Slim secrets products – smart snacking

As mentioned in a previous post I was sent some products from Slim Secrets to review (thanks Sharon 🙂 ) You can buy it online, including packs, from here, and they have a loty of gluten free options, including a pack you can see here

I’ll start with the low carb fit balls


These were really good. Mint is not really my thing, but it did give the balls a nice flavour and crunch, and really worked with this product. The climate here is HOT and when the boyfriend and I set off for a hike we do, we decided to share the fit balls before setting off, to see if they made a difference in energy levels. Ordinarily by the end of the walk we’re dying. There’s a drinking fountain on the hone stretch, and getting there is the only thing I’m focused on. Both of us found that we had more energy and fared a lot better, especially on that last stretch. These are something I’d keep in my gym bag, and have before the gym after work. I find that sometimes I don’t train as hard at that after work time. Lunch feels like eons ago, and I’m thinking about dinner, and the only thing in the way is a workout. The boyfriend had the Milk (Michael Klim) which are pretty much the same flavour, but a bit higher calorie and protein as well, and loved them. Now, he does like LOVE Mint, so they suited him to a T. For me, I love fresh mint in a meal, but mint flavoured sweets etc just remind me of eating toothpaste too much! I like my treats sweet, but as mentioned these use natural mint and it’s not toothpaste-y in the slightest!!

The next thing I had was these:

One word – Ah-mazing! Loved ‘em! Just as I’m not a massive Mint fan, my boyfriend is not a salt and vinegar fan. I thought “yesssssssss! I get these to myself!” Wrong.

No, those are NOT my man hands (Seinfeld reference)  holding the chips! He loved these too – boo for me! At 140 calories how can you go wrong. And they’re soooooo yum. Salty snack attack disaster curbed! I haven’t had the other flavour – sea salt and cheese & onion, but if they’re as good as these were there’s really no need to ever have normal chips again in my opinion. Guilt free chips? Yes please. The only downside is I’ve never seen these at my supermarket 😦

I was feeling all chocolately another night – and lazy too. Normally I’ll whip something up that’s healthified because that’s how I roll, but I had a binge buster on hand. A Cranberry and Choc’N’ Nuts bar.

Excuse the really shoddy picture taking! This was great, a bit of chocolate because sometimes there’s no substitute, and a girl needs what a girl needs. And for this girl that need is chocolate. I haven’t tried the vanilla almond one from this range, but will definitely be looking for it, sounds like a bit of me. Did I mention the best part – apart from taste? Under 100 Calories. That’s right UNDER 100 CALORIES, I’m shouting it out. There’ll definitely be some of these in my pantry at all times.

Another thing I LOVED was the night time binge buster bar. Does as the name says. I really couldn’t say it any better, and the name couldn’t be more apt.

It’s low carb, low GI decent protein at over 11g too, which is a added bonus. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I’ve amped up the weight to two a day, and I had shared this before the second session, did the trick as I went hard. Tri’s that night, and I smashed it!

Afternoon cup of tea ( I LOVE tea, a tea fiend!!) with a cookie that’s filling, tasty and healthy? Yes please!! Great to take to work to solve the tea break dilemma, when everyone else is dipping into the cookie jar. BYO, and you’ll feel better for it. The cookie was chocolately and soft, and not over sweet, which is important for me…. But the cookie that was my  very fave, was actually not this choc one, shockingly (for me it’s usually chocolate at the end of the day), it was the trail mix cookie:

Yeah, again with the man hand. I shared this too, but if I knew the taste of this one I definitely would’ve stashed it, and taken this one to work and had it all to myself – Greedy bitch, but at 128 calories I could’ve been, and not felt at all guilty. For the calories or for the greediness for that matter. It’s AMAZING!! I’d say go out and get one right now. I’ve already asked my local Coles to stock the full range, but on their site I’ve just seen this pack is on sale. Win.

