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

3 Day Diet

To me, this diet is known as the 3 day British Heart Foundation Diet. The diet claims to help users lose 10 pounds in the 3 days.. results vary but believe me, there are results.

The 3 day diet is very easy to follow but it is tough going. The good news is that it only last 3 days. However, long-term weight loss will only be achieved with maintenance and changes to your everyday diet. Once you have completed the 3 days, the weight loss can be easily undone with one day of pure indulgence. So, you must make changes overall. You can eat normally but watch your portion sizes and your treats.

To me, this diet is very much my go to plan when losing weight. A family member did this diet every week for one year and lost about half his body weight. It’s been about 5 years since and he has not put anything back on due to good maintenance and healthy eating.

The 3 Day Diet

The 3 Day Diet

DRINK AS MUCH WATER AS YOU CAN ALSO 🙂 xx

You may use these condiments:

Lemon juice

Salt and pepper

Mustard

Cooking oil spray

You may swap the following foods with these alternatives:

Orange instead of grapefruit

Tuna instead of cottage cheese or vice versa

Frozen yoghurt instead of ice cream

Cauliflower instead of broccoli and vice versa

Green beans instead of broccoli or cauliflower

Beetroot instead of carrots

Toast instead of 5 plain crackers

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I am currently on day two of the diet today and have lost 3 pounds so far. Hopefully, once you try out this diet.. you will be encouraged to continue on a healthy lifestyle and maintain the weight loss.

Good luck guys and let me know if you’ve tried it xxxx

UPDATE: okay guys, my 3 days are up. Lost half a stone so I’m quite happy with that. Now I must maintain it with a healthy diet until I try it again next weekend 🙂

The Road to Fitness: Week 2

Hello my loves!! 🙂

Week 2 of my fitness challenge down and I was slightly reluctant to blog about it this week.. but this is what happens and it wouldn’t be a real challenge without its ups and downs. I also wouldn’t be being true to myself and this challenge if I didn’t report on my successes AND my failures.

You can check out my first and second post here if you’ve missed them!

Results week 2

So, as you can tell from the opening above.. things didn’t go great this week. I had a few events holding my back from my daily workouts and two birthday parties which most likely brought me down a little also. Anyways… I lost no weight this week. Now being my second week into my challenge I feel a little disappointed in myself BUT I am happy to say I have not put on weight since my initial weight loss in week 1. So that’s good, right? 🙂

Week 2 progress report:

Week 2 diet and workouts

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Targets for week 2

Diet changes:

1. Drink 1.5 – 2L of water per day

2. My only treat will be a twister ice-pop (70 calories in an ice-pop)

3. No snacks in the morning before breakfast in work

Fitness plan:

1. Workout 6/7 days this week – 3 gym days and 3 days running/walking

2. 50 squats per day for 6/7 days

3. Joining CURVES gym in my area 😀 SO excited!!

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With every challenge or new change you will always have some ups and downs. As long as you don’t lose sight of the end goal and you pick yourself back up and get back on track you’re doing great. If you need inspiration just remember how far you have come and how you can reach your goal. YOU CAN DO THIS!

I hope to do better this week myself –  as always I will keep you updated on my journey 🙂 xxx

 

 

 

Stop Those Cravings!!

So how do you stop yourself from tip toeing into the kitchen and sneaking in a few night-time snacks? Those cute cupcakes, that delicious chocolate bar or even some jellies….below are some tips to stop those cravings!

Some tips:

  • Wait it out:Don’t give in to the craving, wait it out. Cravings come in waves and they do pass. Waiting it out can be hard but remember you are strong, you can do this and you will regret those extra calories.
  • Distract yourself: Go for a walk, put on your favourite movie or read a book. Whatever works best as a distraction – do it. Your craving will be forgotten about and then it’s bedtime 😀
  • Satisfy the craving: Yes, eat what you are craving but a slice of pizza instead of the whole pie or a slab of chocolate and not the whole bar. Reduce the portion size of the food you crave. Sometimes it’s best not to deny yourself a certain food but instead, try eat only a fraction of what you would usually.
  • Caffeine: Drinking caffeine is a short time fix to get over your craving and allowing you to get back on the healthy mindset.
  • Picture yourself healthy: When those cravings hit- THINK and STOP. Think about that goal you’ve been working for, think about that bikini body in a few months time.. you can do this. You can reach that goal.
  • Grab some gum: Believe it or not chewing gum reduces cravings!.. chew chew chew.
  • Reach for fruit. Fiber and sweetness combined.. fruit, nuts and seeds are a healthy alternative to stop and satisfy those cravings.
  • Eat regularly. Waiting long periods of times between meals can make your cravings go mad. You’ll want sugary foods for energy and to satisfy your hunger. Try eat every three to five hours to keep your blood sugar stable.

We can do this guys!xx

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