22 March 2013

day 18 & checking out 30-day-shred

Can't help it. I keep waking up with a big smile. The sun has made such a big change, that I can't get over it. This winter wasn't rough at all and never had the "dark moments" going on, but the simple fact of the sun being back (so what, that inlands the temperature is still dropping to -23 C at night!), is making me happy-go-lucky.

My muscles are slightly sore today and the headache turned quite nasty last night, even had to pop a pill for it. I'm just confused about it and fearing, it is the blood pressure, cause if I do get the answer on Wednesday, that it IS my blood pressure, I will have to stick with only swimming for a while. And I'm not really ready to do that right now, cause I want to increase my workout levels higher. Well, I'll see. No point to fear the worst. Might be just the simple headache from body-brain shock of the workouts.. I'm sure it's just that.

Anyhow, won't do gym today, instead, got myself the Jillian Michaels "30 Day Shred" that everyone has been going on and on about on Cysters Forum. Want to be part of that challenge too. Another factor was, that after watching a few sample parts on Youtube, I was also wondering IF I can keep up with it at all..

Well, have to admit, the level 1 is pretty hard for me. Even though I walk around daily, now been to gym and all, the combination of cardio and strengths, the tempo and the muscles that I haven't been yet working on properly, were all in this workout. So even though I was sweating like a mad woman by end of 1/3 of it and I couldn't quite do all the jumping as properly, I tried to stick to modified version as much as possible and did the first level day 1. Another 9 days to go! 

I'm extremely happy I did it, compared to my "home-strength-workout" this one is much more hardcore and vigorous. And hey, I was doing PUSHUPS (ok, the knee-ones, but still)! I really took my time in the shower after it as well, bhaah. Yet, I have to say, I didn't feel very tired after doing it, but rather felt the flow of energy coming to me. Alright, the thighs were a bit jelly after it, but.. It's worth it. So I'm definitely going to be returning to 30 Day Shred, cause it's an excellent wake-up-exercise, it takes little time and You can do it at home!

Did a delicious breakfast today: two whole eggs with veal ham, frillice salad, raw basil, raw thyme, cucumber, tomatoes, glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, bowl of orange, multivitamin, vitamin D3, echinacea, cup of coffee with almond milk. Hadn't had an omelette in a while, so it tasted better than chocolate. Oh, and a wholegrain toast on the side too, for the fibre and carbs..

bread/cake from last night (carrot-ginger-banana-cinnamon) with sunflower seeds, almonds, dried apricots and an apple, and cup of green tea

I returned to the fabulous and spicy tomato soup, felt I needed something warm and spicy. Along with it, a wholegrain toast with melted cheese. It really is a really good tomato soup recipe, if You're into spicy foods.

The recipe is originally from here: http://www.the-gi-diet.org/recipes/tomato_basil_soup/
And I made it first time here: http://kljutsh.blogspot.com/2013/03/day-14.html

two apples

Went with the vegetable ratatouille (en Francaise) and wholegrain pasta, for desert dark chocolate mousse.

Mousse recipe originally here: http://www.the-gi-diet.org/recipes/chocolate_mousse/ and me trying it out for the first time here: http://kljutsh.blogspot.com/2013/03/day-14.html

Ratatouille is regular French cuisine, that's where I ate ratatouille first time as well, while travelling around in France back in the days. Ratatouille is considered a traditional French Provencal stewed vegetable dish, originating from Province or Nice. The full name of the dish is ratatouille nicoise. So of course adding the herbes de Province (savory, fennel, basil, thyme, lavender) is essential here, in case You have them at home. Catalan's call it samfaina, Majorcan's tombet and the Italians ciambotta - the spring vegetable dish!

The ratatouille recipe serves 4 and the ingredients go as follows: 1 red onion, 1 large egg plant (aubergine), 2 medium zucchinis (courgettes), 1 green bell pepper, fresh basil, 3 cloves garlic crushed, fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried), 2 bay leaves, 400 g can chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, pepper, cup of water, olive oil (2 teaspoons), wholegrain pasta

The original recipe also suggests 1/4 bottle red wine, but I decided to skip that for the sake of my weight-loss, hehe. But keep it in mind, I'm very sure it gives a delicious additional taste to the rattattoui. Instead of wine, I added same amount of regular water.

Making: chop the onions, egg plant, zucchinis and peppers into 3/4 inch (2,5 cm) square pieces. Fry the onion for a few minutes in a little olive oil. 

Add the rest of the veggies and the crushed garlic and fry for a few more minutes. Add the water (or wine), thyme and stir gently whilst on a low heat. 

Now mix in the tomatoes and then add the bay leaves on top. Cover the pan and leave it to simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. 10 minutes before serving, stir in the balsamic vinegar. 

Serve with approx. 60 g / 2 oz pasta and if You wish, topped with low fat parmesan or a similar cheese (I didn't have any, so I didn't). Of course it can also be spaghetti, but keep in mind to go WHOLE GRAIN for the low-gi. And don't have too much of that pasta. The veggies should make up 3/4 of Your plate, right?;)

The pic is not gonna follow, cause as I was cooking for my parents and my little niece as well, we digged into the food straight away. As I saved one serving for tomorrow, I'll share it then. But the out come was really tasty and the aftertaste even better. But here's a pic of desert. 


Great day in eating. Still had slight headache again in the second half of the day, but not very long. So I guess, it must be detoxing or something, cause I wasn't in gym today. Hmh. 


  1. Yayyy!! 30 day shred!! Niimoodi see kõht muudkui kahaneb ja varsti oleme kõik ilusad ja tugevad :) Mina käisin täna arsti juures ja ta arvas, et ma pean ühe nádala veel puhkama kodus - appi!! :)

  2. Jaaaah ja õhtul juba annab tunda küll Jillian'i shred:)
    Kodune puhkus, ohohoo. Nohh, aga toitumine jätkuvalt tervislikult ja nädala pärast vaikselt kogu energia ülejääk sporti;)

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment. Your food pictures look amazing!

  4. Thanks, Christine! I do enjoy cooking them all, A LOT. Even more, eating them, hahahaha;) Good luck with Your journey, I'll be keeping my eye on Your success.