Monday, 31 August 2009

More Homemade Nakd Bites!

Well as I expected I couldn't stop myself trying again with the homemade Nakd bars and I think I've got it sussed now! Here is my latest:

Cashew Chocolate Protein Bites:
Makes 6 small bites

- 20g Dates, Dried
- 20g Cashew Nuts, Plain
- 2 Apricots/20g Apricots, Dried
- ½ Scoop Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate
- 5g Cocoa Powder
- 3 tsps/15ml Water

Put 1 date, 1 apricot and a couple of cashews to one side and put everything else in a blender/food processor until finely chopped then add the items put to the side in for a quick blast to give you some fine/smooth pieces and a couple of larger chunks - consistency is much nicer this way!
I use a silicone mini muffin tray but you can just made little balls with your hands/teaspoons. The important thing it that the mixture is really tightly packed to stop it falling apart. they are ready to eat right away but I like to put them in the fridge for a few hours. They keep well in the fridge or in the cupboard.

Nutrition Info per Bite:

Calories (kcal) 44.9
Carbohydrate (g) 4.5
Protein (g) 2.5
Fat (g) 2.0
Fibre (g) 0.5
Fruit & Veg 0.1

Not the best photo, looks a bit shiny and weird and um...not the most appetising! But it really is lovely!

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Food Diary 28th August

Breakfast: Protein shake and an apple Larabar

Loved the Larabar, my local Sainsburys have started selling them in Apple Pie and Ginger Snap. The Apple Pie was great, preferred the flavour and texture to the Nakd bars actually...

Snack: Fruit salad of mango, strawberry and water melon and some Nakd orange raisins

Lunch: Ham and egg wholemeal roll and Thai green chicken soup

Snack: Diet coke and Hula Hoops. I hate this about Friday's, we have tog o over to our crappy office and I find it so hard to eat well when I'm there for some reason! Also had a Cashew Cookie Nakd bar when I got home
Dinner: Tapas and Sangria at La Tasca! Not my favourite place or the best tapas but still a great meal! I also had a Crema Catalan liqueur after the meal which was beautiful! I need some of this stuff! Was a bit like Amarula fruit cream but with a bit of a spicy kick and a banana flavour to it.
We really struggle finding places to go out and eat up here - it was much easier finding new and interesting places to go back in Glasgow. Luckily I'm going there next weekend for some wine and food with my good friend from uni who I've not seen for months, I can't wait!

Calories for yesterday were obviously high! I've guessed around 2400 but not been able to accurately log the tapas.

I weighed this morning and haven't changed since last week which is great considering I've eaten crap, been for one run and only had one gym visit this week, but I know it wont last so I really need to get my ass in gear!

Friday, 28 August 2009

New Gym

You may remember me ranting about my shit gym not notifying me when my membership was up for renewal - I turned up in my gym gear and they wouldn't let me in :( They claimed that they just don't warn people/encourage you to renew but my friend was given notification that hers was due for renewal.

I feel that "in the current economic climate" (oh how I hate that phrase!) companies should be making more of an effort with customers and should have a bit more appreciation of customer loyalty and just generally not treat you like crap and like your custom doesn't matter.

I thought about not bothering to re-join but didn't want to give up the personal trainer sessions. I was torn between being pissed off at them and appreciating that I would be renewing for my own benefit and it's a good gym, close to home, reasonably priced....but then my boyfriend told me the new Sports Village was opening this week and were having an open day on Saturday. So we went along and I absolutely love the place! Better facilities, closer to home and cheaper! Only thing holding me back was the personal trainer - I think he's really good and I like his approach, I've heard some bad reviews of trainers, particularly gym ones... anyway enough rambling on! What I've decided is that I'll re-join JJB's for one more month and I'll book a block of 6 training sessions (plus one free) and just have one last month there working really hard, then I'll join the Sports Village and give up the trainer - saving around £120-160 a month (considering cheaper membership too)

Here's the link to the new place:

And here is a sneaky wee peek at the free weights area, or Performance Gym, you need to do a 1 hour induction or pass a test to use this section. Though I'm ok with the exercises my confidence isn't great when it comes to free weights so I'll definitely be going for the 1 hour induction!

