Well played Universe…Well Played.

I’ve posted a bit on social media of the last few days about coming to terms with the fact that I don’t want to keep fighting my body. I became aware that while I do love competing and pushing my body through a competition preparation in order to be lean enough to get up on stage and REALLY celebrate the work that I put in to my fitness – I want to be gentle to myself too.

What this means is that while I am still preparing to compete during 2014, I’m doing so being more mindful of my health, balance and my happiness. I’ve moved to a way of eating that is more flexible and family friendly (IIFYM) so that I can eat more meals with my family and live like a real person. I’ve moved my supplements to a more wholesome and beneficial range so that I’m not loading myself up with more chemicals than I need. I’m trying to be more chilled out about my expectations of myself really.

It’s nice. I woke up this morning pumped and full of energy, had my breakfast, had my supps, went to the gym to train a PT client and then had a training session with Coach Corey. I felt awesome. Good deadlifts, good back and shoulders – feeling strong, feeling like I’m where I want to be.

It’s nice, this sense of peace and lack of urgency.

Then the doorbell rings.

It’s the Fed-Ex man with a small parcel containing three of the most beautiful stage bikinis ever.

I try them on.

They fit.

If I kicked my own ass they’d look great on stage sometime soon.

But I’d need to kick my own ass to do it in time.

This is me shaking my fist at the Universe. Well played Universe, very well played.

SV

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Stuff I’ve Tried – Mana

*Disclaimer – the lovely owners of Mana Blend DID send me a container of their product to try and provide my feedback on. It’s exactly that, MY feedback. Always feel free to ask me questions and call shenanigans if you think I’m being shady :p

Anyway!! This month I’ve been trying….

Mana

MANA

(As mentioned, YES – this item was sent to me free of charge to try and provide feedback to my readers)

What is it?

Post competing last year, I felt pretty shabby. I was reacting badly to lots of foods, I’d gained more weight than I’d planned to off-season and I was just generally feeling ‘meh’. In the past I had been incorporating a ‘green smoothie’ into my daily routine whenever I started to feel like this. The only issue was, I don’t make my greens smoothies from scratch. For many reasons (mostly laziness and living on the frozen island with limited access to the rarer and more awesome vegies and greens) I was choosing to buy a greens powder. I’d tried a couple, both from big US supplement brands and they tasted pretty sweet and quite good, like strawberries or tropical fruits – which is odd considering neither of those things were listed as ingredients. Plenty of long-name chemical stuff I couldn’t hope to pronounce though :/ Hmmm.

I believe very much in the universe sometimes dropping things into your life at the right time and I was LITERALLY sitting at my desk researching for another greens smoothie that wouldn’t load me with more toxins than it was helping to flush when the owners of Mana sent me a message introducing me to their product line.

Mana is a vegan, raw and certified organic superfood.  Like, really super.  It has 11 ingredient all with crazy wonderful super powers. The magic eleven are cacao, maca, lucuma, yakon, incan spirulina, goji berry, mesquite, chlorella, camu camu, red banana & noni. Some of these I knew about previously, others were completely new to me. The guys have a great breakdown of each of them on this page – http://www.manablend.com/ingredients/ Check it out – learn stuff.

What did I get?

I got the 1 Month supply canister of Mana. It doesn’t have a scoop but the serving size is super simple. A serving is a heaped dessert spoon. Mmmmm…dessert. I did read on their site and put into practise that when you are sick or just unwell that a double dose is okay. A couple of times when I was fighting off colds I had a serve in the morning and another later in the day and did find that I was bouncing back from things a little faster.

How do you do it?

With all of the super foods in Mana, a daily dose over time will help your body absorb and utilise all of the goodness. I chose to take mine as part of the Mana Green Smoothie One Month Challenge. Which ironically, is not challenging at all – so easy! The challenge is just to have one Mana smoothie (so using your Mana powder as well as adding dark green leafies and some fruit if you like) and incorporate at least one big colourful salad every day for a month.  (I do need to admit that I cheated and had a big colourful soup some days as the Frozen Island weather sometimes makes eating a cold salad less than enticing.)

The thought behind the challenge is to give your body the best chance to be ‘refreshed’ with the increased intake of the wholefoods and time for you to feel and see the benefits.

So whaddya think?

I have to say the problem with having tried commercial ‘greens’ supplements is you get used to the idea that they can taste like cordial. Sometimes a bit of a yukky cordial, but easily sippable and fruity. Mana is not made of chemicals that make it taste like something else. It tastes like cacao and chlorella and all of the stuff that it is actually made of. And that is a good thing. Is it necessarily a delicious thing on it’s own? Um,  not exactly. It’s not gross. Not gag-worthy or horrid. It’s just not cordial. THAT SAID – I was being a purist and not blending mine with the fruits that you can do. I was drinking it straight. And it was fine. But I think an apple or orange in there would make this easily drinkable  for anyone.

