Magical Running Trainers?

I am such a cheapskate when it comes to my work out clothes. I think it’s because I can’t wear them “Out Out.” Would much rather buy a hot dress or fab pair of shoes rather than a work out vest.

And because of this, I’ve had the same pair of Asics running trainers like for the last 3 years.  I know – bad form! But the reality is, I probably spend more time in my work out gear than I do my “Out Out” clothes. I work out 5-6 days a week so I really do need a decent pair of trainers.

So I bought these bad boys. Pretty right? I’m a flat footed runner so these provide the arch support I need plus I’m hoping they’ll have some badass magical powers and make me run for miles.

Nike Lunalglide+ 5

Nike Lunalglide+ 5

Tip of the day, make sure you shop around for a good price – I got these from SportsDirect.

Will let you know how I get on with my amazing running. FYI – I HATE running. xxx

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Eating Clean and Training Mean

It’s that time of the year isn’t it. Flocks of people heading to the gym, new runners on the seafront, Dry January and all the rest.  I’m so up for people having new Year’s resolutions and saying that they’re going to cut back on drinking, smoking and start to eat healthy and work out more, but come mid February, these good intentions seem to have gone out the window.

Not for me. I’m sure every bride to be is on a health kick in the lead up to their big day and I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and say that over the last 2 months, I have been epically lazy.  Shoving lots of bread, pasta, chocolate and wine down my gob and having no motivation to work out.  And it definitely shows.  I’ve lost most of the muscle tone I created whilst training for last year’s Triathalon, have no energy and look like a spotty 14 year old. Great.

Not anymore.  Me and the Boy are on a massive health kick. As mentioned Operation “Get Buff for Beefa” is ON. I found out last week that my Body shape is a typical Apple Shape. Which means, skinny legs and small arse but plenty of weight on my arms and stomach.  Yep that’s me alright. To stay in shape, this article said I need to do lots of cardio to tone up my problem areas and cut down on the weight training.  So hopefully my training plan of lots of running, swimming and cycling with a few Boxercise classes thrown in will get me to my desired Buff for ‘Beefa body.

What else?  So I’ve create a meal plan every weekend for the upcoming week so I know exactly what I’m shovelling down my gob.  I’m not cutting out all the carbs because I’d go crazy but just substitued these for the better kind. So out with the white and in with the brown – brown rice, pasta and wholemeal bread. Minimal carbs for dinner and minimal bis’quits, chocolate and sugar.  I’m definitely not giving up booze because life wouldn’t be worth living but cutting down a little and sticking to vodka and soda or white wine spritzers (hopefully cuts down on the hangovers too!)

I’ve found some very yummy recipies which have gone down a treat in our household and I had to share them with you.

Breakfast:

Found this great recipie on The Black Pearl Blog for breakfast pancakes using 4 ingredients. 1 x ripe banana, 2 eggs, 1 x scoop protein powder and a splash of milk. Oh an a pinch of backing powder if you have it. I used the Boy’s protein powder which tastes like Angel Delight and the pancakes were delish! Recipe can be found here.

Yummy Protein Pancakes. pic credit: The Black Pearl Blog

Yummy Protein Pancakes. pic credit: The Black Pearl Blog

Lunchtime:

The Boy is follwing the Men’s Health V8 Challenge as he justs wants to bulk up a little and they have some fab recipies on their website.  A very tasty receipe was this salmon and soba noodles parcel. And talk about easy! Someone with no culinary skills can make it.  Just boil the Soba noodles (wholewheat noodles which can be bought from any Oriental store) for 4 mins, lay it on a piece of foil, top with spinach, carrots, mushrooms, garlic, spring onions and 1 x salmon steak. A splash of soy sauce, close the parcel and bung in oven for 15 mins. Take out, unwrap, eat. Delish recipe can be found here:

Slamon and Soba Noodles Parcel. Pic credit: Men's Health

Slamon and Soba Noodles Parcel. Pic credit: Men’s Health

Dinner:

Yet another recipie from Men’s Health. Easy peasy Grilled Green Chicken.  You need to plan ahead for this one but it will be worth it – trust me. It involves chicken thighs skin off and de-boned, yogurt, mint, corriander (I used dried) Garam Masala spice or whatever Curry paste you’ll prob have in the fridge and 1 x chilli. Chuck all the ingredients together bar the chicken, mix it up proper good so it’s a paste and then pour over chicken and leave to marinate for at least a few hours or overnight. Take it out, wipe off most of the paste and chuck under grill until cooked. Serve with Brown rice and / or Salad. Delish x 2! Recipe found here

Grilled Green Chicken. pic credit: Men's Health

Grilled Green Chicken. Pic credit: Men’s Health

Seriously, who knew healthy food can be so yummy?!

Ok, I’m off to trawl the net for more recipies for next week’s meal plan. Holla back if you’ve got any great recipies up your sleeve!

xxxx

So I did it!!!

Sorry this post was a long time coming but I think I’ve still been recovering from it.

I’m talking about the crazy race I completed – my first Triathlon!

It was awesome. The endorphin high when I crossed that finish line was incredible. The fact that I actually finished it was incredible considering I had just come back from 6 hardcore solid days of drinking at Glasto, no proper training in 8 days and to top it off, I had a stinking cold. But I did it!!

So it started off with a beautiful sunny morning (5am wake up call, not so beautiful), ate breakfast whilst trying to ignore the butterflies in my stomach and set off for the hour long drive to Ashburnham Place in Battle where the 750m open lake swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run took place.  Luckily I had bullied  persuaded my colleague Nick to do it with me (he’s done a couple before) so I wasn’t completely clueless.  I got all my bits lined up in the transition area and waited at the start line to start the swim.

First tip – Buy or rent a proper Triathlon wetsuit.  Not a crappy one off Ebay like I did. It makes all the difference.

Second tip – Train on hills. Running and Cycling.  I neglected to do this so whilst waiting to start I got chatting to a lovely man who then proceeded to tell me about all the hills on the bike course. And that I had chosen a “challenging course” for my first tri.  Way to fill me with confidence dude!

Third tip – Try not to go to pot and forget how to swim when the gun goes off.  *Face palm to the forehead* In the adrenaline of the moment and hoards of people splashing around, I promptly forgot to swim.  It took me a good 100metres to get my breathing right and acclimatise to the shock of it before I got into my regular stroke.

Fourth Tip – Just keep going. I felt that I was so slow and wasn’t trying hard enough or going fast enough and was preparing myself to hear a really slow time at the end but remarkably I completed it in 2 hrs 1min. Totes Chuffed as that was what I was aiming for my first one and now know I can push myself harder next time around.

Definitely going to do another one next year as it was brilliant motivation and the feeling of achievement after crossing that finish line was immense. Plus I’ve toned up everywhere, dropped a dress size and and can now swim for miles.

So if anyone else out there is thinking of training for a Triathlon to help tone up for their W-day then get in touch. I’ll be more than happy to try and be your Mrs – to – be Motivator!

xxxx

Pic credit - indierocket.com

Pic credit – indierocket.com

 

 

 

Clean Eating

Before you get all excited about this post, I’ve got to put my hands up  – I have no nutritional knowledge to back up what I’m about to say.  All I know is that I’ve made 6 small changes to what and how I eat and it’s working for me so I thought I’d share.

So as I write this, I’ve just demolished a chocolate and vanilla cheesecake slice. Hardly eating clean. And yes I might have had 2 or 3 glasses of wine at the weekend but when you work out hard and are careful about what you eat, surely a person is allowed treats right?  Because if I don’t get any treats I become a Sad Sally. The key here is moderation.

Now don’t get me wrong. I fricking love eating. I’m Filipino – all Filipinos love to eat. The first thing a Filipino will say to you when they meet you is “Have you eaten?” It’s like their universal version of Hello.

This isn’t a post about foods that will magically make you slim but more of a change of mindset. It’s about realising what you put into your body and knowing when’ve had enough. I’ve lost count of the  amount of times I’ve stuffed myself silly and then felt physically sick afterwards. Fatty fatty boom boom me.

