A foodie's quest to turn up the heat through strength and conditioning with whole food and a hungry mind.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

#WIAW 20 The Most Effective Fat Loss Pill is....

..... just a pipe dream.  Sorry for being so rash, but the whole idea around fat loss pills ticks me off.  It makes me mad how businesses exploit the majority of America's (probably World too) constant search to lose weight without working for it. Hard work (being active) and eating healthy food is better than any pill!

My anger is partly because I was pretty chubby before, but I learned by reading (gasp) information on healthy food and exercise.  Combining these two things, I could feel the changes and loved them.  So now I live a healthful life and don't plan on changing.

No time for healthy is no excuse when you can make this protein cinnamon bread in the microwave!

Meanwhile, there are so many uninformed people not even trying to learn proper diet and exercise or keeping consistent.  Nope, instead they only perk up with cash/credit in hand when a new pill or something else claiming itself as "easy" or "fast" comes along for fat loss.

Countless times I have tried to offer my input to some of the, for lack of better word, ignorant. And, countless times my advice has been waived off as meaningless or just too hard because they could never give up "enter crappy food here" or consistently "enter form of exercise here."

Now I just try to say nothing when these topics come up unless I am specifically asked for advice.  Even then, it seems like if the advice is too hard or not what they want to hear, it gets ignored.  Hence the popularity of fat loss pills (aka caffeine pills with added BS).

I understand some people are busy, buy the health of you and your family should be top priority. Am I alone here?  Do you disagree on my assessment?  Please explain. I get so ticked because I want to help people learn how to better take care of themselves, but they don't want to hear it.

I'm no expert, but I feel I have experienced enough on my own journey to have something to offer. I'll probably keep trying since it's forever programmed in my head to care. Who knows, maybe I'll help someone get and stay on track one day!

Skip the boxed crackers and make goat cheese protein crackers instead!

Speaking of staying on track, since this month's WIAW theme is fun fitness, I'd like to announce a new strength program I'm going to follow.  I plan on starting Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 program. There is one main compound lift like overhead press, squat, bench press, and dead lift each workout and then supplemental work of choice.

I followed StrongLifts 5x5 for a year and made some good gains.  Then I went back to running and lost strength. I could definitely get back on StrongLifts, but want to try something new. I will make the supplemental work either one of the Supreme 90 DVD's I have, or just more lifts in the garage. I'm excited to start and hope I can keep my food intake high to actually gain strength.  This is the area I've had trouble with.

And of course these protein brownies are healthy in disguise. No box needed here!

Not eating enough and still running are my biggest issues I need to work on.  Hmmm, guess that's better than the flip side...i.e. most of America sitting in line at a drive thru!  Squats are lifts I love to hate, and hope to make great improvements on those and bench press.

Sharing the workout I did each day is not my strong suit, but I'd like to try posting what I did along with my blog posts.  What do you think?  Do you like reading what workout someone else did on any given day?

How about I share what I consider the most effective health pills.....my eats and exercise!!!

Happy WIAW! Now go sweat it out and then enjoy some healthy and delicious recovery food!

As always, a gianormous thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting this fun event! Wish her a quick recovery from her broken toe when you visit her site!!

These are all my "Pills"....

[B] Homemade PB Protein Bar; iced black tea mixed with Good Earth Spicy Original Tea; [S] Drew's Salsa and goat cheese crackers with green tea; [L] Millet, Lentil and Black Bean mix with Brussels Sprouts underneath [Workout]  Barbell Overhead Press, Supreme 90 video and mowing with a reel mower [D] Huge salad with Brussels and Beets topped with my own mix of veggie lentil puree as dressing; [D2] Chocolate Doughnut mess with veggie black bean peanut butter dip, CHO plain Greek yogurt, and pistachios; Cup of  pumpkin protein overnight oats with peanut flour protein paste, frozen blueberries, and more CHO
Q: Do you ever try to offer your healthy advice only to be/feel rejected or ignored?


  1. I can't wait to try making the cinnamon protein bread!

    1. You'll love it. Just be careful, it'll become addicting to make because it's so easy!! Thanks for visiting!!

  2. The protein bread and the crackers both sound great - thanks for sharing! :)

    1. And thanks for visiting! The crackers are addicting and so easy to adjust to your own tastes! Think I'll try peanut butter crackers soon!

  3. i'm with Julie. That cinnamon protein bread sounds awesome! And the PB protein bars look mighty tasty!

    1. Thank you, Rachel. I hope you can try making the bread and let me know how you like it for yourself. Sooooo worth the 5 minutes!

  4. As usual, everything looks delicious! Couldn't agree with you more- it's all about the healthy lifestyle:) I will have to try out those crackers..yum!

    1. Thank you, Sunnie! Please try the crackers and let me know how they turn out!

  5. My mom is the worst. She knows about healthy eating, but ignores it and my efforts to help her get healthy. She has Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and she is obese. It scares me and breaks my heart that she doesn't take care of herself better. I clicked on your cracker recipe. It looks great! One of these days I'll try it out.

    1. Hi Elle, I'm so sorry to hear that. My grandma has diabetes and I try to help her learn, but she just laughs it off like it's not serious. Why do others laugh at us for living a less processed lifestyle? Seems backwards to me.

      I hope you try the recipe soon. Roller the cracker dough seems daunting, but it's not that bad once you get started...I promise. And it's so worth it. Thanks for visiting and commenting!