Easy meal to go: Tuna Salad Bowl

Hello fellow bloggers. Where has the first three months gone? So the second quarter of the year began on the first of April (no April fools here). Daylight savings began with one hour back with cooler weather and early nights.

Anyways, today’s post will be a first on this blog. When it comes to food, I like to keep things simple and easy. Today will be on one of my favourite lunch-to go when I’m not bothered meal preparing. Works for dinner too.

Inthelifeoflyd’s Tuna Salad bowl:

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Recipe:

  • 1/2 cup basmati rice. Bonus if you add cardamon into the rice
  • 1 cup of salad leaves of choice but spinach or rocket works best
  • 1/2 red onion roughly diced
  • 1/2 cucumber and tomato diced
  • 1/2 large can or 1 whole small can tuna.
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • Fresh Coriander and/or basil leaves.

Instructions:

  • Evenly distribute the rice as a base.
  • Add layer of leaves,onions, tomatoes and cucumber
  • Add tuna and avocado
  • Mix lemon juice together with herbs and add to salad. Ready to eat.
  • If packing, then let salad sit overnight.

I absoleutly love this combination because of the presence of red onion, herbs and lemon juice together. When making meals, I aim to use seasonings and/or herbs over sauces to keep it as healthy as possible.

Anyways that is all that I have for you today! Feel free to add more or less of the quantities listed.

Until next time.

x Lydia

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How to balance all 3 Freeletics Coaches?

Welcome again!

I have now completed my reviews with all three coaches in my previous posts, which are up on my blog. Now the next question is how to balance all three coaches in my training regime? You have access to all three coaches and not sure on how to start? Maybe you would like to focus on 2 and have 1 on rotation. Anyways whatever you want to do, i’m here to give you a rundown on what to expect, consider and keep in mind. The freeletics website is a good start but if you wanted to read personal experience, then keep reading below.

Having access to all three coaches with one subscription was the best thing that freeletics introduced. Before that, I was focusing solely on freeletics gym and having bodyweight / running on rotation. The way my training is structured right now is 3 (4 if i’m lucky) gym days with 2-3 bodyweight sessions and 1-2 runs weekly/fortnighly. This of course can change depending on each week and whether I want to finish a particular  coach week.

My current goal is bulding muscle, becoming stronger and the same time maintaining conditioning.  I’ve set gym coach goals to build muscle and tone body for balanced training. Bodyweight coach is set to strength version and Running right now is fat loss (previousy improve fitness). I find this training system works for me and if I feel that I haven’t worked out hard enough, then I’ll add in a coached day.

With the new bodyweight coach, it’s much easier to combine with another coached day from either running or gym, if it works for you. The weekends are good for this so I have more recovery time in between coached workouts. Examples can include morning then lunch or evening, whatever works for you. I know this may not work for everyone, so choose what works for you. However, keep in mind rest days too and I take at least a day or two. If i’m not feeling up for a scheduled workout, i’ll stick to an easy workout whether a single exercise or a short workout.

The main thing to think about is your fitness goals overall and level at the point in time:

  • Want muscle and be strong? Make gym your focus with ‘Build muscle’ and / or ‘Tone your body’ goals selected, alternate between bodyweight strength workouts and adding in a run once a week/fortnight.
  • Be in better condition? Make bodyweight your focus (Cardio strength), add in gym conditioning workouts and running intervals.
  • Weight loss goal? You’re better suited to make running your focus, then adding bodyweight cardio/cardio strength and gym conditioning with ‘cardio training goal’.
  • Training for an event? Make distance running along with bodyweight workouts a priority and adapt gym goal to ‘Become an athlete’ to see what coach gives you which could include rowing.
  • Overall fitness?  The choice is yours but recommended is bodyweight focused and adding in gym (ideally 2 sessions if you’re experienced with focus ‘increase fitness’) and running (if endurance is your goal).

The above are all suggestions and my experiences in coaches with those options. As I said, the freeletics website will give you a better guidance on the suggested coaches.

Another thing to consider when combining coach days is to make sure that the next workout isn’t as hard as the first. For example, doing 6k run or heavy lower body set then ensure your next workout is upper body and/ or abs focused. Same when vice versa. In my experience, full body workouts from both gym and bodyweight coaches are best left on their own as I find then very taxing on the body.

