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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WE HAVE A YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

Hi Guys!

I’ve made a youtube channel to support this blog! Please go and subscribe (if you would like to, of course) I will be posting videos as often as I can! Love you all lots, thanks for the support.

Love,
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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HEALTH POST | NUT BUTTER

     Okay… so you want to know how to make nut butters? With the whole social world going on a health craze it’s only natural that you will want to try a few trends that are making their way around the n-e-t. This includes nut butters! You’ve probably heard of peanut butter and you can make that using this method! It’s also an opportunity to start experimenting with other nuts and flavours. I wanted to make a Nutella-inspired spread but I had no hazelnuts and seeing as I was lazy  I did not have any of those, I decided to use almonds since almond butter is a pretty popular choice.

Whoops sorry… I’m done rambling…Now onto the method!

You’re going to need:

  • Nuts of your choice
  • Food processor (I use one with an S-blade)
  • Other flavourings (e.g. cocoa powder, coconut etc.)
  • Also you don’t need coconut butter and I didn’t have it but It can help improve the texture if it’s too thick.
  • Butter knife for scraping the sides

Method + Photos

1. Measure out the desired amount of nuts into your food processor, you can blend more than one kind of nut together so get creative!

almonds in!

almonds in

2. Start blending! This take a while so you have to be really patient. It starts off looking just like almond meal but you will start to see oils after a while. Every minute or so you should open the blender not only to let the food processor have a little break but to scrape down the sides and allow those parts to get blended. Here’s some photos of how the nut butter should look like as it progresses!

3. Each time you open up the food processor to check on the butter you should use your butter knife to chop it up and spread it around the bowl so that when you turn the blade back on it will chop up those bits!

Just starting to become oily- it looks a bit like crushed up biscuits at this point. Like a cheesecake base!

Just starting to become oily- it looks a bit like crushed up biscuits at this point. Like a cheesecake base!

Here it is a little later on, now it starts to look a bit more like a dough- maybe cookie dough?

Here it is a little later on, now it starts to look a bit more like a dough- maybe cookie dough?

Alright when we're done it should look like this! All smooth.

Alright when we’re done it should look like this! All smooth.

4. In previous nut butters I’ve made, sometimes when you’re at the dough consistency the nut butter will roll up into a ball as if it were dough. You just have to be patient and open up the food processor and use your butter knife to cut it up and spread it out again. It will eventually stop balling up.

5, Add extra thingies. You can add these at the beginning but for this one I added it at the end. I don’t think it will really matter when you add things. For this butter I added honey, cocoa powder, coconut and cinnamon!

6. Aaand you’re done! You can store these in the fridge (actually you’ll probably want to seeing as there’s no preservatives!). You can now enjoy your very own homemade nut butter in a sandwich or with fruit! Other ways to include it into your meals could be in a smoothie or some sort of stir-fry. Maybe you could even gift it to your friends!

the finished product!

the finished product!

This is a great recipe as it is so easy and nut butters are so good for you! It’s a new and (to me) much tastier way of enjoying the benefits of nuts. The ones I’ve made so far have not been perfect but that means I’ll be trying hard to perfect them! Try it out some time and let me know any combinations you came up with! I’d love to hear them/try them out!

ily a trilly

Mariah

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STOP POSTING

I knoww. I should stop posting but I feel like I need to introduce myself to y’all properly and just give the low down about who I am before I start jumping all over the deep-end of the net. I wasn’t sure how to do this but the caption thingymapoop on my blog says health beauty and fashion. I think that’s a pretty clear mission statement but maybe I’ll expand on each. Later on I’ll probably post some facts about me thingy.

BEAUTY 

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BIG BIRD TIMES

This is a big one. It’s not really about beauty per se- as in aesthetic beauty. It’s more about makeup. I am a big lover of makeup and expression of myself in that way. I love to create new looks and try new makeup trends but I’m also really interested in stage make-up and character makeup. I’m very inspired by people like Promise Phan who do transformation videos. My philosophy has always been that the face is a canvas and your makeup is art- it’s not a way to ‘cover up’ your face which may be you know… like a side effect but you should love makeup first and foremost. LOVE IT. Above is a casual photo of me being big bird at my school formal- or getting ready to be big bird more like. I love love dressing up too! I don’t know how to end this paragraph. fine 

FASHION

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beanie time

Well my second big love is fashion! I’m so materialistic and I love clothes, shoes and fashion all together. I’m all for thrifting and cheap fashion, being the Asian that I am. I do however, appreciate the few pieces of fashion which I will dig into my savings for but I’m not big on buying clothes for the label on them. I don’t have a very crazy fashion sense- I wish I did. It’s actually pretty generic. It’s a weird mix of femininity and grunge and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I hope you all will like my perspective on fashion. Also I love beanies- especially in summer.

