Muffin Tops – I’m finally doing it right!

So it’s a public holiday and I’m chilling at home with the kidlets. I’m also prepping for a crazy week ahead.

7 days from now I have a photo shoot so my own nutrition and training need to be wired tight, I’m working during the week and have a babysitter caring for the kids so THEY need to be prepared for and the darling Captain is working like a mad thing and also needs special snacks prepared with love.

So I things that are easy to cook (kid#1 is a junior masterchef so insists on helping), meets my ideals for what the kids and Captain should be eating, low fuss and freezable. Not asking much. Thinking cap on and ….

Behold – a new muffin recipe!

Sailor Vee’s Apple and Blackberry Muffin Marvels

  • 1 ¾ Cups gluten free self raising flour
  • Natvia brand Stevia sticks x 2
  • ¾ cup low fat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 25g coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 x 400 gr tin of cooking apples (no added sugar, just apple!)
  • ½ cup fresh berries (I used blackberries)
  • Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200 degrees (Celsius)

In a bowl, combine the milk, eggs and coconut oil. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine the apple, berries, sifted flour and stevia.

Add egg mixture, combine gently (don’t overmix)

Pour into greased muffin tins. Dust tops lightly with cinnamon

Bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Each muffin yields:

117 calories, 1g carbs, 3g fat, 2g protein

Apple blackberry

 

Enjoy with the ones you love.

Happy Monday,

SV

Hair today, gone tomorrow?

It’s funny how we assume we’ll deal with things.

Six months ago, in the midst of my work turmoil, the betrayal by friends and the change in my health and fitness – I also made the leap to donate my hair to Locks of Love.

35cm of my hair gone in one go. From a mid-back mop to a clippered bob.

Now, I truly did ASSUME that it would be a massive shock. That I would feel that loss. That ‘bareness’ of taking my hair shield away.

Instead, I felt freedom. And that brazen boldness that people had no choice but to be looking at my face as I had so little hair to be taking attention!

haircutThis is me the day I had my hair cut off!

Six months later, it’s just getting shorter and funkier! (and my face is getting more angular and even cheekier by the day, oops!)

haircut2

But you wonder ‘what if’. What if I still had hair?! So for ten minutes tonight I wore extensions to have my hair back.

haircut3

And I realised that my hair was a hiding place. I kept it hidden in a pony tail 90% of the time but if I had to feel ‘pretty’ it could be dragged out as a token gesture. Because I wasn’t capable of feeling pretty I could make my hair DO something pretty instead.

These days, I have two options – curly bob and straight bob!

If I want to be pretty, it needs to come from me.

And it does. Because my beauty has nothing to do with my hair. Or even my face.

In the words of a woman I’ve admired since I was a baby:

loren

Be you. Be beautiful.

Love,

SV

Who’s your Mama?

It’s the eve of kid#1 turning 6. Six freakin years! Where have they gone?

It makes me think though about him and about our family. What an amazing, funny, unique and charming little character he is and his vital role in our funny little band of sailors. And I think about me. The type of mum I have been, the mum I am now and the mum I want to be in the future.

You have to remember that before I threw myself headfirst into changing and saving my life,  I was weak. And very afraid. Of everything. Being a parent was no different.

I think a healthy dose of fear is a good thing in a parent. The constant ‘what if’ and reminder that they really are a big piece of your heart running around in the world on their own inspires care and considerations. But I was too afraid of life.

The fear of not doing well, the fear of him not being ‘perfect’, the fear that my own quirks would somehow splash onto him and mark him too…

I was being interviewed recently and talking about my horrendous old eating habits when the interviewer innocently asked if I was the type of mother who made sure my kids ate well but ate badly myself?

Ummm. No.

I was the bad mummy. My children ate better than I did but we still ate ‘treats’ too often, had brunch dates at fast food places and had dessert every night. My weakness with food was a bad habit being passed down.

But as I changed my own life, without a jolt or any yelling or screaming, I without thinking,  changed my children’s lives too.

I was inactive and rose to the challenge of adjusting to an active life. I ate poorly and rose to the challenge of eating well forever. But most importantly, I was timid, easily swayed and therefore made poor decisions but when challenged, I realised and clarified who I am and what I value most in the world.

