It’s Monday again! Hope everyone had a stellar weekend. Steve and I were just homebodies and I loved it. We stayed in and watched some TV and movies while lounging and relaxing on our new awesome sectional.

 

Weekends are definitely more taxing meal plan wise. When I’m working at the gym I simply pack up all my meals and eat them, but when I’m at home all day I find I crave food a little bit more. I just try and take the time to make delicious, hearty meals and plate them up nicely. Also, just reminding myself that I’m in the final stretch always helps keep me focused.

 

It also helps when I come up with yummy guilt free treats that let me feel like I’m indulging without actually falling off the wagon. I was craving something cold to enjoy with our movie on Saturday night and after throwing some random stuff in the freezer, here’s what I came up with.

 

Mojito Jello Slush
 
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Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 packet Crystal Light Mojito Mix (the kind that makes 1.5 litres) or 2 normal packets
  • 2 packets Sugar Free Lime Jello Mix
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 1 cup Cold Water
Instructions
  1. Empty Crystal Light and Jello packets into a freezable plastic container
  2. Pour 2 cups boiling water over mixture and stir until dissolved
  3. Add 1 cup cold water and mix
  4. Place mixture in freezer for 3-4 hours stirring every hour or so to prevent it from coming a giant frozen block
  5. Scoop out desired amount and enjoy
Notes
You can mix and match different Crystal Light and jello flavours to create your favourite combo.

 

So while I was wanting to have something hearty and delicious for breakfast this weekend I tweaked a couple of my favourite recipes to make something that was satisfying and filling. I’ve been using flax seeds a lot lately as they are an awesome healthy fat source and contain lots of fibre to keep me full.

 

Here are a couple different pancake recipes I made this weekend to keep the cravings at bay.

 

Flax Seed Psyllium Husk Pancakes
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons Ground Flax
  • 2 tablespoons Pysllium Husk
  • 1 Omega-3 Egg
  • ⅓ cup Egg Whites
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 splash Vanilla/Coconut/Maple Extract
  • Sweetener to Taste (I used 1 tbsp Splenda)
Instructions
  1. Preheat non-stick skillet over medium heat
  2. Mix everything together
  3. Drop batter by spoonful onto pan making pancakes as large or as small as you wish
  4. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes per side
  5. Top with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, or favourite syrup or jam

 

Flax Seed Pancakes
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons Ground Flax
  • 1 Omega-3 Egg
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 splash Vanilla/Maple/Coconut Extract
  • Sweetener to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat non-stick skillet over medium heat
  2. Mix ingredients together
  3. Spoon batter onto pan and allow pancake to cook for 2-3 minutes per side
  4. Top with as desired and enjoy

 

If you haven’t cooked with psyllium husk before the texture may throw you off. The ones with just the flax seed are a little firmer and super hearty. I absolutely love this pancake topped with a little sugar free syrup!

 

I mentioned in my last post that my energy levels had dropped a little bit since switching up my nutrition for these last 6 weeks. Well I am happy to report that my body seems to have adjusted pretty well and my energy has returned, which is awesome since working out when you feel sluggish is no fun at all and I have no time to slow down as I step onto the stage in a mere 33 days! I am getting so excited it’s ridiculous.

 

Aside from keeping up with my new nutrition and my two a day workouts, I’ve been writing out my water manipulation strategy and focusing on my meal plan post-competition. The water manipulating strategy I’m using is pretty straight forward, I won’t be manipulating sodium or potassium or anything like that, just water and carbs.

 

Why am I worrying about post-competition eating already? Well I don’t want to balloon and have a terrible rebound right after putting in so much hard work and dedication. I’m obviously not going to try and stay stage-lean, but I also don’t want to gain back everything I’ve lost. I will be following a carb-cycling approach after the show to refill my glycogen in a slow and steady manner.

 

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. It’s amazing how prepping for a competition pretty much takes over your life. While I’m still doing the same things I was before my focus is now completely different. You think about stepping on that stage multiple times a day and I’ve even started having dreams about the show (in one of these dreams I was so sweaty and nervous that my spray tan started running all down my legs and people pointed and laughed – let’s hope that doesn’t happen).

 

Until next time!

 

 

5 Weeks Out: Pancakes & Slush
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