Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Shape Up Sunday (On Tuesday)

*Just FYI I wrote this post on Monday. Yeah, I know...*

Cheese and rice, yesterday was like the day from hell. Minus the crazy awesome dance party me and the bestie had late at night. But the past is in the past except for in this post when I inform you of the goings on  re: my health and fitness from the last week.

progress photos Again, good but not great. And you can see that I haven't exactly been on top of my game in my photos. I think my biggest problem is dinner time. I eat oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast, have a protein bar during the day as a snack, try to get a sandwich or some chicken in during the day for lunch, but then around 6pm I start getting soo hungry and start snacking on chips or dressing-soaked lettuce leaves or deep fried yuck and then at the end of work I grab whatever the extended fam has had for dinner (usually something high in carbs) or in a pinch I have McDonalds. Oops.

I totally bailed on the gym this week too and only made it twice. I didn't even go to the awesome class I wanted to! I was loving the full body sore I ended up with last week, but I just let life and laziness get in my way. I know that all I need to do is tell myself to just do it... and I will, but sometimes it's just easier to say whatevs, don't matter.

progress photos BUT, it does matter! Because not only am I paying for this shit out of my bank account, I'm paying for it with my waistline. McDonalds makes me feel like garbage. I know my habits. I know what I'm not happy with and what I need to change. I need to make small changes to break the cycle. I'm on the right track. I have breakfast every day, I made protein bars I enjoy eating and can sneak at work, but I need to deal with this midnight munchies issue.

Maaaaybe not this week though. I'm putting the gym membership on hold for a week cause THIS GIRL is going to Splendour in the Grass for her big ol 22nd birthday!! I'm going to pack some healthy snacks but almost guaranteed I'm going to drink, eat junk food, and have the world's greatest time for a week. Don't matter, it's the #bestmonthever, remember?

I might disappear of the planet for a little, but don't worry, homegirl will be back in a week and do I have plans for you little blog!!

Ps - My current weight is 68.7 kgs or 151.5 lbs. Booo.
xx Becky

Monday, 14 July 2014

Shape Up Sunday

Shape Up Sunday Oh my god you guys I am sooooo fucking sore. So I went to the gym bright and early yesterday morning #likeaboss and I haven't been able to walk ever since. Well just kidding becuase I can walk, but with major difficulty. It's more like shuffling. Minus any squatting movements. I went to this really cool class and we did the craziest squat/burpee/push up/platform jump combo and oh dear. Obviously I'm going again next week.

My eating's been... iight. I've been loving me some green tea with honey lately. I'm slowly improving but I may have had McDonald's again last night. Seriously I have a weakness for those crispy apple pies and gooey pink stuff chicken nuggets! I've seen Supersize me about 5 times and it never really turns me off of that disgusting grease factory. Bring on the McGas!

Shape Up Sunday It's my "lady time" as of about 4 hours ago, which completely explains my absolute need for chocolate and deep fried seafood. What can I tell yah, I'm a freak. However, I have been pretty good about packing lunches and healthy snacks and I'm currently chowing down on a chicken, spinach, strawberry and avocado salad! I tried to take photos of all my meals, but seriously friends, I don't sit down enough to eat any of them! I'm a huge fan of the zucchini-as-pasta trend although it gets a bit soggy... gonna try roasting it on my days off!

Shape Up Sunday I've stayed away from the no-no juice since my last slip up, which hasn't done anything to change the scales. Great. So much for thinking I was drinking my calories! Looks like I'm going to have to really start focusing and being mindful about what I shove into my mouth at work.. chips, sugary poached pears, chocolate buttons... sounds like empty calories to me.

Also, it looks like I'm going to be saying goodbye to my trainer. Although I feel like he's a good investment, at $40 a session my bank account seems to disagree. I'm going to supplement with 3 classes a week and try and get myself into a bit of a routine. One thing I've learned is that I really can do anything that I full out commit to, it's just mentally committing that's the issue! I'm so good at talking myself out of things like not eating a handful of chips or not going to the gym. Let's make a change!

Shape Up Sunday Last but not least on my fitness update, I've been thinking about where my fitness goal should be. Do I want to run a marathon? Do I want to compete in one of those fitchick comps? Do I want to get my body fat percentage down to something ridiculous? And I think I've come down to competing in a Tough Mudder next March! It'll be sweet, a test of endurance and strength along with facing a couple of fears. Have I told y'all I hate putting my face underwater?

I've made a page at the top of my good ol' blog for all the Shape Up Sunday posts, It's cool to see what a difference a week (or 12!) can make in my attitude. Next week I think I'm going to post some progress photos so stay tuuuned!

xx Becky

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Bec and Teej

Bec and Teej, Troopi
Just dropping by to give you a holla about my other blog, Bec and Teej.

It's a bit of a 2 for 1, you get me and the boyfriend! We haven't blogged heaps yet, but our beloved Troopi, Veronica, is finally at the point where we can build our new home!! I'd like to have a dreamy kitchen and cutesy curtains and make it a real beauty on wheels! We also routinely chuck up "postcards" from our travels and will be posting about our entire journey building the Troopi and then driving around Australia!

