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Is losing weight the last thing on your mind this time of the year?

I love Autumn. I love the cool, crisp mornings, the changing of colors outdoors, leaves falling, the tasty seasonal coffee flavors and COMFORT FOOD!

From soups to casseroles that make me feel cozy and sleepy, and the smell of fresh baked cookies in the kitchen on the weekends. While I do love to run in the cool outdoors, I also like to eat a whole lot more. Can you relate?

Comfort Food

It is also the time of the year that I normally do a “cleanse.” Now, my first experience with a cleanse was witnessing a dear friend and cubicle mate of mine drink some vinegar-cayenne-lemon-honey drink for several days while depriving herself of food. Food deprivation also led to a hangry shebeast (sorry my dear friend) that near about ripped my head off whenever I was in the general vicinity. I did not dare ask her how she was doing for fear that I would get a barrage of angry, bitter, and hunger induced emotional verbal assault.

As a result of this joyful experience, I swore I would never do a cleanse… I would never put my body through that experience.

In 2012, I was introduced to Herbalife and I watched a friend of mine have a very different experience with the Herbalife 21-Day Herbal Cleansing Program. She simply took two tablets in the morning and two tablets at night and drank an aloe-mango drink once a day. She ate her normal meals throughout the day, her skin looked amazing, and she seemed quite light in her step (if you know what I mean). So, I decided to give the 21-day cleanse a try.

I was skeptical at first, considering I had never needed something like this in the 30 or so years I had been on this planet thus far. After all, isn’t the occasional stomach bug every few years a good enough cleanse for the system? I decided to do the cleanse last Fall, just as we were getting into the season. By the third day, I was more than pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t running to the bathroom every 5 minutes, I wasn’t drinking some weird concoction, and even though I was enjoying my regular Fall casseroles, I didn’t feel heavy and sluggish. By the end of the 21 Day cleanse, several friends asked me what I was up to? What was I taking and was I sneaking into the tanning bed. After the cleanse, I was left feeling refreshed, healthy, regular, and didn’t experience any bloating and digestive issues. I now do the 21-Day Cleanse in the Fall and just before summer.

How does it work?

21 Day Herbal Cleanse

21-Day Herbal Cleansing Program

1. AM Replenishing Formula. Take two tablets in the morning. Contains Milk Thistle, traditionally used for liver support, which helps promote the body’s natural elimination of toxins.

2. PM Cleansing Formula. Take two tablets before bed. Contains herbs traditionally used for healthy digestion, including Dandelion, which supports healthy elimination.

Herbal Aloe

Herbal Aloe

Drink one serving per day alone or mixed in with herbal tea. Herbal Aloe soothes the stomach, relieves indigestion, and supports nutrient absorption.

Invest in a cleanse today and strengthen your immune system, digestive health, weight management, and skin!

HERBALIFE CRANBERRY WHEAT SCONES

HERBALIFE CRANBERRY WHEAT SCONES

Wheat Scones

Herbalife Cranberry Wheat Scones

 

This recipe came from the Herbalife Today magazine (Winter/Spring 2014). Click HERE for a link to the magazine. I was hesitant to try the recipe due to the 1/2 c of olive oil it calls for. I thought the olive oil would make the scones taste funny and I didn’t want to lose any of my precious F1 shake mix in the process.

This lower fat, lower calorie version of the classic scone is not intended as a meal replacement. However it gets a protein boost from the addition of Formula 1 Healthy Meal shake mix.

INGREDIENTS (for 14 to 16 scones):

4 oz. Formula 1 French Vanilla shake mix
2 cups flour
1 ¾ cups wheat flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
cup extra virgin olive oil
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Shamrock Scurry 5k Recap from 3.9.2013

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OFFICIAL FINISH TIME: 31:44

PLACE: 249/630

Running was the EASY part….

