What if I say I will never surrender?

Thursday May 8th

9st 5.25lbs

Time for a bit of a detox today I have decided. It’s my birthday next week so I have a lot of celebrations coming up in the next few days so I figured that a bit of a healthy, cleansing day can’t be a bad thing ;)

I had a green smoothie to start the day, with apple, spinach, celery & cucumber. Not the tastiest, but full of nutrients to start the day.

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  • Smoothie; 1 apple, 1 stalk celery, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 lemon & 2 cups of spinach (130)

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I snacked on a banana and a cup of tea at breaktime.

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  • Banana (100)
  • Unsweetened Tea with semi-skimmed milk (20)

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Lunch was a cajun chicken salad and some blueberries.

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  • Blackened Cajun Chicken Salad with tomato & lime dressing (230)
  • Blueberries (50)

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I snacked on another banana at home, pre-workout and then had another green smoothie & some more blueberries before bed.

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  • Banana (100)
  • Green smoothie; 1 apple, 1/2 cucumber, 1 stalk celery, 2 cups of spinach & 1/2 lemon (130)
  • Blueberries (50)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 810

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An Insanity workout today; 40 minutes of pure cardio and body resistance hell. Highly recommend if you want to workout til you drop ;)

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  • INSANITY; CARDIO POWER & RESISTANCE (40 mins)

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My heart’s a stereo; it beats for you so listen close… <3

Wednesday May 7th

9st 5.75lbs

Another green smoothie with spinach & apples for breakfast, followed by yogurt and porridge oats.

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  • Smoothie; spinach, 2 apples, ginger & lime (180)
  • Nonfat Greek yogurt with porridge oats (190)

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At breaktime I was starving so I snacked on a packet of wasabi peanuts and a cup of tea

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  • Wasabi Peanuts (230)
  • Unsweetened Tea with semi-skimmed milk (20) 

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Lunch was a pack of veggie sushi and a big bowl of fruit, followed by 1/2 a slice of the headmistress’ birthday cake (NOM!)

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  • Veggie sushi pack (180)
  • 250g Mango with pomegranate seeds (160)
  • 1/2 slice Jelly Bean Cake (100)

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After work I snacked on a packet of breakfast biscuits as somehow I felt ravenous again!!

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  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits; Milk & Cereal (220)

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Dinner was a big plate of salad and roast veggies followed by a yogurt.

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  •  1/2 eggplant, 1/2 courgette, 1 carrot, 1/2 parsnip & 1 apple roasted in paprika and pilau seasoning and served with salad, mustard and balsamic vinegar (325)
  • “The Collective” Mango Mousse with passionfruit layer (110)

TOTAL CALORIES: 1715

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Today’s workout was another Jillian Michaels circuit DVD. It is made up of 7 5-minute circuits; predominantly cardio but with a little body weight training thrown in to get you really aching. The idea of 7 circuits initially seemed daunting as most workouts consist of just 3 or 4 however they flew by and actually only 2 out of the 7 were real killers. A good workout but not the hardest I’ve ever worked.

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  • JILLIAN MICHAELS: BANISH FAT BOOST METABOLISM; (50 mins)

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Fuori quanto è brutto il tempo, però si è calmato il vento, il mio sguardo è meno freddo, questo inverno sta finendo…

Tuesday May 6th

This morning I started off with another yummy green smoothie, this time with spinach and apples, followed by some breakfast biscuits when I arrived at school.

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  • Smoothie; spinach, 2 small apples, lime & ginger (200)
  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits; Milk & Cereal (220)

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Lunch was a simple can of mushroom soup & a rice pudding, followed by a cup of tea.

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  • Heinz Mushroom soup (220)
  • Ambrosia Rice Pudding (125)
  • Unsweetened Tea with semi-skimmed milk (20)

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I had a ham and couscous salad with honey mustard dressing for dinner, followed by some yogurt with fruit & nuts. I later had another bowl before bed.

