Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Last days of January

So how was everyone's weekend?  Mine was fantastic.  Thanks for asking :)

Friday night I met Michelle at Euston and we caught the train up to her house in Hemel, which if you remember, is where I spent Christmas 2011.  We went to a friends gig on the Friday night, which was awesome.  Good music and company with loads of dancing around at the end of the night.  
Michelle and Sarah - looking beautiful as always.

Sarah and I with my creepy hand.  We had the giggles all night and we especially loved singing and dancing along to "close but no cigar".  Memories of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater II anyone?

The rest of the weekend was great and I didnt want to go home on Sunday.  Well, I was supposed to come home on Saturday, but I put it off until Sunday.  Boo!

Monday morning I was raring to go at the gym.  I didn't exercise at all over the weekend so I was more than keen to get sweaty.

Monday WOD
5mins rower, Level 10, warm up

Bent over row & mountain climbers
Alternating DB bicep & dips
Bent over BB row & weighted situps
Tricep overhead & air bike
Wide grip lat pulldown & underhand pulldown
Tricep pulldwn & mountain climbers

After work:  5km, 30mins, incline never below level 4

How random is my sweat patch this evening?  It is almost a perfectly round circle.  Strange.  Must have looked pretty funny while I was treading away.

Dinner was a random mix up of everything.  Celery, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, peanut butter and some of Michelle's amazing chutney.  Home made of course!

 Unfortunately this was the end of my first jar of chutney, so it was a sad night.  I am going to have to ask Michelle to make some more up soon so I never have to go without.

I think I am obsessed with scrambled eggs right now.  Is that a bad thing?  Oh and peanut butter.... still.

Tuesday WOD
5mins Rower, Level 10, warm up

Incline DB press & military press
Cable cross over & weighted situps
Weighted squats & air bike
Side lateral raise & standing upright row & burpees

After work:  22min walking incline with Janine and then a few weights afterwards.  Plus a nice long stretch.

When I wear this t shirt at the gym when I am a) feeling frumpy and b) need some motivation.  It worked.  My shouders are burning from those incline presses.

Diner was similar to Monday's with the addition of a banana and some greek yogurt for desert.


Now I am watching some TV with Ryan and putting my feet up.....


How did you start the week? Off with a bang or are you easing yourself into it?

Monday, 30 January 2012

Hot Lean Chilli

This is a recipe Ryan found in Men's Health Magazine from the states.  Being a keen Chilli lover, I was bang up for getting onto this right away.  There is nothing I love more than tucking into a nice hot bowl while the weather is cold and grey outside.

Ingredients
4t olive oil
1 small fresh chorizo sausage (removed from its casing)
1 1/4 lb boneless beef sirloin or boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 medium onion
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup of ancho chilli powder
1t dried oregano
1/4 cup of tomato paste
1T red wine vinegar
1t coarse salt
1T cornmeal

Method
In a pot, heat 2t of oil, add the chorizo and cook until it has rendered its fat (which should be around 5mins).  Remove it to a bowl and keep on the side.

Working in two batches, add the meat to the pot and cook until browned (usually around 5mins per batch).  Transfer to a bowl with the chorizo.

Add the onion, garlic and remaining oil and cook, stirring frequently until the onion is tender (around 7mins).  Stir in the chilli powder and oregano and cook for around 1min.  Stir in the tomato paste and vinegar.

Return the meat and chorizo to the pot alog with 1 1/4 cups of water and the salt, bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the meat is tender (around 1hour).  Stir in the cornmeal and simmer until lightly thickened, around 5mins.

I have totally found my new go to comfort recipe for chilli.  It might seem like a bit of a long winded process with the whole cooking in two batches thing, but it really isn't as hard as it looks.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The best scrambled eggs ever..

Day two of my new fitness program made me feel amazing.  My arms were absolutely burning from yesterdays fresh start and also the BodyRock I completed when I got home.  I love that feeling though.  It was one of my original goals to be able to complete push ups on my toes and yesterday I believe I did more than 100 in total.  Stoked!

