Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on a Diet

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There are just some days most of us crave chocolate and peanut butter. I am not sure how it gets a hold over us, but this sneaky craving must be satisfied. The coffee shop at the hospital, where I used to work, had an amazing chocolate peanut butter smoothie with a dash of espresso, which was always ordered with skim milk. The other day this treat popped in my mind,and the sweet (and salty) memory of clocking in and enjoying one last slurp of goodness lingered on my tongue. That was it. I had to find something that hit the spot. To the grocery!!

Lately if I don’t bake something I enjoy a cup of Kemps Low-Fat Black Jack Cherry Frozen yogurt or Kroger’s Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. Both of those options are around 100-110 calories/ serving. This is usually accompanied by a drizzle of chocolate, though. I was going to reach for my usual, when what did I see, but a possible craving quencher? There in the glowing freezer sat a carton of Kemps Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Frozen Yogurt. Many times a frozen yogurt that has indulgent flavors tends to be just as high in calories as ice cream. The nutrition facts sat on the borderline of acceptable for me. I decided that it had to be tested. In the cart and off to the house we went.

At the house, tea cup and scoop ready, I dipped the frozen yogurt into my cup. The texture was creamy and thick. I could hear some of the air bubbles from having been a frothy bath at one point. These were excellent signs. Anticipation floated me into the living room to get cozy for my first bite. The spoon dipped and brought the yogurt to my lips and yum. This base was some serious chocolate flavor. It really had the same texture and richness as Edy’s Rocky Road Slow Churn Ice Cream. After several bites of chocolate I finally got a bite of it. A large chunk of a chocolate peanut butter cup. The bite I had been waiting patiently for. The candy was well-made, but it lacked enough peanut butter filling to justify the wait. Slightly disappointed I finished the dessert. It really was quality flavor and the few bites with chocolate peanut butter cup were sufficiently large. It simply fell short of my expectations.

Though it fell short, I must say that everyone has a different preference of ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. It still was an outstanding frozen yogurt. The chocolate was really good. So if you only like a small bit of peanut butter in your ratio, then this is a perfect healthy dessert addition. If your ratio consists of higher amounts of peanut butter, you may want to make something yourself. The reason they probably made it this way is because peanut butter is so high in fat and when made desserty, it can have a lot of sugar. As an attempt to make a healthy version it was successful at making you feel as if you are eating a rich dessert. However, it could leave you asking, “Where’s the peanut butter?”

Check out their website for all their delicious frozen yogurt options: http://www.kemps.com/freezer/frozen-yogurt/

Rating: 3.7/5 Stars

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P90X2 Phase 3: Performance (Final Phase)

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I have come to the end of the series with a new mindset, body, and attitude towards straight forward fitness routines. The amount of time it would take to get these results at a gym would be twice as long. It cuts through the time wasters and acknowledges that people have little time to dedicate. The intensity is high and the energy you gain is great. Once again I did not use supplements or Shakeology pushed by Tony Horton.

Ending Phase 2 Stats: weight: 134lbs Waist:28 Total inches: 162
Ending stats for phase 3: weight: 127 waist: 27.5 Total inches: 157″
Pre-P90X2 Stats: weight: 145 Waist:30.5 Total inches: 168.5″
Ending results: Loss of 18 pounds, 3 inches off my waist, and 11.5 total inches lost.

Phase 3 Training Schedule: Day1: P.A.P. Lower Day2: P.A.P. Upper Day3: X2 Yoga Day4: Rest or Recovery + Mobility Day5: P.A.P. Lower Day6: P.A.P. Upper Day7: Rest or Recovery + Mobility

Equipment Needed to Perform:
-Again P90X2 does offer versions of exercises without much equipment. These usually still require different band resistances.
-Balance/Stability ball -up to 2 Medicine balls -Chin up and pull up bar -Resistance bands -Plyobox/ sturdy chair -Hand weights -Yoga mat – Door Hook Anchor for resistance bands – hand towels

This system really works. My body has changed and molded and I am in the best shape of my life. I can run faster, jump higher, dance longer, do a proper push-up, perform modified pull-ups, and balance on a tight rope! Well, the last one has yet to happen, but I do have pretty incredible balance now. Talk about flexibility skills. If you have tight muscles, everything from Neuro-integrated stretching to good-old-fashioned yoga will increase your range of motion.

