FITNESS UPDATE: MY POSTPARTUM WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY MARCH 2018

This month has been an amazing month of testing my boundaries with eating chocolate (because Easter), starting a new fitness class, making friends (which might or might not have resulted in a day of cocktail drinking and a disgustingly delicious Italian pasta meal), and of course, a month of yet again wearing my lycra gym pants 5/7 days of the week because of the much-loved spandex benefits.

If you remember my brave decision as of last month to finally ditch the bloody scale because we weren’t really seeing eye to eye, then you’d have probably guessed that YES, I was of course close to a little pants piddle when tallying up my results from the last 30 days with my monthly weigh in and measurements. The main thoughts running through my mind were “Have you managed to pull this off?” and “Heavens above, please don’t let the scale defeat me”. Having not checked in on my results weekly as I normally would have kind of left me off track, not really knowing what to expect.

4th March vs 4th April

Although my results aren’t happening as fast as they once did before, I am reaping the rewards in other ways. I started this journey as a size 18 and have bought my first pair of size 16 jeans during the month of March. I also have a few items of clothing that I set as short term “goals” to fit into. These were mainly tops/coats that were too tight around my arms, but now fit. Yay!

One size down in my new jeans named after Harper! Yay!

MARCH’S WEIGHT LOSS TOTAL

Although, the scale says I have only lost 1.6kg this month, my measuring tape says otherwise, with a MUCH more positive attitude. I am 9.5cm down in total around my body for March.

TOTAL CM LOST AS OF 4 JANUARY TO 4 MARCH:

March has been a great month of movement as I have started an aerobics fitness class twice a week, followed by a bums and tums class straight afterwards. These classes burn an average of 850 calories twice a week, which KILLS me, being 1hr and 15min total, but it is so worth it and is a fun way to do cardio.

My daily goal at the moment is to burn 500 calories worth of exercise a day. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are weight training focused exercise days and Tuesday and Thursday are aerobics classes cardio.

I am going to start encouraging myself to be a little less lenient when it comes to weekend wine, as it is Robbie’s birthday next month and I’d like to wear something feminine and flowy and hopefully in a size smaller.

4th January (left) vs 4th April (right)

I’m looking forward to the next month of this journey, and hopefully a smaller Mycaila will be writing to you from behind the computer screen next month!

Keep those bottoms moving, heart rates up and calories down!

Until next time,

Mycaila – Jade

 

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FITNESS UPDATE: MY POSTPARTUM WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY FEBRUARY 2018

This month’s journey has been an interesting few weeks of trial and error, making space for room to grow (well not literally – we’re trying to shrink in size LOL).

I’ve been on this journey for EIGHT short WEEKS!  When I realised how long I have been on this journey, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, thinking that I should have lost at least a minimum of 8kg this far. I had a pity party moment, sulked, might’ve eaten a Cadbury’s crème Egg (or I might not have), and read back over my progress chart to try and figure out where I have gone wrong.

And besides for the Cadbury’s Crème Egg, I realised that I hadn’t really gone wrong anywhere! I’m not going to pretend as though I’m a Positive Percy 25/7 (25 (not 24/7) because wannabe over achiever).

Thank heavens for the progress chart, because that ended my pity party very quickly. Although I have had a month of crazy toy – toying with my weight on the scale, my measurements have really fly kicked through what I thought were feelings of disappointment of thinking that I could do better. Only losing 1.6kg this month can send one into a state of such thought, especially after losing almost 5kg the month before.

January 4th 2018 to the left and March 4th 2018 to the right.

So, what’s going on? Why is the scale playing with my feelings like this?

First things first, anyone who is on a weight loss journey should know that the scale is NOT a true reflection of how your body has changed for MANY reasons – especially if you’re a lady, but more of that for another day.

I have always used the scale to measure my “success”, but have also let the number that reflects back at me control how I feel when it’s not what I want to see. For this reason, I have made a big decision going forward, which is to DITCH THE SCALE and my weekly weigh in and only go by measurements.

