Day 2 of my 21 day detox challenge

I’ve woken up not hungry and ready to try a light gym session. It won’t be my usual but it will probably feel like it if my resting heart rate is anything to go by this morning. I’m clearly still fighting something off but sometimes doing something actually makes you feel better!

I started with some side plank rotations & side lunge with a reach before moving onto lunge with Kettlebell press, super-setted with maximum press ups. I managed 13 in each set.
My workout lasted for about an hour all in all, and progressed to thrusters, burpees, 5k bike and abs, which I was pleased with. I didn’t push it though!

I then had my first juice of the day…before walking to the park with Lacie.
My hubby then decided he wanted to lunch, so whilst him and Lacie ate, I drank my juice. I won’t lie. I was tempted to give in and have lunch with them but after a few sips of my juice I didn’t feel too hard done by.
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I then had my Brazil nut milk at 4ish, which I find incredibly sweet. I’m not sure if I like it or not, but it’s filling so that’s enough for me, followed by juice for dinner at 7pm and a hot water with a slice of lemon. All in all, I’ve had 4 juices and lots of water.

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I do feel hungry today and I do feel a little agitated BUT my word, I’ve been productive. I’ve written a feature, sorted all the clothes in my drawers, sorted Lacie’s 1st birthday photos and also wrote & sent all her thank you cards.

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I also had a long soak in the bath with Epsom salts, not only because it’s advised on the Purifyne juice programme but also because my hubby ordered in a pizza and some sweets and I just had to get away. How cruel can you be?
I don’t actually eat pizza – but the whole house smells AMAZING.

I wonder if he saved me any?

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Day 1 of my 21 Day Fix

Day one of my Purifyne Juice cleanse went well.
I’m still not 100% so I swapped my usual gym session for a fasted hour’s walk (boo! I love lifting weights!) but at least I managed to do something active and Lacie got a sleep at the same time. I feel utterly flaked though!

I then came home and had my first juice; kale, apple, lemon, cucumber, spinach and ginger. It was amazing. I was worried that it would be watery and ‘green’, but it was the complete opposite. Tangy and tasty!

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 21.33.10 Me & Lacie then went swimming and whilst she ate lunch after her lesson, I sipped another juice.
Mid-afternoon I had a Brazil nut milk which was creamy & lush before finishing the day with one last juice.

Do I feel hungry? No! Do I feel refreshed? No! Do I feel energised? Not yet!
I do feel less bloated though, and proud of myself for sticking to it, despite my hubby eating a chicken Kiev in front of me!

Time to get an early night. Happy Friday!

21 day fat loss challenge

I’ve had another bloody virus. Sore throat, sore ears, dizziness, the shakes etc, so my training with Bearwolf has been put on hold until I recover. I tried a workout on Monday and ended up feeling dizzy and seeing stars. I just called it quits and went back in until I recovered. It’s really not worth putting your body under the stress.

I’m still feeling weird but going to start my 21 day challenge again tomorrow and just fill up on green juices and super-greens. I’m guessing all the vitamins & minerals will do me the world of good!

That said I’m going to a Purifyne three day juice detox. I basically start the day with lemon & hot water with some supplements, then have a green juice at breakfast, lunch, mid afternoon & dinner. I also have a nut butter shake mid afternoon, which looks really creamy and delicious. I know it’s not ideal starting a detox when you’re not 100% but I’m not eating much anyway and if I’m not training (so unlike me!) it’s probably the best time to do it!

So wish me luck. I have three days of juices, then I’m moving onto a 7 day protein challenge with UpBeat. I’m hoping I will back in the gym then and all the protein will start building me up again and give me the energy to train again.

I’ll weigh myself and keep an eye on how my clothes fit and hope that over the next 21 days I’ll get rid of that last kilo. I was 64.5kg after I had Lacie and now 59.3kg, so it’s all going in the right direction.

I’ll let you know how day 1 of juicing goes tomorrow.

