Sunday, July 20, 2014

Focus on the Fix

Today, I am starting my new week with intention and a firm plan!  Next Sunday morning, before we normally even wake up, we will be on a ferry bound for the mainland U.S.A. on our way to Portland, OR for The Captain’s birthday week celebrations.  I am so excited to be going on this little road trip.  And I would like to do it a little lighter! 

So, this week I am starting each day with my Lemon Water and Fermented L-Glutamine cocktail, with a side of 30 EnergyBits.

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And I am following the 21 Day Fix eating plan this week.  I have re-read the Start Here guide and the Eating Plan booklet… printed a fresh tracker and am raring to go.   I do like the program and think it is a healthy mix of nutrients and portion control... giving me some direction in making good choices.

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The refrigerator is stocked with fresh fruit and veggies and I am planning the week’s menus too.  I always do so much better when I plan ahead… and I also want to make sure I use up the fresh produce before we go away.

And on the exercise front, I plan to do 3 Metabolic Aftershock workouts… Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, each one followed by a 30 minute walk. I love the way they seem to give me lots of energy for the remainder of the day.  

I will be heading out for a 5 km run later this morning;  Tuesday we will walk and play tennis; Thursday I will walk before going to work and after dinner as well;  Saturday I will walk after work.  If I can fit in another run and some swimming I will, but what I have stated here is realistic and do-able.  

For some reason, the hardest time of the day for me to stay on track with my food plan is late afternoon, just before I start making dinner.  I am planning a high protein snack for that time of day, and a big glass of iced tea. 

So, I am armed with my tools and my battle plan… and yes, for some reason it is a battle right now.  But I intend to win it!

What are you planning to do for yourself this week?

Does your eating ever go off the rails and need some serious revamping?

Friday, July 18, 2014

FIXING it Up… Faves and Raves

I fell flat on my face this week and pretty much completely blew the 3rd week of my 21 Day Fix eating plan… I am not going to make any excuses or go into the gory details.  I failed. Major.  So, starting tomorrow (yes Saturday, odd I know) I am getting back on the wagon and plan to FIX my shortcomings… I have a full week before we head to Portland to make a good showing.

On the exercise front, though, I have had a stellar week.  I got in 3 hard and sweaty Metabolic Aftershock workouts and followed each one up with a speedy walk.  I started phase 2 this week so the workouts were new and each one of the 3 zeroes in on a different  area of the body…and works it to fatigue.  I am getting kind of tired of the leader yelling at me, but I do love the workouts.  15 minutes flies by, and then we stretch, hydrate, grab a piece of fruit and head out for a walk.  I am loving the endorphins and am ready to take on anything the day throws at me after one of these workouts.

We also played singles tennis twice this week, did some swimming, and walked after dinner in the evening several times as well.  My tennis game is coming along nicely and I do really enjoy it very much. The walk to the tennis courts we like takes about 20 minutes, then after we play we take a longer, ocean-side route home that takes about 40 minutes.  All in all a nice outing.  I make sure to pack dry socks to change into for both of us, and a dry shirt for The Captain, too.  Putting dry socks on just feels so good, don’t you agree?

A nice package arrived early this week… I won a Pure Via Summer Fit Kit in a giveaway from Sarah who writes Creating a Great Today and an Even Better Tomorrow.  I am really enjoying this Lipton’s intant tea… iced, and with lemon and Stevia to sweeten. I had forgotten how refreshing iced tea can be in the hot weather!

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I read some really good articles this week… check them out:

Anything special happen for you this week?

Friday, July 11, 2014

July is Flying By Me... Friday Faves and Raves

Friday already!  This week has just flown by me.

It seems I have spent a few hours online firming up our travel plans… we are heading to Portland, OR by car at the end of the month. I have booked us a week there to celebrate The Captain’s birthday… and of course I have plans to visit Trader Joe’s and fill up the car before we head home.  There may also be trips to Voodoo Donuts... yikes!  I just saw a picture of one iced with maple frosting and covered in bacon.

And a couple of weeks after we get back from that trip, we are heading to WA and then on to Colorado by plane… a week with boating friends who have kindly offered to tour us around, and then back to WA for a few days of R&R before coming back to the Island again.  It's a big deal when we get off the Island so going to make the most of it.

So, lots of planning and organizing and I think it mostly done!

But I have also had a good week on the exercise front… we have done the scheduled 3 sessions of our Metabolic Aftershock program, some running, lots of walking, a swim, and some yoga, too.  We tried the yoga workout that came on the 21 Day Fix DVDs and quite enjoyed it.

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I am doing well with the eating plan.. haven’t followed it to the letter as I had originally planned but I am finding it to be an adequate amount of food and a good assortment as well. Overall, I think it is a sensible plan and am quite pleased with it. I have lost 4 pounds and that is a nice bonus.  I am going to stay with it till we leave for Portland.

This box of Detour Smart Bars arrived a couple of days ago and The Captain is quite taken with them.

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The package was delivered by courier and the box of bars was wrapped in a thermal bag along with 5 or 6 gel-ice packages. They had melted but were still cool. I am so impressed with this delivery… these bars are not supposed to fall below 70 degrees F and the company that sent them wanted to make sure they arrived in good shape!  And more kudos to them because this is an American company who doesn’t normally even send to Canada, but the blogger who hosted the giveaway I won, insisted I get them, so they did.  I won’t embarrass her by naming her here… but extra thanks to her as well.

