I returned to OBC this month as a camper, after being out for several weeks with the injury I sustained back in March. Determined to do everything right, I’ve been logging food and completely eliminated alcohol, soft drinks, and fried foods. I’ve increased my veggie intake, and have been spot on plan. At the beginning of each month, we ask people to stay off their scale for the entire 30 days. There are legitimate reasons for this. I however, cheated. I couldn’t believe the results. Perfect on plan food and 100% attendance for two weeks and the result was a loss of three pounds. Even though it was three pounds in the right direction, I didn’t rejoice. I was angry (this is one reason why we ask people to stay off their scales). In the back of my mind, I was trying to rationalize that my body was still getting used to being back in the mode of exercising again. Nope, that can’t be it. The effort still doesn’t reconcile with the effort. My mind flashed back to this past Tuesday…
When I arrived at camp, I had Scott Munn check my book. During our conversation, he asked me about the morning entry of “Shake”. I explained that for the last few months I had been using a soy based protein shake as a recovery drink when I get home. I usually throw the powder, milk, and some frozen fruit in the blender and use it to wash down my vitamin pack. Scott cautioned me to check out the caloric intake of the protein mix, stating that they are usually relatively high in calories. Looking down at the scale, I had the realization that the shake was the likely suspect.
Down to the kitchen, lets measure it out. With the amount of milk I was using to consume my vitamin pack, in addition to the 280 calories a serving for the protein mix, my recovery shake adds up to 800 calories before throwing in the fruit!!! The morning day starter I was using in my nutritional plan has 100 more calories than a large Chik-Fil-A Cookies and Cream Milkshake. I can’t believe that I didn’t realize this.
If weight loss is your goal, you have to watch the details. The instructor team goes over alot of the “gotcha’s” at the beginning of the month. Our intention isn’t to have you walking around with a calorie counter, but to pay attention to what choices you’re making. There’s 9 workouts left this month. I’m hopeful to see better results without the additional 7,200 calories that the shake would have cost me…! Hoo-ah!