My workout yesterday included twenty minutes of jumping on the bed (this is way harder than it sounds!)â€¦
And 35 minutes on the trainer.
My bike! Such a beauty. I havenâ€™t sat on her since October 2013 when I did my Half Ironman. Which feels like it was forever ago AND like it was just yesterday. My bike has been hanging up in my garage (in pieces) ever since I got home from the race and unpacked. Iâ€™ve still got the race number on it! It was fun to put it all back together, pump the tires, and set it up on the trainer. I hope to ride more often now â€“ I want to get triathlon ready.
Oh â€“ letâ€™s talk about Vega One.
I am ALL. ABOUT. THE. VEGA. ONE right now. Itâ€™s basically a plant-based (mostly pea) protein powder that aims to be more than just a protein powder. Itâ€™s got 20 grams of protein, 50% of your daily intake of vitamins and minerals (thanks to the addition of actual fruit and veggies), 25% of your daily fiber, 1.5 grams of Omega 3s, probiotics and six servings of greens. SIX SERVINGS OF GREENS. How awesome is that?
So, yeah, I donâ€™t think Vega One replaces eating actual veggies in their whole form, but Iâ€™ve been struggling with two aspects of my diet, and Vega One is totally filling those gaps. The first area that Iâ€™ve been struggling with is breakfast. You guys know I love my breakfasts and normally cook up pretty intense meals. Well, since Claire arrived, mornings have been kind of crazy, to say the least. I went a few weeks where I was eating dinner leftovers for breakfast or some slapped-together random mess of carbs.
The other area that Iâ€™ve been struggling with is late night snacks. I was eating lots of potato chips and chocolate (a pregnancy habit that I need to break) but my sugar and carb fest was making Claireâ€™s middle-of-the-night wakeups extra miserable (and they are already pretty bad, obviously <â€”minus the cuddle time).
For breakfast, Iâ€™ve been making a jacked-up Vega One shake. I add a big banana, frozen berries, and about two tablespoons of peanut butter. This gives me meal with enough calories to power me through to lunch, and I can eat it with one hand (bonus!). AND I donâ€™t have a ton of dishes to wash after. I know some people donâ€™t like liquid calories in the morning, but itâ€™s actually been really satisfying thanks to all the protein. Plus â€“ WAYYYY better than eating Henryâ€™s leftover toast while Claire spits up all over my shoulder.
Iâ€™ve been prepping all the ingredients in my blender the night before, which eliminates a lot of effort in the morning â€“ it still tastes great once I blend it up.
Iâ€™ve also been having just the powder + milk (which also tastes fine) as a late-night snack. The chocolate flavor is awesome for curbing my sweet tooth (Iâ€™ve also tried the French Vanilla â€“ love! Just my opinion, but the Vanilla Chai is groooooss).
Okay â€“ thereâ€™s only one problem with Vega One. Itâ€™s expensive! So expensive. I know high-quality, non-GMO stuff like this is expensive for a reason, but still â€“ itâ€™s like $3 a serving. Ouch. But I kind of figure that itâ€™s a worthy investment if it means I donâ€™t eat like crap and actually feel good all day (and night) long.
Hereâ€™s a cheaper healthy snack â€“ roasted chickpeas!
And last, but not least, hereâ€™s my Book a Week reviewâ€¦
I read Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham. First of all, I watch the show Girls and think Lena Dunham is super funny (and wonderfully weird). So I thought I would like the book. And I did like it â€“ but I also thought it was weird (and not always wonderfully weird), a bit disjointed, and about 50 pages too long. I HATE to say that.
I realized earlier this week that I really, really dislike criticizing any book, mainly because Iâ€™ve written three (and 1/4 that is languishing on my desktop) and know how freaking hard it is. A book is someoneâ€™s baby, and it sucks to have a reader not â€˜get it.â€™ Butâ€¦ I just didnâ€™t LOVE this book. Now â€“ donâ€™t get me wrong. There are some VERY funny bits where I laughed out loud. I loved her voice and style of writing. Butâ€¦ I donâ€™t know. Thereâ€™s no big conclusion or focal point to the collection of short stories, and that was disappointing. I didnâ€™t even realize I was at the end of the book until I turned the page and started to read the acknowledgements. I think Lenaâ€™s probably learned some really thought-provoking things, and although the advice is sprinkled throughout, I wanted a bigger, grander statement about what it means to be a young woman in todayâ€™s world.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars. Youâ€™ll love it if youâ€™re a huge fan of Girls, but if you hate the show, youâ€™ll despise the book. I still think Lena is awesome, though.