Don’t Knock It Until You’ve Tried It

This title has me singing “Mama said knock you ooooout” by LL Cool J. Random. I watched Straight Outta Compton at the weekend. Maaaan it was good. Helps that I am a huge fan of their stuff, betcha didn’t expect that did you? Well I am, I used to be able to rap Straight Outta Compton word for word – what a site. The day after watching this epic masterpiece of cinematography I set off for a 5k run with Chris (ok ok he was doing 15k, whatever) and I ended up running….. 10k! Thanks very much Ice Cube and Eazy E. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it! Longest run since Ironman. Pow. I joked that it was actually more than I ran on the Ironman course seeing as I walked/crawled most of it.

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Rapping aside though there is another reason I have chosen today’s title. It is time for some humble pie. Huh? What? Pie? Mmmmmm…. Piiiiiiiie. No no brain shoosh. Humble pie because I can be quite judgemental and opinionated about stuff and in my wise old age I am realising that sometimes you have to try things before assuming they are bullshit. Yes really. How about that for a life lesson. Take Kayla Itsines for example. Firstly, being the type of loser I am I just need to point out you pronounce her surname IT-SEEN-IS and not IT-SIGNS. Moving on. So when all the hoohar started happening around her Instagram account I was in the midst of my “lift weights” and “carbs are the enemy” phase. As a result I dismissed her “eat fruit” and “do 28 minutes of exercise to get abs” programme as a load of bumflefluff. Not a word. I know. It’s good though right?

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How wrong was I? Nearly two years after I started training seriously I am now realising that there are loooooooads of ways to be/get in shape. I actually downloaded the “Sweat with Kayla” app to see what all the fuss was about. Upon initial viewing it was snazzy but I still wasn’t convinced it was all THAT. Turns out it probably IS all THAT. Fair enough I can’t see myself ditching my quark and chia seed jam for breakfast and replacing it with 60g of muesli with some milk BUT her workouts are mental. Properly mental. I attempted one last night after firmly deciding I could not be arsed to fight my way to the weights in my local Fitness First. I looked up a full body session and was thrilled to see it only required a skipping rope. I CAN USE MY SKIPPING ROPE! Yeah…. I bought it two years ago, never used it. Skipping rope dusted off I got my Ibiza 2015 spotify playlist fired up and started…

….oh my god what have I done….

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Burpees should be outlawed. Seriously. So should jumping lunges and so should mountain climbers. I wore my Garmin to check my heart rate and it was hovering around 150-176bpm throughout the 28 minutes. To put that into perspective that is similar to my running heart rate. Aka really effing high (I am heavy and running is hard. Shoosh).

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28 minutes later and I was lying in a sweaty heap on my living room floor. I lay there for around 10 minutes marvelling at how wrong I had been! The workout was SO hard I couldn’t even complete the mountain climber/push up combos! Damn you Kayla! Why must you prove me wrong in such a vile manner! Urgh.

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Moral of the story? Don’t rule something out if you haven’t tried it. Don’t like cauliflower? Doesn’t mean you won’t like cauliflower rice. Don’t like the gym? Doesn’t mean you can’t smash a workout at home. I’m not plugging Kayla’s app. You could easily download something similar online but I must admit having it timed and explained right there in front of me on my phone was very helpful!

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Oh and another thing…. There could be a whole ton of reasons for not making progress. OR – you might just be eating too much and drinking too much wine. Ha. These were the words of my friend Jack the other day. He has a point. Going out for dinner a dozen times over the past couple of weeks has NOT contributed to getting leaner. Ho hum. Lucky I have managed to kill my training over the past ten days. Back in the pool 3 times a week now and slowly building towards my 10km swim in August. Also starting to enjoy running. Must be something wrong with me. Just need to get my weight training sorted and I am laughing all the way to the beach in Australia in August (YASSSSSSSSSSSSSS). I am investing £65 for an hour with my marvellous friend/PT Andy on Friday and my instructions were “remind me how to lift proper weights and not just fanny around with cables and machines that I wimp out on when I am training by myself”. SO – Friday will be free weights and benches and I’ll be DAMNED if I lose my way again….

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Shout out to the folks still reading this blog. Cheers y’all. It’s nice to write stuff now and again. Let’s leave the cakes alone for a while though eh. grrrrrrrrrrrrrgrumblecoconutflourgrrrrrhateyoucoconutflourgrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

C xxx

 

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Don’t Knock It Until You’ve Tried It

How To Say NO To Cake

It happened. I made protein cake on Sunday. It was amazing.

