Monday 22 December 2014, after much anticipation (and a few hysterical outbursts due to the unappreciated delay; licensing issues I was told *roll of the eye balls*) the new gym, only a stones throw from my place of work opened to the public. So what?! you chime. This my friend was a great day; it was the day I started building the body of my dreams and working towards strutting my funky stuff in my stripper heels and blinged bikini on the stage of Miami Pro – yeah baby!!
This is something I have wanted to do for years (guess what, I have a blog about that and you can read it here! haha) and have seen several friends compete with remarkable success. Competition preparation is a huge commitment and when I discovered there were plans to open a gym 30 seconds from my place of work I took it as a sign from the universe! *shining light from the clouds above along with the relevant angelic onomatopoeia* (great word). This ish was meant to be dammit!
My body changed rapidly (see month 1 progress here) and at twelve weeks out my coach said the dreaded words, ‘no more cheats’. A cheat meal once a week is like the holy grail during prep. You plan it with precision as you only get one, you gotta make it count! I had to find something that might satisfy those cravings, if and when I got them. Then tragedy struck. On Wednesday 22 April 2015, I ruptured my left Achilles; 10 and a half weeks from my stage début. I was not going to let that stop me! I continued to train adapting my leg exercises so that they could be done on my back; yes that is right I said ‘on my back’.
Sunday May 10 2015, I got hit with another clanger. My injured leg just didn’t feel right so I went off to A&E to be told I had developed a clot!! Deep Vein Thrombosis is no joke. THIS put a stop to my training!!! No heavy lifting while on blood thinning medication due to risk of haemorrhage. Was the universe telling me I had no business being half naked on stage striking my best booty pose? No training, no work (signed off for 7 weeks) and no TV (I don’t own one). What was a girl to do? Well this girl threw herself head first into food preparation – after all I had worked hard and didn’t want to turn into a bored hungry but happy hippo – a contingency plan was in order.
I created recipes galore (which I am sharing with you all every Thursday at Onin London, an online guide to London Town). I also discovered – wait for it – Muscle Mousse! I confess I had heard about it and somewhere in the back of my mind I had made a note that I needed to give this stuff a try – the time it seemed was now. I received a strawberry flavoured tub of what has now become my best friend.
I do not bloody jest! This stuff is awesome. When I received it I had to check first and foremost that I liked it – I didn’t want to start putting it in my clean treats only to have to dispose of it all in an hysterical frenzy that would undoubtedly involve bouts of talking (out loud), huffing and mumbling to oneself. So I checked the instructions and made it as directed.
It was like a trip down Nostalgia Lane, like Angels Delight but 100 times more filling – a meal in a mousse. The powder mixes with water really easily in a regular shaker bottle (I chose to use my trusted ‘magic bullet’), takes just seconds to prepare and sets within 30 minutes in a refrigerator. Muscle Mousse contains a scientific blend of timed-release proteins formulated to deliver nutrients to the body over a period of hours, but who really cares about all that technical stuff – bottom line is it tastes great!
Me being me and generally having alot of time on my hands (due to the injury, just made myself sound a little idle) I decided to experiment. Lots of pancakes and some cheesecake later I am sold. Easy to use, tastes great and remarkably versatile. Muscle Mousse, you have the Baking BodyBuilder seal of approval.
Muscle Mousse is available in strawberry (tastes like Angels Delight), mint chocolate (tastes like Aero), milk chocolate, white chocolate (tastes like Milky Bar), butterscotch, peanut chocolate (tastes like Snickers) and banana – absolutely spoilt for choice. It is fortified with Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) and provides an impressive 7g BCAA’s per serving. It is also gluten free, has no added sugar and is low in fat. A perfect addition to a healthy balanced diet.
Muscle Mousse can be purchased from a whole host of UK stockists. These include GNC, MuscleFood UK, Cardiff Sports Nutrition and Sports Nutrition Warehouse. So go get yourself some and let me know how it goes. You can also stay up to date with the latest Muscle Mousse news by following them at
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