Happy Friday! Guys, I’m really stoked – this time next week, I will be in the Finger Lakes in New York with two of my nearest and dearest besties who I haven’t seen in far too long!! I cannot wait! So pumped. Anyway, let’s get right into what I’ve been feeling this week:
1. Supreme Court Rules for Marriage Equality Nationwide!
F YEAH AMERICA!!!!! LOVE IS LOVE. The end.
2. Svelte Organic Protein Shake in Cappuccino
I have to give my gym buddy R credit for this one, who recently introduced me to these supremely amazing shakes. Since we are in the 5 am wake up crew, it’s hard to eat that early in the morning (at least for me) before our morning workouts start at 5:45 am. These shakes are the perfect quick pre-work out pick me up before you start doing burpees at the crack of dawn. And of course they are vegan, gluten free and made from non-GMO soy. Each shake contains 11 grams of protein, 20% of your daily fiber intake, only 6 grams of sugar and clock in at 180 calories. We down half of our shake before our workout, and save the second half for our commute to work when our stomachs are literally digesting themselves. Ever since I read the study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research¹ that suggests that consuming some protein and carbohydrates prior to your training session can reduce the amount of muscle damage caused by intense exercise, I try to put something good into my stomach before my morning workout. These shakes have helped me to be a little more consistent with eating before working out, and are so delicious they go down easy first thing in the morning. The first time I had one, I downed the whole thing because it was that tasty (and then I kinda wanted to vom after doing dozens of Stop, Drop & Roll Burpees in class – hence why I stick with only half 😉 ).
1. Baty, J.J., H. Hwang, Z. Ding, J.R. Bernard, B.Wang, B. Kwon, and J.L. Ivy. The effect of a carbohydrate and protein supplement on resistance exercise performance, hormonal response, and muscle damage. J. Strength Cond. Res. 2007.
3. Yes To Pomegranate SPF 15 Naturally Smooth Lip Balm
I picked some of this up from Tar-jay because I was looking for a lip balm with an SPF to bring to the beach. I haven’t had much luck with some of the other brands I tried out (like the brand that rhymes with Hurts Knees, whose SPF lip balm made my lips look white, and me look like a corpse). This one is decent – it’s all natural, cruelty-free and petroleum/paraben free. The pomegranate flavor is two thumbs up, and the moisturizing aloe, cocoa, and shea butter combo is very hydrating. This lip balm has definitely earned a place in my beach bag this summer. 🙂
4. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Best song of the summer so far. 😀 Dance party commence!
5. Some Links I’m Loving:
What are you guys up to this weekend? I’ll be mellow yellow hanging around my hood! Looking forward to having a relaxing weekend with a long run, and lots of R & R. Tell me what you’re up to in the comments!!
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