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It was awful awful awful. Blergh. Even the memory of it is making me pull a yucky face. Who on earth thought coconut flour was a good idea? WHO?! It is the work of the devil. You would be better off going down to the beach and stuffing some wet sand in your mouth. YAACK.

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Turns out I really really don’t like coconut flour. So how do you say NO to take? Make it with coconut flour and chuck it in the bin. The funny thing is though – I think I already knew this but had forgotten or convinced myself it wasn’t that bad. A bit like I do every time I decide to start drinking apple cider vinegar in the mornings again. “Oh it’s not that bad, bit like really acidic apple juice” – “MOTHER OF GOD WHAT IS THIS?! THE SMELL AND TASTE IS TAKING OVER MY ENTIRE HEAD!”

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However, whilst apple cider vinegar apparently boasts a plethora (great word) of magical health benefits I can see NO benefits of eating wet sand disguised as flour.

Basically, I love this recipe for blueberry lemon protein cake and on Sunday I knew I had the ingredients to make it. However, instead of following the recipe like a clever girl, I decided to go off piste and just make it up (this does normally work for me). So, cake batter was looking good, macros were stellar and the house smelled like vanilla. Nice. Cake didn’t sink like the Titanic when it came out the oven either which is always a good sign. Chris was so excited at the site of cake (he loves blueberry muffins) that he had already Instagrammed the final product before tasting. BIG. MISTAKE.

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It was honestly like chewing on a sandy sponge. I KNOW coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture but that wasn’t the issue here! It was just awful! In all ways possible! Moral of the story? Stick to the recipe for protein baking. I recently bought this book http://amzn.to/1oyZb1q and I have spoken before of the genius of ‘Chocolate Chilli Mango’ (the original creator of the blueberry protein cake dream. http://chocolatechillimango.com/

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Sigh – I am at work staring at my protein bar and inwardly cursing it. It is laughing at me. It is. Honestly. “HA! What happened to your baking skills? Loser”. Urgh whatever. I will follow the recipe later when we try again!

Sorry to disappoint.

Oh by the way, my parents were visiting at the weekend. Mum is most put out she didn’t get enough kudos for the idea of batch cooking and boxing up food for the week. So here is your praise mum:

YOU—-ARE—-SO—-CLEVER—-THANK—-YOU—-FOR—-TEACHING—-ME—-EVERYTHING—-I—-KNOW

Happy now?!

Anyway – back to business. Nearly two months into the year and I am STILL flailing around in the world of health and fitness like some wounded animal. Things are sure taking their time to get back into routine. Morning alarm clocks are being snoozed, macro tracking is being ignored… deary me. On the plus side I am enjoying life. Even if my abs are still on holiday somewhere. Lazy bastards. Get back to work and stop eating all the pies. It’s pretty weird I am currently picturing my “abs” as little sweat band sporting minions. Get out more Cat. Seriously.

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Taking each day at a time for training though I skipped the 5:45am alarm for swimming with Chris and have decided instead to go at lunch time. At least I am going!

OMG I nearly forgot! Ran TWICE at the weekend. On Sunday it was my longest run since Ironman. FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE MIIIIIIIIIIIIIILES. Hahaha. Almost a marathon. Still – it was good! I am quite enjoying the running at the minute. This is unheard of for me! I normally hate it! Turns out Britney Spears and Michael Jackson are quite the running companions. Far better than doof doof trance…. for now.

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Think I will try and throw in some yoga again this week. I can barely flex my ankle at the minute. The Achilles is tighter than…. a tightrope? Ouchee. Running through the discomfort is probably not doctor recommended.

Going to Google some protein brownie recipes now. Surely I can’t f**k them up…. SURELY.

Much love to you all… but not you Mr coconut flour

C xxx

How To Say NO To Cake

Cake, Where Art Thou?

Told you the next blog would be about cake – but I still haven’t made any. Sorry about that. I’ve been a bit busy… MOVING IN WITH MY BOYFRIEND. Ahhhhwooooooooooo!

