Baked Eggs

My first encounter with baked eggs was a few years ago on a brunch date. They were served in a flat, round dish; three eggs if I remember correctly. I actually didn’t try them at the time but I was intrigued and keen to make them myself. Using the ingredients that I knew; eggs, tomatoes and chorizo as my starting point I tried, tested and tweaked until I found a winning combination of my own.

My Aunty let me take over her kitchen to bake and photograph these. I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for quite a while now but I’ve learnt that baking eggs doesn’t work so well in our convection oven at home.

These little ramekins are low-cal and packed full of flavour. Full recipe at the end.

Preheat oven to 200C. Dice four medium tomatoes.

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Finely dice two cloves of garlic.

Cutting the ends off each clove and crushing them makes it so much easier to peel and dice them.

Spray your pan with olive oil and lightly fry the garlic until golden.

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Add your tomatoes to the pan with one teaspoon of cumin and a pinch of salt.

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Finely chop a small bunch of basil.

After ten minutes is up, stir in basil and chili flakes to taste then divide the mixture between four ramekins, discarding any excess liquid.

Measure chorizo (15g per serving), cut into semi-circles and place around the edges of your ramekins, then make a hole in the middle of each ramekin for your egg.

This would make a great vegetarian dish as well, sans chorizo.

Crack one egg into the centre of each ramekin.

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If you like the yolk runny keep an eye on their progress between 8-12 minutes; can you see how the whites are starting to cook from the outside of the ramekin? As soon as all of the white has actually turned white, wait about another minute and take them out. The yolks cook quite quickly at this stage but you want the whites to be cooked through.

If you take them out and the white is still runny or translucent, just pop them back in the oven for another minute. The yolk should have a light film over the top of it.

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Get your soldiers ready.

This ones whites cooked a little bit strangely so it was ready before the others but the yolk was still perfect and runny.

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Tomato and Chorizo Baked Eggs
Makes 4
Total calories per serving: 146 (without toast)

Ingredients

EVOO spray
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
4 medium tomatoes, diced
1 tsp cumin
Fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Chili Flakes and Salt to taste
4 Eggs
60g Chorizo, cut into semi-circles (15g per serving)
Toast

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and lightly fry the garlic until golden
  3. Add your tomatoes to the pan with cumin and salt
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for ten minutes
  5. After ten minutes is up, stir in basil and chili flakes to taste
  6. Divide between four ramekins, discarding any excess liquid
  7. Place chorizo around the edges of your ramekins
  8. Make a hole in the middle of each ramekin for your egg
  9. Crack one egg into the centre of each ramekin
  10. Place in the oven and bake for approximately ten minutes (see note above)
  11. Prepare your toast soldiers

Calorie Breakdown
As calculated to the best of my ability in the MyFitnessPal Recipe Nutrition Calculator.

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What do you think? Do they tick all of the right boxes?

Note: 12WBT has a Baked Eggs recipe with Spinach, Feta and Soldiers which I haven’t tried yet but it looks delicious as well.

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As for me, I’m going well. I should be posting an update over the weekend but in the meantime, bon appétit!

~ energyandEmily

Bridge to Brisbane

What a morning!

I ran/jogged (I didn’t even have to shuffle!) the whole 10km!! I was so nervous waiting to start in the morning but it went so much better than I could have imagined.

I actually participated in the Bridge to Brisbane last year because my workplace at the time was paying for people to enter and a group of co-workers were going (assuring me they would be walking). I ended up walking with a couple of girls who wanted to jog on and off as well; I didn’t want to be left alone so I joined them and even though the bursts of jogging were short, I was in pain, out of breath and unfit.

In addition, before today I had never run a course over 4km and I had never run for over half an hour straight. When I first started the 12WBT last round I struggled to run for 1:30 mins.

Today I just couldn’t get the smile off my face for most of the run, I just felt amazing. I was able to borrow an arm band from a friend (I really want to buy one now, it was so convenient for music and for storage) and my new over-ear earphones made for the most comfortable “sound-tracked” run I’ve ever had.

Carol mentioned to me that she doesn’t like to run to music as she feels like she has to slow down or speed up her pace to match the music. I thought about this before starting the run and decided to try to think of the music as something to enjoy while focusing on keeping an even pace. I feel like this really helped, in the past I have gone for high-tempo songs but I enjoyed the mix of mellow and fast-paced while focusing on my pace. I think that the weights training has really helped with my running as well, stronger muscles and all that.

