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Christmas Body Blitz: Week 2 Check In

Monday:

Was feeling good in the gym at 5:30 am jumped on the treadmill for some interval training but was probably a little ambitious and started out too fast. Ended up backing it down a bit but still managed to do 4.6km in 30 minutes.

PM: To make up for the session I missed last week I did my total body weights rep day. Felt so good even though I trained in the morning. I was sweating like crazy and pounded out all my reps, I was on fire. When I got home I callapsed into a heap on the floor and just laythere for like 20 minutes talking to my mum. I love this feeling! Like I gave it my everything in the gym, no regerets.

Tuesday:

Woke up this morning to the sound of pouring rain and wind, it was a bit nippy and to top it off my body was drained. Not DOMS but just lack of energy. I was super tired and feeling low… thats what you get for killing it in the gym 2 times in one day. I was suposed to play squash after work but my partner couldn’t make it so I just went home. Just as well, I think I needed that rest.

Wednesday:

Legs day yay! Got to the gym and the squat rack was taken, for like 30 minutes. I had to change the order of my workout which sucks because when I don’t start with squats it messes everything up. That combined with Monday’s mega effort had me feeling pretty crappy. I did all the reps and weight that I had planned by my phase 2 silver linning was not happening :(.

Thursday:

Upper body workout. Hit the gym after work and while I was getting chnaged this lady came into the bathrooms and had a bitch fit at me about something I didnt even do. And I didnt even get a chance to retaliate. I then spent my workout so pissed off (and not in the good way when you can channel the anger into your workout). It just really annoyed me and I was obsesing over it. Even the next day. But again, I did all the reps and exercises I planned. So thats the main thing right?

Friday:

Supposed to be a rest day today but I played squash to make up for Tuesday. It wasn’t great becuase it was at like 9pm (my boyfriend’s bright idea). But hey it got the blood pumping and I managed to get some streching in as well.

Saturday:

Total body weights. Yea man twice in one week! Finally things are starting to feel good again. Hitting those high reps on the squat had sweat dripping and feeling like a real workout once again. I think my body is finally adapting back into high volumes of exercise. Great way to finish a generally emotionally crappy week at the gym.

Check In:

Weight: 69.0 (+0.6kg)

Arms: 28.5cm (-0.5cm)

Waist: 70cm (-3.5cm)

Hips: 88.5cm (-2.5cm)

Upper Thigh: 60.5cm (-1.5cm)

Comp 1 2 Front

Comp 1 2 Side

Comp 1 2 Back

As predicted not much change in photos from week to week but as you can see my weight went up this week which was very suprising as I felt like I had slimmed down a bit (proof in the measurements). The only thing I can put it down to is reduction in fat and increase in muscle. I totally thought I was in for a loss 😦 but hey at least measurements are down they are the more importaint thing to be decreasing.

 

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Phase 3: Gluten Free, Sugar Free Seedy Bread!

Today I want to share with you the highlight of my eating week, and it’s good timing too since it’s phase 3 for all of us following the fast metabolism diet. Since starting FMD I haven’t really missed having bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love the taste of freshly baked white bread with melted butter, but it’s not really something that I crave. In New Zealand there isn’t a great variety of organic gluten free bread and of the small range there is, the price is high and it’s pretty much not worth it because it is not strictly FMD compliant anyway (plus the loaves are rock solid).

During Celiac awareness week a couple of months ago the New Zealand Herald (newspaper) published a pull out magazine with a bunch of gluten free recipes which my mum spied and promptly started experimenting with. One of our now favourite weekly recipes is “seedy bread”. So here is the original recipe for those of you who aren’t following FMD.

