Tuesday, March 29, 2011

C'mon Dr John!

In our overall quest to get healthier, and our immediate aim to lose weight for our wedding, Mr Mel and I have decided to do 'The Great Australian Diet' by the curly haired sometimes out there doc, Dr John Tickell.  You may have seen Dr John torturing the delish Karl on the Today Show?
I have joined Curves and have lost about 2kgs in the 3 weeks I've been going, that's without being strict on diet, Mr Mel has started to walk twice daily.

The diet is quite strict in parts, but it's a 91 day plan, and given it's around 115 days till our party, it's not too big a sacrifice, hopefully!

Last night we made a batch of the Minestrone Soup, haven't tasted it yet, but it smelt ok, the ingredients were:

  • One large clove garlic
  • Two medium potatoes
  • Two large carrots
  • Two pumpkin wedges
  • Two zucchini
  • One stick celery
  • One parsnip
  • One brown onion
  • One large leek
  • Five to six cups beef stock
  • Two large diced tomatoes
  • Two bay leaves
  • One tablespoon canola spread
  • black pepper
  • One can red kidney beans (strained)
  • 250 grams frozen baby peas

We're both having it for lunch and dinner tonight, so hopefully it's tasty.  We're also hoping Dr John can be our guiding light!  We've got the motivating goal, just need a bit of a kickstart to get going!

Till next time,


  1. I agree with Kimmie, sounds delish.
    Congrats on the weightloss Mel.

  2. Thanks Peta :) Got a fair bit to go but it's a start!

  3. Good Luck, the soup sounds delicious. B

  4. Thanks Buttons :) the soup is lovely, but would almost kill for a buttered roll to dip in it :)

  5. Best of luck with it Mel! It's great that you're both doing it to support each other too :D



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