Big Juice Bar – Our Opinions…

web-header-1st wpid-img_20140606_122612.jpg   Our delivery contained the following;

  •  One bottle of Super Veg
  • One bottle of Kale Green
  • 7 servings of Guarana (one per day)
  • 7 servings or Wheatgrass (one per day)

Let’s start with the bottles of Kale Green and Super Veg. wpid-20140619_100340.jpg wpid-20140619_100346.jpg What are they? They are a mixture of organic fruit and veg that are aimed at delivering the highest quality vitamins and minerals to your body, which promote better health and energy. You are less prone to get ill/cold etc when you use these Products. They are important/essential vitamins your body needs every day to stay strong, keep your immune system working well, help fight off illnesses, help you recover faster, energy booster and so on… What do they taste like? I personally find them to taste quite unique and they certainly don’t taste like a delicious smoothie. The whole point of these products is to mix a carefully selected selection of fruit and veg that will fit the requirement needed for an individual to consume at certain times of the day. Personally I wouldn’t enjoy a super veg blend first thing in the morning. I would like something with a bit more boost and taste to get me going. As the day progresses I would enjoy the veg blend much more. Fortunately they cater for all your needs with a wide range of products on the website.     wpid-20140606_122723.jpg I have heard of the name Guarana from the energy drink I used to buy from the local shops. Guarana is similar to caffeine that helps increase mental focus with a physical energy boost naturally, but without the side effects and crash afterwards. The huge difference between a cheap energy drink from the shop and these organic grown fruit is the quality of natural nutrients you will get from these shots. These boxes came in a weekly dose of 7 shots that you can take on a daily basis to give you an energy boost or you can use them as an appetite suppressant which means they can be used as a slimming aid. What did I gain from it? I had a serious energy boost without any side effect such as feeling bloated, sickness, crash afterwards and so on. I had a shot before the gym and it gave me what I expected to get from this product which was a physical and mental boost. I never had a crash during any time using these products or a bad stomach. The energy I found that they delivered to me was not a shaking, blood pumping type of boost, but a more subtle long lasting boost that feel more alive and fresh. wpid-20140606_122730.jpgwpid-20140606_122735.jpg wpid-20140606_122713.jpg


wpid-20140606_122754.jpgThis Wheatgrass is 100% natural and grown in the UK with natural sunlight and organic compost. The main purpose for having Wheatgrass is to be used as part of a detox diet or to revive vitality through periods of illness. Wheatgrass contains over 100 vitamins and nutrients which makes it one of the most nutritional foods you can eat/drink. It’s also helps alkaline the body, which in turn can help prevent the body from storing toxins as it works as a kind of detergent for the body. What did I gain from it? This is hard to say exactly how it has improved my body as I couldn’t feel any direct effect when taking just the one shot. What did the wife gain from it? It picked her up and makes her feel stronger mentally and physically. It makes her feel good because she knows that she is putting goodness into her body. Mentally she feels much better after taking this and hope to continue using it. My wife has always led a healthy lifestyle and tried her best to eat everything organic. She really loves the idea of this because not only does she enjoy having it but it’s a much more easier way to have all the vitamins/nutrients your body needs every day.   wpid-20140606_122744.jpg wpid-20140606_122749.jpgwpid-20140606_122804.jpg   At the BodyPower expo she fell in love with the Acai smoothie they did there. It’s definitely her favourite and supplies a large quantity of the daily nutrients needed from a seriously delicious smoothie drink Overall we are very happy with Big Juice Bar. There is a wide range of different products to use and would recommend them to anyone who wants to get healthy. It is important to include products/food like this in your diet. Thank you Big Juice Bar! Click here to be directed to the Big Juice Bar Website!

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Weight Update Week 13 – 26/04/2014

I am just in the process of making sure that I have everything documented from this attempt of cutting my body fat. I have all my diet plans and exercise noted down, although I haven’t gone into specifics with weight lifted in the gym as that is not my priority at the moment and would distract me from what my main goal is.

I have a large amount of pages/posts to make public in less than 2 weeks time. As for now, I just need to carry on with what I’m doing and next week I can see if I have had a better attempt at cutting than I did this time last year.

I have to remember that BodyPower is just around the corner and the very last thing I want to do is be lethargic and tired throughout the weekend we are there. I have to have energy and I really don’t think I would have energy if I cut right up to that weekend. This is why I have set my goal date to the 3rd of May to give me plenty of time to eat and fuel up ready for then.

Just one week left of my set diet plan, cardio plan and then the 100% effort can be reduced to maintain my weight (or carry on cutting after BodyPower). I really can’t believe how much excess fat I had January. I set out to lose around 10 pound and be cut. I know how wrong I was now to think this, but I hope to have a better understanding next year of cutting.

I just want to better myself with knowledge and actually changing my body through different ways to see how my body reacts to the changes with food and exercise. I have made many mistakes throughout the years I have been trying to better myself, but I have always gave 100% with the knowledge I have had at the time. I’m sure this time next year I will look back at this post/cut and realise just how little I knew just now. At least I won’t look back and say that I didn’t give it 100% though! (to the knowledge I have at this moment in time)

I know I can ask/pay others to guide me along my way, but I really feel that this sport is something I need to learn for myself. I’m in no rush as such to a final destination. I have chose a sport with a path that has no end, I have a passion to set goals and better myself. I have never failed to better myself along the journey, even if I have had to learn the hard way.

