My day on a plate, and a wrist band and an iPhone

Yesterday was a day with two red flags!  Eek!  Breakfast at McDonald’s with the family and then lunch out with Miss G (ten) and Master G (13).  Now I can tell right now you’re thinking – have a healthy Mish breakfast before you leave home.  Cut a healthy sandwich and put that in your backpack.  Well – I want to share in the treat with my family (since when did I really regard the Golden Arches as a worthy treat???) and I was packing snacks, and water bottles etc in my back pack so didn’t have room for a sandwich too.  However, I can no show you that I survived this Red Flag day on just under 1200 calories.  Don’t believe me?  Then take a look.

The reason for McDonald’s?  We had an early start – had to have Mr G to Drummoyne by 9.00am on a Monday.  So kids weren’t ready to eat when we left.  And I really wanted a coffee (a big coffee) and Mr G wanted a hot chocolate – yes full cream!  And we wanted it quick, the clock was ticking.

My choice is a tall McCafe cappuccino made with skim, a plain English muffin and vegemite.  Miss G nearly had kittens when she went back to the table with Mr G while I was waiting for the hot drinks, and she unwrapped the plain English muffin and thought that was all she was getting.

My question – what happened to the Uncle Toby’s Oats they used to sell?





A quick snack in the park near the Spit Bridge before we begin our walk.










Time for a snack break on the walk.  I wasn’t really hungry, but I figured a little hit of protein wouldn’t go astray.  This is about 10g of pepitas.








And here is the walk we were doing – and no we didn’t get air lifted out at the 4.5km mark.  This when we stopped for a breather – or a snack break, and the Master G and Miss G wanted to know how far we had come.  I’m glad they did – as the iPhone was almost out of power – so I switched runkeeper off as we needed the phone to rendezvous with Mr G in Drummoyne later in the afternoon.  We ended up walking right around the coastline to Manly Cove ferry wharf to catch the ferry back to Circular Quay.  Its a fabulous walk, and if you live in Sydney and have never done it let me assure you it is well worth while.  If you’re visiting Sydney put it on your list of things to do!  The first half has a lot of ascending steps when you start at the Spit Bridge end of the walk.  But your efforts are compensated.  Won’t say anymore than that!





Lunch for me was a Sushi lunch box with lots of lovely salmon.  As you can see I only just remembered to take the photo for this blog post that I had in mind.  And I was a little bit shaky, would seem I really needed the carbs!  IMy guess is this Sushi Box is about 330 calories.  And honestly, I would have been satisfied with something a little smaller.








It was at that point that Miss G asked what the time was – and I realised that what I was looking at was my heart rate not the hour of the day.  So I quickly took a photo of my calories burn for the walk, and then told Miss G the time.  So, the HRM was running about fifteen minutes longer than it should have at the end, and I don’t think I stopped it on our first snack break, but I think I did stop it on the second one when Master G and Miss G were playing on the beach which is along the walk.  Honestly, I’m not worried, as I’m sure I did 2000 calories in a little over two hours of walking.  I’m not eating the calories back, so it doesn’t really matter that I was forgetful.

Remember that I weigh in at 133kgs last Wednesday – that’s half the reason I could achieve a burn like that.  The other reason is that I am able to successfully maintain my heart rate at 80% of the maximum for the entire time I am walking, with occasional spikes to my maximum while I’m going up stairs and really pushing myself.  I like to keep the readout on the heart rate while I’m training – it helps me decide when I think its hard work whether I’m being a sooky la-la or whether I can push myself a little bit harder at that moment.  I only look at the calories at the end.


A well deserved coffee on the drive home from Drummoyne.  Mr G was desperate for a Frozen Coke from McDonald’s.  Well that’s my excuse anyway.










Dinner – a 12wbt recipe. Crumbed Fish with Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Wedges.










So the total calories for the day with two Red Flags?

1179 calories


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anastasia
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:43:45

    Hey Leonie

    Who had have ever think it? Maccas as part of a healthy diet?

    Good work



    • 77noni
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 23:48:55

      Hi Anastasia

      Yep – I think the key word is *part* of the healthy diet. Which is where I suppose most people make their mistake about it. The calories in some of those menu items are downright scary though! The good thing is I know in the future when I’m maintaining my weight I can indulge every now and then in an Egg and Bacon McMuffin when the family stops at McDonald’s and *NOT* feel guilty about it.

      Leonie x


  2. leanfitstrongandhealthyKirsty
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 12:08:35

    awesome !!!!!


    • 77noni
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 23:49:35

      Hi Kirsty 🙂

      Thank you. It was a great day all round – except missing a ferry back to Circular Quay by a couple of minutes. Will have to walk faster next time. 😉

      Leonie x


  3. Dhitri
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 14:16:20

    Woohoo! Love seeing you so active. And well done for not giving in to more of the “Maccas treat” 🙂


    • 77noni
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 23:56:11

      Hi Dhitri 🙂

      Thank you. I had orignially planned to take the kids to the movies in the city. ANd then I thought that this would be a better day for all three of us. They grumbled and grizzled and said thay would never walk with me again at some points. However, Master G started talking about how we would be doing the CIty2Surf together again, and how he wants to start training to do extreme running events in the bush when he is a bit older. Made my day that is able to set goals like that that embrace a healthy lifestyle.

      And it wasn’t hard to turn down the lure of the Hash Browns at McDonald’s ;)\

      Leonie x


  4. Kristi
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 17:17:00

    You are kicking so many goals!!! Love your entire days eating- especially dinner- much better than mine *gulp*


    • 77noni
      Jan 24, 2012 @ 23:57:32

      Hi Kristi

      I feel on top of the world – in a good way if you know what I mean 😉

      Gotta love Mish’s recipes for dinner time.

      Leonie x


  5. Trizzy
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 17:53:14

    I am so proud of you Leonie! Its great knowing that we can still go out and enjoy ourselves without ‘over-doing it’ food-wise 🙂


    • 77noni
      Jan 25, 2012 @ 00:00:34

      Hi Trizzy 🙂

      It’s a matter of planning, doing a bit of research before hand and thinking what do I really want the scales to say in 12 weeks time?

      Leonie x


  6. arh04
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 21:01:23

    My day has started sooooooooooo badly. I’m so glad I read this blog before walking out the door – feeling truly inspired now. Well done x


    • 77noni
      Jan 25, 2012 @ 00:02:35

      Hi Symphony 🙂

      I hope the day has improved for you. Chuffed to know I’m sending positive vibes to the other side of the planet. 😉

      Leonie x


  7. BriJor
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 10:34:05

    OMG that’s fantastic, thanks for the inspiration


    • 77noni
      Feb 04, 2012 @ 07:48:39

      Hi BriJor 🙂
      It just goes to show 1200 calories isn’t impossible – and you can find workout possibilities anywhere. I had originally promised my kids to take them to the movies, but when it was such a glorious day the walk was the right things to do.

      Leonie x


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