I have three completely unrelated reviews for you today. There is a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone in this post. You want a food product review? Sure, I’ll oblige. I’ll even throw in a recipe for good measure, because I am feeling selfless and generous today. You want fitness? Why not? You want want a book review? Your wish is my command.
Ooof. I don’t even know where to start after all that. I’m going to start with the food review. Why? Because it is LONG overdue.
A while back (and by while I mean a couple months ago now), I got an email from the Pom Wonderful peeps asking if I’d like to sample some of their juice. Never one to turn down free swag Ever curious about new and healthy superfoods, I screamed hells yes calmly replied that I would be more than happy to give them a try. I thought I’d be getting a couple bottles. I got EIGHT. I’m not a big juice drinker, so this was kinda intimidating. (FYI spellcheck tells me superfoods isn’t a word, but kinda is….the world is going to shit, I tell you.)
How do I react to intimidation? I’d like to say I confront it head on, but when push comes to shove, I ignore it. Those bottles sat untouched in my fridge. Until Saturday. The clouds parted on Saturday, and a beacon of light shown through. Hello, my name is Katie and I have recently learned the ways of the pomegranate. Behold the magic.
Wait a minute…that doesn’t look like pomegranate! Aha! That is precisely why it is magic. While Gob and the Magicians’ Alliance may not condone a magician revealing her secrets, I am going to do just that.
- 2 medium oranges, peeled (I’d also recommend getting as much of the rind off as possible. I wasn’t too picky and it left a slightly bitter taste.)
- 2 T pomegranate juice
- 1/2 cup sugar (or more if you like your jam really sweet)
- 2 T Instant Clear Jel
- pinch of salt
Directions: Blend or puree the oranges in a food processor or blender until desired consistency. (I let mine go until it was really pureed.) Mix sugar, instant clear jel (ICJ) and salt in a separate bowl. Add to oranges and mix completely and quickly (the ICJ will begin to clump as soon as it touches liquid). Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Store in an old jam jar in the fridge. It should keep for a couple weeks.
If you’ve never used Instant Clear Jel before, and you like to make pies and jams with less sugar and no heating required you MUST buy this stuff. I love it. Click here for more info. You can buy it here.
I also mixed some into my smoothie yesterday afternoon with some strawberries, some Jay Robb Vanilla Brown Rice Protein Powder, celery, spirulena, chia seeds, and spinach. The thing I love the most about it is that a little goes a long way. And I have a lot. Which will go a REALLY REALLY long way.
How about we follow the superfood goodness with a little fitness review? Why yes, Katie, that is an excellent idea. Let’s do that.
P90X: month 1. Thoughts and results.
For those who don’t know, I started the P90X program a month ago. The program is 90 days (get it? P90X?) long with 3 1-month long phases. Each phase consists of 3 weeks of weights and cardio followed by a ‘recovery’ week. Along with posting my goals for the program, I did an in depth review of the first week here, if you missed it. So, how was the first month? Well, check out my rockin abs:
Nope. Not even close.
HARD. I’d like to say it got easier, and technically, I guess it could have. But, instead of just doing the same thing exercises in each dvd in the same way each time, I tried to “Bring It” a little more each time. Example: Chest and Back for week 1 I did the push ups on my knees and pull ups with both feet ever so lightly resting on a chair. Week 2 I did the on my toes (real DUDE ) and only put one foot on the chair. Week 3 I did MORE on my toes, and, um, well, still kept my foot on the chair, but I did more pull ups !
Recovery week didn’t get much easier. Sure there were 2 days of yoga (which I admittedly skipped…more on that later), but the Core Synergistic DVD was no walk in the park. It was 60 minutes of, well, core exercises working synergistically with other body parts (those P90X people are nothing if not clever with the names, eh?)
That’s mountain climbers done in chataranga position. It hurts. A lot. There’s also Superman-banana (my favorite of all the names), walking push ups, prison cell push ups (burpies + push ups + mountain climbers!), lunge kickback curl press (yes, that’s one exercise, and you do it for 3 1/2 minutes), among many many many others. It is for crazy people, and it might rival Kenpo X as my favorite dvd. Bonus: you get to do it twice during recovery week!
I skipped the Yoga dvds last week mostly because, while I love Tony with all of my heart, he is no yoga instructor. I couldn’t take him seriously. The first time I did the dvd I made it through…barely. The second time I lasted 45 min (it’s 90 min long) and then went for a run. This week, I hit up the gym at school for some elliptical (oh, elliptical how I love and have missed you dearly!)
But Katie, what about the results? Well, first, remember that I am only 1/3 of the way into the program. That said, I can tell you that I still have scrawny arms (exhibit A below) and legs and the scale didn’t change (much), but I have made a lot of progress in terms of the amount of weights I can lift and pull ups and push ups I can do. Since my main goal was to gain muscle, I’m calling month 1 a screaming success.
I looked back at what I’ve eaten in the past month, and I determined that I need to eat more protein (Dustin, if you are reading this, I can see you smiling and laughing). I bought some of Mr. Sexy Hot’s Brown Rice protein powder and had TWO protein smoothies yesterday after the first day back to weight lifting (oh, weights, how I missed you after only one week off).
If you aren’t sick of me yet (and I am sick of myself, so I don’t blame you if you are) the last review is of the book I read this past weekend.