Who am I?

My transformation currently.

My transformation currently.

Hey everyone. I just want to say thank you all that have been reading the blog so far and express my absolute gratitude in your support of me and want to congratulate you trying to be the best version of you!

So who am I? My name is Joe Mallit and I live in Snoqualmie, WA. I work for a major software company in an IT engineering role but that is not what defines who I am that is what I do. Who I am is someone that is trying to become the best version of my self as Elliott Hulse would say. Back in 2009 I decided to make a huge change in my life. At the time I was 273 pounds and in August I was at a wedding for my cousin and when I got back my grandmother called me and was seriously concerned about my health and how overweight I was. She mentioned that I try Nutrisystem to try to drop some of the weight. I decided to give it a try and truly committed myself to it. Over the next 10 or so month I proceeded to stick with it and lost 100 pounds and changed my life. This major improvement gave me self confidence and self respect. I learned a lot while dropping the weight and being on the program. I spent the next couple of years just living my life happy and healthier. In 2012 I discovered Bodybuilding.com and decided that I really would like to better my physique. I knew that while I did an amazing job of trying to drop weight before I still needed to cut more to really be lean and where I could start a bulk. Over the next year and a half I proceeded to try almost all of the plans they had on their site and while I was actually getting stronger I was not really changing my physique. I started to pick up on some YouTube channels and started to get into the fitness life. I started by following CT Fletcher and Mike Rashid I was hammering out some of their workouts and feeling great but clearly my diet was not on point. Through one of the collaboration videos I was introduced to Chris Jones and Physiques of Greatness and saw that he offered online coaching. I decided to contact him about it and starting November 2013 I committed to starting my cut and program with him on December 1st. This was my introduction to IIFYM. At first I was still eating a very “bro” diet of chicken and brown rice. As I continued to go through I was actually seeing success once we got me dialed in. I kept finding new YouTube channels and found the Chelsea Lifts channel who is a flexible eater and that is when I got my true introduction to the fact that with macros you can eat what you want as long as it fits! During one of her videos she mentioned Macro Magic which is a FaceBook group, one that if you are not a member of yet I highly recommend joining. I joined up with this group and started to really expand what I was eating with members like Eric Johnson being some inspiration. I have started to become more active in that community.

So know you know a little history about who I am and how I got into IIFYM here is why I am doing this. I want everyone to be able to live healthy and happy and I fell like I was given a second chance to live my life to the fullest and I just want to pay it forward so that everyone has that chance. I want you all to see that eating doesn’t have to be restrictive just be with in the limits of what you need to reach your goals.

Again thanks again for taking the time to support me and I look forward to hearing from all of you. I am always here to support you and will never not respond to anyone no matter how busy I am.

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Product Review: Lana’s Egg Whites

Are you tired of having to go to the grocery store every couple days just to buy egg white? I know I am. I used to walk in and buy 5-6 cartons of the bigger cartons of egg whites then like three days later I would end up right back in the same section buying more! Then it seemed like everyone is on the egg white bandwagon so it was getting tough to find them and get them when I needed them. Looking online for a place to buy egg whites turned up a lot of places trying to sell you on powdered egg whites but I wanted to real thing. One of the companies that kept coming up was MuscleEgg but they were a lot more expensive than just buying at the grocery store even if it was more convenient. I did some more digging and found Lana’s Egg Whites. They are all natural egg whites that come in an 8lb tub and are delivered quick and frozen. I placed an order for two tubs that were $49.99 which for as much egg whites as you get it is definitely worth it. I placed the order online using PayPal but they also take credit card and received them in a couple days. While I was waiting for the tub to arrive I contacted them to get a couple of questions answered so that I could convert my recipes. They use cups instead of grams on their site but when you get the tub they tell you 1/2cup is 122g. I also had a question on how they recommend getting them out of the paint can like jug they came in. With in a couple hours I had a response to my mail and received the answers that I was looking for. They told me that they recommend putting them in like a kool-aid contain which would be great but I had trouble finding these so I improvised. I picked up a closable carafe from Target but to start I was to short to reach the bucket to the funnel in the top without spilling it all over the place. To solve this issue I grabbed a water bottle, squeezed the air out of it, turned it upside down and shoved the nozzle in the egg whites. It sucked them right up and bam! I had my egg whites.

