Weekly Updates: 03/31/14 – 04/13/14

20140323-222747.jpgLast week was rough, with a toddler that is not sleeping super great at night and half of blog land announcing pregnancies and having babies, I needed to take a break. Not that any of you needed to hear a reason, or even cared to.

I have had some really great and consistent weeks of workouts. My nutrition is not stellar. Fasting makes it really difficult, I am pretty much eating a vegan diet, and I have no problem loading on the veggies, but I am getting really bored and since this week is Holy Week, it is no meat or dairy for the entire week. I can’t wait for Easter Dinner and a bite of a chocolate bunny on Sunday!

This fasting is kind of good though, I went shopping for a dress today since I have 4 weekends in a row with events where I need to dress nice, and it was not fun. The dresses that fit weren’t in my budget and vice versa. I wanted to drown my sorrows in a cookie from Mrs. Fields, but since I can’t have dairy, I bought a bottle of water and headed home. Progress?

Now on to the past two weeks of workouts:

Monday, March 31 - Coming off of a 7-day workout streak and the completion of the Pure Barre Challenge, I took a well-deserved and MUCH needed rest day.

Tuesday, April 1 - Back to the barre! The classes were noticeably smaller, not tiny, but not packed either. They also changed the warm-up, apparently they do that every two months, I wasn’t sure if it was an April Fools Day joke, or not.

Wednesday, April 2 – Another barre class with Kelly. The warm-up change was not a joke.

Thursday, April 3 - Rest day number 2 for the week. I am trying to bring two rest days back into the regular rotation. They don’t mean that I don’t do anything. Chasing a toddler around is definitely exhausting, but not the same kind of workout.

Friday, April 4 - Friday’s class is one of my favorites, and I try to never miss it, if I don’t have to. So obviously, that is where I was!

Saturday, April 5 - I took advantage of the fact that we were in town for the weekend and my mom was coming to visit with a class that was a bit later than I normally take.

Sunday, April 6 - I took a ‘Breaking Down the Barre’ at Pure Barre. It was taught by Melissa and Michaella and was for newbies and veterans. I saw people who had never been to a barre class and some women that I watch in class to make sure I am doing the right moves. The class wasn’t a workout, which I didn’t know but my body was grateful for, instead Melissa and Michaella went through an entire class: warm-up, arms, thighs, seat, abs, stretching in slow motion. They showed us what great form looked like and how it should feel, they also showed us modifications. The killer was that they would have us get in perfect form and then check everyone’s form, which took awhile and if you were at the end it could really burn ha. This class definitely helped, I have taken the time to talk to instructors post-class about areas where I am having trouble, but this was still extremely helpful and I definitely recommend it to anyone who takes a class at Pure Barre.

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Old Picture, Same tough workout

Monday, April 7 - I kept my rest day on Monday, even though Sunday technically wasn’t a real class. B has been sleeping terribly, and it was nice to be able to sleep past 5 am.

Tuesday, April 8 & Wednesday, April 9 - Back at the barre! Another early morning class for the books.

Thursday, April 10 - I took my second rest day of the week. It was a gorgeous day and we had a playdate with friends who live about an hour away. Of course B slept like garbage the night before, but play dates are always worth it.

Friday, April 11 – I accidentally turned my alarm off at some point and woke up at 5:45 am, when I am usually on my way to Pure Barre, I rushed through my am routine as quickly as possible and was on the road in 8 minutes. Thankfully I lay everything out the night before, I made it to the gym with minutes to spare.

Saturday, April 12 - I was going to take a later morning class, but I realized that it would be cutting it too close to B’s Easter Egg Hunt. I ended up getting into the 7:30 am class, and we spent pretty much the rest of the day outside cleaning or inside cleaning.

Overall, I had a pretty good week. I need to add some yoga back into my routine.

How were your past two weeks?