Last of all:

Protein Caramel Crunch bar. This one is a protein bar, and has the real protein bar consistency, you know that soft, chewy texture that they have? I wouldn’t exactly call it a ‘crunch’ bar, the whole time I was like – where’s the crunch. But, having said that, the caramel flavour is lovely, white choc gives that sweetness and the whopping 20 grams of protein is terrific. I just ripped a bit off this one, the boyfriend had this post-workout and loved it. He said he’ll definitely get this again, and have some in his gym bag. And that’s a huge endorsement from him, as he’s usually a protein shake post-workout kinda guy. Today I’ve been out swimming all day and am soooo tired, as mentioned I’ve got some family visiting so we went swimming and had a bbq lunch. I’ve actually sent my boyfriend out to the shop as I type to see if they have any of these, for me to have before gym, then dinner etc.

To sum up, my faves were the chips, if you see these I highly recommend trying them, I know I’ll be looking for them. Girls, if you’re like me and like a savoury snack, especially at that time of the month, this is your answer. LOVED the Cranberry and Choc’N’ Nuts bar too, and will be trying the other flavours in the under 100 calorie range too. Trail mix cookie, I love love love too. I’ll be taking a few of these on the road trip for afternoon tea, or after a long day at the beach treat. I know, what a hard life, huh? Haha. I think I’ll take some of the Binge Buster bars too, and even though it wasn’t in this sample selection, I’ve mentioned in prior posts my love of the Craving Crusher cookies & cream bar.

For him, he’s a fan of either the fit balls, but they’ll look at bit girly for him, so the MILK protein bombs (& they’ve got about 3g more protein). They’re pretty much the same in flavour, and the White choc and caramel bar… although by the prevalence of man hands in my pics, you can see he was pretty much a fan of it all.

Alcohol and exercise… no go!

I drank last nig ht, not a lot as it’s been ages since I last had any booze, but I had about 6 drinks (to me that’s not a lot – but I am Polish, hahaha). I also smoked – terrible, but I can be a bad, bad person when drinking. Much worse then I was last night which was the tamest, but since I’ve been on my health kick also the most rotten. I did no exercise and and ate, but it was bbq – shaslicks, steak and salad so far from tragic. And a prawn cocktail for lunch, I know the sauce on it isn’t great.

I’ve got a visitor here, so am going to ‘rest’ the food diary for a week, and try to be mindful of what I eat. Wish me luck! I’m scared, as it’s been my saviour/obsession. I had reached a mini-goal on Saturday morning before this all went down, and I don’t want to be hating it come next Saturday. Eye on the prize baby, I only got one mini-goal to go before I reach my goal. I will post progess pics …. as soon as I get the courage to.

I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway… fitness diary and calorie counter

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To score this awesome fitness journal all you need to do is follow my blog, add a link to mine in yours (if you have one) and leave a comment saying why you’d like it

For me, it was the key thing that helped break through my plateau/rut i was in. I had the training down pat, but was letting myself down food wise, and it’s not until I started writing everything down that I had results. I found that having a physical diary helped moreso then myfitness pal or other online tools, as I just wouldn’t be strict about updating them until the end of the day, and that’s not how it works. It helps it’s a nice looking journal, that I carry around. And I love that it’s a TRAINING and nutrition journal, has inspirational quotes, and a calories and notes section in the beack. Basically I love it! And best of all the lovely people at Peter Pauper have allowed me to give one away to help you with your own fitness and health journal.

Added to http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/ check it out for more great giveaways.

Slim secrets pack, and amping up the workouts! (& Lorna Jane discount codes)

I’m realising that time is going past soooo fast! I need to amp up my workouts, especially this week. As a motivator I’m usuing the upcoming visit of a good friend, on the 8th. I’m going to to two muscle groups a day, with the expection of shoulders and legs. Speaking of legs – ouch! My legs were so sore the day after the 2hr hike I did with a couple of friends for Lorna Jane Active Day! And I did an hour and 20 beach walk the next day, which was yesterday. A whole world of pain, and it’s times like this that I miss having a bath! I’ve got two bathrooms, both with showers only and all I want to do is soak in a tub! Yesterday I also did back and bi’s at the gym. I want to work more on my bi’s and shoulders. I usually also do some squats and other leg stuff between sets as that’s my problem area, but as I was too sore yesterday to even go down stairs, yet along squats!

