Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why Volleyball Is My Favorite Sport

It's Wednesday and (hopefully) you know what that means: time for another Workout Wednesday (WOW) linkup!

Today's theme is: "What's Your Favorite Sport?" If you know me at all, you probably know the answer to that question: volleyball! I've talked about what playing NCAA volleyball taught me, and definitely mention my current volleyball activities a lot on the blog. But I don't think I've really talked about why I love the sport so much. So for today's post, I'm sharing three reasons volleyball is my favorite sport.

1. You can play it in all seasons and on all surfaces

Indoor volleyball was my first love, but I've also played on grass, sand, and even concrete. It's awesome that you can really play the sport year round. I appreciate being an indoor athlete in the fall and winterwhen I watch football players struggle through rain, snow, and all kind of horrible weather. And I love being able to play at the beach in the summer and work on my tan. It's really a win win.



2. You can play it your whole life

I'm no spring chicken anymore, but I still enjoy playing volleyball at a pretty high level and hope to do so as long as possible. The age range of people I play with varies a lot, and some of the older players are sneaky good and make up for athleticism with experience and smarts. My mom still plays and we actually got to play together in a few tournaments and rec leagues when I was young. There's even a women's 65 and over division at the USA Volleyball National Championships and they had 8 teams competing last year! How's that for longevity?

3. It's the ultimate team sport

Volleyball is pretty unique in that no player can touch the ball twice in a row, which makes it the ultimate team sport. Even a really standout star player wouldn't be able to win without teammates to (sometimes literally) set them up for success. I love that about the sport, and love the tight, lifelong bonds I've formed with my teammates as a result. I seriously don't think I'd have any friends if it weren't for volleyball!  


Now it's your turn! What's your favorite sport? Share your favorite sports-related (or whatever you feel like sharing) post, YouTube video, etc. with us. For next week's theme, visit: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/.



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Monday, September 8, 2014

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70 Review

Happy Monday! I had a great and super busy weekend, including an awesome day in Long Beach. Not only did my partner and I make it to the semis in our first ever California Beach Volleyball Association tournament together, we also had an AMAZING post match meal at Seoulmate Long Beach, plus a good shopping trip and Swedish meatballs for dinner at Ikea. 


I'm super sad the weekend is over, but really happy to share a review with you today for some NEW Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 protein powders.



Disclosure: I was provided this product free of charge for review. I was not compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are all my own. Obvs :)

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I was offered the opportunity to try Manitoba Harvest's newest Hemp Pro70 flavors: vanilla and chocolate. The samples took a little while to get to me all the way from Canada, so I had a lot of pent up excitement when this package showed up at my door. Plus I loved that they called me awesome. You can never hear that enough :)


Anyhoo, besides calling me awesome, here are a few key features of HempPro 70 protein powder from Manitoba Harvest's website:
  • Water soluble - mixes easily into any delicious drink! Just add to shaker cup and go.
  • Smooth, creamy texture that tastes great!
  • Can also be stirred into yogurt, or hot cereal and is great for baking.
  • Complete, plant-based protein.
  • Per 30 gram serving, HempPro70 Vanilla contains 15 grams of protein and 3.4 grams of Omega 3 & 6.
I first tried the vanilla flavor blended in a smoothie with spinach, a banana, coconut water, and almond milk. It was delicious! I loved the real vanilla flavor and the total absence of any dirt-ish (if you've had plant-based protein powder you know what I mean) or bad fake sweetener after taste. It was the perfect quick, portable, filling, but not too heavy breakfast for my 6 AM drive to the volleyball tournament in Long Beach.



I followed the suggestions on the package and tried the chocolate flavor straight up with 1 1/2 cups of almond milk in my blender bottle. It mixed up pretty well without any major clumps, but it was a little grainy. I again really loved the not overly sweet or fake flavor of the powder, but I think I would have liked it better in a smoothie.


Pros

Flavor: Even though it's completely plant based, these powders don't have any plant-y after taste. Plus they are not too sweet for me and don't taste fake at all. 
Ingredients: Both flavors have only FOUR totally recognizable ingredients which I LOVE! Definitely makes this a good protein powder option if you have a sensitive stomach.
Nutritional Value: In addition to 14-15 grams of protein per serving, both flavors are also chock full of Omegas and have a good amount of iron.

Cons

Texture: I didn't love the texture of the non-blended powder. It tasted awesome in a smoothie though, and I bet it would be great for baking.

Bottom Line

The new Manitoba Harvest HempPro 70 protein flavors taste great and have great ingredients and nutritional value. I would highly recommend them for anyone looking for a plant-based protein powder for smoothies or baked goods, especially if you have a sensitive stomach or are just avoiding artificial ingredients.

