Not-So-Baked Beans #freshersfood!

I’ll begin with a little disclaimer…re-starting University ate me alive, and therefore my blog died a death! I still feel a bit like I’m being repeatedly beaten with the educational whipping stick, but I’m getting into the swing of it. SO sorry to anyone who signed up for FitForFreshers expecting more – I was too! I hope to do it again next year, but better. Anyway…

Bean salad

This is an AMAZING recipe – if I can really call it that – there’s little to no cooking goes into this it’s just ‘these things go together… like doowap doowap…*cue Grease moment*’.

Beans – those of the non-baked variety – are such an amazing food; they help me bulk out any meal super cheaply and you don’t feel even remotely guilty. They’re a vegetable but they will you up too, which is perfect, So I usually have a pack of peas, broad beans and green beans in my freezer at all times (they’re taking up no fridge space and keep forever) so I can always head to a Bean Salad if my fridge is looking a little sad and empty. All of these cost about £2 or less from most supermarket freezer isles and they go a really long way. I cook all of these in a steamer, which by the way is one of my favourite kitchen utensils ever (erm… sad much?), but if you don’t have one of those just boil them.

Bean salad

om nom nom

 

Then you can add ingredients as you please. If you can’t cope without meat then why not chuck in some ham/bacon or fish fingers as a super cheap alternative!). Other than that I tend to add cheese because…cheese. Then I keep the rest of the salad raw; you can add leaves of your choice, spinach (cheap in Lidl & sometimes Sainsburys) or rocket or bog standard lettuce, and then usually some tomato and cucumber (olives could work for a Greek style combo), spare peppers…you get the gist. I usually dress it too, this is mum’s homemade blackberry vinegar (thanks mummy!) but you could go for olive oil and lemon juice, or a low fat dressing of your choice. Or, you know, ketchup & mayonnaise, it’s your choice… you’re a student after all!

Bean salad

Tomatoes and Feta are two of my favourite tastes

Ingredients (in mine):

Broad beans
Green beans
Pease
Spinach
Tomatoes
Feta cheese
Dressing

Other Ideas:
Peppers
Cucumber
Ham/bacon/fish fingers
Olives
Glass of wine/bottle of beer…
Netflix

Bean salad

for extra mmm add spinach

 

My Week In Exercise #1

Monday:

God knows why it’s such a shock to wake up, it’s a perfectly reasonable time, but I do feel like poo. I think it’s because I slept so badly last night – my bed is hideous and it’s on my list of things to fix. So right now I’ve had to flip so I’m sleeping at the ‘foot’ end, it’s just disorientating. Anyway I had a failed doctors appointment where they messed up my travel injections again followed by about 6 hours in Uni where I felt like I achieved nothing. Safe to say I was very happy to get to my first Frisbee Training Session of the year! It made my day but I had forgotten how tough it can be, especially as the fewer people you have at training (we had only 8, not enough for a real game), the more and the harder you have to run. I was badly out of shape, especially when it came to lunging and sprinting. It was a shock after having run slower, longer distances for so long. I’m now thoroughly enjoying feeling the burn, hoping that being more tired will help me sleep tonight!

Love this Sky

Love this Sky

Eating Raw and Fresh

Eating Raw and Fresh loving Tom-Juice this week

Mmm

Mmm

Wednesday:

After spending yesterday hobbling around and very sorely thighs – which I managed to pull and then didn’t manage to warm down, nice one – I had another Frisbee training to go to and this time it was outdoors. I love outdoors because there’s more room to run and it’s often a better game, for me anyway, but I was pretty horrified to figure that it’s already too damp and slippy on the grass to play in trainers. This means… it is time to stud-up and in my case, fix up my boots that were missing about half of their studs. Putting on said slightly battered (slightly small?) football boots and made me realise they are definitely going to have to go this season. Meaning I need to shell out for new ones – urgh really? When we went out later I definitely participated in some groovy dance moves; that’s exercise right?

