Daily Blog: Chia Pudding, Healthy Waffles, & Lots of Reading!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Happy Tuesday!

Just my usual porridge this morning and coffee made better by being in my Superman mug. 

Shooting some blog photos outside before I head to the gym. I've decided that this camera doesn't like it when I put it on a self-timer. All my pictures came out fuzzy and out of focus. Luckily my Dad came to the rescue and helped me get some good shots. Thanks Dad! 

It's leg day! Yay!

I'm gonna go hard today and really push some higher reps for toning.
Here's what I did:

Warmup: 5 min treadmill run

25kg x 12 reps, 3 sets
40kg x 8 reps
50kg x 4reps, 2 sets

5 min SkillMill walk (strapped in/level 6 resistance)

Ab Work:
Russian Twists x30/Knee to elbow x20
3 sets

Leg press:
80kg x 20, 3 sets
120kg x 8, 2 sets

Plate Drags 15kg, 3 laps

5 min SkillMill walk (strapped in/level 6 resistance)

Hip Thrusts 40 kg x20 reps, 4 sets

Split Squats, 8 kg kettlebells
10 each leg, 3 sets

Ab work again

My trainer popped in to say hello to everyone today after being on holiday for months. It was so good to see him, but he won't be working until next year now :( I might need to find a boxing gym or get one of the other trainers to help me. I need a trainer, but none of them are as good as him...

When I got home it was so lovely and sunny that I decided to work outside again. I also picked up a coffee from my cafe to help motivate me to write. There's so many posts I want to get through today! 

It's time for lunch, so of course I'm going to spend it soaking up the sun. I'm also having time away from my screen and getting through a couple more chapters of The Raven King. I've missed these characters so much!

Relaxing time is over now. I grabbed a tamarillo and now I have to get back to writing.

Having another little break away from my screen to do some reading. I'm trying to get through 100 pages today, so this is working out well.

I've been working away on posts and now I'm hungry again. I really felt like waffles, so I put together a quick mix (thank goodness for the Nutri-Bullet!) I used: 1 small banana, half a scoop of chocolate whey powder, 1 egg, 1/4 cup oats, 1 Tbsp of Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp almond milk & a little gluten-free flour to thicken it up.

They turned out so good! I love it when I don't use much flour and they get dense in the middle. This is guilt-free eating at it's finest.

I know it got bad reviews, but I wanted to watch Fantastic Four again. The cast make the movie for me. I may or may not have a crush on Miles Teller...

I've been wanting to make chia pudding for a while and this afternoon I finally have some time. It's super-simple to make, really. Just mix chia seeds with a can of coconut milk and a couple tablespoons of maple syrup in a bowl. Pour into serving glasses or a container and leave to set for at least four hours in the fridge.

Time for yet another snack (I'm a hungry girl.) I was craving these vegetarian sausages that taste amazing! Just add barbecue sauce, bread and enjoy!

Managed to catch the end of a very beautiful sunset.

It's been a view days since my hair was dyed, so I'm just using this Lush conditioner as a hair treatment. I really don't want it looking damaged, so hopefully all of the amazing ingredients in this will do the trick. I'm leaving it in for about 20 minutes then rinsing it out.

Since I have to wait for my hair, I thought I might as well take the time to do a face mask as well! My skin could really use some TLC right now.

I'm not super-hungry but I decided to finally have some dinner while I watch Chuck. It's just bean chili with fish on top and a little salad. It's all leftovers but it actually tasted great together.

Time to try my chia pudding! It came out so good, I just add some fruit and a little coconut on top. This is one of the easiest/most healthy desserts I've ever made. It just might be my new favorite! I made it through about 80 pages of my book today, which isn't a bad effort. The further I get into it, the more I want to read! #bookwormproblems

I'm so happy with how much blog work I got done today. Here's hoping the rest of the week is the same!

Any recommendations on what book I should read next?
Steph x.

October Fitness Update + My Current Goals

Monday, 24 October 2016

Hello, Everyone!

October seemed to be quite the uneventful month in terms of fitness for me. Although it did bring some personal best results that make me feel like supergirl! Spartan race training has been underway and I'm already improving on some of the challenges I'm setting myself. Unfortunately I am still trainer-less and have been thinking a lot about how I can get a little guidance. I have researched other gyms, crossfit classes I can take, and have been writing out my own programs. I've even inquired about a boxing gym for extra workout time soon! I'm still unsure of which way to go, but hopefully November will be the month I get it all sorted.

Favorite Exercise This Month: Russian Twists

I have once again started my pursuit of abs/flat stomach and this has exercise has really been helping me feel more toned on my sides. I usually do them with a 10kg dumbbell (better grip) and go for 30 reps. It really gets you burning and on my third set I always have to really push the last few reps. It's a great exercise to chuck in at the end of your workout and I'm feeling the results after only a few weeks! 

 Since I don't have much to update you on, I thought that I would also include some fitness goals that I have set myself recently. I always work so much harder when I have a number/weight to work towards and it's so rewarding when I finally reach it.

November Goals:

Tone those legs! 

For the longest while my arms have been my sore spot and I've concentrated on getting them toned up. I'm definitely getting happy with them now (hard work pays off yall!) but now my legs are getting me a little self-conscious. And I'm a lover of shorts, so that just can't happen. I've been sneaking in a few leg exercises into my arm routine and really going hard on the leg days I have twice a week. I found a Heidi Somers inner thigh workout that I have been loving (and left me sore for about a week.) Lot's of sumo squats, lunges, Bulgarian split squats, and leg press sessions for me!