This level of fitness in phase 3 is really for those who have performance-based goals. This is beyond being healthy and fit. This is about being able to run the best time of your life. I ran a 5k, Color Me Rad, at my best time ever. My time was 20:30, something I thought was impossible for me. I have always been slow and steady. I got that time with a foot that had been “R.I.C.E.-ing” all night, the night before the race. (R.I.C.E.= Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation.) Heck my goal was to be under 30 minutes! It is also about being able to have incredible agility for sports like basketball, tennis, football, dance, racquetball, etc. The training for a combination of cardiovascular endurance, and power gains is very scientific and Tony Horton nails it.

The overall drawbacks to this system are few but important to me to share. Obviously I do not support the idea of supplements without consulting a nutritional professional. Here Tony really pushes his Shakeology. One reason you don’t want to get nutrition from shakes is that you are not really learning how to eat well. You are fooling yourself into thinking it is a meal. Then when you are done, either you have to continue with shakes for the rest of your life or you can teach yourself to eat well. Another issue I had with the system was the nutritional suggestions. The first bit is quite restrictive and not helpful for healthy change. When you make drastic changes and severely restrict yourself, most people cannot sustain it and gain weight back plus some.The best way to counter this is to listen to your body. If you are hungry, eat! Then choose to eat well. Replace some ingredients in your food with healthier options. Slow and steady wins the race of weight-loss. Your body has to have time to catch up with your changes.

This system is recommended for those who have a solid base of fitness. You can definitely improve where you are and build upon it for a while. Once you get a feel for the routine, you can increase repetitions, push yourself to move faster, and hold those difficult poses longer. If you buy this system and put in the time, you cannot help but see results! Money well spent. If cost is something that would keep you from buying it, check out ebay. Sometimes you can catch a good deal. You could also get a buddy involved and go half way on it and have accountability!

Phase 3 Rating: 10/10
P90X2 Overall Rating: 9/10

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P90X2 Phase 2 Review

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This regimen really pushes you. Many people could honestly stay in this phase of training and continue to see results. Tony Horton continues to provide a challenging atmosphere with modifications for most exercises. You definitely need to feel very comfortable with Phase 1 before attempting to move on here. This phase offers some nice alternate workouts to exchange. Again I did not partake in the Shakeology or supplements. I do not feel it is right for me. I ate how I always eat while training.

I have completed Phase 2 and here are my 60 days stats:

Ending stats of Phase1: Weight: 135 lbs Waist: 29″ Total inches: 162″
Ending Phase 2 Stats: Weight: 134 lbs Waist:28″ Total inches: 160.75″

Results: Lost 1 lb, but noticed a dramatic change in strength and definition. My overall ability to perform functional tasks with ease increased. Got down to a size 6 for the first time!

Phase 2 Workout plan:
Day 1: Chest+Back+Balance &X2 Ab Ripper OR V Sculpt& X2 Ab Ripper
Day2: Plyocide
Day3: Rest OR X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4: X2 Shoulders + Arms & X2 Ab Ripper OR X2 Chest +Shoulders +Tris & Ab Ripper
Day5: X2 Yoga
Day6: Base + Back & X2 Ab Ripper
Day7: Rest OR Recovery+ Mobility

What I like about this set up is that it builds in workouts that you have gotten the hang of in the previous phase. The Plyocide and X2 Yoga are back. This helps motivate you to continue and exceed previous performances. It motivates you by unveiling a new routine with some familiarity and you think “Okay I can do this!” The two also provide a base for overall strength and power. Ab Ripper returns like a two-headed monster here. Make sure to plan for the extra 15 minutes if you are tight on time. If you are wondering why you may initially be doing worse at it than in Phase 1, remember you are now performing it 3 times a week instead of one. Once you get used to doing it 3 times a week, you begin to perform better.

The new and ugly routines are fantastic for the results you want. If you are not a Pull up King/Queen at this point no worries. This phase gives you a solid base for becoming one. If that does not sound interesting to you, fret not because there are plenty of other goodies in Tony Horton’s bag. Plyometrics are used outside of Plyocide to boost heart rate and burn those calories. It is a fantastic set of exercises to get you looking your best. Though the numbers do not necessarily reflect a high change, the difference in my appearance was quite noticeable. I was also able to get more done in a day as well. The science of the stretching and general movements are right on to maximize results.