I feel like maybe I could have tried to go harder towards the end but really I was just focused on being able to go for the whole distance and I didn’t want to burn myself out. Finishing was actually really weird; after focusing on “just keep running” for so long and then speeding up for the last stretch (maybe 20 metres), stopping just made my legs feel like jelly.

I’m pretty tired now, and the sides of my knees are a bit sore, but I’m still elated; it was incredible.

I didn’t get any photos because my phone was firmly tucked away and I was by myself but there were photographers along the course. Hopefully my race number will be tagged in a couple on the website soon and if so, I will post them up.

Thank you all so much for your encouragement! I was running alone but felt so supported and like I had a whole team behind me.

Next up… Half marathon?

~ energyandEmily

EDIT:

Photos as promised!

They’re not much but they’re something! I’m pretty sure they were taken in the last stretch near the finish line and I actually have a photo from the same place last year:

281882_10151219814601803_746329053_nI’m the one on the far right of the three girls in black; it’s a blurry photo but I think you can really see a difference.

~ energyandEmily

Touching Base

Another weird week for me and it hasn’t even finished. We got back from Sydney on Sunday night, and after a big sleep in on Monday I am happy to report that I was right back to the gym and even joined my running group in an effort to “warm up” for Sunday’s Bridge to Brisbane. Following this however, I had a couple of off days that I wanted to write a quick update about.

A couple of things threw the week off a bit from the beginning; I had an assignment due on Wednesday and we haven’t had time this week between Sydney and study to go grocery shopping. I skipped my Tuesday and Wednesday workouts in favour of completing my assignment, and I’m okay with that, I think it’s important for me to be priorising. The concern came with noticing the come-back of the “feeling like something extra” after dinner, then the pizza we ate on Tuesday night, the chocolate on Wednesday, and the sleeping in yesterday instead of working out.

I ended up going to the gym yesterday afternoon and made the commitment to wake up with my alarm this morning, which I did, and I’m feeling a lot more on top of things now. Hugh and I had a delicious and relaxing brunch this morning and I’m sitting here now with my aching triceps and shoulders, and feeling good.

I’m on 1500 calories now, and while it’s a nice change, it feels a lot like “indulging’ even though it’s what I’m meant to be on with Lean and Strong and I think I let that feeling of “ooh I’m being naughty” get the better of me with some of my choices over the week.

Additionally, there has been a lot of information posted on the Lean and Strong Facebook page that’s been messing my head around a bit. I completely understand people at a higher level are looking for new ways to train and new ideas about eating for results but right now, in my early stages of Lean and Strong, I need to focus on trusting and following the program.

Subsequently, my 12WBT goals for Week 4 are short and sweet, and as follows:

  • No chocolate (except in protein bars) or ice cream
  • Stick to 1500 cals
  • Wake up and go to the gym when I plan to

As I said, I’m feeling much better today but I wanted to put this out there. I’m also taking tomorrow off because I’ve got the Bridge to Brisbane on Sunday, and I’m going to spend the day cooking up a storm. The Week 4 meal plan looks amazing and I’m really looking forward to getting back into routine.

I hope you are all doing well x

~ energyandemily

Week One and Then Some

It was a bit of a funny Week One for me. I made the decision early in the week to change to the ‘Advanced: Lean and Strong’ program but had to sort out some gym membership stuff before I could properly start the exercise side of things. For anyone not familiar with ‘Lean and Strong’, we are encouraged to give up cardio for the first few weeks as it can affect the maintenance of lean muscle. It was a bit of tough decision for me as I have really found a love for running and have enjoyed training with the running club.

In the end however, I want to make the most of the opportunity I was given to be able to go to a gym through the two month Fernwood membership I received. I’m hoping to be able to save up during that time to buy a gym membership outright. Also, the closest Fernwood to my house is about twenty-five minutes away on the bus so I figure it’s a good excuse to wake up early and exercise, and hopefully this will help me to plan my days out a bit better.

A big thanks to Chelsea for answering my thousand questions about the Lean and Strong program this week.

I’ve decided to take a leaf out of Kate‘s book (I just want to call you Poppy, like all of the time) and plan out each week on a weekly calendar. I keep a diary/planner but I’ve been a bit slack with my study lately, and I keep forgetting what day it is, so having the visual of the week planned out on my wall will be helpful I think. I need to invest in some cooler stickers though.