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Yes, Chris moved in at the weekend, lovely lovely. He is waist deep in Ironman training which meant on Valentines day we went for a run. WTF? Seriously though, have two really strong cups of black coffee and a yummy breakfast and then go for a run. I felt like Usain Bolt and Mo Farah’s lovechild. Kind of. I have read loads about the benefits of coffee/caffeine prior to training but always though it was kind “meh”. I drink a lot of coffee anyway, it can barely keep me awake on a long day in the office, what difference can it really make to a run/gym session? Turns out – A LOT.

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Couple of points to address today. Firstly, I signed up to my next challenge. A 10km swim in a glacial lake in Wales in August. I wanted to do it without a wetsuit but turns out that’s pretty much impossible given the water will be between 12 and 14 degrees = hello hypothermia. So it looks like I will be swimming WITH a wetsuit. Probably a good thing given I got this information yesterday:

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Ahhhhh it’ll be FINE. I was in the pool this morning with Chris. Swam 1200m. Pahaha. Just gotta do that 8 more times and I’ll be laughing. Lucky I am finally kicking my butt back into training and eating properly.

So on the subject of eating properly I had a message from my friend Ruth this morning. Ruth is ripped. Always has been. The little beast had a six pack in high school for gods sake. I hate her. No no – I don’t really. She is a fairly badass footballer and is currently training to be more badass. Urgh! I posted a picture of my highly OCD food prep the other night and I had some questions about food prepping. So I thought I would write a sort of “you cannot f**k this up” guide to food prep.

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Think of food prep as my friend Tom Wright thinks of it (https://www.facebook.com/TomWrightFit/?fref=ts) . It is essentially leftovers. But leftovers you can make 5 days in advance and then look forward to during the working week. I started food prepping around 2 years ago and I can honestly say it has made the biggest difference to my daily diet/nutrition/health/body composition. Chris is now in on the act too. Our lunches this week are basically miniature roast dinners. 1 large chicken breast, 1 medium sweet potato, couple of handfuls of mixed veg and a handful of spinach. That sounds boring as hell doesn’t it? BUT – the chicken was grilled with cajun seasoning, the sweet potatoes were roasted with garlic and sea salt and the mixed veg has real butter on it that melts into everything when you heat it up at lunch time.

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Total calories and macros for the meal? 485kcal – 43g carbs – 8g fat – 60g protein. Now if you are not swimming/running/gymming every day then you can happily ditch some or all of the potato and replace it with butternut squash. Butternut squash is the low carb cousin. Roast it until it’s crispy on the edges (aka almost burnt) and you won’t really notice much difference.

So things to consider for weekly food prep. Make sure you like the food you are prepping. Sounds like a stupid thing to say but there is no point making a ton of food you’re going to dread eating after a couple of days. I get burnt with this quite a lot as I am very into my food and get bored eating the some stuff. Best way of avoiding this is box up the ingredients separately e.g. a box of chicken, a box of sweet potato, a box of tomato with olive oil and balsamic etc etc. This way you can pick and choose each morning what you want that day. If you are not so bothered then go ahead and box up the actual meals for the week.

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A lot of people are worried about food being “off” or “weird” after a few days in the fridge. I have NEVER been sick from food I have prepped earlier in the week. Ever. Not once. Nil. Nad. Doesnee happen.

Step by step guide to food prep…

  1. Make sure you have plenty of decent tupperware. I like these from Amazon http://amzn.to/1Vj4RaJ
  2. Keep it simple. You can add dressings etc when you are eating the food. Stick to a protein source, carb source and some veg in the tupperware. Take your dressings and sauces seperately (obviously ignore this if you’ve made a big batch of curry/chilli)
  3. Get good at multitasking:
    1. Get your chicken breasts and lay them on a tray, sprinkle over your cajun or salt and pepper or spices of choices. Pop them under the grill and keep an eye on them.
    2. Peel and chop your sweet potatoes if you need the carbs. Little bit of oil, salt, pepper, in the oven at 200c until browned/soft.
    3. Whilst they are cooking lay out your tupperware tubs and pop a handful of spinach and some raw veg in there e.g. frozen peas/brocolli/peppers/tomatoes.
    4. Check your chicken and turn it over if you need to.
    5. Think about adding extras to the tupperware. If you are having fish put a wedge of lemon in the tub. If it’s plain veg get a teaspoon of butter in there (better to keep oils etc in the office to add when the food is going to be eaten).
    6. When everything is cooked let it cool and then divide between your boxes.
    7. Put boxes in fridge. That is basically it.

