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I'm Helen. I'm a 23 y/o fitness enthusiast, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Philly native, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin....

 

Leg Day & Butter Coffee

Leg Day & Butter Coffee

Yesterday was leg day, as Monday’s always are, because what better way to kick off the week than by squats squats and more squats? I usually try to incorporate a heavy lift to begin, so yesterday was barbell back squats, although I ended up not going heavy at all and only got up to about 90 lbs. But I felt like moving a little faster and a little more easily yesterday. Other days, I like to go super heavy and yell and curse like a meat head.

Honestly, my workout wasn’t fantastic. Sometimes I leave the gym feeling like I used every last ounce of energy my muscles could produce, and yesterday was not one of those days. But I still got in there and did it and that counts for something. See yesterday’s workout below! (I like to vary movements/reps/weight etc. every week)

told ya it was weak

told ya it was weak

BUTTTTERRR

As I’ve mentioned before I drink butter in my (hot) coffee every morning. Afternoons are reserved for iced coffee with almond milk (everything in size large or extra-large). I get a lot of questions about why I drink butter coffee, where I heard about it, what’s the point, etc. My simple answer is usually that I heard about it, tried it, liked it, and so I kept drinking it (doy). The longer answer is that a Silicon Valley guy went to Nepal and a Sherpa made him yak-butter tea (I think it was tea) while they were up in the mountains and he brought this idea back to the states and then found a way to monetize it. So the term “bulletproof coffee” is actually his brand. He sells his own coffee, butter, and oil which I’ve heard is cray cray expensive. He also calls for you to use fairly large amounts of both the butter and oil so that it is more calorie dense and replaces your breakfast.

This is not how I drink my buttacawfee. I personally love breakfast too much to cancel it and replace it with coffee. I slice off a little tablespoon amount of grass-fed KerryGold unsalted butter (think a pat of butter you would get with toast at a restaurant), drop it in the blender with my regular ol’ coffee, and call it a day. Don’t use some BS “I can’t believe it’s not butter” or reduced fat crap. That defeats the purpose. With the right stuff, it’s delicious and creamy and foamy, which is the main reason I drink it. It’s more the consistency of a latte rather than plain old coffee with cold dirty grass water in it (aka dairy milk. I used to drink it but now I think it tastes like weird grass water. don’t ask me why). Also, healthy fats are good for the brain (I wrote farts at first by accident lololol). ALSO, I don’t have time to eat breakfast between teaching bootcamp (6-7am) and catching the train into the city (8am) so my fatty buttery coffee is my mini breakfast until I eat my real one at the office. So not a meal replacement, but a meal buffer. Anyways, the fat in the butter kind of softens the caffeine, not to say you don’t get the good kick we all love with coffee, but I definitely feel like it goes straight to my brain and not my entire nervous system (aka the caffeine jittterrrss). I feel alert and awake but not like a psychopath. Although disclaimer, I don’t think it’s possible for me to get the caffeine jitters anymore because of how much coffee I drink, so it might not work exactly that way for normal people.

So there you have it! Try it if you want, punch me if you don’t.

P.S. Starbucks will put butter in your coffee for you and they have the good KerryGold kind, and they don’t even judge you that much when you order it. 

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