So that kind of describes the how to get them and get them ready to be used. Now the important part. Since they are food it clearly is all about taste! They are great! They taste fresh and cook up just like regular egg whites. Best part is they are natural so they have no gums or anything in them like the ones you get at the grocery store. I have used them in making omelets, waffles and they came out better than before. I actually prefer the taste of these over that of anything that I have bought at the store. I’m not sure what I am happier about not having to buy egg whites at the store or how they taste.

The one hiccup of the process was I ordered two and only one arrived the first day. I contacted Lana and like before got an immediate response! They checked and the next day the other one arrived so something went a little sideways on the shippers, UPS, side. The best part was they were on top of it and kept in contact with me to make sure that I am happy. As someone who has worked in customer service and IT I value the importance of customer service over almost anything when I am looking at where to buy things. Lana’s has built a life long customer based on their customer service. The fact that Lana herself responded to mail shows how much they care about the customer.

Need another reason to check them out? Have you heard of Phil Heath? Yeah he’s a user of their product! Check out http://lanaseggwhites.com/ you will not be disappointed! Give them a try and let me know what you think! I could say so much more positive about them but I feel like I am rambling now!

That's a lot of egg whites. Worth every penny!

That’s a lot of egg whites. Worth every penny!

Just say, “I love crepes”

What if you just say “I love really thin pancakes”. Hey guys and gals for breakfast today I switched it up a bit. I picked up some Michel De France crepes the last time that I was at World Market and decided to give them a try today and let me say they did not disappoint! They are very macro friendly at 9c/1f/1p for each crepe! I ended up having 4 today for breakfast which I was plenty filling even on my poverty macros, but I did hit under 170 for the first time since high school! Look out for my about me post coming TODAY and I will post some transformation photos.

So for the crepes I decided to do two eggs and bacon and two filled with a Greek yogurt filling. These crepes were actually great tasting by themselves with a nice sweetness. For the egg and bacon ones I used half a cup of egg whites in each and then a single slice of Trader Joe’s turkey bacon in each. The combination of the sweetness of the crepe with the savoryness (might not be a word but it is now) of the bacon made these taste amazing! They were almost like a McGriddle. Maybe the next time I might also add a little cheese to them for some more flavors but really it doesn’t need it. The macros for each of these crepes were 10c/2.5f/20p. Highly recommend these!

For the sweet crepes I made a filling of 1cup 2%Fage Greek yogurt, 17g of natural peanut butter, 17g of raspberry preserves, and 22g of whipped cream cheese. I thought this mixture might need some Splenda to cut the sourness of the Greek yogurt but the peanut butter and the preserves cut it perfectly! I also thought about putting some syrup on these but after eating the egg and bacon crepes and finding out that they are sweet and the filling for these was good enough that I didn’t need the syrup. Each of these crepes were 17c/10f/15p. The fat on these can be cut by using the fat free Greek yogurt.

The best part about this whole meal is that the longest part was just cooking the eggs and bacon. I microwaved the crepes for 30 seconds once I had them filled. If you can find these crepes give them a try! If not they can be ordered online at http://www.micheldefrance.com/ where you can get a case of them for $21.00. These would also be great with some fresh fruit and other fillings once I start getting a little more carbs in my diet. Hope you guys enjoy! Let me know some of your favorite fillings for crepes.

Viante Intellisteam Review

Hey guys and gals happy Saturday!

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on my new steamer that I picked up the Intellisteam from Viante. The price point for the unit is a bit high at $199 but I found it at this point to be WAY worth the price! I have cooked everything from veggies to chicken and fish. It makes meal prep so much easier. All I have to do is season my meat place it in the section of the steamer, you have three basket and the one has a divider that can be removed to use larger pieces of food, set the section to what I am cooking and press the steam button. It takes about 15 minutes to steam up all my meals for the next day. It is easy to fill completely dishwasher safe. The only con that I see so far is that it does take up a decent amount of counter space but I have been able to push it back and work with food in front of it. I plan to really start expanding what I can do with it here and come up with some new recipes. Hopefully the price doesn’t scare people off and you can give it a try. Actually as a college student or some one with a smaller kitchen or not wanting to deal to much with cleaning up after cooking this is a great buy. Check out some of the pictures below for some of the meals that I have made from it. I am going to start trying to experiment with some dim sum style Chinese meals with it. I will also work on a video for the unit. Thanks for checking out the review and look forward to more! I will be doing one on egg whites today.

Mash it up!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately I am on my cut and have been a little sluggish and tired lately mixed with some issues at work I just haven’t had the time.

