Just the kick in the head I needed

Last week my doctor told me blood tests had revealed that my insulin level was much higher than it should be. “You’re still young and we caught this early, so we can definitely do something about it,” she said kindly.

Funny thing is, I wasn’t surprised… Well, I was, but not entirely. Last year I fell off the clean eating and fitness wagon… No, it’s more like, I was catapulted so far off the wagon, I was unable to even find the path back. I’ve been struggling for the greater part of 2016, and now the first part of 2017 to get my mind right, and make the changes which I was very much aware needed to be made. So yes, I should’ve expected something like this.

Just typing that, I make myself so angry. How do you knowingly neglect your health like that? How do you allow yourself to become so lazy and lethargic? How are you that stupid? Arghhh!!!

Okay, so being angry and screaming isn’t going to fix this. My doctor’s advice? A low carb eating plan. I misheard her, and a sorrowful groan escaped my throat.”No carbs? But I love carbs!” Even doc had to laugh then, before reassuring me with: “all us women do!”

So that’s where we are right now. Low carb eating plan, huffing and puffing my way through a tiny bit of exercise to start… a lifestyle change.

I think what makes me so mad with myself is that I’ve done this before. Not because of a well-timed kick in the head from a doctor’s appointment, but just because I wanted to. It upsets me that I let go of the really good habits which had started to come so easily, and let things get so out of control.

As we’ve already established though, hanging on to these negative feelings isn’t going to help. So I need to focus on the positive, on what I can do – I can eat right, and bring those insulin levels down. I can work on getting in shape again, and actually being able to enjoy playing soccer outside with Shawn and Zee. I can make this lifestyle change, and make it stick this time.

Also, I’m putting it out there, right here. Knowing that all of you know what I’m supposed to be doing – eating right, getting in those workouts – actually makes it easier for me to stick to this… which is probably why I put off writing this until now. I’ll keep you updated on how things go, recipes I’m trying, etc, once every two weeks, or more frequently if there’s something awesome to share. Wish me well! Eeek…

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Tammymum

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Recipe | Banana Muffins

Those who know me, know I tend to shy away from baking anything which doesn’t start out with a mix in a box. Baking from scratch scares me – once it’s in the oven, that’s it… it’s all too final for me. Cooking is different, you can always open the pot, test, and add ingredients if need be.

Recipe - bananas

This time though, I decided to be brave and try a recipe I came across on fellow mommy blogger Mom Of Two Little Girls twitter account.

She had posted a link to a quick and simple recipe on My Mommy Style, and seeing as I had over ripe bananas to spare, Zee and I gave it a try… and… success! They’re oh so yummy, and Zee has declared me “best chef ever!” Although, my child is all about positive reinforcement, and crowns me “best chef ever” after just about every meal I make. 😀

Recipe - banana muffins

The muffins were also the perfect addition to our tea party. 🙂

Recipe - banana muffins

And now, the recipe (which even a novice baker like myself cannot get wrong):

Prep: 10 min | Bake: 20 min | Total: 30 min

Ingredients:

• 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3 large bananas, mashed (I used 4 small bananas)

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 1 egg

• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

• 1/3 cup butter, melted

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.

2. Coat muffin pan with nonstick spray, or use paper liners.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt; set aside.

4. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla essence, and melted butter in a bowl. Fold in flour mixture and mix until dry ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix. Scoop batter into the muffin tin.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes (I left them in the full 20 minutes).

And enjoy! 😋

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Tammymum

Something fun to do this school holiday – Harties Aerial Cableway

Harties Aerial Cableway - new cars

On a recent visit to Hartbeespoort, Shawn suggested we take Zee to the Harties Aerial Cableway. His suggestion was shot down quickly by the horrified look on my face, followed by the tale of how I’d been traumatized by said cableway many years ago – I was eighteen, and during a weekend in Hartbeespoort with family, we bought tickets for a ride. The cars were really old, semi open, and I was scared the entire ride up, and then down again.

Of course by now Zee had heard us, and all she caught of the conversation was that there was a fun ride to be had. Oh boy. My rather feeble attempt to get these two to put off the deathly scary cable car ride was unsuccessful (“Look at those clouds, guys, it’s going to rain! We can do this another time.”), and off we headed to the place I really didn’t want to be.

Fortunately for me, there was a very pleasant surprise awaiting us. The old cableway (which was built in 1973!!) had closed in 2005. It had since been completely revamped, under new ownership. Yes, fancy new cable cars too. 🙂

Harties Aerial Cableway - new cars

The ride to the top felt so smooth and secure compared to when I’d last been there, meaning I was actually able to take in the pretty great view on the way up.

At the top, there’s a bar, and a curio shop – Little Shop at the Top. After a quick stop in there, we strolled along the Dassie Loop walkway, and were treated to gorgeous views of Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesburg, and some of Johannesburg. Shawn even pointed out where you could see Pretoria in the distance.

Harties Aerial Cableway - little shop

Harties Aerial Cableway - view

Harties Aerial Cableway - family

Zee was delighted to find the KidZone play area right at the top! We were just glad there was plenty of place to sit, because she was having so much fun, we were not getting her out of that jungle gym anytime soon. You can get light meals while you’re up there too, but with Zee not wanting anything other than to play, we decided we’d wait to grab a bite together at the base.

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Once we’d eventually pried Zee away from KidZone, we headed back to the cable car, and straight to Hero’s Cableway Grillhouse and Pizzeria at the base to feed our bellies! We were really impressed with the food – the pizza Shawn and I shared was generously topped and delicious. Zee’s chicken strips and fries were also yummy, and daddy and I couldn’t resist stealing a few! 😉

Harties Aerial Cableway - Zee

Harties Aerial Cableway - old cable cars

Our trip to Harties Cableway turned out to be so much fun, and now I’m the first to say it’s a must do if you’re in Hartbeespoort.

A tip for when you do visit: Carry a jacket, as it can get a little cold at the top, and of course a camera so you can capture it all.

Some information to help you plan:

• Harties Cableway is open seven days a week
• Ticket office opens at 8:30am
• The first car goes up at 9:00am
• The last car comes down at 4:45pm
• Adult ticket: R195
• Kids (4-14 years) ticket: R115
• Kids under 4 years of age ride free

Contact Harties Cableway on 012 253 9910, or visit the website here.

This post was originally published on jozikids.

Tammymum