Bread

A few people I know have made this version with success. It seems to be a fool proof recipe. Only 1 person had an issue both times she made it, it came out sticky in the middle but it wasn’t under cooked. In the end we blamed her oven.
If you are on fast metabolism diet then here is the compliant sugar free recipe for this delicious phase 3 bread:
Ingredients:

1 cup of sunflower seeds
½ cup of linseeds
2 Tbs black chia seeds
½ cup of slivered almonds (we use pumpkin seeds instead)
1 ¾ cup quinoa flakes
1/3 cup of psyllium husk
½ tsp salt flakes
1 ½ cups of water
¼ cup melted coconut oil
2 Tbs Birch xylitol (granulated form)
Note: Currently the organics shops we go to have been having supply issues with quinoa flakes so we came up with a variation that ended up being even better! Replace quinoa flakes with 1 cup of rice flakes and ¾ cup of uncooked whole quinoa (whatever colour it doesn’t matter)and up the water to 2 cups as the rice flakes are more absorbent.
Method:
1. Mix all dry ingredients together ensuring that they really are mixed well
2. Add water
3. Mix toughly
4. Press into a loaf tin lined with baking paper

 Making
5. Leave in the fridge overnight
6. Pop it in the oven on 150 degree Celsius for 30 -50 minutes (or until cooked)
7. Let the loaf stand until cool before cutting.

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We cut our loaf into about 14 pieces and freeze them in snap lock backs (2 pieces per bag). I love having this with chicken bacon and eggs for phase 3 breakfasts.

Phase 3 Breakfast

Or even 1 piece as a snack with some almond butter, mmm. This bread is at its best when toasted. I find I have to put it down twice as it takes a while to toast up and then it comes out sizzling and crakling!

Bread States
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do, not a single person I have offered it to didn’t like it!

Christmas Body Blitz 2014: Day 0

As promised I am back! My exams are all done and its time to face the music. I have been bad L. I have been stress eating and sugar bingeing. I have been maintaining the diet but then I would eat chocolate for a week then get back on again then fall off. It’s all got to stop now. I hit my goal weight back in July right before I started the semester and I have been stress eating ever since. So on Monday this week (3/11/14) I am resetting the bar and setting new goals. I will be accountable!

I started out the week weighing in at 68.8kg. That’s 4kgs heavier than July (it was actually more at one point but I pulled my head in). Whilst studying I didn’t have a lot of time for the gym, mainly because I got so far behind. I really missed it, so I am thrilled this week to be back into the swing of things. I thought becasue it is 7 weeks away from christmas that I would set myself a little challenge…

My Goal:

Back down to 65kg by Christmas! (Is that crazy? 4kg in 6 weeks)

How am I going to achieve this? Perfect eating i.e. abiding by the FMD rules. I did it before and all it takes is getting past those torturous first two weeks and then the sugar craving and crazy brain goes away and you’re sweet. Also hitting the gym like crazy, not because I have to, but because I enjoy it!

The plan:

My goal is to workout minimum 5 times a week. I like working out so this is not going to be a problem for me, especially now that I am not studying. I’m targeting 2 cardio sessions and 3 weights sessions a week. My plan looks something like this:

Monday: Cardio

5:30AM 30 minute interval training on the treadmill

1:30 intervals walk run progressing from fast jog/slow run (11 km/hr) to pretty much sprint (up to 15 km/hr)

Tuesday: Cardio

5:30AM Swimming for 45 minutes OR some kind of body weight based HIIT training

Wednesday: Weights – Leg Day (My favourite)

6:00 PM – 90 minutes of Legs! Wednesday line up looks like this:

Squats:

Performed as a solo exercise I aim to attack twice a week, Wednesday will be focused on heavy weight while Saturday will be focused on reps (weights are broken down in the table below).

Leg extension machine & Hamstring Curl Machine Super Set

Both these exercises will be single leg (10 reps each) then bumping the weight up and doing 10 reps on both legs. Repeat 3-5 times.

Pull trough’s and Cable Kick Backs Super set

Both exercises 10 reps (10 each leg for kickbacks) increasing the weight stack week by week. Repeat 3-5 times.

Calf Raises and Good Morning’s Super Set

Standing Calf raise machine, 10 reps. Good Mornings (barbell on Back) 10 reps. Repeat 3-5 times.