I have been hitting my steamer and some FroPro hard lately. To do with the steaming I have been making cauliflower mash and loving it. The volume that you can get out of it is amazing.

What have I been steaming? Fish, chicken, and the cauliflower. After my last trip to Trader Joe’s I have been enjoying their Dover Sole and MahiMahi so much that I picked up some of the salmon and tuna that I plan to cook up this week. Turns out when you are eating a variety of protein sources you end up having what you used to buy in bulk go bad. I bought a decent amount of fresh chicken and it all went bad by the time I decided to eat chicken so I am sticking with the frozen and pulling it out as needed. I have been seasoning the fish with some of the spices that I found at World Market. Check out the video that I posted to see some of the options. I am still at work so I am going to get to the mashed cauli recipe and will post some more later. Look for another post today. Making up for lost time!

The first thing I did was break the green off the cauliflower heads, I made two since I really like cauliflower and broccoli so I knew I would need a lot, and threw it all in the steamer to cook up till it was soft. Once it was done I put it all in Tupperware so that I can store it in the fridge and mash as needed. Here is what I had with most of the meals:

200g of steamed cauliflower

30g Trader Joe’s Tzatziki

1 egg

garlic power

salt

I also have been swapping out the egg for 62g of egg whites to cut down on the fat if I need but the whole egg makes it a bit more creamy. I heat up the cauliflower in the microwave with some water in the bowl for 2 minutes to make sure it is soft and this helps cook the egg. I toss it all in my food processor and grind still it reaches the consistency that I am looking for! For 200g of cauliflower the macros are 12c/7f/11p. Again you can cut the fat by using egg whites instead of a full egg or cut the egg all together I just like it as a binder and need the protein. Also you can substitute out the Tzatziki with ricotta, swiss or any other cheese that would melt down. Have fun with it! I plan to add some red pepper to mine tonight based on Eric Johnson’s post on the Macro Magic FaceBook page.

The other thing that has been hitting my sweet tooth lately has been protein fluff/fropro/profro/ice cream what ever you want to call it. I make the standard fluff then at the end hit it with about 4 cups of blended ice. Check out some of the pictures I’ll try to record tonight’s. I also have some goodies from nuts.com and Lana’s Egg whites that I am going to do a review of. Enjoy and don’t forget to comment and checkout the YouTube Channel for more content.

New Shopping Video

Hey guys and gals. It Saturday and I am getting caught up on some videos. This one didn’t really need a voice over so I was able to work on it while I was watching the Penguins game. I posted earlier about my trip to Sur La Table and World Market and here is the video of everything that I picked up. Check it out and let me know what you think, other than the audio is kind of crappy.

Waffle Success! New Kitchen Gadgets and New Meals

Hey guys and gals! So this week has been pretty crazy at work so I have been a bit quiet here and haven’t had time to edit any videos but I do have a shopping with and I will have a cooking with com in up soon. I did end up working from home yesterday because of the craziness and on my lunch I decided to get out of the house for a bit and went to a couple of stores. I started off at World Market where I picked up some sweets and some spices. I originally just went for some cookie called Pizzelle that someone on the IIFYM Facebook group recommended. I ended up picking up a lot more. I will show this all in the upcoming video but I wanted to talk about the Latin spice rub and that I used on some chicken today and it was GAF! I also picked up some chocolate chip coconut scone mix that took maybe 20 minutes to make and 15 of that was cooking time I’ll let yinz know how they are tomorrow when I have them for breakfast. After World Market I stopped at Sur La Table which is a kitchenware store. I picked up a Viante intellesteam and so far I am really happy with it. I have only had steamed chicken and I was excited about the new purchase so I also steamed some 94/6 ground beef for dinner tonight. Both came out awesome. I steamed tomorrows morning snack of chicken with tandoori seasoning, lunch which is some steamed MahiMahi, and dinner is Dover Sole. Check out the pictures below for some of this.

I also succeeded in making a waffle batter. They came out awesome and the volume of the meal was great! Here is the recipe:

1/2cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

1 Scoop Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey

65g of Banana

3tsp baking powder

3 Eggs

92g Egg Whites

4tbsp Coconut Flour

14g PBLean custom from Myoatmeal.com

Whip the egg whites till a peaking a bit, add the rest of the ingredients and continue to mix. Heat a waffle iron and cook on medium heat. This make about 5-6 waffles which is one serving. The macros are 41c/28f/63p. I am going to work on reducing the fat by trying to pull some of the eggs out as they add 15g and also you can reduce it by pulling out the PBlean that added 6g, or use a different type of flour. I added pictures below.

