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Quest Nutrition Bars….Are They All They Are Cracked Up to Be

Quest Nutrition Bars....Are They All They Are Cracked Up to Be

I was more than willing to jump at the chance to do a product review on Quest Nutrition Bars when it was offered to me. I have heard raving reviews of the bars and thought to myself “oh yeah this is going to be awesome!” Needless to say when my Quest package arrived I was like a kid in a candy store just staring at all of the many flavors that I was sure that I was going to love.

For those of you who don’t know here is a little about Quest.

“Quest Bars were created from a simple idea: healthy food should taste amazing with zero compromises. We set out to deliver something that no one had done before and believed that with enough hard work and innovation food could be delicious and good for you. People eat for enjoyment rather than sustenance. That’s why Quest is driven to engineer foods that don’t compromise on taste or nutrition. Quite simply, we’re making healthy eating fun.”

“We actually believe that you are what you eat. That’s why Quest—from the beginning—has always invested in cutting-edge ingredients to create products with clean nutritional profiles that taste like you’re eating something unhealthy. We like to eat. And we want it to be fun! Cheat meals without the cheating.

To accomplish this, we make sure to use the highest quality ingredients available.

Sugar, for instance, doesn’t even exist at our facility. The only sugar in our bars comes from things like the nuts and freeze-dried fruit. Every sweet, mouthwatering bite of a Quest Bar is the result of painstaking trial and error to discover the most insanely delicious ingredients that promote a healthy lifestyle.

We even manufacture the inclusions that we put in our bars. The chocolate crumbles in Cookies & Cream and the white chocolate chunks in the White Chocolate Raspberry… we make those from scratch. It’s the only way to get the perfect taste and nutritional profile you come to expect from Quest.

We recognized a need to break the nutritional rut of the food industry with sweet innovation by applying up-to-date nutrition science to novel ingredients.

As science brings us new answers, you can count on us to react accordingly – and still create the most exhilarating, mind-blowing food products that make healthy eating fun again.”

For more information on Quest Nutrition you can hit up their web site at http://www.questnutrition.com/

I have to admit some bars taste better then others and the texture of the bars are different. My favorite flavors were the Peanut Butter Cups as well as the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Coconut Cashew and the Chocolate Brownie. My daughter loved the Cookies and Cream. My least favorite that I could not finish eating was the Cinnamon Roll.

I love the fact that these bars are gluten free and that you do have such a great range of flavors to choose from.

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It has been a While

It has been a While

Boy, it has been a while since I have posted a blog. A lot has happened this past month. Some good and some not so good.

First the GOOD! I finally got a JOB!!! I have been searching for a job non stop since October of last year and nothing seemed to be coming my way. Finally I set out on foot and went and spoke to people face to face and that my friends is what landed me this job. I am so blessed to have this job and cannot wait to see what the future holds with this company. It is definitely a company that I can see myself retiring with.

Now, the not so good. 3 weeks ago I tweaked my left knee. It hurt so bad and the sad part is how I did it. All I did was stand up from a laying position and BAM!!!! It went out and has not been the same since. I have been babying it and am so thankful that I have a pool in my back yard that has allowed me to get pool workouts in for my legs. So you see, there is always a silver lining to situations, you just have to make sure to keep your eyes, ears and heart open to see it.

Now to go to my happy place…The Beach! I am there in spirit but will be there in body on August 1.

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GYMBOSS GIVEAWAY TIME

GYMBOSS GIVEAWAY TIME

Where do I start with this amazing little tool? All I can say about this fabulous little addition to my trainings are THANK GOD!! This little piece of equipment has made a HUGE IMPACT in my training life. No more losing track of timed sessions during a tabata workout ever again. The girls that come and work out with me have a LOVE/HATE relationship with the Gymboss interval timer. They LOVE the fact that I don’t lose track of time but hate the fact that it still kicks their bootay!

If you are looking for a timer for your tabata trainings, sprint trainings or any interval training at all, then look no further then GYMBOSS….they are a true answer to your training needs.

One lucky viewer will win a GYMBOSS timer for yourself. So head on over to my page on Facebook and enter to win. Also, check out GYMBOSS website because the lucky winner will also get to pick out the color of their choice.

http://www.gymboss.com
https://www.facebook.com/gymbosstimers
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspired-Fitness-by-Andi/241804345858454

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Bravelets “BE BRAVE” Bracelet

When I came across this beautiful piece of jewelry I knew I had to research more about this company. Boy am I glad that I did…What a beautiful story about a young lady and the need to help her mom Be Brave during her battle with breast cancer. Please read below more about this beautiful company. The bracelet that I have is very comfortable and you can wear it with casual wear or dressy clothes. It is very durable and fits nicely on my wrist and I just love, love, love it!

“I will never forget the day my mom told me she had breast cancer. When I heard the news I held back tears, and tried to sound calm. I knew that I needed to be brave for my Mom. She was trying to be brave for me and my sister, as she didn’t want us to worry. We were trying to be brave for her. Out of this process, Bravelets™ was born.

I wanted to make something that my sister, my mom, my dad and I could all wear in the weeks leading up to her Mastectomy – a symbol that we could all look at and remember to be brave.

There are times in all of our lives where we need to be brave – whether for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, or even for a complete stranger. Bravelets™ bracelets are more than just something to wear on your wrist. They are a symbol of hope, strength and courage. They are designed to help you be brave in the toughest of times.

