Study study study

I have been MIA lately, had mid-semester exams, and a few assignments o hand up. And what I think is crazy also had to still attend classes as normal that week and have a week off this week. I have a friend coming up to visit, so trying to get prepared for next week now. I have two things I need to do – a case study I want to actually get completed and some research for a group assignment that I want to get mostly done, so I know I won’t post much in the next week, but please bear with me.

I have been eating total crap during the last two weeks and feel like shit because of it. I have totally used study snacks as an excuse and I can tell I have put on weight, which I’m so angry at myself for and totally depressing. But, whatever, I am not going to sit and mope about it, just get on ewith un-doing the damage. It’s actually a god lesson – the damage two weeks of eating like shit will do. Never again! At first I was in denial, like my stomach is just a little bloated, it’ll be fine in the morning (?!?), but by two weeks when my fave shorts were tight as and I totally had muffin top I was like YUCk. I feel like shit. During the whole time I have still been exercising. In fact I completed the Insanity program and started to loop back around with the core balance ones and going to do the second month again. Just goes to show how it truley is 80/20! All about what you eat, you CAN’T out train a bad diet. I lived this saying for myself. So, anyway, I’ll be posting more now to keep myself strict with diet and motivated. Blogging does wonders for me motivationally. And I’m saying godbye to all the unhealthy shit I have been eating.Image

(not my books, too lazy to take my own pic hahaha!)

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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Feel like staying home in pyjamas

This is just a short post. I don’t have anything terriby interesting to report, but although I’ve been busier lately, I’ve been really enjoying blogging and reading blogs. Great when you’re travelling (public transport not driving!!) or have a little time to kill. I don’t do facebook or twitter so reading other blogs is what I do when I have a little time spare.

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday night already. This week has flown so far, I feel like it was the weekend just yesterday. I’m pretty pleased, I have got everything I wanted done work and uni wise, just a test to study for = but not tomorrow night. Confession: I’m a Survivor freak, love it, so deliberately structure around it making sure on Thursday nights I’m free, turn my phone off, easy meal, jammies on and Survivor on!

I feel like I’m coming down with something, the boyfie was complaining of a sore throat yesterday, and he’s dead meat if I get sick! I actually haven’t been sick in well over a year = knock on wood. As the title suggests, I feel like staying home in PJ’s. Not working out, no run, no study, I just want to sleep (and watch tv). And drink tea.

Still on Month two on Insanity, still kicking my arse, still loving it. I’ve been trying all sorts of different protein smoothies after,#. So addicted. So many yummy combo’s.  I also bought tahini the other day, I used to really not like it, but thought I’d give it another go. I’ll prob experiment on the weekend with some different things and post if I come up with anything worthwhile. Honestly, sometimes the best part of preparing food for the week is right at the end, when everything is portioned and put away, all dishes, pots, baking dishes etc washed and put away. I thank myself during the week, but unless I have a new recipe I want to try, it’s such a pain.

Lastly, my bf tried to bet me the other day I couldn’t wall squat longer then him. Haha, nice try buddy, I squat. Was inspired to do this tribesport challenge after:

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Hold a 1 minute wall squat every day for 7 days

 This challenge should help you build up to the 3 minute
wall squat.

DONE

juicing vs smoothies and exercise commitment

I just wrote a whole post, published it and ‘poof’ no where to be found. And I hate re-writing something that I’ve written, but am feeling motivated to post again luckily. It’s been one of those days, basically.

So, month two of insanity is still kicking my arse. I waxs walking up stairs today and my hammies and butt were killing me – but most pain is my chest. Never have I done so many push ups. I love the sore feeling though, so embrace this. Insanity is definitely the most engaging program I’ve ever done, but also the only one I’ve stuck to. I really can’t recommend it enough, it’ll be tough, but if you commit you’ll feel wild when you do it. I love sharing things I love, so have told all my friends to get into this!

I have made working out one of my priorities, just something that I do every day, rather then something I should fit in. I have a pretty full schedule, but it’s no reason to be slack and bitch about not being fit/thin/toned whatever it is you’re after. There is always someone busier then you. I have a friend with children, studies, works, has an active social life and house is always clean and tidy yet manages to workout daily. And good, tough workouts too. I don’t have patience for bullshit excuses of others, so try to not to it myself. And I reckon I succeed. If you want, you will find any excuse, time of day (too early, too late, too midday), just got home, just ate, just woke up, weather – too hot, too cold. I am already rolling my eyes at the thought of this bullshit, blah blah blah, have a whinge! Just don’t whing about body/fitness/health because it’s just bulshit.

On a lighter note, I brought the blueberry protein bars to uni the other day, and after begrudgingly sharing got asked for the recipe. Yep, they’re a hit. Trythem by clicking on this.

