Hello my loves!
Can you believe that this week was the first week of Feb 2016?! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this year is seriously flying! I felt like I only just posted my last weekly recap just yesterday, crazy!
As I mentioned in last week’s post, this recap isn’t so you can compare your diet to mine or anything like that, it’s really just for you to see the health and happiness that comes with mindful, intuitive eating, and how much more freeing it is to listen to your body rather than follow a strict diet!
Now, let’s get started!
We had a crazy weekend, with two of our close friends staying on Saturday night and the four of us heading out to the city for some drinks. We hadn’t seen each other in months so it was really nice to finally catch up! Sunday morning was spent lazying about, chatting away about our night and eventually heading out for a belated sushi lunch and they joined us for our grocery shopping too. It was really fun having them with us, and my girlfriend and her partner were both really interested in what we bought. When they move out to their own place, she’s asked if I can help her with grocery shopping for pantry and fridge staples, and showing her which products to buy and where. I then realised how handy that would be for so many people.
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After the shopping, we parted ways and Jared and I came home to clean and get some meal prep done. I chose two easy dishes – roast chicken and baked fish fillets.
For the chicken, I had Jared butterfly a free range chook and I just rubbed some spices on it and roasted it. I basically just used the same technique and recipe as I used two weeks ago. When that was done, I popped some defrosted cod fillets that I’d rubbed in Himalayan salt, pepper, garlic powder and chilli flakes into the oven for about 12-15mins. We also put on a mix of basmati and brown rice in the rice cooker while they cooked. Such little effort for a weeks worth of lunch!
Afterwards we relaxed with Gotham and ordered some Thai for the night!
I was a bit tired as we went to bed so late (damn you Gotham!), but I got up and did my sun salutation and had some ACV tea anyway. Then I curled up on the couch with Jared until it was absolutely necessary to get up. I love that he gets up early with me now. It’s so nice to have that extra time together in the mornings, even if all we do is sit in silence together on the couch.
Breakfast was: 4 organic eggs whisked with a splash of full cream milk, H salt, pepper, dried chives and chilli flakes then cooked in organic butter.
Lunch was: a super quick stir fry of organic tofu, zucchini, capsicum, onion and soy sauce with the basmati and brown rice. I made it that morning after I made the scrambled eggs. As it was meat free Monday, the chicken and fish I cooked would only be for Tuesday onward.
Snacks were: raw almonds and a mango for Jared (he took enough almonds to last a few days) and I took some GF crackers, figs and a wedge of Camembert cheese.
Because we lazed about on the couch for so long, we didn’t have time to eat our breakfast at our table that morning, so I packed it up so we could eat at work instead. We also bought the cutest travel cups (BPA free, insulated) from Aldi on our grocery trip on Sunday for $3.99 each. I love coffee, but I’m always a bit full after breakfast, and I hate forcing myself to finish my coffee before I leave the house for work. Having it in a thermos to sip on the way to work was much more enjoyable!
I had my snack at around 11, lunch around 1 and then snacked on two rice cakes with organic PB at around 3:30pm.
I decided to do a weights work out when I got home from work. This is the work out I did!
Legs & Butt Work Out
- Warm Up Wide Stance Bodyweight Squat: 3 sets x 10 reps (no weights)
- Wide Stance Barbell Squat: 5 sets x 12 reps (10kg plus bar)
- Warm Up Stationary Lunges: 3 sets x 20 reps each leg (no weights)
- Leg Press: 3 sets x 12 reps (skipped as I don’t have a leg press)
- Warm Up Glute Bridge: 3 sets x 20 reps (no weights)
- Glutes Kickback: 4 sets x 20 reps each leg (no weights)
I got it from here. The weights/no weights in the brackets are really just there so I can keep track of what I did. It was nice to follow a plan, I hadn’t done weights in so long, and despite the jelly legs I had afterwards, I felt great! I love the strength and empowerment I feel when I use weights, it’s just motivating myself to get them out and use them that’s the issue! But I’m determined to get myself into the routine, because I also know that building my strength up will also help with my yoga practice.
