Supplements – Protein for Men and Women – Review

My boyfriend and I started both trialling a few different supplements a while ago, in order to do some reviews. We both had different aims, and been trying a few different brands to find products that give us the results we’re after, as well as being good value, and tasting good. I also like to make different recipes with my protein powders as you all know, like baking bars, pancakes, protein balls, and even mixing with some greek yoghurt so flavour is probably more important to me.

So, anyway, we just finished our his and hers vitalstrength protein powers. The company was also generous enough to chuck in a a sample of the pre-workout. It’s the 16:00 Nitroxl pre-workout and came in orange crush and arctic blue. The boyfriend gave one of them to his workout mate. Both of them are doing personal training, and a prepping for a bodybuilding comp, so take this sort thing ultra seriously. They both liked the flavour they each tried, and are thinking about switching from their current pre-workout. This said it has no side effects, which they said it’s hard to tell only using it once, but is something that if it’s the case would be a HUGE selling point for them, as well as to recommend to other PT’s and guys at the gym. I’ve put links to the site if you want to have a look. Apparently they can make you jittery and it messes with your sleep big time. These guys work out in the afternoons so that is a major factor, and happy to report my baby slept like a baby.

He also got vitalstrength Weight Gainer in chocolate blast. He hammered this product, three shakes a day, and is definitely seeing some great results. I have noticed them too – his shoulders have grown so much! Hot. I can’t find this exact product on their website to link it though… the pro muscle looks similar, click here to see this. I used this in baking my protein bars, the banana blueberry ones, and he loved this batch. Despite the weight gainer being the last thing I was after, I did try them too, and I loved them. I usually use my Define Vanilla but was low and didn’t want to use it last batch of bars I made. Anyways, the next one he wants to try is the WPI  from vital stength, so I’ll update you on his results with that.

I like my Define Vanilla, high protein, fat free, low carb, so exactly what I look for. For me flavour is an important factor too, and this protein nails it. I love vanilla because it’s so versatile. I was talking to a friend who was saying she can’t believe I get Vanilla, but for me it’s the best. I can do all sorts of smoothies (see smoothies post here), and it goes with all, the avocado combo’s, ones with berries, greens, tropical flavours, works everytime. I put some PB2 in sometimes, cacao, or keep it simple and just use the vanilla. This has gotta be my favourite protein powder I’ve tried – and I’ve tried a few different brands – and from me that’s a big call. my routine lately has been to do my Insanity workouts, shower, head off to uni and I take my protein in a shaker – and this needs to keep me going for at least the next couple of hours until I have a break. Many I’ve tried are too watery, taste shit with just water (sometimes I mix milk and water, sometimes just water), gritty, or leave me feeling bloated and crampy after. NOT what I want when I got to sit through a lecture after. Has anyone else had that from protein powders? Also, I have got the best results with this, combined with my exercise routine, I feel really happy with. I’d also like to try chocolate, but I’m ultra fussy with chocolate flavours, I especially don’t like some of them when I use them in smoothies with greek yohurt. I’ll update on this after I try it too.

Anyways, that’s my review of the vital strength products. Like I said, as soon as my boyfriend tries the pre-workout for a longer period I’ll update on side effects in more detail, as I know this is something a lot of people are interested in hearing about.

20130312-204357.jpgNewMuscleJarThis is the one on their site that I think is most similar to the one my partner loved, but this is the actual one below:

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And finally the pre-workout

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back at last!