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Some really good options for food preps are chillis, curries, stews and soups. You soon get used to eating chilli or curry with spinach instead of rice. I think I actually prefer it now. Especially if the chilli is topped with some cheese and avocado. Drool.

I think I’ve covered the basics here. If you think I’ve missed anything though or you have questions then just give me a shout. Oh and the internet is amazing for recipes (like you didn’t already know). People ask me for recipes all the time but the truth is I get most of mine from Pinterest or just googling “low carb chilli” or “healthy chicken curry”. Just steer clear of anything that promotes “low fat” too much. Don’t be scared of fat. It tastes good and it makes you feel more satisfied with your meal.

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Wordcount says I’ve gone over 1000 words. Oops. This was meant to be a quick guide to food prep!

Let me know how you get on. Tupperware army.

C xx

Cake, Where Art Thou?

Simple Pleasures

Sounds a bit dodge doesn’t it? It’s not meant to. Maybe I have just been hanging out with dirty minded people for too long…

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I’m not doing very well at regular writing am I? It seems to be a bit stop start at the minute. A bit like my enthusiasm for healthy food and gym sessions. I had an absolute tantrum last week. I don’t know what is going on with me but I just CANNOT…BE…ARSED on more occasions than I care to admit at the minute. For example, last week, in the gym, lifting heavier on the leg press than ever before, texting the boyf “wahoo – I am DEAD strong”… ten minutes later, nuh, can’t be bothered, going home. I felt like some party pooper little child. I could only have been in there 20 minutes. I spoke to a few friends and the consensus seems to be a lack of direction/routine and no real goal in sight. I guess that makes sense…

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So, to relate this current phenomenon of “nah… going home to watch Breaking Bad for the second time” to the title above, I am stripping things right back and keeping things super simple. Apparently trying to go to the gym every day at the minute is just exhausting my enthusiasm for it. So, instead, I am going to do THREE gym sessions a week which will focus my energy into each session and make me say “yessss training tonight” and then I can swim or run or yoga on the other days. One upper body, one lower body, one functional strength (jumping onto boxes and such). I am also going to try and strip things back on the food front.

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I was visiting the boyfs grandparents over the weekend. I love visiting them, such lovely people and it is great to get out of London sometimes. They have been following a special diet to try and improve their health and the book they are using is really very good. I won’t go into a ton of details but basically it focuses on the health of your gut and specifically the bacteria that exists there. It just got me thinking about some of the things I have been consuming recently… Diet soft drinks, low calorie hot chocolate amongst other things. Obviously it goes without saying that these aren’t brilliant for us but actually it was really interesting how certain foods etc can mess up our digestive systems. Anyway – point being – I am going to try and focus on the whole food approach again.

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Maybe not quite as bad…

I went food shopping yesterday, as I generally do on a Sunday. Treated myself to Waitrose because I wanted Total 0% and quark and Lidl simply don’t stock them, urgh. Looking around the chicken aisle and they do three WHOLE chickens for £10. That’s terrible isn’t it? But I justified the chicken’s happiness by telling myself it was Waitrose and they were therefore likely to be RSPCA Farm Assured etc etc. I hope anyway. Bought said chickens and roasted ALL THREE in a one-er last night. Let them cool and then stripped all the meat off and popped it into a tupperware box. That’s now lunch and dinner every day this week. Winner. Lunch today was so simple I thought it would be insanely boring. Actually in reality it was nicer than a lot of lunches I have had recently. Bag of salad leaves, 4 baby plum tomatoes, a chicken breast (when you learn to cook chicken so it is still juicy you are really winning at life) and a dollop of reduced fat hummus. BAD. Bought hummus?! Get a grip Cat you have a magimix. Make it yourself. Yes well I was tired and aspects of “nah I am going home to watch Netflix” were still on my mind. So yeah – lunch was winner! Hummus as a salad dressing is awesome.

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For whatever reason I can’t stop thinking about bloody Maria from The Sound Of Music today. I think it’s because I saw someone’s status on facebook talking about snowflakes that stay on their nose and eyelashes. AAAAAAAAAAAARGH. Shut up shut up shut up. That then led me to think of brown paper packages tied up with string (kill me now) which made me think of simple pleasures which made me want to write this blogster.

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Boyf – hate that word, must use his real name – CHRIS asked me what my next blog would be about. I said “cake”. I lied. On the subject of cake though another megafriend (Beth – hiya) suggested I start baking protein goodies and then selling them to friends etc that want to have their cake and eat it. So to speak. In that manner here is a list of my current creations and you can let me know if you like the sound of them.