Tuesday WOD
5mins cross trainer, random, level 14 warm up

Incline DB press & Military press
Cable cross over L2 & push ups on medicine ball
Overhead squats & jackknife sit up
Side lateral raise & standing upright row & burpees

I was supposed to do a few tricep dips and knee raises, but I ran out of time and knew that I was going to be kicking it at the gym after work.

I completed roughly 5kms with an incline that never went below 3.  My shins are still sore and I am trying to take it easy - the incline helps.

Ass to the wall.  Legs in the air.  That's how I roll.  Again, if you are not on board with this stretch - I dare you to try it after a nice run :)

Dinner was a bit of a mash up of sorts.  Ryan had only just arrived at home and mentioned that he had made some scrambled eggs.  I piggy backed that idea and made some of my own.  

2 full eggs with roughly 3 egg whites with a dash of soy milk and cheese in the mix.  Winner!

On the side I had a handful of blueberries, celery with hummus, celery with cottage cheese and celery with peanut butter (for desert).  Very tasty!  I ended up eating some of the eggs with cottage cheese because the mix was mouthwatering.  As a drink I had a Bundaberg Diet Ginger Beer.   It has roughly 20calories.  Don't judge me.  It reminds me of home ;)

Day 3 Week 1 of The 30 Day Challenge – International Love Workout

Day 3 Week 1 of The 30 Day Challenge – International Love Workout

Monday when I got home I knew I wanted to complete a BodyRock workout (since I skived off being at the gym after work).  

Here are my results:
Superman Push-ups - 16.5
Elevated Push-up’s & L&R knee to elbow touch with the Swiss Ball - 19
Squat & Press with the Pink Sandbag - 19
Ugi Clean & Press + Jump Forward + 3 x Squat Jumps - 5
Reverse Pull-Ups on Dip Station - 20
Side Jump Burpee + 2 knee to elbow Oblique Abs + Tuck Jump Centre (Alternate Sides) - 9
Forward Lunge + Side Lunge + Knee Lift. (Alternate Legs) with the Pink Sandbag - 10.5
Ugi Ball Push-up & Burpee + Sumo L&R Knee Touch. - 7
Tricep Dip + Kickout V Abs with the Dip Station - 7
Overhead Abs with the Pink Sandbag - 14
Sandbag Shoulder Lift + Squat + Switch Shoulder Press with the Pink Sandbag - 14
Speed Run - 167

Here is the video if you wanted to check it out for yourself.  I didn't do Sean's additional workout as my arms were already dead from the gym earlier today.

Monday, 23 January 2012

New Gym Program

Ahh yesterday was a very gloomy day in my head.  I went out with Michelle and Jayne to a cute cocktail bar in Hoxton Square.  To say I was hung over the next day is an understatement.  It was awful.  Felt like I was dying.  Lesson learned here - never make friends with the bartenders at a cocktail bar ;)

This was AFTER I managed to get myself home from Michelle's house and feel slightly normal.  Bleh.  Never again!  I don't really drink a lot but I guess the quantity got away from me as the drinks were so tasty!

So after sleeping what felt like a mega 10 hours, I managed to get myself up and presentable for work.
WARNING:  This skirt is tighter than it looks.
I was walking like a penguin most of the day and was even offered a gentleman's hand to get me onto the train this morning.  Ahh.. If it wasn't such an amazing skirt - I wouldn't bother :)  You can see details of this outfit here.

WOD Monday
5mins rower, level 5, warm up

Wide grip lateral pull down & under hand pull down with 28kg
Seated cable row with 21kg & jack knife sit up
Bent over BB row with 10kg & mountain climbers
Alternate DB bicep curl with 10kg & tricep dips
Preacher curl with 15kg & push ups
Tricep push down with 21kg & mountain climbers
Tricep overhead with 12kg & air bike sit ups

This workout was just what I needed! A change up in routine and some more active rests to keep my heart rate up between sets.  Bring on tomorrow.

