Runner & Fitness Blogger = One Tough Mother


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I’ve been trying to perfect this music list for a while. Songs have been added.  Songs have been deleted.  As for the order, well I haven’t decided yet.  I might just put it on shuffle and go from there.

This is the music I plan to listen to when I run my 15km on Sunday for Run 4 The Kids.

  1. Hung up – Madonna
  2. Lanterns – Birds of Tokyo
  3. Feel again – One Republic
  4. It’s Time – Darren Criss
  5. Everybody Talks – Jacob Artist & Becca Tobin
  6. Animal – Neon Trees
  7. Uncharted – Sara Bareilles
  8. 22 – Taylor Swift
  9. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
  10. The Man Who Never Lied – Maroon 5
  11. Jumpstart – These Kids Wear Crowns
  12. We Love – Sneaky Sound System
  13. Rest of my Life – Ludacris ft Usher & David Guetta
  14. Feel this moment – Pitbull ft Christina Aguilera
  15. Seal it with a kiss – Britney Spears
  16. Always be here – Dane Rumble
  17. Whenever – Black Eyed Peas
  18. Let me Love you – Ne-yo
  19. Don’t you worry child – Swedish house mafia
  20. Finally Found You – Enrique Iglesias ft Sammy Adams
  21. I need your love – Calvin Harris ft Ellie Coulding
  22. Crazy Beautiful Life – Ke$ha
  23. When can I see you again – Owl City
  24. Locked out of heaven – Bruno Mars

So I hope these list of songs gets you through your next workout.

50% Done

One of my goals for the year is to read/listen to 30 books.

Last year I read 26. So I figured that 30 would be totally doable.

Well it looks like I’m going to have to reassess this goal because well it’s only March, and I’ve already achieved 50% of this goal.

The books I have read so far are as follows:

1. The Host
2. The little white horse
3. Parvana’s journey
4. Albert of Adelaide
5. The smarter science of slim
6. The débutante
7. Ten things we did
8. The 5 love languages of children
9. Something Blue
10. Even Now
11. The eczema diet
Audio Books
1. The Gift
2. Unbearable Lightness
3. Knitting


Feb Running Stats

We are halfway through March already! Far out this year is just flying by!

But um where are my running stats for Feb do I hear you ask?  Ok, ok, ok, I thought I had posted them, or at least scheduled to post them, but for what ever reason, that did not happen. So sorry about that.

So how did running go in February? Pretty good actually.  I ran 3 days a week as per my schedule and everything is on track. Yay!

Onion Runs Feb 2013Total distance 88.92km done and dusted for February.

The breakdown is as follows:
January – 83.7km
February – 88.9km
Total – 172.6km
To Go – 827.40km

I did have some pretty interesting runs.  I got to run all over Steve Monaghetti.  I made him by biatch. Ok so I didn’t exactly run all over him like you think I did. It was a track named after him in Ballarat, but still 🙂 I did have a good time on that track.

I also had a very long run where I thought I was dying, it was so hot and humid, you can read about it here.

Overall I’m really happy with how things have been tracking. I’m going to still be running 3 days a week, and strength train 3 other days, but I’m going to concentrate more on speedwork.

I have a love hate relationship with speedwork.  I don’t like it.  I do like hill training however (go figure).  So I’m going to incorporate v02 max workouts on the track at least once every 2 weeks.  Well that’s the plan at least.

It pays to ask

I never knew there was a difference between almond flour and almond meal.

Almond Flour is made using blanched almonds.

Almond Meal is made using almonds with its skin.

The reason I say this is because Carrie Brown uses both in her recipes, but she will say weather you need almond meal or almond flour.

Well the other day I went to the supermarket to get JUST milk.  Well I came out with milk, but almond meal and coconut milk (they were on sale ok).

So what happened? Ok so as I mentioned they were on sale, but I have to tell you my story.  So I was done the dried fruit/baking isle.  I was looking at the almond meal.  It was on sale.  $8 for 400g.
I then got my milk and then went down the cereal isle to the check out.  The cereal isle in our supermarket is also the ‘health’ food isle (supplements, and gluten free stuff).  I stopped because I saw Almond Meal. Not only was it cheaper $6 for 400g, but it was actually almond meal (Woolies Macro brand).  The other almond meal I had in my hand (Select Almond Meal), I put back.

I then paid for my stuff and went home.

When I got home, I decided to email Woolies. I knew it would take a while for them to get back to me as it was kind of an obscure question/request.

Got back to me they did.  This is the email that I got back from them,

Dear Matilda,

Thank you for your email regarding our Select Meal Almonds 150g.

The Select Meal Almonds 150g are made with blanched Almonds, this has been confrimed by our Quality assurance department.

I hope this answers your enquiry.

Once again we thank you for contacting Woolworths and look forward to seeing you in store soon.

Kind regards,

Hollie | Supermarket Specialist Team
Woolworths Contact Centre

PO Box 8000, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153
t 1300 767 969

So it just goes to show, it pays to ask.  Now I know that the Almond Meal in the dried fruit section is not Almond Meal, but in fact Almond Flour! I was very excited to have my suspcions confirmed.

So yes, sometimes it pays to ask. Besides as I tell me kids, if you don’t ask, you don’t know, even if you think it’s stupid, it’s not, because to you it’s important.

So Ask.



The last time I made a souffle was back in high school.

So why so long before making another? I had no ramekins. And that’s the honest truth.

Then one day a friend loaned me her ramekins after we were discussing recipes one day. So I decided to do something about the soufflé drought.

The thing is my kids as like any kids can be fussy when it comes to foods they are not familiar with. So I figured that I.would stick with something basic and not over powering, this is why I decided to go with a cheese soufflé.

The next dilemma was trying to find a cheese soufflé recipe. I ended choosing one from

They turned out awesome, and the kids enjoyed them too.

So I decided to make them again. This time a little more saner/paleo.

imageStraight out of the oven!

They didn’t rise as well as the last time I made them but I put that down to the coconut flour. I found that the ‘sauce’ didn’t thicken up as much as I would like, so I was a bit hesitant on how they would turn out.

I also used ricotta and cottage cheese to give it a really mild, subtle taste.

I ate two, kids ate one each, so there are left overs for tomorrow’s lunch.

Meet Lucy

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This is Lucy.  She is my new bike (Mongoose Crossway 300).

I’ve been saving up for Lucy for about a year.  I had a 2nd hand bike prior to that.  It was ok, but nothing like Lucy.

Lucy is a hybrid.  She’s designed as a commuter bike.  I was tossing and turning as to what to get, between her and the mountain bike.  Then I thought about it, and I realised that I would not be mountain biking any times soon.  Not while the kids are so little.  When they are older yes, so in the mean time, this commuter bike does the trick.

She’s worth every penny I spent on her.

You can also see the bike trailer that I got last year as well.  The trailer I bought on ebay.  It also has the option of being a stroller as well (has a front wheel you can attach).

So Lucy is apart of the family, cause we all love going for bike rides, and although I’m only going at the speed that my kids can go, we still have a great time.