My boyfriend has joined the Sports Village and went along for his induction last night - it just sounds so awesome! They have this FitLinxx system which keeps track of all your workouts by entering your pin number on each piece of equipment you use, you can also add in any non-FitLinxx exercise you do at the little terminal thingies. You get your ID updated with your workout and each machine remembers your settings/programs and tells you which exercise to go onto next. When using the weights machines you set your full range of motion and it shows you on a little graph how far through the full range you are - so no cheating!

Can't wait to use this gym, I'm even tempted to just not bother with JJB's at all.... but want the PT sessions....

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Another catch up!

I'm still not very good at this posting every day thing - just struggling to find the time!
Think my last food diary was Thursday and to be honest I've not really been keeping it going too well. Friday day was ok but in the evening we went to Pizza Hut, shared some nachos and had an "individual" pizza each from the new thin base range, good but no Pizza Express! Then we went home and watched a movie with sweeties and chocolate.....Saturday, I can't remember! We went for a walk and had a picnic at the beach, chicken, salsa and salad sandwiches with healthy snacks. I had a Nakd flapjack fro dinner followed by chocolate and ice cream at the cinema - oops! Sunday I really have no clue and haven't put a thing in my food diary! Though I do know I was for a run in the rained at 8am.
Monday and Tuesday I had the day off work - Monday I did great, Tuesday started well with an hour in the new gym but then it all went a bit binge-tastic! Yesterday I only just managed to keep it together but did have a couple of hundred calories worth of dark chocolate with papaya but resisted the takeaway that my boyfriend had for dinner.

Not sure what I had for dinner on Monday but while shopping in the morning I discovered 9 Bars in Holland & Barret - packed full of seeds and healthy fats with a coating of chocolatey stuff - very nice, very high calorie and I spent about an hour afterwards picking little bits out of my teeth - not sure they are worth the hassle!

I also had a lovely low cal lunch thanks to Marks & Spencers new Asian range. I had Asian Beef salad in Lettuce wraps and some Mouli wraps with thai chicken and sweet chilli prawns. Absolutely loved these and will be looking into making my own soon.

The shot glasses have the dips in them!

The homemade Nakd bars haven't progressed much, I made another batch with dates which turned out better as the stickiness of the dates holds the mixture together really well - but I still added too much water! Not sure I'll be experimenting too much more with them for a while as I've recently bought one of the Nakd pressie boxes and a box of 30 of the gluten free bars so have plenty to keep me going for a while. Though saying that I probably will be tempted to try a few homemade flavours out...

Monday, 24 August 2009

Not quite there yet..

Breakfast this morning was my little homemade Nakd cups and they are lovely! I've definitely added too much liquid which has made the texture odd - I would have been better adding another plum dried apricot. I think for the next lot I'll blend some of it separately so some of the mixture is quite smooth and the rest is a bit chunkier.
Definitely needs to be really tightly packed too... good thing about experimenting with these is that even when it's not quite right it's still really good!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Nakd at Home

A post on the WLR forum reminded me that a while ago I bought ingredients to try and make my own Nakd bars so I decided tonight I'd give it a go!

I used a Kenwood mini chopper and a silicone mini muffin tray
15g brazil nuts
25g cashew nuts
8g dried cherries
37g dried apricots
5g apple and grape juice
1tsp cinnamon powder

I just blended it for ages until it was as finely chopped as possible then packed it into the muffin tray with the back of a spoon and I'm leaving in the fridge overnight. I only made enough to fill six mini muffin holes as a test.
The taste is brilliant! I think they may be a bit more moist than the Nakd ones - but I find the new range to be quite greasy anyway.

I think these may become a bit of a habit!

My ingredients were loosely based on the Nakd gluten free bars ratio's of just under or just over 50% nuts and 50% fruit - I started with 50/50 and added 1 extra apricot, cinnamon and a dribble of fruit juice, blended again and was happy enough with texture/taste so left it at that.

Excited to see what they are like tomorrow! Think I'll try making another lot with a wee bit of protein powder added in.

Nutrition Info for 1:
Calories (kcal)58.3
Carbohydrate (g) 4.6
Protein (g) 1.3
Fat (g) 3.8
Fibre (g) 0.7

Saturday, 22 August 2009

New Jeans at last!

