My Two Must Haves!

MyFitnessPal app on my iphone and Fitbit HR Charge on my wrist at all times!

MyfitnessPal is an app where I input everything I eat and drink, it will sort out the nutrients, the calories, fat, carbs etc, good for keeping carbs low and protein high, you will be shocked at how many carbs you eat even when trying not to, but don’t forget you do need some.  The downside to this app is the calories allowed are generic, not specified to you.  This is where the Fitbit comes into play.

The FitBit HR Charge will tell exactly how many calories I am burning off, also how I am burning them off, peak, cardio or fat burning, fat burning is what I want, cardio is good for getting fitter, think peak is when I’m nearing a heart attack. When I’m fat burning I’m burning less calories, fine by me I want to burn fat. I’ll give an example, when I run say a 5k my heart rate is high, in the peak zone, half marathon cardio/peak, bootcamp cardio/fat burning, Hiit session mainly fat burning, weights kettle bells fat burning, cycling cardio. Confused?  It does get clearer honest. It also informs me how badly I sleep each night.

Both of these bits of “kit” talk to each other, where I input food into the app it syncs across to the Fitbit, therefore I know exactly how many calories I’m intaking and burning. I rarely go under, for those who think I had an eating disorder. I eat around 1800-2000 calories per day, but I eat the right things.

Just to really confuse you my Garmin watch I run with and Garmin computer I ride with also talk to both, then there’s Strava……

For those of you that have Vitality Health or Life Insurance will know about the activity points, thanks to all my gadgets and apps I receive a Starbucks drink every week, cinema ticket, itunes song each month, the best so far is the £500 cash back I got on my new bike, the more you do the more you get back, its a win, win situatuion.

Finally I don’t feel deprived, I no longer eat processed food, chocolate in small moderation, Rye bread, wraps or pittas instead of normal bread, its not an effort though, it’s my way of life……

The Important bits 

My change of lifestyle had begun. September 2015, the carbs were ditched, though not entirely, protein was my main source of food. Be aware a totally carb free diet is near impossible, they are everywhere, fruits, salads, veg, are the good ones, it was the bread, pasta, potatoes, rice I ditched or have in moderation. As I put it I don’t actively add carbs to my diet, unless I have a race on the next day.

I discovered ways to get extra protein in my diet in the form of protein powder.  After any training I have a protein shake.

  • 1 scoop  protein powder,
  • 250 ml Alpro Almond milk or Coconut milk, these milks have less calories, more calcium than cow’s milk.

The famous protein pancakes my friends hear me banging on about.

  • 1 scoop protein powder,
  • 1 egg
  • Splash of milk

I eat these with Nutella, Almond butter, fruit with Greek yoghurt, Zero Syrup. A few pointers, I eat between 3-5 meals a day, I no longer pick in between meals as I don’t feel I need to, I never ever eat low fat, I don’t measure or weigh stuff. Coconut Oil instead of Olive oil to cook with, finally I drink 2-3 litres of water per day.

 chocolate protein pancakes with Nutella and banana.

The bottom line is exercise alone does not work for me, diets do not work for me,  and I most certainly am what I eat.

I buy my protein powders from cheaper than on the high street, fast delivery and very often some very good deals

From The Beginning, Well Almost

I’ll keep it as brief as I can.  From a young age I battled with my relationship with food, I put some of it down to the fact my parents would not let me leave the table until I had eaten everything on my plate, as probably with a lot of you.  The effect in latter life was not being able to go to a buffet without wanting to clear the table personally,  I had a massive hatred for food wastage, though those are just a couple of examples.

As an adult I discovered exercise, by my late teens, early twenties food was winning the battle, I found the more I exercised and less I ate the more weight I lost, years of yo-yo dieting ensued.  Back then the weight came off from where I wanted it to, therefore still managing to retain my boobs, so with my tiny waist and big boobs a short career in glamour modelling began, until my boyfriend at the time put paid to that. I don’t have many regrets in life but that is most definitely the biggest, at 18 years old putting a boyfriend before what could have been a lucrative career.

All through my twenties my weight would fluctuate between 8 and 10 stone. Thirties, marriage, two children. Exercising got harder and harder until I discovered running, I could step out of the front door and just run. 8 marathons,20 something half marathons, and countless 10 milers, 10k, 5k, 5 milers, on or off roaders I’m now the Ladies Captain of my local running club the Springfield Striders.

Life with a young family, running my own business, having a husband that would work 24/7 made fitting in exercise extremely difficult, marathon training was almost the third person in my marriage, you become selfish, but you have to be, you have to be strict and regimented and nothing else mattered, well in my head that’s how it had to be. To my horror I gained weight marathon training!!!  How the hell could that happen? I’ll tell you how, I treated it like pregnancy, it became my reason to eat!!!

2014,I took up boxing and started cycling just more stuff to try to counteract the fat. 2015, Bootcamp, more importantly HiiT (high intensity interval training) I started to notice I was getting that definition back. I wanted more of this!! I had a little chat with Brett from DNA bootcamp about diet, he gave me lots of pointers and was always happy to help with any of my questions. I soon realised from the diets he showed me that they were mainly high protein. That was it I changed the way I ate, I had been addicted to carbs, gradually I ditched them, no panic though as natural carbs are everywhere, very quickly the weight started to drop, muscle started to build, my running improved massively.

This was a lifestyle change, not a diet……….