Protein Shots and Jello

You know the warm jello liquid, all sweet and delicious, in that moment right before it goes into the fridge to set into jello? I used to love taking sips of that. What? Am I alone here? Liars. I am not the only one who drank the jello juice. 😉

Last night I taught a class similar to my Tabata Hell class. Tabatas, barbells, hand weights. Yes, I am sore right now. It was freaking awesome! (there’s a breakdown of class at the end of this post) I typically do the kickboxing class that happens right after my class, but what I taught really kicked my bootie, so I only did half of Megan‘s TurboKickboxing class, and then walked home (it’s a nice 20 minute walk, perfect for cooling the body down.) I wanted to stay for the whole class, but I was hitting the wall. Plus, I wanted to get home in time to watch So You Think You Can Dance. 😉

When I got home, I started to think, “What the hell am I going to eat? I need some major protein right now, but really don’t feel like cooking. . .” Insert “DUH” moment here. I had a Protein Shot from my Bulu Box waiting in the cupboard for me! YAY!!! So standing at the counter, I popped that sucker open.

Here comes the explanation of that jello comment earlier. The Fruit Punch Protein Shot tastes EXACTLY (and I really do mean EXACTLY) like warm liquid jello!!!!! I couldn’t believe it!! Since it was so sweet, and really concentrated, it took me about an hour to finish it. Since it’s only 2.5 oz, you’d think I could drink that in less time. But it was just toooooooooo sweet for me to really knock it down.

But I’m totally sold on it. I think next time I have one, though, I’m going to dilute in a bottle of water first. I could really get spoiled with 25g of protein in one little bottle! So if you ever come across Protein Shots, get one! Or three! 😉

So coming back to last night’s class. Here’s the breakdown of the torture that ensued:

~Warm up

~Tabata Squats

~3 mins Barbell Pilé with Overhead Press

~Tabata Pushups

~3 mins Barbell chest press

~3 mins hamstring curl with biceps curl on step with risers

~3 mins Barbell biceps curls and platter lifts

~3 mins knee lifts with triceps kickbacks on step with risers

~3 mins Barbell skull crushers

~1 mins jumping jacks with overhead press

~3 mins Barbell standing oblique crunch

~3 mins crunches and leg lowers

~stretch

It was an amazing class last night!! I love my 24HF peeps! I can throw anything at ’em! And they’re just like, “Sure, Heather! Let’s crush it!” So try this exercise list today! Give yourself a good hour to do this, make sure you have your water bottle, too! Pull your abs in, stand tall, squat low, and CRUSH IT!!!

Have you tried Protein Shots? What’d you think?

What’s your favorite Barbell move? 

My first Bulu Box!!

I’m pretty sure 99% of the people reading this are going “WTF is a Bulu Box?!”

Don’t worry. I’ll get you up to speed!

So, a few weeks ago, I got an email from FitFluential. In this email was a link to Bulu Box. I know the name sounds weird, but seriously, the person who thought up of this is a freakin’ genius. This company, Bulu Box, partners with a bunch of different health/fitness/supplement companies to provide you with SAMPLES of their new products!!! SCORE!!! I mean, come on, who doesn’t like samples?! Plus, most of the companies that provide samples also  give you coupons for when you want to buy the full-sized product. Now that’s what I call a WIN-WIN! (The monthly cost is $10, and you get discounts if you prepay more than one month at a time. There’s no shipping, and you can cancel your subscription any time.)

So each month, you get a box in the mail with about 5 different samples of things everyday athletes might like. My box this month:

In my box was: (click on the links to get to the company’s site)

~ShowerPill wipe

~Click (yay! a sample of what I already buy! double score!!)

~Protein Shot

~Defend+ Energy

~Vplenish Vitamin Boost

~Probulin (pro- AND pre-biotics)

*All of the stock photos came from Bulu Box’s website*

 

I got a 9″x8″ ShowerPill Athletic Body Wipe. You know, for those sweaty gym sessions when you just don’t have the time (or typically in my case, the energy) to shower afterwards. I’ve seen SkinnyRunner and OnceUponALime talk about ShowerPill, and they love ’em, but I haven’t tried mine yet, so I’ll get back to you on this one.

Click. Come on, seriously? I drink this stuff every day. Sometimes twice a day. (Thank goodness for decaf.) So if you haven’t heard of Click yet, it’s pretty simple: a protein powder that contains 15g protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, and a double shot of espresso. Oh, and it’s only 120 calories. Yes, please! The sample that came in my Bulu Box was the regular Mocha (Click also has a decaf mocha version).

