I am supposed to be taking the SAS course, “Macro Language 1: Essentials” right now, but decided I needed a break from the heavily technical programming language. The reason why I am taking the course and four other course is to become SAS Base and SAS Advanced Programming Certified. My company is not requiring it, but since the courses are being offered for free I thought why not add these to my resume. Technically I don’t ever need them, but it will make me stand out from programmers/researchers who do not get the certifications. I guess forward thinking is how my brain has always worked. If there is something that will make me better I do it even if it is difficult and I have to sacrifice free time to get it done. Most importantly, I want the certifications just in case I ever lose a management position and need to move back into a technical role quickly Am I am overachiever? YES, most definitely, but I would rather get my SAS certifications than watch TV, I would rather train for a marathon than watch TV, I would rather do anything to make myself better than watch TV!
The last couple of days I have also been adding a scoop of Vegan Tropical Strawberry Skakeology to my smoothies. I was hesitant on trying Shakeology because I have sensitivity to oats, dairy and gluten. The vegan formula uses oat protein and the product is manufactured in facility that also processes gluten products. Double wammy against me because there may be some cross contamination, but knowing the product contains no GLUTEN I gave it a whirl. After one week, I have experienced absolutely no digestive issues and have tons more energy (especially during workouts)!
For those following the Beach Body 21 day fix (challenge group we have coming up on January 5th, 2015), this smoothie uses 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green and 1 purple containers. Mint and lemon do not count towards your containers (they are freebies, yippee).
- 1 C Frozen Berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
- 1 C Ice
- 3/4 C Pomegranate Juice
- 2 C Water
- 1/4 C Mint Leaves
- 1 Scoop Skakeology (Tropical Vegan Strawberry or Greenberry)
- 1 C Swiss Chard
- 1 Lemon, juice
- Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
- If the smoothie is too thick, add an additional tablespoon of water or juice until desired consistency. If too thin, add an additional 1/4 cup of frozen fruit.
- This smoothie was created as a meal replacement (makes 1 - 32 ounce serving). If you are looking for a smaller portion cut the ingredients in half.