Tasty fat loss recipe and my week in review
I can see that plenty of people to relate to where I’m at. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not ashamed, it’s just that other priorities took over. It happens a lot in this day and age as we juggle so many different things.
The thing to remember is, it’s OK. We can’t do and be everything, all the time (as I try to write this as my daughter is hounding me for more milk…)
So my week has been pretty decent, certainly a big improvement on recent ones.
I only managed two training sessions, simply because I was too sore to front up (and because I came down with a cold)!
After the first session I had a couple of days with headaches, which was (I believe) a combo of sore muscles (tension in the traps/neck area always give me headaches), and the onslaught of a cold.
Kyah also came down with the same thing – I wasn’t sick enough to stop from working, and she wasn’t sick enough to stop from going to care, but I did have to drop in to her at care to give her cold medicine! It was an all-natural remedy that really seemed to stop her runny nose and the cold in its tracks – otherwise she would have had to come home. I also got over mine within a few days, but still feeling tired.
Today I have to put Plan B into action. I had planned to go to the gym this morning and put Kyah in the crèche. As I was talking online to someone at EWAY, Kyah fell off my office chair and cracked her head and lip on the desk. There ensued plenty of screams and tears and ended up we missed the opportunity to go to the gym. So, now I need to wait until my husband comes home from work and go then – not my favourite time to go, but, I’ve made a commitment and I plan to keep it!
Overall my diet has been really good – my protein selections have mainly been from chicken, turkey, steak (grass fed – wasn’t impressed!), salmon, egg whites, cottage cheese, Chobani Greek yoghurt and whey protein.
My additional fats have all come from walnuts, flaxmeal or avocado. I’m relearning how important Omega 3 oils are for keeping inflammation at bay, and I’ve been instructed to do an omega 3 load, which I’m not so keen on – 1-2 tablespoons of flax oil or flax meal 5 x day. All for the greater good.
Carbs are from berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries), and vegetables (beans, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms etc), and a post workout starch or banana.
I’ve upped my water intake to 3 litres. And I’m cycling creatine. This always helps me recover better between workouts.
I’ve taken all my other supplements too – glutamine and Vitamin C.
I’ve definitely noticed the creatine effect already in that my muscles, what I have left of them, already appear fuller. Of course that also translates into a couple of pounds scale weight. Also because I’m eating more regularly – and the good news is my appetite has picked up. I did have a free meal on the weekend, and that was a Nepalese chicken dish, with some roti bread and rice.
So, all is going well here, I guess you can say, I’m on my way. Mostly I’m liking that my neck/shoulders are still doing ok.
Now, I wanted to also share with you a couple of our current clients successes. Lisa S (I’m never sure whether I should mention full names so I thought perhaps I should not without permission first!), who is a vegetarian, is mid-way through her second Body Makeover Program and has lost a total of 15.9kg and 79cm! Can you believe it? What an amazing result for her thus far. Things slowed down a little in the 2nd program but I explained to her that is fairly normal as you get closer to your ideal body goal. Overall though, she’s ecstatic with those results – and I am too!
A friend of mine, let’s call her Dianna L, started the 40 Day MAX Fat Burn program a couple of weeks ago, and she had some detailed feedback (and some great advice) on it for anyone who is considering it:
Was really happy with phase 1 progress.
Stats: dropped 2.4kg + 4 cm on my waist (Sue’s note – Dianna is only little, like me, so that’s a whopping loss). Obviously I was pretty bloated and wouldn’t anticipate these results in the following phases, but I am hoping I will lose at least 800g in the next 10 days.
Nutrition: I have really enjoyed the kick start meals. I live alone so I have eaten really simply, I don’t make all of the different recipes and have a few favourites….mainly because I’m lazy. Majority of breakfast I had the omelette, I find when I eat this for brekky it is very satiating. Snack I generally always had carrot stick and hommus or apple and almonds. Lunch usually chicken, salad and avo. There is so much variety and I also found the quantities really satisfying and the range of whole foods as opposed to supplements and potions is refreshing.
Training: Wow, I have really loved the training sessions and structure. I am an experienced exerciser (just hibernated over winter) and I would usually follow a body building training split. The full body routines and the different exercises have made the workouts fun, refreshing and challenging. I have even learnt some new exercises!
General: As I have started training in the morning with a friend to stay accountable I thought I’d really struggle with doing weight training in the morning. I have already completely reset my body clock and wake up every morning at 4.15. I love training in the morning now. I have had a couple of super stressful work days and it has been such a relief to know that my training is out of the way. I will continue this change in my routine in the future now. Something I would make sure newbies do…….always have your extra carb meal and rest when it is stipulated. Most people are all gung-ho at the start but if you don’t include these options you will hit the wall! I was really tired and sore on the weekend and the rest day really helped recharge my body. Hope everyone is powering on! Stay Strong and Focussed
Well done Dianna!! As you can see, the 40 Day MAX Fat Burn forum is a fantastic place to get support, inspiration and motivation!
So, I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. I’ll leave you with a recipe I’m having for dinner, Blackened Chicken with Avocado Cream Sauce. It’s pretty spicy, but sooooo tasty. I use the sauce regularly, and tonight I even added a tablespoon of the dreaded flax oil (even hubby didn’t notice it!)
*This recipe is part of the 40 Day MAX Fat Burn Lifestyle Club (which is our monthly membership workouts and recipes).