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Soda Pop

I am a soda junkie. I admit it. It’s my primary vice and weakness next to chocolate. (But at least chocolate can have some beneficial side-effects!) I give the excuse that it’s genetic – my biological father would drink a 2 liter of Pepsi every day.

Regardless, soda (or tonic, pop, coke, pepsi, whatever your geographic preference for it happens to be) is pretty much toxic for you.  It has been attributed to:

This just to name a few! I mean, when you look at that list alone, why would you want to drink this stuff right?! BUT IT’S SOOO YUMMY.

Well, as of this morning I hadn’t had a soda in 4 days. I actually attribute that to my recent purchase of the NLA for Her Performance Her Aminos. It tastes delicious and is just sweet enough to curb my sweet tooth while actually being beneficial for my fitness goals.

This morning though, I had a craving and I’ve learned through experience with my personality that if I dont curb the craving it sticks around, so I broke down and grabbed a small coke from McDonalds. (the BEST place to get fountain soda usually).

I drank half of it.

Then I was done.

*blink*

For anyone that would know me in real life, this in and of itself is a HUGE fete! Its also a promising indication and hopeful that when I DO decide to partake of a little soda in the future then it wont be something I feel the need to keep drinking.

Small steps, at least. 🙂

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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.

 

NLA for Her? T25?

So, I’ve been REALLY bad lately and have finally hit that wall where I’m done – I wont stay like I’ve been anymore. I want out of this body which is smooshy and weak and back to where I was pre-baby. I’m not concerned about the actual WEIGHT number, I just want to get toned and healthy again.

A lot of that is indeed my diet. I have to change it. No more excuses. I’m entering my late 30’s and the diet I had in my 20’s and early 30’s simply isn’t going to cut it anymore. My metabolism is changing and I have to accept that and work with it instead of against it.

I also need to increase my exercise. I’ve been restarting my running – at least twice a week though ultimately I need to get it to 3 – 5 times. I’m adjusting my schedule to it. I’ve just purchased the Focus T25 program from Beachbody and will get started on that as soon as I get it in. I can find a half hour a day to get that going.

 

I have also been looking into the NLA for Her line of products that are promoted by IFBB Pro Jessie Hilgenberg. I’ve been reading a lot of positive things about the products as well as their taste and after using the Phase 8 protein powders, I’m thinking that this may be a better alternative for me. If you’ve had experience with these lines of products, please let me know your thoughts! I’m considering the standard stack which includes the Her Whey Protein Powder, Her Aminos, Shred Her Fat Burner and Uplift Energy.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once I get my T25 in, I’ll take starter pics and post as well as write up reviews.

I’m GOING to do this.

No more excuses.

 

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!

No More Excuses

I happen to be a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder. I love it. I’ve saved easily close to $2000 this year alone with it in part because, since I have a pass and going only costs gas effectively, I go a LOT more than I would were I not to have it. That being said, being a passholder has serious perks. I get free parking, which, with parking being $17 a day PER PARK if you’re not smart can add up. You get 10% off at certain merchant locations and that can add up too. Plus you can get discounts on booking rooms and other events. One of the nice perks about being an annual passholder is that you also get early pre-registration for events like the runDisney events!

The BIG runDisney event is the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January. It fills up super fast, so having a proverbial leg up on being able to get your registration in can be a huge perk. Today happened to be early registration for annual passholders for said weekend!

Now, I’m no where ready to run a marathon, or even a half marathon BUT I am already registered for the Happy Haunted 5k during the Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend in October. I thought to myself that a 10k shouldnt be too much more difficult in three more months, now could it? And this year just so happens to be the inaugural year for the 10k at WDW Marathon Weekend. Coincidence? I think not!

Therefore, yours truly is now registered for the 10k that very weekend.

This also means that yours truly needs to get off her soft flattened butt and start kicking it into gear! How? Well, I’m going to start running whenever I possibly can. Eating better and hopefully starting some strength training again. I have not one, but two races to train for now.

 

 

Deadline didn’t quite happen

Well, so I wanted to start off April 1st eating better and cutting out fast food and soda in particular. That didnt happen, unfortunately, due to circumstances outside of my control. I wasn’t able to eat before leaving for work in the morning, so of course old habits kicked in and I got something on the way in since I didnt have anything at work that I knew I would be able to eat.

That being said, today I’m scaling back. I did get my usual bagel with egg and cheese and the soda, but held off on the cookies. I also was able to chow down on a waffle and some raspberries before I left the house. It’s not perfect, but it’s also not cold turkey and it’s a start! Today is the second, yesterday wasn’t a set back and I have the rest of the week to get into the right schedule. Besides, I have a birthday party to go to on Sunday and that will be filled with soda and cake. 😉 There is no point in denying myself and its known that if you deny yourself your cravings it will make it worse.

Its about moderation and in order to get back into that habit, one needs to make steps.

The wives tale is that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. Recent research shows that the estimate is actually 66, but just like everyone it’s different from person to person. So, I resolve to make little changes every day and be consistent in them from day to day. This will hopefully allow me to ease into my new lifestyle choices and make better decisions when eating.

Tonight, is grocery shopping. Here I come fruits, proteins and good yummy stuff!

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.

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