Sunday Social – 5×5

Happy Easter! I hope you’re all having a nice weekend.
Sunday Social with A Complete Waste of Makeup BlogHere’s this week’s Sunday Social –

  1. 5 songs you’ll listen to the rest of your life:
  2. 5 things on your bucket list:
    1. Visit Iceland
    2. Run a marathon
    3. Move to Mexico
    4. Do an unassisted pull-up
    5. Retire young!
  3. 5 celebs you’d love to hang out with for a day:
    brazil butt lift, P90X, Insanity, Body Beast, Body Beast for women, Shaun T, Leandro Carvalho, Tony HortonWell, who did you think I would say?!
    Let’s make it 5 people by adding
    Suze Orman
  4. 5 things you always carry in your purse:
    1. Lip balm
    2. Kleenex
    3. Kindle
    4. Rosary
    5. The usual stuff like ID, keys, phone
  5. 5 books on your reading list:pic monkey

What’s on your list?


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Friday Five: Five Fitness Goals

Linking up with Eat Pray Run DC (and thank goodness for this because I’ve completely run out of blog post ideas)

Friday Five Fitness Goals

  1. Be half marathon-ready at all times. I think I might be pretty close to this. After all, I didn’t train too much for the Hollywood Half, and I did Not Badly. If I can do at least one 6-mile run a week, I think I can continue to run half marathons Not Badly. How awesome would it be to decide to run a half just like that? But another goal is to
  2. Run a half marathon in 2-ish hours. I did the math and I’d have to run at a ~9 minute/mile pace. I’m not anywhere close to that. So I’ll have to keep training, and work on speed, too. It won’t happen this year, but it will happen.
  3. Hike from a trailhead in Montrose to one in Burbank. I think that’s ~13 miles. At the top of the Verdugos (only ~3 miles up), it’s a pretty flat access road, so this is completely doable. I just have to stop complaining about the heat and get to it.
  4. Hike to Mt. Wilson. This has been a goal for a while now, but I haven’t even been hiking in months. Too hot, boo hoo.
  5. Do an unassisted pull-up. Body Beast is getting me closer to this goal – I moved the pin to 54 lbs on the assisted pull-up machine this week. And then, I moved it to 48 lbs and did 5 more. Slowly but surely, I’m making progress. And losing bra fat. Win-win.

What are your goals?



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Non-meat sources of protein

This month, I’m “cutting” with Body Beast, which means it’s time to make my new muscles pop!  I’ve reduced my caloric intake by 20% to 1600 calories/day, and the calorie break down should be  40% protein, 30% fat, and 30% carbs. This is how I eat when I stray above my weight ceiling, so I’ve got this system worked out pretty well. It’s not always (or ever) exactly 40/30/30, but I do come quite close most days.

Now, I don’t eat meat. I do eat fish, but not everyday, so I have to rely on other methods to get protein. Here are a few:

  • Egg whites – I buy a box of these from Costco on a regular basis. I use half a carton, one real egg, a cup of broccoli and four mushrooms for 230 calories and 35 grams of protein. I usually dump some salsa on there too, but I don’t measure it out because a. I’m already obsessive enough; and b. the 30 or 40 extra calories isn’t going to make or break my diet. The sodium might, but that’s a topic for another blog post.
    Kirkland Egg Whites
    Egg whites and salsa verde
  • Cottage cheese – My favorite is the low-fat cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s. One cup has 28 grams of protein.
  • Greek yogurt – I buy whatever single-serve brand is on sale at Target. Sometimes it’s plain Fage and I’ll chop in my own fresh berries, or sometimes it’s something like Chobani or Oikos that has more sugar and less protein.  Whichever one I get, it’s around 15-20 grams of protein for one container.
  • Veggie Patties – I don’t eat these too often because they are chock full of sodium, but Morningstar patties are pretty good! They have 16 grams of protein. I slap some mustard on there and and it’s a party on my plate.
  • Protein bars – my favorite is Pure Protein. These bars have anywhere from 18-20 grams of protein for ~200 calories. They’re a good snack to keep around in case of emergencies!

