Tuesday, 16 March 2010


I'm just home from my first spin class in months and it hurts so bad! It was actually quite a disappointing class, the girl who took it was very nice but I was so bored! And even though I was pushing it just didn't feel like a tough enough workout. She did say it was her 5th class of the day so maybe that's way! Anyway, it hurts quite a lot now and I burned 400 calories so it can't have been that bad!

After a bit of a crappy weekend I've managed to get off to a good stark this week (can't believe tomorrow is Wednesday already! Only 2 more days until my weekend!) I think I went a bit over yesterday due to indulging in my last Larabar, but I've made up for some of it today already and there's still plenty of week left!


Breakfast: Medium skinny latte for Starbucks, with hazelnut syrup and Orange & Cinnamon oatmeal with skimmed milk and 1tsp dark chocolate spread

Snack: Small banana

Lunch: Chocolate Maxitone shake and a Tuna and red onion sandwich (I'm determined to make this the last time I go for the crappy work cafe sandwiches - it was after my run and the closest/quickest/easier thing!)

Snack: Apple with mesquite and cinnamon - I do NOT like mesquite!! It tastes nice at the time of eating, but oh my god, the after taste! It's vile! And it stuck with me for hours. Bleugh. Though since I had a whole tub of it I'll give it one more chance mixed in with something...

Dinner: Chilli con carne, kind of. I made a huge pot of mine in a sort of bolognese style ages ago so I defrosted a pot, added a tin of kidney beans, a tin of tomatoes and some cayenne. Served with rice and tortilla chips. The chips were just a wholemeal tortilla wrap brushed with some oil and cayenne then crisped up under the grill for a few minutes - they are so addictive, I love them!

Snack: Cocoa Mole Larabar and a large glass of some sparkling raspberry crush - which I now wish I hadn't bought! I thought it would be like Fruitiser but it just tasted really synthetic and cost me just over 200 calories!

Drinks: Coffee machine latte, peppermint tea, water

Exercise: 24mins/3.46km run - still doing the run for a minute/walk for a minute thing. This wasn't my favourite run, it started absolutely pouring with rain just as I got out, freezing cold drops too, felt like razors on my skin! Typical that it's the first time I've gone out in a t shirt! And my t shirt was white so I looked like I was in a wet t shirt competition by the time I was done! Fortunately the rain only last 5 minutes as I ws ready for turning back!

Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota:1406
+ Exercise Cals:215
Total Cal Quota:1621
Calories Consumed:2066
Calories Left:-445
Cals to Maintain Weight:1906

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal)2066
Protein (g)121.7
Carbohydrate (g)262.2
Fat (g)60.1
Fibre (g)28.3
Fruit & Veg7.0


Breakfast: Oats with vanilla rice milk (none of the supermarkets nearby are stocking the hazelnut and almond anymore :( ) with seeds and dried berries and 1tsp of maple spice pecan nut butter stirred in - beautiful! Perfect balance of sweet and savoury.

Snack: Tall skinny latte form Starbucks with sugar free hazelnut syrup (need to break this habit, but I'll probably have another tomorrow!)

Lunch: 2 (whole) egg omelette with full fat milk, salt, pepper, paprika, filled with a slice of ham, courgette, yellow pepper and a little red leicester cheese. Served with a salad of iceberg, baby spinach and spring onion with chocolate orange balsamic vinegar

Snack: Chocolate Maxitone Sculptress shake pre-workout and a Chocolate Covered Katie style fudge baby post-workout

Dinner: Prawn Pad Thai - recipe from my friend Jill, she cooked it for me when I was staying with her in Belfast and it was so yummy! Mine was really good but definitely need more practice to come up to Jills standard!

