Get Lean Project Day 15

New week, new opportunities to stay clean and healthy, and recover from any damage that may have been caused over the weekend! I was seriously lacking in energy in my workouts, and I really didn’t feel like doing HIIT… So my Nike program pretty much went out the window! I’m going to assume that this lethargy is due to my bad eating over the weekend, especially considering how fresh and energised I felt one my juice cleanse after eating healthy. Even though I am training fasted, if I keep my body nourished, it still performs better than if I eat junk at whatever time I want.

Food

  • Greek yoghurt with blueberries, banana and peanut butter
  • Bliss Energy Bites
  • Multigrain rice cakes with cottage cheese, basil pesto and a can of tuna
  • Leftover roast chicken with spinach and cherry tomatoes
  • Low calorie Chocolate Protein shake with an added scoop of peanut butter powder
  • Pork sausage
  • Small chicken sausage
  • Small leftover portion of cauliflower rice with spicy lamb
  • Frozen yoghurt cup with “chocolate” all bran hay stacks

Exercise

  • 45 minutes of moderate-high intensity spinning
  • 15 minutes of N+TC Get Lean Program Leg Sculptor

Get Lean Project Day 13

I guess everyone needs a cheat day every once in a while, and some days you just have to let go of your rigidity and just have fun… Which I definitely did. Too much for my liking. But hey, Oktoberfest!

Food

  • Atkins Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch Bar
  • Pack of strawberries
  • Leftover chicken cauliflower pizza
  • Woolworths banana peanut protein bar
  • Beer
  • Chicken schnitzel and potato salad
  • Apple strudel

Exercise

  • 90 minute (42km) road cycle
  • 1 hour Calisthenics

Get Lean Project Day 12

Finally I got to eat today! I was so excited that I forgot my lunch in the fridge at home anyway… How typical! I wasn’t really hungry in the morning though, it was confusing… I did a weigh in to see if there had been a change at all from the juice cleanse and it turns out I had lost 1.9kg! Granted, over 2kg of that was allegedly “muscle mass”. Apparently the scale can’t math, but I reckon the overall weight is at least somewhat accurate. It was a fun experiment and the result was encouraging, but I have to remember: it’s not about the numbers on the scale!

Food (I didn’t quite ease myself out of the cleanse like I was supposed to…)

  • Atkins Advantage Bar, Chocolate Brownie flavour
  • Sweet potato, beetroot and pumpkin vegetable chips
  • A few pieces of roast chicken
  • 9Bar Hazelnut Cocoa Kick
  • Chicken sausages
  • Cauliflower pizza crust with salami, roast chicken  topping

Exercise

  • 90 minutes moderate-high intensity yoga

Get Lean Project Day 11

Today was much more bearable than yesterday. I finally settled into the knowledge that food was not going to be a thing for me today – it was less mentally challenging. Food preoccupied my mind a lot less. While this may look like I was making progress, it was probably because I was just really excited that I get to eat on Day 12. Real food, get in my face! I was dreaming of avo on toast, and mozzarella cheesy chicken breasts and healthy smoothies… And peanut butter, lots of peanut butter.

Food

Same as yesterday… And the day before that…

Exercise

  • 60 minutes light intensity yoga

Get Lean Project Day 10

Today I cried. It was inevitable. The problem came in where I was just feeling so fresh and strong from all this detoxing, that I thought it would be a good idea to follow through with my training program… Without the prospect of  food for recovery. I felt fantastic after both workouts, but by lunchtime, I was an emotional wreck. Luckily I had almond milks to cheer me up a little bit…

Food

Same as yesterday

Exercise

  • 45 minutes moderate-high intensity spinning
  • 45 minutes N+TC Get Lean Program “Endurance Master”

 

Get Lean Project Day 9

So that food shortage I was talking about yesterday… I started a juice cleanse today! Details of said juice cleanse will follow in the coming days.

