Unfaithful

So i have been slightly unfaithful to this blog.. i have got back into my fitness a little bit, i only did 1 workout last week but it was my ‘time of the month’ and i just get so exhausted its unbelievable! This week i have done one (yesterday) and i’m a bit unsure about whether to count it as a workout. You see, i did a different workout DVD, that i haven’t done in ages.

Now sometimes i do the ‘cardio’ section from this, but being only around 15-20 mins long, i never feel i work hard enough. So yesterday, i decided to follow it up with the ‘toning’ section.

Well, i nearly died.
Honestly.
I don’t remember it being that hard, i had to switch it off not even half way through.. bad!

So, i did work hard, i felt it and i bloody feel it today! My bootie and my back/arms muscles definitely worked.

But because i switched it off not even half way through, i feel like i failed. What’s your take on it?

On the food note, i haven’t really been watching what i eat at all. You see, we’re pretty skint right now.. and it’s SO hard to eat well on no money, no matter what anyone says. So i’ve been eating whatever we can afford really. Its bad but i don’t feel too horrible about it because i know its not my choice. I love to eat healthy, i love to be healthy and i would CHOOSE to be healthy, but its not feasible at the moment and i don’t really Β have a choice right now, i’ve got to make do.

I just got in from grocery shopping and just wanted to share a few ‘new’ products to me and my shopping trolley.

First up, these blue diamond spicy BBQ almonds! I always see these on other blogs, mainly american girlies, so i was excited to see these and just bought them because of that reason! I’m sure they’ll make a yummy snack though!

And these wholegrain crisps! YUM! A little way to make my lunches/snacks healthier and get my wholegrains πŸ™‚

Lastly, on the baking front, i’m super excited to make a breakfast oat cake Β prettyΒ soon!

What’s your fav thing to eat for breakfast?

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14 day count down!

I’m really knuckling down now, it’s 14 days until we jet off to turkey, for our first holiday together. We’re going with my boyfriend’s mum and sister but it will still be great! πŸ™‚

Somehow, i’ve got my motivation back! Reading all your blogs really helps me and gets me going! So today marks my first day. I forgot to weigh myself this morning but i’ll do it tomorrow!

Pre workout;Β 

Toast with pb and jam, coffee and water. (unpictured) @ 7:15am

Workout @ 8:40am.


Section ‘Cardio blitz’ from Hannah dvd-20 mins including warm up & intervals, i was SWEATING! Abs sections from Vicky dvd!

Breakfast/Post-workout @ 9am

A good start to my first day i think πŸ™‚ i’m pretty happy!
I’m working 11am-8pm today so i made use of my morning rather than staying in bed or lazing around! I’ve packed a lunch and snacks to take with me;

Couscous, tuna in oil and sweetcorn! Yummy! πŸ™‚

Snacks; Baked crisps, a square of chocolate and some dried apricots. I’ve also got Β a nature valley bar if i ‘need’ it πŸ˜‰

Because i’m working late, Warren will probably eat before i’m home and i’ll grab a salad on the way home! I don’t like eating heavy when it’s late, i get that ‘sicky’ feeling the morning after!

 

What do you take for packed lunches? Any ideas for healthy balanced snacks?

p.s happy april fools day!

Losing the way.

I feel i have lost my way lately. With this blog, healthy eating and life in general. I haven’t been watching what i eat or working out. I’ve put on a whole stone from when i feel i was ‘happy’ with my body. It’s making me feel down because i don’t feel happy in my own skin. I don’t feel attractive, i don’t feel like going out and i don’t really have an excitement for life. Now don’t get me wrong, i know i’m not huge. But i’m not happy either and that’s what bothers me more than what my number on the scales is.

Janetha posted an amazing post the other day, and you just have to read that to see what i’m trying to say about slacking.

I have no motivation to workout or eat healthy really. I’m feeling like everything’s a chore and i’m way too tired to even care. It’s annoying me (and the bf) because i just feel so down all the time and don’t want to do anything. I need to snap out of it and get some energy back!!

 

Here’s what i think is contributing to my lack of motivation and energy:

-Not having a work life balance. I work long hours and i’m often tired so on my days off, i just want to rest and not do anything.

