Gatorade vs Rehydrate

I had a really tough workout the other day and asked my coach what to take to recover. Maybe I was being naive but I thought my only two choices were water or Gatorade. She said, “NO GATORADE! It’s full of sugar.” The next day she gave me an Advocare Rehydrate to try. Great, I love free samples.

After the “SUGAR” warning, the first thing I did when I got home was check out the ingredients list on the back of the Rehydrate packet. In my Whole30/Paleo lifestyle efforts, I’ve been trained to look at the ingredients list instead of the nutrition facts. And what did I find? The first two ingredients of Rehydrate are Pure Crystalline Fructose and Dextrose – two forms of SUGAR! WTF Coach?? I then glanced at the nutrition facts to see Rehydrate contains 6g of sugar. Again, WTF Coach??

Rehydrate Nutrition Facts

As luck would have it though, I had a Gatorade in the fridge also. And in my very unscientific way, I did a side by side comparison. And what did I find? You ask on the edge of your seat no doubt. The first three ingredients of Gatorade are Water, Sugar, Dextrose. Touche Coach, touche. What about the nutrition facts? Gatorade contains 34g of sugar. 34. That’s over 5 times the amount of sugar in Rehydrate.

Ok. Coach wins. Gatorade is full of sugar.

Gatorade Nutrition Facts

And you know what? I love the way it tastes. Lemon-lime Gatorade is my jam. But I’m not in a position in my life and weight goals to throw caution to the wind and drink it. So for now, adios Gatorade. I’ll be drinking Key Lime Cherry Rehydrate when I need a recovery boost after a hard workout.

Gatorade and Rehydrate Nutrition Facts

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 24!!!

It’s Day 24!!!! I don’t know what is better: knowing that I made it to Day 24 or waking up tomorrow morning when I won’t be numbering my days anymore. 🙂

I’ve been so good the last few days. I’m been working HARD at the gym this week and I’ve been so tight on my food consumption. My body feels good, my clothes feel good, B told me I look like I’ve lost weight. All good things. I’m ready to hop on the scale this morning and see some change. NOPE. Gained 1.4 lbs!!! WTF? I’m so discouraged. I am so sore for the workouts this week. My guess is that I am retaining fluid while my muscles repair.

Then, I check out the WOD. Chipper for time.
800m Row
70 x Hand Release Push-Ups
60 x Wall Balls (20 / 14)
50 x Power Snatch (75 / 55#)
40 x Kettlebell Swings (53 / 35#)
30 x Bar Over Burpees
20 x Box Jumps
10 x Muscle-Ups / Progression
800m Row

Um, I think I’ll go for a walk instead.

I was on it today with food.

Fruit Punch Spark (although I can’t lie, I’m excited for coffee tomorrow!)

Breakfast was 4 eggs. I know that’s a lot but I had run out of any veggies to go with it.

No mid morning snack – see breakfast.

Meal replacement shake for lunch.

Afternoon snack of leftover salad for the day before and 1/2 a chicken breast.

Zucchini Noodles Day 24

Dinner was my new favorite! Zucchini noodles with ground beef and marinara. Quick, easy and delicious!!

Zucchini Noodles Day 24 Detail

Night time snack was a handful of almonds.

I am anxious to see what tomorrow brings on the scale and with measurements! Keep your fingers crossed!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 23

Day 23!!  I just need to get through today and tomorrow and I have completed this goal! And it all honesty, it isn’t that bad. Yes, I feel restricted. But I’m not walking around light headed from lack of food. The food choices are reasonable and plentiful. I just miss the occasional ice cream, Jimmy John’s sandwich, Frito’s day thrown into the mix. 🙂

Back to the gym today and I pushed it. I really wanted to RX the workout, 12 minute AMRAP 10 dead lifts 135lbs, 100 meter farmers walk 35lbs. I did 4 rounds plus 5 reps and the first round was RX, then I had to drop to 125lbs for the dead lifts. This was still heavy weight for me and I’m glad I was able to finish. Honestly, I put 45s on my bar so switching to a lower weight would have taken up too much time. I didn’t plan on that being the reason to stick with the weight but it sure did make a mental difference!

The hunger today was real. I’m sure this is because of the calorie restriction and the big workout. Here’s the rundown:

Fruit Punch Spark

Breakfast of three eggs with left over roasted broccoli and cauliflower.

Snack was 1/2 apple and cheese.

Lunch was a meal replacement shake. On days like this, I finish the shake in 2 minutes. Seriously. 2 minutes. I was looking at the clock thinking, “if I don’t stretch this out there is no way it will keep my full until snack time.” After said 2 minutes, I will still hungry so I took a nap. 🙂 This isn’t normal for me but it did get me over the hump. I didn’t eat again until snack time.

Afternoon snack was a piece of turkey with string cheese.

It was between snack and dinner that I really had to dig deep. I was so hungry. All I could think about was how the challenge was almost over, the trip to Denver is coming up and I really want to move that scale! It was hard, but I stuck to the plan.

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad

Dinner was a repeat from Day 2, but always so good. Vietnamese Inspired Chicken and Cabbage salad from The Urban Poser.

Vietnamese Cabbage Salad Detail

Today it was especially good because I was starving!

Advocare 24 Day Challenge – Day 1

I’m starting my Advocare 24-Day Challenge today! I’m kind of excited about it. 🙂 It was hard to sleep last night, it almost felt like the first day of school!

I’ve been doing crossfit since January 2015. While I love the workouts and have seen changes to my shape and definition, I haven’t lost any weight since the first month. During that first month I was also doing a Whole30. Needless to say, my lack of progress is due to my eating habits. Unfortunately, my eating habits aren’t terrible. I eat fairly paleo. Usually two meals a day are paleo/primal but sometimes I go off the ranch. Wine, Frito’s, ice cream, these are some of the foods that derail my goals.

In an effort to get back on track I decided to do this challenge. Plus, I have a trip coming up in October and I want my jeans to be comfortable AND cute.

So, here’s the rundown of Day 1:

Started the day with my first Spark. The flavor is Fruit Punch and it is pretty good. It is a little sweet so I use 10oz of water instead of the directed 8oz. I definitely feel mentally sharp. But, I love my morning cup of coffee and decided after 30 minutes to have a cup. Big mistake! I felt like my head was going to bounce off my body! My workout was pretty good though. 🙂

Breakfast

Breakfast is typical of what I eat all the time, three eggs over spinach with salt and pepper. Love it!

Snack number 1 is half a grapefruit.

Lunch

Lunch is this salad. There is a restaurant in town, Almond’s, that makes this great salad with broccoli, cauliflower, green peppers, tomatoes, shredded cheese with a great vinaigrette over a bed of greens. This is my lazy version of it, without the green pepper and a simple dressing of olive oil and white wine vinegar. Two bone in, skin on chicken thighs to add the protein. I also douse it with Frank’s Hot Sauce. Oh man, it is so good. And raw. And an easy way for me to eat two cups of veggies!

Snack number 2 is a small bag of almonds

Dinner is totally off the ranch. I know, it is the FIRST DAY but I had a family get together. Dinner was pretty good, pulled pork, cole slaw, watermelon salad that I made. It was the wine and snacks and desert that were bad. But oh well. This is life.

Snack number 3 was skipped. 🙂