Wednesday, 5 October 2011

October Fitness Kick

Now that my cold is finally breaking (still have a cough and runny nose at times) I can finally get into my health kick for summer!

My mum and brother are also in on this little health kick so we've all vowed to exercise once a day (on weekdays) and replace dinner with a protein shake (mums idea). I was a little hesitant to deliberaltly 'skip' a proper meal and instead just drink something. but with good planning of breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day there needn't be a lack of good nutrition. 

For example, today for breakfast I had a fruit salad of 1 orange, 1 peach, 1/2 pear and 1/2 banana served with 2 Tbsp of museli and honey. (I wouldve had yoghurt as well if I didnt still have my cold) and then for lunch I had a massive salad with mushrooms, greens, celery, tomato, onion, tuna, sunflower seeds and balsamic vinegar served with 2 corn cruskits. Then for my snacks I had a museli bar after my workout and was naughty and had some of the new  Vegemite flavoured chip and a bit of a chocolate cookie.

As for my exercise, Ive been really motivated to get back on track but still I'm not overloading myself.
Monday: 30 mins Xtrainer, ab and thigh exercises, arm weights
Tuesday: 15mins treadmill, 15mins Xtrainer, ab and thigh exercises
Wednesday: 20 lap swim alternating between freestyle and breastroke, ab and thigh exercises.

Im feeling so energetic and healthy right now and Im really hoping ill be able to slip into that sexy bikini come summer, but by getting there in a healthy way!

Lets hope I keep motivated and reach my goal!

Beth xo

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Harissa Covered Chicken Roast with Chargrilled Veggies

I'm Baaackkk!
I've been wanting to post this for a while but due to unforeseen circumstances (getting so sick I had to take 3 days off work!) I haven't yet posted it, but now I am! Woo

My friend Haly has this membership to this really good new gym the SA Aquatic and leisure centre and often gets me in to workout with her. 
Last week we went and had a mad workout consisting of the following:
-15 mins stair machine (hardest resistance)
-15 mins treadmill (my first time! woo)
- abdominal floor work
-additional 15 mins on treadmill 
- leisurely swim in the pool

Needless to say we came home pretty hungry so we decided to throw together this Harissa covered chicken roast with Char grilled Veggies!

1 whole chicken opened up like a butterfly
1/2 jar harissa sauce (or can make own, personally i was too buggered from the gym)
olive oil

1 zucchini, sliced into strips
1 capsicum, sliced into strips
4 small potatoes, cut in half
2 carrots, cut in quarters
2 onions, cut in half

Preheat oven to 200 degrees
Cover chicken completely in harissa and a little olive oil, even getting under the skin against the breast and place in oven
microwave potatoes until semi-cooked in centre then sprinkle with oil and place them in the oven in the same tray as the harissa chicken also place carrots and onions with potatoes and chicken.
While the chicken is cooking, char grill the capsicum and eggplant

Haly's a boss at char grilling!
When all the capsicum and zucchini are char grilled (took a while on my sized pan) add them to the tray in the oven.

In total the chicken should be in the oven anywhere between 1 - 1.5 hours depending on your oven. The best way to check if its done is to puncture the breast and if the juices run clear, then its time to eat! 


More posts to come this week guys!

Beth xo