Why the Triangle? The triangle is the strongest geometric shape. Bravelets™ bracelets are worn to help you be strong and brave in tough situations. Therefore, Bravelets™ and triangles are a perfect pair. The triangle is incorporated not only in the Bravelets logo, but also in every item’s single design. Plain and simple, the triangle represents strength, just like Bravelets™.

Our Giving – Upfront and Honest

Bravelets™ is not a non-profit organization. We are a for-profit company with giving at our core. We believe in transparency. We believe in making a difference. We don’t believe in the phrase “a portion of proceeds will be donated….” What does that mean? Is a portion $.01? Is a portion 1%? That kind of giving is confusing and un-fulfilling to the purchaser. We want you to feel good about your purchase. We want you to know, when you look down at your wrist, that $10 was donated to your cause. We want you to know that you helped make a difference.”

My bracelet that I have represents Thyroid Cancer and I love it! I love it so much that I get to offer you a discount code for you to pick out your very own Bravelets in the Thyroid Cancer community page. The discount code is FITBLOG and the web address is
https://bravelets.com/product-category/thyroid-cancer

Thank you Bravelets for allowing me this opportunity to review this beautiful bracelet and to tell the world about it.

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Transformation Tuesday….Being Patient and Still Healing

Transformation Tuesday....Being Patient and Still Healing

Today on this Transformation Tuesday I found that it was time to actually show you all the scar and the spot where the infection I got took control.

This has definitely been a process but a journey I would 100% do over again.

The top picture shows you my scar that goes from hip to hip. The top picture you can also see the uneven area on my left side. This is the side my infection was and where I had to have fluid aspirated for 6 weeks. When having to be needle aspirated there is always a chance that you will have this seroma look. The process for this healing and the swelling to go down is a process that takes so much patience with my body. Dr. B wants me to give my body time to heal on its own and does not want to rush in to surgery to do a repair without me allowing my body to heal the way that it can. Every day I do massages on my belly and on my scar to help the healing and to break down the scar tissue. It is a little painful but very tolerable.

Right now I am also dealing with Phantom signs of still feeling like I have this skin hanging down. Even though I know I don’t have the skin I feel it still on me when I get in the bath tub. For those of you who have excess skin after a big weight loss you know what it is like to take a bath and shower and having to lift your skin up to bathe as well as to sit in the tub and having that skin lay on your legs. I still catch myself feeling the skin sticking to my legs when I sit in the tub but there is nothing there. I am hoping this feeling goes away because honestly it is VERY ANNOYING. My belly button is new so there is dark scarring around it. I am now allowed to use scar gel to help the process of toning the scarring down on my belly button and on my big scar. No tanning beds are allowed because that will make the scars worse by darkening them so I will only be getting spray tans until I can get outside and tan using some sunscreen and of course being in a bathing suit.

I have learned through this entire process so many things and PATIENCE is the #1 thing that you have to have. Healing does not happen overnight, it takes time. Yes, the swelling is still there but it can also be covered up with a swim suit and panties. You cannot see the swelling in my clothes either but I know it is there.

I go back to Dr. B on June 5th, the day before my 47th birthday and I am praying that this seroma look is GONE!!! In the mean time I am continuing on my path of health and fitness. I will continue to do all that I can to help my healing and to remain on a path of success and happiness.

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Hard Work Does Pay Off but it is NO Easy Task

Hard Work Does Pay Off but it is NO Easy Task

It has been almost 17 weeks since my skin removal surgery. It has been 4 weeks since I have been fully released to work out normally with no restrictions.

I have to admit this has been one tough journey over the last 17 weeks. My body is not responding the way I want it to and the weight is not coming off. I had to go to my Primary Care Dr. last week due to Bronchitis and an Upper Respiratory Infection and while I was there I told him about my body not responding and how my weight loss has stalled.

Dr. Jhala has been with me the duration of my journey and knows that I take my health very seriously. When I told him about my body not responding he looked at me and said “Andi, your body has been through so much trauma over the last few months. You went through a major surgery, you ended up getting a horrible infection and your body has been fighting you for all it has to hold on and sustain because it doesn’t know what is going to happen next. Andi, be patient with your body and allow it to continue to heal. Continue eating healthy, working out and getting rest.” Those were his words to me and it is so hard for me because I still have 25 lbs to drop and it is NOT coming off but hanging on for dear life.

I refuse to resort to pills or fads. I will research recipes and will continue my workouts as normal. Am I frustrated? YES but I will NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!!! Giving up is NOT AN OPTION!

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12 Weeks Post Op and Staying Committed to Me

12 Weeks Post Op and Staying Committed to Me

Today was my 12 week Post Op appointment with Dr. B at The Breazeale Clinic. If you have been following me then you know that my recovery has not been the best…that is up until now 🙂

Today I went in to see Dr. B and automatically I was assuming that I was going to need surgery again to repair what damage the infection had done on my left side. To my surprise Dr. B came in the room and said “Ok Trouble Let us see what we got”. With that I showed him my belly and incision and he was like “oh my, this looks wonderful…look at that flat tummy.” He told me that yes I did have some swelling still and a little over hang from the infection but at this point and time he did not want to go back in for more surgery. Dr. B feels that my body needs another 3 months of healing on its own and I am cool with that. I will continue doing daily belly massages to help the scar tissue and I will also need to continue to wear a compression tank during the day.

So, I am now FULLY RELEASED to live life and go full force with my workouts and I have NO LIMITATIONS! I am free to continue living life to the fullest and I will stay COMMITTED to ME and MY HEALTH and do all that Dr. B told me to do in order to keep healing in a positive direction!

I go back to see Dr. B on June 5th, the day before my 47th birthday and I believe it will be the best birthday yet!