10 Kg Down!

This morning I was super excited to find out that I finally hit (and passed) my first major milestone of 10 kg! I was jumping around and dancing like a mad woman because that is something I have never been able to do before and I am extremely proud of myself. The more I think about it the more I find this whole process fascinating and by that I mean, mentally I don’t feel any different than I did before except that I know I CAN and WILL do this.  I still think about most things the same way but tend to add a positive spin to it without even realising,  and as for confidence I can feel it growing day by day and that excites me so much.  Ultimately it feels like I am gaining so much as I am loosing the weight 😀

So to carry on my steller week I decided to try something different then my usual walk and gave the track up Cape Hill a go.  For those of you from little ol’ Pukekohe who are fit as a fiddle you might not think much of it but for me it was huge achievement.  I puffed and panted my big booty and the pushchair the whole way up that hill and have to admit I was super relieved to (finally) make it to the top!  It was such a satisfying feeling to push myself a bit harder and be willing to do something like that.  So I have decided to add that into my walks at least once a week until it is easier and then I will find something bigger and better 😀


So enjoy this terrible yet proud photo of me hopefully I will conquer many more mountains (or in this case a hill ;P) very, very soon!


H xx


The Aftermath…

So last week my son turned 5 and we had a big party in the weekend.  It was a great afternoon and he had a blast (even if I am still in denial about him being 5 and a school boy eek).


2012 10 18 Jamie 5th bday party (28)


I spent all off last week tossing and turning about whether I was going to have any party food or not.  On one hand I felt like it was only one day, so in the big scheme of things I should be able to stick to my plan and go cold turkey but on the other its only once that your son turns 5 and I wanted to enjoy the day and stay casual about the whole thing.  In the end the later is what I went for and I am pleased I did.  I was able to make my self a small plate of party food and feel like I had participated without hovering over the food table scoffing my face like the old me! I also decided to enjoy 2 glasses of wine, which I will admit I regretted the next morning after having not drunk in so long haha. Overall however I was pleased with how I had handled the party… the aftermath however not so much.  I let myself muck up my plan on sunday because I was feeling crook (a combination of both wine and the sugary food I think) and although I didn’t get ridiculous or anything I feel that I should know better than to fix myself with food like I used to.  I then went on to have hot chips for lunch yesterday at the zoo because there were no options right for rapid which was uber frustrating but I let it throw off my whole day instead of making the next best option.  So after being quite proud of myself on Saturday for being restrained I ballsed it up on Sunday and Monday but hey thats life and I am writing it here for you all to read to keep me accountable! I do not want to let this throw me off my journey or loose my motivation I am still so very proud of myself for sticking to this for longer than anything I have done previously and have to constantly remind myself that this is a life change and not a quick fix.  I will have slip ups but it is not the end of the world so long as I pick myself back up and carry on… not the next month, week or day but at the very next meal!


So to get myself back on track 100% I have set myself a few goals for the week.  I am so close to that golden 10 kgs (I am officially down 9.6kg at my last weigh in YAY) that I want to push myself and make it happen!!

Goal 1.  Cold turkey on all sweets and snack again, I have been letting them start to slide back in in the last couple of weeks and it really is slowing things down.

Goal 2.  Drink 3L of water every day.  The dumb thing is I love to drink water so this should be easy I just struggle to get the quantity in.

Goal 3.  Track all my meals, exercise and water intake so I can keep an eye on it.  Will keep me more accountable for what I am putting into my body.

Apart from these 3 minor goals I set a goal with my Rapid Fitness Coach, the Lovely Greer, to loose 15kgs before xmas (on top of my 7 I had already lost).  Thinking of this being achievable makes me so super excited and nervous that I want to jump up and get stuck into some exercise right now!  Will keep you updated on how I am going with reaching that goal… 2.6kgs down in the first week so only 12.4 to go!

Would love to know if anyone else has set them self some small step goals for the next few weeks also wondering if anyone would like to see a progress post??




Rapid Reset

Hi Everyone,


Hope you are all well! We have been enjoying a few days with my hubby, who has been in Christchurch for 2 weeks, before he heads off for another few weeks again on Monday morning so things have been a bit all over the place this week.  Hope you are all enjoying your fathers day, I am just making the most of 10 minutes of peace and quiet while everyone is still asleep 😀

So a wee update on how my week has been going… I joined a online program called Rapid Reset which has been going great so far.  The goal of the program is to get your body into a state of Ketosis which basically means your fat burning is at its prime (excuse my very technical explanation).  This is achieved through eating real food and focusing on getting the right nutrients etc that your body needs.  It is split into 12 phases over 12 weeks to ensure you get the maximum result.  I am currently on day 6 of my first week and so far I have been really pleased with how its going.  I have had some yummy recipes one of which I want to share with you today and have felt really fresh and healthy. At the moment I am on day 2 of the 3 day detox, which just gets all the C.R.A.P (Caffeine, Refined Sugar, Alcohol, Processed food) out of your system so that your body will work as naturally as possible.  I will admit that I have found the detox a bit hard because it is a freshly made juice for breakfast, then a smoothie for lunch and then a salad and protein for dinner but man has my stomach been rumbling all day! But only one day to go and then I am back onto normal meals WOOHOO! Don’t forget you can follow me on Facebook your Instagram to see whats being eaten in our house 😀  You can check Rapid Reset out at https://rapidreset.co.nz/ if you are interested in joining.