Today I received a bag of goodies from the good people at Slim Secrets (thanks Sharon!) to review. I’ll try it all over the course of the next week or so, and then post a review of everything, i think. I was so excited, as it’s stuff I don’t see at the supermarkets (c’mon Coles and Wooolies! – stock the full range all over Aus please!!), plus I just love getting parcels – all the more so if I’m lucky enough to be at home when the courier comes. The probably gives you an insight into another, um, shall we say, passion (err problem, no I’ll stick with passion) of mine – shopping! Speaking of which, I received an email from Lorna Jane with a $30 off code – KEEPMOVING. Happy shopping anyone who chooses to use it! I also have a $20 off code SISTERHOOD3 in case the $30 expires.

 

I saw this and laughed! Isn’t it perfect?

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day & some Do it yourself – make it! Criss-cross headbands, sandals/thongs and twist headbands.

Today I did a two hour hike for Lorna Jane active day. I was scared of being the slowest/least fit, but was fine. It was a beautiful walk – quite hilly so great butt and thigh work out. Can wait until I feel it tomorrow, haha, I love that feeling! The feeling of accomplishment.

The other day I was feeling all crafty so found these on pinterest, which I’ll try in the coming days – we have a long weekend here.

 

Want to make your own?

First, find some old t-shirts.  Or buy some jersey knit.  Either way works.

Then, cut your fabric into long strips.  I made my strips about twice as long as the measurement around my (or my daughter’s) head.  The thick headband strips are about 2 inches wide and the narrow headband strips are about a 1/3 inch wide.  You’ll need 5 long strips for one headband.

Next, stack your 5 strips on top of each other and sew together at one end.  (Or hand stitch them or glue them.)

Now, pull on each strip of fabric so that they kind of curl on the edges.

Then lay your strips with the sewn edge up at the top (tape this down if that will help you while braiding) and then split up the strips into 3 on the left side and 2 strips on the right.

Now, to create this 5 strand braid……..you’ll kind of be braiding on the left side and then braiding on the right.  And then back and forth until you’re done.

But let me explain a little better.

First, you’ll work on the left side. So grab the strip all the way on the left (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the right(pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the right of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the left (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the right side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the right side.  Now you have your strips separated into 2 strips on the left and 3 strips on the right…….but opposite from the beginning.

Now, you’re going to do the same thing on the right side………just mirrored from what we did the first time.  So grab the strip all the way on the right (pic #1) and cross if over the strip right next to it  on the left (pic #2).  Then grab the strip furthest to the left of this section (pic #3) and cross it over one strip to the right (pic #4).  Now grab the middle of all 5 strips (pic #5) and bring it over the the left side (pic #6) so that you can start braiding on the left side again.

**Something to remember: When you’re working on the left side or on the right side……..you’ll always start with the strip on the outside.  So if you’re working on the left side……grab the strip all the way on the outside on the left.  If you’re working on braiding on the right side…….start with the strip all the way on the outside on the right.

So, start again from the very beginning and work on the left side again (pics #1-5) and then on the right side again (pics #6-10).

You’ll need to adjust the tightness as you go and may have to tighten individual strips here or there.

Keep on braiding and braiding……keeping the tension about the same all the way down.

When you get to the end (or as long as you need it)……..sew (or hand-stitch or glue) the ends in place.

Then overlap the ends together and sew (or glue) in place.

**Before attaching, remember that knit will stretch and the woven design allows for stretch.  So you want to make this headband smaller than your head so that it hugs your head and stays in place.

To finish it off (and cover up the ends), cut a rectangular piece of fabric that’s wider than the ends that you’ll need to cover.  Fold the side edges in…….

And then stitch (or glue) one end on the inside of the headband.

Then wrap this piece of fabric around the headband, tuck the ends up……

And then stitch (or glue) this end down too.

And that’s it.

A nice and stretchy headband for you or a little girl you know.

FROM this site.