Next up, the Protein Shot. 25g of protein, 5g sugar, 120 calories. All in 2.5oz. Yowza! That’s some concentrated protein! The one that came in the Bulu Box is Fruit Punch, but it looks like there’s a few different flavors that you can purchase these in. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve got a major lifting session tomorrow, so I’ll be having it then for my recovery. I’ll letcha know how it goes!

The Defend+ Energy reminds me of Emergen-C. But instead of just vitamin C and some energy boosting, Defend has a pretty good mix of anti-oxidants in it. I had one last night before my workout, so here’s my breakdown: I found that it didn’t mix very well in room-temp water, it was kinda grainy.The flavor is nice, but there’s a strong “zing” to it at the end that makes you forget about the beginning niceness. I didn’t end up finishing it. It’s probably great to store in your gym bag, just in case, but I wouldn’t keep them in stock in my house. I’d prefer just the regular Emergen-C and a well-rounded diet. But I think it’s a great idea for a product! They just need a bit more development. . .

Vplenish comes in these green little “sweet n low”-type packets. Not gonna lie: kinda creeps me out. hahaha Vplenish is a powder-form vitamin, that you can add to drinks and food (it’s tasteless). So that way, people who don’t like to, or can’t, take pills can still get a vitamin every day. Good idea. Not sure I’m actually going to try these. I already drink vitamins in Click, and eat pretty seasonally, so I’m not sure I’m willing to double up on vitamins. But I’m going to keep the samples in my pantry, just in case!

Probulin. Now this one’s a keeper!!! Thank goodness for the coupon that came with it, cuz I want it!! Probulin is a probiotic: live bacteria that your digestive system can’t function without. This kind of bacteria is important! What’s special about Probulin is the incorporation of Inulin. Inulin is a dietary fiber, and helps your body absorb all the vitamins and minerals that you get from your diet and supplements. See? What’d I tell ya?  Important! The sample was of 15 capsules, and the recommendation is that you take 3 a day. A sample that lasts for 5 days? Whoo hoo!!

Needless to say, I’m really happy with this month’s haul, and I can’t wait for next month’s!!!

Have you tried any of these products? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Can’t live without ’em?

Have you tried Bulu Box?!

 

The Awesome Click Protein Drink

After Megan‘s Turbo Kickboxing class this morning, I had to get home quickly so that I could shower and get down to the college for ImPact testing for the football players. (The season starts in 3 weeks, and the players aren’t allowed on the field without a baseline test for concussions. It’s pretty important stuff. If you’re not familiar with concussions, or wonder what the big deal is about getting them, watch this video. If you’re in sports, get an ImPact test done. Please.) My favorite sport to work for is football: with so much going on and some pretty gnarly injuries, I’m always busy busy busy! Once I get my Athletic Trainer Cert, I think I’m just going to work football… 😉

 

 

Let’s go SeaHawks!!!!

I’m getting pretty excited about the season starting up, so I came home in a great mood! Great workout + starting football = happy Heather! And to top it all off, I came home to a package on my front porch!!

I love getting mail! Not email (though I do feel quite popular when I get lots of those) but Snail Mail! I love it! I ordered Click Protein a couple days ago and received it today (man, I love it when things ship in the same state that you live in, cuz then you get it quickly!)

Have you had Click yet? It’s awesome.

Click is coffee (options for caffeinated or decaf) and a protein supplement in one! It’s also got vitamins for those of us who hate taking vitamins every day. 😉 And at only 120 calories, it’s a dream come true! I got the mocha flavor (with caffeine, of course! it’s a double shot of espresso!) and mixed it with water, poured it over ice, and voilà! Instant happiness!!

I tried Click with my usual Coconut Milk (brand: So Delicious, vanilla flavor) but the milk thickened it up too much for what I was looking for. So I made another one, this time with filtered water. Yuuuuummmmmmmm!!! I like it enough that I’m going to order the decaf one, because you can drink Click hot or cold, and a hot cup of coffee after dinner when the fog* rolls in is so comforting. 🙂

*Yes, Northern California gets fog morning and night during the summer months. Tourists beware. 😉

Plus, there’s a bunch of recipes for Click that include Click cupcakes (coffee flavored protein cupcakes?! uh, yes please!), so I can’t wait to start experimenting!

