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Day 225 - When to Protein Shake?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sorry, "Shake, Shake, Shake-- Shake, Shake, Shake -- Shake your bootay! Shake your bootay!" Just popped into my head.

And now it's in yours, too.

This week has already taken an uptick. Yesterday I had my run with the SCRRC (WHICH WAS AWESOME.) I kicked 4 miles in the junk with an AWESOME chick. Man, she was so level headed I just wanted to absorb her into my own head and use her like a Jimminy Cricket. She also started off at 230lbs - and she's been running for about six months. I was just so thankful she hung back with my slow-poke butt.

My pace used to be an 11:30 mile - I'm now down around a 12:00 mile. I'm just glad to still be running, frankly.

So, I have plans to go be BFFs with the Y this afternoon since we have EPIC thunderstorms comng in. Going to go hit the elliptical hard for about 30-35 minutes.

As to the question in my blog title - Protein shakes, does anybody do them? I get the concept (generally) that protein is what helps bond your muscle back together after you've put those little tears into it that exercise does. However, I'm concerned about 1)bulking up (I have no desire to bulk any part of me) and 2) generally doing something frivolous (Remember, you are in the land of a cheap, cheap bastard.)

I bought a tub of Muscle-Milk light and a blender. The blender makes me happy all by itself - so I don't regret that purchase; but, I'm wondering if I really should be consuming the shakes as part of a post-run recovery?

The only thing I do know is that it's RARE that I meet my protein goals for daily consumption, so it might be a good idea to supplement.

I hate being only marginally informed!
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    I too use Muscle Milk and I have to agree with PomatoJ, the regular ones are rather tasty and because I have a long habit of not eating breakfast, I use it as a meal replacement shake and yes, I drink it after my morning workout. The going thoughts are that carbs 30 mins to 2 hrs before a workout is best to increase the glycogen stores in the muscles and protein within an hour of completing workout to help with recovery. I wake up too early to work out to have time to eat anything.

    The premade MM are great on my way out the door for work. On the weekends I use the powder and throw in a few fruits for lunch.
    1931 days ago
    zomgz don't get me started on the whole women bulking up myth thing!

    Protein shakes are great after workout! I have mine for breakfast, which is technically pre-workout, but whatever. You will get the most benefit from it afterwards. If you are drinking it just because you feel like you need some sort of recovery drink after workout, I honestly haven't noticed that helping for those purposes all that much. I like them because they help me get my protein and curb appetite. They are also usually loaded with vitamins.

    I drink the muscle milk pre-mixed small shakes in the morning. I've been tossing around the idea of trying the powder. Just from my experience with the pre-mixed shakes, the regular ones definitely taste a lot better than the lite ones. IF you're looking for max protein and min carbs, though, the Myoplex pre-mixed are awesome :P They do get kinda spendy when you are looking at like 2 bucks per shake, though. Powder is definitely more cost efficient and versitile. I just wanted something to grab out of the fridge.

    That being said, I DO have a few of the new musle milk EVOLVE chocolate shakes for in-between snacks. I have had them immediately after workouts before. I'll usually grab one if I'm feeling a little shaky after a workout, and I have to wait 2 more hrs for lunch. IT's rough, becaues it takes away an afternoon snack, but sometimes I feel like I need it.

    If you don't have any milk protein problems, I'd suggest going with a whey protein rather than a soy one if it's something you are going to have a lot of. The soy ones do funky things to the body because of hormones. It's pretty complicated, so I may be getting my facts wrong here, but the soy protein powder has a plant hormone or some crap that our bodies recognize as estrogen and it can throw all sorts of things out of whack. People with thyroid problems are supposed to steer clear of soy, I hear!

    I'm no expert on the stuff, but I've picked up enough over the past year to happily say my breakfast of choice is one of thost 170 cal cookies& creme pre-mixed muscle milks, about 20 min before my workout. It makes me happy :)
    1937 days ago
    I've been considering them because I usually struggle with protein too, but I am also not entirely informed. Generally I just go for tuna - not so many calories but a bunch of nummy protein.
    1937 days ago
    Protein shakes are a great after-workout supplement, in my opinion. I love one after a run; helps my muscles recover and I get two servings of fruit in, as well!

    And a shake isn't going to make you 'bulk up' - women's bodies are not designed for that (wrong hormones), so unless you're hitting huge weights and/or taking hormone supplements, it's not gonna happen. Especially if you're not even hitting your minimum daily protein requirements in your diet.

    Happy shaking!
    1937 days ago
    You aren't going to bulk up. It takes a LOT more than protein shakes and 'normal people' strength training to bulk up.
    I use them occasionally, when I feel like I haven't taken in enough protein, or after very strenuous ST. Convenient way to add extra protein for me.

    Shake, shake, shake, ...ooh sorry about that. Where was I? Oh yeah, have a great day and train hard!
    1937 days ago
    I use the Dotfit protein shake available from my gym. It is a little more expensive than the ones off the shelves but it has very little additives. I hate eating breakfast so the chocolate protein shake is a great alternative - quick and easy to get down. My trainer thought my protein was way too low. Since adding protein I have started to see the scale go down again. The type of calories you have does matter. I used to think all calories were the same. You have shakes pre and post workout but I like to have them before a workout for energy. I hope this helps. As for bulk, I already see my mid-section looking a whole less bulky!
    1937 days ago
    Protein shakes and other supplement type smoothies are a great way to increase your intake of a particular nutrietnt. I'm all for them as a substitute for breakfast or snack. I personally don't use the powders etc I make my own smoothies with all natural ingredients.
    1937 days ago
    Protein powders are so unnecessary IMO. Why spend so much on a protein supplement filled with artificial junk when you can easily get adequate protein from food?? Make a smoothie with greek yogurt! PS - protein powder or lifting weights, especially heavy weights, won't make you "bulky" - women don't have the testosterone to get "bulky" like men do, and those female body builders work super, SUPER hard to be muscular.
    1937 days ago
    As far as I understand it, you're not going to bulk up unless--as ONMYMEDS said--you're lifting heavy, heavy weights and you have the genetic predisposition to bulky muscles. Most women don't

    As for protein--I will throw a bit of powder into a smoothie if that's going to replace a meal for me, like a lunch on the run. But if I have the time, I prefer protein-rific food instead. A glass of low fat chocolate milk is great post run. A hearty breakfast of eggs and toast and turkey bacon/sausage is fabulous after a hard strength training session. Or chicken stirfry. Mmmm. Yummy.
    1937 days ago
    I have no experience with protein shakes... however, since you mentioned it:

    Shake shake shake senora, shake your body line, shake shake shake senora, shake it all the time...
    1937 days ago
    My daily breakfast is a protein shake. I buy Body Fortress at Walmart. It's only about $15 for a large container. I usually blend it with a banana or blueberries. Does it make any difference? I have no idea. But It helps me meet my daily protein goals and it keeps me full until lunch.

    For post run recovery, I usually drink a glass of low fat chocolate milk.

    Unless you are lifting REALLY HEAVY weights for hours at a time, day after day, you do not need to worry about bulking up.
    1937 days ago
    Blenders, shakes and smoothies, the essentials of life

    Keep n keepin on! and

    Make Today a Great Day!
    1937 days ago
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