WE DID IT!!! 2 whole weeks without sugar (PLUS tummy after shots)

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Pretty good effort if I do say so myself :-))))) the no sugar thing.... Here are my before and after tummy pics.....do you think it made a difference? Just a little, I reckon.

a. Front view day 3 b. Front view day 15 c. Side view day 3 d. Side view day 15 

Kids back at school this week, Noah today and Oscar at Kinda tomorrow. It's been a busy couple of weeks including paint making today.... you can find it on my Pinterest under the kids board.

1. Foam art 2. baking 3. UNO card game 4. face painting by yours truly :-)
1. Pour 1 cup flour, salt & water into bowl 2. Mix until smooth 3. Add some colour 4. Paint away!!

Breakfast yogurt with fruit

Pre work out drink Workout today was my 50/10 circuit and seriously I struggled with the reverse crunches but managed to do my interval training 60/30 x 10 combination of heel, knee kicks and star jumps!!!

This is week 4 of the Fit Yummy Mummy 6 week Summer Transformation Challenge (it's Winter here in Australia) so I am really proud of myself for sticking to a personal goal of no sugar and never missing a workout. YAY! for me!

Post work out drink/green smoothie scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1 banana with 1/2 cup of spinach and 300ml water

Lunch Smoked salmon, egg, tomato and spinach salad served with olive oil, vinaigrette S&P

Afternoon snack Frittata slices and wholemeal brown rice crackers with hummus

Dinner Minestrone soup

I always make a different recipe each time. It all depends on what I have but it always has the staple ingredients. This was my version tonight...

1. dice vegetables 2. drizzle olive oil & saute vegetables 3. clean & rinse soup beans mix 4. simmer away

Ingredients 1 smoked hock olive oil 1 onion 3 celery sticks 2 zucchini's AKA courgette 4 carrots 1 broccoli 1 tsp paprika 3 bay leaves 2 cans of chopped tomatoes 2 litres of home made chicken stock handful of basil leaves bunch of spinach extra water lemon juice wholewheat macaroni pasta

Method Dice and saute all veggies ( I typically cut close around the green zucchini skin and leave the inside for later with the broccoli). Wash beans thoroughly (I soaked mine overnight) and throw away any odd looking ones! Add paprika and continue to stir, 10 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaves and hock allow to boil, then gently simmer.

I left my pot to simmer until we came back from school pick up approx. 2hrs. The meat just fell apart. Such a tasty dish!

Before serving add spinach, basil and I squeezed half a lemon for some zing!!!!

NB: I typically rinse the smoked hock (remember a post where I mentioned, my Mother told me to do that?). Well her story is, they smoked a lot of their meat back in the Serbian village days, so she knows that dark soot isn't what you should be tasting. That black carbonaceous substance is impure. I only cook this dish a few times over winter as I typically avoid all this kinda stuff that leads to cancer etc...

I hope you are all well as are we and I look forward to touching base with you again tomorrow XxDani

BTW anything exciting happening this week you'd like to share? Adrian AKA the love of my life, is taking me to the movies Gold Class style (for my overseas peeps, this is where you have those recliner chairs and eat dinner and have drinks while watching the movies) this Thursday night to watch Ted. I can't wait!!! I've heard it is H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S