And this from here

And another headband from here

DIY Criss-cross headband

My addiction to insanely simple DIYs continues.
I threw this together today and thought I’d share:)

1. Take a long strip of fabric (preferably some type of stretchy fabric) 2. Position the middle of the fabric strip at the base of your neck 3. Cross once! 4. Cross twice! 5. Tie ends together at the back!

I wanted mine to be an easy throw-on every time, so I also just hand-stitched a few stiched through the criss-cross and the knot to keep it from coming undone.

SO easy, right?

Lorna Jane Active Nation Day events

I was too lazy to get up for cardio this morning. I was up at 5:30am but it was raining and soooo nice to lay in bed and I thought that as there’s a public holiday Monday I’ll do extra then! Not sound logic I know!

Add to that last night – two glasses of wine, then nibbles – chips! Bad 18 hours I’ve had. I remember reading somewhere that you should think of every three hours as a new ‘day’, so that if you stuff up (wine, chips, other snacks, skip the gym etc) you don’t write that day off as a blow out and basically go for it. Think what the hell – I’ve stuffed up so I may as well have that extra square, row, block of chocolate now. Really good in theory. Can be hard to apply in reality, to adjust your mind to thinking that way. I haven’t managed it yet.

Lorna Jane

This Sunday is Lorna Jane Active Nation Day, with a whole bunch of events all over Australia – including free bootcamp sessions.

There are details here, for events in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA and NT. I LOVE Lorna Jane and will probably go to one of the events & wear that cute little pink bracelet. And my ‘training’ tanktop, don’t know which tights or trainers yet. I know it’s not about the outfit, but it is Lorna Jane, so sort of is!

 

Oh, and a couple of night ago I made the Lemon Bars from the recipe I posted… hmmmm. terrible! What a disaster! Some of the complete disasters that I’ve had recently with healthy recipes are starting to make me doubt my kitchen prowess! A few protein pancake fails, the lemon bar episode. Seriously  I can’t even describe how bad they were. I wish I took a photo of the awfulness that was! If anyone ever attempts this and succeeds I would LOVE to hear from you!

More Fitspo… I did say I loved it! Motivation!

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I saw this somewhere (while I was at work) and thought i’d post it here. I know I wear makeup to the gym a lot more then I should, especially if I’m going straight from work. I usually use a makeup wipe but leave my eye makeup on. Do you do this? The mascara I use is actually the best – never runs or flakes, and comes off easily in the shower with just water. It’s also a extension mascara, ModelCo fibre lash. Check it out – I really recommend it. Great for if you want to wear makeup and go swimming too, as it doesn’t run into your eyes. As far as workout makeup it’s pretty awesome, and the extension aspect is a real bonus. This post has gotten way off track somehow! But, even Lorna Jane gives tips on gym makeup – below.

SHOULD women wear makeup to the gym? What underwear is best for men to work out in? Experts reveal the answers to common etiquette and hygiene questions.

With summer right around the corner Australians are thinking about the best way to get rid of that post winter weight and tone up for the beach. But according to research we’re more likely to reach for the ‘quick-fix solutions’ than put in the hard yards at the gym.
One of the main reasons for this is “gym anxiety”. Many people suffer from a lack of confidence when working out because, let’s face it, gyms can be quite intimidating places.
But knowing the tricks of the fitness trade can help you to not only feel better about yourself but also increase your performance, health and happiness, too.

