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Friday, June 17, 2016

Vital Proteins: Beauty From Within

This week I decided to really step up my health and wellness game. I made a change with my workout, my eating habits and my supplements. Don't get me wrong -- I've been very proactive about what I put in my body and sticking to a gym schedule since the start of February. But I had plateaued. I had made great strides but hadn't seen any new results since the middle of May.

So this week I made a change. I started a different workout routine (I go to the gym six days a week). I've cut out processed carbs as well. If you know anything about me, then you know that carbs are my homeboy. But I didn't think it was going to be possible for me to see a change in my body without getting rid of them during the week (I treat myself on the weekends).

And I've been taking a multivitamin since the beginning of 2016, but I recently added a hair, skin and nails vitamin along with something great that I discovered called Vital Proteins. Vital Proteins is a company that makes drinkable collagen formulas that are made from sustainably sourced ingredients. I have both the Marine Collagen and the Collagen Beauty Greens.
The Marine Collagen is non-GMO, gluten free, Whole-30 approved and tasteless. It is also packed with 11g of protein, 0 carbs and 45 calories per serving. The Collagen Beauty Greens contains raw organic greens, probiotics and hyaluronic acid. It's an excellent source of Vitamin A and a perfect addition to a green juice. But you can really add either of these into your smoothie, coffee, tea or even your baked goods! I add them to my daily protein shakes.

The collagen protein found in these formulas aid with your health and wellness from within. They prevent the onset signs of aging (which means I'll look like I'm 17 for the rest of my life); they improve digestion, which in turn, improves skin issues like eczema (which I have) and acne; and they strengthen hair and nails. So all of this improves you from the inside out.

Come take a look at my weekly fitness and eating routine. This is based off inspiration from this, but has been revised slightly to suit my personal needs. I eat whatever I want on the weekends.

  • One egg (or egg whites) and two slices of bacon
  • Nonfat caramel latte
After Workout Meal
  • Protein Shake: Vital Proteins, Whey Protein, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Ice, Chia Seeds (sometimes includes kale, 1/2 banana and 1/2 avocado) -- blended
  • Nutty Cranberry Salad - organic spring mix, cranberries, feta cheese, walnuts, almonds
  • OR: Spinach Pow Salad - organic baby spinach, grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, almonds, cranberries
  • 4oz Shredded Chicken Breast
Snack Options
  • Beef Jerky
  • Fiber One Bars
  • Balanced Breaks
  • Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • Halo Top Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 90% water; 10% Kombucha Gingerade

Sunday + Tuesday + Thursday
  • Treadmill - 3.5mph max incline uphill - 15 minutes
  • Stairmaster - Level 5 - 5 minutes
  • Row Machine - 10 minutes
  • Leg Press - 100lbs, 3x10
  • Walking Lunges - 15lbs dumbbells each hand, 4x10
  • Leg Curls - 50lbs, 3x10
  • Leg Extensions - 50lbs, 3x10
  • Adductor Machine - 70lbs, 3x10
  • Abductor Machine - 70lbs, 3x10
  • Bicep Dumbbell Curls - 15lbs, 3x10
  • Tricep Extensions - 20lbs, 3x10
  • Standing Military Press with Barbell & Weights - 35lbs, 3x10
  • Upper Back Machine - 40lbs, 3x10
  • Lat Machine - 60lbs, 3x10
  • Back Extension with Ball - 12lbs, 3x10
  • Side Bends with Weight - 20lbs, 4x10
  • Russian Twists with Weight - 20lbs, 4x10
  • Single Leg Raises - 3x20
I don't workout on Saturdays. I'd love to know if you've tried Vital Proteins before and what your workout and diet routine looks like -- so go ahead and share in the comments!


  1. I love seeing other people's work out routines. I've felt in a bit of a rut recently and have just started to add weights - it's tough because I'm such a cardio person but I think it's what I need to see changes. I wish we could get Chobani in the UK! x

  2. I need to step up my supplement game because I don't take any, but will look into vital protein.


  3. Oh wow! You're an inspiration, Cheryl! I must admit that since Christmas, I've been struggling to go back to my healthy eating habits:( This post just reminded me how I should really get back into it. And wow! 6 days a go, girl! I used to work in a gym when I was in uni, but have never worked out that much! You rock:)

  4. I'm always looking for some new exercise moves! Thanks for sharing.. ps. your poretin drink pics are gorgeous! <3 have a wonderful weekend!!!


  5. Oo I amy need to try some of this out along with my workout routine! It all looks like something that can help boost my system!

    1. Yes, for sure! You should definitely add a shake to your diet because you can get so many nutritional benefits, especially with greens and chia! :)

  6. I love finding vitamin's that I can mix in with my protein smoothies, since I drink them daily! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Vitamins are essential for a proper diet. Great to hear this brand works for you. I like a protein shake in the mornings, and sometimes as a snack. But, I also love carbs, so it's worth the extra workout to me.
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  8. Okay now girl! Get your sexy and healthy on at the same time..keep up the good work!

  9. Must try! I've taken a different kind of grassfed collagen in the past, but this brand looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing! And way to go on your fitness journey! Impressive!!!

    hugs, Christina

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  10. I haven't tried Vital Proteins, but now I'm intrigued!

  11. I just started getting serious with my health and fitness lifestyle and I enjoyed getting inspired by this post,

  12. I think I want to try that meal plan!

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  13. I must try this meal plan because i was searching of it.

  14. WOW - good for you for being so dedicated to a healthy lifestyle! I'm just not disciplined enough to do that.


  15. I love seeing other people's workout routines. I've been better at what I'm eating, but am still trying to find the motivation to start working out again. These supplements look awesome! I'm vegetarian, so I'm looking for more ways to sneak protein into my meals.


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