Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Being "THAT" Couple

I enlisted help from #thehubs this week for my product reviews for: Eagle ProFitness Weightlifting WristStraps, nCircle Mens Silicon Wedding Ring and Advanced Nutrition by Zahler (their Reach Strawberry Protein Powder). Overall each product scored well. One of the reasons I love doing product reviews is that it affords me the opportunity to try out new stuff without breaking my wallet and it gives me a chance to give these companies my 100% unpaid, unbiased...I don't care who you are...honest review. That being said here are the stats:

  • Advanced Nutrition by Zahler/Reach Strawberry Protein Powder
         ~Although the SMELL was extremely fruity the taste wasn't. I tried on 2 different occasions; using nondairy milk as well as just plain water. Both times, you could barely get the 'strawberry' taste. I could only imagine if you actually added anything else to it (like yogurt/oatmeal/flax etc)...it would more than likely take on the taste of whatever you mixed with it. The macros on this powder, however, were fairly decent: 120 Calories, 5g Carbs, 1g Sugar and 25g Protein...plus it's certified Kosher. The dessert queen in me just wishes it was more berrylicious.

  • Eagle ProFitness Weightlifting WristStraps with Hand Grips
         ~The straps worked well for this workout however he told me that it's probably not something he'd use for everyday because he'd still get callouses....something he's trying to avoid. I would imagine the straps would be more geared towards the Powerlifter who doesn't care about having soft hands. I want...I mean...#thehubs wants the soft hands.
For the full review, watch the video below. 

  • nCircle Mens Silicon Wedding Ring
          ~He LOVES this ring. It has a snug fit without being too constricting. He's excited to wear it to the Reebok Spartan Race next month. I'm excited to see if it'll actually hold up with the mud and obstacles...but for now, it worked for a full hardcore workout (and continues to)....so if for nothing else, I'm happy for that. For the full review, watch the video below.

So, after the impromptu and severely amateur video shoot, my husband said, "Hey, guess what?! We're 'that' couple!"....he had the biggest, cheesiest grin on his face. I ask out of complete confusion, "What couple?"....he responds with, "The 'Fit Couple' people always talk about....the 'IT' couple on t.v....the type of couples we used to talk about....the inspiring and motivating ones we used to stare at....Now WE'RE it!" 
I'm thinking that clearly I've stepped into an alternate universe...because no where in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I would be included in that type of statement or thought. Seriously?! ME?! Apart of a 'FIT' couple?! Yeah right! Somehow, I always imagined 'THAT' couple to be the Superhero Duo that color coordinates their outfits...that perform every rep, every exercise with ease and not a bead of sweat like they're straight out of some bodybuilding or Old Spice or Victoria Secret commercial...the ones with perfect hair and makeup....that bust out of a gym looking all swole and intimidating the weak and innocent. 

That wasn't me. Maybe him, but definitely not me. I'm the awkward girl that is digging the giant wedgie out of her butt as she walks into the gym....who has to constantly put her hair in a messy rat's nest pineapple bun because it keeps coming undone....the one who grunts with every rep because seriously EVERY reps almost kills me....the one that never matches and has probably slept in that same workout shirt the night before....the one that you might catch adjusting her too small, too big or too sweaty sports bra at any given moment.....and the girl that on the way out of the gym is pulling out that same damn wedgie. So ummm, 'fit couple'....yeah, ok, not hardly. 

But there he is; just standing there still with that cheesy smile like a little boy waiting on my approval or acceptance to the ridiculous thing he just said. So I calmly reply with, "Are we really?" Thinking that maybe if I turn it back on him....if he REALLY thinks about it, he'll realize how crazy he actually sounded. But NOPE! He gleefully snaps back with, "Yep! Because you do all these health and fitness reviews and if I wasn't fit I wouldn't be able to help you with that sort of stuff....plus we like going to the gym and stuff!" 
OK WHOA PARTNER!! Let's slow it down a little....I GO to the gym...I don't LIKE going to the gym. I still don't like exercising. It's just a solution to a problem I have....that I LOVE to eat and I don't want to die early. And what is this " AND STUFF" you speak of?! 
Now, admittedly, yes I have been doing health and fitness product reviews as of recently. Which I enjoy; who doesn't like free stuff of any kind, right? BUT to connect the dots from free product reviews to FIT COUPLE....you're stretching it Sir. 
#thehubs then proceeds to explain to me the "AND STUFF" is the fact that the last few gifts we've exchanged have been fitness related. Which is true. Now, if you would've asked me a few years ago..."Hey Enna what if your spouse got you a fitness item for a present?" I would've looked at you crazy and sternly told you that I'd whop him upside his head for being so rude. But now I regularly ask for the newest fitness gear and gadgets. So maybe I have morphed....not sure how the hell that happened....because again I am a girl who hated to sweat....the girl that used to drive down her driveway to get her mail....the girl that could and would hold a pee for hours because she didn't want to walk all the way across the house to the bathroom...Maybe I was brainwashed or drugged. Not sure what this weirdo human I have come to love as my lifepartner has done to me....but do I, in fact, secretly enjoy it?! I do like being thought of, even if only by him, as apart of a 'fit couple'. The more I thought about it and looked at his chocolaty eyes, I realized that the big cheesy grin wasn't him wanting my approval. It was his way of expressing how proud he was of me...of us. And I'm ok with that. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Give it to Mikey; He'll Eat Anything!

Do you remember that Life Cereal commercial back in the 80s, where the kids were unsure of the taste so they said "Give it to Mikey, he'll eat anything?"

I always wondered what ever happened to Mikey...and were there really kids out there that would eat anything? How crazy and dangerous for the taste buds right? Well....maybe not so crazy. Somehow, as I've gotten older, I've become the modern day Mikey. I love trying new things; having new experiences and ultimately pushing my taste buds to the limits. That being said, it leaves me open to alot of criticism from my friends and family. However the same people that criticize me also seem to use me as their personal test monkey.

Honestly, I don't mind...again~ new experiences. Besides, I love food....no seriously, I LOVE food. 

So, imagine my delight when I recently received the opportunity to do food related product reviews..

Here's a clip of my first tasting review video. I'm doing a tasting of CardioTabs Cardio Whey, Summit Nutrition Super Plant Protein and BugEater Foods Jump Cricket Protein powders.

Yea, you read and heard that right....CRICKET!

Even now, you'd think I'd be discouraged in trying anything new....NOPE!
Until the next experience...HAPPY EATING!