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  • Ham Hock Salad with giant couscous, sunblush tomatoes & honey and mustard dressing (340)
  • 2 x Non-fat Greek yogurt with cashews and dried cranberries (480)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1605

Today’s workout came from Jillian Michaels’ “Ripped in 30″ series. It seemed easy enough during circuit 1 but by the end of circuit 3 my heart was really pumping. It consists of 3 circuits each containing 3 minutes of alternating strength exercises, 2 minutes cardio and 1 minute abs. The cardio sequence in circuit 2 is a particular killer. Jillian… you’ve done it again ;)

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  • JILLIAN MICHAELS “RIPPED IN 30″; WEEK 4 (30 mins)

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Look into my eyes; it’s where my demons hide… <3

Thursday May 1st

9st 5.5lbs

Horrible, dull grey morning so I thought I’d brighten it up with another mood & energy boosting green super-food smoothie :)

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  • Smoothie; 1 cup spinach, handful coriander, 1″ ginger, 1/2 lime, 1 small banana & 1/2 avocado (300)

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At breaktime I had a cup of tea and snacked on a banana and a cheeky chocolate chip cookie.

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  • Unsweetened tea with semi skimmed milk (20)
  • Maryland chocolate chip cookie (55)
  • Banana (100)

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Lunch was a delicious salad with prawns, mango, cottage cheese & olives, followed by a handful of almonds.

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  • Salad with prawns, cottage cheese, 1/2 mango, black olives, coriander & lime juice (380)
  • 15 almonds (105)

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Dinner was on the go so I grapped a prawn salsa wrap and a small packet of crisps from Sainsbury’s. I also had a large fruit smoothie.

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  • Chilli prawn & mango salsa flatbread (350)
  • Salt & vinegar Squares (120)
  • Innocent “Energise” smoothie with strawberry, cherry, guarana, flaxseeds & vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 & B6 (225)

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I didn’t get home from work until almost 9pm this evening so after a 12 hour day I fell into bed with a large glass of milk and another handful of almonds.

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  • 250ml skimmed milk (90)
  • 15 almonds (105)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1850

Be who you were created to be & you will set the world on fire… <3

Wednesday April 30th

9st 6.25lbs

Lovely weekend celebrating a 30th birthday with lots of thai food, cake and free fudge (long story) Now time to get back on track!

Started the day with a surprisingly yummy green smoothie :)

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  • Smoothie; 2 cups spinach, 2 apples & 1/2 avocado (320)

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Lunch was a delicious avocado & cottage cheese salad with olives and tomato, followed by blueberries.

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  • Salad, cottage cheese, 1/2 avocado, tomato, black olives, coriander, lime, basil infused oil & balsamic vinegar (475)
  • Blueberries (50)

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I had to work this evening so I had a very early pre-work dinner consisting of a mountain of roasted apple, parsnip, aubergine & courgette. I served it with a little bit of salad and mustard.

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  • 1 Parsnip, 1/2 aubergine, 1 courgette & 1 apple roasted with paprika, chilli powder & lime juice, and served with salad & mustard (340)

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During work I snacked on a banana and then once I got home I had some almonds and skimmed milk before bed.

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  • 1 Banana (100)
  • 15 Almonds & 250ml skimmed milk (200)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1485

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Today’s workout was a kettlebell circuit from Jillian Michaels. It is only 30minutes but it is pretty tough and it had me sweating right from the very first circuit. Good if you want something quick and effective that is heavy on cardio but low on plyometrics.

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  • JILLIAN MICHAELS; SHRED IT WITH WEIGHTS; LEVEL 2 (30 mins)

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Friday Vibes…

Friday April 25th

9st 4lbs

Gloomy dark morning but I don’t care cos its FRIIIIIDAAAAY :D

Had a delicious banana & milk smoothie for breakfast, along with a couple of ryvita crackers with honey. Before I left for work I also had an extra couple of plain ryvitas and then a cup of tea when I arrived. At breaktime I snacked on a banana and another cup of tea.

