Hey everyone, yes I know I have been slacking on this blog thing and I don't really have a good excuse except the holidays attacked me and gave me the "I don't feel like it's". The holidays also gave me the "I don't need to eat clean" attitude as well haha. Well I managed to gain around 10 pounds, which some is no doubt water weight but my gut blew up a bit. That is perfectly fine. I enjoyed myself, I had a great time with family and friends and it's good to take a break from weighing, measuring and logging everything that I put into my gullet.
It is time to get back to work now, and like millions of people out there I do have some resolutions or goals that I have set for myself and i'd like to share them with you.
1) Blog more! Yes, I am horrible at following this thing sometime. I'll get to where I'll post sometimes twice a day, but then get into that mode where I won't post anything. Some of that is due to me slacking off on diet and exercise, some of it is just purely being busy.
2) Be consistent! Doing what I just did is not recommended. It is SUPER hard to go back to eating clean after eating whatever the FFFF I wanted to eat for 2 weeks. Plus the yo-yo in weight is probably not healthy. I need to learn that a cheat meal is ok, and not to go overboard.
3)GOAL WEIGHT = 230! Sometimes I feel like I won't ever make it there, but I don't give myself the chance due to wanting to cheat. It's tough for someone like myself who is a foodie, but when I follow something to a T, I make incredible strides, but this goes back to #2...cheat meals, not cheat weeks.
4) More Cardio! I tend to follow the weight training is king camp. However, I tend to neglect cardio. Even a little cadio goes a long way. Especially in the winter months. I love to walk and take my daughter on walks, but since it's too cold for her and it gets dark almost right after I get off of work, I need to step it up and do more cardio at the gym. Although I hate it and don't have the attention span to do more than 15-20 mins in one sitting, doing that will help a ton .
The plan that I have to implement these things is simple. I am going to follow a IIFYM (flexible dieting) plan with strict paleo undertones. (sounds like a wine!) I will be getting my carbs in, but MOSTLY from fruit and veggies. I am going to lay off the rice, corn tortillas and everything else I was eating because it fit into my macros. Although while my 3 week trial of that lead me to not gain any weight, I just didn't feel as well as I did when I was eating a strict paleo diet. I will from time to time incorporate those foods as I enjoy them, but they will not be everyday occurrences.
There ya have it. I have the knowledge, I just need to use will power to follow what I know to reach goals. Plain and simple.
As for the Ocean Avenue update, I did continue to take some of the products whilst on my 2 week vacation from dieting and have a few updates on the products. Toward the end, however, I decided to stop taking all of it and to restart once I am back at it which is today.
WheySmart: This is the tub that I have received that is the smoothie mix. I haven't used much of this because it makes my oatmea too thick and sweet. I did buy some frozen fruits yesterday (only 12g per cup!) and will make a fruit smoothie with it, as a snack, post workout or to satisfy any sugar cravings that I have.
WheyBeyond: This is the packets of protein that taste like berries. I have tried this a variety of ways and still have not figured out the way I like it best. It does not mix well as I have stated previously, so I end up taking it with water and end up getting chunks at the bottom of tart and sweet protein. It tastes very good , but don't know that I'd use it regularly. One thing I can report, is if I take it on an empty stomach where I need a snack, I tend to feel like it gives me energy. I'll experiment with that soon.
Empower: I did not see any difference in the way I felt from taking it for a couple of weeks and stopping. I will re-add that in today and see if it helps with anything. My thought is this is most focused toward people who have systemic inflammation and are metabolically deranged. If you are a healthy individual who has their Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio pretty much spot on, you will probably not need this product. I will give my final thoughts on it when I run out though.
Invigorate: This is my favorite of the bunch. It's a green tea extract with other things and supposed to promote weight loss. I do like it because it gives me non jittery energy and seems to help me sleep better when I take it. The only thing was, that I could not balance it and the focus energy packets and I ended up with weird headaches. This could also have been due to what I was eating, so thats why I stopped taking it. As I clean my diet up, I will see how this effects me.
Focus: These are the energy packets that look like a larger pixie stick. These are my least favorite as they do not give me an energy boost like I would imagine an energy shot would, and did not last as long as I'd hoped. Also I had some weird headaches after taking this. I willl give it another shot as I clean up my diet and see if it was indeed this giving me headaches or just the influx in crappy food. I can report that after a week of not taking this, I feel fine when it comes to the headaches, so we will see.
So there you have it, I will update you guys on weight and workout plans etc, in the next few days (I hope) and get back to the grind. Hope everyone had a Happy New Year and as always if you have any questions, I can do my best to answer them or point you in the right direction.