February 12, 2009

It's been a while....

My blogging has been on an unintentional break for a while. I just have not been making anything exciting enough to blog lately. The main reason for the non-exciting-ness is the fact that hubby and I are currently on the CSIRO diet. We're aiming to lose a bit of weight and to get our BMIs (Body Mass Indexes) down to a more acceptable level.

I don't mind the diet, we've been on it for about 4 weeks I think. The diet doesn't make me feel deprived of things (well, I mean, I still miss all the baked goods, and it is a bit low in carbs.... I do miss them a bit), but I don't feel too hungry all the time, nor do I get sick of the food, as it's all stuff you buy in the supermarket and cook up yourself. The recipes in the CSIRO book are really good, and you can also modify other recipes to fit in with the diet, so it keeps things interesting. I may end up posting some of the recipes I've modified to fit in with the diet, but I have to remember to photograph them first!

I've lost a few kilos so far, which I can attribute to the diet, my gym attendance and my 10,000 steps per day. I'm doing pretty well with my goal of getting 10,000 steps per day, and if there is a day that I don't quite get there, I make a note of how many steps I need to make up and make sure I do them the next day or so. The goal of going to the gym 3 times a week on top of my steps is not going as well as I had hoped. I do still go at least 3 times a week, but if I haven't done enough steps for the day, sometimes I go to the gym just to walk (usually only if it's dark outside and I don't want to walk alone in the dark).

I have lost my momentum with my other goal for this year of finding a Japanese course and getting enrolled, as life has been hectic enough with my more active lifestyle and a multitude of other things (like buying a house!). Hopefully I will be able to enroll in a short course next term or semester or something. Anyway, for now, that's on hold.

We're moving to our new place in a few weeks time and I'm looking forward to doing a really big clean out of stuff and getting rid of things that clutter up the place and that we don't really need. This blog has some great tips for living an uncluttered life, but suggests to get rid of things you haven't used in the last 6 months, and I wonder if this isn't long enough?? Well, this weekend I'm going to give decluttering a go. I'll let you know how I go with it.

Back to the recipe blogging soon. In the mean time, check out these great blogs:

http://hungryandfrozen.blogspot.com/ - Laura makes some really yummy things, has mouthwatering food photos, and her witty humour makes this blog a very pleasant read!
http://www.eatmedelicious.com/ - I've been perusing this blog on and off for a while now, lots of recipes here I'd love to try.
http://twofatals.com/ - Lots of photos and recipes to see here. I wish I was that good at food photography.