Product Review: Shake Weight For Women

In January, as part of my effort to start to really work on toning, I saw an ad for the Shake Weight (as seen on tv!!) at Walmart for $20.00.  I figured what the heck – I’d give it a try, no matter how hokey it seemed.

So, I’ve been using it at least twice a week for the past month, and I do in fact see a lot of toning in my arms and chest.  The weight itself is light weight, and easy to use, although you do feel a bit silly.  You grasp it in your hand, and well, shake.  By holding the weight in different positions, you can work on your shoulders, biceps, triceps, and chest. 

The weight comes with a six minute DVD – it includes instructions on holding the shake weight correctly – keep your wrists rigid, or you can get injured.  The DVD workout is a pretty good one – for six minutes.  It has you not only shake the weight, but uses it in reps to tone and strengthen by just lifting in different positions.  And you do feel the workout when your done.

I can’t totally attribute the toning I’ve done to just the shake weight.  I’ve included it as part of my entire workout routine – which includes not only the shake weight, but also cardio, weights, strength bands, and various arm exercises.  I do see a difference though, and the days I do use the shake weight, I can definitely feel a workout.

My one complaint is the instructor on the DVD.  She is far too skinny and almost looks anorexic.  And she’s a bit annoying.  But once you have the routine down, you don’t need to use the DVD anymore, so it’s just a minor complaint.

I wouldn’t spend $20 on it again, but it is a product that I’ve encorporated well into my workouts.  It’s definitely not something I’d tell you to “OMG GO GET IT NOW!!”  but hey, I don’t NOT recommend it either.  It is, well, it just is.

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Product Review: ASSETS by Sara Blakely Open-Bust Cami

One of the big downfalls of fast and excessive weightloss is the lovely extra skin that hangs around afterwards.  I’m still pingponging back and forth as to whether or not I want plastics (after the last Big Medicine I saw, it’s a “no” right now – toooo many staples!), but I’m definitely at the point now where I need shapewear.  I have a ton of extra skin around my arms, thighs, butt and midsection that is unsightly as all get out.  The doctor is estimating now it’s probably 10 to 15 pounds of extra skin – which means if it were GONE I’d be in the 170s by now…grrr.

I’m tired of feeling like a flappy raisin, so before the new year, I went out and got one of these bad boys:

This is the Assets Open-Bust Cami by Sara Blakely – it goes under the bra, and down to the pubic area – the areas that I feel most self conscious about right now – my thighs can be hidden by slacks, and my arms by sweaters, but I still have that pouch of extra skin around the middle that I hate, and my poor boobs look like deflated sweat socks.  I had read reviews about this product, and decided to try it.  Sara Blakely is the one who invented SPANX – which I love – but they are really expensive.  The Assets line is slightly less expensive, which is a good thing!

I was happy to see it was available at Target and they had a number of sizes – not just small, medium and large.  I got the XL and was happy to find that it’s normal price of $28 was marked down to $18 (W00T!).  I decided to give this baby a try on New Year’s Eve.

The fit was awesome – the straps are not only adjustable lengthwise, but also fixed so you can adjust them out or in on your bustline.  The fabric is comfortable, and breathable – a big plus for me because I have really sensitive skin – if I sweat too much, it causes an flair up, but this fabric was completely comfortable.

The fit…or Jebus the fit – it pulled in an smoothed my midsection and gave me a cute little wasteline, but not only that ladies…NOT ONLY THAT (which was a huge plus)….my BOOBS…OH MY BOOBS!  They looked FANTASTIC!!!  I think because the cami aids in keeping really great posture (which I admit I have a hard time with) it really helped the girls get up there and stay there.  I was so happy.

I can’t recommend this product enough.  It’s light enough to wear every day.  It washes well (its says it is machine washable, but I do a gentle cycle and hang it to dry).  It wears well, and it’s breathable.  I’m going to try some of the other products next to see if I like them as much.

Now go – get one!!!

Product Review: Pillsbury Sugar Free Devil’s Food Cake and SF Vanilla Icing

Sugar Free Devil's Food Premium Cake Mix

Available Size(s) 16 OZ Nutrition FactsServing Size 1/12 package (38g mix) Servings Per Container 12 Amount per Serving Calories 120 Calories from Fat 30 % Daily Value* Total Fat 3.5g5% Saturated Fat 1.5g8% Trans Fat 0g Total Carbohydrate 29g10% Dietary Fiber 1g6% Sugars 0g SugarAlcohol 14g Cholesterol 0mg0% Sodium 250mg11%

OK folks…I decided to try this one out last night because I had been so pleased with the yellow cake and fudge icing.

Well…This cake is awful.  The batter mixed up nicely, but was very light in color for a devil’s food cake.  It baked up nicely, and was light and fluffy.  The icing was stiff but spreadable, but it had a funny smell to it – almost chemical like.  The cake itself has no flavor at all, and the sugar free vanilla icing has a horrible aftertaste and didn’t taste anything like vanilla – it had more of a flavor you can’t describe. 

What’s worse is I had a small piece (1/2 of a regular sized serving – which is 1/12th of the cake, so I had 1/24 of the cake) and immediately got sick off of it.  That has nothing to do with the cake itself – just my sensitive pouch. 