Again, being non-chemical, this is not a supplement that you will take and then within the hour go “OH WOW, So much energy, ALL OF THE ENERGY, ENERGY ENERGY ENERGY!!!!!”. It will also not results in your being comatose levels of tired on the couch in two hours or potential overloading your body with stimulants. The benefits of Mana were definitely more subtle. After a week I noticed that my skin breakouts were all clearing up and my tummy was feeling less irritated after I ate. I had more energy in a very soft ‘feeling well’ way. If that sounds a bit airy-fairy, it kinda is. It’s nice.

Following the challenge was quite easy as I am used to taking shakes and already incorporate salads/soups into most days. I did miss a few days here and there while I was travelling (and not organised to take my Mana with me) but whenever I had access to a kitchen, I was set.

By the end of the month I was pretty wrapt with how my skin was looking, how I was feeling overall and just the knowledge that I was getting all of those nutrients and superfoods in each day is comforting.

As I follow an IIFYM food approach to weight loss and show preparation, I found Mana slots in quite easily to my macros as it isn’t particularly heavy in carbohydrates and has very little protein and no fat.

Would I buy it again?

Yes, I would. What I appreciated most was that the Mana is very clear about it’s ingredients and what is/isn’t in it. It is made by an Australian company,run by two Mamas passionate about health which is so lovely to be able to support.  The month long challenge made me FEEL GOOD , I can make it fit my macros and meet my nutritional goals. Which is a lot for one little product to deliver. :)

NOW – what I would really love for you to do is  find out more about them here – http://www.manablend.com/

The creators are just the most lovely passionate people, excited about everyone’s health and happiness. Follow them on facebook by finding them here – https://www.facebook.com/ManaBlend?fref=ts

And of course, if you have any questions at all about my experience, ask them here or on the Sailor Vee facebook page and I’m happy to answer them!

Talk soon and oodles of healthy wishes,

SV

Choose Wisely

Choose Wisely

A very wise man called Jim Rohn (if you do nothing else in 2014, look him up and read EVERYTHING) once said “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.

Whoa. That’s a bit confronting to a lot of people. I mean, for the most part we LOVE the people in our lives that we spend the most time with but do we want to BE those people?

What I found really interesting is that there are aspects and parts of all of those people that I would love to have. And other parts that might make me throw myself under a bus if I developed. Focus on the parts you wish to cultivate in yourself obviously. And stay away from buses.

But what if you are bit like me and want MORE?

Well, if that is the case Jim Rohn’s statement is also incredibly hopeful. It reminds us that we are not stuck being who we are now. If you want to be fitter – surround yourself with more fit people. Join a gym, or a running group or a sports team. If you want to be smarter – surround yourself with more smart people. Find a book club, take an adult education class in something that interests you or just spend more time at the library! If you want to be wealthier – surround yourself with more people who have done and are doing well for themselves in business – you’ll find they are more willing and open to sharing knowledge than you think!

The human potential for change and improvement is one of the greatest tools we have in living the life we want.

So consider the top five, top ten, top twenty people in your life. Acknowledge them for the characteristics they have that you admire and cultivate them in yourself. And if your circle is smaller than you’d like or lacking in areas that you wish to be stronger? Take the leap to meet people that you would be happy to become the average of!

Dream Big! Kick Ass! Repeat!

SV

Full Hearts and Ugly Blue Houses

I mentioned on the Sailor Vee facebook page the other day that I am unreasonably attached to an ugly little blue house.

It’s true. It’s a 70’s horror-show fibro/render house the size of a shoebox with so many ‘unique features’ that I honestly don’t mind when people don’t ‘get it’ the way that I do. But I love that house.

I love that my brand-new husband held my hand when we clambered through knee-high grass on our first inspection of it.
I love that it felt like home to my gypsy soul the second I stood inside.
I love that it was our first home together.
I love that I was pregnant there, brought my firstborn home to there and cuddled him to sleep staring out to the river there.
I love that when the Captain’s work took us away and I started to feel horribly lost, as soon as I was home to the blue house, I was home.
I love that even though we don’t live there anymore, one day we will take the blue house down, being grateful for the roles it played and build the house that the Captain and I will grow old in on that site.
I kinda love that NO-ONE feels the same about that little blue box of weirdness as we do.
I love knowing that my heart and mind are open enough to love something or someone unconditionally.
 

The little blue house is a reminder that things don’t need to be perfect, to be perfect for me.

Have a fantastic day my Lovelies,

SV

I’m going on a (kinda) holiday…

Exciting stuff hey? But wait, what is the difference between a holiday and a (kinda) holiday?

