All aboard with Big Train! GIVEAWAY!

Since I started writing in this lovely and motivational  blog, my sister Alyssa has been awesome enough to let me do some product reviews.  I first got to try out a bra from as you may remember from this funny story…  More recently however I have been fortunate enough to try out a protein shake from the company Big Train!


I started drinking my yummy drink last Wednesday after I had two hours of tennis and before I went on to another two hours of Pilates and yoga.  Since I started this crazy routine of mass amounts of exercise, my body has been craving some sort of pick-me-up that could actually keep me full through my mornings when I wasn’t able to snack.

The chocolate frappe protein shake has provided me with just the boost I’ve needed!  After my first shake last week I made it through the next classes with no problem of  my grumbling tummy disturbing my neighbors during quiet pranayama breathing routine.  Over the past five days I have been rotating between having the shake for either breakfast or lunch.  With the addition of the calories from my milk and the calorie count of only 130 kcal per 1/2 cup of mix, the shakes turn out to be a nice little meal substitute.

I had some issues in  the beginning with being able to thoroughly blend the powder into my milk, but that was before I asked you, the readers, what you did about that issue.  So many of you suggested  the blender ball so I promptly went out an bought a bottle of my own.   Over the weekend I actually had time to make a blended frozen shake with half a banana and it was so good I’m suddenly inspired to go make another one… Even though I already had my shake after tennis today!

April’s frozen shake with banana

The thing I like best about these Big Train shakes is that they don’t taste grainy or chalky like so many I have had before.  Plus I *really* like how it lasts me a good three hours or so before I start to get hungry again.  I’ve tried probably about six or seven different protein shakes and I have yet to find one that I would continue to use.  I might actually consider maintaining my use of the chocolate frappe once my bottle runs out.  I tend to be somewhat of a cheap ass so the $45 price tag will be what I would call an “investment” but when I think about it, the whole jug is enough to last me for about a month and comes out to to be about $1.50 a meal.  That’s pretty cheap when I think of it that way.

April and her first Big Train shake!

April and her first Big Train shake before she invested in a blender ball.

One of the cool things about this company is that they don’t just do protein shakes either.  In fact, they have a whole array of a bunch of different kinds of tasty convenient beverages for people.  They’ve got gluten free products, kids products, low carb, low sugar, no caffeine, seasonal products… all sorts of stuff!  They even have baked goods!

The folks over at Big Train were awesome enough to send me some goodies along with my shake mix to give away for our readers to try.

So tell me readers… Why should you be the winner of the Big Trail shake giveaway?
It’s super easy to enter… Pick one or all of the things below for your chance to win! Leave a comment for each thing you do, or if you only do one, that’s fine too – just make sure you leave a comment on this post that you did it! We will pick one random winner on Wednesday, April 10th at 11:59 PM PST. US and ages 18+ only, please. If you win, we’ll verify that you did certain things, so please be honest 🙂


In the meantime, I’ll continue drinking my shake every day and will report back in a few weeks with whether or not I feel it had an impact on my weight loss!

Enjoy your week!



Tuesday Tidbits

Hello lovelies! How was your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day? I didn’t know I had the day off, and when I called in for my morning conference, myself and the other telecommuter were on the line by ourselves, when we received an e-mail that we were off for the day! That was a nice surprise! I spent my day off lazing about, working on my thesis, meeting some old friends for lunch and enjoying the company of OUR NEW KITTEN!

Our new kitten!

Our new kitten!

Meet Oliver! Oliver is nine weeks old and from the South Los Angeles shelter. We had originally met his little brother “Note” but Note was already claimed for adoption. I wrote on the shelter’s Facebook wall asking if they had any other kittens and VOILA, turns out Note had a brother! Oliver was originally named Cymbal, but we felt his playful spirit, curious nature and mischievous face deserved a cheeky name like Oliver. Isn’t he a little love? Our teenaged cat Lucia is not yet thrilled about his arrival, but I know in a few weeks they’ll be curled up together like old chums.

Walking to the grocery store!

Walking to the grocery store!

After a few weeks of recovering from jetlag and a cold, I was ready to get back into a fitness routine this weekend. As we drove Oliver home from the shelter Friday night, we were stopped at a red light when all of a sudden, BOOM! Another car slammed into my little car from behind, pushing us forward. We pulled off to the side and miraculously there was no damage, but I was feeling pretty shaken up after my first car accident (but nobody was hurt and it wasn’t my fault. Whew!). It’s really alarming how much you can feel the impact of being rear-ended – I felt the jolt from the base of my spine up through my neck. I took it easy the rest of the weekend as I felt kind of stiff and sore and didn’t want to push my luck. However, I made sure I got some activity and did some good, physical chores – like planting daffodil bulbs, weeding the garden and walking to the grocery store.

Sleeping Kitten. Awww.

Sleeping Kitten. Awww.

This week I have a couple fun things lined up for you – a sister/sister review of the FullBeauty Camisole Bra, a review and giveaway of the KalorieBox, and a recipe for Guacahummus, my newest snack obsession. I also need to figure out a new way to track my weight loss progress, because I want to “start over” with my weight loss goal and start counting down from the FULL amount of weight I need to lose. I originally said 50 pounds because that seemed like a doable, not scary number to achieve first. Now that I’m about 20-22 pounds in (depending on the day), I need to face the reality that I have much more than 30 pounds to go until I’m at a healthy weight and BMI. So watch for that in the next few weeks 🙂 Ok – I’m out for now, but I hope you had a wonderful, safe weekend!