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NLA for Her Product Review – Taste

Alright so yesterday in the mail I received a starter stack of the NLA for Her supplements. I referenced them here. Needless to say I was excited! But I also knew that starting them in the middle of the day when I knew I wouldn’t be lifting or running was probably not the BEST idea and I wanted to follow the plans as close as possible.

So I opened up my box to this loveliness:

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What you see here is the Her Whey protein powder in Chocolate Eclair, Her Aminos in Pink Lemonade, Uplift in Raspberry Lemonade Energy and Shred Her Fat Burner.

I had used, on occasion, the Phase 8 MuscleTech Protein Powder as that’s what the my boyfriend has been using, and we’ve tried the Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. They all smelled alright, though the Vanilla smells the best. He’s not really liked any of them other than the Vanilla, which he’ll drink alone, or add to coffee, or include tumeric, cinnamon and what not to. Out of those, my preference was for the Strawberry, but they are exceptionally hard to mix up. I tried it with both water and milk, but in either case I was mixing for minutes to get all the powder to dissolve! VIGOROUSLY mixing, mind you. And taste wise it was alright but eh. I always felt that they had a bit of a chalky taste to them, or that weird aftertaste that protein powders are notorious for  and ran into clumps of powder from time to time even AFTER shaking in my mixer.

Back to my box though…

I hurriedly opened the Her Whey protein powder and couldn’t WAIT to try it! It smelled divine and the scoop even was right on top instead of buried deep within the canister and had a nice, long handle on it. But I decided to wait. Ideally, I’ll have one shake after a work out and one at lunch, but knowing I wouldn’t be working out yesterday or today, I opted to wait to have one tonight.

I did follow instructions and woke up this morning to take my one Shred Her pill and a cup of Her Aminos mixed with water. The Uplift I’ll be saving until I know when I’ll be working out, as it should be taken roughly 20 – 30 minute prior to working out. Since I intend on starting T25 at night after work, I’ll be using that once the program comes in. But, Her Aminos should be taken first thing upon waking, and roughly 5 – 6 hours later. You can also use it pre, during and post work out which I intend to.

Oddly, I’ve been looking for something that would help me break my soda addiction, and honestly, Her Aminos may very well be it! It tastes GREAT and the pink lemonade tastes just like Crystal Light, only so, so much better for you! I did get the reported tingle about a half hour after drinking it, but it faded and wasn’t so bad with my second cup around lunchtime. It shakes up well and I actually look forward to seeing how well it does for me and my propensity for soreness after a workout.

The Her Whey I tried at dinner time and I have to say…OMG. I could immediately make out the chocolate and cinnamon and it shook up like a DREAM. Fully dissolved and clump free after only a few shakes with water. I may very well try it with milk at some point for a milkshake. 🙂 I can see why baking and cooking with this powder is touted. But it tastes GREAT. It didn’t have that chalky aftertaste. I am happy to say that I gladly drank it down quickly and clean up was a cinch.

I’ll be taking pics later tonight to start posting progress shots, and of course I’m going to be altering my diet to eat better moving forward. But the excitement I had in opening the box has only bee solidified and I’ll be curious to see how NLA for Her Performance is going to help me in obtaining my fitness goals.

 

The Game Plan

I admittedly haven’t been disciplined enough lately to stick to any sort of plan to get myself healthy again OR follow a plan that will set me up for success. There has been a LOT going on at home and we all know how stress, uncertainty and general malaise can set in when things at home aren’t good. The irony is that when things at home aren’t ideal, that’s all the more reason to focus on yourself and especially getting you into a better mind frame, both physically and mentally. At the very least, if you aren’t taking care of yourself it’s going to spiral into worse situations to handle down the road when attempting to get fit. Meanwhile, getting your head on straight and proverbially taking care of yourself internally (personal aesthetics none-withstanding!) will better assist you in dealing with all that stress, and especially anxiety, that can come from daily life.

My biggest issue? I eat emotionally. When I’m upset, I eat. I LOVE sweets. Love. Adore. Gimme. If I’m not being emotionally fulfilled, I’ll turn to chocolate and especially soda. Yes. Soda. The calorie killer. Worse, caffeine can increase the affects of anxiety; which I also have. So it makes sense doesn’t it? I’m upset, stressed, sad and I turn to the two things that are highest in caffeine (and caffeine is also highly addictive) and therefor will raise my adrenaline levels to create a sort of feeling of excitement.  Now, in moderation this wouldn’t be an issue. But whose’s talking moderation when one’s upset and just wants to feel a little better?!

I have taken steps to try and eat better at home. Unfortunately this hasn’t gone well with my current schedule. So lifestyle changes need to be made.

So what exactly is my Game Plan then? (and how?)

