The Beach Body!

So we booked our holiday 6 months ago….fast forward to 8 weeks before the holiday, panic strikes and we join a gym in hope that we will be beach ready in time.

Everyone’s goals are different to be beach ready but if we want to get a six pack or have better shape or even get more muscular, 6-8 weeks isn’t going to cut it unfortunately. A washboard stomach and glutes of steel can take years to be build. 

Reality is it will take a good 10-12 weeks to see major changes in a physique sometimes less if people are extremely strict. Which means no alcohol, no treats, a very clean diet and training a lot at the gym! 

But let’s not get disheartened if we don’t look like a magazine cover model on holiday after only 6 weeks of a lifestyle change.

Also bear in mind these models are airbrushed! What we see in magazines isn’t always real. 

If you shudder at the thought of getting half naked..DON’T! We are all beautiful and should appreciate what we have, our bodies are amazing! Be proud of who you are. 

Unfortunately though not all of us are happy or confident in our own skin and hide away. It has taken me years to accept who I am and im still not 100% happy but who is?!  However, I believe if you want something bad enough you will do anything to get it! So thats why I am always striving to be the best I can be.

If we booked a holiday 6 months ago, that was the ideal time to join the gym and start adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Crash diets, detox’s and starving ourselves do not work!! Why torture ourselves?! I can guarantee most people give up after a few weeks. This isn’t good for our health or mindset.

Don’t get me wrong, starting the journey at anytime is a good thing and people will see results in this time but peoples expectations need to be realistic. 

So start the journey now, even small changes can make a big difference to our overall health. 

Take a look at my suggestions below.

Join a gym.

Buy a workout dvd to do at home.

Start running. 

Walk or bike to work.

Start a fitness class or bootcamp in the local area.

Plan meals for the week.

Take lunches and snacks to work. (This will save money too which means more spending money for the holiday!)πŸ˜‰

Drink 2-3 litres of water a day.

Reduce sugar and salt in take. 

Don’t binge at the weekends. Have 1 treat to keep cravings a bay.

Also take a look at my other posts about healthy snacks and recipe ideas.

All of the above tips will make a huge difference 6-8 weeks before a holiday. 

One final message from me..

Be happy, Be Healthy and Enjoy your holiday! 

#girlvstupperware #loveyourbody #beachready

Crispy Chicken Goujons.

Warning!!! Low carb tasty chicken recipe alert.

Im super excited to share this, I have cooked it twice now. A super healthy and tasty alternative to breaded or battered chicken, even the kids will enjoy these!

These are gluten free, great for paleo diets and low carb lovers.

Plus you get to bash the hell out of some chicken breasts so if you have had a bad day this is a great way to de stress!

You can also adapt the recipe by adding additional herbs or other spices if you wish.

Ingredients- Serves 2-4Β 

2 – 3 Large chicken breasts cut into strips.

70g Ground almonds

2 x tsps of garlic powder

2 x tsps of smoked paprika

1 tsp of mixed herbs

Salt & Pepper

1 x egg

Greaseproof paper

Baking tray.

Rolling pin and clingfilm

Method-

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper

Cut a large length of cling film and place this onto a chopping board and lay the chicken on top. Fold the remaining clingfilm over the top of the chicken to cover completely.

With a rolling pin bash out the chicken breasts until they are fairly flat. Then cut the breasts into strips.

In a bowl mix together the ground almonds, paprika, garlic, herbs and salt and pepper.

Pour the mixture onto a plate ready for coating the chicken.

In a seperate bowl whisk an egg.

Turn on the grill to a medium heat.

Firstly dip the chicken into the egg mixture,then the almond mixture and coat evenly on both sides.

Place the chicken breasts onto the pre lined baking tray and place under the grill for 12-15 mins turning once during cooking time.

This will ensure both sides are cooked evenly and will make sure they crisp on both sides.

Once cooked serve with a nice salad or vegetables for a healthy, nutritious dinner the whole family will enjoy!

Id love to know your thoughts so if you do try this please let me know by commenting below and sharing with your friends and family.

#Girlvstupperware

My Bikini Diary!

So I competed in my first bikini competition last weekend! I chose to keep this quiet and away from social media as I didn’t want any pressure or negativity.

I have always admired the men and women who compete, I look at the amazing bodies in photos and think it is amazing what these people do.

I always have people say to me don’t start looking like a man or don’t get too bulky?! Seriously….If that could happen i’d need to be popping some steriods! 
I have found my experience a real challenge, both mentally and physically. I wanted to test my mental strength and willpower to the max! I believe if you can do this for 12 weeks or more then you can do anything. I have really enjoyed the journey though even though it’s been hard.

