Next month will be my 3rd ever trip to the Birmingham NEC but it’s the fist trip I’ve actually been excited about. My first two trips were the MODA Lingerie/Swimwear exhibition and the Clothes Show Live. Both were in my Lingerie business time period and looking back now attending both felt like a chore, by jumping straight in and turning my lingerie and corsetry passion into business, I had sucked the joy out of one of the things i loved most. Instead of being excited about seeing all the brands and being immersed in the atmosphere, I was too busy desperately trying to weigh up if I could afford something like this, could/should i exhibit next time, what do I do and say at these events, what if come away having made no money and no contacts?
In the end, I didn’t enjoy either event, I left both disappointed and disheartened by some of the less than friendly exhibitors (“if you want my opinion/advice, I charge £500 a day”said one rather cold individual and well, I wont name her but needless to say, I’ve never bought a single thing from her lingerie company as a result).
But this time when I go, I’m going to BodyPower and I cannot wait! This time I’m going because I want to, because I want to go learn from top athletes who are there because they want to help you, to stuff my face with all kinds of awesome food and buy enough kit to overload my car! The difference now is this blog is about sharing my passion rather than selling it, certainly one day there could a business in this for me (after all how kick ass is my little branded tank?!) but right now it’s about sharing the adventure and my love of food and lifting!
So without further adieu, Lesley’s BodyPower Prep Pack so far!
- BodyPower Power Pass – To get in, can’t enjoy all the gooodness from outside afterall!
- THE FIRST EVER GAINS,TRAINS & APPETITES TANK! How awesome is that??!
Stay tuned more will follow as we count down to May 14th!
I have yet to find a Carb Killa Bar I don’t love, long may it continue!
Grenade Carb Killa Bar – White Chocolate Cookie:
Cals:214 Protein: 23.3g Fat: 7.9g Carbs: 13.5g (Fibre: 6.7g Sugar: 14g)
Verdict: 10/10 – Honestly I would pick this over any standard chocolate bar they are that good. The fat content rates a little higher than some but the pay off is that you are tasting actual chocolate and not some chocolate flavoured coating. The texture again just like any other chocolate bar (so not quite the jaw workout you get with other brands) so the main issue here is trying to remember that if you buy them in bulk, eating them all at once isn’t healthy (even if it is more macro friendly than a mars bar)…
Where to get them: http://www.musclefood.com/high-protein-snacks-1/protein-bars-1/grenade-carb-killa-bars.html
It’s always felt there there’s a lot of hype around Quest Bars so I finally got me a taste of the action
Quest Protein Bar – Peanut Butter & Jelly:
Cals:220 Protein:20g Fat: 10g Carbs: 21g (Fibre: 16g Sugar: 2g)
It’s not the most attractive thing you’ll eat and it is a bit of jaw workout but I wont lie, this is gooood. At my first bite I thought I wasn’t going to like it, but the flavour just suddenly developed and by the end was loving it. Certainly the peanut is the main flavour you taste, but there is a little underlying sweetness from the jelly flavour. Another bonus here is that I recognise everything on the ingredients list (this is a rarity among protein bars) so I’m feeling somewhat less guilty about stuffing it in my face (probably doesn’t make it ok though…)
All in all it’s tasty, fairly natural and with 20g protein and a whopping 16g fibre it’s packing some pretty decent macros!
Where to buy them: http://www.musclefood.com/quest-bars-peanut-butter-jelly.html
Yogurt was one of the surprises in my eating journey; I’ve learned the value of knowing the difference between “Greek” yogurt and “Greek-Style” yogurt (key lesson: “Greek”-filled with protein and helpful bacteria/cultures and “Greek-Style” full of sugar and little to no protein). I’ve also learned that Greek and Natural yogurt are very versatile foods, you can make anything from pancakes to savoury dips and of course lots of lovely flavoured snacks!
Today’s happy experiment is Cinnamon Maple Crunchy Protein Yogurt!
170g serving: Cals:220 Protein:41.8g Fat:0.6g Carbs:12.8g
It tastes pretty good although I would be tempted to use 1/2 scoop whey isolate to reduce the whey flavour or if you don’t want the added protein switch up the whey for a teaspoon of maple syrup (remember that’s extra sugar calories though). I think the maple syrup/ground cinnamon combo would make a a nicer (& less artificial) flavour so ill definitely be trying it next time!
Also to make it all natural and get some extra protein, try switching the maple pecan crunchies for a handful of walnuts or pecans!
Make it yourself:
- 170g greek/natural yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
- Mix in 1 scoop myprotein Cinnamon Danish Whey Isolate (blend may make a smoother mixture but i just mixed by hand)
- Dash of ground cinnamon
- top with about 10g crushed Musclefood “Maple Pecan Crunchies”
The first of many protein bars to try out from my Box of Protein, here’s how it went!