Today I fly out with my Mama to a health retreat. Where I am excited is that I get to train a lot. Where I will struggle is that I will have to surrender control of my food choices (or go hungry!) for a week. AND DID I MENTION THERE IS NO COFFEE?!!!!

But it’s for the greater good.

You see, I love exercise. And fitness. And healthy foods. The thought of being somewhere where ALL that I need to do is train twice a day, eat five times a day and spend my free time being relaxed and reflective is pretty much my idea of heaven.

But for my Ma, that’s not quite the case yet. She and exercise haven’t really become best friends yet. Or even acquaintances. Not even the facebook type. So she is coming with me to test the waters of training and to have some relax time as well. It is not her idea of heaven. In fact, I have a sneaking suspicion she’s pretty scared of what it will be like. But she loves me enough to want to come and spend time with me there anyway.

And that is a good place to start.

JustStart

SV

 

Stuff I Tried this Week – Alkaline Extreme Protein

Something new for the blog – stuff I tried! I try a lot of things. Partly because I’m a curious cat, mostly because I have a problem with internet impulse purchasing. So I’ll blog regularly (lol, I’ll try!) about some of these and my thoughts. Mostly these will be things that I have bought for myself however, I have been approached by a few groups to try their products and give them feedback. I will ALWAYS let you know if I have been given a product and even if I have, my thoughts and opinions on the product will ALWAYS BE MY OWN. That’s sorta how I roll. If you are a company or have a product that you want me to try, feel free to have a read of this page here. And yes, I did just blatantly suggest that I will accept free stuff. Don’t judge me. Everyone loves free stuff.

Anyway!! This week I tried….

alkalineextreme

ALKALINE EXTREME PROTEIN

(Not a free product or sponsored post!)

What is it?

I’d heard quite a lot about it and whenever I’ve asked my facebook friends for suggestions on protein powders and flavours to try, it’s ALWAYS been suggested. Mostly with wacky but amazing sounding flavours like lemon cream pie and cinnamon roll! What??

Why alkaline? According to their website, the protein has been mixed to buffer lactic acid and push it out of your system and is supposed to therefore do all sorts of magical things. I honestly have NO idea if that is a real thing but it sounds good and as lots of my friends love it and the proteins/carbs/fats breakdown of the shake were great I thought I would give it a go.

As far as ingredients go, they are pretty good. I can read and understand all of the ingredients and I’m no scientist 🙂 To give you an idea of the nutritional breakdown, here is the panel from one of the ones I tried:

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What did I get?

The problem with buying protein is that it tends to come in HUGE packets which is a problem if you’ve never tried it. And you hate it. Been there, done that, still having shakes I despise or trying to hide that powder in cooking. The very cool thing about Alkaline Extreme Protein is that they do have some sample tubs and I found a couple of ‘take n shake’ type singles serves. I was going for a maximum amount of flavours to try for minimal expense. I ended up with:

alkalineextremechocpeanut2 x 114g sample tubs. I got 1 x Chocolate peanut butter and 1 x Mochaccino

2 x single serve ‘shake & take’ bottles. 1 x Lemon Cream Pie and 1 x Cinnamon Roll

I can’t recall exactly, but I think these cost about $35 or so including crazily fast delivery.

So whaddya think?

I really like this stuff! I’ll preface it by saying that I’ve been living a very low sugar/carb diet for a very long time but the only issues I have is that they taste SO SWEET to me. Like crazy dessert-buffet sweet. But it’s awesome.

I tried the Lemon Cream Pie shaker first. It mixed super beautifully in the little bottle (like an OJ bottle). The powder smelled crazy yum. From first sip, I recoiled a bit at how sweet it was. Again, keep in mind that I have so little sugar that I can’t tolerate fresh apple juice anymore as it freaks my tastebuds out. But the flavour was awesome. Surprisingly, I gave the Captain a sip and he wasn’t a fan at all. He was heading out so didn’t elaborate but I think it was also the sweetness that got to him. The issue I have with really boutique flavours is that it’s harder for me to ‘hide’ my protein powder in real foods when I am trying to have them as something other than a shake. I couldn’t really imagine Lemon Cream Pie in a brownie mix or similar, but as a shake it was great.

I mixed up a shake from the Chocolate Peanut Butter sample tub the next day. Texture was great, chocolately-ness was good. Weirdly, I think I don’t personally like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Love chocolate, love peanut butter – not sure I like them together. But the shake was good.

I tried the Cinnamon Roll shaker at the gym after a workout. HOLY SNAPPING POOP – I loved it. Seriously loved. Yes, it seemed crazy sweet but the flavour was amazing. I was immediately transported to a world where I would make cinnamon roll pancakes, cinnamon roll overnight oats or just have this shake a dozen times a day. That good. Kid#1 said it stank out the car and that he hated it. He wasn’t drinking it, just sniffing me. What can I say, the kid’s a bit weird.

