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Happy Monday! for those of you who have teh day off. SUPER jealous! I do not, but we don't have any of those Monday holidays off to save up for about 2 full weeks of vacay at the end of the year, which is A-Ok with me! First I want to invite you all to visit my cousin's site Tastylife. She is a foodie just like us and has lots of great recipes and tricks. She works as a certified holistic health coach and health educator, with the long term goal is to implement comprehensive school health program around Canada, empowering youth to be advocates for their own communities and families. Right now she is having an AWESOME giveaway so go check her out!
Back up to Saturday for a bit. It was a beautiful day down in Cape Cod. I went for a run while my dad and Jason got down to buisness doing some house work
I think this is the longest outdoor run I have ever done! It was great, I felt awesome and def could have kept going! (half marathon in my future?)
Refueled with this Pinata! Apple. These are So delicious! It reminded me of a honeycrisp. So light and juicy!
Lunch was a turkey wrap on a Josephs with PICKLES! I forgot how much I loved pickles.
With about half of this premade salad from Roche Brothers supermarket.
We went to this restaurant for dinner called Wicked. They are known for their Organic pizzas.
I started with a 9oz decanter of Reisling. This was the coolest container. It rolled around like it was going to fall over but never did! It was quite the optical illusion!
Arugala and pear salad with sweet potato chips, goat cheese and dried cranberries AKA heaven
Ceaser. I am not a fan at all! My dad and Jason basically finished this baby off.
Swordfish with citrus butter sauce, sweet potato mash, sauteed spinach and my NEW favorite veggie ROASTED FENNEL. It is licoricy and delicious! I loved this whole meal
Goat cheese and roasted veggie pizza for my Dad and Jason (and I had about a half a slice)
MMMM. It was amazing!!! I want to try to replicate in the near future.
Breakfast sunday morning was a big ole bowl of oats!
1/2 C oats, frozen berries, peanut butter on the bottom
Later in the day Jason and I did some grocery shopping and look what I found!
Be aware: these are SO addictive!! I loved this sweet treat! I really did taste a full chocolate flavor in here! only 100 Calories for 3/4 C, not too shabby!
After trudging the New England storm to get into work this morning (It took me an hour and usually takes 25 minutes) and a good run, I down this bowl of Oats with a circular round of PB.
Few hours later some Kays Protein Bites
With some Plain Chobani!
---If you remember I had a Chobani incident the other day when I opened a brand new one and it was about half full! well thanks to Julie's recommendation I contacted the company to see if I can get some free coupons for that mishap. I haven't heard back yet but I hope I get some freebies!!
I was also emailing back with Melissa about L-GLutamine and BCAA's supplements for her weight training program. I just want to share some info that I think is important that I shared with her
As for L-Glutamine, I have mixed feelings about all supplements. I do think they can help but not for extended periods of time. I think that while you are training with these goals in mind, it can help, but also keep in mind every BODY's body responds different to supplements, as it does with food. Not everyone will have postivive benefits OR experience the negative side effects, if this makes sense. Also, if you are going by a 'bulking' then a 'cutting' phase you should not need glutamine because it is a non-essential amino acid that is present in the body in large amounts. At some times it forms 60 percent of your total amino acid pool. Your body already has plenty of glutamine already.
with this said, in a body building competition there are generally 2 phases: The bulking phase and the cutting phase (But, I want to thank Jessica for pointing out that everyone has a different competition experience and diet!) I meant this in general terms! In the cutting phase you will probably be lowering your carbs, and if you are cutting up for a figure or body building competition your carb intake will be so low you are in danger of using hard earned muscle-protein as fuel for your body. the preferred fuel of most tissues is glutamine. (again, some still keep carbs in their cutting phase, this is just one example that I am sharing of what could happen)
It is usually recommened for body builders and I don't think it is completely necessary for you especially starting out right now. it's in a lot of foods we eat (beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, dairy, wheat, beans, etc)...so unless you are lacking in any of these, you really dont need it.
- decrease muscle soreness or eliminating it all together (in some cases)
- Increased stamina leading to more intense workouts
- Increased strength gains and metabolism
What I would recommened are BCAA's (branched Chain Amino Acids). BCAAs can provide you with that extra umpf that you want from your workout and spare your muscles from being used for fuel. They can also provide a rapid recovery. BCAA's are Leucine, Isoleuicine & Valine. When you exercise these 3 Amino acids drop which can make you fatigued and tired, and your body will resort to your muscles for fuel. By taking BCAA's before and after a workout you will provide your body with proper fuel so it doesnt look to your muscles for fuel.
- promote muscle growth and kick up protein synthesis which is how muscle is created in the first place
- improve strength
- Boost endurance by increasing energy your body has.
- protect against muscle breakdown
- burn fat
here are some good recommendations
amino_vital_pro_powder.html ( powder you can mix with whey protein)
WIth all of this information said, I do not believe that supplements are any magic. It takes hard work and a clean diet to get serious results. So work hard and it will surely pay off!!
- Do you take any workout supplements?
- What is your favorite kind of pizza?
- Have you ever seen the show "the best thing I ever Ate" on the Food Network? it is amazing!!
I am off to the gym for a personal trainer session! I am going to my apartment tonight to SIGN MY LEASEEEEEEE!!!