Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Chocolate Diet' Body Transformation/ Weight Loss Challenge - Review and Giveaway

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The Chocolate Diet....

Does that sound like just a bit of an oxymoron to you? Diet and Chocolate – not two things that usually go together.

I have to admit that after four babies, my stomach isn't what is used to be. I would say I am about 10 kilos over my healthy weight range. My metabolism seems to be slowing down as I get older and it is much harder to lose weight and my love of chocolate is very well known, ask anyone!

So when I heard about The Chocolate Diet’ Body Transformation/Weight Loss Challenge for people wanting to lose about 5-10 kilos in 8 weeks. I thought it sounded like my sort of diet. 5-10 kilos in 8 weeks sounds very do-able and not faddish like a lot of diets out there, and I get to still eat chocolate. Bonus!!

So let’s do this.

Some of my goals for the next eight weeks are:

  • Lose at least 10 kilos.
  • Have a bit more energy.
  • Have a plan of eating healthy food, staying away from sweet foods and fast food.
  • Take responsibility for my actions and what I eat.
  • Stay focused on what I want to accomplish.
  • Visualise success.

It recommends that I replace two meals a day with a yummy cocoa rich Belgian Chocolate Indulgence shake or the Chocolate Berry Flambé shake, and every day I can have a chocolate treat. Yummo! This program is gluten free; low in lactose; high protein; and low carbohydrates. The shakes are thick and satisfying. You can mix the chocolate powder with skim milk for a creamier drink or water. You can also make yourself a hot chocolate drink too.

The program recommends still eating 3 healthy option 'real food' meals a day. Something like this.

Breakfast - Chocolate Shake
Mid Morning - Healthy Snack
Lunch -Chocolate Shake
Mid Afternoon - Healthy Snack
Dinner -Healthy dinner option from the program guide
Evening - Piece of Chocolate or dessert from the program guide.

The health benefits of a good quality dark chocolate is beginning to be realised. Dark chocolate is rich in poly-phenol rich cocoa. It can boost metabolism, by helping to burn fat; it is a good source of antioxidants, that can help boost heart function; lower blood pressure; lowers cholesterol; and stimulates the feel good hormones in our brain that can improve our mood and well-being.

In my next post I will try out some of the delicious recipes that are outlined in the program guide and will let you know how they turn out.

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Easter Survival Pack

1 weeks’ supply of The Chocolate Diet products to the value of $60 for one reader to trial.

A winner will be chosen on Monday the 1st April at 11.59pm

Open to Australia only.

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Please check back in two weeks and I will update you on the weight loss to date! If it works it is a very indulgent way to lose weight!


Friday, 15 March 2013

Bullying - My Personal Experience

I was 13, Grade 9 at high school, timid, shy, self conscious. 

At school, for the most part I kept to myself. I was nervous and felt exposed. Kids tended to ignore me and apart from feeling like everyone were secretly laughing at me for being shy and watching me because I was all alone; I managed to get through my days ok. 

My mum picked me up every afternoon. We didn't live very far from the school. About 7-8 minutes drive. Mum picked me up from the front of the school. One of the school buses carried the kids that lived quite a distance from the school, but the bus went right past our house, as we lived on the main road. 

So my dear Mum decided that the bus could make a special stop just for little old me. Unbeknownst to me she spoke with the bus driver and he agreed to make the extra stop. 

The next day I got on the bus, with this group of kids, that all knew each other , and all lived near each other and had been travelling on the bus together all year. I felt like everyone’s eyes were just boring straight into me, and when the bus stopped and I got out, they all started to jeer. 

The next day, although I pleaded with Mum to pick me up, she didn't, so I got on the bus again. This time the kids knew what was going to happen. So they started straight away – “Why don’t you walk? “What a lazy b****!” Why are you so special? I sat there and willed the seat to eat me up. My stomach knotted into a ball of nerves and tears pricked at the corners of my eyes. 

As I got up and walked to the front, someone stuck their leg out and I went down. I shot up so quick, bright red and got off the bus with my head low, while they all laughed uproariously at me. This time the tears flowed as I walked through the gate and into the sanctuary of home. 

Mum told me that I was being too soft and as the next day was Friday, I should see the week out and then if I really didn't like it, she would pick me up again. 

Friday afternoon arrived and I was a bit late getting to the bus. There were no seats left, so I stood. I was the only one standing. The taunts started up. “We don’t want you on our bus”, “You are just a lazy cow”. Then they all started to laugh. Really laugh. The tears started and I could stop them. Then they turned into sobs. There I was all alone, ashamed, embarrassed, feeling physically sick, shaking with nerves and absolutely terrified. The laughter continued until I got to my stop and I forced my petrified legs to move and walk down the steps to get off the bus as quickly as possible. 

I ran home, closed the front door, put my bag down and sank into an exhausted heap on the carpet. Then I saw the reason for their laughter. Someone had stuck a piece of paper to the back of my bag. It had an obscene message scrawled on it. 

Never underestimate the power that bullying has on children.

