Chocolate V’s Vanilla

Ohhh yes that age old question, Chocolate or Vanilla.

Usually its pretty easy, chocolate wins hands down! I mean who doesn’t like or enjoy chocolate?

In the Benevita world, there are a few notable differences between the two shakes.

Vanilla:

  • Thin consistency in both powder form and when mixed with water
  • Odd aftertaste
  • Made me, might be different for others, more thirsty
  • Tastes and smells like Vanilla

Chocolate:

  • Thicker consistency in both powder form and when mixed with water
  • Tastes and smells like chocolate

Ok, so I may be a little biased as Im a huge chocolate fan, but on the whole, they both taste great, and they’re both filling IE I’m not hungry after drinking.

I did notice I was more thirsty on Vanilla days, and I have a feeling this has something to do with the consistency.

To keep things fair, I used the same amount of water for both (300ml) and on the odd day I wanted to blend in a banana I did. I noticed that the vanilla shake tends to be a little frothy  but still has a water like texture even when blended. Chocolate in contrast is thicker and more “shake like”

I think as far as differences go, the main issue for me was the extra thirst with the Vanilla shake. Other than that, they both taste great and do the trick.

Give them both a try and let me know what you think!

1 month on…

So, Ive been a little lapse for a while, I feel like I spent the whole of January in bed sick, and this has gotten me down a little as I’ve not been able to achieve any of the things I wanted to.

So I had to put the Benevita challenge on hold whilst I recovered. I had to do this for two reasons; 1) I was feeling sick and I know if I feel sick whilst taking something I wouldn’t usually be taking, I would never touch it again (wasted time and money) and 2) I had to be sure that it wasn’t the Benevita that was making me sick 😐 (when you introduce something new into your diet, your body can react in weird ways)

Thankfully, its not the Benevita.

I have been trying to eat “clean” (whatever that means) Avocado on toast, poached eggs etc. BUT I have also had a major break and have eaten a lot of sugary stuff too.  It makes me feel better when I am not well 🙂

I do think its time to get back on track, and I took advantage of the Benevita January offers and got 2 for 1 on the shakes (wooohooo) This is still on, and if you’re interested please click here Remember to click on wellness this will take you through to the Benevita page.

So I will be back with the challenge from Monday (valentines week – I know Im weird) and I’m hoping to be fit/ well enough to do some workouts too – T25 here I come!

“Tough times never last, but tough people do” – I have let being sick get me down, its time to pick myself up and get back to where I want to be.

 

13, 14, 15 – New Year New Me….

Firstly, Happy New year!

I hope everyone had a good one. My New years day was good…but bad….I woke up not really feeling hungry…so I didn’t eat or take my sups. – BAD MOVE I ended up missing a day because of this as I went out and then didn’t eat until very late in the day. Its ok though I’ve allowed myself that day and I won’t feel bad for it.

Now I think people set themselves unrealistic goals for each year, and as much as I’d love to say “I’m going to go to the gym every single day” I know I won’t so I won’t commit to that. What I will commit to are small lifestyle changes and like I said in my last post. setting a goal for the day. And it doesn’t even have to be fitness related it can be work related, relationships anything.

So far I’m glad I’ve stuck with the challenge. I feel better for it and I may not see a change but others certainly have.

So week 3 – looking forward to see what this week brings. I have a feeling its PMS week which should be interesting.

Measurements will be posted up tomorrow, again, I don’t think there will be much of a change – mainly because all the hard work is outdone by the festive season (probably not the best time for me to start this – BUT a good tester none the less)

For anyone that has already broken their resolution – don’t feel bad, set smaller more achievable goals and you will succeed.

For now I leave you with this:

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Heres to thinking positive and attracting positivity.

 

Day 12 – 2 weeks in Benevita

So two weeks in, I feel like I should do end of week measurements too…(to see if I put anything on over the weekend….can it happen that quickly?)

I missed breakfast….like food breakfast today.  Maybe on days like this I should have the shake for lunch?

The thirst has died down, I am drinking more…water, tea….hot chocolate 😐

Its been a good two weeks I think, I feel the change in my energy I want to do things and I feel more motivated to do things. My main struggle is getting out of bed in the morning, and I find when its cold, not matter how motivated I feel….my bed just won’t let me get up.

I feel more positive, and I’m happier for it. I hope that I’m spreading the positivity to the rest of my family.  I would like to do a class in mindfulness – I think this is key in influencing your outlook on life. (perhaps in the new year).

The lemon water definitely helps settle my stomach in the mornings and this is something I try to do everyday. I do find that I’m fuller for longer, and sometimes I’m fuller quicker….however….yesterday evening I did get a little peckish before bed…and I had a chocolate truffle…..its the festive season I’m allowed!

