Turbo Jam Kickin’ Core

A super workout for yesterday – I forgot how much I love the music in that workout, simply because I’ve been so focused on puke-in-the-bucket workouts that I FORGET to get into my fun but effective workouts. The ones that work but with great music.

I think there’s room for both sorts of workouts in my regime.

And, to be truthful, kickboxing like Taebo and Turbo Jam have played the biggest exercise role in my weight loss, helped to (kinda) reshape my body.
Kickin’ Core has some nice hip hop, old school. It has some dance, shake what your mamma gave you moves. It has powerful kicks, punches and capoeira. And it is good for the core and those obliques – boy, do I need that.

About 45 minutes long, although I sometimes do just the cardio and then double up on a favourite section or on the turbo ( the anerobic drill).
Have you Turbo’d today? 🙂

More from Leonie Martin

From that book mentioned in the post God Made the Violet Too.

As the years passed, it became evident that the most salient feature of Leonie’s moral character was the virtue of religion. Her love for Holy Mother Church expressed itself in the most profound respect for the representatives of the Church…All ecclesiastics were the object of her veneration and she prayed often for them…

Not a bad idea for the rest of us, huh?

Yet Another Recipe

Woo hoo! I am turning into a super housewife ~ some one wants the cake recipe, too!

Queen of Sheba cake

250g ( half a pound)dark chocolate, chopped

1505 (2/3 cup) caster sugar

150g unsalted butter ( about 5 ounces)

1 tablespoon brandy

1 tablesppon freshly brewed coffee

125g ( one quarter of a pound) of ground almonds

5 eggs, separated

Topping – 200g dark chocolate chopped, 60g unsalted butter, chopped

Combine chocolate, sugar, butter, brandy, coffee in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until chocolate melted and mixture smooth, stir in ground almonds. Whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, until well combined.

Beat egg whites until firm. Fold into chocolate mixture. Spoon into a greased 20 cm ( 8inch) square tin then bake in a moderate oven 45-50 minutes until cake is firm to touch but still soft in the centre. Cool.

For the topping, combine chocolate and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir occasionally until smooth. Cool for 15-20 minutes or until thickened, then pour over cake. Stand at room temperature until set. Refrigerate.


Leonie. The sister of St Therese of the Child Jesus.

An internet friend sent me a copy of the book God Made the Violet Too, a life of Leonie. Thank you, you know who who are! Very generous!

Ever since reading The Story of a Family, when pregnant with youngest son Anthony, I have been interested in Leonie.

The Story of a Family tells of the Martin family, parents of St Therese. Zelie and Louis Martin will be canonized in October.

Leonie was a difficult child, and struggled with religious life as an adult, entering and leaving and re-entering the convent several times..

I have been called a difficult child ( even a wild child, as an adult!) so I definitely have a soft spot for my namesake.

Leonie’s mother, Zelie Martin, wrote of child raising and of raising a child that seems more wayward than others. She wrote ~ Brutality never reformed anyone; it only makes slaves.

Wow. I agree. The importance of love and of free will and of guidance, not of physical punishment.

I can see I am going to enjoy this book – I’ve read about one quarter of it so far…

Wow. Homeschoolers are versatile.

Why do I say that?

Well, here I am, almost 11 pm. I am reflecting on our day and jotting down notes in my homeschool log.

French class at our house with other homeschoolers. I write in the log.

Sounds innocent and easy.

But it doesn’t describe the jokes, the smiles, the game of guns, the mums chatting, the morning tea….All of this is part of pre and post French.

Plus, we still have to find another teacher. So I am busily, industriously, hopelessly trying to teach French via a book. Me, who has no talent for languages.

Not good!

But Thomas must be learning something. He kept inserting French words into our family dinner and discussion and TV watching, after Mass tonight.

We versatile homeschoolers!