I’m doing this because for the last month of hopping on and off the scale every week, with minimal results and fluctuations more disastrous than the stock market, I have been second guessing my progress, feeling somewhat demotivated. I will be doing a casual weigh in once a month to keep myself in check and relying mostly on the progress of my monthly measurements results.

THIS MONTHS UPDATE

Although I have only lost 1.6kg, I have also lost a total of 13cm – which backs my decision even more to ditch the scale.

This brings my total weight loss over the last 8 weeks to 5.8kg with a total of 29.5cm lost all over. My measurements have gone done the most around my “mum pouch”. I have lost 11cm around that area so far, which makes my little heart very happy as this is a VERY difficult area to lose from and a total of 6.5cm around my waist.

January 4th 2018 to the left and March 4th 2018 to the right.

Throughout this month, I have also tried to put my fear aside of exercising my abdominals after my C section – and I have managed to do an abs session at least twice a week now. I can feel that this area is getting stronger, slowly but surely. Abs have always been one of my favourite exercises to do, which is now becoming more of a reality again since having Harps – and I AM SO FRIKKEN EXCITED!

January 4th 2018 to the left and March 4th 2018 to the right – Not the best look, but small victories count!

So, if you are on this journey too, and you feel like you are taking one step forward, and … you guessed it – 2 steps back, then try and find the denominator as to why this is. Mine was the scale which was tugging at my heart strings ever so viciously, but I’m hoping that this new strategy going forward will help change the mind-set to get where I (you) want to be.

Until next time,

Mycaila – Jade

xxx

 

5 WAYS TO RESET YOUR WEIGHT LOSS MINDSET

Trying to get yourself in the right mind frame when losing weight can be more exhausting than squeezing your bottom into lycra gym pants on a hot day. Losing weight is more than just wanting to see the number change on the scale (not that the scale is always the best option for this process). It’s a person seeking a happier outlook on themselves and what they see in the mirror.

While on this journey myself, I thought I’d share my top 5 tips that help my outlook on the entire process, lycra gym pants and all. These changes have helped shift my energy to a more positive way of looking at things, and to allow myself to not be as harsh on myself as I have once been before.

Sometimes it’s best to remember that weight loss is a JOURNEY and not a race. Slow progress is better than no progress.

SET REALISTIC GOALS

I cannot underline, emphasise, and shout this point out loud enough to all the fellow bottoms trying to lose weight. Setting unrealistic goals for yourself is welcoming failure with open arms, and with a glass of champers on arrival!

It’s simple, if you set unrealistic goals, you have a higher chance of not reaching them. Not reaching that goal will set you back into an even bigger level of annoyance and demotivation, which will only result in wanting to double achieve the first unrealistic goal. This then becomes even MORE unachievable. This is such a quick way to get yourself down. We want happy spirits during this process, not demotivated ones.

Losing weight should be the result of your small goals. Shift your attention to your short-term goals, rather than just focusing on losing weight. Rather set few smaller goals which will help you reach your end result.

Pace yourself!

RETHINK YOUR REWARDS

Often when we lose weight, our first way to reward ourselves is with food, or a “cheat meal”. Rather than highlighting this meal(s) as a reward, rather work it into your eating plan or weekend as if it’s the norm, and not as something forsaken and only allowed on special occasions. Build a healthy love relationship with food.

Try rewarding yourself with something like a few items of clothing for every 3kg that you lose, or a new item of make-up for every goal that you reach.

Treat yoself, girl!

 GRAVITATE TOWARDS POSITIVITY

What’s a successful day without your Positive Pants on? It’s time to purge all the negativity surrounding yourself, whether it be the dead plant living in your kitchen, a messy house, or a bad routine that leaves you feeling more drained than anything else. A simple clean out while purging of the negative things surrounding us can work wonders!

Get yourself up in the morning with a clean, tidy house. It’s time to get those curtains open, feel the sun through the windows and get every day on this journey off to a positive start!

Coffee is classed as positivity, right?

CONSISTENCY

Being consistent never came easy! This is a vital step to making a big change to a happier you. Without consistency, we don’t have any structural routine. Consistency builds this part of our journey. Follow through every day when it comes to eating healthy and sticking to your workout routines. Skipping one day could have a domino effect for the rest of the week, month, year(s).

