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Archive for May 28, 2014

Trying out the Vitamin Shop Next Step

Among the goodies for review in the VoxBox I received from Influenster, was a Next Step Jaxx shaker and 3 shake mixes.

The Vitamin Shop Jaxx Shaker bottle and 3 Next Step Fit N' Full Shake mixes.

The Vitamin Shop Jaxx Shaker bottle and 3 Next Step Fit N’ Full Shake mixes.

 

The shakes are 140 calories and supposed to replace a meal.  The package touts that two of the key ingredients in the shake are fiber and Tonalin CLA, a dietary supplement that is supposed to reduce body fat.

Supplement Facts
Serving Size  1 PACKET
Servings Per Container   1
Amount Per
Serving
% Daily
Value
Calories
140
N/A*
Calories From Fat
45
N/A*
Total Fat
5 Gm
8%
Saturated Fat
1 Gm
5%
TRANS FAT
0 Gm
N/A*
Cholesterol
35 Mg
12%
Sodium
260 Mg
11%
Potassium
260 Mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
13 Gm
4%
Dietary Fiber
6 Gm
24%
Soluble Fiber
5 Gm
N/A*
Insoluble Fiber
1 Gm
N/A*
Sugars
1 Gm
N/A*
Other Carbohydrate
5 Gm
N/A*
Protein
14 Gm
N/A*
Vitamin A
0
25%
Vitamin C
0
25%
Calcium
0
25%
Iron
0
25%
Thiamin
0
25%
Riboflavin
0
25%
Vitamin B6
0
25%
Folate
0
25%
Vitamin B12
0
25%
Biotin
0
25%
Pantothenic Acid
0
25%
Magnesium
0
25%
Zinc
0
25%
Selenium
0
25%
Copper
0
25%
Chromium
0
25%
Molybdenum
0
25%

* Daily value not established

Other Ingredients:
Protein blend (whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, sodium caseinate), cocoa powder, gum arabic, sunflower oil, inulin (from chicory), maltodextrin, non fat milk, natural & artificial flavors, conjugated linoleic acid, vitamin mineral blend (sodium chloride, potassium citrate, calcium carbonate, sodium citrate, magnesium oxide,ascorbic acid, ferrous fumarate, sodium selenate, biotin, vitamin a palmitate, zinc oxide, coppe gluconate, d-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, pyridoxine hcl, riboflavin, thiaminehcl, sodium molybdate, cyanocobalamin, chromium chloride), xantham gum, cellulose fiber, stevia extract.

I tried all three of the shakes in my kit: Swiss Chocolate, French Vanilla and Fresh Berries. I mixed with cold water as directed.  The Jaxx shaker worked like a charm!  There were no lumpies in my shake. And I love the giant jack that does the magic — I will use the Jaxx shaker again and again!
The shakes were delicious and I am sure that if I had been able to stick to a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and then a sensible dinner, I would lose weight.  However, I am a hungry girl and 140 calories (no matter how yummy) just did not do it for me… I was STARVING within 2 hours… and that bag of tortilla chips beckoned like never before… all the good effects of the extra fiber and tonalin CLA were nullified in just a few salty moments…
Perhaps these would be a good to use as a snack… they definitely did not work as meal replacements for me.

New VoxBox from Influenster

I got a package in the mail!  Squee!  From VoxBox!  All kinds of goodies to try!  All kinds of goodies to review!

What's in the VoxBox!

What’s in the VoxBox!

This box is geared towards an active lifestyle — and I’m already looking forward to trying the bath soak! (YES!), orthotics and meal replacement shakes!

Good times ahead!

Getting back in the saddle again…

It’s been awhile.

We returned home not quite 3 weeks ago, but it feels like months have gone by… and yet, I’m still having trouble getting back into my routines.

Part of the “problem” has been maintenance.  Lots of things have needed repairing since we returned home.  I took the car in for what I thought was a routine oil change… and it turned out I needed new brakes (got them last week) and new radiator hoses and an air conditioner tune-up (scheduled for this week).  Our washing machine decided to back up into the garage sink…. waiting on the plumber right now.  And the back fence needs replacing. And the cat had to go to the Vet for her routine check-up…

As the one with the flexible schedule, I am the designated person who takes things in or waits on repair persons…

Good thing it’s not ME (or hubby) that needs repairing!

I am, slowly but surely, getting back into my habits… blogging, among them.

So while I am not fully back today… I am aiming for a substantive post tomorrow and then to get back into the swing of regular posting.  There are plenty of ideas… just not the routine of photography, editing, thinking and writing.

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See you soon!

 

Friday Fitness: Return, Regroup, Restart

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We got back home yesterday morning at 8:00am. The red-eye.  I think I hate red-eye flights now.  A simple 5 hour flight to San Diego with a 3 hour time difference would have been fine, but a 4-1/2 hour flight overnight, landing in LAX at 5:00am and connecting at 6:30am was just more than my poor body could handle… and after we picked up the cats, I was good for nothing yesterday.

Today, I face the reality. Lots to unpack and re-organize… including me.  I gained 15lbs over the past 3 months — despite a half marathon, lots of snorkeling and a tree-climbing workshop.

Climbing a tree at the Lyon Arboretum

Climbing a tree at the Lyon Arboretum

Actually, it was the tree-climbing workshop that made me realize that I need a reboot.  Compared to all the other participants, I was the most portly and the weakest — only able to haul myself up 30 or so feet instead of up into the higher branches. So, although I had a blast at the workshop, it was also a wake-up call.

But, since we were still in Hawaii with a car, we spent the next 2 weeks sight-seeing and eating all kinds of good things.

But now the sabbatical is over.  We are home and it’s time to get back on track.

Which means:

  • a regular schedule of exercise.  When we didn’t have a car in Honolulu, it was easy to walk 5-6 miles per day, but since we did have a car the last month, my walking dropped to a mere 1-2 miles per day.  Now that we’re home, I need to get back into my morning walks and add in strength training.
  • less food. Portions in Honolulu were large… and always delicious.  And being the good girl that I am, I usually finished my plate.  Back home, it’s time to downsize those portions, eat at home more often and watch my calories again.  Hello My Fitness Pal!
  • better/more sleep. Our bed in Honolulu was less than ideal and our upstairs neighbors were very early risers, which meant that we, too, dragged ourselves up at 6:00am… but it was hard to get to be before 10:30pm… so I had 3 months of chronic under-sleeping.  Now that we are at home, the bed is much more comfortable and with no galloping neighbors upstairs, we can sleep in until 7:30am…

I started off today with a good 2 mile walk — then had to stop because of heat fatigue.  I’m not used to 90F temperatures, especially not in the morning! Santa Ana conditions are not ideal for outdoor activities (except swimming in cold water!).

And I joined the Prevention 28 Day Challenge to help keep me focused.

Easing back into a diet will take some planning.  Today was a good food day, and with all the fresh fruit and vegetables I got from the health foods store, I feel confident about food this week-end. (Except for that box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts that somehow got opened… all the others are ear-marked as gifts for specific people so they *should* be safe…)

Looking forward to feeling strong and energized again!