Today is day 1 of my 3-day cleanse from Bliss Juicery. It was a pretty spontaneous decision that I definitely didn’t give enough thought to, but once I had committed, it made sense to go forward with it. My program expected me to do a 60 minute run, but I really just didn’t have the motivation for that at all! So I stuck to the cleanse guidelines and kept it light. Overall, day 1 of this cleanse went well. Better than my last 1-day cleanse, which had me in tears…

Food (Juice)

  • Vanilla almond milk
  • Green juice (broccoli, spinach, apple, etc.)
  • Beetroot juice (beets, pear, etc.)
  • Tropical juice (coconut and pineapple, etc.)
  • Green juice (less vegetables than Juice #2)
  • Cocoa almond milk

Exercise

  • 60 minutes light yoga

Get Lean Project Day 8

I was peckish the whole day today – I’m going to put it down to not eating enough recovery food yesterday. It was also probably related to the fact that I knew I was heading into a food shortage (coming on Day 9)… Spinning was good, as usual, and I was pleasantly surprised and proud of myself for getting off my bum and sticking to my program, even though I really was feeling too lazy to do that!

Food

  • Roast chicken
  • Roast vegetables
  • 9Bar – cacao hit
  • Hake medallions
  • Bliss Juicery Raw’s Truly Vegan Gluten Free Snickers
  • Corn cakes with peanut butter
  • Oats with peanut butter and banana slices
  • Fried eggs on brown toast

Exercise

  • 45 minutes of moderate-high intensity spinning
  • 30 minutes N+TC Get Lean Program “Shakedown”

Get Lean Project Day 7

1 Week down! Only 3 to go, meep! Started my day early with a ride out in the Cradle of Humankind, and even stuck to my eating window. It was a successful day, ending off a successful week. My boyfriend was so proud of me that he rewarded me by force-feeding me Oreos and Cadbury Bubbly. I can only justify that kind of behaviour on a cycling day!

Food

  • Peanut Butter Jungle Oats Bar
  • Leftover braaied chicken pieces
  • Greek yoghurt with peanut butter, blueberries and banana
  • Roast chicken drumstick
  • Roast vegetables
  • Futurelife Strawberry Banana nutrition drink
  • Peanut butter oreos
  • Cadbury Bubbly

Exercise

  • 60km road cycle

Get Lean Project Day 6

I had wanted to get a run in this morning, but ended up getting over that idea… I don’t regret that decision at all, based on the intensity of the workouts that I did get in – I would have been finished! It was a really high protein day: it was all really tasty, and overall quite a success (Go Bokke!). I even managed to stick mostly to my eating window!

Food

  • Peanut Butter Bomb made with Steri Stumpi and chocolate protein powder (best port-workout recovery shake ever!)
  • Luv Sum Superberry Nut Crunch
  • Roast vegetables with feta
  • 1 chicken wrap with grated cheddar and some avo (make-your-own family lunch)
  • BBQ chicken wings
  • Scoop of Woolworths Stracciatella ice cream
  • Chicken sosaties with Mediterranean vegetables done on the braai

Exercise

  • 1 hour HIIT training with Defianz Calisthenics
  • 1 hour strength training with Defianz Calisthenics

Get Lean Project Day 5

Sooooo hungry today… It’s mostly mental though, and also the increase in cardio is setting my metabolism burning slightly hotter. Which is a good thing, except it’s so hard not to provide that extra calorie input: I need to make sure I stay at a solid deficit! I was also quite lazy today with my exercise… Didn’t follow my program at all, and I really could have done with that 35 minute run, but I just couldn’t find the time for that, specifically… And I forgot my sweat towel at home, and you can’t train if you don’t have every single item required, right…?
Food

  • Coco loco Nakd bar
  • Banana
  • Plain yoghurt with muesli topping with banana and pineapple and orange slices
  • Kauai Moroccan wrap on a low carb wrap (flavour is incredible)… Pure heaven, I tell you! 
  • Futurelife nutrition drink
  • Jungle Oats Peanut Butter Bar
  • Woolworths Almond, Cocoa, Coconut and Date bar – I saw it and couldn’t wait to try it. Friday really is my day of least resolve, I had zero self control!
  • Pesto-cream chicken breasts with peas
  • Slice of Woolworths Milk Tart. That’s just what happens when someone tells you it’s ok to have a cheat day

Exercise 

  • 90 minutes moderate-high intensity yoga