The Life Colour Run

The number 1 reason I’m going to attend this colour run is because it’s in my neighbourhood and I have zero excuses not to show up!  I’m going to register for the 5K run mainly because I did my 21K just last weekend my body needs a break!

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See you at the colour run!

Fitness Bae®

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Meal Prep For Beginners

I’m still a beginner at meal preparation.  A friend of mine is a professional at this and he has been trying to convince me to start incorporating meal prep into my life and it has taken forever and a day to get me to do it.  Thankfully I’ve started trying it out on the days the need strikes and I can confirm that there are benefits to it after all!

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1.Time

Time works for and against you in my opinion.  You will need to actually set aside time to go shopping, get your ingredients together, prepare and store the meals.  You will also need time to clean up after yourself once you are done and writing all this has me tired already!  But fear not!  There are benefits that come with it after all; doing all this means you have more free time during the week as you will only need to reheat meals that are already prepared, serve and enjoy.  I choose to do my meal prep on random Sundays.  A good playlist, glass of wine, comfortable pair of shoes and I’m ready to get my cook on!

2. Money

Eating out is expensive especially in Harare.  A decent meal will cost you about $15 and we’re talking a juicy burger, chips and a drink.  Now just think of how much money you will save if you choose to prepare your very own home cooked meals. Let’s do the Maths shall we?

2kgs Chicken Pieces: $8, Potatoes, $1, Mazoe Orange Crush 2litres, $4, Mixed Greens $1.50

All these ingredients will cost you $14.50 and before you even start thinking you may as well eat out then.  The plus side of buying the ingredients I mentioned is that chicken and juice will probably last you a whole month especially if you stay on your own.(Saving 101).  You will also prepare the meal just the way you like it, why settle for an okay meal when you can make a fire meal?

3. Control

You know exactly what’s going into your meal from salt, oil, sugar or whatever additive you choose to use.  Chances of overeating are also at a minimum because if you are anything like me there’s something about cooking for myself that makes me lose my appetite, two spoonfuls in and I’m already full.

4. Goodbye Indecision

I’m guilty of never knowing what I want to eat.  Thanks to meal prepping most days of the week I’m set and it leaves out chances of me eating unhealthy food options.  *bonus tip* if you don’t want to end up eating junk food simply don’t keep junk food in your house it will change your entire life, trust me!

5. No Wasting Food

Meal prep comes with leftovers.  Just this past weekend I prepared sugar beans and today instead of cracking my head over what to have for breakfast I just grilled a sausage and had it with the remaining sugar beans and it tasted heavenly.  Who needs bread when you have sausage and beans?

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My two favourite easy to make meals or snacks are crunchy salads and and infused water.  I mainly like infused water because of the delicious looking colours more than anything if I’m honest and it makes drinking water a lot more exciting.

What are your favourite easy to make meals that you make for your meal preps?

Fitness Bae®

 

Old Mutual Harare Marathon

One of my new year goals is to run at least 3 half marathons this year.  I know, that’s pretty intense considering I only ran my first half marathon just last month.  The idea is to push my body to the limits and this will certainly do so.  I for one am disappointed with the start time because it’s very hot lately and by 6am my body doesn’t do very well with running, I’m more of a just before the sun comes out runner but I guess I’ll have to make a plan!

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All the details are on the poster.   You can enter for the Old Mutual Harare Marathon on Friday 9 February or Saturday 10 February at Old Georgians Club in Groombridge.  Payment options include cash, swipe and Ecocash.  Come prepared.

Mark your calendar and save the date, will see you on Sunday!

Fitness Bae®

Greek Chicken

I’ve tasted Greek food before and I fell in love with the flavours they incorporate in their food. The dill, the red onion, the cucumber, olives…actually if the meal has the word Greek in it I’m in!  This was my first time preparing a Greek meal and I’m quite impressed with the way it turned out, it tasted delicious too if I do say so myself.

If you have a hectic schedule like I do then you probably don’t have time to cook.  I would suggest you go the meal prep route because to be honest cooking for yourself everyday can be a tad bit cumbersome.

This recipe does NOT have to be just a meal prep. It also serves as a delicious family dinner option. Start on the brown rice to speed up the process.

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 30 min

Ingredients:

Greek Chicken

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbs garlic, minced (adjustable to preference)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar (optional)
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Cucumber Salad

  • 2 English Cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar (optional)
  • 1/2 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 English cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 tbd dill weed, or 1 tbs fresh dill, chopped fine
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh mint (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

The Rest

  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 375g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onions

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Directions:

  1. In a large plastic zip bag, combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, Greek yoghurt and salt & pepper. Massage to mix.
  2. Add chicken into the bag. Massage to make sure chicken is fully covered and marinate for at least 20 minutes, up to 12 hours.
  3. Drain the chicken from the marinade, discarding the marinade.
  4. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat then add chicken when it is hot, cook, flipping part way through. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes per side. The cooking time depends on the thickness and size of the chicken.
  5. Remove from the pan and let cool. DO NOT cut it when it’s still hot. Let it rest to keep the juices inside to maintain the moistness of the chicken breast. Once cool cut into bite size pieces.
  6. Cucumber Salad. Make the salad by chunking the cucumbers, and tossing in a bowl with lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and oregano. Set aside and chill.
  7. Tzatziki Sauce. Make the sauce by combining the Greek Yoghurt, cucumber, garlic, dill weed, lemon juice, lemon zest in a small bowl. Add mint (optional), mix well and refrigerate.
  8. Cook brown rice according to package directions then serve.
  9. If you keep it for 3-5 days, keep it in an air tight container and serve cold!!

