INSANITY- the 411

Hey! Thanks for all y’all who have watched the last video. Means a lot. I re-recorded this one and hope it’s better than the last.

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Hi Guys!

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Love,
Mariah

MICROWAVE FLAXSEED WRAP

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Flaxseed Wrap

     Should I start by saying ‘Happy New Year!’? I feel like you’ve probably already heard it about twenty times already. I had to take this opportunity to find a recipe I tried today! It’s amazing since it’s gluten free, low carb and quick. It’s (as you can probably tell) a flaxseed wrap! It’s so good and I’m sure you can mix it up to suit whatever’s in your pantry. The original recipe is found here!

Please try this! It’s such a good idea and massive timesaver! 

 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed
  • 1 egg (I used 3 tbs egg white)
  • 1 Tbs melted coconut oil (I’m sure any other oil would also work)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of water

(These are the basic ingredients, I also added salt and curry powder to my wrap to give it more flavour so do as you will!)

 

Method:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds and then using 10 second burts. 
  2. Add the egg and water and mix it all together. 
  3. Add the ground flaxseed and your flavourings
  4. Oil whatever you’re cooking it on (I just spread it on a dinner plate)
  5. Microwave on high for 2 minutes
  6. Allow to cool and eat!

 

This is a great, easy recipe which is super versatile and can be awesome when you’re trying not to consume too many carbs in your diet. If you try this, I’d like to know what spin you put on it- so tell me! I filled mine with a mixture of tuna, hummus and mustard, along with cucumbers, alfalfa, lettuce, carrot and avocado! It was super yum and makes for a great lunch! I think that it could be used as a tortilla as well! 

 

Have a great 2014 everyone!

 

Mariah 

 

 

INSANITY | MONTH TWO?

Hey Guys,

 

If you haven’t already guessed this post is about month two of the INSANITY program! Today I did Month two, week two day 2. Wow. That’s a lot of twos! I’ve been meaning to write this post but I wanted to get through week one of month two first so that I’d have a more accurate perspective on how it is. 

I want to write a post about what I wanted to know about month two, how I find it and some tips to prepare during the gap between Month 1 and 2. Just so you know I’m only 18 so my body’s pretty much fresh from the womb and I think that makes Insanity a little easier on me… Not implying anything about you all! 

Okay! Here goes!

1. Is Month 2 hard?

For me, this is the number one question I wanted to know the answer to! I read a lot of threads and blog posts online and the people writing them were saying it’s super hard and it feels like the first week of Insanity (which I’d rather not feel again). After a week I can say that it’s not like the first week of Insanity… For me, the first week was really hard and I was really sore for the whole 6 days after every workout- even the recovery! Starting month two is easier because you’ve done month one. Essentially, the purpose of month 1 is to train for month 2. You get used to pacing and pushing yourself and learn your limits. It’s definitely more challenging than month 1 because of the length and the warm is really hard. Despite all of this, for me, I just do as many reps as I can do and I don’t feel guilty taking that break if it’s necessary. It’s all about quality you know? Just try your best and you’ll get results no doubt!

2. What can I do to prepare for Month 2? 

I know that I said that it wasn’t as hard as I expected it. Perhaps I should have lied because I think psyching myself up thinking it was going to kill me really made me feel relieved after I had done the first workout and didn’t die! During the core cardio and balance week I got really sick. Which is lucky, seeing as it was my rest week. But it kinda stuffed me up. My advice would be to 

a) Don’t slack off in the Core Cardio and balance workouts! Try hard. Shaun says not to burn yourself out etc. but I think that you shouldn’t see that as an invitation not to put in effort. Still sweat. Still pant. Still work. This will make the transition easier. 

b) In order to retain my cardio fitness I re-took up running in the mornings as well as cycling some days. I’d run about 4.5 km if I was running and ride between 6-10km if I was riding. This might seem extreme but I think doing a little extra will help you maintain your fitness. 

c) On top of the above, if I was feeling it I’d do the cardio abs or do some basic strength training (no where near as hard as Insanity). If you’ve heard of the drop 10 workout, it’s a good one to keep up your fitness (100 crunches [abs tight!], 90 jumping jacks, 80 lunges [40 ea. leg], 70 squats, 60 seconds sprinting on the spot, 50 sec plank, 40 jumping jacks, 30 squats, 20 high knees [1 rep = both legs] and 10 push ups). You’ll be so surprised how many reps you can do after working hard in month 1! 

As you can see I still worked hard during my rest week- even though I was sick! I think that this would be a good idea, if you can. It will pay off during Month 2. After everyone else has slacked off and isn’t used to working hard- you’ll still be alright!

 

This is just my personal experience and what I would advise. What you do should be up to you. Test my theory but if it’s causing you more harm than good then definitely stop. I really should be studying!!! 

 

Let me know how Month 2 goes!

 

x

Mariah

Protein Cookies!!