You may remember me moaning/ranting that I couldn't find any jeans to fit me, well after spending a lot of time in TK Maxx and trying on 18 pairs of jeans I managed to find to pairs that were a great fit - and only £20 each! I got a pair of bootcut Levis which I absolutely love, they are so comfy and the fabric has just the right amount of give without being "stretch denim" which I hate! The other pair are Miss Sixty which are nice and long so I can wear with heels. Both pairs are a 31 - though a 31 what I'm not sure as my waist is 26.8" and my hips/belly where the jeans sit is 32.8" but, don't care I used to not be able to buy jeans as the 34 was too tight and I wasn't going any higher!
I seem to be having more luck with consistency now I've lost weight and my shape has evened out - depending on the shop I now know what size to take into the changing room and it usually fits - I no longer need to take 3 of everything to try on!

Food Diary 20th August

Thursday was another one of those almost good days, then there were free croissants going around the office and the last few days I'd been thinking how I really, really fancied one - so when they were offered I didn't even try to resist! It was gooooood, but I do wish I'd waiting until the weekend and I could have had it at the weekend and put it under the grill for a few minutes.

Weighed in this morning and have lost like 0.2lb! I do only have my loss rate set to 0.5lb and did go out for pizza last night, I also weighed on Friday morning and I'm the same today so don't think it was the pizza's fault. Last weekends food was no good so I only had 5 days this week - one I went over because of the croissant and one I had pizza and nachos for dinner! It's amazing how easy it is to forget the crappy food!

So Thursdays food...

Breakfast: Protein shake and greek yogurt with half a scoop of whey
Snack: babybel light
Lunch: porridge with skimmed milk and apple and plum puree
Snack: grapes, croissant and pecan pie Nakd bar - I then met a friend in town for coffee and I just ordered a latte with skimmed milk and sugar free syrup - I was a little hungry but avoided all the cakes! I also tried on a size 10 coat in New Look and it was an absolutely perfect fit! Sadly I feel it's too early to give in a buy a coat, plus I think £60 for something from New Look is a bit much...
Dinner: Seeds and oats wholemeal bread sandwich with salsa, chicken, slice of ham, slice of gouda and mustard
I also had three chocolates as someone had bought a box into work, fortunately it was small box otherwise I would have eaten more!

Drinks: Starbucks coffee, normal coffee water - again not all of it logged

No exercise due to lack of gym membership and meeting friend for coffee

I've only had one exercise session this week but will be doing a lot of walking today and depending on how I feel I may go for a run tomorrow morning.
I want to change my loss rate back to 1lb per week so want to be doing some exercise every day to allow me to eat enough - I was going tro chnge to 1.5lb but I would only be allowed 1104 calories a day! Haha! As if I could cope on that!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Food Diaray 19th August

Quick update for yesterday....too tired to post anything else of interest..

Protein shake and a babybel light - early morning meeting crewed me up for breakfast
Snack: Fat greek yogurt with a scoop of whey - accidentally added a whole one and the texture was disgustingly thick, wont be making that mistake again!
Lunch: wholemeal sandwich with ham, pineapple and mango chutney
Snack: 150g red grapes and gingerbread Nakd bar
Dinner: Chilli and sweet potato wedges - last portion but I could eat this every day!

Snack: cashew cookie Nakd bar

Drinks: tea, coffee, water, cranberry juice and a vodka - yum!

Total Cal Quota: 1604
Calories Consumed: 1756
Calories Left: -152
Protein (g) 111.4
Carbohydrate (g) 174.4
Fat (g) 64.4
Fibre (g) 12.0
Fruit & Veg 6.6
Keep forgetting to log water....

And token cat by the fire pic - yes that's right, it's August and I have m fire on!!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Food Diary 18th August

Well despite all my anger and annoyance yesterday I managed to keep my food healthy - that's definitely progress for me! Today hasn't been quite so good, it's not been bad but a lack of planning and preparation meant I've gone over cals, but I'll update on today tomorrow!

Yesterday's food:

Breakfast: Protein shake, 1 scoop, half milk, half water and a banana with almond butter - this got some interesting looks at work!

