Ok… MIA for a couple of days…

Days 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 14… Where did that 5 days go?

At the moment with all the studying that I am doing, finding time in my day to write is difficult, but I will continue to try.

The last 5 days have been a little up and down – I have started devoting my lunch time quietness to studying instead of working out. While remaining active and healthy is important to me, so is the qualifications that I am chasing at the moment. And, well, if you know me, then you know the list of qualifications keeps growing (that’s a story for another time)

The next couple of weeks is going to be insane – Engagement party, my daughter’s 3rd birthday, finishing off assessment pieces, clinic hours…..

So I’m going to keep this post short and sweet – My eating has been ok, not perfect, but what is perfection. I listen to a bunch of pod casts, and the one thing that has stuck in my mind from one was that I dont want to create an unhealthy environment of eating for my daughter – So occasionally we will have some ice-cream together 🙂 and thats ok! Balance, not perfection. You are all HUMAN! And ice-cream tastes good!!

I have scheduled some time at the end of the week to do a weekly recap… Hopefully life doesnt take over too much 🙂

Day 7 and 8…

Time for a recap…
The last couple of days have been hard. I had a pinched sciatic nerve, which pretty much rendered me useless. I have had a couple of rest days, and a massage (such a shame I couldn’t give myself the massage)…

Today (day 9) I am hoping to get back out into the garage and do something light, nothing crazy and get some intentional movement happening.

Day 7 – Food wise things have been going well. Changing habits that you have let back in is hard. But I am getting there.
Breakfast – Banana, blueberry smoothie, some bacon and a coffee.. ahhh bliss! I love smoothies, they are simple and easy to make, they aren’t time consuming and you can put a whole heaps of things into them and they are just delicious.

In my banana blueberry smoothie I put:
1 banana
1 handful of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup full fat greek yogurt
Almond milk
Some Manuka honey
BLEND 🙂
Lunch: I had a chicken salad.
Dinner: Steak with salad and homemade chips..

Why does eating healthy have to be hard? Why does it have to be boring? Oh wait, it isn’t 😉

Day 8 –
For the last couple of months I have been getting a Goodness Me Box (http://www.goodnessmebox.com). This month there is a variety of things to try. One thing that I was pretty eager to try was the Henry Jones & Co. Fruit & Chia Seed. The one in the box was Raspberry and Chia seed. It tastes amazing!

Breakfast: I made some simple Vanilla Overnight Oats and added 2 teaspoons of the Raspberry and Chia – BEST.BREAKFAST!!!

Lunch: I renamed yesterday Comfort Food Tuesday – The weather here, in Canberra was disgusting. It rained all day. Work was particularly tough (thats another story, for another time) so I made my Nana’s recipe, Tuna Casserole. It’s an all time favourite of mine. I had it with pasta and it was glorious!

Dinner: I continued the Comfort Food Tuesday theme, and had the left over bit of Tuna Casserole.

Exciting things are happening. I am studying away, and have set up a Facebook page for my Massage Clients and availability. Eventually the page will change with all the other studying I am doing, but its just so exciting I had to share.

Happy Hump Day 🙂

Day 4, 5 and 6 Recap…

Well… The body has a funny way of telling us things.

Friday (Day 4) I was so excited to try Bikram Yoga – Turns out my body had other ideas. Maybe I have been over-doing it a little lately. Studying like a crazy women, working, etc, etc. Friday afternoon I hurt myself. This was clearly my body telling me to slow down. I am always go, go, go, and sometimes I definitely push myself beyond my limits sometimes. So I have spent the last few days resting. Which means no Bikram Yoga on Friday 😦

Even though I didn’t get to do Bikram, I still made sure that I ate well –
Day 4
Breakfast: Omelette with Bacon, mushroom and spinach.
Lunch: Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
Dinner: Burrito Bowl with sweet potato chips.
I also had a very delicious banana, some cashew butter and an orange for an afternoon snack.

Day 5:
I did a good job on my back. I had to cancel work for today 😦 and I was definitely feeling very down about that, and it shows in the food choices that I made.
I don’t tend to eat a lot of gluten as it makes me feel bloated and sometimes can effect my PCOS symptoms.
Breakfast: 2 slices of sourdough with vegemite, avocado, and poached eggs (don’t knock the avocado and vegemite til you have tried it)
Lunch: 2 slices of sourdough with peanut butter (not the healthy kind, the kind that is packed full of sugar/salt and is absolutely delicious)
Dinner: We went to my mum’s house for dinner. My mum is one of those people that gets up every Saturday morning and goes to the local Farmer’s Market. There is a gentleman there that sells homemade pizzas. This is what I had for dinner 🙂

Day 6:
Breakfast: I woke up this morning, and was still bloated and feeling blergh from all the gluten that I had eaten yesterday. I had a glass of Lemon Water, and then had a coffee about an hour later.
Lunch: Roast Chicken salad – Perfect fresh lunch on this beautiful spring day.
Dinner: Roast Beef with Salad.
Today’s choices were a lot better.
I reflected on the happenings of Saturday and there is nothing I would change, I enjoyed my meals, and its not something that I do very ofter.

No meaningful exercise this weekend. Nerve pain, as I have learnt a few times this year is crippling. And its safe to say, that I would rather give birth then have nerve pain… This is going to effect any exercise that I have planned for the next week, so Im thinking some light walks in the afternoon/evening… Nothing to crazy!

Day 7 tomorrow, and I am hoping that I will wake up in slightly less pain.. Fingers crossed x

Day 3…

Well Day 3 was technically yesterday, but I didn’t get a lot of spare time yesterday to blog.

