Oh.My.God.Insanity.Month 2.Dying.

But loving it.

I did the Max cardio one today, I’ve showered, changed, etc, and my legs still shaky.

I LOVE it!!

I like this month better then the last so far. I like the longer workouts better, although mentally I find I really have to talk myself into pushing through.

I can’t wait to get to the end just so I can say I’ve done it!

 

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Sexy legs workout at home

Here’s a great little at home leg workout when you don’t have a lot of time to spare. No excuses! You can check it out at tribesports

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To enter just follow @tribesports, retweet one of their #TrainWithNoShame tweets that will look something like this – “RT, Follow and tweet YOUR #TrainWithNoShame moment to win a @BuffLife!” and tweet your embarrassing moment in a separate tweet with the same hashtag.

 

Clean Eating Egg Muffins Oxygen Magazine

I bought 2 large cartons of eggs, and needed a clean recipe that would make life easier during the week for lunches, so thought I’d share. The original minced rather then dices some veggies, but it’s a personal preference thing.

These portable energy-revving muffins are great to make in advance and use throughout the week!

Ready in 40 minutes • Makes 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • Oil spray
  • 4 spring onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 capsicum, diced finely
  • 1/2 zucchini, shredded
  • 14 egg whites
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • Dash salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Coat a 12-muffin tin with a little oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Combine vegetables in a big bowl. Fill each muffin tin 2/3 full with vegetables.
  3. Whisk eggs and seasonings in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Use a 1/3-cup measuring cup to scoop egg mixture and pour slowly into each muffin tin. Egg mixture should fill tin the rest of the way. Bake 30 minutes or until muffins have risen and are slightly browned.

Nutrients per serving (98 g):

Calories: 56, Total Fats: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 0.5 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 93 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 3 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 7 g, Iron: 0.5 mg

STORAGE TIP: Muffins will keep up to one week in the refrigerator or can be frozen. If freezing, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Homemade muesli/granola bars

Today I was so hungry during the day, I didn’t pack enough to take out with me, and so I’m wanting to make some homemade muesli bars.

Ive been looking for some good recipes, that are clean, not too sweet, will keep well, and not too complicated to make. If you have any on your blog, or that you like making, please post a link or recipe below!

Meanwhile, I’m thinking of making Coach Nicole’s Chewy Oat and Nut Granola bars The recipe and nutritional profile seems good, although I may modify them a little. I’ll have to wait until I go shopping though as I don’t have almond milk at home.

In the meantime I think I’ll put together some protein bars to tide me over. Again, if you have a good TASTY protein bar recipe I’d love it if you can share! Some protein bars I’ve had have been, uh, like eating chewy, well I don’t know what, but BAD! The recipe I’ll use is based on Jamie Eason’s ‘Oh Baby’ carrot cake protein bars, but I change it a little depending on what I have or don’t have. Works well and tastes good.

Ingredients

Coconut or Olive oil (i don’t ever use no fat non-stick sprays)

1 cup oat flour (blend whole oats in food processor)

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp allspice

4 egg whites

¾ cup Splenda (I’ve used honey or raw sugar instead too)

2 4 oz. jars or packs of baby carrots, instead of shredded carrots, (I have had to blend up a tin of baby carrots when that’s all I had)

1/2 cup ricotta (again, the original recipe calls for fat free ricotta, which I don’t do, or you can use greek yoghurt as I’ve done before)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 x 8 pyrex dish with non-stick butter spray, or coconut oil, Olive Oil etc.
In a large bowl, combine flour, protein, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and allspice.
In a medium bowl, mix egg whites, sweetner, water and baby food until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix well. Finally, fold in the quick cooking oats (optional) and stir until just combined.
Pour batter into the pyrex dish and spread evenly. Bake 28 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and cut into 16 pieces – 4 x 4.

Number of Servings: 16

The original nutritional profile is (but I modify the recipe): 94 calories  (132 cal with oats folded in)
1.25 g fat  (2 g fat with oats folded in)
10 g carbs (17 g carbs with oats folded in)
10 g protein (11 g protein with oats folded in)

(not my picture – mine aren’t as pretty!)

