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New Protein Motivator

Friday, August 12, 2011

Since i started buying protein powder and having it as a post-workout shake/smoothie, it's been helping me to want to workout - just so i can have my tasty shake afterwards.

I bought some bulk a while ago, unflavoured, cookies&cream and choc nut. The unflavoured is tasty enough for me, and i had the cookies&cream the past few months while i've been on and off my workouts. It is sooooo good and makes the workout worthwhile afterwards.

Tonight, i opened my next bag, which is choc nut. Mixed it up with some soya milk and fibre powder and woaahh.... TASTY! Yay! So now i feel like i have a new motivation in my kitchen, urging me to work out. "Work out now and you can drink me afterwards" hehe! I'm obsessed with milkshakes so having my protein shakes certainly feeds my milkshake cravings!!

I'll be honest though, i did not want to work out today. It's always hard for me, i've realised, to work out again on that first day after i've taken a rest day. Not to mention if the next Bodyrock workout looks freakin' impossible! Heh! I did stand around for a bit after writing the workout down and took extra long warming up, but then i just hit my timer and went for it. It didn't feel like a great workout for me... well, i sweated and pushed until i could push now more, but it just made me feel... unfit? It made me feel rather inferior.

I finished it anyways, and feel good for pushing myself to attempt it.

Two little food victories today. Somebody brought free cakes into work, and i sat at my desk with a cupcake topped with chocolate icing sat right infront of me, for like 10 mins. Pondering whether to eat it or not. My eating and exercise and been great. Hmmm.... how good does it look? Turns out, it wasn't a great quality cake, and i managed to hold out long enough for my trusty co-worker to walk in and ask "are you going to eat that?" - to which i said "Nah, don't think so, you can have it?" and he ate it right away. I felt soooo much better !!

Second food victory - DH wanted 'chippie tea' for dinner. i.e. junk food takeaway. I got into a bit of a funk but later in the day, made a decision. After work we went to get his taekaway junk, and then came straight home for him to eat it and me to start bodyrockin', then prepare my own tasty salmon & veg meal. On a FRIDAY! :D

Happy days!

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JOANNA202 8/14/2011 12:18PM

    I'm seriously impressed by those victories - both mean you have to go above and beyond, not just avoid something in the first place. I'm ok until the cake is actually on my desk!

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NEWMAC2011 8/13/2011 8:02PM

    Those are great food victories! Those protein shakes sound really good. I've been making smoothies. And I have exercise bars that I eat before I work out that are really delicious (and burn fat) so I'm enjoying those as a workout motivator. Anything that gets us to exercise, right? But you look so amazing that I'm sure that's motivation for you.

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SWEETLIPS 8/13/2011 2:49PM

    Not only do you look good, you sound great - I love the sound of that protein powder. I do one a day cause eating semi vegan, I am not getting in enough protein. Have a great day!!

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/13/2011 8:05AM

    Well done on the workout - the hardest bit is always pressing the timer at the start!
I've never tried protein powder - I always think it's for proper athletes/bodybuilders - strange!
Well done on resisting the chips too. The boy had a strawberry sundae for his dessert today and only ate a tiny bit - I was soooooo tempted, but in the end had one teaspoon, then threw the rest in the bin!
Have a fabaroonie rest of the weekend

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LIOCORO 8/13/2011 7:14AM

    I'm totally addicted to my protein powder, too. It's too yummy :) You're right about the "treat" ... lol :) And good job on not having the junk food with him, I'm still working on that :P

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/13/2011 6:55AM

    So pleased to hear you won the staring contest. I'm the same after a rest day, i get really lazy? and its a struggle to get my body back to work, which is why i hate them. Most other days i have no problem. Im curious as to what brand protein powder you are using. I can never get my protein shakes anywhere near milkshake like.

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VYVIENN 8/13/2011 6:31AM

    I just recently discovered reasonably priced unflavored protein powder at the drugstore, of all places! Guess that means I can use up my vanilla without feeling guilty now, hehe. I gotta tell you, I'm looking forward to going back to BR once the 5% challenge is over, but I really want to stick to my chosen workouts until then. It IS hard, though... doesn't really help all that much to know that once you've done something, you feel better all 'round. At least it does nothing for my motivation. Sigh...

Re: bubble burpees: it WAS too cute how Zuz says "should I ask him if I can burpee his bubbles?" and the poor guy is just like, huh?? heehee... that did look like it takes practice.

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KKLENNERT809 8/12/2011 5:27PM

    You're doing great--willpower............ I enjoy protein shakes too but I like to blend fruit in them. I haven't gotten up the nerve to try vegetables--it just doesn't sound good to me. Healthy, but not good.

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Keep Getting Stronger

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday went well. Eating clean and exercising. Some extra fruit. DH is trying to get more fruit into his diet so i'm making us fruit smoothie's before work. Don't know how long they'll last (for him before he gets bored!) but i'm enjoying them for the moment. Was thinking of going back to basics with my breakfasts too - back to tinned fruit, so a smoothie is almost there. I've been having cereal most of the time the past few months or so.

