Archive | June, 2011

Quick Update: I’m Alive!

28 Jun

Just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know I am alive and that I apologise for my lack of posting!

You see, even though I like to think I am supremely awesome and immune to all disease (haha), apparently I am not.  I have contracted the flu and am currently resting it up at home.  I’m not happy about this ONE BIT as I can hardly eat anything and am unable to train but ah well, health comes first!

It’s not all doom and gloom though!  There are a few good things coming your way:

  • Updated bikini progress pics;
  • Updated measurement results;
  • My official review on CLA;
  • My official review of dietlicious (a delicious low carb meal deliver program that I was so luckily asked to trial!); and
  • A fun GIVEAWAY!

So much excitement!  Weeee!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and wipe away the goo that is currently streaming out of my FACE.  Urgh.

See you all soon!  x

 

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Project Tighten Up: Update 6 – Fess Up Time

21 Jun

Bikini pics are coming on Saturday.  I can’t believe how quickly those 4 weeks just went by.  I really don’t feel ready for this…

I have only lost 1kg on the scales since last month but again, I really shouldn’t care what the scales think… I was saying to Nat the other day that it’s the only measure I can use (and abuse…) to judge my success as it’s not really feasible to wrap a tape measure around me once a week.  Nat is taking my measurements on Thursday so the ‘real’ results will be in then.

It’s time to fess up though – I had four days rest in a row this month as I was sick and I kind of went off my diet a little bit during that time.  I have also consumed alcohol on more occasions than usual.  My rule is only drink on special occasions like birthdays, weddings, hens nights etc but unfortunately I have broken my own rule and have drank on occasions outside of this.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t drink to EXCESS but nevertheless I broke my own rules.  Bad Amanda, BAD! 😉

I’m not perfect, even I sometimes don’t stick to my own program.  But in all honesty, when you are so strict on yourself for so long, sometimes your head is going to trip you up.  When you fall out of the ‘zone’ bad decisions are made.  Don’t think that it’s all about diet and exercise!  It’s far from it.  It’s an intense mental battle and you need to keep the upper-hand on yourself at all times!

Luckily, I’m back in the zone.  I have now re-focused and set my eyes on the prize.  I’ve been training very hard over the last 10 days or so after my break and my body is in a world of pain.  I actually don’t remember the last time I had DOMS this bad.  I wept like a baby when I had my massage yesterday.  Every part of me was sore.

When I get very sore like this I get magnesium into me straight away.  I also take glutamine to assist with energy and immune support (also has good effect on muscle recovery) but nothing helps those muscles like magnesium supplements.  They really make a difference, but er, a word of advice, they kind of block you up a bit if you take too much!

I’ve reduced my portion sizes too to give myself a bit of a kick up the butt.  My body doesn’t seem to be agreeing with the 1600 – 1700 cals plan so I’m dropping it back by a couple of hundred calories again.  As you know, I always switch things up when something stops working.  Don’t let yourself become stagnant!

The final thing that I am doing to get me over this hurdle is I have started taking CLA (check out Nat’s post here for more info).  It’s only been over the last week or so that that kilo has dropped so it could be the CLA but I won’t get a clearer picture of it’s success for another few weeks.  What I do know is that since I have been taking it my appetite has decreased.  A good thing!

So I’m a force to be reckoned with right now!  Let’s hope I’ve done enough to see a noticeable improvement on my progress pics from last month.

Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

15 Jun

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I love Thai food. I could happily exist on a diet of Thai food for a very long time. Actually, throw in Japanese food and I’m pretty certain I could exist on that for the rest of my life.

Issue is, you can never be certain what goes into your takeaway meal. Hidden salt, sugar and fat… it’s a major risk when you’re on Project Tighten Up.

So, I set about making my own sour and spicy Larb salad. I used turkey mince because it’s super lean and cheap however it is traditionally made with chicken or pork mince. I also served this up the next day for lunch with broccoli instead of lettuce and it was just as good.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 tbs peanut oil
500g turkey mince
1 stem lemon grass, pale section only, finely chopped
1 small chilli, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tbs fish sauce
1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (or more if you’re an onion fan!)
1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 cups of cooked quinoa
Lettuce leaves, to serve

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat until just smoking. Add the mince, lemon grass and chilli and stir-fry, breaking up any lumps, for 3-4 minutes or until meat changes colour. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together the lime juice and fish sauce in a small bowl until well combined. Drizzle the mince mixture with the dressing.

Add the, quinoa, onion and coriander and stir to combine. Spoon the mince mixture among lettuce leaves and dig in!

What cuisine could you eat every day for the rest of your life?

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Project Tighten Up: Update 5

9 Jun

It’s been a little while since my last Project TU update. I’ve still been following the plan but life has gotten in the way of updating this blog as often as I would like!

Two of the things that have gotten in the way lately are I’ve started studying to become a personal trainer and I’m also apart of a joint-venture in starting a weight loss directory called Weight Loss Pages (don’t forget to ‘like’ our Facebook page!).