Get it done!

 PATIENCE

As with many things, be patient with your body. This is one of my most difficult tips to practice because as like everyone else, I WANT RESULTS. And I want them NOW.

Eating 2 salads and going for a run around the block is not going to get you where you want to be. It might nudge you in the right direction, but don’t expect to have your end result after eating well and exercising for a week. Patience, my friend. This is the biggest key to success.

Let’s all practice these tips together. Uplift yourself and other people who you know might be on this journey too. Empower yourself and others. Reach your goals. Put in the effort. Don’t do this half-heartedly, and wear your lycra gym tights with sass!

Until next time,

Mycaila-Jade

Xxx

CHOCOLATE OVERNIGHT OATS [RECIPE]

AHHH yes, I’m back again with yet ANOTHER breakfast recipe. I have been going through my blog over the last couple of days and have realised that breakfast recipes are TOTALLY my thing, as I tend to post a ton of these! So with that being said, I think it’s only fair to share my chocolatey morning oats discovery with you, topped with banana, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries with a dollop of peanut butter and dark chocolate chips – YUMMY!

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OATS (enough for 1 serving of oats)

  • ½ cup raw rolled oats
  • ¾ cup almond milk/milk (I used Almond Breeze)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • a squeeze of agave nectar (for sweetness)
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence

TOPPINGS (OPTIONAL)

  • 1 banana
  • a handful of blueberries
  • a handful of blackberries
  • 2 strawberries
  • a few almonds
  • 1 tsp peanut butter (I used Wholefoods peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp dark chocolate chips

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OATS:

To prepare this delicious brekkie, your oats will need to be made the night before and left in the fridge overnight to set. Add all of your oats ingredients listed above, mix and pour into a bowl, glass, mug or whichever display jar tickles your pickle for the morning of devouring. I know, it can be a tad stressful to decide how a beautiful breakfast should be served, but once a decision has arisen, pop into the fridge and let your oats stand overnight. Fresh toppings to be added in the morning.

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Although, sometimes, one might prefer to add toppings the night before. This makes it easier to add a lid onto your jar of oats and allows for a quick grab out the fridge and off to work at whichever ungodly hour escaping needs to occur– yip, this happens to the best of us!  This way, you can feel more human eating breakfast when the sun comes up – WINNING!

TOPPINGS:

Add the toppings from the list above (cut your banana and strawberries into slithers) and plonk on top of your set oats, in the morning, or evening –  whichever floats your boat.

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Serve with your cup of morning coffee at home or the office and enjoy!

Happy breakfasting!

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Until next time,

Mycaila-Jade

xxx

CHOCOLATE CHIP PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES [SUGAR FREE]

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Are you ready for a “healthier” take on the ever so loved and oh so classical peanut butter cookies? Well my friends, you’ve come to the right place! Today I will be sharing one of my secret homemade recipes which will HOPEFULLY have you going as nutty as I do when I indulge in such treats.

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One of my favourite things about this recipe is that it’s sugar free which is always a winner in my books and can  make a fabulous  snack not only for yourself, but for the kids too!  Alright, shall we get started?

INGREDIENTS: (enough to make about 12 cookies)

  • 1 happy chicken egg
  • 58g raw rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 4 tbsp peanut butter
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

WHAT TO DO:

Combine all dry ingredients and mix together.

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Next, add your happy chicken egg and agave nectar and mix together until combined.

I hope you have your arms prepared for the next bit because it requires some voluntary elbow grease. Yip, I bet you never thought that peanut butter cookies would cause some arm cardio! Add the peanut butter & chocolate chips and fold into the rest of the mixture until all is combined. Just a little FYI – this took me a while, but I found that a fork worked better than a spoon.

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Time to give your arms a break and set the mixture in the fridge to chill for 30 min.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius about 15 minutes before taking your mixture out of the fridge and line a baking tray with baking paper.

