Monthly Archives: July 2015

Almost Paleo Peanut butter cups

  
I love love love peanut butter! 

I love Reese’s even more but unfortunately my figure isn’t a fan! I love making little paleo treats and sweet things that I can snack on without feeling guilty.

So imagine my excitement when I discovered these paleo peanut butter cups. They’re easy to make and yummy to taste! 

Ingredients

3/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup honey

2 tea spoons vanilla extract 

1 small jar peanut butter (smooth)

Recipe

  1. Combine ingredients (apart from the peanut butter)
  2. Whisk over a low heat
  3. Place cupcake cases in a cake tin and fill cases 1/3 of the way up with the chocolate
  4. Freeze for 15 minutes
  5. Remove and add a layer of peanut butter
  6. Freeze again for 15 minutes
  7. Add final layer of chocolate
  8. Freeze for 2 hours
  9. Enjoy 

  

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Nike metcons

So today I am in London and decided to visit a great crossfit shop called Whatever it Takes, based in Bow Lane in the centre of London.

This shop is great as instead of ordering things online you can get to try the real things on, nano 5s, Nike Romaleos, Adidas power lifters etc. They even have a squat rack to try the out! In addition they do some great clothing. Check out their great website

Whatever it Takes
I had my eye on the Nike metcons for a while, I love my pink Nanos but has heard good things about the new Nike shoe. I had also seen the pink ones on the Internet and fell in love!

So I went into the shop and couldn’t see the pink ones, decided to ask and they had one pink pair left… In my size! It was like it was meant to be.

I tried them on and they felt amazing, the shoes are a brilliant fit and feel like they provide really good support. In fact, they make the nanos feel quite clumpy, the colours are also great.

So I was sold, £100 later and they were mine and I walked all the way home in them, like an excited child! I can’t provide feedback on how they are to workout in but as a general fit they feel great. 

  
The next decision is to decide on what colour laces to use… Any help welcome 🙂 


Breakfast berries 

Lots of people have asked me what I eat throughout the day so thought I would tell you a bit about my diet. 

I started eating breakfast a couple of years ago, prior to these I didn’t realise how important it was. Now my tummy sometimes wakes me up telling me I’m hungry! I used to think that eating Special K would give me a good boost to the day but now I’m more educated I try to start my day off much better. 

  
I love eggs and so most days will have scrambled egg, and yes I eat the yolk. I know lots of people say oh no that’s the fattening part but it’s also the nutritious part. I also like to mix in some avocado if I know I have a big training session ahead of me.

If I fancy a chance I will have Natural Greek yoghurt with blueberries which is a delicious start to the day! 

  
To drink I usually have a black coffee, I only drink one coffee a day and it’s always to wake me up in the morning! 


Training, training & more training! 

As you might know I am a school teacher which means hallelujah 6 weeks off for summer! Definitely one of the perks 🙂 

I’m expecting to have quite a busy autumn season with competitions. I’m using this year to try to get as much competition experience as possible! Later in the year I’ll be competing in the Super team cup, Strength in depth, fort Ashton throwdown and hopefully Battle of the Beasts!

As I’m not working I’ve been upping my training and training twice a day which I absolutely love. If I could do that full time it would be awesome! It’s hard, I’m only a few days in and my body is sore but I seem to be recovering okay.

Today began with a rowing workout 10 x 250m to be precise. Usually the first thing I do when I wake up is to look at the workout of the day but today I didn’t and blissfully unaware I drove to the box, eating the two hard boiled eggs of managed to cook in the rush to get ready! 

Cue 30 minutes later when I’m sweating and cursing the coach, trying to keep my times below 50 seconds! I went to a very dark place! I’m not a fan of rowing at the best of times and today it made me throw up after! The combination of working hard and my late breakfast was not good but still I picked myself up and did a nice strength workout after! Then returned 3 hours later for a really good team workout that once again pushed us.

I’m loving all this training and trying out different workouts such as team and swimming etc. Hoping to see some big improvements in fitness and load over the next few weeks.

   
 
 82kg every minute on the minute 


Supplements… Really necessary? 

I have always been rubbish at taking any tablets, even if I have a splitting headache I wait until it is unbearable before taking paracetamol. I don’t know why I do this I guess I just don’t believe that they actually do anything! 

So I wasn’t overly keen to hear about and see the range of supplements that many crossfit athletes take. 

  
I didn’t know where to start and didn’t really understand what each product did or how it would benefit me. 

However, I have now completed lots of reading, spoken to nutritionalists and coaches and can say that I’m a convert! 

Recently I began taking Super Omega 3 tablets and Vitamin D3 in the morning. I generally get sick a lot, especially because I work with children so I’m hoping these help me to fend off the germs! 

I’ve also began taking BCAA tablets before, during and after my training sessions. I find the tablets pretty large to swallow so I have just ordered the powder form which I’m hoping will make this easier. 

Other supplements that I take are L Cartinine and L Glutamine. I also take ZMA which I have written about before and I really like these because they give me a really deep sleep and I wake up feeling refreshed. 

Of course in addition to all of these I take whey protein after each session! Sometimes I do feel like I could possible rattle with all of the tablets that I’m taking but I am really feeling the benefits. I feel like I have more energy, I recover quicker and can train longer, my skin is better and I’m also sleeping well. 

Pure pharma do a pack where you can get Omega 3, D3 and Minerals in handy daily packs for £48.

