Finding the motivation to work out is hard, there is absolutely no doubt about it. But there is simply nothing like the impact of Facebook constantly popping up 'memories' of when you were SO fit & SO healthy only a couple of years ago to give you a huge dose of motivation & a huge kick in the ass. With this new found motivation, I joined the infamous F45 cult. At the moment, it seems like there is an F45 gym popping up on every corner in Brisbane, so it wasn't hard to find one locally. The $60 p/week was a brutal, dry, expensive pill to swallow at first - but what's $60 really? I spend close to that on coffee per week.
I was talking one of my friends into joining this delightful 8 week challenge with me and he mentioned that 'eating healthy is going to be so expensive'. So I went out today to shop for my standard meal prep Sunday to prove him wrong. This meal prep Sunday was designed a little differently this week - everything was to be completely clean. Off to the Eagle Farm markets I went with $50 in hand. My shopping list consisted of vegetables & fruits such as; zucchini, broccolini, onions, pak-choy, kale, cucumbers, carrots, baby spinach leaves, avocados, cabbage, capsicum, tomatoes, lettuce, 1/4 watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, apples, bananas & lemons. And that set me back approx. $30. Immediately after I grabbed my last 'milk-based-coffee' and sipped it slowly. See you in 8 weeks, friend. It was emotional, I don't recommend becoming to reliant on coffee with milk - it makes it just that much harder to say goodbye.
Post-market-run is always the ALDI run. My shop had to be VERY calculated. Today's purchases; black chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, coconut oil, goji berries, coconut milk, coconut water, brown rice, cashews, organic tofu, organic pop-corn & corncakes. This was around $20. So in total, this weeks shop was approx. $50, with the ALDI items carrying over for the next couple of weeks. Healthy eating doesn't have to break the bank, fellas.
Anyway, here's what eventuated out of my Sunday 'vegetarian' meal prep (took approx. 1.5 hours to prepare & cook & serve). These meals will cover 4 x lunches and 3 x dinners + snacks. I will throw together a mid-week stir-fry to keep it exciting.
Step one: Chop organic tofu into small slides, fry with onion & garlic until crispy
Step two: remove the tofu from pot
Step three: add coconut oil, onion & garlic to pot
Step four: add tomatoes (2 cups), capsicums (2 cups) to pot
Step five: add Tikka Misala paste (I purchased mine from ALDI)
Step six: allow to simmer for 10, then add tofu.
Step seven: simmer for 15 minutes, remove & serve
*Rice prepared yesterday - brown rice, tomatoes, garlic & onion baked in the oven for 45 minutes
Chia seed pudding (breakfast)
Takes 5 minutes to prepare, sets overnight
Step one: pour two tablespoons of chia seeds into container of choice
Step two: add goji berries
Step three: pour in unsweetened almond milk until all chia & goji berries are covered (and then a little extra)
Step four: refrigerate for 24 hours, stir occasionally
Step five: Serve into bowl, add fresh strawberries & blueberries. I like to add organic granola (available at COLES) on top because the texture of chia seeds freaks me the f*ck out.
Less than 5 minutes to prepare
Snacks consist of; 2 x corncakes, organic salt-less popcorn & cashews. I've put them in individual plastic zip locks for portion control & to make sure I have snacks at hand. I will be putting vegemite or natural peanut butter with the corncakes.
Boiled eggs are at the ready as a go-to snack as well (they don't photograph well, poor bald things).
Living on a vegetarian diet has graciously given me super super low iron. So the plan for this week is to shovel it in by the bucket loads in smoothy form.
Step one: Kale, spinach leaves, 1 frozen banana, 1 red apple, 1/2 cup of berries, 1/2 a lemon (juice) & 1/2 cup of water
Step two: blend these suckers together
Step three: consume. Doesn't taste as bad as you'd think.
Alongside my Sunday meal prep day, I've prepared my fitness regime for the week ahead. I've set calendar reminders in my phone & will tell enough people about this commitment that i'll feel obliged to turn up to every session. Good news is with F45, once you're booked in for a class it is VERY hard to back out without financial penalties. Since it's my first week, I've tried not to break my body & committed to 4 x F45 classes.
For all intents & purposes of this 8 week challenge, F45 is going to be referred to as the 'f*cked 45' because for the love of god, I may die. I have taken 'before' photos, body measurements & weight. Each week i'll check in for Sunday updates & report back on my progress.
The F45-cult 8 week challenge commences: 10th October & ends 3rd December. Any survival tips will be welcomed. For now, I beg you to not come near me with any chocolate, ice cream or donuts. At least for the first weeks, I've heard you can purchase will-power and self-control after the 4th week for a small fee.