Thursday, July 21, 2011

Use Elite Whey Protein as Part of Your Nutrition and Workout Plan

I was an athlete in high school, and I wasn't a bad one either.  I played both team and individual sports, won most and lost few.  I loved being active and playing sports year round.  It kept me healthy, happy and in good shape.

Now into my late 20s, I find that my lifestyle is not nearly as active.  About nine months ago, I realized that I was a bit overweight, out of shape and in need of a big change.  Back to the gym I went.

I started off easy: 30 minutes on a cardio machine during lunch and push ups and sit ups at home.  Eventually, I started working out with some friends from work.  I remember that after my first workout with them, I was exhausted but exhilarated at the same time.  I got back to work, ate a small lunch and went on my day.  Two hours later however, my body about crashed.  I was shaky, dizzy and fatigued.

That's when a friend of mine introduced me to elite whey protein.  I started drinking a protein shake shortly after every workout to help prevent my body from the post-workout-crash.  It was a life saver.  It was a simple, yet effective addition to my nutrition plan that had big benefits.  It provided my muscles protein that I needed to recover, and instantly put vitamins and nutrients in my body to help keep my energy levels up the rest of the day.

Now about six months later, I'm 15 lbs lighter, I have greater stamina and in some respects, I'm stronger than I was in high school.  There was a lot that I needed to change about my lifestyle, and my diet was a key part. Elite whey protein plays a large role in my daily nutrition plan.  I use it as a post workout shake and as part of a small meal in the late afternoons.  My favorite way to take it is to use a scoop of the vanilla creme flavor and blend it with fresh bananas and strawberries.  I find that when I take it, my energy levels are high, my hunger levels are controlled, and my post-workout recovery is more efficient.

I've still got a long way to go and a strong workout and fitness plan, combined with a sound diet will get me there.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Catching Up

I've always had a problem keeping a consistent journal.  My mother always tried to get us to keep good journals growing up.  I would last a couple of weeks, or a couple of months and then I'd fizzle out.

It's been a couple weeks since I posted.  I've been working on a couple other projects: personal website, getting ready for baby #2, me, etc.  I've still been pretty active in they gym, and have been learning a lot about my personal fitness limits, needs, etc.  Here's a recap of what I've learned over the last couple of weeks.

Consistency is key:
I feel my body getting stronger and stronger.  I don't find that I've been focusing on strength, and or lifting more weights consciously, I credit it to being consistent.  I've been in the gym or doing workouts about 4-5 times a week for the last 6 months.  I credit the strength I'm feeling to consistency.

Change in diet comes in small steps:
At the beginning of the year, I told myself that I need to make a drastic change in how I ate.  I would do well for a few days, than crash completely.  I'd get back on, then get back off, then get back on, then get back off.  Recently, I've begun to learn that diet change comes in small steps.  I look at my diet now and I know where I'm strong and where I'm not.  If I try to tackle the entire thing in one swoop...I'll fall and fail.  I've come a long way: my breakfast and lunch meals are far more healthy and consistent than they used to be.  Now I've just got to work on dinner and snacking.  I'll get there eventually, but it won't come overnight for me.

Man it feels good to sweat:
I've done some great workouts with my buddies recently that have just left me dripping in sweat.  It's a wonderful feeling.

I've also done a few great workouts recently.  I'll post some of my favorite from this last month in another post.