Jun 112014

Can you believe it’s been more than a month since I’ve posted a What I Ate Wednesday post? The insanity!! Let’s get back to one of my favorite CET traditions today by taking a look at what I’ve been eating lately. This will also give me a chance to talk more about my progress with the Kayla Itsines eBooks (affiliate link, FYI), which will hopefully be helpful since you guys have had a LOT of questions!!

As always, a big thanks go out to Jenn for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday linkup!

So here’s what I’ve been eating lately (i.e., the last couple of weeks!)


I have pretty much omitted cereal from my breakfast rotation (I know, I never thought that would happen either) and I am loving it! These days I have been switching back and forth between two awesome breakfast recipes that came from some of my favorite bloggers.

The first is perfect microwave banana oatmeal from Anne, usually with a little natural peanut butter and nuts, seeds, or dried fruit mixed in. (Tip for storing natural peanut butter: keep it upside down in your cabinet so the oil will float to the top and you’ll never need to stir it!)

I’ve been making oatmeal this way for almost a year now, and I don’t think I could make it any other way again! The banana and milk really make a difference!

The other recipe I’ve been loving lately is the two ingredient pancake from Tina (who just had her baby BTW! Omg he’s so cute I could die. #instagramstalker). I also will usually eat this with a bit of natural peanut butter.

The first time I tried making these two ingredient pancakes I thought they were sort of watery and weird, but once I got the hang of cooking them low and slow, I realized I had been cooking them wrong! They are actually amazing!

Both of these recipes are easy and nutritious and keep me full all morning long. If you’re looking for something new to eat for breakfast I would definitely give these a try!


My lunches have consisted of giant salads made with greens (usually baby spinach/kale mixture) and a serving each of grains, protein, and healthy fats. I’ve found that salads that include all of those types of foods keep me feeling full the longest, and I actually enjoy eating them instead of thinking “ugh, a salad for lunch.”

My new routine includes cooking up a bunch of grains and roasting some veggies/chicken on Sunday nights so I can use them for salads and dinner all week long. The night before I’ll usually pack my greens and veggies in a giant tupperware container, and then I put the grains and protein in a separate, smaller container. When I get to work, I nuke the grains and protein in the microwave and then add the hot chicken/beans/rice/quinoa to the cold greens. Something about warm chicken and rice in a cold salad just sounds much better to me than a completely cold salad.

I’ve been making my own salad dressing too which includes a mix of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and a little honey. I make this on Sundays too and then pour it into little individual containers to bring to work.

These salads are really easy to throw together and I’ve been totally loving them. Sometimes I worry that I’m eating too much salad (seriously, my bowls are huge) but I know I’m ok as long as I’m not loading up on too many of the toppings. There’s nothing wrong with a lot of greens!



I’m still loving my sliced apples every day around 3:30 pm! Sometimes I’ll have a few raw almonds on the side, and sometimes not. It depends how hungry I am.



To be honest I’ve been getting pretty lazy with my dinners lately. As I’ve mentioned before, Fabio plays a lot of sports during the week (volleyball is over so it’s just soccer and softball for now, but we are both starting up flag football with our friends soon!) so I’m usually just cooking for one. A lot of the time I will wind up having another salad of sorts, but usually with some different roasted vegetables (hot) mixed in with a couple of wedges of Laughing Cow cheese so it gets all melty. You can read more about making throw-together dinner bowls here. My favorite veggies to include are sweet potatoes or butternut squash so I can get a bit of sweetness to go along with the rest of the ingredients which are salty and/or spicy. Yum!


Other dinners include the typical grilled/baked chicken with veggies on the side, or some type of spaghetti squash/ground turkey spaghetti situation. Everything I’ve been eating has been really tasty, but sometimes when Fabio’s not home my creativity starts to wane. Ah well, that’s life.

Treats & Cheats

Those of you who have been following along with my progress on the Kayla Itsines BBG eBooks may remember that I am allowed one “cheat” meal per week. I have been straying from this a little bit because 1) I sort of hate the idea of a cheat- nothing you enjoy should be seen as cheating – and 2) I’m trying to improve my eating for the long run and having just one unhealthy meal a week is not always feasible.

Take last week for example. On Monday Fabio and I had dinner with some friends of ours at a Mexican restaurant. I wanted to order something healthy but also something I was going to enjoy eating, so I went with grilled fish tacos. I also snacked on some of the chips and salsa and had two glasses of sangria. Technically by this BBG plan that should have been my “cheat” meal, right?

So what happens later in the week when my friends invite me to a BBQ where I know I will probably want a cheeseburger or hot dog and will be drinking beer? Do I just not go because I already used up my weekly cheat? No. That’s just not me. For some people that might work out ok, but when I’m with my friends I want to enjoy myself and live in the moment rather than worry that it might mess up my “diet.” I don’t like diets anyway, and don’t see this as one, so I just eat healthy wholesome foods when I can, and enjoy myself when I can’t.


Because sometimes, you just need pizza.


Ok now moving on to the workouts- they have been going great!! I’ve explained how the workouts work here and here, so today I will just tell you that I am still totally loving them. Of course when my alarm goes off at 5:30 I want to either throw my phone at the wall, pull the blankets over my head, or basically do anything to get out of bed and workout, but the thought of how I will feel once my workout is over always gets me up and moving.

The workouts are challenging but they don’t make me want to die, and I am always, always dripping in sweat at the end.