When I got home, I completed a 12min BodyRock workout as well.  I was supposed to stay behind at the gym to complete an incline walking workout, but decided against it as I just wanted to get home.  I will post my scores for the BodyRock workout separately.

I have been lifting heavier for a good few months now and really feel like I have built up a good base of muscle.  I am feeling strong and looking strong, especially in my shoulders and arms.  This week I am cleaning up my diet and hope to trim down over the next few weeks.

I want this to be a slow process and I am prepared to do what it takes.  So keep checking in to see how I am going with my workouts and the addition of more HIIT/BodyRock/Treadmill type workouts.

I love getting sweaty.  Do you?

Day 2 Week 1 of The 30 Day Challenge – Good Feeling Workout

Day 2 Week 1 of The 30 Day Challenge – Good Feeling Workout

Awful.  This is how this workout was this morning after my 2mile run.  I am almost ashamed at how bad my fitness is right now.  I have been focusing too much on lifting weights and not keeping up with my HIIT workouts at all.  Motivation? Right here ladies and gents.

10 x High Knees & 10 x Mountain Climbers - 5.5
2 x Squat Jumps & 2 x Push-ups & 1 x Tuck Jumps - 5
Centre to Elbow Jump (L&R) & 2 x leg jumps - 9
Clean & Press & Squat & Press & Push Up - 12
Tuck Jumps x 5 & ½ Burpee & squat hold x 5 - 4
Spider Knee Push up & Straight Leg Push Up (L&R) - 5
Switch Lunge & Press - 5
Side Lunge x 2 & L & R Side Punch  & 2 Tuck Jumps - 9.5
10 x Squat & 10 x Squat Jumps - 5
Elbow to Knee jumps 10 x each side - 9
Wide leg jumps & Push up - 16
Speed run - 164

Are you keeping up with the challenge?  How is your HIIT fitness right now?

Sunday, 22 January 2012

End of the week round up

I can not believe that it is Sunday already!  The time is absolutely flying past as per usual.  I was hoping that it was speeding past because the end of the year was near, but apparently it is just how life is these days.  

I have had a pretty good week this week to tell you the truth.  Here is a bit of a catch up as to what I have been up to the last couple of days.

Wednesday WOD
Cross trainer, 10mins, random, level 14 warm up
Single leg elevated BB lunges with 8kg (I am STILL sore from these!)
Calf raises with 142kg
Leg extensions with 56kg
Leg press with 52kg (have dropped my weight for these with more reps to I maintain my muscle, not make it bigger)
Squats with 10kg
Sit ups with 5kg and 3 x planks


Perfect post workout fuel of chocolate soy milk and a banana.  Very tasty and filling to tie me over until a bigger snack/sort of lunch a little bit later.  I was a little bit shocked to find out that my work canteen was going to charge me 0.10 for ice, if I didn't bring my own cup down.  What the?

Thursday turned out to be a rest day for me.  To be honest, I thought this would tie in nicely with the fact that us work girls were treated to a night out at the theater after work and I didn't want to drag my gym bag around London.

We were taken to dinner before hand at a lovely restaurant near Soho.  You know I took advantage of the 2 for 1 cocktails.  Passion fruit Daiquiris please!  Along with a Pina Colada.  Just because.  Well, I like Pina Coladas!
Dinner was an entree of a Quesadilla and a main of a chicken and bacon cob salad.  I just kept eating and eating and everyone told me that it just didn't look like the salad was getting smaller at all.  Crazy large portions!  I ended up leaving what looked like a full meal on my plate.  I hate leaving food, but there just simply wasn't enough room for any more.

The show that we got to see was Le Miserables.  It was a great production, however I would be lying if I said I could follow the story and understand everything that was happening.  It was a long show as well at roughly 2.5 hours.  I didn't get home until after midnight.  Heavy!

