Monday, 29 September 2014

another weekend... in the gym #27

FOOD

Meals 2 & 3 from Tuesday... yes, there's another 4!!

Just over a week into my new meal plan and I'm loving it! I'm never hungry or feeling deprived -  most of the meals are an absolute treat and some days I can only manage to eat 5 out of 6 meals! The Kung Pao chicken is my favourite so far. It's basically chicken & veg cooked in a spicy peanut sauce and tastes so freaking good! Having something other than porridge for breakfast is still weird. I've been eating it every morning for a couple of years now so consuming a tower of protein pancakes or a turkey omelette first thing in the morning is taking a bit of getting used to! There's been a good deal of time consuming meal prep involved but it should be easier this week as I cooked up big batches and froze them ready to defrost the night before. I won't find out if it's made any difference to my body composition for a few weeks yet but my belly is feeling much better, less bloated/irritated. I'm off to a good start I think... even the protein shakes and instant oats are growing on me!

EXERCISE


Monday - Yoga.
Tuesday - Kettlebells & Metafit.
Wednesday - Rest day.
Thursday - Insanity.
Friday - Weights.
Saturday - The Beast Race!!
Sunday - A well earned rest day.

Took it easier this week in prep for Saturday's Beast Race - a 10km run with 30 obstacles to tackle along the route. It's my first ever obstacle challenge and was probably one of the worst ones, right after tough mudder I reckon, but I loved it! I'll be doing a proper post on the day soon :)

Have you ever done a similar challenge?

Christy xx

Monday, 22 September 2014

another weekend... in the gym #26

FOOD


I've missed a few weeks of my diet and training posts recently as things have been a bit off here! For a long time now I've been struggling with my diet, to the point where my PT used the dreaded "yoyo" word with me. The worst part for me is that I know how to get back where I want to be. I know I can do it. I've done it in the past. Yet for months now my body fat % has been stuck at nearly 5% higher than where I want it to be. And there's nobody to blame but myself!

Clean apple sauce. Made with apples from my garden, to be used in pancakes & protein pudding :)

I'm scrapping my personal goal of "under 20%" body fat in favour of a more definite 18%. That way I can't get to 19.9%, decide I've made it and shove a cheesecake down my throat - I'll have to keep going to get the results I'm so desperate to achieve!

On Saturday I started a new, more structured plan that my long suffering PT has drawn up for me. This means I'll be going back to a less detailed account of my weekly diet on here. Hopefully having everything planned and weighed out, with specific macros will help me stay on track as it's taken away the decision making and portion control issues that I seem to be struggling with. As everybody knows I love to eat, so with a range of 1800-3000 calories of good, nutrient dense foods per day there's surely no chance of me ever feeling unsatisfied. If anything I'm going to struggle to eat everything, especially on the higher carb day! The only thing I'm unsure of is the addition of protein shakes to my diet - something which I have avoided thus far, preferring to get my protein from more natural sources. However, I trust my PT and have therefore decided to fully commit myself and trust the process. Most of the recipes are completely new to me which makes it that bit more exciting and I'm delighted to say that porridge and almond butter are heavily featured!

EXERCISE

Monday - Rest day.
Tuesday - Kettlebells & metafit - started using a 10kg kettlebell! It's a challenge but one that I'm enjoying and I feel I'm getting more benefit from the class again :)
Wednesday - Weights & 1/2 mile swim.
Thursday - Weights & insanity class. 
Friday - Personal training.
Saturday - Kettlebells & metafit.
Sunday - Weights.

Christy xx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Glasgow

Zara coat // Primark dress // Next shoes // "YSL" earrings from ebay // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses // Prada Saffiano tote

If you were expecting a referendum based post, I'm sorry to disappoint! Luckily these photos were taken a couple of weeks ago, before the chaos of the results. Personally I'm glad that we're still a part of the UK, but I'm sick to the back teeth of all the violence, verbal abuse and general negativity surrounding the whole thing. Lets just all be friends eh?

Moving on...

