Meet Karina Irby

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PW AMBASSADOR KARINA IRBY

Meet Karina Irby - bikini designer and body confident booty queen Karina, shares a day in her life. Find out what she eats, how she trains and her amazing 5 year transformation from unhappy to healthy!

Food and exercise are really important to me. In fact, I plan my entire day around these two elements as I find if I have the balance of both right, I am more productive and efficient in all aspects of my life,. Plus, I just generally feel good, inside and out!

Moana Bikini and Bikini Body Burn have grown so much, and so fast, that lately I find my exercise and diet largely revolves around my time in the office. Thankfully, because both businesses and our teams have a huge focus on health and wellness, it’s easy to ensure I still meet my diet and workout goals. That’s not to mention my gym, Starke Fitness, is right next door to work – so I’m quite lucky in that respect!

KARINA'S FAVOURITE PRODUCTS

The Slender Blend

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Pre-Workout Blend

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Slender Bars

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Morning
I aim to get up around 6:30am on work days and get moving straight away. After a quick shower and feeding my puppies, my partner and I are off to work. I will grab a coffee on the way – usually a flat white on almond milk – get to work around 7:30, jump on any urgent emails and then it’s across the carpark to start my gym session at 8:00am. I don’t like to eat too much before morning training sessions, but if I am feeling super hungry or lethargic and need a little bit of energy before training I will have a piece of fruit – bananas are my fave – or some Protein World Pre-Workout Blend.

I try to train 3–4 times per week and it usually comprises of a mixture of quite intense weights/resistance, high-intensity interval training and flexibility/mobility. My trainer, Simon, from Starke Fitness calls this the ‘multi-method’ and I find that, in the right combination, I get an amazing, full-body workout that meets all of my fitness and body #goals. Immediately following my workout, I will have a protein shake, which comprises of:

Protein World Slender Blend protein powder (their choc-orange is my favourite flavour at the moment!)
• 1 x full banana
• ½ cup of berries (raspberries or blueberries, usually)
• 1 x cup of ice
• 1 x table spoon of chia seeds
• 2 cups of almond milk

Not only does this fuel my muscles after my workout, but it helps to keep me full, usually until lunch, at least. If I am feeling a little hungry or unsatisfied before lunch, I might jump on UberEats and grab a juice from my favourite local health-food shop which comprises of; dragon fruit, banana, apply, strawberries, chia seeds, coconut water and activated charcoal.

Meet Karina Irby
Meet Karina Irby

Daytime
The majority of my weekdays are spent at Moana // BBB HQ, either at my desk responding to emails, generating content, managing social media, packing orders or in meetings. Following my gym session, because I’m not too active, my diet usually comprises of something not too heavy, but made up of good ingredients that help to continue fuelling my body after my workout. Some of my favourite lunches at the moment are: salad sandwiches on sourdough, quinoa salad bowls or simple veggie sticks with hummus. The Bikini Body Burn Team just recently put together a goal-based Nutrition Guide, titled EAT: Easy As That, which incorporates these recipes.

If I am feeling a little lazy or under-prepared, I’ll sometimes jump on UberEats and grab a chicken burrito bowl, zucchini sweet corn fritters, chicken breast with sweet potato and coleslaw or something else that takes my fancy and won’t make me feel too guilty. A lot of people give UberEats a bad rap – but the Gold Coast has a vast array of amazing, healthy restaurants that use the service, so it’s easy to be ‘good’ while also eating ‘fast’ food… thankfully!

I do have a huge sweet-tooth (more on that later!), so that 3pm sugar craving is all too real for me. With this in mind, Protein World’s amazing Slender Bars taste incredible but are also high in protein and packed with natural ingredients – they help to curb the sugar craving without the added guilt! My fave is the brand-new Smores flavour. Yum!

Evening
Dinner is my favourite meal of the day! I’m always looking forward to a nice, healthy, hearty dinner throughout the day and I love knowing I am coming home to make a delicious dinner with my partner. We enjoy spending the time together and cooking / preparing a yummy meal! Some of our absolute favourites at the moment are; butter chicken, chicken and salad tacos, prawn laksa, slow-cooked beef stroganoff, baked fish with salad and sweet potato nachos.

Again, the Bikini Body Burn Nutrition Guide, EAT: Easy As That, incorporates these recipes, and a lot more! To curb my after-dinner sugar cravings, I usually finish the night with a cup of Protein World Slender Tea – I love tea!

Basically, with my weekday meals – from breakfast to lunch to dinner – the goal is to eat clean, protein-rich foods, low in sugars, to ensure my diet complements my training.

