Archive for November, 2015

This month has been HUGE for me. I’ve launched my new website – www.lisaseltzer.com – and put a lot of time and energy into planning how I’ll be working for the next few years. It’s energising, challenging, frustrating (particularly when it comes to technology fails!) but most of all exciting. For so many years I’ve worked for other people, often thinking “I could do this better than you” and now I AM. By the by, if you need any help with your social media, or just want to chat about what I think of your social media presence, feel free to get in touch – info@lisaseltzer.com

Now, onto other things in my life that I’m enjoying this month…

  • Fresh flowers – I love flowers. Some may say my love borders on obsession (namely, my husband) but I think flowers add a great energy to a room and to a home. I’m particularly partial to pale pink roses at the moment.

pale pink rose

  • Homemade pizza – Our family LOVES pizza. And by far the healthiest and tastiest option we’ve found is to make our own. We use wholemeal lebanese bread and whatever toppings we each fancy, and it makes for awesome leftovers for lunch the next day. A super easy and pretty healthy dinner (depending on how much cheese you use!)

lebanese bread pizza

  • Canva – I’m proficient in Photoshop and InDesign, but they’re expensive design programs to buy. A cheaper, quicker and easier online tool I’ve found is Canva. Canva is a website that allows you to design everything from Facebook cover images (already sized to the correct dimensions) to printed posters. I use it to create social media images for work and personal use, and it’s a fantastic tool. They even have a photo library that you can purchase images from for as little as $1. Too easy.

Canva

  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant – I have very little time to read these days, and when I do I want an escapist pleasure read. Anything by Sarah Dunant fits that bill, and The Birth of Venus is the latest book to grab me. Historical fiction, with a huge amount of fact thrown in, it’s got me gripped late into the night when I should be using my precious time to sleep! That’s how you know you’ve found a good book.

birth of venus

  • Tamburlaine organic wine – My husband and I recently had a long weekend away in the Hunter Valley, which is a fantastic wine region in NSW, Australia. We visited loads of wineries throughout the weekend, but went back to our all-time favourite, Tamburlaine. We love Tamburlaine so much that we even got married there last year! (and drank more wine than had been consumed by a wedding there EVER – great claim to fame!). This visit we discovered a beautiful Marsanne, another couple of bottles of the GSM (Grenache Shirz Merlot) we had at our wedding, and took home a case of the Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – it will be our go-to wine this summer.

tamburlaine organic wines

 

Stay Fit & Well this month,
Lisa x

 

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The 2015 Fitness & Health Expo was on at Olympic Park, Sydney a couple of weeks ago, and I made a day of it with a friend. We had a great time looking around the exhibition hall – stall holders covered a lot of bases, from organic ‘healthy’ chocolate companies, to body-building protein and supplement stalls.

But by far the highlights were discovering a ridiculously low calorie alternative to noodles or pasta, and watching Commando in action on the CrossFit stage.

Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of Commando doing his thing and working out on the main stage, but I do have this very grainy shot of Michelle Bridges. She answered lots of questions about everything from recovering from training injuries to the benefits of going vegetarian to lose weight (her advice – don’t do it just to lose weight!). Heavily pregnant, I was amazed she could stay standing up as long as she did, but that’s one of the benefits of being incredibly fit to begin with!michelle bridges

Commando also chatted on the Healthy Living Stage, and gave great advice about functional movement, and increasing your range of movement so you don’t get injured in the first place (think stretching, foam rolling and regular massage).

There were loads of product stalls, but the one that really stood out for me was the Slendier stall. Slendier make a range of pasta and noodle alternatives, made from the Chinese konjac vegetable, which are low in calories and high in fibre. We tried a sample of the spaghetti with sauce and it honestly didn’t taste much different to pasta, with only a softer or silkier texture. I was sold, and bought several packets. They’re also available in Coles and Woolworths.

konjac konjac noodles

We tried lots of energy juices, low-carb bread and protein bars, and it was really interesting seeing the range of products on show, and it was a healthy and fun day out. I’m already looking forward to next year’s show…

Stay Fit & Well,
Lisa x