I just got a Blender Bottle after years of stirring my protein drink with a fork and just accepting that there will be lumps in the drink and the whole thing will be not that enjoyable.
This thing is awesome, super-easy to use and clean and there are no lumps at all.
And it is NOT a gimmick! 🙂
…is that they are surprisingly resilient yet fragile machines. Mind over matter works sometimes, for example when pushing yourself through fatigue or not panicking when getting ‘pressure cooked’ by your training partner. However, sometimes the reptile brain says ‘go roll!’ and the adult part of the brain says ‘I don’t think this is a good idea.’ and the body says ‘no!!!’
That’s what happened to me today.
I did get my full week of classes in, including the grueling boxing class I go to once a week, but I also had a very stressful week at work and had to deal with an emergency-ish situation at work just when I was about to leave yesterday. Then we had friends over for dinner who stayed pretty late. And when I woke up this morning I felt tired, dehydrated, and mentally and physically exhausted. I did get ready to go to the Saturday’s rolling class, but at the last moment decided not to go, because I was feeling exhausted and sick.
Now, I think it is a good idea to listen to your body and not go roll when I’m feeling this way. I have ignored my body before and it usually messes me up the rest of the day or even longer. I need to remind myself to take it easy from time to time and that I’m not 22 years old and that I have never consistently worked out on a daily basis until 1½ years ago. To take it a little easy, from time to time, and that that’s okay.
But then I have this nagging voice in my head now telling me that I’m making excuses and am a lazy shlup and that this is the beginning of the downward slide to not going at all anymore.
And then I get anxious and start beating myself up for not going.
Hah, so that is what’s going on in my head — the reptile brain is fighting the rest of my brain while my body simply says “Thank you for giving me a break!”
Great interview with Ross, one of the most down-to-earth people I came across. Huge inspiration.
I do not follow any dietary plans. My nutritional approach is one of commonsense. I tend to limit man-made, processed foods and instead opt for real food when possible (ie. animal, fish, and plant based). I don’t count calories or nutrient ratios. Life is too short to live it micro-managing every morsel we put in our mouths. I eat healthy foods for the most part, but I also don’t worry about eating a bowl of ice cream when I want.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Out of curiosity (and a little boredom) I spent last evening looking up recipes for protein bars. Not that I eat them all the time, but they’re a nice meal replacement option if you’re in a hurry or want a little boost before working out. A lot of the recipes I found are set in the fridge (and, actually, a lot of them seem to simply be granola bar recipes with scoops on protein powder added. The more adventurous ones have egg whites in them, but my fear of salmonella infections prevents me from touching those), so you just mix everything together, put it in the fridge, and that’s that.
I gave the one that looked the easiest and fastest to make a shot yesterday and they taste okay, but considering the time spent making them I wonder if a glass of milk with protein powder, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a cup of oatmeal wouldn’t have done the trick, too. These guys are not very firm and even after packing the bars in aluminum foil it’s still like trying to eat soft cookie dough. (After some research this seems to be a common problem in home-made protein bar circles.) So forget taking them along with you — I can only imagine what happens to them once they get to room temperature.
Anyway, here’s the recipe;
3 cups Oatmeal
½ cup Natural Peanut butter
1 cup Milk
4 scoops Protein Powder
dash of cinnamon
- Mix until a sticky batter is formed (may take a few minutes)
- Use a large spoon to spread out the mix into the bottom of a glass or metal cooking tray (spread until even)
- Put the tray in the fridge overnight and cut into 8 equal bars.
I had one today and they’re not great, but not bad either, just kinda ‘meh’. I guess they’re healthy.
Tryin’ the (almost) barefoot thing.