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!!!

B is for Bootcamp, Biggest Loser, and Blue Shake Weight

Time to keep it rolling!!!

Sparkpeople is running a 28 day bootcamp challenge, and yours truly joined.  You basically commit to tracking your food and logging 50 minutes per day of exercise.  So far so good.  I’ve logged everything, and done my workouts.  Today was day 2.

Yesterday I did the three mile walk away the pounds with weights – it’s a good workout and I shelved it for so long.  I’ve been enjoying it since I’ve pulled it back out.  I went on half.com yesterday and ordered some more DVDs from Leslie Sansone.

Today, I did the 30 minutes Biggest Loser total body workout.  OMG I’m so sore.  That workout really challenges me, even now.   I love when a workout makes me sore though – it’s a good sore, and it really gets me motivated.

And, yesterday, I went to Wallyworld to get some new sports bras.  I’ve been using the same ones since I was 321 pounds, so needless to say, the support wasn’t exactly there anymore.  I got 38s (yay!) and really like the support they give me.  Plus it was a 3 pack for 10 bucks baby.  I also got a new t-shirt from Danskin for $5 and some workout shorts for $7.  Both in size large!  Can I get a W00T?  Oh yeah!  Thing is, the weight isn’t coming off, but the sizes are getting smaller, so I’m hoping when I go back to the surgeon in February that my body fat is under 40%. 

Walmart also had the shake weights on sale for $19.99!  I decided to get myself one because my upper arms are horribly flabby with extra skin.  I know that the shake weight won’t fix it, but if I can bulk up my triceps and biceps, maybe it won’t look SOOOO bad.  And that DVD is definitely a workout – it’s only six minutes, but my arms are totally feeling it this morning!

So, goals for this month:

  • Complete 28 day bootcamp
  • Get under 40% body fat
  • Get under 190

I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

First – my apologies.  Christie pointed out that she recommended The Daily Burn instead of the Daily Plate.  I am going to give it a try – from what I already see I like it better than the Daily Plate, so we’ll see.

Secondly, I got a lot of scolding from my friends yesterday about feeling like a failure.  It’s hard not to look at it that way when you have been stalled out for so long, and combined with the latest hormone surge (thank you very much weightloss surgery) I felt like a total and utter, “I’ll never ever be at goal weight” downer.  They pointed out that a loss of nearly 130 pounds is not a failure.

My wonderful friend Boxer also pointed out to me what has gotten me through stalls in the past – increasing protien and fluids.  I have been drinking my fluids, but I’ve not been drinking enough actual water, so I’m upping that starting today.

I will continue to diary my feelings and food so Cindy can look at my logs next week.  It’s painful to write down the crap I put in my mouth when I’m stressed out, and I have  a ton of stress lately, so maybe the accountability will be enough to scare me straight.

At least I’ve already had 58g of protein already today – that’s a start in the right direction.  I’m keeping up my am protein shake and boosting my breakfast protein.  Maybe that will help.  Also, once school is done, the stress will ease up at least for a month and I can focus more on just me.

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.

WIN! These are Made of Rainbows and Unicorns

If I haven’t mentioned this here before…these are made of W.I.N!!!

Run – get you some now.

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.

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