Here’s my I’m-totally-sweaty-and-my-hair-got-caught-in-my-bobbypins-while-doing-burpees-but-I-feel-so-great face.



I have honestly not lost that much weight in my 5ish weeks of following this plan (I think this is probably because I was already eating healthfully and was in decent shape before I started), but I can definitely see changes in my body! I’ve noticed that when I lay in certain positions, my legs no longer touch where they once did, and my love handles and behind look smaller (to me). Fabio commented the other day on how my legs look leaner and stronger, and it was totally unprompted so I believe him! 😉 Even if I’m not really seeing the scale move at all, I’m feeling really good about my body right now, and after all isn’t that what’s most important?

**Note: this post was not sponsored by anyone, and as always all thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Question of the day: What kind of salads keep you full?

 Posted by on June 11, 2014

  23 Responses to “WIAW #79 – Kayla Itsines BBG Update”

  1. Hi Chelsea! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and really love it, and find you so easy to relate to! I decided this week to get the BBG and really like her take on nutrition because its really not very restrictive. You can eat a lot of things that other ‘diets’ don’t allow (carbs, dairy etc) but all in moderation. IQuestion- have you been following her daily meal plans or more just trying to stick to hitting those food group serving amounts per day? Please continue to write updates on your progress and what your meals are like during the program. I don’t have trouble with exercise, it’s the nutrition so i love getting ideas and seeing what other people do! thanks!!!

    • Hi Beth! Thanks for commenting and also congrats on starting the BBGs! These are all great questions. I definitely have NOT been following her daily meal plans; I try to just hit her food group recommendations each day. I usually don’t eat all the grains, and sometimes I go a little over on the healthy fats, but otherwise I try to stay in the recommended targets. I definitely agree that while her exercise recommendations are pretty straight-forward, she leaves a lot of information up to interpretation for the nutrition plan. I’m ok with that though, because I feel like as long as I’m watching what I’m eating and aiming for certain goals it will make a difference. I will definitely continue to keep you guys posted on my progress! Good luck on your journey!

  2. Thanks to WIAW, I’ve been finding new blogs to read, so Hi 🙂 I admire your healhty food choices and cheats, they all look pretty good!

    My fave homemade salad lately is organic mixed greens, beets, goat cheese, carrot shavings, pumpkin seeds, croutons, and balsamic vinaigrette!

  3. Chels you really do look great! All I’ve seen is IGs and tweets that I stalk (which needs to change ASAP btw!) but seriously, keep it up girl! A patient does lots of Tris and hes making me want to do one more and more….

  4. First and more importantly: you can NEVER eat too much salad. This is coming from the girl who eats a huge salad every single lunch time, and sometimes (when Ben’s not there and I can’t be bothered) I’ll have another salad. So easy to just throw it all together. I can never be bothered to heat stuff though so it’s all cold but I don’t mind that. I also stopped using salad dressing because a) it was a faff and b) it meant more washing up later with the little container! Hehe. I’m so lazy…
    Great progress on the plan. I guess because you’re not enormous (you’re very petite and slim I think!) losing weight will be quite hard. When you have a lot to lose it’s very easy (so I hear) but then people plateau later. But slowly and gradually is the best approach I think.

  5. If a salad has a grain in it, then it will keep me full. I have been having salads for lunches often and I am loving them!

  6. I’ve been making giant salads for lunch too bc the heat just makes me want to eat a bunch of cool vegetables. It’s really easy to just toss some of everything into a Tupperware and take it to work. So good!

  7. I love your outlook on balance! And I am a firm believer that the scale sucks… so as long as you’re noticing the changes (and Fabio, too!) then that’s all that matters! 🙂

    I think you have inspired me to get more salad greens into my life. Maybe I’ll add those in next week. Have a great weekend!

  8. I’m a firm believer that as long as you dont go crazy with the toppings and dressing, a huge ass salad is always a good choice! haha. I’m totally with you on the hot protein/cold salad thing. For whatever reason that’s WAY more appetizing than just a straight up cold, boring salad! I love hearing these updates though! Sounds like you’re doing awesome, and I love your philosophy on the “cheat” meal concept. I 100% agree!

    • Thanks, Stephanie! I’m glad you agree on the hot/cold salad thing too. I feel a little weird sometimes heating things up separately, but it makes a huge difference!

  9. I load my salads with lots of veggies. Sometimes, I throw some fruit into my salads, and that’s always a welcomed treat!

    Also, just a comment about your not losing weight: sometimes your body will be changing but the scale won’t show it. My personal trainer one time said that measuring yourself and counting the lost inches is the better way to show progress. I also tend to go with how I’m feeling and how different parts of my body (i.e. stomach/love handles) are looking. Sounds like you’re making good progress though!

    • Fruit in salad is delicious!! Apples and strawberries are my favorites 🙂 That is great advice about measuring yourself- I wish I had done that in the beginning of this process!

  10. Hi Chelsea,
    I love your blog and I am really enjoying your posts about the bikini body guide. I am looking to start her programme and have already started the ideal daily food intake that you talked about before. I just wanted to check, do you think avocado counts as a healthy fat, a vegetable or both?

  11. Hi chelsea ! I had both of the guides but i really don’t need a diet so i was wondering if i can only use the workout guide ! Is that okay or should i use both ?
    Thank you ❤️

  12. Hi Chelsea! I’ve been seeing so many posts on this workout guide and when I was doing reviews, I stumbled upon your page. I have a quick question. Do you do your workouts at home or do you go to the gym? Thank you!!

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