Fall is a weird time to diet - but I have to....NONE of my pants fit! I totally refuse to go buy new clothes in this bigger number that fits either. I did hit goodwill this week and get a pair of khakis, so if I get called in to sub before stuff starts to fit comfortably again I won't have to wear a skirt every single day. I used a coupon and it was on sunday so they only ended up costing me $4. But still, I stepped on the scale this week and weigh what I did the day I delivered my youngest child! NOT HAPPY!! I spent the summer eating whatever the heck I wanted and however much and now I'm paying for it.
I have a friend on facebook who is a Beachbody coach - but, that system is more $$ than I want to shell out. So I hit Pinterest and found lots of ways to try and do the 21 day fix without buying the measuring containers, book, exercise DVDs (which I never seem to do) and the Shakeology mix.
I traditionally stay away from weight loss shakes - but, this year with my goal to be up and showered and dressed to sub if I get called in on the drive to drop off the kids - I have to have something in the car for my breakfast. So....I'm doing meal replacement shakes. Not Shakeology because its just toooooo expensive for me. I have bought several to try, figuring the price for the sample package is more per serving than if I got the tub, but....less if I don't like the flavor - then I'm not stuck with something that may taste yucky to me.
I hit my local GNC after doing tons of reading online. and bought 4 pouches to try out.
1 chocolate GNC Lean Shake (whey formula) and 1 chocolate Lean Shake (Vegan Formula)
mixed them with ice, water a tsp of Hershey powder (I love chocolate) and 1/2 a banana in the Ninja blender. Both went down pretty good. I like the vegan one since it has a little more fiber (pea protein) but it was a little granier in texture - not terrible though. The Whey based one was more creamy though.
1 Natural Vanilla GNC Lean Shake. a real step into the wild for me since I usually dislike anything vanilla - except softserve ice cream. I picked this since there was a smoothie I wanted to try that calls for vanilla protein powder....Its good and I'm trying to get it down now.
1 C Mango chunks (mine were frozen), 1/2 banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (used the packet since it equals), 2 cups of baby spinach leaves, handful of ice (omitted since my mango was frozen), 1/3 C unsweetened coconut milk (I used 2/3 c and 1/3 c water because it wasn't blending well)
Its tasty, a tad sweet, since the banana was really ripe - its also super foamy I think that's because I had to blend for so long. Tweeks I will make for the next try are - 1.5 mango (thawed) , no banana, 1 scoop vanilla powder, 1 cup spinach and 1 cup water with a little ice. May try frozen mixed berries as the fruit too.
I also have a pack of RAW Fit marley coffee flavor to try - a friend told me about this company - its really good vegan protein powder and this flavor is supposed to be awesome! I figure with ice and a splash of unsweetened coconut milk for creaminess it might be like a coffee milk shake.
The nice thing is the GNC sample pouches come with a $5 off a canister coupon on the back - so I can see some savings if I go with that company.
The youngest child uses Pure Protien brand chocolate after practice during the school year - its not a meal replacement just a protein shake - but it has as much protein as the meal replacements, so I may try the banana and cocoa powder with ice trick to see how that goes for me -
I figure with this drink once a day - I won't fall over from hunger and then if I can eat in the program for the other meals I should - BETTER drop some of this weight. along with using the elliptical & treadmill in the basement.