I was actually reading some of the emails I subscribe to this morning and looked at the Lorna Jane site, which had this awesome little piece on juicing vs smoothies. I’m a smoothie girl myself, last time I had a juice would’ve been over six months. I actually remember it, I was at the beach and got a fresh pinapple, watermelon, orange and beetroot juice ( the beetroot chucked in to make it a bit healthier). Delicious but I feel way more virtuous and healthy not to mention satisfied after a smoothie. I have them post workout usually, so many great combo’s I feel like one now just typing this! Anyways, have a lok at the below. What do you like? Juice or Smoothies?

Your Go-To Guide To Green Juicing & Smoothies

By By MNB TEAM | Posted in Nourish | March 13, 2013 | Add to favourites

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Struggling to get enough fresh veggies in your diet?  Do you often feel a little bit flat and in need of a energy boost?  Looking for great ways you can get some nourishment on the run?  Don’t worry girl, because at MNB we’ve got you covered with this guide to green juicing.

It’s totally obvious we are crazy, obsessed about all things GREEN, especially of the smoothie or juice variety, so to get you all super excited about it too, we are going to break it down and explain the bounty of benefits that come from fresh juicing and smoothy-ing (we may have made up a new word).

So why are green smoothies and juices so good?

First off, smoothies and juices are actually very different.  Smoothies are made by completely blending whole fruit and vegetables into a thick drink.  Juices, however, are exactly like the name suggests, and only the ‘juice’ from the vegetable or fruit is extracted for consumption.

Therefore, the main nutritional difference between smoothies and juices is that juices contain no fibre. 

Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that cannot be digested by our bodies.  This means that it passes straight through our digestive system without being broken down and without contributing too much to calorie intake.  Although it cannot be digested, it is still an extremely important nutrient as it keeps our digestive systems super happy by promoting healthy stools and supporting beneficial bacteria in our gut.  Not only this, but fibre keeps us feeling fuller for longer.

So now we know what fibre is you may be inclined to think that smoothies would be the better choice over juices.  Smoothies are wonderful, but consuming juices has its benefits too.

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So, there are pros and cons to both juicing and smoothies.  But which one should you choose?

Both are great to have on a daily basis, but there might be a few factors to take into consideration before you decide to juice… or blend those greens.  The next few scenarios may help you in your decision:
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What will I need to start blending or juicing?

Unfortuantely, to get the most out of the fruit and vegetables, you do have to initially invest in nothing less than a good quality blender or juicer.  Some cheaper blenders will just not do what you want them to do without a lot of patience, pain and tears.  High-powered blenders however, get the job done in next to no time.

Centrifugal juicers are much more common, but do some research and shop around before you buy any machine.  Cold-press masticating juicers, although a lot more expensive, are sturdy machines and can last decades.

So, why go GREEN?

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When shopping for green leafy veg, fresh is definitely best.  Avoid wilting, faded leaves and try to get organic, or at least local.  Give your greens a big wash, even if organic, before using to get rid of any nasties.

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Rhi’s Foodie Tips:
  • If you can, make a few smoothies or juices a day in advance, this will leave you with no excuses to not get those nutrients into you.
  • Start out slow.  At first aim for a fruit and vegetable ratio of 1:1 whether juicing or making a smoothie.  Then, slowly work your way down, getting accustomed to the taste, until you are using at least 3 parts veg to 1 part fruit.
  • Change it up every once in a while by having a different coloured juice or smoothie every day to experience the benefits of a variety of fruit and veg.
  • Use lemon or lime to prevent the discolouration of your drinks.
  • Store your drinks in glass for ultimate freshness.
  • Use the freshest of fresh produce to get the most bang for your buck.

Oh.My.God.Insanity.Month 2.Dying.

But loving it.

I did the Max cardio one today, I’ve showered, changed, etc, and my legs still shaky.

I LOVE it!!

I like this month better then the last so far. I like the longer workouts better, although mentally I find I really have to talk myself into pushing through.

I can’t wait to get to the end just so I can say I’ve done it!

 

Loving my life!

start my new full time studies this week, and am beyond excited to be going back to it. I know from previous University study that in about 4-6 weeks this excitment will have waned somewhat and I’ll be feeling the usual stresses of balancing work, study, fitness, housework, my relationship and having some sort of down time to myself, but I feel like my coping tools have improved a lot since the last time I studied.Being organised is the key, and for me procrastinating is a huge problem which I have to overcome. I now now that I have to just force myself tyo start things, rather then putting them off with a whole load of good resons to do so! Even if i can’t be bothered cleaning on a Saturday morning, or don’t have all my research to start an assignment, or am feeling tired to go work out, i have to ‘Just F***kin Do It’! There are so many  reasons not to start something, but once you’re into it, it is so much better then you thought and just keep going! Then there is none of the stress that comes with putting things off, that niggling anxiety in your chest.

