early riser

I got up early this morning to make it to the Y when it opened at 5 so that I could get back home in time to feed Nick around 6:30. The only way I was up was because Nick must have been having a dream and cried around 4:15. (and I'm coaching a camp this week in the mornings so I wanted to get the workout out of the way so I wouldn't feel bad bringing Nick to daycare after I'm already leaving him in the morning). So I tried to doze for a little and wake up in time to go to the Y for once.. and I did. I was surprised at how many people were actually there. I swam 2000 yds, biked 4 miles and ran 2. My legs were tired by the end. But the idea of a mini tri workout changes things up for me. It kind of took too long though, I would have liked to run a little longer, maybe even bike too. I'm excited to do an outdoor bike at some point too. When I was down swimming, I put my suit in one of those water extractor machines and it got completely stuck and ruined. All ripped up. That sucked bigtime. It was great, actually, and felt good, to be up and working out at that hour (like in the non-pregnant/non baby days).

A few reviews for you . . .

amazing grass

I've tried all of the amazing grass now. I am a fan.

BARS: contain powder from the amazing superfood drink. Check out this ingredient list:
Organic Dates, Organic Agave Nectar, Amazing Grass Green SuperFood (Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Barley Grass, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Spirulina, Organic Spinach, Organic Chlorella, Organic Broccoli, Organic Acai, Organic Maca, Organic Carrot, Organic Beet, Raspberry, Organic Rose Hips, Pineapple, Green Tea, Organic Flax Lignans, L. Adidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulase, Organic Peppermint), Organic Cashews, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Almonds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Dried Cranberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Dried Coconut and Organic Vanilla Extract. Allergy Information: Contains Almonds and Cashews

Green superfoodbar: has a great mix of ingredients including lots of veggies, though you can kind of tell that it is good for you :) Chocolate green superfood bar: the green superfood bar covered in cacao. It kind of masks the 'good for you' taste!
Click to enlarge - amazing meal nutritional facts
Amazing Meal: original blend, chocolate infusion and pomegranate mango infusion
My favorite was the chocolate, "A blend of greens, protein, fruits & vegetables infused with chocolate" it tasted like chocolate milk. The other 2 added to the flavor of the smoothie, but nothing crazy. They are chock full of health benefits, fruits and veggies! I used these after a hard run and they were great in a recovery smoothie! They have 110 calories and 10g of protein.

Amazing GREEN superfood
"One serving gives you the antioxidant equivalent of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables and helps you hit your daily quota. "

blend of tons of antioxidants,fruits and veggies. My favorite two were the berry flavor and chocolate. The berry really added to my fruit smoothie and chocolate was the chocolate milk taste again! They also have the superfood for kids which is awesome. I used these in my morning smoothie for 30 calories and a slew of benefits!

Organic Wheat Grass - I liked the flavor of this. 35 calories and tons of vitamins and minerals to share! :)

Thoughts: I would probably benefit most from the 30 calorie smoothies morning and/or afternoon as a boost to my smoothie! The meals were good for recovery food. I'm not sold on the bars, but I am used to sugary ones like balance bars and luna bars. I would eat them if I was hungry but they wouldn't be my first choice! I'd rather have a smoothie! I would choose the chocolate or berry flavors. Also, perhaps even more fun than the drink mixes is the cup that you can buy to go with it - I have been using it not only for smoothies but also for water! I love the little spout to drink from, like a water bottle. It makes me drink more water! I'm going to order some of the drink mix so that I am one up on my fruits and veggies everyday!

Want to try it out? Bid on some samples on Monday!
You can check all of these out at amazing grass. Amazon has them too!

My battery died a long time ago. Maybe before Nick was born, or shortly after. I brought it to the apple store where I was told I had to get a whole new one. They don't have battery replacements? I liked the Nike+ especially when Paula Radcliffe came on to say good job to me. But I'm not buying a new one.
Choc Chip Cookie Dough - Breyers
I like how Breyers ice cream is all natural and it is tasty. However, the chocolate chip cookie dough flavor is missing so much cookie dough. They might as well call it vanilla. My sister brought me home some ice cream from a local place on the way home from DC to home on her move and it was chock full of cookie dough. Then I get some breyers for Bill since I won't share my local ice cream pint (selfish and mean) and that was so disappointing.


  1. thanks for the thorough reviews. sorry about your suit that is major suckdom. dick's sporting goods usually has good prices. not sure if there is one of those near you.

  2. Yes, thanks for the great review...I think I will be bidding on those samples!
    So sorry about the suit...I see that machine at the Y sometimes and think of you but never tried it - now I know! :)
    And just so you know, I can't stand Nike and their products. I won't get started but it would be just like them not to have a replacement battery and suck more dough out of you for a new one.
    I recently started running without my Ipod, a first for me, and am enjoying it - maybe the dead battery is a good thing. :)

  3. You're a machine for working out like that at such an early hour! Go Mama!

    I'm so excited to participate in the bake sale for charity!

    Also wanted to let you know that I added you to my "follow" list. Look forward to reading!

  4. I have the plus problems too, and they are lame. that's when i switched to claude the garmin. :)

    If i was brave enough to try the grass. I would get the amazing kind :) thanks for all the great reviews!

  5. Ugh, that sucks about your bathing suit!! I'd be so upset! Great job getting up early to get the work out in. I don't know how I used to do it every day at 5:15am. I need to get back to that routine.

  6. Way to go getting in an early morning triathlon! :) Youll get the most out of doing short workouts if you go as fast/hard as you can- short workouts can be great like that!

    Need a new swim suit? Try www.swimoutlet.com. I buy all my Suisse from them. $19 can't beat it!

    I'm into the green stuff as well. Actually really like the taste of wheatgrass.

  7. My Nike + did the SAME thing, like a month after I bought it! When I was told I had to replace the whole thing I replaced it with a Garmin 305, best money I've spent on running gear ever!!

  8. wow, that's early! good job! glad the mini tri is making it all fun again!

  9. That sucks about your suit. I would have been majorly pissed. :/ But, now you get to get a new suit!

  10. I second swimoutlet.com.

    Also, I find doing 2 of the 3 tri sports in a workout meant I still got a good workout but didn't waste time transitioning between sports when my time was limited. Whenever I tried to do all three on a tight time schedule I never felt like I pushed myself in each one.

  11. Wow that is impressive being up that early! I hate getting up to workout, and working out after nighttime baby duty, kudos!

  12. Lots of reviews! Thanks. I hate it when there isn't enough cookie dough in the ice cream. I use to eat Ben and Jerry's cook dough all the time, it was so good!

  13. I know you can buy a replacement sensor for the Nike+, so you don't have to get the WHOLE kit again... but it's still kind of weird. My Nike+ died after about 500 miles, but I had just gotten a Garmin by then so I didn't replace the sensor. But it was fun to have uber-athletes tell me how awesome I was... something the Garmin doesn't provide! ;-)

  14. i actually really liked the bars but felt the powder was a little over powering ,I have to really hide it to use it in my smoothie

  15. My Nike+ thing died too! I would try to get a replacement from Apple if you still have the receipt. They did it for me twice (yeah, it died twice in a year), and when the third one died, I gave up and got a Garmin.

  16. I always enjoy your reviews. Especially the food ones. So thorough!

  17. Good for you and your early-morning workout! I'm always shocked too by how many people are working out at 5 something in the morning. I could learn to get up that early IF we had a YMCA here...sigh.