Mr. and Mrs. Geek Speak #10

17 Jun

Hey geeks! Welcome back to the podcast!

This week we wrap up season 5 of Game of Thrones with a round table discussion of what of liked and disliked. Mike and Tim from Between The Lines Sports return to share their thoughts and opinions with us.

Check out the guys’ recap post on the episode Mother’s Mercy.

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!!!! WARNING !!!!

This podcast may not be suitable for our younger geeks due to the topic covered. Also, due to the content including sexual assault and/or violence against women, it may be triggering for survivors of sexual/physical assault.

How quickly time passes! And to think this was the first image we saw of season 5! Now it’s finished and we wait for it to return next year. Oh the pain and anxiety of waiting to know the fate of Sansa, Arya, Jaime, Cersei, Reek/Theon, Daenerys, and Jon Snow!!

Hope you enjoy our chat and that you will return for more exciting geek news!

Fitness: Traveling Man Lunches

24 May

Mr. Geek and I were talking the other day about our fitness goals and how we’d like to achieve them. We both talked about tracking our food and watching our macros to balance what goes into our bodies to help lose the excess fat and build strong muscles.

It’s the first time we have similar goals!

Whenever we’ve discussed this we always hit a wall with Mr. Geek and his job. He travels to many different sites daily and eats on the road. While he tries to make good choices, it’s not always easy to track and manage what he’s eating while he’s working.

Plus, it can get costly eating out for breakfast and lunch everyday!

This led us to ask what does he want to achieve and how can we make it happen. We are both looking to cut down our body fat, lose some weight, and add more muscle definition. Together we made a list of ways to achieve this.

The first step was realizing that packing a lunch and snacks that can be easily measured and tracked is the best way to go. It’ll save us money and keep him on track. These meals need to be made from whole foods as much as possible. Packing a healthy lunch with balanced macros is the easy part when we realized we needed to find a way for him to carry this food. Because of his traveling schedule he doesn’t have the option to reheat any food he packs so anything we choose will need to keep the heated food warm and the cooler food chilled.

That led us to scour the internet for suggestions. And believe me, there are many! Our best hit was this Life Hacker article on traveling lunch systems. It has everything from Bento boxes to Tiffin sets. And as always, Buzzfeed has a nice article listing 27 Ways To Pack A Better Lunch. With options listed for us and suggestions galore, it looks like we’ll just have to pick one to try and give it a go. We’ll have to report back with our findings in the future!

To our readers, anyone have a traveling lunch system that works well for hot and cold items? If you don’t have the option to reheat or chill your food (no kitchen available) how do you travel with your meals?

We’d love to hear your ideas!

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Geek Speak #9

23 May

And we’re back with an end of season discussion of about Arrow an The Flash.

If you haven’t listened to the first half where we dish on our thoughts and feelings about these two shows, click the link below to listen.

Mr. and Mrs. Geek Speak #8

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Now for episode #9 where we discuss the ending of The Flash season one and Arrow season 3.

If you aren’t up to date on these two shows, beware! There will be spoilers!

And poor Martin Stein, whose name we couldn’t remember for the life of us while we recorded.

And if you, like Mike, haven’t seen the preview for the Legends of Tomorrow, check out the video below.

Check out Mike and Tim at Between the Lines Sports on Facebook and on their blog BTL Sports.

Be sure to check back when we record and post our 10th episode!!! I can’t believe we’ve hit 10 already!

Mr. and Mrs. Geek Speak #8

24 Apr

Hey geeks! We’re back!!

And we’re back with guests! Last night we sat down with Mike and Tim from BTL Sports to talk Arrow and The Flash, two comic book shows on the CW.

Know that this podcast talks about our thoughts before watching the show and will delve into what we’ve seen so far so if you haven’t caught up and don’t want to be spoiled, plug your ears!

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Check back in when the season is over to see our thoughts on how both shows wrap it up. And check out BTL Sports for all things sports and pop culture.