I did another of Sulfababy's workouts yesterday. They're very very fun. The workout included clapping pushups and before the workout my arms felt a bit too sore to be doing any sort of pushups. But i had committed to the workout and the last time i did clap pushups - i did not moderate, therefore I wouldn't let myself moderate them yesterday. Once i got going i was fine and it felt good to do them as they should be done, and i pushed myself hard, almost resulting in landing on my face a few times LOL!

I bought some new CDs recently what will be great workout music. I've fallen in love with Ciara, and been listening to her stuff on Youtube. I knew a few songs years ago but thought about looking her up again whilst i've been on my Nicki Minaj obsession. When i am in work and working on the laptop, sometimes I put Youtube on in the background to listen to some music. Well, when i have Ciara on, i can't help but having to WATCH her video's too, as she is such an amazing dancer... she amazes me and I am just hooked on watching her move. I admire her very much - and can only dream as being as cool as this chick - let alone being able to move like her, haha!

My eating has been mega clean today and i'm happy with the way I'm going. I haven't been as sore today muscle-wise, but i've felt a bit tired. I got home and decided to take today as a rest day. Back to it tomorrow and Zuzana posted a new Bodyrock workout on the site tonight, so that's good timing!

The friend who i talked about going running with has set a date for Saturday evening - so no turning back now! We haven't decided where we'll go yet. I'm thinking the waterfront. I suppose where we go will depend on what's happening with the rioting idiots etc, so we'll see for now.

To finish, i had a dream i was travelling somewhere with a friend, and bumped into Freddy & Zuzana! Haha! I got a picture with the both of them and did burpee's with Zuzana. Crazy much? Bodyrock obsession sure does grip!

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-POOKIE- 8/12/2011 4:45AM

    yay! I had delicious peaches and yogurt for breakfast today

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/12/2011 2:53AM

    Well done on the clapping pushups - they were brutal.
And well done on the good eating. I always make my smoothies with greek yoghurt as that adds protein and sometimes add a handful of spinach - makes it look yukky, but reaaally good for you.
I'm having a rest day today (and tomorrow and sunday!) as it's the weekend for me now - I have alternate fridays off to look after the boy. Looking forward to the new workout as it seems there hasn't been one for ages - although it doesn't look very nice - lots of mountain climbers and jump lunges and that stupid ball!

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LIOCORO 8/12/2011 2:45AM

    Does dreaming of exercising burn calories aswell? emoticon Well ok, most probably not, but dreaming of Zuzana must be a good motivation nevertheless ;)
And nomnomnom for the smoothies - I LOVE smoothies, but sadly, the BF doesn't like them at all. But hey, more being left for me!

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SULFABABY 8/12/2011 2:32AM

    Smoothies, yum! You ladies amaze me with your unmodded clapping push ups! Maybe you will bump into Zuzana and Freddy on their tour. :)

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VYVIENN 8/12/2011 2:05AM

    Heehee, then Zuz could be the one being burpeed if you met them! How'd you like the bubble burpees?

I hope the riots calm down soon... you stay safe!

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NEWMAC2011 8/11/2011 10:23PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! And having fun. Enjoy your run.

You can add some nut butters to your smoothies for a protein boost. There are endless combinations. I was having a smoothie with plain Greek yogurt, orange juice, almond butter, cinnamon & raspberries which was really good! Think I'll go back to having a few a week.

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Do The Sweaty Girl Rock

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Rock rock rock rock rock rock... ;)

Feeling gooooooood !

Tuesday, work was steady. This and that. Good eating. Good tests that made me feel stronger. Showed myself I'm serious about this time round. I was offered biscuits to go with my tea this morning. "No thank you", my colleague in my office got some chips and curry at lunch time. Offered me some chips. "No thank you". The main office is great because everybody is on diets, so the room was full of fruit and cereals and fish stuffs. I had my porridge, as planned. Back to basics on the eating - since i forgot how to eat as i should.

A while after dinner, another colleague in my office was having a late lunch. Pie and chips! Lots of chips left over, want the rest of those Steph? "No thank you" Ohh but they'll go to waste? "Oh, would you like me to put them in the bin for you?" ...Small victories! :)

Aching today. Could have rested when i got home but did Sulfababy's workout as mentioned in my previous pain blog. Ohhh yeah... dumbell ninja rock workout! Well, i thought i'd pretty girl rock that workout.... but i definitely sweaty girl rocked it! I loved the ninja jump tucks and couldn't wait to do them in the work out... until i realised how sweaty i was, working out on my wooden floor, knelt down and my knees were slipping with sweat! LOL. Managed to keep my balance anywho's.

I shall finish with some piccies from my Monday adventures. I was very proud of Pops, and even took some snaps of the huge chains we were dealing with.

First one...

Second one...

Homeward bound, was so thankful for this part LOL..

Was really glad to get these two of me and my Dad when we were done.

Happy Tuesday!

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DAVEYSHADOW 8/11/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon on those small victories!