If you'd like to give HempPro 70 a try for yourself, you can buy it here. Plus, if you use the code "sweatpinkpro70" you can get 20% off the vanilla and chocolate flavors! 

Oh and finally, for a chance to win a WHOLE CASE of your favorite flavor for FREE, make sure to share the hemp love by snapping a pic and tagging @manitobaharvest on Instagram or Twitter with the hash tag #pro70. Entry deadline for the contest is September 30 so get a move on it! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

August Recap and September Goals

Friday already?1 Man short weeks are great!

Since it's the first Friday of the month, I'm sharing five fitness related goals for September and recapping how I did on my goals in August. So, how did I do? Did I meet all my goals? Spoiler alert:
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But, in the interest of keeping it real/using the power of the internet to shame me into doing better next time, I'm still sharing this post with the Friday Five Link Up. Here's to a better September!

August Goals:

1. Do 3 morning workouts a week
Surprised this is one of the TWO goals I checked off but I somehow managed to fit in 3 morning workouts every week. 

2. Do 2 days of strength training a week
I know this is really good for me, but as you can tell by my sad lack of green stickers I only averaged about 1 strength session a week. Oh well, more incentive to do better this month!



3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night 
I must have been dancing too hard because I lost my Fitbit on Fiesta Saturday. Fitbit has THE BEST customer service ever and sent me a new one, but I was without sleep tracking for a few weeks. I'm pretty sure I didn't come anywhere near to hitting this every night though...


4. Hit my Fitbit step goal every week
My lost Fitbit also means I lost some days of step tracking, and I'm pretty sure I slacked off when I didn't have my tracker. When I did have it, I did pretty well though, and even hit some crazy all-time step highs (including the night I lost it. Told you I was dancing hard!) so I'm going to call this good enough.


5. Try a new fitness class
Yea, kind of forgot about this one. Again. Oops.

September Goals:

1. Do 2 days of strength training a week
For some reason this has been really hard to stick to, even though I know it's super good for me. Definitely my #1 priority this month!

2. Finish my first 10K
So I sort of forgot/willfully ignored the fact that I'm running the She.Is.Beautiful 10K with a bunch of coworkers in about 2 weeks. I ran a 10-miler back in April but have actually never run a 10K before and haven't really been training so I probably won't be very fast but I'm definitely going to finish!

3. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night 
Another thing I know is really important but is hard for me to do. 


4. Hit my Fitbit step goal every week
And don't lose my Fitbit again.


5. Play volleyball at least once a week
Since this is pretty much all I've been doing, you wouldn't think this is something I need to work on. But with my city rec leagues over until September, I won't have the opportunity to play unless I'm brave and show up for or schedule pick up games with people I don't know super well. So this is a social AND fitness goal. Boom.

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Q: What are you planning for this month? Any tips for sticking with goals? 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What's In Your Gym Bag?

Happy first Wednesday of September! I had a great extra long Labor Day weekend filled with tons of good food and quality time with the bf, but I'm glad to be focusing on fitness again with the Workout Wednesday (WOW) linkup.

Today's theme is: "What's In Your Gym Bag?" Since I don't belong to a gym anymore, I don't have a standard packed gym bag. But I do have a rotating cast of different bags for different workouts. So today I'm sharing what's normally in my bag for post-work beach volleyball or yoga.



Beach Volleyball Bag

My beach volleyball bag is just a cheap nylon tote since it tends to get super sandy. It's mostly packed with the same things you would need for a normal day at the beach, plus some specialty sport items like sand socks and a volleyball.
  • Water bottle 
  • Sand socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Tons of different sunscreens
  • Deodorant
  • Visor
  • Towel
  • Supportive bathing suit
  • Flip flops
  • Cover up clothes
  • Volleyball
  • Lots of sand :)

Post-Work Yoga Bag

I mostly use my favorite Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag for yoga, which is great because it has tons of space, a wet pocket to hold my sweaty towels post-yoga, and a built-in mat carrier. The contents of this bag are obviously pretty different than my beach volleyball bag, except for the deodorant. I have like 4 different sticks open at the same time and stashed in different places. Better safe than smelly :)
  • Yoga Mat
  • Flip flops
  • Workout capris
  • Low-support bra
  • Tight tank
  • Jacket
  • Deodorant
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat towel
  • Face towel
Now it's your turn! Open up that gym bag and show us what you've got! Oh and if you like to be extra prepared, you can find next week's theme here: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/.



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Friday, August 29, 2014

August Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day

Wow can you believe it's almost Labor Day?! Where is this year going? This is going to be the best 3 day weekend ever because the BF is coming, and I haven't seen him since the 4th of July! Wayyy too long!