Snack: Babybel light and 1 satsuma
Lunch: Tuna with salsa, spring onion, black pepper and lettuce on 3 multi-grain Ryvita
Snack: 150g red grapes and 100g full fat greek yogurt with half a scoop chocolate whey
Pre-Workout: banana bread Nakd bar - this has overtaken cocoa loco as my favourite!Plus 1 scoop whey in water as all the delays in getting out of the house meant I was getting hungry
Post-Workout: 1 scoop whey with water and Nakd chocolate orange bar - even better than banana bread and actually a fantastic alternative to terry's chocolate orange! Not that I'd choose a fruit bar over an actual chocolate orange mind!
Dinner: Chilli with a slice of wholemeal seeded bread and Olivio

Drinks: Water - I had 1.2L during my workout and 2 750ml bottles at work - maybe more but I forgot to log any of it, 1 cup of tea and Starbucks latte with vanilla sugar free syrup - I asked for hazelnut after it being so yummy the day before, which is funny since the day before I asked for vanilla and got hazelnut....wonder what I'll get next time!

Exercise: 1hour walking plus weights at home (see previous post)

aily Cal Quota:
+ Exercise Cals: 558
Total Cal Quota: 2162
Calories Consumed: 1914
Calories Left: 249
Protein (g) 166.1
Carbohydrate (g) 176.3
Fat (g) 62.6
Fibre (g) 26.8
Fruit & Veg 6.9

I'm off to bed for an early night now - I'm tired and stressed after trying to sell some things on ebay! Buggers have changed the rules so that if they don't want you to charge postage on an item they wont let you list it - how odd! I hate ebay.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Some things just aren't meant to be...

Today it was going to the gym.

I got home around 4.30pm, had my banana bread Nakd bar and put on my gym stuff. Left the house around 5pm, put in my earphones and my ipod battery had run out. After the horrible day I had at work I decided I couldn't possibly face 1 hour of walking and 1 hour of exercise with no music - I needed something loud and heavy. So I turned back and charged my ipod for half an hour. Left at 5.30pm, got halfway down the street and put my hands in my pockets, think it seemed odd, I was sure I couldn't normally put both hands in my pockets. I had forgotten my back with my water bottle, money, post workout shake and money. Home again, 3rd time lucky! Half an hour later I get to the gym and realise I had forgotten my wallet and therefore my gym card. I figured I'd be ok, they let you away with it 3 times and it was a first offense. But on no! My membership had expired! On the Friday, even though I was in on the saturday - nice of them to warn me eh? They value their customers so highly they don't want us renewing our memberships! To see I was mighty pissed off is putting it somewhat mildly! Then she asked did I want to renew it now - um, no, I forgot my wallet, that's how we got into this conversation!
I can't afford to renew until I am paid so had to cancel my pre-paid!! Personal trainer session for Saturday!
I cried. Just a little.
Decided I'd come home and have that large glass of wine someone at work suggested to de-stress.

Except, I didn't have it, instead I switched on the subwoofer, plugged in my ipod and with the help of a little bit of this, (at a ridiculous volume)

I got these

And this

He's so helpful.....

And I worked my ass off and had a fantastic workout!

I did some dumbbell squats - I don't know what they are called and the closest I can find is the chop squat on the gay fitness community -, it's a bit like this
but, um, more macho... I do these with the PT and use one heavy dumbbell and do 10 with each arm for three sets. You start with the dumbbell at your feet, squat down and pick it up and use your legs to push yourself and your arm up - you lift your arm up over your head using the power from your legs....
Followed by some Romanian Deadlifts and Bulgarian split squats, then bent over row, and shoulder press superset with girlie push ups and I finished off with the plank (3 x 30 seconds) and some stretches.
All my weights were the usual 8 - 12 reps as heavy as I could for three sets.

I already hurt quite a lot!

Then I rewarded myself with this

And now I'm off to have some dinner before updating my food diary - feeling really good and so happy I didn't let the gym thing and general piss-offness get me down and binge!

