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Break It Down


Have a large weight loss goal? Sometimes breaking it down to more mini-goals makes it easier. If you want to lose 60 pounds, that may sound a little daunting. But, if you think of losing 10 pounds, that doesn’t sound so bad. So, look at your 60 pounds as “Losing 10 pounds 6 times”. I needed to lose 140 pounds, so far I’ve lost 10 pounds 7 times. I just need to do it 7 more times and I’ll be at my goal weight. Even if you’re just trying to shed the last 10 pounds or so, you might want to break it down to 2 pounds 5 times. Focus on the first 2, then move on to the next 2.

Would you stop brushing your teeth?


If you get off track one day, don’t give up! We all have bad days here and there, the key is to just get back on track. Think of it like brushing your teeth. If you forgot to brush your teeth this morning you wouldn’t say “That’s it, I’m never brushing my teeth again!”. No. You’d just get back to brushing again tomorrow. Or, you’d stop what you’re doing (put down the cookie) and start “brushing your teeth” right then.

FitJoy Protein Bar


Cal: 230 | Fat: 8g | Carb: 23g | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 20g (frosted cinnamon roll)

This morning I decided to give the FitJoy Protein Bars a try. I picked up the Frosted Cinnamon and Chocolate Iced Brownie. It looks like they have about 10 different flavors, but these were the two I found locally. I started with the Chocolate Iced Brownie, which has a rather dense texture. It’s not quite as dense as a Quest Protein Bar, but still more dense than a brownie you might eat otherwise. It isn’t overly sweet, more of a subtle brownie flavor. Personally, I’d probably give it a 5 out of 10 stars. Next I tried the Frosted Cinnamon Roll.  After trying the Oh Yeah! One Cinnamon Roll Bar I had pretty high hopes for this bar. And… it’s not a One Bar. It is “OK”, maybe a 6 out of 10. While it had a cinnamon aftertaste, I would be hard pressed to say it was a cinnamon roll bar. It was rather gummy and dense. I guess it might be like the center of a cinnamon roll that was under-cooked, yet over-cooked at the same time. As mentioned above, they have 8 other flavors. I’ll probably try them, if I happen across them, but I probably won’t be searching high and low for them.

 

Power Crunch Bar – Triple Chocolate


Cal: 205 | Fat: 13g | Carb: 10g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 16g

A friend gave me one of these Power Crunch Bars a while back and it took me a little while to get a chance to try it out. I’ve finally had an opportunity to give this a try and… O – M – G! This thing is GOOD! These remind me of one of my all time light crisp flavor cookies – any type of Wafer Cookies.I have always enjoyed the light thin wafer crunch surrounded by the nice chocolaty flavor. With the name “triple chocolate” it really does have a darker chocolate flavor, which is good. I give this bar a 9 out of 10 for me when it comes to dessert type bars. I would eat this even if I wasn’t on a journey to lean. I will without a doubt be trying the other flavors Power Crunch has to offer.

Discounted Gym Memberships


If you’re a Blue Cross Blue Shield member, you can get discounts to many local gyms. The cost is only $25 to join and $25 a month! You can use this link https://www.bcbsilforyourhealth.com/ for Blue Cross Blue Shield members. Also, I was asking the YMCA about it this morning and, while my local YMCA doesn’t participate with BCBS, they do have discounted memberships with other insurance providers. I would suggest checking your insurance website or calling a representative and asking if your plan might have gym benefits as well.

Carb Killa Grenade Bars


Cal: 220 | Fat: 8g | Carb: 21g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Protein: 22g
(white chocolate cookie flavor)

I saw someone mention that Carb Killa Grenade Bars were a key part of their journey to lean, so I have been searching high and low for them. I finally found them at a corporate GNC store. I would give these an 8 out of 10 for protein bars. They have decent stats and there are multiple flavors which are all very good. The Chocolate Cream flavor was a pretty smooth bar. It’s just as it says, chocolate with a slight cream flavor. I was hoping the White Chocolate Cookie would have more of a cookies and cream flavor than it did, but it was still good. I would say it was 90% white with 10% cookie crumb flavor. The Caramel Chaos was probably my favorite. It had a slight crunch and a slight caramel flavor to go with the chocolate outer coating. The Chocolate Crunch version was actually very similar to the Chocolate Cream flavor, with just a slightly richer cream undertone. It really didn’t have as much “crunch” as you might think a “crunch” titled bar would have. Every now and then I would get a little crunch, but not nearly what I had thought. Overall, I would suggest these to those on their journey to lean. The Pure Protein Bars was previously my top protein “candy bar”, but I would say these have taken over the top spot. The store I have to buy them from is not just around the corner. While I don’t know if I would go out of my way to get these, the next time I’m in the area of that store, I will be sure to grab a box full or so to stock up.