Weekly Updates : 03/03/14 – 03/09/14

Weekly Workouts

 

Monday – 

Nick and I stayed up late watching the Academy Awards, plus B was still feeling crappy, so I took the day off. Way more important to do some sick toddler snuggling then trying to figure out when to work out.

Tuesday – 

I took my first class of the Pure Madness Challenge at Pure Barre Lynnfield with Elizabeth. I loved her energy first thing in the morning, it wasn’t so peppy I wanted to smack something, but it was the type of energy that made me excited to be in class.

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Wednesday -

I took Pure Barre another great class, I really like that every day is different, it keeps your body working and keeps it from becoming boring.  (2/20)

Thursday – 

Pure Barre again, I know you are very surprised. (3/20)

Friday – 

I was planning on going to class, but I woke up with cramps so bad I was crying in my sleep. I took some Advil and went back to bed. Most of the time working out helps me work through the cramps and inevitably feel better. This time, I could barely make the walk to the bathroom, so my decision was made for me.

Saturday – 

I took an early Pure Barre class with Kelly. I really appreciate that she took the time after class to talk to me about how to get the most out of a class and how to know that I am working the right muscles. (4/20)

Sunday -

I had plans to go to Studio Empower in Newton to take a class and share the information with you, but I needed to reschedule for some personal reasons, but I will get there soon and share it with you all!

Food:

I made a lot of veggies and fish for me this week for lunches, changing it up really helped my boredom. I will share more about this week in Wednesday’s post!

 

How was your week in workouts?

Holiday Gift Guide for the Fitness Enthusiast!

This post was sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Koss. All opinions are my own.

There are a hundred runner’s gift guides out there this year, and I made my own last year, gifts for runners under $100, but what I don’t see a lot (or any) of are gift guides for those who love fitness but aren’t necessarily into running. This is my gift guide for the Fitness Enthusiast featuring the new Koss Fit Series headphones as part of a FitFluential campaign.

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Let’s start with the Koss Headphones.I was sent two different types from the Koss Fit Line, FitClips ($29.99*) and FitBuds ($29.99*).

First, I love that these headphones are made for women by women. Koss teamed up with Dara Torres, an Olympic Gold Medalist, to create these headphones. The FitBuds (on the right) are 33% smaller than any previous Koss created headphones. With the fit buds you get three different sizes of ear cushions, I personally had to use the smallest ones, so that you can get your best fit. The FitClips (on the left) do not fall out, are sweat resistant and also have three different sizes of ear cushions.

I personally prefer the FitClips, since I haven’t been running and most of the classes I take you can’t wear headphones in, because I end up using them a lot around the house. The FitClips don’t completely block out all noise, so I can wear them while B is napping and I am listening to music or a book while cleaning and cooking and I will still hear him if he cries out. I also wear them in bed if I am listening to a book or podcasts, and they are not uncomfortable. I would absolutely recommend these to other women, especially if you have small ears!

*During the Holiday Season the following retailers will promote these headphones for $19.99. (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Walgreens, Kmart and Sears)

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I love that Athleta has gear for every aspect of your life and fitness. They have yoga, running, studio gear, hiking and many other sporting gear. They also have dresses and jean type clothing. Both with strength training and studio classes I always wear multiple layers. I always have a tank and some sort of long sleeve on until I warm up. The All I Want Sweater ($98) looks perfect for this, lightweight, soft and thumb holes, pretty much all my must haves.

As a mom, I find that leggings are a big wardrobe staple, especially in the winter. I can throw on a sweater or tunic and a pair of boots and still look pretty together. The Athleta Herringbone Finesse leggings ($44) are also lightweight and have a fun design that can go with pretty much anything.

The sparkle knit leggings ($39) are one of my favorite items, when I go to classes really early in the morning it can be very cold and most of my bottoms are capris. Not only do they keep my legs warm, but they are comfortable and cute!

