Saturday, February 28, 2015

~*Morphing Movement and My Menagerie*~

This blog has taken quite the detour away from adoption, crazy big family life, medical procedures, etc. that it started with and moved toward my own personal quest for a healthy lifestyle. 

In the next month I am going to morph the two and see if I can come up with a happy medium. I miss blogging. I miss writing. But I am a very different person than when I started this blog. I've cleaned up many old blog posts, deleted dead content, and plan a few other cleanup phases for this ole blog. 

The new focus will be both family life and healthy lifestyle choices. I hope you stick around for the changes....I will do my best to keep content frequent and relevant.

Has your blog ever had a midlife crisis? 

James 1:7
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

**I change...but its comforting to know HE does not**    

Friday, February 27, 2015

~*Staying Motivated to Move*~

Derailed:

 I have been plagued with Reactive Airway ever since a particularly brutal viral infection hit me hard in January. I would cough for hours on end, wheeze and lose my breath. Running became nearly impossible. It has taken weeks to get close to my previous fitness level...which is novice, to say the least! 

More Mo-Jo:

So, when the snow if flying, the temps are dipping, the wind is howling, and all you want to do is curl up on the couch with a big-o-cuppa something hot how do you get your rear in gear and off that sofa?  

Those non-food rewards are always motivating...so is the calendar, with three weeks until the first race of the season. Which is less competition and more family fun but a good start to the season!

Matt Frazier, over at No Meat Athlete, suggested that having three standard habits to fall back on when your in a fitness funk (or any other type of funk) can help keep you moving forward even if your brain isn't into it!

What are your go-to *good* habits when you find yourself lacking motivation? 

 1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with *ACTIONS* and in truth.  
 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

~*MyProtein Product Review*~

If y'all remember back to Nov. I was blessed to attend the Refresh Summit: South. It not only refreshed my soul and spirit but it refreshed my body as well; I went on to lose 30+ lbs in Nov/Dec.

At the Summit I was introduced to many brands and products that I wasn't familiar with. We appreciated their sponsorship of the Summit, as their partnership made the Summit's success possible! And, who doesn't love the freebies! 

I was recently contacted by one of the Sponsors to review their products.

MyProtein's go-to guy offered to send me whatever products I was interested in...unfortunately several of the items high on my list were out of stock ~bummer~.

Protein Powder Dietary Supplement 
in Chocolate, of course! 

Initial impression? 
*Blech* 
But if you are not in a hurry and can make your shake, let it thicken in the fridge, and then consume it, the taste is so much better!

Honestly, I usually make, shake and drink so having to wait for the flavors to meld and the liquid to thicken was a bit of a downer but to be quite fair the shake was much better when left to sit. I imagine that adding a banana and the shake mix to the blender would greatly improve the taste.

Next up, Instant Oats:
The product in the link is not the item I tried and I cannot find the exact Instant Oats on their website. 

While this product did have the oatmeal texture you'd expect in a shake made of oatmeal it did *not* bother me a bit and actually tasted better than the Hurricane Extreme...this, too, was chocolate, of course! (The link is for unflavored). 

As a shake this was fine as is...but with a banana and run through the blender this would be spot on!

The benefits of protein after a workout are undeniable to replenish thy body. As a vegetarian, that happens to be carb cycling, I appreciate having an instant protein source made of the quality ingredients found in MyProtein.

What I learned: 

Patience is key with MyProtein products
Let 'em meld for a bit for maximum benefit (i.e. taste).

Oatmeal in a smoothie is not a deal breaker
The texture is just different...give it a try!

Trying new protein powders is scary for me....I am so picky about flavor! 

**Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by MyProtein. All opinions are my own**