I wanted to go on steroids, I am all for steroids, I just don’t think I am ready yet…

One more week…

Edit – I have needed to ask for help several times through this cut and sometimes I wish I had done. I am currently in the process of thinking about doing a carb deplete and carb load next week for experience. I’m not sure what to do on this and so I have just gone with my instincts and planned my meals down on paper ready for when/if I chose to do this. I don’t see any harm in at least trying to drop some water weight and increase the glycogen in the muscles…

 

Weight Update Week 12 – 19/04/2014

This week I introduced cordial to my water as I am sick of drinking water which I think it has set me back  (or the new cooking oil) and so I will remove/change that for this week. I have 2 weeks left for my goal date and I need to step it up a gear. I already feel that I am doing everything I can though and what I’m doing feels right for me.

I am finding it very hard to get 300g carbs into my body today. After having 50-100 grams of carbs for the last few days and having a 100-150g carbs diet over the last few weeks, 300g is difficult (from good foods). I’ve basically added 200g sweet potato to every meal. It’s easy on paper, but my stomach is going to find it hard to consume the larger quantity of food. I will do the same tomorrow if I feel the need to and drop the carbs down slowly to around 50g towards the end of the week.

My goal date is close now and so I need to stick to what I’m doing. It is too late for me to adapt to a new method of cutting now. However, as I have experimented with my own body, I know what works for me for future reference.

 

Edit 20:30PM *This is for my reference as usual*

I managed to eat as much as I could eat today and I managed it without an issue to be honest. I got in an extra 1800 calories on top of my 1700 daily calories, in total and 340 carbs, 63 grams of fat. This is what I set out to do and as the day went by, I started to feel life coming back into my body. I gained those extra calories mainly from sweet potato. 800 of those calories were from sweet potato and this is the difference between getting calories/carbs/fat from good foods compared to junk food.

A few weeks back I had a bag of M&M’s to see what effect it gave on my body (I am experimenting with my body) 850 calories were in that bag alone. Just to sum this up, there is more fat and carbs in 1 bag of these than I usually have in my standard daily diet.

M&M’s

M&ms

This is the total from my average full day of low carb dieting (this includes cardio from my top line total)

M&Ms 2

 

First of all, I can not change my diet now as I have my goal in mind and I have my head in gear to aim towards what I set out to do. If I am doing anything wrong, I can’t do anything about it now. After these 2 weeks till my goal date I can push harder  change things around or chose what I need to do. As for now, I need to just stick with what I’m doing.

 

 

20/04/14

Ok, so after having a big fill day yesterday, I feel mentally and physically better. My weight has dropped another pound and I feel alive. I have some videos to release soon which will show my emotions and attitude during random times of this cut. Sometimes it’s been very difficult, but I understand how it is going to be for others now. One day I may be able to help others from gaining hands on experience doing it myself. I have found that making a plan on paper and carrying it out when you are tired and fancy some junk to eat can be extremely frustrating and very hard to walk away from.

Thursday night I went to bed at 8:30 as I was going to eat the house out. Fortunately I fell asleep and the next day I felt better.

I Know that I could approach my cut in different ways and I have tried it many different ways in the past. None have been successful enough due to my knowledge and experience. I am going to push as hard as I can over these next two weeks. Not because I have anything to prove to anyone, but because I want to do it for myself. I want to put my mind and body through this as it’s the only way I am going to learn.

I know I have gone on a bit here, but when I have a moment to sit down and type away, it helps me make plans in my head to help me get through what I have set out to do. One thing I do know is that I need to build some muscle! This will come in good time once I eventually conquer my issue with body fat.

 The day I see get that fat from around my stomach is the day I have conquered the impossible.

I still swear down that the best thing I ever did was record my journey with pictures, training, diet, measurements and so on. I have all this to look back on and it really helps me to see what direction I am going in. I really wish I had took pictures of my legs and body when I was at my peak weight, but I guess that wasn’t going to happen as I knew subconsciously that I wasn’t happy. Although my favourite saying was, “I may be fat, but I’ve never been happier” or “I’m fat because I’m comfortable”. What a big fat lie that was!

I can hand on heart say that I am now the happiest I have every been with myself. I have bad days just like anyone else, but my passion and drive to better myself is something that I really enjoy is what makes me happy. Setting small goals towards big goals in a sport that I love is incredible. Looking back at my old ways to my new ways, I have transformed into a different person mentally and physically, certainly in a positive way. I don’t even think I eat or drink one thing now that had 6 years ago, including tap water. (and yes I am asking the wife if she can’t think of anything too)

I know I have rambled on here, but I may look back at this in a few months/years time and see how far behind I was during typing this and how far I have progressed when reading it back. 6 years is a long time to just get here, but I need to close this chapter of my journey this year and move on to my next goal that I already have in mind. I have never stepped back during these 6 years and that’s how I know that it’s not an over night fad. Slowly but surely I will reach my goals one by one!