I took yesterday as a rest day. It’s safe to say that my body has taken a bit of a beating in terms of workouts this last couple of days.
Tonight though (day 4) I am going to go and try out Bikram Yoga (This should be interesting)…

Yesterday’s delicious food was…
Breakfast: Overnight Blueberry Oats – Pretty simple stuff. I use 1/2 a cup of Organic Rolled Oats, with 1/4 cup of almond milk, 1/4 cup full-fat greek yogurt, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, and a handful of frozen blueberries. Pop it all into a container, mix it up,, and leave it in the fridge overnight. Delish!

Lunch: I had left overs from dinner. I reheated the chicken and made a salad with some fresh lettuce, tomato, avocado, onion, capsicum, feta and popped a little homemade mayo in as well.. Good to go!

Dinner: I have stumbled across some really quick and easy Jamie Oliver recipes. The husband loves the Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry, and to be honest I am happy to cook it and eat it*

*Please note that my views on food have changed a little. I am not fully paleo/primal, I eat wheat, and gluten, and dairy sometimes. It’s delicious! This recipe does contain Hokkein Noodles.. I love them, and I believe that eating things occasionally won’t hurt 😉

Stay tuned for the update about Bikram Yoga 🙂

Day 2…

Well so far so good.

I started the day with a small green smoothie (which I had to share with my daughter – This kid, won’t eat salad, but will drink a salad, strange). I followed this up with a coffee, and some scrambled eggs. Perfect ☺

Lunch was Bolognese sauce with steamed zucchini noodles. Leftovers. I find it easier to cook extra at dinner time and eat it for lunch the next day.

Dinner… We tried something new tonight. Coriander Lime Chicken with a fresh salad.
The recipe was so easy, a couple of chicken breasts, a lime zested and juiced, a clove of garlic mince, some chopped coriander, and oil. Mix it all together, cook it in the oven at 180*C til the chicken is cooked through.

I was still a little peckish after dinner so I have some greek yogurt, and strawberries. Delish! Perfect way to end the day…

The food was such an easy thing today. I find that when I work out it is easier to eat healthy. Maybe its because I don’t see food in the same way after I have worked out. I see food as fuel. And well premium fuel makes a car run better.

The workout today was a tough one. Having only just gotten back into training seriously the last couple of days my muscles are sore.

WOD
Strength:
5 Front squats every 2:30 minutes, increasing the load with each set.

Conditioning:
4 minute AMRAP
10 Box Jumps
10 Pull Ups
– Rest 4 minutes-
4 minute AMRAP
5 burpees
5 thrusters
– Rest 4 minutes –
4 minute AMRAP
30 Double Unders
10 Sit-ups.

Killer.

60 Day…

A 60 day challenge. No, that’s not the right word for it. A 60 day reset. Hmm, that could work. 60 days of working on treating my body with a little more respect, and the temple that is it… Yep! That works!

I don’t like the word challenge it suggests a competition. This is by no means a competition. It shouldn’t be a challenge to be healthy, to get moving and be active, so that why is 60 days of respecting my body.

Around this time of year there seems to be a influx of get fit in 8 weeks, lose that belly and be bikini ready by summer post on Facebook, and I tend to see it more now that I am devoting a lot of time to learning about fitness and health. But that’s not why I am doing this 60 days. I don’t care if I will look sexy in a bikini, because quite frankly, I wouldn’t wear a bikini. I’m dedicating this 60 days to getting back into good habits, habits that I seem to have lost over the last 10 months.

Day 1 was yesterday (07 October), and to be honest it went really well.
Breakfast consisted of a small green smoothie – I have to share it with my daughter. She loves them. A coffee and 2 scrambled eggs. This is actually enough to keep me going, surprisingly.

I trained before lunch – That’s the part where I am lucky. I own my own CrossFit gear, and I work at home. So if I don’t manage to get up early in the morning for whatever reason, I can train at lunch.
My workout consisted of:
Strength:
5 Dead lifts every 2:30minutes, increasing the weight with each set.
Conditioning:
3 RFT (Round For Time)
300m Row
15 Hand release push ups
25 Kettle Bell Swings.

Done. Short. Sweet. Simple.

Lunch: I eat leftovers from dinner usually. So yesterday’s lunch consisted of Chicken parmigiana, with a fresh garden salad.

Dinner: Bolognese sauce with steamed zucchini noodles.

I’m going to try and post daily, and keep a journal of what I am up to, what I have eaten what I have done exercise wise. I am hoping to incorporate some different things on days where I’m not doing CrossFit, maybe some swimming and yoga.

Watch this space.. 🙂

So… I haven’t posted in a while…

It’s true, I have been a bit slack of late with my blog. Thats not to say that I haven’t thought about putting a post or two up, it’s just time consuming.

So because I haven’t shared anything for a while.. Here is the delicious breakfast that I had this morning 🙂

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– 2 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces.
– 1 1/2 cups of Milk (I used Almond Milk)
– 1 1/2 cups of water
– 1 cup of steel cut oats (I didn’t have steel cut, I just used normal rolled oats)
– 2 tbsp Honey, Maple Syrup or sweetener of choice (I used Manuka Honey)
– 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Method:
Grease your slow cooker – I used a small amount of butter. If you don’t grease it then you are going to have a fun time trying to clean the oats off your slow cooker.
Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, stir, and place on low for 7 hours/overnight..
Wake up, and your breakfast is ready. Top with chopped nuts, maple syrup, additional milk or even butter. I had a splash of milk and a drizzle of Maple syrup. It was like eating Apple Pie for breakfast

– Enjoy –