Another good day

Again, I have started the day with exercise, getting into a rhythem on holiday.

I got up and did a fast pace walk this morning, and had a coffee and a peach Chobani for brekkie. Um, all I can say is YUM! It was the first time I tried Chobani, and it’s really nice, I kept seeing it mentioned on all your blogs and when I saw it at the shop I thought why not. I am converted.

Going to a surf club for lunch and drinks soon, but I have been really controlled when drinking, max of three drinks, and spaced with water every time, and will get a healthy option there, maybe some fish and salad.

Might even treat myself to another Froyo…. Mmmmm, peanut butter Froyo. Love ❤

PEACH YOGHURT LOVE ❤

Keeping fit while on holidays….

I AM SOOO EXCITED, I’M GOING ON HOLIDAY TOMORROW!!!! Cannot wait. I somehow have resisted the urge to pack early, and am doing it today, but I have started a couple of piles of stuff to take away on our beach holiday. Weeks of lazing, tanning and eating, so I have come up with a rough outline of what I’ll do while away to stay in shape. Having other guests that I haven’t seen in a while come to stay after we get back is extra incentive not to lose it all either.

 

I’ve been doing a 10K trainer app, which I’ve been enjoying. It’s meant to start for someone who does no running, but since I was already I am using it to increase my speed. I usually can jog, but it’s quite slow. I can go for a long time, so with this I’ve been actually running at a challenging pace. I started about a week and a half  ago (but didn’t do the rest days because I didn’t realise until all of a sudden it was up to week two after like 3 or 4 days), so I thought I’d get into the habit of going first thing when I wake up, easier to start a habit at home and continue while away, rather then trying to make myself start while away. Usually, previously the only thing I’d be considering before breakfast was whether it was ok to have a cocktail by the pool! I used to struggle with fasted cardio, but I think I’ve got used to it, and find my motivation to do it much higher if I go first thing, not negotiable. So, I thought I’d continue that, with the added bonus of doing it on the beach. Sand running is meant to burn 1.6 more kilojoules and use more muscles then traditional running on the road. Your legs work harder to keep balance on the sand, as it’s an uneven surface. It also is meant to strengthen foot arches and lower legs, and be less impact on your joints.

Swimming in the sea is also great for staying fit while away, burning through any extra kilojoules I consume. You also walk a lot more, and maybe some holiday dancing too. I’ve got a resistance band set I’ll take, and use my phone a lot. My beloved pocket yoga, as well as the nike app are great, and I’m going to aim to do either of those every second day.

 

I will be blogging less, but still aim to do it at least every few days. The whole point was to keep me accountable, and so while I’m away I’ll probably need to keep myself accountable even more so. Temptations everywhere, as well as the influence of others… I’ll need this to keep my willpower strong. Don’t want to fuck everything up in just a few weeks! Now, I’m going to pack… please keep checking in to read, I’ll need the support!

 

Mountain Bread light tandoori yoghurt crusted chicken with mint – eat clean

I’ve been experimenting with Mountain bread, and found this great book of recipes online. I like the rye mountain bread, I took a wrap to work today with tuna and salad, have made other recipes which I’ll also post.

Mountain Bread

2  small chicken breasts (recipe calls for thighs but we eat chicken breast, chicken breast and more chicken breast in my house)

1 cup  greek yoghurt

1 tbsp tandoori paste

8 mint leaves, thinly sliced

250 gm mesclun lettuce

salt and pepper

8 sheets of Mountain Brea

1 tsp olive oil

 

Method:

1 Marinate chicken thighs in ¾ cup yoghurt and

tandoori paste for 2 hours.

2 Blend mint and washed lettuce together.

3 Heat oil in frying pan and cook chicken on a

medium heat for 4 minutes on each side until

cooked. Set aside on a plate to rest for 5 minutes.

4 Slice chicken and serve with extra yoghurt and

lettuce mix. Wrap up in the Mountain Bread

and enjoy.

 

Turkey Mince Shepherds Pie with Cauliflower Mash

ImageAs mentioned in my last post, I made a turkey mince Shepherds pie, with a cauliflower mash top. A great healthy lower calorie and lower fat version of a favourite comfort food. You need:

For the pie:

1 onion, finely chopped

1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped

500g minced Turkey

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

400g can chopped tomatoes

110g (4oz) frozen peas

1 tbsp tomato puree    (optional, I was all out but usually have some and add it)

salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the mash:

1 Cauliflower

salt and freshly ground black pepper

50g Cheddar, finely grated

Firstly, preheat your oven to 190 degrees C ( which is 375 degrees F). Next you fry up the turkey mince in a pan, with some onion, and salt and pepper or whatever spices you like. I used Vegeta and chilli. Then add carrots until they’re a little tender. Then add a tin of whole peeled tomatoes and a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. I just added to taste, but trust me, don’t skip it as it makes the dish in my opinion. Cook it down for quite some time, longer cooking times are great, a minimum of half hour though, you don’t want it watery at all, especially as cauliflower mash can be quite watery. Add peas towards the end, they don’t take long to defrost, and you’ll be baking it anyway.

Seperately, steam some cauliflower. I used about 3/4 of a whole cauliflower, and also had a potatoe in there (i’m trying to use up food we have at home before we go away). Once it’s soft mash it. You can add butterImage

I need to clean my cooktops, I’m kinda mortified at this pic!!

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Enjoy! Comfort food deluxe!

Fitness plan progam recommendations wanted please – helllllllllllppppppp.