Meet Karina Irby
Meet Karina Irby

Weekends and Treats
Weekends are definitely quite different to weekdays – in all aspects. My ideal day on a weekend goes a little something like this: a little sleep-in, taking my puppies for a walk on the beach with my partner with a coffee from our favourite local coffee shop, heading back down to the beach for a swim in the ocean and a lay in the sun while my partner surfs, afternoon snacks and movie on the couch, heading out for dinner with friends or a nice night in cooking a yummy dinner… and repeat!

Thankfully, if the weather is nice, a lot of our weekends get to look like this; I am a big advocate of trying to separate the work-week from my private time so I actually feel rested and revitalised and ready to tackle Monday! That said, I am constantly on social media managing both businesses – it’s just about finding the right ‘balance’.

While I don’t set aside time to ‘train’ on the weekends as I do through the week, I still try to be active each day – it might just be that morning walk on the beach, or if I am feeling like I need a little bit extra, I will go for an afternoon run on the beach or do a few rounds of boxing with my partner in our little home gym.

With regards to diet, I am definitely not as strict on myself on the weekend as I am through the week. Thankfully Protein World have an AMAZING Pancake Mix that is definitely a go-to for a weekend morning breakfast – without too much guilt - not to mention the Baking Collection for some sneaky afternoon sweets! Lunches and dinners are usually quite similar to through the week, but slightly less structured.

My partner and I usually select one of the days on the weekend as a ‘treat day’ and we’ll head out for dinner and dessert. There’s an AMAZING Japanese Izakaya restaurant on the Gold Coast, Etsu, that is my absolute favourite! But we’re also not averse to walking down to the local Surf Club and grabbing a chicken parmy! Dessert faves are Max Brenner or a new dessert bar in Broadbeach called Cowch – basically anything that includes waffles and chocolate!

I think it’s really important to set aside at least one meal a week, to be a ‘treat’ to reward yourself for your hard work maintaining a good diet. There’s definitely nothing wrong with a sweet treat here and there! Everything in balance and moderation.

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Quick and healthy snacks for weight loss

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Try these 5 healthy snacks that are low in calories and are so tasty that you'll forgot that they're also really healthy!

Meet Karina Irby

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PW AMBASSADOR KARINA IRBY

 

Meet Karina Irby - bikini designer and body confident booty queen Karina, shares a day in her life. Find out what she eats, how she trains and her amazing 5 year transformation from unhappy to healthy!

Food and exercise are really important to me. In fact, I plan my entire day around these two elements as I find if I have the balance of both right, I am more productive and efficient in all aspects of my life,. Plus, I just generally feel good, inside and out!

Moana Bikini and Bikini Body Burn have grown so much, and so fast, that lately I find my exercise and diet largely revolves around my time in the office. Thankfully, because both businesses and our teams have a huge focus on health and wellness, it’s easy to ensure I still meet my diet and workout goals. That’s not to mention my gym, Starke Fitness, is right next door to work – so I’m quite lucky in that respect!

KARINA'S FAVOURITE PRODUCTS

The Slender Blend

Shop

Pre-Workout Blend

Shop

Slender Bars

Shop

 

Morning
I aim to get up around 6:30am on work days and get moving straight away. After a quick shower and feeding my puppies, my partner and I are off to work. I will grab a coffee on the way – usually a flat white on almond milk – get to work around 7:30, jump on any urgent emails and then it’s across the carpark to start my gym session at 8:00am. I don’t like to eat too much before morning training sessions, but if I am feeling super hungry or lethargic and need a little bit of energy before training I will have a piece of fruit – bananas are my fave – or some Protein World Pre-Workout Blend.

I try to train 3–4 times per week and it usually comprises of a mixture of quite intense weights/resistance, high-intensity interval training and flexibility/mobility. My trainer, Simon, from Starke Fitness calls this the ‘multi-method’ and I find that, in the right combination, I get an amazing, full-body workout that meets all of my fitness and body #goals. Immediately following my workout, I will have a protein shake, which comprises of:

Protein World Slender Blend protein powder (their choc-orange is my favourite flavour at the moment!)
• 1 x full banana
• ½ cup of berries (raspberries or blueberries, usually)
• 1 x cup of ice
• 1 x table spoon of chia seeds
• 2 cups of almond milk

Not only does this fuel my muscles after my workout, but it helps to keep me full, usually until lunch, at least. If I am feeling a little hungry or unsatisfied before lunch, I might jump on UberEats and grab a juice from my favourite local health-food shop which comprises of; dragon fruit, banana, apply, strawberries, chia seeds, coconut water and activated charcoal.