Next thing to consider is the amount of training days you can commit to. Expect your body to become challenged through a variety of workouts which can sometimes leave you exhausted, especially in two a day workouts. Please don’t workout and go all out 7 days a week if you can’t commit to it (exception is hell week and hell days). If you find yourself with all three coaches with hell weeks, my advice and highly recommend it is to tacke each coach one at a time. Who cares if you’re up to week 30 in bodyweight and only in week 7  in running coach?  You are in charge of your training. You choose what works for you.

Since all these workouts are of high intensity, make sure to include downtime as well from meditation, mobility, yoga, massages, hot baths to even walking around the block with your pokemon go :). Your body will thank you for it, feel rejuvanted and you can train well in your next workout. Maybe you want to work on that particular skill and not want to train hard on that day? Ok to do that.

You’ll want to keep a close eye on your nutrition intake as different workouts require differnet sorts of ‘fuel’. Going for a run? Eat a banana or simple digestible carbs with a black coffee before going on that run. Heavy gym day? I’d go for carbs and protein to keep your enrgy required for strength. Tuna and rice or a sandwich does the trick for me. Bodyweight workout?  Do whatever works for you, even a black coffee for me does the trick, then an energy drink with a few jellybeans can do. Oh and water intake is a must!

Freeletics and an empty stomach don’t work for me 😦 . Also give your stomach time to digest the food otherwise you’ll end up with a rather unpleasant gurgling sound when doing high knees, climbers and sit-ups.

So there’s my tips and if there are any freeathletes that are combining all three coaches, how are you finding it?

That is all folks and see you in the next post!

Choosing what underwear to wear on different occasions?

Hello again! Today’s post is about the above mentioned topic: What underwear/panties to wear under what??

Have you ever fallen into a rut of wearing the same type of underwear with every single item of clothes/occasions, only to realize that you see underwear lines? Tick. As you may already know, not all underwear types suit every single clothing. Of course this is not a strict rules guide but based on experience on having go through different phases, and having different types of clothes for various occasions. So if you enjoy reading this, then continue below :):

Occasion 1: The working horse.

The work dress may range from uniform, smart dress code or be on the other end of casual. Of course every work place is different.  From sitting at a desk , going to meetings, flying in and out, attending training / conferences to having meals with colleagues; comfort is what matters most and the very last thing on her mind is having to constantly adjust your underwear.

Depending on the outfit, I like to wear cotton and/or lace type underwear underneath my work clothes. Mainly thongs, cheekinis to cheeky cut (There’s a slight difference in coverage) are my go to. Personally I find the string types tend to shift around a lot (i’ll wear them on occasions), hence I prefer wearing the above mentioned types. Anything with cotton or lace (or even both) helps.

I recommend:

-VS Lacie thongs and cheekinis, which have sadly been discontinued 😦

-VS Pink Tropical all lace and lace trim thongs

-VS Cotton lingerie thongs/ v-strings

-VS Cotton Lace waist thongs

-Cotton On Body lace thongs and brasilianos. The lace trim cotton thongs also works here.

-Kmart lace thongs and cheeky cut

-H&M cotton lace thongs (they come in multi packs).

Occasion 2: The sporty sister.

Getting her sweat on. She’ll be wearing tights to running shorts and be sweating a lot. She’ll  want to find undies that have that sweat wicking, seamless/microfibre look. Also, be mindful that your tights can show panty lines if you wear normal / regular underwear. Definitely avoid cotton undies and lace too as they can be uncomfortable to work out in. A handy tip here: Don’t forget to change your underwear after working out as wet underwear =  yeast infection.  Plus, who wants to be in sweaty underwear anyways?

With running shorts, go with built-in underwear short types for modesty. Tights on the other-hand, stick with the seam free, sweat absorbing type material. I don’t recommend  wearing boy-shorts under short tights or running shorts  as the leg tends to ride up, creating a potential panty line. Also I found the shorter the length, the less coverage of underwear I choose. Seamless thongs, cheeky-cuts to bikinis work in this instance.

I Recommend:

-VS Pink No show cheeksters

-Cotton On Body: Workout seamless G-strings and boyleg (I don’t recommend this style on short tights though); Smooth lace bikini and brasiliano; Party pants brasiliano and g-strings.

-Under Amour brasiliano underwear.

-Bonds Active G-string.