HEALTH

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classic fitspo photo

Health is more of a recent obsession but I am in love with it! In the past 3 months I’ve been doing cycle class as well as cross fit- each once a week. And even more recently (last month) I’ve been running like crazy! And even more more recently- Insanity. I’m loving my new lifestyle and I’m finding myself feeling a lot better a lot more of the time. I want to write about my experience in this just to encourage those around me and other people looking to make a lifestyle change- It’s well worth it in the long run (no pun intended). As you can see I am not over weight so the purpose of this change is not to lose weight. It is to become stronger. I’ve found that I can do things now I never thought I could and I’m stronger than what I believe I am so I can push harder. It’s a great feeling and I just want to spread it!

ANYWAY

May this be a warning to anyone who’s following my blog- this is what you’re in for.

ily a trilly

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HEALTH POST | SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIES

what’s in today’s smoothie: grape, berries, celery and spinach

     Hey y’all today I want to talk about a website I found called Simple Green Smoothies. It’s exactly what you think it is: a website about simple green smoothies! It’s run by two women Jadah and Jen who I believe reside in America. It’s a fantastic websites and if you’re interested in health or just love yummy drinks I can highly recommend their website for great tips and tricks for making delicious and healthy smoothies. Click here to go there!

     I subscribed to their mailing service and got a free booklet in PDF form which tells you a few recipes (it’s just a small collection of what’s on their website) as well as a few tips for creating your own flavour. To me, that was the most helpful part because you probably don’t have the exact ingredients listed in any of their recipes. The ingredient I’ve had the most struggles with is kale- what even is it? It’s related to silverbeet but it’s not readily available in Australia yet a lot of American healthy recipes rely on it such as kale chips so until I find kale or a suitable substitute- we will have to do without. That was really off topic. Oops.

Green smoothies are great for a number of things but for me, it’s mainly:

  • They are super easy to make and take a matter of minutes
  • They are yummy and you don’t feel bad drinking it as you would a milkshake
  • Good source of fibre and plant material (so lots of vitamins!)
  • But you don’t feel like you’re just eating a handful of leaves to get these

I think that it’s a really good way to start your day which will leave you feeling inspired and fresh. I usually do Insanity in the mornings but I would not recommend drinking just a smoothie before working out vigorously as it doesn’t contain many carbohydrates so you may get sick. We don’t want that! Today’s my rest day before I re-start Insanity so I’m having a nice relax and a super duper healthy day.

So what they recommend in making your own flavour is to use the following formula:

(Serves 1) 1.5 cups of fruit, 1 cup of leafy greens and 1 cup of liquid

     How easy is that?! You can go to their website to find out more about the recommended ingredients and the benefits of each one but I’ll tell you what I made today. I used a cup of spinach, half a cup each of grapes, frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries and cold water from the fridge as my liquid (as per the photo above). I’ve never added much liquid in my smoothies before but now that I’ve added water I have to say it’s a lot better and easier to drink. You don’t have to have a special smoothie blender- I usually just use a bar-mix-type thing but you can use whatever appliance you see fit. Please give green smoothies a try!

     Are you into the green smoothie movement like I am? Or is it just a fad? Tell me your recipes and other things in the comments!

ily a trilly,

Mariah

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UGH NOT ANOTHER HEALTH/FASHION/BEAUTY BLOGGER

I know what you’re thinking… “Whaat? Does the world really need another beauty guru/health guru/makeup ‘artist'” The answer is probably no… it doesn’t but nevertheless here I am. And I am determined to blog my heart out. Woo! I got the idea of starting this blog seeing as I plan on re-starting Beachbody’s INSANITY again. Not as in this is my second round… As in I started and then went on a short holiday when I didn’t eat badly per se, but I wasn’t able to follow my nutrition plan properly so I thought I should start again. I’ve done a week and I’m about to re-do it starting on Friday since tomorrow is my ‘off’ day. So far it’s been super fun seeing as I like a challenge. If you don’t feel like throwing up after a workout you probably didn’t try hard enough. Just kidding- I ain’t that crazy. 

Basically I want to blog my journey through Insanity so that not only can I see my own progress but others can be encouraged by me. As well as the fact this will keep me accountable. The false expectation that someone will read my blog and be sad if I skip and Insanity day will keep me going. 

I also love make-up and fashion but the two are mostly a hobby and I’m unlikely to make a career out of either of those but any cool random outfits I make up and I think are internet worthy or makeup looks I will deffo post them as well. 

Until text time, 

Mariah