Geekery: Any New Fitness Tech?

18 Mar

I’ve always been a fan of wearing technology that supports or improves my fitness. From the Polar Loop to the Fitbit, I’ve been through a few. I’m always curious how a new tracking device will work with my activities and how well it will log my daily steps.

My most recent fitness wearable is the Misfit Shine. After seeing it perform against my Polar Loop on a vacation, I was convinced it was a better wearable. It’s not perfectly accurate (as nothing is, yet) but because it can be worn on your shoe and it’s smaller so it doesn’t bother or get in the way, I found it easier to wear on my foot so that it more closely caught my steps rather than around my wrist where the tracking wasn’t so accurate.

But even that tool has been tossed aside. I keep forgetting to switch it from one pair of shoes to another and lately it’s become permanently attached to my flip flops. I started off my new job this year with it on my shoe and watching my step count

Of course, now that I’m not wearing it as frequently, any trip to Best Buy has me oogling the fitness tech aisle, hoping to find some shiny new gadget that will spark my interest.

As I glance down at all the new things on the market, nothing catches my attention and makes me feel ready to purchase. Nothing is new, exciting or any better than what I’m already using.

Other than these headphones that also track your heart rate while you are working out and listening to music, everything feels the same. And while I’m still drawn to all the new tech items and I crave the feeling of ripping open a new packaged gadget, I’m being pretty good about not buying anything.

For now…

I guess my question is, then, what will be next? We’ve had pedometers, heart rate monitors, step tracking devices that link to our phones, calorie counting sites and devices, and we’ve also got scales that link to your fitness accounts, too! What’s next? Where can we go from here?

Besides inserting some fitness tracker into our skin, a la The Hunger Gamers, I’ve seen the ones on our shoes, on our wrists and clipped to our clothes. I don’t quite see where else they can take us other than improving the technology already in place.

Ready for your tracker insertion?

 

If the step counters could be more accurate and if they could get our heart rate monitors to properly track our burned calories for a more closely monitored calorie count throughout the day, then I’d be a happy geek and I’ll be the first to buy the update version of whatever is hot. For now, it’s all the same ol’ hat!

What would you like to see change in the fitness technology world? Would you like to see anything completely new that’s not on the market yet? Let us your thoughts below!

Fitness: Make Ahead Smoothie in a Bag

8 Mar

This weekend I was very busy in the kitchen. After writing about meal planning and how preparing your lunches and big meals ahead of time for the week helps things run smoother, I was motivated to do just that. So I parked myself down on Saturday, wrote out a list, did some major shopping, and prepared five meals that went into my freeze for future use.

 

I was so pumped to continue prepping meals and taking the time to get us ahead of the game that I made up a few small bags filled with smoothie ingredients also meant to be frozen for future use.

 

 

 

My creative juices were flowing so I even had Little Geek sit down with me and make a quick how-to video to show how simple it really is!

Hope you enjoy!

Fitness: Meal Planning Ahoy!

7 Mar

Being prepared is the best way to be.  You can never be surprised by an unexpected turn of events and you will always know you are covered in case anything happens.

This is a bit dramatic. Yes, life can be a bit crazy and things can get a little topsy turvy but for the most part we humans adjust and adapt pretty well.

But there is a lot to be said about planning ahead which is why I find my weeks to go much smoother when I take the time to prepare a few things each weekend like my lunches and our family dinners.

Meal prep is exhausting! I mean, let’s be honest, you spend a good portion of a whole Sunday making food you aren’t going to eat right away. WHAT?!? But hear me out! It’s worth it.

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I start with mapping out my dinners and how I’m going to shop for them. I go so far as to plan out my grocery list by sections so that I’m not overwhelmed. I list out all the fruits and veggies from the produce section first then I map out all the proteins I’ll pick up at the butcher counter. I try to spend as little time as possible in the snack and packaged food aisles but I do spend some money on froze foods, especial fruit and veggies. Some weeks we go through the fresh stuff fast enough that they don’t go bad but having a bag or two of frozen produce helps in our smoothies and when we were craving something sweet. I also stock up on froze fish and chicken for those nights when we’re flying out the door for the gym or soccer practice or meetings or some other event that keeps us busy.