Happy Easter…

 

 

 

 

Weight Update Week 11 – 12/04/2014

Body Fat Skin fold

  1. 10mm
  2. 9mm
  3. 18mm

Estimated 12-14% body fat.

Week 11 is here and it’s going as planned. Having lower carbs is taking it out on me mentally and physically, but I can cope with what I’m doing. Plenty of brown rice with each meal will get me feeling much better today. This week has mainly been about eating eggs and discovering different ways of preparing meals with them.

I’m going to add this here as I need to remind myself of what I need to do. I need to continue trying to drop my body fat before I can mentally close this stage of my journey and move onto building good muscle over the next few years. Until I drop my body fat to around 10%, I WILL NOT be able to close this chapter and will continue to fall back in this zone until I do this. The most important thing for me to do is drop the body fat to my conquer my goal, as I have failed several times before.

Just one last time so I can get it to sink in my head… DROP THE BODY FAT, you will just be in this position next year and the year after till you can close this stage of your journey!

 

Weight Update Week 9 – 29/03/2014

Skin fold

  1. 12mm
  2. 8mm
  3. 17mm

Approx 13-15% Body Fat

 

 

Things seem to be going as expected. I am using my own diet plan that I wish to use for the remainder 4 weeks and then assess where I am. I have worked out all my macros myself and I hope to just keep moving forward, regardless of the speed I’m moving.I just as long as I am moving forward…

 

Weight Update Week 8 – 22/03/2014

This is one of those weeks where I feel that I need to step it up to my final stage for the next 5 weeks. I have no problem doing this as I am going to accomplish what I set out to do. 8 weeks have gone now and I have a target date of 1st May (2014) to hit my planned target.

I am just about to sit down and work out my daily macro split as-well-as my daily food break down. I am cutting my oats down in the morning to half of what I have now on non training days and I will change my evening meal slightly. I know what I need to do and I hope that from what I am learning here, as well as the previous years of experience, I will be able to help others with diet plans, nutrition and training plans. I already have a few people that I am helping and I have some great projects running behind the scenes at the moment that involves just about all body types with the same goal in mind. To become fit, healthy and more confident.

Expect a big blog post with some massive changes from these people, along with their diets, interviews, pictures and so on. I personally don’t find anything more rewarding than helping others, I just need to make sure I can reach my own target by May and then I know I can be more confident help others.

Weight

  • 13st 1lb

Skin Fold Test

  • 11mm
  • 10mm
  • 18mm

I have just started to create my own active spreadsheet that will be a great asset to me being able to monitor my calories and help to make diet plans for others. I am quite excited about this little project as I am doing it from ground up on my own and it will eventually be available to the public. It’s very similar to MyfitnessPal, but very basic and mainly for myself. I will update you with this over time and I will also need a few people that are willing to change their body with certain goals that I can sort diet plans out for and training plans. this is a future project, but it will work…

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*Note* I had 7 pop tarts yesterday as planned and I felt extremely dehydrated all night. I drank enough water during the day, yet I went to the toilet a ton of times in the night.

14 Week V-Log Cutting Diary

I have consider deleting all of these videos as they seem pointless and ridiculous now. However, I will keep them to look back on and help me through my next journey.


 

I have made a number of videos talking to myself about my journey and how I feel at random times with completely random thoughts. I have decided to post as many as I can here so I can look back at them in chronological order to see how my frame of mind was at certain times. I can look back and compare my nutrition with my emotions to see how I can change things around for next time…

19th February 2014 – Haters

7th March 2014 – Don’t Judge Others

17th March 2014 – Secret To My Success So Far

18th March 2014 – (update Pop Tarts failed to do anything expected 29/03/2014)

27th March 2014 – Surround yourself with posititivity

27th March 2014 – Random

29th March 2014 – Changes I have noticed today

31st March 2014 –  Energy

1st April 2014 – Eating Disorder?

2nd April 2014 – Depressed

10th April 2014 – Update Ramble

14th April 2014 – I won’t change My goal

16th April 2014 – No Temptation

17th April 2014 – What I need to consider

17th April 2014 – Shopping

20th April 2014 Walking With Kids

23rd April 2014 – Night

24th April 2014 – Morning

27th April 2014 – All about measurements

30th April 2014 – Carb Depleted

01 May 2014 – last training session

 

 

Weight Update Week 7 15/03/2014

Today’s weight

  • 12s3lb

Skin fold

  1. 11mm
  2. 9mm
  3. 18mm

Approximate Body Fat

  • 11%

Boots body fat 13.4% I have lost 6lb since I started to cut, which is 7 weeks ago today. Things are getting very hard now and I’m absolutely no where near where I would like to be. Although it is very difficult, I still want to do it and will do my best to reach my goal. I am happy with my diet now and I won’t change anything for now. I have been craving all types of junk food for the last couple of weeks and I have had to stop myself from eating the junk. Simply because that’s the whole point of it. I want to set my goal date for May 1st, just because I want to. wpid-storageextSdCardDCIMCamera20140315_09465301.jpg.jpg