  • Chocolate Brownie Protein Loaf
  • Blueberry Vanilla Protein Loaf
  • Banana Protein Bread

These are my three foolproof recipes that I constantly go back to. If, however, you have a particular treat that you want turned into a protein health creation then let me know and I will get in the kitchen and do some experimenting. I still need to try the protein carrot cake thing.

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My friend Abi moves to London this weekend. The lassy I met during Ironman Wales training. It looks like swimming, cycling and running are going to be firmly back on the cards. Maybe that will stop me nesting in my blankets on the sofa quite so much. Oh and my facebook friend Sadie is contemplating entering the world of triathlon too! Apparently inspired by my Ironman written ramblings. Very cool indeed.

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Cake pictures in the next post or no post at all.

Ciao. XX

Simple Pleasures

Here – Take My Strong Haaaand…

Ha, I’ve never even seen Scary Movie. I just remember pretending to love it when everyone else was banging on about it all the time. However, this quote still makes me chuckle. I can’t remember who, but I used to repeat this an awful lot for larfs with one of my friends. Identify yourselves! Who was it?! More importantly though, I went to the gym this morning. About bloody time. Seriously, I think I’ve been twice since Christmas. Woops. Anyway, I decided to do some upper body work. PAHAHAHAHA. Then my arms just laughed in my face and said how about no? Unless we are lifting chips to your gob we ain’t doing nuffin’. Bastard bloody upper body strength. It has DESERTED me.

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I used to be able to do unassisted dips. Well not any more! Now we are struggling with 30kg assistance. Laaaaaaaame. It’s totes fine though. I will get stronger again. I am giving myself a month to get my strooong haaaaaaaaand game back on point.

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I was pretty pumped this morning when my alarm went off at 6:45am. I think my mind and my body had FINALLY admitted defeat in the face of having to get up. It has won the battle of the snooze button for the past few weeks (ahem… months) but I think we may finally be reaching a mutual agreement. Sometimes I just really really don’t wanna train though. Y’know? Sometimes there is Netflix and sweat pants and central heating and cups of tea. Bah.

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Not any more though, or rather not every morning from now on. I have committed myself to doing SOMETHING every day (except Monday which will be the rest day from now on). Even if it is 15 minutes in the gym doing some HIIT on the bike. It is better than nothing and it will get me back into the routine. About time. OH MY GOD SHUT UP SMUG LITTLE VOICE IN MY HEAD – YES I KNOW I HAVE BEEN LAZY – PIPE DOWN – WE ARE DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT NOW OK?

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If you follow me on Instagram you will see I have seriously stepped up the chicken burger game. I fear I will never eat anything else besides these round patties of joy. 50% thigh meat + 50% breast meat + spring onions + bread crumbs + garlic cloves + splash of milk all blitzed together. Hell fire they are unreal. Especially with my rekindled obsession for soda bread. I am going to have it AGAIN for dinner tonight.

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Oh and we have some exciting new people reading! Hello to Laura and Holly (Kate you already got a mention I’m afraid). Get this too – Laura has signed up to do a Half Ironman this year. #LAD. She will be competing in the same event as my other half (he is aiming for Kona qualification so will be doing the full distance). I will be on the sidelines this year with the banners and the McDonald’s at the finish line. Hurrah. Seriously though, whenever someone gets in touch to say hello and let me know they are reading this it makes my day. Really really awesome to hear what people think of the rubbish (ahem I mean serious conversation) I spout.

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Oh and by the way, see how it’s Burns Night on Monday? Haggis is the traditional dish right? But Haggis is minging. WRONG. Just very quickly. Do you eat wafer thin ham? Do you eat chicken products like chicken slices etc? If the answer is yes then you may want to shut me up now. If you do some brief research into what constitutes these products you will probably be fairly shocked to find bones, cartilage, sinew, connective tissue and various other yummy bits of an animal. Now at least with Haggis you know what you are getting. So if you’ve never tried it give it a go. No it isn’t six pack goal food but it’s nay as bad as ye think pal ay? (Bit of Scottish for you there). Plus it tastes lush. Bit like spicy mince?

