How many calories do we use just living?

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When researching the post on exercise for weight loss, I came across this piece which showed why the hour a day or 3 times a week exercise regime that most of us are doing, isn’t doing much for our weight loss goals.

It’s partly to do with what happens for the rest of our 23 hours per day and also the fact that poor eating choices do far more damage than can be rectified by moderate exercise.

It has to be something like 90 mins of intense exercise daily to have any effect on your weight and many of us can’t keep that up – or like me, I don’t want to, it’s just not the life I want to lead.

So let’s check out this daily calorie usage just by living thing…

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Sesame Tahini Bites

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I was remembering the chewy Sesame Bar and wondered if I could make the same thing with less sweetener and maybe raw too, so I gave it whirl and while it’s not the same, it’s still yum and deserves a place in the Slim Birdy line up.

Just for fun, I found the ingredients of the standard commercial Sesame Bar and get a load of this…

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Exercise for weight loss? Not quite the remedy we’ve been led to believe.

The articles published recently about the questionable effective relationship between exercise and weight loss mirror my experiences.

It’s funny because I have worked things out for myself for a long time now regarding weight loss based on how it feels for my body, and it has led me to the place I am now – happy, healthy the weight I want to be without much effort at all.

It helped me wade through the information overwhelm which is mostly conflicting and arrive at my truth. First it was about sugar which is now mainstream, then it was grains thanks to the Paleo crew who made that more well known and here is just another thing that my body taught me first.

The new paradigm is…

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Protein Choc Blocs

 

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Everyone seems to live life in a rush these days, racing to work, play or exercise and while I don’t think it’s slowing down any time soon, how you manage to eat well on the run plays an important factor in your health.

This is why I love my protein packed treats that you can make once a week and keep in the fridge or freezer for a quick breakfast or snack any time.

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#worldsfirstselfiewedding

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What a whirlwind week! The release of our selfie wedding photos on the Today Show last Monday has sparked interest around the world and I am proud as punch of my hubby and his amazing photographic skill.

We just wanted a stress free wedding and could think of nothing better than to be high on a mountain in a beautiful part of the world.

The lovely journalists at the Today Show thought it was a fantastic story given that Adrian (my husband) took all the photos himself and while the researching and planning of how to do it and the practice was a lot of work, the fact is that we travel together to beautiful spots for adventure & photography quite often, as it’s what we love to do, so this was just another really meaningful adventure!

Here are a couple behind the scenes shots of filming with the delightful Aislin Kriukelis who was the consummate professional, while my knees were shaking and I swear I could hear the quiver in my voice – luckily they cut that part out!

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Here is a link to the story for those who haven’t seen it.

Then we received a call from ABC 612 Radio and next thing we know we are in the studio with the lovely Rebecca Levingston having a chat about why and how we did it. Wouldn’t be complete without a selfie!

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Here is a link to the interview.

And for those who may be interested in the technical details of the photography and how Adrian actually did what he did and the equipment he used, please see this post on the ABC Open website which tells all the intricate details.

As for me, I am just in awe of the way Adrian captured the amazing scenery, how he made me look good (certain angles and all that, it’s an art I tell you!), how he had all these ideas for different shots and what he wanted to capture, the colour in the flowers, sunlight through the forest, our joy on the day, all from in front of the camera instead of behind it!

So then we did a phone interview with the Daily Mail and that kind of spread like wildfire a little bit. See the article here.

And now we have found it has appeared on sites in the US, UK, Hong Kong, Greece, Turkey Indonesia and one of the ones we love is our story on The Stir/Cafe Moms where she has perfectly captured the vibe behind the whole thing.

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To see the rest of the photos of the day, head to www.elopepics.com under the gallery tab.

While this attention is surprising and fun while it lasts, the best part is I have found the man of my dreams who loves me back (always helpful!) Who happens to have an amazing photographic talent and captured our wedding day in such a stunning way that we will treasure forever. We plan to continue to travel together to beautiful parts of the world and just enjoy life, and if we get to photograph others’ elopements or small weddings along the way, then that will be the icing on the cake.

Love & fairy tales,

 

Kristy xxx

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

On your journey to weight loss, discovering a better way to make your favourite taste sensations is critical if your new lifestyle is going to last for the long haul.

So many people I see are trying to lose weight again and again, because they were able to muster enough willpower/determination for long enough to stay away from the cookie jar or keep going to boot camp for 3 days a week and get some results, but once that laser focus is relaxed even for a little, it comes piling back on again. So I’d say the method is wrong, wouldn’t you?

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