Whey You’re Options
I am starting Phase 3, 7lbs lighter than I started Phase 1! Basically I’ve loss 1lb a week steadily. This week the workouts have kicked my butt karate style! I have never worked out like this before. Because I’m doing supersets and active rest I am now taking about two hours to complete the workouts. The sprints on the treadmill are not as bad as I thought they would be, although the last 10 mins are the toughest. The sprints last a total of 30 mins. You are to sprint 30 seconds on, and 30 seconds off which really ends up being 15 minutes of sprinting, but who wants to run a sprint for that long? I’ve been doing my sprints on the treadmill in the gym at work. This method of sprinting makes time go by super-fast. A little tip about sprinting on the treadmill, never start with your left foot. I’m not going to tell you how I know not to do that, and you’d better not ask!
I purchased my own jump rope and a pair of non-slip weight lifting gloves from Wal-Mart. FYI… Jump roping is not as fun as an adult! I have to be honest; I’ve been monitoring my caloric intake, but not really being strict about it. I don’t always log every single thing I eat in My Fitness Pal because I always eat and snack clean.
I stopped using Whey Protein by Body Fortress. The Whey protein supplement was making me bloated, and after reading reviews online about how people were experiencing an expanding waistline cause of it, I decided I’d better stop using it! So in Phase 3, I am using a brand called Life’s Basics in Vanilla, which is a plant protein source from hemp, chia seeds, yellow peas, and rice. Many vegetarians use this, but I am going to use it and see how it works for me and my body. I found mine at a local Health Store. Since I’ve started taking the Life’s Basic’s brand, I notice that I have energy, I stay full longer, and I’m not bloated at all.
I am thinking that the reason most people have complained about not losing as much weight, and even gaining belly fat is because, they are using whey protein and they are not paying attention to how their body is reacting to it. Or maybe they are cheating on their diet too much by eating too much processed foods. I bought some gluten free snacks, and some coconut milk ice-cream to satisfy my cravings. Again, this is a lifestyle not a diet. So don’t deprive yourself, just eat the alternative cleaner version of the foods you love. I find some vegetarian, and vegan snacks to be very well prepared. The ingredients in them read like a recipe!
Epiphany Moment: Listen to your body more than you listen to people’s advice. Be aware of all your protein options. Use the protein that best supports you and your goals, and most importantly, pay attention to how your body reacts to the supplements.