I got another shipment from North Coast Naturals this week too.. lots more of their protein powders, and nutritional supplements to try. Love this Canadian company.  I have been having a first-thing-in-the-morning cocktail of Fermented L-Glutamine and lemon water for several weeks now, and just recently The Captain has started having one with their Daily Greens mixed with water.  Great healthy way for us to start our day.  They aren’t pretty, but they are tasty!

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The fresh blueberries here are so wonderful this year! I cannot seem to get enough of the big plump deliciousness! I have been eating them with everything… including this breakfast scramble…. Yummmers.

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The weather is spectacular here this week… we are enjoying a hotter and drier Summer than normal so taking advantage of it by being outside as much as we can … today at lunch we are walking downtown to enjoy a feed of fresh raw oysters at our favorite oyster bar overlooking the harbour…  See you later!

Make sure to have a look at some of these great posts and articles I read this week, too:

Do you like raw oysters?

How do you stay active on vacation?

p.s. don't forget to enter my Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder Giveaway.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Kiss Me Organics Green Matcha Tea Powder and Giveaway

I was given an opportunity to try this  Organic Green Matcha Tea Powder when I won a giveaway hosted by Kat on her blog, KatrinaElle a few weeks ago.  I was so happy when I found out Kiss Me Organics  would actually ship to Canada, because lately it seems that several of the American companies I have won food-related giveaways from, will not.

And a short time later, I was given another opportunity to write a review and offer a giveaway to my readers.  You know I do love to share my good finds with my friends and associates.

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Have you already discovered Matcha Green Tea for yourself?  Well, I hadn’t… although I have heard and read great things about it.  This information is found on the back of the package itself.

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We have been enjoying it in a variety of ways.  The first time we tried it, I made us each a Green Tea  Latte, from the recipe e-book I also received from Kiss Me Organics.  My lattes didn’t look as nice, because I don’t have a milk foamer, but were very tasty, just the same.

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The green tea powder is very fine.

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And then I decided to try it just as a cup of hot tea….

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Also very nice.   It reminds me of the green tea we get with our lunch at the new sushi restaurant we discovered in our neighborhood a few weeks ago.

Since then, I have been adding the Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder to lots of things… I put a small spoonful into my High Protein Breakfast Puff, to give it an extra nutritional boost…

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And there was no discernable taste or real color change…

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until I cut into it!

I am going to be adding it to some of the salad dressings and sauces I have been making, too.  I think it will mix quite readily with Greek yogurt.

I found a very informative article on that talks about the 8 benefits of drinking Matcha Green Tea:
  1. Cancer Prevention
  2. Anti-aging
  3. Heart Diseases Prevention
  4. Weight Loss
  5. Detoxifier
  6. Mind Improver
  7. Fiber
  8. Energy Energy
Check out the details for yourself… very impressive health benefits.

If you would like to find out how to order the Matcha Green Tea Powder for yourself use these links… 

 But wait... I do have a giveaway opportunity for you!

Would you like to win a bag for yourself?  The kinds folks at Kiss Me Organics would like to share a bag of their lovely Organic  Matcha Green Tea Powder and the recipe e-book with one of my Canadian or American readers.  Just enter via the Rafflecopter form below:

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Update... the giveaway has ended and I have contacted the winner.  I hope you enjoy your Kiss Me Organics Match Green Tea Powder and find lots of fun ways to use it!

The prize will be supplied by Kiss Me Organics to the winner.  I will email the winner after the giveaway has ended so be sure to leave me an email address where I can contact you if you win.

Kiss Me Organics supplied me with Matcha Green Tea Powder for the review but the opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Joy In July… Faves and Raves

I am so happy about the way my week has progressed so far….

I am following the 21 Day Fix eating plan and loving it.  I was a bit afraid it wouldn’t be enough food for me.  So, I went into the program promising myself extra green veggies if I felt I needed them.  And on the first day, I did have some.  Today I am wrapping up Day 4 and can honestly say I am loving this plan and haven’t even eaten all of the food I am allowed.  When I compare what I am eating on this plan to what I would be eating on Weight Watcher’s newly introduced Simple Start, they are pretty much identical… whole, real food.  Nutrient dense… so you don’t need as much volume to feel satisfied.

And I am still working hard on the Metabolic Aftershock program with The Captain, too. So far this week no extra workouts like running or any of the 21 Day Fix DVDs … just lots of walking.  Perhaps next week.

I am still loving North Coast Naturals Fermented L-Glutamine mixed into my lemon water every morning… it is my wakeup cocktail and I never miss it.  First my cocktail, then my coffee.

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I have recently been introduced to Kiss Me Organics Green Matcha Tea powder.  I won a giveaway hosted by Kat at Katrina Elle, and since then, I have been working with them to do a review and giveaway here as well. More about that next week…. needless to say, I really like this stuff. I am a newcomer to Green Matcha Tea and really like it.  

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I have been loving my light and fluffy High Protein Breakfast Puffs lately.   Since I started doing the 21 Day Fix, I have increased the amount of protein powder in them to 3/4 scoop, cause it fits the program better, but doesn’t really alter the results much.  This puff is really easy and quick and can be topped with anything you like.  It has a great texture, too.

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I have been a bit remiss in my blog reading this week… but did come across a few things that really hit home with me:

Did you read anything especially compelling this week?