Chocolate fix (minus the flab)

Chocolate pudding (so yummy)

1/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 an avocado, peeled, chopped
1 scoop chocolate whey isolate
1/2 tablespoon stevia

Blend in the bullet. About 250-300 calories (dependent on whey protein calorie count)

‘Tis the season

Ahhh Christmas.
It’s very different when it happens during show prep.
People were amazed when I told them I would not be drinking alcohol, baking copious amounts of cookies, and indulging in my grandma’s chocolate peppermint bark this year.

Side note: I AM eating goodies on Christmas Day. My trainer and I discussed this previously, and rather than feeling completely deprived I will allow myself some indulgences on the 25th.

I, however, have come to the conclusion that this is one of the best better times of year for show prep.

I am not on the beach, longing for beer. I’m not on vacation at an all inclusive resort. In fact, I’m not being pressured at all by friends to drink and/or eat greasy food. All of my friends are so broke busy from the holidays that I haven’t gone out at all. (I have watched people get hammered around me at two Christmas parties though… Entertaining!).

I am lucky, which makes this easier for me. My mom asked for my clean eating grocery list as I’m going to visit at the end of this week. And my fiancĂ© is going to be at the gym with me while we are away for the holidays. My trainer is on speed dial for emotional support.

Honestly though, I would rather make it through the month of December than the months of June or August. I am finding that my temptations have been mostly limited to holiday baked goods, which I have managed to steer clear of. I haven’t been on a boat with a cooler next to me or felt the desire to go dancing while tipsy. These temptations are thankfully limited to the hot summer nights.

I can not wait to be on the beach, looking ripped, having already completed this process, feeling satisfied, and holding a cooler or beer in my hand!

Maintenance of my current weight is my goal for the week of Christmas. I know I can do it! New Years will be a challenge, but I actually really enjoy being in control while everyone around me gets lost in oblivion. What would Freud say?

Happy Holidays everyone!

More yummies: miracle noodle discussion

As promised: my new friend, miracle noodles (aka shirataki noodles) have become a fast friend during this regimented diet.

They are zero calorie, zero carb, zero nutrition completely fibre/watery things that act as noodle replacements

I have found so many yummy recipes! Nom nom. Low calorie pad Thai with guilt free noodles? Talk about fitness lover paradise. Pad thai recipe here, thanks to one of my fave bloggers.

I bought mind at a local Natures Fare and have been told they are also sold at my local choices market. There is a list of retailers on their website, and they have multiple noodle forms like fettuccine and rice! Whoa. Cool.

Advice: dry fry them (satay them in a non stick pan) til they are squeaky before adding them to a dish to get rid of their rubbery texture and make them more of a faux noodle texture.

There are TONS of recipes out there. Today I melted 2 skinny cow non fat Swiss cheese triangles on angel hair style shirataki noodles. It was delicious and un-nutritious only 50 calories!

Enjoy friends.