I have timetabled my weeks, putting study, work and fitness in as my main priorities, and the primary things that I need to timetable, everything else can be timetabled around these top priorities. Makes a huge change from last time I studied where fitness wouldn’t have made it anywhere near the top of my list, rather socialising etc.

Fitness wise I am almost onto the second part of Insanity, so excited to start the next phase. I think my results are good, especially noticing a change in my legs, which for me is the main part I wanted to focus on. Body weight exercises are undervalued I think. This week is the core balance or whatever (can’t be bothered getting up to check it), so it’ll be nice to take it easier. I’m really looking forward to the next fit test, I didn’t record the results the first time, which I really regret, but at least I have the second one to compare to.

I’ll do a review of a few different protein powders I’ve been using soon, just getting through them still. Love my post-workout protein smooties, one of the highs of my day, haha! What do you put in a protein smoothie? Lately I’ve been loving keeping it simple, choc banana! Yummmm! I freeze my bananas, add my choc protein, greek yoghurt, full cream milk, water, ice and blend!

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M.I.A blogger…again

I haven’t been a very good blogger lately. There are a few reasons, the most boring of which is that I need to get a new laptop, the most exciting being I have a new job, and have returned to study!

I have still been doing the Insanity program, am almost done with the first part of it. I have to say, I am definitely seeing results, great program for toning the legs I think. I already run and walk most days, but all the jumping involved has given me results, and my legs are what I most want to work on. I have recommended this program to a number of friends, warning them that jumping is murder – but after you’re done you’ll feel great. At the beginning I was taking more rest breaks, and water breaks, but I can tell that my cardio fitness has improved, and I think it’s also had a positive impact on my running, with me getting faster and stronger. When I say running, I really mean jogging, with bursts of running in it, but nowadays people all seem to say running, even if they just jog. Can’t wait to start on the second part of Insanity, I’ve read some blog posts on it, and a lot of people don’t seem to to it all, but the results I’ve seen from those who do stick to it are wild. Very motivating to see.

Another thing I’ll be scouring blogs for is good healthy lunch ideas, to take with me. The facilities are not great, fridge and microwave, but thousands of students there so not sure how that’ll work, so I need ideas that I can take with. I bought little containers where you freeze the lids and they’re meant to stay frozen and keep your food cold, which If it works will be great for little salads (very little, they’re small little pots), yoghurts, fruits, oats etc, but looking for some more lunch inspiration. If anyone can direct me to some good ideas it’s be much appreciated.

 

I also was having a look at tribesports recently, being one of the bloggers, and there was a workout with a friend challenge, but apart from running at night with the bf, I workout solo so it wasn’t the challenge for me. I find I have to get movement in where and when I can, so it’s not really condusive to having a workout buddy, and motivation is not a problem for me. It was in the early days of my fitness journey, but now it’s something I just do, a must do, not a should do. Anyways, I signed up to the 100 crunches for two weeks challenge which you can find by clicking the link. This website and the challenges they do are terrific for those who do struggle with motivation. By publicising something like this challenge it encourages you to complete it, and two weeks is such a  manageable and achievable goal to set, it’s a great one to kick off with. I love how encouraging it is, and it fit well with my current workouts, as well as boosted results as I was concentrating on this one area. Do it!

First day of Insanity

I did the first day of the Insanity program today… Initial thoughts? Nothing worth having comes easily. It was the fit test, and I thought I was reasonably fit, I mean I run almost daily but so not used to all this jumping!!! Ouch! I can’t wait to get better. Now that it’s on here I will have to update and it’s more motivation to stick with it. I tend to lose interest in these things, in the past. But, I’ve seen other people’s results and can’t wait to see my own. Bring it!!!

Meanwhile, I think I should get this as a reward, maybe I’ll wait until halfway and treat myself.

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You Tube workout videos – Free exercise videos on the go!

As I think I mentioned I am going away on a beach-bum holiday soon, so for my convenience – and yours – I’m posting links to work out videos that are free. Saves me time searching for work outs while I’m away. I can even do some on the beach!

BODY ROCK

Fitness – Kiss My Tight Booty Workout

Hot Body Beach Workout Tutorial

 

INSANITY

08 – Max Interval Circuit

02 – Plyometric Cardio Circuit INSANITY

TURBO JAM

Cardio Party Mix 1

Cardio Party Mix 2

Cardio Party Mix 3

POP PILATES

POP Pilates: Intense Ab Workout! (Full 10 min)

POP Pilates: Saddlebag Shaver