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6 May 2013

Barcelona Body Diary - Week 1 of exercise and food

So last week I blogged about the month long Protein challenge Maxitone set me and my exercise plans. So far it's been a really successful week and my photos (which I might show you at the end if I'm feeling brave) have shown progress; as have the scales! 

I've had the boyfriend join me and we've enjoyed some really lovely, healthy meals (which I'll share with you!)

Monday - Mexican Chicken Stew with Couscous and beans. This meal from BBC Good Food is for a spicy chicken stew which really warmed us up. It should be with quinoa but we couldn't find that at our local ASDA so went for couscous instead. It was really filling and tasty but tasty in a "we can tell it's healthy" kind of way. 336 calories per portion apparently. 

Exercise - I did the Sunkissed Abs workout from Tone It Up (and I hurt the next day!) and then went for an hour's walk on the beach

Tuesday - Chicken stir fry (with leftover roast dinner chicken). This was super easy as we'd got home late from work. I just used the remaining chicken left over, bought a bag of rice noodles and stir fry veg, and made my own sauce out of dark soy sauce, honey, chilli flakes and some rice wine vinegar. It was really delicious so I'd definitely make this again. Hardly any calories and so nice. 

Exercise - none today! Too busy getting home late

Wednesday - Tomato and Mozarella Salad from Sainsburys (I was staying in a hotel for an interview so didn't cook). Wasn't particularly inspiring or lovely. Wouldn't get again. 

Exercise - I did the Sunseeker workout from Tone It Up and the abs one again

Thursday - Healthy take on Pulled Pork. I got one of the roast in an hour pulled pork joints from Sainsburys and we had it with sweet potato wedges which were dry roasted, in wholemeal pittas with homemade, low carlories, no fat coleslaw. I made the coleslaw by shredding white cabbage, red onion and grating 2 carrots, then using the slice on the grater to cut up 2 red apples. I mixed it all together with some apple vinegar, lemon juice, and enough fat free Greek yogurt to coat. 

Exercise - had another long walk on the beach today

Friday - TREAT DAY! We had an Indian Takeaway (and I made sure I watched my portion sizes)

Exercise - it was treat day! I'm not working out!

Saturday - Healthy homemade Nandos. Another super-tasty meal! I grilled chicken rubbed in cajun spices, made homemade guacamole (1 avacado, 2 tomatoes, 3 cloves of garlic, red onion and some olive oil, all blended together), had the remaining coleslaw and a piece of grilled halloumi with sweet potato mash (no butter or anything). This was really nice and if you wanted something more, add the burger bun rather than have it without. 

Exercise - Hillmott's Bootcamp! When we got there, we went on a hike for an hour and a half, then a core workout session and stretching session, and then a snack and chat on nutrition. It was really interesting and the instructor taught us a lot about healthy eating - like for example did you know fat free diet foods are actually full of sugar! Apparently when you take away fats, they replace it with sugars and it's sugar which causes weight issues. We were told to go lean and clean, stick with healthy foods which were natural and low in sugar to not cause insulin peaks which cause us to cling on to calories and fat. Also, we all need fats in our diet (think omega 3) so we shouldn't be scared of eating fat when on a diet, but it's about being sensible. We were given meal and snack ideas (like vegetable sticks with hummous or Whole Earth Peanut Butter - which we got to sample and it was delicious). I have a major sweet tooth so was recommended some Total Greek yogurt with a little honey which was really yum! Overall we had a great workout and the personal trainer was very inspiring. It was a great way to kick-start our healthy month. 

Showing the guns

our healthy snack

Sunday - Jambalaya from the Hairy Dieters. This was like a really healthy, spicy Paella! It was really delicious and I would definitely make it again. My favourite of the week. 

Exercise - went for a short walk to the beach... but there happened to be a bar and I may have gotten quite tipsy. 

Monday - No Pastry Quiche. This recipe was made by Liz McClarnon (off of Atomic Kitten) for Handbag.com and was really fresh and delicious. Another easy to make meal, we had it with a huge salad and some more dry roast sweet potato wedges 

Exercise - we did about 5 hours gardening today! Felt like Ground Force and burnt a lot of calories!

Overall I think we've had a really successful healthy eating week and I have high hopes for the rest of the month! 

1 comment

  1. The jambalaya looks so good! Sounds like you're off to a great start! x


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