 

Ozeri ZK14-L Digital Food Scale


Ozeri ZK14-L Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale

This is the scale I bought for my home kitchen. It’s super easy to use right out of the box. It does use batteries, so you don’t have to plug it in, but eventually you will have to replace your batteries. It’s very light and very portable – if you needed it on the go. You place your plate/bowl on the scale, press the “tare” button to zero out the scale and then just add your ingredients. Or, if you want to use it in reverse, place your bowl full of ingredients on the scale, press tare to zero out the scale. Then, as you remove the ingredients, the negative number will be the weight of the ingredients you removed. Press tare after you add or remove each ingredient.

NuGo Stronger Bar – Peanut Cluster and Caramel Pretzel


Cal: 155* | Fat: 6g* | Carb: 18g* | Fiber: 5g* | Sugar: 6g* | Protein: 13*

* = booooooo (1/2 bar)

I picked these up yesterday thinking, caramel pretzel and peanut cluster… YUM! I was in kind of a hurry off-loading trucks at work, so I quickly ran in, grabbed the caramel pretzel, took a few pictures, then I ran back out to get back to work. As I was heading back out, already eating on the bar, I started looking closer at the nutrition label and quickly zoomed in on the “1/2” column. Why is there a “1/2” column? … “servings per container: 2″… WHAT?! Who in the world would call 1/2 a bar a “serving”?! That’s terrible! I mean, come on, if you’re going to call 1/2 the PACKAGE a serving, then at least package it as 2 bars. You tout 145 calories in nice big bold letters on the packaging, so you (probably) know you’re targeting a health conscious crowd and yet you’re going to slyly put “servings 2” on the back of the package?! Sheesh. Well, enough with the rant (I guess). On to the bars. Honestly – not even because I’m not happy with what I feel is deceptive marketing – I would rate these a 5 out of 10. Right in the middle of road. The weren’t wonderful, but they weren’t gross. They were somewhat flavorless. Kind of a cardboard texture. And not much of a strong flavor anywhere in the bar. I went ahead and finished off the first bar (caramel pretzel) as my “lunch”. Then, I had a bite out of the second bar (peanut cluster), just to trial it and then I pitched it. Being that it too was a 5 out of 10 like the caramel pretzel, I didn’t see a need in wasting my calorie “allowance” on it in the future. If it’s a choice between these or a snickers… I guess I’d go with these simply due to the protein content. Otherwise, I’d look for something else at the store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Smackers – Peanut Butter


Cal: 180 | Fat: 9g | Carb: 21g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Protein: 5g

I was honestly wondering if I would even review this bar since I liked the caramel peanut flavor so much, I thought it would basically handle the review for both. I was wrong. This is definitely not my favorite bar. It has a much more “diety” sweet flavor to it compared to the caramel peanut bar. I can eat just about anything, but even I could only finish 1/4 of this bar before I tossed it. The stats of this bar are worse than the caramel version as well. The only reason I finished the 1/4 of the bar, honestly, was so it was easier to enter into my calorie tracker (FatSecret). This bar may be good for someone out there, but it’s not for me.

 

Harvest Snaps


Cal: 120 | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 180 | Carbs: 15g | Sugar: 1g | Protein: 5g

All products vary, so I have provided stats for the Tomato Basil for example only.

 

I gave these Harvest Snaps a try today. Apparently they have more than the 4 flavors I pictured here, but these were the flavors available at the store I visited. I would definitely purchase the Tomato Basil and the Caesar again. They both had nice full flavors. The Tomato Basil, for a lack of a better description had a slight pizza flavor to it. The Caesar snaps tasted like a very light crouton from a Caesar salad. The Lightly Salted crisps were not bad, they just had little flavor. So, if you’re not a fan of strong flavors, this may be the snap for you. Onion Thyme… apparently I’m not a fan of Thyme. If you like Thyme, you may like these. Personally…. not my favorite.