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[Toni] Bikini Series – Week 2


My favourite month is here! Full of birthdays and meet ups with friends, I can’t wait.

This morning I tried the new HIIT workout on Beach Babe 4. It is deceitful! The moves look easy but then halfway through doing them, it. Is. Hard. Felt good for doing it after though.


All I can think is that I want all of their workout outfits.

It was nice having the extra day off for Bank Holiday – managed to get a lot of meal prep done. 4 batches of cous cous, slow cooker five bean chilli, rice and boiled eggs. I’m switching my breakfasts to porridge this week and no fruit for snacks. Gotta keep your body guessing!

The cinnamon french toast from the Bikini Programme is lovely!


I didn’t get a very good sleep last night – feeling really groggy. Definitely no cardio for me today. I tried the Kettleflow routine. I do prefer Kettlebells to be less gentle (this routine is Yoga combined with Kettlebells) but it was a good one for the morning.

I was really wanting to do Kickboxing all afternoon, but by the time I got home I was beginning to get a headache (the thought of jumping around made it worse!) so I just did the new Tush It Good routine. LOVED IT! The style was like K&K’s old videos and they made it so fun. Definitely going to do that routine again.


Another broken sleep! My alarm went off and I wanted to sleep but I made myself get up anyway. Rock Your Body was on the schedule again so I did that – liked it a lot more this time round. I tried an old routine too – Surfers Paradise. It was quite challenging! If I had more time and energy I would have done it 3 times through. Gets me quite breathless!

Zumba was sooo busy this evening but it was good fun. That adds another 4 miles for my 100 By Summer challenge!

I caught up with some blogs and saw this post from Body Posi Panda – I really really agree with her here. Yea I have taken some before and after pictures in the past but it was out of curiosity to see my exercise was changing my figure, but that wasn’t why I was exercising. I didn’t even realise people are tagging her in pictures like that. No one has a clue! Idiots.

I also caught up with Bear Grylls – The Island. They had been practically starving the whole month and the doctors decided to check everyone’s weight. The men were horrified by how much they had lost (1 guy had lost 20cms round his waist and looked so so thin), then the girls got weighed. Perfect example of Western culture and how society has controlled everyone’s views without us realising…they were all happy with their weight loss. Um, this is from starvation for christ sake. Our culture needs to change big time!



I did set my alarm to get up and do the scheduled workouts, but Zumba always knackers me out! S I had an extra hour in bed and got over 8 hours sleep yay!

No time for exercise as I stayed over my friends house straight after work. I did do some walking so will track another mile!


Had a beautiful lunchtime walk in the sun and earned 3 miles. There were some baby geese and some other baby duck type things that were so cute! I don’t know what sort of bird it is but I think they look really cool.


There is not much to say about these days apart from that it was such a write off. 30th birthday party + free food + free alcohol = lazing about in the sun. So fun!


[Toni] Counting Macros

Macros. I’ve seen this a lot but it never really fussed me to look into it much. When my friends decided to count theirs, it turns out most of them were not eating enough protein. I was curious what my macros would be so decided to check. I can’t remember what website I went on now, so apologies!

Anyway, macros are the amount of protein, fat and carbs you should be eating everyday. I’m not sure exactly how to work them out from the top of my head, but it is basically calculating calories you need everyday from your weight and then I put in whether I preferred high fat/high carb/high protein diet etc.

My macros are:

Protein: 150g

Fat: 75g

Carbs: 131g

If you google it you can find lots of websites to calculate them for you.

My fitness pal calculates them but they were lower, so I am aiming to hit MFP goals everyday and if I go slightly over it doesn’t matter. What I have learnt is that I was not eating enough everyday, and it was all high in sugar.

This week I have been working on eating less sugar and upping my protein (I was eating nowhere near enough!). So I have just devoured a boiled egg and small chicken breast for a snack. So yummy and satisfying! I had protein pancakes for breakfast with greek yoghurt and raspberries – I was so full and they tasted so good.

Doing this on top of Kayla Istines Bikini Body Guide 1 for nearly 2 weeks, I have seen results already! It’s been great being able to eat more and still lose inches. I’ve been depriving my body for so long, it’s scary how easy it is to not realise!

I’ll let you know my progress with BBG – I am determined to last 12 weeks! With the support of my TIU UK girls I know we can all do it!


2015 is coming to an end and I just wanted to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

I trust you will all have a fabulous time with your loved ones over the festive period; enjoy tucking into crispy roast potatoes and soft succulent turkey and even those awful Brussel sprouts 😉

 Remember that it is okay to give in to temptation, Christmas is all about food and love, my favourite combination(!) and you’ve got plenty of time to work it off, or not, you’re all beautiful in my eyes anyway.

 So here’s to 2016! Let it be a year of peace, late nights with friends, laughing hard, long hugs, love and downing an entire pint of Ben and Jerry’s in one sitting and not even given a single f*ck ;D


Hassel-Back potatoes, you know you want some.

This past weekend was my 27th birthday where I was whisked away to Bournemouth to spend it with my lovely boyfriend Laurence. Deciding that we’d rather stay in on the Saturday night and watch the Ghostbusters box-set, we set about making some tasty and delicious comfort foodies in the form of Hassel-back potatoes. These mouth-watering potatoes originated in Sweden, and are named after the Hasselbacken Hotel and restaurant in Stockholm. 

If you are intrigued by the sound of these tasty little guys, the recipe is easy-peasy lemon squeezy and after little preparation you too can sit down and sample some of Sweden’s delectable treasures.


First of all, get yourself some good quality Maris piper potatoes. Give ‘em a good hard scrubbing’ in the sink and then place on the chopping board. You can leave the skins on for extra flavour. Pop the oven on gas mask 6/7 depending on how efficient it is. Get a sharp knife and thinly slice down the potato width ways, about ¾ of the way down.


Get some real butter, melt some small cubes in the microwave and then gently brush over and inside the potato careful not to break the bottom. Once finished buttering them, bung in the oven and let those babies get nicely baked for 30 minutes.


Once the timer has chimed, slip into your oven knit, open up the oven and breathe in deeply at that lovely buttery mashy smell. Melt some more cubes of butter and again, brush on gently. Place back into the oven for another 10 minutes and then get out your frying pan. This is what we did to enhance the already amazing Hassel-backs but you can add anything your heart’s desire.


On the frying pan, add a small bit of butter and fry up some smoked bacon bits with sliced red onion and chopped chive. Cook until nice and crispy, or until your preferred state. Pop to one side.


Get your potatoes out of the oven and carefully put on another baking tray. Grate your preferred cheese (we used mature, extra strong cheddar) inside and on top of the potatoes and then spoon on your bacon bits, grate on more cheese and pop back in the oven for 10 more minutes.


Laurence and I did this as main meal with two potatoes each and some asparagus, but you can get smaller potatoes and make as a side-dish to a main meal.


Let me know if you do this recipe, your thoughts on it and send a photo. If you’ve made these before and can give me some techniques for improvement, send them through!

 Ciao x