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Fernwood Fitness Giveaway

Head over to my Instagram account- Halfway2Healthy for an AWESOME new Giveaway!

Repost image & follow @fernwoodfitness @halfway2healthy & hashtag #FitForFifteen 

Australian Residents Only

Random Winner Selected Dec 26th 2014 

Prize includes Fernwood Fitness Back Pack, Fernwood Fitness Microfibre Towel, Fernwood Fitness Healthy Cook Book, Fernwood Fitness Thermos, Fernwood Fitness Drink Bottle & Everlast Keyring 

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500 Calorie Workout

This is an easy workout to get your heart going, the sweat dripping and burns 500 calories.

Starting with a 20 minute brisk walk in the treadmill. Set on number 6.
This is a great way to warm up the body, get your chest pumping and slowly ease into your workout. This burns about 150 calories.
Moving into the Cross Trainer, 20 minutes, level 6, using the arm rails.
This is great cardio and this machine can be used for climbing, waking or running. I was doing a bit of everything and trying to keep my strides large.
This will definitely bring you up in calories.

After the cardio I moved onto weights. I went with a 7 kilogram bar bell and did sets of 20 for 10 minutes.
A nice 100 calories burned.
Finally I cooled down for 10 minutes on the treadmill, walking at 5.5 to finish on 538 calories burned.
Calories burned are going to depend on your actual weight. But this gives a good indication of how work out routines can be made up & changed to burn specific calories.

Fernwood 28 Day BreakThru

Today I began the Fernwood Fitness 28 Day Breakthru! The plan runs over 28 days and includes meal and exercise plans. 

I spent yesterday at Caribbean Gardens stocking up on my fruit and vegetables and then headed over to Woolworths for the rest. I was emailed a well thought out shopping list with plenty of fruits and vegetables plus my favourites- almond milk & tofu. 
I’m following the Pear Shape Vegetarian plan. There’s a variety of meal plans to chose from depending on your body type- Ruler, Apple & Pear. It’s ideal to speak to your medical advisor if you need to change anything due to intolerances or food choices such as veganism.
Day One began with a fat free natural yoghurt with mixed seeds followed by snacks of an orange and almonds.

Head over to my Instagram- Halfway2Healthy to see my struggle with the today’s exercise- a jog/run on the treadmill for 50 minutes!

I worked out twice at the gym today, a session in the morning & then one in the evening. If I’m going to do this, then I’m going to give it my all!!
My filling lunch- egg white & salad wholemeal wrap
Preparing kidney & soy beans for dinner tonight, paired with brown rice & mixed green vegetables.
Already I’ve been connecting with other participants online & the support & motivation is overwhelming. It’s great to be able to log into my Breakthru account & read all the well wishes & messages.
I will talk more about the 28 Day BreakThru, the Fernwood Angels & my progress in upcoming entries.
DAY 3 & 4 of Fernwood’s 
28 Day Breakthru- UPDATE

So far so good- a loss of one whole kilo after day two…pretty happy!
The workouts have been great and I’ve been able to learn a few more exercises.
I wasn’t able to take a Pump Class as advised on Day 3 so I did a 50 minute treadmill workout and also used some weights.
The online support has been incredible and I’ve been able to continually connect with others, share photos & motivational quotes. I’m following the meal plans to a tee, and the foods are filling and enjoyable. 
Day 4 started with a yoghurt, seed & nut mix which, although small, really have me the energy for my gym workout!
I’ve told a couple of the Fernwood employees that I’m on the programme and they have been supportive and encouraging!
Here’s to a fantastic rest of the week.
New blog post to come soon.



Sugar Free Chocolate Oatmeal

Yummy yummy get in my Tummy!

Quick and delicious twist on your morning porridge.
You will need:
1/2 cup oats/oatmeal
3/4 cup Almond Breeze
2 tsp Vitarium Sugar Free Chocolate Powder
1 tsp Loving Earth Maca Powder

Combine all ingredients and microwave in 20 second instalments, mixing each time until you reach your desired consistency.

Topping:
1 tbs Yoghurt of your choice
1 tsp Carob Kibble
1 tsp Bee Pollen
Dollop all your toppings over the cooked oatmeal and voila! Enjoy!

Daylesford

Spent a couple of nights away at Willow Brook Cottages in Daylesford. 

A quaint little place with six self contained cottages with a fireplace & cosy verandah. Perfect accomadation for what we needed but also very run down & actually for sale.
Perfect weather for our first day but woke up to a chilly foggy second morning.
Very small, cute town with a couple of awesome antique stores. Lots of vintage items to purchase from shoes to toys to old oil cans.
We visited the lovely Himalaya Bakery for a Vegan breakfast. They’re the first place I’ve found that actually use soy ice cream in their smoothies. Although I opted for a Tofu Scramble & fair trade organic soy chai latte. 

Tofu is light in calories & can be used as the high protein part of a meal. It absorbs any flavour and can be used in sweet & savoury dishes. Silken Tofu is usually used for a scramble as it’s airy and jelly-like, more ‘eggy’. 
Himalayan Bakery had a very good range of vegan, gluten free & dairy free options. Meals, cakes, milks & breads.
After our late breakfast we drove to Hepburn Springs & went on a few small walks & then on a hike through the Hepburn bush trails. 

It was a very pretty track that took a good hour to complete, we even spotted an Echidna.

It’s been a good couple of days away, good food & plenty of walking. Was the break I needed & felt good to just have points of just doing nothing & watching movies. 
We relaxed at night in front of the fireplace with wine & snacks.
We had packed fruits, low calorie dinners & protein bars to keep our energy up

We had a mix of Lara Bars, Luna Bars & Quest Bars. It’s always better to snack on fruits & veggies though, only opting for protein bars if you’re looking at replacing meals or pre workout.

My good friend Jess came away with me so it was a great to spend more than a couple of hours on catch up & a break for her too.