Hip thrust and Travelling Lunges Super Set

Hip thrust with a barbell. 10 reps focusing on squeezing the glutes and holding 2 seconds at the top. Travelling lunges with a barbell on shoulders, I think the return length of the gym works out at 12 reps per leg. Repeat 3-5 times.

The 3 to 5 sets will be based on time and I am aiming to start out a 3 sets for some of the exercises and building up to 5.

Squat Goals:

If you haven’t figured it out I love squats. I like to dabble in heavy weights from time to time (it’s nice to have goals) and I am aiming to get my reps nice and heavy and hopefully be pushing a 3 rep on 80 kg on my heavy days by Christmas. This is a pretty achievable goal actually so I am half expecting to dominate that but hey. Here is my road map to squat success. FYI I learned in my short lived power lifting career the best way to accelerate your max 1 rep is to increase the weight of your 10 rep. The number under the week is the number of reps that week not including pump and pause sets.

Squat

Oh yea I forgot to explain that! Some other fun tools for murdering your legs with squats are pump and pause sets at the end of the squat workout. Pause sets are basically when you got to the bottom of the squat (below parallel people) and just as you start to come up pause and hold that for 5 seconds. Then from that stationary position continue in the upward movement. If you can’t see your forehead veins then you’re not doing it right! Pump sets are nasty, they give you that horrible burning pump as if you didn’t already have it. This is a 3-parter. Part 1: 5 reps, go to the bottom of the movement and as you start to come back pause go back down and repeat 5 times. I guess these are like micro reps and you should really feel it in your glutes. Part 2, 5 reps, start the decent but just as you start to gain momentum (1/3 of the way down) stop and go back up, repeat. Part 3: do 5 reps in the full squat, you should be struggling at rep 3. If not bump that weight up man!

Thursday: Weights – Upper Body

6:00 PM – Feel that phase 2 fat burn, 90 minutes of upper body work which is not my favourite but still important! Thursday line up looks like this:

Bench Press and Bent over Rows Super Set

Bench is looking to go heavy. Warm up 2 sets 10 reps, the build up to max weight: 2 – 3 sets 6 to 8 reps, max weight: 2 – 3 Sets 3 to 5 reps

Rows = 10 reps, 5 sets

1 arm cable triceps pull downs and Cable T-Bar rows Super Set

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

Seated dumbbell shoulder press and Flat Bench Flies Super Set

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

Front Squat and Barbell Bicep Curls Super Set

Wait what? It’s not legs day! Hahaha, I love squats and front squat kind of gives you an arm work out too… The squats either use a kettle bell (max is 20kg) then I will have to switch to barbells.

10 reps, 3 – 5 sets.

Close Grip Lat Pull-down and Cable Row Machine Super Set

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

Horizontal Back Extensions and Push Up’s (knees) Super Set

3 Sets 10 reps. Back extensions will start out no weight and increase. Push ups are up to 30 just maxing out what ever my arms have left. I can usually get between 7 and 10 on the last set.

Saturday Bonus Weights – Full Body!

Squats and Static Barbell Lunge Super Set

Its reps day for squats! Are you ready to sweat? Not only that but they’re super setted! Feel the burn.

Squats as per above table, Static lunge will just pick a weigh and stay the same for 3-5 sets.

Dumbbell incline bench press and Lat pull-down Super Set

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

45 Degree leg press and Dumbbell lateral raises (standing) Super Set

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

Rack Pulls and Kneeling Squats

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

Hip Thrusts and Push Ups Super Set

Both exercises, 10 reps 3 – 5 sets

Phew! Well there it is, on the internet now I better make it happen. I will do a post on Monday for my week 1 weigh in and progress photos. See you then!

Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Free Chocolate Oatmeal Brownie!

This is a phase 3 recipe for anyone on FMD otherwise it is a generally delicious, gluten free, dairy free and sugar free brownie for everyone else.