Friday WOD
Cross trainer, random, level 14 warm up

DB bench press with 12kg
DB flys with 6kg
Alternating bicep curl with 10kg
Tricep pull down with 21kg
Calf raises with 142kg

Today was a bit of a jumble.  I am feeling like I need to switch my routine up - so next week I am starting a new program with lots more cardio and HIIT training.  More BodyRock as well, quite possibly in the morning. I have been building muscle for quite some time now and I feel that it is time to start cutting.  I just hope that I can get enough cardio etc with my shins still being sore.

Dinner tonight was supposed to be homemade chili again (we are all in LOVE with this recipe!) but by the time we were all ready to start thinking about dinner, it was past 8pm.  This meant that we would not have been able to sit down and eat until after 10ish or so.  

Home delivery to the rescue.  Ryan suggested Sushi and of course Robbie and I agreed.

This was just one of the 3 cartons that we shared.  I love sushi and when I am eating it, my eyes are always bigger than my stomach.  I swear I can only eat a few rolls before I start feeling full!  Ahh I just love wasabi though and any vessel that can get that into my mouth, has to be eaten.

We settled down to watch a movie and relax after such a late night on Thursday.  Well you know.  Not really a late night - it was only because it was a work night and I had to get up at 6am this morning :) 

Or I am just getting old... That sounds more like what happened there.

How has your week been?  What was the last thing that you saw at the theater, if anything? 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

BodyRock 30 day challenge - Day 1 Fit Test

Saturday morning I decided to complete the BodyRock.Tv fit test at the start of their 30 day challenge.  The idea of this is that you train with them 5 days a week (weekends off!) and then of course, you can check your progress in a months time and see how much you have improved since day one.

I think that this is a great idea for all of you who are looking for something to help you get motivated.  Honestly, I love BodyRock.Tv and would really like all of you to have a go at this if you can!  Their daily workouts are usually less than 20mins long (excluding warm up/cool down stretching) so there are not many excuses that work here.  Surely, most people can make time for 20-30mins in their day for exercise right? ;)

The fit test is made up of the below exercises.  50seconds on and 10 seconds rest.
Squat Jump - 32
Push Ups - 22
Burpees - 13
High Knees - 136
Switch Lunges - 22
Tuck Jumps - 18
Straight Abs - 31

I think that my results here are appalling and I almost considered not posting them on here.  I used to BodyRock pretty much every day and with all my life changes recently and having to move, BodyRock.Tv has taken a back seat.  Well, if ever there was motivation - here it is.  I need to get back to what I was.  No mucking around!  I am embarrassed that I only completed 136 high knees when I used to be able to power through 50 seconds and still feel strong at the end.

But, this is now my new starting point and hopefully I can get back to the same level of fitness fairly quickly.  With the right attitude, determination and motivation - I am going to smash this fit test in 30 days time.  Anyone else fancy a challenge?

Thigh High Thursday


It is becoming a tradition for me.  As the title of this post suggests, I tend to lean towards dressing around my thigh high socks when Thursday comes around.  Not sure why that is - there have been no complaints from work or anyone so I am going to run with it, till it gets old!
(or until I stop living out of my suitcase)

  • Blue sleeveless shirt from Primark
  • ASOS inverted cross necklace
  • Stussy skirt
  • ASOS thigh high socks
  • New Look ankle boots
  • H&M trench coat
  • ASOS fur snood
  • Stud ring from Oslo, Norway
How cute is little Oscar? He has had a cold for the last week and then pulled a muscle in his back.  On the count of three, all together.. 1.. 2...3... AWWWWWW..

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Chilly Tuesday


What a beautiful start to a frosty Tuesday morning.  The sunrise in London does not have a patch on what Sydney has to offer however, this is a pretty good effort.  Right?

Work is still pretty chilled this week.  I have managed to get my list of things to do down to a somewhat manageable amount, so I won't have a heart attack any time soon.  I hope!

