A Day In The Life of Me…

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Since starting CrossFit and eating healthy, I have had my fair share of people who will make comments about these changes. Not so much negative comments, but a lot of comments about how they don’t know how I do it all. It got me thinking, maybe I should dedicate a post to what a day looks like for me.

No better day then today.

04:50am – Alarm 1. Usually when this alarm goes off, I press snooze, because 5 minutes of lying there in the serene quietness of my house is bliss. 

04:55am – Alarm 2. GET UP! Get ready, get out the door and drive to the gym. I am lucky that my gym is a mere 4 minutes down the road so I am never late (usually).

05:00am – CrossFit Session (Please note workouts vary, tomorrow will be different)

Todays workout:

Tabata Warm Up – Jump Squats

                               – Sit Ups

Tabata: 20 seconds work, 10 seconds transition, 8 rounds. Stretch

Strength –

5×5 Tempo Back Squats. 5 seconds down, 5 seconds up. 1 second pause between reps. Concentrate of form.

Conditioning –

14 minute AMRAP

9m Plate Push 15kg

12 pullups

15 Overhead Kettle Bell Swings

30 Double Under

AMRAP: As Many Rounds As Possible.

Stretch and rollout cooldown.

 

06:30 – Home, Shower, dress. Get breakfast for myself and my 2 year old daughter, Aubree. Dress Aubree.

07:30 – Do any cleaning that needs to be done. This usually consists of picking up toys, making the beds, putting on a load of washing and sometimes some studying.

08:00 – Start work. 5 days a week I care for 3 other children in my own home for 9 hours a day. This involves feeding them, changing nappies, playing games, doing arts and crafts, taking them to the park.

While they sleep between the hours of 12:00pm – 2:00pm I study. Currently I am finishing my Certificate III in Children’s Services, and come the 13th of February I will be back at the Canberra Institute of Technology finishing my Certificate III in Fitness, 2 nights a week.

5:00pm – Finish work. Start cooking dinner, clean up all the days mess – toys, food, take the rubbish out.

6:00pm – Dinner

7:00pm – Finish the cleaning, bath Aubree and get her ready for bed.

8:00pm – Get gym stuff ready. Put Aubree to bed.

9:00pm – Bed.

I am by no means a superwoman. I just try and manage my time well and get as much done in my waking hours as possible.

There is no excuse for me anymore… I give myself that time in the mornings so that I can care for others.

Make sure you make time for yourself – This is the most important thing. 

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Granola and Muesli Bars

Yesterday I got busy in the kitchen. Yes, it’s true I probably should have been doing my Child Care workbooks, but instead while the kidlets slept I did some cooking. There comes a time when pancakes and eggs no longer work for me, and I start to want cereal. I was never a big cereal eater when I was younger, but a bowl of porridge here and there, or maybe some Sustain every now and then was something that I looked forward too. 

Now that I don’t really eat that anymore, I felt like I was missing something with my breakfasts. Occasionally in winter I will probably have a bowl of porridge, because well, its yummy with cream and brown sugar 😉

I’ve tried a lot of different ‘Paleo’ granola recipes, but never really found one that I liked or that was the right kind of flavours for me. Thats when I started experimenting with didn’t mixtures. I’m pretty sure the mixture I have now is perfect (for me anyway)… Try it, adjust it, make it work for you….

Paleo Granola

Ingredients:

– 500g Raw Mixed Nuts (My local Coles supermarket has a scoop and weigh station, the nut selection that I choose has almonds, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, macadamias, walnuts and probably more, but it does NOT have peanuts)

– 1 cup in total of dried fruit – This version I just made I had apricots and cranberries, but sometimes I mixed it up and add dried blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, like I said its completely up to you.

– ½ cup almond meal

– ½ cup pumpkin seeds/pepitas

– ½ cup coconut flakes

– ½ unsweetened dessicated coconut

-2 tbsp chia seeds

– 5tbsp of honey

– ½ cup coconut oil, melted

Method:

Preheat over to 160

In a food processor, crush the nuts to a mixture of sizes. You want a mix, but don’t over crush it otherwise you will end up with a mixed nut crumb.

Once the nuts are crushed, pour into a bowl and put the apricots in the processor and chop them til they are at a desirable size (if you are using dried fruit that is already similar in size to your crushed mixed nuts then don’t worry about chopping them in the food processor) – I try and make them roughly the same size as the cranberries. Add the dried fruit to the crushed nuts.

Place the coconut oil and honey in a saucepan and melt over a low heat, you want it to just be melted, not simmering or boiling.

While the coconut oil and honey are melting, add all the other ingredients to the nuts and dried fruit. This is a personal preference thing, if you like more coconut, add a little more coconut, if you would like more dried fruit, add some more 🙂

Once the coconut oil and honey are melted, pour over the top of the nuts and mix well. (To make muesli bars divide mixture into two even amounts.)

Place in the oven – You will need to watch the mixture, and mix it every 5 minutes or so until it is nicely browned on all sides. Cooking time can vary depending on your oven. It usually takes mine about 15 minutes to be completely done. After cooking allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.

Serve with almond milk, or coconut milk, coconut yogurt or greek yogurt – The choice is yours. I have mine with a little almond milk and a fresh banana.

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Muesli Bars

Snack choices are pretty limited for me. A can of tuna, some mixed nuts, a piece of fruit. I don’t eat a lot of snacks, because quite frankly my meals are pretty decent so I don’t need them, but sometimes I’m a little peckish mid morning. After I made the raw granola mix yesterday I decided I would try something with half the mix… Here is the result.

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Method:

Once the mixture is divided into 2 equal lots, in a saucepan combine 2 tbsp of your nut butter of choice (I used cashew butter) and 1 tbsp of coconut oil, melt over low heat.

Stir this through you muesli bar mixture. 

Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spread mixture into tray an push down. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes until the coconut oil sets the bars. Remove from baking tray and cut into desired size (Mine are cut into bite size pieces)

 

Enjoy 🙂

Mexican Maddness on a Sunday…

There is nothing quite like a delicious Mexican meal. Its probably one of my favourite cuisines, all the salsa, and guacamole, how could you go wrong.

Gearing up for a semi Whole30 tomorrow, I thought I would get into the swing of things before I kicked off, so for the last couple of days I have been semi Whole30’ing. I have spent this weekend before going back to work tomorrow preparing for the week ahead, a big grocery shop next weekend and lots of different meals to try.

Dinner tonight was a recipe from the lovely realmomkitchen.com .

Doing the Whole30 thing, we didn’t have tortillas, and I cut back on the spices because hubby isn’t a spicy food kinda guy.

So here is what I did…

Ingredients:
– 500g Lean Chicken breast, sliced.
– 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted.
– 1/2 Tsp Chilli Powder.
– 1 1/2 Tsp Cumin.
-1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder.
– 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano.
– 1 can Diced Organic Tomatoes.
– 1 medium size Capsicum, chopped.
– 1 medium brown Onion, sliced.

Toppings – Tomato Salsa, Guacamole.

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

2. Place sliced chicken strips into a bowl, combine with oil, chilli powder, cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well (Use your hands, as long as they are clean, this way you are able to get the spices all over the chicken)

3. Pour into a baking dish, sprinkle over the sliced onion, and capsicum. Pour over can of tomato and give it a little mix.

4. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

I served ours with cos lettuce leaves and the salsa and guacamole.

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Here is the recipe for the Tomato salsa, and Guacamole.. Enjoy.

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