10 pull-ups with no help

This is something that I have been slowly chipping away at for a while now, and I am still so determined to get to that magical number ten! I usually enjoy attempting these at the gym too since it makes me feel a tab bit bad-ass. The plan is to add one more on to my number per week. I can currently do 5, but next week I'm gonna go for 6. I'll let you know how it goes.

Leg Press twice my body weight

 The one thing that has surprised me about my body since getting into fitness is how strong my legs are. I may struggle to do 50kg deadlifts, but you make me do hip-thrusts with it and I will make it look like air! I've started using the leg press again and I've found that I can increase the weights a lot quicker than normal. I can currently do 80kgs, but being able to get to 120kgs would be the Wonder Woman dream. I've always had thick thighs, so they have to be good for something! (other than it making me closer to being a mermaid, of course.)
Update: I successfully completed this one! I managed 8 reps of it too. Next stop 150kgs!

Bench Press 20kgs

This has been a little devil amongst my workout routine for sometime now. Instead of walking past the bench and going straight to the weight rack, I've been trying to make it my mission to master the thing. So far I've been able to up my weight from 5kg to 10kg, which felt like such a big achievement for me. I'm going to keep working at it and see if I can't increase it again soon. It ain't gonna beat me!

Squat 80kgs 

It's the best feeling ever when you walk into the gym and your beloved squat rack is available. I love that hunk of metal. Which means that in order to be the Queen of Squats, I want/need to be pushing myself harder to rack up more weights. My personal best was 65kgs, but that was a while ago and I have been working on building it up again. Imagine if I can get to 100!? Not if - when.

Run 10kms in under an hour

The other week, my Mum and me participated in an 11km fun run and we did our best time yet of one hour and 13mins. We were over the moon! Since the running season has started, we have another event coming up soon that's only 10km. Our goal is to keep a good pace and make it to that finish line before the hour ticks over! Can we do it? Of course! If not, we will get it next time.

What are some of your fitness goals you want to achieve?
Steph x.

Daily Blog: Sunday Family Time, Lush, & New Books!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Happy Sunday Everyone! 
Sorry I haven't done one of these in a while. This past week has been a hard one for my family, so it was tough to get back to blogging with my usual enthusiasm. But I'm back now and thought I would share my day with you!

Just watching the latest Dan and Phil Sims video. I love this series because it means I can enjoy the game without getting addicted myself!

It was my Grandad's 91st birthday on Wednesday and I am making him a birthday cake like I always do. Since I've made chocolate in the past, I went for something different today and decided to make a lemon polenta cake! Never made one before, but I'm following this Nigella recipe which means I can't go wrong. *crossing fingers*

Just having a little pre-run snack of Sultana Bran Buds and a little soy milk. I was craving these when we went to go do the food shopping and their nutritional content is actually pretty good. They have a good hit of carbs to give me energy for the hills I'm about to climb. Still loving my new hair! 

We had a good run today! A little windy, but at least it pushed us up the hill a little faster. My legs are feeling a little weak, so I'm having a protein shake to help them recover. The best thing I ever did was go back to chocolate flavored whey! 

I'm all showered and ready now for lunch with the family. We're going to go and pick up my Grandad and take him to one of his favorite places. The cake came out great! I had to use canola oil instead of butter, but I'm sure it will taste fine. 

For lunch I ordered the eggs benedict with mushrooms and spinach. The menu wasn't really on the healthy side, but I can totally count the eggs as protein. The fries I stole from my Mum's plate never happened...
It's always lovely spending time with my Grandad. He's such a simple man, he just wants food and good company. I love hearing his old stories about being a tram driver and some of the antics he got up to as a lad. At 91 he's still going strong! 

Mum and me ditched the boys so that we could quickly pop into Lush. Since both of us got our hair colored yesterday, we need some new products to take care of or new dos. I also spent ages smelling all of the amazing Christmas bath bombs! Those penguins just make me so happy for some reason : )

After devouring some of my lemon polenta cake with the family (it was delicious and Grandad loved it!) we arrived back home. It's pretty cold outside, so I quickly jumped into my favorite Harvard hoodie to get warm. 

Lush Haul! 
We got some of our favorite Daddy-O violet shampoo that holds blonde color really well (and smells incredible too.) Mum also got a block of Queen Bee, which is a moisturizing balm that you can use to style your hair. And I picked up a big jar of Retread to use as a hair treatment. My hair dresser suggested getting something to really help nourish any damage done to my hair and this one is full of goodness. I'm not a fan of buying chemical products to help repair damage done by more chemicals. Lush just makes my hair feel amazing and I can keep it natural too. 

I got some exciting book mail yesterday! I ordered these from Book Depository a couple of weeks ago and I'm so happy that they have finally arrived. 
I've been dying to read the Raven King all year to finish off the series and find out the truth behind all the mysteries. This series is incredible and the build up to this final book has me excited (and a tad bit nervous too.) I also had to get Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children after loving the movie and hearing everyone rave about the books. Even after flicking through a few pages, I can't wait to read this one too!

Confession: My eating has been so bad over the weekend, but after losing our dog yesterday I just needed to eat my feelings. We were also quite tired and no one felt like cooking, so Chinese food it was! Let's just count it as a little bulking.

Just a short one today. It's been a weird week, but hopefully everything can get back to normal soon! I've got lots of fitness posts coming up so stay tuned. 

How did you spend your Sunday? I hope you had a great weekend!
Steph x.