I am still feeling very out of a routine right now.  I am loving where I am living and my wonderful friends, however living out of a suitcase is getting a little bit much.  I feel like I have been wearing the same clothes for months.  Which I have.  And I feel like I need more time in the morning to work out or even after work.  Since I have started going to the gym after work again, it means I don't get home till late.  Hopefully I will be able to sort myself out in the next few weeks and start moving forwards again :)

WOD
10mins cross trainer, random, level 14

Push ups 5 x 8 reps
Tricep press at 12kg
Cable 1 arm extension with L3 and L4
Tricep push down with 21kg
Incline DB curl with 8kg
Alternate DB curl with 10kg
BB curl 21's with 10kg
3 x 15 toe touches with medicine ball

After work:  4.29kms, 30mins, 108 meters climbed.
For some reason my shins were not sore when jogging on an incline so I made the most of it tonight! The incline never went below 3 and my speed stayed above 8 for the most of it.  I had to stop once because my towel fell off the treadmill and once I had hurdled over it on the way down, I then had to pick it up from the floor so no one else trod on it.  I think that must have looked pretty funny, to be honest!

Dinner was chicken similar to this recipe I posted a little while back.  Thank goodness for a quick and easy George Foreman Grill!  Steamed broccoli, carrots and cauliflower on the side.  Seasoned with salt and pepper of course!

What is the funniest thing that has happened to you on a treadmill?

Monday, 16 January 2012

Fresh Start Monday - 2 gym sessions!

What a good start to the week!  Even though I woke up feeling super down and flat, I managed to pick myself up by lunch time to really get stuck into lifting some weights.

WOD
10mins cross trainer, Random, Level 14 warm up
DB flys at 6kg
DB bench press at 12kg
Incline DB press at 10kg
Cable cross over at Level 3
3 x 20 toe touches with medicine ball
2 x planks

After work:  Modified walking treadmill workout as below from Peanut Butter Fingers.

Link to the Peanut Butter Fingers' original post is here.

This workout helped me cover a distance of around 1.98kms and I climbed around 190m.  My legs were feeling the burn so much I decided to jog at a speed or around 10 up to a distance of 2.5km.
If you want to get into cardio but are really unfit, or if you have an injury which is stopping you from running;  I really recommend getting on board with these incline treadmill workouts.  They are serious and I always feel like I have had a good burn afterwards.

My right leg is still really sore and I believe I may have run on my old running shoes for a few miles too many.  I believe I have the start of shin splints!  Darn!  So these next few weeks, walking and cross trainers will be my friend.  Might even get into the rowing as well as I love nothing more than attacking a rower with some decent tunes.

After leaving work I got home pretty late (and frozen).  But that didn't stop me from making some more protein muffins for the week.  Can't wait for snacking today!

What is your treadmill style? Do you mix it up or do you just try and thrash out a good time/distance?  Have you ever seen someone running backwards on a treadmill?

Super Food Salad

Tuesday last week I woke up feeling raring and ready to go! After arms day at the gym on Monday I was itching to get back into some cardio and just overall sweating it out.

Work has been a little less busy lately so I have felt like I am actually accomplishing something.  So why not continue that theme at the gym right?  Today I did my regular lunch time lifting routine and also went to the gym after work for some cardio.

Workout
Cross trainer warm up, random, level 14

DB flies with 6kg
Tricep dips
Cable cross over at L3
Seated military press with 8kg
Side lateral raise with 6kg
Front DB raise with 5kg
Hanging knee raises

After work:  walking treadmill workout and another 1km - total time 26.07mins.

This walking treadmill workout is no joke. I was sweaty as can be afterwards and really felt the burn in my legs.  Loved it and can't wait to do it again. I will post details of it online soon!


After work I met Ryan for dinner at Ben's Canteen in Clapham.  We enjoyed their Super Food Salad with the addition of chicken.  As you can see from the photo the salad consisted of eggs, lettuce, beetroot, squash and goats cheese.  Very tasty and just enough so you are full, but not sickly.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Asian Beef Salad with Soy Honey Sauce

This is an awesome recipe that we found in Men's Health magazine last month.  We tried it out during the week and found it to be a great success!  I am always up for spicing up a salad and adding some lean beef into the mix is a great idea.