-I don’t get much fresh air. I drive and get the bus to work then i’m in a hot spa all day and then i got home, cook and go to bed.

-I’m eating the wrong type of foods and too much of it. My general meals are ok but snacks and bad!

-I think of a workout as a chore, no to de-sress and me time. I feel rushed to get a workout in so i don’t bother.

-I’d rather stay in bed and cuddle than get up early to workout.

 

So i’m trying to change these things. I’m starting to change the way i think and feel. Here was breakfast this morning;

2x weetabix, a handful of clusters, soya milk, cinnamon and soya yogurt. Also a mug of coffee unpictured.
I then took the dogs out for a few minutes and took some deep breaths of fresh air!

Today i’m going to focus on being happier πŸ™‚

 

Any tips for motivation? How do you get out when you’re stuck in a rut?

Analyse my diet!

So today i had a day off and decided to snap everything i ate. I’m going on holiday to Turkey on the 14th April and i really want to have a bikini body to be comfortable in. I thought giving you an insight of my days eat would help you give me some advice on what i can change to get bikini ready!

Baring in mind, yesterday i had my braces changed and so i’m finding it difficult to chew and bite down, therefore i have to eat ‘soft’ foods for a few days!

I started the day with some oats, 1 sliced banana, full fat soya milk, cinnamon and low fat peanut butter.

i love the way it melts, mmm!

I left a good hour to digest this and guzzle down a litre of water. I then did a small workout. Just a 10 min warm up, 15 min cardio workout and 10 minutes abs & cool down. All from this DVD, which i LOVE! I’m easing in the exercise slowly, so i don’t become exhausted in the first week. I’m planning to do this quick workout every other day, then increase it.

After my workout, i took a long shower and then it was lunch time!

I had sausages in the fridge that needed cooking, i cooked them all and then used 2 to make a sandwich for my lunch, with ketchup and wholemeal bread! πŸ™‚ Probably my favourite thing to eat..

I also had a coffee and a go ahead oat bar after my sandwich.

For my afternoon snack i had a small bowl of soggy cereal with soya milk.

A mix of shreddies and cornflakes. yummy!

When Warren got home from work, we decided to have a go at making a mexican omelet.

Recipe to come, it was delicious, i had 2nd helpings!

 

From analysing my diet i can see;

– It’s very carb heavy (even though it’s mainly wholegrains),
– It’s really lacking in fruit and vegetables,
– I could do with some protein packed snacks, instead of sweet carbs.

 

Do you have any ideas how to improve my diet? Any protein packed snack ideas (suitable for my lactose intolerance)?

A sunday kind of breakfast.

Only a Sunday deserves an extra big, yummy breakfast, especially when it’s a working Sunday!

First course…

Cornflakes, cheerios and oat parcels with blueberries and soya milk.

Second course..

Coffee with 2 slices seeded bread, spread with PB and lemon curd. Delicious!

This definitely filled me up and lasted me throughout my 6 hour day!

Do you eat a different breakfast on the weekend? What’s your favourite weekend breakfast?

P-p-p PIZZA!

So yesterday was day one of shredding and i made pizza for dinner! My eating was good, and my pizza was extra good! Lawrence loved his and wanted a second one! (he didnt get it!) Next time i could rustle up some chips with his!

It was pretty simple, i just topped a tortilla wrap (it wasn’t wholewheat though, woops!) with some tomato puree and a sprinkling of parsley, i then added some sauteed yellow pepper, mushrooms and spinach (L just had pepper) and topped with slices of pre-cooked chicken and a grating of reduced fat mozerella cheese. Voila!

(sorry for crappy iphone pics, L took my camera home to charge overnight so i should get it today all nice and charged :D)

Then just grilled it until the side of the tortilla went crispy and the cheese melted.

Soo yummy and i’m not even a big fan of pizza! πŸ™‚ Lawrence was sceptical about the tortilla wrap, but he loved it! (and so did i) Where it crisps up around the edge is super tasty!