My meals have been more or less the same as what I was eating before the plan….maybe more salads – but I enjoy them so its not really a problem. I would like to add more variety into my meals though. Cottage cheese has become one of my staples – I LOVE IT!

I feel like I need to make better food choices still, but being at home with my parents makes that a little hard, especially when they bring temptation into the house (did someone say chocolate gateaux?) But its all a work in progress.

All in all, from day 1 to day 12, I’m feeling more energetic, I have more energy and I feel positive which is great for me, as I used to feel tired all the time. And try as I might to be positive, something would always knock it and and be negative nora again…now its only two weeks and this could change and I could be a negative nora again….but for now I’m enjoying it.

The real test for me is period week. (TMI??) I know its probably hard for most girls, but for the last few years my PMS has been especially bad. Anything sets me off. I almost killed my brother once because I left my mouse for my laptop at work. I am hoping the influx of vitamins and minerals helps to balance my hormones and if it does, then for this alone I will continue with the programme.

Food Diary:

Breakfast: Chocolate Shake it, with Vita +

Lunch: Chappatis and mixed vegetables with cottage cheese.

Dinner: Chicken puff pastry with home made salad.

Measurements will be in on Monday – I don’t know if there will be a dramatic change, but I kinda see a bit of a change in my face…..which is a good thing 🙂

For now I wish you all a Happy New Year.

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – I know I will be.

Thursday – Day 11

Some might say I’m crazy for starting this plan during the festive season….I’d say…you’re absolutely right, I feel a little crazy.

I’ve been a little lax about posting, and this is partly because of the festive season, and partly because I haven’t felt like sitting at my laptop.

I also think doing the plan during the festive season is a good test to see if these products actually do anything.

So as I left it on Wednesday, I actually did do a workout. Sean T – ab workout – now let me tell you I felt this the next day.

So as you know breakfast is always my chocolate Shake it – with a Vita+

Lunch was a salmon fillet with a home made salad, and dinner was mixed vegetables in rice.

My brother brought a Tassimo machine for christmas, so I have had a couple of hot chocolates throughout the week…..however my goal of not eating bad things has been achieved today.

I realise now that I have a lot of energy, and I try and fit excursive into everything I do, for example, climbing the stairs, I squat and take two at a time. It might not seem like much, but every little helps.

I know on Thursday I wasn’t feeling great (another reason why I didn’t post anything) I had a headache for most of the day (not related to the plan)

All in all a good day, body achey from the workout the day before (before you ask….no I didn’t do a workout – but this was because I had a headache – NOT because I was being lazy)

“A little progress each day adds up to BIG results” – I think I will set myself little goals every day and aim to achieve them….every little helps.

 

Day 10 – Midweek Blues

Today wasn’t a good day.

I woke up fully intending to work out – but that didn’t happen…

Lemon water woke up my system (I’m not sure if this should be warm or not…..I’ve been having it with cold water, but have been told its good to have it warm…)

Shake’d it up with a banana and my Vita + followed. And then I went out.

Now usually if I go out, I anticipate a late lunch when I get home, so I take my ‘Go’ with the shake. Today I decided to take my ‘Go’ with me and if I had lunch i’d be prepared.

That didn’t happen, there was no lunch, thus I didn’t take the ‘Go’ until about 5pm with half a banana.  It wasn’t too bad, and I wasn’t really starving. Ive noticed that I can have a cup of tea and feel full for a long time.

Dinner was Salmon, Chips and Vegetables – Nice and balanced 🙂

Quote of the day: “The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen” 

And on that note…..I think I’m going to do a workout before bed. Hopefully that’ll help me feel better.

 

Benevita Challenge Day 9 – Positivity

So the measurements are in (please see my other post) 

Day 9 has been a good day, I feel energetic and have been putting together ideas for project work – which I would usually procrastinate about. (The perks of feeling good I think).

As usual I had my Shake this morning for breakfast with the Vita+. At lunch I had the Go with half a stuffed Aubergine and some roast Vegetables (leftovers from Christmas) I had a banana as a snack between lunch and dinner and……I remembered the RECOVER!!! (hence the featured Image) woohoo Dinner again was Aubergine and roast vegetables. Low calorie and healthy.

Exercise today was a walk, its been pretty cold but still felt good to get out walking I was fully frozen by the time I got home!

I’ve been looking into fitness challenges for next year, something like tough mudder – but maybe not as militant as I’m still a bit of a weakling.

My aim for this week is to get in some exercise (exclusive of the daily walks) and to try and cut out the bad food I keep sneaking. (I forgot to mention I had 3 jaffa cakes with a cup of tea dontjudgeme)

“Small changes can make a big difference.” – one thing at a time and I will reach my goal, the trick is to stay positive and keep working hard.