The Power of Belief – Finding Time To Walk – Ninja Pro

In the past I had a juiceman juicer and I loved making Apple Carrot juice, but it was an absolute PAIN to clean. I used it a few times, but the pain of cleaning out weighed the joy of the juice. recently I kept hearing about Ninja Pro blender to making smoothies. I went and purchased one and it works great.

I did try to make some “juice” using this system and it basically made Apple/Carrot pulp. MMMMMmmmm just like mom use to make. I added some ice cubes and some water and it made it drinkable. It was not the YUM that I got from my Jucing days (but it also took 2 minutes to clean).

I forgot how much I love APples and in you have one of these

you can really have a fun snack in two seconds (and again almost no cleanup). You just put it on the Apple and push down and you get instant Apple Slices.

I’ve been using my Ninja to make some chocolate banana smoothies with Peanut Butter. They are yummy and they keep me full. I use Chocolate Flavored Weigh protein or Shakeology and throw in some bananas and just a hint of peanut butter.

I did start lifting weight this week. I just started and I feel great. I leave these hands weight in the living room.

Never Stop Believing

The Seatle Sea hawks were down going into the fourth quarter and they won their game and are going to the Super Bowl. The quarterback threw four interceptions. How did they win? They never stopped believing in themselves.

I often say that you can’t change the way you started your life, but you can change the way you finish. I’m sure those athletes can understand that. People were counting them out. People were leaving the stadium. People were thinking, “It’s over.” As long as you are breathing, it’s not over. You can do it.


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I Am the Owner of a Nutri Ninja Pro Blender

I have owned a juicer (the Juiceman) back in the day (remember the gut with the creepy eyebrows?). I LOVED the Carrot Apple juice that came out of it. I HATED The 5-10 minutes to to clean this thing. In terms of return on investment. It was smoothie_nutritionway to much of a hassle to clean. I think I used it less than 20 times (maybe 10). I was looking for the same results. Healthy food, make quickly for someone on the go. I watched millions of videos comparing the Ninja Pro and the Magic Bullet and went with the Ninja (I just heard some  – not alot – negatives about the Magic Bullet).

First Impressions

Easy to unpack, and had my first smoothie in less than 10 minutes (I actually read the manual)

The recipes list fruits and vegetables I have never heard of, so I went for a traditional one in my house. It consists of 1 tb of jiff peanut butter (creamy), one banana, a scoop of pure protein chocolate wiegh protein, and skim milk. My first smoothie I went a little light on the milk and it basically had me drinking pudding. It was very tasty pudding, but it was super think (which made it like a milk shake it actually was quite filling).

Its works SUPER fast, and it because the mixer is the cup I use to drink out of, cleanup is a snap. I rinse the blades as soon as I’m done, and then later throw the cup in the dishwasher.

I can see myself using this.

Be Careful Blended Calories Still Count

I put my ingredients into the recipe maker in MyFitness Pal.

1 Serving is 439 Calories

The banana is 100 Calroies

The Whey Protein is 160

The Skim Milk is 84

The Peanut Butter is 95

If I wanted to improve this I could remove the peanut butter (peanut butter on bananas is a favorite of mine). None the less if I could drink 5 of these a day and find myself at 2195 calories (I’m trying to stay around 1800-1900 currently. With this in mind, if I only drank four of these I would be right around my target. The only problem is who wants to drink all of their calories? I do occasionally like to chew.

So like most programs, have a smoothie for breakfast and lunch, and have a sensible meal for dinner.

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How To Make Sure You Don’t Push To Hard

sweatFor most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends these exercise guidelines:

  • Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity — such as brisk walking, swimming or mowing the lawn — or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity — such as running or aerobic dancing. You can also do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity, preferably spread throughout the course of a week.
  • Strength training. Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. Consider free weights, weight machines or activities that use your own body weight — such as rock climbing or heavy gardening. The amount of time for each session is up to you.

That’s 20 minutes of aerobic exercise a day. Weight training does not have to mean weights. You can use things like resistance bands that can be stored in a bag and much less likely to stub your toe. Bodylastics are quality resistance bands.

There are two basic ways to measure exercise intensity:

  • How you feel. Exercise intensity is a subjective measure of how hard physical activity feels to you while you’re doing it — your perceived exertion. Your perceived level of exertion may be different from what someone else feels doing the same exercise. For example, what feels to you like a hard run can feel like an easy workout to someone who’s more fit.
  • Your heart rate. Your heart rate offers a more objective look at exercise intensity. In general, the higher your heart rate during physical activity, the higher the exercise intensity.

I use the Wahoo Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone and Android


The basic way to calculate your maximum heart rate is to subtract your age from 220. For example, if you’re 45 years old, subtract 45 from 220 to get a maximum heart rate of 175. This is the maximum number of times your heart should beat per minute while you’re exercising.

Once you know your maximum heart rate, you can calculate your desired target heart rate zone — the level at which your heart is being exercised and conditioned but not overworked.

Here’s how heart rate matches up with exercise intensity levels:

  • Moderate exercise intensity: 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate
  • Vigorous exercise intensity: 70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate

How to determine your target zone

To determine your desired target heart rate zone, use an online calculator. Or, here’s a simple way to do the math yourself. If you’re aiming for a target heart rate of 70 to 85 percent, which is in the vigorous range, you would calculate it like this:

  • Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate.
  • Multiple that number by 0.7 (70 percent) to determine the lower end of your target heart rate zone.
  • Multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.85 (85 percent) to determine the upper end of your target heart rate zone.

It’s important to note that maximum heart rate is just a guide. You may have a higher or lower maximum heart rate, sometimes by as much as 15 to 20 beats per minute. If you want a more definitive range, consider discussing your target heart rate zone with an exercise physiologist or a personal trainer.

As always contact your Doctor before doing any exercise or training.