Monthly Archives: April 2013

You Spin Me Right Round

Evie Lattimore - Spinning Pole At Kids PlaygroundClaire bought Hugo and Evie a new pair of sneakers, which Evie refers to as sneaky shoes. While I was in Sydney during the week for SMX, Claire took them for a walk around our neighborhood in Upper Coomera – which they both liked.

Yesterday morning Hugo and Evie were chomping at the bit to go for another walk, so on with the shoes, socks, hats, sunglasses and we were off. I didn’t think to ask Claire exactly where they walked, so I went in the same general direction but it would appear we trekked quite a lot further but the kids were okay with it.

In our journey down towards Reserve Road through a green belt we were walking along, we chanced upon a small playground. We stopped there for a break as we’d been walking for 20 or 30 minutes already and I thought I stood a better chance of getting them to walk the second half home with a small intermission.

I showed Evie how the spinning pole works and she was interested in me being on it but wasn’t having a bar of it herself. About five minutes before we left, she stepped on, gave herself a shove with one foot and off she went! Evie played on it for a few minutes, spinning one direction and then the other – not fast but constantly spinning and was having a blast. What happened next was hilarious, she stepped off with both feet and was all dizzy. Watching her hold her balance while it was clear to see everything wasn’t quite right was great and she had a big smile on her face for the next 30 seconds while everything leveled out!

30 Day Report: Drink Less Cappuccino

March was my second 30 day challenge that I’ve attempted and my goal was to drink less cappuccino. Actually the goal wasn’t to reduce my consumption of cappuccino, that was a simple mechanism to reach the ultimate goal of drinking less milk.

I did a little digging into my diet a while ago and realised I was consuming over 1 litre of milk per day during the week. The Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing have recommended energy intake for males and females in different age bands and I fit within the 8900kJ per day bucket.

Dairy Farmers full cream milk has 266kJ of energy and 3.4g of fat per 100ml, so I am consuming at least 2500kJ of energy daily or at a minimum nearly 1/3 of my daily energy intake just from milk before I eat or drink anything else across the course of the day!

It had to change and I’m happy to report that I clobbered the challenge. During the week except for a couple blips I managed only one cappuccino per day. Most weekends over the month I didn’t have any cappuccino at all. If you’re wondering about the spike on the left, I forgot what the date was at work and chomped through five espresso coffees but pulled it back into line the following day.

30 Day Challenge: Cappuccino Consumption Per Day
30 Day Challenge: Cappuccino Consumption Per Day

I don’t want to do it but I think I might try a 30 day challenge without chocolate. I have a real sweet tooth and by normal measures I treat chocolate as a food group, so I think that’d be another easy way for me to tidy up my diet a little further.