Meet Karina Irby
Meet Karina Irby

 

Daytime
The majority of my weekdays are spent at Moana // BBB HQ, either at my desk responding to emails, generating content, managing social media, packing orders or in meetings. Following my gym session, because I’m not too active, my diet usually comprises of something not too heavy, but made up of good ingredients that help to continue fuelling my body after my workout. Some of my favourite lunches at the moment are: salad sandwiches on sourdough, quinoa salad bowls or simple veggie sticks with hummus. The Bikini Body Burn Team just recently put together a goal-based Nutrition Guide, titled EAT: Easy As That, which incorporates these recipes.

If I am feeling a little lazy or under-prepared, I’ll sometimes jump on UberEats and grab a chicken burrito bowl, zucchini sweet corn fritters, chicken breast with sweet potato and coleslaw or something else that takes my fancy and won’t make me feel too guilty. A lot of people give UberEats a bad rap – but the Gold Coast has a vast array of amazing, healthy restaurants that use the service, so it’s easy to be ‘good’ while also eating ‘fast’ food… thankfully!

I do have a huge sweet-tooth (more on that later!), so that 3pm sugar craving is all too real for me. With this in mind, Protein World’s amazing Slender Bars taste incredible but are also high in protein and packed with natural ingredients – they help to curb the sugar craving without the added guilt! My fave is the brand-new Smores flavour. Yum!

Meet Karina Irby

 

Evening
Dinner is my favourite meal of the day! I’m always looking forward to a nice, healthy, hearty dinner throughout the day and I love knowing I am coming home to make a delicious dinner with my partner. We enjoy spending the time together and cooking / preparing a yummy meal! Some of our absolute favourites at the moment are; butter chicken, chicken and salad tacos, prawn laksa, slow-cooked beef stroganoff, baked fish with salad and sweet potato nachos.

Again, the Bikini Body Burn Nutrition Guide, EAT: Easy As That, incorporates these recipes, and a lot more! To curb my after-dinner sugar cravings, I usually finish the night with a cup of Protein World Slender Tea – I love tea!

Basically, with my weekday meals – from breakfast to lunch to dinner – the goal is to eat clean, protein-rich foods, low in sugars, to ensure my diet complements my training.

Meet Karina Irby

 

Weekends and Treats
Weekends are definitely quite different to weekdays – in all aspects. My ideal day on a weekend goes a little something like this: a little sleep-in, taking my puppies for a walk on the beach with my partner with a coffee from our favourite local coffee shop, heading back down to the beach for a swim in the ocean and a lay in the sun while my partner surfs, afternoon snacks and movie on the couch, heading out for dinner with friends or a nice night in cooking a yummy dinner… and repeat!

Thankfully, if the weather is nice, a lot of our weekends get to look like this; I am a big advocate of trying to separate the work-week from my private time so I actually feel rested and revitalised and ready to tackle Monday! That said, I am constantly on social media managing both businesses – it’s just about finding the right ‘balance’.

While I don’t set aside time to ‘train’ on the weekends as I do through the week, I still try to be active each day – it might just be that morning walk on the beach, or if I am feeling like I need a little bit extra, I will go for an afternoon run on the beach or do a few rounds of boxing with my partner in our little home gym.

With regards to diet, I am definitely not as strict on myself on the weekend as I am through the week. Thankfully Protein World have an AMAZING Pancake Mix that is definitely a go-to for a weekend morning breakfast – without too much guilt - not to mention the Baking Collection for some sneaky afternoon sweets! Lunches and dinners are usually quite similar to through the week, but slightly less structured.

My partner and I usually select one of the days on the weekend as a ‘treat day’ and we’ll head out for dinner and dessert. There’s an AMAZING Japanese Izakaya restaurant on the Gold Coast, Etsu, that is my absolute favourite! But we’re also not averse to walking down to the local Surf Club and grabbing a chicken parmy! Dessert faves are Max Brenner or a new dessert bar in Broadbeach called Cowch – basically anything that includes waffles and chocolate!

I think it’s really important to set aside at least one meal a week, to be a ‘treat’ to reward yourself for your hard work maintaining a good diet. There’s definitely nothing wrong with a sweet treat here and there! Everything in balance and moderation.

 

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Slender Blend Protein Shakes For Weight Loss

SLIM DOWN WITH THE SLENDER BLEND

The Slender Blend has been specifically designed to help you reach your weight loss goals... fast! Discover its proven ingredients to maximise weight loss and find out more.

 

Quick & healthy snacks for weight loss

QUICK & HEALTHY SNACKS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

Try these 5 healthy snacks that are low in calories and are so tasty that you'll forgot that they're also really healthy!

 

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