(This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought the Quest bars with my own cash money -- but I did have a coupon.)
I've had a conflicted relationship with Quest bars over the years. I tried them when they first came out and had, uh, gastric issues with them. I also wasn't thrilled about the artificial sweeteners, which, frankly are in a lot of bars.
I revisited the bars a couple months ago. I was stuck at the mall and really hungry, so I ducked into a GNC and bought a Cinnamon Roll Quest bar, part of the line that is sweetened with stevia and erythritol.
That bar and an iced green tea quelled the pangs and I was back to being a mall rat.
They're 170 calories and 20 grams of protein, so they're a great post-workout afternoon snack.
But today, after eating a bigger breakfast, I just wanted a small lunch so I grabbed a Quest bar out of the pantry. I've seen many bloggers baking or microwaving their Quest bars so I tried that today, and ... wow!
Only 5 minutes in a 350-degree toaster oven and it got warm, soft, toasty and a little crisp around the edges. My toaster oven is a convection oven so I think that may have sped the browning process.
I really had no idea what to expect but it was great -- kind of like a snickerdoodle, but without all the bad "doodles."
I had someone ask me the other day, after telling them my weight-loss life story:
"So do you think this is your fate?"
To which I replied:
I mean, while heredity, age, thyroid function, tortilla chips, metabolism, prior dieting all figure into the equation, making things harder, there is no "This is my fate" towel throwing.
Although I am going to make an appointment with an endocrinologist because ...
This ish is ridic.
Dang! Just tried to make an appointment with an endocrinologist but they only see HYPERthyroid people, not HYPO. What's up with that?
Anyhizzle ... (I'm listening to Snoop Dogg on Pandora.)
Losing weight isn't impossible, but for some of us, the weight doesn't just fall off, like it does in teevee commercials.
Who are these people who decide one day to lose weight, buy some broccoli and running shoes and -- boom! Fifty pounds gone.
(Sorry this is turning into a brain dump.)
So, getting back to the question at hand:
Fat is not my fate.
But, geez! I'm mad at the scale right now because I was going guns ablazin' then I stepped on the scale this week and GAINED 4 POUNDS, which must be in my toes or something because my clothes fit exactly the same.
I delved deeper into my Withings scale stats to make sense of it and my fat mass dropped a bunch while my lean mass increased a lot, so maybe it's that, but still ... grrrr.
I'm just throwing this out to the universe:
I would like just for once to see some consistent weight loss for a few months.
Being of a certain age, I’m keenly aware of products, ads and websites geared toward Baby Boomers.
I have not fallen and yes, I can get up.
I also am not in need of elastic-waist clamdiggers, Velcro-strapped sneakers or jazzy canes.
So I liked what I saw when I headed over to BoomShop.com. The site has a clean design with sections geared toward home, kitchen, health, vision, nutrition, fitness, intimacy, sleep, on-the-go, and a sale section.
OK, yeah, they do have jazzy canes, but they also have weight benches, yoga tools and, ahem, intimacy devices.
I like that the site is geared toward promoting wellness, not dealing with illness.
I got myself a new set of Jillian Michaels hand weights – very sleek and matchy-matchy, which is important when hand weights are part of your bedroom décor.
And because drinking more water is an ongoing issue for me, I also ordered an Aqua Zinger, a stainless steel water bottle that allows you to infuse your drinking water with herbs, fruit or veggies. I threw some lemon, peppermint and cucumber in the bottom compartment, smushed them up a bit, screwed on the top compartment, added water and – voila! I like that all the parts easily come apart and that the bottle is stainless steel.
Want to check it out for yourself? Shipping was very speedy and orders over $50 get free shipping.
Even better, you can get a 15 percent discount with the coupon code 96121.
Disclosure: I was given a discount to shop at BoomShop.com so I could tell all y’all about it.
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