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I have a lot of friends that are into fitness but also pregnant, working out while pregnant can be a battle enough, but finding clothes that fit your new body and make you feel good in your workout can be hard. For that I recommend For Two Fitness, they have tanks with fun sayings and they also have capris, pants, t-shirts and jackets. My favorite is the sweating for two tank ($49.99).

I have lusted after this Oiselle Runfinity Scarf ($22) for over a year, when I was finally ready to purchase last year it was sold out. I need to pull the trigger on this one ASAP. In a lot of studio classes I noticed that the students and teachers where lightweight scarves, ones meant for activity not your everyday scarf, to keep their upper body warm.

The other Oiselle item I want to try is the Stripey Long Sleeve Scoop Neck ($44). It is lightweight, soft and with thumb holes. I can see myself wearing this to yoga or a strength class to warm up in.

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I love the Runaway Fleece. It is perfect for post-class freezing walk to the car and it has a hood and thumbholes. I also like that it looks fancy enough so that you can wear it with a pair of jeans and boots!

I love the idea of the Namaste Yoga Tote IV, I have contimplated just getting a strap to carry my yoga mat, but I love that this has pockets so I don’t have to carry my mat and another bag. I also desperately need some sort of sweat towel, I used to have ones for my treadmill running and the gym, but those have since bit the dust and I have gotten rid of all but one. The (small) towel would be perfect for all of my classes at Studio Poise and Achieve, and I love that it is super small but also absorbent.

Lastly, I have been looking everywhere for some sort of fashionable but also functional ear warmer, I have extremely thick hair so most ear warmers end up being way to tight and uncomfortable, but this one does not. I also love how wide it is, the Keepin’ It Cozy Ear Warmer is definitely on my wish list this year.

 

 

I added this after my first publish, I actually had mixed feelings about it. I know that lots of people are taking a stand against Lululemon and I respect that. I don’t like the things the CEO said, but I truly believe he is not the first nor the last to say or believe such outlandish things. I haven’t quite sorted out how I believe, but I do know that I love the ambassadors and the employees at the Lulu near me and ultimately, that is why I decided to include these items. 

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Of course I would also recommend a gift certificate to your Fitness Enthusiast’s favorite studio. For me that will obviously be Studio Poise!

What items are on your fitness wish list?

Studio Poise: Week 4

Disclaimer: I was given a month of unlimited classes in exchange for my honest review. This is not a sponsored post.

If you missed weeks one, two, and three at Studio Poise, feel free to check those out first, this post is about my 4th and final week and I will have an after thoughts post up later this week as well.

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I left off with last Wednesday, so I have a little bit more than a week to catch you up on.

That Friday, I once again took Pound Fit with Emily. Honestly, I really love starting my Friday’s with this class, the music and sequences are hard enough, and sometimes I feel a little bit like a dancer/badass.

On Saturday morning I finally took Poise Power Flow Xpress with Melissa. This class is at 7 am, and many times it gets cancelled since less than 3 people sign up, finally I was able to get into a class and I am so glad I did. I have never actually taken yoga before so I was a bit apprehensive, but due to the nature of the class size, Melissa was able to correct our poses and help me understand what my body should be doing.

Melissa also noticed that I have hyperextended knees, basically my knee goes past the point where most knees “lock” and becomes almost inverted. I’ve always been like that and after some research I read that yoga can actually assist with this. Anyway, Melissa was able to give me pointers for each movement that wouldn’t cause my knees to actually hyperextend. I really appreciated that extra effort and care.

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I followed yoga up with Zumba, probably not the best back-to-back sequence, but I really wanted to take both classes, and I don’t regret it.

Sunday, I was signed up for Piloxing, but Emily was subbing so it ended up being a very small Pound Fit class instead, and you all know how much I love pound, so I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Last Wednesday I finally made it to a Piloxing class. I will be honest, I was having a real shitty morning (how that’s possible at 6 am is beyond me) and I went into class in an awful mood. When I am in that kind of mood the last thing I want to do is pretend I am happy, and throughout the class I was frustrated. I was frustrated when I couldn’t get a sequence of movements or when I wasn’t doing something correctly. I felt like I was the only person who hadn’t taken a class before, and even though the class was smallish, I felt lile I didn’t understand anything Diana was saying. Frankly, I think 99% of it was my mood, I am definitely willing to give this class another try on my own dime, but I hope I am in a better mood.

