As you may know from a little while ago, I tried to do a ‘Tone up challenge’, however, my will power and general determinition let me down. So, I am going to try it again, but this time I will be doing everything; Food, exercise and general change of lifestyle. I have decided that I am going to cut carbs out of my diet for at least 3 weeks. If I find this easy, I may slowly bring in some elements, but will try to keep the really bad carbs out for good! I feel sluggish (some of you may be able to relate to this) and I’ve had enough. I will also be trying to fit in as much exercise as possible. I don’t have an awful lot to do at the moment (except reading) so I am going to try and work out as much and as cheaply as I can :)
On this page, there will be recipes, tips, tricks and general guidance from me and, well, anyone that wants to join in. I think it could be fun, helping each other and supporting each other along the way. I hope that you will find this useful and that it will either inspire you, or make you feel like you want to join in! If you are, all you have to do is keep an eye on this page, for any news bits and pieces. I am going to try and post most days, as it isn’t for too long, and it’s sort of like a little project for me :)
So, good luck everyone!
Peace and love, Polly May xx
- You are allowed one treat every week (or you can save these up and go out for a meal). One meal out = 2 weeks treats.
- Exercise to be fitted in where possible. (Sit up’s, Walking, Jogging etc.)
- Eat as many fresh fruit and vegetables as possible.
- For the first week or so, drink as much water as possible. Choose WATER, if there is a choice!
- White bread;
- Fizzy drinks;
- Fruit juice;
- White rice;
- White potatoes;
- White pasta.
- Fresh fruit. Best ones are: Strawberries, apricots and raspberries;
- Non-starchy vegetables (steamed);
- Whole grain foods (brown rice/bread/pasta etc.);
- Whole grain cereals.
What’s in your trolley?
So, if you’re a bit stuck on what you can or can’t have, here is a little post to help you. This is my shopping trolley from yesterday! As you can see, I bought brown rice, lasagne sheets, pasta, bread and tortilla wraps. I then thought I needed something to account for the bits that normally go with my lunch. So I bought; fruit flakes, cereal bars and ‘Sunbites’ that are wholegrain crisps! (The sweet chilli ones are actually really nice!)
I had also been to the market before shopping (Blue bags) and bought loads of strawberries, oranges, grapes, nectarines, apricots and sweet corn! All for £5! Absolute bargain. I know fast food is supposed to be more convenient and a lot cheaper than the healthy option, but no one can argue with that!
For lunch, I made some rather tasty wraps with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, chicken slices and tomato ketchup. They would be perfect if you had to make lunches to take to work/uni/college as they would stay fresh all day long. They, also, went down a treat. I also had dinner at home (when I was going to go out for dinner) before going to the cinema. For dinner I had; Beef meatballs with wholegrain pasta with orange pepper and onions. It was gorgeous. Day 1 has been pretty successful. I hope yours has gone as well.
Good ideas for breakfast are:
- Egg and soldiers! (I had this for breakfast this morning haha!) It is super feeling. The only down-side is that it takes a little while, so it’s difficult to prepare in a rush before work etc.
- Fruit is also a good breakfast idea. It would feel you up, and as you should be eating as much fruit and salad and vegetables as you can, it can’t hurt can it?
- Cereal bars – these are a good breakfast option if you are in a rush, but do be careful with some brands, as they are quite sneaky and put a ridiculous amount of sugar in them. Just have a look on the box before you get them :)
Finding it hard to make brown rice exciting??
Add 3 Tblspn bottled bacon bits, 1/2 cup diced tomato and 1 cup finely chopped lettuce.
Add to nutritional info – 14 cal, .7g fat, 42.3 mg sod, 1.6g carb, .3g fib per serve
Add 3 tsp grated lemon peel, 3 Tblspn lemon juice, 2 tsp chopped dill or parsley and a grind or two of black pepper.