I also drink three protein shakes a day. A friend told me that I should eat Real Food instead and sent me an article from WebMD stating how unnecessary they are…but I’m pretty sure protein shakes help me maintain my weight so I’ll stick with them. Here’s what I drink:

  • Whey protein – I have this in the morning and gives me around 25 grams of protein. A PR company just sent me a bag of Vanilla Raspberry MyProtein for evaluation (apparently it’s a European company that’s moving into the US market) and it’s freaking delicious.
    I also drink CrioSport (I buy this at Costco) and Optimum Nutrition (I wanted the graham cracker flavor for my Pumpkin Pie protein shakes).

    My Protein Impact Whey Protein Vanilla Raspberry

    Thank you PR company for bringing this into my life

  • Shakeology – I have this every night instead of having dessert because the chocolate flavor is like drinking a liquid brownie. I’m pretty sure I’ve saved myself thousands of calories with this switch. Shakeology has 15 grams of protein and it seems to keep my plumbing in good working order, too.
    chocolate shakeology
  • Casein protein -I drink this before I go to bed. Casein is slow-digesting so it’s supposed to help with hunger. Cottage cheese has casein too, so I could just eat more of that, I suppose. But casein is good enough for Craig David, so it’s good enough for me.

    craig david shirtless

    Completely gratuitous shirtless photo of Craig David

For carbs, I might have oatmeal or a sweet potato or a couple slices of bread. But I get most of my 30% of carbs-calories from produce – carrots, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, berries, maybe an apple or an orange or a banana or all of the above. My one and only food rule is that I eat at least 5 servings of fresh veggies, whether or not I’m counting calories or macros. I used to limit myself to 2 servings of fruit…but nobody ever got fat from eating too many bananas.
With all that produce-eating, we go to Costco once a week to load up. It ain’t cheap, but what can you do.
Produce shopping at Costco

For fat, I eat a little bit of cheese, nuts, and/or my beloved peanut butter.  I have to measure all this out lest I go overboard.

There you have it – not much cooking, and no meals; I pretty much just snack all day. I’m pretty happy with this eating plan since it got me down to my current weight of ~135 pounds a couple of years ago. Since I’m ~135 now, I don’t know where I’ll be at the end of my Body Beast program. I’d like my new ceiling weight to be ~130 pounds, but that will take some discipline that I’m not sure I’ve got. (At my height, those 5 pounds are pretty noticeable).

Do you stick to any sort of eating plan?


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Humpday Confessions

I read these Humpday Confessions every Wednesday, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll join in! Linking up with Kathy from Vodka and Soda.

humpday confessions

  • I have a hard time typing “Wednesday”. My fingers automatically want to type “Wendy”.
  •  The real reason I did the Body Beast program is because I get to eat more. I like to eat. It’s a fortunate coincidence that I actually enjoy the workouts.

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  • I have not trained adequately for the half marathon this weekend. It’s not like I’ve been idle, but it just has not been a priority.Hollywood Half Marathon
  • At the SoCal Bloggers’ Brunch last weekend, The Makeup Vixen showed me how to use natural light for selfies. I do not like looking so worried.You Tube's The Makeup Vixen
  • I spent entirely too much time worried about spacing for this blog post.

‘Fess up – it’s good for the soul!


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Friday Five: Favorite Fitness Activities

Linking up with Eat Pray Run DC for today’s post – my favorite fitness activities!

Friday Five - Favorite Fitness Activities

This was kind of difficult for me – I have a lot of stuff I like to do and narrowing it down was tough. #FitGirlProblems But here we go:

1. Hiking.  But I haven’t gone hiking in ages – it’s been pretty hot here the last few months and I just can’t take the heat. It’s cooled down the last couple of weeks so I’m about to get back out there!
hiking, verdugos, hiking in los angeles

2. Running. I love running in races! They’re so exciting. I like running on the treadmill, too, because it’s a good opportunity to catch up on my soaps.

3. Just walking. According to my Fitbit, I walk around 5 miles a day even when I’m not really going anywhere in particular. I guess I just wander around a lot.

4. Body Beast. I had no idea I’d love weightlifting so much. I particularly love that I’m supposed to eat a lot with this program.
Body Beast, Body Beast for Women, weight lifting for women

5. Insanity Pure Cardio (I talked about it here). There was a discussion in my Beachbody coaches’ Facebook group about Pure Cardio this week – it seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it workout. I am firmly in the love-it camp, but then I’ve never blacked out during this workout!
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What’s your favorite fitness activity?


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