Scoop a cherry tomato sized amount of cookie dough out of your bowl, roll into a ball, and press down with a fork or spoon on the tray. Repeat this until your mixture is finished and pop in the oven to be baked for 12 minutes. The mixture will change to a golden brown colour when ready. Place your golden brown cookies on a rack to cool. Leave the biscuits in for a few extra minutes if you are wanting a good crunch.

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TOP SECRET: While your cookies are cooling down, stick a few chocolate chips on the tops for decoration.

Serve and enjoy with a cup of tea! YUMMMMMY!!

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Until next time

Mycaila-Jade

xxx

BLUEBERRY & BANANA FLAPJACKS

Oh look! Another recipe to get you out of the bed in the mornings – YIPPEE!!

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The thought of breakfast seems to always make rolling out of bed less of a chore and knowing that flapjacks will be on this morning’s breakfast plate happens to be even more exciting to wake up to! If only you knew how excited food REALLY makes me – which brings me to my newly adapted flapjack recipe to get your weekend off to a fabulous start.

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Mixture: (enough to make 6 flapjacks – good for sharing)

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 happy chicken eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • Coconut oil for cooking

Toppings:

  • a couple raspberries
  • a handful blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  • ½ a banana
  • a dollop of honey/agave nectar for sweetening

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What to do:

Making these flappers happens to be rather simple, and will have you feeling like you could be the next Jamie Oliver in the kitchen! Before we get started, get your pan ready on a low heat with a small teaspoon of coconut oil for cooking.

Mush your bananas and happy chicken eggs in a bowl, adding the vanilla extract. Once you have a semi thick consistency, place in a blender/ Nutribullet along with your handful of blueberries and almond flour and blitz for only a few seconds. The consistency of the mixture should still be thick, so the shorter, the better.

You may need to give the mixture a stir with a spoon before cooking your batter. Once all is mixed, spoon a desired amount of your super delicious mixture out and place in your heated pan. Cook as you would with normal flapjacks and flip until golden brown. YUMMY!

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Plate your flapjacks in a stack, placing cut banana pieces and blueberries between each layer. Add a dollop of coconut cream to the top with a few sprinkled raspberries on the plate for decoration, and of course, a delightfully good drizzle of honey for some sweetness.

If you manage to master the art of getting your stack to stand or if your breakfast seems to look more like the leaning tower of Pisa, then BROWNIE POINTS TO YOU!! You TOTALLY deserve to eat your fabulous flappers after all that effort!

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Serve and enjoy with a morning cup of coffee.

Happy Flapping, everybody!

Until next time,

Mycaila-Jade

xxx

 

ROASTED ALMOND & COCONUT COCAO ENERGY BALLS

It’s TREAT TIME!

Although, I should probably rephrase; It’s GUILT FREE TREAT TIME!

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If you’re anything like myself, and 90% of the rest of the world when it comes to the love you might have for chocolate, then you should totally try this recipe, especially if you’re on the health waggon and like to keep your calorie intake on the down low (literally).

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 20 pitted medjool dates
  • 3 table spoons of cocao powder (I used Cadbury cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
  • 50g grated 80% dark chocolate (I used Lindt)
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons water

WHAT TO DO:

Before we get started, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Lay your cup of almonds out on a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes, once your oven is ready.

After your almonds have been roasted, place in a blender/ NutriBullet and blits until you appear to have almond flour. Pour flour into a mixing bowl.

Place medjool dates in your blender and blend with 2 tablespoons water. Add the remaining ingredients and blitz. Scoop your mixture into the mixing bowl with the almond flour. Melt the coconut oil and add to the mixture. Mix and fold by hand to make a beautiful chunky mix of chocolatey goodness! The consistency should be thick.

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Grab about a tablespoon (rough amount) of the mixture, squeeze the mixture tightly before rolling into a ball.  You should have enough to make about 20 energy balls. Once you have used all the mixture, refrigerate for an hour to all the balls to set.

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And it’s THAT EASY! All that’s left to do is serve and enjoy!