Thanks for checking out the post guys and be on the lookout for videos of all the goodies I bought and upcoming waffle and cannoli videos.

Day of eating and new video

Hey guys and gals! Here is another day of eating post. I also post the video for my Pittsburgh Sandwich. My carbs are a little higher today because it is a leg day and my coach has me increasing my carbs on leg days instead of reefed days. I actually like this better. Todays goals are 220c/55f/230p.

Heres the video:

 

Breakfast(55c/17f/47p):

This morning was a little rough after my two hockey games being a little late and the league was running behind so I didn’t get home till after 11pm and was up at my normal 5:30am. I started breakfast by cooking up 70g of mushrooms then tossing in some spinach. Once the spinach was a little wilted and the mushrooms were soft I added 224g of egg whites international egg whites. As the omelet was cooking I started to assemble my puffed kamut. I put 3 serving which is 45g in a huge bowl and topped it with some Walden’s Farm Caramel syrup, couple of grinds of sea salt and some Walden’s Farm pancake syrup. I added 3 cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk then topped the whole thing with 20g of chocolate whipped topping. Very filling and GAF!

Spinach and mushroom omelet and salted caramel puffed kaumt.

Spinach and mushroom omelet and salted caramel puffed kaumt.

Pre/Post workout(34c/8f/51p):

On my way to the gym I took a One a Day MV, 2 fish oil soft gels, 5g of creatine and one scoop of Cellucor C4. Hammered out a leg workout that was tough with my legs still being pretty tired out from hockey the night before and running on shorter than normal sleep. After the workout I had 40g of prunes, 1 scoop of MTS vanilla and one scoop of Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl.

Mid-Morning(32c/4f/31p):

Once I got to work I had my second meal. I had a salad with 85g of butter lettuce, 100g of spaghetti squash, 200g of coleslaw, 28g of fat free cheese, and 124g of Gifiltte Fish. I prefer the taste of the Gefiltte fish over that of the Whitefish and Pike. This salad had no dressing and I enjoyed getting the flavors of everything without it being masked by the dressing. I did get a box from vitacost.com yesterday and picked up some Walden’s Farm Sweet Onion dressing that I tasted and it was definitely a keeper. I’ll go over everything that I got from them in a video soon.

Lunch(15c/6f/34p):

For lunch I had a salad with pork, sauerkraut, coleslaw, butter lettuce, broccoli and Miracle Noodle rice. I used some Braggs as the dressing. Things were crazy at work so I didn’t get a picture of this but is came out great and I liked the “rice” I will definitely be getting more of it.

Dinner(36c/4f/30p):

Dinner was kind of a homemade pizza pocket. I took two slices of oat Mountain Bread and on one put 63g of Pizza sauce, 28g of fat free mozzarella, 50g of pork and 50g of mushrooms then placed the other slice of Mountain Bread on top and toasted it. Used a little scorpion chili as I was eating it. This was a winner.

Dessert(48/10f/37p):

I have been craving caramel popcorn the past couple days since I picked up a candle the smells like it. I haven’t been able to stand pop corn since living with my ex and should would burn it constantly. I found some pretty macro friendly caramel microwave popcorn from Orville Redenbacker. 1 cup was 9c/3f/0p. To go with my popcorn I made my Pronnolis. I used chocolate protein this time to make the filling and it came out awesome. I didn’t get a picture of them but below is the rest of the fluff and the popcorn. In all it was a winning meat day.

Caramel popcorn in chocolate fluff.

Caramel popcorn in chocolate fluff.

Omelet and Pizza

Hey guys this is just going to be a short post I have had a pretty rough day at work but wanted to at least get a post up for today.  If things slow down I am planning on posting up a quick intro to myself and what I have come from and where my goals are.

For breakfast I had an omelet with some spinach, mushrooms and ricotta cheese. Topped it with some Heinz ketchup and devoured it. Moved on to the combo of Fiber One Bran and Honey squares. Below is a picture of the omelet. Mid morning I had 2 cups of lettuce and my tuna casserole. Lunch was the same as yesterday with the chicken stir fry with mushrooms and Shirataki noodles. One the side I had a salad with spinach, coleslaw and sauerkraut. Dinner was a flatbread pizza with mushrooms and pork on Mountain Bread Corn which was awesome and pictured below. I’m going to make a cake shortly and will get that posted up but need to get my hockey stuff ready for the playoffs tonight.