Monday, January 18, 2016

How To Save Money, And Calories, In Vegas (And Anywhere)!

Josh and I are headed to Vegas for the third time together! If you have ever been, or if you're thinking of going, the food can be quite expensive. Not to mention- it takes quite a bit of time to walk to new restaurants, taxi, etc etc. A "cheap" meal in Vegas would be around $10/person and that's at something like McDonalds (gross). If you are in Vegas for a three day weekend and are planning to eat out for 3 meals a day, you should budget about $200 a day for food alone, and that's on the very modest end.

If you are planning a trip to Vegas, PLEASE, fully enjoy yourself. Find 1 or 2 places per day that you want to try.

You should ENJOY your time, Vegas has some of the most amazing restaurants and buffets in the world- but don't let that ruin your waistline or your wallet. Budget for 1-2 meals a day, max, to enjoy out.

Here's some tips on saving money and saving calories:
1: plan before you go! the night before we leave for Vegas, or any trip, we go to the store to stock up on protein bars. One bar at the store at home is about $2 and counts as an entire meal for us (a lot better than $30/person plus a taxi ride plus an hour of time in Vegas)
2: bring protein powder. you can get a ton of things through TSA- including protein powder. we usually bring about 2 scoops per person per day that we are traveling- plus, it's great for post workout meals and a lot lighter than bringing pre-made protein drinks
3: make sure you pack all of your supplements, especially your greens. the supplements that we use can be found on
4: make sure you bring/pack your ISO bag if you plan to pre make meals and bring them with you, again, you can get all food (other than things like peanut butter) through a carry on bag. use sarah for 10% off on
5: bring an empty gallon jug to fill up water with, even water in Vegas is expensive and there's no point in wasting money if you don't have to!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Should I Lift or Do Cardio First?

If you are wondering this- trust me, you are not alone. This has to be one of my most top asked questions which is what warranted the need for this blog post!

Again, this is all my opinion. If what you do works better for you- then keep doing it.

In an ideal world, splitting cardio and weights would be best. Fasted cardio in the morning and then lift in the evening. If you're like Josh and me, we don't have the time to go to the gym twice a day plus we live over 20 minutes away from the gym- going twice is just not feasible.

We like to lift weights first. There are three main reasons:
1: We like to use our strength for our workouts. Your body only has so much testosterone and strength and we like to capitalize on what we have and get the most out of our lifts
2: We use a pre workout. Using a pre workout before you do cardio is NOT ideal so it would make the most sense to lift FIRST and utilize your pre workout
3: We become sweat swamps during cardio. I personally really care for my skin and don't want to break out nor do I want to lift with swamp butt and be dripping in sweat for 45 minutes while I lift

I really hope this clears up why we choose to lift before we do cardio- it's not rocket science!