Until next time,

Mycaila-Jade

xxx

BERRY BETTY DELIGHT

It’s that time again! Time for a new breakfast smoothie – one with plenty of berries to keep you feeling like an Active Annie throughout your day.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup of raw rolled oats
  • 1 handful of fresh blueberries
  • 1 handful of blackberries
  • 1 handful of frozen berries
  • 2 teaspoons peanut butter
  • a drizzle of honey
  • table spoon of chia seeds
  • table spoon of sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of ice water
  • a sprinkle of granola (optional)

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What you’ll need to do:

Mix all of the above ingredients in a blender/Nutribullet until light and fluffy, but for the love of all the Happy Harriets and a clean kitchen, don’t forget to put the lid on properly!

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Once everything has been mixed to your hearts content, pour into a glass of sorts, sprinkle with some granola and enjoy with a cuppa Joe.

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Mycaila-Jade

xxx

 

Protein Peanut Butter and Coconut Flapjacks

Hello Hungry Harriets!!

If the word “peanut butter” doesn’t quite make your Inner Jill Jive, or get you feeling a tad bit like a Frantic Franny with a burst of excitement, then I’m afraid we can’t be friends. However, if the word “coconut” makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside with the possibility of an unexpected drool, then I MIGHT reconsider.  Before making any life changing decisions about a possible friendship, try out my new Peanut butter & Coconut flapjacks and let me know what you think.

These happen to be filled with protein and are a healthy treat, in moderation, of course!

What you’ll need: (enough to make 4 flapjacks)

  • 2 happy chicken eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 scoop of protein/whey powder ( I used Evox Lean Pro Powder in Vanilla)
  • ¼ Cup of coconut cream (optional)
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • A dash of almond milk
  • ½ a banana
  • A handful of frozen berries
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for cooking
  • A squeeze of honey
  • A good attitude
  • 1 large and in charge smile, of course
Is it even possible to have a bad day with a delicious breakfast like this?

Is it even possible to have a bad day with a delicious breakfast like this?

Cooking steps:

Alrighty, time for the fun part! Let the adventures begin…

Crack your 2 happy chicken eggs into a bowl and mix until looking yellow and mellow. After that, add your coconut flour, whey powder and mix until smooth. Add your peanut butter (such a beautiful moment!) and mix like a Vigorous Vivienne until all lumps and bumps have disappeared.

The mixture should be looking quite thick at this stage. This will be the part where you’ll add your almond milk and water to the mixture.

Heat your frying pan with a tablespoon of coconut oil. Being the QUEEN of burning everything and anything possible, my one tip would be to keep the heat on a semi low/medium setting to avoid all possible disappointment of burnt flappers.

Scoop your mixture into the pan, as you would with normal flapjacks and cook until firm. Once firm, flip your jacks onto the other side until cooked.

Plate your cooked flappers and add your ½ banana to the top (cut into slices) with a drizzle of honey and your handful of berries.  Looking good?

It's a peanut butter and coconut kinda thing!!

It’s a peanut butter and coconut kinda thing!!

Whisk your coconut cream and dollop over your flapjacks for an extra bit of tastiness.

Enjoy your Fabulous Flipping Flappers with your morning coffee and have a dandy day!

Breakfast flappers and coffee posing for pictures! The level of enthusiasm though!

Breakfast flappers and coffee posing for pictures! The level of enthusiasm though!

Mycaila- Jade

xxx

HOW TO STUFF YOUR FACE

Oh hello, all you Magnificent Martha’s

I hope you have all been the Bravest of Berties and have successfully tried your best to make it through another weekly routine of attempted arse disciplining. That being said, I also SINCERELY hope you have been quite tame with the stuffing of your faces too.

Nevermind that, but am I the only one who feels that one can be exceptionally well bahaved and stick to their very own exercise and meal plan throughout the week, but the MINUTE you take a whiff of a chocolate bar or inhale the muchly desired fumes of fermented grapes, your bottom has all of a sudden escalated in size and you have miraculously expanded by 5kg overnight?

That being said, I for one know that I have been a bit of a Naughty Nelly this week. I’ll be the first to say it, but if you can relate, then there is no better time than RIGHT NOW to pick ourselves (and our bottoms) up, let our arses know of its wrong doings and begin the process of whipping it back into place, and shape (for that matter).

