Yesterday I went vitamin shopping at Vitamin Shoppe, they didn't have everything I was looking for. I ended up leaving with a bottle of Aloe Vera Juice, which I didn't plan on buying, a B-complex, and a bottle of Caffeine pills. I put in a special order for Marine Collagen and should have that by the end of the week.
I grabbed the Caffeine pill because I wanted to try using it in my hair topically instead of using coffee. I noticed that it is used for weight loss, and found that to be interesting. When I got home, I took my vits for the day, which were the B-complex, Biotin, a Prenatal(multi), and EPO.
That caffeine was just sitting there calling me so I decided to give it a try. I added one to the mix and swallowed them all down on an empty stomach with lots of water. Next thing I knew... I had this amazing burst of energy. I had already planned to do a workout since I took the pill, I didn't want the energy to go to waste.
After a half hour, I jumped on the treadmill! I have asthma so even though I love running I cant really do it for long periods of time or without the majority of it being walking.
I ran an entire 2 miles in 34minutes!! That is again a stretch for me because I usually go 20 minutes before I start wheezing. But I did not want to stop running!!
So I decided to go ahead and do some yoga. I did some pilates moves to work on my stomach muscles a bit until I felt the burn really well. About 40 reps of each. That in itself was intense!
Then I did an entire hour and a half of forward bends and triangle poses.
Whats funny about that is I was watching one of my favorite yoga channels on youtube and following her poses and I realized that I am actually a lot more flexible than the instructor!!
I have come a Long way with my yoga. I started doing it in 2004 and at the time did it every single day! I fell in love with it completely. Now I am not very consistent but I do stretch and do some poses here and there.
But anyways, after how many hours of working out I felt great and I still didnt want to stop. I ended up staying awake until 5am. Mind you, I took the pill around 6pm... I never crashed and I woke up bright and chipper at 9am with no drowsiness.
I have to say I am quite impressed.
Ok, so back to the caffeine.
After reading up on the use of caffeine in weight loss, I have found that it works by encouraging the body to release free fatty acids from being stored in the body. The muscles then burn the fat for energy, therefore boosting metabolism!
This sounds like it is the perfect way for me to lose weight during a work out! Especially since my main goal is to stay lean and trim.
If you are a diabetic or have high blood pressure you should be careful with caffeine. Consult your doctor in those cases.
As with anything, use this in moderation.
Even though I did not get extremely jittery like I usually do when I drink way too much coffee, I think I will be cutting the pills in half before taking them. I loved the effects, but they just never seemed to wear off... which can be a great thing!! But just not during a time when you should be sleeping lol.
I think this will continue to be a consistent part of my regimen.