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body+soul revolution: You’re only 10 weeks away from a new you!

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It’s the first day back at work after the Australia Day weekend and to say I’m feeling a little fragile is putting it mildly. I may have over indulged – but then again, it would be un-Australian of me to not get in the spirit of things, right?

Well now I’ve decided to take a stand and to start to work towards the new me – I’m 29, not getting any younger, this is the last year of my twenties and I figure I should do what I can to look after my body (we only get one of them)!

Don’t get me wrong, with the array of wonderful events I get to attend, with the free bars and stunning food, it can be very easy to ‘have a night off’. Ultimately however, I have come to the conclusion that I should live by the moto ‘everything in moderation’, a quick fix diet isn’t ever going to work for me – neither is banning alcohol or amazing food from my life. All that I achieve by doing this is being miserable and gorging when the ‘fix’ is over (and probably undo all m hard work within two-hours).

As you may have heard, I am taking part in body+soul revolution! The body+soul revolution is a 10-week health and fitness online program scientifically proven to help users achieve a balanced, healthy lifestyle – all with the help of our team of trusted body+soul experts (from nutritionists to sexologists!). I believe that this is the best way for me to start as I mean to go on, a lifestyle choice rather than a fad diet.

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I’ve also decided to put myself out there and will be documenting my progress throughout the 10-week revolution (so that I have nowhere to hide and so that I actually have to face this head on!).

Having scoured the healthy prepared meal delivery services across Sydney, these two have consistently come out on top – in terms of taste and affordability.

In additional to the body+soul revolution, I will be following a 14 Day 1,200 Calorie Kick Start Plan from Dietlicious (prior to the body+soul revolution commencing).

I will also be working with Hello Fresh during the body+soul revolution to provide you with information on meal plans, how tasty and affordable they can be along with insights as to how long they take to prepare. (For time poor, health conscious readers!)

Throughout the process I will be working out with my own personal trainer (plus swimming four times a week) – you have permission to shout at me if I slack off!

I will be monitoring my progress on body+soul revolution’s website throughout the ten weeks. There is a wealth of information as part of the body+soul revolution, you can find out more at bodyandsoul.com.au/revolution

Now I will update you all with my progress week to week and will also post daily updates via my social media channels to see how I’m tracking. In the interest of being 100% transparent, I will update you with my weight and inch loss (fingers crossed!) as I progress.

Here are my current stats (inches will be added soon):

Height: 5’7” (170cm)

Weight: 72 KG

Dress size: 12

At the end of the 10 week body+soul revolution, with the help of Hello Fresh, Dietlicious and my PT I would love to achieve the following:

Height: 5’7” (170cm) – Shockingly the same 😉

Weight: 62 KG

Dress size: 10

I would absolutely love some support throughout this progress, maybe you might be interested in even taking part with me? To be involved it’s really simple,

Simply log onto bodyandsoul.com.au/revolution for a free health and weight assessment, choose a program to suit your lifestyle and goals, and let the fab team of body+soul experts guide you through a 10-week program of delicious meal plans and recipes, easy-to-follow workouts and all the tips and tricks you’ll need to lose weight, feel great and boost your energy.

 

The body+soul revolution begins Sunday 2nd February 2014 at bodyandsoul.com.au/revolution. I have already begun with the pre-revolution detox to best prepare myself for the experience, you know what, I’m really excited about this!

You can also follow body+soul revolution here:

https://www.facebook.com/bodyandsoulrevolution

https://twitter.com/bodyandsoul_rev

In addition the official hashtag for this phase is #bodyandsoulrev – join the conversation!

AUSSIE CELEBS TEAM UP IN FIGHT AGAINST BAD SPOTS THIS SUMMER, PROVIDING AUSTRALIANS WITH $150,000 IN FREE SKIN CANCER CHECKS AND RAISING MONEY FOR SKIN CANCER RESEARCH

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Aussie media personalities, Fifi Box, Emma Freedman, Hayden Quinn and Bondi Rescue lifeguards Greg Bishop, Tom Bunting and Brad Malyon, have teamed up for Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month – encouraging Australians to check their skin for bad spots this January. Launching with a nationwide competition today, Friday January 10, 2014, Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month sees $150,000 worth of free skin cancer checks being offered at clinics around the country.

