Introducing a new weekly post here on the blog today called “Try it Out Thursday”. Rules are simple: I will share something or a few things that I think you should give a try! This week in keeping with my much documented love for alliteration (i.e. – the name of my blog) we have the Fitness, Fluid & Food Edition.
For the ladies only this time…sorry guys! Finish Line and Nike have teamed up to start a Women’s Fitness Community on Facebook. This is a space for women to share our workouts, health and fitness goals, motivate each other, and so on. While it makes me a bit sad to see everyone posting about their runs and squat workouts when I am still in broken ankle land, I’ve already “met” some other wonderful ladies and would love to interact with all of you there as well. They have set up a discussion board, monthly challenges and MORE! Follow this link (Finish Line Women’s Community) and join in! Don’t wait because up for grabs in this month’s challenge to try a new workout are a few pairs of Nike Free Bionic Shoes!
For whatever reason I had been struggling last week to meet my fluid needs. I always have a water bottle with me, but I just wasn’t drinking enough. I’d see it sitting on my desk and just not reach for it! Cut to 3 am when I would wake up feeling very dehydrated and need to chug some water. Not when and how I want to wake up. Following that, I found myself downing a bunch of water too close to heading to sleep…which of course also results in several middle of the night wake ups! Basically I needed to get it together. In the past I have set alarms on my phone or email alerts to go off in intervals to remind myself to drink throughout the day, but I wasn’t feeling that this time.
Enter my new solution: Pieces of post-it notes stuck to my water bottle with different times written on them. Need to get to a certain point by 9am, 11 am then refill and repeat for 1 pm and 4pm, and so on. It’s working well for me so far! If you struggle to remember to drink or get in enough fluids throughout the day, give this a try! 🙂
I came across PB2, this low fat, powdered, peanut butter product last year and it has since been a staple in my house. I use it in oatmeal, smoothies/shakes, peanut stir fry dishes, and the list goes on. Very versatile and only 45 calories per 2 Tbsp (vs. ~200 kcals in traditional peanut butters). The other night I was starving and a quick glance through my food log for the day told me I was in need of some more kcals. Only problem was I didn’t have much food in the house and didn’t want to eat food I had already prepped and portioned out for the next few days. Time to get “creative”! Voila – PB2 + chocolate “cookie” dough was born…and tweeted about!
Quite simple and VERY delicious. PB2 (reconstituted with water) and chocolate chips. Microwave ~30 seconds and stir. There is no real recipe here. I have found a 4:1 ratio of PB2 to chocolate chips to work out great (aka 4Tbs PB2 + 1 Tbs chocolate chips or 8 Tbs Pb2 + 2 Tbs chocolate chips).
Two tips: 1. Mini chocolate chips melt quicker so use those if you can. 2. Add a bit of extra water to the PB2 initially so it is a bit thinner than normal!
There you go – 3 things for you to try out before next week. So get on it! :-).
What would be your “Try It Out” tips that fall in to the Fitness, Fluid, and/or Food category right now? Please share, I love to hear your suggestions!
Disclaimer: I am compensated for my involvement in the Finish Line Women’s Community. My comments/opinions are honest and my own. PB2 did NOT ask me to mention their product. I did it because I use it and like it.