This afternoon I’ve tried the Mochaccino. Coffee and cofffe-type flavours are hard to impress me with and the powder smelled a little weird. But.. It’s good, and strangely was more good  better after I left it for a few minutes (not intentional, kid#2 did this with a vegemite sandwich:

Oz

Would I buy it again?

Yep, I think I would. Especially that cinnamon roll. ZOMG I loved it. I’m not 100% sure on the alkaline benefits (only because I haven’t researched it)  but do know that I like the way they taste and I can make them fit my macros and meet my nutritional goals. Which for a protein powder is about all that I ask 🙂

You can find out more about them here – http://www.alkalinesuperfoods.com.au/

Talk soon,

SV

How to Fix a Binge

We’ve all done it. Had a moment of ‘Oh, okay. I’ll have a little bit’ and realised sometime (hours/days even!) that we were on a jet-fueled binge and have devoured/inhaled/imbibed ALL of the food in the world. And you feel sick. Not just because your poor belly is stuffed full of food and is trying to explode out of your Levis (which is why binge-pro’s like myself will get changed mid binge!) but mainly because you know how far you’ve set yourself back on the path to your goals. Or have you?

I did some googling on how to fix or recover from a food binge and there was LOTS of touchy-feely advice like

forgiveyourself

Um, okay. Good advice. More googling saw more advice like

respectyourfeelings

Okay. Yup. Alright. Also good. But let me break it down. After a binge, the only things I give a damn about really is

GIVE ME MY EFFING BODY BACK

So, if you’d like to deal with the emotional side of why you ate too much (which I recommend!), hit up our friend Dr Google.

My advice for getting rid of a puffy tummy, upset digestive system and madly swinging blood sugar levels is below.

Step One: PUT DOWN THE FOOD

True Story. There is a moment in every binge where you realise THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA. It might be when you are opening the hidden packet of chips, going back for your third plate at the buffet OR it can be at the supermarket stocking up on the foods you know you shouldn’t be eating. STOP when you feel that internal voice. Do something to remove yourself. If you can, go out. Or away from the food. If you can’t go out or away, get in the shower. If you are a parent, that might mean you have the kids sitting outside the shower waiting for you. So be it. Naked with an audience is still the better choice. So that is always step one – Get out, get away or get clean.

Step Two: HYDRATE UP!

It will feel insane when you are crazily full of food to make yourself MORE full of something. But your body will need to flush and metabolise all of the stuff you ate and it does that best when you are fully hydrated. By hydrated, I’m talking water. Plain water. No need for fancy electrolytes or sports drinks. Water. Now. A couple of litres of it.

Step Three: MOVE

Now, I’m NOT talking about busting out a massive workout. You’ll probably vomit, and I’m never a fan of doing that. What I do suggest is a good walk in the fresh air. Failing that, some steady but relaxed time on a treadmill or bike. Mostly this just gets you moving and breathing and again encourages your body to start processing the overload. And… it reminds you that you are a fit happy human being, not a couch-blob who inhales chips.

Step Four: SIP THE MAGIC TEA

I’m a bloater. A big puffy-tummy, ‘just add 5 inches to my waistline’ kind of bloater. Lots of stuff makes me bloat. Milk products, processed grains, PMS and lady-stuff. Not fun. A good binge will bloat me until I feel like I’m going to explode. My favourite product for when I am feeling like this is a random tea that I found on my favourite online store iHerb. You can see it here. Tastes good and helps save me from the dreaded puff. Please note, this is not really a magical product. Just a herbal tea that helps with fluid retention 🙂

weightless

Step Five: SLEEP IT OFF

Yep. Nap time. Maybe after you’ve done all of the wonderful reflecting that Dr Google has suggested. Your body needs time to process and you will feel better when you wake up.

Step Six: STARVING YOURSELF IS DUMB

Yes, you ate a lot of food. Theoretically I’m sure you really DID eat enough to feed yourself for a few days, but DO NOT try to go without eating or being heavily restrictive with what you eat next. It is stupid. AND will see you more likely to snap and binge again. I do suggest eating lighter meals and making the healthiest choices you can while your system is already pretty taxed, but a fast is not the answer. You are not Gandhi.

Step Seven: DON’T BE A NUT-BALL, THERE IS ALWAYS TOMORROW RIGHT FREAKIN’ NOW.

Easier said than done. But something that comes to mind fairly regularly is that I didn’t get fat off one binge. It was many, many binges over a significant amount of time. And the opportunity to make better decisions starts right now. NOT tomorrow, or Monday. Right now. The very next thing you eat or drink will put you closer to or further away from your goals. Don’t be a nut-ball. Or at least be a fit and healthy one.

Love and Anti-Puffiness

SV