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Stud Up

Stud Up

Thursday:

Aaah so excited to use my gym pass for the first time! It was actually a very good gym session. I completed 5km on the cross trainer in 25mins, which is certainly not my fastest time but since I haven’t been running in so long I was very chuffed about it – call it a spring board. I also did some rowing, only around 1000m but that’s about what I like to do without too much trouble, and then some matt work. I do everything on the matt; a bit of abs, a bit more legs (cos hell, these bad boys can take a beating) and some arm weights too. It felt amazing to be back working out inside, sort of reassuring since I know the temperature is about to plummet. I did a big stretching session when I got in today in an attempt to beat these damned pulled muscles.

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Walking home

P.s. I found a new rip in my trainers :(

Friday:

Three guesses what I did today? Yep. Frisbee. I had another session today and I did a very short yoga session by myself beforehand which between them have managed to finally crushed these pulled muscles away and get some productivity out of my legs. Woohoo. Training 8-10pm is still killing me though, it’s not a pleasant time in the day for anyone.

Saturday:

I woke up so late today. I had a disastrous start, snoozing my work alarm and then falling asleep until 17minutes before I was due to start work. Somehow, by a miracle, I managed to make it out the house and up to University in barely any time and got to work without a hitch. I was so lucky, and also so tired. But after a stressful and long day at work I thought I was ready to collapse… then I got persuaded to the gym. We had an epic dinner planned so it wasn’t hard to convince me to burn some room for pudding. I cycled, doing 5km in 11minutes (which I’m sure is not impressive but hey, bikes are not especially my thing) and then went straight to a matt session. It was so much fun working out with someone for a change. We did abs and arms, and legs just by default but oh my goodness did we make that butt muscle buuuurn. :) I genuinely loved pushing someone else to feel the burn with me. And now I’m exhausted.

Post-gym Selfie

Post-gym Selfie

In Gym

Plan for Sunday? Rest day…maybe a short run ;) who can resist?

What are your Sunday plans? What did you exercise-up-to this week? Let me know…

Sig

Fresh As A Daisy – Fit For Freshers

Hey guys!

As part of my Fit For Freshers series I decided to do this Fresh As A Daisy workout – which is not how I felt after I was done filming I must say! It would be a good morning one – hangover permitting – because it really gets your heart pumping and that’ll help your metabolism right at the start of the day when it needs a kick. It’d also be a great way to burn off that lazy day feeling if you haven’t left the house yet and you’re starting to feel lethargic. It’s only three moves but you could always do a few rounds of it and then let me know how you feel! The first two moves are adapted from warm-up moves I use when training with my team.

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Tell me if you do this work out! Use #fitforfreshers or #freshfish and tag me on Instagram (@jessiefrisbee) or Twitter (@JessieFrisbee93). It would be super exciting to have someone join me and tell me if they love, or hate, these moves!

 

p.s. after watching the video back I was not a fan of how I looked during it but I wanted to share the moves! I use what filming set up I have available (i.e. none) and these are the angles I get – hey, who said workouts had to be glamorous.

Galloping Side Stretch:

Place two markers, they can be anything (mine were dead flowers), a few feet apart either side of you and stand in the middle. Then lower yourself down, semi-squat, making sure your knees never drop over your toes and have your hands poised at the centre of your core – as if you’re thinking about punching. You can be on your tippy-toes a little too if you want, I find it easier personally. Then you’re going to side step, quickly, to one of your markers, drop a little and hand your hand reach down and touch the marker on the same side. Then raise again and side gallop all the way to the other marker and have your hand touch that one too. Right hand touches right marker and vice versa. You can see how many you can do in 30 or 45 seconds or you can time how long ten of them take you. I love this, keeps you light on your feet.

What time/number did you get? J

Spiderman Crawl:

Start in a plank position with your abs engaged. Then raise your right leg up and out at a 45degree angle. This is a groin stretch so make sure you warm that muscle up. Your leg should be almost in line with your arms now but slightly out to the side. Here you can do a push up or half push up (if it’s easier you can spread your arm out wider here too, I usually do I just forgot). Then bring your leg back in line so it’s just behind your hand and walk your hands forward, till the other leg is level with it. Now do it on the other side. That’s damn hard to explain but I hope you get what I mean. You could do five or ten on each side…or more…

Punch, Crouch, Twist:

You can start slightly low if you like, comfortable punching position, with your core engaged. Punch to the left with your left hand; then perform a squat. As you raise up, take your right leg and twist it across your body in a standing crunch, coming to meet your left elbow. Now punch with your right hand; then squat. Then crunch your left leg across your body to meet your right elbow, abs engaged.

