Monday, May 25, 2009

Baby breakfast

I hope you are all enjoying a break in the rain - its been quite warm out there today - perfect weather for a jog in the park!

So, I am forever talking about the benefits of a great breakfast and a few email recently flew around from my own mothers group about what was a good breakfast for our little ones. Marley is often happy with Weetbix and banana but I truly believe both for ourselves and our babies that oats make a great staple.

Check the recipes below for something a little different to tempt your baby in the morning - you may need to make extra for yourselves. For those who recognise them - yes they are straight from the wonderful Annabel Karmel cookbooks and are perfect for these cooler mornings.

My Favorite Porridge

150ml Milk

15g Porridge oats
6 dried apricots
1 large ripe pear pealed

Put the milk, porridge and chopped oats into a small saucepan, bring to the boil then simmer stirring occasionally for 3 minutes. Puree with the chopped pear using a hand blender.


Apple, pear and prunes with oats

2 tbsp porrdige oats
4tbsp unsweetended apple juice
2 tbsp water
1 small apple (sweet like pink lady) - peeled, cored, chopped
2 stoned prunes
1 small ripe pear - peelend cored chopped

Put oats, apple juice and water in saucepan, bring to boil and simmer for two mins. Add the apple, prunes and pear, cover with a lid and simmer for three minutes stirring occasionally. Puree to the desired consistency.

If you are making these meals for yourself its always a good idea to stir in some unflavored protein powder or some protein rich ground nuts or seeds - I enjoy group flaxseed personally.

Remember a great breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and sets you up for the rest of the day - Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Photos of Body Beyond Baby at My Body Studio

Some of our very cute bubs.......

......and mums working hard and looking fantastic - keep it up girls!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Great first week

Body Beyond Baby has enjoyed a great first week in our new winter location. Thank you to all my mums that have made our transition nice and smooth and welcome to those new mums who joined us for the first time last week - I always enjoy seeing a mum who has not only decided to begin exercising but to seeing her actually do it. There is often a big gap in these two steps - just because you decide to do something doesn't mean you will get around to doing it. I'm sure many of us can list off many things that we decided to do but for one reason or another haven't quite got around to doing them.

As for me - I am enjoying my own group training sessions this month, as part of the group rather than running it. My dad is here from the UK and has taken on any necessary early morning babysitting duties while I sneak quietly out of the house at 5.45am. I always was an early morning exerciser until Marley came along and having the opportunity to get back to that for a while is great.

I also cannot recommend training in a group, with a friend or one on one with a trainer enough - even for myself, someone who knows exactly what to do when I head to the park or the gym gains great benefit from varying workouts provided by Troy from Fittabodies and also from being able to push harder in a group situation. Its the end of my first week and I am a little sore but I feel fantastic! If your not doing it already what are you waiting for???

For an update on my current group sessions click here

And if you are an early riser and like the idea of joining Troy at 6am for his group sessions click here


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

We have moved indoors to My Body Studio

My son is now nine months old - time flies when your having fun! and I've been a little off the planet with keeping you updated with how I'm going - my apologies for that. One of the main reasons has been the building of my Body Beyond Baby group training sessions - group exercise with nannies. We have been training in Sydney's Centennial Park, but, as of the start of May have moved inside to a warm and dry venue for the winter. For anyone who is interested in joining these sessions we have a fantastic group of women currently training. Everyone is keen, motivated and all in the same boat; trying to juggle motherhood and a million other things whilst aiming to maintain or regain a level of fitness - which in turn leads to looking and feeling fantastic.

Some days our group is filled with little devils and other times it is as if we have brought along our own choir of angels - the most important thing being that we are flexible, easygoing and aim to create a relaxed environment, go with the flow and enable you to get through your workout in whatever shape or form it will take for that day. Many of our mums wouldn't get through ANY workout if they weren't training with us - therefore they have made a great decision in their commitment in joining us.

My aim is to get as many mums back into the world of exercise, knowing that a little bit of effort now will ultimately improve their quality of life, health and wellness in the long run. Its also fantastic to know we are introducing these special little people to a healthy way of life at such an early age.

We had our first session in our new winter location this morning. Everything went without too much of a hitch and the rain pouring outside re-confirmed my decision to move us indoors for the winter months. We can now look forward to lots of challenging and exciting workouts without the threat of getting ourselves and or little ones wet and cold.

Well done to everyone who made it.

My Body Studio is a fantastic set up on Belmore Road in Randwick. It is a collaboration by three Eastern suburbs trainers and we now have the privileged of joining them for our Body Beyond Baby group sessions - thanks for having us guys!

For more information about the studio click here and for a more detailed map of the location click here

Here is a run down of Body Beyond Baby sessions that are currently up and running:

  • Tuesday 9.15-10.15am - Very full class - may be some spaces available towards the end of the month.
  • Tuesday 10.30-11.30am - Spaces available
  • Thursday 9-10am - A few spaces available
  • Thursday 10.15-11.15am - Spaces available
To find out more about our training sessions just head to our FAQ page or contact us with any questions or to register your details.

I look forward to you training with us,