MusclePharm Combat Bar – White Chocolate & Raspberry:
Cals: 210 Protein: 20g Fat: 7g Carbs: 25g (Fibre: 12g Sugar: 5g)
Verdict: 7/10 – it was nice but a little sickly sweet for me. There’s a bit of a whey-ey after taste but you sort of get used to it by the time you’re a few bites in. It’s a nice texture no effort at all to chew so I’d be keen to try some other flavours as I think it’s just this particualr flavour that doesnt appeal to me (in fact I can see cinnamon crunch and Peanut Butter cup flavours so definitely want to try those!)
Buy it from: http://www.musclefood.com/combat-crunch-white-choc-raspberry.html
Yup, it was 7am on April 14th and i was on topshop online. I’m still not sure how this happened as I seldom go in for celebrity clothing lines, but Ivy Park just really appealed to me. The whole collection has a nice understated and minimal aesthetic without being boring or mundane. A flash of turquoise, blue and purple throughout adds a nice bit of pop to the monochrome collection.
For me there was a hella lot there i wanted but alas, Beyoncé’s bank account I have not, so I opted to go for the one pricier piece that I really really wanted. The reflective crop top.
And behold it arrived today and the excitement is running mighty high for a rest day!
First thoughts are this is just as awesome as I imagined, trust me the photo doesn’t quite show the magical reflective design (quite literally) shine! it feels nice and looks well-made, there’s a powermesh lining so we’re probably not looking at the same performance materials here that you’d get with actual sports brands but it most certainly will do the job for lifting (not sure how it would hold up to HIIT or cardio though, im thinking sweat-fest if im honest).
The only down-fall for me here is the fit. Though I reckon this is entirely my fault as I’m still adapting to how my body is changing on this transformation/shredding plan im on. I’ve always been a medium and so I ordered a medium however, after some self-debate I’ve accepted that it is just too big for me, and that I am potentially now a small in clothing. Parts feel like they fit but it’s loose around the bottom and underarms which creates a bagginess that ruins the sleek design of it (and this is with a padded sports bra underneath so it’s probably even looser without). Aside from this though I really love it, it just looks really sleak and quite architectural; so for me the small is now on order and I shall keep my fingers crossed for a perfect fit!
This is the 1st of many things today; the first breakfast, first food photo, first review and the first item I’ve tried from my Box of Protein (https://www.boxofprotein.com/ i’ll review fully later but in short: seriously worth a look)
So here it is – Today I gave Chocolate Protein Porridge (MyProtein) a go.
What is it?
It’s a ready mix sachet with oats, flavourings, Whey powder and some other things. My guess is the idea is it’s quick, easy, low calorie and protein packed
Macros Per 50g Sachet/Serving (minus mik/water):
Cals:197 | Fat: 3.89 | Carbs:23g | 16g
It’s speedy and definitely easy
I like breakfast to be a quick process in the mornings, the quicker it’s made and eaten, the chances of me catching the earlier tram to work increase, and this is pretty quick. You chuck it in a bowl, add your milk/water/whatever you choose to use,quick stir, microwave it for 90-120 secs and that’s it.
How is it tasting though?
Admitedly with Whey in there I had my doubts (whey can leave a horrible undertaste sometimes) but this is pretty nice, I taste chocolate rather than whey. For me though it’s not quite rich enough on the chocolate front. I like cocoa powder in my porridge normally so this feels a little like it’s slighthy sweeter and more artificial cousin. But that aside it’s a welcome and tasty discovery
The final verdict?
It’s good but in truly bias fashion, i think my homemade version is nicer. When I make chocolate porridge myself it takes the same amount of time, has a richer flavour and is minus sweetners and thickening gum. Homemade has more calories and a less protein but has way more to give in my eyes.
So it’s definitely a worth a try but there’s more to gain from having a go at making your own!
Check out my Friday Breakfast favourite: Coconut, Chocolate and Banana Oatmeal/Porridge
Welcome all to Gains, Trains and Appetites, the place where you’ll find an array of useful advice, resources, tips are reviews along side lots of pictures of Food, workouts and clothes.
Fitness and healthy living is an adventure and for me, it’s all about finding the path that works for you. This is my journey, I’ve gone from a ridiculously unfit teen to a 30 year old full blown fitness addict. Like every journey I’m still learning, growing and trying new thing; so come along and join me for the ride – and hopefully you’ll find something to inspire and help you on your own journey! 🙂
(p.s. that’s me right there doing what I love the most, Aerial Rope!)