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Oscars Fashion

For me, Naomi Watts absolutely killed it with her dress. Perfection. Not getting what wasn’t to love about it. I liked Zoe Saldana and Nicole Kidman’s dresses but in my opinion it was Naomi by a mile. I also loved how Kristin Stewart was a hot mess, and Jennifer Lawrence looked great even falling over.

What was your favourite look of the night?

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Loving my life!

start my new full time studies this week, and am beyond excited to be going back to it. I know from previous University study that in about 4-6 weeks this excitment will have waned somewhat and I’ll be feeling the usual stresses of balancing work, study, fitness, housework, my relationship and having some sort of down time to myself, but I feel like my coping tools have improved a lot since the last time I studied.Being organised is the key, and for me procrastinating is a huge problem which I have to overcome. I now now that I have to just force myself tyo start things, rather then putting them off with a whole load of good resons to do so! Even if i can’t be bothered cleaning on a Saturday morning, or don’t have all my research to start an assignment, or am feeling tired to go work out, i have to ‘Just F***kin Do It’! There are so many  reasons not to start something, but once you’re into it, it is so much better then you thought and just keep going! Then there is none of the stress that comes with putting things off, that niggling anxiety in your chest.

I have timetabled my weeks, putting study, work and fitness in as my main priorities, and the primary things that I need to timetable, everything else can be timetabled around these top priorities. Makes a huge change from last time I studied where fitness wouldn’t have made it anywhere near the top of my list, rather socialising etc.

Fitness wise I am almost onto the second part of Insanity, so excited to start the next phase. I think my results are good, especially noticing a change in my legs, which for me is the main part I wanted to focus on. Body weight exercises are undervalued I think. This week is the core balance or whatever (can’t be bothered getting up to check it), so it’ll be nice to take it easier. I’m really looking forward to the next fit test, I didn’t record the results the first time, which I really regret, but at least I have the second one to compare to.

I’ll do a review of a few different protein powders I’ve been using soon, just getting through them still. Love my post-workout protein smooties, one of the highs of my day, haha! What do you put in a protein smoothie? Lately I’ve been loving keeping it simple, choc banana! Yummmm! I freeze my bananas, add my choc protein, greek yoghurt, full cream milk, water, ice and blend!

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M.I.A blogger…again

I haven’t been a very good blogger lately. There are a few reasons, the most boring of which is that I need to get a new laptop, the most exciting being I have a new job, and have returned to study!

I have still been doing the Insanity program, am almost done with the first part of it. I have to say, I am definitely seeing results, great program for toning the legs I think. I already run and walk most days, but all the jumping involved has given me results, and my legs are what I most want to work on. I have recommended this program to a number of friends, warning them that jumping is murder – but after you’re done you’ll feel great. At the beginning I was taking more rest breaks, and water breaks, but I can tell that my cardio fitness has improved, and I think it’s also had a positive impact on my running, with me getting faster and stronger. When I say running, I really mean jogging, with bursts of running in it, but nowadays people all seem to say running, even if they just jog. Can’t wait to start on the second part of Insanity, I’ve read some blog posts on it, and a lot of people don’t seem to to it all, but the results I’ve seen from those who do stick to it are wild. Very motivating to see.

Another thing I’ll be scouring blogs for is good healthy lunch ideas, to take with me. The facilities are not great, fridge and microwave, but thousands of students there so not sure how that’ll work, so I need ideas that I can take with. I bought little containers where you freeze the lids and they’re meant to stay frozen and keep your food cold, which If it works will be great for little salads (very little, they’re small little pots), yoghurts, fruits, oats etc, but looking for some more lunch inspiration. If anyone can direct me to some good ideas it’s be much appreciated.

 

I also was having a look at tribesports recently, being one of the bloggers, and there was a workout with a friend challenge, but apart from running at night with the bf, I workout solo so it wasn’t the challenge for me. I find I have to get movement in where and when I can, so it’s not really condusive to having a workout buddy, and motivation is not a problem for me. It was in the early days of my fitness journey, but now it’s something I just do, a must do, not a should do. Anyways, I signed up to the 100 crunches for two weeks challenge which you can find by clicking the link. This website and the challenges they do are terrific for those who do struggle with motivation. By publicising something like this challenge it encourages you to complete it, and two weeks is such a  manageable and achievable goal to set, it’s a great one to kick off with. I love how encouraging it is, and it fit well with my current workouts, as well as boosted results as I was concentrating on this one area. Do it!