Herbalife Banana Muffins Recipe

My absolute favorite! The thing that makes this so delicious is not only that I have an unspoken infatuation for banana bread, but the fact that the Herbalife 24 Strength “Chocolate” flavor is added in this, making it unbelievably delicious!  Here’s a simple and quick recipe for you guys so you can have these read in case you’re doing heavy cycling or cardio in general.  By the way, I’ll have to make a separate blog about the Herbalife 24 Strength.  By far the best protein on Herbalife’s market.

Banana Chocolate Muffins 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add the following….

2 cups oats

2 cups Herbalife24 RebuildStrength

1/2 tsp salt (optional and totally not essential)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

Pulse until finely grounded and pour into a large bowl

Add the following to the food processor

1 cup peanut butter

3 bananas

1 1/2 cups milk

Process it until it’s smooth

In a large bowl, whip 12 egg whites until stiff peaks form.

In turns, slowly mix one cup of the dry mixture and one cup of the wet mixture into the beaten egg whites until fully mixed.

Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes..

This might take some practice in the beginning, and you might think it’s a lot of ingredients.  Again, some of them are optional, and 12 egg whites might even be excessive.  Again, these are for my cardio junkies or even just a healthy snack during the day.  I still love my banana pancakes, so stay tuned for more of that!

 

Can You Physically Prepare For Sufferfests?

What is a sufferfest? This is basically  your household Spartan Races (although they’re much funner), Tough Mudders (notable obstacles: Arctic Enema & Electro Shock Therapy); and then there are the upper echelon sufferfests.  I’m talking about the marathons, ironmans, ultra-marathons, anything that involves you pushing yourself, like Amelia Boone does, to the absolute limit.

Amelia Boone quoted, “I love pushing my body to the point whereas I’m suffering.”

A gentleman at a restaurant in Sedona, Arizona saw my shirt and asked me about Tough Mudder.  However, unbeknownst to fitness, he made claims like, “why would people even do that?”

As some of you know, one of my greatest failures in life happened back in 2005 – Southern Nevada Sunrise Regional Track & Field Championships where I was suppose to finish in the top 2; conversely, I fell apart 125 meters into my 300m intermediate hurdle race and finished dead last.  This failure right here is music to my ears and I keep it with me everyday like a little girl keeps that teddybear by her side when she retires at night.

When I’m getting ready to give up on a Tough Mudder Course, or any workout in general, that point of suffering arises.  That moment when I crossed the finish line, collapsed, and wept at the Regional Championships.  That point of absolute defeat drives me everyday of my life, and it’s not in a bad way, either.  This greatest defeat has carried me more than 50,000 miles across the world since then and I’ve become the success I am today because of it.

What a sufferfest does, like I told a doctor from Cincinnati, Ohio yesterday, is it destroys the mind.  It destroys that habit….the thing that controls your life everyday.  It breaks the comfortability bubble that you’re in everyday.  A Tough Mudder could be anywhere from 10-20km (6-12 miles), but your body is only capable of being trained for the first half of that race.  I learned the hard way in Australia.

My first every Tough Mudder was beyond fun.  People, of all walks of life, were throwing each other over mud hills, laughing and dancing.  At the time, I thought I was at the 15km mark.  However, we reached a sign that first said 10km (halfway through) and then a course that said ‘Gorilla Hills.’  Then the moment followed…..that moment when the mental barrier and the word “quit” was beaming at me.  These ants, which were people, were making their way up these mountainous hills.  I’ve never seen anything quite like them before in my life.  I was thinking about cutting the course, taking a go-cart up the hill, quitting, so many things were going through my mind.  My upper back was in a state of pain, knees buckled, shoes were torn with little pebbles scattered throughout – killing my feet even more.  At this time, everything I ever been through in life, in terms of pain, came before my very eyes.  The suffering I endured throughout Thailand, my family, the trials and tribulations of everything came…..that’s when I stood there and looked at my reflection and said, “if I give up now, it will continue to conquer me.”

After walking….3km past; 4km past, 5km past – next thing I know the Arctic Enema was there and I almost went around.  Nope! Since I’m already suffering, I need to get a reward from it, right? That very day changed my life

These are why suffering fests are important for human beings.  The only way the growth will take place in the most uncomfortable situations is when you’re in the middle of nowhere and quitting is not an option.  The body is completely destroyed after a certain mark, and when the mental part kicks in, you begin to control the mind and tell it what to do.  Once you do that, you can start taking control of your life.

This is why they’re vital.

2.5 Tough Mudders later and a Spartan Race approaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I simply can’t get enough of them.

Tough Mudder – Tempe, Arizona

I’ve done Melbourne, Australia (the worst mudder because it was the first with massively massive hills) 2 years ago; Bali, Indonesia last year (extremely rough terrain, but absolutely gorgeous); and now Tempe, AZ in the USA.  I got 2.5 tough mudders under my belt, and I was hoping to get my 3x mudder headband, but unfortunately I didn’t do the full.

Nonetheless, here’s a rundown and a few photos of what the dry, deserted-desert area looked like that hand endless dust-devils and other things scattered across the drylands.

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DUST DEVIL!

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Vendors

To have the likes of Jamba Juice there, Mexican food, delicious hamburgers and other things made it the best out of all three mudders I’ve done so far.  Having protein and even a merchandise tent that sold endless apparel and necessities was just amazing compared to what I’ve seen in the past.

The Course

Now, having ran in Australia already, I was a little bit aware of the dry heat.  However, there’s no way you can possibly acclimate to the inhalation of sand.  By the time the race was over, I was wheezing.  Positive: zero hills and running on pretty stable terrain compared to Bali made the course decent.

