FIGHTERFOOD – Day 1 & 2

Hi guys,

So I have complete two days on my Fighterfood meal plan. I wanted to update you all on how it is going so far. I started it on  Sunday so I could have a day to adjust to it while I was at home and prepare myself then for the long week ahead. For breakfast I had two chicken, spinach and roasted pepper frittatas with a side salad. These were lovely but I didn’t quite finish all of my side salad. I had this at about 10am and it kept me going until lunch. Lunch I had a little later at 2pm and this was a chicken and French bean salad. This was my favourite. I heated it up in the microwave for about 3 or 4 minutes until piping hot and had it with a large glass of water and a warm cup of green tea afterwards. I must say, I stayed really full until dinner came around. I had salmon, which I never have had before. This was a really nice surprise. It was all seasoned so well and it came with sweet potatoes…. Hello!

Ok, day 2….Mondays, gotta love ’em. So my work day starts 8am but I have to get my tired butt out of bed at 6am. By the time I get to work, set up for the day and handle any calls from the previous day, I don’t get my breakfast until 10am. I don’t mind this, I have my routine and I’m used to it now. So this morning I had raisin and cinnamon granola. I really enjoyed this even though it was not as sugary as my usual cereals. It kept me really full until lunch time at 1pm. For lunch I had chicken with Asian rice and vegetables. Again, yummy and filled me right up. I had my dinner at 7pm… long wait I know, but I keep drinking water and I have a really busy work schedule in the afternoon and evening. For dinner I had cajun chicken with rice. It was just enough. I realised that my usual portions are huge. I didn’t need a big portion to feel satisfied. The sauce was just enough too, usually I pour this on. So far, I’m learning to adjust and eat smaller but still feel satisfied and full.

I took these pictures of each of my meals and the nutritional values in each:

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Breakfast Day 1:

Chicken, Spinach, Red Pepper frittata – 198 cals, 4% carbs, 34% protein and 62% fat

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Lunch Day 1:

Chicken and French Bean Salad – 267 cals, 8% carbs, 73% protein and 20% fat.

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Dinner Day 1:

Tandoori grilled salmon with sweet potatoes and vegetables – 377 cals, 34% carbs, 29% protein and 37% fat.

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Breakfast Day 2:

Raisin and cinnamon granola – 241 cals, 45% carbs, 9% protein and 46% fat.

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Lunch Day 2:

Chicken with Asian rice/vegetables – 273 cals, 35% carbs, 43% protein and 22% fat.

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Dinner Day 2:

Cajun style chicken – 360 cals, 41% carbs, 46% protein and 13% fat.

I’ll come back and assess again after the third and fourth day and then again after the final two days. Hope the meals provide some inspiration and you can always create your own or modify the ideas above to suit yourself.

Over the first two days I have lost 3 pounds but I also just feel energized and less bloated. My hunger levels are good and I don’t feel the need to dig into the chocolate press yet!

My challenge over day 3 & 4 – DRINK MORE WATER!!!!

You can check out FIGHTERFOOD here at www.fighterfood.ie

FIGHTERFOOD! Meal delivery plan

Hi guys, So I decided to try out a home delivery meal plan. I’ve always wanted to try a service like this but never got around to picking one that suits me. All meals are delivered and are ready for you to just heat up and eat! This is so handy for me with a hectic work schedule and  also while studying at night.

There are different meal plans for you to choose from at different prices. You can also order the meals individually to suit. I went with meal plan 3 for €125 which gives me 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners. You can pick from a range of choices with different options to suit everyone.

Meal Plan 03 – 6 Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner for €125

6 Dinners

Tandoori Grilled Salmon
Cajun Style Chicken X3
Herb Baked Cod X2

6 Lunches

Super food Salad (chicken)
Moroccan Style Cous Cous (chicken)
Mexican Style Chopped Salad (chicken)
Mediterranean style chickpea salad (chicken)
French Bean, Sun-dried Tomato Salad (chicken)
Asian Veg & Brown Rice Salad (chicken)
Baby Leaf Salad (chicken)

6 Breakfasts

Chicken, spinach, roast red pepper and egg frittata X2
Raisin & Cinnamon Granola X2
Maple & Pecan Granola Crunch
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I ordered this on the Thursday before 5pm and they had it delivered to the house on Saturday morning. The customer service was really helpful when I emailed about delivery times. They texted me at 8.15am to let me know my delivery time and then again 20 minutes before they arrived.

