Today is a marvelous Monday. It is (already) October 22nd. Yes, the time is flying but I am extremely exited about today for one particular reason – today marks the start of Tina’s marvelous Best Body Bootcamp! Finally, the day is here! I have needed this so much lately, I have not been exactly on point with my diet and exercise routines in the last 2 weeks and it’s about time I get back on track. I thrive when I have a set out plan and this is exactly what I needed to get in the right mindset again.
Hopefully, by the end of these 8 weeks, I will be looking good and feeling even better. I am hoping that I will be at my goal weight (or close to it) by the end of the bootcamp. I am not planning on doing any specific diet during the bootcamp, but I will watch my calories, not going below 45% on carbs (as I think that was the reason why I fell off in the first place). Instead of extreme dietary restriction, I am going to focus on just the calories for the most part. At least in the first month. I will be doing the bootcamp workouts every morning before work or afternoon after work, eating proper meals and staying at a calorie range of 1300-1400. I will also be wearing my FitBit and making sure I get at least 8,000 steps every day (not counting during the workouts).
I’ve been doing friday posts (except the past 2 weeks ’cause they were laughable) where I recap all the fitness I did in the week. I will be changing this and moving my Fitness Fridays posts to a Sunday since that is a rest day on Tina’s plan and I feel it’s easier to recap a whole week this way. I’m going to be naming the fitness posts on Sundays as “Best Body Bootcamp Weekly Recap” with the right week number at the end. These will go under the Fitness Fridays category though since they are of the same nature.
Marvelous packages and buys:
I haven’t done a grocery recap in a while because frankly, I haven’t been buying anything too exciting. I bought some new goodies this past week though and got a few packages that I wanted to share with you guys! First, new grocery finds from this week:
Whole Foods: Natural Vanilla fat free and gluten free marshmallows! I wasn’t necessarily craving marshmallows but I saw these and decided to get them anyway – ’tis the season. Well.. almost. But yeah, I tried them and sadly I wasn’t impressed. Oh well. Then I got a new brand of almond milk by Pacific because it has 5 calories less than Blue Diamond for the same price. Then I went for this Wallaby organic plain nonfat yogurt because it was cheaper than any of the greek yogurts and I have been tight on money lately. Sigh.
I love this sprouted flourless tortilla because it’s pretty big and it has only 80 calories. Plus it’s organic and lower in carbs than the spinach tortilla I usually use from TJ’s. It’s just pretty stiff so I have to warm it up first. I also caved and decided to try these low calorie low carb pasta… it looks weird, not gonna lie – we’ll see what comes of it when I make it.
I got these the apple butter and pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s and I made something amazing with them. Stay tuned for a post tomorrow to see what amazing delicious thing came out of it. I also got this TruWhip natural whipped topping. I don’t even know why I bought it to tell you the truth. I think I needed a reminder that I prefer whipped cream than whipped topping in a package like this.
I’m usually more for whole foods and I am usually against calorie-free products but seeing Laura using it a lot, I decided to give it a try. It’s a blueberry calorie-free syrup and it’s natural.. so I might as well, whatever. It was on sale too. I like the flavor. I think it was a good buy. I don’t use it that often though so yeah.
I got my package from Vitacost (sign up using my link to get $10 discount off first purchase!) and in it were semi-sweet mini chocolate chips from Enjoy Life. These are like really mini, I didn’t realize they were gonna be this small when I ordered them.. haha, I think I like chunks more than mini sized chips. Then there’s this hazelnut syrup – I got it because I wanted to make Nutella flavored things without actually using hazelnuts but I couldn’t find hazelnut extract anywhere. Hopefully this syrup will help. Whole wheat graham flour is even less processed than whole wheat flour. And I finally got my hands on some almond flour! I’ve been wanting to get some for a while now! I have such a big collection of flours now, haha.
I got some ground ginger since winter season is right around the corner and I’m totally looking forward to using more of this spice in my recipes after making the Apple Pie Cupcakes, I loved the gorgeous scent and flavor it provided. TAZO vanilla apricot white tea because white tea is my favorite new tea and I’m almost out of my pomegranate one. I’m sure this one will rock just as much as the pomegranate one. And of course, coconut flour because I run out of it super quickly each time – it’s a staple.
I got the pleasure of trying these two bars from NuGo courtesy of the company. These NuGo Slim bars are gluten free, vegan, and contain no artificial ingredients or sugar alcohols. I really enjoyed the espresso and peanut butter flavors both – the espresso is very strong and intense, and the peanut butter is very peanuty. I liked that they were both below 200 calories but were of a decent size and pretty dense. I think I’m gonna buy some of their other bars too once I run out of my CarbRite bars, cause I enjoyed these and I like the variety they offer on other products, not just the slims.
I also had the pleasure of trying these marvelous cookies. The company sent me some coupons and I have to say I was impressed! I haven’t tried any other flavors yet but I really liked these “oreo” cookies – I have no idea how to compare them to real oreos because I haven’t had oreos in years… but I really liked these. Like a lot. I might have eaten too many at a time. Might have. These WhoNu nutrition rich cookies contain no hydrogynated oils, no trans fats, nor HFCS.
I very much enjoyed eating them by themselves… but per serving (3 cookies) they are 150 calories, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 24g carbs, 13g sugar, and 1g protein. Meh. So maybe not the best but at least they do contain vitamins and benefits like: as much fiber as an instant packet of oatmeal, as much calcium & vitamin D as a glass of 1% milk, as much vitamin C as a cup of blueberries, as much iron as a cup of cooked spinach, as much vitamin B12 as a cup of cottage cheese with fruit, as much vitamin A as a glass of tomato juice, and as much vitamin E as two cups of carrot juice.
Definitely enjoyed all these vitamins as a topping to my mocha protein pudding.
Disclaimer: I got the WhoNu VIP coupons from the company free of charge. I was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.
Questions for you:
- What is your opinion of sugar-free or calorie-free natural syrups like those from Walden Farms? Do you know of any other companies that do similar products but even healthier? Link me.
- Have you ever tried this low calorie pasta?
- Are you doing Tina’s bootcamp too? Or have you done it in the past?