shoes are from Payless. I’ve had them forever and can’t really remember how much I paid for them but I’m thinking not more than $30, which is about my mental limit on ‘cheap’ shoes. They are a nice smooth leather though and have lasted really well.

So please, play with Polyvore, show me what you other mummies in the blogosphere wear.

I think I need to switch!

I’ve been happily working on my muscles for 5 weeks. I’m still pretty pudgy.

I try really hard not to be mean to myself. I do. But this body fat is getting me down. I decided to do lean and strong (the body-shaping aspect of 12wbt) this round because I was quite close to my goal. Not there but close.

Then I realised I wasn’t being ambitious enough with my goal weight and dropped it by another 5kg. The goal. Not the actual weight. Still working on dropping the damn weight.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do LOVE the weights and toning I’m doing. But I have to acknowledge I’m too far from goal with a body fat percentage that is too high to be able to see the results of my work. I know that I would get there as the weight is still coming off, just not anywhere near as fast as I want it to.

A friend said to me that she views Lean and Strong as purely decorative, for when you’ve got the body to the weight you want it, but still want to fine tune it’s shape. I tend to agree.

So today I’m hitting the gym with a Lean and FIT workout to try. Essentially I’m just going to smash myself with cardio for a change.

I’ll let you know how I go 🙂 Vomit stories are a high possibility. Sorry.

Sailor Vee

What do you freaking eat?

People tend to assume that when you lose weight, you have to be suffering. Doing without stuff, being sad and all “I’m skinny but boohoo, miserable”.

Nup. I’m chipper.

I eat ALL the time. At least every three hours. And I eat GOOD stuff. Not just healthy stuff, but stuff that tastes GOOD. If I’m going to eat it, I’m going to enjoy it.

So here’s my food diary today. It’s not a great representation of a 12wbt day because I was in and out of appointments all day. But there it is. Awesome organic yoghurt, DELICIOUS red curry with rice and puppodums and ending the day with a piece of the best chocolate ever.

I ate it. All of it 🙂

And yes, I know I’m one calorie over. I’m fine with that 🙂

Cheers,
Sailor Vee

I lost 300 freaking grams?

I’m stoked.

We all know that I haven’t been super well behaved this week. Food was a little off, training was a little off. But I’m down 300 grams. Making it 4.9kg since the start of this round. Making is 31.6kg in total. Happy with that.

I often like to visualise where the weight came off. Did I lose a chunk of my butt, or some elbow flab or maybe some chipmunk cheek fat? Other times I like to get a visual sense of what 300 grams (10.5 ounces) looks like in the real world.

It looks like:

This guy. Ivory Ball Python. 300 grams. I can totally see that I’m better off without with on my body.

Clag. I used to love this stuff. I can totally imagine that 300 grams less pudgy claggy tummy fat would fill one of these cute little tubs.

This little guy. Actually, I might save this one in case I ever put ON 300 grams and I can pretend I have something this cute instead.

 

So happy me. Food is on track this week, training is on track this week. All is right in my tiny world.

Peace Out

Sailor Vee

What was I supposed to do this morning?? D’OH!!

Oh that’s right, weigh in!

Silly old me rolled out of bed after a rubbish night with kid#2 and zombie strolled straight into the kitchen. Had my wake up glass of water. Made and drank a coffee. Made and ate my omelette, fiddled with my new eyelash extensions (did you know you can get bed-eyelashes?!)…

Feels like this.

then I realised it was Wednesday. Weigh in day. And I’d already filled my little round tummy with food and a tasty beverage. Given the last few days on the farm I can’t really afford to be carrying extra on the scales.

I jumped on the scales anyway. 100gram gain from last week. How much do you think an omelette, mug of coffee and a big glass of water weighs anyway? 🙂

I’ve made an executive decision – I’ll weigh in tomorrow morning.

Silly old me.

Cheers,
Sailor Vee