By the way, the boyfriend thinks I'm ridiculous, but the about me is hilarious!

xx Becky

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Real Talk: Spin Cycle

spin cycle

Lately I feel like my life is like the spin cycle on the dryer. I'm getting thrown to and fro, my head is still filled with suds and it doesn't look like I'm coming out smelling spring time fresh anytime soon. I can't quite pinpoint exactly why I feel so topsy turvy, but I do know that I don't like it.

I feel pushed around, put down, beat up and exhausted. I'm starting to feel like running away.

Can someone please open the door and let me out?

xx Becky

Monday, 7 July 2014

Shape Up Sunday

Hey friends!

So confession time: This week I had a beer. And McDonalds. And I should probably be more upset with myself about it.

The last week has been majorly mentally and physically draining. Tuesday-Thursday I didn't get to see my lovely boyfriend for more than about 15 minutes, and every time was angry and snappy and unhappy. And then I thought I lost my wallet and the extended fam and I tore apart the house looking for it. And you know how if something is your problem and people keep helping you but you know that they're not actually helping and you get upset but can't tell them off but at the same time it's your problem? Well that's how it felt. Friday was the icing on the cake, with major fights between Trent and I over nothing ending in stress eating a Big Mac. Yesterday I worked 13 hours without a 5 minute break, pushed my hardest while all of my friends were at a local festival and out drinking and don't think I got the respect I deserved from my coworkers so at the end of the day I bought myself a beer.

fitness stock photo

Today is Sunday and a brand new day. I will pay my $25 for my beer (which I didn't actually pay for) and I will go to the gym to work off my Maccas and try and eat healthier for the rest of the week. I went to the gym on Thursday and had another training session with my new trainer friend Matt. He's really cool but gives me grief about my eating habits. Seriously, it's hard to eat 3 square meals a day when I'm at work all day. When I run my own restaurant things will NOT be like that!

fitness stock photo

So this week I'm just going to keep pushing harder, try not to beat myself up, and try and find motivation in the little things in life. I've had a big ol chat with Trent about him pushing me harder, and I also messaged a girl I knew in college who is majorly fit and she's had great advice!

PS I had the greatest idea and next Sunday I'll be posting my Shape up Sunday along with photos from all the food I made this week! But for now enjoy a random selection of fitness stock photos, they gave me a good giggle!

xx Becky

Friday, 4 July 2014

Naughty Naniamo Bars

Happy belated Canada Day! I've been dreaming of Tim Hortons, maple syrup everything, and real crispy bacon for the last 17 months... Australia is seriously slacking in the junk food department. Last year my Canadian bestie and I made tshirts and beer ponged the night away, but because of my Dry July crusade (and a little thing called a job) there was no ponging fun to be had. 

Naughty Naniamo Bar Recipe

I was pondering what I could do to celebrate the uniting of some British colonies into what is now known as my country and it suddenly hit me. Naniamo bars. Say that one three times fast.

Naniamo, Naniamo, Naniamo. 

So because here at Mise En Place I like to include a little history lesson with every bite I wanted to give you a bit of background on these tasty treats. Naniamo is a little town in British Colombia (the far left) and no one knows when or how the bars came about. Great story, huh? Well it's actually alright because since the 1950s Naniamo has taken great pride in their bars, holding contests for the best recipes and even have a Naniamo Bar Trail where you can sample all the goodies from around the town. 

Naughty Naniamo Bar Recipe

I adapted my bars from this Canadian Living Magazine recipe but there are hundreds and hundreds of recipes all around the internet and in various cook books. My mom has the most ridiculous sweet tooth and makes these as often as we can stomach, with double the filling of course! ;) The aim of the game is a nutty bitter base, an almost unbearably sweet and fluffy centre and a firm chocolate top. Yum.

Recipe after the jump!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Weekly Wishes // 1

Yo homies, just popping in to let you know that July is going to be the #BESTMONTHEVER. Yeah. I'm giving it a hashtag. I'm going to tell you why, but obvi I'm going to break it down into a list, because that's just how I roll.
July Goals

1. Floss once a day minimum. Twice if I have the time. It's time to grow up and just do it even though I reckon those strings are actually out to get your gums. 
2. Get my money's worth out of the gym. I'm pretty sure I've worked it out to be $5/regular session and $7/class. Since I pay $22/week, you do the math. Personal trainer visits don't count!
3. Raise $500 for Dry July you can donate to me here! I pinky promise not a sip of that no-no juice shall pass my lips!
4. Have the greatest birthday my birthday is in 26 days people. What on earth am I going to do for it?!
5. Write for fun. I have a whole book full of ideas, it`s about time I finally got pen to paper... or fingers to keyboard

Anyway, I'm beyond excited for the next 31 days. It seems like a great shiny brand new month, and I consider my birthday (at 11:23PM) to be my own personal new year. A chance to start fresh and have a great personal year.

Linking up with The Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. Have the best week ever!

The Nectar Collective

xx Becky