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Go on and try something new, try some tantalizing Greek Chicken!

The recipe was provided by a fellow fitness enthusiastic and blogger, Thamsanqa.  You can find him on:

Twitter: @tcmawerera

WordPress: www.thehappykitchenzw.wordpress.com

The weekend is coming up, you have all the time in the world to try this recipe out.

Fitness Bae®

 

Benefits Of Exercising During Your Period

I exercise whether I’m on my period or not, it’s just an ordinary day for me.  However, my workouts seem to be a little bit more intense during my period because premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a real thing and it hits me hard.  My many PMS symptoms include but aren’t limited to moodiness, stress, irritability, unable to focus and cravings.  When I start feeling that way I have to check my period calendar (every man and woman needs this application) and just like clockwork it confirms that my period is nearly due!

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Here are some of the reasons why I exercise during my period;

  • To ease tension.
  • To reduce the bloated feeling I get with it’s that time of the month.
  • To give the illusion that my tummy isn’t bulging.  I don’t know about you but each time I go on my period my tummy looks like it’s in first trimester.
  • To sleep better.
  • To dive in head first and indulge in my cravings guilt free.  My weakness is sweet things, give me chocolate, doughnuts, cake and I’m one happy woman on her period.
  • To cure my irritability.  I easily get annoyed with human beings during my period so the feel good hormones that come with exercising help me to calm down.
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Seeing that I’m such a wonderful person I’ve decided to throw in a few exercises you can do during your period:

  • Skipping (If you are in Harare get in touch with me, I sell skipping ropes)
  • Running
  • Walking; though I prefer power walking
  • Swimming; I would recommend you take a dip on your light days
  • Stretching
  • Sex; try this at your own risk, sounds like it will get pretty messy but researchers do say it eases menstrual cramps.

I’m looking for ways I can stop my period for good.  I completely hate being on my period it’s unreal.  The alternative option is to get pregnant and I’m not ready for another baby anytime soon.  What to do?  Know any tips and tricks???

Do you exercise during your period?  If yes, what are the benefits you get from doing so if no, what’s the reason?

Fitness Bae®

I Can’t Live Without Vegetables

I love me some vegetables; throw them in a salad, stir fry them, slightly boil them, eat them in their natural state.  Whatever the case my life is meaningless without them.  Okay, I lie, both fruits and vegetables are a huge part of my diet and without them my food tastes really bland.  I’m still to try out the egg plant though, the way it looks interesting I have a good feeling it will taste as good as it looks 🙂

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I had a most interesting conversation with a friend of mine who loves all things health and fitness but mainly concentrates on the eating healthy part instead of exercising because he says “He’s a fucking fatty”, his words not mine!  We discovered that we have the same blood type which is A Positive. He told me to read more on our blood type and lo and behold, this is what dear Google had to say;

Type A blood: A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh, because D’Adamo says people with type A blood have a sensitive immune system. 

This confirmed my love for fruits, especially avocado; vegetables and my never ending gastritis issues.  I don’t know about the meat free part because I love all white meat but beef remains my greatest enemy, I don’t like the smell and texture.  Minus the health benefits which include reducing the risk of high blood pressure, some cancers and  the feel good effect I get after I eat fruits and vegetables, I love colour and my plates always look happy when I add vegetables to it.

Do you know what your blood type is and what are your thoughts on the subject of eating according to your blood type?

Now that my secret love affair for fruits and vegetables is out let’s get to working on Week 3 of the January Challenge.

Sunday Run 10 K
Monday Rest
Tuesday 12 000 steps + 200 Russian Twists + 200 Plank Knee To Elbow
Wednesday 6 000 skips
Thursday Rest
Friday 200 Chest Press + 200 Tricep Extensions
Saturday Run 12K

Some of the workouts require dumbbells, if you don’t have any you can use water bottles or fill up empty water containers with sand. No excuses.

It’s going to be an explosive week ahead!

Fitness Bae®

The Morning After The Festive Season

Hello and welcome to 2018!  Gotta love the festive season right?  The one time that you binge eat and drink like you don’t know the consequences.  Food, glorious food, wonderful food…it’s like that’s all you see throughout December and you want every bite of it!  Then again life is too short and a little fun never hurt nobody.  I’m one of the people who got a little too excited and went all out, a whole 3 days of non stop partying, drinking and not getting enough sleep.  It took me a whole week to recover from that madness but it was all worth it, I ran 120k in December and that ladies and gentleman was a very huge milestone.

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You know that regret you feel after taking the morning after pill?  I think that’s exactly how you feel after losing your fitness morals over the festive season.  However, not all hope is lost because just like you can make a decision to practice safer sex you can also hop back onto the fitness wagon.  I have a challenge that will make you think twice about not eating right, you might not like me very much during this month but you will thank me once you’re done with it.  It’s rest week the whole of this week so make sure you are stretching and hydrating; you’re going to need all the energy.

This time around I will be sharing the challenge weekly.  Week 2 looks like this:

Sunday Run 10 K
Monday Rest
Tuesday 5000 skips + 200 push ups + 200 sit ups
Wednesday Rest
Thursday Walk 10 000 steps + 200 squats+ 200 leg raises
Friday Rest
Saturday Walk 10 000 steps + 200 bicycles + 200 flutter kicks

Please make sure that you do different variations of the exercises.  That way you will enjoy different sets of intense workouts.  Don’t rush through it, “feel” the workouts.  The plan is to get fit or die trying.

Now that you know what’s lined up, which workouts are you looking forward to doing?

Fitness Bae®