Do you love it? It took me a while to get into a rhythm as I tend to totally mess up complicated moves – my brain doesn’t always engage you see. Once I found the rhythm though, I was off, did many more than I planned. How many did you do? I suggest ten on each side and then keep going if you like!

Are you all excited for University/College? Have you started yet and how is your freshers week going?

 Sig

Anything you want me to talk about? Problem areas, nervous to start at a new gym, healthy eating? Confidence issues, work out gear, running tips? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you, even a friendly hello if you live in my local area (Manchester).

 

7 Things To Know Before You Start University! (FitForFreshers)

There’s a bunch of things that must be great to know before you start University; like how to cook 85 different dishes for under £10 and exactly what your alcohol limit is. Or how to juggle friends, boyfriend, a job and studies while still maintaining contact with friends from home. Or how to know which society is going to be right for you from the very start. Unfortunately, most of the stuff I’d like to know for my University life still evades me drastically. But hey, there are a few Freshers Tips I can give, safe in the knowledge that these are good things to know and things which I have learnt the hard way.

 

  1. You can’t shop and cook like your parents do. You just might have to give up Heinz beans in favour of Basics Beans and salmon is probably off the menu for a while. You can get really creative with cooking though, and basic meals do not have to be micro-waved or taste hideous. Meat and fish can be pretty expensive too so I usually opt for a veggie pasta dish – for me at least, it’s the tastiest thing there is. Learning to cook cheap and healthy is definitely an art form.
  2. How to clean a toilet…ain’t nobody gonna do that for you. Thou shalt learn.
  3. It’s cheaper to hang your clothes to dry inside than to pay for the drier – they may end up smelling of burnt waffle, or whatever the of the day may be, but it’ll save you a couple of little pounds. I never used the tumble-dryer is first year and it also saved me the pain of shrinking all my clothes too. My sports clothes I needed so often I just hand washed and it’s better for the material too. For some reason I never seem to be able to hand wash socks satisfactorily though.
  4. The fast food isn’t as cheap as it looks, it’ll fool you for a while but not for long.
  5. Tupawear is your friend. Since cooking for one can be pretty tough to judge maybe don’t even try, scoop up the remainder of that bad boy and stick it in the fridge. And if you’re not hungry, you will be later – never chuck food. Smart students like tupawear in their fridges and freezers. (Chinese takeaways have the best boxes, save those, you can microwave them). The tupawear is also great for pre-packing lunch and snacks for the day, which brings me too…
  6. Pack your own lunch and invest in a flask. Plastic boxes, cute lunch boxes, sandwich bags; whatever you care to transport your lunch to Uni in during the day will definitely save you a lot of money. Yes Uni canteens and shops are subsidised, some more than others, but the Star Bucks opposite your lecture hall sure as hell isn’t! Sad times. A flask full of coffee could save you over £4 a day and homemade sandwiches are always a billion times cheaper than supermarket ones and definitely have less salt content.
  7. Now is not the time to be a cosmetics snob. Maybe it’s just me, but I find that especially my favourite hair products can be damn expensive. Uni taught me to buy what was on offer. And if that’s not working for you Wilkinson’s is an amazing shop for the cheapest hair care, personal hygiene products, perfume and cleaning products for your flat. You’ll end up loving it! (Oh, I also bought a hand mixer from there this year and it was super cheap – I am loving it!)

What would you tell yourself if you were to go back to first year of Uni or College now? Any tips to add to mine? I’d love to hear them – Let me know!

Fresh Fish – Fit For Freshers!

s to me) I’ve created a workout specially for Freshers Week and I’ve called it – drum roll – Fresh Fish! Because, I mean, what’s fresher than fish? (One hopes!).

This work out is 6 moves, all named after fish-esque things and they can all be done with no equipment. This is important to me because during my first year at Uni, and my first few years teaching myself how to work out, I didn’t have equipment or the money for a gym pass. I still don’t have that much equipment now and I think it’s really important to ditch the excuses for not working: not having equipment, not being able to afford the gym and being embarrassed to work out in front of other people. These are all no worries if you can do everything at home! I still love to work out at home and the only thing you could need is a nice yoga mat to stop you getting bruised on the floor, but I used to just use rugs and they were fine – grrr toughen up! (hehe).

