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Start Strong + Finish Strong

Posted Jan 15 2009 5:46pm

Thank you all so much for the ideas on various brands. You gave me a lot to think about and I had two big decisions to make. I needed two brands for both my individual and team presentations. After much deliberation, I decided that what would make the most sense in terms of availability of information and just plain fun were the following:

I talked to my professor and she said that Whole Foods would be a good choice. I figure that it encompasses a lot of the brands that all of you mentioned in my last post, so I can integrate those somehow, too! Plus, who doesn’t like talking about Whole Foods?! And Green Mountain Coffee has an entire page on their website devoted to students, so they are very open to marketing research. I think our team should bring in a giant pot of coffee and let everyone know that they can feel free to take some in order to stay alert through our presentation ;) Thanks again, everyone!

Enough talk about school! I woke up early this morning faced with yet another snow storm and freezing cold temperatures. And yet, I still had to go to work. I decided a warm breakfast was absolutely necessary, so PB + banana oatmeal was my obvious choice.


I used 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and 1/2 whipped banana*.

*By the way, I think someone may have asked me once how I “whip” the banana. Basically, it just means that I cut the banana into slices and stir them with the oatmeal until the heat makes them melt into goo and they become “whipped” into the oatmeal.

I added the last of my crunchy Barney Butter to the top of my oats. But hey, don’t fret! I ordered two more jars today because the lovely blogging duo Heather + Mark of Hangry Pants convinced Jennifer Barney to offer free shipping! Check out the post for more information by clicking here!


I brought the usual travel mug of Coffee Cocoa for my stressful drive to work.


Work went by quickly since I arrived a little late because of the snow :oops: Once I got out, I snacked on a Pure Protein bar on the drive home. It was a Chocolate Peanut Butter and I thought it tasted pretty good. I definitely like Clif bars better, but you can’t beat the protein content here.


Once I got home, I made myself a more substantial meal to round out lunch. I started by heating up another AmyLu Sun Dried Tomato + Basilchicken sausage link with organic ketchup.


And added a little more than 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese on the side.


Combined with the protein bar, this was a very filling lunch and definitely what I needed before taking on another big workout!


I let that digest for about an hour, and then it was time for the next workout in the P90X Lean Series: Shoulders + Arms. This workout DVD went for about an hour and went through roughly 6 cycles of 3 arm workouts that aimed to target shoulders, biceps and triceps. I recorded my reps and amount of weight used for each exercise and will continue to build on it in the coming weeks. Let’s just say that it was incredibly challenging, as all the workouts have been, and I am 100% certain that I may not be able to hold my arms up above my head tomorrow. The teachers may wonder why I’m not participating, ha.

After the arm workout, I also did the Ab Ripper X DVD. This one lasts a little over 16 minutes and goes through 25 reps of 11 different ab workouts that work your entire core. Considering I was already sore from the past two days, this workout was REALLY hard. I couldn’t do some of the moves and had to alter some of the others to make them easier on myself. I’m hoping that by the time I end the program, I’ll be able to look back on today and laugh. Right now I’m just cringing! But hey, I did over 300 reps of ab moves in 16 minutes …I’ve gotta be happy about that!

Following another intense and sweaty workout session, I cleaned up and made myself a snack to refuel. I had 1/2 serving of Kashi crackers with a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick. I also had 1 tbsp of peanut butter straight from the jar. I couldn’t take a picture faster than it was in my mouth!


And then, the pictures that I took for the day end. I went out to dinner this evening with one of my best friends who doesn’t know about the blog, so I didn’t get a picture of what I ate. But let me tell you, the restaurant was really good! It’s called Pomegranate, and it’s Mediterranean cuisine. I’d been there once before and thought it was iffy, but they really impressed me this time. I got the Chicken Shawerma Sandwich, which is described as follows:

“Layers of marinated chicken, cooked slowly on a rotisserie served with lettuce, tomato, onion and tahini sauce.”

The tahini sauce it was served with was incredible, as was the homemade pita bread. I found a picture that looks just like it at this link here, but this is not actually my picture.


I think mine was maybe about 3/4 of that size. It wasn’t quite as gigantic, although I certainly wish it had been ;) Either way, I ate and enjoyed every bite! Then my friend and I came back and caught up on this week’s Gossip Girl. How good is that show? We also watched the first three episodes of The City. I think it’s WAY better than The Hills. Whitney is so much more genuine! And Olivia looks and acts exactly like Leighton Meester (Blair) from Gossip Girl!

Random Question

If someone were to write a biography of your life as it stands right now, what would the title be and why?

I’m not sure if I can even answer my own question! I guess if I’m thinking off the top of my head, I’d probably want it to be the mantra thatPapa Bender**has ingrained in me from a very young age: “Start Strong + Finish Strong” :) I think it applies to a number of areas in my life!

**I’d just like to state for the record that my dad sent me something in the mail this week and in the top left corner the return address said “Papa Bender” :mrgreen: I think someone likes their nickname, don’t you?

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