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!

 

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9 Foods For Amazing skin

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2012/10/24/9-foods-for-amazing-skin/.

I came across this today and thought I’d repost, I love superfoods for skin! Like the Perricone Diet – amazing skin if you can make yourself eat COPIUS amounts of fish! For me, the sauerkraut and cabbage wasn’t a surprise, in Poland we know how good it is for your skin! And best of all, these are all really easy to incorporate into your diet, have loads of other health benefits, and and not obscure, and hard to get. I always have lemon and water first thing in the morning, have chia seeds in a brekkie or sometimes as a pudding, cucumbers in salad all the time, love a seaweed salad from sushi train, recently tried papaya for the first time (i know, hey, but I’ve always avoided it and thought I didn’t like it),  pumpkin seeds I put on a salad for crunch etc.

SkinWe may not be able to change our DNA or completely alleviate blemish-inducing stress, but we all can eat foods that contribute to amazing skin, says Kimberly Snyder, celebrity nutritionist and author of the best-selling The Beauty Detox Solution. Snyder shares with us nine foods—from cucumbers to kale and sauerkraut (surprise!)—that can seriously impact the look and health of your skin.

Cucumber

Cucumber: Cucumber is a virtually a cure-all full of hydrating enzyme-filled water, and hydration is key for youthful, smooth skin. It also contains vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. And it has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why you put the chilled slices over your eyes for a DIY spa treatment!

Seaweed

Seaweed: Seaweed is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as iron, which helps with healthy blood flow to contribute to radiant skin. It is also naturally low in (bloating) sodium, but high in iodine, to help your thyroid and metabolism function at its peak. Order a seaweed salad when you go for sushi or add spirulina to your smoothies or diet.

Kale

Kale: The sexy, good-for-you green is an excellent source of the beauty vitamins A, C, and E, which have potent anti-aging properties and help promote healthy new cell growth. Kale is also loaded with minerals, such as magnesium and calcium that healthy skin needs. Make a green juice or massage a kale salad stat.

Papaya

Papaya: Papaya’s gorgeous reddish color is due to its high content of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body, and acts like a mechanic of on-going skin repair. The enzyme papain is used in all kinds of exfoliating facial masks, but when you eat it, it contributes its cleansing properties to your digestion and promotes both bright skin and eyes.

Sauerkraut

Raw sauerkraut and other probiotic-rich foods: Probiotics are one of the biggest beauty secrets for clear, radiant skin. They encourage the growth of friendly gut flora that helps keep your digestion in check, so there’s better nutrient delivery to the skin and entire body. And they help make B vitamins, critical for energy and beauty overall. How to eat more? Add a scoop of sauerkraut to a rice or quinoa bowl with steamed veggies for a zing.

PumpkinSeeds

Pumpkin seeds: A handful of these are like taking your B vitamins and biotin, an essential nutrient for strengthening hair, nails, and skin. Pumpkin seeds are also high in minerals, such as zinc, which in deficiency can lead to issues such as acne. Sprinkle them over anything from yogurt and salads to rice bowls and fish.

ChiaSeeds

Chia seeds: They’re an unbelievable source of essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and scalp. Chia seeds also contain skin-saving antioxidants (in the ballpark of blueberries) that fight free-radical damage. Be sure to soak them first before eating, or add them to a pudding or smoothie.

Cabbage
Cabbage: The humble cabbage is actually a wonderful beauty food. It’s high in fiber and contains the compound sulforaphane, which promotes anti-aging antioxidant activity in the body. It’s also high in vitamin C. How to eat more? Add sliced purple cabbage to your salads.

Lemon

Lemon: I recommend starting each day with hot water with lemon. It gives you a boost of vitamin C, and this simple drink starts you off in the day hydrated. Lemon’s enzymes have also been shown to help rejuvenate liver tissue and help support skin collagen.

Plateau bust & Mountain Bread sausage rolls

I’ve lost my mojo a bit lately. I dunno if it’s that there’s been a hiccup with my holiday plans, or that I’ve hit a plateau weight loss wise and don’t quite know how to bust it…. But I feel a bit hmph.. bleh… real articulate I know, but i’m sure you get the picture.

Any tips for breaking through the plateau? And, I really cannot imagine eating less calories….

I downloaded a yoga app that my aunty was telling me she’s in love with. It’s Pocket Yoga, has anyone tried this app? Thoughts on it? Apparently Miranda Kerr, my fave, uses it, and for me that’s a glowing endorsement for me 🙂

Anywho’s, the other day I was saying how I have been using Mountain Bread and got their cookbook. Well, I made yummy sausage rolls with it. It was a great dinner. I used some organic free range pork, just for a change, but you could use beef, turkey, kangaroo mince, whatever your preference is. I had yummy fresh italian herb mix in my mince, and then placed some in the centre of a rye mountain bread wrap, and rolled it. It said to use a little water to seal, but I found I had to use a LOT of water, like literally run the roll under running water and drench it! Then, I baked at 180 degrees, for 30 mins – but you have to keep a careful watch that it doesn’t burn. I served with salad, with a tablespoon of flax oil and balsamic for dressing. So yummy, and soooooo great to have a change from the usual. I hightly recommend trying it, the boyfriend loved them too, and normally doesn’t go near normal pastry sausage rolls as they give him heartbrn, but these were great!

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

Back on track – 21 day countdown, where I’m at and a little fitspo

All my loved ones, friends and family, that were visiting have now gone back, and it’s time to get back on track with training and nutrition. I decided I’ll weigh in next Saturday, rather then set myself in a state of despair by doing it earlier, like today. I know I’ve done damage, and set myself back, making reaching my holiday goal unrealistic now. I ate whatever, drank a fair bit, and didn’t go to the gym.

Back to the gym this morning, squats and deadlifts here I come! Actually, that could be tomorrow because I’ll do chest today.

Normal breakfast routine for me today, I had warm water with lemon, my quinoa oats with blueberries, and cacao crunch nibs, and a green tea. Gosh it’s good to be back to normal eating my foods I love and make me feel good.

I do have a ‘secret weapon’ that I hope (please please please let this work) can help me get results before I go, in the form of Maxine’s Burn protein powder, which I’ll review. Oh my goodness I was soooo excited to get this. Exactly what I need at the moment with 21 days to go, I really hope this will give me that edge. Burn baby burn! A protein that helps lose fat AND tone muscle?? Yes!! Stops you feeling hungry so you don’t just go for the nearest thing – which more often then not is not a nutritious choice, especially if you’re out and about. But this protein powder has added benefits, helping promote healthy skin hair and nails, and supports your immune system, and generally is a supplement designed to promote your health. It can be used as a meal supplement – added boost, as well as post-workout, has carb blockers, and suppresses appetite. L-Carnitine, green tea, Choline and Inositol and zinc, all work in different ways to help your body burn the fat, and I think I’ll use it as both meal replacement and post workout. You can probably read more here, the describe much more scientifically how it works, however as mentioned I will review it.

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…..