This is Jill's recipe:

Prawn Pad Thai (1 serving)
  • 100g Prawns

  • 60g Noodles

  • 1 Med/15g Spring Onion Finely Sliced

  • 30g Carrots Finely Sliced

  • 15g Monkey Nuts, Roasted (you can use plain peanuts or cashews)

  • ½ Egg Large

  • 1 Tbsp/15ml Fish Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp/15ml Juice, Lime

  • 1 Tsp/7g Sugar, Dark Brown, Muscovado

  • ½ Tsp/1g Pepper, Cayenne, Ground

  • 5ml Oil, Vegetable, Average

    Make sauce from lime juice, sugar, cayenne & fish sauce. Mix well and set aside.

    Prepare noodles by soaking in boiling water for required time, then rinse under cold water. Set aside. (I use straight to wok noodles)

    Heat oil and stirfry prawns until cooked through.

    Add in noodles, carrots & spring onions and stirfry for one minute or until heated through.

    Add half an egg (per serving) and heat until egg scrambled.

    Add sauce and peanuts and stirfry for a further 2 minutes or until whole mixture is cooked through.
    Per Serving

    Calories (kcal)396.0
    Carbohydrate (g)31.6
    Protein (g)30.9
    Fat (g)16.5
    Fibre (g)3.4
    Fruit & Veg0.8

  • I'm going to make this again with chicken for my boyfriend, I think it would work well with chicken and there's no way he'll eat prawns!

    Snack: After I've posted this I'll be having a coconut Perle De Lait yogurt - they' aren't exactly healthy but they do taste good!

    Drinks: Coffee, peppermint tea, water

    Exercise: 1 hour spin class plus 20 mins walk each way to/from the gym

    Calorie Summary
    Daily Cal Quota:1406
    + Exercise Cals:450
    Total Cal Quota:1856
    Calories Consumed:1616
    Calories Left:240
    Cals to Maintain Weight:1906

    Nutrition Summary
    Calories (kcal)1616
    Protein (g)116.6
    Carbohydrate (g)141.9
    Fat (g)64.8
    Fibre (g)13.5
    Fruit & Veg3.4
    Water (litres)3.0

    Fruit and veg is a little on the pathetic side today! I thought it would have been higher actually...must try harder tomorrow.


    1. My PT has tried to get me into the spinning class but they really do not appeal to me. Although I have heard that a lot depends on who is doing it!! But 400 calories is good going :)

      Your pad thai looks lovely. I have to try it one day.


    2. StellaDoesHealthyEating17 March 2010 at 13:44

      Defintely depends on who is doing the class! Some have been excellent but sadly the regulars don't seem to be as good. There was a really tiny American girl once, she was kind of mean (in an nice way!) and pushed everyone so hard - without breaking a sweat herself! she really was fun, but last night was just dull.
      With a good instructor you can get a good amoutn more calories!

      The pad thai is delicious, I just finished off the rest of it for my lunch - prawns went a bit chewy but still tasted good!

    3. I wonder what the deal is with the hazelnut and almond rice milk, the supermarkets near me have stopped selling it as well. Its my favourite, I have to get it from holland and barrat now and pay a fortune for it! xx

    4. StellaDoesHealthyEating17 March 2010 at 18:25

      Aw no what ashame - I thought it was just little old Aberdeen! I'm loathed to pay H&B prices, but it is soooo good!

    5. I can still get the A&H rice milk - thank the lord!

    6. ha if I lived in the same country as you I would offer to buy the mesquite from you. I only opened mine last week but am using a fair amount! I saw a reci-mo-pe for mesquite cookies I'd like to try as well....

      Those rice/nut milks are so crazy expensive - I'm glad I haven't developed a taste for them ;)

    7. [...] was outrageously good!  I made the Pad Thai recipe (using chicken breast) from Stella Does Healthy Eating, an absolute gem of a blog.  And based in [...]

    8. I made the Pad Thai tonight and it was totally and utterly awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe---your blog is very inspirational.

    9. StellaDoesHealthyEating7 June 2010 at 14:06

      Hi Ang, thanks for the lovely compliment! I have to give credit to my friend Jill for the recipe - she cooked it for me and I've made it every week since, I love it!


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