Ok, I know I’ve been MIA for sooooo long now so I’ll update as quickly as I can. After we got back from holiday we had guests stay for a while. During this time my diet and exercise lapsed big time! Like, tragic. I was doing nothing exercise wise but the truely ghastly part was my diet. One example- I tried chocolate with popping candy for the first time and took a liking to it!! Since my last update I’ve also moved house and starting a new job soon- hello beachfront living! Well, you can’t be fat and lazy living right on the beach, so I’m happy to report that as of the 31st I’m back on track. To be honest, the damage done during my rotten stage hasn’t been that bad weight wise. Yeah, there’s a bit extra fat but not nearly what you’d expect in proportion to my badness. My skin was even looking  great, better. It was the first time I went for a run and felt so fat and slow that it hit home. Anyway’s, I just got my new internet connection stuff delivered today (after a month grrrrr) so I’m back to blog. And, thank goodness I’ve been running every evening, 1 hour walk in the morning on the beach and my food is normal again, no more popping  rubbish chocolate! I have lost my gym through moving, but not going to join another until about march, so have to find alternatives for now. Was thinking maybe doing a program like insanity or something? Not sure yet, but will update details soon. Now, I’m going to read some of my fave blogs, yay to being back online not just on phone anymore!

I am so so motivated!!! If I can do it you can too!

Lately, I have been slack with eating habits relaxed, exercise routine very sporadic. The number one reason for this blog is to keep me accountable, so there it is. I’ve blogged about my struggle with a plateau, losing my mojo etc. BUT- I will not give up! I am so close to my goal, and I WILL get there. I want to still lose about 5 kilos more and firm and tone up. Summer is around the corner, and come 2013 I want my body to be at a point I’m happy with, and can maintain. I am so close, and want to get there for once and for all! I got this, and if I can do it, so can YOU! 

 

Liebster Blog Award

. Haha, I got so excited by this nomination, it’s embarrasing! I’m reasonably new to blogging and it’s my first times though… Thank you to Laura from fit and busy for the nomination!

 

first  facts about myself…

1. I am going away on a road trip beach holiday in a few weeks

2. I love keeping fit, and have lost A LOT of weight in the last year

3. I have a killer boyfriend (not a killer, but as in awesome, haha)

4. I am a qualified makeup artist

5. I love shopping, even grocery shopping

6. I have a weakness for Louis Vuitton and whatever, I LOVE the monogram

7. I was Manager of a modelling agency up until recently, and used to model and was even a beauty queen once!

8. I also have a weakness for reality tv, I love it. Addicted  – hook line and sinker

9. I was born in Poland and LOVE my home country

10. I love to read books, I am such a nerd and bookworm at heart

11. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I have had some epic failures from time to time, but I just love being in the kitchen

 

now, my questions to answer…..

1)  How much time do you spend Blogging every day? About half an hour, a LOT less then I do readingn others, haha.

2)  What is the one song that get stuck in your head all day after you hear it? Jenny from the Block, I heard it at the gym – on repeat and I was done for like a week!! I’m not even a huge fan or anything, arghhhhh drove me nuts and now as I type I can hear it in my head again!!!!

3)  What TV shows are on your DVR right now? Soprano’s from the beginning, Seinfeld, Kardashians, Survivor, Jersey Shore, Mob Wives, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. What can I say, I love tv!!!

4)  What is your favorite season and why? Summer time girl through and through

5)  What is your favorite brand of jeans? Has to be Sass and Bide. Or True Religion, but my fave all time pair is a pair of Lee jeans.

6)  Last movie you watched? Oh sh*t, I have to admit The Vow, but that doesn’t mean I liked it.

7)  If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? Cindy-fuck*in-rella, for the happy ending. Also, even since I watched pretty woman never did I think I’d get to use that line, but there it is.

8)  Name one talent that you wish you had. I’m pretty talented, haha. Nah, I guess a photographic memory, or dancing.

9)  What is your best feature/ favorite body part? My boobs. Or abs.

10)  What did you eat for dinner last night? Shepherds pie made with turkey mince and a cauliflower mash on top. So yummy, I’ll post a recipe.

11)  Favorite childhood game?I don’t remember, but my favourite childhood Cartoon is Maja the Bee, Pszczółka Maja for anyone Polish. I remember going on holiday as a child and being AMAZED to find my favourite speaking another language. And having an argument with a friend who’s Croatian about her origins, each thinking that she was from our country. Turned out she’s from Japan.

