ENERGYbits Review

I received ENERGYbits to try and review for my blog. All opinions are my own.

I posted on Twitter not long ago that I had shin splints and one of my followers responded back asking if I’d ever tried ENERGYbits. We got to talking and I was given a free sample to review and blog about.

I was SUPER excited to try it because they have multiple different supplements. They have ENERGYbits that obviously help you with energy, they also have RECOVERYbits that help with different kinds of recovery, from injury to hangover.

This was taken from their website: “ENERGYbits® are tiny algae tabs so nutritionally dense, they eliminate fatigue and hunger instantly. Want a healthy, natural way to fuel your game or fire up your brain? ENERGYbits® are for you! NO caffeine, sugar, chemicals, gluten or soy, just pure, plant based nutrition, all for just ONE calorie per tab.”

I tried ENERGYbits for the first time the other day. One of the only downers I find about ENERGYbits is you have to take 30 little tablets at once. You can chew them, or you can swallow them with water. I chose to swallow it with water. I don’t mind taking pills, etc., but I know there are some people out there that have a hard time swallowing pills, and 30 is just alot. But, otherwise, I have had GREAT experience with ENERGYbits.

You need to take 30 tablets 10-15 minutes prior to your workout. I was getting ready to do a bike workout the other day, so I hurried & took the tablets & then set up my bike and got ready to ride for 90 minutes.

Because the tablets are made of algae, I expected it to taste very “earthy”, but it wasn’t bad. I expected there to be an after taste and there wasn’t.

I noticed throughout my workout I didn’t get as fatigued as I normally do. I track my calorie intake and how many calories I burn via MyFitnessPal, and going in to this workout I had a pretty big calorie deficit. Normally, I would get fatigued pretty quick with this workout, but due to the ENERGYbits, I didn’t get as fatigued so quickly. I didn’t seem to be quite as hungry after the workout either and normally I’m STARVING. It’s a good appetite suppressant.

The only other downer about ENERGYbits is, for me, it’s pricey. For 1,000 tablets, it’s $115. Now, granted, that’s a 33 day supply if you use them every day, but unfortunately, my budget just won’t allow it. If I did have the money, I can guarantee I would use ENERGYbits more.

ENERGYbits are only available at ENERGYbits.com, and Jonathan (their Community Manager) has shared with me that he’d be happy to connect anyone with a current ambassador to share a discount on a bag of bits, or more info on their sample program – you can email him at jlevitt@energybits.com

Crazy Weeks

It has been a couple of crazy weeks lately. I’m ready for life to settle down any time now. I think I’ll be waiting a while. Lol.

This was actually the first weekend that the boyfriend and I had that we didn’t have a whole lot to do. When the kids are at their mom’s house, we try and run errands or do stuff that we can’t do when we have them, but this weekend, we didn’t seem to really have errands to run.
The boyfriend worked Saturday (I’m sure that’s part of the reason we had nothing to do) and then we had to go coach little league soccer. Surprisingly we’ve got some really good kids on the team and it has helped B make some friends.

After soccer, both the boyfriend and I went home and crashed. We were both just exhausted. I had gotten up earlier that morning to go do a workout and he had gone to work. We literally didn’t do anything the rest of the night. Well…we took Tank to the dog park and he’s not a big fan of the dog park. Have you ever met a dog not a fan of the dog park? Well…meet Tank! He just walked around the edges, sniffed everything and then ran over to me and was like “Ok, let’s go!”. He didn’t play, nothing. He’s a silly dog. Gotta love him.

Lately, my workouts have been very hit & miss. A couple of weeks ago I was SO proud of myself because I got ALL my workouts in. I thought that I’d finally got back in to a routine & it was going to stay that way. I guess that’s what I get for thinking, because the next 2 weeks were just CRAZY and I was lucky to get in maybe 3 workouts (I usually get about 10 in).

So…here’s to another week. Hopefully I’ll be able to get all of my workouts in…except for running. Taking a hiatus from running.

What kind of workouts do you do when you don’t run? Has your life been crazy like mine?

TMI Tag

Got this fun little TMI tag from this girl right here! She’s a fun blog to read. :) I’m always in need of things to blog about, so I thought I’d participate.

1: What are you wearing?
Long blue skirt and a maroon top with brown flats.

2: Ever been in love?
Currently. :)

3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
Not that I can think of.

4: How tall are you?
5′ 10″

5: How much do you weigh?
I won’t tell you how much I weigh, but I’ll tell you I’ve lost 114 lbs.

A woman never reveals her weight. :)

A woman never reveals her weight. :)

6: Any tattoos?
Five. 3 on my back, 1 on my arm & 1 on my ankle.

7: Any piercings?
Just my ears…since I was 7 yrs old.

8: OTP?
I had to look up what this meant. One true pairing? Peanut butter & chocolate. Those always go hand in hand.

9: Favorite show?
F*R*I*E*N*D*S

I think I've watched all 10 seasons about 8 times.

I think I’ve watched all 10 seasons about 8 times.

10: Favorite bands?
Billy Joel

11: Something you miss?
My grandpa.

12: Favorite song?
Hmmm…I don’t have just one. A couple are “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, “Root Beer Rag”, “Vienna” (all by Billy Joel).

13: How old are you?
34.

14: Zodiac sign?
Libra

15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Sense of humor. Support in my ventures in life.

16: Favorite Quote?
“I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me even stronger.” (The tattoo on my arm)

17: Favorite actor?
Hmmm…can’t say I have one.

18: Favorite color?
Purple

19: Loud music or soft?
Depends on my mood.

20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
To bed.

21: How long does it take you to shower?
5-10 minutes.

22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
30 minutes…max.

23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Nope.

