Get Lean Project Day 19

I figured that after yesterday’s enthusiasm, I may just cut back on the calories and such on this Friday. I started out with good intentions, but it didn’t quite go as planned. It wasn’t a terrible day though (at least as far as my eating window goes), so let’s just call it “being back on track”. For now…

Food

  • I finished that vanilla popcorn from yesterday
  • And the other half of the peanut butter pretzels…
  • 1 packet Haribo minions
  • Niki bar
  • Chicken salad with avocado, cucumber, tomato, mixed greens, and feta that was off so I gave that a skip
  • Something else that I can’t remember but put me way over calories…

Exercise

  • 40 minutes Calisthenics Hand-balancing training
  • 90 minutes moderate-high intensity yoga

Get Lean Project Day 18

Prepping for the Halloween run tonight – totally means I can carbo load, right? On Tuesday/Wednesday, I had the bright idea of buying a Kauai wrap, getting my free smoothie as part of their promotion, and then saving the wrap for lunch the next day. It worked out really well. I tried to do this again today (nice smoothie for today, with a wrap for lunch tomorrow). Alas, I was too hungry and ended up enjoying the smoothie, then the wrap. I then proceeded to buy even more snacks. I’m putting it down to copious amounts of exercise for the day. Let’s hope there hasn’t been too much damage.

Side note: don’t let me go into Woolies. Like, ever. Especially when there’s too much month at the end of my money, and especially when I am trying to eat clean.

Food

  • 9 Bar
  • Bliss energy balls
  • Yoghurt with banana, blueberries, chia seeds and honey
  • Chocolate low calorie protein shake with a spoon of powdered peanut butter
  • Tasters of red velvet cake
  • Kauai Tropical wrap
  • Kauai Cacao Cream (LCHF) smoothie

Exercise

  • 45 minutes moderate-high intensity spinning class
  • 60 minutes light intensity yoga
  • 30 minutes Nike+ Training Club random workout
  • 2x 300m sprints
  • 8,5km night trail run

Get Lean Project Day 17

This week is going pretty well. Feeling a little bloated and a little flat after the weekend, but keeping on keeping on!

Food

  • 2 peanut butter balls
  • Kauai Moroccan chicken wrap
  • Chicken breasts with bacon, low fat cream cheese, tomato pesto and cherry tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Greek yoghurt with peanut butter, blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds and honey
  • Bliss Energy Balls
  • Pork sausage

Exercise

  • 45 minutes spinning
  • 40 minutes of cali-core

Get Lean Project Day 16

My training program optimistically assumed I had been keeping up with the prescribed running… That was such a lie, and I nearly died after 35 minutes of running. Granted it was really hot, and I had probably eaten too recently. Honestly, between yoga and running, how would one find time to eat, ever?

Food

  • Greek yoghurt with strawberries, honey, chia seeds and banana slices
  • Multigrain rice cakes with cottage cheese and cherry tomatoes
  • Bliss Energy Balls
  • Gem Smoothie from Kauai
  • Pork sausages
  • Leftover roast chicken
  • Frozen greek yoghurt cup with “chocolate” all bran hay stacks
  • Leftovers from making a peanut butter grenade smoothie

Exercise

  • 6km run (my attempt at the 75 minute run that N+TC thought I would be fit enough to do by now)
  • Chest and tricep workout from the Captain of Defianz Calisthenics (4 rounds of various forms of push ups and tricep dips)
  • 15 minutes on the elliptical
  • 60 minutes low intensity yoga

Get Lean Project Day 14

“I really should exercise today,” she thinks to herself as if she could be convincing about such things…

I cooked a lot today, you know, standard meal-prep Sundays. I was trying out a bunch of new healthy snack recipes, most of which were pretty successful too (tasty and nutritious), if not very pretty at all. The snacks were also an attempt at making budget healthy snacks, so the protein content was a little lower than I would have liked. I will share the recipes once all of this is over and I am in my “maintenance” phase (another thing I am working on convincing myself that I will be able to do…)

Food

  • Pork sausages
  • Fried egg on toast with cheese
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Homemade all bran flake “chocolate” hay stacks
  • Homemade energy bites
  • All bran flakes with milk
  • Small bowl of frosties with milk (because I am a sucker for cereal)
  • Maltesers
  • Nougat
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Spicy lamb

Exercise

Cooking counts as exercise, right?

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”