 

1.) Wean myself off of soda – One a day max for the next week, then one every other day for the week after, etc until done. Now if I get there sooner, than great.

2.) Plan meals as much as possible.

3.) Have back up quick meals available for those times when scheduling doesn’t go as planned.

4.) Eat smaller meals/snacks a day – 5x a day. At: 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm.

5.) Don’t eat after 8pm

6.) Start taking vitamin supplements. Especially since I haven’t been eating well at all.

7.) Start taking my protein shakes again. Most likely as my 1pm meal after a work walk.

8.) Start running again. Even more important since I am now not only signed up for the Haunted Happy Family 5k at Walt Disney World in October, but have also registered for the Inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 10k in January.

9.) Start strength training 3x a week again. I’ve been considering getting the P90x3 or the T25 programs from Beachbody as I used to do P90X but an hour at home isn’t too easy to accomplish. 30 minutes I can find time for.

10.) Most importantly, make time for ME.

I have a plan. Now, GO!

Changing Lifestyles – Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So what do you do when you’re first meal of the day ends up inevitably being most of your daily allowance of calories? Changing your lifestyle isn’t easy! It’s far more convenient to live in the manner with which you’ve become accustomed and that’s exactly what I’m fighting with right now.

Take this McDonald’s ‘addiction’ I have. Its not so much that I prefer to eat at one of America’s most well known and horribly-unhealthy for you fast food chains! But the sheer fact of the matter is, it’s the most convenient option for me! Or, at least, I keep telling myself it is when I get up in the morning. I have four of them that I can count immediately that are directly between my home and my work. FOUR! It’s no wonder that the restaurant chain owns the largest share in it’s market!  And, well, yeah, I do have a soft spot for their Coke and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 

Yummmy! Too bad three of these bad boys = 480 calories!

 

I’m also the sort that isn’t hungry upon immediately waking up. I’d rather wait an hour or so before I ingest some wonderful sustenance. But I also have a tendency to wake up basically an hour before I need to leave the house to head into work. I dont have quite the same issue, for instance, on the weekends when I dont need to go anywhere first thing. I can take my time, wake up, and then eat when I’m ready. During the week, running around, trying to get into work, I would prefer to wait and generally dont find myself hungry until about an hour after waking. Issue there? By then I’m in the car and hey look…it’s one of those four McDonalds!

So then, the question begs to differ, how best to change my lifestyle to avoid the Calorie Pit? I can try to eat at home, prior to being hungry but the issue there in is that if I’m not hungry, I simply won’t eat! (Which makes sense, right? Why bother eating if A.) you’re not feeling it and B.) you’re not going to ENJOY what you’re putting in your mouth?!) I can eat when I get to work, but that entails making sure I have food there to eat – which also requires me anticipating what I’m going to WANT to eat for breakfast on any given morning.

 

I need this to determine lunch at work!

 

The first lifestyle change I think I need to make, is to stop going to fast food places first thing in the morning and eating 1000 calories right off the bat, and figuring out a different way to change how my mind thinks about breakfast.

Welcome to my world!

I’ve started a few blogs in the past, only to get busy with life and leave them behind. Seems to be the case these days in the age of technology when one can dismiss things so quickly; particularly technology. 

While at work today, however, I made the comment about how after the day I’ve had, I could really use a stiff drink and chocolate when I got home. This, and I don’t even drink! Well, not anymore at least. But the point was still there and my coworkers were certainly able to commiserate with me on the sentiment. 

I knew then that I had to create this blog and try to document daily at least a little something about what had happened in my day. 

So what made today so rough that this non-drinker would be inspired to hit the bottle? We recently had our HR director at my company resign right in the middle of open enrollment for our employees. This without training me in any form with what needs to be done and how to do it. Lo-and-behold, I’ve received a crash course in how to handle insurance enrollment as well as field all sorts of questions that I didn’t have the answers to initially. 

At the same time, I can hope that maybe this trial-by-fire will get me a promotion. I can only hope that I’ll be able to show my worth. 

Today was exacerbated by the fact that my boss was supposed to get the last bit of information from one of our offices last night so we could complete the process today, there in allowing everyone to access their temporary cards by tomorrow (since this plan started on July 1) and she didnt get to it. To make it worse, she was out of town today, which means that I have to be the one to track down the paperwork, enter it in, and complete the process in addition to helping out Finance with the payroll. Oh, and taking calls from those wondering what in the world was going on and when they could actually go to the doctors appointments that they were going to have to reschedule. Plus, apparently one of the listed premiums per pay period were incorrect in the documentation that our employees received, so I had to inform those that selected it they would be paying roughly $300 more a month unless they wanted to change plan selections. 

Yeah, it was a stiff drink and chocolate kinda day. 

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