24: Turn on?
Confidence. Dad’s interacting amazingly with his kids.

25: Turn off?
Cockiness

26: The reason I started blogging?
I wanted to show people & spread the word that if I can go from being insanely obese to being fit and doing triathlons & marathons, so can they.

27: Fears?
Death.

28: Last thing that made you cry?
Argument with kids.

29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Today.

30: Meaning behind your blog name?
I deal with anxiety & depression. Doing triathlons & running helps me survive that.

31: Last book you read?
The Grace to Race

32: The book you’re currently reading?
I’m not.

33: Last show you watched?
WWE Wrestling (sigh/eye roll)

34: Last person you talked to?
My boyfriend

35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
My boyfriend

36: Favorite food?
Anything

37: Place you want to visit?
Sweden

38: Last place you were?
Kitchen

39: Do you have a crush?
Always

40: Last time you kissed someone?
This morning

41: Last time you were insulted?
Yesterday

42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Butter cream frosting

43: What instruments do you play?
Piano

44: Favorite piece of jewelry?
My promise ring.

45: Last sport you played?
Swimming. Yes, it’s a sport.

46: Last song you sang?
I don’t remember.

47: Favorite chat up line?
I’m not sure what a chat up line is.

48: Have you ever used it?
Not sure what ‘it’ is referring to.

49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
Today…hanging out with my coworkers at work.

50: Who should answer these questions next?
All of you are TAGGED!!

Freddie Is Ready

Freddie is ready to ride! Yes, my bike has a name and it is Freddie. He was named after Freddie Mercury because of this song.

I finally got Freddie all ready to ride. I had to get a new tube for my front tire, I had to get a new pump to pump up my tires, and now I can ride him on the bike trainer.

Freddie Felt

Freddie Felt

I’ve been doing really good this week and I’ve been riding my bike ALOT. I’ve been putting lots of miles on.

One thing I find absolutely fascinating and confused about is B LOVES to sit & watch me ride my bike inside. You can just see the wheels turning in his mind trying to figure out how everything works. I’m usually on the bike for 90 minutes and he’ll sit and watch the gears and pedals the whole time. The first time I rode my bike inside, for the first 20 minutes, it was non-stop questions. Lol.

I find it boring to ride my bike inside, let alone watch my bike! To him though, it is SUPER fascinating. If it’s fascinating to him, I’m not going to stop him. :)

Do you have a tri bike? Do you ever ride on a bike trainer inside?

Kid Friendly Chicken Recipe

The boyfriend’s kids can be SUPER picky eaters. Especially when it comes to meat. It’s like pulling teeth trying to get them to eat. Yesterday, we got chicken out of the freezer for dinner, but I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I emailed the boyfriend and he found this recipe. I doubled the recipe so that there would be seconds if need be.

I however forget to get double the croissant rolls though. Haha! I finished chunking up/shredding chicken & the boyfriend went to the store to get more croissant dough. While he was gone, B came in to the kitchen & said it smelled good and he was excited for dinner. After I made the whole mixture, I let him try some of it. He was a little apprehensive at first, but after he took a bite of the chicken mixture he said he LOVED it!!

I just served it with mashed potatoes. Now, B won’t eat mashed potatoes, but he had 2 servings of the chicken. I’ll take that! He normally won’t ask for seconds! Yay for finally finding a chicken recipe the kids like.

Do you have a favorite kid friendly chicken recipe?

Manic Monday

"It's just another Manic Monday...whoa, whoa...wish it were a Sunday..."

“It’s just another Manic Monday…whoa, whoa…wish it were a Sunday…”

It was just another manic Monday…literally. The past 3 days I was able to get a workout in, so I SWORE I was going to get up bright & early this morning & get my swim in before I came to work. (P.S. I struggle getting up early.)

I got up at 5:20 a.m. to make it to the pool by 5:30 a.m when it opened. I decided to try a new pool. This new pool you don’t have to worry about a high school swim team coming in and taking over the pool, and when I’ve been there before, there’s always been at least 2 lap lanes open. So, I figured first thing in the morning wouldn’t be a big deal. I got there bright & early & the entire pool was filled with elderly people doing water aerobics. Ugh.

I turned around and went home and decided I’d take B to school early and then go swimming before I came to work. Well, B ended up taking FOREVER in the bath tub and we didn’t leave early. Then boyfriend called & needed me to bring him a sweatshirt. I figured I still had time to go swimming if I hurried. I might be a few minutes late to work, but nothing drastic. I was on my way to take boyfriend his sweatshirt and realized I had packed everything but soap & shampoo so that I could take a shower after I went swimming and go straight to work. *sigh*

I just told myself SCREW IT!!! I went home and showered and decided I’d just go swimming, running and do weights after work.

It just seems like whenever I make a decent effort to get my workout done in the morning something comes up. I tell ya…it was “just another manic Monday…(whoa, whoa)”.

How has your Monday been?

My Article – Proud Moment

A couple of months ago I got my USAT newsletter and there is a portion in there called “My Story”. I started reading through some of the articles & they are articles submitted by readers about their journey in triathlons & marathons.

I wasn’t sure how to submit my article, but I wanted to. So, I sent an email to them. They replied back and told me to write up an article, send a picture or two & they’d publish my story.

Well, guess what? The other day, I got my USAT newsletter and saw my picture in it! They published my story! You can read my story here.

Ever since I started losing weight, my whole goal has been to be a better me and inspire others. I want to show others that if I can do all that I’ve done, SO CAN YOU!!! I hope this article helps get my story out there & helps inspire others.

Me after Spudman 2013. I came in 3rd in my age group. :)

Me after Spudman 2013. I came in 3rd in my age group. :)