Recipe: Banana and blueberry protein breakfast smoothie

I’ve been having such a tough time with my energy levels, and therefore my comfort eating. It’s not even like I am eating loads of rubbish, I am just EATING. My weight fluctuates constantly.

This past week I have been sleeping longer and deeper, meaning I am waking up with a lot more get go. By the early evening, I am completely shattered so I need to utilise these energy driven mornings while I can! So after I’ve finished my breakfast, I’ll be heading to the gym.

On weekdays, I am eating breakfast in a rush. Long gone are the days where I’d make a cooked breakfast everyday of eggs and chorizo. I’m resorting to toast (porridge makes my tummy poorly, although I do love it!), which is just fake calories and carbs. Bread is the worst. What nutrition is there? When I cut bread out of my diet, I was so slim and eating right.

As today is a Saturday, I am making the effort to eat right. I made a protein smoothie:

This smoothie was made with…

  • One banana
  • Handful of blueberries (about 15 in quantity)
  • One scoop of unflavoured whey isolate
  • Three heaped tablespoons of protein natural yoghurt (I would say about 150g)
  • 200ml of unroasted and unsweetened almond milk



Recipe: Banana and blueberry protein breakfast smoothie

Too tired to function

One of the reasons I have struggled to go to the gym the past nine months is because I’ve felt so tired. I wake up with my entire body aching through and through. Every joint, every muscle fibre means every movement feels like a marathon race. So I lie in bed or on the sofa, recovering. I often feel better by late afternoon, which at that point is too late to do anything to prevent me from sleeping well that night. Continue reading “Too tired to function”

Too tired to function

The battle to combat cellulite

With all the drama going on in my life, it’s no wonder I’ve put on the extra pounds. My fitness lifestyle completely went down the drain along with any restraint I had for sugar. Given the recent stresses, I’m allowing myself a bit of a pass on this one. Yes I should be working out more, but on the same token, if I can’t get out of bed that day, I’m not going to punish myself for it.

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The battle to combat cellulite

What a way to kick off a Sunday

I start most days with a coffee, banana and protein powder shake.

It fills me up without bloating me out, lots of caffeine to keep me alert and the right macros to be on track with my food plan.

Today has been no different. I usually use banana flavoured protein powder, but in my tired state I used unflavoured. Not so much of a disaster. I added chocolate flavour drops and raw cacao to the mix to make it much more flavoursome.

After this, it’s off to the gym for some cardio 💪🏽

What a way to kick off a Sunday

Sugar-free for a week!

For the past week I have SERIOUSLY limited my sugar intake. Other than fruit and some protein products that does have a bit of sugar in, I’ve had none of it. And I don’t know what’s come over me to to finally give myself this push.

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Sugar-free for a week!

Macros versus calories

When I was training a few years ago, I focused heavily on all my macronutrients – fat, carbohydrates and protein – as well as calories. I rarely went over, except on cheat days. My diet was healthy and balanced, eating lots of small meals throughout the day. I felt sustained, full of energy and frankly, never better.

Since then, my healthy lifestyle has slipped. Partly because of physical health issues, partly mental health issues and also general sheer laziness; my fitness has suffered and I have put on about 4 kgs in the past year. Unfortunately a lot of it was put on at Christmas, when I was feeling my lowest.

I’m really struggling to get back into my old eating regime, and I do wonder whether it’s too much too soon. Right now I am lying in bed feeling so hungry.

Changing habits isn’t easy, and one can’t expect it get back into over night. But my question again is, should I focus on reducing my calorie intake or reducing my carbs? If I had eaten an apple after dinner, would I still be feeling hungry now anyway?

Here is food diary for today:

My calorie intake is really low, but I’ve gone over my carb allowance by 1g. If I wanted to have something to eat now, it would have to be a tin of tuna or grilled turkey. No thanks.

My dinner was really high in carb, but frankly it was nothing! Five vegetarian meatballs, with half a tin of peas and some broccoli. Then half a tin of plum tomatoes (which I accidentally cut off on the pic) along with some grilled chorizo and pepperoni for the sauce.

Just goes to show that a “healthy” meal such as that is actually providing lots of energy and should not be eaten late! I’ve got the same tomorrow for lunch 🙂

I also burnt 700 calories today through exercise. So that is making me feel even more hungry! Pah!

I’ll see how I feel over the next few days, whether I can sustain both low calories and carbohydrates. I definitely don’t want to overdo it, and be realistic to my current abilities (or lack of!).

Macros versus calories

The Daily Whinge

All day today I’ve been a child having a tantrum, screaming and kicking because I didn’t want to eat the vegetables on my dinner plate. But in fact that was ‘naughty Ayla’ on one shoulder telling me, “don’t bother going to the gym tonight – you’ve had a busy weekend – go home and be lazy.” I complained to anyone who would listen my motivational struggles. ‘Angelic Ayla’ was the one who took her gym kit to work today nevertheless, knowing that working out was the right thing to do.

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The Daily Whinge