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Anyway, to conclude (oh my god awful memories of writing essays in school and using that phrase), TO CONCLUDE:

  1. I am back in the gym 6 days a week alternating between lower body strength sessions, upper body strength sessions, HIIT (High intensity cardio) sessions, LISS (Low intensity cardio) sessions
  2. I am using myfitnesspal app to record my daily diet. I am aiming for a balance of around 40% protein, 35% fat and 25% carbs (thus far keeping my fat %%% is proving the biggest challenge, I just love dem avocados)
  3. I am trying to drink 3L of water a day again – got my 1L water bottle on my desk at work
  4. I am trying to maintain a healthy balance between all of the above and a fun lifestyle e.g. it was my best friends engagement lunch on Saturday afternoon. I had about 3 glasses of prosecco, 3 glasses of red wine and a 3 course lunch whereupon the main course was a steak sandwich with truffle fries. Ha. Not very balanced, but absolutely worth it

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So there we go! Latest update for you. I also de-cluttered my kitchen at the weekend. I am now a lean mean food prepping machine. I need to get the cakes back on the agenda though. I think that will be a Friday job.

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If you have goals for the year then get in touch.

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Keep walking or running or gymming or yoga’ing as much as possible and eating that veg and living that fun life now and again. No one likes a boring babe.

Och aye! C xx

Here – Take My Strong Haaaand…

Does Cheese Give You Nightmares?

I don’t mean “do you have sleepless nights filled with human eating babybels” but I have had a few people tell me now that eating cheese before bedtime can cause nightmares. Pretty sure that’s nonsense to be honest…

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My final words to the boyfriend last night were “I am DEFINITELY going to the gym in the morning – I will text you when I am in there at 7am”. Alarm went off at 6:30am… aaaaaaaaaaand I didn’t get up. My reasoning? I had had 8 hours of absolute mental TERROR thanks to my completely ridiculous subconscious. Last night my dreams consisted of using the fire exit in Sports Direct and being held captive at the store managers home whilst being made to throw a huge weight attached to a long rope across her living room. Then when they got bored of that they decided to put the kids cuddly toy UP the chimney. Then the whole living room caught fire and the gas pipes started to explode. Turns out my subconscious based this in Newcastle suburbs so next thing I know I am running through an exploding gas fiery hell hole towards the train. The train is going to Wales. Not much use to me. I need to get to Hexham! Get off the train and wait for a taxi. Whilst waiting for a taxi I find a baby lamb and start feeding it water from some weird little cup. Taxi turns out to be a 4×4 with a livestock trailer attached. Very handy. Oh no wait there’s Mum and Dad. Give lamb to total stranger and “DING DONG DING DONG” oh that’s my alarm going off to go to the gym. No thanks. Think I’ll sleep for a bit and try and calm my mental head. Oh wait that’s not gonna happen? Ok awesome.

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For real – I am exhausted just remembering this. Can someone find out how to stop nightmares? There must be something? Anyway, moving on (poor baby lamb with total strangers). So I didn’t go to the gym and last night I had Pizza (Deliveroo will NOT let me be lean) with Lizi and when I put all of yesterday’s food into myfitnesspal I had consumed around 3500kcals. Awesome. Good work Cat. You absolute beast. So today I was back to “well I could just eat NOTHING for two days and smash the gym and that might help”…. Don’t be ridiculous Cat, that’s a shocking idea. Just eat normally and get over it. So that is what I am going to do… Aaaaaaaand I’m going to go to the gym tonight. Seriously. I mean it.

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What a change from this time last year eh?! This time last year I was training for THREE HOURS EVERY DAY. Mental. Whatever. I will get back to it over the next few weeks.

So I think I’ve found a good carrot cake recipe. Gonna try it out tonight. Maybe. Probably not but I will DEFINITELY try it out over the next few days. I need a good kick up the arse at the minute. Maybe it’s because the bathroom at home needs cleaning. A mucky house makes a mucky mind for me. No not the fun mucky mind. The “urgh my bathroom is a mess so why bother with anything” kind of mucky mind. How OCD is that? Ha. What a freak.

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I’ve got an awesome dinner tonight though. Did you see the chicken burgers I made the other night? Ooft they were good. Better than any McChickenblerghblergh. Anyway I have ONE left in the fridge so I’m going to chop it in half to make two discs and then I’m going to top it with spinach and poached eggs! PHWOAR. Lushness. Can’t wait. Especially since it will be post weights and HIIT so I’ll be feeling like a lean mean training machine again instead of some psycho Sports Direct Door Policy Criminal.