Tell me if you do this work out! Check in my #fitforfreshers or #freshfish and tag my on Instagram (@jessiefrisbee) or Twitter (@JessieFrisbee93). I can’t even tell you how cool it would be for one other person to try this and let me know, whether you’re a fresher or not!

Sushi Roll:

This is a side plank – you can bend one knee if you find feet stacking tricky, I have those days too! Your hand is pointing up to the sky, your supporting hand should come straight down from your shoulder not stick out at an angle. Then you roll round by reaching your hand under your belly and poking it out the other side.

X 10 (one side)

Pulling The Nets:

Make like your pulling in a biiig fishing net. Okay, long shot name-wise I know. Start on all fours and raise your right leg and left arm, sort of like Superman. The stretch is part one, part two is crunching your knee up to your chest, bending your leg and bringing your arm in too. Then you kick pack again, focusing on your Glute (the butt muscle) as you do. I suppose you could do this with a small hand weight if you wanted to.

X 10 (each side)

Sea Horse:

You look a bit like a sea horse – believe it! Sea horses are ace. So you’re on your belly, not curving your lower back up too much, supporting yourself however is comfortable with your arms. With your legs together and straight raise them a little off the floor, this should burn. Now hold this while you bend your legs at the knee and curve your feet towards your bum. Now uncurl so they’re held straight again. Then you can drop them back to the floor.

X 10

Crunch-y Seaweed:

Crunch it out! You’ve got this.

X10

Row Your Boat:

Up in a boat position, also known as a V-sit position. It’s basically a regular V-sit, if you’re having one of those days where coordinating hands and legs simultaneously is a problem – I feel ya – then just ignore the hands. Otherwise when your knees are up, your hands are down by your feet. As you straighten your body towards more of a line, you stretch your legs out, keeping abs engaged, and hands go back to your chest.

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Crab Claw:

This looks a bit like the pincer motion that crabs do. Start on a side plank again (same side as your first plank) but with your lower knee bent for support. Upper leg is straight and raised slightly off the floor and your non-supporting arm is resting on your ear, stretched above your head. You swing your raised leg skyward, dropping your hip slightly (your leg can come forwards a bit too), and your raise hand goes to meet it like a closing pincer. Then you return to the first position.

X 10 (one side)

Now go right ahead and repeat that on the other side, go for it twice if you’re feeling ambitious. Hope those Freshers Tummies are looking toned!

Sig

Anything you want me to talk about? Problem areas, nervous to start at a new gym, healthy eating? Confidence issues, work out gear, running tips? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you, even a friendly hello if you live in my local area (Manchester).

 

Fit For Freshers!

I am getting extremely excited for starting my fourth (and final) year in University. I fell in love with Manchester University and ever since I started here I’ve had the absolute time of my life. I live in a hell of a city and I’m so thankful that I study a course I love and have had a ridiculous, unexpected, emotional and thoroughly fabulous time here. I thought I’d try something new this year and incorporate all my buzzy, fuzzy excitement into this blog with – Get Fit For Freshers.

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Are you just starting University? Excited to head off to Freshers Week or Welcome Week or whatever your University likes to call it… it will always just be ‘Freshers’ to us students? Or are you heading for a Re-Freshers (or Re-Re-Re-Freshers, if you’re as old as me!)? You know you want to look your best.

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Freshers Week is the first week of term and it can be mad and emotional, it can be amazing fun and it can be tiring. It’s where you start to meet your potential new friends, your new house mates and your future crushes (don’t lie!) so it’s a fantastic time to be looking and feeling your best. And I know what you’re thinking, that Freshers is all about the booze (welcome to UK University Life if you’re a foreign blog reader!); but it’s not. It is a great time to bond with people, over a beer, over a hangover, over a coffee, over a run in the park – it’s about you not about a Freshers Stereotype of any kind. It’s a good time to have your confidence up though, whether you’re far away from home or just round the corner it’s still going to be tough meeting new people – of course it is, but you’ll manage and you’ll love it – so it’s a fantastic time to look great and feel great, inside and out.