Add to nutritional info – 3.6 cal, .8 mg sod, 1.1g carb, .2g fib per serve
Add 2 Tblspn canned jalapenos, 1/2 cup corn kernals, 1/2 cup sliced scallions (green onions) and 2 Tblspn fat free sour cream
Add to nutritional info – 25.8 cal, 1.1g fat, 6.4mg sod, 3.8g carb, .7g fib
Add 1/2 cup currants, raisins or snipped dried apricots, 1/4 cup flaked toasted coconut and 1/4 cup sliced almonds
Add to nutritional info – 106.7 cal, 5.5g fat, 4.3mg sod, 14.7g carb, 1.1g fib
PEAS & CHEESE
Add 1 cup thawed frozen baby peas, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley and 2 tsp low fat butter
Add to nutritional info – 70.4 cal, 3.8g fat, 250mg sod, 4.6g carb, 1.5g fib.
Add 1/2 cup garlic-herb cheese spread and 1/4 cup bottled diced pimientos (or chopped red bell peppers)
Add to nutritional info – 89 cal, 6.5g fat, 501mg sod, 2.7g carb, 0 fib
Add 1/2 cup sliced scallions (green onions), 1/4 cup chopped peanuts or cashews and 3 Tblspn Teriyaki sauce (Low sodium teriyaki sce will reduce the sodium content)
Add to nutritional info – 63.7 cal, 2.9g fat, 1042mg sod, 8.5g carb, .6g fib.
Information taken from: www.sparkrecipes.com
New dinner ideas!
So, I had my first meal out last night which was my treat for the week and I can honestly say I have never been so uncomfortable! My body has possibly adapted to this ‘no carbs’ malachy, as I has a mexican wrap and that is what happened! Haha! I am so tempted to not eat bad carbs, and just cut them out of my diet completely.
Anyway, onto more helpful things! If you feel like you are getting a bit same-y with your dinners; try visiting some ‘low/no carbs recipes websites’. They have lots of brilliant ideas and things that you kind of forget you are allowed to eat. I thought, to make it easier for all of you, I would put some of my favourites up here for you all:
- Chicken (in any sauce you like) with roasted sweet potato and corn on the cob;
- Grilled caribbean chicken;
- Shepherd’s pie with sweet potato topping;
- Black bean, corn and chicken burrito;
- Ratatouille; (I’ve never had this, but have always wanted to try it!)
- Chicken/Ham salad;
Hope this has been helpful :)
Zumba dance off!!
As some of you may know, I am a bit of a lover of dance, and it’s a great way to exercise! I absolutely love Zumba and aerobics and think that I am definitely going to try and fit it back into my routine. I went to Zumba classes as part of this year’s resolutions and I went up until I went on holiday in mid-July. I think that it is a great way to release some endorphins, but you definitely have to go with someone. It’s not fun to laugh at yourself if you are on your own and others are maybe taking it all a little bit too seriously. It’s supposed to be fun after all.
So, try having a look around your local leisure centres and seeing what sort of dance classes they do. Grab a few friends and you’re off and running! Its heaps of fun, and it used to be lovely to have a fixed weekly catch up with my friend too! You are burning calories and toning up and you don’t even realise :) Always a bonus!
Good luck!!! (This was my favourite routine ever! I used to go into proper dancer mode! Haha!)
I just went to graze.com and then follow the sign up suggestions. It was super easy and then you just go through the hundreds of snacks and rate them as try/like/love/bin. You can also tick a ‘send soon’ box, which I did on a few of them.
Then, I opened it (Ahhhhhhhhhh!!)!! As you can see, you get 4 little boxes of goodies. Mine were: Very Nori-sh (Japanese crackers with seaweed); Bonnie Wee oatcakes (Oatcakes with a caramalised onion maramalade); Hot Cross Yum (Orange sultanas, Honey Almonds, and sponge pieces), and Strawberry Milkshake (Strawberries, banana, and white chocolate buttons!). I can honestly say that I am excited about all of them! Ahhhhh!!