You haveto try this dessert.

I don't care if you're dieting or trying to gain mass or you just like to eat food that tastes good and that's it. This meets all of those requirements. This dessert is for everyone who loves dessert - and I mean absolutely everyone. Unless you hate coconut. In which case, we probably shouldn't be friends anyway.
Jay's image, not mine 
Jay's image, not mine

Packed with quality protein and healthy fats, this is the perfect bedtime meal. You know what I like best about this? It only takes me 3 minutes to whip up. The less time I have to spend in the kitchen, the happier I am, and this just took healthy dessert to a whole 'bother level.

You can even tweak it to suit your fancy. Don't have coconut milk? Throw in some extra whey protein instead. Add a handful of spinach to get in your daily veggies (and you can't even taste the greens!) and sweeten it up with some Stevia.

Go on, give it a whirl.

[Tweet "Quick tip to get more water in."] I've struggled to keep my water intake up for a long time now. It might have something to do with the days when I regularly knocked back 8L a day because… I thought if 4L was good, then 8L would be even better. Maybe related. Just maybe. (Kind of like how I used to be THE cardio queen - and now I do absolutely none.) If I'm not making an active effort to drink more, there will frequently be days when the only liquid I consume is my morning coffee and the water mixed with BCAAs during my training session. Sad, no?

So I bought a bunch of lemons the other day. Then I took one and I cut it in quarters. I squeezed two wedges into my water bottle (stainless steel or bust!) and added a dash of Stevia.

The easiest way to get in more water.
  The easiest way to get in more water.

So easy and so good! All the taste without the calories.

I call it… Fit Lemonade. FitLade. Oh, uhh - nope. Fit Lemonade it is. I'll chug this baby down in about 20 seconds flat.

Another thing I do is to take dark cocoa powder (the kind that has 10 calories per tsp), a dash of sea salt, and Stevia mixed with hot water. Faux hot chocolate. Honestly, the taste takes some getting used to, but it's helped me on nights when the hunger's been unforgiving.

Alternatively, throw the above ingredients into a blender with some ice cubes. Chocolate milk. And maybe it's just me, but I swear this tastes just like the real thing.

Hip thrusts, I love you.

This is my public confession. We parted ways for a brief 6 months, but now we're happily reunited. Thank you, Bret, for all your incredible work on women's glutes (and even this post that I thought, quite frankly, was humorous) and thank you, society, for being such ardent fans of the badonkadonk. My glutes are quite possibly my strongest asset, so the stars have surely aligned for us.

Bret's observations 
Bret's observations

The Bikini Body girls have hip thrusts on plan once a week, and it's been so much fun loading that bar up with the big plates again. Of course the bewildered looks from fellow gym goers never get old, either.

Where's the silver lining? 

On a more serious note, these past few weeks have been relatively trying for me. Dealing with a lot of logistical headaches, taking up arms in completely unnecessary wars, living through nightmares. And you know… I'm still alive. I'm healthy. I'm blessed. And to be honest with you, I'm having a hell of a great time. I just received some fantastic news last week and all of a sudden, I see everything with the glass half full again.

So where's the silver lining? All around, baby. All around.

But yes, I'm moving to New York!

Yep, it's true. As I write this, my apartment is entirely packed up save for one box's worth of clothes, cookware, etc. that I'll need over the next few days until Thursday morning rolls around. Then I'm packin' up and heading out of here for good. It's been a solid run, Connecticut, but New York calls.

I'll always be a California girl - and I'll return to the west coast (best coast) one of these days, God willing - but for now, there's no better place for me to be than in the Big Apple. I don't know the first thing about New York City besides the fact that it's busy and it's got an awful lot of concrete. Nevertheless, I couldn't be more excited to start this new chapter of my life.

See you all on the flipside.