any chelsea handler fans out there?
well, this blog post has nothing to do with her. sorry if you got your hopes up. this is actually all about me. i know, i am so conceited.
i am also available for hire for all your image editing needs. clearly i am a pro.
because i haven’t blogged about any day-to-day happenings all week long, i decided to update you on what’s going on in my life lately! and other tid bits, of course, because what is a blog post without tid bits?
i have fallen in love with a pea.
no, not this pea.
(although i do love her.. and she is the reason i bought the pea i have fallen in love with.)
olympian labs vanilla pea protein powder. it has a great nutritional profile and it is vegan (not that i care, but i know i have several vegan readers).
105 calories, 1g carb, 25g protein and 0g fat. also, not sure if you can see, but there are a total of 4 ingredients. that is pretty legit for protein powder. it’s sweetened with stevia, but it must have enough vanilla flavor in it for me not to taste the stevia (it is the last ingredient) because i LOVE the taste of this. it does have a somewhat gritty texture, but in a good way. a grit that i like. it’s hard to explain! but i have been enjoying a pea protein shake for breakfast many mornings this week.
this particular off-colored smoothie had:
- 1 cup silk almond milk
- 1 scoop pea protein powder
- 1 cup frozen raspberries & blackberries
- tons of spinach (that’s why it looks like swamp water)
- xanthan + guar hums (about 1/8 tsp of each)
- enough water to get things moving
handheld breakfast that keeps me full for over four hours.
my co-worker got a puppy.
some people get baby hungry. i get puppy hungry. look at this guy!
oh my goodness. his name is dexter and he is a little over 7 weeks old.
the breeder called him a miniature boxer, but the vet said he is a boxer-pug mix. who cares what he is? HE IS SO FLIPPING CUTE.
and tiny! check him out on my desk.
okay. i know. that was overkill on the photos.. i couldn’t help myself.
lots of bagel sandwiches are being consumed.
i love bagel sandwiches and am so glad i bought a bag of onion bagels the other day.
i forgot how great they are!
what makes the sandwiches even better is that i slather the bagel in this stuff:
my new found love. slightly spicy, slightly sweet, full of tang. trader joe’s knows what’s up.
i am still doing insanity.
some have asked.. WTF is up with insanity, janetha? well, i am still doing it! with randy’s help, of course.
i just took a week off while i was sick. to make things easier, i started back up on sunday because i had left off on the previous sunday. it just made sense with the way the workouts are scheduled. let me tell you, taking a week off from working out all together and then hopping right back into month #2 of insanity IS REALLY FREAKING HARD.
it has been hard for two reasons.
one: mentally. it is hard for me to take a whole week off from working out and then get back “in the zone”.. those hour-long intense workouts are definitely a challenge to get through mentally, but they are getting easier as each day goes by.
two: endurance-wise. the muscle/strength parts of insanity aren’t more challenging, but the cardio part (which is the bulk of the workout) is TOUGH stuff. i read somewhere that you lose your cardio endurance a lot faster than your muscle memory, so when you get back to working out.. cardio is tougher than strength training. yep, that’s true, i will vouch for that.
it will be interesting to see how i do on the next fit test. i have full intentions to finish out the challenge strong! it will just be one week later than originally planned. side note: i realize i haven’t updated my insanity challenge page in weeks. maybe i will get to it this weekend…
i got a bike!
this was the purchase that i eluded to in monday’s post!
i got the specialized myka and picked it up yesterday. marshall and i went for a spin last night—he recently got a specialized bike, as well.
yes, i am super talented and can take iphone photos while biking. (actually it was pretty difficult.)
i already had a single-speed road bike and really hated riding it. why? well, for one.. it had one gear so hills were a biatch. and two, i am a baby and think road bikes are scary. every little pebble i went over with my road bike sent me flying. with my new bike, i can go over all sorts of terrain without worry. well, except rail road tracks. those kind of worry me…
anyway, YAY for bikes! we actually just got home from an hour-long ride.
i tried jimmy john’s for my first time.
we rode our bikes to jimmy john’s for dinner last night. they were out of wheat bread, so i decided to get an “unwich”, which is the sandwich innards wrapped in lettuce.
my thoughts on the unwich? tasted great.. but it was NOT FILLING. at all. i ate it and was still super duper hungry, so i ate again when we got home. i will have to go back to jimmy john’s again sometime and get a sandwich with bread, because i took a few bites of marshall’s roast beef sandwich and it was delicious.
well.. that’s what’s been going on in my life lately. oh, and i’m almost 28. yikes. my birthday is on wednesday the first. i am asking marshall for really exciting things like a towel rack for the bathroom and for our light switches to be changed out. i think the older i get, the more practical (and boring?) i am. the best part is that i am totally okay with that! i am going to have a BBQ bash over the weekend to kick off my birthday week, though, so that should be fun.
before i go, i wanted to mention that one of my dear friends, christine, works with rescuing dogs. her blog is called hearts to the rescue. awhile back, they rescued a bunch of sussex hounds from a shelter that was about to put them down. they are being boarded while they try to find foster or permanent homes for the pups. artist jacqui faye has painted an amazing acrylic portrait of the hounds. it can be seen here, along with more of the story. it is expensive to board these hounds until they are placed, so i wanted to share the link where you can donate to the sussex hounds fund. also, the acrylic painting is for sale all all proceeds will go to the hounds! every little bit counts for these sweet pups. thanks!
well.. time to go make dinner.
1. do you have a bike? what type?
2. how do you like to celebrate your birthday—all out or keep it mellow?
xo. janetha g.