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There is so much more to update you all about, and it’s only been just over a week! Let’s see…

Running:

I joined the 4km run with the running club for the first time on Monday. I was determined to do it without stopping/walking and I ended up doing it in 22:54 mins, I had previously struggled through the 2km course so I was pretty happy with that. It was a great way to start the round, that’s for sure.

Following this, and after reading this post from CocoButter, I decided to sign up to Bridge to Brisbane, which is a 10km course held on the first of September. As previously mentioned, I’m not going to be able “train” for it but I know that I can run at least 4km now and I will have some good leg muscles by then. I’m determined to run the whole way. I’m pretty excited too, it will be my first real running event; I did participate in the Bridge to Brisbane last year but it was because my workplace at the time was paying for entry. I walked for most of it as I was fairly unfit at the time.

Bikram Yoga:

I finally tried Bikram yoga for the first time on Thursday morning. I didn’t really know what to make of it; it was hard but I made it through the whole set and felt pretty great for the next few days. First-timers pay $20 for unlimited attendance over seven days, so I went again last night, but this time instead of seven or so other people, there was more like forty people in the one, heated room. I ended up only getting through about half of the routine before having to lie down, and then I just couldn’t get my heart rate down. I think I was fairly close to either throwing up, passing out or having a panic attack at one point. I ended up being told to sit by the window (which had to be opened because there were so many people) because my arms, hands and lips were tingling. It was a bit crazy but everyone was really supportive and I re-hydrated with the tastiest coconut water of my life afterwards.

On Lean and Strong, the stretching day is on Wednesday so I’m planning to go back again tomorrow morning to make the most of my first week. I’m still really unsure about how I feel about Bikram in general, though strangely enough my experience last night didn’t really deter me from it. Either way, I don’t think it’s something I will be doing more than once a week, especially coming into Summer.

Oh, I had also just done my first weights session and the running club swim session that morning so I may have just overdone it a bit for the day. Oops.

Have you ever tried Bikram before?

Other news:

In other news, I tried on a pair of shorts that I guess you could have called my “goal shorts” for Round 2 and they fit really well.  I was fairly surprised as I’ve been struggling to see how much my body has really changed, despite all of the pictures and clothes fitting differently, etc. I wish I had taken “before” photos in them but oh well. Oh!! and my toes are still cherry red from finale (albeit, chipping a bit) and I wanted to mention that they make me feel like a total, certified woman. Weird, right?

Also, I was offered to have my fat percentage calculated at the gym, I’m really not sure how accurate it was, and I actually have fat-percentage-calculating scales at home now but I hope that it will be able to give me a good idea of the changes going on in my body throughout the program. I haven’t set up my scales yet but according to the ones at the gym, my body fat percentage is 23% which is is apparently fairly normal for your average person, but as an “athlete” I should be looking to get under 20% by the end of the round. Interesting to know. I would like to get a DEXA scan one day but they are a bit expensive.

I’m also thinking about changing my degree to start studying Nutrition.

Red Flag Days:

This weekend I will be heading back down to Sydney, which is officially where I fell off the rails last round. I absolutely know that things will go differently this time; I will have a glass of wine, I will eat some good food, but I will remain mindful and in control.

Goals:

I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and just from what I’ve written above I have a few for this round:

  • To have under 20% body fat percentage by the end of the round, I actually have no idea about the timing with these kind of results but we’ll see how I go
  • To run/jog/shuffle the entire 10km for Bridge to Brisbane
  • To do at least one unassisted chin up by the end of the round
  • Organise my week every Sunday
  • Be strong/confident enough in my weight-lifting to possibly join the (fairly male-centric) local gym in two months
  • Complete the whole 12WBT and remain active on this blog, no falling off the face of the planet this time

As part of the general “Welcome” gym stuff this morning I was asked to make a 12 month goal. This is just something that I always avoid doing but being directly asked the question made me really think. I ended up realising that my 12 month goal is to still be a fit/active/healthy person. I want to be someone who goes to the gym and runs and exercises in general because that’s my lifestyle, that’s what I love and enjoy, not because I don’t like myself or because I’m trying to lose weight again. I want to still be smashing personal goals and personal bests, being the very best version of myself and meet amazing, inspirational people (like you lot).

