Thirsty Thursday – Protein Shakes


Remember when you were in college or grad school and Thirsty Thursday meant keggers on the quad? Yeah, me too. Never in my life did I imagine Thirsty Thursday would be a blog post about protein shakes because I never thought I’d be someone who’d be into fitness, but here we are.

I’ve been in Mexico for two months now. I brought about 10 pounds of protein powder with me, even though I forgot my sun hat and spare contacts. Priorities!

Here’s what I packed:

My Protein Impact Whey Protein Vanilla Raspberry
I reviewed Impact Whey Protein here - it was a nice gift from a PR company to introduce me to the brand. I didn’t realize it when I received it, but this bag in a smaller size is really handy for travelling. I was drinking this in the morning after my workouts, but I ran out after a month.

Optimum Nutrition casein protein powder in Peanut Buter Chocolate
I only started drinking this Optimum Nutrition casein protein powder when I ran out of whey. Casein is slow-releasing so it’s good at night. It’s not bad-tasting, but casein has a gritty texture. When I drink this at home, I usually add some peanut butter to it to smooth it out.

Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate Shakeology, taking Shakeology to the airport
12-hour days in a foreign country with high altitude – I prepared by bringing two bags of Shakeology. I may or may not have had an extra screening while going through security at LAX (the Vegan Tropical Strawberry bag was already opened), but I guess that’s why I get to the airport early.
I’ve been trying not to eat past 7pm, so I was drinking my Shakeology for dinner.  When I ran out of whey protein, I started drinking Shakeology after my morning workout and drinking the casein at night instead. I’m not eating too terribly well here, so I’m glad I have this because I really need the nutrition.
You can buy Shakeology (from me) here.

I also brought my old Hamilton Beach blender with me – it’s not powerful enough to blend in fruit but I do have nice frothy protein shakes.

Do you drink protein shakes? Any recommendations for me?




Literary Junkies – July

You already now how I feel about this link-up, so let’s get started!
Pink Heels Pink Truck

1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
Don't Look Now by Daphne du Maurier

It’s a collection of 4 novellas from Daphne du Maurier. Each story has its own unique twist – I just love the suspense.

2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer?
Not really! I just read whatever looks interesting or is recommended by other book lovers!

3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)
Snape, Harry PotterThe most notorious book villain of this century has to be Snape, but I wasn’t too keen on him. He was a bully that picked on children. Yes, he redeemed himself by the end of the series, but I still couldn’t erase the memory of him mocking Hermoine’s teeth or being so hateful to Harry.

4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
I wish all my favorite authors churned out endless novels! I tend to binge-read once I find an author I like and then I’m bummed out when I’ve read everything s/he has written.

5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
I typically read one book at a time.

6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?
Suze OrmanProbably anything by Suze Orman – she really does change the way I think and feel about money.

What are you reading?




Fitness Update

I am the worst Beachbody coach ever. I have not written a fitness update post in ages, not even when I finished the Body Beast program.

Body Beast, Body Beast for Women, Sagi Kalev, weightlifting for women, body building for women

So here’s my fitness update!

I finished Body Beast just before I came to Mexico around the middle of May. I really loved that program. It seemed quite intimidating before I started, and it was tough once I got going, but I managed it (even while training for a half marathon!). The trick with this program – and with all exercise programs – was just to get started. That’s it! Just getting started is both the hardest and easiest task for this program.

Body Beast, Body Beast for Women
By the end of the program, I was squatting with 35 pound weights (on each side! That’s 70 pounds!) and curling 20 pounds (per arm!) Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could be that strong.

I am really happy with my results. I could have had much better results had I stuck to the diet program, but I’m going for progress here, not perfection. The way my arms shaped up makes me feel like a bad ass. The lower half needs work, but that will come with time.

body beast for women, body beast results, body beast bicepI love this photo of me because you can see my bicep. I have a defined bicep! I’m not flexing or taking a gym selfie – I’m just posing for a photo with a friend and BOOM! There’s a bicep.