Protein Cookies!
(Makes 4)

Ingredients:
1 tbs almond milk (or any milk)
1 scoop protein powder
3/8 cup of oats (ill explain later)
1 tsp cinnamon/mixed spice
1 tsp chia seeds
3 tsp water
1/2 banana
2 squares dark chocolate roughly chopped

Oven at 150 degrees fan bake

Method:
1. Put two scoops of protein powder into a measuring cup and then fill up to the 1/2 cup mark with oats
2. Add spice and blend in the food processor
3. Grind the chia and add 3 tsp of water, let it sit for 10 minutes (alt. you can use 1 egg white or 1/2 egg)
4. Blend In the banana and chia
5. Add your milk- it should resemble a dough
6. Add the chocolate now.
7. You can cut it into shapes or just roll it into balls and squash it with a fork.
8. Bake for around 12 minutes on a lined baking tray
9. Voila! You’re done! I’m going to use mine for ice-cream sandwiches using blended frozen banana. Yomm.

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RIGHTEO END OF WEEK 4 INSANITY.

Sup peeps.

Today is day 3 of my ‘rest’ week and i’m a bit sick today but still managed to do my workout. The core cardio and balance is a pretty fun workout. I like doing the boxing exercises and this one has a fair few. I’ve been trying to keep super active so on top of that i’m running around 5km a day but today will probably do some cycling (20-40 minutes depending on how I feel)

Keep up the good work! I can’t really see any progress… I think the reason there was such a difference in my last photos compared to my first is because they’re taken a month apart. This is only a week! 

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completely relaxed

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Also completely relaxed.

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‘normal’ (slightly contracted… This is how we are when we walk around, are just standing… we’re rarely completely relaxing our core muscles)

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‘normalllz’

Whoop whoop!

Hope this is helping to push you. DIG DEEPER- If I can do insanity any of you can! Unless of course you physically can’t… then I’m sorry… BUT THE REST OF YOU. DO IT!!!

 

ily a tril.

Mariah

INSANITYYY | WEEK 3

    Okay guys. Finally got photos. But they’re from today, which is the start of week 4. I am on my second day of week 4 so you can compare these photos to my earlier ones at the very start. I see improvement! Yaaay! I’ve heard that month 2 is really hard and will really whip you into shape. Is this true? If you’ve done month 2 of Insanity I’d love your insight! 

completely relaxed

 

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completely relaxed

     These next photos are of slightly contracted (normal) standing. As in, you know when you’re normally walking, standing around etc. and your abs are slightly contracted? Well… yeah.

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‘normal’

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i know you can’t really see….

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like the ceiling can’t hold us

I’ve come to the realisation that I have a massive bum. Boob to bum ratio is not aligned. 🙂 Oh well. 

THANKS SHAUN T

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LOW CALORIE PANCAKES

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Seeing as last time my pancakes were a little on the high calorie side… This is a low calorie version of pancakes!! It’s so yummy and filling I assure that you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Apple pancakes! (This time under 300 calories)

Ingredients:
I/3 cup oats
1 grated apple (I used Fuji)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg (or two egg whites)
Pinch of baking powder
1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened)

Greek yogurt, cinnamon and chia seeds to serve

Method:
1. Blend together the oats and cinnamon
2. Add the apple, egg and almond milk. Blend
3. Heat the pan to a medium heat
4. Spray with olive oil
5. Cook Le pancakes… You might have to spray before flipping over as well.
6. Voila! Guilt free pancakes!

HEALTH POST | PANCAKES FOR THE HEALTH NUT

     After seeing a post on Cassey Ho’s blog I had to try out her two ingredient pancakes! Everyone knows that pancakes are delicious but I do know a few haters out there. Here’s a way to satisfy your pancake craving without compromising health. This recipe isn’t really low calorie but I’m sure you can make it so! I always have a breakfast which is generally higher in calories than my other meals just because I do Insanity straight after breakfast! 

     I was experimenting when I made these pancakes so there’s no set recipe but I’ll try and estimate what the measurements were because I pretty much eyeballed it. Changes in the measurements aren’t going to make a huge amount of difference. 

BLUEBERRY & BANANA PANCAKES

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (30g)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon 
  • 1 tbs of Philadelphia cream cheese for cooking (could be ricotta, greek yogurt or other creamy goodness)
  • Pinch of baking powder (I didn’t use this but I think it will make them fluffier)
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • Greek yogurt and extra blueberries (to serve)

Method:

  1. Put the banana, oats, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder and any other flavours (peanut butter maybe?) that you want in a blender or something similar. (I used a bowl and a soup blending tool)
  2. Add the cream cheese and blend. 
  3. Add milk slowly until the desired consistency is reached. 
  4. Blend blend blend!
  5. Heat up your pan to about a medium heat. 
  6. Spray with olive oil or any other oil/butter etc. 
  7. Spoon some mixture onto the pan (make sure it’s a bit bigger than your spatula) and let it cook until a number of big bubbles form.
  8. It’s pretty sticky but try to get the pancake onto the spatula, while it’s off the pan re-spray the surface and then flip over the pancake. 
  9. Cook until… I don’t know 2-3 minutes? Then pop them on a plate!
  10. Place the remaining berries for sauce in a microwave for about 40 seconds to 1 minutes
  11. Stack up your pancakes and add greek yogurt and the berries
  12. Voila! You’re done!

 

It’s about 522 calories+ without the sauce. I ate about 2/3 of the pancakes for breakfast this morning. So delish! 

So tell me if this recipe works! 

ily a trilly!

xx

Mariah