Comradery

Ahhhh, I went from being alone and bored the first 1.25 miles, to barrelling through the course and being pushed by someone who asked me, “how you doing, man?” We teamed up and started talking about life overseas and our personal trials and tribulations that vaunted our workout status to unshakable heights.  It’s incredible sharing stories with strangers and seeing miles just drop, drop, DROP OFF.  By the time we can across the obstacles where assistance was actually needed, we had met some wonderfully beautiful German beauties (the Pink Team) whereas the course got much funner.  One girl even claimed that she hadn’t worked out since February…..here I am hyperventilating because of my 5 day hiatus.  That’s the beauty of Tough Mudder; let alone Americans.  The forming of an alliance amongst strangers and putting 100% trust into them makes this an obstacle course to remember.

Going Forward

I have a Spartan Race coming up in Singapore next month, perhaps one sometime during the American summer months that will be in Kuala Lumpur, one in Thailand (AROO!) and perhaps a Tough Mudder to top off the year.  Enjoy the pictures and even my podcast down below!

Podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11587764

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Donating The Shoes

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Joe De Sena – Co-Founder of Spartan/Death Race & His Story Behind It All

I was talking to someone on my blog earlier about ultramarathons after being introduced to them by a passerby at my investing job (better way of just tying myself down to ‘job’), and the madness that goes on in these particular marathons are bananas.

Joe De Sena, in particular, finished the Badwater Ultramarathon (135 miles at over 120°F/49°C), Vermont 100, and Lake Placid Ironman—all in the same week.

Ummm…..what did you just say?

Let’s put these races into perspective, shall we?

 

The hottest air temperature ever recorded in Death Valley was 134 °F (56.7 °C).  Bad water is the lowest point in the continental United States, which is Death Valley.

I’ll.  Be.  Damned!

Watching this really hit that soft spot in me.  Seeing people overcome tragedy, MS, along with so many disorders that wreak havoc on the lives of millions worldwide….and be able to commit to finishing the ironman is the most incredible GIFT ever.  What does this do? Well, it’s just like Tough Mudder, right? My friends always said, “why did you do it?”  Because since that, my life has completely changed because I had a fortified mental barrier that was tormenting my life and degrading myself, my true self-worth.

What’s even more incredible is the first person who crossed the finish line for the women was Heather Jackson (proud Herbalife sponsor).  Congrats, Heather!

Now back to Joe.  I don’t even have to show the Vermont 100 because you obviously know it deals with 100 miles/km.  I will show you an excerpt from Tim Ferris’ book – The Tools of Titans…

“WHY HE STARTED TACKLING INSANE EVENTS WHILE WORKING ON WALL STREET

“You make and lose $30K, $40K in minutes screwing up an order or having customers tell you that they are no longer going to deal with you. It was very stressful business. [I wanted] to get back to the core of life. . . . [A friend] said, ‘Well, you could die. There is this one—the Iditarod in Alaska. They do it in the middle of the winter, it is by foot, and it is 30 below. But, you have to —’ ‘Sign me up. I have to do it.’ I had to get back to this place where you just want water, food, and shelter. All the craziness of my life—this Wall Street life I had taken on—would go away, would melt away.”

Excerpt From: Timothy Ferriss & Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Tools of Titans.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tools-of-titans/id1149615754?mt=11

These types of thing don’t test you, they break you.  All the problems in all the categories of your life are literally up in flames during races like these.  After you finish this gauntlet, you go back home and realize that those seemingly, monstrous problems are now microscopic compared to the rampant fatigue, faint-feeling you had had during the race.

This is why I do it.  This is why in April I’m doing Tough Mudder in Arizona/April.  Spartan Race – Singapore/May. Spartan Race – Malaysia/3rd quarter.  Tough Mudder – Bali, Indonesia/October.

I will continue to break myself….

Dr. Rhonda Perciavalle Patrick’s Hyperthermic Conditioning

The more I read about some of these iconic people who aren’t world known, the more I scratch my head until there’s no scalp left.

Heat Is The New Black

If any of you have ever heard of hyperthermic conditioning, kudos to you!  This particular routine can you help increase growth hormone levels and improve your endurance.  For those of you who are fitness enthusiasts, ultra marathoners, or people who actually go on log runs routinely throughout the week (like some of my students), this could be something you could inherit for practice.

Dr. Patrick takes 20 minute sauna sessions post-workout or post-stretching at least four times per week, typically between 160-170 degrees fahrenheit.  This helps decrease DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness).

  • “One study has told us that a 30 minute sauna session twice a week for a few weeks increased the time it took for participants to run until exhaustion by 32%.  The most incredible part of this finding is this 32% was also accompanied by 7.1% increase in plasma volume and 3.5% increase in red blood cell count.”

Saunas are readily available at just about any middle-scale gym around the world.  Also, I would recommend hot baths.  A lot of people, especially athletes, would do ice baths.  Hot baths actually cause a massive release in prolactin, which plays a role in wound healing.  After Dr. Patrick finishes with the hot bath, she transitions into an ice bath for around 5-10 minutes.

Here’s an excellent routine that could help anyone improve the DOMS that normally takes place after working out.  For instance, I did an excruciating workout with one of my students that involved lots of plyometrics, jumping, and kettle bells.  If I would have done a sauna afterwards, it could’ve greatly reduce the soreness that I’m experiencing today.

If you have any questions, please let me know! I’ll be posting rampantly in regards to routines and things that can help “the athlete” or “fitness enthusiast.”