ImageI have a ten day plan that I’ve decided to try upon my return from holiday, just to get back in routine. You see, I think routine is the number one thing when it comes to achieving health, fitness and weight loss goals. For me, that’s absolutely it, from writing in my food diary, meal times, to gym times. Just knowing that it is what happens at a certain time, not giving yourself that opportunity to slip into “I’ll go later”, or “I’ll start tomorrow” thinking. And I think a structured plan could be really useful in helping re-establish routine after what will be a month of no routine at all.

 

Does anyone have any suggestions of any diet or exercise plans (doesn’t have to be a 10 day one, of course) that you can recommend

20 days to go…. fresh air and lizards and a yoghurt parfait

Went for a two hour beach walk -without my camera!! I saw the biggest lizard and wish I had a phone or camera to take a pic with.

I had a yummy yoghurt parfait for breakfast today. You NEED to try this. I had some low fat greek yoghurt ( i don’t do fat-free foods, I usually just get normal greek yopghurt too, but the low fat is good, by the ingredient list, peaches, Power Superfoods Cacao nibs, Power Superfoods Goldenberries and I toasted some rolled oats and shredded coconut with some Agave Syrup on it. Layer in a glass, go and sit outside and enjoy your yoghurt parfait. Bliss.

Today I am sooooo excited to go to the gym and deadlift and squat myself stupid!! Tight butt and six pack you’re mine baby!!

I also started on my new Maxine’s burn protein yesterday. Choc Latte flavour and flavour wise it’s got to be the yummiest protein drink I’ve ever tried. I’ll ave to wait and keep with it to see effects and results, but yum, this stuff is good. I used it as a meal replacement after a workout and it satisfied me, and did it’s job well. Back on track, feeling so good, sooooo excited to go away. I was getting nervousthat I’d blow out into a big fat blob in fluro (i love fluro bikini’s – and clothing for that matter, if you’re tanned and at the beach it’s all good I reckon!), but now I think i’ll be ok. I’ll put up some pics soon too. Very soon, just getting up the nerve.

Weight gain, a small setback but I got this!!!

Over the past week I have gained a kilo!!! Sure, I’ve indulged in alcohol and lot’s of eating out, pizza, ice cream, chocolate, fish and chips even, but I’d been active and the meals that we ate in – I was careful with. Shows how fine a line it is. Also makes me feel so moody and down, because I had reached a mini-goal, and was set to get to where I want to be before our holiday. Now, I’m pretty stressed as I don’t think I’ll get there, or if I do, I’ll have to be ULTRA strict, like shakes for dinner strict, and I prefer to be healthy and nourish my body.

Eat to nourish, Move my body, and Achieve beyond my wildest dreams.

This has also made me nervous about the holiday. Clearly, I am more easily led then I knew, and my determination and will is not what I thought, when I’m tested. What am I going to do while we’re away for a month?? If it was just the two of us I’d be fine, of that I’m sure. But, it’s not. Staying active I feel good about, that isn’t my issue. I love it. My aunty that was visiting was telling me about a yoga app that she said is divine, she is totally in love with, so I may give that a go, I’ll have to double check what it was called, I’ve forgotten. She looks amazing (hi if you’re reading this J ), so if she swears by it I have faith. I know there’ll be long hikes, I can go for runs and we are taking a resistance band set, plus lot’s of swimming and boogie boarding, beach sports etc.

My area of concern is the all bbq’s (usually means wine), convenience food (grabbing something on-the-go) and me not being in control of cooking. When you do it yourself you tailor what you eat to your needs and taste.

I did give the food diary a rest for a week, I don’t think I’ll do that while away. I have eating at home, work etc down pat, but entertaining and holidays I think I need to still be very mindful, and the diary is such a must for me. Which reminds me, it’s winner time… I’ll generate a random number and announce the giveaway winner, and link it to the original post so everyone who entered is notified. Good Luck!!!

DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Image, DIY Do It Yourself Gym Racerback tanktop

Really easy to make – if I can do it, you can too! Recycle your old, excuse me vintage, t-shirt’s, or your man’s! I like guy’s tees for this. All you need is a Tee and some scissors, I also use a texta to mark where I want to cut. And of course a mirror and camera/phone to take selfies after. There are variations of this all over, so have a look around. Oh, and send me your links to your versions!

  1. Cut      away the neck, the sleeves and the bottom of the hem. For the neck, just cut the hem off, as you’ll change the shape after. For the sleeves I fold the tee in half, then cut straight down, curving around the armpit at the end. This is quite important, remember to cut straight then curve as otherwise the shape is wrong. See the pics. For the bottom hem, cut at least 1&1/2 centimetres above the hem, more even. Try on the top, neaten up your cutting, edges, symmetry…
  2. Whilst it’s on, decide how low cut you want it in front. These tanks look great with gym crops, so don’t be afraid to go low! This ain’t office wear after all!
  3. At the back of the shirt, cut the outside of the sleeves to make that racerback style, and cut a deep V at the back. Go deep with it, don’t be scared.
  4. Take the hem of the t-shirt and cut the actual seam part off, so you are left with fabric. Stretch it until it’s curly.
  5. Tie a double knot at 2-3cm above the end of your V back. Wind your curly fabric around and around, and tie off with another double knot.
  6. I like to teak my top after. Lay in half and make sure it’s even, stretch it so edges curl, cut it lower at the front, and while it’s laying in half cut it first straight then diagonally down so the front of your tank ends up shorter a little then the back. A mullet for my Aussie readers.
  7. Bang, you’re good to go! Go rock your tank at the gym – work it!!!

Here’s some I prepared earlier…..