I signed up for the GNC Pro rewards program last year, which is a paid version of their regular rewards program that gives you a few extra perks, including a box of samples 3 times a year. Honestly, I’m probably not going to renew the subscription when it comes due in a couple months, as most of it ended up not being useful to me personally. I originally thought I’d be needing it more when I was going to have the bariatric surgery, but with that off the table, I don’t shop there that often (other than like every couple for some stuff that the kiddo needs), which generally doesn’t make paying for a couple extra coupons all that worth it. The sample boxes were interesting, but again, the first two only had a couple things that were even remotely relevant to me – like that yummy protein cookie I mentioned a while back (even though I filled out the profile thingy which was supposed to help customize it better), so not really worth it.
The last box though, did actually have some good stuff in it, and I thought I’d share about one of them – the Blueberry Yogurt Lean Bar. It has 180 calories, 15g protein, and 10g fiber, along with other assorted vitamins/minerals (22 carbs, but with all that fiber it’s not so bad). Usually, I’m not a big fan of anything “blueberry” flavored, but this was actually pretty tasty, so thought it was worth mentioning. I’ll definitely have to check out some of their other flavors to see if they are as good. Would make a great after workout snack or even a quick breakfast for those of us that don’t like to eat a lot in the morning.
Week 45 Current Weight: 275
Pounds Lost This Week: 7
Total Weight Lost: 115 pounds
Week 44 Current Weight: 282
Pounds Lost This Week: 0 (gained 4)
Total Weight Lost: 108 pounds
Birthday week. It was a given that I’d gain a couple pounds, we ate at Olive Garden Sunday (Valentine’s/Birthday) and then last night I went to see Black Panther (awesome!!) and had a pile of chicken tenders along with cake. So like, yeah… But still, I stayed within goal 5 of 7 days (along with still working out) and yesterday morning, I was still weighing in at 278. So four pounds just because I ate food yesterday!!?
Week 43 Current Weight: 278
Pounds Lost This Week: 0
Total Weight Lost: 112 pounds
I mean… yeah, I’m in better shape than I’ve been in a long time, but not losing weight when staying (mostly) within my calorie goals and working my ass off, totally blows. I know… I lost a lot of muscle over the last year, and I’m building it back up, but still.
Week 42 Current Weight: 278
Pounds Lost This Week: 1
Total Weight Lost: 112 pounds
Still a bit frustrated. I worked my ass off this week and only lost 1 pound. Like – no full on cheat days, ate at my calorie goal most days, only had a couple days where I was over by 100-200 calories, but that should have been more than cushioned by the extra workouts. So…. 1 freaking pound really just pisses me off. This is why I quit going to the gym last time, because I quit losing weight. I mean, in theory, I’m gaining muscle, so I’m going to stick it out for the duration of the challenge and see if I start dropping again. But it’s really hard to stick to something that’s supposed to be making you healthier when it doesn’t seem to be making a positive difference.
On the plus side, I really like doing TRX, and doing the routines isn’t totally killing me anymore. So that’s something.