Blogmas Day 12: Ketogenic Christmas Menu

Hey guys, so this is just my Christmas Menu. I haven’t done any macro counting or anything, and this is to feed around 6-8 people which is why there’s a lot of food. All recipes that are mentioned were found on Pinterest and if you want to see the original source I can make another post about that if you’d like :).

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Blogmas Day 3: Cheerleading Level 1 Experience

This year I joined my university’s cheerleading team. I was placed in level 1, quite rightly so, I wasn’t the greatest.

For those of you who don’t know, Cheerleading is divided into 6 levels, 1 being the lowest and 6 the highest. levels 5 and 6 are the levels that compete in world championships.

We competed in two competitions during the year, and we won both. Winning overall varsity in the last competition.

Throughout this year I’ve been a base, a back spot and even did a spot of flying! Not only have I made amazing friends, who I trust without doubt, but my fitness has increased exponentially. Throughout this experience, I pushed my limits and improved in almost every aspect. I can now do a 2-minute run, a set of pushups and situps, and can catch a freaking person. These are things that almost seemed an impossible distance away at the beginning of this year, and honestly, I’m so impressed with myself.

Not only has my general fitness improved by I can now tumble! That’s right, handstands, cartwheels, even forward rolls. I’ve got them down.

Cheerleading has been a great way for me to make friends, improve my fitness and generally improve myself. The people within my team are people who all seem to share a similar sense of humour and this honestly made practices such a fun experience.

The coaches are world class, literally. They are so supportive and they know their shit. It’s amazing to be taught by such awesome people. Not once have I felt that I didn’t belong or that I wasn’t good enough, and all my questions have been answered, even the stupid ones.

It’s been the best thing I could have done this year. Not only for my fitness but also for my general happiness. I’m stronger, in every meaning.

I’m happy.

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe

To go along with my little fitness journey, I have been trying to find recipes that are maybe a little bit healthier than what I would normally eat.

Insert Yummly. It a little recipe sharing app I downloaded ages ago now. What I love about it is the fact that you can filter what you want by its nutrients and calorie content. Something I’m interested in as I am trying to lose weight.

Today I tried the BLT Pasta salad. Its total calorie content comes in at around 450kcal which is around what I’m aiming for, for each meal (I used to eat a lot more. A LOT more).

For one person you will need the following things:

1 piece of bacon

1-2 lettuce leaves, or a lettuce mix of about 1 handful

1/2 tomato

1/2 cup of bowtie pasta

1 tablespoon of Mayonaise

1 teaspoon of bbq sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Firstly, bring a pot of water to the boil and add the pasta – it will need around 10 minutes to cook properly so make sure you have the time to do that. Cut up the lettuce and tomato and place in a bowl with the mayo, bbq sauce, and salt & pepper. Cut the bacon into smallish squares and fry. Drain pasta and add that and the bacon to the bowl. Mix well.

Tada an easy and healthier lunch or dinner for anyone. 19380005_1873242582996188_3706984190118461440_n

My Journey with Fitness

This story is a long one.

I’ve been a bigger person since I was about 4 years old. Due to difficult family situations and other reasons, I ate poorly and gained weight, quickly. Ever since then really I’ve been bullied, degraded and even fetishised all because of my weight.

For a long time, I even thought about going under surgeries and doing all of the extreme things to change my body to fit how I felt it should look. Around 3 years ago I realised that this intense self-hatred wasn’t doing me any good and was, in fact, making my situation worse. I ate so much under the guise of a ‘growing body’ when in reality I haven’t grown since I was about 13. I weigh a lot more than people think I do, which I guess is a blessing but it is also an almost shameful secret I have.

Last year I was finally diagnosed with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome which creates an insulin resistance meaning I am constantly putting down fat. Making everything just that much harder.

I’ve been to a dietician and a physio in order to get advice that will truly help me lose weight and avoid diabetes and all of the complications that arise because of it.

Fast forward to today, and honestly, I’ve been doing pretty badly. I was tracking my food but I stopped having the motivation to do so, so I stopped. First bad idea. Then I stopped going to the free PT session that I was given when I joined my university’s cheer team. Bad Idea number 2. These lead to me falling back into bad habits and I haven’t improved at all.

On Wednesday, I bought a Fitbit. Something I can’t /really/ afford but so far, so good. I’ve tracked my food and it takes a pretty good measure of how much effort I’m putting into my workouts. It encourages me to move every hour and to get at least a 30-minute walk in every day. Two days a week I’m forced to do high-intensity training, which is amazing (I landed a cartwheel!!!); and now I finally think I can do this for real.

Seeya Later

Nadine