Friday, April 29, 2011

I Am Not Doing The Half-Marathon.


But if you're in Sydney and revving yourself up to run the 21.1km on May 15, Amelia Burton has some good last-minute tips here. Among her advice: doing your last long run eight days before the big race, stretching (and then stretching some more), getting enough shut-eye and leaving the starting line with a strategy. You've got fifteen days and counting...

Here Comes The Bride.

Rocket And Bear

There's something taking over my television today. The Royal Wedding. Yep, it's Wills and Kate's big day and you can't ignore the hysteria. I, for one, am rapt with Prince William's choice of bride, because not only is our new princess by all accounts a lovely sheila, she's also an awesome role model for staying active.

Girl was captain of her college field hockey team, frequently hits the slopes for a spot of skiing and even trained to row the English Channel. So while there was a lot of talk about Kate following the low-carb, high-protein Dukan Diet to shed some weight pre-wedding, I reckon she'll probably look fabulous walking down the aisle today because she kept up the rowing, running and weights. I might have done the same if I thought it would nab me a prince.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

On The Couch: Fast Five

What's the story? The original crew are back for the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. The action kicks off when Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) jump behind the wheel to get their main man Dominic (Vin Diesel) out of police custody. From then on, it's one helluva ride as the trio take to Rio for their biggest heist yet.

Why it's worth paying $17.50 to see... As someone who finds it difficult enough manouvering my Toyota Carolla around the streets of the Sydney, it was impossible not to be impressed by the high-speed don't-try-this-at-home precision driving. Just as you'd expect, this flick is full of serious cars, serious guns and some very serious muscle (thanks to The Rock and Vin Diesel). But I found my inner grandma wanting to tell the kids in the cinema that racing the police and taking out almost an entire city in the process – not cool.

Getting To Your Happy Place.

World Travel Attractions

If you're going to fall in love with exercise, you have to find your happy place – somewhere you feel totally comfortable, where working out is still fun. For me, it's Sydney harbour. I treat myself to a run through The Domain and around the Botanical Gardens to the Opera House twice a week.

Some days it's hard, but it's never a chore – because the view just takes my breath away (whatever breath I have left after running the 3.5km to the jaunty Sydney landmark). I don't think the view of the harbour bridge at dawn ever loses its appeal. Around that track in the early hours, it's just fellow runners and a killer view that changes every day. And it makes my morning session a breeze.

What's your happy place? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

On The Couch: William & Kate

It's no secret, I've got Royal Wedding fever. It started with a commemorative mug, then came the Kate and Wills biography and after that, the paper dolls... So even though this Lifetime telly-movie got panned by critics – who sad it was "so bad it's awful, toe-curlingly, teeth-furringly, pillow-bitingly ghastly" – I'm pretty sure that when this airs on Channel 10 tonight, I'm going to eat it up, just like I have every other piece of Royal Wedding news.

What Should You Be Eating?

Phew! Easter is done and dusted and after five days of getting by on a diet of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate – it's time to snap out of your chocoma and back to eating regular food. So now seems like the perfect time for a little reviso on what exactly you should be consuming. Let's go back to school and revisit the food pyramid, shall we...

Hospitality Guild

Look familiar? I'll bet. The good ol' pyramid has been around for eons, but it's still relevant if you want to establish a healthy, balanced diet. Just FYI, according to government recommendations, women should be having 4-9 serves of cereals, breads, rice, pasta or noodles, 5 serves of vegetables and legumes, 2 serves of fruit, 2 serves of milk, yoghurt or cheese, 1 serve of lean meat, fish, poultry, nuts or legumes, and just 2 serves (if any) of extra foods – like, say, Easter eggs.

Not sure what consititutes a serve? Take a look at this. Then put down the Cadbury bunny and treat yourself to some real tucker.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


It's safe to say that today is not the day to start a diet. Enjoy!