Sunday, 13 September 2009

New Things!

I've been making more of an effort to try new things in an attempt to hold off the food and exercise boredom. Most of them I haven't got round to trying yet because of having the cold but it's on it's way our now so no excuses!

My next weeks shopping list consists of main meals I haven't cooked before and I've tried to add some more variety to breakfast, lunch and snacks but or those I'm mostly focusing on getting back into the habit of planning and preparing in advance, not at 6am when I'm rushing to get ready for work! I will be away Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night so wont be cooking then.
This week/next weeks dinners should include:
Polenta Pizza
Chili Beef Noodles
Tarragon Chicken Casserole
Cape Hake Fillets
and I have a butternut squash to use too

I have also got myself some coconut oil, Ezekiel bread mix (never had Ezekiel bread or made bread before), Munchy Seeds, Rice Dream rice milk, I got some little tupperware pots for small portions of sugar jelly with berries and reduced sugar Angel Delight with some protein powder mixed in), I'll be trying some more homemade Nakd bars, making some flax muffins, hopefully trying some more Larabars (including chocolate chili!) if my order arrives. I recently tried a couple of Nibbl pouches and want to make my own so have some plain cashews, pistachios, banana chips and caco nibs. I'm also making an effort to get a bit more experimental with oats (hot and cold) thanks to Edna for showing my this blog. Oh and I really want to try some Coconut Chocolate Brownies from the Eat Oxygen blog. Next week I want to use some of her recipes for lunches I can take into work.
I wont be doing/eating all of these this week though!

Exercise - I'm going to have a go at the Rachel Cosgrove Metabolic workout this week, hopefully today but I still feel a bit rough so not sure I should really... failing that I have the day off on Wednesday before heading down to Glasgow for Coldplay so I could do the workout in the morning.
I'd also like to try a Bodysculpt class at the new gym but the only ones I can make next week are Wednesday morning or Wednesday evening so maybe I'll leave that for next week! I don't think I'll make it a regular thing as I want to fit in 3 proper weights session each week and having the classes Tuesday & Wednesday makes it hard to fit in. I'd still like to give it a try though
My boyfriend and are are quite enjoying our weekly badminton, we went yesterday morning and plan on booking a court for every Saturday or Sunday morning.
I had my first spin class for years a couple of weeks ago and plan on making that a regular thing as I really enjoyed it and work harder than I would alone. The only class I can make is a Tuesday evening.
The other class I quite fancy is Sports Conditioning but I think it may be a bit hardcore for me, might see if I can get my boyfriend to come along with me to see how it goes!

My new workout plan is looking a bit like this:

Monday: Weights & Intervals
Tuesday: Spinning
Wednesday: Bodysculpt or Weights & Intervals
Thursday: Cardio or Sports Conditioning class
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Weights & Intervals
Sunday: Badminton

Here is a picture of my first interesting porridge!
I used:
1/3 cup oats
1/3 cup water
1/6 cup skimmed milk
1/6 cup Rice Dream milk
4 Blackberries
10g Mixed Nuts
White chocolate drops - only used a couple of grams of chocolate for a little flavour!
Dark chocolate with fig
1/2 tsp Cinnamon


  1. Yum! Kath makes some very nice suggestions doesn't she!

    Where are you getting your Larabars from?


  2. I'm in the same boat - bored with my routine, eating the same stuff, doing the same exercise everyday. I decided to go out of my way to try new recipes and ingredients as well - I must admit I think its fun! Yesterday I tried tempeh for the first time, and I'm using it again - in my second new recipe this weekend - tonight! I like the sound of chilli beef noodles as well - chilli makes everything better! I'll be looking forward to reading how you get on!

  3. Stella Does Blogging13 September 2009 at 15:49

    Edna I orderd from but I placed my order over 2 and a half weeks ago and it's still not turned up - they emailed me back yesterday saying that someone with my name ordered at the same time so they sent both parcels to her and will check stock for me and send again... not sure if I'll use them again as the only thing they sell I can't find elsewhere is the Cocoa Mole Larabar!

    Thanks Chris, I'll have to do it now I know you'll see if I don't! I'll need to have a look at tempeh, I've seen it in recipes but never investigated.

  4. I am obsessed with butternut squash these days...since I figured out I can just nuke it in the microwave rather than roasting it like I used to do I'm going through 2 or 3 a week most weeks! I'm sure there are zillions of ways of cooking it, I just got into the habit of roasting it. It makes lovely soup but I can't be arsed with soups lately....come November I'm sure I'll be arsed again!

  5. Stella Does Blogging13 September 2009 at 19:28

    I've been meaning to get one ever since I watched my friend nuke it, I never knew you could! Do you just stick it in? No prep?

  6. I've not found Larabars anywhere online - let me know your sources?!!

  7. Depends how lazy I'm feeling! Sometimes I'll peel it altogether and chop it and then other days I'll just slice it lengthwise and scoop out the delicious delicious flesh. Probably lose a bit of said delicious delicious flesh if you do it that way whereas peeling it with a good sharp swivel peeler will leave you with the minimum wastage. Today I'm going to cut one into fries, nuke briefly and then toss in a bag with some oil and a few herbs and roast. They came out really crispy the last time I did that but it was purely accidental so I hope it works out when I actually mean to do it.

  8. Stella Does Blogging14 September 2009 at 17:18

    Mmm, the chips sound good, might just have to try that!

    Edna I just did a Google UK search on Larabars, managed to find 4 flavours. I've also found an ebay seller who may be able to get me some - will let you know when I hear back and send you the link, maybe we could do another Capella drops style order? Think Jildo could be interested too.

  9. Yes please - sounds great to me - keep me posted!


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