Friday, was Pound Fit again, I know you are all surprised. I will spare you any review, but I will say that Emily introduced a few new songs/sequences, and I loved them.

Saturday was my last day in my unlimited month of classes. I took Zumba and Poise Xpress with Christina. For some reason I though Zumba started at 8:15 (probably because most of the weekday classes start at 6:15) so I ended up there a bit late, but I just jumped in the back and followed along.

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Poise I ended up adding last-minute since there was room and I missed part of Zumba. Both classes were wonderful and I can see that there has been a decent amount of improvement from my first class to this class. While, I am nowhere near as great as some of the ladies that take this class, I am very impressed in my improvement.

How do you handle a class when you are in a foul mood?

At Peace

I love running, I do, but at this point in my life I think it is time to take a break.

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Last year’s jingle run

The thing is, I had a hard time getting back into running after my miscarriage. I KNOW that the running didn’t affect it, BUT, my body hasn’t felt the same.

I had registered for a second half-marathon, just in case my goal PR didn’t happen at Zooma, and if I did PR, then it would be a fun congratulatory 13.1 hilly miles.

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To be honest, I had forgotten about that I even signed up for the Newton Chilly Half, it wasn’t until I received the emails about packet pick-up and race day that I remembered. It was a relatively cheap registration, $40, that I had made back during the summer. If the race had a shorter option (a 5 or 10k) I probably would have still gone to the race and just downgraded.

There wasn’t an option, so instead I decided to soothe my soul…I took my first yoga class at Studio Poise, and I let my body enter healing.

Someday I will come back to running, I am not sure when that day will be, but it will happen. For now I am sticking with my strength and Metcon at Achieve and my favorite classes at Studio Poise.

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Designer Whey: Two NEW Smoothie Recipes!

By now you all probably know that I love my Designer Whey products. So whenever a box of products shows up on my doorstep, I get really excited! Through my relationship with FitFluential, I was provided these products for free. All thoughts and opinions, as usual, are my own.

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Vanilla Almond & Luscious Strawberry Protein Powders, two of each of the bars they carry, a box of each flavor of Protein 2Go, and one vanilla and one chocolate protein shake.

Designer Whey has partnered with Smári yogurt, so Designer Whey also graciously included coupons so I could check out the Icelandic yogurt.

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Smári is available in four flavors: pure, vanilla, blueberry, and strawberry. My favorite is the vanilla! Icelandic yogurt is similar to Greek yogurt, however it is thicker and has more protein.

Smári is made in Wisconsin with organic milk from grass-fed cows that are from small family farms. Their fruit comes from Oregon and has zero preservatives and the little sugar they use is organic cane sugar. This is an ingredient list I can get behind.

I tend to not eat a ton of yogurt because the amount of sugar is usually ridiculously high, and then if you add something else in the mix, your healthy snack becomes a sugar bomb. Smári has 20 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar. Smári may not have a gazillion flavors like other yogurt companies, but the ingredient list, protein and sugar content make this yogurt a #1 pick for my household.

Of course with the new Designer Whey products I had to make a few smoothies to share with you all.

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1 Smári Vanilla Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond Protein Powder
1 banana
1 scoop of natural peanut butter
A splash of milk
1 handful of spinach
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth.

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Put in your favorite racing pint glass and enjoy! I loved the thickness that the yogurt gave the smoothie, and next time I wouldn’t even add the milk.

My second recipe is a more tropical one, because who doesn’t want to be on the beach when the weather starts getting colder?

