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!

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Kicking things off…again

Hi All,

So, I have restarted the Benevita challenge. The plan is, to monitor how I feel, and most importantly if it does actually help with any weight loss.

I have decided to take up T25 (for those of you that don’t know, this is a fitness programme by Sean T – the man behind..well in front and training, Insanity) its a 10 week programme consisting of 25 min workouts a day.

Ive been feeling a little negative recently, mainly because I’ve not been well, which has stopped me from working out and lead to comfort eating, which has also meant I’ve put on a bit of weight.

It may not be VERY visible, but I know its there.

So the plan is to draw up a schedule/ planner, and plan my meals throughout the day – this should stop me reaching for the bad stuff whenever I feel hungry.

What I do find strange….I keep fruit on the kitchen table, so its visible, and so ill eat more fruit instead of biscuits. My brain tends to blur out the fruit it doesn’t even see it on the table when I get the sweet craving.

I know the journey to being fitter will not be easy, and its not just a case of trying to do things differently, I have to actually reprogram my brain, so that it sees the fruit and not the biscuits. Bad habits die hard, and good ones are harder still to form. But heres to trying!

This quote from Mark Caine seems quite fitting for todays post: “The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

 

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.

 

Cold and Flu (& Benevita)

So, a lot to catch up on.

I had my time of the month last week, which unfortunately had me bedridden for a couple of days. (Note to all – The vitamins and minerals seem to have helped with PMS, but not actual menstrual pain).

The pain factor could be non related, as last month I was very stressed out, which led to being late/ having no pain and I was early this month and in a lot of pain – Lets see how it is next month I guess.

I haven’t taken any of the vitamins or the shake for the last couple of days as I have been unwell. (Everything likes to happen at once with me 🙂 ) But I’m hoping to be back on it tomorrow. (warm water shake anyone?)

I get sick maybe once a year, and its usually pretty bad, so I’m hoping this is my one time sickness and I’m done for the year 🙂 that would make me very happy.

As I left it I was going to start working out – I tried a session of the Sean T Hip hop abs, and to be honest it wasn’t really for me. So on Saturday I tried T25 – this is 25 mins of interval training, and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I worked out and it felt goooood. The plan was…to start this week, but thats gone out of the window slightly due to this evil cold I have.

I would have thought, with all the vitamins and minerals in the Benevita shakes and tablets that it would be very difficult to get sick, but thats not the case – its not a miracle cure I guess and once the dreaded flu or cold is in the household it spreads like wildfire.

My measurements will be late this week, to take into account the days I didn’t take my shakes. Again I don’t think there will be a drastic change, but half an inch a week isn’t bad going I think?  And like I said taking the vitamin tablets alone has made me feel great so I will be continuing on this journey with Benevita.

They actually have some great offers at the moment, if anyone is interested please click here

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – I honestly believe in this, positive thinking is a great thing and will leave you feeling good too. Leave the negativity in 2016 and move on to a bigger better 2017 and beyond!

Heres to feeling better soon!

Procrastination

A little late posting this week, but here goes:

Measurements:

Arms: 13.5 inches – Week 2: 13 Inches – Now: 12 inches

Waist: 34 inches- Week 2 34 Inches – Now: 34

Hips:40.5 inches- Week 2: 39.5 Inches – Now: 39

Bust: 40 inches- Week 2 40 Inches – Now: 39.5

Thigh:21.5 inches- Week 2: 20.5 Inches – Now: 20.5

Not a huge change, but it was the festive season and I did next to no exercise.

This week I’ve decided I am going to try and workout more, I’ve joined up with beach body (on demand) so I can stream workouts wherever. I did do Insanity religiously about 5years ago….i think I just need to get back into the habit.

I haven’t been very well this week, and spent at least two days in bed curled up in a ball. And I think that attributes to my measurements too.

The most change is my arms – which is surprising – but good 🙂

Lets see if working out makes a difference (ihopeitdoes)

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” 

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.