Gym Habits and Free Samples

Last night, I came home to find that my free sample of Power Bar ProteinPlus Bites had finally come. I think I filled out the request like 2 months ago and totally forgot about them, until I spotted them in a Wawa two weeks ago at the beach. I get an e-mail from All You daily with links to free stuff.

I opened it only to be disappointed by the Fudge Brownie. Clearly, these people do not know my obsession with peanut butter, which is the other flavor. Okay, I guess I can’t expect them to know that.

They redeemed themselves by giving me a coupon to go buy the peanut butter. That was their plan all along, I bet.

Maybe I should have added another ball or two to this picture.

I wanted to make something with them so I figured I would just cut up some pieces and top off a smoothie.

Turns out they are much better enjoyed plain and simple. With peanut butter.

Moving on to gym habits. The other day at the gym, I was running on a treadmill and a girl placed her ipod, water, etc. on a treadmill two down from me which just so happened to be the end treadmill. Now,this chick always goes on this particular treadmill. When someone gets off, I see her sprinting to go get it. The problem is, she puts her stuff down and leaves for a good 30 minutes. I am not kidding. So, back to the other day, a guy came and moved her stuff to the treadmill in between us and starts running. About 15 minutes later, I see her walking towards us with a stink eye. I decided not to remove my right earplug to hear what she had to say to him because her hand and face motions were funny enough. I couldn’t believe that the dude got off and just walked away, didn’t even get on another treadmill!

I came home and told Joe about it because he always tells me about her and I thought it was so funny that I had witnessed it first hand today. We then started discussing habits. Both of us tend to always goto the end or corner treadmills. I don’t know why, but I always choose the last in a row and I don’t like to run in between two people, unless there is none left and I have no choice. The only thing is, it’s never the same treadmill. I rarely use the same treadmill two days in a row. I know everyone has different habits, but I’m not sure how I feel about “saving” a treadmill.

Today, I did my 45 minute 5-4-3-2-1 interval routine, which left me super sweaty in this 95 degree weather!

I made a smoothie for my ride to work, but I was craving a bagel for my mid-morning snack so I took a sweet wheat Alternative Bagel out of the freezer for work. I brought some peanut butter and my new apple spread find from this weekends grocery store trip.

All it contains is apples and apple cider. It seemed like a good combo with PB.

Indeed it was.

I’m off to enjoy this little peanut butter cup treat brought in from a co-worker, and get back to work.

Do you have any weird gym habits? How do you feel about people saving machines at the gym?

Heat Wave

Up here in the northeast, we are expected to see temperatures in the 90’s and even 100 this week! It’s crazy! All I want to do is eat smoothies in this weather, which is why last night’s dinner consisted of just that.

I see you checkin' out my new placemat

Banana Blackberry Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • a few ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • a handful of blackberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla SunWarrior
  • pizzelles (italian waffle cookies) whip and sprinkles to top it off!

I consider this dinner and dessert since I added on some toppings! 🙂 There’s also some hidden strawberries cut up at the bottom of the bowl. It definitely hit the spot after a long day at work!

Today

I repeated Saturday’s upper body workout this morning because it felt so good last week. I modified it a little because I am short on time compared to the weekends, but I left the gym feeling like I did an hour of cardio! I did finish up with 20 minutes on the elliptical, but the strength training had me sweating already.

After enjoying last night’s smoothie so much, I decided to go with the frozen banana theme again this morning. I basically made last night’s smoothie without the blackberries and headed to work.

This weather is not helping me be productive at work. I just want to be swimming or at the beach getting some color!

What Ruins My Day

You know those days where one bad things happens in the morning and it seems to spiral for the remainder of the day? Today is one of those days for me, but I wouldn’t have suspected it because the early early part of my morning was the complete opposite!

I woke up earlier than normal. By that I mean after 3 snoozes instead of like, 5. You see, I’m an avid snoozer, so I set my alarm about 45 minutes before I actually have to get up. Some would argue that that’s not a good sleep habit, but it works for me. It’s all mental. I need that “ahh I have another half hour to sleep” feeling to really start my day.

So anyway, I got my butt to the gym with running on my mind. I was determined to do 7 miles again. I did a quick floor abdominal workout and hopped on the tready to get down to business. I did a 4-3-2-1 running interval workout.

  • 2 minute warmup
  • 4 minutes at 6.5
  • 3 minutes at 7.0
  • 2 minutes at 7.5
  • 1 minute at 8.0

I repeated the 10 minute interval 6 times, with some random extra sprints arond 30 minutes and the end of the hour. I ended with a 5 minute cooldown.

When I don’t know what I am going to wear that day, it’s usually not a good thing. Somehow today I found an outfit quick that I was happy with!

  • Crochet Top: Sam & Lavi
  • Capris: Vince
  • Sandals: Tory Burch

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I made myself a protein smoothie with almond milk, dark cocoa powder, strawberries, and spinach and headed out the door.

That was the end my good morning. WHAT RUINS MY DAY? TRAFFIC!

I can express my anger towards it, but I would prefer to keep things positive on here. It took me almost double the time to get to work today. I am a rebel and check my twitter and blogs while waiting in it. It makes the wait a little better. All I wanted to do was get to work and eat my overnight oats in a jar. I added blueberries this time!

Yes, I stopped for a coffee even though I was late.

It has been a whirlwind day at work ever since I walked in flustered from my traffic and lateness. I am just now eating lunch at 3:00! I guess you’ll have these kinds of days.

Anyone in the NYC area that is going to Healthy Living Summit? Seeking carpoolers and roomies! 🙂 I have my car!