Scurry_logo_2013_webLast Saturday, 3.9.2013, was a chilly morning and I knew I would need to bundle my little munchkins up. My race prep started Friday night at 8:00 p.m. First thing I had to figure out was how to get the double jogging stroller into the GTO coupe. It did not fit in the trunk and I couldn’t put it in the backseat since I had two little girls back there. I ended up taking all 4 wheels off and somehow managed to get it to fit in the front passenger seat. Once I got my girls to bed, I continued getting our race gear together – included my racing gear layers, belt, iShuffle (charged), outfits for the girls, mittens and beanies for the girls, extra blankets, stocked diaper bag, juice cups, and snacks. I called it a night about 11:00 p.m. and still wasn’t sure if I had everything together.

RACE DAY… my morning started just before 5:00 a.m. Got up, showered, put together my post-race Costco shopping list (sounded like a great idea at the time) and threw all remaining gear in the trunk of the car. In hopes of getting to the race location by 7:45 a.m., for the 8:30 a.m. start, I knew I needed to leave the house by 7:10 a.m….. at the latest. Normally parking is not much a concern, but when you have to situate a double jogging stroller, two little girls who might be cold, and little bitty bladders, parking suddenly becomes more important than you can imagine, especially when you have 2 yr old that thinks she is supposed to wander off every time she gets out of the car.

I woke my girls up at 6:30 a.m. and through fussiness, sleepiness, and whininess, I got both girls ready and had a tasty Honeybun waiting for them in the car (my incentive to get them into the car, sometimes motivation comes from unlikely places). We managed to hit the road by 7:15 a.m. No worries, this momma could make up the time in the GTO. As they enjoyed their Honeybuns, I ate my banana and drank my Herbalife24 Prepare to get me ready for the race. We managed to make it to the race location at 7:50 a.m. and got a great parking spot in the main parking lot. I was beyond thankful. Another MRTT Tally member had picked up my race packet the day before and I ended up parking about 100 feet away from her, lucky me. She gave me my race packet and back to the car my girls and I went to get ready for the race. Next was the fun step of getting the girls set up for comfort; which involved getting the stroller out, attaching the wheels, getting the girls in the stroller and situated with blankets, juice, and snacks. Then, it was off to find a potty for my little preschooler bladder. Oh, the joy of pre-race women’s bathroom lines. I know I need to say no more here.

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EAS Soy Protein… still have a jug of it if you want it….

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EAS – Energy. Athletics. Strength.

EAS started in 1992 and their products can be found in just about every big box retailer, drugstore, grocery store, and vitamin/supplement specialty store.  I have even seen coupons for EAS products in the Sunday paper, which is probably why I have tried it out.

HEalth Supplement Choices website provides an excellent recap on EAS overall. According to their website, “EAS is a science based company with some of their products being certified by the NSF. The NSF is an organization that approves consumer goods. Only a small percentage of supplement companies are certified by the NSF…. EAS Soy Protein Powder is a great source of protein with very low amounts of fat and no cholesterol.

 Each serving of 44 g (1 scoop) contains:

  • 170 calories
  • 1.5 grams of fat
  • 19 grams of carbs
  • 17 grams of sugar
  • 20 grams of protein

When compared to whey protein, soy comes up a bit short for athletes and bodybuilders. Overall it’s not as effective as whey protein. However, there are some benefits of soy protein worth mentioning. Vegetarians are usually the main consumers of soy protein powder because it’s a great alternative to animal protein. It contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. Essential amino acids are referred to as “essential” because your body cannot produce them… You must get them from your diet. Other notable benefits of soy protein are it’s ability to lower cholesterol, and it’s ability to reduce certain forms of cancer.” Read full article:  EAS Soy Protein Powder Review

My personal experience…..

I’ve tried several different types of protein powders and this one ranks the lowest on the totem pole with respect to flavor and texture. I bought a jug of the vanilla, mixed one shake worth and am sure I made the bitter beer face when I took my first sip. The texture was a bit clumpy and it had an aftertaste that I can’t quite put my finger on. Like a serving of Nyquil, I pinched my nose and downed the sucker. The jug is still sitting on my counter top if you want it.

I was quite surprised that the EAS protein powder would taste this gross (sorry for lack of better wording). I have drunk the EAS Myoplex ready-made drinks and have eaten the EAS nutrition bars. Both of these other products were quite good and would recommend them to anyone, but the EAS Soy Protein… yuck. I can feel myself tasting it even as I type this review.