 

My Nominations: (i’m not sure how many followers some have… I hope that doesn’t matter ), plus I didn’t want to double up too much with what i’ve seen on theirs already….

More Oats Please

Modern Girl Nutrition

Silly Truths

Pumps and Iron

A Working Woman’s guide to Keeping Fit

Lifting My Spirits

I know squat

Fit is the new black

Moonfitness

Concrete n Coffee

Mademoiselle Snow

Ingredients of a fit chick

 

Sorry If anyone’s already been nominated and done this already:)

Oh my goodness I’ve just realised I’ve answered the wrong flippin questions!! These are what I was meant to answer, not the questions that fit and busy was asked!!

  • What inspired you to start blogging? Accountability, definitely. That, and I love reading them, and great to have recipes all in my own little corner of the internet.
  • What’s your favorite food? I had this conversation at a dinner recently, my aunty and I both said bread, definitely without a doubt bread.
  • What’s your favorite exercise?
  • Where do you consider home? Where the heart is, awwww.
  • How many states have you lived in? I’ve lived in a few different countries and states!
  • What’s your favorite sport to watch? A few, Soccer (or Football depending on where you are) my number one, but I like tennis and UFC!
  • Do you have any pet peeves? Bad service!!!
  • If you could live anywhere, where would you live? I don’t know, I think I can live anywhere, so right where I am.
  • What’s your favorite way to relax? Trashy tv!!
  • What did you want to be “when you grew up” when you were younger? I wanted to model
  • Have you ever been skydiving? If not, do you want to? No, and no way! Haha, I’m NOT interested in jumping out of a plane!

My 11 to answer (as opposed to the 22 I just did!!!)

  1. What’s your favorite tv show?
  2. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What is your favourite breakfast?
  4. What sort of holiday do you like? City, snow, beach etc?
  5. Last move you watched?
  6. Favourite thing about yourself?
  7. Pet hate?
  8. What’s your favourite music to workout to?
  9. What web sites do you like to use that are fitnes related?
  10. Favourite sport to watch?

 

 

 

fitness diary and calorie counter giveaway – winners

Winner of the fitness jounal is Emma, and Calorie counter is glowing oasis pilates! Congratulations!! I have both your email address from your comments so will pass them on to Peter Pauper, who will be in contact soon about claiming your prizes!! you should get notified via follow up comments.

 

Congrats again, I hope you love these products as much as I do, and for others they’re available here.

Don’t miss out on my awesome giveaway

I’m giving away a fab fitness and food diary, details can be found here. Don’t miss out!

Last night we (boyfriend and I) got snack-y – luckily we had the yummy slim secrets pack to help bust any binges. I’ll post the review once we’ve sampled the lot. I also found that blogging ate helped me keep my mind ff late night snacks, as well as going to the gym. Night time is worse for me, I think tv is maybe too boring and my mind wanders…. to the kitchen. Anyways, I usually weigh myself once a week on Saturday mornings, but I am really wanting a good result this week – after 100 grams last Saturday so weighed myself and was down over a kilo from then! How this is possible I have no idea. My calculations of my calorie deficit this week says it shouldn’t be so, but whatever, i’ll take it! Hopefully I continue this downward trend by the time I weigh myself Saturday. Having the crappiest digital scales ever doesn’t help. It seriously changes by up to a couple of hundred grams for me, and up to a kilo for him, depending on which tile we place the scales on. How bad is that?!? So, I weigh myself on the exact same tile, and take the grain of salt each time. If anyone knows of a good accurate scale i’m interested.

Last night I also did shoulders at the gym. I’ve come to love defined shoulders and that’s my goal. I want ’em and I want ’em by Summer!