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1 Smári Pure Yogurt
1 scoop of Designer Whey Luscious Strawberry Protein Powder
1 Banana
2-3 oz of orange juice
1 handful of ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

It’s open, now what?

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my Whole Foods post. I am happy to say (well Nick may not be happy) that since it opened on Wednesday I have been twice, once on Wednesday and once this morning.

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Opening Day, these are the lines to go inside. The lines wrapped all around the side of the building. It took B and I awhile to get inside, it was hot and people were pushy. I hung out in the back and waited until the crowd thinned a bit. Though this did mean that once I got inside it was PACKED.

Bonus of waiting? I scored one of these awesome reusable bags.

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I didn’t really explore that much on Wednesday, I will say that every aisle and counter were packed. The employees were extremely helpful and took customers straight to the item they were looking for instead of telling them what aisle it was in. Great customer service already, I dig it.

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The Butcher & Seafood counters were PACKED. I ended up in front of the butcher counter and splurged on two in-house made stuffed burgers (spoiler, they were amazing).

I basically walked the perimeter and decided I would come back later in the week. However, I did grab a picture of the Antipasti bar!

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So what did I get?

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B’s applesauce pouches (impulse buy, on sale at the register), Nick’s favorite cracker assortment, Balsamic Vinegar (on sale for $3.99 for a bottle that will last me a few months, at least, score!), 2 cookies from the buy by the pound section — those were for B, he was a trooper, 1/4 watermelon — we still had some at home so I didn’t want to buy a whole one, the burgers, a bunch of asparagus, and Ben&Jerry’s for Nick and So Delicious bars for me. I ended up spending $31.91. Not bad for my haul. Some items were pricier (burgers, cut watermelon, desserts), while some were a great deal (cookies, applesauce, vinegar).

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French Onion burger, stuffed with Gruyere cheese and I roasted some asparagus.

My biggest problem with the store was parking, it took me 20 minutes to find a spot and I know it took others longer. It also took me awhile the day I had my tour, so that was a bit frustrating, but really not in the store’s control.

This morning I went back, I forgot to grab enough veggies for the entire week so I went back. I also decided to turn our left over chicken into taco’s for tonight’s dinner so I needed to get some supplies for that as well.

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I don’t really eat mushrooms, but I thought this display was awesome, I think it was great that they separated and labeled all the types of mushrooms. I bet that will be a hit, especially with those that are just starting to cook with different types of mushrooms.

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Sorry my Greek wife is showing. Tzatziki. The Whole Foods in Glastonbury, CT made theirs in house and the Whole Foods, I shopped at up here (Medford & Woburn) did not, it was a store speciality. I am so happy that Melrose will be making and carrying it. It is the best store made Tzatziki I have ever tasted.

Today, it was definitely less crowded, I found a parking spot right up front easily (thank goodness) and I was able to take my time through the store. I have to say I was really excited when I saw my favorite fish guy from Medford behind the counter at the Melrose store. Sorry, Medford, but I hope he is here to stay. He was super helpful with giving information about different cuts of the fish and giving ideas on multiple ways prepare the fish I was purchasing that day.

I also wanted to buy tortillas for taco night, I checked the aisle with canned beans, no luck, so I made my way to the bread aisle, and the woman stocking said they are kept in the produce section. She offered to show me, I said no, I figured it would be an easy find. I went back to produce and couldn’t find them, I asked another team member and he thought they were in produce, then we went to the dairy and prepared cheese aisle, also not there. Turns out they were with the hummus, the team members were extremely apologetic and helpful. It wasn’t crowded so it wasn’t a big deal to me, but it was great to know that they will make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. The team member also explained that everyone came from different stores or were new completely so it will take a few days to figure out exactly where everything is.

The look of the store is bright and colorful, very cheerful, I am so happy that this store is opened!

Have you made your way to the new Whole Foods yet?

