While most of our protein should be coming from lean meats and plant sources, sometimes our busy schedules don't always allow that, so sometimes we rely on protein bars and shakes for an extra boost of protein! I'm really picky when it comes to protein powders and bars, so If it's chalky, you can forget it! I typically choose a protein bar (usually Quest or Think Thin) over a shake. I'm not much of a protein shake person because I usually take bars with me on-the-go and it's just easier for me so I don't have to worry about keeping milk cold (I don't really like protein powder with water - just a personal preference!), but lately I've been using Amplify from GNC and I actually really like it! It can be used for more than just a shake too, which is perfect for me because if I am going to use protein powder, you can bet that 95% of the time it's going to be in my overnight oats (which I eat pretty often).... the Sweet Cinnamon Roll flavor in the oats is amazing by the way!
And I really like the vanilla Amplify protein with fat-free Fairlife milk... Seriously, tastes like a milkshake! I had that and a banana for breakfast one day last week and I was nervous that I was going to get hungry soon after. I was really only nervous because that particular day of the week at work it's sometimes difficult to get a snack in before lunch with the way that day flows. But I was happy to say it kept me full until lunch! This is definitely now my "go-to" on busy mornings!
Here's my recipe for Sweet Cinnamon Roll Overnight Oats:
1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 scoop Sweet Cinnamon Roll Protein Powder
1 cup Fairlife Milk
1 Tbsp Chia seeds
Extra cinnamon to taste (optional)
Don't forget to mention "Taylor'd Nutrition" at the GNC located at 2901 Magazine St. to receive your discount on Amplify Protein and other products!!
The past few weeks I've been SUPER stressed! It's been tough to find the motivation to go to the gym... Although, I'm proud to say I went everyday last week like I said I would (and I've been running/walking everyday this week so far!)... Seriously, telling people what your goals are and writing down them really helps and hold you accountable! One day last week I went to the gym, got very frustrated just driving around the parking lot looking for a spot (and not to mention the rude people), so I left before stepping foot inside. I was supposed to be going to my boyfriend's house that night after I left the gym and when I got there he told me to go change my clothes and he was taking me back... He was making sure I reached my goals! So he dropped me off and told me he would be there whenever I was ready!
Sometimes we all need a little extra push and that's exactly what I needed that day! I felt so much better after... I mean really, who goes to the gym and regrets a workout?!
The past 12 weeks I've been participating in a fitbook challenge at work... and I was one of the few people who completed the challenge!! I got a little extra cash in my pocket and a fitlosophy food scale, which I can't wait to use! That sense of accomplishment made me week so much better! It reminded of my goals and why I do what I do! To help people live healthier and feel better is a huge accomplishment and I wouldn't want to do anything else! Plus this was the perfect way to set an example and practice what I preach!
We all experience times when we are under a lot of stress and pressure, especially when it comes to achieving things we want. With that, we sometimes lose a little motivation because we are so focused on achieving that one thing that we sort of get off track and don't take care of ourselves or push ourselves like we usually do... Well, I've been going through that lately. I normally wouldn't post this sort of thing, but this is part of my journey to becoming a registered dietitian. I'm still anxiously waiting to hear if I've gotten matched to a dietetic internship. Let me just say, my stress and anxiety levels are through the roof - I've felt like my stomach has been in my throat for the past 2 weeks! I found out last Sunday that I didn't get matched during first round matching, again. I was pretty beat up about it, but I couldn't just sit around and dwell on it - I had to do something.
The list of programs that still have spots available was released last Thursday, so I applied for just about every program I possibly could!! I'm so determined to get matched - if I don't, I'm going to be incredibly disappointed, but I will not let that deter me from achieving my goals - I knew going into this field how competitive it was. Needless to say, I've been feeling a little discouraged, but after applying to so many schools, I have to get matched somewhere, right?! I even lit some candles in the St. Louis Cathedral yesterday while at French Quarter Fest!
My family and friends have been so supportive throughout this whole process and I couldn't do it without them! Everyone has been so encouraging and it makes me strive even more to accomplish this!
I need to get my motivation back up and get back to my usual routine so I made a list (which my boyfriend constantly teases me about because I make a list for literally EVERYTHING - but it works for me!) of my goals for this week. It's proven that when you write down your goals and share with others, you are more likely to actually do it - so I'm sharing my goals for the week:
1. Workout everyday this week- even if I don't want to (I know I will feel better - I mean really, have you ever left the gym regretting a workout?! Didn't think so!)
2. Check my email no more than once an hour - not every 5 minutes! I'm probably giving myself more anxiety and adding more stress by checking it so frequently - Can you blame me though?! - I'm trying to be patient, but I just want to hear some sort of news!
3. Think positively - No matter the outcome! Everything happens for a reason!
This has been a tough journey, and I know everything happens for a reason, so I'm not giving up! I'm going to keep on doing whatever I have to do to achieve my goals - I've made it this far!