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I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway… fitness diary and calorie counter

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To score this awesome fitness journal all you need to do is follow my blog, add a link to mine in yours (if you have one) and leave a comment saying why you’d like it

For me, it was the key thing that helped break through my plateau/rut i was in. I had the training down pat, but was letting myself down food wise, and it’s not until I started writing everything down that I had results. I found that having a physical diary helped moreso then myfitness pal or other online tools, as I just wouldn’t be strict about updating them until the end of the day, and that’s not how it works. It helps it’s a nice looking journal, that I carry around. And I love that it’s a TRAINING and nutrition journal, has inspirational quotes, and a calories and notes section in the beack. Basically I love it! And best of all the lovely people at Peter Pauper have allowed me to give one away to help you with your own fitness and health journal.

Added to http://bloggiveawaydirectory.com/ check it out for more great giveaways.

Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

Clean Eats: Turkey & Quinoa Larb

 

from ‘mevsthebulge’. I don’t think this girl posts on this blog anymore, but it’s an awesome one to read, so inspiring. And this receipe is so good! Something I still eat all the time. Only difference I do is I cook the onion in the pan with the mince. I prefer it like that, not over cooked but just so it starts to go clear. The below is re-blogged exactly from the page, but I do recommend checking out the blog:

http://mevsthebulge.com/

 

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I love Thai food. I could happily exist on a diet of Thai food for a very long time. Actually, throw in Japanese food and I’m pretty certain I could exist on that for the rest of my life.

Issue is, you can never be certain what goes into your takeaway meal. Hidden salt, sugar and fat… it’s a major risk when you’re on Project Tighten Up.

So, I set about making my own sour and spicy Larb salad. I used turkey mince because it’s super lean and cheap however it is traditionally made with chicken or pork mince. I also served this up the next day for lunch with broccoli instead of lettuce and it was just as good.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 tbs peanut oil 500g turkey mince 1 stem lemon grass, pale section only, finely chopped 1 small chilli, finely chopped 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1 tbs fish sauce 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced (or more if you’re an onion fan!) 1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves 2 cups of cooked quinoa Lettuce leaves, to serve

Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat until just smoking. Add the mince, lemon grass and chilli and stir-fry, breaking up any lumps, for 3-4 minutes or until meat changes colour. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together the lime juice and fish sauce in a small bowl until well combined. Drizzle the mince mixture with the dressing.

Add the, quinoa, onion and coriander and stir to combine. Spoon the mince mixture among lettuce leaves and dig in!

What cuisine could you eat every day for the rest of your life?

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Sophie Guidolin’s Energy Balls

I recently stumbled upon a site a friend of mine has – check it out. She looks amazing and is an inspiration. I also found this yummy recipe on there.
She is a mum of two who recently trained for the  2012 INBA Sportsmodel taking out 1st place.
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Sophie Guidolin’s Energy Balls

Great for kids lunch boxes as unlike most energy balls- they contain no protein powder, no artificial sugars or artificially processed foods!

Preparation: 15 minutes,
Cooking: minutes,
Approx. Total: 15 minutes

These are great for kids lunch boxes as unlike most energy balls- they contain no protein powder, no artificial sugars or artificially processed foods! Great for adults as a natural pre workout, or a great snack on the go!
They taste INCREDIBLE, even the fussiest of children would LOVE them- and are so much better than processed foods!
Please note- these DO contain NUTS.

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 8 dates
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 2 teaspoon of natural organic cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of agave syrup- optional
Method
  1. Add all ingredients in the food processor, the natural liquid in the dates/sultanas will provide enough moisture for the mixture to be a good consistency.
  2. This process may take 4-5 minutes, keep stopping the processor and using a spoon, mix the mixture together and to ensure none is stuck on the sides.
  3. Agave syrup- This is optional, these are naturally very sweet, however if you have only just started your clean eating journey and are use to processed foods, the taste is a ‘different sweet’ (natural!!) so you may want to add the agave, you will only need 1 teaspoon max.
  4. Once the mixture looks like the picture, and is moist, yet still has texture. Roll into balls, you can add topping to this- cashew nuts in halves, almonds, cranberries etc