Hills By Day. Basa By Night

Happy October 1st!  I’ve been super busy working on a few assignments that I have due in both of my classes this upcoming week (everything always happens at once)!  Today was the first gloomy day that we’ve had yet in Brisbane, which was good for sticking around the house and getting work accomplished.  We’ve been here for exactly 1 month now.  Today was also a public holiday in celebration of the Queen’s Birthday.  I thought this was kind of a funny holiday to celebrate nationally.  Then I started wondering… Which Queen?  Last time I Googled her, QEII was born in April!  Too funny.  We’ll take what we can get, I suppose.

Adam hasn’t joined a gym yet.  He’s been holding off, as there is a brand new one opening right outside his office next week- much more practical for him.  Yesterday he decided to get some air and run a couple of ‘hills’ (we live on a very steep one), which inspired today’s fitness idea:  a Hill Sprint & Core workout!

I love mixing it up with stuff like this, especially when I can’t get to the gym.  It’s so quick, but extremely effective!

I definitely miss the intensity of this kind of workout.  Unfortunately, I can’t be sprinting up steep inclines right now.  My heart rate would be through the roof- definitely not good for bébé.  I’ll be pulling this one out of the archives when March rolls around.  However, the Mr. is in perfectly fine condition for this workout and promised he’d attempt this tomorrow!

(This workout reminds me of another good sweat sesh: the Body Bar Workout that I did a few months back in Calgary).  For cardio modifications, you could always turn the sprint into a light jog or even a steady paced uphill walk!

My friend Brittany (from Calgary) rolled into Brisbane today as part of her 5-week Aussie adventure.  She’s staying with us for a few days; it’s so nice to see a familiar face from home!  After lots of camping and hostel staying, I thought she’d be up for a home cooked meal!

I had gone to the grocery store today to pick up some fresh fish for dinner.  I had salmon in mind, but when I got there, I quickly remembered that it’s not a local seafood here [ie: $24/kg!!!].  So, I opted for the basa. BEST. IDEA. EVER.


– Basa grilled on the BBQ (in foil) w/ lemon, garlic, coconut, pepper, olive oil
– Moroccan-flavoured couscous
– Salad: fresh beets (boiled), apple, feta, walnuts
– Salad Dressing: balsamic vinegar & olive oil 

Listen, this basa fish was pretty much the happiest that a protein has made me in awhile.  Just put the above spices on, wrap lightly in tinfoil, and grill for 8 minutes or so (depending on your grill- just don’t overcook).  Super delicious!  It’s also a great choice for those looking for a light and healthy main:

100g Basa Fillet

Calories: 90
Fat: 4g 
Protein: 14g
Carbohydrates: 0
Sodium: 50mg

Hahah, can you spot my wine glass in the dinner background? Adam and Britt shared some New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and didn’t want me to feel left out so poured me some flavoured mineral water so that I could “socially drink” too.  It was really tasty, and has much less sugar that soda.  I wouldn’t suggest drinking it every day if, but it was definitely a nice treat and change of pace from the H2O party I’ve been celebrating.

Well, I’m off to work on my assignments a bit more.  We’re off to the Australia (aka Steve Irwin) Zoo tomorrow, bright and early; I’m really looking forward to doing something touristy.

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