My whole life changed then.

I train the way I do because I like it. I eat the way I do because I like it and it helps me train the way I like. And I love the Captain and raise the kids the way I do because I couldn’t have done any of it without their love.

Cheers,
SV

Sailor Vee’s Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

Finally got a new super easy, super tasty recipe for you!

sweetchililimechicken

Sailor Vee’s Sweet Chili Lime Chicken – Serves 2

  • 200 grams chicken breast, sliced
  • 5 grams Coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander
  • 100 grams Red capsicum, sliced
  • 100 grams snow peas, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Brown rice to serve

Start cooking the rice as per the packet instructions.

Warm the oil in the pan, add the coriander and chicken breast and brown while stirring so that all pieces get coated in the coriander.

Add in the capsicum and continue stirring until it softens.

Add the sweet chili sauce and lime juice and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat and add the snow peas. I usually place the lid back on the pan and leave it alone while I dish up the rice,

For the purposes of this recipe I’ve allowed a 1/2 cup serve of brown rice per person. Top the rice with half of the chicken mixture and enjoy!!

311 calories per serve. (37 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fat, 28 grams of protein)

Buon Appetit,

Sailor Vee

What happens in Brisvegas…..

… winds up on youtube.

Just putting the following out there right now.

I worked hard last round (round 4 2012) at not working hard. Having lost 41kg I decided that I wanted time to ‘be’. To see what happens when I just live my life, train because I enjoy it and eat the foods I like (because I happen to prefer eating good foods now).

What happens is that I arrived in Brisbane for finale exactly 200 grams heavier than 12 weeks previously in Sydney. I am wrapt with that.

What was important to me during the round was enjoying this new quality of life I’ve been working towards for so long. To expand and build my strength but to be lighthearted with it. As someone who has been prone to lose perspective about my body image quite easily, I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t dependent on seeing the numbers decrease.

I’m not. I’m healthy. Fit, Strong and Happy. And I don’t give a damn about the numbers.

I’m also quite prone to being led in silliness in the company of amazing people. Which leads me to my routine end of round video. This one is officially the craziest weekend we’ve had. Lots of laughs, wine, great conversation, wine, food, walks, wine and swimming.

Lots of love and talk soon!!
SV

Me + 500 Days – 43kg

I had a busy day. I was at work (yep, back to gainful employment) and then I did a workout and only then did I get a chance to check out my phone.

One of my lovely friends who has been a constant companion on this lose weight/gain life adventure pointed out that we signed up to the 12wbt program 500 days ago today.

It bounced around in my little head for quite a while. And as I was walking, on my own – I recorded a quick note about what 500 days has meant for me.

Love,

SV

Unexpected and Unlikely

So, I took the weird and bold step this week of getting a facebook page to match the blog. It’s brand new and shiny, you can see it – here – 

Wonderfully, surprisingly and a little scarily, I already have over 1500 likers in there. It’s cool and I love you all and I hope I can find some interesting stuff to share with you all now! Eek.

I also got a free coupon code to make a facebook ad for the page. It seemed a little wanky to advertise myself but hey, it was free! So I made a little ad. It was a bit like ‘oh hai, I’m okay. Come hang out at my blog if you like. It’s at http://www.sailorvee.com. No pressure’. It needed a picture so I figured I’d continue the massive over-exposure of my body and used this one:

Bella rnd 3 2011 to rnd3 2012

I got an email this morning. My ad had been rejected. Hmph. But it made sense. Most ads don’t allow you to actually use a website address. I went in to remove it and saw that they’d given me the reasoning behind their ruling.

The image of your ad violates our Ad guidelines. 
We don’t accept "before and after" images, and 
your image depicts unexpected or unlikely results.

What the? Unexpected or unlikely?

I see the benefit of Facebook having this rule. I’d hate to see my before and after be used for a crappo ‘magic pill’ or the ridiculous ‘This mom lost 80lbs by following this one simple tip’ ads that seem to be everywhere.