After my work out, I stretched and then made us a delicious and hearty red lentil and veggie curry (recipe next week!). While that simmered, I showered and then we sat down to eat it together. Jared polished off two big bowls! I love seeing him enjoying meat free meals! You never would have guessed he’d be the type of guy who would, if you had met him 4 years ago!
After that, we spent the night curled up on the couch watching more Gotham. We also had a square of organic dark chocolate with sea salt each, perfect for a night time sweet fix!
I was up at about 6am, I did my sun salutations and some extra stretches. My leg and bum muscles were a so sore after my work out so the stretches felt pretty amazing!
Breakfast was: 2 rashers (each) of bacon cooked in organic coconut oil and scrambled eggs. I used 3 organic eggs, a splash of milk, H salt, pepper, chopped coriander stalks and garlic powder and split that between the two of us. Coffee also packed in my travel cup.
Lunch was: spice rubbed chicken thigh from our meal prep, and a chopped salad that Jared made while I cooked breakfast. It was basically a mix of some of our organic veggies – leafy greens, roma tomatoes, capsicum and cucumber. I also added the coriander tops leftover from breakfast to mine.
Snacks were: the same as Monday for me, and Jared had almonds at work.
I ended up eating just the crackers and cheese for my morning tea, and had the figs later in the afternoon with 2 rice cakes and peanut butter.
During the day, I checked our account and saw that we had some money leftover for the week! We both don’t get paid until Thurs/Fri, and so we rarely have much money leftover by Tues/Weds. But we had some left this week (my budgeting must be getting better!), and I thought it would be great to treat ourselves to a mini date. We’ve both been dying to watch the new Stars Wars movie since it’s release last year, and tickets were only $13 each on Tuesday, so it was a great chance to finally get ourselves tickets and see it!
Since it was a 6:30pm-9pm session, I popped into the shops on the way home and picked us up some movie snacks to munch on as I knew we’d be hungry during the film. I always bring my own food/drinks to the movies because a) it’s so much cheaper and b) it’s so much better for you! I picked up a bag of Cobb’s sea salt popcorn (just corn, sea salt and sunflower oil), GF Piranha chips and 2 coconut waters.
I thought the movie was absolutely brilliant by the way – so action packed, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. Plus it was so great to see some of the original cast again!
We polished off our snacks at the movies, but by the time we got home it was 9:30 and we were hungry. Dinner was just heated up leftover lentil curry and rice, but I also added the baked fish I made on Sunday night. I know I made it with the intention of having it for lunch, but the thought of fish curry just sounded divine! So I added a fillet of the fish to each of our bowls and enjoyed it that way. So yum!! I love having that freedom to eat what I like, whenever I like!
We spent the rest of the night, on the couch, eating our curry and watching – you guessed it – more Gotham!
I started my morning the same way, and with the same breakfast as Tuesday!
For snacks, I had the same thing as Tuesday, and Jared took grapes to have with this almonds. We had leftover curry and rice for our lunches.
In the afternoon, just after I ate my rice cakes and PB, my boss called us in for a staff meeting. He bought us a new cake to try out from a local bakery (we love our “cake meetings” here at my work) and I couldn’t wait to try some. I never restrict myself from anything I truly want to eat. If it’s something I’m not totally excited about (tiramisu, I’m looking at you), I won’t bother. I don’t like eating things simply to fit in because everyone is treating themselves. If it’s something I love though (like this crunchy pastry cake filled with rich melted chocolate), I will definitely have some.
I had a couple of small pieces like this. Just enough to satisfy my cravings and make my tastebuds happy. My boss couldn’t remember the name of the cake, but if you know what it is, please let me know!! I would love to find a recipe for it and try it out!
What I didn’t take into account was that I had just eaten prior to this, and I had to walk from work to the station pretty much straight afterwards. And I was running late for my train (as usual). There was really no time to “rest and digest.” The combination of eating then dashing off on a powerwalk too soon afterwards gave me a bit of reflux. Silly me! I made a note to myself to try to not do that again.