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  • Smoothie; 200ml skimmed milk, 1 banana & vanilla essence (200)
  • 4 x ryvita; 2 with honey, 2 plain (210)
  • 2 x Unsweetened tea with semi-skimmed milk (40)
  • Banana (100)

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I had a mini portion of spaghetti carbonara for lunch which I topped with avocado, tobasco and black olives. Surprisingly tasty :). I also had some breakfast biscuits on the way home.

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  • Heinz spaghetti carbonara mini-meal with black olives, 1/2 avocado and tobasco sauce (320)
  • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits; Milk & Cereal (220)

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After school I got on a bus to go and stay at my boyfriend’s for the weekend. He picked me up from the station and we stopped off at the pub for a glass of wine before heading to his house where he’d prepared a meal of lamb, veg and sweet potato. We shared a bag of rainbow buttons afterwards :)

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  • Large glass Rose (130)
  • Roast shoulder of lamb with sweet potato, wilted spinach, peas & sweetcorn and redcurrant jelly (420)
  • Sainsbury’s Rainbow buttons (230)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1870

Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…

Thursday April 24th

9st 4.75lbs

Sun is shining this morning which makes waking up for work soooooo much easier. Fingers crossed that the summer is truly coming now :D Breakfast was avocado and pepper sauce on a toasted muffin, and a small pot of fruit yogurt. I had a cup of tea when I arrived at work and another at breaktime.

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  • 1/2 avocado & pepper sauce on 1 toasted english muffin (320)
  • Mango & passionfruit yogurt (65)
  • 2 x Unsweetened tea with semi-skimmed milk (40)

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Lunch was tomato soup with Ryvita crackers followed by mango chunks and another cuppa.

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  • Tomato soup & 4 ryvita crackers (230)
  • Mango chunks (190)
  • Unsweetened tea with semi-skimmed milk (20)

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After work I snacked on breakfast biscuits and skimmed milk pre-workout.

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  • Belvita breakfast biscuits; Milk & Cereal (220)
  • 250ml skimmed milk (90)

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For dinner I had another delicious stirfry with spicy sauce and egg noodles like last night’s, except I’m all out of prawns so it was just veggies this time. I followed it with a fruit yogurt.

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  • Veggie stirfry with egg noodles, black olives, schezuan sauce & lime (370)
  • Peach yogurt (65)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1610

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Workout today was the Cardio Power & Resistance circuit from Insanity. Tough workout and for some reason I was feeling heavy on my feet which made it difficult. However, at 40 minutes it is one of the shorter Insanity circuits so I powered through and was pleased with my intensity levels throughout. I can definitely feel these Insanity workouts, once the bane of my existance, starting to get marginally less horrendous.

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  • INSANITY DELUXE: CARDIO POWER & RESISTANCE (40 mins)

I’ve got sunshine on a rainy day…

Wednesday April 23rd

9st 5.25lbs

This morning I had a hearty breakfast of poached eggs on a toasted muffin with a splash of pepper sauce, followed by a cup of tea at work

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  • 2 poached eggs on 1 toasted muffin (370)
  • Unsweetened tea with semi skimmed milk (20)

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At breaktime I had another cup of tea with an absolutely delicious slice of caramel shortcake that a colleague brought in for her birthday.

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  • Unsweetened tea with semi-skimmed milk (20)
  • Caramel shortcake slice (400)

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Lunch was a veggie sushi pack and a lovely fruit platter consisting of honeydew melon slices, pineapple and red grapes.

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  • Vegetarian Sushi (250)]
  • Honeydew, pineapple and red grapes (200)

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I snacked on a banana on the way home from school and then made a delicious prawn stirfry with noodles, black olives, and spicy schezuan sauce topped with a squeeze of lime juice and tobasco sauce. I then had a mango and passionfruit yogurt before bed.

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  • Prawn & veg stirfry with egg noodles, black olives & szechuan sauce (500)
  • Banana (100)
  • Passionfruit & Mango yogurt (65)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1925

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Workout today was a faithful old Jillian Michaels routine from her ‘Body Revolution’ Series. I just keep on coming back to these workouts over and over again; perfect mix of strength and cardio, perfect intensity… in my opinion; circuit training at it’s best.