When I got here to Mexico, I took a few days off to settle in, then I started T25. I’m working 12-hr days and living in a hotel room and T25 is ideal for that kind of situation. It’s only 25 minutes and you don’t need a lot of space for it…perfect. There really are no excuses for not working out with this program.
Everybody Got Time for thatOne of my Beachbody customers told me she didn’t want to try T25 because she thought since it was a short workout, it would be too easy. I think it’s actually good for all levels of fitness – if you’re in great shape, you can follow Shaun T; but if you need something a little easier, you can follow the modifier. I followed the modifier most of the time – I don’t know if it was because of long work days, 5:30am workouts, or high altitude…but low-impact was the way to go for me. I finished the first month of T25 feeling great!

But…I missed Body Beast. And I missed running (I made this realization when dashing around in torrential rainstorms). So, I started Body Beast again. I packed my work sheets, my videos, and my weightlifting gloves so I was ready! Now I’m in the hotel gym when it opens at 6am, alternating Body Beast and Couch to 10k. I’ve got to take advantage of the high altitude to get my running speed up, so I started the program from the very beginning.

I have company in the gym, too – one of my co-workers asked me to be his accountability partner when he found out that I’m a Beachbody coach. Perfect! I needed an accountability partner, too.

Now that I think about it, I started this blog and signed up as a Beachbody coach specifically to keep me motivated -  so having a workout partner is an awesome bonus.

How are you doing with your fitness? Let us know if you need encouragement and support!


Soggy Saturday

Last weekend I went for a walk on Saturday evening, after work. I headed up to the Zócalo, the main plaza of Mexico City. The Zócalo – also called Plaza de la Constitucion – is surrounded by the Catedral Metropolitano, Palacio Nacional, and Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento (the original town hall). The square is typically thronged.
Mexico City, Zócalo, Catedral Metropolitano, Plaza de la Constitucion, Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento

Until it starts raining. Then, everyone just kind of disappears. They seek shelter in the subway, the cathedral, nearby shops, and…well, I just don’t know where all these folks go when it starts to rain. Afternoon thunderstorms are pretty common here, so I am sure that locals have a system to wait out the rain.
Mexico City, Zócalo, Catedral Metropolitano, Plaza de la Constitucion, Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento

Not this chica, though. Me, I stayed outside and enjoyed it. I never see rain like this at home, so I thought the sudden storm was exciting and fun.
Mexico City, Zócalo, Catedral Metropolitano, Plaza de la Constitucion, Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento

I reconsidered my idea of “exciting and fun” when I had to walk two miles back to the hotel in sodden shoes and jeans. No bueno. It was a good leg workout though – kind of like walking with ankle weights. Heavy ankle weights.

Do you like rain or not so much?

Travel Tuesday



Sunday Social

Oh yes, it’s time for the weekly Sunday Social!
Social Sunday, A Complete Waste of Makeup
1. What is your favorite genre of music?
Too many to choose!
I do love the Latin heartthrobs of my youth, and I love the way their music has changed with their ages. I’ve seen them both Luis Miguel and Alejandro Fernandez in concert several times and they never fail to disappoint.
Luis Miguel, Alejandro Fernandez
Also from my youth are the 80s pop idols who have turned out to be more than pretty faces with flashy MTV videos. I’ve seen both of these guys in concert several times in the last couple of years, and they are seriously talented entertainers.
Prince, George Michael
But the artists with the most plays on my iPod are both British chanteuses. I saw Corinne Bailey Rae in concert once and she’s just as awesome live as she is on her CDs. Amy Winehouse live probably would have pissed me off and made me ask for my money back.
Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae
2. What is your favorite genre of movies?
I don’t think I really have a favorite. I don’t like gory movies or slasher flicks.
3. Do you watch reality TV? If so what was the first show you remember watching?
I love HGTV shows! The first reality TV show I remember watching was Frontier House on PBS.
4. Who is an actress you’d want to be BFFs with?
Jennifer Aniston would be a good BFF – she’d give you all of her grooming and beauty tips.
5. Who is an actor you’d be happy to be stuck on an island with?
Ross Kemp seems like a good choice – he’s been in plenty of tough situations and would know how to get off the island. Or he might have a satellite phone to call for help.
Ross Kemp
What are you listening to lately? Have a great week!