I’m so lucky to be surrounded by close friends who have achieved GREAT things. Bigger weight losses, greater transformations, faster transformations etc. But it sometimes means I forget the magnitude of what I am doing here.

Unexpected or Unlikely.

I like it. It’s a bit of a reminder that what I am working on is not an everyday result. It’s not something that a lot of people have done.

At the end of the day though, my weight loss is not extraordinary and my results really shouldn’t be considered as either unexpected or unlikely.

I’m just a girl, who found her thing. And that thing turned out to be the power I needed to change my whole life. That’s the only unexpected and unlikely part of this whole deal.

And I am grateful every day for it.

Cheers

Sailor Vee

(nearly) Naked in (almost) Public

So, today was pretty hot here.

A year ago I would have hid in the house trying desperately to stay cool.

This year, I was STINKING hot – but I was sweltering while running around with the kids, heading to the gym, cooking up my weeks meals and playing in the garden. It was awesome.

Best part, in the near-total privacy of my own garden, I got about looking like this:

Bella summer

 

This is just me. Not in a ‘lean phase’ like I try to be at the end of rounds, not tanned, no heels, not flexing or posing or being anything other than a hot-but-happy mama at home.

I am truly aware that there is A LOT of work to do on my physique. But I also have a whole life to live and enjoy and work towards my goals during. And I’ve come a long way. I’m getting that now.

I’m getting pretty okay with who I am. And that’s an awesome feeling. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to look a bit more like this in next summer’s snaps:

Michelle summer

 

 

So it’s been a good day. It’s new for me, being okay in my self.

I’m happy with where I’m at but excited about where I want to go as well.

Cheers

Sailor Vee

The way things will be…

I’ve written a lot since this blog started about the massive changes in the past year. And a little bit about the disappointing and traumatic exit I was forced to make from my company six months ago. So much has changed in my life that at this New Years end of the year it would be tempting to again look backward and reflect.

But I’m done with that. Here are the Cliff notes:

  • If I work towards my personal goals – I achieve them.
  • Anger (even the justified type) gets you nowhere.
  • Schemers will scheme. Unscrupulous people will be unscrupulous.
  • And if you tolerate their negativity in your life because it suits you, one day it will be targeted at you.
  • Lesson learned. Surround yourself with good, positive people and the world is a different place.

I don’t harbour grudges and never have. See point 2 – anger gets you nowhere. A good inhale/exhale combo and a dose of Sailor Vee (c’est la vie, geddit?) is all you need to start moving forward again.

I’m kicking ass in my personal goals. The things that are important to me are stronger, happier, closer, richer, healthier and more profound than at any other time in my life.

Things are refined, clarified and free of pressure and BS.

I have a good list of goals for 2013. Some for myself, some for my family, some for my business pursuits, some for the universe. But alongside that is the greatest gift that 2012 has given me – strength. In every conceivable manner.

And the innate knowledge that I can do anything.

So I thank 2012 and bid it adieu, 2013 is shaping up to be a glorious year.

Happy New Year my friends,

Sailor Vee xx

What’s a Band Wagon without Cyd anyway?

Whatever it is, I’ve pretty much been off it this week.

Way less than awesome food choices, not enough training, too much wine, essentially no water….

And I hate it. I can’t imagine that this used to be my life. So today I’m going back to normal.

Not getting on some freaking wagon though. Walking the walk. This is how I want to live 🙂

Love,

Sailor Vee

PS – The only good band wagon in my vocab is this one:

Band Wagon movie poster

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire together = bliss 🙂

Mainly because of this gorgeous creature who I wanted (and still want) to be when I grew up – Cyd Charisse. This was a kick-ass lady with LEGS and who knew how to use them 🙂

Cyd and Mr. Astaire

Cyd and Mr. Astaire

This is what I imagined I'd do for a living as a child. Sit around between takes looking glamourous :)

This is what I imagined I’d do for a living as a child. Sit around between takes looking glamorous 🙂

Legs! She had fantastically strong dancer's legs & wasn't shy about getting them out. Love her.

Legs! She had fantastically strong dancer’s legs & wasn’t shy about getting them out. Love her.