I also have been working on my goals I set a few weeks ago and have started to make my inspiration board which I will share a bit more about in the next couple of days 😀

Weigh in day for me tomorrow… eek… hopefully I will have a great result to share with you all, otherwise its just back on the horse and carry on!

I will NOT QUIT this time!!!!!



I avoided takeaways… YAY!

So the other night after guiltily sitting at my mums place watching the VMA’s till nearly 6.30 (oops sorry kids) as I was driving home I started to think hmm takeaways would be good I could feed the kids get them to bed and it would just all be so easy! Well that’s what the old me (yep after just two weeks I have decided I am the new and improved Hayley) would have done.  Takeaways are easy, quick, smell delicious and often don’t taste horribly … oh alright I love the taste which is partly the way I am now haha.  But we all know that there is NO WAY that takeaways are filled with only real food, that just isn’t going to happen, so I dragged my but home and decided to whip up a Asian Salmon Cakes recipe I found in all my blog trawling last week.  I thought I would share the recipe with you all because it was quick and tasty and if Mr 4 will eat it without any arguments or comments it is a definite winner in my book. 😀

Asian Salmon Cakes

Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons coriander, plus extra for garnish
Fish Cakes
  • 450g salmon, cooked or leftover and shredded with a fork (make sure the grey part of the salmon and the skin are both removed)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (helps hold the cake together prior to cooking)
  • ⅓ cup whole-grain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Olive oil or ghee (clarified butter) for cooking
Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the sour cream, soy sauce, lime juice, and coriander for the dipping sauce. Cover and refrigerate until the salmon cakes are ready.
Salmon Cakes
  1. In a medium bowl, thoroughly combine the cooked, shredded salmon with the eggs, green onions, sour cream, bread crumbs, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  2. Begin forming the cakes by taking a handful of the mixture into your hands. Squeeze it together and discard any excess liquid that comes out. Flatten the cake and place it on an empty plate until all have been formed.
  3. Set a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and add a thin layer of olive oil or ghee. Once the pan is warm, cook the fish cakes (in batches if necessary) until golden brown, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Serve warm with dipping sauce and extra cilantro for garnish.


  • I personally used tinned salmon because we all know how dare fresh salmon is in New Zealand.  It did require a little more breadcrumbs as it was quite wet from using tinned, although I was just careful with them when I cooked them and they mostly held together fine.
  • I would also add a  little fresh chilli next time just for a little bit more of a Asian flavour.

I found this recipe on http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/ which I found full of super helpful hints and tips on eating a real food diet.  It also had plenty of great family recipes that I am looking forward to trying out.  So definitely pop on over and check out Lisa’s website 😀

Asian Salmon Cakes with dipping sauce and salad.

Asian Salmon Cakes with dipping sauce and salad.

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

Mr 4 thought these were great, so they were a big winner for me!

So definitely whip these up and let me know if you all enjoyed them as much as this ratbag, is most definitely better than caving to takeaways!


H. xx

1 week down… How am I going?

So I am now officially 1 week into this and to be perfectly honest I am loving it! I am enjoying the food and surprisingly not having too many cravings (despite the fact I used to have us much chocolate as possible EVERY day). I still feel fresh and motivated and have enjoyed researching and learning more about this way of eating.

But my most exciting news (well for me anyway) is that I jumped on the scales after breakfast this morning and I’ve lost 2kgs this week!!! WOOHOO! I felt like having a celebration in my bathroom because it has been an extremely long time since I saw those scales move in the right direction! I managed this just from purely changing my eating this week, I am not starving myself (if anything I feel fuller and more sustained) and just eating a lot more plant based food and removing the processed crap. I got no exercise done this week … Oops my bad, and yet here was that awesome start to this journey. So this is really one happy mummy here!

And to top of my day I had a fab time at the Baby show with my best friend but didn’t get home till late so decided McDonald’s was the easiest option for dinner. But do you know what? For probably the first time ever I didn’t buy myself a single thing. Instead I came home an made myself a delicious dinner of toast, smoked salmon, poached eggs and avocado (which lets face it is probably much tastier) and enjoyed that without the side of guilt! I did however pinch a couple of chips from the kids but still super proud of myself.

Hope you are all having a fabulous week as well!

H. Xx


Welcome to my blog Real Food Mummy 😀

This blog is hopefully a place where I will be able to share my successes and failures (although hopefully not too many of those) on my journey to eating Real Food. Why decide to start this you might wonder?? Well I am overweight and have been for a while and I feel like I have tried so many ways to loose the weight but never with any luck! So I went along and listened to a talk by Dr Libby, well she was completely inspiring and fascinating. She makes the point that our bodies are built to eat food in its most natural state as that way we take all the nutrients and goodness from it rather than digesting Preservatives and additives. She instructs everyone to raise the plant content in your menu and basically cut out the ‘crap’
(although she worded that much better than me haha), which in turn with a few other basic things will all lend towards a much healthier and hopefully smaller lifestyle.  Everything about her talk was inspiring and I highly recommend people to go and listen to her speak. So basically my goal is to get as many real food meals into my everyday eating as possible.  However this is made tricky with mu two little ratbags who I would also like to start eating the ‘real’ way and a very tight budget.

So bring it on food … because I am one motivated Real Food Mummy!


H. xx