Saturday, July 26, 2008

My low-carb energy drink

There are tons of energy drink recipes out there, but here's mine... and it's low-carb, too!

In a blender, place:

- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 scoop of unflavoured (or flavoured - doesn't matter) whey protein powder (unsweetened or sweetened with Splenda)
- 1 heaping tbsp of chia seeds (I grind them after measuring)
- 1 heaping tbsp of ground flax seeds
- 1/3 individual packet of sugar-free berry-flavoured drink mix (Nestea, Crystal Lite... whatever)
- 1/4 cup frozen berries (I use raspberries)
- 1/2 tsp banana extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 8 drops Sweetzfree liquid Splenda or 1/3 cup granular Splenda
- 1/3 cup soft tofu (I just throw in a big blob of it - make sure it's the softest one available)
- 2 capsules green tea extract (I open the capsules and pour the contents in - discard the capsules afterwards)

Blend on highest setting for 20-30 seconds. I pour this into a Thermos and bring it with me to work every day and drink it at about 3 or 4 p.m. This has kept me from eating so much in the evenings lately. Gives about 2.5 to three cups. I make sure to rinse the blender out with a bit of water and pour that into the Thermos, too. Don't want to waste any of that goodness!

If you let this sit in the refrigerator or a Thermos for a few hours, it thickens up incredibly (those are the chia seeds at work!).

Popular YouTube blogger Josh recently posted his own energy drink recipe. (It's a joke, by the way. Don't try it at home. Watch it right until the end. I wasn't sure if he was joking until he actually tasted it.)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Week #57: Stayed the same for a total of -102.5 lb

Things remained stalled as I have gained and lost the same 2 lb for the past several weeks, it seems. Tomorrow, I am moving to black coffee (GASP!!) in the hopes that perhaps the cream is adding a ton of unnecessary calories to my diet. I'm going to see if that kickstarts anything. (Trust me, the amount of coffee I drink could be affecting my weight since I like a lot of cream in my coffee.)

On the positive side, my blood pressure is amazing at 110/75 from a high of 170/100 1.5 years ago. I was able to reduce the medication I'm on due to the fact that it has come down so low. Currently, I'm on 20mg of Adalat and 8mg of Coversyl Plus. I've now reduced the Coversyl to 4mg daily (with my doctor's approval, of course). We'll check my blood pressure again in two months to see if it stays down! This reduction in medication is a direct positive result of my weightloss, so I'm THRILLED about that. God, I hate those pills!!!

Let's see if the elimination of cream (and cheese, too - might as well!) kickstarts this baby again.

Yes, I know... I'm going to have to start walking for exercise at some point. I realize that.

I'm 100% motivated and committed. I don't care if I never lose another pound (well, I do - but you know what I mean). I'm glad those 102.5 lb are gone and they ain't never coming back!

No excuses!!