For dinner that night we had some organic greens and leftover roast chicken. To make the veggies, I just blanched some green beans and a whole head of broccoli, then sauteed them in some sesame oil, garlic, chilli and a tablespoon each of GF kikkoman soy sauce and organic honey. While I did this, I had the chicken re-heating in the oven. I served it up with sriracha hot sauce. It was all done in less than half an hour. Love speedy dinners! And those veggies were so yummy. I enjoyed them more than the chicken! I ended up having more veggies after this photo, and having to give Jared some of my chicken because I was too full!
After dinner, we had a square of organic sea salt dark chocolate and watched more Gotham.
ACV, sun salutations then breakfast!
We had: fried organic eggs and bacon with coffee packed in my travel cup. I know we’ve been pretty boring with our breakfasts lately, I am just so hooked on eggs for breakfast. They keep me full for about 4 hours (minimum) and are so good for you (hello protein, vitamins and good fats!). But next week I promise there’ll be a bit more variety!
Snacks packed: organic sugar plums and nectarines, almonds for him and brie for me.
Lunch packed: the last of our lentil curry and Jared also got the last of the rice. So I packed a slice of GF multigrain bread to toast and have with it.
I had my fruit and cheese at about 11 and lunch around 1.
I actually forgot that I had run out of rice cakes at work, and I started to get a little hungry at 4:30pm. I wanted to work out when I got home, which meant I wouldn’t eat dinner un til at least 7pm. I didn’t want to buy any snacks on the way home, so I just had a couple of spoonfuls of organic PB straight out of the jar. I love doing this. Occasionally when I eat dinner quite early and stay up late, I’ll be a little peckish by the time I crawl into bed. I can’t sleep when I’m hungry, and I usually feel a bit sick in the morning if I do. So I have a teaspoon of peanut butter and the good fats in it are enough to satisfy me (plus, it’s freakin’ delicious so that’s always a bonus).
The two spoonfuls I had were just enough to keep me going through my work out! This is the one I did (from the same website)! I don’t have any upper body strength, I always used to skip upper body work outs because of this. But then I realised that was ridiculous, because how was I ever going to improve if I never did it. And upper body strength will really help me with my lifts/inversions in yoga. So I decided to just do it. I went really easy on myself yesterday, just to get used to it.
Upper Body and Cardio
- Low Intensity Cardio: 15-20 minutes. (I skipped it as I walk 30mins a day already and I am planning on a nice, long run soon)
- Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown: 3 sets x 12 reps (skipped as we don’t have it)
- Dumbbell Bicep Curl: 3 sets x 12 reps (just used the dumbbell bars, no weights on them as they are still a couple of kilos each even without weights)
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets x 12 reps (just dumbbell bars)
- Seated Cable Rows: 3 sets x 12 reps (skipped as we don’t have it)
- Push Ups: 3 sets x 10 reps
Dinner was awesome! Jared was supposed to cook kanga spag bol, but we both forgot to take out the mince in the morning to defrost. We had plenty of organic veggies to use though, and some bacon in the fridge. So I came up with the idea of pizzas!
I love making my 4 ingredient buckwheat pizza base (which is crazily my most popular post – even though it was posted back in June, it is still one of my most viewed posts every single day!), but we had no buckwheat at home so I just asked Jared to buy some Old Time Bakery organic GF wraps on the way home from work.
After my work out, we got together in the kitchen to make our pizzas. We had: homemade pizza sauce (just passata with minced garlic and mixed dried Italian herbs), organic kale, organic basil, diced pineapple, olives, bacon (diced and fried), organic zucchini, organic capsicum and cheese.
It was so much fun making them together!
We popped them in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, while we made another one each!
When the first lot were ready, we cut them into four slices each and enjoyed those while the other two were cooking. We left those in for a bit longer and they were so crunchy and delicious when we got them out. I only had 3/4 slices of my second one, and ended up giving Jared my last slice (which he was more than happy to take off my hands!).
I love making pizzas on wraps, they satisfy that pizza craving, but they don’t leave me feeling bloated or too stuffed afterwards. Plus, I love being able to add my own toppings!
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