Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Awesome Protein Shake

Hi all! Over the last two weeks I have been a food plan to help me lose some weight and get proper nutrition while doing it. I am working with an old trainer from my gym and she provided me with the plan. It is comprised of 5 meals a day with one optional snack on workout days, and 4 meals on non-workout days. This has not been easy for me, especially since spring time is a time for patio happy hours, dinner dates and nights out. However, I am really trying to stick to the plan, and only having one cheat meal (Skyline Chili typically wins) per week. I will go more into my experience with the plan in later weeks, and will introduce you to the trainer who has been helping me on this journey!

I wanted to give you guys the recipe for the protein shake which is one of the meals I have on workout days. It may not sound all that great but it really is delicious and fills me up!

    1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I use Arbonne, shown below)
1 tbsp. PB2 (chocolate or regular)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
1 packet of green tea
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
a few shakes of cinnamon
some extra ice/water to fill up the blender bottle!

I use a blender/shake bottle, but you can also use a a blender/magic bullet type mixer if you don't have a blender bottle. I usually let it sit for awhile so the green tea cools down as the ice melts. This shake is truly delicious! Enjoy:)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Fingers Crossed

      Hey all! I just wanted to keep you updated with my life a bit...I just finished all my papers and tests for the semester (Halleluja!) so I have a bit of time! In addition to getting my PhD, I switched jobs in the last few weeks! I am no longer a social worker, which was a hard decision to make, but a really necessary one. I may go back to it someday, in a different form. But as of now, I desperately needed a break. I think it is one of the toughest things in the world to do...switching from a predictable job that you know how to do to something totally new. However, my old job was bringing me down (that ol' social worker burn out was frying me crispy!) and I wanted my career to go more in the direction of my studies in the PhD program. SoOoO, I am now an account manager/staff member at LA Fitness, where I do my personal training and work outs and I just got a teaching job as an adjunct professor at a community college teaching a social work class.
       LA Fitness is going to help me see if working in the fitness/wellness area is something that I am interested in pursuing in the future. I was kind of shocked how intense the gym business is! People need to learn how to pay their bills, but that's a post for another day! However, though the work can be intense, the environment at the gym is really friendly and inviting. It is also great being surrounded by people that are invested in health and fitness. I am also really excited about this teaching position. I think it's going to be super scary starting out teaching a bunch of adults but I think eventually I will get the hang of it. It will be great teaching others about a topic I have worked in and studied.

Life has changed for Mer In America, and I wanted to give you the 411! Fingers crossed my life changes work out. Have a happy hump day!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lilly P.'s Been Here For a Year

Hello people that read Mama's blog-

       Mama let me take charge of blogging today. She is very busy you know, finishing up what she calls "work" and then puts her head in her hands. Mama said I could write about anything I wanted to. I don't have much to say, since my schedule is pretty light. Mama takes care of all the hard stuff.

About a year ago, Mama adopted me from a nice lady with wayyyyyyy too many "foster" doggies. I prefer to stay away from other dogs, so I was very happy Mama came one sunny Saturday. I think she was a bit irritated that I got fur all over her spandex and North Face (Mama used to wear black a lot more before she got me!) but she obviously liked me because she took me to her house! She gave me a pink collar with white polka dots and a big flower. She also gave me a pink leash to match! Mama buys me lots of stuff that I think are annoying, such as elf ears and a scarf, but she does it out of love so she says. I think its because of her shopping addiction, but thats neither here nor there.

The best thing Mama gave me was a home. I am the only doggie here and I LOVE that. Sometimes when we go over to Aunt Rachel's house, I have to deal with my cousin Kramer, but besides that it's just ME. No other doggies barking like nut jobs like how it was at my old house. Mama takes good care of me and always talks to me like I matter. That means a lot. Mama even leaves country music on when she leaves to go about her business so I have something to jam to. She says I'm her best friend (even though she keeps getting asked to be in all these weddings so I don't know about that!) and she is mine. I am so glad I jumped up on her lap a year ago at my old house and wouldn't get down. I love my adopted mother! And I know she loves you all, because she is usually very "on schedule" regarding her bloggy tasks. She said she apologizes for being a bit lacks the past few days. School comes first!

I hope everybody has a great day!


Mer In America's doggie and best friend, Lilly Pulitzer

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Under Pressure

Hi all! I am sorry if I've been a bit MIA...finals time has begun. I have like 3 rather large papers due by the end of the month, so I have been diligently working on them! Procrastination works for some people, (I don't know how) but the only way I don't officially lose it is if I get a good handle on everything in advanced. Some may call that anal, but I call it healthy. For me. I also am starting a new job at my gym this week, which is obviously great timing (sometimes I wonder). Nugget and Lilly are beginning to worry about me because I've been eating a lot of frozen meals and Formula O2s to get me through these busy days! Thankfully, it has been pretty nice out so I've been able to take Lilly out for some mini-walks. Nugget would like me to take her out too, but I have not gotten to the level of buying a kitty leash yet. One more Saturday night staying in, typing a paper or reading about how to become a better leader may just turn me into that cat lady.  I've also been spraying my apartment with lavender scented spray to keep me calm. Its not working.

Sorry for mumbling, sometimes blogging is just a forum for random thoughts...thankfully:) How do you all deal with pressure? Whether its work or school, how do you get everything done without losing yo' (damn) mind, as NeNe Leakes from the Real Housewives of Atlanta would say?