Fresh From the Oven

Fresh From the Oven

Ingredients:

2 Cups of old fashioned oats (this will blend down to 1.5 cups)

3/4 Cup of coconut oil

1 1/2 Cups of Birch Xylitol (or Stevia)

1 Cup of Cacao Powder

4 medium sized whole eggs

Pinch of Salt

1/8 teaspoon of Baking Soda

Method:

  1. Put the oats in a food processor and blend until its near flour consistency, put to the side.
  2. Melt the coconut oil until it is liquid if it wasn’t already, then add the xylitol
  3. Sift cacao powder, salt and baking soda into the liquid mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs.
  5. Gradually add the whisked eggs to the liquid mixture ensuring that it is not too hot after melting the oil.
  6. Ensure the liquid iis mixed well and then stir in the blended oats until well mixed.
  7. Spoon mixture into a 30cm x 15cm rectangle non-stick baking dish (I line mine with cooking oaoer as well) and cook on fan bake at 150 degrees Celsius (300 F), for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and baking tray and allow to cool. Once cooled I cut the cake into 8 square pieces to finish.
Brownie cut into 8 pieces for a large serving

Brownie cut into 8 pieces for a large serving

Nutritional Info:

If you cut into 8 large pieces:

Coconut oil: 23.5ml

Oats: 1/4 cup

Birch Xylatol: 1/5 cup

Cacao Powder: 1/8 Cup

Egg: 1/2 Egg

For Calorie Counters see the breakdown below:

Oat Choc Brownie Recipe

So at 500 kcal per piece this is a treat. But it is always good to look at the type of macro nutrients you are eating. There is no lactose or refined sugar in these brownies, the carbs are coming from the oats and the cacao powder, which are way less refined than the traditional white sugar and cocoa powder, so the blood sugar spike is significantly reduced from that of a traditional brownie. The brownie was quite big so you could cut it in half again if you really wanted to. FM Dieters this is most definitely phase 3 with all the healthy fat. I wouldn’t have grains with dinner as they are optional and the oats in this recipe satisfy the requirement anyway.

Brownie with stewed plumb topping

Brownie with stewed plumb topping

I could have eaten the whole bowl of raw mix, this brownie is yummy! My oats weren’t as finely chopped as I would have liked so the mix turned out more like a crumbly cake instead of  a dense brownie but that didn’t effect the taste or level of enjoyment I got from eating it. I served mine with stewed whole plums, but I would say some frozen raspberries microwaved to mush would be equally as delicious.

I hope you enjoy this recipe I know that I certainly did!

June 16th 2014 – Cycle 2 Week 2 Check In

Another week under the belt (excuse the hilarious pun) and I am feeling very excited and nervous. I am now entering uncharted waters so to speak. I have NEVER been this light since starting my weight loss journey which is obviously extremely exciting for me. But there is the little devil on my shoulder whispering in my ear that it could very well stop at any minute. Since starting I haven’t not lost weight from one week to another. I have been consistently trending downward and I feel like when it happens I will be devastated. Isn’t that just typical human nature though. I am getting great results but I cant enjoy them because I am too worried about what might happen in the future. I need to live in the moment more and celebrate this success…

Exercise:

I started the week out right at 5:30am on Monday I was in the gym doing a cardio session. Just some treadmill interval training for 30 minutes as that is all I have time for. My stupid gym had an extended hours trial a few weeks a go which got me hook on gyming at 5 am, I know what a fitness nerd. But post trial the hours have gone permanently to 5:30 so I have very limited time in the mornings as I must be out of the gym by 6:15 to get to work on time. Anyhow Tuesday was squash with my partner so 2 ticks for cardio!

