Playlist: swing from the chandelier


To motivate myself to keep on top of updating playlists, I'm going to post one every Sunday night. It'll house the ideal set of tunes (in my world) to keep you working out for the week.

Usually I'll update this playlist, but sometimes I'll wheel out something a little more themed...

Pick of this week's playlist is Sia's 'Chandelier' which provides double the motivation. Not only will 'Chandelier' keep you moving, but remembering that Adelaide-born Sia was able to take on the world (and win) should be enough to convince you you really can go another 10 minutes...

Keeping up accountability


It's no secret that I have a lot of trouble keeping on track day in, day out. Getting to bed on time, 5am alarms and getting my nutrition just right... All it takes is one rogue Oreo (or 10) to get in the way and throw everything off kilter.

So I'm making a pact with myself: be accountable. All the time.

Starting today (day one off to a great start considering I need to wake in just under six hours) I'm going to track the three most important aspects of my journey: sleep, nutrition and training. 

We're not getting too hectic though... This stunning Beyoncé calendar doesn't just provide excellent motivation to keep going but also allows me a simple way to track my progress. If I hit all three targets (sleep, nutrition, training) I colour a square in pink. If I hit two out of three, I get a yellow square. If I notch up one - or worse, none - I get a blue square.

It's easy to think you're hitting your targets, but until you see it laid out in front of you your success (or failure) won't really hit home. 

I'll post an update of my progress on the 15th, and again on the 30th. Here's hoping Beyoncé will trump the Oreos this time.

Playlist: nothin' but Gaga



It's no secret that I Google "Lady Gaga bum" at least once each day (and it's also no secret that "Lady Gaga bum" is the #1 thing I'm working towards when I hit the gym)... So it makes sense to have a Gaga-heavy work out playlist ready to roll out for those days I need a little extra push.

And if that's not enough, just feast your eyes on the video for G.U.Y. - it'll get you moving for at least seven minutes (and hopefully beyond).

Paleo Pancakes #1

I'm not particularly adventurous (or even imaginative) in the kitchen, so finding variety in paleo breakfasts has been difficult. One of my favourite ways to spend a Sunday morning was by getting my pancake on so I had to find a paleo way to do this.

I've fumbled my way through a few different recipes (using completely different ingredients) but this one has produced my favourite result thus far. 

Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 4 minutes | Serves: 3

2 eggs;
2 cups almond meal/flour;
Vanilla extract;
1 cup of water.

Whisk the eggs together in a bowl;
Add almond flour to the bowl and combine with eggs;
Add a pinch of the salt, nutmeg and cinnamon (increase quantities based on personal preference);
Add a dash of vanilla extract (increase quantity based on personal preference);
Thoroughly combine water with the mixture;
Spray a non-stick frypan with coconut oil and heat pan on stove;
Using a cup measure (I used a 1/4 cup measure) spoon the mixture into the frypan;
Cook for 1-2 minutes (until you start to see bubbles appearing on top of the pancake) then flip and repeat.

Serve with your choice of fruit and pure maple syrup if you want to sweeten things up a little.