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My new favorite night time snack!

Friday, May 31, 2013

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my proposed solution to a nagging problem I have had for years....late night snacking.

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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HANSBRINK 6/4/2013 12:04PM

  Bet you'll miss The Stasi Trainer!

I've got to learn to be like HAKAPES, keep 1-2 things out of a 100. A tough decision for me about the 98 things to let go.

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HAKAPES 6/4/2013 2:46AM

    I love the term "thin out"! :-) I moved 13 times in the past ten years, and I notice that my "stuff" gets more and more lean and used. I still have too much books that I haven't touched for long, but I can't let go, but lots of other things got really out. Old clothes, gadgets, lots of paper got scanned, etc. Of course, there were some stuff that over time I regretted to let go of, but it's only 1-2 thing out of a 100, and I enjoy much more the free place of the 98 stuff that left my space, vs. the discomfort of the 2 missing.

Good for the night time snack!

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DDOORN 6/2/2013 12:33PM

    Oh man, I just GOTTA leave the peanut butter of my trigger foods I just keep far, far!


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    AWESOME!!!!! Keep the streak going!!!

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WOUBBIE 6/1/2013 11:29AM

    Good luck with your moving plans! FlyLady would approve. She always suggests that you never move anything that you don't Need or Love.

Pictures soon? Preferably of you after one of your leg sessions, standing next to your Stasi trainer.


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BILL60 6/1/2013 9:02AM

    Don't envy the move. In 27 years, I moved 22 times. Also, don't envy the move to Virginia. The quality of life is just not very good. Nonetheless, I wish you the best.

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GIANTMICROBE 6/1/2013 8:04AM

    The Star Trek picture made me LOL. I might have to save that :)

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BERGBA7 6/1/2013 2:48AM

    Wohoo!! Congrats on establishing a new habit! You will need it once it gets really stressful. I do not like to move and get really emotional throwing out old stuff.... I guess, I am in your lady's corner... ugh. But it is good to let go of old things and start new once... it also helps in loosing weight! Make good plans for the busy times (as you told me) and your good habits will take you through the stressful time.
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    Yes- there is no excuse to let your workouts slide at this point in time- lots of time to go until the move! What a great plan for your evening snacking- and it's great because it works for you!

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GRANDMABABA 5/31/2013 10:24PM

    Have a great move. While killing myself getting our house ready to sell the great by-product was increased strength and endurance. Best wishes for great success.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/31/2013 10:00PM

    Well that is just a BRILLIANT solution to a frustrating problem! Just brilliant.. and still satisfying!

Okay.. so I'm figuring SWMBO is your wife.. but what does it stand for??

I bet Stasi is gonna miss you.. and I sure don't envy you EXCEPT I do love to clean out everything... I don't know why I wait until I move.. but I do..


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GYPSYROVER 5/31/2013 10:00PM

    emoticon Appreciate the tips! emoticon

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REBECCATKD 5/31/2013 9:59PM

    I might have to try your protein shake/dessert. Sounds like a decadent way to end an evening.

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DOUGDC 5/31/2013 9:54PM

    Sounds like a plan. I hope you enjoy Northern Virginia.

Maybe submit the protein shake as a Spark Recipe?

You're doing great. A lot on your plate and realistic plans.

Take care.

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JO88BAKO 5/31/2013 9:54PM

    That sounds really good and a great idea! Do you mix it with milk? Is the whey powder from a health food store? I've gotten some at Walmart before. Thanks for the info. I would like to try it.

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REALRADIANT1 5/31/2013 9:52PM

    Great blog. Love all the photos!

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RENATA144 5/31/2013 9:52PM

  Your nutrition plan looks like fun ! You have made healthy choices. emoticon emoticon

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