Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Week in Fitness, 5 Drink Challenge, & Banana Protein Soft Serve

Hallo! Remember me? Per my blog statistics, a small few of you do :)

Sorry I have been so M.I.A. recently. Work and life have been a little nutzzz and haven't left a lot of free time for blogging. But I couldn't stay away too long! Had to at least come back at a reasonably early point in the week to catch you guys up on last week in fitness.

Without further adieu:

Monday - 30 minute cycle workout, 4 minute tabata girl push-ups, 3 minutes of planks
Tuesday - 35 minute stairmill workout
Wednesday - Define
Thursday  - 35 minute HIIT cycle workout
Friday - Define
Saturday - Define
Sunday - Rest day

Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let's discuss the 5 Drink Challenge. If you're having wild flashbacks to your time spent on MTV Spring Break Daytona Beach circa 1986, I'm sorry to disappoint you. It's not that kind of challenge.



Quite the opposite actually. For the upcoming week (and for as many weeks after that as I decide since you're not the boss of me) I am challenging myself to drink five (or less) drinks per week. With frequent dinners out, weddings, work events, and the like, the drinks can tend to add up quickly. That being said, I chose five as my limit because I think it's low enough to make a difference in my overall well-being yet high enough to reasonably accommodate my semi-social lifestyle.

How do I hope this challenge will affect me? For one, better sleep! Even a small amount of alcohol can diminish the quality of your sleep, and sleep is not a category I can afford to mess around with. My spazzical constantly churning brain has enough trouble falling and staying asleep as it is. 

In addition, I would really love to lose the "last five pounds" we all (at least me) have so much trouble shedding. When I started working a little over three years ago, I slowly gained about ten pounds. Unfortunately for me I was not one of those people for whom the weight started falling off the second they received their college diploma. I was super active and ate fairly well in college, so the 8 to 16 (on the worst days) hours I spend sitting at a desk have, for my body, not gone unnoticed. The weight gain was slow and probably took place over the first two years-ish of working, so I realize it may not disappear overnight. I have already lost five of the ten, but the last five literally will. not. budge. It's beyond frustrating, and I'm hoping this challenge will kick start the process.

I will obviously keep you guys posted on any progress I have to report (positive or negative), as well as post my weekly drinks on Mondays along with my week in fitness. Yay accountability? Ha. Scary but effective.

Last but not least, I made a really delicious variation of banana soft serve last week, and I wanted to pass it along to you. The recipe is extremely healthy, with 300 calories, 17.5 grams of protein and little to no fat (depending on the type of cottage cheese you use). And it uses all natural ingredients. And iz rull good. And...just try it out. You won't be sorry.



Banana Protein Soft Serve

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (optional - can be omitted to make the recipe vegan, but the protein will decrease to 2.5 grams)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (regular or vanilla)
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until well mixed
  • Pour into a bowl and enjoy. Would be delicious with a little peanut butter mixed in as well!

Okay one more thing. Did anyone watch the Golden Globes? Either way, you must check out Erin Gates' red carpet recap on Elements of Style. In my opinion she is pretty much spot on. And I agree with 95% of her non-fashion related commentary. Especially the part about Anne Hathaway being a walking, talking humblebrag. Couldn't have said it better myself. And Lea Michele's tan! The Ross reference is unbeatable. 

The only thing I would add is that Tina Fey's dig on Taylor Swift was a little, shall we say, awkward? In case you weren't watching, Tina warned T. Swizzle to "stay away from Michael J. Fox's son" and to "take time for herself" instead. Maybe it was all in fun, but if Tina Fey said that about me you can bet I'd be in tears! Ha. While I think Taylor certainly has her annoying moments, after the whole Kanye debacle she's just too touchy a target. I think it's partially due to the fact that she doesn't seem like someone who would dish it back out (unless of course, we're talking about her exes). Who knows. All I really know is that the comment made me uncomfy, which to be honest is not hard to do. Anyways, that's just my opinion on a ten-second snippet of an overall awesome show. And Tina and Amy are still my heroes!

What's the best movie you've seen this year? What was your favorite awards speech? I think I may have to go with Adele. She just seems so genuine, and I really admire celebrities who can be genuine in the face of so many strangers. Best dressed? Emily Blunt all the way! Is it weird that I want to be friends with her husband her?

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