Food Diary 17th August

Breakfast: Protein shale with 1 scoop, half milk half water. Greek Yogurt (full fat - too bitter) with half a scoop of cookies & cream and melon
Snack: babybel light
Lunch: Thai chicken soup
Snack: 2 figs and a Fusili apple & cranberry bar, then I had to go pick up a parcel which was my box of Nakd bars - I ordered a big taster box since I can only buy the berry or coco ones locally, of course I desperately wanted to try them all! I settled with the Pecan Pie, nice and I'll easily eat the rest of them but a bit too greasy for my liking so I wont be rushing out to buy more.
Dinner: I made my first chilli with some lean beef mince, loads of veg and sweet potato wedges, it was very nice though didn't really taste like chilli! I made loads so we'll be eating this for a few days

Drinks: Starbucks coffee with some very yummy sugar free hazelnut syrup - I actually asked for vanilla but prefer the hazelnut now...2 cups of tea and lots of water

No exercise but Monday normally isn't an exercise day anyway!

Was a good day yesterday, my first propper good day for ages! The last couple of weeks I've been back into my habit of eating well during the day then eating everything in sight once I get home!

Today's looking good too - will be fine as long as I get out to the gym, I need to go home first and I'll be ok as long as I don't sit down and just get my gym stuff ready and go. I've got some more chilli to look forward to afterwards so don't even have much cooking to do. I am worried how I'll cope in the gym though - I'm in agony after saturday's PT session!
We started with 20 mins of intervals in the treadmill, he got me up to 9mph which is the fastest I've gone so far, I only managed 30 second bursts but it was at the end of the 20 mins! Moved onto some squats with a heavy ball that really killed my arms, superset with push ups - the on my knees version, though I did manage 2 full push ups but my core just isn't strong enough for them. Finished up the session with some core work.
My back, shoulders and arms are so painful! I had to get my boyfriend to take my top off yesterday because I just couldn't get them high enough - shoulder press should be fun tonight!

Daily Cal Quota: 1604
Calories Consumed: 1603
Calories Left: 1

Protein (g) 107.5
Carbohydrate (g) 150.7
Fat (g) 65.1
Fibre (g) 15.9
Fruit & Veg 7.8
Water (litres) 2.3

I have Moved

To here!

Bit of a long winded story, basically I ended up creating a new google email account and didn't want to have to keep signing into to different accounts but I couldn't find a way of moving my blog and keeping the same address and then discovered I could get for just £2.50 and thought why the hell not!

Feels more like my own now - hopefully it will help me get my blogging mojo back!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Food Diary 5th August

Breakfast: Morning protein shake, 0% greek yogurt with strawberries and half a scoop of cookies & cream
Snack: Mini edam and 2 apricots
Lunch: Wholemeal wrap with tuna salad
Snack: 1 passion fruit, honey hazlenuts from Saturday's graze box
Pre-Workout: a apple cut up and each piece spread with almond butter and a fatty babybel
Dinner: Thai Beef stir fry with a small portion of basmati rice

Snack: Fatty cheddar babybel - yuk, but I'll probably stil eat the other one! I don't like it but there's something about it that makes me want to eat it...

Drinks: Loads of espreso, glass of apple & mango juice and water

Exercise: 25 min run - intervals

Total Cal Quota: 1580
Calories Consumed: 1645
Calories Left: -65 annoying, I forgot to log the juice yesterday, I only ate the babybel because I had cals left
Protein (g) 126.2
Carbohydrate (g) 155.8
Fat (g) 57.4
Fibre (g) 15.2
Fruit & Veg 7.4
Water (litres) 2.3

Food Dairy 4th August

Breakfast: My usual morning protein shake, 1 scoop, 100ml skimmed milk and 100ml water with ice. Followed by 20g oats with 150ml skimmed milk and a pot of apple, banana and plum fruit puree
Snak: 1 satsuma, 1 apricot and a mini Red Leicester cheese thing
Lunch: Tuna with low fat fromage frais, grated homegrown courgette (from someon at work, ours has yet to appear!), finely chopped yellow pepper and spring onion, black pepper and a chopped chilli, and a bit of Food doctor Salad Boost nuts and seeds and things, in a wholemeal wrap with soe littel gem lettuce
Snack: Handful of cherries (had to pick out the non-mouldy ones :( ) 100g 0% greek yogurt with strawberries and half a scoop of cookies & cream whey. 1 passion fruit
Pre-Workout: small banana sliced down the middle and filled with almond butter

My new favorite snack!

