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Niamh is an actor and a baker who loves to cook, workout and entertain those around her. She loves to explore new excercises, recipes and anything comedy related.

2 Week Clean Eating Challange

I tried out this 2 week Clean Eating Challange on Buzzfeed and loved it. The meals were yummy, I was never hungry and my energy and motivation picked up. Shedding a few pounds, that snuck on with long days at work, was an added bonus. Definitly a good one to get you back on track.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/clean-eating-challenge

Clean Eating

The meal plan was disigned for spring/summer, so there’s a lot of salads in there. I’ll be creating my own plan this week for more heartier, comfy recipes to warm the cockles.

I was’t the most strict on myself but I’ve learned a little more about portion control and I’m off the coffee again – yaaay!

Yes prep and effort is involved but it’s all there in the plan, it couldn’t be easier. Give it a go, you’ll feel awesome especially in the run up to the biggest eating event of the year. Christmas that is.

Now to keep it up.

All images taken from: http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/clean-eating-challenge
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Who said I fell off anything??

Boot camp was not made for summers in my opinion. Week one was OK, week two was great and now I don’t remember when my last workout was. Dun dun dun!!! They were lost in a cloud of bbqs and lounging in the sun, yes a lot of cake was also consumed!

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I don’t know what’s worse the fact that I missed a tonne of workouts – we’re talking weeks – or the fact that I don’t even care.
The summer is for hiking, biking, swimming, running and all that good stuff we do outside – working out in a different way.

Well it rained yesterday so back to boot camp and I’m feeling ready and excited again!

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Jillian Michaels has an awesome 30 day shred video and it’s on youtube. My fav piece is that it’s only 20mins, and you can choose your level.
My secret motivator’s been sweating away so I’m feeling the pressure to get back to it!

http://youtu.be/ZEz0VGxsiqc

Come join me!

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It’s Bootcamp time – And it’s Free!!

Ok it’s time to get serious. Lets get that hot bod that I’ve been dreaming of. But lets be realistic – I’m not going to give up sweets! Not a hope of that happening!

So here’s my challange: to be super fit, super toned and unbelievable happy by the end of the summer. (Happy meaning I’m still getting my chocolate fix) And ofcourse keep it up for ever more.

Bootcamp kicked off 2 weeks ago. The first week was pretty disgusting. Amazing how quickly you can get out of shape. Lets just say I didnt enjoy it. My mind wanted to push on and my body just couldn’t keep up. Felt like a bit of a fail but I kept at it.
Week 2 and I’m feeling pumped.

Bootcamp checklist:

  • Secret motivators *
  • Partner in crime (she keeps me going, puts the pressure on)
  • Homemade programme – Motivator #1 and I made it  🙂
  • Gym mat
  • A lot of loud music.

Bootcamp

 

We decided on a schedule that suits us. I work long hours at the weekend and can’t move by Monday so guess what – Monday’s my day off. We do 4/5 days on and two off. We usually have set days but if we’re exhausted we move them around. The joy of making it yourself.

InsanityMaking a programme is easy, grab a calander and plot away. Our programme is a mixture of Insanity -” Boom” (love this one), P90x (not so sure about yet) and circuit training from either excercises we already know like skipping with my pink skipping rope – yes I finally got one,  or picking a few excercises from each section from this site http://www.healthyworkforce.ie/exercise-video-demontrations/  and repeat. I’ll throw in some yoga and running into the mix.
Piece of cake – who said cake. Yes I will be eating cake!

8 weeks to kick start a healthy life of great eating and sweating your balls off.

How will I get my hot bod and eat my cake too I hear you ask?

Matilda Chocolate CakeWell . . . . maybe I just don’t have the whole cake every morning for breakfast. I’ll  be trying to eat just enough to curb the cravings but not doing a Matilda on it. Sometimes some berries can do the trick and other healthy alternatives. But my motto is
“Eat what you want and not what you don’t want”. I don’t know how many times I have pollished off a pack of biscuits and still not felt satisfied. And all I wanted was a small yummy bar of Cadbury’s. I spend too much time feeling guilty about eating sweet treats – I’m putting an end to the maddness and enjoying every bite!

I’m hearing that abs are made in the kitchen. I’m putting it to the test.

I’ll keep you updated on killer wins and the most epic fails. I’m two weeks into getting that bouncing bottom back and I’m seeing results already.

So who wants to join me? Did I mention it’s free?

To be totally honest it’s not a bootcamp at all. It’s just working out to a schedule but this is what all the cool kids are calling it I’m told. So lets jump on that band wagon!