My First Year Essentials

I can’t believe it. Lacie is one on Sunday. I have survived the first year with a few bumps to the head (yes she rolled off the bed. Every new mothers nightmare!), breakdowns and sleepless nights. It really hasn’t been as hard I thought it would be – I’ve loved every minute and being a mummy has definitely chilled me out. I simply CAN’T work out more than 6 times a week (I used to train twice a day!!), can’t be fussy about what I eat and when I eat it, and I have to drag my ass out of bed to get my workout in in the morning. You can certainly get your body back after a baby, but you need to be prepared to workout when infact all you want to sleep and be patient. It definitely is 9 months out, 9 months in. I have just got my body back to where I want it to be (well 1kg away from my goal anyway!)

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So here are a few things that have kept me going this last year. My new mum essentials, which have made my life easier.

Maxinutrition Promax Lean Bars 
These are great for my crazy mornings, when I don’t have time to grab food between my workouts (I workout at 6:30am when Lacie is in bed) and getting me and Lacie ready for the day. They are high in protein, contain green tea and just seem to set me up for the day until I can grab some eggs or something similar for breakfast, which usually happens about 10:30.

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Viridian Cherry Night
Sometimes, no matter how tired I am, I feel wired at nighttime, despite the fact that I don’t drink coffee or anything like that.
Since having Lacie, I’m also such a light sleeper, so find that this Cherry Night, helps me to relax and unwind before bed and helps me sleep a bit more soundly! It contains glycine, cherry, red date and magnesium, which are all great for relaxing the mind, especially if you have an hour post-bedtime.
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BearWolf Personal Training Service
It would be so easy to skip a workout if I wasn’t accountable to these guys! Each day I have to check in with my workout and nutrition using their online app, and if I don’t? I get a gentle reminder from Scott, asking me how I’m getting on.
I’m currently on week 3 of my new programme and each day when I check in, I have to tell them my reps, weights and workout time. The goal is to improve each week – and guess what? So far, so good! Still one kilo of baby weight to shift though!

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My Virgin Active Membership
Now I have a gym in my garden I don’t go to the gym as much as I would like too, but my mum has Lacie on Wednesdays so I make sure I go to the gym then and also on Thursday evenings. It’s nice to be on the gym floor again with an abundance of equipment and to be surrounded by others working out. I often get ideas by watching what others do, or speaking to the trainers there. I also love our swimming lessons at Virgin Active. Lacie has been going since she was 11 weeks old and we now have a fab teacher called Sandra who is really pushing her along whilst making the lessons fun. She can now kick her legs, paddle her arms, go under the water without even a blink of the eye and sit on the side and jump in. She really does love it and I would recommend swimming lessons to any new mum.

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Weaning; Sugar-free banana bread

We’ve hit a stumbling block! Lacie is usually so, so good with her food and now she doesn’t want vegetables. She doesn’t want fish or protein. And she certainly doesn’t want puréed sweet potato or butternut squash. Until now, she’s been the healthiest, unfussiest (if that’s a word!) baby and it’s phased me. It’s like all of a sudden she’s turned into a stubborn little monkey and knows what she likes and what she doesn’t. Give her bread and she’s happy! Well I’m not!

To help the situation I’ve been baking. Last week I made sweet potato and butternut squash muffins. This week I made banana bread with sweet potato and grated carrots. She loved it. I either give it to her warm with a little almond butter or coconut oil and she’s happy to munch on it.
To help any other mums through this difficult phase, here is the recipe. I like that it’s sugar free and that it’s got only almonds, eggs, bananas, cinnamon and sweet potato in it. I wonder if next time I make it, I can add a bit of spinach? It’s worth a try!

To make, you will need;
2 eggs
200g sweet potato
1 large banana
1 grated carrot
100g ground almonds or almond flour
50g hazelnuts
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
30g Lucy Bee Coconut oil
Pinch of salt.

First of all boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft, then blend (I love the baby cook) until they are puréed, then
grate the carrot and mix with the almond flour, hazelnuts, coconut oil, eggs, salt and baking powder.
Add a pinch of cinnamon before putting the mixture into a well oiled loaf tin and bake at 160 degrees for 60 minute.
Let it rest. Then cut up and store in a cool dry place.

This really is a perfect finger food for lunch time or as an afternoon snack – for (mummy) & baby. Enjoy!

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