Archive | July, 2011

Clean Eats: Spicy Turkey Casserole

27 Jul

I got the idea for this recipe reading one of my favorite magazines, Oxygen. It only comes out every 2 months and I excitedly wait for my issue to arrive like a child waiting for Christmas. If you are serious about transforming your body then you need to read this magazine.

So, in true Amanda style, I changed things in this recipe to give it my own flair and the result was amazing, if I do say so myself! So much flavour and very filling. Give it a go for lunches soon!

Ingredients (serves 4)

450g of turkey, diced
Half an onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 green capsicum, diced
1 zucchini, diced
Fresh chilli, diced, to taste
1 tin of tomatoes
1 tub of reduced-salt tomato paste
1 tin of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Chilli powder, to taste
Handful of chopped parsley
Salt & pepper, to taste
Cooked quinoa, to serve (1/2 cup per serving)

Heat a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook until transparent. Add turkey. Cook until cooked through, about 5 – 7 minutes.

Add fresh chilli, capsicum and zucchini and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Add tin tomatoes, tub of tomato paste and tin of beans. Cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add chilli and salt and pepper and taste, then add more chilli if needed! Remember its metabolism charging properties! 😉

Sprinkle parsley on top and you’re done, ready to transfer to containers and freeze for quick and easy lunches for the week. 🙂

Nutritional Info: 319 cals; 6g fat; 1.6g sat fat; 38.9g protein; 23.5g carbs

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Project Tighten Up: Update 10 – Measurement Results

26 Jul

Reallllllllllllly quick one guys!  😀

Here is my measurement results for the month:

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I had pretty good results again this month with some good loses from the mid section and chest (sigh) and a surprisingly yet very WELCOME loss from the upper thigh!  BOOM!  It’s about time!

It’s also worthy to note that I am now officially a size 10 up top (according to eBay Australian Sizing charts) and only 3.5cm away from being a size 10 around the hips!  OH HAPPY DAYS!

Okay – that’s it from me.

Told you it was a quick one.  😉

Project Tighten Up: Update 9 – Progress Photos

25 Jul
I’m going to get REALLY embarrassed later on in this post.  REALLY embarrassed.  But more on that later…

So, it’s been 12 weeks since I embarked on the Project Tighten Up journey.  It’s been an exciting time and I’ve seen my body go through many changes.  I have really enjoyed keeping the photo log especially as when you can actually SEE the changes (as opposed to just a number on the scale or a measurement) you can really judge your success.  I encourage everyone to do it!

Publishing the photos on the blog though has been another story!  Every single time I get a nervous, sick feeling in my tummy.  It’s really not an enjoyable thing, putting half-naked photos of yourself out there on the internet!  I think to myself, “Oh god, FRIENDS are going to see this, FAMILY will see this… GASP, people from WORK are going to see this!”.  But it’s really something that I try to put out of my head as one of my main motivators for putting myself out there the way that I do is so that I can encourage you (yes, YOU!) to lead a healthier lifestyle.  It’s the old “If I can do it, you can do it too” story.   And I know that it is working from all your wonderful comments and emails.  I’m so proud of you guys!  😀

Okay, here we go!  Lights, camera, ACTION!

”]”]”]”]”](Thank you Alexis for the hand-me-down bikini!)

Can see some good changes in my legs and butt this month!  Back is getting leaner too, the line down my back is getting more defined.   And yes, I’m wearing fake tan.  I couldn’t face another ghostly white bikini pic!

Sigh.  Okay here is the embarrassing part.  I decided that I should see what I look like in the dreaded bikini and heels combination.  I’m going to have to learn how to rock this look when I compete as well as feel confident too so I thought I’d give it a crack.  My oh my, it’s so fricken awkward.  Haha

Oh hey there, no I don't feel awkward AT ALL.

This my sexy look... haaaaaaay!

Can you say BOOTAY?

Well then.  Now that I am significantly flushed with embarrassment I will bid you adieu!

Coming soon… my new muscle and strength building body recomposition diet! 

To Compete or Not to Compete

20 Jul

… that is the question.

The 12 week challenge that I set myself is almost up.  I could continue on with that challenge, as I am still not at the desired body fat that I would like to be at, or I could set a new challenge for myself – compete in my first Sports Model Competition.

A Sports Model Comp or a “Bikini” comp is different to a body building or figure comp (what Charlotte is doing).  To quote the IFBB rules:

Judges will be looking for the girl who displays the best shape, symmetry and tone as well as being the best groomed in terms of hair, make up, tan, nails etc to complete the look.

This category will suit the girl who trains for perhaps aerobics/dance/boxing etc and trains for toned body but without the extra muscle required for our Figure competitions. Girls who are “curvy” or “slim” will all be competitive as judges will assess which girl whose shape and tone is best presented. This category would suit girls who are training to compete in Figure in the future.

I think this is something that really appeals to me.  I’m not looking to compete in figure or body building and the shape that I am after is very similar to that of a sports or bikini comp model.  So why not get the physique and then have a little fun with it, maybe even win some prizes, whilst I can?  🙂

Now, there is a comp coming up in September but I doubt I will be ready by then so I think realistically I need to aim for March 2012.

I will be going to get a dexa scan in the next couple of weeks to find out my exact body fat and then that will help me determine how much body fat I will need to lose.  I’m guessing at the moment I would need to lose about 6 – 7%.  I hope the dexa scan doesn’t say it’s too much more than that!

Here’s some examples of what Sports Comp models look like:

Source: flexr6.com/

New progress pics will be taken this weekend so I’ll be able to get some better judgement on how much work needs to be done!