Then I head home and make some simple main dishes that will last us the week. Chicken is a favorite. I cook a batch of chicken breasts with some butter and an Italian seasonings packet sprinkled on them and it serves as our protein for lunch and dinner. They make great chicken, rice, and veggie bowls for dinner! Along with a large batch of chicken I make up some rice and steam a bunch of veggies. Or, if I’m feeling creative, I’ll swap out my rice for some sweet potatoes (or yams, I can never tell the difference).

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Then comes the packing. I have these Ziploc containers that have three sections: small, medium and large. I pack my veggies into one, a handful of trail mix or almonds into the smallest, and then load up the larger compartment with my rice/potatoes and my protein of choice. I love these things! They work not only for me but also for little Geek, as well.

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His lunches look a little more playful with the cupcake wrappers used to hold fruit or chopped veggies. He loves cucumbers and tomatoes so I make sure to have some handy. We play around with wraps, sandwiches, and kabobs to mix in some protein for him and some healthy carbs. He enjoys helping me plan these little bento styled boxes for his school lunch. I think he gets a kick out of having so many options to eat.

Once we have food for our lunches all mapped out and ready to go, I spent some time on meal planning for dinner throughout the week. I skip the nights we have a late practice or when I have a meal already made from the night before. We get creative with leftover food and re-purpose different items to make new meals. Chicken works well in tacos, burritos, and rice bowls.

In the past I’ve gone ahead and prepped freezer bags of food to be plopped in the crock pot for a hearty dinner. I’ve done a number of recipes from Hawaiian pineapple chicken to stews and I always keep track of the meals that go over well so I can make them again in the future.  These are great for those soccer practice nights or evenings when I’m not home. I can pull a meal, put it in the crock pot, and have dinner waiting for the boys that is easy to serve.

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Does this take a lot of time? Yes! But it saves a lot of time during the week, too. And it can help alleviate the pressure of having homemade meals each day when there is so much going on in a busy household. Those few hours on Saturday or Sunday spent prepping all these meals makes the rest of the week run smoother and helps us keep our healthy goals within sight.

A few tips and tricks to help you plans out your week of meals.

  • Have enough containers that fit your needs. Whether it’s plain Tupperware, plastic baggies, or Bento styled boxes with compartments, have them cleaned and ready first thing. And make sure you have all the lids that match! Nothing is worse than starting to plan a weeks worth of meals then find out you have mismatched lids.
  • Keep side snacks on hand to fulfill those cravings in between meals. Jerky, almonds, trail mix, and granola are great fillers. Trail mix and granola are easily made and customized at home.
  • A scale is a handy tool to have. It makes portioning out the food much much easier.
  • Lists!!! Make lists of the ingredients you needs, the meals to make ahead of time AND lists of snacks to make and pack for each day.
  • Stickie notes help, too! If you log your food, using a stickie note to remember the weight of each item can make recording your meals a cinch. Stickie notes also mark whose lunch is whose when you are making multiple meals for more than just one person.
  • Good freezer bags are a must!! No cheap baggies! If they aren’t good quality they could possibly break while loading them or allow in the cold air and cause freezer burn. Nothing is worse than spending hours prepping meals only for them to go bad in the freezer because the bags used were no good!
  • Pinterest is your friend! Check it out for ideas, suggestions, and tips. No point in reinventing the wheel when there are lots of awesome resources out there to pull from. Many of my meal prep ideas come from Pinterest.
  • And lastly, give yourself a clean, LARGE work space. You’ll be handling a lot of food and making sure you have a clean work surface plus extra space will make you less nuts as you prep.

Check Mrs. Geek out on Pinterest and Instagram for any meal prep ideas.

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