I’ve always wondered about protein shakes. They seemed appealing, but I never really understood why people were slamming them. I recenltly joined a new gym where you can buy a protein shake at the front desk. With a tendency to head staright for my favorite cardio machine, I couldn’t fathom taking in drinkable calories.
This may also be the reason I’ve never had significant weight-loss. And like any normal human, I denied the lack of progress and continued, pushing myself through high-intensity cardio, very little weight training, ignoring every ache and pain.
I haven’t set foot on a piece of cardio equipment in 4 weeks. I know what you’re thinking: No, I haven’t gone psychotic and burned down my gym. I simply (ha!) invested myself into a new program.
Rachel Cosgrove takes a totally different approach to weight-loss than I’ve ever attempted. That’s right, she challenges her readers to get off the treadmill and sashay on over to the weight room. The first time I attempted this, I got scared half way in, turned around and went straight back to my cardio machine. True story.
Almost 4 weeks in to the new program and I’ve had more ‘ah-ha’ moments than a guest on Dr. Phil. Turns out, it’s all about timing your carbs and your proteins. She is also kind enough to explain that elusive protein shake (which is a must if you’re taking on her training program). After an hour of metabolic weight training, you need to replace your depleted resources, so you don’t burn your lean muscle when you’re supposed to be burning fat. Ding!
These days, I come directly home from the gym, and mix up a protein shot before I even get in the shower. As you can see from the photo above, sometimes the protein shake comes into the shower with me. I have places to be, people! Actually, that’s a lie. I just usually can’t wait to get gym-stank off me.
I will go ahead and say: I haven’t lost much weight yet. I have lost inches, though. I do see that this program has a potential to help me where running couldn’t. You know when people call losing weight a “journey”? I’ve always thought that was schmaltzy thing to call it, but I’m starting to understand why they say that.
There are so many ways to make protein shakes. Do you have a favorite recipe?