What do you guys think, should I go for it? 😀

Clean Eats: Lean Beef Patties

19 Jul

I got extremely creative in the kitchen yesterday!  I was all pepped up after just passing my P’s test (yay!  I’m a driver now! :D) so I decided to spend a solid 3 hours in the kitchen preparing meals for the week.   What a way to congratulate myself!

I can’t stress the importance of meal planning enough.  Fail to plan = plan to fail.  When I know all my lunches are prepared for the week it saves me money, time and it also saves me from eating something I shouldn’t.  I also know the exact portion, calories, fat, protein and carbs that I am getting.

I made the usual baked chicken breast (which I just season with Moroccan, Cajun or Portuguese seasoning and bake), a spicy turkey casserole (recipe to come) and these delicious lean beef patties.

These are great as lunch, dinner or even a snack-on-the-g0 option as they are quite tasty cold too!

For lunch or dinner I would eat two or three patties with 1/2 a cup of cooked quinoa and 1 – 2 cups of steamed green veg.  For dinner I would substitute the quinoa for sweet potato (about 100g is a good serve).

Give them a go and let me know what you think!

Lean Beef Patties (makes 10)

500g lean beef mince
Half a carrot, grated
Half an onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Handful of chopped parsley
1/2 cup almond meal (or bread crumbs if you are not worried about carbs)
1 egg
Chilli flakes, to taste
1 teaspoon of meat seasoning (I use one that has cumin, chilli, garlic and oregano in it)
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and roll into 10 balls.


Heat a little olive oil in a pan on medium heat.  Add balls and squash them down to form patties.

Cook for a few minutes a side until cooked through.

Nutritional Info: 108 cals per pattie; 6g fat; 2g sat fat; 13g protein; 1.5g carbs

 

Review: CLA

15 Jul

I have been using CLA now for about 4 weeks so now it’s time for my review!  I must also apologise for my lack of posting – life has been very busy lately!

What is CLA?

Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) is a type of fatty acid that is found mainly in meat and dairy products.

Over 30 clinical studies have been conducted on CLA with the following possible benefits being found:

  • Increases metabolic rate
  • Decreases abdominal fat
  • Enhances muscle growth
  • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Enhances immune system
  • Anti-Carcinogenic

One study that I found particularly interesting can be found here.  This study was conducted by a company that makes CLA so it’s important to remember the results can be skewed.

Another interesting article can be found here.

My Experience With CLA

In the four weeks I have been using CLA, whilst keeping up my clean eating and exercise regime, I have leaned out , particularly in the middle, more than ever before.   I take two capsules of CLA, 3 times a day, with meals.

My last measurement results showed that I had lost 3cm from my waist and 2cm from navel and I had only been using CLA for two weeks at that time!  I definitely attribute this to the CLA as my results have been fairly consistent and this loss was quite a big one for me.   I am also starting to feel my abs come through, which excites me greatly!

My new measurements and photos will be taken in about a weeks time so we will really be able to see the results then but I am feeling confident that I will have some more good results this month.

Muscle growth has been coming along nicely too but I can’t really say if that’s just a side effect from training hard. 😉

As for immune support, well, I caught a terrible respiratory infection so it hasn’t done so much for me in that area I’m afraid!

One thing to note though – this is not some miracle pill that will make your weight worries go away.  You MUST train hard and you MUST eat clean for this to work.  Otherwise you may as well just be taking capsules full of olive oil, it will simply do nothing.

Where to buy it?

Your best bet is to source it online.   Have a bit of a search for the best deal.

This is the brand I use:

Have you used CLA?  What’s your experience?

Review: Dietlicious

7 Jul

Recently I was contacted by Dietlicious who asked me if I would like to try their meal service.  My response?  Hell yes I would like to try your meal service!  So they VERY generously sent me a weeks worth of lunches and dinners to try.

What I love about Dietlicious is that it’s not a DIET.  There’s no heavy restrictions, just good quality real food that has been portion (very important!) and carb controlled.

Their meals taste absolutely delicious (hence their clever play on words – ‘dietlicious’) and very gourmet.  The philosophy they stick by is that you shouldn’t need to sacrifice taste to lose weight, you can still eat tasty (but healthy!) food – it’s just all about the portions in which you eat it!  I think this is very true for successful weight loss.

The meals are conveniently delivered straight to your doorstep and on top of frozen meals they also provide you with fresh salad ingredients and airlocked bags of fresh vegetables which you can add to any meal as you see fit.  Everything is labelled clearly and has heating instructions.  The ingredients and nutritional values are also clearly displayed.   You can read about what plans Dietlicious offers here.

Now, about the food!  My favourite meals were:

Chicken Cacciatore (373 calories)

Baby lamb fillets marinated in lemon, garlic + sumac, ready to grill (137 calories)

Honey Soy Chicken Noodles (429 calories)

I also had a couple of gorgeous curries that I can’t seem to find pictures of on the website, but trust me, they make a GOOD curry!  Even though the above were my favourites, I did thoroughly enjoy every meal they gave me.

The smaller serving sizes were a little hard to get used to at first (I’m used to a more generous serve of protein) but by the end of the week I was absolutely fine with it and even felt full at the end of each meal.  I have now carried over the smaller portion sizes into my own diet.

You can pick and choose the meals that you want delivered or you can just ask them to send you a variety, it’s up to you.   There’s also snack packs, fruit and breakfasts’ that you can add to your order.

Another thing that I found really cool is that they have husband/partner meals, larger serves of the same meal that you can order along with your meals so that your partner isn’t missing out and you get to eat the same thing at meal times!

Having tried another meal delivery service in the past, I can honestly say that this was far more superior in terms of taste, freshness, nutritional value and convenience.

So, if you are looking to lose weight yet still get to eat delicious and nutritious food, then Dietlicious is where it is at!  Give it a go.  You will not be disappointed.  🙂

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