Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Tis the eve before the last weigh-in for BLC26. I'm curious to see just what my Weight Watchers weigh-in will reveal tomorrow, 12/10/14, at noon.
In June I returned to SP to track nutrition and exercise, and to rejoin BLC. It was time to take responsibility for myself to stay off Lipitor and high blood pressure medication. I was too late for BLC25, but BLC26 began 9/17. I was lucky to be accepted on the Azure Destinations team, perhaps the most supportive team in all of BLC. We Azures work hard on our goals, but we acknowledge that we all face different challenges.
Back in September, I posted my BLC26 Expectations for 9/17/14-12/10/14:
I am happy to say that I met all of my goals:
I began BLC26 at 142.6 pounds, which is 4.6 pounds from a healthy weight. My target weight loss was 1.5 lbs. per week.
1. Release 12-17 pounds, which will put me well into the Healthy Weight range.
RESULT: 16-17 pounds released (I had released 15.8 lbs. as of 12/03/14).
2. Exercise a minimum of 840 minutes a week. This will include walking outside and wogging on the treadmill, Stonecot's Torture (TnT) for our Azure BLC26 team, as well as Strength Training as recommended by Precision Nutrition. It may include other exercises outlined in BLC challenges.
RESULT: 11887 Intentional Fitness Minutes, Average 990.6/week, which included at least 3 sessions of ST a week.
3. Exercise within my recommended heart rate per PolarPersonalTrainer.
4. Eat only when hungry; eat slowly; and eat until 80% full (just satisfied). My calorie range may possibly deviate from SP's calculations (which have been known to recalculate in the middle of the day).
5. Complete the 12 weeks of BLC with streaks intact:
a. Exercise at least 5 days per week for at least 20 minutes minimum.
b. Consume at least 6 freggies a day for at least 5 days per week minimum.
I take monthly progress photos, so I would represent my progress in BLC26 through the following pairings of 9/27/14 and 11/23/14 photos:
What was my secret? Persistence and consistency, just call me "The Little Engine That Could".
Did I feel deprived? No. I enjoyed my meals and ate until just satisfied.
Have I lost all the weight I need to? I really don't know! I had no certainty that I would reach my nominal goal weight of 125... ever; I did not know if it was attainable. I certainly lost enough weight and improved my nutrition enough to stay off drugs. Now that I am hovering around that weight, I still want to whittle my waist; I am not sure if additional weight loss will accomplish that, or whether continued Strength Training will make the difference, or whether I shall count my blessings for all that has been accomplished.
So what makes BLC so special? BLC requires accountability, and BLC teams build camaraderie. When motivation seems elusive, fellow team members help to boost one's spirits.
For anyone willing to try new things, and committed to losing weight or improving health markers in a healthy way, I recommend trying BLC27. It's not too late to join, please go to:
Monday, December 08, 2014
Last time I had to find an outfit for Azure Island, I chose
But recently, I found this look, which I am planning on making:
Directions are at:
Aw, heck, I'll need them both!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Thanks to WINDYCITYCYNDEE, I unlocked the secret to making a truly clean protein powder -- hemp (100% hemp, no sweeteners, no additives) -- taste pleasant.
My nutrition plan calls for eating at least one serving of veggies with a lean protein at breakfast (actually, at every meal), and I normally have a super protein shake using Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, the highest rated protein powder by the staff at Precision Nutrition. However, as high as the production standards are for that protein powder, I don't think it rates as 100% "clean." I love my green protein shake in the morning; it fills me up and makes it so easy to eat at least 5 veggies & 1 fruit a day.
Cyndee recommended using Greek yogurt. Since last night I ended up having a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt to meet my calcium goal for the day, it seemed fitting to use it in this morning's Clean shake.
Once I input the ingredients, I decided that 44g of protein was extremely high for 1 serving, so I made the recipe as producing 2 servings.
Note that I used only half of a "serving" of Hemp Protein; hemp protein has such a strong taste -- not a hit in my book -- that I toned it down.
This morning, I enjoyed my hemp protein shake! With that blessed help from one of my SparkFriends!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
For Week 9 of Azure Destination's Spa Activity, I was challenged to do something outside of my comfort zone in my health journey. Well, the BLC26 Week 9 "Clean Eating" challenge took care of that.
First of all, I am VERY comfortable with my eating routine! Creature of habit, rut lover! I look forward to my favorite foods for breakfast and lunch, and shake up dinner a tiny bit. For breakfast, I usually have a green super protein shake. These days the shake has 1 pear, 1 scoop Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate, 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter, 3 cups of kale, 10-15 ice cubes and 6 oz. of water. Think of all the freggies in that shake! It even tastes great!
But how "Clean" is the Thorne FX Vanilla Whey Protein Isolate? I did a web search and found a feature that touted the cleanest protein powders; they favored hemp protein powder, which apparently has raw protein. I found one of the recommended brands at Wegman's: Nutiva Hemp Protein with High Fiber, which is 100% Hemp, no sweeteners or additives.
Friday I just substituted the Hemp Protein for the Vanilla Whey. I didn't gag, but the hemp flavor was heavy. (There was also the psychological aspect that I was basically eating marijuana.)
Saturday (today) I added a 100-calorie Wholly Guacamole snack container (100% avocado). That needed more ice and more water. It was so appetizing (not) that it took me 3 hours to drink my shake.
Tomorrow I will try almond milk, and see if I have any unsweetened coconut flakes. The Nutiva canister provided one recommended shake recipe that called for both of those ingredients. I'll update this blog once I try it.
So far this weekend, I have eaten as cleanly as possible, but once "Clean Eating Weekend" is over, I need to find a vegan who can appreciate the hemp protein powder. I don't need to eat 100% Clean. I want to enjoy my meals.
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