A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 30, 3:00 and done!

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.17) Day 30 – 3:00 sec: Well, I did not end my 30 day challenge with a new PR and I was two days late. Saturday’s half marathon (my third half marathon this year) was more demanding on my knee than I was prepared for. So, I decided to finish my weekend and my challenge with a 3:00 plank in honor of day 30. I never thought I would get to 4:00 minutes and am quite proud that I have. A buddy of mine has texted me and challenged me to plank every day till the end of the year to see what kind of PR we can set. HHmmmm…. I am still not sure if I am ready to accept this challenge.

Recap:

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A Plank a Day Challenge: Day 29, 4:00 and a cupcake!!!

4 minute plank

I decided to take on the plank a day challenge for 30 days. I have never held the plank position for more than 90 seconds at one time so I am wondering if I will really be able to hold it longer than that as time wears on.

(2.14) Day 29 – 4:00 sec: After a houseful of little girls over for Valentine’s Day and full belly of pizza, I found myself drifting off to sleep on the living room floor. Suddenly, I remembered the 4 minute challenge that was still staring me in the face. Doubtful, I assumed the position. At the 1 minute mark I felt good enough to smile for a picture. At the 2 minute mark I could feel the pain, but there was also a glimmer of hope that I could indeed make it, after all I had passed the halfway point already. At the 3 minute mark I was sweating , my lower back was beginning to hurt and my legs burning. At 3:30 I was pretty much crying… but, I made it! 4:00 conquered… yes, I had to have a cupcake after that.

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Weight Watchers…. A 2009 failed experiment

Weight WatchersWeight Watchers overhauled their diet plan system in 2010, so I technically embarked on the old system when I did it in 2009. Under the old plan, ” you could use your points anyway you like. But we now know if you use your points wisely by eating foods rich in protein and fiber — these foods fill you up, keep hunger at bay, and help you lose weight in a healthier and more nutritious way,” Kovach says WebMD.

Weight Watchers has been around for over 40 years and they have continued to revamp their company and their system. I have to admit that the current plan, Weight Watchers 360, looks pretty darn sexy and appealing. Furthermore, Weight Watchers is one of the most recognized companies when it comes to weight loss, so they are clearly doing something right and helping people sustain smart weight loss the right way.

I decided to give it a try in 2009, after the birth of my first child. After the first few months after having a baby, the pounds just melted off. About six months post baby,  I still  had about 20 pounds I wanted to lose and joined with a friend. It seemed expensive to me at the time and the time to attend meetings and travel to a meeting really irritated me. Counting points and thinking and trying to figure out points of food I was eating was time consuming and I did not enjoy it. I often found myself saving up points for later and then eating wayu too much at the end of day because I would be so hungry. I stuck with the program for 6 months. About 2 months into the program, I stopped attending meetings and would walk by the meeting location and keep going- I figured that instead of talking about it, I would get out there and just do it. I stuck with the plan for 6 months and abandoned the plan right before Christmas.

1. Why didn’t I stick to the program?

Since hindsight is 20/20, I can honestly say now that the support groups and number counting was too time consuming (for me). I know that having a support system can be critical to helping one lose weight, but my time and money would have been better spent in a group spin class/kick boxing class/ in a running group or with a personal trainer. Talking about food only made me hungrier. The second aspect was lack of sleep. Being a new mommy and spending lots of nights awake with a hungry baby wrecked havoc on my metabolism and I didn’t realize it at the time.

2. Who would I recommend Weight Watchers to? 

Weight Watchers is an awesome program with an excellent support system, it just wasn’t the right fit for me. I would recommend Weight Watchers to anyone who enjoys being in a social support group, to anyone who feels like they have a lot to learn about nutrition and portion control, and to anyone who feels overwhelmed by the daunting goal ahead of them.

I would also suggest the program to anyone who is tired of their current plan. Sometimes we just need to change things up a bit. My taste buds enjoy variety and there are only so many chocolate protein drinks I can consume. Plus, some restaurants have Weight Watcher icons on their menu. When I see those, I know that particular dish is healthier and can opt for that dish and not feel guilty.

 

 

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