Eat Sleep Squat

 

Strong is the New Skinny!!!

Hot Girl

 

*https://letyourheartplay.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/my-big-fat-excuse/
Feel free to comment here or on FB if you’d like to join me!

My Secrets to a Happy Life

Only eat delicious food.

Don’t pick a fight when your tired.

Nap more.
people say ‘sleep when your dead’. yeh right – I am an intollerable piece of work when I’m tired.  so nap time – yes please!

Give up the stuff that makes you feel like rubbish.
yes coffee I’m talking to you.

Don’t decide when your tired/upset.
maybe I should rethink the coffee situation after a nap.

Challange yourself
and allow yourself to fail

Stop making excuses
– you sound ridiculous.

Don’t make promises when your happy.
you’ll just get yourself into trouble

Laugh a lot.
when you think that’s a lot, laugh some more.

Stop worrying about others.
they’re big girls and boys – they’ll figure it out.

Before freaking out, stop, check yourself, are you being ridiculous?

Try new things. Meet new people.

Don’t Whinge

Always tell them you love them.

 Now will I actually follow any of these.  Hmmmm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB & Fudge Krispy

I’ve been trying to come up with the ultimate protein bar for quite some time now. They’ve all been edible but I’ve choked them down. This time I’ve nailed it! It’s gluten free, vegan blah blah blah it’s yum – try it!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Choc Chips – melted
(or carob/cacao nips with 1 tbs of peanut butter)
2 Cups Rice Krispies
1/2 Cup Almonds (Roasted and chopped)

Wet
1/4 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 1/2 Cups Dates (softened in the microwave)

Dry
2 Cups Oats (ground into flour – I use a blender)
1/2 Cup Protein Powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
(I use Hemp or Ancient Grain protein, I’d stay away from berry flavoured ones.)

What to do:

Mix melted chocolate and krispies together untill they are coated in chocolate. Let cool and harden.

Mix all the wet together and heat it slightly in the microwave so it becomes a little thinner and easier to work with.

In a seperate bowl mix all the dry togther.
Then mix the two together.
Lastly once the chocolate krispies has hardend break it apart into chunks, fold or lightly mix  the krispies and almonds to the rest making sure not to crush the krispies.

Pop it into a pan and flattten it out. I got ten pretty chunky bars out of this mix. Chop and change what you like. Some sour cherries might go nicely in there.
I wouldn’t suggest eating them all at once but I wouldn’t be surprised if I do.

DSCN2813Wow they look pretty terrible, maybe you shouldn’t eat any, I’ll take care of them all.

Skip Like No One Is Watching

The milestones of Skipping in my life:

The early years: My Dad and I would skip everywhere. He must have looked like a fool or the cutest Dad in the world. We’d skip to the shops, to the swimming pool and laugh as we go.

Still a child years: it got competitive. Who could skip higher, faster. I didn’t always win. We know where my competitive side comes from.

Early teens: I was way too embarrassed to skip with my Dad. I thought I was way too cool for that. (I was not a cool child.) My Father knew this and would egg me on. He loved to embarrass me.

Later teen years: Oh the roles reversed. We were walking to lunch one day and I grabbed my Dad’s hand and started skipping. He was mortified. People were watching. What used to be a Father skipping with his 4 year old little girl then turned into these two adult weirdos skipping into a restaurant. This gave me the best laugh.

Nowadays: At random times I’ll have a wee skip. Instantly my heart will lift. I’ll have that childish lightness about me and I’ll feel good for the rest of the day. I’ll probably have a little chuckle to myself while I’m at it, it feels so good. Yes I realize that people must think I’m strange but they’re not the ones feeling awesome.

This is probably how I’ll break a hip when I’m older.

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Now I’m looking at skipping for fitness. The main man Mr. D was telling me about it. During his strength workouts he’ll skip inbetween exercises for one minute.

Every set of exercises I look at these days has skipping incorporated.It has really taken off. I’ve heard about how great skipping  is for you for years. Great for cardio, really tones up the legs and bum but I didn’t pay attention. Now that it’s  the in thing I’m all over it.

Here’s a pic for some stand alone skipping exercises. Or try out doing a minute of skipping in between exercises. I did it this morning and by the 5th set I was feeling it.

Skip To It

To be completely honest with you I don’t even have a skipping rope. It’s on my to do list. But that hasn’t stopped me. I know the actions. I think like Peter Pan and just pretend I have one. Probably isn’t the best but it’s better then not doing it at all. Or saying I’ll do it when I get one which could be next Christmas.