Lawrence’s was a little less colourful


.. just tomato puree, yellow pepper, chicken and lotsa bbq sauce πŸ˜‰ (he hates cheese! *gasp*)

You should definately try these!! Go, now! πŸ™‚

As for today, i’ve had my breakfast that didn’t include peanut butter, shock horror!! I had hot banana yogoats topped with cinnamon and maple syrup πŸ˜‰ and am now waiting for it to digest before i start shredding it. I can already feel it in my thighs and calves after yesterday, they hurt! Today, i know i will feeeeeel the burn! πŸ™‚

I’ll drink up my definity shake after shredding and have 2 kiwis and a teeny bowl of cereal. Lunch…Β  a Sausage & cheese wrap.. with a protein muffin & PB for lunch dessert. (First attempt wasn’t too good)

Today is Friday, which i am pleased about in one way (its the weekend soon woooo!) and not so pleased in another way (Friday is my late shift, i don’t finished until 7:30 & don’t get a breakΒ  😦 Standing for 6.5 hours is pretty boring!!) So i’ve packed up 2 snacks to eat throughout the afternoon, a definity crisp bar and 2/3 of fage 0% with 1/2 banana, some black grapes and 1 sq crumbled dark chocolate. Yummy!! I may eat 1/2 bowl of Covent Garden’s winter vegetable soup (soo good and high protein!) when i get home, depends if i am hungry or not! I’ll probably just want to collapse in my bed πŸ™‚

Have a good Friday bloggers!

Little Miss Piggy!

Yesterday i was so hungry!! I think it was because i did 30 mins aerobics and then some abs work and then straight onto my weights. Usually i do my weights and cardio on different days or one in the morning, one at night, not the whole lot together!

For breakfast, i had the usually oats with banana and peanut butter, but i tried it with a dollop of greek yogurt.

I’m not sure how i feel about it, i didn’t mix the yogurt in so it tasted a bit sour when i had that part! Maybe i should mix it all together next time!? I also added my banana in half way through the cooking time, instead of just sliced on top at the end-oh what a difference!! Definately nicer with cooked banana!
After my cardio and weights workout, i had my usually greek yogurt and th eother 1/2 my banana but i crumbled my first ever protein bar into it!


This beauty was spotted in a health food store which i went into just to have a look. Needless to say because i had no money on me, it was an awesome shop and i wanted to buy everything! So my mum gave me the money to buy just one of these to try it! I thought it was ok, but being my first ever protein bar i didn’t know what to expect- it tasted a little weird at first but i got used to it and by the time i came to have the other half in the evening, i loved it! I plan to go back there tomorrow because i’m sure i saw some Almond butter waiting to be sold πŸ˜‰

I think i was really thirsty after my workout and i didn’t drink enough, because i was craving cold milk! I should have just made a milkshake but being little miss pigy, i had a bowl of cereal and 2 kiwis!

I then had a second lunch! Geez!! What a fatty! Lol!I had a ham, cucumber and pickle sandwich.


I wouldn’t usually eat this much but i knew i had a dentist appointment straight after work at 5:10pm! Obviously i was at work so i couldn’t clean my teeth, so i didn’t have anything to eat from 12pm when i had my lunch before work, until about 6pm when i got home from the dentist! And i was quite hungry! I had the other half my protein bar, a lemon mousse and a spoon of peanut butter (naughty having 2 in one day!) and low and behold an empty pot!


I know some of you girls get excited about this but i don’t understand why. Why do you put your oats in it? Help me out girlies!!

The boyfriend was around after i had the dentist so i cooked something he wanted; Chicken Kievs! We had them with chips but i had a load of veggies (broccoli, green beans, peas and cauliflower) and a dollop of extra light mayo (we had no ketchup, shock horror!) too!


I really want to try to make my own chicken kievs one day, because i know they’re pretty calorific and fattening! These were a lower fat brand so they weren’t too bad i guess. It was then off to the supermarket for some late night shopping! I wasn’t hungry when i got back but the boyfriend brought some new cinnamon cereals so i had to try them! A bit of a food overload yesterday! Today is going to be alot better! I’ve already had my breakfast, and i’m shortly off for a practise driving test! Ahhh!! not long to go until my real one!!