Good morning! It’s Monday, again. Really? How does that happen?
I’m trying to keep my posts short and to the point this week. Good luck with that, huh? Since I have a big weekend coming up at the Nike Women’s Marathon with FitFluential and I haven’t trained as much as I should have, I’m hoping a little extra rest and sleep leading up to it will make up for it. I’m sure it’s the same. Ha.
Here’s just a quick picture from Saturday night. I had intended to run home from church while the boys hung out and drove home. Plans changed though as there was a festival going on at church, so I ditched my attempt to run the 4 miles home and spent time with these guys instead.
Another decision that probably won’t help with my race this upcoming weekend, but I’m trying to focus on more important priorities.
Well, we made it through the day. The potty training progress was pretty successful. We didn’t leave the house at all, had the kitchen timer set at 20 minute intervals (that was fun), spent the majority of the day in the bathroom, went through a lot of mini marshmallows, ran out of coins to put in the piggy banks, did countless loads of laundry, attempted to do some house chores together and baked a batch of gluten free peanut butter doughtzel balls.
I’m pretty sure we made some potty training progress though and today we’re setting the timer at 30 minute intervals instead of 20. Woo hoo!
Since we didn’t leave the house and I didn’t want to take any chances with my man Joaquin sporting big boy underwear the only chance I got to fit in a run was during nap time. Thank goodness it happened yesterday (unlike the other day). Last week it was I fell asleep on Joaquin’s bed, yesterday STUFT Daddy slept on the floor next to Joaquin’s bed. Ha.
I took full advantage of all my men being asleep and jumped on the treadmill for 9 miles while I finished the movie The Help. Not quite the uplifting running movie, but it definitely kept my butt on the treadmill.
Not that you care, but I just sucked down this drink in about a minute.
Pumpkin Protein Latte Smoothie
In the drink: espresso cubes (I made those yesterday too), 1/2 cup pumpkin, 1/2 serving GNC vanilla egg protein powder, 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, 1 stevia packet, 1 tablespoon sugar free vanilla syrup and 1/2 cup crushed ice.
Yep. Seriously, gone in 60 seconds.
So I meant to do this post about the different supplements the whole family has been taking last week. I don’t know about you, but I’m always curious what vitamins or supplements other people take and why. I’ve said this before, but for the longest time I just took a daily multivitamin and some Kirkland brand fish oil. That was it. Lately I’ve been upping my supplements a bit because of all the demands my training and classes I’m teaching have on my body.
I started taking the GNC Women’s Wellness Vitapak last month and so far am loving it. I thought about switching it up for the Women’s Active one, but I’m going to stick with the one I’ve got for a bit. I love that it’s convenient and has all the different vitamins a lady needs. Just grab the pack in the morning and go. GNC offers a bunch of others to choose from though and page to help you figure out what Vitapak is best for you.
I have to say that the people over at GNC are very helpful too. I’m always one to ask a million and one questions and they have always answered them right away.
I do my Vitapak in the morning and then take my probiotic at night. The probiotics are something that’s new for me (and STUFT Daddy) too, but so far so good. I’m currently taking the Ultra 50 Probiotic Complex. I’m feeling good on them so far, but my tummy has been a little off due to me reintroduction of milk products (in the form of my huge jug of whey protein powder). I am really thankful though that I have the probiotics to get me through this time of year when everyone seems to start getting sick. They’ll for sure be traveling with me also the next few weekends.
Since I’m new to the whole probiotic thing and I’m definitely not an expert, I’ll just keep taking them daily and feeling good while I pass along the information from the GNC probiotic page. They’re the experts friends.
Here’s a cool little video that explains why probiotics are helpful.
Also new to the supplement mix for mwah this month are these.
GNC TriFlex Sport and Triple Strength Fish Oil Sport. I’m taking these at night with my probiotics and am very curious to see how my body reacts. I think they’re essential for the amount of training I do and there have been many studies on the cardiovascular benefits of fish oil.
GNC has a whole bunch of different fish oil supplements to choose from depending on your specific needs. You can see all the options here.
On a total unrelated side note, the GNC Triflex Sport tastes and smells so good. I’m only taking 2 of the recommended 4 capsules, but might start taking the full amount after the next week or so. I have to see how my body reacts.
Okay. Enough about me.
I’m not the only one who takes vitamins around here. The boys get theirs too.
My boys went through their other GNC vitamins so they got to open these up the other day. The Hero Yummi Bear vitamins are a huge hit. I’m guess it has something to do with the watermelon flavor.
Look what else we’ve got going on.
That’s right, even the animals are on board with GNC Live Well.
They have a whole line of pet products for specific needs of your pet. How cool is that?
It would be really cool if they had a magic pill to get rid of eye boogers. Ha ha.
Since Turk has some joint issues and a medal plate in his leg (he tore his ACL a few years ago), he’s starting the Hip and Joint Health.
He didn’t want a picture though. Sorry.
Oh Beavis, I’m out of time over here. Darn it. Not only is the kitchen timer going off, but my tummy is rumbling and Kitty needs his vitamins.
Oh, but before I go, let me just tell you, now that I’ve tried the GNC Pro Performance® 100% Egg Protein – Chocolate Supreme, it’s right up there with the GNC vanilla egg protein powder.
All of these are A-MAZ-ING.
I love just making vanilla ice cream dream protein frosting. It goes on anything. I even put it on spaghetti squash yesterday. I’m not kidding.
Well, the same frosting can be made with the chocolate protein powder.
The other day it was on a pumpkin microwave muffin
and last night it was on my Creamy Dreamy Ice Cream.
It might not photograph well, but the taste makes up for it.
Chocolate Protein Frosting
1/2 serving GNC Chocolate Egg Protein powder (17 grams)
2 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup (or agave, or milk of choice, etc.)
Yep. Try it.
Okay, really, I’ve got to go.
Have a marvelous Monday!!!!
What vitamins or supplements do you take?
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