Jun 23, 2015

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park

My littlest baby turned four last week.

Four.  I don't know where the time has gone. I am so proud of this little princess, she is an absolute joy and delight to be around. She makes me laugh all the time and she loves to have a good time. I actually have to admit that she has a better sense of humour than me and often unwittingly reminds me to laugh and have a good time just by breaking into her little giggle and finding the funny side of something ordinary.

While I was looking for birthday ideas, I came across a great discount coupon to Featherdale Wildlife Park on Scoopon.  Little Miss decided that she would very much like to visit Featherdale to see, pat and feed some kangaroos, koalas and other native animals, so it was decided and off we went.  Being just 40 minutes outside of Sydney, it was perfect for a day trip.


We had a lovely day out and I was really impressed with how big it was, how many animals there were, and how many interactions the children actually got to have with the animals.  Most of the animals that were free to wander around the park were very happy to be patted and fed by the children, although some of them were looking quite full thanks to the many little hands with a seemingly endless supply of food for them.

Featherdale Wildlife Park

The boys favourite was 'The Ghost Bat Cave', whereas the girls liked the farm animals the best.  (I think the baby farm animals were my favourite too - who doesn't love baby farm animals?)

The biggest surprise of the day was how much Olly enjoyed it.  I have to admit I am not a huge animal person, so I got most of my enjoyment from watching how much fun the kids were having, but as for Olly - he enjoyed it just as much as all the children and informed me that he needed his very own "Featherdale" right in his own backyard.


Featherdale Wildlife Park

Feather dale Wildlife Park


Feather dale Wildlife Park




I hope you enjoyed your birthday baby girl.  We love you.

Jun 7, 2015

Instapeek

It's been just over 6 weeks since I had to have an abdominal surgery so I'm stoked to be feeling healed and stronger again. Pre-season strength training has begun, but track sessions and being a wife and mama doesn't leave much time for the gym, so I'll be doing as much as I can with kettle bells for now. If you'd like to get stronger or do some HIIT and are ready to graduate from bodyweight movements, kettle bells are actually a great little investment - it's amazing how much u can do with them!

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May 31, 2015

5 Awesome HIIT and Tabata workouts to get you feeling fit

Last week I gave you a quick explanation about why HIIT and Tabata style workouts can be more effective than steady cardio for weight loss,  and I promised you that I'd share some HIIT workouts that would get you started.  So here they are, 5 great HIIT or Tabata style workouts that can be done at home and should get you well and truly started on your fitness, strength and weight loss journey.  Most of these workouts are entry-level and you should be able to do without equipment.

1.  Tabata:  The Express New Workout For New Mums by Fit Pregnancy:  A quick intro into how to do a Tabata workout with a slideshow of exercises that you can choose from.  The best part about this link (and the reason I gave it the number 1 spot) is that there is an instructional video for each exercise which is fantastic for those of you who aren't quite sure the correct technique to use.  Remember, exercises can cause injury if not executed properly.

2.  30 Days Of HIIT by Darebee: This one is great for those of you that get bored easily.  It offers 30 days of different workouts.  You can view it online with a diagram and a built-in timer, or download the PDF.

3.  The 20 Minute Bedroom Burpee Blitz by The HIIT mum:  I like this workout because it's simple, easy to remember and you can begin at a level that suits you.  Just a word of warning though, burpees may sound easy but they are an all-body workout that will make you sweat and help you some quick results.

4.  At Home HIIT Workout by Fitness Blender:  This is a 20 minute video for those of you that like to follow along in a fitness video style workout.  It is designed for fat burning and all movements are quite simple.

5.  3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginners by The Daily Burn:  Offers 3 beginner-style HIIT workouts with explanations for each of the movements (although you might need some basic knowledge of exercise to interpret).

These 5 workouts should get you started with HIIT and Tabata.  I really hope it helps you in your own personal journey to fitness and wellbeing.

May 26, 2015

Instapeek


This place. It's my home away from home and it's so good to be back again after having a forced 6 week break  // But back now, preseason training has begun and I'm looking forward to next season and hopefully gaining some strength this winter // Long term goal is the Masters World Championships next year!! #track #trackandfield #watchthisspace #mumsthatrun #athletics #fitfam
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May 25, 2015

Dietetics/Nutrition Advice and Health Insurance

As you know, I'm very passionate about nutrition and eating well and I come from a family where there is a high incidence of various food intolerances.  Gluten, dairy and other food intolerances seem to be becoming more widely recognised these days so I thought you might find it interesting to know how you can protect and cover your family in case you need to consult someone about your family's nutrition.  I'll hand you over to one of my lovely sponsors, Sally from Health Insurance Comparison who is with us today to help shed some light on the topic..

Eating well is an important part of staying healthy and while most of us probably like to think that we’ve got this covered, there may be times when you need some expert support with this. Nutrition advice can be particularly invaluable if you have food allergies or if food has a big impact on your physical health due to a particular condition. Even if you don’t fall into one of these categories, you may still benefit from receiving support from a qualified nutritionist or dietician to maximise the link between diet and wellness.

Does Medicare Help With Nutrition At All?

Medicare can potentially offer some support for seeing a nutritionist but this will usually only be the case if you suffer from a condition that can be affected and managed by diet, such as diabetes or heart disease. This is part of the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program, which is designed to be a structured care plan for patients with chronic diseases that have present for six months or more. Up to 5 allied health services can be accessed in a calendar year, and dietary advice is one of these.

If your GP refers you to see a dietitian who works within a public hospital, the consultations will usually be free. There may be a small charge for seeing a dietitian who works within a community health centre.

Dietetics and Health Insurance

If you aren’t eligible for any Medicare support and need to see a dietitian privately, the costs could be anything between $50 and $200 for an initial consultation. Follow-up appointments are usually less expensive than this and you can expect to more something in the region of $50 each for these. If you have private health insurance with Extras cover, you may be able to use this to offset some of the costs of seeing a private dietitian.

It’s important to realise that not all health funds will offer dietary advice as an Extras service. For those that do, it may be labelled as Nutrition Advice, Dietary Advice or Dietetics, depending on the health fund. Consultations with a nutritionist or dietitian will be covered, up to the annual limit on the policy in question. There is typically a waiting period of around 2 months for this type of cover.

Be aware that Nutrition/Dietary Advice services may not be available at all on basic Extras policies (even for health funds that do offer it on mid to top level Extras policies) or may only have a very low annual limit that does not go very far. Generally speaking, it’s not unusual to have an annual limit of below $1,000 - even on broader Extras policies. As with any Extras service though, annual limits can vary quite a bit between health funds so it’s definitely worth shopping around to get better value for money if you think that you will get good use out of this Extras service.

Health funds may require you to consult a registered nutrition or dietitian to be able to make claims. This is important as there is little regulation by the Australian government with regards to who can call themselves as a nutritionist or dietitian. Qualified individuals will have credentials linked to the Dietitians Association of Australia (DDA) or the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA). 

Thanks for joining us and sharing today Sally.  If anyone has any questions for Sally, leave them in the comments below and I'm sure Sally will do her best to answer them for you.