Food is one of life’s pleasures and that is the challenge…it was torture when my husband was tucking into gammon egg and chips that I had prepared for him and I was having grilled salmon and broccoli! 

I didn’t have any chocolate, crisps, bread or sweets for 70 days! This included alcohol and my diet has been extremely strict, weighing everything and eating often.

During in the last few weeks of prep I had literally zero sugar in my diet, only natural sugars from vegetables and blueberries! I haven’t missed it to be honest. The only time I craved anything is when I saw it on Instagram and when I was thinking about my reward meal after the show! 

Hats off to everyone who competes it takes hard work, dedication and sacrifice to get the body stage ready.

It is also tiring and drains you physically and mentally. The last 2 weeks were the hardest for me I was pushing myself hard with extra cardio and being on a keto diet meant I had very little carbs for energy.
I was put on keto as I wasn’t shifting enough bodyfat/water. Keto is basically the atkins diet which means only 30-40g of carbs per day. It isn’t safe for long periods of time and I know someone who had kidney problems from it due to the duration she was on it.

Everyone’s body reacts differently there isn’t one diet that suits everyone. For example a lovely girl I met at the show was able to eat a huge pizza the night before the competition and her abs were popping on show day.

I just want to point out that nobody looks like they do on stage everyday! This is impossible unless the person wants to cause damage to their body and hormones.

During peak week water consumption went up and 48hours before this decreased in order to dry out. Drying out the body makes you look leaner for the stage which in turn helps improve muscle definition.

So apart from the training and the diet there is also the bikini, shoes, make up, jewellery and posing to consider. You can’t wear your standard beach bikini as you need to stand out for the judges. So I purchased my bikini from Selina bikinis, they have a beautiful range to choose from along with shoes and jewellery depending on your budget.http://www.selinabikini.co.uk/

Posing was very hard to start with, a lovely lady called Luisa Hegg helped me and we practiced for a couple of hours to get me into the positions required to accentuate the body. Luisa competes herself and was able to give me tips and really helped boost my confidence. She is an amazing lady and very inspirational. After my first session my whole body ached and I practiced everyday at home in the mirror to get it right.

For my tan I hired a professional at the venue. This tan isn’t a normal tan, competition tan is on a whole new level! The lights on stage are so bright therefore a dark tan is required to enchance your structure.


A1 tanning were booked for the show which is owned by Nicola Gilbert and her husband.A1 Tanning Facebook

Such a lovely down to earth couple who made me feel very welcome on the day and calmed my nerves. The passion and support A1 tanning delivered was amazing and they answered all of my pre show questions. I would highly recommend a professional especially these guys as you are also marked on your tan at some shows.




Here is a photo of me on the morning of the show and also one of me tanned and ready to go on stage. As you can see the tan does make a difference.😊

I was very happy with my presence on stage but if im honest I was expecting to look better than I did on show day. I have learnt from this experience though and will eventually identify what does work for me. I also moved house that week/weekend which put me under some additional stress in the build up to show day.
Unfortunatley I didn’t place on the day, I wasn’t expecting to as it was my first competition. I have a lot of areas to work on particularly my glutes, hamstrings and abs. 

It is hard mentally not to think negative  thoughts about yourself following feedback post show. I got some positive feedback and areas I would need to work on to place next time. No one deep down likes critism especially if it is very personal. However if you are prepared to get on stage to be judged you have to be able to take the feedback and move on.

I loved the experience and the buzz of being on stage. I have definitely caught the bug and will be doing another show next year. 

Thank you to my family and close friends for all their support and thank you, to you for reading this post.

#Girlvstupperware

Garlic and tomato pesto

I love pesto, especially when it is freshly made.

Try this mixed into courgetti, pasta or smothered on a salmon fillet. It doesn’t take long to prepare either.

You will need a food processor or a blender to blitz the ingredients.

Serves 2-4 people

Ingredients-Β 

30g x Pine Nuts

30g x Cashew nuts

2 x Large handfuls of spinach

1 x Dessert spoon of parsley

1 x Large garlic clove

2 x Dessert spoons of olive oil

1 x Dessert spoon of tomato paste

1 x Teaspoon of lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste.

Method-

Put the pine nuts and cashews in the food processor and pulse for a few seconds.

Peel and chop the garlic clove in half and add this to the food processor.

Chop the spinach leaves roughly and add this to the blender with the parsley.

Add the olive oil, salt,pepper, lemon and tomato paste.

Blitz all the ingredients together which should now resemble a rough paste, you will need to scrape the edges of the bowl and pulse again to fully combine the ingredients.

If the mixture is too thick add a little more oil and blitz again.

This is now ready to add to your courgetti, pasta, or fish.

Enjoy!

#Girlvstupperware