Equipment Needed to Perform:
Again P90X2 does offer versions of exercises without much equipment. These usually still require different band resistances.
-Balance/Stability ball -up to 4 Medicine balls -Chin up and pull up bar -Resistance bands (varied resistances) -Plyobox/ sturdy chair -Hand weights -Yoga mat – Door Hook Anchor for resistance bands – hand towels

Tips:
– You can also switch up your days to confuse your muscles, as long as you keep similar muscle groups worked a day of rest in between.
-If commentary is getting old or annoying use the menu options to customize your experience. I personally like the silly comments and moments of encouragement.
-If you feel like you did too much, switch up your recovery day as needed. Never be afraid to use the Recovery Week program provided.
-Monitor your body’s signals. Tuning into your body’s signals will help you to safely continue.
-Make sure you contact your doctor for clearance if you have any known heart disease or metabolic diseases. Safety is key!
-Wear court shoes for plyometric exercises.
-Have fun with it. It is your workout and your results!

Overall Rating: 10/10

P90X2 Phase 1:Foundation Review

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Phase 1:
So I signed myself up for the Warrior Dash as some of you know, because I have posted a link to our fundraising site on this blog. After making good progress (a loss of 42 lbs) post-baby, I knew I still needed something to push me to get in the kind of shape needed to succeed and not merely survive the challenge ahead. I turned to P90X2. I heard rave reviews on the products Tony Horton has put out and decided to go for it!

Starting stats: Weight:145 lbs Waist: 30.5 inches Total inches: 168.5
Phase 1 Ending stats: Weight:135 lbs Waist:29 inches Total inches:162
Results: Down 10 lbs, loss of 6.5 inches, and more definition.

Note: I did not order the shakeology or nutritional supplements pushed by Tony Horton. I ate what I normally would eat. With that said, you know my philosophy by now on food so take that into consideration. I believe that you should not take supplements unless prescribed by your nutritionist or doctor. ACE (a leading Nationally recognized brand for exercise professional certifications) states in the ethics section that they do not believe it is within the scope of practice for exercise professionals to push or recommend these products. I agree.

Phase 1 Foundation consists of the following:

Day1: X2 Core Day2: Plyocide Day3: Rest or X2 Recovery + Mobility Day4: X2 Total Body & X2 Ab Ripper Day 5: X2 Yoga Day 6: X2 Balance+ Power Day 7: Rest or X2 Recovery + Mobility

The best part of this phase is it teaches your body how to stabilize and strengthen what needs to be strong in order to progress. This phase also shows how important it is to recover and introduces foam rolling. Be certain you are ready for the challenges these exercises will place on your body. There is a test you should take, included in the set, before attempting the program.

I love the way the X2 Yoga is set up. It really challenges your muscles and gives you the permission to fail. While everything about P90X2 is challenging, you can definitely relax in the fact that there is no pressure to be perfect, but he does motivate you to push yourself. There are modifications available for almost every exercise. Sometimes you don’t get the modified information until after you have “started” the exercise, but over time of doing the phase you will learn them and know when to do them. I also like that you can up the intensity with alternate versions of the same exercise. The explanations of the exercises are nice because you can visualize what your body should be doing and how you should be engaging different muscles.

This phase adds a new dimension to fitness you may have tried in the past. The plan suggests working a group of muscles together along with the connective tissue will build better strength and mobility. It is a growing, newer concept in the fitness world. You first have to build up individual muscle strength to correctly engage the connective tissue and perform these movements. If one muscle is too weak to perform a movement that takes a team of muscles and connective tissues, then you could risk injury. This is why it is important to do the fitness test that comes with it. Also if you have heart health issues, metabolic diseases, or high blood pressure, please consult a doctor before performing this. It is a high intensity routine and takes cardiovascular endurance as well on some routines.

If you are not in condition to start this program yet, maybe start off with walking and jogging interval training style. Slowly build up endurance for 45 minutes of continuous, vigorous activity. Good heart health is an excellent foundation to fitness. Add 2 days of resistance training (2-3 sets of 8 exercises at 6-12 repetitions) to create a base to build on. Once you feel comfortable try the fitness test again. Focus on areas you were weak on previously to help you be ready for the challenge.

I have almost completed the final phase 3 and feel that each phase has definitely brought its challenges and pushed my limits. I even feel that I could go back through the program again and get even better results as I continue to get stronger. I love the way this program works for me and allows me to pace myself as I need to. If you are looking for a challenge and want to improve your fitness, then this system might be right for you!