Pure Pharma
I get my products from MyProtein which is great value! 

Myprotein
So what do all of these products actually do and how do they benefit? 

Vitamin D3- including; contributing to the normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, contributing to normal calcium levels, contributing to the maintenance of normal bone and muscle function, and contributing to the normal function of the immune system and cell division.

ZMA– Zinc and Magnesium has a number of benefits to the body and its functionality. Magnesium contributes to electrolyte balance and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth. The Zinc component contributes to the normal function of the immune system. 

Omega 3- When combined, EPA and DHA contribute to the normal function of the heart. DHA also contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function and vision.

BCAA- During exercise amino acids become more important as it is difficult to maintain the desired levels from food alone. With this powder you can reach optimum levels of branch chain amino acids in a quick and easy way.


A gymnasts relationship with food

As a gymnast for the majority of my childhood I spent most of my spare time in Lycra! I also got weighed weekly during the ages of 12-16, which for any girl is not a good idea. I can remember standing on the trampoline and my coach saying ‘have you put on weight, you look fuller’ and then not understanding why I cried. I also remember running around the gym doing laps because my coach could ‘grab’ too much around my middle. being weighed every Friday and being afraid of the extra conditioning we would receive if we put on weight, meant that we would reduce our intake on Wednesday, Thursday and then after being weighed would go crazy on a Saturday with doughnuts and sweets! I understand that for gymnastics you need to have an effective power to weight ratio but being punished for putting on 1lb and having to run wearing ankle weights, does not promote a healthy relationship with food. 
As such when I started weightlifting and crossfit I naturally put on weight, muscle. This freaked me out when I stepped on the scales and has taken me until about a month ago to accept that I am going to weigh more. I now weigh 70kgs, when I competed in gymnastics I was 62kg. But I think I look better, leaner and my body fat is 14%, aside from that I feel healthier than ever. Watching the crossfit games and seeing so many fantastic female athletes that are strong and powerful is so inspirational. 

Annie Thorisdottir 👇👇👇  
Ive learnt that in order for my body to do what I need it to, it needs to be fuelled. I’ve increased what I’ve been eating, I’ve never been one to count calories but I make sure I eat regularly 4 times a day. I’ve also began to feel when my body needs more and even though sometimes I don’t feel like eating, I know that my body needs it. 

Me now 👇  
I wish that the information had been available to me when I competed in trampolining. Instead I used to skip meals and eat as little as possible, even binge eating. I also wish that better information could be available to the general public, specifically young girls.

Now I try to follow the paleo way of eating, this is known as caveman diet and involves eating natural food that’s not processed. I find this really easy as I can just go into a shop and look at what I could ‘hunt or gather’ rather than checking the labels for calories. People say ‘what do you eat?!’ Well I eat plenty of eggs, chicken, natural yoghurt, berries, spinach etc and I love it! Sometimes I crave a sweet treat and I let myself have it because we’re all human and I do love pick n mix 😉 

 


Lifting Shoes… Which ones? 

Now I took a while to convert to lifting shoes. Luckily for me I have good mobility and range of movement and so before lifters I used to squat bare foot and just wore Nanos to lift. 
I thought lifters were just another crossfit fad but now I’m definitely a concert. Ok so putting on lifting shoes doesn’t guarantee an added 5kg to each lift (that would be nice) but they do provide a stable base. In addition they also give that slightly raised heel which for people who find squatting tricky can really help. 
I bought some Adidas lifters as I’d heard good things and as I was trying them, these were relatively cheap. I got the power lifter 2.0 and at £70 these were cheap! 
  
Adidas Powerlifter 2.0
Like any new shoe, they took a while to get used to. I felt like I was leaning forwards and had to get used to sitting back on my heels but I felt more solid and as such had added confidence when lifting. Both in my powerlifts and in my olympic lifts. 

Adidas also have the slightly more expensive Adi Power shoe at £147.99 which has a higher heel so is more suitable for those with a smaller range of movement naturally. 
  
AdiPower
Last weekend I was lucky enough to win some Inov8 shoes of my choice from the lovely guys at Elite Gear. Check out their site http://www.elite-gear.co.uk

I chose the Inov8 fast lift 335 which retail for £97 and of course I went for their pink & purple combo! I was hesitant to try these as once I get used to something I’m reluctant to change but I must say I really like these shoes. They have a thinner sole than the Adidas lifters but feel more solid, the sole is also harder and so provides more stability. They also do a great range of colours and if you want to upgrade to the Inov8 370 BOA these come in all pink! 

  
  Inov8

A shoe I have always wanted but haven’t got yet is the Nike Romaleo! These shoes are so beautiful and just look awesome, they’re pricey at £169.99 but I’ve heard brilliant things about them. 

 

Having tried a friends to lift in they are so secure, the double strapping doesn’t allow for any slipping of the shoe. With the Romaleo 2s Nike have made them more flexible and lighter so they are more suited to crossfit athletes. These did feel heavier than my other lifters to wear but we’re sturdy and made my squat feel easier which is what we all want. They also come in a range of great colours! 

Nike Romaleo
Reebok also have their own lifters, I hadn’t heard great things which is why I didn’t purchase any. However they are cheaper, even so if I was going to recommend any shoe for a beginner who isn’t sure id say go for the Adidas Powerlifter 2.0 to begin with. 

Happy Lifting!