Fitness Dos

  • “I exercise with an anti-perspirant on as I hope most blokes do,” says body+soul’s fitness expert Damien Kelly. “Deodorant is a waste of time unless you can stop the sweat, but sweating is a good thing for cooling the body down. It’s just not generally appreciated from the armpits.”
  • Shaving can dry the skin as can exercise, so make sure you rehydrate your body and skin post shave and post exercise. Plenty of water and a moisturiser will do the trick.
  • There is a variety of under garment products available that sit close and tight to the skin which will help prevent chafing. As these garments don’t rub against the skin they won’t cause damage and irritation. They can be worn under shorts and T-shirts, or if you’re particularly body confident, by themselves!
  • “Underwear is a personal preference,” says Kelly. “I’d generally not recommend loose boxer shorts if you’re running and jumping around, but some guys like a sense of freedom. The tighter sports specific underwear can come in briefs or short versions and both are effective. If you’re particularly sweaty or exercising near water there are also quick dry undies on the market. From personal experience, you get what you pay for with underwear so having a couple of good pairs for exercise is advisable to give ongoing support and comfort.”
  • Sweaty gym gear is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria so shower after your workout. Alternatively, wash your hands or wipe them down with hand gel that you keep in your bag or car.
  • “Choose supportive and figure-flattering fabrics to hold any wobbly bits in,” says Lorna Jane Clarkson, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Australia’s leading activewear label, Lorna Jane. “A good sports bra and well-made leggings will make the world of difference to how you look and feel when working out. Plus bright colours will help you to ooze confidence and brighten your mood.”
  • Cover up any open wounds or scrapes with antibiotic ointment and a bandage to avoid transferring bacteria.
  • Invest in a great sports watch so you can track your progress and always keep an eye on your vitals. A fun exercise app and a motivational playlist on your iPod will also help kick you along.

Fitness Don’ts

  • “Damage to toenails can be caused by ill-fitting shoes,” says Kelly who owns two fitness studios in Sydney. “If your feet are being forced forward into the end of the shoes, you may have issues with nails and the skin on your toes. Many people also don’t tie their shoelaces tightly enough and therefore, even though the shoes are the right fit, they are not stopping foot movement inside the shoe properly.”
  • You don’t want to forget to bring your own towels or mat to classes at the gym otherwise you run the risk of picking up bacteria from other people and vice versa.
  • Pores on your skin can be easily clogged by sweat leading to pimples and ingrown hairs. “When it comes to exercising in make-up, less is best,” says Clarkson. “If you feel you need some coverage, apply light mineral foundation as, a swipe of mascara and a moisturising lip balm.”
  • “Our bodies like to expel heat through our scalps so having a bucket of product in your hair is probably not advisable but a little to keep the ‘do’ in place wouldn’t hurt,” advises Kelly. “The gym can be a great place to meet people so you want to look sharp!”
  • Don’t wear jewellery as you could lose them or injure yourself.
  • If your workout moves outdoors don’t skimp on the SPF30 sunscreen and make sure you wear a cap.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/gym-etiquette-14-fitness-dos-and-donts/story-fneuzle5-1226478373375#ixzz27NO4Py5c

Gym Ettiquette – do’s and don’ts…

Fitspo…I LOVE this shit!

Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

 

from ‘mevsthebulge’. I don’t think this girl posts on this blog anymore, but it’s an awesome one to read, so inspiring. And this receipe is so good! Something I still eat all the time. Only difference I do is I cook the onion in the pan with the mince. I prefer it like that, not over cooked but just so it starts to go clear. The below is re-blogged exactly from the page, but I do recommend checking out the blog:

http://mevsthebulge.com/

 

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I love Thai food. I could happily exist on a diet of Thai food for a very long time. Actually, throw in Japanese food and I’m pretty certain I could exist on that for the rest of my life.

Issue is, you can never be certain what goes into your takeaway meal. Hidden salt, sugar and fat… it’s a major risk when you’re on Project Tighten Up.

So, I set about making my own sour and spicy Larb salad. I used turkey mince because it’s super lean and cheap however it is traditionally made with chicken or pork mince. I also served this up the next day for lunch with broccoli instead of lettuce and it was just as good.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 tbs peanut oil 500g turkey mince 1 stem lemon grass, pale section only, finely chopped 1 small chilli, finely chopped 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 tbs fish sauce 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (or more if you’re an onion fan!) 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves 2 cups of cooked quinoa Lettuce leaves, to serve

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat until just smoking. Add the mince, lemon grass and chilli and stir-fry, breaking up any lumps, for 3-4 minutes or until meat changes colour. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together the lime juice and fish sauce in a small bowl until well combined. Drizzle the mince mixture with the dressing.

Add the, quinoa, onion and coriander and stir to combine. Spoon the mince mixture among lettuce leaves and dig in!

What cuisine could you eat every day for the rest of your life?

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