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That time I escaped from fitness camp…

Hey all.

So a personal post for me this time…

Never quite happy with my shape, I decided to embark on pastures new and signed up for a 3-day fitness camp at Hillmotts in Oxfordshire this week.

41310807_306051759949688_2748652582653132800_nHowever, I wish I hadn’t.

Basically, I ended up escaping (yes actually escaping) after just a day and a half as I was in agony from the intense workouts.

I know going to a camp like this, you’re going to be worked hard. However, I felt like I was pushed way too far in the HIIT (high-intensity) workouts straight away – leaving me in pain and unable to do anything else.

Advised by my campmates that being in pain was the norm, I tried to push through, however ended up pretty much in tears mid-hike as I couldn’t keep up as my legs just wouldn’t work.

The instructors looked at me a bit like I was being a drama queen after already telling me off in workouts as I should do better as I’m ‘young’ (I’m not that young thanks, I’m 28).

However I FINALLY convinced them to let me go back to the house alone and mourn my legs while rested up in bed.

I was then that I realised no beach bod was worth this as I phoned my trusty Dad Glynn (known as Glenda – don’t ask).

Ever the gent, he asked me if I wanted him to pick me up, even though he was in Portsmouth.

I pretended to think about this for half an hour before my bags were literally packed and I was awaiting his arrival at a disused bus shelter after sneaking out before the doors were locked at 9pm (!!). 41092111_525744691221191_4530638830205665280_n

Finally I was set free and didn’t face the agony of doing another burpee while my legs felt like they would break in two.

Overall, I don’t massively regret the experience as it gave me a good story and the people (who weren’t the instructors) were nice. The food was also tasty and I was surprised by how little food would fill me up.

But overall, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone seeking to loose weight.

I like to think of myself as fairly active and go to the gym regularly but the workouts are just way too hard for any normal person.

That’s just my opinion anyway.

I’d recommend just having a week off, going to the gym most days and trying to eat healthy if you can. It’ll definitely save you a few quid and hobbling in pain for a week after like me.

But hey, you might be a sucker for suffering – it’s up to you pals!

Sam ūüôā

 

 

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Healthy recipe #1: BBQ Chicken Fajita Salad

fajita saladSo currently I am trying to be extremely healthy because for once in my life I actually do want a toned summer body, rather than squirming every time I have to go near a strappy top and a pair of shorts.

This means that I am exercising every day – either a the gym or doing my exercise DVD at home. However, we all know that you can only burn so much off with exercise and that you have to eat right too.

So, it’s time for the salads again! I know what you’re thinking, BORING. Believe me, when people used to say that they were eating salad for lunch, I would literally not understand how they managed to eat a whole plate.

However, salads don’t have to be boring! There are so many yummy ingredients out there now, that they can literally be once of the most exciting and tasty dishes out there.

What you must watch out for though is that if you do start piling on too many things to your salad, it is going to be just as bad (if not worse) than having a plate of chips.

Now I am a HUGE fan of mexican food fan, so I decided that my first salad in a while would have to incorporate this, which is why I went for BBQ chicken mexican fajita.

What you will need: 

  • Chicken (One breast per person)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions (white or red)
  • Red or yellow peppers
  • Fajita seasoning
  • BBQ sauce
  • Italian-style/baby leaf salad

Method: 

First of all cut the chicken up into strips and then gently cook on a low heat using a few sprays on low-fat cooking spray oil. My favourite to use is Frylight’s sunflower oil verson. Once the strips have just started to cook, add in all of the other ingredients, plus a few more sprays of oil and gently turn until the ingredients starts to brown.

Next sprinkle some of the fajita seasoning on. Don’t add too much though, otherwise the flavour will be overpowering. Turn this down to a low heat.

Whilst the chicken and vegetables are finishing off prepare your salad. Italinan-style or baby leaf salad will come in a pre-washed bag, so there is no need to wash it again. Don’t use iceberg lettuce for this recipe, as it won’t have the same effect. You should then dress the salad with some vinegar, as well as a little sprinkle of salt.

By now, the chicken & vegetables should be fully cooked. Just place a typical serving onto the salad and t zig-zag on some of the barbeque sauce (my favourite sauce to use is¬†Hp’s Barbecue Classic Woodsmoke Sauce).

And there you have it – your yummy and healthy meal is served!

Added extras

I wanted to be really healthy, so kept my salad quite plain. However, if you’re feeling a little more naughty or adventurous, you can also add a dollop of guacamole or creme fraiche to make your salad even more Mexican. Or why not try a few tortilla chips too – these can be crushed if you like.

Also, you will notice in the picture of my salad that there are in actual fact no peppers. This is only because I thougjt I had some at home, but I didn’t (boo). I would definitely recommend including them though.