Ingredients
1lb flank steak (or the leanest cut you can find in your supermarket
Salt and pepper to taste
2t honey (we used agave nectar)
1t hot sauce (you can use Tabasco, siriracha or any other kind you like)
1/2 t low sodium soy sauce
Juice of one lime
1/4 canola oil
1bag of watercress or other lettuce
1pint of cherry tomatoes
1 small red onion
1 avocado
1/2 cucumber

All you need to do is cook the steak through on the grill and then dice into small bite sized pieces.  Then while the beef is cooking, or at least simmering, make up your sauce with the honey, hot sauce, lime juice and a pinch of pepper.  Prepare the other ingredients as you usually would with a salad to taste, combine and then you are done!


This was merely the first spoonful that went onto my plate.  The addition of beef into the salad made sure it was a hearty meal and left me feeling fuller for longer after a usual salad.  I am definitely going to play around with this recipe and sauce and try a few modifications.  I have been inspired to create more warm salads ;)  I hope you have too!

My cute wedges!

Tuesday I decided to wear my cute new wedges.  One of the perks of working for a footwear company right?  Awesome new shoes, most of the time.

I love the colour of my wedges, however I actually don't really have anything in my wardrobe that goes well with them.  Except my purple maxi skirt, but it's winter and totally the wrong season to be wearing that.  I decided that leopard print was the way forward.
  • Lacoste Leren shoes
  • One teaspoon animal print racer back tank
  • H&M cardigan
  • H&M lace cami
  • ASOS inverted cross necklace
  • Religion leather jacket (not pictured)
  • ASOS fur snood (not pictured)
I think I need to start encoprorating more colour into my wardrobe.  Black has always been my comfort colour and to be honest, it scares me when I try and dress differently.  

Do you have a comfort colour?  Or do the colours you wear change with the seasonal trends?

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Making the change from KM to MI

Saturday morning I made the decision to change my Nike + application from kms to miles.  Big call -  I know.  But I figured, I lot of the internet community on both Tumblr and other blogs use miles and refer to their pace times in miles so it makes it easier to judge where I am at with my progress etc.

For example, the amazing Skinny Runner can run a marathon with a pace under 7:30min per mile.  That is insanely fast for me and I am sure I could only bust out a few miles at that pace, before crippling over and dying.

 So as you can see, my pace for the mere 3.35miles I did on Saturday was around 8:38per mile.  This wasn't a push for me and I feel like I could have gone faster, however I experienced some pain in my left calf muscle and there was a totally gnarly head wind.  Again.  I am so sick of running into the wind! However, in saying that, I haven't had a dream that I was struggling to move for a while...

You know I spent 10mins in this position when I got back from my run.  I swear by it.  Ass to the wall.  Feet in the air.  You need to get on this bandwagon if you are a runner ;) Trust me!

Lunch today was another tuna, cucumber and light mayonnaise pressed sandwich.  On the side was more cucumber, cherry tomatoes and light cottage cheese.   I actually ate two of the toasted sandwiches.  I was a hungry hungry hippo!

Later in the evening I made some Chocolate Protein Muffins for the week ahead.  They are always a winner in my book and I hope that Robbie and Ryan love them as well!

 Dinner was a smoothie ;)  Oh how I have missed you!  Just before Christmas I made a trip to my storage unit and while picking up a few other things, I bought my smoothie maker back to the house as well.  Agghhh.... heaven!  My smoothie was an old favorite.

1 small banana
4 ice cubes
Alpro light soy milk
1T Whole earth crunchy organic peanut butter
1T Agave nectar
1 scoop PHD protein powder
1t Flax seeds

Right... Now to get on with the day ;)

What is your favorite after run stretch?  Do you make sure you take the time to stretch after every workout?