Let’s do this thing.

~ energyandEmily

Finale – Round 2

Okay! I’ve just gotten home from Adelaide and I need to write this post before bed!

THANK YOU!!!!

Thank you, all of you beautiful, incredible people. Thank you so much to anyone who nominated me as their 12WBT Hero, and thank you to anyone who has ever read or commented; anyone who has shared their story, and anyone who has supported their fellow 12WBTers. I have so much respect for all of my fellow bloggers; without blowing my own horn, it takes so much to put it all out there in the universe, on your blogs, and you have all inspired me so much with your stories and your journeys and it has been an absolute honour getting to know you.

I haven’t watched the finale video yet and I’m excited but also very nervous to. I hope that my answer/speech essentially came out like the above because despite bumbling my way through it, I was trying to show you all my love.

Also, please tell me someone picked up the baked beans reference?

The weekend was absolutely amazing from start to finish and it just flew by. There was so much energy in the room on Saturday night and I’m still buzzing from it. The set up was gorgeous, I was blown away by the food, and I thought that the black theme was absolutely perfect. Everyone looked so glamourous.

Meeting Mish was amazing, she is just as beautiful in real life as in all of her videos. We only got a chance to talk briefly but she was lovely. And her TEAM, oh my gosh. All of her girls are absolutely beautiful, friendly and encouraging. I was able to have a really nice chat with Erica, Kim, Lisa and Larah. Erica was the beautiful lady helping me down the white carpet/runway.

If anyone would like to know, the little white box we were given was this…

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The craziest thing is that this photo was taken only about an hour and a half beforehand so we were all completely surprised!

It was amazing to be able to meet some of my fellow bloggers, including Transfer & Transform, No longer fit and fat, just fitYesUCanKat, HealthyChelsea, I Guess I Rock This Dress and CocoButter. I met so many other people that I’ve seen on the forums and on Facebook as well, it was incredible. I can’t wait to be able to meet all of you one day!!

Also, I’m sorry if I missed anyone! It has just been the biggest weekend.

Here are just a few photos from the night which I posted on Facebook:

There will be more to come as well!

I need to run off to bed now but thank you all again, for everything.

Round 3 is going to be awesome.

~ energyandEmily

Playing Catch Up

Round 2 Stats Update

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Here are my very first pictures for Round 2:

My Week 4 pictures:

Finally, my Week 12 pictures from Sunday:

I’m actually really happy with my progress. It’s interesting to see my total measurement changes and pictures though, as I don’t always feel that much smaller than before.

I took a sneaky peak at the scales again this morning because I was planning to write this update tonight, and I am down to 63.6. I’ve lost 1.2kg in the last 6 days!!

News for Round 3

I’m going to really work on maintaining an active lifestyle overall, for a couple of weeks there I was really living some of the costs of not exercising/eating well. I’m not sure which video it was but I can remember Mish saying that as soon as she stops exercising, that’s when the mind games start and that’s absolutely what it was like. Now that I’m back in the swing of things I already feel stronger, healthier and more powerful, both mentally and physically, and I know how I will feel if I stop. However, I also feel like I learnt a very valuable lesson about not being too hard on myself.

I’m going to be ‘going it alone’ for Round 3 as Hugh has lost interest in the exercise. I think this will actually be the perfect opportunity for me to gain some of that self-respect Mish was talking about, and to really get in touch with who I am, my strengths and weaknesses, and what my goals are.

I have joined the running club at my university which conveniently meets on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Running alone has been one of the hardest things for me to wrap my head around so this has been really helpful to counteract the mind games.

The club actually set up a ‘beep test’ for us yesterday and we will be doing one on the first Monday of every month which provides another opportunity for me to test my fitness. They also meet for one swimming session every Monday morning, and one gym session which I’m hoping to use for some proper weights training.

Additionally, this time I’m committing to this blog, and my fellow bloggers, no matter how hard things get. I love to blog but I also felt the most on track when I was posting here regularly. I have so much more to learn and to share and I’ve loved getting to know you all over the last 12 weeks, and I know I’ll enjoy getting better acquainted with new bloggers as well.

I’ve met some very special people through this blogging experience and I want to thank you all for being there for me and for continuing to inspire me through your posts.

Also! I am now the Secretary of the newly formed Doctor Who Society at uni!

Bring on Round 3.

~ energyandEmily