Here we go for the second edition of ‘Over Coffee’.
1. First of all, can we please pop some imaginary bubbly and celebrate Femme Fitale’s 200th post?! It’s hard to believe I’ve been at this whole blogging thing for so long. I’ll admit that it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster at times, and anyone who is familiar with blogging can identify with the challenges that come with it. I certainly have days when I question what I’m doing here. Do people even care what I have to say? It’s tough sometimes, and intimidating putting yourself out there for others to criticize, question, and judge. However, at the end of the day, I try to focus on the positive aspects of sharing my thoughts and insights on a larger platform. It’s definitely been a rewarding experience so far. On a personal level, it’s been a fantastic outlet for creativity and having a focus outside of being a first-time mother, which can be a little all-consuming at times. I’ve met so many interesting and inspiring people over the last year+, and I am truly grateful that I started this whole adventure. It’s also been a fantastic way to connect and keep in touch with life back in North America and learn so much about Australia, too. Things continue to be a work in progress, but I must say a huge thank you to everyone, especially those who have continued to follow me throughout this journey; I wouldn’t be here without you guys! I wish I could pull an Oprah and start giving away cars and vacations to celebrate the big 2-0-0, but instead I will just say a huge THANK YOU, and here’s to 200 more!
2. I am never buying pre-packaged tortillas again! We had fish taco night on Friday, and I made a very similar batch of homemade soft tortillas as Lindsay’s (I used 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour). They were so good and so easy. Plus, they only have four ingredients: flour, olive oil, a pinch of salt, and warm water! If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients on packaged wraps, it’s actually a bit disheartening. Most have a lengthy list of ingredients that I can’t even pronounce. If I can make it easily from whole foods in my kitchen, then why not? Cheaper, tastier, healthier. Yes, please!
3. I see lots of interesting articles float by in my Twitter feed, but one that caught my attention was 25 Secrets of the Extremely Fit. I love secrets; do tell! Stuff like this always catches my attention, as I wonder, “Am I doing any of these? Where can I improve?”. One point that I found particularly interesting was the notion of “Working out your entire body, every time.” Although some people may disagree, this is something that I whole heartedly believe in. When I workout, I always aim to cover all bases. I think that’s why I’m such a big fan of bootcamps, group fitness classes, and circuit workouts. It’s nice to feel that you’ve had a complete head to toe sweat session, rather than just focus in on “legs” or “back”. I know there are many philosophies for training, but this is one thing that I always strive for in my workouts.
4. Speaking of Twitter and links, if you need a good laugh, you seriously need to watch the Jimmy Kimmel Celebrities Read Mean Tweets videos. Oh man. Hilarioussss. Comic relief at its finest. The 2 Chainz one kills me. If that one’s not enough, I enjoyed this one as well!
5. Let’s keep things rolling with the links/articles focus. I just wanted to give a quick mention to this article about how drinking more water can lead to remarkable physical changes in a very short period of time. Although her ‘after’ photo appears to be slightly more edited, the results are still pretty spectacular. If it’s not enough to make you run to fill up your water glass, I don’t know what is! Water intake is something I continue to work to improve in my life, but I’ll admit that my system always thanks me when I’ve been a consistent H2O downer.
6. Thomas is on a rampage this month! At the 8 month mark, he was only just starting to pull himself forward like a wounded soldier. Fast forward three weeks and he is crawling around like a speed demon, pulling himself up onto furniture (and people), standing in his crib waiting for us to retrieve him after nap time, playing and laughing by himself, and chattering up a storm. He even started saying “MaMa”! FINALLY! Although it normally only happens when he is upset and whining, hey, I’ll take it.
7. Last night I did something I haven’t done in years. Maybe a decade…
That’s right. I ate steak. As you might already know, we are not red meat eaters around here. We’ll eat it at a dinner party or event, but it’s not something we incorporate into our diets regularly, and instead choose to get our iron and protein from other sources. However, I want Thomas to be exposed to as many varieties of food as possible and think it’s important that he eats lean organic red meat at least once a week for the nutritional value. Anyway, I thought I would join in on the steak fiesta, but to be honest, I’m still not a fan. I still question the whole ‘meat eating’ thing. I’m not entirely sure where I stand or what my ideal diet consists of yet. You’d think I would have it all figured out by now, but it seems to be more of a learning process and making changes as I see fit. For now, I prefer chicken, turkey, fish, tofu, legumes, beans, certain vegetables & quinoa and dairy to round out my protein intake, with the occasional brown rice protein smoothie as well.
8. We picked up some Himalayan Rock Salt (halite) at the seafood market over the weekend. A friend introduced me to it a few weeks ago, and I was definitely interested. You grind it up and use it just as you would with regular table salt, but the nutritional value and benefits are far greater. It’s a purer substance, mined by hand, and higher in natural minerals and trace elements that your body requires like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron. You can read more about it here, if you’re curious. I wouldn’t go around overdosing on this stuff or using it as a supplement or any sort, but I like the idea of substituting conventional table NaCl for something more natural.
9. Housekeeping time! Since changing over from my ‘Blogger’ to a self-hosted WordPress platform, I’ve had several emails from readers wondering why they no longer receive the Femme Fitale blog updates to their emails. If you had previously subscribed to the blog via email, unfortunately the transition caused the entire email list to vanish as it was associated with my Blogger account. Anyway, I am working to create a new subscription method which actually takes more time than it appears if I’m to do it correctly. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to like the Facebook page, follow on Bloglovin, receive Twitter notifications, or even just join the Instagram fun. Or even classic bookmarking works well for the time being. I’ll be sure to let you know when the new email subscription has been activated, likely in a few days.
10. Last, but not least, I just wanted to acknowledge Remembrance Day. Thank you to those who have served and/or lost their lives in the line of duty, including both of my grandfathers. Please stop and take 1 minute to remember the bravery and selflessness of many men and women who fought for our freedom (past and present).
That’s about all for today! I hope you all had great weekends and are pumped up for another week ahead! We are getting ready for a visit from ‘Grandma’ and a mini-vacation to the Whitsunday Islands later in the week. More on that soon! Needless to say, we are pretty excited to get away for a few days and see a little more of this amazing country!