Both Wednesday and Thursday I managed to get my weights in. Wednesday was legs day which went extremely well. Now I am down to 1 legs day a week I often try and squeeze as many leg exercises as I can into my session. I know that its not good to work out for to long as it exhausts the muscles but I love legs day so much I ended up going for 1:30 hours which I paid for the next day. I also made up a new arms n abs day for Thurday to help me get excited about, well, both those things. My arms have always been weak, even when I was power lifting my max bench was crap compared to my squat, a measly 50 kg (110 lb). Also my hole life I’ve been told I have a weak core. So I created the most exciting weighted ab and arm session I could think of and I actually really enjoyed it. With the scale sliding down my abs have been showing signs of existence. I never had a six pack or even much definition when I was at my leanest while swimming. The best I ever got was a flat stomach and some ribs. So I am hoping this workout will really help them pop! As for my arms, I don’t really want to look too tank and the fat loss alone has been toning them up. However I know that I need to work on them so teaming them with abs seemed like a good idea as I only have 2 days to weight train on FMD.

Eating

Well of course it has been another perfect week, 100% clean eating which I have been rewarded for by results! This week I decided after a life time of hating nuts that I really like cashews. It’s weird how much the way things taste has changed for me since cutting out refined sugar. Cashews are nearly dangerous now I could smash a whole bag if I’m not careful :).

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Sunday seems to be turning into dessert night, a little nerve racking as it is right before weigh in but it doesn’t seem to be having an effect. This week my mum made a rhubarb crumble which was yummy. I added plum juice to mine. It was weird having crumble without ice cream but it was still very good.

Blog goals for this week:

Something about exercise. I really need to get on to that…

This Weeks Results:

So this is the second biggest loss since I started. The 1st week was the biggest at 2 kg but I have been plodding along at 300-500 grams. I drank plenty of water this week and really got into the veggies on phase 2 which I think helped. The exercise was on point and I had a lot more healthy fat in phase 3 with my new found love of cashews! I was expecting a slightly heavier weigh in as I worked night shift on Sunday so my eating and weigh time are all messed up but this is the lightest I have ever weighed as an adult!

Weight: 65.8 kg (Previously 66.8 = -1 kg)

Left Arm: 27 cm (Previously 27 = same)

Right Arm: 27 cm (Previously 27 = same)

Left Leg: 58 cm (Previously 59 = -1 cm)

Right Leg: 58.5 cm (Previously 60 = -1 cm)

Hips: 88 cm (Previously 88.0 = same)

Waist: 68.5 cm (Previously 68.5 = same)

Here come the photos!

Back update:

FMD Cycle 2 Week 2 Results - Back

Not a lot of difference between the beginning of cycle 2 and today. I really hoard the fat on the back of my hips which sucks. My measurements haven’t moved much in this cycle but the weight is dropping off so hopefully will see some progress here at the end of this cycle.

Side Update:

FMD Cycle 2 Week 2 Results - Side

Have noticed the only difference between 2 weeks ago and now is my side ab definition is coming in. My ab definition is something that is slowly coming into sight so I am very excited about this.

Front Update:

FMD Cycle 2 Week 2 Results - FrontGrr again you can see how I love storing fat on my hips. Ab definition is coming in nicely here. I just really cant wait to lose this hip fat 😦

So highlights this week for me was I noticed my abs which are coming in and my calf muscles seem to be more defined which is something I remember from my swimming days. I always have had nice slim calves!

FMD C2 W2 Highlights

Heres hoping next week is equally sucessful.

🙂 Have a good week!

 

 

My Story So Far

I am your average woman. Average height, average build, I have hips, I have boobs and I love eating chocolate. I grew up a competitive swimmer training many hours a week from age 10 to 17. Naturally I had a really awesome body, I could eat whatever I wanted, I had good self esteem and because I grew up this way I didn’t know any better. Some might argue this is a good thing and in many ways it was, it taught me life skills, I never cared what people thought, I never got bullied and I always did everything to the best of my ability. But let me tell you the one down side which has been plaguing me all my adult life.

Having done high amounts of cardiovascular training for most of my memorable life I never appreciated how hard the training I was doing was, how many calories I burned every day, it was all just second nature to me, I knew no different. I never understood the value of nutrition and portion control because I ate what I pleased when I pleased and I was doing such high volumes of exercise everything worked out fine. That is until I stopped.

