Blackmores Product Trial

12 Dec

As per my last post, I mentioned that Blackmores had kindly sent me some products to trial.   I’m not even going to exaggerate here, but a couple of these products literally have changed my life and I now SWEAR by them.

It all started with a phone call to the wonderful Kate Ferguson, an advisory naturopath for Blackmores.   I’d never consulted with a naturopath before and I knew from my Health Assessment that I had some issues that I needed to resolve, so I was very much looking forward to hearing what she had to say!

I outlined to Kate my current diet and exercise regime and then we spoke about some of the issues I was experiencing around digestion, recovery and sleep.

We addressed digestion first.   So, for a while I had been experiencing severe bloatedness and adverse reactions to certain foods (oats being the main culprit).  My high protein diet was starting to wreak havoc with my insides and I was feeling uncomfortable for much of the day.  Look, I won’t go into too much gory detail here, but I think you’re catching my drift.  Please tell me you are because I am not going THERE.   Okay?  Good.  Moving along then (awwwwkwaaaarddd).

Kate assessed my symptoms and diet thought I would really benefit from using a digestive enzyme supplement. Blackmores Origins Digestive Enzymesis a broad spectrum enzyme to help improve digestion and relieve symptoms of bloating and heart burn.

The following article provides some additional information on how digestive enzymes work:  http://www.blackmores.com.au/learning-centre/article/digestive-enzyme-your-way-to-good-health

This product has changed my life.  I can now eat oats without discomfort and I have not experienced any of the symptoms I had prior to using this product!   She also recommended that I keep drinking my T2 Detox tea and peppermint tea as it’s great for digestion, bloating and cramping.

Next we addressed fatigue.  Important nutrients to help support energy levels are magnesium (helps with muscular aches, pains and cramping) and the B group vitamins.  I was using Blackmore’s Bio Magnesium in tablet form but I must admit I had been a bit slack in remembering to take it everyday.  Kate recommended I try Blackmores Magnesium Powder which contains magnesium and B vitamins and that I should take it in conjunction with my multi vitamin.

I am now loving my magnesium powder.  I have noticed a considerable improvement in energy levels since taking it and recovery has been better too (come on!  More energy!).

Lastly, we spoke about sleep.   I’d been finding it hard to drift off to sleep and when I’d finally GET to sleep, I would find myself waking up in intervals throughout the night.  Kate said that the essential oils roman chamomile and lavender applied to the back of the neck are great to help relax you and support a good night’s sleep.  A lavender pillow or lavender eye mask also works well too.

Kate said that having my energy levels properly supported during the day with B vitamins and having magnesium will help to improve my sleep (which they have) and she also suggested I have a look at Blackmores Sleep Sound Formula  or Tranquil Night.  She sent me some Sleep Sound Formula to try and I will report that I am now a valerian junkie.  This stuff REALLY works and I have found myself drifting off to sleep easier and staying asleep for longer.  It takes a week or so to start working but it’s well worth the wait.

I definitely recommend the experience of consulting with a naturopath.  Just a few small additions to my regime and the improvements are something I would DEFINITELY write home about.  Mum?  Are you reading this?  Expect a hand written letter soon!

Have you ever consulted a naturopath or tried any of the products mentioned above?  Share your experiences below!

Winners – Blackmore Personal Health System Giveaway!

12 Dec

Congratulations to Karam Lee and Jenna Kaz!

You have both won a 0ne month pass to Blackmore’s Personal Health System.  WOO HOO!

I will be in contact with you both shortly via email with instructions on how to claim your prize.

This competition was drawn using Random.org.

Giveaway: Balancing Health and Wellbeing with Blackmores!

2 Dec

I was recently contacted by Blackmore’s to do a review of their new “Personal Health System”.  At first, I was a bit wary.  I get asked to do a lot of product reviews and I like to align myself only with things that I truly believe in and things that I think are relevant to mine and my reader’s interests.  So I had a quick squiz (yes, squiz, I’m standing by that word!) at the site and I was actually pleasantly surprised by what I saw!

Developed specifically for time-poor Australians, The Blackmores Personal Health System (PHS) takes Blackmores’ expert understanding of nature and science a step further, providing an individually tailored online health program which combines the latest interactive technology with personal support from Blackmores’ team of naturopaths.

Basically, it is a 360 degree holistic approach to health including menu plans, nutrition advice, fitness suggestions, and a community of support as well as a lot more. It gives time-poor people the opportunity to stay fit and healthy wherever they are, whenever they want, with the support they need.  Blackmores has also welcomed Asher Keddie (Australian actress and star of TV show OffSpring) as their inaugural PHS member and ambassador.

I decided to trial the Sport & Fitness Program as it was most relevant to my goals.   The first thing I did was get stuck into the Health Assessment which was VERY thorough!  I may have giggled at how many questions about pooh it asks but hey, a healthy pooh is very important!  😉  My overall score was 82/100 which is 14 points above the average of all females.   It went on to show the areas that are letting me down – vitality and digestive health being the main culprits.  But after having a chat to one of their wonderful naturopaths and being sent some awesome supplements to try, I’m pleased to report that these issues are no longer such a problem for me!  I’ll provide a review on these products in another post!