But I’ve lost 8 inches all over since 1st Jan. (I always measure because when you’re training and your clothes fit better but the scales say you’ve hardly lost any weight, it might be that you’ve lost  fat but gained muscle. This article explains it better than I do.)  So alongside with exercise regime I’ve talked about here I’ve done the following:

  1. Portion Control– do you really need that extra portion of food on your plate? Really? Are you ravenous? Yes ok, well you can always come back for more. Why not try waiting 10 minutes,  let that first portion settle and then, if you’re still hungry, maybe a little more.
  2.  No white pasta, white rice, white bread – we all know wholemeal is better for you so just make this simple change. Wholemeal is high in fibre which takes longer to digest so keeps you fuller for longer.
  3. Cut down on sugar. I love chocolate but I try and ration myself.  How’s about trying to have half the chocolate bar and save the rest for later?  Or try a piece of fruit, drink a glass of water and even brushing your teeth helps. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the urge is too great. There have been times  I just want open a jar of Nutella, pull globs of the good stuff with my bare hands and lick that jar clean.
  4. Cut down on salt – this stuff is not good for you. Again moderation is key. My fella has a dodgy ticker so even more of a reason to cut down. Plus is makes you bloated as it retains water. Not a good look.
  5. Reduce the amount of carbs eaten after 5pm – yes this UK weather has been shocking and all it’s made me want to do is eat pie and chips, mashed potatoes and creamy bowls of pasta. Carbs bloat me. Simple as. So now it’s all about stir frys, soups and high protein salads. Yes it is hard at first but you get used to it. And it’s nice going to bed without feeling you’re 6 months preggers.
  6. Drink more water – it’s good for your skin, it fills you up and your body needs it.  Simples.

Hope this helps! Check out my Fitness Pinterest board if you need any more info . xx

Nutella

Happy Pancake Day!

I looooooooooove Pancakes. However, I’m currently on a health-kick and essentially pancakes are just fried batter right?

Wrong. These bad boys just flicked up on my Twitter feed from @BritishVogue and they look lush and are oh – so – healthy. So get whisking and flipping and fork right into these little pancakes of heavenly goodness – recipe can be found here. Yum, yum in my tum.

Picture credit: Hemsley & Hemsley/Nick Hooper

Picture credit: Hemsley & Hemsley/Nick Hooper

Fitness Scmhitness.

I like to eat and can put away fried food like there’s no tomorrow and I’m one of those girls that needs a serious reason to stop stuffing doughnuts in her yap hole. Usually the fear of getting into a bikini or needing to squeeze into that slinky dress kickstarts my fitness motivation.

So for example, over the Christmas holidays I must have consumed enough calories  to keep the population of a small country going.  With all the party food, dinners out, sweets and not to mention bottles of wine I think I gained about half a stone and 1.5 inches around the belly. Yeeesh!

So, as our Ibiza venue recce is booked for June, I need to get that motivation up and running.

It helps that I’m a member of a Boxercise Bootcamp and they are brilliant and getting you back into fitness and toning up. I try to attend at least four classes a week which range from Boxercise Pump and Core, TRX, Kettlebells and a great stretch class.  I’m also looking to complete a Triathalon in July (eeek!) to help me focus my motivation.

This is going to be an important part of my blog because I’m sure that there are  ladies out there who are happy with their weight but could do with some toning?  Don’t get me wrong, I love my figure but I know there are certain parts that could do with some work like my stomach and arms.  I’m not aiming for stick thin (I’m lucky to be blessed with DD’s so if I did happen to get down to a size 8 it would look just ridiculous.) I think a nice, toned 10 / 12 would be perfect for me.

So join me in my quest for the perfect wedding day body.  I’m going keep a track of my fitness regime, food intake, recipes and measurements so I can measure progress and hopefully share my downfalls and successes over the next year and a half.  Any advice will be greatly received!

This weeks healthy eating.

This weeks healthy eating.