I’m overjoyed to be following my passion and making steps to change my career. I think something that will set me apart from the rest as a trainer is that I have been in my clients shoes – I’ve lost weight and done the hard yards so will be able to give solid advice to them based on things that have worked for me. Would you let me train you? 😉

There was a small speed-bump in my Project TU journey though – I got sick on Monday and had to take additional rest days. So, I haven’t trained since last Saturday. That’s 4 days! Woe is me! But thank god, my awesomeness is almost at 100% capacity again and I’m smashing out a session with my trainer today (yay! She’s back! She’s back!).

I feel like my body is really changing now. There’s new definition and shape appearing every week and it’s so exciting! The best thing about this plan is that I get to eat a lot. I’m a hungry, hungry beast most of the time so this appeals to my interests greatly.

I’ve changed the meal plan slightly (as I do every 3-4 weeks anyway) as oats have turned on me. I had a hunch they would. I became very bloated and uncomfortable. I do miss them because I love porridge but I don’t miss that awful feeling.

I’ve also substituted the brown rice with quinoa as I’m concerned about the GI value of the brown rice. Some reports say it is high GI other say low. Personally, I don’t want to risk it.

Meal 1:

Gluten Free Muesli

 

I love this muesli! One thing though, the puffed rice and rice bran in it is not low GI but it is paired with other low GI items so that brings the overall GI of the meal down.

AND two scrambled egg whites with light cheese and chilli flakes (thanks Cooper – this is now my favourite part of the day!)

Meal 2:

Green apple and natural peanut butter

Meal 3:

Lean protein, quinoa and steamed broccoli

Turkey Larb - recipe coming soon!

Meal 4:

Double Barrel Nutrition WPI with skim milk, teaspoon of instant decaf coffee and a few drops of vanilla extract

Meal 5:

Lean protein, steamed vegetables and sweet potato

So, how is everyone else doing?  Still going hard?  I sure hope so! 🙂

Amanda’s TV Debut!

3 Jun

I was lucky enough to be asked on Kerri-Anne this week to talk about weight loss and it’s correlation with happiness and positive self-image.

For those of you overseas and unsure on who Kerri-Anne is, she is a very popular morning show host and has been in the television industry for many many years.  Justin called her the Australian Oprah.  Not like that helped me.  It just made me more nervous!

I had never been on TV before so I was extremely nervous and a little tongue-tied but I would have been a fool to pass up the opportunity to talk about something I am so passionate about.  Plus, Kerri-Anne was so lovely that it was easier to relax.  A little.  😉

The blog readers that have been with me since the beginning may recall my earlier posts on how I started to change the way I saw myself, improve my self-image and get motivated.  Here’s some links on the posts I have written on these topics:

Celebrities Are not Diet & Fitness Role Models

How to Get Motivated

The Follow On Effect

How Your Thought Patterns Impact Your Weight Loss

You Are What You Think

Goodbye Burgers, Goodbye Fries, Hello Health

Sometimes, when I feel unmotivated and wonder why I’m doing all of this, I just go back and read those posts and it sets me right back on the straight and narrow again.  It puts it all back into perspective that I am doing this for ME and if you don’t put yourself first then who else will?  🙂

So, without further adieu, here’s my appearance on Kerri-Anne!

Clean Eats: Turkeyballs

2 Jun

I’ve been pretty slack on the recipe posts front.  I guess because I am eating so clean these days I think nobody wants to see the different ways I eat chicken breast – chicken breast with lemon, garlic & herbs, chicken breast with Moroccan seasoning, chicken breast with Portuguese seasoning… It’s really exciting stuff for you guys, I can’t imagine how you are containing yourselves right now!

But I thought I would do something a little more exciting this week for lunches.  I felt like living on the edge.  I felt experimental.  I felt dangerous.  I felt like gobbling down TURKEYBALLS.

Not literally  turkey testicles.  That’s just gross.  Do turkeys even have testicles?  BRB finding out…  Ew oh my goodness, they do!  And people EAT them!  And oh my god, there’s a Turkey Testicle Festival in the US!  I’m serious!  Google it!  After you read this, of course!

Ahem.  Sorry about that.  Where was I?  Oh yeah, turkeyballs.  I was really impressed with how these turned out!  I had 5 for lunch with brown rice and broccoli but I think that was way too much as I was extremely full afterwards so 3 or 4 balls per serving should be enough.

With the rice and broccoli the whole dish is about 450 calories but would be less if you went with less balls.

Ingredients (makes 3 – 4 servings)

500g lean turkey mince

1/2 cup of almond meal (you can use breadcrumbs if you like)

1 -2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (or one whisked egg)

1 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs

1/2 teaspoon of chilli flakes (or chilli flakes to taste)

 

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

In a bowl, combine all ingredients.

(Official apologies for poor quality photos… I used my iPhone)

Line a baking tray with baking paper and use a 30ml measuring cup to scoop out the mince and place the scoops on the baking tray.  Wet your hands and then roll and form each scoop of mince into a ball.

Place in the oven and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Mmmmmmm! They look appetising, don’t they?  😉

Okay how about now:

Slightly better, yeah?  Slightly blurry too but I apologised about the lack of photo quality earlier, k?!

What’s your favourite type of meatball – turkey, beef, pork, chicken or other?