If you are concerned that your child may be a victim of bullying. Act on it straight away.

Bullying is never OK. There is no excuse.

Parents, try to look for warning signs - Not wanting to go to school, clothing is torn, items are missing, poor health, drop in academic performance.

Please don’t ignore it.

Today is National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Please take a look at Bullying No Way and find out all about it.


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Kicking My Bucket List

There is a lot of talk these days about bucket lists. Events on the timeline of your life, that you can mentally tick off; say now that’s done, and move on to the next item on the list.

Do you have bucket list? If you do how are you going with it?

I don't really have a bucket list as such. What I want to do changes constantly from one year to the next, depending on what course in life I am taking and what is interesting me at the time.

Linking up with two lovely ladies today.

Kirsty from My Home Truths for I Must Confess.... My Bucket List and

Deb from Home Life Simplified for Listmania Reverse Bucket List.

My reverse bucket list

Born in Liberia, a small country on the west coast of Africa.

Went on the Fairstar Cruise ship from Southampton, England to Fremantle, Western Australia.

Went to the magnificent Karri Forests in Pemberton, Western Australia.

Bungi jumped.

Went on two trips to New Zealand.

Touched a glacier.

Saw the Pope in Vatican City.

Saw the crown jewels in the Tower of London.

Saw the Eiffel Tower.

Saw the white cliffs of Dover.

Saw Stonehenge.

Saw the Colosseum.

Gave birth to four amazing children.

Still to do on my bucket list

Ride an elephant.

Write a children’s book.

Go to Tasmania.

Ride in a helicopter.

and probably a million and one other things, if I had the time to write them all down.


Monday, 4 March 2013

Things I Would Love To Learn

Sign Language 

I have always loved watching those talented people talking with their hands and fingers. Because I am totally deaf in my left ear it is something that I have always thought would be something worthwhile for me to learn, just in case something happens to my good ear one day. 


To Be a Qualified Barista 

I love my coffee. To know exactly how to make a Macchiato or an Affogato or even a Caffè Marocchino, would be just awesome.


To Ride A Horse 

I love this in theory but not really in practice. I have an image of myself on a horse, galloping across a meadow, with the wind in my hair. In reality I sit on a horse and I am immediately struck by just how big they are and how high up I am. Then there is the fact that horses don’t like me very much. They need to know that you are the leader and the boss and will take advantage if you aren’t. So yep they take advantage of me, they know I am a bit scared of them, so they take me for a ride... so to speak.


To Sing 

It would be so wonderful to have a great voice. To be able to sing like Whitney or Celine or Mariah would be so special. My singing voice is ok and I am not going to let my lack of talent stop me! I l still love to sing.

To Paint or Draw Well 

I get the urge to draw sometimes, but when I attempt it, I am disappointed in my sad little efforts. I really am not good at it. I come out with something that looks like a five year old did it.

Camille Monet and a Child in the Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil

Is there something that you would love to learn? 

I am linking up with Deb at Home Life Simplified for her Listmania. 


Saturday, 2 March 2013

SPC Fruit Crush-Ups Giveaway!

This is a blogvertorial for Digital Parents Collective and SPC.

I hope your kids and you have settled back into the school routine smoothly.

Have you had a chance to try the delicious Sunraysia Organic Juices yet? My kids just love them and it is a real treat in their lunch box.

Do your children like their fruit? At times it can be a bit of a battle. You really want to give them all the healthy things that will be good for them, but sometimes they have other ideas.

Another great lunch box idea that also comes in a handy super-tough little pouch is SPC Fruit Crush-ups.

The portion-controlled fun pouches fit easily into lunch boxes, have a resealable cap, so there is no mess, and gives kids over half a serve of fruit each. They are 99% fat free, contain no known allergens, no artificial colours or flavours and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. They are great for active kids on the go.

All my kids just loved them. They are tasty and delicious. My children, especially Master 3 and Master 5 kept asking for more. It makes getting kids to eat some fruit very easy.

The original SPC Fruit Crush-ups flavours Strawberry and Tropical have been awarded Product of the Year for 2013. The 4 new flavours hadn't been out long enough to be submitted.

Product of the Year is Australia’s largest consumer survey of new products. This year winners were chosen from 34 categories following a survey of 11,667 household shoppers by Nielsen. For more info please visit

They come in six very yummy flavours – Banana, Strawberry, Mixed-Berry, Tropical, Mango and Fruit Salad. The RRP is $1.29.

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SPC is offering my readers the chance to win one whole term’s worth of SPC Fruit Crush-ups. That is 8 packs of each of the 6 flavours! 48 pouches!

Just leave a comment on this post and let me know:

How do you get your kids to eat their recommended serving of fruit each day?

Please leave an email address so that I can get in contact with you if you are the lucky winner.

I will choose a winner based on originality, skill and inventiveness on Sunday the 10th March, 2013 at 10pm. 

Open to Australia only.

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Thanks SPC for a very generous prize! Best of luck everyone!

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