A few weeks ago, I wrote about my proposed solution to a nagging problem I have had for years....late night snacking. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
I tend to get up at night and snack on my arch-nemesis.....Peanut Butter.
Even though I've evolved from Jif & Peter Pan to Smucker's all-natural, even going so far as to substitute Almond Butter, it still bugs me to log in an extra 300-400 calories every day due to 3-4 spoonfuls of nut butter washed down with a nice cold glass of milk.
So around the beginning of May, I concocted a whey protein shake mixed up with water and a spoonful of Hershey's Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder.
I shake it all up in my trusty blender bottle....
....and stick it in the fridge after dinner. A few hours later, it is an ice cold, chocolaty milk-shake tasting treat that has about 130 calories, 25 gms of protein, 6 gms of carbs, and no fat!
So far it has been working like a champ! It tastes pretty darn good, I feel nicely full, and I get some high quality, valuable protein.
On top of that, my weight has been a rock steady 182 lbs for about 3 months now, but I've leaned up some this last month, and I think it's due to this dietary change. Since I lift a lot, I haven't noticed much weight change, but I've been losing inches & gaining muscle in areas I like
Wednesday night I went to a dinner event on the other side of town. Dress was Florida casual/Hawaiian shirts. I broke out a shirt and some khakis I hadn't worn in a while. I comfortably cinched my belt in an extra notch, and SWMBO noted how much more vascular my arms had gotten.
I'll take a Non-Scale Victory any day!
Wednesday was also a heavy leg day in the gym....just the kind of thing I needed before going out for dinner. On the menu at the gym were heavy squats & heavy deadlifts....
....and on the menu at dinner was the most excellent BBQ beef brisket I have had in a long time!
So I like this new found late-night snack substitute. I use what's called Cassein Whey Protein which is slower absorbing. This helps at night time since it's a long term source of protein instead of regular whey protein which your body either uses or flushes right out.
In other news, our lives are about to get real busy. This is likely the last calm weekend we have until the end of July. We're getting ready to pack up our house and move to Virginia. I have movers scheduled to pack us up on the 27th of June. Before that, we're going to "thin out" all our belongings.....getting rid of clothes we haven't worn in years, books I read long ago and don't intend to read again, dishes we never use, etc. It should be cathartic, but it could also be traumatic for SWMBO and #2 son!
On top of that, the next 3 weekends are full of inviting various friends over for good-bye dinners....and oh by the way, I'll be working my ass off till the day we actually drive north.
In the meantime, I fully intend to keep working out with my Stasi trainer and get into some awesome shape before he and I have our last session around the 4th of July!
Have a great night spark friends!