I will be posting right up and through September on health and fitness and lifestyle to hopefully help inspire some of you to feel great and Fit For Freshers. I will post First Year Tips, work out ideas, motivation, maybe some low-calorie cocktail recipes (oooh yes!), some healthy Fresher Friendly Meals and tips to beat that Freshers Flu. If you like the sound of it then please follow my blog, or follow me on bloglovin to keep up to date with all my posts.

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Got that Fresh Feeling? I do! Tell me all about it below, where you’re heading and why you’re excited or even nervous. If you know someone else starting Uni or College this year, or already there, please pass this post onto them I’d love to connect and share tips, tricks, ideas and recipes!

Keep up to date with my on Instagram @jessiefrisbee and use the hashtag #fitforfreshers if you want to send me any pictures (that would be dead cool!). Same applies on Twitter, I am @JessieFrisbee93

Sig

P.s. As always, I am not a professional fitness trainer and I’m not qualified for…well, anything, but I’m certainly not qualified to give medical or nutrition advice. Take everything with a pinch of salt (not literally) and understand that I’m just telling y’all what I do, and constantly asking you guys for advice too, not saying it will necessarily ‘work’ for you. But I hope you feel, at the least, inspired.

Can you not gain weight at an All Inclusive?

No.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m joking of course! It’s actually very dependent on will power I must say, which is probably obvious, any buffet eating usually has me so excited by choice that I feel the need to have five plates (come on, it’s all you can eat) and everything possible on each one. Me and Chinese buffets are a very terrible idea. But this time I had a whole week, so that ‘oh my gosh I’ve got to eat everything right now’ feeling was quelled slightly by knowing there was going to be this much food every day.

Aside: I don’t know why I get so excited when there’s so much food, I’ve never been starving or anything, I just like food a lot.

So how did I cope with the All Inclusive and not put on weight?

  1. Don’t eat every meal! Seriously this place offered three main meals plus unlimited burgers, chips and snacks all day and unlimited alcohol after a certain time of day. I don’t even know if I could eat so many meals but thankfully we left the hotel every day so I was never around for lunch. It’s good to remember that just because it’s all paid for it’s not all obligatory.
  2. Go for the salad first. If you’re like me you’re eating more than one plate of food, Fo Sho! So, when you head up for your first plate, head to the salad bar first so you can grab plenty of healthy veggies and cous cous etc to fill you up before you head back to the more dangerous realms of fried food and big kebabs.
  3. Consider going veggie. Temporary veggie I call it, it limits what I can shovel down my throat basically. I still eat a lot I just eat a lot of vegetables, and that ultimately can’t be a bad thing. Sure the veg can be fried, roast, covered in cheese or whatever but it’s definitely going to be leaner than if you were eating a burger too.
  4. Avoid the stuff you can get in Mcdonalds. If they are offering chicken burgers, nuggets and things to help keep everybody happy then try and avoid them in favour of healthier more local options – provided you like said options of course. It’s a great way to avoid those nasty, deep fried things, especially when they’re breaded too. You can opt for a grilled fish or something as an alternative and you have a much healthier meal.
  5. Maybe don’t have 8 beers… yea, I know drinks are all inclusive (woop woop!) but beer contains a lot of hidden, or not so hidden, calories. Opt for a juice sometimes or a chilled white wine, gin and tonic – anything less calorific really.
  6. Head out for one meal. If you feel like you have the money (I know not everyone even takes cash with them on all inclusive holidays) maybe head out to avoid the hotel lunch and have a lighter snack option. I personally don’t need three full meals in a day (I could have them, believe me) so I chose to have an afternoon snack out. You’re paying, so you’ll consider more carefully what you ‘need’ and there will be a range of restaurants to choose from, so you can head straight for somewhere healthier. Or a kebab shop… your call ;)

My favourite things to eat at the hotel were: melon and watermelon, salad and especially olives, some chilli rice thing they made, grilled fish with lemon juice, grilled aubergines, a spinach salad.

Can you go to an All Inclusive and not end up regretting it? I was pleasantly surprised; after the first night at least, I managed to exercise some self-restraint. Want to read more about Turkey or my paragliding experience there?