Monday, 9 January 2012

Pork Stir Fry for dinner

After spending the day running errands and walking the boys, I was pretty keen for dinner to come around.  While Robbie was cooking we made a snack to tie us over.

 
Peanut butter and celery has quickly become a snack of choice in this house. The only problem for me is that it quickly becomes 99% peanut butter and 1% celery.  The celery is a mere vessel for peanut butter to get into my mouth....  Make sure you are careful of that ;)

Robbie made us a lovely stir fry of diced lean pork, mixed veggies, apples and a light soy/agave nectar sauce. We used a prepackaged stir fry mix which you can also see here.


We had quite a few apples in the house and they were a last minute, yet tasty addition.  It was one of those meals where you want a little bit of everything on your fork before you put it into your mouth.

The apples were added to the wok 5mins before it was ready for serving.  We didn't want the soy sauce to overtake the apple flavor (as this was our first time incorporating apples into a stir fry) so we were a little nervous.  It turned out perfectly though.


Dessert was some Fage 0% Greek yogurt, blue berries, a prune and some agave nectar.  Just about quenched that sweet craving I tend to get after my evening meal.


What is the most random thing you have ever put into a meal?  How do you quench your craving for sweet food and still stay healthy?

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Is it ok to wear a leather skirt to work? YES!

This year I have decided that I would like to pay more attention to my appearance, especially at work.  I always make sure that I look nice, but this year I would like to take pride and take risks in what I wear.  I would like to make sure every day when I leave my room, I can look in the mirror and feel confident.

I am lucky enough to be able to wear whatever I want to work so this should be fairly easy.... Right?  I actually think that this isn't a problem with my clothes, I just need to wash my hair more often ;) I always feel manky when I have my hair up in a pony tail.  This is roughly 2-3 days per week!


Do you have to wear a certain "look" to work?  Do you take risks with what you wear every day?

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A lazy exercise Saturday...

Last weekend I had the best day ever with food and lazy exercise.  I took the boys for a jog/walk (no interval training for them today!) and then came home for a healthy lunch.

 
Not a bad pace for the little guys.  Especially when you take into considering their walking habits.
If a bus goes past on a busy street and it is loud, they sit down.
If we see another dog on our path, then they of course have to go and investigate and say hi.
If there are people walking in the opposite direction they sit down and watch them go past.  So cute!

This has to be the best juice ever.  Two apples and one carrot went into the juicer and MAGIC came out.  Honestly, this would probably be one drink I could drink for the rest of my life.  If you have a juicer at home, please do yourself a favor and try this one.

Lunch was a wholewheat tuna and light cheese pressed sandwich with left over cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and zucchini (courgette if you are English).

Seeing all these veggies again is making my mouth water. I love to season steamed veggies just with a little bit of salt and lots of pepper.  The little bit of cheese in the tuna sandwich made it feel so naughty, but overall this lunch was super healthy.

Do you tend to eat better or worse over the weekend?  Do you crave things that you wouldn't usually crave, like sugary things?

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins - from BodyBuilding.com


I decided to try and make the awesome Turkey Meatloaf Muffins, found on BodyBuilding.com.  Basically, they kind of look like glorified rissols (if you are Australian) so right away they appealed to me.
Ingredients
I didn't have all the spices listed above, but I did the best I could and mixed it up a little bit.  I added some curry powder and more garlic along with some cayenne pepper.

This is quite possibly one of the grossest sensations you can experience.  Mixing minced meat with your hands.  Remember to take your watch and rings off because it gets everywhere..

The recipe calls for two pounds of meat but I only had one so I halved everything and hoped for the best.

 Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Spray muffin pan with canola or olive oil.

  3. Mix all your ingredients together in one large bowl.

  4. Roll the mixture into balls and place in muffin pan. Muffins should be about the size of a racquetball.

  5. Bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Makes 12 muffins.

    Serving Size:
    Women: 2 muffins
    Men: 4 muffins
    Calories:
    80
    Fats:
    2 grams
    Carbs:
    4 grams
    Protein:
    11 grams

Enjoy!