Saturday, 27 September 2014

Paleo Promise

Hi there! I can't believe it has been 8 months since I posted to VonnieMay! Time certainly flies and lots has happened between then and now. Life is good, always busy and lots to do with so much to be grateful for and so much life to look forward to.

Well, my latest efforts of healing myself through diet are finally paying off. In my aim to lead a healthy lifestyle and prolong this wonderful life as long as I can I have adopted a Paleo Lifestyle.

Granted...its early days. I started on 1 September - a new Spring promise to myself. It seemed the right time, the days are getting warmer and its time to shed our winter coats.

Back to my Paleo lifestyle. I must say that it only took 3 days of removing Grain, Dairy, Sugar and Processed food from my diet and I already felt different. Gone was the bloating, the fullness, the tiredness, the lack of energy. As I work my way through each day, I find I don't miss those foods that were so much a part of my life (bread, cheese, know all those things that we think we can't live without!) and I find I really am enjoying a bountiful of vegetables, fruits and good quality grass fed meat.

Another positive is that along the way I have lost 5kg - and I'm only up to day 27! The main thing I have noticed is that I just plain feel great!

Another benefit is that I have become acquainted with my kitchen again and enjoying cooking, finding new 'Paleo friendly' recipes.

Here is a favourite breakfast treat - which only takes a little while to whip up - but is extremely yum!

Here is how to make it - grate some sweet potato, mix in olive oil, pepper and salt. Squish into some large muffin pans and bake in the oven until just soft. Meanwhile stir fry some chopped bacon, mushrooms, capsicums and any other veges you have hanging around. Once sweet potato is ready carefully crack an egg on top of the sweet potato and cook in the oven until done - around 5 - 7 mins, then serve up, top with the stir fried bacon, mushrooms etc and a spoonful of guacamole.

It tastes so good - and is so good for you (I sound like some cheesy commercial, I know!)

Hope you have a go at cooking this up - let me know what you think.

So - please leave a comment and let me know what you have been up to or if you have any questions about Paleo - I have researched and researched so I can certainly direct you to some great information.

Talk soon!

VonnieMay xx

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Best part of the day.

In keeping with my efforts to live more 'in the now' -  to stop and take time to appreciate - to see, to acknowledge and just look - I got to thinking about what are the best parts of my day, when I find it a little easier to stop and take notice.

One of my favourite times of the day is when I walk out of my office at the end of the day and stroll down Blue's Point Road to catch the ferry home.  I love the onslaught of fresh air as I walk through the door after sitting in an air-conditioned monolithic building all day.  The feel of the breeze, the sun on my back, the smell of frangipani and the visual feast of the lovely terrace houses, the beautiful gardens and the expectation of the iconic view of Sydney Harbour that awaits me at the end of my walk.

I look forward to this 20 minute trek and it never ceases to raise my spirits. Then its the ride home on the ferry. Each day I am amazed at how lucky I am to be able to travel to and from walk on the ferry.

There are lots of other things that qualify for the 'best part of my day' category such as the first sip of coffee, waking up to the beautiful sunrise I see from my bedroom window and of course curling up in my comfy bed at night.

 I have so much to be thankful for. I just need to learn to be more aware of the small things that make up lots of best parts of my day. What is the best part of your day?

This week's challenge from the documented life project was to add a doodle to our planner page - here is the result of my playing.....

Doodled over gelli-print tip ins - added a couple of stickers and washi tape...looking forward to next week's challenge?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Just Keep Swimming

How true - I need to remember this - just keep swimming - problem is - I can't!!

Being part of the Documented Life Project  seems to be helping me address a few issues that I just keep putting on the back burner. This week's challenge is a great example. The challenge was to write a secret message and then paint over all but one key word.  As I started to think about the challenge the words 'Don't Quit' kept popping into my head. Then I realised that if you read 'don't quit' and hide some of the letters you get 'Do It'. Perfect.........what is something that I need to do! - LEARN TO SWIM!!

I know, I know, how can you live in Australia and not learn to swim....I just never have really. It was last year's new year resolution, and I did give it a go....but I quit!

So now, with my new inspirational planner (thanks to the documented life project) I refuse to sink!

Here is my page this week..........

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 17 January 2014

Back again!

I know, I know, I said I would be back soon, but better late than never!

We have moved into our apartment and settled in beautifully. Absolutely loving the apartment lifestyle, and really enjoying our new life!

Where to much has happened since I last posted! Maybe I can do it in pictures!

Here is our new view! A bit different from looking out over bushland in the beautiful Blue Mountains, but beautiful in a city sort of way! Either way - we love it!

Creatively, I have joined up with the documented life project, and have been having lots of fun creating a planner. It has helped make sure I allow time for creativity and there is lots of inspiration from wonderful people who are involved. Below are a couple of my pages and here is a link to the website.

Well I will catch you next time, hopefully with a few more planner pages done and an update on city life! - as always - feel free to leave a comment - always great to hear from you!!

Take care....VonnieMay x