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Totally got up at 6am and went for a 5k run this morning!

It took 22 minutes which is pretty good for me. I run so much better when the air is colder… Which is why morning running is probably better for me than going in the afternoons. IDK when I will run again though. I’m not really feeling it… I hate running so much you don’t even understand, but at the same time something always draws me back to it. 

When I got home, my Dad and friend who left at the same time as me (they walked) weren’t home yet, so I took my dog for a 2k walk to warm down. I’m so disappointed I’m not sore this morning from my circuit/ballet classes last night </3

I might do Insanity Relief later today to stretch instead of a full on workout. Dad thinks I’ll over do it if I do too much. Maybe I’ll do some ballet too later on… You can never do enough ballet tbh!

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POSTED 6 months ago   with 2 NOTES

After a wonderful Christmas day, I still managed to fit in a double Insanity workout. It was 9:00pm Christmas night when I started, but I completed the Asylum Back to Core workout as well as the Insanity Pure Cardio workout. It felt so good to stick to the workout plan and just get it done. After all, Sunday is Insanity Rest Day, not Wednesday. 

Although I ate quite normally and healthily yesterday, I did have some things with sugar and grains in them. They were delicious, but I have learned over time that they really don’t make me feel good. I have a headache today from having sugar because my body just isn’t used to it. Was so excited to wake up today to make a nice healthy (grain and sugar free) breakfast, and drink plenty of water.

It’s hard for me to believe that I used to eat grains or consume things with sugar in them regularly… I feel so much better without them tbh! 

POSTED 7 months ago   with 3 NOTES

Scrap P90X - I’m moving on to ‘Insanity: The Asylum”

I tried out P90x but it just isn’t as motivating for me, and to be honest, a little dare I say… Boring.

Shaun T is the ultimate motivation, which is probably the reason I actually stuck with Insanity even though it’s getting a little un-challenging. Instead of an Insanity/P90x hybrid, I’m going to do Insanity/The Asylum together and see how I go. SO ready for a challenge. The videos I have seen for Asylum look INTENSE!

Basically, this is going to be me after the “Athletic performance Assessment” and every workout after that! 

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Have any of you guys done The Asylum (volume 1 or 2)?

POSTED 7 months ago   with 2 NOTES

Just did my Insanity workout followed by the R.A.D exam syllabus for ballet again! Feelin’ good, feelin’ fine. 

Next week I’m going to be adding P90x workouts to make an Insanity/P90x hybrid for a challenge as Insanity by itself is getting a little un-challenging at this point… (Although it is still an amazing workout)

:)

POSTED 7 months ago   with 0 NOTES

Just did my daily Insanity workout AND my entire RAD ballet exam syllabus!

(Well, I lied… Technically I didn’t do the WHOLE syllabus, because I missed the character exercises as I haven’t bought my character shoes yet… But I did ALL the barre work, and center variations, including the classical dance in 3/4 - My fave AND 6/8 - not my fave b/c way too fast but yay)

Felt so good! 

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*pats self on back*

POSTED 7 months ago   with 1 NOTES

Insanity Day #Two - Plyometric Cardio Circuit

Left me like:

That workout was harder than the 12 KILOMETER marathon I ran last month! It was intense, but I’m so glad I finished it. Bring on tomorrow!

POSTED 9 months ago   with 2 NOTES

Just did the ‘Insanity’ Fit Test!!!

ANYHOW - RESULTS 

Switch Kicks: 65

Power Jacks: 50

Power Knees: 66

Power Jumps: 39

Globe Jumps: 46

Suicide Jumps: 46

Push Up Jacks: 40

Low Plank Obliques: 81 (or 40 if you are supposed to count both legs as one whole thing) 

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I hate to know what the actual program is going to be like after the fit test. I am pretty fit right now, but that was a challenge for me. I can’t wait until the next fit test to see how many more reps I will be capable of doing! :D

