What are we all up to today?
For me my morning went breakfast, gym, chemist and home. Expanding on that a bit, breakfast included a vegie scramble- 2 eggs, spinach, semi-dried tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, tofu & turkey.
Gym included a weight session and CXWORX. Last week I started splitting my training into lower body on Tuesday and upper body on Wednesday to avoid doing the whole two day in a row thing (with a full body day on Friday). This was the plan until on my way out of the gym I got a call asking to fill a Body Step class tomorrow morning.
My weight session featured squats using the barbel, wide squats using a hand weight as a substitute dumbbell with a swinging motion, bulgarian and normal lunges using hand weights, leg press, hip thrusts using a hand weight on my hips (going to progress to the bar eventually) and romanian dead lifts.
The thing with my body is that it likes to surprise me. During the workout I’m definitely feeling the shakes but at the moment I’m fine (maybe because I’m sitting with my legs up on my bed)… for now… It usually likes to hit me at great speed with no warning. And I end up a bit like this…
I love Revlon but it’s a bit pricier so I usually go for Rimmel London which is also fantastic. Being two for one I made an exception and just knew I had to get these colours.
Once home I caught up on some blog stuff, cleaned the kitchen and had a shower.
Post Workout Fuel
I was sent an interesting article from Ally about the importance of fuelling post-workout [Click link to read]. I always knew this important and it was reiterated when I saw a dietitian a while back. However, I was never able to wrap my head around eating and it was a part of my avoidance behaviours to put off any eating as much as possible. As if that would ensure I’d eat less that day (quite the opposite).
In the spirit of trying to abstain from eating according to the time, I think it would be a great test for me to start having a meal immediately post workout. It will also be interesting to see how this affects my appetite, mood, body, recovery and performance.
But what to eat? The article offers some suggestions and I could probably eat my usual toast snack earlier. But I think I’d prefer to either try a protein powder of some sort instead. Only problem- the current Aussie Bodies Vanilla (although tastes great in my protein slices) tastes absolutely rancid with milk or water. For a while I couldn’t smell or drink it with gagging.
I know this would be the perfect opportunity to buy a new protein powder but I’m so overwhelmed by it all and I don’t want to turn it into an anxious situation. Here’s what I’m unsure of…
- Chocolate or Vanilla? Or unflavoured?!
- What brand?
- Female specific or just the usual?
- Do I go a vegetable, rice, pea, whey?
- What sort of formula would be best for me [Someone who eats health and exercises average of 2+ hours a day]?
I know that I don’t want artificial sweeteners and I’d prefer natural, good for you ingredients. But is that even possible? I also don’t want to be spending $$$$$ on something I won’t like or that won’t do the job.
If you didn’t think I was an over-thinker, than I bet you do now haha. Alternatively, I could just have a piece of my new Banana & Almond Milk Protein Slice and save myself the trouble. Although I think for the size of the slice there’s not quite enough protein and carbs in it.
- Do you take protein powder? Tell me about yours?
- Can you help out an amateur protein powder-user?