Occasion 3: The social bee

The social bee can be dining out, hitting the bars, dancing the night away to even attending a wedding or partying.  Since most of the clothing can range from dresses, skirts to even figure hugging pants, she’ll require underwear that will show no panty lines at all. She’ll also want to feel confident and sexy at the same time to set her in the mood.

If your bottoms are tight, I’d recommend wearing lace underwear in this occasion and yes, I recommend wearing the string style for absolutely minimal panty lines. Thongs, cheeky cut, anything with lace is fine too. Seamfree is a great option too. If it’s white or sheer material, then nude undies is a must! Just make sure to check before you head out the door with the lights on! Anything floaty, choose whatever floats your boat and that you feel most sexy and comfortable in, such as mesh or satin material.

I Recommend:

-Kayser Brazilian lace bikinis, shorts and Bombshell cheeky cut bikini and g-string

-VS Cotton lingerie v-string, anything VS lace really as above mentioned

-Bras N Things Ultralite nude mini V-string

-Emerson (Big W) lace thongs.

-Uniqulo seamless briefs.

-Cotton on Party pants bikini, g-string, brasiliano.

You get the picture here with the lace….

Occasion 4: Lounging around lady

She’s come home from being out all day and wants to chill and relax. All she wants is a comfy pair of undies that she likes to reach for. Boy shorts and bikinis to a cheeky cut are good options. A good pair of hipsters work here too. Her PJ bottoms here are cute too.

If you were to wear a thong at night (some are against it though), go with cotton. I tend to do this. Feel free to experiment with different colours as well.

Recommendations:

-Bonds boyshorts

-Kmart Cheeky cut undies, the cotton g-strings and the lace trim boyleg.

-VS cotton lace waist thong and cotton lingerie hipsters.

-Cotton on body boyleg and bikini briefs (cotton)

Occasion 5: She’s on her period

Her least favourite time of the month. She’s moody, craves chocolate and bloated. No nice pretty undies around this time and she’ll be sticking to full coverage undies.  Cotton is her best and preferably dark to prevent staining.

Boyshorts don’t work here as I find the pad doesnt stick to the underwear. Hipsters, bikinis and the boyleg styles is what I wear when on that time of the month. Seamless full coverage can work here, but a pantyliner is recommended if I wear a tampon.

Recommendations:

-Same as ‘Occasion 4’. There is really no need to spend big bucks on underwear that’s going to get stained.

Occasion 6:  The studious chick.

She’s going from class A to B and spending time at the library finishing her work. She’ll be in her casual clothes focusing on getting good grades for her assessments and exams. Very sexy lingerie of the satin kind is not what she’ll most feel comfortable in.

Again, preference is yours depending on the day. I like to pick my underwear depending on the day, mood and what outfit I’ll be wearing. Cotton and Lace are my go to as they feel really comfortable. V-strings, thongs, cheekies to bikinis styles as anything goes but as of late the earlier mentioned are my most worn types ;). Probably because I have a round butt and with most of the fuller coverage styles, it digs into my butt, hence I prefer thongs.

Recommendations:

-Pretty much what I said in the first occasion is fine. You can choose whatever underwear you like in the above in the other occasions mentioned. The reason I say this is so I don’t need to repeat the same thing.

-Mesh is quite nice too as it’s breathable. I have 2 VS mesh type panties and it feels nice. Not sure if they still sell them though.

Occasion 7: Sexy times babe.

She’s ready for bed. Skimpy times call for barely there. Nothing else.

Personally, I love a sexy good g-string or a thong to go under my nightie slip. Or if i want to wear just lingerie, then I like lacy boy-shorts and cheeksters too. This is the time where very sexy underwear can be worn in the bedroom.

Recommendations:

-Any kind of string thong or normal thong, with lace. In fact, the smaller the g-string the better. Kayser makes some of the tiniest g-strings on the market :).

-Lacy cheeky cut underwear looks hot as well. I like the cotton-on body and kayser ones.

-VS cotton lingerie v-strings and lacie thongs.

-Satin type thongs. I have 3 from Kmart of a satin feel and it definitely screams very sexy!

-Kayser Brazilian shorts.

Ok, here sums up the different type of underwear for the most common occasions. I hope you enjoyed reading this of a different take. Likewise, lingerie is something that I enjoy shopping for since the start of the year.

Have a good night all!

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