As you can see I was feeling some sixties vibes this day. I've only recently managed to get my hair into a beehive again since I got it chopped off all those months ago. Sixties style has always been a favourite of mine so this season's trends are right up my street. Gordon bought me the pink Zara swing coat for my birthday in July so I paired it with a simple shift dress and loafers for a classic look. If I'd had my cats eye sunnies on it would've been the perfect throwback! ;)


On the way home from the wedding celebrations Gordon and I took a detour through Glasgow. First we stopped off at Wholefoods in Giffnock, then headed into town for a look round the shops and a bite to eat. I love the mix of buskers around Buchanan Street but the guys pictured above were my favourite. They looked like they'd walked straight off the set of Braveheart. Their unusual blend of bagpipes and drums sounded amazing and was attracting a bit of a crowd.

We ate at Bread Meats Bread - somewhere I'd been desperate to try for a long time. With the recent opening of the Boozy Cow in Aberdeen (still not been!) burgers have been playing on my mind! Gordon had a "Smokey" burger while I eventually decided on the "Black & Blue"; a Scotch beef burger with blue cheese, bacon, slow onions, pickles & sauce. It was a beast, but one that was easily tamed, i.e it was easily squished together so I could get a good bite! The burger was messy, juicy and full of flavour and the bacon was suitably crispy - thank God, I hate pink chewy bacon! We shared sides of caramelized fries and sweet poutines. I hadn't realised the caramelized fries were made with sweet potato too. This should probably be stated on the menu, but hey they both tasted great so I guess that's all that matters. From all the buzz around BMB I had expected it to be more of an experience than the quick in and out burger stop that it was, but we enjoyed it all the same. It's handy if you're after a pit stop lunch in the city centre, and want an upgrade from TGIs! You can find Bread Meats Bread at 104 St Vincent St, just off Buchanan St :)

Where's your favourite place to eat in Glasgow?

Christy xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Multipower Sportsfood Bars


A while ago the guys at Multipower sent me over some of their power bars to sample. It's taken me a while to get round to blogging my thoughts on them as, being perfectly honest, I'm feeling a bit... conflicted? I like them. They taste good, but they don't really fit into my "clean eating" philosophy. I realise that sounds ridiculous when I've been filling my face with cheesecake & chocolate the last few weeks! But to me, if you're eating these kinds of bars, it's because you're trying to be "good" and these particular bars just don't fit into that for me. I guess if you're 99% strict with your diet then you can get away with eating these but I much prefer the likes of Nakd bars which only have a handful of 100% natural ingredients listed.


I was given a selection of their "Nature's Power" and "Fruit Power" bars in various flavours - cranberry & strawberry, honey & seeds, salty cocoa, original & tropical. I'm not a huge fan of tropical flavours and the texture of the fruit power bars was a bit chewier and reminded me of rice crispies, so these were my least favourite. The natures power bars are more natural (the clue is in the name) and have more of a typical cereal bar texture. Multipower recommend eating them pre-workout for a bit of an energy boost. If you're someone who does a lot of cardio then you'll definitely feel the benefit - the Fruit Power bar is even the "official High Performance Bar" of the 2014 Giro d'Italia cycling race!

However, reading the ingredients - Oat Flakes* (31,3%), Glucose Syrup*, Invert Sugar Syrup*, Rice Crispies (Rice Flour*, Wheat Flour*, Sugar*, Wheat Malt*, Salt*, Flavour), Soya Crispies Soya Protein*, Low Fat Cocoa, Tapioca Starch), Cocoa Mass* (5,0 %), Soya Crispies (Soya Protein*, Rice Flour*, Barley Malt Extract*, Salt*), Rice Flour*, Humectant Glycerol*, Honey*, Sunflower Oil*, Sea Salt*. May contain traces of Milk, Lactose, Eggs, Sesame Seeds, Peanuts and other Nuts. *Natural ingredients - all 25 of them(!) is a little off-putting for me. 

I did enjoy the taste and the texture of the Nature's Power bars though. So, although not something I think I'll be eating every day and certainly not something I'd consider "clean", they're handy when you're on the go and need a little extra fuel to get you through your training! The salty cocoa was definitely the winner for me.

How do you feel about these kinds of bars? Have you ever tried any Multipower products?

Christy xx
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