I started my meals today so after dinner I will update with pictures, nutritional values, energy levels etc

No Carbs Challenge

Alright my loves, the countdown to my goal weight continues. The deadline draws closer and I am working extra hard. I’ve decided to try out a new “no carbs” approach. Pretty much ‘The Atkins’ diet.

Only on day two but I’m feeling positive and energetic so far.

My meals for yesterday were:

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Any tips or improvements let me know and good luck xxxx

Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

It feels like we are on a weight-loss path our whole life. I know I am. It’s sad, but it’s true!

So it’s been a long week, you’ve watched those calories and worked out every minute you could…. but the scales haven’t even budged. Why?? What am I doing wrong?? Why me?? This couldn’t be right!!! I’ve been in this position so many times. Its hard, it’s heartbreaking and it’s a motivation killer.

Instead of giving up, we should be looking at what is really going on. Below, are some explanations… see if any could apply to you.

1. Are you pushing hard enough? If you are following the same routine day in and day out, your body is getting used to the usual regime. You need to be constantly changing it up and pushing yourself a little further. If you walked the same route for 30 minutes every day… try change this up to 45 minutes along a new route. If you run for 20 minutes, build this up day by day to 25 minutes and so on. Your body will respond to these changes. Variety is key.

2. Are you consistent? One gym trip per week is not going to work your body at all. Try be consistent with short intense workouts. If you find it hard to fit exercise in, try a workout video at home in your living room. Make it a routine. Be consistent.

3. Are you eating more than you are burning? Simple. Weight-loss will not occur if you are eating more than you burn. It’s hard to say no to that chocolate bar (I know).. but try half a bar instead. Reduce your intake and you will see a difference with exercise.

4. Post workout treats? A common mistake. If you work out and burn 200 calories.. you can afford that kit kat chunky?? No. Please don’t undo all your hard work!!! Try stick to a “treat day” each week where you can enjoy something small… you’ll appreciate it more and you will have worked hard for it.

5. Are you losing inches but not weight? Now, this is where I fall into. As we know, muscle weighs more than fat. The scales may not be showing a change as you are actually increasing muscle mass while losing inches by toning up. Your clothes will fit better and you will be smaller overall but you weigh the same. This is ok. This is GOOD. Don’t worry 🙂

6. Are you exercising for long enough? It takes a good 2-4 weeks to see a difference with a new fitness regime. You have been hitting the gym for three weeks straight but you havent seen any results so far. Be calm, it’s ok. Changes are different to each individual – it will come. Would you rather give up or keep going and feel good? You can do this.

Good luck guys, keep going xxx

Motivation

The Road to Fitness: Week 3/4

Helllllo everybody!

Week 4 down (WOOP WOOP!!!) This week was more about fitness and getting a good routine going. I ate as healthy as I could but didn’t deprive myself of anything, I just limited the amount instead.

As you know, I joined curves recently. The circuit is really good and boy do I feel it the day after. This week, I went Monday – Thursday and did a fitness class on two of those days. On Friday I attended my local gym for 40 minutes doing some walking/running and using the cross-trainer also. I then went for a long 1.25 hour walk with the BF around a local park. Today, I woke up sore but I still managed to get in a run this afternoon.

My motivation tip of the week:

Workout gear!! My my my do I love some attractive and colourful fitness clothes. This week I picked up a new pair of “jogging pants” (in black and pink – so girly!) and a loose matching pink top to go along with it. I also decided to splash out on some Nike Air runners which were on sale at 60 euro.

Nothing motivates me more to go for a run! Feeling good about how you look while you workout helps you want to go out and do your fitness routine.

 

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Check out my previous posts on my fitness journey here.

I hope everyone is having a great week and feels good. Let me know below how you are getting on and if you have any tips for me and others on this journey xxx