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VYVIENN 8/10/2011 12:05PM

    You... did... GREAT! emoticon Me, I ran and then used the excuse of needing "fuel" to work down my malt vinegar and salt crisps a bit... not too much, though, but those things are freakin' AWESOME!!

Neat pics, thanks for sharing!!!

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-POOKIE- 8/10/2011 4:42AM

    neat photos!

And well done on the resisting! Its hard work sometimes!

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/10/2011 3:45AM

    coooooooooooool! And well done on the resistance. I always wonder; why is it a waste putting food in the bin, but not a waste if you eat it when not hungry?

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FEED_ME_SHOES 8/10/2011 2:07AM

    Well done, especially for resisting the temptation in the office. Its everywhere! And leftover chips? Why would you want anyones leftovers, girl you tell them! Love the picture of you and the tank, looking fierce.

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LIOCORO 8/10/2011 1:10AM

    Awesome job there at declining the cookies and stuff ;) The funny thing is, tho, people will somehow never stop to ask :/ Because it's "polite", you know.
I'm alway pretty impressed when you post pictures of the tanks, they are so huge and those chains, wow! Now wonder you are in a little pain now ;)

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SULFABABY 8/9/2011 4:29PM

    I freaking love your blog :) Great job being strong today at work and with the workout today! Very, very cool pics. :)

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Active Active Day

Monday, August 08, 2011

I was almost typing active rest day there tonight, had i not had the little SPARK in my belly. ;)

I had a seriously active day today. I wouldn't have done the weight training workout i did yesterday if i knew what today was going to bring - as i was already stiff and sore haha! My Dad had a military show at the weekend, so I helped him bring back some of his vehicles. He now owns two tanks, so the day consisted of putting one tank on his large trailer, bringing it home, unloading, going back to where the show was and loading the other tank onboard, and returning home with that too. It does sound pretty simple but loading and unloading a tank is such TOUGH work. It's the securing it that's tough, lifting heavy chains with shackles and chain claws and stuff.... gosh we were knackered. I took some pics but i'm so tired tonight i'll try and share them tomorrow.

Had to go food shopping after work and was pooped walking around the aisles haha. Lots of healthy foods were bought, yay! Already felt so so tired, but thought, i need to take advantage of this burn and push that little bit more.

Come home and my arms didn't feel up to too much stress so i settled for some cardio. Did the 5 part interval cardio workout from bodyrock.tv , in the workout archives. Was tough to begin with but i pushed past the quitting zone.

Now i really am zoned haha, I need to eat my salad and go relax in the bath. What a Monday!

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BAZNCAZ 8/9/2011 12:02PM

    Keep on BODY ROCKING on STEPH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SULFABABY 8/9/2011 7:09AM

    Wow! That sounds like a workout!

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/9/2011 5:07AM

    Well done! Glad you're feeling so good. Hope you enjoy your healthy food - am off shopping sometime today myself.

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FANORONHA_14 8/8/2011 3:50PM

    You are emoticonYou are emoticon
Never Give Up!
Life is Good!
Good Health is the Greatest Wealth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

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That Good Pain

Monday, August 08, 2011

Happy Monday!

Working out is going well, 2 days on the row. And a Saturday and Sunday - woah ! Hah, i can feel the groove sitting in my brain... workout every day and make yourself feel this good. Or y'know, 6 days. I have a feeling my workouts aren't going to feel like chores for a while.

I am making a shopping list for the first time in many months - to get strict on my eating plan again. I need to lose some weight... I need to look at my goal 140lbs seriously. I know i can do it... so i have to damn well challenge myself .... You can do it huh?? Prove it!!

Sunday's workout consisted of the first 3 exercises in the 'Rock Your Body' workout - it's weights and reps workout. There are 8 exercises in total but i had to stop at the end of 3, which was a good 30 mins, because i had to shower and be ready in time for the table we'd booked for dinner!

No more eating out now for a while. The only reason we ate out last night was because i had a 50 voucher that expired on yesterday's date...so that couldn't be wasted!! T'was a lovely meal and i felt great with my arms being all tired from only just working out.:)

Speaking of tired arms, they're feeling a little sore today. But it's good pain - it's pain that tells you that you did something right. When i first got up they were really heavy... owww... hehe but now i am in work i figure i'm still working out tonight as it'll help with the soreness if anything! I plan to do a fellow BODYROCKER's own workout she created (SULFABABY), you can find it in her blog here www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
I did one on Saturday and it was a really great work out - Thanks Sulfababy! :D

One day at a time. ;)

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PENFOLDROCKS 8/8/2011 11:09AM

    Hope you enjoyed your meal out. Pain is good!

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SULFABABY 8/8/2011 9:36AM

    You CAN do it!! :) Whoooo! Rah rah GO STEPH!

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DOROTHYBERO 8/8/2011 5:49AM

    `Love that tenderness of sore mucles after a good workout!

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BAZNCAZ 8/8/2011 3:47AM

    It looks like you are REALLY BACK this time.

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