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  • JILLIAN MICHALS; BODY REVOLUTION; WORKOUT 12 (30 mins)

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You are my sunshine…

Wednesday 19th March

9st 6.75lbs

Breakfast this morning was a bowl of porridge with prunes and berries followed by a cup of tea at breaktime.

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  • Quaker Oats Porridge in ‘golden syrup’ (made with water) topped with blueberries & prunes (270)
  • Unsweetened Tea with semi-skimmed milk (30)

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I’m running low on food (and money) already this month so lunch was a scraped together mix of a canned ravioli mini meal and a cup ‘a’ soup! I followed this with another cup of tea.

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  • Tesco veg-filled ravioli (150)
  • Mushroom & crouton cup ‘a’ soup (115)
  • Unsweetened tea with semi skimmed milk (30)

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In the afternoon we were doing science experiments involving melting different types of chocolate and I just couldn’t help getting a little involved ;).

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  • Mixed chocolate squares (200)

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Dinner was a quorn steak and veg with a little bbq sauce. I followed this with some natural Greek yogurt topped with oats and prunes.

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  • Peppered quorn steak with bbq sauce (175)
  • Broccoli, cauliflower & kale with salad dressing (130)
  • Porridge oats and prunes with natural Greek yogurt (350)

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In the evening I had some more porridge as I was feeling peckish before bed

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  • Quaker Oats Porridge in ‘golden syrup’ (made with water) & 1tbsp honey (190)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1640

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EXERCISE:

This evening’s workout was a brand new one for me; from the P90X2 series. It is called P.A.P (Post-activation Potentiation) Lower and is comprised of 2 ‘complexes’ of 4 moves, each repeated 4 times. I read up on the workout before completing it, and from the reviews I was expecting a monstrous 60minutes but in reality I didn’t think this workout came even close to the dizzying heights of anything from the Insanity programmes, or even Jillian Michaels’ later workouts. Whilst I could certainly feel muscles working and my heart rate did fire up periodically doing this DVD, I got far more of a sweat on from doing 30 minutes with Jillian’s Body Revolution workouts than an entire hour here. The repetitive nature of the workout also meant that I felt bored and impatient pretty quickly and that isn’t great for my motivation.

All in all I would say this is a great workout for those who are less advanced in their fitness OR for those who are looking for a longer, slower-burning workout, perhaps for those days when you are feeling a little less than your best.

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  • P90X2 P.A.P LOWER (60mins)

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Spring Cleaning…

Tuesday 18th March

9st 9lbs

FOOD:

Definitely time to get in shape for springtime :) So breakfast today was a boiled egg, 1/2 grapefruit and 1/2 can of prunes. I also snacked on a banana at  breaktime.

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  • 1 boiled egg and 1/2 grapefruit (120)
  • 1/2 can prunes (130)
  • Banana (100)

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Lunch was a boiled egg salad with olives, and a cheese sandwich, all washed down with a cup of tea.

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  • 2 boiled eggs with olives, tomatoes and salad dressing (200)
  • Chilli cheese sandwich on brown bread (350)
  • Unsweetened tea (20)

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I had a cheese omlette and a glass of milk for dinner.

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  • 3 egg omlette with chilli cheese and olives (400)
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk (110)

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In the evening I ate a bowl of porridge before bed.

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  • ‘Quaker Oats’ Blackberry & Apple porridge made with water (140)

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TOTAL CALORIES: 1570

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EXERCISE:

Workout today came from Jillian Michaels’ Body Revolution series. I just LOVE these workouts as they are a little of everything and you get such a lot out of them in a short space of time. It is so convenient to have a workout that gets you sweating and aching in all the right places but also fits into the half hour between rushing here there and everywhere. Having said that; I’ve been cycling through them for about a year now and unfortunately I’m just not getting quite the same impact from them as back in the beginning. Hopefully she’ll be back with something new and similar very soon!

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  • JILLIAN MICHAELS BODY REVOLUTION; WORKOUT 9 (30mins)