My husband also tried the cake.  He is a huge choco-holic, and agreed with my assessment.  We threw the rest of the cake in the garbage.

I’d rate this product 0 out of 5 stars.  I will not buy this one again.

Please note, this blog is in no way associated with Pillsbury or with any other product I review here.  This is a weightloss surgery blog and I review products that compatible with weightloss surgery.  While comments are welcome and appreciated, please understand that they will not be communicated back to Pillsbury unless of course, they do a search and find this blog.  Thanks.

Product Review – Pillsbury Sugar-Free Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix

Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix

Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1/12 package (29g mix)
    Servings Per Container 12

  • Amount per Serving
  • Calories 90
    Calories from Fat 20
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 2.5g4%
    • Saturated Fat 0g0%
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Total Carbohydrate 23g8%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g14%
    • Sugars 0g
    • SugarAlcohol 9g

  • Cholesterol 0mg0%
  • Sodium 85mg3%
  • Protein 1g
  • Niacin 2g
  • Iron4%
  • Calcium0%
  • Thiamin4%
  • Vitamin A0%
  • Vitamin C0%
  • Riboflavin2%
  • Folic Acid2%

 

Ingredients:

ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), MALTITOL, POLYDEXTROSE, MALTODEXTRIN, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, COCOA AND COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, SALT, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, BAKING SODA, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (NON NUTRITIVE SWEETENER), SUCRALOSE (NON NUTRITIVE SWEETENER).

These were part of the package of sugar free goodies I ordered through smuckers.com a couple of weeks ago.  I was having a chocolate craving last night (uh, thank you TOM) so I decided to whip these up since the temps had finally dipped below 1,000 degrees at the house.

They mix up well and take your standard brownie mix ingredients – 1 egg, 3 tbsp of water and a third of a cup of oil.  Mixed up smooth and spread easy in an 8X8 container.  They baked up well – not as chewie as I normally like in a brownie mix, but if I had my way, every brownie would be a corner brownie.  🙂

They tasted great.  I also got a package of the fudge brownies, which I think will probably be more chocolatey.

Again, they make 12 servings – and they are small brownies.  90 calories per, so easy to work into my daily calories.  Again, these contain sugar alcohols so if you are sensitive to sugar alcohols, they will cause a laxative effect if you eat too many and if you eat the regular serving but are sensitive to sugar alcohols, well, look out.

They have a great consistency, and no nasty aftertaste.

I’d rate them a 5 out of 5 stars.  🙂

Please note, this blog is in no way associated with Pillsbury or with any other product I review here.  This is a weightloss surgery blog and I review products that compatible with weightloss surgery.  While comments are welcome and appreciated, please understand that they will not be communicated back to Pillsbury unless of course, they do a search and find this blog.  Thanks.

Product Review: Pillsbury Sugar Free Cake Mix & Frosting

Please note, this blog is in no way associated with Pillsbury or with any other product I review here.  This is a weightloss surgery blog and I review products that compatible with weightloss surgery.  While comments are welcome and appreciated, please understand that they will not be communicated back to Pillsbury unless of course, they do a search and find this blog.  Thanks.

 

Last week I found that Pillsbury makes sugar free cake mixes, frostings and brownie mixes now.  I ordered some from smuckers.com, and last night I tried the yellow cake mix and fudge frosting**.

First of all, the cake mix itself mixed up well – and didn’t have a strange texture as I’ve found with other sugar free baking mixes.  The frosting also had a good texture and after a quick taste test (prior to baking…ahem) they had no sicky sweet after taste that can come from sugar free products.

The mix and instructions were your standard – you add 3 eggs, 1 c. of water and 1/3 cup of water.  It does bake at a lower temp than standard mixes – 325 instead of 350.  But it bakes up nice and fluffy and it does come out really moist.

The frosting spread well and retained a good consistancy.

The real test came with the tasting.  It is really good.  It bakes into 12 servings.  I halved that and cut it into 24 pieces (I used a 9X13 pan).  It is moist, not overly sweet, and has a wonderful texture.  All in all, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Here’s the product info:

FactsServing Size 1/12 package (38g mix) Servings Per Container 12

Amount per ServingCalories 120 Calories from Fat 30

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3.5g5%

Saturated Fat 1.5g7%

Trans Fat 0g

Total Carbohydrate 29g  10%

Dietary Fiber <1g  3%

Sugars 0g

SugarAlcohol 15g

Cholesterol 0mg  0%

Sodium 280mg  12%

Protein 1g
Ingredients:ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), MALTITOL, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, BAKING POWDER (BAKING SODA, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOESTERS, CELLULOSE, SALT, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, XANTHAN GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL ESTERS OF FATTY ACIDS, CELLULOSE GUM, POLYSORBATE 60, ACESULFAME POTASSIUM (NON NUTRITIVE SWEETENER), SODIUM STEARATE, SUCRALOSE (NON NUTRITIVE SWEETENER), DATEM, RED 40, YELLOW 5, TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID (ANTIOXIDANTS).

**NOW – this product says it is sweetened with Splenda, but be warned – it contains sugar alcohols in the form of maltitol – SO, if you decide to bake it up, please for all that is good and holy, only eat the proper portion sizes, or you’ll be running to the bathroom.  AND, even at the approved portion sizes, it may cause gastric distress.