Once I had completed the assessment I started browsing the other areas of the program.  There was really nothing that it didn’t cover – it has everything!  It provides you with a menu plan, a workout plan, a food and workout diary, a My Body tracking system (where you can record PBs, your weight and measurements – SO motivating!), access to email your assigned naturopath whenever you see fit (my FAVOURITE feature) as well as an awesome resource library that has great articles on nutrition, exercise and healthy living.   There is also a great forum with over 308,000 members and growing!  I personally think that being a part of a community is highly beneficial to reaching your goals as it provides an invaluable amount of support and motivation.

I honestly can not speak highly enough about this system!  I have only covered the basics of it too, it offers so much more!  And lucky for you guys I have TWO FREE one-month passes to giveaway (valued at $49.95 each)!

To win just leave a comment below on why you think you are deserving to win this prize!  A winner will be drawn at random on Monday the 12th of December at approximately 9:00am EST.

Get in quick guys!  This is a great way to help you start your new year (and new you!) with a bang!

Amanda’s Protein & Oat Pancakes

22 Nov

This post comes from my sick bed, where I have been for the past 2 days. 😦 I contracted a stomach bug but all is fine – just need to keep hydrated, eat bland (come at me white bread!) and I should be fine in a day or so.

Now, even though I can eat an abundance of white bread and crackers at the moment, the only thing I REALLY want are these gorgeous, fluffy pancakes. They are so devine. One day I ate them for breakfast AND dinner… DON’T YOU DARE JUDGE ME!

I’ve fooled around with a few different recipes but they were never quite right. So I made some of my own changes and came up with these.

The trick is in the protein powder – you really have to get a nice tasting protein powder. I use Gaspari Myofusion in Milk Chocolate and it is DELICIOUS. You can buy it from BMB Supplements. Enter in the code “mevsbulge” and get 10% off any products til 1st February 2012! 😉

These can pack quite a calorie punch though – about 500 calories (and an amazing 55g of protein!) if you have them with the yoghurt and berries but you can remove the oats and use only egg whites to make them lighter.

Ingredients

1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup dry, uncooked instant oats
1/4 low fat cottage cheese
3 egg whites
1 whole raw egg

Add everything to a bowl.

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Stir well or blend for a smoother consistency.

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Pour into a non-stick pan on low-medium heat. Meanwhile, heat up your grill.

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Wait a few mins for bubbles to form…

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Then stick it under the grill for a few minutes. I do this because it is too big and awkward to flip over without breaking!

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Add a tablespoon of natural yoghurt and a few berries… And voila!

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Yum!

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Hope you guys enjoy – let me know what you think! 🙂

Progress Photo Update – November 2011

20 Nov

Hey cutie pies!  Hope all my lovely readers are doing well and smashing their body goals in time for summer! It’s only a few short days away!   My absolutely favourite time of year and I think this one will be the best one for me to date.  🙂

So, it’s been a while since I have done one of these.  I have been really working hard over the last 2 months – I have well and truly settled into the swing of things with my diet, I’m consistently losing fat and centimetres, my strength is improving and I’m gaining some great muscle so all round, I have to say I’m pretty pleased!

Before I put the new pics up, let’s take a little wander down memory lane, shall we?  Let’s go back to the 30th of April 2011, 7 months ago:

Smaller, and happier, but ready to TIGHTEN UP

Now let’s look at the 3rd of September:

Feeling pretty great, but still work to be done!

From the back:

Bootay!

Right!  So, let’s take a look of the old rig today!

 

Don't even ASK me about THIS facial expression...

 

Used different bikini for the back shot - the other ones looked like I was wearing a nappy!

I am feeling pretty confident that I am going to be in reasonable shape for comp time.  Problem areas are still the legs, but once I start a proper comp prep diet and training regime, they will lean out.  I wish I could look into the future to see that actually happen but I just have to have faith in the process!  It has worked for others, it WILL work for me!

Okay, until next time people, keep it real!

xx

Pushing Weights

15 Nov

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Some people have been enquiring about what kind of weight I’m pushing at the moment so I thought I would share with y’all some examples of my workouts!

Keep in mind, it took be some time to work up to these weights!

I also like to switch it up often and throw in high rep days (20 reps) and drop sets etc. Keeps the body guessing!

I keep a log of my weights so that I can make an effort to increase weights every few weeks or so.

Upper Body Sample Workout

2 x 15 pushups
3 x 12 25kg BB bench press
3 x 12 12.5kg DB pullovers
3 x 12 20kg push press
3 x 12 6kg DBs lateral raise
3 x 6 pull ups (7th plate)
3 x 8 40kg BB rows
3 x 8 OH cable ext (2nd plate + 2 blocks)
3 x 12 cable tri pushdowns (3rd plate + 1 block)
3 x 12 cable bi curls (3rd plate + 1 block)
3 x 15 hanging knee raises
3 x 15 swissball prone roll out
3 x 20 medicine ball twists

Lower Body Sample Workout

Note: My gym doesn’t have a squat rack, and I don’t like to squat in the smith, so my squatting weight isn’t very heavy at current!

3 x 15 20kg plate weighted hip extension
3 x 12 30kg BB speed squats, bum to bench
3 x 8 17.5kg DBs walking lunges
3 x 12 40kg DB sumo squats
3 x 12 30kg BB single leg deadlifts
3 x 8 leg press (9th plate)

Then I will usually throw in a couple of ab exercises at the end of leg day too.

What do you enjoy training more, upper body or lower body?

Video Update – Progress & Exciting News!

10 Nov

I’ll TRY to get better at these… I promise.  But for now you will have to endure my akward rambling, hair touching and sweaty appearance.  Enjoy!