Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween – The beginning of the Holiday diet sabotage

This weekend one of my best friends threw her very first Halloween/Costume party.

I have to say the party was a success, however, my calorie intake was quite the opposite (unless you consider high number of calories successful, then yes, yes I guess it was a success).

I did the right thing and drank only Michelob Ultra -the lightest of light beers- but because I had to work the next day, I made it a point to eat plenty for alcohol absorption.

I wouldn’t call it a binge, but rather your friendly calorie fest.
Not overdone, but maybe the three fun sized 100 grand bars at the end if the night were a little unnecessary.

Well it turns out my friends, that calorie fest’s aren’t quite as fun as they used to be.
The next day I felt a little woozy and it wasn’t from Mr. Michelob. Two days later, food still isn’t quite as appetizing as it usually is. But knowing me, I don’t think I have learned my lesson.

So yes, once again I fail in the health department, but what did I gain?
I’m sure a few pounds, but I refuse to go on my scale at all this week.
And a few awesome photos from Halloween.
I have realized I have yet to post photos of my progress, so instead I opted for costume photos.

Please enjoy these pictures of me and my hubby as Tyler Durden and Marla Singer. As for the rest of the week and my diet, I’ll behave; after all, thanksgiving is just right around the corner.

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The 90 day review

It’s been 90 days since I started the challenge and here are my thoughts.

My goal was 118 pounds.
I am 11 pounds from that goal.
Does this mean the shake is a failure? No.
Because I didn’t follow the guidelines as directed.
And I enjoy beer.

So does this mean I’m a failure?
No.
Because I have never been this diligent about any diet (even if I didn’t follow it exactly), and I still found some favorable results while not giving up a nice, cold Pyramid Apricot Wheat Ale fresh from the tap (if you haven’t had one, you haven’t lived).

The question now is, what exactly did I accomplish if I didn’t reach my goal?
To be honest, I kind of used the shake as an excuse to not work out regularly. If I was diligent with working out and taking the shake, I probably would of seen more results.

Two weeks ago I finally caved in and signed up for a 24 hour fitness membership. I was stubborn before and figured I could use the great outdoors as my gym. Turns out, however, I don’t enjoy cold weather and have a constant paranoia of a dirty, unattractive, greasy man waiting around for my oblivious, vulnerable, tired presence after a work out.

Now that I’ve been going to the gym regularly AND drinking the shake, I’ve noticed my body has toned up quicker than usual.

The real surprise with this is I am seeing my thighs grow muscle. I spent 10 weeks in basic training, and never saw these results. I am going to thank Vi for this new addition of muscle mass to my body’s muscle family.

Another bonus is I eat less. I don’t feel as hungry as use to, and I get full quicker.

The real win is I feel a difference in my clothes.

So even though I didn’t meet my 90 day goal, I definitely have had a successful run with the Vi powder.

My 90 days may be up, but I’m not done with Vi. I will continue taking the powder once a day and make it a habit to work out regularly. After 90 days of this method I will compare it to my first 90 (two meal substitutions and little working out) and see which one has more rewarding effects.

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A little burnt out

Fortunately I’ve been diligent with my daily weigh-ins.

But unfortunately, I’ve been diligent with my daily weigh-ins.

I haven’t seen any new (favorable results) in the past two weeks. I was getting frustrated when I realized the powder that is supposed to last me a month, has actually lasted me far longer .

I guess I’m guilty of not keeping up with the challenge.

There’s a few factors resulting in my lack of motivation:

Factor 1: I’ve been drinking the shake twice a day for over two months. I don’t care how good it is, I need some excitement in my meals. Sorry Vi company, but a cake tasting powder just can’t satisfy me in the endurance round.

Factor 2: My sister-in-law is an amazing cook. You can call me weak, you can call bullshit on this excuse, but until you’ve had fresh, home-cooked Peruvian food, your opinion is not valid.

Factor 3: I’ve had a damn shake twice a day for two months now.

Factor 4: My hometown is finally building up and the restaurants are actually crave-able.
off topic rant

Last night I had a date night with my husband (that’s right fellas I’m taken; sorry to disappoint). We decided to try the new restaurant downtown (Barrel Aged). The moment I walked in I felt as if I had entered a movie from the film noire era.

1930s rhythm played in the background; hues of yellow and brown blanketed the room and we sat in a booth worthy for Al Capone and his minions.
I absolutely loved it.
When the power unexpectedly went out, instead of kicking us out, the bar tender grabbed her iPad, lit up the bar and said “at least I have light to make drinks.”

Now that’s one worthy Dame.

End of rant off topic rant

So needless to say, If the option comes up to have something other than my shake, I take it.

So here is my new plan. My weakness to say no to other meals occur when I get home. My new strategy is to now have the shake for breakfast and lunch, and save the meal for dinner.

As much as I prefer to eat a majority of my calories prior to night fall, it’s not doing me any good if I continue to cheat myself every dinner.

Now with all this said, there are some good qualities to mention.

My hunger is much more manageable since I’ve started the shakes. I don’t feel starved during the day like I use to, and I feel full a lot earlier in my meal.

I have not been working out since the days have began to struggle with darkness. Waking up to jog with no light is not at all motivating. However, the little muscle definition I have has retained, and I think it’s due to the shakes.

In the end, this is really my fault why I haven’t stayed on track; I’m a sucker for good food and new things to try.

While I will not reach my goal by 90 days, I’m hoping things may turn around with a shake in the morning and afternoon.

I will keep you posted in one week.

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