When I stopped swimming I found I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands. My personal trainer suggested I try out the sport of power lifting, as I was already training the exercises as a supplement to swimming and was quiet strong. I figured why not? I trained 5 days a week all weights no cardio. I put on a few of kilos but it wasn’t noticeable and was probably extra muscle mass anyway. I did a couple of competitions which I won, this fulfilled my now ingrained need to compete, to compare myself to others. This was definitely something I missed after leaving the swimming world. I qualified for nationals and was training as hard as I possibly could. I loved it. Slowly my back started to hurt. At first I wrote it off as muscle pain and ignored it. It got worse. With nationals a month away I didn’t want this to be an issue so I continued training (like an idiot) on pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs. And it still got worse, to the point where I couldn’t bend forward at all. Up until this point I had kept it a secret, my coach recommended that I see a physio. And boy was my physio pissed. “You are 18 and you have a prolapsed disk in your back, do you understand that this could have major consequences, you might need surgery, this could effect you for the rest of your life. I don’t expect to see this in someone your age” is roughly what he had to say. He told me to stop but I didn’t listen, physios, what d they know. I wanted nationals so bad, I wanted glory and validation and the trophy that comes with it. I didn’t make it to nationals. The line in the sand was drawn one day after training. I was lying in bed crying in the worst pain of my life. If I moved even a millimeter I would experience shooting pains all over my back. To make matters worse I had a cold so every cough every sneeze sent me into fits of pain followed by more crying and more pain. I knew I couldn’t go on. I had to stop, stop doing what I loved and that was a hard thing to come to terms with. All this happened in 8 months. I was now in a position where I could only do cardio at the gym, I was banned from weights as I couldn’t be trusted to behave myself. I hated cardio so I just didn’t go to the gym at all.

In this time I blew out. I put on around 10 kilos in 2 years and that veil of high self esteem constantly pulling the wool over my eyes, I never noticed the fact that I was getting fat. Until one day somebody said something and I suddenly realized, I had no clothes that fitted me, I hated looking in the mirror, there were hardly any resent photos of me, and of the ones that I had I looked gross. It sounds silly but I literally didn’t realize what had happened. I was never one to weigh myself morning and night, or at all really as I was always heavier than the average girl my age, even though I was trim, which I attributed to my above average muscle mass.

I struggled for a about a year after this realization trying to lose weight, at first on my own by eating what I thought was healthy. But because I didn’t understand portion control I failed miserably. I then brought my 1st diet program. It was supposed to be a life plan. Very focused on cutting out the carbs,  limiting fat and eating huge amounts of protein. It worked I lost weight. I got down to an average size but it didn’t last. It wasn’t sustainable. So I put all that weight back on again. And then some. I was miserable. I hated myself, my body, my clothes. I didn’t want to see people I knew because I knew what they would say behind my back “oh wow have you seen her, shes really stacked it on, shes HUGE”. Maybe some of this was in my head but for the most part it was true. At my heaviest i weighed 82 kg (180 lbs) which isn’t super overweight, but for a girl who grew up looking hot, with high self esteem and not a care in the world I really saw how far I had fallen. And I was disgusted with myself.

Finally in late 2012 I got my act together and started educating myself. I used a website called Myfitnesspal.com to help me count calories and record exercise. I cleaned up my diet and started working out and I have had fantastic success. At my best I lost 15 kg’s mostly in the 1st 6 months and have been maintain this ever since however I am still not happy. I don’t want to be average, I want to look AMAZING! So I have decided to use this blog to keep me accountable. Yesterday I turned 22 and I want this year to be the most successful yet.

My qualifications are experience. Admittedly this doesn’t instill a lot of confidence however results are results. I may not work within the diet, nutrition or exercise industries but I have achieved great results in weight loss and have been exercising for nearly 10 years for the purpose of competitive sport, causal gym attendance and weight loss training.

I don’t know it all but hope to help the people that read my blog and also learn from them. I would love to hear from you.

The Body Conscious Blogger (BCB)