A Love Affair: Mizuno Sayonara

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Whenever anyone asks me to recommend gear for running, I always tell them that the first thing they need to do is to get fitted for the proper sneaker. Most find the perfect shoe after trying one or two pairs. I used to have a favorite shoe, then once I had B my feet changed and my favorite shoe no longer fit.

I went back to my favorite running store, Marathon Sports, and got fitted, and then I got fitted again, and then I got fitted two more times. While the shoes were okay for short distances, I didn’t feel 100% comfortable, and eventually I returned them. I kept two pairs because I needed to run.

I let my running slack a little in the winter months and did mostly strength training at Achieve Fitness and when I strength train I wear a minimalist shoe, so putting on my running shoes after a few months off made my legs and feet feel extremely heavy.

Recently, through my relationship with FitfLuential, I was given the opportunity to try out the Mizuno Wave Sayonara.

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How gorgeous are these sneakers? I almost tackled the FedEx man at the door when he arrived with these.

While, I prefer the perfect shoe over a pretty color, I really love it when the two meld together.

The Wave Sayonara is Mizuno’s lightest training shoes, the women’s shoes is 7.1 oz and the mens is 8.1 oz, The euphoric foam midsole ensures the proper cushioning without added weight and bulk so runners experience a light,
smooth, comfortable, and responsive ride. via Mizuno

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I have been doing my long runs as a mentor with Team In Training, and I have to say these shoes are the lightest running sneaker I have ever worn. For most shoes I have a “breaking-in” phase. It usually takes me a few weeks to feel completely comfortable in a pair of shoes, but not with these babies. I felt comfortable with that first step out the door. My feet fell softly on the pavement, my pace was faster than last year, and even though it was excruciatingly hot out – I felt like I was flying.

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I have even taken them on short runs and speed work. The dating game is over folks, I have found my perfect shoe and I am saying, I do – to the Mizuno Wave Sayonara. If you want to try them for yourself they go on sale on July 5 for $119.00.

Until then, you should check out this Mezamashii Running video, it is full of inspiration, including a story from one of my favorite bloggers, Michele.

Have you found your “I do” shoe?

Get Your Protein On: Designer Whey Review

It’s no secret that I travel a lot. Actually, the first few months after we moved into our new house we stayed put for a few months, but B and I were constantly on the go during the week, and now that the warmer weather is here we are starting to have more plans during the weekends that involve travel.

The hardest part of me sticking to my new normal is traveling. I don’t always have my foods on hand. I needed to find a way to get calories in, and not at the hands of something involving a drive thru.

Enter, Designer Whey, I haven’t always been a fan of protein powder. Mostly because I was getting the wrong kind. Powders that tasted chalky and gross, bars that were rock hard, you get the picture.

My friend, Caitlin introduced me to ARIA, a protein powder that’s 50% whey and 50% soy from Designer Whey and I was hooked. I added it to my oatmeal, smoothies, used it in protein muffins and bites. I wanted to try other flavors, but I was afraid I wouldn’t like the way they tasted. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that awhile back I bought a canister of Designer Whey Vanilla Almond, I was in love with it from the first smoothie I made. I knew that I needed to try the rest of the flavors.

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Luckily, I was provided with the above products by Designer Whey , free of charge, through my Ambassadorship with Fitfluential. I was not compensated and as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Not only did they send me a box packed full of all of their products, but the box itself was awesome. Each sidebar had a QR code, so you could access the recipe for that Mango Madness smoothie, get info on the Savage Race, etc… I like a company that really thinks about its customer, and shows you ways you can use the product.

In the box was a canister of the White Chocolate and French Vanilla Protein Powders. Two bars of each protein bar flavor (Peanut Butter Crunch, Chocolate Crunch, and Caramel Chocolate Crunch), One box of each Protein 2Go flavor (Lemonade, Mixed Berry, and Tropical Orange), and one of each Protein Shake (Gourmet Chocolate and French Vanilla).

