Trans-Atlantic bodybuilding blogger swap!

It’s been quite a week! I told you that I got me a sponsor (GOOD Hemp Nutrition). Then I told you that I got me a training partner. Well, good things come in threes. I also got me a… pen-pal.

Yes, an actual pen-pal.

So far, so 1987. ;)

Joob (Juliet) is, as her Twitter description hilariously states, a “female bodybuilder and diarrhea* scientist” who lives in the States and blogs at Hey Joob. (*forgive the spelling; she’s foreign ;) )

We first made contact via our blogs – I stumbled across hers and was hooked because here was a real person of the female gender, training – not for Figure – but for bodybuilding. There’s nothing wrong with Figure competitor blogs and goodness knows I read enough of them, but female bodybuilders are few and far between, and their blogs even rarer.

I was soon hooked by Joob’s dry sense of humour, honest accounts of prep and interesting backstory.

Over time, we started emailing about bodybuilding, prep, shows, posing, life the Universe and (almost) everything.

Then we suggested a swap – I’d send her stuff she particularly wanted from over here (and a few other things besides – I love sending parcels to people!) and in return she’d place me an online order from Netrition for a few things I’ve been dying to try, and ship them to me. (I paid her, obvs).

Well, her parcel came the other day in double-quick time and WOW! I was excited to open it, thinking all it would have in it was the things I’d actually ordered. Nope – lovely Joob had been a very good pen-pal indeed and popped a good few extras in, some of which I have read about and am excited to try, some of which I’ve never heard of and… am excited to try. :D

Needless to say, I can’t so much as nibble one atom of any of these til after my comps. Everything’s gone in the “delayed gratification” bag. Yes, it actually exists – it’s a brown paper bag (rapidly filling up) which lives under my desk. It’s been there for months now and no I haven’t touched a thing inside it, despite it being inches from my shins all day as I work. *polishes halo*

Here without further ado is what Joob sent me:

That would be some LorAnn flavour (sorry – flavor) oils, flavoured Stevia and PEANUT FLOUR. As anyone who knows me at all could tell you, I have been obsessed with trying to get hold of peanut flour for about a year now. At last! I have it! (I !*!?%* hope I like it now!)

Jell-o sugar free puddings. What? Yes OK, OK, I am gross. Joob almost refused to get these for me! In my defense, I’ve never actually made these as an entire pudding, I just add a tsp to my shakes (sometimes) to make them thicker and richer. I asked her to get me the flavours we can’t get over here.

Then she also sent me all this which I didn’t ask for and am so excited to try!

Light coconut milk – yum – I’ve no idea what I’ll make with this – ideas? Hot sauce and Bragg’s Aminos – great idea! Joob and I both like to season the living daylights out of our food and I love spicy flavours. Yum yum!

Darrrrk chocolate (just the way I like it), some super-food bite thingies and a load of Quest bars – thank you!

Last but not least, some sample sachets of Justin’s nut butters (check out those flavours!) which I’ve read about many times but never been able to try. Mmmmm…. thanks! (Also, thank you for not sending a full-size jar. I fear that would be dangerous!)

THANK YOU, friend! I love having a pen-pal!

Do go and check out Joob’s blog. It’s funny.

Trans-Atlantic bodybuilding blogger swap! is a post from The Fit Writer blog.

Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.

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14 Responses to Trans-Atlantic bodybuilding blogger swap!

  1. Juliet says:

    :D!!!! I’m so glad you liked your box! I cannot wait to get mine… I’m secretly hoping it arrives today as I leave tomorrow. If not, I am going to make my sister check back for it every day until it comes. HEH.

    Re. the coconut milk: I use it for a lot of things! I use it as my fat source in meals and it’s great in shakes & oatmeal to thicken things up a bit. But my favorite use of it is as a sauce to make curried food! Sautee veggies, meat, and whatever else you want (raisins!) in a pan and while that is going, I mix a bunch of spices into some coconut milk (curry powder, cumin, garlic/onion powder, ginger). When everything is mostly cooked, I put the ‘sauce’ on and mix it up until that’s hot too! Do NOT put it in coffee – that tastes like a**.

    It’s so funny because a lot of those things, I randomly bought in the supermarket the day I sent it. I was shopping for myself and was like OH I LOVE THIS I BET NIC WILL TOO!!! I might have also bought myself some super dark chocolate and nut butter then as well. Just saying.

  2. Bragg Liquid Aminos – I love it – and makes a great drink as well (best not to use too much). Lee left a large bottle and it’s all gone :) enjoy and what a great pen pal .

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  4. Ditto I use Light Coconut Milk for curry too (Korma nom nom!) Not sure about the Pistachio Jell-o dessert though ewwwww!

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  7. Billy Howard says:

    I love nuttella so i’m guessing that the chocolate nut butter would be similar. Looks nice!

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