This week, I have decided to share some of my meal recipes from my eating plan, as I have had quite a few Inquisitive Ingrids ask about what I eat, and I am ofcourse, MORE THAN HAPPY to share this daily excitement with you.  Have a look at some of my recipes below.

Breakfast options:

The Marvelous Myrtle Smoothie

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Fabulous Flipping Flapjacks

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The Betty Breakfast

Look at Betty, posing for pictures!

Homemade Chocolate oats

And Vwaaalah, your very own creation!!

Baked Annabel Apples

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2 scrambled eggs on 2 Ryvita Crackers with a handful of cherry tomatoes

All bran flakes with anonymous almond milk and a really cool banana

Lunch and Dinner options:

Practical Prawn salad

Percy Prawn salad

A lavish mixture of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, butter lettuce, carrot sticks, 1/2 block of feta, a handful of prawns with basil pesto, a few olives.

Spicy chicken, cauliflower mash and mixed veg

Each bowl consists of 1 chicken breast fillet, half a head of cauliflower mash (cooked cauliflower mashed up with a splash of almond milk) and mixed veg.

Each bowl consists of 1 chicken breast fillet, half a head of cauliflower mash (cooked cauliflower mashed up with a splash of almond milk) and mixed veg with celery, baby carrots and feta as a snack for that day.

Tina Tuna Brussel Salad

Each bowl consists of 1/2 a can of tuna with organic mayo, half a baby sweet potato, one slice of raw red onion, mixed veg with brussel sprouts (if you're brave) with cucumber, tomato and feta as a snack for that day.

Each bowl consists of 1/2 a can of tuna with organic mayo, half a baby sweet potato, one slice of raw red onion, mixed veg with brussel sprouts (if you’re brave) with cucumber, tomato and feta as a snack for that day.

Tina Tuna salad

Tina Tuna consists of 1 can of shredded tuna in water, cucumber, celery, raw red onion, 1/2 a block of feta, organic mayo, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 a cup of cooked corn with balsamic vinegar as dressing.

Tina Tuna consists of 1 can of shredded tuna in water, cucumber, celery, raw red onion, 1/2 a block of feta, organic mayo, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 a cup of cooked corn with balsamic vinegar as dressing.

Delicious wrap from Lekker in Kalk Bay

This is one of my meals from a lunch date with my mom this weekend. When eating out, i always opt for the CLASSIC greek Salad or investigate the menu to find one of the healthier options.

This is one of my meals from a lunch date with my mom this weekend. When eating out, I always opt for the CLASSIC Greek Salad (only because i know that there few calories in this meal, if im trying to be good) or I tend to secretly investigate the menu to find one of the healthier options. This wrap was delicious and pretty much a raw wrap with the ingredients. A little bit of potato salad on the side to curb the naughty cravings and some beetroot for the win.

Snacks: (at about 3:30/4pm)

A few Caring Carrots

Cherry tomatoes

Feta squares (half a block)

Celery sticks with peanut butter or hummus

An Adventurous Apple

A Bubbly Banana

Cucumber sticks

Two spoons of peanut butter

Essential:

Water is an absolute necessity throughout the day. I try keep it to a minimum of 2 litres a day and about 3.5 litres if I’m exercising. Go on, this is your one excuse to drink away!

Meet Wendy!! She is my 750 ml glass bottle of water. Super easy to refill and oh so friendly.

Meet Wendy!! She is my 750 ml glass bottle of water. Super easy to refill and oh so friendly.

I unfortunately tend to make my breakfasts the most exciting part of my day. Not only does the thought of food help me get out of bed in the morning, but I am also on the go for the majority of the day. That being said, I generally eat the same meals for lunch and dinner because it’s easiest to pack and prep in the mornings.

I hope your week is off to a fabulous start! Feel free to be a Kind Kendal and let me know your thoughts. Summer Sandra is almost out to play, Ladies – just a few more weeks!!

Mycaila- Jade

XXX