I have recently made the conscious decision to start working out and putting the right foods into my body. Now I'm putting it out there right now that its not for the sake of a "Bikini Body," Ladies, if you want a bikini body then you put that bikini on your body right now! Its more for me wanting to feel good about myself and my body because for a while now I just haven't been happy. I've fallen into a sort of pattern when it comes to food so I thought I would share my favourite meals and places to shop with you in an aid for your own journey.
BREAKFAST is the most important meal of the day.. right!? My favourite things to have for a quick breakfast before my 7AM starts at work is two of the Fuel Protein Brix (like weatabix but with added protein) and almond milk, sometimes a little stevia makes its way onto them too.. When I'm off work or start later in the mornings I always reach for 2 eggs and either scramble them or make them into an omelette with some ham.
SNACKING happens three times a day, yes THREE. I'm not into that whole "3 main meals a day and thats it" crap. I have a mid morning snack at around 10AM, Mid afternoon snack at around 4PM and the last one at 9:30PM. A few of my favourites are Quest Bars or Protein Chips (you can find them here & here) An apple with a handful of almonds, Green beans with sweet chilli sauce and rye bread and peanut butter (especially before an afternoon workout.) My evening snack is always the same; 2 Caramel rice cakes, a small amount of hotel chocolat supermilk and some blueberries.
LUNCH is always rather similar. Chicken with some vegetables and either with or without basmati rice. I have recently started buying frozen vegetables that you can microwave as it makes meal prepping easier as well as staying fresh for much longer therefore stopping them being wasted. My favourite place to get chicken from is Protein Pouch, they have a nice range of chicken either whole breast, sliced or diced that you pop in your freezer and just take out what you need when you need it. It's kept fresher for longer and its really good value for money. They also do a whole range of vegetable pouches, sweet potato wedges and also some fresh flavoured chicken.
DINNER can be fun. The meal I tend to enjoy the most is a homemade cottage pie with peppers, green beans and sweet potato mash on top. Other things that I am looking forward to trying is beef burgers with a lettuce bun and rice. Fajitas are also another delicious option.
Lately I have been absolutely loving Instagram and its where I've found the most inspiration for motivation within my changing fitness. Having an operation that leaves you bed bound for a week means you have a little bit of spare time on your hands and within that spare time I created my second instagram account! I wanted a place where I could document my progress as I sculpt my body into my ideal, I feel that having somewhere to do it will keep me on track. Plus I get another place on the social world to fill with my favourite fitness related things (sorry, I'm a little greedy..)
Feel free to head on over to charlottejessfitx it and give it a little follow and if you have a fitness account or just an instagram in general then leave me a comment on here or there and I will give you a little follow back!
I haven't made too many new discoveries this past month but hey, the bank balance needs a break sometimes, right?
Roller Lash by Benefit has become something of a cult product around the beauty community and I can see why! I love this mascara, especially the brush. It has the perfect shape to create the ideal curl in the lashes, that paired with the plastic bristles makes this a favourite in my eyes too.
Benefit's Big Easy is the new wonder product. It blurs imperfections, balances the tones in your skin, adjusts to mirror your skin tone perfectly and has SPF35 to protect skin even more. Oh and did I mention that it applies like an absolute dream and its perfect for my oil prone skin!? Need I say more..
FM Cosmetics is pretty much like the new Avon only with better quality products and high end dupes and high street prices. (Watch my review in full right here) I am obsessed with the perfume in the scent 18, its the perfect dupe for DKNY Be Delicious at a fraction of the price.
My Pink Nikes (I've forgotten the type) are my favourite accessory for every gym outfit. They are so comfy and bouncy and I just love them. I may be looking for replacements right now, actually, I won't say replacement.. lets just say a companion for them but they will always be my favourites.
Naturally my favourites can't be complete without some food cause we all know girlfriend loves food. The first is the Lenny & Larrys Complete Cookie, being on a fitness hype the cookies are the perfect sweet treat that taste just like a delicious chunky cookie but with 16g of protein. A serving is half a cookie which means a box lasts a lot longer than normal and they are so filling that its easy to stop at half.
The Grenade Carb Killa is basically a caramel chocolate bar parading its self as a protein bar. I normally HATE protein bars and the chalky protein texture but those things do not exist in this delicious bar. It is AMAZING.
Now I may be seriously looking forward to getting my booty back into an actual gym on Monday morning but part of me is going to miss these outdoor early morning workouts. There is something about waking up as the sun is rising and walking a few hundred yards up the road to escape the concrete streets, finding yourself in a mass of peaceful woods and vast fields. Its especially nice when its a little bit misty out, everything just looks so pretty.
Myself and Josh have been going out most mornings for the past week or so just to get our bodies prepared for the return to the gym, neither of us are in the condition we used to be so it is needed, a bit. I'm talking like, I used to be able to squat with my body weight on the bar.. Now.. I can just about manage a fraction of that!!
A run, jog or even a fast walk have been accompanied by a full body circuit in the garden and I'm already starting to feel better in myself.