Protein bars

I’ve been trying a few different protein bars over the past couple of weeks, and here are my findings.

  • Aussie Bodies make the best-tasting ones so far. Their Protein FX mini bars were on special at the supermarket, so they were the best choice last week. Every flavour I’ve tried (choc mint, choc raspberry, choc caramel) has tasted exactly as promised without that weird flavour that protein bars often have.
  • Quest bars are seriously overrated. I tried the most popular ones, which were double chocolate chunk, chocolate cookie dough, and the peanut butter cups. Double chocolate chunk was the best, because it was literally like eating blu-tack with bits of chocolate. The cookie dough one was just okay, it did taste a bit like cookie dough, but it had that weird protein aftertaste. And the peanut butter cups were just foul. I have a packet left, and I am definitely not eating them. Because they are bigger than the other two bars, they also have a higher calorie count.
  • Horley’s Carbless Delight were okay, not as bad as the Quest bars, but definitely some flavours were better than others. The chocolate coconut and the raspberry shortcake ones were probably my favourites, but it still tasted very fake.

This week I’ve got a couple more ProteinFX bar flavours, Choc Honeycomb and Rocky Road. Can’t wait to give those a go 😀

First!

I’m coming FIRST out of my Fitbit friends!

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I’d like to take a moment to write a ridiculously silly thank-you speech.

Firstly, I could never have done this without the lure of the dog park. Without all the cute doggies in the park, I would never have had the motivation to go walking so regularly.

Relatedly, I’d also like to thank in particular the dogs who’ve taken a particular interest in me: The tiny schnauzer. The chunky black labrador. The grey mottled Great Dane. The black mutt by the dog pond. The uncontrollable shitting Jack Russell. The overexcited poodle pup. The joyful mud-covered blue Staffy pup. The red and white short-haired collie with the hiker. And most of all, the black and white border collie who came to me twice to give me a reassuring nose and lick on the hand when I was feeling really down. I remember each of you.

My osteo, whom without I’d probably still be in pain. The nurses and doctors who looked after my gross knee after my big fall in February.

My Fitbit friends for the competitive challenges.

And lastly, Tony, my husband, for encouraging me and helping me out with the cardio side of exercise, which I’ve never really liked until now.

Thanks.

What am I doing?

I know I’m kind of all over the place a lot of the time. Situations change, minds change. But I thought it would be good to clear up, at the very least for future me, what I’m actually doing right now.

  • New Rules of Lifting Supercharged: started Basic Training II today. Training 3 times a week.
  • Walking: 8.5km every day, weather permitting.
  • Running: Started Couch to 5K again. Doing this every other day, integrating it into my 8.5km walking route. Weather permitting.
  • Diet: 1500 calories or around 6000 kilojoules daily. Focusing on protein, my macro split is 35% protein, 35% fat, 30% carbs. Also focusing on real meat and vegetables (non-processed, generally, so no Sizzler sausages or chicken nuggets), and the occasional bit of home baking. Protein powders and bars are okay though. Eating out once or twice a week, as long as it stays under my kilojoule limit.

More detail about food, as per my selfish desire to write about food

I’ve been eating things like burgers, KFC, sushi, and curries when we’ve eaten out recently. I’m not going to worry much about it, because I really enjoy these foods, and as long as I can make it work with my kilojoules, I can have them. Tony and I have finally discovered the amazingness that is Big J’s, which is a burger takeaway place a short drive away. It looks like a skody takeaway shop in an average suburb, but what comes out of there are the best burgers we have ever had. Basically, all I want to write about is the delicious crust on their meat patties – it’s dark, crispy, and flavoursome. I’ve never had a burger so masterful.

But I think this means it’s time for me to buy some groceries, because we haven’t got much fit food in the house right now and I am yet to have breakfast.

ANZAC Day 2015

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It has been a long day. Tony and I decided to go to the dawn ceremony at Auckland War Museum, and we decided to take the train. We got up at around 3:45am and walked to the train station, which is about 15 minutes away. We’ve been up since then – just full of that kind of tiredness where you know you can’t sleep, just because it’s daytime. Though we did watch Snatch, The Addams Family, and Easy A when we got home – hence the lack of activity from around 8:30am to 2:30pm!

YES – is the answer to but did you go to the dog park today? Yes we did. Although we drove there and only walked one measly lap. YES – is the answer to and did you see any border collies? Yes we did! A super cute, super fluffy, black and white collie walking calmly with her owner. YES – is also the answer to but what about that guy you see there every day? Only passed him once today.

Kilojoules are going well, my weight has remained in the 63kg range for the past three days (inaccurate today because of the early rising).

And I’m coming second out of all my Fitbit friends. I never thought I’d ever topple Trent, but there you go. I don’t think Lisa is possible to beat though because she said she uses a mini trampoline while watching TV. My Fitbit friends are pretty cool. I actually know only one of them in real life. The rest are basically cool people from Reddit who have Fitbits. It really is great being able to push myself by competing with people with similar step goals.

I also had a thought last night when I should have been getting more than three hours of sleep: I could try C25K again. Just at the dog park. I could walk there, do the running, and walk home. I think it would be a good challenge. Ankle permitting.

63.5kg

Today, and yesterday, I weighed 63.5kg. This is 4.6kg less than my highest weight, 68.1kg, at the end of January.

Obviously, I’m pretty stoked.

What seemed to get me off the plateau that is been stuck on for the past month was increasing my kilojoule limit, and focusing on getting enough protein. Weight loss seemed to rev back up once I started doing that!

I’m seeing a few small physical changes, like under my cheekbones I’m starting to see shadows, and my top abs are now appearing. My three pairs of shorts are becoming too big – one pair is basically only good for lowriding now. I’m a bit sad, as that pair had excellent pockets. Yes, they were that good, it needed to be in bold.

I’ve gained some muscle too, so it looks like I’ve found that awesome combination of eating enough to gain muscle, but limited enough to all lose fat. My biceps are probably the most notable in terms of growth, but I think my awesome upper back is coming back! Not to mention my hams. I neglected them in my last program, but with all my kettlebell swings and Romanian deadlifts, I think they’ll become pretty mighty.

Well check me out.

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Moving up in the world and all that. That’s this week’s Fitbit step count. I’ve started doing laps around the dog park. That means seeing more dogs! I was pretty happy yesterday – I was greeted by the cutest blue pitbull puppy, and then by a half-grown black lab! Today I came across an overexcited poodle pup and, sadly, a badly trained border collie.

My enthusiasm for owning a dog is only growing!

Today at the dog park

  • Laps walked: 2
  • Border Collies: 4
  • German Shepherds: 2
  • Labradors: 4
  • Dobermans (dobermen?): 2
  • Rottweilers: 1
  • Great Danes: 1
  • Cute dogs, but not sure of breed/mix: 3
  • Shelties: 1
  • Other small dogs: Lots
  • Dogs covered in mud: 2
  • Running shirtless men: 0
  • Women with uncontrollable shitting Jack Russells: 1
  • Good looking hipster men running with labradors: 1
  • Man I see everyday who walks around the park multiple times like me: 1, saw him 4 times
  • Dogs interested in my protein bar: 2
  • Dog interested in me: 2