Anyways, today is also Foodie Pen Pals reveal day, so I'm happy to share the Foodie Pen Pals package I got this month. 


This was my sixth pen pal exchange and my third month in a row. I'm on a roll! This time I was paired with Kristina from York, PA. She doesn't have a blog, but she put together one of the most thoughtful and cute foodie pen pal packages ever! Seriously, look at those awesome (and informative!) explanatory star post-its. And that "hello" note card? I died!



- Coco Lite Multigrain Pop Cakes: These vegan rice, wheat, and corn flour cakes are super crispy, low in calories, and made with simple ingredients. Perfect!
-Late July Organic Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips: I've never tried these, but my housemates all said they are yummy so I'm excited.
-Nuts About Granola Muddy Waffles Granola: Stroopwafel in granola?! Mind. Blown. 
-Wegman's Caribbean Black Beans: Love black beans and I love that these have a sauce built right in. Instant meal! 
-Blind Spot Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Peanut Butter: A local peanut butter that looks ah-mazing. 
-Wegman's Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette: I eat a salad almost every day for lunch so I'm always looking for new ways to spice it up, and this will be great!
-Wegman's Wonder Water: "To wash all the goodies down." How cute it that?

Thanks so much for the incredible package, Kristina!

I love Foodie Pen Pals and highly recommend it to anyone who's considering signing up for the next exchange. I'm signed up to participate again in September and I can't wait! If you'd like to join too, click here to learn more and sign up by September 4th.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Throwback Edition

Happy Wednesday! Not only is it time for another Workout Wednesday (WOW) linkup, it's also our first ever themed linkup! We are kicking off with an awesome theme: Throwback Wednesday. Totally makes me think of this classic Nelly and Kelly Rowland song a friend posted for Throwback Thursday last week. It's been stuck in my head ever since, and is hopefully stuck in your head now too. You're welcome.


If Dilemma and other throwbacks aren't your thing, you can post whatever you want because hey, it IS a party. But if you like the idea of following the weekly theme, you can find them all here: http://femmefitalefitclub.com/workout-wednesdays-link-up/.

For my post this week, I'm sharing my Free August Workout Calendar circa August 2013. 



It was really interesting to see what a difference a year makes in my workout routine. The biggest differences are probably 1) how much  more consistent I was with my workouts and, 2) how much less running I was doing back before I decided to become a real runner in 2014. I was honestly in way better shape last summer, so I definitely need to try to incorporate more HIIT and strength training, while still working towards all my running goals.


Now it's your turn! Put your favorite old school jams on and join the party!



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Five Things To Love About Santa Barbara

T.G.I.F! I am so excited for this weekend, mostly because it means I'm only ONE WEEK away from seeing the bf for the first time in OVER A MONTH! Gahh this whole bi-coastal thing is terrible!

Since it's Friday, I'm linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up for What?! for the Friday Five Linkup. This week's theme is "5 Things to Love About ____". As Mich as I've missed the bf and my friends back in the DC area, I know that I've been lucky enough to move to an amazing new city. So to remind myself of that,  I'm sharing 5 things to love about Santa Barbara.


1. Running

Before I moved to Santa Barbara, I was just starting on my 2014 goal to be a real runner and was still not the biggest fan of running outside. Being able to run in perfect weather along the beautiful California coast has changed all that, and the course views definitely helped get my through my first 10-mile race.


2. Beach Volleyball

Santa Barbara has TWO beaches with permanent volleyball nets set up for public use, a great city rec league with doubles, triples, and fours beach volleyball for all levels, and a really great pick-up volleyball scene at East Beach. It's great exercise AND you get to be at the beach, getting a tan, and enjoying the great views (Of the ocean. Not the people. Although...).    



3. Delicious Mexican Food

I've complained a lot about the lack of good Asian food options (can I get a decent Korean barbecue and Chinese noodle shop please?) but one thing there is a ton of in Santa Barbara is delicious Mexican food. We have really great cuisine from all over the globe in DC, but the freshness and authenticity of the Mexican food here is definitely superior.  


4. Urban Wine Trail


The Urban Wine Trail is a collection of over 20 wine tasting rooms and even some production facilities located close to downtown Santa Barbara. I love that there is such a big and accessible wine tasting scene so close to the heart of the city. Not all of the wine is great (Deep Sea is actually probably the worst, but it has the most instagramable background) but the ambiance and experience is awesome. Definitely one of my go-tos whenever I have friends in town.


5. New Friends

Finally, even though I miss all my friends back East, I have met some pretty amazing people here, including these crazy girls. Plus, moving to a city where I don't know a single person has really forced me to get out of my comfort zone and work on that whole personal growth thing.


Q: What are 5 things to love about your city?