Post-workout: 1 scoop whey with water and coco loco Nakd bar
Dinner: tilapia with garlic and pepper green beans and a berry Trek bar

Snack: Mini smoked cheese and Babybel - full fat!the ful fat one was a nice change but too creamy and rich for me!

Drinks: 1 coffee and lots of water

Exercise: 30 mins walk to the gym, full body weights, 20 mins interval on the treadmill, 30 mins walk home

Total Cal Quota: 1997
Calories Consumed: 1967
Calories Left: 30
Protein (g) 160.2 (33.2%)
Carbohydrate (g) 202.0 (39.3%)
Fat (g) 59.1 (27.6%)
Fibre (g) 27.8
Fruit & Veg 8.9
Water (litres) 3.1

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Food Diary 3rd August

Quick catch up on yesterdays food - wasn't great, got some bad news in the evening so no proper dinner.

Breakfast: 1 scoop protein shake - half milk half water. 140g 0% Greek yogurt with 60g blueberries and 1/2 scoop cookies & cream whey
Snack: 2 fresh apricots and 100g cherries
Lunch: Carrot and lentil soup with a wholemeal roll - having my mum here for the weekend meant I couldn't be bothered getting prepared for work food so it was canteen soup - lovely but I prefer to know exactly what I'm eating and find other poeples soups too salty. Plus I can never resist the rolls!
Snack: 1 scoop whey with water

This is where it all goes wrong! Went to the supermarket hungry...

Dinner: Sainsburys fresh squeezed lemonade and a Maximuslce meal bar - not likely to eat one of these again, flavour was alright, texture was odd and my jaw was agony afterwards from all the chewing, then I got a headache from the jaw pain!
Snack: small smoked cheese, edam and Boursin with 1.5 oatcakes! Random... instead of Babybels I got a back of mixed small cheses, and obviously had to try as many as possible! Ah well, in the past I would have eaten the whole bag!

Total Cal Quota: 1368
Calories Consumed: 1462
Calories Left: -94
Protein (g) 107.2 (30.3%)
Carbohydrate (g) 173.9 (46.2%)
Fat (g) 36.9 (23.5%)
Fibre (g) 19.6
Fruit & Veg 5.9
Water (litres) 1.2 (didn't log it all)

Today was much better though I will post tomorrow as I'm still hungry!

I did have dinner issues tonight though....

Weekend Mini Catch Up

Oh dear - I'm getting really crap at remembering to post!

My excuse is that my mum was up visiting for the weekend so I was s bit busy! We had a lovely couple of days and and delicious meal on Saturday night - I wanted sea bass but they were out so went for the steak with chunky chips and peppercorn sauce and chocolate tart for pudding. I also shared a bottle of wine with my mum and had a couple of very chocolately birthday cakes that I'd made for her.

I didn't take any pictures of the finished things but here is my vanilla sponge and chocolate ganache topping (double cream, dark chocolate and Baileys! Fantastic!)

I did actually start the weekend quite well with a lovely blueberry, greek yogurt, oats and whey smoothie

Followed by a walk to the gym for my PT session then walking home. I'm quite liking the extra walking - loads more calories burned and I like being able to listen to my ipod super loud!

PT session was good - started with 20 mins intervals on the treadmill and he pushed me really hard, I was surprised at how fast I managed and for how long. I have made loads of progress with running!
Went onto some squats on the power rack and then tried a couple of sets of squats on the Smith machine - I quite like this but just can't get in a comfortable position so only did 2 sets.
Next were some assisted pull ups - managed to reduce the assistance this time and to complete all three sets without feeling ill! We talked about non-assisted pull ups and the PT reckoned I should give them ago but I was feeling too chicken this time!
I'm sure I'm forgetting something else but we finished off with some core work then 5 mins on the bike at a high level keeping the speed up and taking the level down every 30 seconds - was a nice tough final blast for my legs :D

Decided to have yet another fresh start on Monday after my weekend calories going WAY over! Feeling back "in the zone" this week, not really been feeling it for a while so this is good!

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