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Hitting a wall while standing on a plateau.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

A friend came to stay for the last 2 weeks and it didn’t do me any favours as far as weight loss goes.  Did I completely  give up?  I am proud to say that I did not.   But I certainly didn’t make any progress either.  So the question becomes…Do I forgive myself for not being strict enough with my diet or do I give myself grief for not being more disciplined?  I’m going with “it could have been waaaay worse”.

Having been on a plateau for the last month I am feeling a little behind in my goals.  However, the plan from the beginning was about making a new lifestyle for myself.  Now I just have to push to the next level.  More exercise? check.  I’m walking more and staying in an active mind frame.  Eating better? Ummmm…trying to.  The last weeks have been all about bread and potatoes.  That definitively has to stop.

So onward and upward.  I’m going to refocus and know that being good to myself means feeling healthier.  Feeling healthier comes from sticking to my healthy eating plan.  Piece of cake right?  Well maybe a piece of fruit, technically much easier than cake.

Journal Shmernal

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

fitnesspal-samsungWhen I began this whole journey to fitness pretty much every expert advised keeping a food journal.  As I am apparently too bloody minded, I thought that it was lame to dedicate so much attention to every detail of what I consumed.  I humbly admit my great error.  I will also admit that having it as an app on my phone has made it far more interesting for me.

After perusing a few calorie counters, some were better than others.  For me it turned out the most important thing became the library of foods that the app had access to.  It’s much nicer to know that when you type a product into the search it will likely give you the very thing you’re looking for.  Even cooler is the bar-code reader that several of them have.  It is extremely handy if you don’t want to have to type in the stats for products yourself.  I also like that my entries will be added to the library for other people.

“My Fitness Pal” is the one that I landed on in the end.  It stores the foods I eat and the calories I expend in a day and balances them for an end result with daily and weekly statistics.  It covers all those numbers you find on the nutritional information of a product like fat and carbs and protein and stuff.  Having the glycemic index of foods would be super handy but it’s not on this app.  If you know an app that does have this information let me know.

The designer in me really likes the user interface and look of the whole thing.  I figured it out pretty quickly without any help.

The geek in me loves having a new toy to play with and the healthy part of me is enjoying staying on track.  As those that know will tell you, journaling keeps you aware and accountable for your calorie input and output…and crap, They are right.  I stand corrected and a bit healthier.

Smoothies!

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

vega-smoothieI know I said I wasn’t going to talk about any pills or potions but my smoothie is just great for your general health; it’s not a weight loss thing particularly.  What this smoothie does is help me get the appropriate amount of veggies and other nutrients in my day without adding too many calories. 148 calories per serving in fact.  This smoothie provides 2 servings of vegetables, some omega 3 oils, iron, calcium, fibre, protein and a whole whack of other great things all in a vegan powder.

What’s in it?

  • 1 portion Vega Energizing Smoothie
  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 1 generous tsp Maca powder
  • 1 tbsp E3Live®
  • 1 cup water

You may be asking “what the heck is Maca?”. It is a “super food” from Peru that has a very lengthy shelf life and provides a significant nutritional boost to your diet.  It is rich in iodine, zinc, amino acids and vitamin C.  It has been linked to an increase in fertility and amounts of copper, zinc, selenium, manganese, iron and boron that are crucial for metabolism, organ function, healthy skin and enzyme production.  It’s got a pretty complete range of B vitamins.  Generally it’s just plain good.

Psyllium husk is an excellent source of soluble fibre (see my post on fibre here) Thankfully it is considered safe for people who have intestinal or bowel issues.  If you are in a low carb diet it helps boost your fibre intake which is really important to keep everything flowing through you properly. Psyllium also tends to make you feel full which means you will feel less hungry through the day.

E3Live® is ridiculous in that it has a lot of what your body needs to stay healthy.  Nutritionally, E3Live® provides more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids & essential fatty acids. That’s a lot of goodness right there in a tbsp of algae.  Technically it’s “pond scum” as my room-mate calls it but he also admits that he feels something helpful missing from his smoothie if he doesn’t get it.

Without the Vega powder this all tastes pretty bad I admit.  With the Vega Energizing Smoothie powder it tastes a little better. You can check out all about the Vega here.  There are so many helpful nutritional components it would be silly for me to try to list them all, so please go check it out.

In fact please check out all the links in this article.  I really only touched the surface of any of these supplements.

Without my Smoothie I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten all I can in the day.

Try it. It tastes…well not so great, but it really is worth it.