Bucket List


For whatever reason, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the things I want to do and experience within the next few years. I decided to write up a ‘Bucket List’ on my computer and hopefully start crossing things off this year. I’m hoping to spend three weeks in Thailand where I’ll be able to ride an elephant and go to a full moon party. I just want to see how many things I can accomplish considering the majority of them are related to traveling.

My Bucket List;
        – Cage diving with Sharks around
        – Ride an Elephant
        – Visit the Eiffel Tower
        – Add a lock to the lovers bridge in Paris
        – Go Zorbing
        – New Years in New York
        – Skydive
        – Go to a Full Moon Party in Thailand
        – Backpack through Europe 
        – Go to an Airport and pick a random flight out
        – Visit Auschwitz
        – Wear a Bikini and feel good about it
        – Work on a film based on a series of books I love
        – Tie the knot 

I will probably add more but that’s what I have so far. 

Anyways, this week has been good so far! My trainer returned home from break so I had my first session of the new year with him on Monday. He killed me and my legs. Yup, it was leg day and I’m still feeling it two days later! I don’t think it helped that on Tuesday I spent 40 minutes doing interval training on the treadmill, rowing, and biking (But hey, I burned 670 calories) and not properly allowing my legs to rest. Today, however, I attempted to give them a break by focusing on my arms, chest, and shoulders. I did a lot of weights but I’m a huge fan of doing cardio in between sets. So I may have also skipped and ran in between which is why it probably still hurts to sit down. At least it’s the ‘good pain’. You know, the pain that tells you that you’re working hard and paying the price for it! I rather that then not being able to feel anything at all after kicking ass at the gym. 

I also experimented with a new recipe today which was ridiculously easy. I played around with crab stuffed mushrooms. I really like crab because it’s low in calories but high in protein. It’s an awesome lunch while trying to eat clean and healthy. The ingredients were portobello mushrooms, crabmeat, parsley, sea salt, egg whites, and almond meal. Basically, I used the amount of each product that I thought was best and mixed everything in a bowl (besides the mushrooms). I then scooped out the stem and brown stuff from the mushrooms and stuffed the crab into the mushrooms. I added a bit of almond meal on top and put it in the microwave for 20 minutes at 200 Celsius. 

The outcome? The crab was delicious. I really enjoyed it. However, I hate mushrooms! I’m trying to force myself into eating things that are healthy that I dislike (like cucumber) but I couldn’t get over the texture and taste of these ones. I ended up scooping out the crab and just eating that! But yeah, if you like mushrooms, you would have enjoyed this one.

Tomorrow I’m off to work before another Personal Training session at 5:30PM. Hopefully my legs will be better functioning by then!

Now, I’ve got to ask: What’s on your bucket list? 


Tomorrows Turkey Pie & A Rest Day


Per Serving: 215Cal, 28.3 Carb, 9.4g Fat            (Click for a larger view)

One of my favourite recipes at the moment is this minced turkey pie. Seriously, I love the stuff. The only thing that I hated about it is that it made so many servings. I’m a self-catered student on residence so I mainly only cook for myself. What I’m going to experiment with tomorrow for dinner is to make individual turkey pies! I bought 2 mini quiche dishes and I decided that I’m going to make 2 small pies in those. That way, I will have one for dinner and one for lunch the following day. I’m just hoping that my little experiment works!

Anyways, that’s enough about my ‘pre-planning’ for tomorrow. Today I was suppose to go to the beach in Gold Coast with my boyfriend and some friends but it was cloudy and grey. Instead, the boyfriend and I slept in before making a salad and going to the cinemas. We went and saw The Hobbit 2 (it was pretty good; long though) where he had popcorn and I didn’t ONCE try and take any. I was quite pleased with myself considering popcorn is one of my favourite things.

However, I did cheat a bit today. I had some frozen yogurt (which isn’t really a cheat, I don’t think) before the movie. I did’t finish it though and gave the rest to the boyfriend to finish. I could have been fine without it but I’ve been craving sweets lately. Then, after the movie, we went out to a really nice restaurant. I had a steamed chicken stir fry which was delicious and healthy. After dinner we went to Max Brenner which is a cute little chocolate shop. We got the fondue for two where all I had was 3 strawberries and some bananas. I dribbled a touch of chocolate on them but I didn’t dip any of my fruit in the chocolate and some of the pieces didn’t even get any on them. I cheated today but not to the point in where I am beating myself up over it. You know why? Because it could have been far worse. It’s hard quitting cold turkey and I’m an advocate for being able to treat yourself in moderation. I don’t think it’s bad to go out and have a frozen yogurt or even to have a few pieces from a chocolate bar. I had a lovely day today and I will definitely be able to work off what I did eat tomorrow at the gym.

Oh, and tomorrow morning I step on the scale for the first time this year! Please cross your fingers for me! I’m hoping to have lost a pound. Last time I checked, I was 170lbs. I would be more then pleased if I was 169lbs! Seriously, 3lbs a month is my goad. Achievable? I hope so!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Keep going strong!