The six Aussie celebs got together to film an online video – which for every share on Facebook, $1 has been pledged to fund the Genome Project(1) – to highlight the importance of skin checks and further aid the detection and prevention of skin cancer. The Genome Project is an ambitious national research program into the diagnosis and treatment of some types of skin cancer.

With skin cancer Australia’s most common cancer and the country having one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world*, skin health has never been so important than at the height of the Aussie summer. Having grown up by the beach, it’s something that Bondi Rescue lifeguard, Greg Bishop, is very aware of.

“Being on the beach every day, you see people being pretty unsafe in the sun,” says Greg. “I’d say we’ve all underestimated the strength of the sun in Australia sometimes, so have almost certainly overexposed yourself at one time or another. That’s why I think it’s really important all Aussies have their skin checked regularly. Good spots can turn to bad spots without you noticing and the old adage is definitely true – prevention is better than a cure.”

“I’m not sure my generation has quite learnt what damage the sun can do to your skin,” Emma Freedman adds, “which really is appalling. We need to continue to push the point that sun protection is an ‘always’, not just a ‘sometimes’.”

Part of the key to helping ensure long-term skin health is via early skin cancer detection and prevention, which is why Invisible Zinc and MoleMap are providing 400 of the normally $375 full body skin cancer checks for free to Australians across the country this month. MoleMap is a leading skin cancer detection service with clinics throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

APEROL SPRITZ SUNSET SESSIONS KICK OFF AT THE NEWLY RENOVATED BEACH CLUB AT WATSONS BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

This summer Aperol takes Sunday sessions to a whole new level at the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Sydney’s hottest harbourside venue that combines aesthetics of contemporary coastal with harbourside luxe following recent  multi-million dollar renovations. There is no better place to sit back and watch the sunset over the sparkling Sydney harbor with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

Kicking off on December 15th and continuing every Sunday until March 30th, the Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions will be the place to be this summer. With some of Sydney’s coolest DJ’s on deck including Alice Quiddington, Andrew Mathers, Richie Carter & Murray Lake, the Aperol Spritz Sunset sessions are sure to impress with some of Sydney’s finest.

Bar staff will be wheeling drink trolleys around serving $10.00 Aperol Spritz cocktails setting the perfect scene for guests to unwind, cool down and watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour.

The sessions will introduce the beginning of summer by hosting a VIP Launch party on December 15th, with canapés and drinks served throughout the afternoon. Guests will be treated to a DJ set by the talented Alice Quiddington, whilst sipping on this season’s must-have cult drink, Aperol Spritz.

Take the party to the next level – guests can enter to WIN a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the home of Aperol, via social media competitions. The prize includes: 2 x economy airfares and airport transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, a personalised visit to the famous Aperol Bar and $2,000 spending money.  What better way to end your summer than celebrating the beginning of the European summer in the home of Aperol.

@aperitivohouraustralia // #aperolsunsets

APEROL SPRITZ*             

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The Perfect Serve

Making Aperol Spritz is as easy as 3, 2, 1 – just get a tumbler or a large balloon glass and follow the simple instructions:

Add ice in the glass then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda, top with a slice of orange. This serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

  • Ice
  • 3 parts of Cinzano Prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 splash of soda
  • A slice of orange
  • Also called “Spritz Veneziano” in an official cocktail of the IBA (International Bartending Association). IBA cocktails are prepared all over the world according to this original recipe.

 

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For more information on Aperol Spritz, visit http://www.aperol.com/

I love cider, cider makes me happy!

It’s no secret that a like a drink, ha! My tipple of choice over the summer is often a cold glass of cider. My favourite at the moment is a refreshing glass of Rekorderlig Cider.

I am excited to reveal that it has just announced itsnew and adventurous flavour for summer –APPLE-GUAVA – YUM!

Rekorderlig Apple-Guava Cider is recommended to be served over ice with a wedge of lime for a refreshing and invigorating experience. This launch is the beginning of a truly wonderful bond between season and product, with each cider reflecting a change of season, tantalizing your taste buds with lashings of delicious apples and a luscious burst of tropical Guava.

As we welcome the warmer summer months, Australians can also embrace this exciting addition to the fantastic Rekorderlig Cider portfolio, available now in major retail outlets nationwide.

Never one to blend in with the crowd, Rekorderlig Cider continues to push the boundaries, creating innovative flavours for every season and cement their position as the leading fruit cider in Australia.

What you waiting for, grab a glass! Would love to know your thoughts! Cheers!

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