So there you have it, a tasty BBQ chicken fajita salad! let me know what your favourite salads are & keep your eyes peeled for more healthy recipes on the blog

Sam x

Dum Dum Donuts: The new healthy donut!

dum dumRejoice! Hallelujah!… The world’s most healthiest donut has been created.

British artisan chef Paul Hurley, the maker of Dum Dum Donuts, claims his sweet treats are extremely less fatty than a normal donut – containing just 6g of fat per donut, compared to the typical 18g. Hurley, who used to work for Dunkin’ Donuts, claims that he has been able to make his donuts healthier, due to the fact that they are baked and not deep fried.¬†

The chef and his team have been working for over ten years to find “the perfect donut”. Talking about this, the chef told dailymail.co.uk: “I’ve been trying to create the world’s best doughnut since 1997, but you can’t just think about flavour, you need to also think about ethics: what people should be eating, and what they should be letting their kids eat.”

He continued: “Obviously we then add things like cream and jam and chocolate which bump up the calories and fat, but it will always be lower in fat than a doughnut that’s been floating in hot oil for a couple of minutes. We don’t even own a deep-fat fryer!”

The donuts come in a range of tempting flavours, including Kroconut (coconut cream and chocolate ganache), Almond Cream & Pistachio, Banoffee, Chocolate and Raspberry. They are also healthy kronuts (croissant/donuts) on offer too!

Currently Dum Dum donuts has a pop-up Donutterie at Westfield Stratford City shopping centre until  Sunday (February 9), however it will be opening its own venue at Box Park, in Shoreditch, east London, from  February 25, according to bakeryinfo.co.uk.

What’s even better is that they are reasonably priced, at ¬£1.80 for a single donut and ¬£6 for a box of six! (The croissant variants are priced slightly higher however.)

Mmm I can’t wait to try one! (Guilt-free).

Diet Tip #2: Cut out the diet coke!

no diet cokeFollowing on my last diet tip post about what you should¬†eat, this post is all about what you shouldn’t have if you want to stay trim.

I used to think diet coke was a saint. No calories, tastes nice & fills you up because of the bubbles = skinny bod right?

Well… it may not add inches to your waist instantly, however it could in the long-run.

I used to religiously glug diet coke at all hours of the day. As a mid-morning pick-me-up, after lunch, when I got home from work, hell even at 9am in the morning some time. I couldn’t get enough of the stuff.

Obviously I heard that it isn’t great for you because all of the additives & stuff, but I thought that if it wasn’t affecting my waistline, why did it matter?

So, coming from me, the world’s biggest ex diet coke addict, let me tell you now… STOP DRINKING IT.

I decided that it was going to be my new year’s resolution to cut out the stuff – and guess what? I actually did! Yep, ever since that clock midnight on the 1st Jan 2014 I have been staying away from the fizzy stuff.

And why was this? Well I knew I was drinking too much of the stuff and hearing that it was bad, I decided I wanted to try swapping to other drinks such as water or fruit juice.

What I found was that the results were amazing…

Within about a week I had tons more energy and I mean tons. I was waking up brighter, getting everywhere on time instead of ten minutes late and feeling a lot more energetic.

This made me a lot more happier as I was achieving things and being productive. Feeling less tired also meant I was less likely to snack and more likely to get on that treadmill!

I’ve been keeping it up for the last two months and honestly it feels great. I would honestly recommend it to anyone as it’s so worthwhile in my opinion and has had a big beneficial impact on my health.

Let me know if you’re a religious fan of coke, whether you’ve tried quitting – I would love to hear your feedback!

Sam x

Diet Tip #1: Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn

popcornNow, being a lover of food, I definitely am not one of those girls who lives off just lettuce leaves every day to stay skinny.

However, due to the fact that my love for food is so vast, I have to make sure I have a few simple tricks to keep my figure in check, whilst still having some yummy treats everyday.

My latest discovering is Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn. Now, normal popcorn has been around for ages, being sold (highly over-priced might I add) in cinema’s for years. However, this is actually the yummiest popcorn I have ever tasted, I tell you.

It also really healthy too, with even less calories than most diet crisp brands. I bought a multi-pack of four of them today and there is just 52 calories in one of those bags, so practically nothing! Although you may think it’d be carby too, there are only 7 carbs in each of these bags, which again is less than a bag of crisps.

The flavours they do are amazing too. The ones I purchased today were sea salt, but they also do salt’n’sweet, which is divine. I saw in the store today too that they do spicy’n’sweet, which really intrigued me, but I wasn’t brave enough to try yet!

So basically, if you are a popcorn fan & looking for some healthy snacks to put in your desk drawer or kitchen cupboard, definitely invest in some of these. They also do family sized packs, which you could use to still be kind of healthy on DVD nights, rather than having a multi-pack of crisps or chocolate.

You can buy Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn from their site, or find it in most supermarkets.

Anyway thanks for reading & let me know what you think if you buy any & try some!

Sam x