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I tweeted Designer Whey and asked if I should put the protein shake in the fridge prior to using it or if wasn’t necessary. They said it was fine either way, I decided to go for it. I put it in the fridge before bed and brought it to the gym with me the following morning. I loved the flavor, it tasted similar to chocolate milk, but wasn’t as sweet, which I prefer. I also loved that there was no chalky after taste, but I can’t drink a lot right after a hard workout, so I only had half and saved the rest for the next day. I kept forgetting to bring the French Vanilla with me to the gym, and one Instagram user suggested using it as a creamer. I definitely tried this the next morning and it was delicious. The Gourmet Chocolate has 100 calories, 18g of protein and 3g of sugar.

I tried the first Protein Bar (Triple Chocolate) when I was out running errands and I was crashing since I forgot to pack a snack for myself. It wasn’t rock hard, a huge plus, and the flavor was spot on, again no chalkiness. The bar has 160 calories and 10 g of protein, my issue is the 13g of sugar, I know other bars have much more than that (some have double), and in a moment of needing to eat, it’s not a terrible option, but it wouldn’t be my first suggestion. That being said, I did try the Chocolate Caramel and Peanut Butter Crunch, both had great flavor, and out of all three the Peanut Butter was my favorite.

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One day a week I go to the gym, come home inhale a bowl of oatmeal (with a scoop of protein powder and peanut butter mixed in), then I grab B and we head to swim lessons. I love swimming with B, but he is still very dependent on me so I end up doing quite a bit of work. That being said I am famished afterwards and I usually get home ASAP, give B lunch and put him to bed, and shower so I end up eating 30-45 minutes after we leave the pool.

This past week I gave the protein 2Go pouches a try. Mix one packet into a bottle of 16-20 oz of water. I tried the lemonade flavor first, and I really struggled at getting the entire packet to mix. I still ended up with chunks of protein which threw me off. I liked the lemonade flavor, but I haven’t tried the others yet since I was afraid of the chunking thing happening again. Hopefully, I can try it after swim tomorrow and will have more success!

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My two favorite ways to enjoy protein powder is in my oatmeal and smoothies. I am always experimenting with new flavors and powders, and yesterday I had my favorite smoothie, ever.

The Mocha Protein Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 scoop White Chocolate Designer Whey Protein Powder
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 packet of Starbucks Via (or any instant coffee)

Blend until smooth

DELICIOUS. This was the afternoon pick-me-up I so desperately needed. I think it would be even better if I replaces the cocoa powder and protein powder with a Chocolate protein powder.

Unfortunately, my blender broke while I was blending this so I ended up with some ice chunks still in my smoothie. I am really upset because in order to have any more these treats I need a new blender!

I now know that if I see any flavors that I haven’t tried (any of the chocolates or vanilla praline) I will be buying them immediately and testing them out for you all.

Have you ever had Designer Whey? What is your favorite creation to make with protein powder?

Make sure you check out Jenn’s blog for more treats and recipes for WIAW!


What’s Beautiful: Just Like Me!

This post and my participation in the What’s Beautiful Campaign is sponsored by Under Armour through Fitfluential. My opinions and goals are my own.

In case you missed my first post for the Under Armour campaign, you can check it out here, I talked about the campaign and my goals.

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Since my goal is to PR my half-marathon time and I am not registered for a marathon until September, I decided to make mini-goals for my self.

Last weeks goal was to try something new. I tried a new class at the gym I go to, a kettlebell class, and it was awesome, I can’t wait to go this week.

I love everything that this campaign stands for, but what I love even more is the impressions we can leave behind. I know that it is focused on women, but as a mother to a boy I want to make sure that he treats women with respect, but that he realizes women and men can both accomplish the same things.

What I love most is how much he is like me, especially when it comes to working out.

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How do I work these things?

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Balance

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ANNNND Squat

He also encourages me and says “Go Momma”, “Yay, Momma” and “Keep Going” haha. It’s pretty incredible what he picks up!

What’s your goal for this week? Have you tried a new fitness class recently?