I ordered mine when Click started it’s current promo, so I’m not sure how long it’ll last, but here’s the scoop: order a canister of Click (any kind) and enter the promo code FREE during checkout. You’ll get free shipping and a cute pink Click tumbler! Here’s what they put on Facebook:

So what are you waiting for?! Let’s get caffeinated so we can rock our workouts!!! Plus, at 3pm, when all you really want is that Hershey’s Bar, you’re tired, and have started contemplating shoving the next rude customer down the stairs, Click is just what you need! What, no one else has those moments? Just me? 😉

Have you tried Click? Which is your fave-decaf, mocha, or vanilla late? 🙂

Have you worked out yet today? What’s on your agenda? 🙂

Nike Women’s Marathon 2012 and Nike Fuelband

Now that I’m done with the Jungle Run, at least until next year, it’s time to concentrate on training for the Nike Women’s Marathon. This will be my first full marathon, so this training will take it’s toll, both mentally and physically. Time to cowgirl up and start ramping up and running more than I’ve ever run before. Goodie. But, that also means that it’s time for new shoes! Score!

I’m really really really stoked that my feet were pain free the whole time while wearing my Mizuno Wave Creation 13s, so I’ll probably be really boring and buy the same shoes again. And I really like the pink color, too, so I’ll be super lame and get the exact same ones that I’ve just “retired.”

can you really blame me for wanting another pair? 😉

In hopes of kicking my training schedule’s bootay, I’m drooling over the the Nike Fuelband. Have you seen that thing? Snazzy! I could wear jewelry like that! 😉 It counts your movements and your (theoretical) caloric burn, and helps you meet and exceed your fitness goals! *I have to put in the disclaimer that no device made for mass consumption can get your exact caloric burn. Some things come really close, such as the BodyBugg, but nothing is dead-on.*

I just saw a video about the Fuelband today; check it out:

Yeah, after watching that agin, I’m making it happen. Beg, barter, or steal, that Fuelband will be mine! *insert evil laugh here* 😉

Have any of you ever used the Nike Fuelband? Thoughts? Likes? Dislikes? 

Today’s workout: TurboFire Greatest HIITS and lots and lots and lots of foam rolling. 😉

What’s your workout today? What’s keeping you active? 

Babbling About My Brooks.

Brooks PureCadence review:

Frickin kick-a$$ amaze-balls awesome.

I got these shoes because they were “recommended” by Shut Up and Run. Beth wore them, and I then went and checked them out. (Note: no one told me, “Heather, go out and try these shoes. They are the end-all to all of your problems.” Not even remotely close. Please don’t sue anyone.)

this is how much Beth SUAR loves her PureCadences

I am in complete agreement with Beth: they are VERY light weight! And so damn comfortable!!! In fact, they felt so great on my run this morning that decided to wear them to school, too! I park on the complete opposite side of campus than my Tuesday classes are since Tuesdays are usually so full that I don’t work out. This at leasts forces me to get some hilly walks in. I was light and bouncy across campus! The walk normally takes me about 7 minutes, and it only took me 4 today. Booya!

I love the teal color, and LOVE the 4mm heel drop. I have to have flat shoes since I have problems (Plantar Fasciitis), but I also want cushion for my long runs. They seriously feel like you’re walking and running on air!! My feet were singing with the angels when I put these on! Either that or I was hearing the Phineas and Ferb theme song from the living room. . .

I have tried all sorts of shoes. From Nike to Adidas; New Balance, to Inov8; Vibram to Asics. I have shoes that I love, shoes that I like, and shoes that are “eh, not a total waste of money.” The PureCadence falls in the “I’m freakin wearing them to bed” category. I have NEVER run in shoe that has more cushion.

There’s not a whole lot of arch support, so if you’re high-arched, these probably aren’t going to be very comfortable for very long. Brooks has other shoes in the Pure series that will probably work out better for you. The band that wraps around the foot has a great supportive feel to it! Just don’t wear them all day if your feet tend to swell slightly when you sit for long periods. (Half way through my accounting class, I had to excuse myself to loosen the laces a bit. As soon as I was back up on my feet, they felt fine again, in fact, kinda loose.)

Please note that I am VERY used to flat shoes, so I had no “getting used to” period with these shoes. It is NOT recommended that you go “balls-to-the-wall” in these shoes if you are used to having a heel. Please break your calves and Achilles into these shoes slowly.

I won’t say, “Run out any buy these right now!” but I will say, “Go to your nearest and dearest running store and see if these shoes fit your foot and gait right!”

The shoes come in 3 colors (as of right now) in the women’s version. I love the teal ones, and I’m seriously thinking that I need the purple ones, too. . .

I think now’s a great time to add the video that Brooks has on their website for the PureCadence, don’t you?


Have you tried these shoes yet? Think you might in the future? 

Happy HumpDay! Any plans for the weekend?! 🙂