Rock ‘n’ Running

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Rock 'n' Running

I went to see Foals over the weekend and they were fantastic. So many cool songs mixing guitars with electro. I’ve just pre-ordered the deluxe edition of their latest album that’s packed with new remixes (out 25 October). I can’t wait to put it on my shuffle and take it running with me. Only 16 more sleeps.

Today’s Training

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Today's Training

Not sure if I’ve remembered everything from this morning as it was quite a varied workout. But on the plus side, I really like how my trainer Maree mixes things up. You never get bored.

Use these links to help if you aren’t quite sure what to do.
Hover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRXKg21pE-4
Mountain Climbers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzmKjlbbHzs
Cross Fit Sit Ups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HPfXutjB1s
Pike Sit Ups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ6aTONDOZw
Flutter Kicks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEG9uXjx4vQ
Oblique Twist http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDTHSnoGoEc
Netball Slam (Remember to do this to the side, bouncing next to each foot, not front on like she’s doing here.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWghPf9dso0
Squat Thrusters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ljnk8OS3M
Alternating Forward Lunge http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH0wBadXjpA
“C” Crunch (Hold medicine ball in your hands and touch your knees with it.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFOQADcJwss
Foam Roller – I.T. Band Technique http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qD3yRSziWs

Sculpture at Wynyard Quarter

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Sculpture at Wynyard Quarter

5km Tuesday lunchtime run. This is my favourite sculpture that I encounter on my way through Wynyard Quarter. It’s called “Silt Line” and is a set of cast concrete tidal steps by Rachel Shearer & Hillery Taylor Architecture. I love looking at the steps disappear into the water and also the different shapes and heights of the steps themselves.

Dinner

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Dinner

Along with the chicken I served Stuffed Eggplant with Black Bean Sauce and some steamed greens on the side. The eggplant is another Neil Perry recipe and absolutely stunning. I adjusted things a bit as they only had large eggplants at the supermarket and I can’t bring myself to deep-fry things while I’m trying to lose weight. I also omitted the cornflour which it didn’t really need.

I ended up roasting my larger stuffed eggplants for an hour at 180ºC under foil and then at 230ºC with no foil for 20 minutes to crisp up the meat a little. This was so delicious, much better than I ever expected. I strongly advise you to click on the pic for the recipe.

Dinner

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Dinner

Marinated Chicken Breast with Spicy Tomato Sauce. I adapted this from a Neil Perry recipe for barbequed wings as they had none at the supermarket and rain put a stop to my BBQ plans. Instead I marinated the breasts, seared them and put them in the oven. Still pretty tasty. As usual, I left out all the oil and only used a spray in the pan first. Click the pic for Neil’s recipe.

Let’s Wash Our Hands of Cocamide DEA.

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Let's Wash Our Hands of Cocamide DEA.

3 News in New Zealand recently ran a story about Cocamide DEA, commonly used to make products foam. Listed by the state of California as a chemical that’s known to cause cancer in animals, it’s now banned in many parts of the world but apparently not in New Zealand.

It had never occurred to me that there may be possible carcinogens in the body wash and shampoo I was using but I’ll now be reading product ingredients more closely.

Luckily none of Ecostore’s products contain Cocamide DEA among a range of other nasties so, at least I can lather up in confidence with this stuff.

Click the pic if you’d like to read the 3 News article.

For further reading please follow these links. The second has a link to a list of products known to contain high levels of Cocamide DEA: http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/diethanolamine.htm http://www.medicaldaily.com/does-your-shampoo-contain-carcinogens-cancer-causing-compound-found-98-shampoos-and-soaps-255234

Monday Workout

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Monday Workout

My trainer Maree admitted, this was a bit of a mean one today. It definitely required a lot of determination to get through it on a Monday morning. Feels good afterwards though.

Here are some demos if you need them:
Squats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXJrBgI2RxA
Reverse Crunch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVVlXA0dqGg
Bicep Curls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=av7-8igSXTs
Iron Cross http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVbKEkWbI8
Squat Jumps http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVaEhXotL7M
Tricep Extensions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRiJVZDpdL0
Frogger Kicks (Basically a Burpee with a jump at the end once you’re in the standing position) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zrN7c6BVw8
Sumo Squats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kiXid7pm6I
Calf Raises http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLzBJYoWlI
Hip Thrusters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH4A1DkTleg
Reverse Fly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1U3yZne1jw
Hammer Curls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikhtK2tGXPU

Saturday Brunch

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Saturday Brunch

I caught up with my friend Lwindi this morning for a spot of yoga followed by a bite to eat at the Little Bird Unbakery. It’s a new, completely raw, vegan and organic café in Ponsonby. Totally fab. My sprouted falafels were delicious as was my “Relax” tea. Can’t wait to go back and try more of their great menu.