I would like to thank my Dad for introducing skipping into my life.

Next time your out, give it a go, have a little skip. You’ll feel so good.

 

Photo Link:  http://www.visualphotos.com/image/2×3800747/father_and_daughter_6-8_skipping_on_beach_near

The Hunger Fear

Delicious food. This is greatest and the worst thing about where I work. Purebread.ca

Fruit GalletteOutrageous BrownieHow do I resist this day in day out?  Easy . . . I don’t.

It all tastes too good not to eat. If I’m not in the mood for something sweet (which is never) there’s something warm and cheesy just waiting for me around the corner.

Unfortunatley I have to do quality control and taste every cake that comes across my path. I love it.

One of the things that I need to remember is that there’s tasting and then there’s eating or in my case wolfing.

I recently realised that I have a fear of going hungry.

I’m an extremely grumpy person when I am hungry. I become very irrational, irritable just a pain in the ass really. So I usually take snacks with me everywhere I go. I’m like that guy or girl in the snickers add.

Appearantly this hunger fear comes from our ancestors. From the days where money and food was more scarce and they might have gone a few days or weeks without food. They were starving and would do anything to get food for their family. So it’s instinct. It’s embedded within us.

 This is absolute pants.

 I’ve never experienced starvation. Food is everywhere and there is no shortage on the way. Is it ancestral instinct when I’m a little hugry (or more like I’m just not full anymore) my brain kicks into action and says “wow wow wow you better eat quick buddy as this feeling brings me back to our famine days – remember those”. No, no I don’t personally remember the great famine. . . . Pants.

So what is it? Where does this fear come from? And when I say fear, lets clarify, it’s not really a fear. I don’t suddenly have a pang and start having a panic attack smashing down a window of a shop to get my snickers bar.

For me I think it comes from experience. We all know that dreaded feeling before a big exam. The exam itself isn’t so bad when you actually do it but it’s the weeks and days running up to it that’s the worst part. It’s the same as the thought of going hungry. I don’t want to be put in that uncomfortable situation where I can’t focus properly because I’m hungry. Or that I end up eating something not so healthy just to fill the gap.

So here’s what happens: I’ll eat breakfast, an hour later I think “I’m going for a run soon I better eat more in case I get hungry”. You can see that this doesn’t end well and I’ll spend most of the run crippled from being too full. So this is over eating. And yes I am ridiculous.

HummingbirdI think about food all the time. It’s an obsession. Some of the time I’m thinking of new recipes to try out. At night I lie in bed thinking of what yummy breakfast I’m going to make. Breakfast is my favourite. Don’t get me started on food porn. This is the ultimate killer. I am instantly starving when I start looking at food porn. And then there’s work. Every two minutes I’m thinking “ Am I hungry now? . . no . . . ok but now?

What I’m doing about it: I’m starting to listen to my brain more and listening to my belly less. When I think I’m hungry I’ll remember back to those awesome banana pancakes I just ate an hour ago and I’ll say to myself. “Hold on there horse, your fine for now. Step away from the peanut butter.”

The ideal situation would be to never feel hungry. I don’t need that in my life. However, I think I’ve gotten to the stage where there are some blurred lines. Am I hungry or am I just not full anymore?

Sure I better eat an energy bar just in case.

Iron – Get it into you.

I’ve had an issue or two with Iron. I’m not going to give you some facts or statistics because I would probably get them wrong. All I know is that it’s good to have a bit of Iron in the body. If you have that then your grand.

My biggest drop in Iron was when I was training for my first marathon. I was losing iron daily for a long period of time  and I didn’t even realise. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Pounding the pavements and trails damaged red blood cells in the feet.
  • Loss of Iron in sweat.
  • Not eating red meat or meat in general.
  • Being a woman.

It wasn’t until I became very ill that I reaised my iron levels were very low. I was tired all of the time. Felt nauseaus and couldn’t eat. Was very dizzy and weak.

Trying to be healthy could be the death of me.  Lesson Learned. It took weeks to feel a little more normal and a few months to be right again.I didn’t do a great job of the marathon but I finished.

I couldn’t figure out why I felt so wonderful after a big beef burger and a couple of pints of the black stuff. (Guiness) I now take supplements as I still don’t eat a lot of meat. Meat is one of the best ways to get iron into you but here’s some more great tips for non meat eaters:

Iron

This is a link to some facts and figures.

http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/what-athletes-need-to-know-about-iron-deficiency