Archive for April, 2013
April 30, 2013
The weather is finally starting to warm up and I could not be more ready to bask in the
Florida Michigan sunshine. Even if that means a few days of raining and thunderstorms, I am alllll for it.
Wait… maybe I should have saved that sentence for after the Detroit Tigers Game Scott and I went to over the weekend.
Even though it is the off-season, Scott and I still remain close with a lot of our Pistons Family. Outside of the NBA, a large group of us (and majority of the city!) also follows other major sports teams in the area.
Sunday was Scott and I’s first time seeing the Tigers play live, and it was a complete blast to go with a ridiculously large group of friends!
The only thing I was not looking forward to was the rainy weather. Detroit baseball is played outside (while ironically, Tampa Bay baseball is covered) rain or shine.
Instead of a normal pre-game gathering in the parking lot, we met just a few blocks down from the stadium at Bookies Bar & Grille.
The group of twenty-one of us was quite impressive, and I was a bit worried we would not be able to all sit together. Luckily, we found the upstairs bar about ten minutes before any other Tigers fans and took the tables over. Whoops!
I love that the girls I dance with also share a love for professional sports. Every one of them wanted to go to watch the game and have a good time, just like it was a Pistons game.
(Who said baseball is just for guys, anyways?)
With more than full bellies, we decided to walk over to the park during the second inning. Nine innings in the rain can be less than enjoyable, so I am considerably proud of us for holding out for seven of them!
Upon entry, we were those people eager to pile up in front of the giant tiger statue. Can you spot my husband?
He would be the floating upside down head in the bottom row. Sheesh.
Eventually, we made inside and up to our seats, which were somehow the only few rows in the third level covered by awnings. Strategic!
With at least a drizzle the entire time, I was surprised to see the stands as full as they were. As the game progressed, fans began to leave and some even came up to join us all the way on the third level just to be covered.
Looks like there are benefits to those nosebleed sections after all, huh?
Although I appreciate all professional sports, I have to admit that baseball is probably my least favorite. I still had a good time, but I know I would have enjoyed it more if it were in the daytime and in the sunshine. I give us girls props for hanging through it all with smiles on our faces!
We ended with a win, and even through the rain the Detroit fans were loud and proud to support their home team.
As the summer approaches, I am looking forward to attending more games and getting the full experience and love of sports here. One of our friends gets Tigers tickets about once a month, and has offered to take us to again to an afternoon game. Hopefully then I can write more about the game, and less about the weather.
Have a great Tuesday! I am spending the rest of mine trying to get ahead for the weeks ahead. I am flying down to Florida on Friday and have a lot to finish before my vacation begins. See ya tomorrow!
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever been to an outside MLB or NFL game when it is raining? Does it bother you, or is that something you can ignore?
• What is your favorite MLB team?
April 29, 2013
While training and dancing professionally, I learned early on that protein “to go” is a beautiful thing. Often running from one job to workout to another, I needed something to fuel my body, and I needed it fast.
Back in my server days, protein bars, shakes and powders were the only way I could get through a day’s shift when the busyness of the restaurant only allowed a few minutes to re-fuel. In fact, a small group of us shared powders, mixes, yogurts, and bars, and took turns covering each others sections when one of us needed “Protein Time!”
I have about three to five bars circulating in my gym/dance bag at all times, and it is not out of the ordinary for me to eat more than one a day. After any kind of strength training workout, I always grab something loaded with protein directly after to help my muscles recover.
(I guess you could say protein and I have had quite the relationship.)
When I got selected to review a few products by Designer Whey, I had no idea they were going to spoil me with a huge box of goodies. I have seen the brand pop up all over the Internet, but had yet to try any of their products. To say I was excited to get started and dig in just would not do my feelings justice. I was pumped!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with these products by Designer Whey, free of charge, through my ambassadorship with FitFluential. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
So how did their products stack up? Lets start with the most talked about.
Their specially formulated protein powders come in a variety of different flavors, and my eyes got huge when I read the flavors I was about to experiment with… White Chocolate and French Vanilla. (Yum!)
Off hand, I can list three simple ways to use protein powder:
Their website lists easy recipes with great ideas on how to use their powder flavors. After a quick browse, I felt inspired to use the White Chocolate to create my own mini muffins.
I created a few different smoothies using both flavors throughout the week. Being in a hurry for most, I only stopped to document one of them. This Sweet + Simple Green Smoothie uses the same protein flavor, but I can assure that both the White Chocolate and French Vanilla are fantastic.
I had a smidge of favoritism for the White Chocolate, though, and below is what I think to be a personal best green smoothie.
So simple, yet so sweet. Overall, I am diggin’ the looks of all of their flavors, and would love to get my hands on some more.
Powder = Win!
Protein bars and I go wayyyy back. Like I mentioned above, you can always find me carrying one (or five) around at any given time!
Perfect for a healthy snack on-the-go, I like how these whey protein bars are 170 calories or less. With only 10g of protein, however, they come up a little short when compared to some of my other preferred protein bars.
When it comes to flavor, all three of these were one hundred percent satisfying for my ever growing sweet tooth. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the Chocolate Caramel Crunch.
I was fond of the protein shake flavors, which says a lot coming from me. I am a bit of a protein shake snob, and do not like the majority of them out there.
I never buy packaged shakes, and on the rare occasion that I drink them, it has to be extremely cold, over, or even blended with ice.
Most shakes are strong in their flavor and can taste a bit chalky. I found these shakes to have a lighter taste, maybe even like they were watered down a little. It may sound weird, but I like that.
I also appreciated the 18g of protein, which is perfect to drink up before or after a workout!
The last product I tried is different than anything I have seen before. Although I am not a supporter of artificial sweeteners, at times I have grabbed anything that can flavor my water when I am sick of drinking it.
Admittedly, I rarely drink regular water anymore, unless my body tells me to. When I realized these were fruity drink mixes filled with protein, I became immediately intrigued. Tropical, summery flavors are just not what I think of when looking to add protein to my drinks.
I went from skeptical to pleasantly surprised after my first bottle of the Lemonade flavor. It actually tasted like lemonade. I was used to this taste from a drink mix, but never expected to find one with an added bonus of protein to it. Score!
Mixed berry was probably my favorite, with tropical orange being my least. All Protein 2 Go flavors, however, were very refreshing and came with me to drink in and out of the gym.
As a whole, I am very impressed with this brand. Whey is a lean protein, which is why I have always preferred to use it as my form of protein powder. This is the first time I have knowingly tried whey protein outside of powder, and I enjoyed the lighter taste.
Upon opening my box, I was hoping to fall for every product, so I could portray a genuine excitement for sharing their products.
At the moment, I have a few products left, and will continue to use them even though I am done writing about it. That is a true test of whether I care for the products sent to me, and I am a fan across-the-board.
If you are interested in trying out a few staple Designer Whey products, they offer a Starter Kit for just around $20! Sounds like a good investment to me.