In my previous post, I talked about the pre-training that is an optional part of the Kayla Itsines “Bikini Body Guide” and gave an idea of what a week doing the programme looked like. This week is the final one for pre-training and then the real 12-week commitment begins…!! Week 4 has been a little different to previous as I started the week feeling rather under the weather with a sore throat. 😦
My training has shifted a day back so instead of the usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday – it’s the opposite days for the BBG sessions. On Sunday I had a great day with Danny and our housemate Nichola as we went for a run to start my training on Nottingham University campus and I learnt a lot about pacing myself and the optimal speed. It was so sunny too! We even managed to fit in a quick BBG session too 😀
Over the past three weeks, although I haven’t noticed a change in my body, I have definitely seen a transformation of what the inside of my fridge and food cupboard look like.
Gone are the chocolate bars and crispy snacks, pasta, instant noodles and fizzy drinks (even though I will admit that I drank a diet coke or two at Danny’s house last weekend). Instead, for one, there is fruit. I know this sounds silly but I am not someone who thinks of fruit being an enjoyable snack or the first thing to sate my snacky cravings. So, I really want this to change so that I feel healthier. I also feel that I have more money because chocolate goodies are double the price of a piece of fruit and it means when I do treat myself to something yummy and calorific, it is deserved and extra delicious. Another addition is sweet potato and butternut squash as my alternatives for carbohydrates. As they are so versatile to cook, it opens up so many options of what you want to cook for dinner or to try something new! Also, fun tip, if you have little sweet potatoes, you can cut them in half, put them in the oven to roast until they turn brown on the edges and eat them with a spoon like you would eat the insides of a melon! #geniussnack
One of the biggest challenges I have encountered, and think many people face, is the university life schedule. As it is the busiest time of all universities with coursework due, exams looming and for some, dissertation deadlines upon us, I have been on campus for 12 hours sometimes. Without a microwave available, it creates a small challenge of what to eat, what to cook, and also, having to carry all this in. On a day where I’ve had a 9am, and I’m not going to be home until 10pm… and a #BBG workout… it’s no surprise that I need food! & I want to eat a lot. But, I don’t want to buy snacks when I have a lovely stash at home from Aldi. I’ve had to be tactical about food preparation and this is what I’ve learnt should go into my food bag for a day on campus.
- Freeze: Once you’ve done a food shop, cut/chop/peel/prepare all your vegetables and put them into a big freezer bag per vegetable and freeze them if you aren’t going to cook them straight away. This makes making food at any hour much quicker and simple! This can also be done with meat to split it into portion sizes.
- Bulk: This is a two-in-one cracker = number one: you get to use all the tupperware as well as having an organised tupperware cupboard <3; and number two: it means you can pick and choose between a few dishes you’ve cooked to keep a variety such as tuna pasta, roast vegetables and chicken, prawn/smoked salmon salad with spinach, lettuce, sweetcorn… anything you want to throw in! This is saved me from having to buy something or temporarily fast when something pops up!
- Snack: I always have two pieces of fruit in my bag if I haven’t had one with my breakfast – namely an apple and banana because they are my favourite fruits. I also have taken in some flapjacks full of seeds (and honey yum) that my grandma made for me. I only take two squares but that’s enough to give my body a sugar kick when I need it halfway through the afternoon alongside a piece of fruit.
- Breakfast: There are two kinds, depending on whether I want an extra fifteen minutes of sleep. If I get up early enough, I will poach or fry two eggs, add spinach, possibly mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and some smoked salmon for protein. [Aldi and Lidl sell smoked salmon for really cheap, e.g. 200g for £2.99 compared to other supermarkets who sell less quantity for £4+!]
The other option is to make overnight oats! I used a measuring jug to put all my ingredients together:
200ml oats, 200ml almond milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon peanut butter (optional), 1 tablespoon organic cocoa nibs, and cinnamon! You can add frozen berries/fresh fruit/jam/chocolate spread to it in the morning for an extra fresh flavour!
Instead of almond milk, you can use greek yoghurt or soy milk! You can add other sources of chocolate such as cocoa powder, chocolate spread or liquid chocolate [vegan].
I always blend this mixture then add chia seeds for it to set overnight. If you prefer to not do this, just add the chia seeds and leave it overnight!
I do really enjoy cooking and the best bit about the ‘bulk’ preparation is that you can get your music blasting and just dance about the kitchen as you create colourful and tasty meals to enjoy! 😀
If you have any tips, feel free to share as I love trying new things and to help each other out!