it is pretty cold outside these days. especially in the mornings. that’s why i had to check my temperature when i woke up craving an icy, cold protein shake for breakfast.
okay, i didn’t really check my temperature, but isn’t that strange? i rolled with it and broke out the vitamix for some morning blending.
blueberry banana protein shake.
into the mix:
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
- 1 scoop EAS vanilla whey protein powder
- 2/3 of a frozen banana
- 3 handfuls of frozen bloobs
- 4 big leaves of kale
- 10-15 ice cubes
i didn’t even need xanthan gum or guar gum to make the shake thick and creamy—a frozen banana does the trick! if you can’t get your hands on the gums, just freeze a banana.
may not be the prettiest color, but i can assure you that the flavor combination was spot on. my all time favorite protein shake combo is this one—the mix of blueberries, banana and vanilla never lets me down. plus, portable breakfasts win at life.
guess what? i ate three sandwiches yesterday. yep. i am a sandwich fiend. i had an egg white scramble for breakfast and sandwiched the eggs between two slices of toast. i had a turkey sandwich for lunch like i showed you. and last night, instead of oatmeal like i’d mentioned, i actually had a grilled turkey and haavarti sandwich for dinner. marshall doesn’t really like sandwiches, but i could eat them for days on end without tiring of a single sandwich. love ‘em.
it’s no surprise that i whipped up another sandwich for lunch today. fact of the matter is, if i don’t have leftovers then i will 99% of the time make a sandwich. and, since i haven’t been cooking very substantial dinners lately, the ol’ leftover bank is empty.
turkey & laughing cow blue cheese on oat bread with lettuce & honey dijon mustard.
this was good.. but what i REALLY want to try is the sandwich that changed holly’s life. part three.
i won’t bother showing you my after work/pre-workout snack. it was cottage cheese and a bowl of cereal, in case you wondered.
i didn’t mention this yesterday, but i have decided to fall back on my old favorite: body for life workouts. they work well for me and produce results. they are fast and efficient. why wouldn’t i do them?
so, yesterday was HIIT and that meant today was lower body. i did a modified version of my go to lower body workout:
5 minute treadmill warm up @ 6 MPH
quads (and abs)
|bulgarian split squat||15#||12||25# standing side crunches x 15 each side|
|bulgarian split squat||20#||10||25# standing side crunches x 15 each side|
|bulgarian split squat||25#||8||25# standing side crunches x 15 each side|
|bulgarian split squat||30#||6||25# standing side crunches x 15 each side|
|bulgarian split squat||15#||12||none|
|ball-against-wall squat||15#||12||1 minute|
hamstrings (and abs)
|stiff leg dead lift||30#||12||30 ball crunches|
|stiff leg dead lift||40#||10||30 ball crunches|
|stiff leg dead lift||50#||8||30 ball crunches|
|stiff leg dead lift||60#||6||30 ball crunches|
|stiff leg dead lift||30#||12||none|
|stability ball ham curls||bodyweight||12||1 minute|
calves (and abs)
|seated calf raise on sled||120#||12||15 captain’s char leg raises|
|seated calf raise on sled||140#||10||15 captain’s char leg raises|
|seated calf raise on sled||160#||8||15 captain’s char leg raises|
|seated calf raise on sled||180#||6||15 captain’s char leg raises|
|seated calf raise on sled||140#||12||none|
|single leg calf raises||bodyweight||12||1 minute|
glutes (and abs)
|donkey kicks||body weight||15 each leg||3|
|lying butt bridge||body weight||15||3|
|floor crunches||body weight||30||3|
i put dinner together before working out, so when i got home the whole house was filled with the delicious aroma of stuffed peppers.
stuffed bell peppers are one of my favorite dinners! my recipe can be found here.
side of asparagus.
doused in ketchup.
there is no other way to top a stuffed pepper, in my humble opinion.
i came home to some FABULOUS mail today.
first up was a big case of chobani that i won from matt. thanks, matt! funny thing is, marshall bought the 12 pack case of chobani from costco on his way home today. we are fully stocked with 24 containers of chobani! not to worry!
my second item of mail is something that i have been waiting to see for a long, long, long, LONG time.
remember my top secret photo shoot back in may? well, you probably DON’T.. because that was six months ago.. but yes—back in may there was a top secret photo shoot that i couldn’t spill the beans about.
well.. the secret is out!
many of you know deb, the wonderful woman behind smoothie girl eats too. well, she has been working on a top secret project all year long.
deb best describes the story behind the calendar in her post, so i will quote her:
The idea for this calendar stemmed from a running joke that my Dad used to make. He always said that my blogging friends were pretty enough to be calendar girls. Each time I had a ‘meet up’ with a new girl, he would ask "So another one for the calendar?" The answer was always "yes." And we giggled at the thought of a blogger calendar.
It wasn’t until he was dying of lymphoma in April 2010 that I had the idea to turn his joke into a reality. Working together on this project was a fun distraction for him in his last weeks of life. He helped to choose all of the girls and his favorite photographs as well. The day before he died, he chose the final photo.
her story behind the calendar gives me chills every time i read it. i heard deb talk about her dad often and know he was a great man. i am so honored that i was “one for the calendar”—such an honor.
june! because that is the month i was born.
we were instructed to take a food or fitness themed photo in pin-up style for the calendar.
the pin up photo shoot was SUCH a blast. my friend erin did my makeup and her friend ethan did the shoot. momma b lent me her barbell and was with me throughout the whole process.
i feel a little silly posting these photos, but i think it was a ton of fun and so i wanted to share them with you guys. not used to plastering photos of myself all over—but this is a special occasion
all images below are copyright ethan killian photography.
deadlifts are NOT easy in heels!
there were lots of photos and poses to choose from.. i am happy with the one that ended up in the calendar!
all the photos in the calendar are food or fitness themed! i love that.
there are 14 of marty’s babes in the calendar. they are:
- January 2011: Susan from The Great Balancing Act
- February 2011: Abby from I Have Issues
- March 2011: Tiffany from Carbzilla
- April 2011: Heather from Heather Eats Almond Butter
- May 2011: Allie from Pimp My Protein Shake and Random Teaspoon
- June 2011: Janetha from Meals & Moves
- July 2011: Charlotte from The Great Fitness Experiment
- August 2011: Jenn from Girl Heroes
- September 2011: Katie from A Joy In Class
- October 2011: Michelle from A Shade of Grey
- November 2011: Justine from Confessions of a SAHM
- December 2011: Lara from Thinspired Blog
- January 2012: Caitlin from Operation Beautiful and Healthy Tipping Point
- February 2012: Deb from Smoothie Girl Eats Too
deb has all of the photos posted month by month on her blog in this post.
now the fun part. these calendars are for sale! and the best part of it all is that all profits of sales from the calendar will be donated to USC Norris Cancer Hospital. this hospital and doctors Ann Mohrbacher and Don Feinstein helped to keep deb’s dad living life to the fullest for years beyond what was predicted.
If you would like to order a calendar to help support cancer research and as a memento of your blogging days, drop Deb an email at: LASmoothieGirl(at)gmail (dot) com. Cost is $15 including shipping within the USA for the first 80 that are sold. Thereafter it will be $17.99 plus shipping directly from the printer. Non-US residents, email Deb and she will let you know how much it costs to ship.
i hope some of you decide to purchase a marty’s blogger babes calendar so we can raise some money for charity. please pass the word on as well—the more calendars sold, the better!
1. if you were going to take a food or fitness themed photo for a calendar, what would you do?
2. sandwiches: can’t get enough of them (like me) or tire of them quickly (like marshall)?
xo. janetha g.