Equipment Needed to Perform:
-They do have versions of exercises without much equipment. These usually still require different band resistances.
-Balance/Stability ball -up to 4 Medicine balls -Chin up and pull up bar -Resistance bands -Plyobox/ sturdy chair -Hand weights -Yoga mat -Foam roller – Door Hook Anchor for resistance bands

Overall Rating : 9/10

Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2013 for the WiiU

wiiU Your ShapeThe new Your Shape Fitness Evolved2013 is now available on the Wii U. For those of you who may have tried the Jenny McCarthy version a while back, this is no comparison. This video game is a legitimate workout. As much as I hate to admit it, it really does a fantastic job! When you pair the Ubisoft game with the Wii U features, you get a great marriage! Here is my break down:

1. Enjoyment- If you are going to start and stick with a program of any kind, it needs to be fun! This game has something fun for everyone! Whether you like to dance, want to train to become a Zen master, enjoy martial arts, or learning something new this could be for you! The music is nice and relaxing. You can also enjoy reaping the rewards for your hard work.

2. Fitness Principle: The components of fitness are pretty much all addressed here. Because the game uses the weight information you give in your profile, you get pretty accurate calorie burn calculation. They have a workout for every muscle group in your body. The game includes muscular endurance exercises and not just strength. That was a huge plus to me! The game also includes cardio in many forms, flexibility beyond just yoga, and strength exercises. You can get a tailored plan for whatever fitness level you may be at. This is a great game for getting back into shape, but it may be best if you use it as a regular supplement to other workouts throughout the week. It is a great standalone game, but having interaction with the outdoors and doing other activities helps to keep you active for life.

3. Features: This game has a lot of features! There is an online website you can easily access thanks to the WiiU Gamepad. On the website you can track progress, set challenges for friends, and get inspired. The Miiverse page is also very nice for encouraging fellow sweaters to keep up the good work or to get back on the horse. It is a relatively friendly page. The game itself contains a play mode with 6 boxes to choose from. Here you can checkout scores from friends you add-on Miiverse and send an encouraging click on their newsfeed. I recommend looking here first, as you will quickly fill up the feed post-workout There are also boxes for different workouts, classes, activities, to-do’s, and your program designed for you. In addition the game offers shopping with points earned, profile access, My Fitness Pal, and medals you unlocked. The My Fitness Pal tracks daily caloric expenditure during gameplay and offers recipes.

4. Adherence: I think this game is pretty well equipped for adherence. It has the social aspect, progressive challenges, and variety. Those are main elements of adherence. I would still add more to your total routine than this game, but it definitely has a great base!

5. Gameplay: The Wiimote does a pretty accurate job of reading your motions. Sometimes if you are holding the Wiimote slightly wrong it can cause inaccuracy. The Trainer does an excellent job explaining the movement, but can be kind of late on important details. The time it takes the game to load an activity or to navigate menus can be a real time suck. If you have an hour to work out, you may only get 45 minutes of actual play time. Your heart rate is supposed to stay elevated when exercising, so this pause is also adverse for a steady heart rate for high intensity exercising. You can unlock longer modes to minimize this phenomenon.

6. Drawbacks: The overall drawbacks are pretty obvious. The Wiimote is pretty accurate, but it can be aggravating to get sweaty and for the Wiimote to slip causing a bad score. The pause in game play like I said can be a time suck and lower your heart rate, which is not what you want. The programs designed may not fit a routine you already have. Either adjust alongside or play the workouts you know you need. The dancing on this is definitely sub par! It is not for getting ready to hit any club. It is painful for those who enjoy dancing Just Dance or Dance Central. The personally designed programs workouts never let you know ahead how long or what type of exercise you will be performing. The ever important warm up and cool downs are located in the back of the workout section. This should be easier to access. The warm up is not included in your program. It is so important to warm up and cool down!! Otherwise you risk injury. Lastly, the game does not account for activity outside of the game. Only calories burned in the game are tracked and used for coins.

7. The Positive: The game has a great variety and set of tools. The social aspect is awesome for adherence! Diversity in-game play is nice for keeping on track. They provide extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. The coins and noticing physical changes are great extrinsic, while the encouragement from the trainer is great intrinsic. The Trainer helps you focus on the task at hand which is difficult to do on your own sometimes. The games force you to go slower on moves you should be going slow on, and faster on moves you should be going faster on.

Overall, I love the game. It was a huge step up from the Jenny McCarthy version. Hopefully you will find the fitness tool that works for you. This game has already helped to increase my return to pre-baby shape! I have more muscle tone, flexibility and stamina to run after my toddler and care for my 3 month-old baby. The short sessions will challenge just about every fitness level! If you buy the game and would like advice, feel free to ask me questions and I will try to help make the game as enjoyable as possible! You can email me at foodsnob86@gmail.com for more information.