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Taking my bike for a service tomorrow too. Looks like I will be back on it this weekend. Should be interesting. I haven’t touched it since Ironman. Ha. OH MY GOD! I did my yoga DVD this week! It was actually SO good! Ok I’m not exactly pretzel pose ready but it was nice and I am going to do it a lot more often. Highly recommended!

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Funny how being out of weights and regular gym sessions for so long can make you feel like a total beginner all over again. But fear not. I know what I am doing. Dips and chins and leg press and all manner of rowing and bike intervals. Wahoo. I need new music. Some kind of dancey electro crap. Someone send me some good stuff? Muchos appreciatododos

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C xxx

Does Cheese Give You Nightmares?

Carrot Girl

I just Googled this term and according to Urban Dictionary it means I am trashy with fake tan and white hair and horrid tacky clothes. They’ve been spying on me again dammit.

Fortunately I am talking about vegetables and not fake tan. I just had lunch and it was probably 60% grated carrot. I love grated carrot. There’s something about it. When I used to go to Pizza Hut (only Franco Manca these days luv) and hit up the salad bar I used to mainline the pasta salad but ALSO the grated carrot! Weird. If only I had stuck to the carrot…

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If someone does this and sends me a picture I will pay for their salad…

So as I mentioned last week I got a food processor for Christmas. It was mad expensive and I don’t expect ANYONE to be shelling out the £££’s for one of these (my uncle got discount from the store he works in #playa) but if you want to make your life a lot easier (and let’s face it – more fun) then I seriously recommend getting one. I grated 1kg of carrots into submission in around 2 minutes. I was so excited I even showed Erin when she walked into the kitchen (no wonder she is moving out – sniff).

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Took me longer to switch it on that it did to grate the damn carrot

Carrots are cool man. Seriously. Don’t be turning your nose up at them! We don’t like those boiled mushy mingers. We like freshly grated or roasted with honey and butter or baked into a cake. Oooh actually that’s a good idea. I bet I can come up with a carrot cake recipe that won’t turn me into Jabba. (I don’t even like Star Wars but that guy is not a role model).

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It WILL work

So my weekend was good! I went to visit Chris’s family in Portsmouth. What a bunch of crackers they are… AND they have dogs AND they live near horses. Sigh. One day I will buy a pony again #poorlittlewhitegirl. Anyway, it was lovely and I got “nanny” cooking. ‘Cor I love nanny cooking. “Would you like a snack?” – “No no honestly I’m fine” – “I’ll just make some pancakes for you all” – WAAAAAAAA amazing! I love pancakes. I am definitely doing better at embracing the happy healthy balance thing. As an experiment I tracked all the food I ate over the weekend (except for the romantic pub steak dinner – that one just got demolished with a glass of red). So the point is, if I don’t throw caution to the wind and adopt a “f**k it I’ve let myself down so may as well eat everything and anything” attitude it is actually not so hard to enjoy a weekend of “treats” and not completely obliterate your efforts to maintain a strong/lean body composition. Happy Days.

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Ok so a diet of Haribo, pancakes and crispy aromatic duck is not exactly green juice and steamed cod but it was damn tasty and I had a fab time! Even trotted round a little 4km loop with the boyf (he’s dead good… tell’s me I am doing really well when in reality I am running 10 minute miles for 4000m… whatever – it was better than nothing).

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So moving on to a new week. I have been chatting about my spiralizer a lot more with fellow fan Aimee Adams. She pointed me in the direction of some killer recipes so tonight I am making… wait for it…. “SLUTTY PASTA”. Here is the recipe – http://bit.ly/1vvGwWq

Along with my courgette dream dinner I am attempting my new yoga dvd… this should be interesting. Jenny T is coming over so I will get her to take some pictures. I haven’t done yoga in over 6 months so I would imagine it will go something like this…

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I think that’s enough for today. Oooh no wait! I got an amazing email from a lovely girl called Kate last week. I’ve never met her but she read my entire blog and gave lovely feedback via email so Kate if you are reading – THANKS!

To the rest of you I think we will write about some more recipes later this week. Maybe we should look at cake again? It’s been AGES and Poundland have amaaaaaaaaazing cake baking stuff for…. £1 each. Seriously though you gotta go get some.

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Au revoir de la jeune fille de carotte (Goodbye from the carrot girl according to Google translate… man I love Google.)

xxx

Carrot Girl