Day 3 of my 21 day diet challenge

Hello day three…it looks like it may be hungry one as I woke up hungry today!

Determined not to venture of track though, I popped Lacie in her running buggy (read my review on the Out ‘n’ About Nipper Sport V4 here) and went out for an hour run before breakfast. There’s a park about 10 minutes from our house, so I walked there as part of my warm up and the set my timer to three minutes running & 30 seconds rest. I did this 10 times before walking back home again. It took about an hour and according to my heart rate monitor I burnt 500 calories.

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When I got home I had a Protein shake with 1/2 a banana followed by some sourdough bread with almond butter. That certainly knocked the hunger pangs on the head and the combination of protein, carbs & good fats helped my recovery too.

For lunch I had Tomato soup followed by a chicken breast with courgette noodles marinated in homemade pesto made from spinach, avocado, basil & pine nuts and then a apple mid afternoon and a sugar free lolly….it was either that or something extra naughty. I always struggle in the afternoons with cravings!

I always go to the gym on Thursday nights too, so as soon as Lacie was in bed I ventured to my local Virgin Active.
I always run there. It takes 8 minutes, which is perfect for my warm up.
I then did 20 glute raises and 20 deadbugs to switch on my core, followed by 20 Kettlebell lunges holding a 12kg Kettlebell to work my lower body. I did this five times, and not only were my legs burning but my heart rate was nice and high too. This is the strength phase of my workout.

To finish off, I did a nasty met-con finisher, where I did 150 Russian Kettlebell swings using a 12kg Kettlebell. I didn’t however just do 150 straight off. I did as many as I could in a minute, then did 10 jumping lunges and did another load of swings until my buzzer went off. Basically on the minute every minute I did my jumping lunges, then carried on doing my Kettlebell swings inbetween.
The whole thing took me 6 1/2 minutes – it was horrible. The first time I did this though it took me 11 minutes so I’m definitely getting fitter!

I then finished off with some tricep dips and side planks and walked home. I usually run but my legs refused!

When I got home I had a nice hot bath with my favourite Liquid Yoga bath soak followed by a pot of CO YO mixed with some lemon juice and lemon zest. It reminds me of lemon meringue pie…and is a perfect post without treat.

So, I’ve had another great day. I’ve eaten around 1500 calories again but burnt 500 during my run and 400 at the gym – leaving me well under my calorie allowance. I think I may be hungry again tomorrow so will plan a nice big breakfast. I’m thinking protein pancakes! Yum!

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A clean and lean pregnancy

As I approach 41 weeks pregnant, a week overdue, I won’t lie I’ve become seriously apprehensive and stressed. Feeling out of control is not my strong point and the fact that I have an appointment at the hospital on Sunday for some intervention is scaring me too. It wasn’t on the birth plan!!

One thing I can take control of how ever is keeping to a clean and lean lifestyle during these overdue days and doing everything I can to keep me and the bubs healthy and happy. Infact everyone keeps telling me that I should be taking the fact that’s she’s late as a compliment. I’ve created such a lovely little home inside me that she doesn’t want to come out. That’s one good way of looking at it I suppose!

So what do I mean by clean and lean? I mean cutting the C.R.A.P.
C – caffeine
R – refined sugar
A – alcohol
P – processed foods.

One easy way of doing this is going for foods that grow, swim, fly or have eyes. If you couldn’t get it when living in nature, then don’t eat it. Think back to the caveman days. Did they have Pot Noodles? No they had to pick fruits & vegetables and kill their food to eat it.

Another important clean and lean lifestyle point is getting enough sleep. Me and the baby need sleep to help prepare us for what’s coming hopefully in the next few days. We are both going to need energy, so listening to my body and going to bed when I’m tired and waking up when I want to is important.

Cutting stress, limiting my time on my iPhone especially in the bedroom and generally being positive are also vital. These things all go hand in hand when living clean and lean and helping to create a new life, so visualisation, my hypnotherapy and creating vision boards and getting plenty of fresh air all go hand in hand. Try it!

If you need help or advice please don’t hesitate to email me at miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk

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* I am a certified level 3 NASM Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and pre and post-natal fitness expert by Premier Training International