Protein pancakes; and weekend stuff

I spent a couple of hours this weekend trying to write up my talk from Devs Love Bacon. Apparently publishing your slides after doing a talk is the norm, but because my slides are basically just pictures, I wanted to add a rough outline of my talk too. Trouble is, no matter how I write it, it sounds rubbish (to me, anyhow) so I got very frustrated & had to come back to it several times. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it at some point soon; although it won’t be long now until the organisers publish the video (eek!)

In the meantime: I had a nice relaxed long weekend where I did nothing much, which was just what I needed. On Bank Holiday Monday I started my day (around 11.30am!) with protein pancakes made with MyProtein Total Breakfast…

Total Breakfast pancakes

Total Breakfast pancakes

I suppose in true fitness blogger style I should be raving about how “delicious & yummy” these were, but TBH I’m still looking for that perfect protein pancake recipe that actually tastes like pancakes. These are quite close in terms of texture, but they suffer in flavour because Total Breakfast has artificial sweeteners in it, and I cannot stand the taste of any artificial sweetener. I always end up dousing the pancakes in maple syrup to disguise the artificial flavour.

I just can’t really get enthused about faux versions of delicious real foods, though. I can’t imagine protein pancakes ever being as delicious as the real thing, and I’m not even going to bother with things like spiralled vegetable “pasta” or cauliflower “rice” because the real things are too awesome to pass up. That said, if you know a protein pancake recipe that’s as good as the real thing, let me know (those banana & egg fritters don’t float my boat either).

Anyhow, mini-rant over. As I mentioned before, I’m not going to bother making weight for my next competition, and as a result I’ve been eating ALL THE FOOD recently. And by all the food I don’t mean endless eggs & veggies; I mean Indian two nights in a row, and plenty of Haribo. My clothes have, as a result, been feeling quite snug and my muffin top rests even further over my jeans than normal, but I was surprised to find that I was only 73.5kg when I weighed myself at the gym yesterday evening. I feel about 75+ right now. Weird.

Monday night was my speed bench session:

  • Narrow-grip bench press: 20kg, 10 reps x 2; 30kg, 5 reps; 35kg, 5 reps
  • Narrow-grip bench press to 2 boards: 40kg x 3; 45kg x 3; 50kg x 3; 52.5kg x 1; two failed attempts at 55kg
  • Narrow-grip decline bench press: 20kg x 6; 30kg x 5; 40kg, 4 sets of 3; 40kg x 5
Setup for decline bench press

Setup for decline bench press. Oh hey! I’m in the mirror, in my Nyan Cat t-shirt

In case you’re wondering, this is how you set up for decline bench press: put the feet of the bench on one of the boxes used for box squats, and hang on for dear life (while feeling a bit sick).

  • Seated dumbbell press: 10kg, 5 reps x 3
  • JM press: 30kg, 2 sets of 12
  • Machine rows: 15kg (each hand), 3 sets of 10
  • Hammer curls: 9kg dumbbells, 3 sets of 7 (9kg was far too heavy, I think I will never progress on these!!)
  • Incline sit-up: 3 sets of 10
  • Spiders (band pull-aparts): 3 sets

I was also meant to do leg raises, but these still irritate my back where I injured it. Time for a massage, probably.

Today I brought my gym kit to work and had planned to go do some sort of HIIT or barbell complex at lunchtime. But 12pm rolled around, my calendar popup popped up and… I just couldn’t be bothered. Sitting in the office, out of the rain, eating my lunch appealed so much more. Oh well. I just can’t get motivated to work-out when it’s not a class or coached session!!


9 thoughts on “Protein pancakes; and weekend stuff

    1. lozette Post author

      I’ve tried the banana & egg fritters & they just don’t do it for me – they’re even less like pancakes than the Total Breakfast ones!

      I’m not trying to avoid sugar (hence having no qualms about dousing my TB pancakes in maple syrup!)

    1. lozette Post author

      I just call them fritters because they’re like fritters – omelette is accurate as well though! But definitely not cake in any shape or form 🙂

  1. Martha B

    just can’t really get enthused about faux versions of delicious real foods, though. – seriously, this. I have tried to healthy things up, but it usually ends up a flop. The only thing I dig in that department is zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, but I know going into it it’s not going to taste like spaghetti.

    1. lozette Post author

      Spaghetti squash is something I’ve never seen in the UK! We do t seem to get it here. I’d be curious to try it because I like butternut squash.

      1. Martha B

        It’s pretty awesome, and super easy to cook, plus it shreds into “noodles” so it’s easy to put sauce on. It’s a bummer you don’t have it over there!

  2. G

    Could you just make regular, flour-based pancakes and toss some unflavored protein powder of choice in? Carb bomb breakfast like plain pancakes makes me feel weird and hungry shortly after, but like you I hate fakey substitute foods… Maybe just adding protein will help.

    1. lozette Post author

      Good point, I’m not sure really why I’m after a magic protein powder recipe because I’m NOT avoiding gluten. The only protein powder I buy is flavoured – I should check out unflavoured ones maybe.

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