POSTED 9 months ago   with 4 NOTES
Making a cook book with all of my healthy recipe inventions! That way, I wont forget about them all! :D
POSTED 9 months ago   with 5 NOTES
Recipe: "The healthiest cupcake on Earth"
Ingredients:
Blanched Almond meal/flour
Organic coconut oil
Organic rice milk (the type with no added sugars/flavours)
Finely shredded dessicated coconut
One apple, boiled and pureed/mashed
Chia seeds
Half an egg (half the yolk, and half the egg white)
Five pumpkin/pepita seeds for decoration
*Optional* - one teaspon of organic vanilla essence 
Method:
Combine almond meal (roughly 3/4 cup), coconut oil (roughly one tablespoon), and rice milk (a small amount depending on consistency) until a cookie-dough consistency has been achieved
Place two to four paper pans into a cupcake pan, and divide mixture evenly
Press mixture into pans to form a pie-like base
Bake in oven until golden brown
Meanwhile, chop apple into small squares and place in a microwavable bowl with enough water to cover the fruit. Cook in microwave until soft
When apple is soft, drain the water and mash the apple until it is the texture of apple puree.
Place apple mixture into the baked almond bases.
Mix 1/4 cup of dessicated coconut, 1/4 cup of almond flour, half an egg, a small amount of rice milk, and a small handful of chia seeds in a small bowl. Combine ingredients until a cookie-dough consistency has been formed (however this consistency should be a little more moist than the cupcake base)
Divide mixture evenly between cupcake pans, ensuring that the apple mixture is enclosed inside (like a pie)
Bake in oven until golden brown
Decorate with pumpkin/pepita seeds
Makes: Two-Four cupcakes
Notes: Sorry for the lack of measurement for each ingredient. I didn&#8217;t use a recipe, or measuring cups/spoons/devices, because I only needed to make two cupcakes. It&#8217;s just a matter of experimenting with the ingredients until you&#8217;re happy with the consistency at each step. Be creative. :)
Enjoy! :)
POSTED 11 months ago   with 31 NOTES
Sugar and grain free dark chocolate cake/brownie
Ingredients:
1/4 cup almond or coconut flour
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 - 1/2 cup amaranth flour (depending on consistency when combined)
1/4tsp sea salt
1/4tsp baking soda
4 large eggs
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 - 1/2 cup maple syrup or other sweetener. (Depending on personal taste)
Frosting:
cup cacao powder
Coconut oil
Organic vanilla essence
Rice milk
Maple syrup or other sweetener
(Use desired amount of these ingredients until you are happy with the consistency of the frosting)
Method: 
Combine all ingredients thoroughly
Line a cake baking tray with baking paper
Bake at mid temperature for 15-20 mins
Enjoy. :)
Xoxo
POSTED 1 year ago   with 10 NOTES
Grain and sugar free lemon and chia cookies.
Recipe:
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour
Pinch sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
1tbsp organic vanilla extract
2tbsp grated lemon zest
2tbsp chia or poppy seeds
Method: 
combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
Combine all wet ingredients in another bowl
Combine all ingredients
Add a splash of rice milk if mixture is too dry
Roll dough into small round balls on a lined baking tray
Bake at a mid temperature until cooked (8-15 mins)
Enjoy. :)
Xoxo
POSTED 1 year ago   with 13 NOTES
Grain and sugar free pumpkin spice cupcakes.
Recipe:
1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2tsp ground nutmeg
1/4tsp ginger (I used fresh) 
Pinch ground cloves
2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
3tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
2 large eggs
1 cup boiled pumpkin (soft enough to mix to a smooth texture)
Method:
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
Mix pumpkin and all other wet ingredients with a blender/vitamix
Combine all ingredients
Line a cupcake pan with paper liners
Pour mixture into paper liners
Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds to add an extra touch (optional)
Bake at a mid temperature for 15-40 mins (depending on the speed of your oven)
Enjoy. :)
Xoxo
POSTED 1 year ago   with 5 NOTES

Ballet 19/04/2013

Friday, you seem to come around faster and faster with each week that passes. I am thankful for this, because that means Ballet too, comes faster and faster with each week that passes. 

Tonight’s class was not as challenging as last week, but it was still a challenge in its own right. 

In barre, we focused on our grand battements, and raising our legs HIGHER. It’s so much easier said than done, but I feel that we are all improving from week to week in that respect. To build those inner muscles in the thigh is something that develops over time. Rome was not built in a day. 

In centre work tonight, we focused again on pirouettes and turns, like last week, however something clicked this week, and I felt a lot more confident with the pirouettes we were focusing on. I did practice throughout the week, so perhaps it payed off? 

POSTED 1 year ago   with 7 NOTES

I swear physio’s are higher beings.

I visited a physio for the first time today and told him that my hamstrings have been giving me a lot of trouble in ballet and yoga, so he told me that it would take him around 60 seconds to fix them. 

He had me lay on my back and it literally took him under one minute to make my leg raise comfortably without my muscles pulling to way over 90 degrees (my leg wasn’t far from touching my chest). Before he did it, they were about 45 degrees and were hardly able to move past my hip joints. He told me he used the PNF method, which I have heard of before but never quite knew how to isolate my muscles to relax them. 

 He aligned my hips, because my right side was more turned out than my left, but now they are pretty much even. Sadly, the results are temporary, but he proved to me that I do have the mobility to do these things, but I have to train myself to relax my muscles in order to do them which is going to take some time to learn. I’m going to see him a few more times, because he told me I would be amazed at how much progress he could make for my muscle tightness. After what he did today, I believe him 100%

Amazing!

POSTED 1 year ago   with 4 NOTES

My pilates instructor said the best thing tonight:

We learn best from trying things that are a little out of reach for us. If something is too hard for us, we will only get better if we do more than we can do. 


SO TRUE! I am applying this to everything for now on. If I ever feel that something is out of reach, then I need to do it anyway, because I will only get better and better!

POSTED 1 year ago   with 6 NOTES